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Complete measurement of nanosecond laser pulses in time
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Paper Abstract

It is relatively straightforward to completely measure both long (>10ns) and very short (<100ps) laser pulses in time. But intermediate pulse lengths-that of the most common laser pulses- remain nearly immeasurable and, not coincidentally, correspond to the least stable of all lasers. True, ultrahigh-bandwidth oscilloscopes and streak cameras can now resolve such pulses, but such exotic electronic devices are expensive and fragile and only yield the temporal intensity and not the temporal phase. Here we describe a simple, elegant, accurate, complete, compact, all-optical, entirely passive, and single-shot FROG device that solves the problem. It simultaneously achieves a very large delay range of ~10ns and very high spectral resolution of <1pm. It accomplishes both feats using high-efficiency, high-finesse etalons, the first to tilt the pulse by 8⪅9, .t9hat is, by several meters over a centimeter beam, and another to generate massive angular dispersion for a high-resolution spectrometer. We demonstrate this device for measuring pulses 100ps to several ns long from a fiber-amplified micro-disk laser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7914, Fiber Lasers VIII: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 79140V (22 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.875334
Show Author Affiliations
Pamela Bowlan, Swamp Optics, LLC (United States)
Rick Trebino, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7914:
Fiber Lasers VIII: Technology, Systems, and Applications
Jay W. Dawson, Editor(s)

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