Abstract

We present and demonstrate a technique called RED-SEA TADPOLE for the spatio-temporal characterization of high peak power femtosecond lasers. It retains the basic principle of an existing method, where a scanning monomode fiber is utilized in an interferometric scheme to measure the spectral amplitude and phase at all points across an ultrashort laser beam. We combine this approach with dual spectral-band interferometry, to correct for all phase errors occurring in this interferometer, thus allowing for the simultaneous measurement of the beam wavefront and pulse front in a collimated beam of large diameter. The generic phase correction procedure implemented here can also be extended to other fiber optic device applications sensitive to phase fluctuations.

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