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Shaping of ultrabroad bandwidth pulses: toward single-cycle control of optical fields
Author(s): David H. Reitze; A. Efimov; C. Schaffer
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate the shaping of ultrabroad bandwidth femtosecond optical pulses with temporal resolution approaching 10 fsec and explore the limitations of femtosecond ultrabroad bandwidth pulse shaping. Using a commercially available liquid crystal spatial light modulator within a reflective optics pulse shaping apparatus, we synthesize a variety of complex waveforms and show that it is possible to compensate for large amounts of high order phase dispersion by appropriate cubic and quartic phase modulation of the pulse. Finally, we theoretically examine inherent limitations of pulse shaping. Surprisingly, Fourier transform pulse shaping techniques are robust and can be used for pulses with 5 fsec durations, beyond the current capabilities of ultrafast laser systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2377, Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, (10 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.206414
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David H. Reitze, Univ. of Florida (United States)
A. Efimov, Univ. of Florida (United States)
C. Schaffer, Univ. of Florida (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2377:
Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II
Christopher P. P. Barty; Frank W. Wise, Editor(s)

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