Abstract

We demonstrate the propagation of a light pulse undergoing refraction and total refraction inside a glass block as well as diffraction at a grating. Observation of a frameless, continuous motion picture of the light propagation is possible by recording of hologram with a picosecond pulsed laser. It is shown that the direction of the pulse changes as a result of refraction, the pulse’s speed decreases inside a glass block, and the pulse travels a zigzag path by total refraction. The pulse fronts of the diffracted light propagating parallel to the grating surface are also demonstrated.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

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