We experimentally demonstrate an extremely compact and programmable pulse shaper composed of a single phase mask encoded into a spatial light modulator. Its principle of operation is similar to the previously theoretically introduced quasi-direct space-to-time pulse shaper [Opt. Express 16, 16993 (2008)], which is based on diffractive optics. The proposed pulse shaper exhibits not only real-time temporal modulation, but also high-efficiency output pulses thanks to an active correction of the wavefront aberrations.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Optical Design and Fabrication
Original Manuscript: October 18, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 8, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 8, 2012
Published: December 5, 2012
Omel Mendoza-Yero, Vincent Loriot, Jorge Pérez-Vizcaíno, Gladys Mínguez-Vega, Jesús Lancis, Rebeca de Nalda, and Luis Bañares, "Programmable quasi-direct space-to-time pulse shaper with active wavefront correction," Opt. Lett. 37, 5067-5069 (2012)