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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2010
  • pp: 757–759

Single-shot detection and direct control of carrier phase drift of midinfrared pulses

Cristian Manzoni, Michael Först, Henri Ehrke, and Andrea Cavalleri  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 5, pp. 757-759 (2010)

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We introduce a scheme for single-shot detection and correction of the carrier-envelope phase (CEP) drift of femtosecond pulses at mid-IR wavelengths. Difference frequency mixing between the mid-IR field and a near-IR gate pulse generates a near-IR frequency-shifted pulse, which is then spectrally interfered with a replica of the gate pulse. The spectral interference pattern contains shot-to-shot information of the CEP of the mid-IR field, and it can be used for simultaneous correction of its slow drifts. We apply this technique to detect and compensate long-term phase drifts at 17 μ m wavelength, reducing fluctuations to only 110 mrad over hours of operation.

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OCIS Codes
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: December 14, 2009
Revised Manuscript: January 25, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 26, 2010
Published: February 26, 2010

Cristian Manzoni, Michael Först, Henri Ehrke, and Andrea Cavalleri, "Single-shot detection and direct control of carrier phase drift of midinfrared pulses," Opt. Lett. 35, 757-759 (2010)

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