Abstract

Small-angle, noncollinear, first- and second-order interferometric autocorrelation experiments with Ti:sapphire laser pulses of 9–80-fs duration have been performed with microaxicon arrays. Predictions of short-pulse spatial frequency effects were verified by comparison of interference patterns of single elements and matrices. An angular spectrum of Gaussian-shaped axicons was analyzed on the basis of linear refraction. Experimental data indicate contributions to autocorrelation by nonlinear refraction and travel-time differences. The influence of the spectral bandwidth was separated from the pulse-duration-dependent effects. Spatially resolved information about the coherence time was delivered by the multichannel structure.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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