Abstract

We propose and demonstrate a fiber-array-based detection scheme for single-shot pulse contrast characterization. The parallel to serial mapping using the fiber array allows the use of a high-sensitivity photomultiplier tube and eliminates the external neutral density filter, both resulting in significantly improved dynamic range. The proof-of-principle experiments show a dynamic range of 2×107:1. The demonstrated technique can be readily applied to existing instruments for single-shot pulse characterization.

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P. F. Curley, G. Darpentigny, G. Cheriaux, J. P. Chambaret, and A. Antonetti, Opt. Commun. 120, 71 (1995).
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Ferré, S.

M. Pittman, S. Ferré, J. P. Rousseau, L. Notebaert, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Chériaux, Appl. Phys. B 74, 529 (2002).
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Golick, B.

Grigonis, R.

V. Sirutkaitis, R. Grigonis, A. Piskarskas, A. Persson, and S. Svanberg, Lith. J. Phys. 38, 79 (1998).

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V. Sirutkaitis, R. Grigonis, A. Piskarskas, A. Persson, and S. Svanberg, Lith. J. Phys. 38, 79 (1998).

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S. Luan, M. H. R. Hutchinson, R. A. Smith, and F. Zhou, Meas. Sci. Technol. 4, 1426 (1993).
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V. Sirutkaitis, R. Grigonis, A. Piskarskas, A. Persson, and S. Svanberg, Lith. J. Phys. 38, 79 (1998).

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Tanoue, M.

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P. Pax, J. Weston, and W. E. White, Proc. SPIE 1229, 82 (1990).
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S. Luan, M. H. R. Hutchinson, R. A. Smith, and F. Zhou, Meas. Sci. Technol. 4, 1426 (1993).
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Appl. Phys. B

M. Pittman, S. Ferré, J. P. Rousseau, L. Notebaert, J. P. Chambaret, and G. Chériaux, Appl. Phys. B 74, 529 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Laser Part. Beams

J. Collier, C. Hernandez-Gomez, R. Allott, C. Danson, and A. Hill, Laser Part. Beams 19, 231 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Lith. J. Phys.

V. Sirutkaitis, R. Grigonis, A. Piskarskas, A. Persson, and S. Svanberg, Lith. J. Phys. 38, 79 (1998).

Meas. Sci. Technol.

S. Luan, M. H. R. Hutchinson, R. A. Smith, and F. Zhou, Meas. Sci. Technol. 4, 1426 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun.

P. F. Curley, G. Darpentigny, G. Cheriaux, J. P. Chambaret, and A. Antonetti, Opt. Commun. 120, 71 (1995).
[CrossRef]

G. Priebe, K. A. Janulewicz, V. I. Redkorechev, J. Tümmler, and P. V. Nichles, Opt. Commun. 259, 848 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Phys. Today

G. A. Mourou, C. P. J. Barty, and M. D. Perry, Phys. Today 51, 22 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Proc. SPIE

P. Pax, J. Weston, and W. E. White, Proc. SPIE 1229, 82 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Other

J. Collier, D. Hitchcock, C. Danson, and K. Weingarten, in CLF Annual Report 190 (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 1996/97).

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the measurement setup. DM, dichroic mirror; DL, optical delay line; L1 and L2, cylindrical lenses; SF, spectral filter; L3, imaging lens; FA, fiber attenuator.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Measured SHG–DFG correlation trace for the femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser (upper curve with square symbol). Measured optical noise resulted from the scattering at fundamental wavelength (middle curve with circle symbol), and electrical noise of PMT (bottom line with triangle symbol).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Measured SHG–DFG correlation traces before and after transversely shifting the fiber array by ten channels

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