10 April 1995 Shaping of ultrabroad bandwidth pulses: toward single-cycle control of optical fields
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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.
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David H. Reitze, A. Efimov, C. Schaffer, "Shaping of ultrabroad bandwidth pulses: toward single-cycle control of optical fields", Proc. SPIE 2377, Generation, Amplification, and Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses II, (10 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.206414; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.206414
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