Abstract

We demonstrate fast-frequency-hopping modulation that exploits the unique features of acousto-optic-modulator based laser pulse shaping and the spectrally and temporally resolved upconversion technique (STRUT) pulse-characterization method. These pulses have been specifically designed so that they can be characterized by the STRUT, without any processing of the STRUT data set. We present examples of complex fast-frequency-hopping laser pulses that have been generated and characterized by our pulse-shaping system and STRUT. We discuss the theoretical limitations on the data rate that can be obtained with such a technique.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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