10 April 1995 Programmable generation of ultrafast optical waveforms: recent advances in theory and technology
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Recent advances in the shaping of ultrafast optical waveforms using liquid crystal (LC) spatial light modulators (SLM) are presented. Two LC SLMs are used in a novel arrangement to produce programmable waveforms with specified time-dependent amplitude and temporal phase profiles with the greatest fidelity and complexity to date. The apparatus is also used to demonstrate the generation of an ultrafast waveform with a programmable time-dependent polarization profile. A general theoretical result that describes the space-time electric field profile of waveforms shaped by the spectral filtering of spatially separated frequency components is also presented. The main result is that diffraction gives rise to a translational spatial shift in the electric field profile that varies linearly with time along the shaped waveform.
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Marc M. Wefers, Marc M. Wefers, Keith A. Nelson, Keith A. Nelson, } "Programmable generation of ultrafast optical waveforms: recent advances in theory and technology", Proc. SPIE 2377, Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, (10 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.206413; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.206413
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