Abstract

We demonstrate an ultrafast optical recording system based on a novel optical beam deflection technique. An optical pump temporarily creates an array of prisms that deflect an optical signal beam within a GaAs/AlGaAs planar waveguide. The fabricated device yielded, to our knowledge, the fastest sustained optical deflection reported to date and was used to create spatial representations of ultrafast temporal waveforms. A conventional camera was then used to record single-shot waveforms with a 2.5 ps resolution over a 50 ps record with a dynamic range in excess of 3000:1. Through further development, this all-optical streak camera could provide insight into previously unmeasurable phenomena in many fields.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

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