Abstract

We demonstrate that dual-channel spectral interferometry in conjunction with a well-characterized reference pulse can be used to time resolve the polarization state of extremely weak ultrashort coherent signals from linear- and nonlinear-optical experiments by measuring the intensity and the phase of two orthogonal polarization components. In this way the signal is completely characterized.

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W. A. Schroeder, D. S. McCallum, D. R. Harken, M. D. Dvorak, D. R. Andersen, A. L. Smirl, and B. S. Wherrett, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 402 (1995).
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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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W. A. Schroeder, D. S. McCallum, D. R. Harken, M. D. Dvorak, D. R. Andersen, A. L. Smirl, and B. S. Wherrett, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 402 (1995).
[CrossRef]

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Audebert, P.

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Bowie, J. L.

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Chilla, J. L. A.

Chu, K. C.

DeLong, K. W.

Dienes, A.

Dos Santos, A.

Dvorak, M. D.

W. A. Schroeder, D. S. McCallum, D. R. Harken, M. D. Dvorak, D. R. Andersen, A. L. Smirl, and B. S. Wherrett, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 402 (1995).
[CrossRef]

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Fittinghoff, D. N.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gauthier, J. C.

Geindre, J. P.

Grant, R. S.

Hamoniaux, G.

Harken, D. R.

W. A. Schroeder, D. S. McCallum, D. R. Harken, M. D. Dvorak, D. R. Andersen, A. L. Smirl, and B. S. Wherrett, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 402 (1995).
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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lepetit, L.

Liu, K. X.

Martinez, O. E.

McCallum, D. S.

W. A. Schroeder, D. S. McCallum, D. R. Harken, M. D. Dvorak, D. R. Andersen, A. L. Smirl, and B. S. Wherrett, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 402 (1995).
[CrossRef]

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Paul, A. E.

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Rousse, A.

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W. A. Schroeder, D. S. McCallum, D. R. Harken, M. D. Dvorak, D. R. Andersen, A. L. Smirl, and B. S. Wherrett, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 402 (1995).
[CrossRef]

Smirl, A. L.

A. E. Paul, J. A. Bolger, A. L. Smirl, and J. G. Pellegrino, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 13, 1016 (1996).
[CrossRef]

W. A. Schroeder, D. S. McCallum, D. R. Harken, M. D. Dvorak, D. R. Andersen, A. L. Smirl, and B. S. Wherrett, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 402 (1995).
[CrossRef]

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Sweetser, J. N.

Terasaki, A.

Tokunaga, E.

Trebino, R.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Walmsley, I. A.

Wherrett, B. S.

W. A. Schroeder, D. S. McCallum, D. R. Harken, M. D. Dvorak, D. R. Andersen, A. L. Smirl, and B. S. Wherrett, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 12, 402 (1995).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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C. Froehly, A. Lacourt, and J. C. Vienot, J. Opt. (Paris) 4, 183 (1973); J. Piasecki, B. Colombeau, M. Vampouille, C. Froehly, and J. A. Arnaud, Appl. Opt. 19, 3749 (1980).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Opt. Am. B (1)

E.g., K. W. DeLong, R. Trebino, J. Hunter, and W. E. White, J. Opt. Am. B 11, 2206 (1994), and references therein.
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (4)

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Other (2)

M. Kujawinska, in Interferogram Analysis, D. W. Robinson and G. T. Reid, eds. (Institute of Physics, Bristol, UK, 1993), pp. 141–193.

According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, glint is defined as “a tiny bright flash of light.”

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic representation of experimental geometry used for the dual-beam spectral interferometric characterization of the intensity, the phase, and the polarization state of a coherent ultrashort signal from a linear or nonlinear experiment.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Temporal intensities and phases (a) for the x component, Isigxt and ϕsigxt, and (b) for the y component, Isigyt and ϕsigyt, of the signal corresponding to the spectral interferograms shown in Fig. 1.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Total intensity Isigxt+Isigyt and (b) azimuthal angle θsigt and ellipticity angle t that temporally characterize the complete polarization state corresponding to the data of Fig. 3.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Sketches of polarization ellipses corresponding to the data of Fig. 3 for selected time delays.

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ISIiω=Isigiω+Irefiω+2IsigiωIrefiω×cosϕsigiω-ϕrefiω-ωτ,

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