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  • Vol. 9, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1984
  • pp: 150–152

Negative dispersion using pairs of prisms

R. L. Fork, O. E. Martinez, and J. P. Gordon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 9, Issue 5, pp. 150-152 (1984)

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We show that pairs of prisms can have negative group-velocity dispersion in the absence of any negative material dispersion. A prism arrangement is described that limits losses to Brewster-surface reflections, avoids transverse displacement of the temporally dispersed rays, permits continuous adjustment of the dispersion through zero, and yields a transmitted beam collinear with the incident beam.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 12, 1983
Manuscript Accepted: February 22, 1984
Published: May 1, 1984

R. L. Fork, O. E. Martinez, and J. P. Gordon, "Negative dispersion using pairs of prisms," Opt. Lett. 9, 150-152 (1984)

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  9. For our idealized example, l sin β need only be of the order of the beam diameter; however, actual systems require that the incident beam also pass at least a beam diameter inside the apex of the first prism. We account for this by taking l sin β as twice the beam diameter.
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