Abstract

We demonstrate the measurement and retrieval of sub-7-fs laser pulses from a broadband Ti:Sa oscillator using ensembles of commercially available second-harmonic nanoparticles (NPs) and dispersion scan (d-scan). Scattering adds an incoherent component to the d-scan trace, and our retrieval procedure allows for correctly weighting the coherent and incoherent contributions to the trace. Comparison with a thin crystal [beta barium borate (BBO)] gave consistent pulse durations (6.56±0.03fs for BBO and 6.5±0.1fs for the NPs). These results pave the way to using ensembles of NPs for the measurement of ultrashort light pulses with ultra-broadband spectra at room temperature with standard spectrometers, in any spectral range.

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