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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 12 — Dec. 18, 2006

Rapid, in-line, non-interferometric auto- and cross-correlator for microscopy

Christopher N. LaFratta, Linjie Li, and John T. Fourkas  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 23, pp. 11215-11221 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.011215


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Abstract

We demonstrate a simple, in-line scheme for determining the duration of ultrafast pulses in the focal region of a high-numerical-aperture microscope objective. Photocurrent generated in a GaAsP photodiode by two-photon absorption of orthogonally-polarized laser beams that meet at a slight angle is used to autocorrelate lasers non-interferometrically. Crosscorrelation between two lasers is also demonstrated. This setup, which can be built readily by a microscope user who is not an optics expert, allows for the rapid characterization of pulses that can be hundreds of fs long while making it possible for all of the laser intensity to be employed for nonlinear optical microscopy after the pulse duration has been measured.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(180.0180) Microscopy : Microscopy
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

ToC Category:
Microscopy

History
Original Manuscript: September 8, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 23, 2006
Published: November 13, 2006

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Vol. 1, Iss. 12 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

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Christopher N. LaFratta, Linjie Li, and John T. Fourkas, "Rapid, in-line, non-interferometric auto- and cross-correlator for microscopy," Opt. Express 14, 11215-11221 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-23-11215


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