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Recent advances in femtosecond laser technology: capabilities and limits
Author(s): Margaret M. Murnane; Henry C. Kapteyn; Ivan P. Christov; Gregory Taft; Jianping Zhou; Andrew Rundquist; Chung-Po Huang
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Paper Abstract

In the past five years, there has been a revolution in the field of ultrafast laser technology. Femtosecond lasers are now simple and turn-key, with output powers orders of magnitude higher than were available only a decade ago. Nonlinear frequency conversion techniques can be used to generate femtosecond pulses through the visible and infrared, and high field effects allow this range to be extended to the far-IR and x-ray regions of the spectrum. New measurement techniques have also been devised, which can extract the complete waveform of a femtosecond pulse, allowing the complete determiniation of both the amplitude and phase of pulses as short as only a few optical cycles. Finally, the pulse generation mechanisms close to the fundamental limits of operation of these systems have been understood.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1995
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2524, National Science Foundation (NSF) Forum on Optical Science and Engineering, (15 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.219563
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Margaret M. Murnane, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Henry C. Kapteyn, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Ivan P. Christov, Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria)
Gregory Taft, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Jianping Zhou, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Andrew Rundquist, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Chung-Po Huang, Washington State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2524:
National Science Foundation (NSF) Forum on Optical Science and Engineering
William H. Carter, Editor(s)

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