Abstract

We propose a new method for measuring the phase and the amplitude of a short laser pulse that is based on shearing interferometry in the spectral domain combined with time gating. The method has several features in common with spectral interferometry for direct electric-field reconstruction, in particular, fast and direct reconstruction of the phase. Accurate measurement of the phase added to an 80-fs pulse by a block of F4 glass demonstrates the technique.

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