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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2013
  • pp: 2907–2910

Rapid-scan acousto-optical delay line with 34 kHz scan rate and 15 as precision

O. Schubert, M. Eisele, V. Crozatier, N. Forget, D. Kaplan, and R. Huber  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 15, pp. 2907-2910 (2013)

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An optical fast scan delay exploiting the near-collinear interaction between a train of ultrashort optical pulses and an acoustic wave propagating in a birefringent crystal is introduced. In combination with a femtosecond Er:fiber laser, the scheme is shown to delay few femtosecond pulses by up to 6 ps with a precision of 15 as. A resolution of 5 fs is obtained for a single sweep at a repetition rate of 34 kHz. This value can be improved to 39 as for multiple scans at a total rate of 0.3 kHz.

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OCIS Codes
(230.1040) Optical devices : Acousto-optical devices
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements
(320.7160) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast technology

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: June 14, 2013
Revised Manuscript: July 6, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: July 8, 2013
Published: August 1, 2013

O. Schubert, M. Eisele, V. Crozatier, N. Forget, D. Kaplan, and R. Huber, "Rapid-scan acousto-optical delay line with 34 kHz scan rate and 15 as precision," Opt. Lett. 38, 2907-2910 (2013)

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