Abstract

We describe a simple approach to dispersion-free optical delay line design that provides very low aberration over an extended delay range. In this approach, we minimize aberrations by directing non-axial beam displacements along a line of symmetry built into the apparatus. We show improved performance and significant reduction of wavefront aberrations by comparing simulation and experimental results with a similar delay line that lacks this line of symmetry. The new design facilitates transform-limited recovery of spectral resolution in Fourier transform coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering, and accordingly, we demonstrate $3.5\;{{\rm cm}^{- 1}}$ spectral resolution with a 10 ps delay scan range.

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» Visualization 1       Labeled 3-Dimensional view of the Cyl/Gal delay line design.
» Visualization 2       Labeled 3-Dimensional view of the Cyl/Poly delay line design.

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