Abstract

We propose and implement a versatile scheme to analyze the phase structure of femtosecond pulses. It relies on second harmonic generation in combination with phase-sensitive χ(3)-current injection driven by two time-delayed portions of the emerging ω/2ω pulse pair. Most strikingly, the group velocity dispersions of both the ω and 2ω components can be unambiguously determined from a simple Fourier transformation of the resulting current interferogram. We test the concept for 45 fs pulses at 1.45 μm and directly compare it to second harmonic frequency resolved optical gating. By choosing appropriate frequency doublers and semiconductor detectors, the scheme is applicable to many wavelength regimes and to pulses as short as a few optical cycles.

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