Abstract

We demonstrate experimentally that an arbitrary phase and amplitude profile can be applied to an ultrashort pulse by use of an acousto-optic programmable dispersive filter (AOPDF). Our filter has a large group-delay range that extends over 3 ps and a 30% diffraction efficiency over 150 THz. Experiments were conducted on a kilohertz chirped-pulse amplification laser chain capable of generating 30-fs pulses without additional pulse shaping. Compensating for gain narrowing and residual phase errors with an AOPDF in place of the stretcher results in 17-fs transform-limited pulses. Arbitrary shaping of these 17-fs pulses is also demonstrated in both the temporal and the spectral domains.

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A. M. Weiner, D. E. Leaird, J. S. Patel, and J. R. Wullert II, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 908 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Backus, S.

Beach, N. M.

Cheng, Z.

Dugan, M. A.

Efimov, A.

Ferencz, K.

Huignard, J.-P

Kane, S. J.

Kapteyn, H.

Krause, J. L.

Krausz, F.

Laude, V.

Leaird, D. E.

A. M. Weiner, D. E. Leaird, J. S. Patel, and J. R. Wullert II, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 908 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Lenzner, M.

Maginnis, K.

Migus, A.

Moores, M. D.

Mourou, G.

Murnane, M.

Patel, J. S.

A. M. Weiner, D. E. Leaird, J. S. Patel, and J. R. Wullert II, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 908 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Reitze, D. H.

Russek, U.

Sartania, S.

Spielmann, Ch.

Tempea, G.

Tournois, P.

Trebino, R.

Tull, J. X.

Verluise, F.

Warren, W. S.

Weiner, A. M.

A. M. Weiner, D. E. Leaird, J. S. Patel, and J. R. Wullert II, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 908 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Wullert II, J. R.

A. M. Weiner, D. E. Leaird, J. S. Patel, and J. R. Wullert II, IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 28, 908 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Yariv, A.

A. Yariv and P. Yeh, Optical Waves in Crystals (Wiley, New York, 1984).

Yeh, P.

A. Yariv and P. Yeh, Optical Waves in Crystals (Wiley, New York, 1984).

Zeek, E.

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the AOPDF.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

FROG measurement of the output pulse before (thin curves) and after (thick curves) application of the filter.

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Fig. 3

Computed temporal intensity profiles.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

FROG measurement of the generation of two pulses separated by a programmable delay.

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EoutωEinωSαω.

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