Abstract

Three commercial optical design programs are used to model familiar geometries in ultrafast optics. A set of macros has been created to calculate the pulse delay, group velocity dispersion, and third-order dispersion caused by the components in an ultrafast optical system. The results correspond to published values. This opens the possibility of using the well-developed optimization routines to improve the performance of ultrafast systems.

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  1. J.-C. Diels and W. Rudolph, Ultrashort Laser Pulse Phenomena (Academic, 1996).
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  7. zemax is a program licensed by ZEMAX Development Corporation, Bellevue, Wash. 98004-8017 (http://www.zemax.com).
  8. virtual lab is a program licensed by LightTrans GmbH, Jena, Germany (http://www.lighttrans.com).
  9. code v is a program licensed by Optical Research Associates, Pasadena, Calif. 91107-3103 (http://www.opticalres.com).
  10. oslo is a program licensed by Lambda Research Corp., Littleton, Mass. 01460 (http://www.lambdares.com/products/oslo/).
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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1987 (2)

Becker, P. C.

Cruz, C. H. Brito

Diels, J.-C.

J.-C. Diels and W. Rudolph, Ultrashort Laser Pulse Phenomena (Academic, 1996).

J.-C. Diels and W. Rudolph, Ultrashort Laser Pulse Phenomena (Academic, 1996), Table 2.2.

Fork, R. L.

Fuchs, U.

Gil, M. A.

Mattei, G. O.

Rudolph, W.

J.-C. Diels and W. Rudolph, Ultrashort Laser Pulse Phenomena (Academic, 1996).

J.-C. Diels and W. Rudolph, Ultrashort Laser Pulse Phenomena (Academic, 1996), Table 2.2.

Shank, C. V.

Tünnermann, A.

Zeitner, U.

Appl. Opt. (1)

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (2)

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J.-C. Diels and W. Rudolph, Ultrashort Laser Pulse Phenomena (Academic, 1996), Table 2.2.

Disperse-O-Matic freeware, available upon request from C. W. Siders, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, siders2@llnl.gov.

R.Alfano, ed., The Supercontinuum Laser Source (Springer, 1989).

zemax is a program licensed by ZEMAX Development Corporation, Bellevue, Wash. 98004-8017 (http://www.zemax.com).

virtual lab is a program licensed by LightTrans GmbH, Jena, Germany (http://www.lighttrans.com).

code v is a program licensed by Optical Research Associates, Pasadena, Calif. 91107-3103 (http://www.opticalres.com).

oslo is a program licensed by Lambda Research Corp., Littleton, Mass. 01460 (http://www.lambdares.com/products/oslo/).

J.-C. Diels and W. Rudolph, Ultrashort Laser Pulse Phenomena (Academic, 1996).

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Ray-tracing program output for (a) parallel grating pulse compressor from oslo Pro 6.1 (Ref. 10) and (b) prism pulse compressor from zemax 10.0.

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Table 1 Example of a Spreadsheet Buffer after a Reference Ray Trace in oslo when the Output to the Text Window is Turned On

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Table 2 Comparison of Second-Order Dispersion Coefficients (fs2) for Three Simple Geometries at 620 nm

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Table 3 Comparison of Third-Order Dispersion Coefficients (fs3) for Three Simple Geometries

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ϕ ( ω ) = β 0 + β 1 ( ω ω 0 ) + β 2 ( ω ω 0 ) 2 + β 3 ( ω ω 0 ) 3 + .

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