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  1. Half-period optical pulse generation using a free-electron laser

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    Jaroszynski, D.A.; Chaix, P.; Piovella, N.

    1995-12-31

    Recently there has been growth, in interest in non-equilibrium interaction of half-period long optical pulses with matter. To date the optical pulses have been produced by chopping out a half-period long segment from a longer pulse using a semiconductor switch driven by a femtosecond laser. In this paper we present new methods for producing tunable ultra-short optical pulses as short as half an optical period using a free-electron laser driven by electron bunches with a duration a fraction of an optical period. Two different methods relying on the production of coherent spontaneous emission will be described. In the first method we show that when a train of ultra-short optical pulses as short as one half period. We present calculations which show that the small signal gain is unimportant in the early stages of radiation build up in the cavity when the startup process is dominated by coherent spontaneous emission. To support our proposed method we present encouraging experimental results from the FELIX experiment in the Netherlands which show that interference effects between the coherent spontaneous optical pulses at start-up are very important. The second proposed method relies on the fact that coherent spontaneous emission mimics the undulations of electrons as they pass through the undulator. We show that ultra-short optical pulses are produced by coherent spontaneous emission when ultra-short electron bunches pass through an ultra-short undulator. We discuss the interesting case of such undulator radiation in the presence of an optical cavity and show that the optical pulse can be {open_quotes}taylored{close_quotes} by simply adjusting the optical cavity desynchronism. The proposed methods may be realisable using existing rf driven FELs in the far-infrared.

  2. Half-period Aharonov-Bohm oscillations in disordered rotating optical ring cavities

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    Li, Huanan; Kottos, Tsampikos; Shapiro, Boris

    2016-09-01

    There exists an analogy between Maxwell equations in a rotating frame and the Schrödinger equation for a charged particle in the presence of a magnetic field. We exploit this analogy to point out that electromagnetic phenomena in the rotating frame, under appropriate conditions, can exhibit periodicity with respect to the angular velocity of rotation. In particular, in disordered ring cavities one finds the optical analog of the Al'tshuler-Aronov-Spivak effect well known in mesoscopic physics of disordered metals.

  3. Optically pulsed electron accelerator

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    Fraser, John S.; Sheffield, Richard L.

    1987-01-01

    An optically pulsed electron accelerator can be used as an injector for a free electron laser and comprises a pulsed light source, such as a laser, for providing discrete incident light pulses. A photoemissive electron source emits electron bursts having the same duration as the incident light pulses when impinged upon by same. The photoemissive electron source is located on an inside wall of a radio frequency powered accelerator cell which accelerates the electron burst emitted by the photoemissive electron source.

  4. Optically pulsed electron accelerator

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    Fraser, J.S.; Sheffield, R.L.

    1985-05-20

    An optically pulsed electron accelerator can be used as an injector for a free electron laser and comprises a pulsed light source, such as a laser, for providing discrete incident light pulses. A photoemissive electron source emits electron bursts having the same duration as the incident light pulses when impinged upon by same. The photoemissive electron source is located on an inside wall of a radiofrequency-powered accelerator cell which accelerates the electron burst emitted by the photoemissive electron source.

  5. Efficient optical pulse stacker system

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    Seppala, Lynn G.; Haas, Roger A.

    1982-01-01

    Method and apparatus for spreading and angle-encoding each pulse of a multiplicity of small area, short pulses into several temporally staggered pulses by use of appropriate beam splitters, with the optical elements being arranged so that each staggered pulse is contiguous with one or two other such pulses, and the entire sequence of stacked pulses comprising a single, continuous long pulse. The single long pulse is expanded in area, and then doubly passed through a nonstorage laser amplifier such as KrF. After amplification, the physically separated, angle-encoded and temporally staggered pulses are recombined into a single pulse of short duration. This high intensity output beam is well collimated and may be propagated over long distance, or used for irradiating inertial confinement fusion targets.

  6. Optical pulse propagation through clouds.

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    Matter, J C; Bradley, R G

    1981-02-15

    The cloud impulse response (spatial and temporal) to optical pulse propagation has been measured. Experimental data are reported for the radiance function, pulse stretching, and (the first published) delay time. The results have been confirmed by Monte Carlo modeling. A geometric scattering model is presented explaining the temporal results for the test conditions.

  7. Optical pulse propagation through clouds.

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    Matter, J C; Bradley, R G

    1981-07-01

    The cloud impulse response (spatial and temporal) to optical pulse propagation has been measured. Experimental data are reported for the radiance function, pulse stretching, and (the first published) delay time. The results have been confirmed by Monte Carlo modeling. A geometric scattering model is presented explaining the temporal results for the test conditions.

  8. Nondegenerate optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier

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    Jovanovic, Igor; Ebbers, Christopher A.

    2005-03-22

    A system provides an input pump pulse and a signal pulse. A first dichroic beamsplitter is highly reflective for the input signal pulse and highly transmissive for the input pump pulse. A first optical parametric amplifier nonlinear crystal transfers part of the energy from the input pump pulse to the input signal pulse resulting in a first amplified signal pulse and a first depleted pump pulse. A second dichroic beamsplitter is highly reflective for the first amplified signal pulse and highly transmissive for the first depleted pump pulse. A second optical parametric amplifier nonlinear crystal transfers part of the energy from the first depleted pump pulse to the first amplified signal pulse resulting in a second amplified signal pulse and a second depleted pump pulse. A third dichroic beamsplitter receives the second amplified signal pulse and the second depleted pump pulse. The second depleted pump pulse is discarded.

  9. Temporal waveguides for optical pulses

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    Plansinis, Brent W.; Donaldson, William R.; Agrawal, Govind P.

    2016-05-12

    Here we discuss, temporal total internal reflection (TIR), in analogy to the conventional TIR of an optical beam at a dielectric interface, is the total reflection of an optical pulse inside a dispersive medium at a temporal boundary across which the refractive index changes. A pair of such boundaries separated in time acts as the temporal analog of planar dielectric waveguides. We study the propagation of optical pulses inside such temporal waveguides, both analytically and numerically, and show that the waveguide supports a finite number of temporal modes. We also discuss how a single-mode temporal waveguide can be created inmore » practice. In contrast with the spatial case, the confinement can occur even when the central region has a lower refractive index.« less

  10. Pulsed optically pumped frequency standard

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    Godone, Aldo; Micalizio, Salvatore; Levi, Filippo

    2004-08-01

    We reconsider the idea of a pulsed optically pumped frequency standard conceived in the early 1960s to eliminate the light-shift effect. The development of semiconductor lasers and of pulsed electronic techniques for atomic fountains and new theoretical findings allow an implementation of this idea which may lead to a frequency standard whose frequency stability is limited only by the thermal noise in the short term and by the temperature drift in the long term. We shall also show both theoretically and experimentally the possibility of doubling the atomic quality factor with respect to the classical Ramsey technique approach.

  11. Pulsed Optically Pumped Rb clock

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    Micalizio, S.; Levi, F.; Godone, A.; Calosso, C. E.; François, B.; Boudot, R.; Affolderbach, C.; Kang, S.; Gharavipour, M.; Gruet, F.; Mileti, G.

    2016-06-01

    INRIM demonstrated a Rb vapour cell clock based on pulsed optical pumping (POP) with unprecedented frequency stability performances, both in the short and in the medium-long term period. In the frame of a EMRP project, we are developing a new clock based on the same POP principle but adopting solutions aimed at reducing the noise sources affecting the INRIM clock. At the same time, concerning possible technological applications, particular care are devoted in the project to reduce the size and the weight of the clock, still keeping the excellent stability of the INRIM clock. The paper resumes the main results of this activity.

  12. Apparatus and method for optical pulse measurement

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    Trebino, Rick P.; Tsang, Thomas; Fittinghoff, David N.; Sweetser, John N.; Krumbuegel, Marco A.

    1999-12-28

    Practical third-order frequency-resolved optical grating (FROG) techniques for characterization of ultrashort optical pulses are disclosed. The techniques are particularly suited to the measurement of single and/or weak optical pulses having pulse durations in the picosecond and subpicosecond regime. The relative quantum inefficiency of third-order nonlinear optical effects is compensated for through i) use of phase-matched transient grating beam geometry to maximize interaction length, and ii) use of interface-enhanced third-harmonic generation.

  13. Apparatus and method for optical pulse measurement

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    Trebino, R.P.; Tsang, T.; Fittinghoff, D.N.; Sweetser, J.N.; Krumbuegel, M.A.

    1999-12-28

    Practical third-order frequency-resolved optical grating (FROG) techniques for characterization of ultrashort optical pulses are disclosed. The techniques are particularly suited to the measurement of single and/or weak optical pulses having pulse durations in the picosecond and subpicosecond regime. The relative quantum inefficiency of third-order nonlinear optical effects is compensated for through (i) use of phase-matched transient grating beam geometry to maximize interaction length, and (ii) use of interface-enhanced third-harmonic generation.

  14. System for generating shaped optical pulses and measuring optical pulses using spectral beam deflection (SBD)

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    Skupsky, Stanley; Kessler, Terrance J.; Letzring, Samuel A.

    1993-01-01

    A temporally shaped or modified optical output pulse is generated from a bandwidth-encoded optical input pulse in a system in which the input pulse is in the form of a beam which is spectrally spread into components contained within the bandwidth, followed by deflection of the spectrally spread beam (SBD) thereby spatially mapping the components in correspondence with the temporal input pulse profile in the focal plane of a lens, and by spatially selective attenuation of selected components in that focal plane. The shaped or modified optical output pulse is then reconstructed from the attenuated spectral components. The pulse-shaping system is particularly useful for generating optical pulses of selected temporal shape over a wide range of pulse duration, such pulses finding application in the fields of optical communication, optical recording and data storage, atomic and molecular spectroscopy and laser fusion. An optical streak camera is also provided which uses SBD to display the beam intensity in the focal plane as a function of time during the input pulse.

  15. System for generating shaped optical pulses and measuring optical pulses using spectral beam deflection (SBD)

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    Skupsky, S.; Kessler, T.J.; Letzring, S.A.

    1993-11-16

    A temporally shaped or modified optical output pulse is generated from a bandwidth-encoded optical input pulse in a system in which the input pulse is in the form of a beam which is spectrally spread into components contained within the bandwidth, followed by deflection of the spectrally spread beam (SBD) thereby spatially mapping the components in correspondence with the temporal input pulse profile in the focal plane of a lens, and by spatially selective attenuation of selected components in that focal plane. The shaped or modified optical output pulse is then reconstructed from the attenuated spectral components. The pulse-shaping system is particularly useful for generating optical pulses of selected temporal shape over a wide range of pulse duration, such pulses finding application in the fields of optical communication, optical recording and data storage, atomic and molecular spectroscopy and laser fusion. An optical streak camera is also provided which uses SBD to display the beam intensity in the focal plane as a function of time during the input pulse. 10 figures.

  16. Pressure Pulse Measurements Using Optical Hydrophone Principles

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    Ueberle, Friedrich; Jamshidi-Rad, Abtin

    2011-02-01

    Pressure pulses are used in extracorporeal lithotripsy, pain therapy and other medical applications. Typical lithotripter pulses reach positive pressure amplitudes of ca. 20 to more than 100 MPa and negative pressures of -5 to more than -20 MPa, depending on the focusing properties and energy settings of the source. The IEC standard 61846, which defines the acoustic parameters of pressure pulse fields, describes the properties of "Focus-" and "Field-" type hydrophones, which were originally specified as PVDF sensors. During recent years, two types of optical sensors were developed, which are based on the principle of measuring reflection changes of a laser beam at a glass-water surface: The fiber optic sensor using bare optical fibers and the "light spot" sensor using a thick glass block. Measurements with both hydrophone types were made with a low pressure transducer (p+max=3 MPa), and two electromagnetic lithotripter sources with the same total acoustic energy (E5MPa=90mJ), one with a wide focus (FWHM = 11 mm, p+max = 30 MPa) and the other with a small focus (FWHM = 3,5 mm, p+max = 83 MPa). The results show that both optical sensor types provide high pressure-time signal fidelity comparable to PVDF membrane sensors. Both optical hydrophones can serve as "Focus-" and "Field-" hydrophones as defined in the lithotripsy measurement standard IEC 61846.

  17. Temporal laser pulse manipulation using multiple optical ring-cavities

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    Nguyen, Quang-Viet (Inventor); Kojima, Jun (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    An optical pulse stretcher and a mathematical algorithm for the detailed calculation of its design and performance is disclosed. The optical pulse stretcher has a plurality of optical cavities, having multiple optical reflectors such that an optical path length in each of the optical cavities is different. The optical pulse stretcher also has a plurality of beam splitters, each of which intercepts a portion of an input optical beam and diverts the portion into one of the plurality of optical cavities. The input optical beam is stretched and a power of an output beam is reduced after passing through the optical pulse stretcher and the placement of the plurality of optical cavities and beam splitters is optimized through a model that takes into account optical beam divergence and alignment in the pluralities of the optical cavities. The optical pulse stretcher system can also function as a high-repetition-rate (MHz) laser pulse generator, making it suitable for use as a stroboscopic light source for high speed ballistic projectile imaging studies, or it can be used for high speed flow diagnostics using a laser light sheet with digital particle imaging velocimetry. The optical pulse stretcher system can also be implemented using fiber optic components to realize a rugged and compact optical system that is alignment free and easy to use.

  18. Optical pulse shaping approaches to coherent control

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    Goswami, Debabrata

    2003-02-01

    The last part of the twentieth century has experienced a huge resurge of activity in the field of coherent light-matter interaction, more so in attempting to exert control over such interactions. Birth of coherent control was originally spurred by the theoretical understanding of the quantum interferences that lead to energy randomization and experimental developments in ultrafast laser spectroscopy. The theoretical predictions on control of reaction channels or energy randomization processes are still more dramatic than the experimental demonstrations, though this gap between the two is consistently reducing over the recent years with realistic theoretical models and technological developments. Experimental demonstrations of arbitrary optical pulse shaping have made some of the previously impracticable theoretical predictions possible to implement. Starting with the simple laser modulation schemes to provide proof-of-the-principle demonstrations, feedback loop pulse shaping systems have been developed that can actively manipulate some atomic and molecular processes. This tremendous experimental boost of optical pulse shaping developments has prospects and implications into many more new directions, such as quantum computing and terabit/sec data communications. This review captures certain aspects and impacts of optical pulse shaping into the fast developing areas of coherent control and other related fields. Currently available reviews focus on one or the other detailed aspects of coherent control, and the reader will be referred to such details as and when necessary for issues that are dealt in brief here. We will focus on the current issues including control of intramolecular dynamics and make connections to the future concepts, such as, quantum computation, biomedical applications, etc.

  19. Spectral superresolution with ultrashort optical pulses.

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    Berger, Naum K

    2012-01-10

    A superresolution technique for the measurement of transmission, reflection, and absorption spectra is proposed. An ultrashort laser pulse is propagated in a dispersive element and then periodically phase modulated. The temporal modulation is transformed into periodic spectral modulation, for which the number of harmonics, 2M+1, is determined by the modulation index. The modulated pulse is transmitted through (reflected from) the sample to be tested and measured by a spectrometer. By performing 2M+1 measurements for 2M+1 delays between the dispersed pulse and modulation signal, one can restore the spectral response of the sample with superresolution after simple processing. We numerically demonstrate the measurement of the transmission spectrum of an ultranarrow optical filter with a minimum feature of 0.43 pm by an optical spectrum analyzer with a 10 pm resolution. A twentyfold enhancement of the resolution is achieved in the presence of noise with a level of 0.1%. The advantage of the system is its full reconfigurability. PMID:22270515

  20. Single-cycle optical pulse shaping

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    Shverdin, Miroslav Y.

    Observation and control of ultrafast processes such as chemical reactions, biological interactions, and atomic processes is at the heart of the field of ultrafast physics. Decreasing the pulse duration enables probing ever-shorter events. The main contribution of this work is the generation and the characterization of single-cycle optical pulses. When the shape of the electric field consists of a single oscillation under the temporal envelope, we approach a new regime in physics: the electronic motion is now controlled directly by the electric field. We describe a Fourier approach to ultrashort pulse generation which consists of combining discrete, appropriately phased spectral components of a very wide coherent spectrum. In our experiments, all of the sidebands are generated by exciting a Raman transition in a diatomic gas near maximum coherence using two intense pulsed lasers. The resulting molecular motion modulates the two driving lasers to produce over four octaves of bandwidth from vacuum ultraviolet to near infrared. The spectral components are mutually coherent and are spaced by the frequency of the Raman transition. We select a subset of the produced spectrum and electronically adjust the phases of the individual sidebands using a liquid crystal spatial light modulator. The synthesized waveforms are characterized by measuring the UV signal generated by four-wave nonresonant mixing inside a xenon cell.

  1. Optical reprogramming with ultrashort femtosecond laser pulses

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    Uchugonova, Aisada; Breunig, Hans G.; Batista, Ana; König, Karsten

    2015-03-01

    The use of sub-15 femtosecond laser pulses in stem cell research is explored with particular emphasis on the optical reprogramming of somatic cells. The reprogramming of somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells can be evoked through the ectopic expression of defined transcription factors. Conventional approaches utilize retro/lenti-viruses to deliver genes/transcription factors as well as to facilitate the integration of transcription factors into that of the host genome. However, the use of viruses may result in insertional mutations caused by the random integration of genes and as a result, this may limit the use within clinical applications due to the risk of the formation of cancer. In this study, a new approach is demonstrated in realizing non-viral reprogramming through the use of ultrashort laser pulses, to introduce transcription factors into the cell so as to generate iPS cells.

  2. Optical penetration sensor for pulsed laser welding

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    Essien, Marcelino; Keicher, David M.; Schlienger, M. Eric; Jellison, James L.

    2000-01-01

    An apparatus and method for determining the penetration of the weld pool created from pulsed laser welding and more particularly to an apparatus and method of utilizing an optical technique to monitor the weld vaporization plume velocity to determine the depth of penetration. A light source directs a beam through a vaporization plume above a weld pool, wherein the plume changes the intensity of the beam, allowing determination of the velocity of the plume. From the velocity of the plume, the depth of the weld is determined.

  3. Steerable THz pulses from thin emitters via optical pulse-front tilt.

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    Smith, B C; Whitaker, J F; Rand, S C

    2016-09-01

    A new method of steering THz pulses radiated from a thin emitter excited by tilted optical pulse-fronts has been developed theoretically and validated in a proof-of-concept experiment. This steering technique is potentially efficient and rapid, and it should benefit from a THz-pulse energy that can scale with optical-beam size and magnitude. Conversely, the method employed for measuring the steered THz pulses is also capable of characterizing the pulse-front tilt of an optical beam. PMID:27607678

  4. Regenerative pulse shaping and amplification of ultrabroadband optical pulses.

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    Barty, C P; Korn, G; Raksi, F; Rose-Petruck, C; Squier, J; Tien, A C; Wilson, K R; Yakovlev, V V; Yamakawa, K

    1996-02-01

    Regenerative pulse shaping is used to alleviate gain narrowing during ultrashort-pulse amplification. Amplification bandwidths of ~ 100 nm, or nearly three times wider than the traditional gain-narrowing limit, are produced with a modified Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier. This novel regenerative amplifier has been used to amplify pulses to the 5-mJ level with a bandwidth sufficient to support ~ 10-fs pulses.

  5. Apparatus and method for characterizing ultrafast polarization varying optical pulses

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    Smirl, Arthur; Trebino, Rick P.

    1999-08-10

    Practical techniques are described for characterizing ultrafast potentially ultraweak, ultrashort optical pulses. The techniques are particularly suited to the measurement of signals from nonlinear optical materials characterization experiments, whose signals are generally too weak for full characterization using conventional techniques.

  6. CW seeded optical parametric amplifier providing wavelength and pulse duration tunable nearly transform limited pulses.

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    Hädrich, S; Gottschall, T; Rothhardt, J; Limpert, J; Tünnermann, A

    2010-02-01

    An optical parametric amplifier that delivers nearly transform limited pulses is presented. The center wavelength of these pulses can be tuned between 993 nm and 1070 nm and, at the same time, the pulse duration is varied between 206 fs and 650 fs. At the shortest pulse duration the pulse energy was increased up to 7.2 microJ at 50 kHz repetition rate. Variation of the wavelength is achieved by applying a tunable cw seed while the pulse duration can be varied via altering the pump pulse duration. This scheme offers superior flexibility and scaling possibilities.

  7. Optic fiber pulse-diagnosis sensor of traditional Chinese medicine

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    Ni, J. S.; Jin, W.; Zhao, B. N.; Zhang, X. L.; Wang, C.; Li, S. J.; Zhang, F. X.; Peng, G. D.

    2013-09-01

    The wrist-pulse is a kind of signals, from which a lot of physiological and pathological status of patients are deduced according to traditional Chinese medicine theories. This paper designs a new optic fiber wrist-pulse sensor that based on a group of FBGs. Sensitivity of the optic fiber wrist-pulse measurement system reaches 0.05% FS and the range reaches 50kPa. Frequency response is from 0 Hz to 5 kHz. A group of typical pulse signal is given out in the paper to compare different status of patient. It will improve quantification of pulse diagnosis greatly.

  8. Device For Trapping Laser Pulses In An Optical Delay Line

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    Yu, David U. L.; Bullock, Donald L.

    1997-12-23

    A device for maintaining a high-energy laser pulse within a recirculating optical delay line for a period time to optimize the interaction of the pulse with an electron beam pulse train comprising closely spaced electron micropulses. The delay line allows a single optical pulse to interact with many of the electron micropulses in a single electron beam macropulse in sequence and for the introduction of additional optical pulses to interact with the micropulses of additional electron beam macropulses. The device comprises a polarization-sensitive beam splitter for admitting an optical pulse to and ejecting it from the delay line according to its polarization state, a Pockels cell to control the polarization of the pulse within the delay line for the purpose of maintaining it within the delay line or ejecting it from the delay line, a pair of focusing mirrors positioned so that a collimated incoming optical pulse is focused by one of them to a focal point where the pulse interacts with the electron beam and then afterwards the pulse is recollimated by the second focusing mirror, and a timing device which synchronizes the introduction of the laser pulse into the optical delay line with the arrival of the electron macropulse at the delay line to ensure the interaction of the laser pulse with a prescribed number of electron micropulses in sequence. In a first embodiment of the invention, the principal optical elements are mounted with their axes collinear. In a second embodiment, all principal optical elements are mounted in the configuration of a ring.

  9. Generation of frequency-chirped optical pulses with felix

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    Knippels, G.M.H.; Meer, A.F.G. van der; Mols, R.F.X.A.M.

    1995-12-31

    Frequency-chirped optical pulses have been produced in the picosecond regime by varying the energy of the electron beam on a microsecond time scale. These pulses were then compressed close to their bandwidth limit by an external pulse compressor. The amount of chirp can be controlled by varying the sweep rate on the electron beam energy and by cavity desynchronisation. To examine the generated chirp we used the following diagnostics: a pulse compressor, a crossed beam autocorrelator, a multichannel electron spectrometer and multichannel optical spectrometer. The compressor is build entirely using reflective optics to permit broad band operation. The autocorrelator is currently operating from 6 {mu}m to 30 {mu}m with one single crystal. It has been used to measure pulses as short as 500 fs. All diagnostics are evacuated to prevent pulse shape distortion or pulse lengthening caused by absorption in ambient water vapour. Pulse length measurements and optical spectra will be presented for different electron beam sweep rates, showing the presence of a frequency chirp. Results on the compression of the optical pulses to their bandwidth limit are given for different electron sweep rates. More experimental results showing the dependence of the amount of chirp on cavity desynchronisation will be presented.

  10. Thermally driven continuous-wave and pulsed optical vortex.

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    Ding, Yitian; Xu, Miaomiao; Zhao, Yongguang; Yu, Haohai; Zhang, Huaijin; Wang, Zhengping; Wang, Jiyang

    2014-04-15

    We demonstrated a continuous-wave (cw) and pulsed optical vortex with topological charges driven by heat generated during the lasing process without introducing the astigmatism effect and reducing lasing efficiency. During the lasing process, the topological charges were changeable by the thermal-induced lens and selected by the mode-matching between the pump and oscillating beams. With a graphene sample as the saturable absorber, a pulsed optical vortex was achieved at a wavelength of 1.36 μm, which identified that graphene could be used as a pulse modulator for the generation of a pulsed optical vortex. Thermally driven cw and pulsed optical vortexes should have various promising applications based on the compact structure, changeable topological charges, and specific wavelength. PMID:24978994

  11. Analysis of the linearity of half periods of the Lorentz pendulum

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    Wickramasinghe, T.; Ochoa, R.

    2005-05-01

    We analyze the motion of the Lorentz pendulum, a simple pendulum whose length is changed at a constant rate k. We show both analytically and numerically that the half period Tn, the time between half oscillations as measured from midpoint to midpoint, increases linearly with the oscillation number n such that Tn+1-Tn≈kπ2/2g, where g is the acceleration due to gravity. A video camera is used to record the motion of the oscillating bob of the pendulum and verify the linearity of Tn with oscillation number. The theory and the experiment are suitable for an advanced undergraduate laboratory.

  12. Effect of Orbital Angular Momentum on Nondiffracting Ultrashort Optical Pulses.

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    Ornigotti, Marco; Conti, Claudio; Szameit, Alexander

    2015-09-01

    We introduce a new class of nondiffracting optical pulses possessing orbital angular momentum. By generalizing the X-wave solution of the Maxwell equation, we discover the coupling between angular momentum and the temporal degrees of freedom of ultrashort pulses. The spatial twist of propagation invariant light pulse turns out to be directly related to the number of optical cycles. Our results may trigger the development of novel multilevel classical and quantum transmission channels free of dispersion and diffraction. They may also find application in the manipulation of nanostructured objects by ultrashort pulses and for novel approaches to the spatiotemporal measurements in ultrafast photonics. PMID:26382668

  13. Effect of Orbital Angular Momentum on Nondiffracting Ultrashort Optical Pulses.

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    Ornigotti, Marco; Conti, Claudio; Szameit, Alexander

    2015-09-01

    We introduce a new class of nondiffracting optical pulses possessing orbital angular momentum. By generalizing the X-wave solution of the Maxwell equation, we discover the coupling between angular momentum and the temporal degrees of freedom of ultrashort pulses. The spatial twist of propagation invariant light pulse turns out to be directly related to the number of optical cycles. Our results may trigger the development of novel multilevel classical and quantum transmission channels free of dispersion and diffraction. They may also find application in the manipulation of nanostructured objects by ultrashort pulses and for novel approaches to the spatiotemporal measurements in ultrafast photonics.

  14. Precision short-pulse damage test station utilizing optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification

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    Jovanovic, I; Brown, C; Wattellier, B; Nielsen, N; Molander, W; Stuart, B; Pennington, D; Barty, C J

    2004-03-22

    The next generation of high-energy petawatt (HEPW)-class lasers will utilize multilayer dielectric diffraction gratings for pulse compression, due to their high efficiency and high damage threshold for picosecond pulses. The peak power of HEPW lasers will be determined by the aperture and damage threshold of the final dielectric grating in the pulse compressor and final focusing optics. We have developed a short-pulse damage test station for accurate determination of the damage threshold of the optics used on future HEPW lasers. Our damage test station is based on a highly stable, high-beam-quality optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier (OPCPA) operating at 1053 nm at a repetition rate of 10 Hz. We present the design of our OPCPA system pumped by a commercial Q-switched pump laser and the results of the full system characterization. Initial short-pulse damage experiments in the far field using our system have been performed.

  15. Optical pulse compression of ultrashort laser pulses in an argon-filled planar waveguide.

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    Nurhuda, Muhammad; Suda, Akira; Bohman, Samuel; Yamaguchi, Shigeru; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2006-10-13

    We investigate the possibility of optical pulse compression of high energy ultrashort laser pulses in an argon-filled planar waveguide, based on two level coupled mode theory and the full 3D nonlinear Schrödinger equation. We derive general expressions for controlling the spatial beam profile and the extent of the spectral broadening. The analysis and simulations suggest that the proposed method should be appropriate for optical pulse compression of ultrashort laser pulses with energies as high as 600 mJ.

  16. Synchronization using pulsed edge tracking in optical PPM communication system

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    Gagliardi, R.

    1972-01-01

    A pulse position modulated (PPM) optical communication system using narrow pulses of light for data transmission requires accurate time synchronization between transmitter and receiver. The presence of signal energy in the form of optical pulses suggests the use of a pulse edge tracking method of maintaining the necessary timing. The edge tracking operation in a binary PPM system is examined, taking into account the quantum nature of the optical transmissions. Consideration is given first to pure synchronization using a periodic pulsed intensity, then extended to the case where position modulation is present and auxiliary bit decisioning is needed to aid the tracking operation. Performance analysis is made in terms of timing error and its associated statistics. Timing error variances are shown as a function of system signal to noise ratio.

  17. Laser Pulse-Stretching Using Multiple Optical Ring-Cavities

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    Kojima, Jun; Nguyen, Quang-Viet; Lee, Chi-Ming (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    We describe a simple and passive nanosecond-long (ns-long) laser 'pulse-stretcher' using multiple optical ring-cavities. We present a model of the pulse-stretching process for an arbitrary number of optical ring-cavities. Using the model, we optimize the design of a pulse-stretcher for use in a spontaneous Raman scattering excitation system that avoids laser-induced plasma spark problems. From the optimized design, we then experimentally demonstrate and verify the model with a 3-cavity pulse-stretcher system that converts a 1000 mJ, 8.4 ns-long input laser pulse into an approximately 75 ns-long (FWHM) output laser pulse with a peak power reduction of 0.10X, and an 83% efficiency.

  18. All-optical control and metrology of electron pulses.

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    Kealhofer, C; Schneider, W; Ehberger, D; Ryabov, A; Krausz, F; Baum, P

    2016-04-22

    Short electron pulses are central to time-resolved atomic-scale diffraction and electron microscopy, streak cameras, and free-electron lasers. We demonstrate phase-space control and characterization of 5-picometer electron pulses using few-cycle terahertz radiation, extending concepts of microwave electron pulse compression and streaking to terahertz frequencies. Optical-field control of electron pulses provides synchronism to laser pulses and offers a temporal resolution that is ultimately limited by the rise-time of the optical fields applied. We used few-cycle waveforms carried at 0.3 terahertz to compress electron pulses by a factor of 12 with a timing stability of <4 femtoseconds (root mean square) and measure them by means of field-induced beam deflection (streaking). Scaling the concept toward multiterahertz control fields holds promise for approaching the electronic time scale in time-resolved electron diffraction and microscopy. PMID:27102476

  19. Optical pulse synthesis using brillouin selective sideband amplification

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    Yao, X. Steve (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    Techniques for producing optical pulses based on Brillouin selective sideband amplification by using a common modulation control signal to modulate both a signal beam to produce multiple sideband signals and a single pump beam to produce multiple pump beams.

  20. Effect of idler absorption in pulsed optical parametric oscillators.

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    Rustad, Gunnar; Arisholm, Gunnar; Farsund, Øystein

    2011-01-31

    Absorption at the idler wavelength in an optical parametric oscillator (OPO) is often considered detrimental. We show through simulations that pulsed OPOs with significant idler absorption can perform better than OPOs with low idler absorption both in terms of conversion efficiency and beam quality. The main reason for this is reduced back conversion. We also show how the beam quality depends on the beam width and pump pulse length, and present scaling relations to use the example simulations for other pulsed nanosecond OPOs.

  1. SBS (stimulated Brillouin scattering) pulse distortion in multimode optical fibers

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    Smith, J.R.; Hawkins, R.J.; Laumann, C.W.; Hatch, J. )

    1989-01-01

    We have observed sever temporal-pulse-shape distortion due to stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in multimode optical fibers used to diagnose 351 m laser pulses on the Nova laser system. Our measurements can be fit by a basic model of SBS and provide a clear indication of the intensity and temporal regimes where significant SBS-induced temporal-pulse-shape distortion can be avoided. 15 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Single CdTe Nanowire Optical Correlator for Femtojoule Pulses.

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    Xin, Chenguang; Yu, Shaoliang; Bao, Qingyang; Wu, Xiaoqin; Chen, Bigeng; Wang, Yipei; Xu, Yingxin; Yang, Zongyin; Tong, Limin

    2016-08-10

    On the basis of the transverse second harmonic generation (TSHG) in a highly nonlinear subwavelength-diameter CdTe nanowire, we demonstrate a single-nanowire optical correlator for femto-second pulse measurement with pulse energy down to femtojoule (fJ) level. Pulses to be measured were equally split and coupled into two ends of a suspending nanowire via tapered optical fibers. The couterpropagating pulses meet each other around the central area of the nanowire, and emit TSHG signal perpendicular to the axis of the nanowire. By transferring the spatial intensity profile of the transverse second harmonic (TSH) image into the time-domain temporal profile of the input pulses, we operate the nanowire as a miniaturized optical correlator. Benefitted from the high nonlinearity and the very small effective mode area of the waveguiding CdTe nanowire, the input energy of the single-nanowire correlator can go down to fJ-level (e.g., 2 fJ/pulse for 1064 nm 200 fs pulses). The miniature fJ-pulse correlator may find applications from low power on-chip optical communication, biophotonics to ultracompact laser spectroscopy. PMID:27414182

  3. Spatiotemporal optical pulse transformation by a resonant diffraction grating

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    Golovastikov, N. V.; Bykov, D. A. Doskolovich, L. L. Soifer, V. A.

    2015-11-15

    The diffraction of a spatiotemporal optical pulse by a resonant diffraction grating is considered. The pulse diffraction is described in terms of the signal (the spatiotemporal incident pulse envelope) passage through a linear system. An analytic approximation in the form of a rational function of two variables corresponding to the angular and spatial frequencies has been obtained for the transfer function of the system. A hyperbolic partial differential equation describing the general form of the incident pulse envelope transformation upon diffraction by a resonant diffraction grating has been derived from the transfer function. A solution of this equation has been obtained for the case of normal incidence of a pulse with a central frequency lying near the guided-mode resonance of a diffraction structure. The presented results of numerical simulations of pulse diffraction by a resonant grating show profound changes in the pulse envelope shape that closely correspond to the proposed theoretical description. The results of the paper can be applied in creating new devices for optical pulse shape transformation, in optical information processing problems, and analog optical computations.

  4. Ultrafast Nyquist OTDM demultiplexing using optical Nyquist pulse sampling in an all-optical nonlinear switch.

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    Hirooka, Toshihiko; Seya, Daiki; Harako, Koudai; Suzuki, Daiki; Nakazawa, Masataka

    2015-08-10

    We propose the ultrahigh-speed demultiplexing of Nyquist OTDM signals using an optical Nyquist pulse as both a signal and a sampling pulse in an all-optical nonlinear switch. The narrow spectral width of the Nyquist pulses means that the spectral overlap between data and control pulses is greatly reduced, and the control pulse itself can be made more tolerant to dispersion and nonlinear distortions inside the nonlinear switch. We apply the Nyquist control pulse to the 640 to 40 Gbaud demultiplexing of DPSK and DQPSK signals using a nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM), and demonstrate a large performance improvement compared with conventional Gaussian control pulses. We also show that the optimum spectral profile of the Nyquist control pulse depends on the walk-off property of the NOLM.

  5. Half-period delayed feedback control for dynamical systems with symmetries

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    Nakajima, Hiroyuki; Ueda, Yoshisuke

    1998-08-01

    Delayed feedback control (DFC), proposed by Pyragas [Phys. Lett. A 170, 421 (1992)], is a simple and practical method of controlling chaos in continuous dynamical systems. However, it had been proved that the DFC has a limitation; that is, any hyperbolic unstable periodic orbit (UPO) with an odd number of real characteristic multipliers greater than unity can never be stabilized by the DFC. In this paper, to overcome this limitation, we propose a modified DFC, ``half-period delayed feedback,'' of which the delay time is a half of the period of the UPO. We apply it to stabilizing self-symmetric directly unstable periodic orbits of the Duffing equation. This modified DFC can also be generalized to a form stabilizing symmetric periodic orbits in some systems with symmetries such as the Lorenz equation.

  6. Absorbing Boundary Conditions For Optical Pulses In Dispersive, Nonlinear Materials

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    Goorjian, Peter M.; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    1995-01-01

    This paper will present results in computational nonlinear optics. An algorithm will be described that provides absorbing boundary conditions for optical pulses in dispersive, nonlinear materials. A new numerical absorber at the boundaries has been developed that is responsive to the spectral content of the pulse. Also, results will be shown of calculations of 2-D electromagnetic nonlinear waves computed by directly integrating in time the nonlinear vector Maxwell's equations. The results will include simulations of "light bullet" like pulses. Here diffraction and dispersion will be counteracted by nonlinear effects. Comparisons will be shown of calculations that use the standard boundary conditions and the new ones.

  7. Surface-reflection-initiated pulse-contrast degradation in an optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier.

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    Wang, Jing; Yuan, Peng; Ma, Jingui; Wang, Yongzhi; Xie, Guoqiang; Qian, Liejia

    2013-07-01

    We study a novel mechanism of pre-pulse generation in an optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) system through an analytical approach together with numerical simulations. The acquired pre-pulses are initiated from the surface-reflection-induced modulation of the seed spectrum and occur as a consequence of high-order distortion of such modulated spectrum due to the instantaneous gain saturation effect. We demonstrate that the intensities of pre-pulses increase quadratically with the initial temporal modulation-depth of the stretched signal pulse as well as the conversion efficiency prior to substantial pump-depletion. Explicit formulas for estimating the contrast limit due to surface reflections are present. We also discuss the impact of group-velocity mismatch on the pre-pulse generation. The results of this work may deepen our cognition on the complexity of the pulse-contrast problem in OPCPA systems. PMID:23842344

  8. The effect of temporal pulse shape on optical damage

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    Carr, C W; Trenholme, J B; Spaeth, M L

    2006-08-15

    The conditions under which optical materials are susceptible to laser-induced damage is a topic which has been the subject of considerable study. Laser parameters such as wavelength and temporal pulse duration have been studied extensively. Until this work the effect of temporal pulse shape has not been considered. We present here data from a simple single-parameter model and a supporting experiment which predicts that a Flat-In-Time-pulse will produce damage at approximately 80% of the fluence of a Gaussian pulse of the same FWHM duration.

  9. Apparatus and method for characterizing ultrafast polarization varying optical pulses

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    Smirl, A.; Trebino, R.P.

    1999-08-10

    Practical techniques are described for characterizing ultrafast potentially ultraweak, ultrashort optical pulses. The techniques are particularly suited to the measurement of signals from nonlinear optical materials characterization experiments, whose signals are generally too weak for full characterization using conventional techniques. 2 figs.

  10. Electro-Optical Modulator Bias Control Using Bipolar Pulses

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    Farr, William; Kovalik, Joseph

    2007-01-01

    An improved method has been devised for controlling the DC bias applied to an electro-optical crystal that is part of a Mach-Zehnder modulator that generates low-duty-cycle optical pulses for a pulse-position modulation (PPM) optical data-communication system. In such a system, it is desirable to minimize the transmission of light during the intervals between pulses, and for this purpose, it is necessary to maximize the extinction ratio of the modulator (the ratio between the power transmitted during an "on" period and the power transmitted during an "off" period). The present method is related to prior dither error feedback methods, but unlike in those methods, there is no need for an auxiliary modulation subsystem to generate a dithering signal. Instead, as described below, dither is effected through alternation of the polarity of the modulation signal. The upper part of Figure 1 schematically depicts a Mach-Zehnder modulator. The signal applied to the electro-optical crystal consists of a radio-frequency modulating pulse signal, VRF, superimposed on a DC bias Vbias. Maximum extinction occurs during the off (VRF = 0) period if Vbias is set at a value that makes the two optical paths differ by an odd integer multiple of a half wavelength so that the beams traveling along the two paths interfere destructively at the output beam splitter. Assuming that the modulating pulse signal VRF has a rectangular waveform, maximum transmission occurs during the "on" period if the amplitude of VRF is set to a value, V , that shifts the length of the affected optical path by a half wavelength so that now the two beams interfere constructively at the output beam splitter. The modulating pulse signal is AC-coupled from an amplifier to the electro-optical crystal. Sometimes, two successive pulses occur so close in time that the operating point of the amplifier drifts, one result being that there is not enough time for the signal level to return to ground between pulses. Also, the

  11. Recovering the propagation delay of an optical pulse.

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    Tommasi, Federico; Ignesti, Emilio; Fini, Lorenzo; Cavalieri, Stefano

    2014-11-17

    Causality and special relativity pose an upper limit to the amount of advance that an optical pulse can acquire during a superluminal propagation. Such a limit can be circumvented if the pulse, before entering the superluminal medium, is retarded by letting it propagate under normal dispersion. We present an experimental evidence of this fact by showing that a laser pulse propagating in an atomic vapor, quasi resonant with an inverted transition and in conditions of anomalous dispersion, moves faster if it is previously retarded in a cell containing the same medium with no population inversion. Optical transmission lines often need an amplification stage to overcome the signal attenuation and the unavoidable delay respect to propagation at c; in this paper we tailor such stage to provide also an optical controlled recover of such delay. We believe that our results can open exciting prospects for real-life optical data processing and communication. PMID:25402098

  12. Recovering the propagation delay of an optical pulse.

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    Tommasi, Federico; Ignesti, Emilio; Fini, Lorenzo; Cavalieri, Stefano

    2014-11-17

    Causality and special relativity pose an upper limit to the amount of advance that an optical pulse can acquire during a superluminal propagation. Such a limit can be circumvented if the pulse, before entering the superluminal medium, is retarded by letting it propagate under normal dispersion. We present an experimental evidence of this fact by showing that a laser pulse propagating in an atomic vapor, quasi resonant with an inverted transition and in conditions of anomalous dispersion, moves faster if it is previously retarded in a cell containing the same medium with no population inversion. Optical transmission lines often need an amplification stage to overcome the signal attenuation and the unavoidable delay respect to propagation at c; in this paper we tailor such stage to provide also an optical controlled recover of such delay. We believe that our results can open exciting prospects for real-life optical data processing and communication.

  13. Ultrafast optical pulse delivery with fibers for nonlinear microscopy

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    Kim, Daekeun; Choi, Heejin; Yazdanfar, Siavash; So, Peter T. C.

    2008-01-01

    Nonlinear microscopies including multiphoton excitation fluorescence microscopy and multiple-harmonic generation microscopy have recently gained popularity for cellular and tissue imaging. The optimization of these imaging methods for minimally invasive use will require optical fibers to conduct light into tight space where free space delivery is difficult. The delivery of high peak power laser pulses with optical fibers is limited by dispersion resulting from nonlinear refractive index responses. In this paper, we characterize a variety of commonly used optical fibers in terms of how they affect pulse profile and imaging performance of nonlinear microscopy; the following parameters are quantified: spectral bandwidth and temporal pulse width, two-photon excitation efficiency, and optical resolution. A theoretical explanation for the measured performance of these is also provided. PMID:18816597

  14. Subpicosecond optical pulse compression via an integrated nonlinear chirper.

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    Peccianti, Marco; Ferrera, Marcello; Razzari, Luca; Morandotti, Roberto; Little, Brent E; Chu, Sai T; Moss, David J

    2010-04-12

    Photonic integrated circuits (PICs) capable of ultra-fast, signal processing are recognized as being fundamental for future applications involving ultra-short optical pulse propagation, including the ability to meet the exponentially growing global fiber-optic telecommunications bandwidth demand. Integrated all-optical signal processors would carry substantial benefits in terms of performance, cost, footprint, and energy efficiency. Here, we demonstrate an optical pulse compressor based on an integrated nonlinear chirper, capable of operating on a sub-picosecond (> 1Tb/s) time scale. It is CMOS compatible and based on a 45cm long, high index doped silica glass waveguide we achieve pulse compression at relatively low input peak powers, due to the high nonlinearity and low linear and nonlinear losses of the device. The flexibility of this platform in terms of nonlinearity and dispersion allows the implementation of several compression schemes.

  15. OPTICAL COMMUNICATION: Simulation of autosoliton optical pulses in high-speed fibreoptic communication systems

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    Latkin, A. I.

    2005-03-01

    The propagation of a pulse in a fibreoptic communication link with periodically included regenerators — nonlinear optical loop mirrors, is studied. The autosoliton propagation regime of the optical pulse is revealed. It is shown that the inclusion of a ring mirror to the communication link leads to a substantial increase in the transmission distance of the pulse at a small negative average dispersion in the link.

  16. Effects of chirp of pump pulses on broadband terahertz pulse spectra generated by optical rectification

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    Hamazaki, Junichi; Furusawa, Kentaro; Sekine, Norihiko; Kasamatsu, Akifumi; Hosako, Iwao

    2016-11-01

    The effects of the chirp of the pump pulse in broadband terahertz (THz) pulse generation by optical rectification (OR) in GaP were systematically investigated. It was found that the pre-compensation for the dispersion of GaP is important for obtaining smooth and single-peaked THz spectra as well as high power-conversion efficiency. It was also found that an excessive amount of chirp leads to distortions in THz spectra, which can be quantitatively analyzed by using a simple model. Our results highlight the importance of accurate control over the chirp of the pump pulse for generating broadband THz pulses by OR.

  17. Generation of ultrabroadband energetic laser pulses by noncollinear optical parametric chirped pulse amplification

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    Figueira, Gonçalo; Imran, Tayyab; João, Celso P.; Pires, Hugo; Cardoso, Luís.

    2013-11-01

    Optical parametric chirped pulse amplification (OPCPA) is currently one of the leading techniques for the generation of ultra-powerful laser pulses, from the multi-terawatt to the petawatt range, with extremely high peak intensities. A properly designed OPCPA setup is able to provide gain over bandwidths extending hundreds of nanometers in the visible and near-infrared, allowing the generation of high-quality, energetic, few-cycle pulses. In this paper we describe the design and performance of a compact laser amplifier that makes use of noncollinear, ultrabroadband amplification in the nonlinear crystal yttrium-calcium oxyborate (YCOB). The pump and the supercontinuum seed pulses are generated from a common diode-pumped amplifier, ensuring their optical synchronization. This laser will be used as a source of ultrashort (~20 fs), energetic (~20 mJ), tunable pulses in the near infrared.

  18. Femtosecond parabolic pulse shaping in normally dispersive optical fibers.

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    Sukhoivanov, Igor A; Iakushev, Sergii O; Shulika, Oleksiy V; Díez, Antonio; Andrés, Miguel

    2013-07-29

    Formation of parabolic pulses at femtosecond time scale by means of passive nonlinear reshaping in normally dispersive optical fibers is analyzed. Two approaches are examined and compared: the parabolic waveform formation in transient propagation regime and parabolic waveform formation in the steady-state propagation regime. It is found that both approaches could produce parabolic pulses as short as few hundred femtoseconds applying commercially available fibers, specially designed all-normal dispersion photonic crystal fiber and modern femtosecond lasers for pumping. The ranges of parameters providing parabolic pulse formation at the femtosecond time scale are found depending on the initial pulse duration, chirp and energy. Applicability of different fibers for femtosecond pulse shaping is analyzed. Recommendation for shortest parabolic pulse formation is made based on the analysis presented.

  19. Near-Nyquist optical pulse generation with fiber optical parametric amplification.

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    Vedadi, Armand; Shoaie, Mohammad Amin; Brès, Camille-Sophie

    2012-12-10

    A novel method using optical fiber parametric amplification and phase modulation is proposed in order to generate Nyquist pulses. Using parabolic pulses as a pump, we show theoretically that it is possible to generate Nyquist pulses. Furthermore, we show that by using a sinusoidal pump (pump intensity modulated by an RF tone), it is possible to obtain pulses with characteristics that are close to Nyquist limited pulses. We demonstrate experimentally the generation of bandwidth limited pulses with full width half maximum of 14 ps at 10 GHz repetition rate. We also discuss limitations of this method and means to overcome these limitations.

  20. High gain broadband amplification of ultraviolet pulses in optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier.

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    Wnuk, Paweł; Stepanenko, Yuriy; Radzewicz, Czesław

    2010-04-12

    We report on a high gain amplification of broadband ultraviolet femtosecond pulses in an optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier. Broadband ultraviolet seed pulses were obtained by an achromatic frequency doubling of the output from a femtosecond Ti:Sapphire oscillator. Stretched seed pulses were amplified in a multipass parametric amplifier with a single BBO crystal pumped by a ns frequency quadrupled Nd:YAG laser. A noncollinear configuration was used for a broadband amplification. The total (after compression) amplification of 2.510(5) was achieved, with compressed pulse energy of 30 microJ and pulse duration of 24 fs. We found that the measured gain was limited by thermal effects induced by the absorption of the pump laser by color centers created in the BBO crystal.

  1. Towards acousto-optic tissue imaging with nanosecond laser pulses.

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    Resink, S G; Hondebrink, E; Steenbergen, W

    2014-02-10

    We present a way to generate acousto-optical signals in timovssue-like media with nanosecond laser pulses. Our method is based on recording and analyzing speckle patterns formed by interaction of nanosecond laser pulses with tissue, without and with simultaneous application of ultrasound. Stroboscopic application allows visualizing the temporal behavior of speckles while the ultrasound is propagating through the medium. We investigate two ways of quantifying the acousto-optic effect, viz. adding and subtracting speckle patterns obtained at various ultrasound phases. Both methods are compared with the existing speckle contrast method using a 2D scan and are found to perform similarly. Our method gives outlook on overcoming the speckle decorrelation problem in acousto-optics, and therefore brings in-vivo acousto-optic measurements one step closer. Furthermore it enables combining acousto-optics and photoacoustics in one setup with a single laser.

  2. Optical delay control of large-spectral-bandwidth laser pulses

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    Ignesti, E.; Tognetti, M. V.; Buffa, R.; Cavalieri, S.; Fini, L.; Sali, E.; Eramo, R.

    2009-07-15

    In this Rapid Communication we report an experimental observation of temporal delay control of large-spectral-bandwidth multimode laser pulses by means of electromagnetically induced transparency. We achieved optically controllable retardation of laser pulses with an input spectral bandwidth of 3.3 GHz with limited temporal distortion and excellent values of the delay-bandwidth product. The experimental results compare favorably with a theoretical analysis.

  3. Suspension of Atoms Using Optical Pulses, and Application to Gravimetry

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    Hughes, K. J.; Burke, J. H. T.; Sackett, C. A.

    2009-04-17

    Atoms from a {sup 87}Rb condensate are suspended against gravity using repeated reflections from a pulsed optical standing wave. Up to 100 reflections are observed, yielding suspension times of over 100 ms. The local gravitational acceleration can be determined from the pulse rate required to achieve suspension. Further, a gravitationally sensitive atom interferometer was implemented using the suspended atoms. This technique could potentially provide a precision measurement of gravity without requiring the atoms to fall a large distance.

  4. Low-dispersion, high-gain femtosecond optical pulse amplifier.

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    Rodenberger, D C; Grossman, C H; Garito, A F

    1990-05-01

    We demonstrate a novel amplifier for femtosecond optical pulses. The output of a colliding-pulse mode-locked laser is amplified to 0.3 microJ per pulse at a repetition rate of 8 kHz by using 1 W of pump power from a copper-vapor laser. Our high-efficiency amplifier focuses the beam for four gain passes through a thin dye stream that uses a Z configuration with matched focusing. Because of low group-velocity dispersion, the output pulses are only slightly broadened, from 63 to 73 fsec, and may be used directly to generate a white-light continuum without pulse compression after amplification. PMID:19767988

  5. Nonlinear-optical frequency-doubling metareflector: pulsed regime

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    Popov, A. K.; Myslivets, S. A.

    2016-01-01

    The properties of backward-wave second-harmonic metareflector operating in pulse regime are investigated. It is made of metamaterial which enables phase matching of contra-propagating fundamental and second-harmonic waves. References are given to the works that prove such a possibility. Physical principles underlying differences in the proposed and standard settings as well as between continuous-wave and pulsed regimes are discussed. Pulsed regime is more practicable and has a broader scope of applications. A set of partial differential equations which describe such a reflector with the account for losses are solved numerically. It is shown that unlike second-harmonic generation in standard settings, contra-propagating pulse of second harmonic may become much longer than the incident fundamental one and the difference grows with decrease in the input pulse length as compared to thickness of the metaslab. The revealed properties are important for applications and may manifest themselves beyond the optical wavelength range.

  6. Multifunctional optical correlator for picosecond ultraviolet laser pulse measurement.

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    Rakhman, Abdurahim; Wang, Yang; Garcia, Frances; Long, Cary; Huang, Chunning; Takeda, Yasuhiro; Liu, Yun

    2014-11-01

    A compact multifunctional optical correlator system for pulse width measurement of ultrashort ultraviolet (UV) pulses has been designed and experimentally demonstrated. Both autocorrelation and cross-correlation functions are measured using a single nonlinear crystal, and the switching between two measurements requires no adjustment of phase matching and detector. The system can measure UV pulse widths from sub-picoseconds to 100 ps, and it involves no auxiliary pulse in the measurement. The measurement results on a burst-mode picosecond UV laser show a high-quality performance on speed, accuracy, resolution, and dynamic range. The proposed correlator can be applied to measure any ultrashort UV pulses produced through sum-frequency generation or second-harmonic generation. PMID:25402928

  7. Methylprednisolone pulse therapy in severe dysthyroid optic neuropathy

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    Guy, J.R.; Fagien, S.; Donovan, J.P.; Rubin, M.L. )

    1989-07-01

    Five patients with severe dysthyroid optic neuropathy were treated with intravenous methylprednisolone (1 g daily for 3 consecutive days). Before administration, visual acuity of the more severely affected eyes of each patient was counting fingers at 5 feet, 8/200, 20/400, 20/200, and 20/80. Immediately after completion of pulse therapy, visual acuity improved to 20/25 in four patients and 20/30 in one. Remissions were maintained with oral prednisone and external beam irradiation of the orbit. Pulse methylprednisolone therapy appears to be beneficial in the initial management of severe dysthyroid optic neuropathy.

  8. Polarization-controlled optical ring cavity (PORC) tunable pulse stretcher

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    Williamson, Andrew P.; Kiefer, Johannes

    2016-08-01

    A new concept and a theoretical approach for modeling a tunable polarization-controlled optical ring cavity pulse stretcher is demonstrated. The technique discussed herein permits highly simplified and flexible tuning of the temporal shape of nanosecond duration pulses. Using half-wave plates positioned extra- and intracavity, transmission to reflection ratios across both input faces of a polarization beam splitter can easily be controlled. The resulting models indicate a further reduction in peak intensity of 30%, with respect to conventional dielectric beam splitting optical ring cavities, when configured under equivalent and optimized cavity settings.

  9. Performance scaling via passive pulse shaping in cavity-enhanced optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification.

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    Siddiqui, Aleem M; Moses, Jeffrey; Hong, Kyung-Han; Lai, Chien-Jen; Kärtner, Franz X

    2010-06-15

    We show that an enhancement cavity seeded at the full repetition rate of the pump laser can automatically reshape small-signal gain across the interacting pulses in an optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier for close-to-optimal operation, significantly increasing both the gain bandwidth and the conversion efficiency, in addition to boosting gain for high-repetition-rate amplification. Applied to a degenerate amplifier, the technique can provide an octave-spanning gain bandwidth.

  10. All-optical DAC using counter-propagating optical and electrical pulses in a Mach-Zehnder modulator.

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    Lowery, Arthur James

    2014-10-20

    A novel method of converting binary-level electrical pulses into multi-level optical pulses using only a conventional traveling-wave optical modulator is presented. The method provides low inter-pulse interference due to the counter-propagating pulses, low amplitude noise, and a timing jitter determined chiefly by the quality of the optical pulse source. The method only requires one electrical drive per modulator and provides low-jitter variable-amplitude optical pulses that are suitable for shaping into a wide variety of modulation formats using a programmable optical filter.

  11. Femtosecond laser pulse induced birefringence in optically isotropic glass.

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    Vawter, Gregory Allen; Luk, Ting Shan; Guo, Junpeng; Yang, Pin; Burns, George Robert

    2003-07-01

    We used a regeneratively amplified Ti:sapphire femtosecond laser to create optical birefringence in an isotropic glass medium. Between two crossed polarizers, regions modified by the femtosecond laser show bright transmission with respect to the dark background of the isotropic glass. This observation immediately suggests that these regions possess optical birefringence. The angular dependence of transmission through the laser-modified region is consistent with that of an optically birefringent material. Laser-induced birefringence is demonstrated in different glasses, including fused silica and borosilicate glass. Experimental results indicate that the optical axes of laser-induced birefringence can be controlled by the polarization direction of the femtosecond laser. The amount of laser-induced birefringence depends on the pulse energy level and number of accumulated pulses.

  12. Forces due to pulsed beams in optical tweezers: linear effects.

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    du Preez-Wilkinson, Nathaniel; Stilgoe, Alexander B; Alzaidi, Thuraya; Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina; Nieminen, Timo A

    2015-03-23

    We present a method for the precise calculation of optical forces due to a tightly-focused pulsed laser beam using generalized Lorenz-Mie theory or the T-matrix method. This method can be used to obtain the fields as a function of position and time, allowing the approximate calculation of weak non-linear effects, and provides a reference calculation for validation of calculations including non-linear effects. We calculate forces for femtosecond pulses of various widths, and compare with forces due to a continuous wave (CW) beam. The forces are similar enough so that the continuous beam case provides a useful approximation for the pulsed case, with trap parameters such as the radial spring constant usually differing by less than 1% for pulses of 100 fs or longer. For large high-index (e.g., polystyrene, with n = 1.59) particles, the difference can be as large as 3% for 100 fs pulses, and up to 8% for 25 fs pulses. A weighted average of CW forces for individual spectral components of the pulsed beam provides a simple improved approximation, which we use to illustrate the physical principles responsible for the differences between pulsed and CW beams.

  13. Computational Modeling of Ultrafast Pulse Propagation in Nonlinear Optical Materials

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    Goorjian, Peter M.; Agrawal, Govind P.; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    1996-01-01

    There is an emerging technology of photonic (or optoelectronic) integrated circuits (PICs or OEICs). In PICs, optical and electronic components are grown together on the same chip. rib build such devices and subsystems, one needs to model the entire chip. Accurate computer modeling of electromagnetic wave propagation in semiconductors is necessary for the successful development of PICs. More specifically, these computer codes would enable the modeling of such devices, including their subsystems, such as semiconductor lasers and semiconductor amplifiers in which there is femtosecond pulse propagation. Here, the computer simulations are made by solving the full vector, nonlinear, Maxwell's equations, coupled with the semiconductor Bloch equations, without any approximations. The carrier is retained in the description of the optical pulse, (i.e. the envelope approximation is not made in the Maxwell's equations), and the rotating wave approximation is not made in the Bloch equations. These coupled equations are solved to simulate the propagation of femtosecond optical pulses in semiconductor materials. The simulations describe the dynamics of the optical pulses, as well as the interband and intraband.

  14. Design of Optical Pulse Position Modulation (PPM) Translating Receiver

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    Mendez, A J; Hernandez, V J; Gagliardi, R M; Bennett, C V

    2009-06-19

    M-ary pulse position modulation (M-ary PPM) signaling is a means of transmitting multiple bits per symbol in an intensity modulated/direct detection (IM/DD) system. PPM is used in applications with average power limitations. In optical communication systems, PPM becomes challenging to implement at gigabit rates and/or large M, since pulsed signaling requires higher electronic processing bandwidths than the fundamental transmission rate. they have thus been exploring techniques for PPM communications using optical processing. Previous work described a transmitter algorithm that directly translates a bit sequence of N digital bits to the optical pulse position m for any M = 2{sup N}. It has been considerably more difficult to define a similar receiver algorithm that translates the received optical pulse position directly back to a bit sequence with minimal electronic processing. Designs for specific Ms (e.g., 4-ary) have been shown and implemented, but are difficult to scale to larger M. In this work, they present for the first time a generalized PPM translating receiver that is applicable to all M and data rates.

  15. Optical ablation by high-power short-pulse lasers

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    Stuart, B.C.; Feit, M.D.; Herman, S.; Rubenchik, A.M.; Shore, B.W.; Perry, M.D.

    1996-02-01

    Laser-induced damage threshold measurements were performed on homogeneous and multilayer dielectrics and gold-coated optics at 1053 and 526 nm for pulse durations {tau} ranging from 140 fs to 1 ns. Gold coatings were found, both experimentally and theoretically, to be limited to 0.6 J/cm{sup 2} in the subpicosecond range for 1053-nm pulses. In dielectrics, we find qualitative differences in the morphology of damage and a departure from the diffusion-dominated {tau}{sup 1/2} scaling that indicate that damage results from plasma formation and ablation for {tau}{le}10 ps and from conventional heating and melting for {tau}{approx_gt}50 ps. A theoretical model based on electron production by multiphoton ionization, joule heating, and collisional (avalanche) ionization is in quantitative agreement with both the pulse-width and the wavelength scaling of experimental results. {copyright} {ital 1996 Optical Society of America.}

  16. Picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination forms a monocrystalline silicon needle

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    Takahashi, Fuyuto; Miyamoto, Katsuhiko; Hidai, Hirofumi; Yamane, Keisaku; Morita, Ryuji; Omatsu, Takashige

    2016-02-01

    The formation of a monocrystalline silicon needle by picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination was demonstrated for the first time in this study. The dynamics of this silicon needle formation was further revealed by employing an ultrahigh-speed camera. The melted silicon was collected through picosecond pulse deposition to the dark core of the optical vortex, forming the silicon needle on a submicrosecond time scale. The needle was composed of monocrystalline silicon with the same lattice index (100) as that of the silicon substrate, and had a height of approximately 14 μm and a thickness of approximately 3 μm. Overlaid vortex pulses allowed the needle to be shaped with a height of approximately 40 μm without any changes to the crystalline properties. Such a monocrystalline silicon needle can be applied to devices in many fields, such as core-shell structures for silicon photonics and photovoltaic devices as well as nano- or microelectromechanical systems.

  17. Optically pumped pulsed Li/sub 2/ laser

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    Kaslin, V.; Yakushev, O.

    1982-02-01

    Pulsed lasing was obtained for the first time from Li/sub 2/ molecules by optical pumping with radiation from a pulsed copper vapor laser (578.2 nm, pulse repetition frequency 5 kHz). The laser transitions, with wavelengths in the range 867--907 nm, belong to the electronic A/sup 1/..sigma../sup +//sub u/--X/sup 1/..sigma../sup +//sub g/ system. With a pump power of 190 mW, an average output power of 8 mW was achieved with an efficiency for the conversion of the optical pumping energy of 7%. A number of Li/sub 2/ laser emission lines were observed in the superradiant regime.

  18. Pulse confinement in optical fibers with random dispersion

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    Chertkov, M.; Gabitov, I.; Moeser, J.

    2001-01-01

    Short-range correlated uniform noise in the dispersion coefficient, inherent in many types of optical fibers, broadens and eventually destroys all initially ultra-short pulses. However, under the constraint that the integral of the random component of the dispersion coefficient is set to zero (pinned), periodically or quasi-periodically along the fiber, the dynamics of the pulse propagation changes dramatically. For the case that randomness is present in addition to constant positive dispersion, the pinning restriction significantly reduces average pulse broadening. If the randomness is present in addition to piece-wise constant periodic dispersion with positive residual value, the pinning may even provide probability distributions of pulse parameters that are numerically indistinguishable from the statistically steady case. The pinning method can be used to both manufacture better fibers and upgrade existing fiber links. PMID:11717397

  19. Recycle Rate in a Pulsed, Optically Pumped Rubidium Laser

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    Miller, Wooddy S.; Sulham, Clifford V.; Holtgrave, Jeremy C.; Perram, Glen P.

    2010-10-08

    A pulsed, optically pumped rubidium laser operating in analogy to the diode pumped alkali laser (DPAL) system at pump intensities as high as 750 kW/cm{sup 2} has been demonstrated with output energies of up to 13 {mu}J/pulse. Output energy is dramatically limited by spin-orbit relaxation rates under these high intensity pump conditions. More than 250 photons are available for every rubidium atom in the pumped volume, requiring a high number of cycles per atom during the 2-8 ns duration of the pump pulse. At 550 Torr of ethane, the spin-orbit relaxation rate is too slow to effectively utilize all the incident pump photons. Indeed, a linear dependence of output energy on pump pulse duration for fixed pump energy is demonstrated.

  20. Optical pulse compression reflectometry based on single-sideband modulator driven by electrical frequency-modulated pulse

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    Zou, Weiwen; Yu, Lei; Yang, Shuo; Chen, Jianping

    2016-05-01

    We propose a novel scheme to generate a linear frequency-modulated optical pulse with high extinction ratio based on an electrical frequency-modulated pulse and optical single-sideband modulator. This scheme is proved to improve the stability and accuracy of optical pulse compression reflectometry (OPCR). In the experiment, a high spatial resolution of 10 cm and a long measurement range of 10.8 km using a laser source with 2-km coherence length are demonstrated.

  1. Propagation of Optical Pulses in Polarization Maintaining Highly Birefringent Fibers

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    Leiva, Ariel; Olivares, Ricardo

    2008-04-01

    The propagation of Gaussian optical pulses through optical PM-HiBi (Polarization Maintaining Highly Birefringent) fibers is analyzed and simulated. Based upon a model of propagation as described by Marcuse, et al., [1] and Sunnerud, et al., [2], and the use of PMD (Polarization Mode Dispersion) compensators and emulators used by Kogelnik, et al. [2], [3] and Lima, et al. [4], we construct a simple model that allows graphical representation of the distortion experienced by optical pulses when propagating in a PM-HiBi fiber for different initial polarizations. The results of our analysis have the benefit of being identical to the more elaborate models of [1], [2], while also providing the additional advantage of simple graphical representation.

  2. Multifunctional optical correlator for picosecond ultraviolet laser pulse measurement

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    Rakhman, Abdurahim; Wang, Yang; Garcia, Frances; Long, Cary D.; Huang, Chunning; Takeda, Yasuhiro; Liu, Yun

    2014-01-01

    A compact optical correlator system that measures both the autocorrelation between two infrared (IR) lights and the cross-correlation between an IR and an ultraviolet (UV) light using a single nonlinear optical crystal has been designed and experimentally demonstrated. The rapid scanning of optical delay line, switching between auto and cross-correlations, crystal angle tuning, and data acquisition and processing are all computer controlled. Pulse widths of an IR light from a mode-locked laser are measured by the correlator and the results are compared with a direct measurement using a high-speed photodetector system. The correlator has been used to study the parameter dependence of the pulse width of a macropulse UV laser designed for laser-assisted hydrogen ion (H-) beam stripping for the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  3. Multifunctional optical correlator for picosecond ultraviolet laser pulse measurement

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    Rakhman, Abdurahim; Wang, Yang; Garcia, Frances; Long, Cary D.; Huang, Chunning; Takeda, Yasuhiro; Liu, Yun

    2014-01-01

    A compact optical correlator system that measures both the autocorrelation between two infrared (IR) lights and the cross-correlation between an IR and an ultraviolet (UV) light using a single nonlinear optical crystal has been designed and experimentally demonstrated. The rapid scanning of optical delay line, switching between auto and cross-correlations, crystal angle tuning, and data acquisition and processing are all computer controlled. Pulse widths of an IR light from a mode-locked laser are measured by the correlator and the results are compared with a direct measurement using a high-speed photodetector system. The correlator has been used to study the parametermore » dependence of the pulse width of a macropulse UV laser designed for laser-assisted hydrogen ion (H-) beam stripping for the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.« less

  4. Quasi-Optical 34-GHz Rf Pulse Compressor

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    Hirshfield, Jay L

    2007-06-19

    Designs have been carried out on non-high-vacuum, low-power versions of three- and four-mirror quasi-optical passive and active Ka-band pulse compressors, and prototypes built and tested based on these designs. The active element is a quasi-optical grating employing gas discharge tubes in the gratings. Power gains of about 3:1 were observed experimentally for the passive designs, and about 7:1 with the active designs. High-power, high-vacuum versions of the three-and four-mirror quasi-optical pulse compressors were built and tested at low power. These now await installation and testing using multi-MW power from the 34-GHz magnicon.

  5. Optical gene transfer by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Konig, Karsten; Riemann, Iris; Tirlapur, Uday K.

    2003-07-01

    Targeted transfection of cells is an important technique for gene therapy and related biomedical applications. We delineate how high-intensity (1012 W/cm2) near-infrared (NIR) 80 MHz nanojoule femtosecond laser pulses can create highly localised membrane perforations within a minute focal volume, enabling non-invasive direct transfection of mammalian cells with DNA. We suspended Chinese hamster ovarian (CHO), rat kangaroo kidney epithelial (PtK2) and rat fibroblast cells in 0.5 ml culture medium in a sterile miniaturized cell chamber (JenLab GmbH, Jena, Germany) containing 0.2 μg plasmid DNA vector pEGFP-N1 (4.7 kb), which codes for green fluorescent protein (GFP). The NIR laser beam was introduced into a femtosecond laser scanning microscope (JenLab GmbH, Jena, Germany; focussed on the edge of the cell membrane of a target cell for 16 ms. The integration and expression efficiency of EGFP were assessed in situ by two-photon fluorescence-lifetime imaging using time-correlated single photon counting. The unique capability to transfer foreign DNA safely and efficiently into specific cell types (including stem cells), circumventing mechanical, electrical or chemical means, will have many applications, such as targeted gene therapy and DNA vaccination.

  6. High-Sensitivity Optical Pulse Characterization Using Sagnac Electro-Optic Spectral Shearing Interferometry

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    Dorrer, C.; Bromage, J.

    2010-05-04

    An electro-optic spectral shearing interferometer for high-sensitivity optical pulse characterization is described. Two replicas of the test pulse counterpropagate in a Sagnac interferometer with orthogonal polarization states, resulting in two relatively sheared copolarized replicas after temporal phase modulation. The polarization interferometer is intrinsically stable, and its birefringence sets the delay between interfering replicas to reduce the spectrometer resolution requirement. Experimental implementations demonstrate real-time pulse characterization at average powers as low as 1 nWwith spectral shears as high as 280 GHz.

  7. Optical Damage Threshold of Silicon for Ultrafast Infrared Pulses

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    Cowan, Benjamin M.; /Tech-X, Boulder /SLAC

    2007-11-28

    We present measurements of the optical damage threshold of crystalline silicon in air for ultrafast pulses in the near infrared. The wavelengths tested span a range from the telecommunications band at 1550 nm, extending to 2260 nm. We discuss the motivation for the measurements and give theoretical context. We then describe the experimental setup, diagnostics, and procedure. The results show a breakdown threshold of 0.2J/cm{sup 2} at 1550 nm and 1.06 ps FWHM pulse duration, and a weak dependence on wavelength.

  8. Phase and intensity characterization of femtosecond pulses from a chirped-pulse amplifier by frequency-resolved optical gating

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    Kohler, B.; Yakovlev, V.V.; Wilson, K.R.; Squier, J.; DeLong, K.W.; Trebino, R.

    1995-03-01

    Frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) measurements were made to characterize pulses from a Ti:sapphire chirped-pulse amplified laser system. By characterizing both the pulse intensity and the phase, the FROG data provided the first direct observation to our knowledge of residual phase distortion in a chirped-pulse amplifier. The FROG technique was also used to measure the regenerative amplifier dispersion and to characterize an amplitude-shaped pulse. The data provide an experimental demonstration of the value of FROG for characterizing complex pulses, including tailored femtosecond pulses for quantum control.

  9. Propagation of optical pulses through dense scattering media.

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    Leelavathi, H; Pichamuthu, J P

    1988-06-15

    A diffusion model is developed for describing the propagation of optical pulses through dense scattering media (clouds). The model invokes both 1-D and 3-D diffusion and is valid even for clouds of only a few diffusion thicknesses. The predictions of the model are compared to experimental pulse shapes obtained by other workers for real clouds and scale model clouds and by Monte Carlo simulations. Comparisons indicate that the ratio of the 3-D to the 1-D component in the transmitted pulse increases with both the diffusion thickness of the cloud and the field of view of the receiver. Knowledge of the impulse response of a cloud of known length is sufficient to determine the diffusion length and hence the average scattering coefficient of the cloud.

  10. Surveys for Pulsed Optical Emission from Radio Pulsars

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    Carramiñana, A.; Vidrih, S.; Cadez, A.

    2005-12-01

    CLYPOS was the first survey to search for pulsed optical emission from radio pulsars related to young isolated neutron stars. This survey was performed using a stroboscope device coupled to a FOSC on a 2.12 meter telescope. A sample of nearly 30 pulsars was surveyed with no detections of optical pulses down to magnitudes between 20 and 22. This allows to constraint the values for the efficiency to convert rotational energy into visible light between 10^-3 and 10^-7. A similar survey on a 10-meter class telescope, like the Gran Telescopio Canarias, would be extremely more sensitive and highly likely to result in positive detections, allowing ground-based studies the synchrotron spectra of pulsars.

  11. Averaging of Replicated Pulses for Enhanced-Dynamic-Range Single-Shot Measurement of Nanosecond Optical Pulses

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    Marciante, J.R.; Donaldson, W.R.; Roides, R.G.

    2007-10-04

    Measuring optical pulse shapes beyond the dynamic range of oscilloscopes is achieved by temporal pulse stacking in a low-loss, passive, fiber-optic network. Optical pulses are averaged with their time-delayed replicas without introducing additional noise or jitter, allowing for high-contrast pulse-shape measurements of single-shot events. A dynamic-range enhancement of three bits is experimentally demonstrated and compared with conventional multi-shot averaging. This technique can be extended to yield an increase of up to seven bits of additional dynamic range over nominal oscilloscope performance.

  12. Optical feedback signal for ultrashort laser pulse ablation of tissue

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    Kim, B.-M.; Feit, M.D.; Rubenchik, A.M.; Mammini, B.M.; Da Silva, L.B.

    1997-07-01

    An optical feedback system for controlled precise tissue ablation is discussed. Our setup includes an ultrashort pulse laser (USPL), and a diagnostic system using analysis of either tissue fluorescence or plasma emission luminescence. Current research is focused on discriminating hard and soft tissues such as bone and spinal cord during surgery using either technique. Our experimental observations exhibit considerable spectroscopic contrast between hard and soft tissue, and both techniques offer promise for a practical diagnostic system.

  13. Heating of optical materials by pulsed CO2 laser radiation

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    Dmitriev, E. I.; Sakyan, A. S.; Starchenko, Aleksey N.; Goryachkin, Dmitri A.

    1998-12-01

    The results are presented on experimental investigations of action onto an optical glass BK-7 and some other materials of a CO2 laser radiation with the pulse duration of 20 - 70 microsecond(s) and the energy density of 0.1 - 3 J/cm2. The dynamics of a thermal response, temperature of heating and emissivity of irradiated glass samples are under consideration. The results obtained can be used in imaging techniques for objects selection.

  14. Simulation study on cascaded terahertz pulse generation in electro-optic crystals

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    Hattori, Toshiaki; Takeuchi, Kousuke

    2007-06-01

    We studied cascaded optical rectification processes for intense terahertz (THz) pulse generation in electro-optic crystals using simulations based on one-dimensional coupled propagation equations of THz and optical fields. We found that under ideal conditions of perfect phase matching and no absorption, cascaded optical rectification processes produce intense THz pulses with efficiencies exceeding the Manley-Rowe limit. Large red shifting of the pump light spectrum was observed. Effects of finite optical and THz absorption, phase mismatches, and pulse width were examined using parameters of a ZnTe crystal pumped by 800 nm pulses. THz field enhancement by multiple pulse pumping was also studied.

  15. Evaluation of material dispersion using a nanosecond optical pulse radiator.

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    Horiguchi, M; Ohmori, Y; Miya, T

    1979-07-01

    To study the material dispersion effects on graded-index fibers, a method for measuring the material dispersion in optical glass fibers has been developed. Nanosecond pulses in the 0.5-1.7-microm region are generated by a nanosecond optical pulse radiator and grating monochromator. These pulses are injected into a GeO(2)-P(2)0(5)-doped silica graded-index fiber. Relative time delay changes between different wavelengths are used to determine material dispersion, core glass refractive index, material group index, and optimum profile parameter of the graded-index fiber. From the measured data, the optimum profile parameter on the GeO(2)-P(2)O(5)-doped silica graded-index fiber could be estimated to be 1.88 at 1.27 microm of the material dispersion free wavelength region and 1.82 at 1.55 microm of the lowest-loss wavelength region in silica-based optical fiber waveguides.

  16. Optical sinc-shaped Nyquist pulses of exceptional quality.

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    Soto, Marcelo A; Alem, Mehdi; Amin Shoaie, Mohammad; Vedadi, Armand; Brès, Camille-Sophie; Thévenaz, Luc; Schneider, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Sinc-shaped Nyquist pulses possess a rectangular spectrum, enabling data to be encoded in a minimum spectral bandwidth and satisfying by essence the Nyquist criterion of zero inter-symbol interference (ISI). This property makes them very attractive for communication systems since data transmission rates can be maximized while the bandwidth usage is minimized. However, most of the pulse-shaping methods reported so far have remained rather complex and none has led to ideal sinc pulses. Here a method to produce sinc-shaped Nyquist pulses of very high quality is proposed based on the direct synthesis of a rectangular-shaped and phase-locked frequency comb. The method is highly flexible and can be easily integrated in communication systems, potentially offering a substantial increase in data transmission rates. Further, the high quality and wide tunability of the reported sinc-shaped pulses can also bring benefits to many other fields, such as microwave photonics, light storage and all-optical sampling.

  17. Optical sinc-shaped Nyquist pulses of exceptional quality

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    Soto, Marcelo A.; Alem, Mehdi; Amin Shoaie, Mohammad; Vedadi, Armand; Brès, Camille-Sophie; Thévenaz, Luc; Schneider, Thomas

    2013-12-01

    Sinc-shaped Nyquist pulses possess a rectangular spectrum, enabling data to be encoded in a minimum spectral bandwidth and satisfying by essence the Nyquist criterion of zero inter-symbol interference (ISI). This property makes them very attractive for communication systems since data transmission rates can be maximized while the bandwidth usage is minimized. However, most of the pulse-shaping methods reported so far have remained rather complex and none has led to ideal sinc pulses. Here a method to produce sinc-shaped Nyquist pulses of very high quality is proposed based on the direct synthesis of a rectangular-shaped and phase-locked frequency comb. The method is highly flexible and can be easily integrated in communication systems, potentially offering a substantial increase in data transmission rates. Further, the high quality and wide tunability of the reported sinc-shaped pulses can also bring benefits to many other fields, such as microwave photonics, light storage and all-optical sampling.

  18. Optical sinc-shaped Nyquist pulses of exceptional quality

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    Soto, Marcelo A.; Alem, Mehdi; Amin Shoaie, Mohammad; Vedadi, Armand; Brès, Camille-Sophie; Thévenaz, Luc; Schneider, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    Sinc-shaped Nyquist pulses possess a rectangular spectrum, enabling data to be encoded in a minimum spectral bandwidth and satisfying by essence the Nyquist criterion of zero inter-symbol interference (ISI). This property makes them very attractive for communication systems since data transmission rates can be maximized while the bandwidth usage is minimized. However, most of the pulse-shaping methods reported so far have remained rather complex and none has led to ideal sinc pulses. Here a method to produce sinc-shaped Nyquist pulses of very high quality is proposed based on the direct synthesis of a rectangular-shaped and phase-locked frequency comb. The method is highly flexible and can be easily integrated in communication systems, potentially offering a substantial increase in data transmission rates. Further, the high quality and wide tunability of the reported sinc-shaped pulses can also bring benefits to many other fields, such as microwave photonics, light storage and all-optical sampling. PMID:24301610

  19. Optical pulse shaper with integrated slab waveguide for arbitrary waveform generation using optical gradient force

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    Liao, Sha-Sha; Min, Shu-Cun; Dong, Jian-Ji

    2014-12-01

    Integrated optical pulse shaper opens up possibilities for realizing the ultra high-speed and ultra wide-band linear signal processing with compact size and low power consumption. We propose a silicon monolithic integrated optical pulse shaper using optical gradient force, which is based on the eight-path finite impulse response. A cantilever structure is fabricated in one arm of the Mach—Zehnder interferometer (MZI) to act as an amplitude modulator. The phase shift feature of waveguide is analyzed with the optical pump power, and five typical waveforms are demonstrated with the manipulation of optical force. Unlike other pulse shaper schemes based on thermo—optic effect or electro—optic effect, our scheme is based on a new degree of freedom manipulation, i.e., optical force, so no microelectrodes are required on the silicon chip, which can reduce the complexity of fabrication. Besides, the chip structure is suitable for commercial silicon on an insulator (SOI) wafer, which has a top silicon layer of about 220 nm in thickness.

  20. Optical measurement on quantum cascade lasers using femtosecond pulses

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    Cai, Hong

    Quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) as the state-of-the-art mid-infrared (mid-IR) coherent sources have been greatly developed in aspects such as output power, energy efficiency and spectral purity. However, there are additional applications of QCLs in high demand, namely mode-locking, mid-IR modulation, etc. The inherent optical properties and ultrafast carrier dynamics can lead to solutions to these challenges. In this dissertation, we further characterize QCLs using mid-IR femtosecond (fs) pulses generated from a laser system consisting of a Ti:sapphire oscillator, a Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier, an optical parametric amplifier and a difference frequency generator. We study the Kerr nonlinearity of QCLs by coupling resonant and off-resonant mid-IR fs pulses into an active QCL waveguide. We observe an increase in the spectral width of the transmitted fs pulses as the coupled mid-IR pulse power increases. This is explained by the self-phase modulation effect due to the large Kerr nonlinearity of QCL waveguides. We further confirm this effect by observing the intensity dependent far-field profile of the transmitted mid-IR pulses, showing the pulses undergo self-focusing as they propagate through the active QCL due to the intensity dependent refractive index. The finite-difference time-domain simulations of QCL waveguides with Kerr nonlinearity incorporated show similar behavior to the experimental results. The giant Kerr nonlinearity investigated here may be used to realize ultrafast pulse generation in QCLs. In addition, we temporally resolved the ultrafast mid-infrared transmission modulation of QCLs using a near-infrared pump/mid-infrared probe technique at room temperature. Two different femtosecond wavelength pumps are used with photon energy above and below the quantum well (QW) bandgap. The shorter wavelength pump modulates the mid-infrared probe transmission through interband transition assisted mechanisms, resulting in a high transmission modulation depth

  1. Holographic frequency resolved optical gating for spatio-temporal characterization of ultrashort optical pulse

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    Mehta, Nikhil; Yang, Chuan; Xu, Yong; Liu, Zhiwen

    2014-09-01

    We introduce a novel method for characterizing the spatio-temporal evolution of ultrashort optical field by recording the spectral hologram of frequency resolved optical gating (FROG) trace. We show that FROG holography enables the measurement of phase (up to an overall constant) and group delay of the pulse which cannot be measured by conventional FROG method. To illustrate our method, we perform numerical simulation to generate holographic collinear FROG (cFROG) trace of a chirped optical pulse and retrieve its complex profile at multiple locations as it propagates through a hypothetical dispersive medium. Further, we experimentally demonstrate our method by retrieving a 67 fs pulse at three axial locations in the vicinity of focus of an objective lens and compute its group delay.

  2. EXCESS OPTICAL ENHANCEMENT OBSERVED WITH ARCONS FOR EARLY CRAB GIANT PULSES

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    Strader, M. J.; Mazin, B. A.; Spiro Jaeger, G. V.; Gwinn, C. R.; Meeker, S. R.; Szypryt, P.; Van Eyken, J. C.; Marsden, D.; Walter, A. B.; Ulbricht, G.; Johnson, M. D.; O'Brien, K.; Stoughton, C.; Bumble, B.

    2013-12-10

    We observe an extraordinary link in the Crab pulsar between the enhancement of an optical pulse and the timing of the corresponding giant radio pulse. At optical through infrared wavelengths, our observations use the high time resolution of ARray Camera for Optical to Near-IR Spectrophotometry, a unique superconducting energy-resolving photon-counting array at the Palomar 200 inch telescope. At radio wavelengths, we observe with the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope and the Green Bank Ultimate Pulsar Processing Instrument backend. We see an 11.3% ± 2.5% increase in peak optical flux for pulses that have an accompanying giant radio pulse arriving near the peak of the optical main pulse, in contrast to a 3.2% ± 0.5% increase when an accompanying giant radio pulse arrives soon after the optical peak. We also observe that the peak of the optical main pulse is 2.8% ± 0.8% enhanced when there is a giant radio pulse accompanying the optical interpulse. We observe no statistically significant spectral differences between optical pulses accompanied by and not accompanied by giant radio pulses. Our results extend previous observations of optical-radio correlation to the time and spectral domains. Our refined temporal correlation suggests that optical and radio emission are indeed causally linked, and the lack of spectral differences suggests that the same mechanism is responsible for all optical emission.

  3. Enhanced all-optical switching with double slow light pulses

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    Lin, Chi-Ching; Wu, Meng-Chang; Shiau, Bor-Wen; Chen, Yi-Hsin; Yu, Ite A.; Chen, Yong-Fan; Chen, Ying-Cheng

    2012-12-01

    We experimentally demonstrate an all-optical switching (AOS) scheme based on double slow light (DSL) pulses, in which one pulse is switched by another due to the cross-Kerr nonlinearity. The interaction time is prolonged by optically dense atomic media and matched group velocities. The interaction strength is maintained at a high level by keeping both fields at their electromagnetically-induced-transparency resonances to minimize the linear loss. In the AOS without the DSL scheme, the group velocity mismatch sets an upper limit on the switching efficiency of two photons per atomic cross section as discussed by Harris and Hau [Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.82.4611 82, 4611 (1999)]. Compared to that limit, we have obtained an enhanced switching efficiency by a factor of 3 with our DSL scheme. The nonlinear efficiency can be further improved by increasing the optical depth of the medium. Our work advances low-light-level nonlinear optics and provides essential ingredients for quantum many-body physics using strongly interacting photons.

  4. Acousto-optic pulse picking scheme with carrier-frequency-to-pulse-repetition-rate synchronization.

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    de Vries, Oliver; Saule, Tobias; Plötner, Marco; Lücking, Fabian; Eidam, Tino; Hoffmann, Armin; Klenke, Arno; Hädrich, Steffen; Limpert, Jens; Holzberger, Simon; Schreiber, Thomas; Eberhardt, Ramona; Pupeza, Ioachim; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2015-07-27

    We introduce and experimentally validate a pulse picking technique based on a travelling-wave-type acousto-optic modulator (AOM) having the AOM carrier frequency synchronized to the repetition rate of the original pulse train. As a consequence, the phase noise characteristic of the original pulse train is largely preserved, rendering this technique suitable for applications requiring carrier-envelope phase stabilization. In a proof-of-principle experiment, the 1030-nm spectral part of an 74-MHz, carrier-envelope phase stable Ti:sapphire oscillator is amplified and reduced in pulse repetition frequency by a factor of two, maintaining an unprecedentedly low carrier-envelope phase noise spectral density of below 68 mrad. Furthermore, a comparative analysis reveals that the pulse-picking-induced additional amplitude noise is minimized, when the AOM is operated under synchronicity. The proposed scheme is particularly suitable when the down-picked repetition rate is still in the multi-MHz-range, where Pockels cells cannot be applied due to piezoelectric ringing. PMID:26367616

  5. All-optical optoacoustic microscope based on wideband pulse interferometry.

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    Wissmeyer, Georg; Soliman, Dominik; Shnaiderman, Rami; Rosenthal, Amir; Ntziachristos, Vasilis

    2016-05-01

    Optical and optoacoustic (photoacoustic) microscopy have been recently joined in hybrid implementations that resolve extended tissue contrast compared to each modality alone. Nevertheless, the application of the hybrid technique is limited by the requirement to combine an optical objective with ultrasound detection collecting signal from the same micro-volume. We present an all-optical optoacoustic microscope based on a pi-phase-shifted fiber Bragg grating (π-FBG) with coherence-restored pulsed interferometry (CRPI) used as the interrogation method. The sensor offers an ultra-small footprint and achieved higher sensitivity over piezoelectric transducers of similar size. We characterize the spectral bandwidth of the ultrasound detector and interrogate the imaging performance on phantoms and tissues. We show the first optoacoustic images of biological specimen recorded with π-FBG sensors. We discuss the potential uses of π-FBG sensors based on CRPI. PMID:27128047

  6. Dual-Pulse Pulse Position Modulation (DPPM) for Deep-Space Optical Communications: Performance and Practicality Analysis

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    Li, Jing; Hylton, Alan; Budinger, James; Nappier, Jennifer; Downey, Joseph; Raible, Daniel

    2012-01-01

    Due to its simplicity and robustness against wavefront distortion, pulse position modulation (PPM) with photon counting detector has been seriously considered for long-haul optical wireless systems. This paper evaluates the dual-pulse case and compares it with the conventional single-pulse case. Analytical expressions for symbol error rate and bit error rate are first derived and numerically evaluated, for the strong, negative-exponential turbulent atmosphere; and bandwidth efficiency and throughput are subsequently assessed. It is shown that, under a set of practical constraints including pulse width and pulse repetition frequency (PRF), dual-pulse PPM enables a better channel utilization and hence a higher throughput than it single-pulse counterpart. This result is new and different from the previous idealistic studies that showed multi-pulse PPM provided no essential information-theoretic gains than single-pulse PPM.

  7. Picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination forms a monocrystalline silicon needle.

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    Takahashi, Fuyuto; Miyamoto, Katsuhiko; Hidai, Hirofumi; Yamane, Keisaku; Morita, Ryuji; Omatsu, Takashige

    2016-01-01

    The formation of a monocrystalline silicon needle by picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination was demonstrated for the first time in this study. The dynamics of this silicon needle formation was further revealed by employing an ultrahigh-speed camera. The melted silicon was collected through picosecond pulse deposition to the dark core of the optical vortex, forming the silicon needle on a submicrosecond time scale. The needle was composed of monocrystalline silicon with the same lattice index (100) as that of the silicon substrate, and had a height of approximately 14 μm and a thickness of approximately 3 μm. Overlaid vortex pulses allowed the needle to be shaped with a height of approximately 40 μm without any changes to the crystalline properties. Such a monocrystalline silicon needle can be applied to devices in many fields, such as core-shell structures for silicon photonics and photovoltaic devices as well as nano- or microelectromechanical systems. PMID:26907639

  8. Picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination forms a monocrystalline silicon needle

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    Takahashi, Fuyuto; Miyamoto, Katsuhiko; Hidai, Hirofumi; Yamane, Keisaku; Morita, Ryuji; Omatsu, Takashige

    2016-01-01

    The formation of a monocrystalline silicon needle by picosecond optical vortex pulse illumination was demonstrated for the first time in this study. The dynamics of this silicon needle formation was further revealed by employing an ultrahigh-speed camera. The melted silicon was collected through picosecond pulse deposition to the dark core of the optical vortex, forming the silicon needle on a submicrosecond time scale. The needle was composed of monocrystalline silicon with the same lattice index (100) as that of the silicon substrate, and had a height of approximately 14 μm and a thickness of approximately 3 μm. Overlaid vortex pulses allowed the needle to be shaped with a height of approximately 40 μm without any changes to the crystalline properties. Such a monocrystalline silicon needle can be applied to devices in many fields, such as core–shell structures for silicon photonics and photovoltaic devices as well as nano- or microelectromechanical systems. PMID:26907639

  9. Diffraction leveraged modulation of X-ray pulses using MEMS-based X-ray optics

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    Lopez, Daniel; Shenoy, Gopal; Wang, Jin; Walko, Donald A.; Jung, Il-Woong; Mukhopadhyay, Deepkishore

    2016-08-09

    A method and apparatus are provided for implementing Bragg-diffraction leveraged modulation of X-ray pulses using MicroElectroMechanical systems (MEMS) based diffractive optics. An oscillating crystalline MEMS device generates a controllable time-window for diffraction of the incident X-ray radiation. The Bragg-diffraction leveraged modulation of X-ray pulses includes isolating a particular pulse, spatially separating individual pulses, and spreading a single pulse from an X-ray pulse-train.

  10. Hamiltonian structure of propagation equations for ultrashort optical pulses

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    Amiranashvili, Sh.; Demircan, A.

    2010-07-15

    A Hamiltonian framework is developed for a sequence of ultrashort optical pulses propagating in a nonlinear dispersive medium. To this end a second-order nonlinear wave equation for the electric field is transformed into a first-order propagation equation for a suitably defined complex electric field. The Hamiltonian formulation is then introduced in terms of normal variables, i.e., classical complex fields referring to the quantum creation and annihilation operators. The derived z-propagated Hamiltonian accounts for forward and backward waves, arbitrary medium dispersion, and four-wave mixing processes. As a simple application we obtain integrals of motion for the pulse propagation. The integrals reflect time-averaged fluxes of energy, momentum, and photons transferred by the pulse. Furthermore, pulses in the form of stationary nonlinear waves are considered. They yield extremal values of the momentum flux for a given energy flux. Simplified propagation equations are obtained by reduction of the Hamiltonian. In particular, the complex electric field reduces to an analytic signal for the unidirectional propagation. Solutions of the full bidirectional model are numerically compared to the predictions of the simplified equation for the analytic signal and to the so-called forward Maxwell equation. The numerics is effectively tested by examining the conservation laws.

  11. Temporal pulse compression and retardation by incoherent all-optical control

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    Tognetti, Marco V.; Sali, Emiliano; Cavalieri, Stefano; Buffa, Roberto

    2010-02-15

    We present a theoretical analysis of a new scheme for temporal retardation combined with temporal compression of weak laser pulses, optically controlled by the presence of one additional light pulse. A realistic realization of this scheme in hot Rb is discussed, showing that a large range of values of the optically controllable delay-bandwidth product can be obtained with a limited pulse distortion.

  12. Fast control of trapped ion qubits using shaped optical pulses

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    Rangan, Chitra; Monroe, C. R.; Bucksbaum, P. H.; Bloch, A. M.

    2003-05-01

    We present a fast control scheme for producing arbitrary states of trapped ion qubits via shaped optical pulses. When the atomic wavepacket is not localized to under a wavelength (beyond the Lamb-Dicke limit), we show that, we show that the Hilbert space of the qubit-harmonic oscillator can be made finite, and the Schrödinger equation controllable. We then implement an optimal control formalism to determine the pulse shapes that can drive the system to any desired state. This process is faster than using sequential single-frequency laser fields to achieve the same final state. We discuss control schemes for producing entangled states of two qubits. We show progress towards achieving decoherence-free subspaces that could be used in error correction schemes.

  13. Control of Spectral Phase of Ultrafast Optical Pulses with Grisms

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    Durfee, Charles; Field, Jeff; Squier, Jeff; Kane, Steve

    2008-10-01

    High-quality dispersion management is critical for ultrafast optics. Grisms are a combination of diffraction gratings and prisms. We can use grisms for high-fidelity control of the spectral phase of ultrafast pulses, making systems much more compact and easy to adjust. While the spectral phase of a given system can be obtained with ray-tracing, analytic expressions are desirable for exploring and optimizing new designs. We show that we can analytically calculate the spectral phase of a range of grism-like structures by making a superposition of basic tilted window modules. For example, a prism pair can be described by starting with a tilted slab of glass, which defines the outer edges of the prism pair. The inner edges of the prism pair are then created by superposing a tilted slab of air, which removes glass between the prisms. We will discuss the applications of these grism designs to ultrafast amplifiers and pulse shapers.

  14. Pulsed radiation-induced attenuation in certain optical fibers

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    Weiss, J.D. )

    1992-05-01

    Using the X-ray pulse from the HERMES II simulation machine at Sandia National Laboratories, the pulsed radiation-induced attenuation was measured in two optical fibers considered to be 'nonrad-hard': the 50-micron-core, graded-index fiber from Corning and the plastic (PMMA) fiber from the Mitsubishi Rayon Company. These fibers were exposed to radiation up to doses of 19.5 and 28 krad(Si), respectively. In addition, fits of their post-radiation recovery were made to the geminate recombination model, from which the recombination-rate and generation constants, characteristic of this theory, were determined. These parameters should be useful in determining the response of the fibers to radiation conditions other than those encountered here. 18 refs.

  15. Frequency-time coherence for all-optical sampling without optical pulse source

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    Preußler, Stefan; Raoof Mehrpoor, Gilda; Schneider, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    Sampling is the first step to convert an analogue optical signal into a digital electrical signal. The latter can be further processed and analysed by well-known electrical signal processing methods. Optical pulse sources like mode-locked lasers are commonly incorporated for all-optical sampling, but have several drawbacks. A novel approach for a simple all-optical sampling is to utilise the frequency-time coherence of each signal. The method is based on only using two coupled modulators driven with an electrical sine wave. Since no optical source is required, a simple integration in appropriate platforms, such as Silicon Photonics might be possible. The presented method grants all-optical sampling with electrically tunable bandwidth, repetition rate and time shift. PMID:27687495

  16. Frequency-time coherence for all-optical sampling without optical pulse source

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    Preußler, Stefan; Raoof Mehrpoor, Gilda; Schneider, Thomas

    2016-09-01

    Sampling is the first step to convert an analogue optical signal into a digital electrical signal. The latter can be further processed and analysed by well-known electrical signal processing methods. Optical pulse sources like mode-locked lasers are commonly incorporated for all-optical sampling, but have several drawbacks. A novel approach for a simple all-optical sampling is to utilise the frequency-time coherence of each signal. The method is based on only using two coupled modulators driven with an electrical sine wave. Since no optical source is required, a simple integration in appropriate platforms, such as Silicon Photonics might be possible. The presented method grants all-optical sampling with electrically tunable bandwidth, repetition rate and time shift.

  17. Ultra-broadband pulse evolution in optical parametric oscillators.

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    Reid, Derryck T

    2011-09-12

    Ultrashort-pulse evolution inside a optical parametric oscillator is described by using a nonlinear-envelope-equation approach, eliminating the assumptions of fixed frequencies and a single χ((2)) process associated with conventional solutions based on the three coupled-amplitude equations. By treating the interacting waves as a single propagating field, the experimentally-observed behaviors of singly and doubly-resonant OPOs are predicted across near-octave-spanning bandwidths, including situations where the nonlinear crystal provides simultaneous phasematching for multiple nonlinear processes.

  18. Optical Pulse-Shaping for Internal Cooling of Molecular Ions

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    Lien, Chien-Yu; Williams, Scott R.; Odom, Brian

    2011-06-01

    We propose a scheme to use pulse-shaped femtosecond lasers to optically cool the internal degrees of freedom of molecular ions. Since this approach relies on cooling rotational and vibrational quanta by exciting an electronic transition, it is most straightforward for molecular ions with diagonal Frank-Condon-Factors. The scheme has the advantage of requiring only tens of microseconds to reach equilibrium without blackbody radiation to redistribute the population. For AlH+, a candidate species, a rate equation simulation shows equilibrium is achieved in 15 μs.

  19. Threshold studies of pulsed confocal unstable optical parametric oscillators.

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    Gong, Mali; Zou, Shanshan; Chen, Gang; Yan, Ping; Liu, Qiang; Huang, Lei

    2004-06-28

    A theoretical threshold model based on the spherical wave assumption for a pulsed double-pass pumped singly resonant confocal positive-branch unstable optical parametric oscillator (OPO) has been proposed. It is demonstrated that this model is also applicable to the plane-parallel resonator in the special case. The OPO threshold as a function of important parameters such as the cavity magnification factor, cavity physical length, crystal length, pump pulsewidth, output coupler reflectance and crystal position inside the resonator has been presented. Experimental data show the good agreement with the results obtained from the theoretical model. PMID:19483810

  20. Self-stabilizing optical clock pulse-train generator using SOA and saturable absorber for asynchronous optical packet processing.

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    Nakahara, Tatsushi; Takahashi, Ryo

    2013-05-01

    We propose a novel, self-stabilizing optical clock pulse-train generator for processing preamble-free, asynchronous optical packets with variable lengths. The generator is based on an optical loop that includes a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) and a high-extinction spin-polarized saturable absorber (SA), with the loop being self-stabilized by balancing out the gain and absorption provided by the SOA and SA, respectively. The optical pulse train is generated by tapping out a small portion of a circulating seed pulse. The convergence of the generated pulse energy is enabled by the loop round-trip gain function that has a negative slope due to gain saturation in the SOA. The amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) of the SOA is effectively suppressed by the SA, and a backward optical pulse launched into the SOA enables overcoming the carrier-recovery speed mismatch between the SOA and SA. Without external control for the loop gain, a stable optical pulse train consisting of more than 50 pulses with low jitter is generated from a single 10-ps seed optical pulse even with a variation of 10 dB in the seed pulse intensity. PMID:23669927

  1. 5 Hz, >250 mJ Optical Parametric Chirped-Pulse Amplifier at 1053 nm

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    Bagnoud, V.; Begishev, I.A.; Guardalben, M.J.; Puth, J.; Zuegel, J.D.

    2005-07-15

    A 250 mJ, 5 Hz repetition rate optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier with near-Fourier-transform-limited, 430 fs pulses and a beam that can be focused to near the diffraction limit is demonstrated.

  2. Optical third-harmonic generation using ultrashort laser pulses

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    Stoker, D.; Keto, J.W.; Becker, M.F.

    2005-06-15

    To better predict optical third-harmonic generation (THG) in transparent dielectrics, we model a typical ultrashort pulsed Gaussian beam, including both group velocity mismatch and phase mismatch of the fundamental and harmonic fields. We find that competition between the group velocity mismatch and phase mismatch leads to third-harmonic generation that is sensitive only to interfaces. In this case, the spatial resolution is determined by the group velocity walk-off length. THG of modern femtosecond lasers in optical solids is a bulk process, without a surface susceptibility, but bears the signature of a surface enhancement effect in z-scan measurements. We demonstrate the accuracy of the model, by showing the agreement between the predicted spectral intensity and the measured third-harmonic spectrum from a thin sapphire crystal.

  3. An integrated CMOS detection system for optical short-pulse

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    Kim, Chang-Gun; Hong, Nam-Pyo; Choi, Young-Wan

    2014-03-01

    We present design of a front-end readout system consisting of charge sensitive amplifier (CSA) and pulse shaper for detection of stochastic and ultra-small semiconductor scintillator signal. The semiconductor scintillator is double sided silicon detector (DSSD) or avalanche photo detector (APD) for high resolution and peak signal reliability of γ-ray or X-ray spectroscopy. Such system commonly uses low noise multichannel CSA. Each CSA in multichannel includes continuous reset system based on tens of MΩ and charge-integrating capacitor in feedback loop. The high value feedback resistor requires large area and huge power consumption for integrated circuits. In this paper, we analyze these problems and propose a CMOS short pulse detection system with a novel CSA. The novel CSA is composed of continuous reset system with combination of diode connected PMOS and 100 fF. This structure has linearity with increased input charge quantity from tens of femto-coulomb to pico-coulomb. Also, the front-end readout system includes both slow and fast shapers for detecting CSA output and preventing pile-up distortion. Shaping times of fast and slow shapers are 150 ns and 1.4 μs, respectively. Simulation results of the CMOS detection system for optical short-pulse implemented in 0.18 μm CMOS technology are presented.

  4. Construction and characterization of ultraviolet acousto-optic based femtosecond pulse shapers

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    Mcgrane, Shawn D; Moore, David S; Greenfield, Margo T

    2008-01-01

    We present all the information necessary for construction and characterization of acousto optic pulse shapers, with a focus on ultraviolet wavelengths, Various radio-frequency drive configurations are presented to allow optimization via knowledgeable trade-off of design features. Detailed performance characteristics of a 267 nm acousto-optic modulator (AOM) based pulse shaper are presented, Practical considerations for AOM based pulse shaping of ultra-broad bandwidth (sub-10 fs) amplified femtosecond pulse shaping are described, with particular attention paid to the effects of the RF frequency bandwidth and optical frequency bandwidth on the spatial dispersion of the output laser pulses.

  5. Preliminary Optical And Electric Field Pulse Statistics From Storm Overflights During The Altus Cumulus Electrification Study

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    Mach, D. A.; Blakeslee, R. J.; Bailey, J. C.; Farrell, W. M.; Goldberg, R. A.; Desch, M. D.; Houser, J. G.

    2003-01-01

    The Altus Cumulus Electrification Study (ACES) was conducted during the month of August, 2002 in an area near Key West, Florida. One of the goals of this uninhabited aerial vehicle (UAV) study was to collect high resolution optical pulse and electric field data from thunderstorms. During the month long campaign, we acquired 5294 lightning generated optical pulses with associated electric field changes. Most of these observations were made while close to the top of the storms. We found filtered mean and median 10-10% optical pulse widths of 875 and 830 microns respectively while the 50-50% mean and median optical pulse widths are 422 and 365 microns respectively. These values are similar to previous results as are the 10-90% mean and median rise times of 327 and 265 microns. The peak electrical to optical pulse delay mean and median were 209 and 145 microns which is longer than one would expect from theoretical results. The results of the pulse analysis will contribute to further validation of the Optical Transient Detector (OTD) and the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) satellites. Pre-launch estimates of the flash detection efficiency were based on a small sample of optical pulse measurements associated with less than 350 lightning discharges collected by NASA U-2 aircraft in the early 1980s. Preliminary analyses of the ACES measurements show that we have greatly increased the number of optical pulses available for validation of the LIS and other orbital lightning optical sensors. Since the Altus was often close to the cloud tops, many of the optical pulses are from low-energy pulses. From these low-energy pulses, we can determine the fraction of optical lightning pulses below the thresholds of LIS, OTD, and any future satellite-based optical sensors such as the geostationary Lightning Mapping Sensor.

  6. Compton scattering of electrons from optical pulses for quantum nondemolition measurements

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    Friberg, S.R. ); Hawkins, R.J. )

    1995-01-01

    Compton scattering of electrons from photons destroys neither electrons nor photons, permitting quantum nondemolition measurements of the photon number. Here we consider a Compton scattering quantum nondemolition measurement of the photon number of an optical pulse traveling in a prepared optical fiber. A beam of electrons is directed through the evanescent field associated with the optical pulse, causing the electrons to scatter through an angle proportional to the pulse's photon number.

  7. High-Dynamic-Range Single-Shot Cross-Correlator Based on an Optical Pulse Replicator

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    Dorrer, C.; Bromage, J.; Zuegel, J.D.

    2008-09-05

    The operation of a single-shot cross-correlator based on a pulse replicator is described. The correlator uses a discrete sequence of sampling pulses that are nonlinearly mixed with the pulse under test. The combination of a high reflector and partial reflector replicates an optical pulse by multiple internal reflections and generates a sequence of spatially displaced and temporally delayed sampling pulses. This principle is used in a cross-correlator characterizing optical pulses at 1053 nm. A dynamic range higher than 60 dB is obtained over a temporal range larger than 200 ps.

  8. Comparison of pulse propagation and gain saturation characteristics among different input pulse shapes in semiconductor optical amplifiers

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    Barua, Suchi; Das, Narottam; Nordholm, Sven; Razaghi, Mohammad

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents the pulse propagation and gain saturation characteristics for different input optical pulse shapes with different energy levels in semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs). A finite-difference beam propagation method (FD-BPM) is used to solve the modified nonlinear Schrödinger equation (MNLSE) for the simulation of nonlinear optical pulse propagation and gain saturation characteristics in the SOAs. In this MNLSE, the gain spectrum dynamics, gain saturation are taken into account those are depend on the carrier depletion, carrier heating, spectral hole-burning, group velocity dispersion, self-phase modulation and two photon absorption. From this simulation, we obtained the output waveforms and spectra for different input pulse shapes considering different input energy levels. It has shown that the output pulse shape has changed due to the variation of input parameters, such as input pulse shape, input pulse width, and input pulse energy levels. It also shown clearly that the peak position of the output waveforms are shifted toward the leading edge which is due to the gain saturation of the SOA. We also compared the gain saturation characteristics in the SOA for different input pulse shapes.

  9. All-optical pulse data generation in a semiconductor optical amplifier gain controlled by a reshaped optical clock injection

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    Lin, Gong-Ru; Chang, Yung-Cheng; Yu, Kun-Chieh

    2006-05-01

    Wavelength-maintained all-optical pulse data pattern transformation based on a modified cross-gain-modulation architecture in a strongly gain-depleted semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) is investigated. Under a backward dark-optical-comb injection with 70% duty-cycle reshaping from the received data clock at 10GHz, the incoming optical data stream is transformed into a pulse data stream with duty cycle, rms timing jitter, and conversion gain of 15%, 4ps, and 3dB, respectively. The high-pass filtering effect of the gain-saturated SOA greatly improves the extinction ratio of data stream by 8dB and reduces its bit error rate to 10-12 at -18dBm.

  10. Quantum paradoxes originating from the nonclassical statistics of physical properties related to each other by half-periodic transformations

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    Hofmann, Holger F.

    2015-06-01

    Quantum paradoxes show that quantum statistics can exceed the limits of positive joint probabilities for physical properties that cannot be measured jointly. It is therefore impossible to describe the relations between the different physical properties of a quantum system by assigning joint realities to their observable values. Instead, recent experimental results obtained by weak measurements suggest that nonclassical correlations could be expressed by complex valued quasiprobabilities, where the phases of the complex probabilities express the action of transformations between the noncommuting properties [H. F. Hofmann, New J. Phys. 13, 103009 (2011), 10.1088/1367-2630/13/10/103009]. In these relations, negative probabilities necessarily emerge whenever the physical properties involved are related to each other by half-periodic transformations, since such transformations are characterized by action phases of π in their complex probabilities. It is therefore possible to trace the failure of realist assumptions back to a fundamental and universally valid relation between statistics and dynamics that associates half-periodic transformations with negative probabilities.

  11. Generation of unipolar optical pulses in a Raman-active medium

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    Arkhipov, R. M.; Arkhipov, M. V.; Belov, P. A.; Tolmachev, Yu A.; Babushkin, I.

    2016-04-01

    Response of a Raman-active media (RAM) to the excitation by a series of ultrashort (few-cycle) optical pulses propagating at a superluminal velocity is studied theoretically. It is shown that under certain conditions rectangular unipolar pulses (video-pulses) can be generated as the RAM response. The duration, shape and amplitude of these video-pulses can be widely tuned by modifying the pump pulse parameters.

  12. Phonon-assisted nonlinear optical processes in ultrashort-pulse pumped optical parametric amplifiers

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    Isaienko, Oleksandr; Robel, István

    2016-03-01

    Optically active phonon modes in ferroelectrics such as potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) and potassium titanyl arsenate (KTA) in the ~7–20 THz range play an important role in applications of these materials in Raman lasing and terahertz wave generation. Previous studies with picosecond pulse excitation demonstrated that the interaction of pump pulses with phonons can lead to efficient stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) accompanying optical parametric oscillation or amplification processes (OPO/OPA), and to efficient polariton-phonon scattering. In this work, we investigate the behavior of infrared OPAs employing KTP or KTA crystals when pumped with ~800-nm ultrashort pulses of duration comparable to the oscillation period of the optical phonons. We demonstrate that under conditions of coherent impulsive Raman excitation of the phonons, when the effective χ(2) nonlinearity cannot be considered instantaneous, the parametrically amplified waves (most notably, signal) undergo significant spectral modulations leading to an overall redshift of the OPA output. The pump intensity dependence of the redshifted OPA output, the temporal evolution of the parametric gain, as well as the pump spectral modulations suggest the presence of coupling between the nonlinear optical polarizations PNL of the impulsively excited phonons and those of parametrically amplified waves.

  13. Phonon-assisted nonlinear optical processes in ultrashort-pulse pumped optical parametric amplifiers

    PubMed Central

    Isaienko, Oleksandr; Robel, István

    2016-01-01

    Optically active phonon modes in ferroelectrics such as potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) and potassium titanyl arsenate (KTA) in the ~7–20 THz range play an important role in applications of these materials in Raman lasing and terahertz wave generation. Previous studies with picosecond pulse excitation demonstrated that the interaction of pump pulses with phonons can lead to efficient stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) accompanying optical parametric oscillation or amplification processes (OPO/OPA), and to efficient polariton-phonon scattering. In this work, we investigate the behavior of infrared OPAs employing KTP or KTA crystals when pumped with ~800-nm ultrashort pulses of duration comparable to the oscillation period of the optical phonons. We demonstrate that under conditions of coherent impulsive Raman excitation of the phonons, when the effective χ(2) nonlinearity cannot be considered instantaneous, the parametrically amplified waves (most notably, signal) undergo significant spectral modulations leading to an overall redshift of the OPA output. The pump intensity dependence of the redshifted OPA output, the temporal evolution of the parametric gain, as well as the pump spectral modulations suggest the presence of coupling between the nonlinear optical polarizations PNL of the impulsively excited phonons and those of parametrically amplified waves. PMID:26975881

  14. Phonon-assisted nonlinear optical processes in ultrashort-pulse pumped optical parametric amplifiers.

    PubMed

    Isaienko, Oleksandr; Robel, István

    2016-01-01

    Optically active phonon modes in ferroelectrics such as potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) and potassium titanyl arsenate (KTA) in the ~7-20 THz range play an important role in applications of these materials in Raman lasing and terahertz wave generation. Previous studies with picosecond pulse excitation demonstrated that the interaction of pump pulses with phonons can lead to efficient stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) accompanying optical parametric oscillation or amplification processes (OPO/OPA), and to efficient polariton-phonon scattering. In this work, we investigate the behavior of infrared OPAs employing KTP or KTA crystals when pumped with ~800-nm ultrashort pulses of duration comparable to the oscillation period of the optical phonons. We demonstrate that under conditions of coherent impulsive Raman excitation of the phonons, when the effective χ((2)) nonlinearity cannot be considered instantaneous, the parametrically amplified waves (most notably, signal) undergo significant spectral modulations leading to an overall redshift of the OPA output. The pump intensity dependence of the redshifted OPA output, the temporal evolution of the parametric gain, as well as the pump spectral modulations suggest the presence of coupling between the nonlinear optical polarizations P(NL) of the impulsively excited phonons and those of parametrically amplified waves. PMID:26975881

  15. Phonon-assisted nonlinear optical processes in ultrashort-pulse pumped optical parametric amplifiers

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    Isaienko, Oleksandr; Robel, Istvan

    2016-03-15

    Optically active phonon modes in ferroelectrics such as potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) and potassium titanyl arsenate (KTA) in the ~7–20 THz range play an important role in applications of these materials in Raman lasing and terahertz wave generation. Previous studies with picosecond pulse excitation demonstrated that the interaction of pump pulses with phonons can lead to efficient stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) accompanying optical parametric oscillation or amplification processes (OPO/OPA), and to efficient polariton-phonon scattering. In this work, we investigate the behavior of infrared OPAs employing KTP or KTA crystals when pumped with ~800-nm ultrashort pulses of duration comparable to themore » oscillation period of the optical phonons. We demonstrate that under conditions of coherent impulsive Raman excitation of the phonons, when the effective χ(2) nonlinearity cannot be considered instantaneous, the parametrically amplified waves (most notably, signal) undergo significant spectral modulations leading to an overall redshift of the OPA output. Furthermore, the pump intensity dependence of the redshifted OPA output, the temporal evolution of the parametric gain, as well as the pump spectral modulations suggest the presence of coupling between the nonlinear optical polarizations PNL of the impulsively excited phonons and those of parametrically amplified waves.« less

  16. Lightning Optical Pulse Statistics from Storm Overflights During the Altus Cumulus Electrification Study

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    Mach, D. M.; Blakeslee, R. J.; Bailey, J. C.; Farrell, W. M.; Goldberg, R. A.; Desch, M. D.; Houser, J. G.

    2004-01-01

    The Altus Cumulus Electrification Study (ACES) was conducted during the month of August, 2002 in an area near Key West, Florida. One of the goals of this uninhabited aerial vehicle (UAV) study was to collect time resolved optical pulse data from thunderstorms. During the month long campaign, we acquired 5294 lightning generated optical pulses. Most of these observations were made while close to the top of the storms. We divided our data into two amplitude groups based on prior NASA U2 aircraft optical data and our pulse characteristics. The group of large pulses with radiance greater than 2.1 mW /sq m sr had mean and median 10 - 10% optical pulse widths of 765 and 735 microns respectively, the 50-50% pulse widths of 396 and 355 microns respectively, and 10-90% rise times of 290 and 260 microns. These values are very similar to the previous U2 based optical results The other group of pulses consisting of slightly more than a quarter of the total pulses observed had radiances less than the minimum values detected in the U2 study. The small pulses were narrower than the large pulses with 5040% mean and median values of 198 and 160 ps respectively. Only 12 % of the flashes contained only small pulses, minimizing the impact of this data on the estimates of detection efficiencies of the orbital instruments, the Lightning Imaging Sensor and Optical Transient Detector.

  17. Difference-frequency generation of optical radiation from two-color x-ray pulses.

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    Shwartz, E; Shwartz, S

    2015-03-23

    We describe the process of difference-frequency generation of short optical pulses from two-color X-ray pulses. By assuming 10¹¹ photons per X-ray pulse, we predict that the optical count rate can exceed 10⁷ photons per pulse. Similar to other effects involving nonlinear interactions of X-rays and optical radiation, the effect we describe can be used for microscopic studies of chemical bonds and as a probe for light-matter interactions on the atomic scale. Since the X-ray damage threshold is much higher than the optical damage threshold, the efficiency of difference-frequency generation from two X-ray pulses is expected to be orders of magnitude higher than the efficiency of effects such as sum/difference-frequency mixing between X-rays and optical intense short-pulse sources. PMID:25837087

  18. All-Optical Two-Dimensional Serial-to-Parallel Pulse Converter Using an Organic Film with Femtosecond Optical Response

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    Tatsuura, Satoshi; Wada, Osamu; Furuki, Makoto; Tian, Minquan; Sato, Yasuhiro; Iwasa, Izumi; Pu, Lyong Sun

    2001-04-01

    In this study, we introduce a new concept of all-optical two-dimensional serial-to-parallel pulse converters. Femtosecond optical pulses can be understood as thin plates of light traveling in space. When a femtosecond signal-pulse train and a single gate pulse were fed onto a material with a finite incident angle, each signal-pulse plate met the gate-pulse plate at different locations in the material due to the time-of-flight effect. Meeting points can be made two-dimensional by adding a partial time delay to the gate pulse. By placing a nonlinear optical material at an appropriate position, two-dimensional serial-to-parallel conversion of a signal-pulse train can be achieved with a single gate pulse. We demonstrated the detection of parallel outputs from a 1-Tb/s optical-pulse train through the use of a BaB2O4 crystal. We also succeeded in demonstrating 1-Tb/s serial-to-parallel operation through the use of a novel organic nonlinear optical material, squarylium-dye J-aggregate film, which exhibits ultrafast recovery of bleached absorption.

  19. Optical Response of Metal Nanoantennas to Femtosecond Pulses

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    Biswas, Sushmita; Heberle, Albert

    2007-03-01

    Nanoscale metal antennas are promising devices for focusing light down to dimensions much smaller than the wavelength of light. This focusing can lead to strong optical enhancement of the response of single molecules or quantum dots placed in the antenna gap, as well as strong nonlinearities. The optical response of such antenna, however, is not well understood yet. Here, we will present results of our investigations of the linear and nonlinear optical response of silver nanoscale bowtie antennas to excitation with near-infrared pulses from a femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser. The antennas were fabricated with electron beam lithography and a lift-of process on glass substrates and semiconductor materials. They have lengths of a few hundred nanometers and gaps between 10 and 100 nanometers. We will discuss polarization dependence of the excitation sensitivity, second harmonic generation and other nonlinear effects. References: [1] P. Muhlschlegel et al., Science ,1607(2005). [2] J.N. Farahani et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 95,017402(2005).

  20. Ultrashort-pulse measurement using noninstantaneous nonlinearities: Raman effects in frequency-resolved optical gating

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    DeLong, K.W.; Ladera, C.L.; Trebino, R.; Kohler, B.; Wilson, K.R.

    1995-03-01

    Ultrashort-pulse-characterization techniques generally require instantaneously responding media. We show that this is not the case for frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG). We include, as an example, the noninstantaneous Raman response of fused silica, which can cause errors in the retrieved pulse width of as much as 8% for a 25-fs pulse in polarization-gate FROG. We present a modified pulse-retrieval algorithm that deconvolves such slow effects and use it to retrieve pulses of any width. In experiments with 45-fs pulses this algorithm achieved better convergence and yielded a shorter pulse than previous FROG algorithms.

  1. Pulse compression by nonlinear pulse evolution with reduced optical wave breaking in erbium-doped fiber amplifiers.

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    Tamura, K; Nakazawa, M

    1996-01-01

    Nonlinear pulse evolution is studied for a fiber with normal dispersion (ND) and gain. Numerical simulations show that under certain conditions the pulse evolves into a parabolic shape, which has been shown to reduce optical wave breaking. Much as with the square pulse that forms in passive fibers with ND, the interplay of ND and self-phase modulation creates a highly linear chirp, which can be efficiently compressed. Application to an amplifying fiber/grating (prism) pair pulse compressor is considered, with an experimental demonstration of compression from 350 to 77 fs at a gain of 18 dB in an erbium-doped fiber amplifier.

  2. Directly driven source of multi-gigahertz, sub-picosecond optical pulses

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    Messerly, Michael J.; Dawson, Jay W.; Barty, Christopher P.J.; Gibson, David J.; Prantil, Matthew A.; Cormier, Eric

    2015-10-20

    A robust, compact optical pulse train source is described, with the capability of generating sub-picosecond micro-pulse sequences, which can be periodic as well as non-periodic, and at repetition rates tunable over decades of baseline frequencies, from MHz to multi-GHz regimes. The micro-pulses can be precisely controlled and formatted to be in the range of many ps in duration to as short as several fs in duration. The system output can be comprised of a continuous wave train of optical micro-pulses or can be programmed to provide gated bursts of macro-pulses, with each macro-pulse consisting of a specific number of micro-pulses or a single pulse picked from the higher frequency train at a repetition rate lower than the baseline frequency. These pulses could then be amplified in energy anywhere from the nJ to MJ range.

  3. Optical diagnostics for high power pulsed underwater electrical discharge characterization

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    Deroy, J.; Claverie, A.; Avrillaud, G.; Boustie, M.; Mazanchenko, E.; Assous, D.; Chuvatin, A.

    2014-05-01

    In order to evaluate the behavior of a high power pulsed underwater electrical discharge, and especially characterize the pressure generated by such a discharge, we implemented several optical diagnostics. We first observed directly the expansion of the plasma produced by the dielectric breakdown of the water between the electrodes and the resulting gaseous pulsating bubble. This observation led to an estimate of the pressure inside the bubble with respect to time. We then visualized the propagation of the pressure wave generated by the discharge with shadowgraph and Schlieren setup. The obtained velocity was then used to evaluate the theoretical maximum pressure at the pressure front. Finally, we measured the velocity induced by the pressure wave on a thin aluminum disk with a heterodyne velocimeter and used numerical simulation to obtain a temporal form of pressure. These methods and results can be used to develop and assess performances of processes using underwater electrical discharges to generate pressure waves such as electrohydraulic forming.

  4. Optical Diagnostics For High Power Pulsed Underwater Electrical Discharge Characterization

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    Deroy, Julien; Avrillaud, Gilles; Boustie, Michel; Claverie, Alain; Mazanchenko, Ekaterina; Assous, David; Chuvatin, Alexander

    2013-06-01

    In order to evaluate the behavior of a high power pulsed underwater electrical discharge, and especially characterize the pressure generated by such a discharge, we implemented several optical diagnostics. We first observed directly the expansion of the plasma produced by the dielectric breakdown of the water between the electrodes and the resulting gaseous pulsating bubble. This observation led to an estimate of the pressure inside the bubble with respect to time. We then visualized the propagation of the pressure wave generated by the discharge with shadowgraphy and Schlieren set-up. The obtained velocity was then used to evaluate the theoretical maximum pressure at the pressure front. Finally, we measured the velocity induced by the pressure wave on a thin aluminum disk with a heterodyne velocimeter and used numerical simulation to obtain a temporal form of pressure. These methods and results can be used to develop and assess performances of processes using underwater electrical discharges to generate pressure waves such as electrohydraulic forming.

  5. Adaptive optics for ultra short pulsed lasers in UHV environment

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    Deneuville, Francois; Ropert, Laurent; Sauvageot, Paul; Theis, Sébastien

    2015-02-01

    ISP SYSTEM has developed an electro-mechanical deformable mirror compatible with Ultra High Vacuum environment, suitable for ultra short pulsed lasers. The design of the MD-AME deformable mirror is based on force application on numerous locations. μ-AME actuators are driven by stepper motors, and their patented special design allows controlling the force with a very high accuracy. Materials and assembly method have been adapted to UHV constraints and the performances were evaluated on a first application for a beam with a diameter of 250mm. A Strehl ratio above 0.9 was reached for this application. Optical aberrations up to Zernike order 5 can be corrected with a very low residual error as for standard MD-AME mirror. Amplitude can reach up to several hundreds of μm for low order corrections. Hysteresis is lower than 0.1% and linearity better than 99%. Contrary to piezo-electric actuators, the μ-AME actuators avoid print-through effects and they permit to keep the mirror shape stable even unpowered, providing a high resistance to electro-magnetic pulses. The deformable mirror design allows changing easily an actuator or even the membrane if needed, in order to improve the facility availability. They are designed for circular, square or elliptical aperture from 30mm up to 500mm or more, with incidence angle from 0° to 45°. They can be equipped with passive or active cooling for high power lasers with high repetition rate.

  6. Suppressing spectral diffusion of emitted photons with optical pulses

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    Fotso, H. F.; Feiguin, A. E.; Awschalom, D. D.; Dobrovitski, V. V.

    2016-01-22

    In many quantum architectures the solid-state qubits, such as quantum dots or color centers, are interfaced via emitted photons. However, the frequency of photons emitted by solid-state systems exhibits slow uncontrollable fluctuations over time (spectral diffusion), creating a serious problem for implementation of the photon-mediated protocols. Here we show that a sequence of optical pulses applied to the solid-state emitter can stabilize the emission line at the desired frequency. We demonstrate efficiency, robustness, and feasibility of the method analytically and numerically. Taking nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond as an example, we show that only several pulses, with the width of 1more » ns, separated by few ns (which is not difficult to achieve) can suppress spectral diffusion. As a result, our method provides a simple and robust way to greatly improve the efficiency of photon-mediated entanglement and/or coupling to photonic cavities for solid-state qubits.« less

  7. Subpicosecond-pulse generation through cross-phase-modulation-induced modulational instability in optical fibers.

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    Gouveia-Neto, A S; Faldon, M E; Sombra, A S; Wigley, P G; Taylor, J R

    1988-10-01

    We report subpicosecond-pulse generation at 1.319 microm in a single-mode optical fiber by modulational instability induced through cross-phase modulation by 1.06-microm pulses propagating in the normal dispersion regime. Pulse-repetition rates approaching 300 GHz were achieved.

  8. Efficient Generation of Isolated Attosecond Pulse with CEP-Unstabilized Multicycle Infrared Double Optical Gating

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    Lan, Pengfei; Takahashi, Eiji J.; Midorikawa, Kastumi

    We proposed and theoretically demonstrated an optimized gating scheme, which we called infrared double optical gating (IRDOG), to create isolated attosecond pulses (IAPs) with a multicycle laser pulse. Our simulation shows that IAP can be generated by using a pulse up to 60 fs and carrier-envelop phase stabilization is not required.

  9. Nonlinear optics with phase-controlled pulses in the sub-two-cycle regime.

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    Morgner, U; Ell, R; Metzler, G; Schibli, T R; Kärtner, F X; Fujimoto, J G; Haus, H A; Ippen, E P

    2001-06-11

    Nonlinear optical effects due to the phase between carrier and envelope are observed with 5 fs pulses from a Kerr-lens mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser. These sub-two-cycle pulses with octave spanning spectra are the shortest pulses ever generated directly from a laser oscillator. Detection of the carrier-envelope phase slip is made possible by simply focusing the short pulses directly from the oscillator into a BBO crystal. As a further example of nonlinear optics with such short pulses, the interference between second- and third-harmonic components is also demonstrated.

  10. Optimally enhanced optical emission in laser-induced air plasma by femtosecond double-pulse

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    Chen, Anmin; Li, Suyu; Li, Shuchang; Jiang, Yuanfei; Ding, Dajun; Shao, Junfeng; Wang, Tingfeng; Huang, Xuri; Jin, Mingxing

    2013-10-15

    In laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, a femtosecond double-pulse laser was used to induce air plasma. The plasma spectroscopy was observed to lead to significant increase of the intensity and reproducibility of the optical emission signal compared to femtosecond single-pulse laser. In particular, the optical emission intensity can be optimized by adjusting the delay time of femtosecond double-pulse. An appropriate pulse-to-pulse delay was selected, that was typically about 50 ps. This effect can be especially advantageous in the context of femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, plasma channel, and so on.

  11. Two-cascade acousto-optic dispersive delay line for ultrashort laser pulses

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    Molchanov, V Ya; Chizhikov, S I; Yushkov, K B

    2011-08-31

    An optical dispersive delay line for controlling the spectral composition and phase of ultrashort laser pulses is considered. To control independently the spectral amplitude and spectral phase of pulses, it is proposed to use the cascade arrangement of two acousto-optic cells with different control signals. (letters)

  12. Characterization of Ultrafast Laser Pulses using a Low-dispersion Frequency Resolved Optical Grating Spectrometer

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    Whitelock, Hope; Bishop, Michael; Khosravi, Soroush; Obaid, Razib; Berrah, Nora

    2016-05-01

    A low dispersion frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) spectrometer was designed to characterize ultrashort (<50 femtosecond) laser pulses from a commercial regenerative amplifier, optical parametric amplifier, and a home-built non-colinear optical parametric amplifier. This instrument splits a laser pulse into two replicas with a 90:10 intensity ratio using a thin pellicle beam-splitter and then recombines the pulses in a birefringent medium. The instrument detects a wavelength-sensitive change in polarization of the weak probe pulse in the presence of the stronger pump pulse inside the birefringent medium. Scanning the time delay between the two pulses and acquiring spectra allows for characterization of the frequency and time content of ultrafast laser pulses, that is needed for interpretation of experimental results obtained from these ultrafast laser systems. Funded by the DoE-BES, Grant No. DE-SC0012376.

  13. A study of high repetition rate pulse generation and all-optical add/drop multiplexing

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    Chen, Hongmin

    Ultra high-speed optical time-division-multiplexed (OTDM) transmission technologies are essential for the construction of ultra high-speed all-optical networks needed in the information era. In this Ph. D thesis dissertation, essential mechanisms associated with ultra high speed OTDM transmission systems, such as, high speed ultra short pulse generation, all optical demultiplexing and all optical add/drop multiplexing, have been studied. Both experimental demonstrations and numerical simulations have been performed. In order to realize high-speed optical TDM systems, high repetition rate, ultra short pulses are needed. A rational harmonic mode-locked ring fiber laser has been used to produce ultrashort pulses, the pulse jitter will be eliminated using a Phase-Locked-Loop (PLL), and the self-pulsation has been suppressed using a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA). Sub pico-second pulses are very important for all optical sampling in the ultrahigh-speed OTDM transmission system. In this thesis, a two stage compression scheme utilizing the nonlinearity and dispersion of the optical fibers has been constructed and used to compress the gain switched DFB laser pulses. Also a nonlinear optical loop mirror has been constructed to suppress the wings associated with nonlinear compression. Pedestal free, transform-limited pulses with pulse widths in range of 0.2 to 0.4 ps have been generated. LiNbO3 modulators play a very important role in fiber optical communication systems. In this thesis, LiNbO3 modulators have been used to perform high repetition rate pulse generation, all optical demultiplexing and all optical add/drop for the TDM transmission system.

  14. Single-shot, high-resolution, fiber-based phase-diversity photodetection of optical pulses

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    Dorrer, C.; Waxer, L. J.; Kalb, A.; Hill, E. M.; Bromage, J.

    2016-03-01

    Temporally characterizing optical pulses is an important task when building, optimizing, and using optical sources. Direct photodetection with high-bandwidth photodiodes and real-time oscilloscopes is only adequate for optical pulses longer than ~10 ps; diagnostics based on indirect strategies are required to characterize femtosecond and sub-10-ps coherent sources. Most of these diagnostics are based on nonlinear optics and can be difficult to implement for the single-shot characterization of nonrepetitive events. A temporal diagnostic based on phase diversity is demonstrated in the context of picosecond high-energy laser systems, where single-shot pulse measurements are required for system safety and interpretation of experimental results. A plurality of ancillary optical pulses obtained by adding known amounts of chromatic dispersion to the pulse under test are directly measured by photodetection and processed to reconstruct the input pulse shape. This high-sensitivity (~50-pJ) diagnostic is based on a pulse replicator composed of fiber splitters and delay fibers, making it possible to operate with fiber sources and free-space sources after fiber coupling. Experimental data obtained with a high-bandwidth real-time oscilloscope demonstrate accurate characterization of pulses from a high-energy chirped-pulse amplification system, even for pulses shorter than the photodetection impulse response.

  15. Damage-resistant single-pulse optics for x-ray free electron lasers

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    Hau-Riege, S; London, R; Bogan, M; Chapman, H; Bergh, M

    2007-04-27

    Short-pulse ultraviolet and x-ray free electron lasers of unprecedented peak brightness are in the process of revolutionizing physics, chemistry, and biology. Optical components for these new light sources have to be able to withstand exposure to the extremely high-fluence photon pulses. Whereas most optics have been designed to stay intact for many pulses, it has also been suggested that single-pulse optics that function during the pulse but disintegrate on a longer timescale, may be useful at higher fluences than multiple-pulse optics. In this paper we will review damage-resistant single-pulse optics that recently have been demonstrated at the FLASH soft-x-ray laser facility at DESY, including mirrors, apertures, and nanolenses. It was found that these objects stay intact for the duration of the 25-fs FLASH pulse, even when exposed to fluences that exceed the melt damage threshold by fifty times or more. We present a computational model for the FLASH laser-material interaction to analyze the extent to which the optics still function during the pulse. Comparison to experimental results obtained at FLASH shows good quantitative agreement.

  16. Robust Short-Pulse, High-Peak-Power Laser Transmitter for Optical Communications

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    Wright, Malcolm W.

    2009-01-01

    We report on a pulsed fiber based master oscillator power amplifier laser at 1550 nm to support moderate data rates with high peak powers in a compact package suitable for interplanetary optical communications. To accommodate pulse position modulation, the polarization maintaining laser transmitter generates pulses from 0.1 to 1 ns with variable duty cycle over a pulse repetition frequency range of 10 to 100 MHz.

  17. Synthesis of Optical Frequencies and Ultrastable Femtosecond Pulse Trains from an Optical Reference Oscillator

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    Bartels, A.; Ramond, T. M.; Diddams, S. A.; Hollberg, L.

    Recently, atomic clocks based on optical frequency standards have been demonstrated [1,2]. A key element in these clocks is a femtosecond laser that downconverts the petahertz oscillation rate into countable ticks at 1 GHz. When compared to current microwave standards, these new optical clocks are expected to yield an improvement in stability and accuracy by roughly a factor of 1000. Furthermore, it is possible that the lowest noise microwave sources will soon be based on atomically-stabilized optical oscillators that have their frequency converted to the microwave domain via a femtosecond laser. Here, we present tests of the ability of femtosecond lasers to transfer stability from an optical oscillator to their repetition rates as well as to the associated broadband frequency comb. In a first experiment, we phase-lock two lasers to a stabilized laser diode and find that the relative timing jitter in their pulse trains can be on the order of 1 femtosecond in a 100 kHz bandwidth. It is important to distinguish this technique from previous work where a femtosecond laser has been stabilized to a microwave standard [3,4] or another femtosecond laser [5]. Furthermore, we extract highly stable microwave signals with a fractional frequency instability of 2×10-14 in 1 s by photodetection of the laser pulse trains. In a second experiment, we similarly phase-lock the femtosecond laser to an optical oscillator with linewidth less than 1 Hz [6]. The precision with which we can make the femtosecond frequency comb track this reference oscillator is then tested by a heterodyne measurement between a second stable optical oscillator and a mode of the frequency comb that is displaced 76 THz from the 1 Hz-wide reference. From this heterodyne signal we place an upper limit of 150 Hz on the linewidth of the elements of the frequency comb, limited by the noise in the measurement itself.

  18. Quantum correlations of pulses of optical parametric oscillator synchronously pumped above threshold

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    Averchenko, V. A.; Golubev, Yu. M.; Filonenko, K. V.; Fabre, C.; Treps, N.

    2011-06-01

    The quantum analysis of radiation from a degenerate optical parametric oscillator synchronously pumped above its oscillation threshold is presented. It is shown that pulses of signal and pump fields at the output of the oscillator have the following properties: quantum fluctuations of the fields are independent in each individual pulse, but correlated in pulses of the pulse train with a temporal step multiple of the pulse period. The number of essentially correlated pulses is on the order of the oscillator cavity finesse. Cross-correlations between the pump and signal pulses are established above the oscillation threshold. These correlations lead to a significant quantum effect in the integral characteristics of the fields. A theoretical analysis revealed that the spectrum of field fluctuations measured using a balanced homodyne detection technique of phase quadratures of the fields with a pulsed local oscillator reveals quantum noise suppression in the vicinity of frequencies that are multiples of the pulse repetition rate.

  19. Pulsed dipole radiation in a transformation-optics wedge waveguide designed by azimuthal space compression.

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    Kim, Heungjoon; Pack, Seung Pil; Yi, Yun; Kim, Hwi

    2013-09-23

    A transformation-optics wedge waveguide designed for the simultaneous collection and directional collimation of pulsed dipole radiation is described and tested with numerical simulation. Azimuthal compression of free space toward a narrow fan-shaped waveguide sector allows dipole pulse radiation in free space to be transformed into a directional non-dispersive pulse propagating within that sector. The collection and collimation ability of the proposed structure is compared with classical approaches using metallic wedge mirrors and parabolic mirrors, which inherently allow multiple internal reflections and thus generate significant pulse distortion and low light-collection efficiency. It is shown that the optical pulse generated by the dipole and propagated through the proposed transformation-optics waveguide maintains its original shape within the structure, and demonstrates enhanced optical power.

  20. Fiber Optic Picosecond Laser Pulse Transmission Line for Hydrogen Ion Beam Profile Measurement

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    Liu, Yun; Huang, Chunning; Aleksandrov, Alexander V

    2013-01-01

    We present a fiber optic laser pulse transmission line for non-intrusive longitudinal profile measurement of the hydrogen ion (H-) beam at the front-end of the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) accelerator. The 80.5 MHz, 2.5 ps, multi-killowatt optical pulses are delivered to the accelerator beam line through a large mode area polarization maintaining optical fiber to ensure a high measurement stability. The transmission efficiency, output laser beam quality, pulse jitter and pulse width broadening over a 100-ft fiber line are experimentally investigated. A successful measurement of the H- beam microbunch (~130 ps) profile is obtained. Our experiment is the first demonstration of particle beam profile diagnostics using fiber optic laser pulse transmission line.

  1. Fiber optic picosecond laser pulse transmission line for hydrogen ion beam longitudinal profile measurement.

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    Huang, Chunning; Liu, Yun; Aleksandrov, Alexander

    2013-07-01

    We present a fiber optic laser pulse transmission line for nonintrusive longitudinal profile measurement of the hydrogen ion (H(-)) beam at the front-end of the Spallation Neutron Source accelerator. The 80.5 MHz, 2.5 ps, multikilowatt optical pulses are delivered to the accelerator beam line through a large-mode-area polarization-maintaining optical fiber to ensure high measurement stability. The transmission efficiency, output laser beam quality, pulse jitter, and pulse width broadening over a 30 m long fiber line are experimentally investigated. A successful measurement of the H(-) beam microbunch (~130 ps) profile is obtained. The experiment is the first demonstration to our knowledge of particle beam profile diagnostics using a fiber optic laser pulse transmission line.

  2. Reconfigurable symmetric pulses generation using on-chip cascaded optical differentiators.

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    Hou, Jie; Dong, Jianji; Zhang, Xinliang

    2016-09-01

    We report a type of programmable pulse shaping method based on cascaded frequency-detuned optical differentiators. By properly adjusting the central wavelength of each differentiator, a large variety of symmetric pulses can be generated from a transform-limited Gaussian-like pulse. We numerically and experimentally demonstrate the generation of flat-top, parabolic and triangular pulses with tunable pulse widths from a 20-ps Gaussian-like pulse, using no more than three cascaded differentiators. It can be found that as more differentiators are used, higher synthesized accuracy and larger tuning range of pulse widths can be obtained in general. Additionally, in our experiment, we design and fabricate thermally tunable delay interferometers on the silicon-on-insulator (SOI) platform to work as optical differentiators, which can help us realize the shaping system with small footprint (943μm × 395μm) and high stability. PMID:27607657

  3. Reconfigurable symmetric pulses generation using on-chip cascaded optical differentiators.

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    Hou, Jie; Dong, Jianji; Zhang, Xinliang

    2016-09-01

    We report a type of programmable pulse shaping method based on cascaded frequency-detuned optical differentiators. By properly adjusting the central wavelength of each differentiator, a large variety of symmetric pulses can be generated from a transform-limited Gaussian-like pulse. We numerically and experimentally demonstrate the generation of flat-top, parabolic and triangular pulses with tunable pulse widths from a 20-ps Gaussian-like pulse, using no more than three cascaded differentiators. It can be found that as more differentiators are used, higher synthesized accuracy and larger tuning range of pulse widths can be obtained in general. Additionally, in our experiment, we design and fabricate thermally tunable delay interferometers on the silicon-on-insulator (SOI) platform to work as optical differentiators, which can help us realize the shaping system with small footprint (943μm × 395μm) and high stability.

  4. Amplification of frequency-modulated soliton-like pulses in inhomogeneous optical waveguides with normal dispersion

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    Zolotovskii, I. O.; Novikov, S. G.; Okhotnikov, O. G.; Sementsov, D. I.; Yavtushenko, I. O.; Yavtushenko, M. S.

    2012-06-01

    The possibility of effective amplification of self-similar frequency-modulated pulses (FMPs) in longitudinally inhomogeneous active optical waveguides is studied. Peculiarities of the dynamics of parabolic pulses with a constant frequency modulation rate are considered. An optimal profile of variation of the group velocity dispersion was obtained in correspondence with optimal amplification of a similariton-like pulse. The use of FMPs in amplifying and longitudinally inhomogeneous optical waveguides with a correspondingly matched profile of normal dispersion of group velocities is shown to be capable of providing for an amplification of subpicosecond pulses up to energies above 1 nJ.

  5. Dispersion management for a sub-10-fs, 10 TW optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier

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    Tavella, Franz; Nomura, Yutaka; Veisz, Laszlo; Pervak, Vladimir; Marcinkevičius, Andrius; Krausz, Ferenc

    2007-08-01

    We report the amplification of three-cycle, 8.5 fs optical pulses in a near-infrared noncollinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier (OPCPA) up to energies of 80 mJ. Improved dispersion management in the amplifier by means of a combination of reflection grisms and a chirped-mirror stretcher allowed us to recompress the amplified pulses to within 6% of their Fourier limit. The novel ultrabroad, ultraprecise dispersion control technology presented in this work opens the way to scaling multiterawatt technology to even shorter pulses by optimizing the OPCPA bandwidth.

  6. Dispersion management for a sub-10-fs, 10 TW optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier.

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    Tavella, Franz; Nomura, Yutaka; Veisz, Laszlo; Pervak, Vladimir; Marcinkevicius, Andrius; Krausz, Ferenc

    2007-08-01

    We report the amplification of three-cycle, 8.5 fs optical pulses in a near-infrared noncollinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier (OPCPA) up to energies of 80 mJ. Improved dispersion management in the amplifier by means of a combination of reflection grisms and a chirped-mirror stretcher allowed us to recompress the amplified pulses to within 6% of their Fourier limit. The novel ultrabroad, ultraprecise dispersion control technology presented in this work opens the way to scaling multiterawatt technology to even shorter pulses by optimizing the OPCPA bandwidth.

  7. Broadband noise limit in the photodetection of ultralow jitter optical pulses.

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    Sun, Wenlu; Quinlan, Franklyn; Fortier, Tara M; Deschenes, Jean-Daniel; Fu, Yang; Diddams, Scott A; Campbell, Joe C

    2014-11-14

    Applications with optical atomic clocks and precision timing often require the transfer of optical frequency references to the electrical domain with extremely high fidelity. Here we examine the impact of photocarrier scattering and distributed absorption on the photocurrent noise of high-speed photodiodes when detecting ultralow jitter optical pulses. Despite its small contribution to the total photocurrent, this excess noise can determine the phase noise and timing jitter of microwave signals generated by detecting ultrashort optical pulses. A Monte Carlo simulation of the photodetection process is used to quantitatively estimate the excess noise. Simulated phase noise on the 10 GHz harmonic of a photodetected pulse train shows good agreement with previous experimental data, leading to the conclusion that the lowest phase noise photonically generated microwave signals are limited by photocarrier scattering well above the quantum limit of the optical pulse train. PMID:25432042

  8. Optical polarizing neutron devices designed for pulsed neutron sources

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    Takeda, M.; Kurahashi, K.; Endoh, Y.; Itoh, S.

    1997-09-01

    We have designed two polarizing neutron devices for pulsed cold neutrons. The devices have been tested at the pulsed neutron source at the Booster Synchrotron Utilization Facility of the National Laboratory for High Energy Physics. These two devices proved to have a practical use for experiments to investigate condensed matter physics using pulsed cold polarized neutrons.

  9. Electromagnetically induced transparency in rubidium vapor prepared by a comb of short optical pulses

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    Sautenkov, Vladimir A.; Rostovtsev, Yuri V.; Ye, C.Y.; Welch, George R.; Kocharovskaya, Olga; Scully, Marlan O.

    2005-06-15

    It was shown by Kocharovskaya and Khanin [Sov. Phys. JETP 63, 945 (1986)] that a comb of optical pulses can induce a ground-state atomic coherence and change the optical response of an atomic medium. In our experiment, we studied the propagation of a comb of optical pulses produced by a mode-locked diode laser in rubidium atomic vapor. Electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) was observed when the pulse repetition rate is a subharmonic of the hyperfine splitting of the ground state. The width of the EIT resonance is determined by the relaxation rate of the ground-state coherence. Possible applications to magnetometery, atomic clocks, and frequency chains are discussed.

  10. Numerical simulation of interaction of few-cycle pulses counter-propagating in the optical fiber

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    Konev, L. S.; Shpolyanskiy, Yu A.

    2016-08-01

    Interaction of few-cycle pulses counter-propagating in an optical fiber is studied numerically via solution of equations for bi-directional fields that are equivalent to the full scalar wave equation. It is simulated how 3-cycle optical pulse of the Ti:Sa laser is gained as it propagates through the field of the pulse on the second harmonic with higher intensity in the telecommunication type single-mode optical fiber. Rise of sixths harmonic is also observable under considered conditions.

  11. An optical FPGA: reconfigurable simultaneous multi-output spectral pulse-shaping for linear optical processing.

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    Schröder, Jochen; Roelens, Michaël A F; Du, Liang B; Lowery, Arthur J; Frisken, Steve; Eggleton, Benjamin J

    2013-01-14

    We demonstrate a pulse-shaping technique that allows for spectrally resolved splitting of an input signal to multiple output ports. This ability enables reconfigurable creation of splitters with complex wavelength-dependent splitting ratios, giving similar flexibility to a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) in electronics. Our technique can be used to create reprogrammable optical (interferometric) circuits, by emulating their multi-port spectral transfer functions instead of the traditional method of creating an interferometer by splitting and recombining the light with an added delay. We demonstrate the capabilities of this technique by creating a Mach-Zehnder interferometer, an all-optical discrete Fourier transform filter, two nested Mach-Zehnder interferometers and a complex splitter with a triangular-shaped response.

  12. Generation of optical pulse packet using a fiber stacker for time fiducial applications

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    Lin, Honghuan; Wang, Jianjun; Huang, Zhihua; Li, Qi; Xu, Lixin; Tang, Xuan; Li, Chengyu; Guo, Chao; Zhao, Pengfei; Jing, Feng

    2016-08-01

    We present the concept of multicolor optical pulse packet generation based on modified fiber stackers featured with reflection geometries. Infrared radiation, visible and ultraviolet time fiducials were obtained by the amplification and frequency-conversion of the pulse packet generated in this fiber stacker. Application for the inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiment diagnosis with time fiducials was demonstrated. With featured reflection geometries, the shaped packet pulses with uniform sub-pulse polarization states in a temporal window of ns range were generated in the fiber stacker. The design greatly simplifies the packet pulse generation for time fiducial and could be used for laser-driven ICF experimental diagnosis.

  13. Time-domain aspect of carrier-envelope-phase control: field stabilized optical pulse generation

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    Torizuka, Kenji; Takada, Hideyuki; Kakehata, Masayuki

    2006-06-01

    An ultrashort pulse laser system with precisely controlled output-timing and carrier-envelope phase (CEP) is reported. Recently developed technology Ofl CEP control of a mode-locked laser not only introduced an optical frequency comh in frequency domain hut also gave us a way to generate optical pulses whose oscillating electric field is under a fixed phase relation with the intensity shape. Fortunately, recent advances on optical physics have also showed that sonic types of light-matter interactions become sensitive to the field shape when the pulse approaches a few cycles in duration and has a high peak intensity. Owing to those advances, field-controlled ultrashort pulse generation, based on suh-femtosecond resolution timing-control and sub-radian CEP control of femtosecond lasers, becomes an attractive challenge. Our final goal is to realize a shaped electric field within optical-cycle time scale br researches on light-matter interaction and other future application. CEP control Ofl a mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser is the first step of such a laser system. Trade-off between the accuracy and robustness of the control, and the monitoring technique of CEP br amplilication, will he discussed. Amplification of a CEP-controlled pulse, which is necessary for most of time-domain application, is successfully performed by the CEP monitoring technique. Our chirped-pulse amplifier, that includes a grating-based stretcher/compressor, has a potential to achieve higher-energy amplification of a fixed CEP pulse. Multichannel phase control of spectrally divided ultrashort pulses is applied to dynamic control of pulse-timing and CEP of amplifled pulses. Related results on short-pulse, sub-l3fs, generation by a chirped-pulse Ti:sapphire amplifier, and multicolor phase-coherent pulse sources will be also discussed briefly, showing our on-going efforts to approach the final goal.

  14. Experimental study of electro-optical Q-switched pulsed Nd:YAG laser

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    A, Maleki; M Kavosh, Tehrani; H, Saghafifar; M, H. Moghtader Dindarlu

    2016-03-01

    We report the specification of a compact and stable side diode-pumped Q-switched pulsed Nd:YAG laser. We experimentally study and compare the performance of the pulsed Nd:YAG laser in the free-running and Q-switched modes at different pulse repetition rates from 1 Hz to 100 Hz. The laser output energy is stabilized by using a special configuration of the optical resonator. In this laser, an unsymmetrical concave-concave resonator is used and this structure helps the mode volume to be nearly fixed when the pulse repetition rate is increased. According to the experimental results in the Q-switched operation, the laser output energy is nearly constant around 70 mJ with an FWHM pulse width of 7 ns at 100 Hz. The optical-to-optical conversion efficiency in the Q-switched regime is 17.5%.

  15. A Multiterawatt Laser Using a High-Contrast, Optical Parametric Chirped-Pulse Presamplifier

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    Bagnoud, V.; Puth, J.; Begishev, I.; Guardalben, M.; Zuegel, J.D.; Forget, N.; LeBlanc, C.

    2005-09-30

    A laser has been built that uses optical parametric chirped-pulse preamplification and a glass booster amplifier. We review the performance of the 5-Hz, multijoule OPCPA pump laser, the 370-mJ OPCPA, and the overall laser.

  16. All-Optical Generation and Switching of Few-Cycle Millimeter-Wave Pulses

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    Lin, Jim-Wein; Wun, Jhih-Min; Shi, Jin-Wei; Pan, Ci-Ling

    2014-10-01

    We conducted a comparative study of two schemes of photonic generation and switching of few-cycle sub-THz or millimeter wave (MMW) pulses by use of a photonic-transmitter-mixer (PTM) module with a broadband and high-power near-ballistic uni-traveling carrier photodiode (NBUTC-PD). In the first scheme, we performed all-optical ultra-fast switching (bias modulation) of the PTM injected with a 93 GHz optical local-oscillator signal. Sub-2-cycle short MMW pulses with central frequency at 93 GHz were generated. To compare, in scheme 2, we employed femtosecond optical short pulses to directly excite the PTM under a DC bias (optical modulation). The former approach is shown to be capable of providing much less signal distortion and much shorter pulse duration than the latter.

  17. Optical Nyquist pulse generation using a time lens with spectral slicing.

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    Wang, Dong; Huo, Li; Xing, Yanfei; Jiang, Xiangyu; Lou, Caiyun

    2015-02-23

    Optical Nyquist pulse generation based on a time lens with subsequent optical filtering is proposed. A nearly chirp-free 10-GHz 8.1-ps Nyquist pulse generator is experimentally demonstrated. By inserting group velocity dispersion (GVD) between cascaded phase and amplitude modulators, 11 tones ultraflat optical frequency comb (OFC) of 10-GHz frequency spacing within 0.9 dB power variation is obtained. The quasi-rectangular shape spectrum is then filtered out with a tunable rectangular-shaped optical band-pass filter (OBPF) and the quasi-linear chirp is compensated by a segment of standard single mode fiber (SSMF). By changing the wavelength of the continuous wave (CW) light, nearly chirp-free Nyquist pulses over C band are obtained. Furthermore, simultaneous dual-wavelength pulse generation is also demonstrated.

  18. Effect of noise on Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating measurements of ultrashort pulses

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    Fittinghoff, D.N.; DeLong, K.W.; Ladera, C.L.; Trebino, R.

    1995-02-01

    We study the effects of noise in Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating measurements of ultrashort pulses. We quantify the measurement accuracy in the presence of additive, muliplicative, and quantization noise, and discuss filtering and pre-processing of the data.

  19. Active lamp pulse driver circuit. [optical pumping of laser media

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    Logan, K. E. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    A flashlamp drive circuit is described which uses an unsaturated transistor as a current mode switch to periodically subject a partially ionized gaseous laser excitation flashlamp to a stable, rectangular pulse of current from an incomplete discharge of an energy storage capacitor. A monostable multivibrator sets the pulse interval, initiating the pulse in response to a flash command by providing a reference voltage to a non-inverting terminal of a base drive amplifier; a tap on an emitter resistor provides a feedback signal sensitive to the current amplitude to an inverting terminal of amplifier, thereby controlling the pulse amplitude. The circuit drives the flashlamp to provide a squarewave current flashlamp discharge.

  20. Superluminal, luminal, and subluminal nondiffracting pulses applied to free-space optical systems: theoretical description.

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    Garay-Avendaño, Roger L; Zamboni-Rached, Michel

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we show theoretically nondiffracting pulses with arbitrary peak velocities that are suitable for data signal transmission without distortion over long distances using different techniques of signal modulation. Our results provide closed-form analytical solutions to the wave equation describing superluminal, luminal, and subluminal ideal nondiffracting pulses with frequency spectra commonly used in the field of optical communications. PMID:26974644

  1. The optical functions of silicon at elevated temperatures and their application to pulsed laser annealing

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    Jellison, G.E. Jr.; Lowndes, D.H.; Wood, R.F.

    1993-06-01

    The results of measurements of the optical functions of silicon at elevated temperatures are reviewed and the results applied to pulsed laser annealing of silicon. Several optical experiments which were performed to understand the physics of pulsed laser annealing are described, and related to detailed thermal modeling. The fabrication of silicon solar cells using both thermal and laser processing is described, both of which give very goods results.

  2. Effect of group velocity mismatch on acousto-optic interaction of ultrashort laser pulses

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    Yushkov, K B; Molchanov, V Ya

    2011-12-31

    Equations describing acousto-optic diffraction of ultrashort laser pulses in an anisotropic medium are derived, taking into account the group velocity mismatch of optical eigenmodes. It is shown that the solution of the modified coupled-mode equations taking into account the group delay is characterised by an increase in the pulse duration, a decrease in diffraction efficiency, a change in the shape of the wave packet envelope, as well as by an increase in the width of the transmission function.

  3. Optical pulse dynamics for quantum-dot logic operations in a photonic-crystal waveguide

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    Ma, Xun; John, Sajeev

    2011-11-15

    We numerically demonstrate all-optical logic operations with quantum dots (QDs) embedded in a bimodal photonic-crystal waveguide using Maxwell-Bloch equations in a slowly varying envelope approximation (SVEA). The two-level QD excitation level is controlled by one or more femtojoule optical driving pulses passing through the waveguide. Specific logic operations depend on the relative pulse strengths and their detunings from an inhomogeneouslly broadened (about 1% for QD transitions centered at 1.5 {mu}m) QD transition. This excitation controlled two-level medium then determines passage of subsequent probe optical pulses. Envelope equations for electromagnetic waves in the linear dispersion and cutoff waveguide modes are derived to simplify solution of the coupled Maxwell-Bloch equations in the waveguide. These determine the quantum mechanical evolution of the QD excitation and its polarization, driven by classical electromagnetic (EM) pulses near a sharp discontinuity in the EM density of states of the bimodal waveguide. Different configurations of the driving pulses lead to distinctive relations between driving pulse strength and probe pulse passage, representing all-optical logic and, or, and not operations. Simulation results demonstrate that such operations can be done on picosecond time scales and within a waveguide length of about 10 {mu}m in a photonic-band-gap (PBG) optical microchip.

  4. Optical pulse-phased observations of faint pulsars with a phase-binning CCD camera

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    Kern, Brian

    2002-11-01

    We have constructed a phase-binning CCD camera optimized for optical observations of faint pulsars. The phase- binning CCD camera combines the high quantum efficiency of a CCD with a pulse-phased time resolution capable of observing pulsars as fast as 10 ms, with no read noise penalty. The phase-binning CCD can also operate as a two- channel imaging polarimeter, obtaining pulse-phased linear photopolarimetric observations. We have used this phase-binning CCD to make the first measurements of optical pulsations from an anomalous X- ray pulsar. We measured the optical pulse profile of 4U 0142+61, finding a pulsed fraction of 27%, many times larger than the pulsed fraction in X-rays. From this observation, we concluded that 4U 0142+61 must be a magnetar, an ultramagnetized neutron star ( B > 1014 G). The optical pulse is double-peaked, similar to the soft X-ray pulse profile. We also used the phase-binning CCD to obtain the photometric and polarimetric pulse profiles of PSR B0656+14, a middle-aged isolated rotation-powered pulsar. The optical pulse profile we measured significantly disagrees with the low signal-to-noise profile previously published for this pulsar. Our results show that the optical flux is entirely pulsed, with optical peaks at phases 0.2 and 0.8 with respect to the radio peak, and a bridge of emission between the peaks. The significance of the detection of pulsed polarized flux is low, but the position angles match the extrapolation of the radio polarization profile. The optical data, both photometric and polarimetric, are consistent with the polar cap model of pulsar magnetospheric emission. The fit of the optical data with the competing emission model, the outer gap model, has not yet been determined. We have developed a number of statistical tools, both to estimate the errors in our measurements and to identify systematic errors present in the pulse profiles. The statistical tools, when applied to the data presented here, show that the systematic

  5. Ultralong optical-pulse corona preionized XeCl laser

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    Taylor, R.S.; Leopold, K.E.

    1989-01-01

    A simple corona preionization scheme together with magnetic spiker and pulse forming line technology has resulted in the production of 100-mJ, 1-..mu..s duration as well as 500-mJ, 0.5-..mu..s duration XeCl laser pulses.

  6. Transient magneto-optic effects in ferrofluid-filled microstructured fibers in pulsed magnetic field

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    Agruzov, Petr M.; Pleshakov, Ivan V.; Bibik, Efim E.; Stepanov, Serguei I.; Shamrai, Alexander V.

    2015-09-01

    Transient magneto-optic effects in ferrofluid-filled microstructured optical fibers are considered. Magneto-optic responses of two types, i.e., an even and an odd one, were observed in the longitudinal geometry of an applied pulsed magnetic field for the kerosene-based Fe3O4 ferrofluid with ∼8 \\text{nm} nanoparticles. For the first time a submicrosecond response time limited by the rise time of the applied field pulse (∼0.35 μ \\text{s}) was demonstrated for the odd magneto-optic effect in an all-fiber system, and responses of the even and odd magneto-optic effects were separated. A strong influence of the pulse width on the relaxation time of the even response is attributed to the formation of particle aggregates.

  7. Comparison of ultrashort-pulse frequency-resolved-optical-gating traces for three common beam geometries

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    DeLong, K.W.; Trebino, R. ); Kane, D.J. )

    1994-09-01

    We recently introduced frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG), a technique for measuring the intensity and phase of an individual, arbitrary, ultrashort laser pulse. FROG can use almost any instantaneous optical nonlinearity, with the most common geometries being polarization gate, self-diffraction, and second-harmonic generation. The experimentally generated FROG trace is intuitive, visually appealing, and can yield quantitative information about the pulse parameters (such as temporal and spectral width and chirp). However, the qualitative and the quantitative features of the FROG trace depend strongly on the geometry used. We compare the FROG traces for several common ultrashort pulses for these three common geometries and, where possible, develop scaling rules that allow one to obtain quantitative information about the pulse directly from the experimental FROG trace. We illuminate the important features of the various FROG traces for transform-limited, linearly chirped, self-phase modulated, and nonlinearly chirped pulses, pulses with simultaneous linear chirp and self-phase modulation, and pulses with simultaneous linear chirp and cubic phase distortion, as well as double pulses, pulses with phase jumps, and pulses with complex intensity and phase substructure.

  8. Compact optical system for pulse-to-pulse laser beam quality measurement and applications in laser machining.

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    Lambert, Robert W; Cortés-Martínez, Rodolpho; Waddle, Andrew J; Shephard, Jonathan D; Taghizadeh, Mohammad R; Greenaway, Alan H; Hand, Duncan P

    2004-09-10

    Fluctuations in beam quality (M2) have been observed on a pulse-to-pulse basis from an industrial Nd:YAG laser. This was achieved with a compact multiplane imaging method incorporating quadratically distorted diffraction gratings, which enabled simultaneous imaging of nine planes on a single CCD array. With this system, we measured across a range of beam qualities with an associated error (in M2 variation) of the order of 0.7%. Application of the system to fiber-optic beam delivery and laser drilling is demonstrated.

  9. Compact Optical System for Pulse-to-Pulse Laser Beam Quality Measurement and Applications in Laser Machining

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    Lambert, Robert W.; Cortés-Martínez, Rodolpho; Waddie, Andrew J.; Shephard, Jonathan D.; Taghizadeh, Mohammad R.; Greenaway, Alan H.; Hand, Duncan P.

    2004-09-01

    Fluctuations in beam quality (M^2) have been observed on a pulse-to-pulse basis from an industrial Nd:YAG laser. This was achieved with a compact multiplane imaging method incorporating quadratically distorted diffraction gratings, which enabled simultaneous imaging of nine planes on a single CCD array. With this system, we measured across a range of beam qualities with an associated error (in M^2 variation) of the order of 0.7%. Application of the system to fiber-optic beam delivery and laser drilling is demonstrated.

  10. Kilohertz generation of high contrast polarization states for visible femtosecond pulses via phase-locked acousto-optic pulse shapers

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    Seiler, Hélène; Walsh, Brenna; Palato, Samuel; Kambhampati, Patanjali; Thai, Alexandre; Forget, Nicolas; Crozatier, Vincent

    2015-09-14

    We present a detailed analysis of a setup capable of arbitrary amplitude, phase, and polarization shaping of broadband visible femtosecond pulses at 1 kHz via a pair of actively phase stabilized acousto-optic programmable dispersive filters arranged in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer geometry. The setup features phase stability values around λ/225 at 580 nm as well as degrees of polarization of at least 0.9 for any polarization state. Both numbers are important metrics to evaluate a setup's potential for applications based on polarization-shaped femtosecond pulses, such as fully coherent multi-dimensional electronic spectroscopy.

  11. Kilohertz generation of high contrast polarization states for visible femtosecond pulses via phase-locked acousto-optic pulse shapers

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    Seiler, Hélène; Walsh, Brenna; Palato, Samuel; Thai, Alexandre; Crozatier, Vincent; Forget, Nicolas; Kambhampati, Patanjali

    2015-09-01

    We present a detailed analysis of a setup capable of arbitrary amplitude, phase, and polarization shaping of broadband visible femtosecond pulses at 1 kHz via a pair of actively phase stabilized acousto-optic programmable dispersive filters arranged in a Mach-Zehnder interferometer geometry. The setup features phase stability values around λ/225 at 580 nm as well as degrees of polarization of at least 0.9 for any polarization state. Both numbers are important metrics to evaluate a setup's potential for applications based on polarization-shaped femtosecond pulses, such as fully coherent multi-dimensional electronic spectroscopy.

  12. Nuclear reactor pulse calibration using a CdZnTe electro-optic radiation detector.

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    Nelson, Kyle A; Geuther, Jeffrey A; Neihart, James L; Riedel, Todd A; Rojeski, Ronald A; Saddler, Jeffrey L; Schmidt, Aaron J; McGregor, Douglas S

    2012-07-01

    A CdZnTe electro-optic radiation detector was used to calibrate nuclear reactor pulses. The standard configuration of the Pockels cell has collimated light passing through an optically transparent CdZnTe crystal located between crossed polarizers. The transmitted light was focused onto an IR sensitive photodiode. Calibrations of reactor pulses were performed using the CdZnTe Pockels cell by measuring the change in the photodiode current, repeated 10 times for each set of reactor pulses, set between 1.00 and 2.50 dollars in 0.50 increments of reactivity.

  13. Blind frequency-resolved optical-gating pulse characterization for quantitative differential multiphoton microscopy.

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    Field, Jeffrey J; Durfee, Charles G; Squier, Jeff A

    2010-10-15

    We use a unique multifocal multiphoton microscope to directly characterize the pulse in the focal plane of a high-NA objective using second-harmonic generation frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG). Because of the nature of the optical setup, femtosecond laser pulses of orthogonal polarization states are generated in the focal plane, each acquiring a different spectral dispersion. By applying an additional constraint on the phase extraction algorithm, we simultaneously extract both the gate and probe pulses from a single spectrogram with a FROG error of 0.016. PMID:20967069

  14. Information coding of exciting laser pulses in an optical echo-processor

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    Rusanova, I A

    2013-07-31

    We report the possibility of controlling the distribution of quantum bits within an inhomogeneously broadened line of a resonant transition in recording and transforming information in optical echo-processors. We consider the efficiency of realisation of the elementary logic XOR gate based on a two-pulse excitation of a resonant medium with phase memory. The encoded information is incorporated into the temporal shape of laser pulses in the form of amplitude modulation of an 'echelon' of present ('1') and absent ('0') pulse-codes for obtaining more efficient logic elements that reduce the noise in a quantum communication channel. (optical information processing)

  15. 1  MW peak-power subpicosecond optical pulse source based on a gain-switched laser diode.

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    Fang, Yi-Cheng; Chaki, Tomohiro; Hung, Jui-Hung; Yamada, Hirohito; Yokoyama, Hiroyuki

    2016-09-01

    We have generated optical pulses of 1.2 MW peak power and 0.6 ps duration using a 1060 nm band gain-switched laser diode pulse oscillator. Optical pulses are amplified by three-stage ytterbium-doped fiber amplifiers, and remarkable reductions of amplified spontaneous emission noise and temporal duration have been accomplished based on self-phase modulation in the middle-stage amplifier. After the main amplifier, optical pulses were temporally compressed by a grating pair, and this enabled generation of subpicosecond optical pulses with over 1 MW peak power. PMID:27607964

  16. Generation of optical frequency combs in fibres: an optical pulse analysis

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    Zajnulina, Marina; Böhm, Michael; Blow, Keith; Chavez Boggio, José M.; Rieznik, Andres A.; Haynes, Roger; Roth, Martin M.

    2014-07-01

    The innovation of optical frequency combs (OFCs) generated in passive mode-locked lasers has provided astronomy with unprecedented accuracy for wavelength calibration in high-resolution spectroscopy in research areas such as the discovery of exoplanets or the measurement of fundamental constants. The unique properties of OCFs, namely a highly dense spectrum of uniformly spaced emission lines of nearly equal intensity over the nominal wavelength range, is not only beneficial for high-resolution spectroscopy. Also in the low- to medium-resolution domain, the OFCs hold the promise to revolutionise the calibration techniques. Here, we present a novel method for generation of OFCs. As opposed to the mode-locked laser-based approach that can be complex, costly, and difficult to stabilise, we propose an all optical fibre-based system that is simple, compact, stable, and low-cost. Our system consists of three optical fibres where the first one is a conventional single-mode fibre, the second one is an erbium-doped fibre and the third one is a highly nonlinear low-dispersion fibre. The system is pumped by two equally intense continuous-wave (CW) lasers. To be able to control the quality and the bandwidth of the OFCs, it is crucial to understand how optical solitons arise out of the initial modulated CW field in the first fibre. Here, we numerically investigate the pulse evolution in the first fibre using the technique of the solitons radiation beat analysis. Having applied this technique, we realised that formation of higherorder solitons is supported in the low-energy region, whereas, in the high-energy region, Kuznetsov-Ma solitons appear.

  17. Stimulated Raman X waves in ultrashort optical pulse filamentation

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    Faccio, Daniele; Averchi, Alessandro; Dubietis, Audrius; Polesana, Paolo; Piskarskas, Algis; di Trapani, Paolo; Couairon, Arnaud

    2007-01-01

    We demonstrate that ultrashort pulse filamentation in liquids with strong Raman gain leads to the spontaneous formation of nonlinear X waves at a Raman-shifted wavelength. We measured as much as 75% energy conversion efficiency into a Raman X wave in ethanol starting from 1ps pulses due to the group velocity matching between the pump and Raman X pulses. Large Raman gain of a weak seed signal was observed in water, associated with a strong spatiotemporal transformation of the seed into an X wave.

  18. Isolated-attosecond-pulse generation with infrared double optical gating

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    Lan, Pengfei; Takahashi, Eiji J.; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2011-06-01

    We propose and theoretically demonstrate an infrared two-color polarization gating scheme for generating an intense isolated attosecond pulse (IAP) in the multicycle regime. Our simulations show that an IAP can be produced using a multicycle two-color driving pulse with a duration up to 60 fs. Moreover, the carrier-envelope phase (CEP) of the driving laser is not required to be stabilized, although the IAP intensity changes with the CEP slip. Such a gating scheme significantly relaxes the requirements for driving lasers and opens the door to easily create intense IAPs with a high-power conventional multicycle laser pulse.

  19. Isolated-attosecond-pulse generation with infrared double optical gating

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    Lan Pengfei; Takahashi, Eiji J.; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2011-06-15

    We propose and theoretically demonstrate an infrared two-color polarization gating scheme for generating an intense isolated attosecond pulse (IAP) in the multicycle regime. Our simulations show that an IAP can be produced using a multicycle two-color driving pulse with a duration up to 60 fs. Moreover, the carrier-envelope phase (CEP) of the driving laser is not required to be stabilized, although the IAP intensity changes with the CEP slip. Such a gating scheme significantly relaxes the requirements for driving lasers and opens the door to easily create intense IAPs with a high-power conventional multicycle laser pulse.

  20. Classical trajectories of molecules exposed to few-optical-cycle light pulses

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    Stagira, S.; Sansone, G.; Vozzi, C.; Nisoli, M.

    2006-04-15

    It is shown that, in the framework of classical electrodynamics and in some peculiar cases, an exhaustive description of rotational evolution of molecules driven by intense few-optical-cycle laser pulses should consider the electric field of the pulse rather than its intensity envelope. We show that, at moderate pulse intensities, nonlinear effects driven by the molecular hyperpolarizability play a significant role. These findings are illustrated by numerical simulations concerning the classical motion of several molecules exposed to few-cycle light pulses.

  1. Self-similar propagation of high-power parabolic pulses in optical fiber amplifiers.

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    Kruglov, V I; Peacock, A C; Dudley, J M; Harvey, J D

    2000-12-15

    Self-similarity techniques are used to study pulse propagation in a normal-dispersion optical fiber amplifier with an arbitrary longitudinal gain profile. Analysis of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation that describes such an amplifier leads to an exact solution in the high-power limit that corresponds to a linearly chirped parabolic pulse. The self-similar scaling of the propagating pulse in the amplifier is found to be determined by the functional form of the gain profile, and the solution is confirmed by numerical simulations. The implications for achieving chirp-free pulses after compression of the amplifier output are discussed.

  2. Numerical study on the propagating performance of super-Gaussian ultra-short optical pulse

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    Guo, Shuqin; An, Wensheng; Zhu, Guangxin

    2007-01-01

    When an optical pulse with super-Gaussian shape is transmitted in fiber, it will gradually evolve to Gaussian function shape under suffered all kinds of effects, such as group velocity dispersion (GVD), third order dispersion (TOD), forth order dispersion (FOD), and nonlinear effects. An interesting phenomenon is observed, that is, TOD will transfer energy of super-Gaussian pulse from one half to another within total flat top, but TOD will split Gaussian optical pulse and bring strong oscillation structure in the edge of pulse. Corresponding to frequency domain, super-Gaussian pulse has two evident slide slobs arranged in both sides of main peak, but TOD can make slobs fade away and transform frequency spectral to Gaussian function shape. In a densely dispersion managed (DDM) fiber system, the propagation performance of super Gaussian pulse with sub-picosecond pulse width is investigated. From clear eye-diagram of propagating over 1000 km, we can conclude that the DDM fiber system is very suitable for super Gaussian optical pulse transmission under low system power condition.

  3. Peculiarities of the propagation of multidimensional extremely short optical pulses in germanene

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    Zhukov, Alexander V.; Bouffanais, Roland; Konobeeva, Natalia N.; Belonenko, Mikhail B.

    2016-09-01

    In this Letter, we study the propagation characteristics of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional extremely short optical pulses in germanene. A distinguishing feature of germanene-in comparison with other graphene-like structures-is the presence of a significant spin-orbit interaction. The account of this interaction has a significant impact on the evolution of extremely short pulses in such systems. Specifically, extremely short optical pulses, consisting of two electric field oscillations, cause the appearance of a tail associated with the excitation of nonlinear waves. Due to the large spin-orbit interaction in germanene, this tail behind the main pulse is much smaller in germanene-based samples as compared to graphene-based ones, thereby making germanene a preferred material for the stable propagation of pulses along the sample.

  4. Analytical description of 3D optical pulse diffraction by a phase-shifted Bragg grating.

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    Golovastikov, Nikita V; Bykov, Dmitry A; Doskolovich, Leonid L; Soifer, Victor A

    2016-08-22

    Diffraction of a three-dimensional (3D) spatiotemporal optical pulse by a phase-shifted Bragg grating (PSBG) is considered. The pulse diffraction is described in terms of signal transmission through a linear system with a transfer function determined by the reflection or transmission coefficient of the PSBG. Resonant approximations of the reflection and transmission coefficients of the PSBG as functions of the angular frequency and the in-plane component of the wave vector are obtained. Using these approximations, a hyperbolic partial differential equation (Klein-Gordon equation) describing a general class of transformations of the incident 3D pulse envelope is derived. A solution to this equation is found in the form of a convolution integral. The presented rigorous simulation results fully confirm the proposed theoretical description. The obtained results may find application in the design of new devices for spatiotemporal pulse shaping and for optical information processing and analog optical computing. PMID:27557167

  5. Excitability and optical pulse generation in semiconductor lasers driven by resonant tunneling diode photo-detectors.

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    Romeira, Bruno; Javaloyes, Julien; Ironside, Charles N; Figueiredo, José M L; Balle, Salvador; Piro, Oreste

    2013-09-01

    We demonstrate, experimentally and theoretically, excitable nanosecond optical pulses in optoelectronic integrated circuits operating at telecommunication wavelengths (1550 nm) comprising a nanoscale double barrier quantum well resonant tunneling diode (RTD) photo-detector driving a laser diode (LD). When perturbed either electrically or optically by an input signal above a certain threshold, the optoelectronic circuit generates short electrical and optical excitable pulses mimicking the spiking behavior of biological neurons. Interestingly, the asymmetric nonlinear characteristic of the RTD-LD allows for two different regimes where one obtain either single pulses or a burst of multiple pulses. The high-speed excitable response capabilities are promising for neurally inspired information applications in photonics. PMID:24103966

  6. Laser pulse amplitude changes induced by terahertz waves under linear electro-optic effect

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    Ilyakov, I. E. Shishkin, B. V.; Kitaeva, G. Kh.; Akhmedzhanov, R. A.

    2014-04-14

    Changes in the amplitude of femtosecond laser pulses and in the energy of terahertz wave radiation induced during their co-propagation in ZnTe and GaP crystals are studied theoretically and experimentally. The results show that variation of the optical field amplitude leads to changes in the laser pulse energy and spectrum shift. We investigate the quantitative correlations between variations of the optical pulse energy, spectrum, phase and terahertz radiation energy. The values of laser pulse energy change and spectrum shift are proportional to the first time derivative of the magnitude of terahertz electric field, which enables coherent electro-optic detection. A simple and convenient calibration technique for terahertz energy detectors based on the correlation between laser and terahertz energy changes is proposed and tested.

  7. Phase-sensitive optical coherence reflectometer with differential phase-shift keying of probe pulses

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    Alekseev, A E; Vdovenko, V S; Sergachev, I A; Simikin, D E; Gorshkov, B G; Potapov, V T

    2014-10-31

    We report a new method for reconstructing the signal shape of the external dynamic perturbations along the entire length of the fibre of an optical coherence reflectometer. The method proposed is based on differential phase-shift keying of a probe pulse and demodulation of scattered light by the phase diversity technique. Possibilities of the method are demonstrated experimentally. (fibre-optic sensors)

  8. Optical guiding of terawatt laser pulses in the plasma waveguide

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    Alexeev, I.; Fan, J.; Kim, K. Y.; Nikitin, S.; Milchberg, H. M.

    1999-11-01

    We report coupling and guiding of pulses of peak power 0.5 TW in 1.5 cm long preformed plasma waveguides generated in a high repetition rate argon gas jet. Greater than 50 percent coupling was measured in the injection of 50 mJ, 100 fs pulses, giving guided intensities up to 10^17 W/cm^2. For short delays between waveguide generation and pulse injection, refraction-induced pulse shortening occurred, with this effect reduced either by increasing the delay between waveguide generation and injection or by injecting a prepulse into the waveguide. We will also describe recent experiments which attempt to reduce the avalanche ionization threshold for the gases in which the waveguide is generated. This work is supported by the US Department of Energy (DEF G0297 ER 41039) and the National Science Foundation (PHY-9515509).

  9. Combined Yb/Nd driver for optical parametric chirped pulse amplifiers.

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    Michailovas, Kirilas; Baltuska, Andrius; Pugzlys, Audrius; Smilgevicius, Valerijus; Michailovas, Andrejus; Zaukevicius, Audrius; Danilevicius, Rokas; Frankinas, Saulius; Rusteika, Nerijus

    2016-09-19

    We report on the developed front-end/pump system for optical parametric chirped pulse amplifiers. The system is based on a dual output fiber oscillator/power amplifier which seeds and assures all-optical synchronization of femtosecond Yb and picosecond Nd laser amplifiers operating at a central wavelength of 1030 nm and 1064 nm, respectively. At the central wavelength of 1030 nm, the fiber oscillator generates partially stretched 4 ps pulses with the spectrum supporting a <120 fs pulse duration and pulse energy of 0.45 nJ. The energy of generated 1064 nm pulses is 0.15 nJ, which is sufficient for the efficient seeding of high-contrast Nd:YVO chirped pulse regenerative amplifier/post amplifier systems generating 9 mJ pulses compressible to 16 ps duration. The power amplification stages, based on Nd:YAG crystals, provide 62 mJ pulses compressible to 20 ps pulse duration at a repetition rate of 1 kHz. Further energy scaling currently is prevented by limited dimensions of the diffraction gratings, which, because of the fast progress in MLD grating manufacturing technologies is only a temporary obstacle.

  10. Combined Yb/Nd driver for optical parametric chirped pulse amplifiers.

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    Michailovas, Kirilas; Baltuska, Andrius; Pugzlys, Audrius; Smilgevicius, Valerijus; Michailovas, Andrejus; Zaukevicius, Audrius; Danilevicius, Rokas; Frankinas, Saulius; Rusteika, Nerijus

    2016-09-19

    We report on the developed front-end/pump system for optical parametric chirped pulse amplifiers. The system is based on a dual output fiber oscillator/power amplifier which seeds and assures all-optical synchronization of femtosecond Yb and picosecond Nd laser amplifiers operating at a central wavelength of 1030 nm and 1064 nm, respectively. At the central wavelength of 1030 nm, the fiber oscillator generates partially stretched 4 ps pulses with the spectrum supporting a <120 fs pulse duration and pulse energy of 0.45 nJ. The energy of generated 1064 nm pulses is 0.15 nJ, which is sufficient for the efficient seeding of high-contrast Nd:YVO chirped pulse regenerative amplifier/post amplifier systems generating 9 mJ pulses compressible to 16 ps duration. The power amplification stages, based on Nd:YAG crystals, provide 62 mJ pulses compressible to 20 ps pulse duration at a repetition rate of 1 kHz. Further energy scaling currently is prevented by limited dimensions of the diffraction gratings, which, because of the fast progress in MLD grating manufacturing technologies is only a temporary obstacle. PMID:27661960

  11. Single-resonance diffraction gratings for time-domain pulse transformations: integration of optical signals.

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    Bykov, Dmitry A; Doskolovich, Leonid L; Soifer, Victor A

    2012-08-01

    A general transformation of the optical pulse envelope implemented by a single-resonance diffraction grating is studied. The particular cases considered include optical pulse integration and differentiation implemented by the grating in the Wood anomalies and the fractional integration and differentiation of order 1/2 implemented in the Rayleigh-Wood anomalies. The extraordinary-optical-transmission plasmonic gratings are shown to be well suited for the integration in the transmission. Diffraction gratings to perform the integration and semi-integration of optical pulses with temporal features in the picosecond range are designed. Numerical simulations based on the rigorous coupled-wave analysis of Maxwell's equations are in good agreement with presented theoretical analysis.

  12. Frequency-resolved optical-gating measurements of ultrashort pulses using surface third-harmonic generation

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    Tsang, T.; Krumbuegel, M.A.; DeLong, K.W.; Fittinghoff, D.N.; Trebino, R.

    1996-09-01

    We demonstrate what is to our knowledge the first frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) technique to measure ultrashort pulses from an unamplified Ti:sapphire laser oscillator without direction-of-time ambiguity. This technique utilizes surface third-harmonic generation as the nonlinear-optical effect and, surprisingly, is the most sensitive third-order FROG geometry yet. {copyright} {ital 1996 Optical Society of America.}

  13. Optical emission generated from silicon under dual-wavelength femtosecond double-pulse laser irradiation.

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    Chen, Anmin; Wang, Ying; Sui, Laizhi; Li, Suyu; Li, Shuchang; Liu, Dunli; Jiang, Yuanfei; Jin, Mingxing

    2015-09-21

    In femtosecond double-pulse laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, collinear double-pulse performance is investigated experimentally using various laser wavelength combinations of 800 nm and 400 nm Ti: sapphire lasers. The induced plasma emission line collected by BK7 lenses is the Si (I) at 390.55 nm. The double-pulse time separation ranges from -300 ps to 300 ps. The line intensity is dependent on the time separation of the dual-wavelength femtosecond double-pulse, and its behavior is unlike that of single-wavelength femtosecond double-pulses. Optical emission intensity can be enhanced by selecting appropriate time separation between sub-pulses. This result is particularly advantageous in the context of femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy.

  14. Optical emission generated from silicon under dual-wavelength femtosecond double-pulse laser irradiation.

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    Chen, Anmin; Wang, Ying; Sui, Laizhi; Li, Suyu; Li, Shuchang; Liu, Dunli; Jiang, Yuanfei; Jin, Mingxing

    2015-09-21

    In femtosecond double-pulse laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, collinear double-pulse performance is investigated experimentally using various laser wavelength combinations of 800 nm and 400 nm Ti: sapphire lasers. The induced plasma emission line collected by BK7 lenses is the Si (I) at 390.55 nm. The double-pulse time separation ranges from -300 ps to 300 ps. The line intensity is dependent on the time separation of the dual-wavelength femtosecond double-pulse, and its behavior is unlike that of single-wavelength femtosecond double-pulses. Optical emission intensity can be enhanced by selecting appropriate time separation between sub-pulses. This result is particularly advantageous in the context of femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. PMID:26406666

  15. Effects of Birefringence and Nonlinearity on Optical Pulse Propagation in New Types of Optical Fibers

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    Curtis R. Menyuk; Gary M. Carter

    2005-05-15

    The purpose of this grant was to allow us to complete work that we had already begun on spun optical fibers and to begin studies of holey and photonic crystal optical fibers. The work on spun optical fibers was completed with great success. It led to several publications in collaboration with our co-workers at the Universita di Padova, and the student who carried out this work received a major award from the Universita di Padova. The work on holey and photonic crystal fibers has proceeded more slowly, but, in collaboration with Korean co-workers at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, we have developed three different computational models that allow us to calculate the modes of these fibers: a Galerkin model, a plane wave model, and a multipole model. We have applied these models to the study of mode coupling in periodic gratings. In collaboration with scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory, we have also applied these models to the study of pulse compression in tapered fibers and the development of nonlinear fibers that are capable of handling large powers in high-index and chalcogenide glasses. European and Asian countries have made large investments in the development of these new glass technologies, while the United States has not. As a consequence, the United States is falling behind in what we believe will prove to be a critical area of nanotechnology. It is our view that by investing in this project, the Department of Energy has helped lay the groundwork for future development of special fiber technology in the United States, once the decision has been made that the United States cannot continue to stand on the sidelines as this technology--which appears to have great commercial and military value--is developed elsewhere.

  16. Frequency-resolved optical gating measurement of ultrashort pulses by using single nanowire.

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    Yu, Jiaxin; Liao, Feng; Gu, Fuxing; Zeng, Heping

    2016-01-01

    The use of ultrashort pulses for fundamental studies and applications has been increasing rapidly in the past decades. Along with the development of ultrashort lasers, exploring new pulse diagnositic approaches with higher signal-to-noise ratio have attracted great scientific and technological interests. In this work, we demonstrate a simple technique of ultrashort pulses characterization with a single semiconductor nanowire. By performing a frequency-resolved optical gating method with a ZnO nanowire coupled to tapered optical microfibers, the phase and amplitude of a pulse series are extracted. The generated signals from the transverse frequency conversion process can be spatially distinguished from the input, so the signal-to-noise ratio is improved and permits lower energy pulses to be identified. Besides, since the nanometer scale of the nonlinear medium provides relaxed phase-matching constraints, a measurement of 300-nm-wide supercontinuum pulses is achieved. This system is highly compatible with standard optical fiber systems, and shows a great potential for applications such as on-chip optical communication. PMID:27609521

  17. Frequency-resolved optical gating measurement of ultrashort pulses by using single nanowire.

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    Yu, Jiaxin; Liao, Feng; Gu, Fuxing; Zeng, Heping

    2016-01-01

    The use of ultrashort pulses for fundamental studies and applications has been increasing rapidly in the past decades. Along with the development of ultrashort lasers, exploring new pulse diagnositic approaches with higher signal-to-noise ratio have attracted great scientific and technological interests. In this work, we demonstrate a simple technique of ultrashort pulses characterization with a single semiconductor nanowire. By performing a frequency-resolved optical gating method with a ZnO nanowire coupled to tapered optical microfibers, the phase and amplitude of a pulse series are extracted. The generated signals from the transverse frequency conversion process can be spatially distinguished from the input, so the signal-to-noise ratio is improved and permits lower energy pulses to be identified. Besides, since the nanometer scale of the nonlinear medium provides relaxed phase-matching constraints, a measurement of 300-nm-wide supercontinuum pulses is achieved. This system is highly compatible with standard optical fiber systems, and shows a great potential for applications such as on-chip optical communication.

  18. Frequency-resolved optical gating measurement of ultrashort pulses by using single nanowire

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    Yu, Jiaxin; Liao, Feng; Gu, Fuxing; Zeng, Heping

    2016-01-01

    The use of ultrashort pulses for fundamental studies and applications has been increasing rapidly in the past decades. Along with the development of ultrashort lasers, exploring new pulse diagnositic approaches with higher signal-to-noise ratio have attracted great scientific and technological interests. In this work, we demonstrate a simple technique of ultrashort pulses characterization with a single semiconductor nanowire. By performing a frequency-resolved optical gating method with a ZnO nanowire coupled to tapered optical microfibers, the phase and amplitude of a pulse series are extracted. The generated signals from the transverse frequency conversion process can be spatially distinguished from the input, so the signal-to-noise ratio is improved and permits lower energy pulses to be identified. Besides, since the nanometer scale of the nonlinear medium provides relaxed phase-matching constraints, a measurement of 300-nm-wide supercontinuum pulses is achieved. This system is highly compatible with standard optical fiber systems, and shows a great potential for applications such as on-chip optical communication. PMID:27609521

  19. Frequency-resolved optical gating measurement of ultrashort pulses by using single nanowire

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    Yu, Jiaxin; Liao, Feng; Gu, Fuxing; Zeng, Heping

    2016-09-01

    The use of ultrashort pulses for fundamental studies and applications has been increasing rapidly in the past decades. Along with the development of ultrashort lasers, exploring new pulse diagnositic approaches with higher signal-to-noise ratio have attracted great scientific and technological interests. In this work, we demonstrate a simple technique of ultrashort pulses characterization with a single semiconductor nanowire. By performing a frequency-resolved optical gating method with a ZnO nanowire coupled to tapered optical microfibers, the phase and amplitude of a pulse series are extracted. The generated signals from the transverse frequency conversion process can be spatially distinguished from the input, so the signal-to-noise ratio is improved and permits lower energy pulses to be identified. Besides, since the nanometer scale of the nonlinear medium provides relaxed phase-matching constraints, a measurement of 300-nm-wide supercontinuum pulses is achieved. This system is highly compatible with standard optical fiber systems, and shows a great potential for applications such as on-chip optical communication.

  20. Fiber-Optic Distribution Of Pulsed Power To Multiple Sensors

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    Kirkham, Harold

    1996-01-01

    Optoelectronic systems designed according to time-sharing scheme distribute optical power to multiple integrated-circuit-based sensors in fiber-optic networks. Networks combine flexibility of electronic sensing circuits with advantage of electrical isolation afforded by use of optical fibers instead of electrical conductors to transmit both signals and power. Fiber optics resist corrosion and immune to electromagnetic interference. Sensor networks of this type useful in variety of applications; for example, in monitoring strains in aircraft, buildings, and bridges, and in monitoring and controlling shapes of flexible structures.

  1. On the output characteristics of a semiconductor optical amplifier driven by an ultrafast optical time division multiplexing pulse train

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    Zoiros, K. E.; Chasioti, R.; Koukourlis, C. S.; Houbavlis, T.

    2007-03-01

    A comprehensive theoretical analysis of a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) that is subject to an ultrafast optical time division multiplexing pulse stream is presented with the help of a simple but efficient model developed for this purpose. The model combines the necessary set of mathematical equations with the appropriate simplifying assumptions to describe in the time domain gain saturation and recovery for the case of multiple incoming pulses. In this manner, analytical expressions can be obtained for the power and chirp profile of the amplified pulses, essentially extending the work that has been performed for a single pulse only. This allows to identify the critical operational parameters and to investigate and evaluate their effect on these two output characteristics. The derived simulation curves are thoroughly studied to specify the limitations imposed on the SOA small signal gain and carrier lifetime as well as on the full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) and energy of the input pulses and, based on a series of logical arguments, to extract useful rules concerning their selection so as to achieve improved performance with respect to the practical applications of all-optical switching and pulse compression. The obtained results indicate that due to the continuous insertion of pulses, the requirements for the SOA small signal gain and the input pulse energy are stringent than those for the case of isolated pulse amplification. The combination of these two parameters determines also the regime in which the amplifier must be biased to operate in order to ensure distortionless pulse amplification and enhanced chirp for efficient pulse compression and it has been found that low saturation is necessary for the former case whilst heavy saturation for the latter. The scopes of the corresponding requirements for the carrier lifetime and the FWHM are also tight but to a less extent and can be simply satisfied with the available photonics technology. These results

  2. Slow and fast light via SBS in optical fibers for short pulses and broadband pump

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    Kalosha, V. P.; Chen, Liang; Bao, Xiaoyi

    2006-12-01

    Slow-light effect via stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in single-mode optical fibers was considered for short probe pulses of nanosecond duration relevant to Gb/s data streams. Unlike recent estimations of delay versus pump based on steady-state small-signal approximation we have used numerical solution of three-wave equations describing SBS for a realistic fiber length. Both regimes of small signal and pump depletion (gain saturation) were considered. The physical origin of Stokes pulse distortion is revealed which is related to excitation of long-living acoustic field behind the pulse and prevents effective delay control by pump power increase at cw pumping. We have shown different slope of the gain-dependent delay for different pulse durations. Spectrally broadened pumping by multiple cw components, frequency-modulated pump and pulse train were studied for short pulses which allow to obtain large delay and suppress pulse distortion. In the pump-depletion regime of pumping by pulse train, both pulse delay and distortion decrease with increasing pump, and the pulse achieves advancement.

  3. Slow and fast light via SBS in optical fibers for short pulses and broadband pump.

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    Kalosha, V P; Chen, Liang; Bao, Xiaoyi

    2006-12-25

    Slow-light effect via stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in single-mode optical fibers was considered for short probe pulses of nanosecond duration relevant to Gb/s data streams. Unlike recent estimations of delay versus pump based on steady-state small-signal approximation we have used numerical solution of three-wave equations describing SBS for a realistic fiber length. Both regimes of small signal and pump depletion (gain saturation) were considered. The physical origin of Stokes pulse distortion is revealed which is related to excitation of long-living acoustic field behind the pulse and prevents effective delay control by pump power increase at cw pumping. We have shown different slope of the gain-dependent delay for different pulse durations. Spectrally broadened pumping by multiple cw components, frequency-modulated pump and pulse train were studied for short pulses which allow to obtain large delay and suppress pulse distortion. In the pump-depletion regime of pumping by pulse train, both pulse delay and distortion decrease with increasing pump, and the pulse achieves advancement. PMID:19532161

  4. Measuring ultrashort pulses using frequency-resolved optical gating

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    Trebino, R.

    1993-12-01

    The purpose of this program is the development of techniques for the measurement of ultrafast events important in gas-phase combustion chemistry. Specifically, goals of this program include the development of fundamental concepts and spectroscopic techniques that will augment the information currently available with ultrafast laser techniques. Of equal importance is the development of technology for ultrafast spectroscopy. For example, methods for the production and measurement of ultrashort pulses at wavelengths important for these studies is an important goal. Because the specific vibrational motion excited in a molecule depends sensitively on the intensity, I(t), and the phase, {psi}(t), of the ultrashort pulse used to excite the motion, it is critical to measure both of these quantities for an individual pulse. Unfortunately, this has remained an unsolved problem for many years. Fortunately, this year, the authors present a technique that achieves this goal.

  5. Spatial-temporal distortions and calibration of ultrashort pulses in complex optical systems

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    Liu, J.; Zhu, L. J.; Chang, S. Q.; Chen, A. Q.; Liu, S. Q.; Yuan, F.; Zhang, H. Y.; Zheng, Z. R.

    2016-07-01

    Ultrashort laser pulse has been widely used in various applications. Its parameters, such as the pulse duration and the spectral bandwidth, should be controlled accurately in order to achieve high spatial and temporal resolution, as well as high local field intensity. In this paper, we have proposed a method to trace the propagation of ultrashort pulses through optical systems, especially the complex optics. The approach, in which both the material's dispersion and optical aberrations are taken into consideration, is developed based on the geometrical ray-tracing combined with wave theories. This method is validated by simulating the propagation of a femtosecond pulse through a specific practical imaging system. As the numerical result shows that the spatial-temporal performances of pulses are influenced greatly by optical elements, the calibration arrangement is employed to compensate for those undesired distortions. The negative dispersion of the optical grisms (the combination of gratings and prisms) is utilized in the calibration process to offset the positive dispersion introduced by lenses. The final result shows effectiveness of the correction.

  6. Effect of laser pulse repetition frequency on the optical breakdown threshold of quartz glass

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    Kononenko, T V; Konov, V I; Schöneseiffen, S; Dausinger, F

    2013-08-31

    The thresholds of optical breakdown in the volume of quartz glass were measured in relation to the number of pulses under irradiation by ultrashort laser pulses with different pulse repetition frequencies (1 – 400 kHz). Increasing this frequency from 10 to 400 kHz was found to substantially lower the breakdown threshold for 500-fs long pulses (at a wavelength of 1030 nm) and to lower to a smaller degree for 5-ps long pulses (515 nm). A strong frequency dependence of the breakdown threshold is observed under the same conditions as a manifold decrease of the breakdown threshold with increase in the number of pulses in a pulse train. The dependence of the optical breakdown on the number of pulses is attributable to the accumulation of point defects under multiple subthreshold irradiation, which affects the mechanism of collisional ionisation. In this case, the frequency dependence of the breakdown threshold of quartz glass is determined by the engagement of shortlived defects in the ionisation mechanism. (interaction of laser radiation with matter)

  7. Characterization of arbitrary femtosecond pulses using frequency-resolved optical gating

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    Kane, D.J. ); Trebino, R. )

    1993-02-01

    The authors introduce a new technique, which they call frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG), for characterizing and displaying arbitrary femtosecond pulses. The method is simple, general, broad-band, and does not require a reference pulse. Using virtually any instantaneous nonlinear-optical effect, FROG involves measuring the spectrum of the signal pulse as a function of the delay between two input pulses. The resulting trace of intensity versus frequency and delay is related to the pulse's spectrogram, a visually intuitive transform containing both time and frequency information. They prove, using phase retrieval concepts, that the FROG trace yields the full intensity l(t) and phase [var phi](t) of an arbitrary ultrashort pulse with no physically significant ambiguities. They argue, in analogy with acoustics problems, that the FROG trace is in many ways as useful a representation of the pulse as the field itself. FROG appears to have temporal resolution limited only by the response of the nonlinear medium. They demonstrate the method using self-diffraction via the electronic Kerr effect in BK-7 glass and few [mu]J, 620 nm, linearly chirped, [approximately]200 fs pulses.

  8. Terahertz field enhancement via coherent superposition of the pulse sequences after a single optical-rectification crystal

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    Sajadi, Mohsen Wolf, Martin; Kampfrath, Tobias

    2014-03-03

    Terahertz electromagnetic pulses are frequently generated by optical rectification of femtosecond laser pulses. In many cases, the efficiency of this process is known to saturate with increasing intensity of the generation beam because of two-photon absorption. Here, we demonstrate two routes to reduce this effect in ZnTe(110) crystals and enhance efficiency, namely, by (i) recycling the generation pulses and by (ii) splitting each generation pulse into two pulses before pumping the crystal. In both methods, the second pulse arrives ∼1 ns after the first one, sufficiently long for optically generated carriers to relax. Enhancement is achieved by coherently superimposing the two resulting terahertz fields.

  9. A broadly tunable autocorrelator for ultra-short, ultra-high power infrared optical pulses

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    Szarmes, E.B.; Madey, J.M.J.

    1995-12-31

    We describe the design of a crossed-beam, optical autocorrelator that uses an uncoated, birefringent beamsplitter to split a linearly polarized incident pulse into two orthogonally polarized pulses, and a Type II, SHG crystal to generate the intensity autocorrelation function. The uncoated beamsplitter accommodates extremely broad tunability while precluding any temporal distortion of ultrashort optical pulses at the dielectric interface, and the specific design provides efficient operation between 1 {mu}m and 4 {mu}m. Furthermore, the use of Type II SHG completely eliminates any single-beam doubling, so the autocorrelator can be operated at very shallow crossed-beam angles without generating a background pedestal. The autocorrelator has been constructed and installed in the Mark III laboratory at Duke University as a broadband diagnostic for ongoing compression experiments on the chirped-pulse FEL.

  10. Generation of ultra-short THz pulses in new optical nonlinear materials based on organic polymers

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    Mikerin, S. L.; Plekhanov, A. I.; Simanchuk, A. E.; Yakimanskii, A. V.

    2016-07-01

    Using the method of optical rectification of femtosecond laser pulses, we report the generation of short (a few field cycles) terahertz pulses in the samples of films based on polyimides with covalently bound chromophore molecules of DR type. The spectral width of the produced pulses is limited by the pump pulse duration. The quadratic nonlinear optical properties are imparted to the films in the process of their fabrication by orienting the chromophore molecules in the external electric field of the applied electrodes having an original configuration. The samples are compared with the ZnTe crystal. Using the methods of coherent spectroscopy, their transmission and refractive index dispersion spectra are investigated in the frequency range 0.5 – 2.6 THz. The studied polymer composition is promising for the application in coherent spectrometers both for increasing the working spectral range without dips and for improving the spatial resolution in the near-field terahertz spectroscopy.

  11. Short optical pulse generation at 40 GHz with a bulk electro-absorption modulator packaged device

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    Langlois, Patrick; Moore, Ronald; Prosyk, Kelvin; O'Keefe, Sean; Oosterom, Jill A.; Betty, Ian; Foster, Robert; Greenspan, Jonathan; Singh, Priti

    2003-12-01

    Short optical pulse generation at 40GHz and 1540nm wavelength is achieved using fully packaged bulk quaternary electro-absorption modulator modules. Experimental results obtained with broadband and narrowband optimized packaged modules are presented and compared against empirical model predictions. Pulse duty cycle, extinction ratio and chirp are studied as a function of sinusoidal drive voltage and detuning between operating wavelength and modulator absorption band edge. Design rules and performance trade-offs are discussed. Low-chirp pulses with a FWHM of ~12ps and sub-4ps at a rate of 40GHz are demonstrated. Optical time-domain demultiplexing of a 40GHz to a 10GHz pulse train is also demonstrated with better than 20dB extinction ratio.

  12. Fluctuations of energy density of short-pulse optical radiation in the turbulent atmosphere.

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    Banakh, V A; Smalikho, I N

    2014-09-22

    Fluctuations of energy density of short-pulse optical radiation in the turbulent atmosphere have been studied based on numerical solution of the parabolic wave equation for the complex spectral amplitude of the wave field by the split-step method. It has been shown that under conditions of strong optical turbulence, the relative variance of energy density fluctuations of pulsed radiation of femtosecond duration becomes much less than the relative variance of intensity fluctuations of continuous-wave radiation. The spatial structure of fluctuations of the energy density with a decrease of the pulse duration becomes more large-scale and homogeneous. For shorter pulses the maximal value of the probability density distribution of energy density fluctuations tends to the mean value of the energy density.

  13. Estimating of pulsed electric fields using optical measurements.

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    Flanagan, Timothy McGuire; Chantler, Gary.

    2013-09-01

    We performed optical electric field measurements ion nanosecond time scales using the electrooptic crystal beta barium borate (BBO). Tests were based on a preliminary bench top design intended to be a proofofprinciple stepping stone towards a modulardesign optical Efield diagnostic that has no metal in the interrogated environment. The long term goal is to field a modular version of the diagnostic in experiments on large scale xray source facilities, or similarly harsh environments.

  14. Two and Three Beam Pumped Optical Parametric Amplifier of Chirped Pulses

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    Ališauskas, S.; Butkus, R.; Pyragaitė, V.; Smilgevičius, V.; Stabinis, A.; Piskarskas, A.

    2010-04-01

    We present two and three beam pumped optical parametric amplifier of broadband chirped pulses. The seed pulses from Ti:sapphire oscillator were stretched and amplified in a non-collinear geometry pumping with up to three beams derived from independent laser amplifiers. The signal with ˜90 nm bandwidth was amplified up to 0.72 mJ. The conversion efficiency dependence on intersection angles of pump beams is also revealed.

  15. Optical properties of pulsed generation in capillary gas lasers with internal-mirror waveguide resonators

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    Kukhlevsky, S.V.; Kozma, L.; Negrea, K.

    1996-03-01

    The angular distribution and coherence of pulsed capillary lasers with the optical feedback implemented by the waveguide Fabry-Perott resonators with internal mirrors have been theoretically studied. The authors have shown that spatially-coherent, low divergence radiation can be generated even for short pulse duration if the cavity parameters (the refractive index of the capillary wall and the waveguide dimensions) are properly chosen.

  16. Observation of self-focusing in optical fibers with picosecond pulses.

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    Baldeck, P L; Raccah, F; Alfano, R R

    1987-08-01

    Self-focusing was observed at Raman frequencies, using picosecond pulses propagating in a large-core optical fiber of 100-microm diameter. For intense input pulses, a continuum of Stokes frequencies was generated in a small ring-waveguide structure. The ring diameter of 11 microm was about 10 times smaller than the beam diameter at low intensities. The ring structure was attributed to an induced-gradient-index profile arising from the nonlinear index of refraction. PMID:19741807

  17. Highly stable ultrabroadband mid-IR optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier optimized for superfluorescence suppression.

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    Moses, J; Huang, S-W; Hong, K-H; Mücke, O D; Falcão-Filho, E L; Benedick, A; Ilday, F O; Dergachev, A; Bolger, J A; Eggleton, B J; Kärtner, F X

    2009-06-01

    We present a 9 GW peak power, three-cycle, 2.2 microm optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification source with 1.5% rms energy and 150 mrad carrier envelope phase fluctuations. These characteristics, in addition to excellent beam, wavefront, and pulse quality, make the source suitable for long-wavelength-driven high-harmonic generation. High stability is achieved by careful optimization of superfluorescence suppression, enabling energy scaling.

  18. A pulse-front-tilt-compensated streaked optical spectrometer with high throughput and picosecond time resolution

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    Katz, J.; Boni, R.; Rivlis, R.; Muir, C.; Froula, D. H.

    2016-11-01

    A high-throughput, broadband optical spectrometer coupled to the Rochester optical streak system equipped with a Photonis P820 streak tube was designed to record time-resolved spectra with 1-ps time resolution. Spectral resolution of 0.8 nm is achieved over a wavelength coverage range of 480 to 580 nm, using a 300-groove/mm diffraction grating in conjunction with a pair of 225-mm-focal-length doublets operating at an f/2.9 aperture. Overall pulse-front tilt across the beam diameter generated by the diffraction grating is reduced by preferentially delaying discrete segments of the collimated input beam using a 34-element reflective echelon optic. The introduced delay temporally aligns the beam segments and the net pulse-front tilt is limited to the accumulation across an individual sub-element. The resulting spectrometer design balances resolving power and pulse-front tilt while maintaining high throughput.

  19. Observation of voids and optical seizing of voids in silica glass with infrared femtosecond laser pulses

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    Watanabe, Wataru; Toma, Tadamasa; Yamada, Kazuhiro; Nishii, Junji; Hayashi, Ken-ichi; Itoh, Kazuyoshi

    2000-11-01

    Many researchers have investigated the interaction of femtosecond laser pulses with a wide variety of materials. The structural modifications both on the surface and inside the bulk of transparent materials have been demonstrated. When femtosecond laser pulses are focused into glasses with a high numerical-aperture objective, voids are formed. We demonstrate that one can seize and move voids formed by femtosecond laser pulses inside silica glass and also merge two voids into one. We also present clear evidence that a void is a cavity by showing a scanning-electron-microscope image of cleft voids: we clove through the glass along a plane that includes the laser-ablated thin line on the surface and the voids formed inside. The optical seizing and merging of voids are important basic techniques for fabricate micro-optical dynamic devices, such as the rewritable 3-D optical storage.

  20. Role of the optical pulse repetition rate in the efficiency of terahertz emitters

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    Reklaitis, Antanas

    2016-07-01

    Excitation of n-GaAs and p-InAs terahertz emitters by the series of optical pulses is studied by ensemble Monte Carlo simulations. It is found that the spatial separation of photoexcited electrons and holes dramatically reduces the recombination intensity in n-GaAs emitter, the operation of which is based on the surface field effect. The spatial separation of carriers does not affect the recombination intensity in p-InAs emitter, the operation of which is based on the photo-Dember effect. Therefore, the recovery time of equilibrium state after optical pulse in n-GaAs emitter significantly exceeds the corresponding recovery time in p-InAs emitter. This fact leads to a substantial reduction of photocurrent amplitude in n-GaAs emitter excited by the optical pulse series at high repetition rate.

  1. Dynamics of optical breakdown in air induced by single and double nanosecond laser pulses

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    Mahdieh, Mohammad Hossein Akbari Jafarabadi, Marzieh

    2015-12-15

    In this paper, an optical breakdown in air induced by single and double nanosecond laser pulses was studied. A high power Nd:YAG laser beam was used for producing optical breakdown plasma in the air. The dynamics of breakdown plasma were studied using an optical probe beam. A portion of the laser beam was used, as the probe beam and was aligned to propagate (perpendicular to the pump beam) through the breakdown region. The transmission of the probe beam (through the breakdown region) was temporally measured for both single and double pulse irradiations. The results were used to describe the evolution of the induced plasma in both conditions. These results show that the plasma formation time and its absorptivity are strongly dependent on the single or double pulse configurations.

  2. Temporal broadening of optical pulses propagating through non-Kolmogorov turbulence.

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    Chen, Chunyi; Yang, Huamin; Lou, Yan; Tong, Shoufeng; Liu, Rencheng

    2012-03-26

    General formulations of the temporal averaged pulse intensity for optical pulses propagating through either non-Kolmogorov or Kolmogorov turbulence are deduced under the strong fluctuation conditions and the narrow-band assumption. Based on these formulations, an analytical formula for the turbulence-induced temporal half-width of spherical-wave Gaussian (SWG) pulses is derived, and the single-point, two-frequency mutual coherence function (MCF) of collimated Gaussian-beam waves in atmospheric turbulence is formulated analytically, by which the temporal averaged pulse intensity of collimated space-time Gaussian (CSTG) pulses can be calculated numerically. Calculation results show that the temporal broadening of both SWG and CSTG pulses in atmospheric turbulence depends heavily on the general spectral index of the spatial power spectrum of refractive-index fluctuations, and the temporal broadening of SWG pulses can be used to approximate that of CSTG pulses on the axis with the same turbulence parameters and propagation distances. It is also illustrated by numerical calculations that the variation in the turbulence-induced temporal half-width of CSTG pulses with the radial distance is really tiny.

  3. Stability of aerosol droplets in Bessel beam optical traps under constant and pulsed external forces

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    David, Grégory; Esat, Kıvanç; Hartweg, Sebastian; Cremer, Johannes; Chasovskikh, Egor; Signorell, Ruth

    2015-04-21

    We report on the dynamics of aerosol droplets in optical traps under the influence of additional constant and pulsed external forces. Experimental results are compared with simulations of the three-dimensional droplet dynamics for two types of optical traps, the counter-propagating Bessel beam (CPBB) trap and the quadruple Bessel beam (QBB) trap. Under the influence of a constant gas flow (constant external force), the QBB trap is found to be more stable compared with the CPBB trap. By contrast, under pulsed laser excitation with laser pulse durations of nanoseconds (pulsed external force), the type of trap is of minor importance for the droplet stability. It typically needs pulsed laser forces that are several orders of magnitude higher than the optical forces to induce escape of the droplet from the trap. If the droplet strongly absorbs the pulsed laser light, these escape forces can be strongly reduced. The lower stability of absorbing droplets is a result of secondary thermal processes that cause droplet escape.

  4. Dynamics of linear compression of chirped femtosecond optical pulses under fourth-order dispersion

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    Mandeng Mandeng, Lucien; Ibraid Fewo, Serge; Tchawoua, Clément; Crépin Kofané, Timoléon

    2014-05-01

    In a linear dispersive optical medium under fourth-order dispersion (FOD), we study the dynamics of the chirped pulse compression with the help of trial Gaussian and raised-cosine (RC) ansätze pulses. The analysis based on the variational approach leads to the occurrence of compression conditions, highlighting the cases where both the group-velocity dispersion (GVD) and the chirp could have the same sign or the case where both the FOD and the GVD have the same sign. Furthermore, we show that the compression process is dependent on the considered input profile. Particularly, a condition supposing that the GVD, the FOD and the chirp have the same sign leads to a compression only for the RC pulse in comparison to the previous results obtained for the Gaussian pulse. Numerical simulations, which confirm these features, are presented for the 380-fs input pulses undergoing ? value in the FOD.

  5. Pulsed laser deposition of zinc nanostructures and their nonlinear optical characterizations

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    Golian, Y.; Motamedi, A.; Rashidian Vaziri, M. R.; Hajiesmaeilbaigi, F.

    2012-11-01

    In this work, preparation of zinc nanostructured thin films using the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique has been described. Optical absorption spectera of the thin films have been obtained by Spectrophotometry. Morphology and mean size of nanoparticles in the prepared nanostructured thin films were obtained by Atomic Force Microscopy. Nonlinear optical properties of the films have been investigated using the well-known Z-scan technique. Our measurements indicate positive signs for both nonlinear optical absorption coefficients and refraction indices of the nanostructured zinc thin films. The used method for measuring the optical limiting properties of the thin films and its results are also represented.

  6. Model for a pulsed terahertz quantum cascade laser under optical feedback.

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    Agnew, Gary; Grier, Andrew; Taimre, Thomas; Lim, Yah Leng; Bertling, Karl; Ikonić, Zoran; Valavanis, Alexander; Dean, Paul; Cooper, Jonathan; Khanna, Suraj P; Lachab, Mohammad; Linfield, Edmund H; Davies, A Giles; Harrison, Paul; Indjin, Dragan; Rakić, Aleksandar D

    2016-09-01

    Optical feedback effects in lasers may be useful or problematic, depending on the type of application. When semiconductor lasers are operated using pulsed-mode excitation, their behavior under optical feedback depends on the electronic and thermal characteristics of the laser, as well as the nature of the external cavity. Predicting the behavior of a laser under both optical feedback and pulsed operation therefore requires a detailed model that includes laser-specific thermal and electronic characteristics. In this paper we introduce such a model for an exemplar bound-to-continuum terahertz frequency quantum cascade laser (QCL), illustrating its use in a selection of pulsed operation scenarios. Our results demonstrate significant interplay between electro-optical, thermal, and feedback phenomena, and that this interplay is key to understanding QCL behavior in pulsed applications. Further, our results suggest that for many types of QCL in interferometric applications, thermal modulation via low duty cycle pulsed operation would be an alternative to commonly used adiabatic modulation.

  7. Model for a pulsed terahertz quantum cascade laser under optical feedback.

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    Agnew, Gary; Grier, Andrew; Taimre, Thomas; Lim, Yah Leng; Bertling, Karl; Ikonić, Zoran; Valavanis, Alexander; Dean, Paul; Cooper, Jonathan; Khanna, Suraj P; Lachab, Mohammad; Linfield, Edmund H; Davies, A Giles; Harrison, Paul; Indjin, Dragan; Rakić, Aleksandar D

    2016-09-01

    Optical feedback effects in lasers may be useful or problematic, depending on the type of application. When semiconductor lasers are operated using pulsed-mode excitation, their behavior under optical feedback depends on the electronic and thermal characteristics of the laser, as well as the nature of the external cavity. Predicting the behavior of a laser under both optical feedback and pulsed operation therefore requires a detailed model that includes laser-specific thermal and electronic characteristics. In this paper we introduce such a model for an exemplar bound-to-continuum terahertz frequency quantum cascade laser (QCL), illustrating its use in a selection of pulsed operation scenarios. Our results demonstrate significant interplay between electro-optical, thermal, and feedback phenomena, and that this interplay is key to understanding QCL behavior in pulsed applications. Further, our results suggest that for many types of QCL in interferometric applications, thermal modulation via low duty cycle pulsed operation would be an alternative to commonly used adiabatic modulation. PMID:27607659

  8. Pulse height response of an optical particle counter to monodisperse aerosols

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    Wilmoth, R. G.; Grice, S. S.; Cuda, V.

    1976-01-01

    The pulse height response of a right angle scattering optical particle counter has been investigated using monodisperse aerosols of polystyrene latex spheres, di-octyl phthalate and methylene blue. The results confirm previous measurements for the variation of mean pulse height as a function of particle diameter and show good agreement with the relative response predicted by Mie scattering theory. Measured cumulative pulse height distributions were found to fit reasonably well to a log normal distribution with a minimum geometric standard deviation of about 1.4 for particle diameters greater than about 2 micrometers. The geometric standard deviation was found to increase significantly with decreasing particle diameter.

  9. Self-similar propagation and amplification of parabolic pulses in optical fibers.

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    Fermann, M E; Kruglov, V I; Thomsen, B C; Dudley, J M; Harvey, J D

    2000-06-26

    Ultrashort pulse propagation in high gain optical fiber amplifiers with normal dispersion is studied by self-similarity analysis of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation with gain. An exact asymptotic solution is found, corresponding to a linearly chirped parabolic pulse which propagates self-similarly subject to simple scaling rules. The solution has been confirmed by numerical simulations and experiments studying propagation in a Yb-doped fiber amplifier. Additional experiments show that the pulses remain parabolic after propagation through standard single mode fiber with normal dispersion.

  10. Spectral amplitude and phase measurement of ultrafast pulses using all-optical differential tomography.

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    Londero, Pablo; Kuzucu, Onur; Gaeta, Alexander L

    2011-05-01

    We demonstrate a simple, all-optical, fiber-based method for characterizing the spectral amplitude and phase of ultrafast pulses using a differential tomographic measurement realized via four-wave mixing. The technique is applied to subpicosecond pulses in the C-band of the telecommunication spectrum. Characterization of amplified pulses and propagation through dispersive media is demonstrated and compared with autocorrelation measurements and calculated predictions. We show how our approach can be extended to larger bandwidths in similar systems, extending tomographic reconstruction of coherent fields to nearly an octave of bandwidth while maintaining a robust, waveguide-based geometry.

  11. Self-reflection of extremely short light pulses in nonlinear optical waveguides

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    Kurasov, Alexander E.; Kozlov, Sergei A.

    2004-07-01

    An equation describing the generation of reflected radiation during the propagation of high-intensity extremely short pulses in a nonlinear optical waveguide is derived. The phenomena taking place during the strong self-inducted changes of the temporal structure of the forward wave are studied. It is shown that the duration of the backward pulse is much greater than the duration of the forward pulse and that the main part of the energy of the backward wave is carried by lower frequencies than the central frequency of the forward wave.

  12. Spectral amplitude and phase measurement of ultrafast pulses using all-optical differential tomography.

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    Londero, Pablo; Kuzucu, Onur; Gaeta, Alexander L

    2011-05-01

    We demonstrate a simple, all-optical, fiber-based method for characterizing the spectral amplitude and phase of ultrafast pulses using a differential tomographic measurement realized via four-wave mixing. The technique is applied to subpicosecond pulses in the C-band of the telecommunication spectrum. Characterization of amplified pulses and propagation through dispersive media is demonstrated and compared with autocorrelation measurements and calculated predictions. We show how our approach can be extended to larger bandwidths in similar systems, extending tomographic reconstruction of coherent fields to nearly an octave of bandwidth while maintaining a robust, waveguide-based geometry. PMID:21540969

  13. Pulse Oximetry in the Physics Lab: A Colorful Alternative to Traditional Optics Curricula

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    Kutschera, Ellynne; Dunlap, Justin C.; Byrd, Misti; Norlin, Casey; Widenhorn, Ralf

    2013-11-01

    We designed a physics laboratory exercise around pulse oximetry, a noninvasive medical technique used to assess a patient's blood oxygen saturation. An alternative to a traditional optics and light lab, this exercise teaches the principles of light absorption, spectroscopy, and the properties of light, while simultaneously studying a common medical device. Pulse oximeters are ubiquitous in clinical environments; many people who have undergone surgery or visited a hospital environment have experienced the use of this device, making it a good candidate for an investigative lab. The experiment elicits the creative process of device development from students as they conduct measurements using a blood analog that reconstructs the principles of pulse oximetry.

  14. Extraction of a single photon from an optical pulse

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    Rosenblum, Serge; Bechler, Orel; Shomroni, Itay; Lovsky, Yulia; Guendelman, Gabriel; Dayan, Barak

    2016-01-01

    Removing a single photon from a pulse is one of the most elementary operations that can be performed on light, having both fundamental significance and practical applications in quantum communication and computation. So far, photon subtraction, in which the removed photon is detected and therefore irreversibly lost, has been implemented in a probabilistic manner with inherently low success rates using low-reflectivity beam splitters. Here we demonstrate a scheme for the deterministic extraction of a single photon from an incoming pulse. The removed photon is diverted to a different mode, enabling its use for other purposes, such as a photon number-splitting attack on quantum key distribution protocols. Our implementation makes use of single-photon Raman interaction (SPRINT) with a single atom near a nanofibre-coupled microresonator. The single-photon extraction probability in our current realization is limited mostly by linear loss, yet probabilities close to unity should be attainable with realistic experimental parameters.

  15. Optical pulse shaping for selective excitation of coherent molecular vibrations by stimulated Raman scattering

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    Geddes, Joseph B., III; Marks, Daniel L.; Boppart, Stephen A.

    2009-02-01

    Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) can be used to identify biological molecules from their vibrational spectra in tissue. A single double-chirped broadband optical pulse can excite a broad spectrum of resonant molecular vibrations in the fingerprint spectral region. Such a pulse also excites nonresonant CARS, particularly from water. We describe a theoretical technique to design an optical pulse to selectively excite coherent vibrations in a target molecular species so that the CARS signal generated is increased. The signal from other molecules is reduced, since the incident pulse does not excite them to have coherent vibrations. As an example, we apply the technique to design pulses to elicit increased CARS signal from a mixture of one or more of the alcohols methanol, ethanol, and isopropanol. We also show how such pulse designs can be used to selectively excite one member of closely related complex biological species. As measured interferometrically, the CARS signal from three phosphodiester stretch modes of DNA can be increased to more than ten times that of the analogous signal from RNA when the pulse design technique is used.

  16. Detection and analysis of multi-dimensional pulse wave based on optical coherence tomography

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    Shen, Yihui; Li, Zhifang; Li, Hui; Chen, Haiyu

    2014-11-01

    Pulse diagnosis is an important method of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Doctors diagnose the patients' physiological and pathological statuses through the palpation of radial artery for radial artery pulse information. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an useful tool for medical optical research. Current conventional diagnostic devices only function as a pressure sensor to detect the pulse wave - which can just partially reflect the doctors feelings and lost large amounts of useful information. In this paper, the microscopic changes of the surface skin above radial artery had been studied in the form of images based on OCT. The deformation of surface skin in a cardiac cycle which is caused by arterial pulse is detected by OCT. The patient's pulse wave is calculated through image processing. It is found that it is good consistent with the result conducted by pulse analyzer. The real-time patient's physiological and pathological statuses can be monitored. This research provides a kind of new method for pulse diagnosis of traditional Chinese medicine.

  17. Statistical characterization of the internal structure of noiselike pulses using a nonlinear optical loop mirror

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    Pottiez, O.; Paez-Aguirre, R.; Cruz, J. L.; Andrés, M. V.; Kuzin, E. A.

    2016-10-01

    In this work we study statistically the internal structure of noiselike pulses generated by a passively mode-locked fiber laser. For this purpose, we use a technique that allows estimating the distribution of the amplitudes of the sub-pulses in the bunch. The technique takes advantage of the fast response of the optical Kerr effect in a fiber nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM). It requires the measurement of the energy transfer characteristic of the pulses through the NOLM, and the numerical resolution of a system of nonlinear algebraic equations. The results yield a strongly asymmetric distribution, with a high-amplitude tail that is compatible with the existence of extreme-intensity sub-pulses in the bunch. Following the recent discovery of pulse-energy rogue waves and spectral rogue waves in the noiselike pulse regime, we propose a new way to look for extreme events in this particular mode of operation of mode-locked fiber lasers, and confirm that rogue wave generation is a key ingredient in the complex dynamics of these unconventional pulses.

  18. Imaging carrier and phonon transport in Si using ultrashort optical pulses

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    David H. Hurley; O. B. Wright; O. Matsuda; B. E. McCandless; S. Shinde

    2009-01-01

    A series of experiments have been conducted that microscopically image thermal diffusion and surface acoustic phonon propagation within a single crystallite of a polycrystalline Si sample. The experimental approach employs ultrashort optical pulses to generate an electron-hole plasma and a second probe pulse is used to image the evolution of the plasma. By decomposing the signal into a component that varies with delay time and a steady state component that varies with pump modulation frequency, the respective influence of carrier recombination and thermal diffusion are identified. Additionally, the coherent surface acoustic phonon component to the signal is imaged using a Sagnac interferometer to monitor optical phase.

  19. Influence of an optical pulsed discharge on the structure of a supersonic air flow

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    Malov, A N; Orishich, A M

    2014-01-31

    We present the results of investigation of the parameters of an optical pulsed discharge (OPD) and their relation with gasdynamic parameters of a supersonic flow and with characteristics of laser radiation. For the first time the discrete objects are detected in the OPD by an optical method, namely, low-density caverns moving along with the flow. The propagation velocity of the thermal track arising in a supersonic flow under the action of the OPD is measured. It is found that at a pulse repetition rate of 90 – 120 kHz the caverns unite into a single plasma jet. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  20. THz pulse shaping and improved optical-to-THz conversion efficiency using a binary phase mask.

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    Ropagnol, Xavier; Morandotti, Roberto; Ozaki, Tsuneyuki; Reid, Matt

    2011-07-15

    We demonstrate improved optical-to-terahertz (THz) conversion efficiency and THz pulse shaping from an interdigitated GaAs large area photoconductive antenna by using a binary phase mask. The binary phase mask results in a time-delayed excitation of the adjacent antennas, which allows subsequent antennas to produce an additive field, thus resulting in a quasi-single-cycle THz pulse. We demonstrate control over the temporal profile of the THz waveform to maximize optical-to-THz conversion efficiency. PMID:21765501

  1. Electrical Equivalent Model for an Optical VCO in a PLL Synchronization Scheme for Ultrashort Optical Pulse Sources

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    Bogoni, Antonella; Potì, Luca; Ponzini, Filippo; Ghelfi, Paolo

    2006-01-01

    The electrical modeling of complex electrooptical devices is a useful task for the correct design of its schemes and for the estimation of its performance. In this paper, we consider an electrooptical phase-locked loop (PLL) used to synchronize an RF system clock to the repetition rate of an optical pulsed source, realized by an active fiber mode-locking (ML) technique in the regenerative configuration. The synchronization scheme is suggested by a description of the pulsed source, for the first time, as an optical voltage-control oscillator (VCO). In particular, we present a simple new all-electrical model for the proposed optical VCO, and we verify its accuracy by the implementation of the whole PLL scheme at 2.5 and 10 GHz.

  2. Optical parametric chirped pulse amplification and spectral shaping of a continuum generated in a photonic band gap fiber.

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    Hugonnot, E; Somekh, M; Villate, D; Salin, F; Freysz, E

    2004-05-31

    A chirped pulse, spectrally broadened in a photonic bandgap optical fiber by 120 fs Ti:Sapphire laser pulses, is parametrically amplified in a BBO crystal pumped by a frequency doubled nanosecond Nd:YAG laser pulse. Without changing the frequency of the Ti:Sapphire, a spectral tunability of the amplified pulses is demonstrated. The possibility to achieve broader spectral range amplification is confirmed for a non-collinear pump-signal interaction geometry. For optimal non-collinear interaction geometry, the pulse duration of the original and amplified pulse are similar. Finally, we demonstrate that the combination of two BBO crystals makes it possible to spectrally shape the amplified pulses.

  3. The role of morphology and coupling of gold nanoparticles in optical breakdown during picosecond pulse exposures.

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    Davletshin, Yevgeniy R; Kumaradas, J Carl

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a theoretical study of the interaction of a 6 ps laser pulse with uncoupled and plasmon-coupled gold nanoparticles. We show how the one-dimensional assembly of particles affects the optical breakdown threshold of its surroundings. For this purpose we used a fully coupled electromagnetic, thermodynamic and plasma dynamics model for a laser pulse interaction with gold nanospheres, nanorods and assemblies, which was solved using the finite element method. The thresholds of optical breakdown for off- and on-resonance irradiated gold nanosphere monomers were compared against nanosphere dimers, trimers, and gold nanorods with the same overall size and aspect ratio. The optical breakdown thresholds had a stronger dependence on the optical near-field enhancement than on the mass or absorption cross-section of the nanostructure. These findings can be used to advance the nanoparticle-based nanoscale manipulation of matter. PMID:27547604

  4. The role of morphology and coupling of gold nanoparticles in optical breakdown during picosecond pulse exposures

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    Davletshin, Yevgeniy R

    2016-01-01

    Summary This paper presents a theoretical study of the interaction of a 6 ps laser pulse with uncoupled and plasmon-coupled gold nanoparticles. We show how the one-dimensional assembly of particles affects the optical breakdown threshold of its surroundings. For this purpose we used a fully coupled electromagnetic, thermodynamic and plasma dynamics model for a laser pulse interaction with gold nanospheres, nanorods and assemblies, which was solved using the finite element method. The thresholds of optical breakdown for off- and on-resonance irradiated gold nanosphere monomers were compared against nanosphere dimers, trimers, and gold nanorods with the same overall size and aspect ratio. The optical breakdown thresholds had a stronger dependence on the optical near-field enhancement than on the mass or absorption cross-section of the nanostructure. These findings can be used to advance the nanoparticle-based nanoscale manipulation of matter. PMID:27547604

  5. Adaptive Light Modulation for Improved Resolution and Efficiency in All-Optical Pulse-Echo Ultrasound.

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    Alles, Erwin J; Colchester, Richard J; Desjardins, Adrien E

    2016-01-01

    In biomedical all-optical pulse-echo ultrasound systems, ultrasound is generated with the photoacoustic effect by illuminating an optically absorbing structure with a temporally modulated light source. Nanosecond range laser pulses are typically used, which can yield bandwidths exceeding 100 MHz. However, acoustical attenuation within tissue or nonuniformities in the detector or source power spectra result in energy loss at the affected frequencies and in a reduced overall system efficiency. In this work, a laser diode is used to generate linear and nonlinear chirp optical modulations that are extended to microsecond time scales, with bandwidths constrained to the system sensitivity. Compared to those obtained using a 2-ns pulsed laser, pulse-echo images of a phantom obtained using linear chirp excitation exhibit similar axial resolution (99 versus 92 μm, respectively) and signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) (10.3 versus 9.6 dB). In addition, the axial point spread function (PSF) exhibits lower sidelobe levels in the case of chirp modulation. Using nonlinear (time-stretched) chirp excitations, where the nonlinearity is computed from measurements of the spectral sensitivity of the system, the power spectrum of the imaging system was flattened and its bandwidth broadened. Consequently, the PSF has a narrower axial extent and still lower sidelobe levels. Pulse-echo images acquired with time-stretched chirps as optical modulation have higher axial resolution (64 μm) than those obtained with linear chirps, at the expense of a lower SNR (6.8 dB). Using a linear or time-stretched chirp, the conversion efficiency from optical power to acoustical pressure improved by a factor of 70 or 61, respectively, compared to that obtained with pulsed excitation. PMID:26552084

  6. Adaptive Light Modulation for Improved Resolution and Efficiency in All-Optical Pulse-Echo Ultrasound.

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    Alles, Erwin J; Colchester, Richard J; Desjardins, Adrien E

    2016-01-01

    In biomedical all-optical pulse-echo ultrasound systems, ultrasound is generated with the photoacoustic effect by illuminating an optically absorbing structure with a temporally modulated light source. Nanosecond range laser pulses are typically used, which can yield bandwidths exceeding 100 MHz. However, acoustical attenuation within tissue or nonuniformities in the detector or source power spectra result in energy loss at the affected frequencies and in a reduced overall system efficiency. In this work, a laser diode is used to generate linear and nonlinear chirp optical modulations that are extended to microsecond time scales, with bandwidths constrained to the system sensitivity. Compared to those obtained using a 2-ns pulsed laser, pulse-echo images of a phantom obtained using linear chirp excitation exhibit similar axial resolution (99 versus 92 μm, respectively) and signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) (10.3 versus 9.6 dB). In addition, the axial point spread function (PSF) exhibits lower sidelobe levels in the case of chirp modulation. Using nonlinear (time-stretched) chirp excitations, where the nonlinearity is computed from measurements of the spectral sensitivity of the system, the power spectrum of the imaging system was flattened and its bandwidth broadened. Consequently, the PSF has a narrower axial extent and still lower sidelobe levels. Pulse-echo images acquired with time-stretched chirps as optical modulation have higher axial resolution (64 μm) than those obtained with linear chirps, at the expense of a lower SNR (6.8 dB). Using a linear or time-stretched chirp, the conversion efficiency from optical power to acoustical pressure improved by a factor of 70 or 61, respectively, compared to that obtained with pulsed excitation.

  7. Optical field emission from resonant gold nanorods driven by femtosecond mid-infrared pulses

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    Kusa, F.; Echternkamp, K. E.; Herink, G.; Ropers, C.; Ashihara, S.

    2015-07-15

    We demonstrate strong-field photoelectron emission from gold nanorods driven by femtosecond mid-infrared optical pulses. The maximum photoelectron yield is reached at the localized surface plasmon resonance, indicating that the photoemission is governed by the resonantly-enhanced optical near-field. The wavelength- and field-dependent photoemission yield allows for a noninvasive determination of local field enhancements, and we obtain intensity enhancement factors close to 1300, in good agreement with finite-difference time domain computations.

  8. Research on optical damage to sodium chloride by ultrashort laser pulses

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    Gavasheli, Yu. O.; Komarov, P. S.; Ashitkov, S. I.; Savintsev, A. P.

    2016-06-01

    Thresholds of optical damage to sodium chloride by ultrashort laser pulses with a duration of about 40 fs are determined. Experiments were carried out using a terawatt titanium-sapphire laser device. p-polarized laser radiation at a wavelength of 800 nm fell on the specimen surface at an angle of 60°. Optical damage to the surface was observed when the critical electric field strength attained 94 MV/cm.

  9. Dynamics of optical pulses in waveguides with a large self-steepening parameter

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    Zhuravlev, V M; Zolotovskii, I O; Korobko, D A; Fotiadi, A A

    2013-11-30

    We study the dynamics of a high-energy laser pulse in dispersive optical media with large values of self-steepening. We consider the formation of soliton-like peaks at the front of the envelope in such media with anomalous dispersion. We show the possibility of realisation of a medium based on a photonic crystal waveguide with a very large absolute value of the self-steepening parameter in a certain frequency range. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  10. Supercontinuum generation in highly nonlinear fibers using amplified noise-like optical pulses.

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    Lin, Shih-Shian; Hwang, Sheng-Kwang; Liu, Jia-Ming

    2014-02-24

    Supercontinuum generation in a highly nonlinear fiber pumped by noise-like pulses from an erbium-doped fiber ring laser is investigated. To generate ultrabroad spectra, a fiber amplifier is used to boost the power launched into the highly nonlinear fiber. After amplification, not only the average power of the noise-like pulses is enhanced but the spectrum of the pulses is also broadened due to nonlinear effects in the fiber amplifier. This leads to a reduction of the peak duration in their autocorrelation trace, suggesting a similar extent of pulse compression; by contrast, the pedestal duration increases only slightly, suggesting that the noise-like characteristic is maintained. By controlling the pump power of the fiber amplifier, the compression ratio of the noise-like pulse duration can be adjusted. Due to the pulse compression, supercontinuum generation with a broader spectrum is therefore feasible at a given average power level of the noise-like pulses launched into the highly nonlinear fiber. As a result, supercontinuum generation with an optical spectrum spanning from 1208 to 2111 nm is achieved using a 1-m nonlinear fiber pumped by amplified noise-like pulses of 15.5 MHz repetition rate at an average power of 202 mW. PMID:24663739

  11. Observation, Manipulation and Control of Femtosecond Pulse Propagation in Optical Fibers

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    Taylor, Antoinette

    2003-03-01

    Adaptive control, in combination with ultrafast pulse shaping techniques provides a compelling approach to harness events that occur on the fastest timescales, with fundamental applications in both the basic and applied sciences [1]. In this talk we describe the application of adaptive pulse shaping to femtosecond (fs) pulse propagation at a wavelength of 1550 nm in single mode fiber. With this method, through feedback control, light fields are designed with specific fs features to optimize specific parameters in the nonlinear propagation of fs pulses in optical fibers. Numerical simulations, based on the nonlinear Schrodinger equation, are presented to motivate and illustrate the power of this adaptive technique applied to fs pulse propagation in fibers [2]. Experimental implementations of this technique are then described where we demonstrate that it is possible to defeat higher order nonlinear effects through the use of an adaptive control feedback loop that acts on the spectral phase of the fs optical pulses launched in the fiber [3,4]. In one set of experiments, compensation for significant (>50through the propagation of 200 fs pulses in the nonlinear regime is demonstrated by suitably pre-shaping the input pulse using an adaptive feedback loop. In a second set of experiments, we demonstrate the use of adaptive feedback to control the amount of Raman self-frequency shift. The ultimate goal in these experiments is to transmit the maximum amount of energy in a short pulse in a highly nonlinear regime through the fiber. [1] R. S. Judson and H. Rabitz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 68, 1500 (1992). [2] F. G. Omenetto, B. P. Luce, and A. J. Taylor, J. Opt. Soc. Amer. B 16, 2005 (1999). [3] F. G. Omenetto, A. J. Taylor, M. D. Moores, and D. H. Reitze, Opt. Lett. 26, 938 (2001). [4] F. G. Omenetto, D. H. Reitze, B. P. Luce, M. D. Moores, and A. J. Taylor, IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. 8, 690 (2002).

  12. Ultrasound-modulated optical imaging using a photorefractive interferometer and a powerful long pulse laser

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    Rousseau, Guy; Blouin, Alain; Monchalin, Jean-Pierre

    2009-02-01

    Ultrasound-modulated optical imaging is an emerging biodiagnostic technique which provides the optical spectroscopic signature and the spatial localization of an optically absorbing object embedded in a strongly scattering medium. The transverse resolution of the technique is determined by the lateral extent of ultrasound beam focal zone while the axial resolution is obtained by using short ultrasound pulses. The practical application of this technique is presently limited by its poor sensitivity. Moreover, any method to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio must satisfy the biomedical safety limits. In this paper, we propose to use a pulsed single-frequency laser source to raise the optical peak power applied to the scattering medium and to collect more ultrasonically tagged photons. Such a laser source allows illuminating the tissues mainly during the transit time of the ultrasonic wave. A single-frequency Nd:YAG laser emitting 500-μs pulses with a peak power superior to 100 W was used. Tagged photons were detected with a GaAs photorefractive interferometer characterized by a large optical etendue. When pumped by high intensity laser pulses, such an interferometer provides the fast response time essential to obtain an apparatus insensitive to the speckle decorrelation encountered in biomedical applications. Consequently, the combination of a large-etendue photorefractive interferometer with a high-power pulsed laser could allow obtaining both the sensitivity and the fast response time necessary for biomedical applications. Measurements performed in 30- and 60-mm thick optical phantoms made of titanium dioxide particles dispersed in sunflower oil are presented. Results obtained in 30- and 60-mm thick chicken breast samples are also reported.

  13. All-optical magnetization reversal by circularly polarized laser pulses: Experiment and multiscale modeling

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    Vahaplar, K.; Kalashnikova, A. M.; Kimel, A. V.; Gerlach, S.; Hinzke, D.; Nowak, U.; Chantrell, R.; Tsukamoto, A.; Itoh, A.; Kirilyuk, A.; Rasing, Th.

    2012-03-01

    We present results of detailed experimental and theoretical studies of all-optical magnetization reversal by single circularly-polarized laser pulses in ferrimagnetic rare earth—transition metal (RE-TM) alloys GdxFe90-xCo10 (20%optical microscopy and multiscale simulations, we identified and described the unconventional path followed by the magnetization during the reversal process. This reversal does not involve precessional motion of magnetization but is governed by the longitudinal relaxation and thus has a linear character. We demonstrate that this all-optically driven linear reversal can be modeled as a result of a two-fold impact of the laser pulse on the medium. First, due to absorption of the light and ultrafast laser-induced heating, the medium is brought to a highly nonequilibrium state. Simultaneously, due to the ultrafast inverse Faraday effect the circularly polarized laser pulse acts as an effective magnetic field of the amplitude up to ˜20 T. We show that the polarization-dependent reversal triggered by the circularly polarized light is feasible only in a narrow range (below 10%) of laser fluences. The duration of the laser pulse required for the reversal can be varied from ˜40 fs up to at least ˜1700 fs. We also investigate experimentally the role of the ferrimagnetic properties of GdFeCo in the all-optical reversal. In particular, the optimal conditions for the all-optical reversal are achieved just below the ferrimagnetic compensation temperature, where the magnetic information can be all-optically written by a laser pulse of minimal fluence and read out within just 30 ps. We argue that this is the fastest write-read event demonstrated for magnetic recording so far.

  14. Theoretical investigation on nonlinear optical effects in laser trapping of dielectric nanoparticles with ultrafast pulsed excitation.

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    Devi, Anita; De, Arijit K

    2016-09-19

    The use of low-power high-repetition-rate ultrafast pulsed excitation in stable optical trapping of dielectric nanoparticles has been demonstrated in the recent past; the high peak power of each pulse leads to instantaneous trapping of a nanoparticle with fast inertial response and the high repetition-rate ensures repetitive trapping by successive pulses However, with such high peak power pulsed excitation under a tight focusing condition, nonlinear optical effects on trapping efficiency also become significant and cannot be ignored. Thus, in addition to the above mentioned repetitive instantaneous trapping, trapping efficiency under pulsed excitation is also influenced by the optical Kerr effect, which we theoretically investigate here. Using dipole approximation we show that with an increase in laser power the radial component of the trapping potential becomes progressively more stable but the axial component is dramatically modulated due to increased Kerr nonlinearity. We justify that the relevant parameter to quantify the trapping efficiency is not the absolute depth of the highly asymmetric axial trapping potential but the height of the potential barrier along the beam propagation direction. We also discuss the optimal excitation parameters leading to the most stable dipole trap. Our results show excellent agreement with previous experiments.

  15. Theoretical investigation on nonlinear optical effects in laser trapping of dielectric nanoparticles with ultrafast pulsed excitation.

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    Devi, Anita; De, Arijit K

    2016-09-19

    The use of low-power high-repetition-rate ultrafast pulsed excitation in stable optical trapping of dielectric nanoparticles has been demonstrated in the recent past; the high peak power of each pulse leads to instantaneous trapping of a nanoparticle with fast inertial response and the high repetition-rate ensures repetitive trapping by successive pulses However, with such high peak power pulsed excitation under a tight focusing condition, nonlinear optical effects on trapping efficiency also become significant and cannot be ignored. Thus, in addition to the above mentioned repetitive instantaneous trapping, trapping efficiency under pulsed excitation is also influenced by the optical Kerr effect, which we theoretically investigate here. Using dipole approximation we show that with an increase in laser power the radial component of the trapping potential becomes progressively more stable but the axial component is dramatically modulated due to increased Kerr nonlinearity. We justify that the relevant parameter to quantify the trapping efficiency is not the absolute depth of the highly asymmetric axial trapping potential but the height of the potential barrier along the beam propagation direction. We also discuss the optimal excitation parameters leading to the most stable dipole trap. Our results show excellent agreement with previous experiments. PMID:27661888

  16. Measurement of the information velocity in fast- and slow-light optical pulse propagation

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    Stenner, Michael David

    This thesis describes a study of the velocity of information on optical pulses propagating through fast- and slow-light media. In fast- and slow-light media, the group velocity vg is faster than the speed of light in vacuum c (vg > c or vg < 0) or slower than c (0 < vg < c) respectively. While it is largely accepted that optical pulses can travel at these extreme group velocities, the velocity of information encoded on them is still the subject of considerable debate. There are many contradictory theories describing the velocity of information on optical pulses, but no accepted techniques for its experimental measurement. The velocity of information has broad implications for the principle of relativistic causality (which requires that information travels no faster than c) and for modern communications and computation. In this thesis, a new technique for measuring the information velocity vi is described and implemented for fast- and slow-light media. The fast- and slow-light media are generated using modern dispersion-tailoring techniques that use large atomic coherences to generate strong normal and anomalous dispersion. The information velocity in these media can then be measured using information-theoretic concepts by creating an alphabet of two distinct pulse symbols and transmitting the symbols through the media. By performing a detailed statistical analysis of the received information as a function of time, it is possible to calculate vi. This new technique makes it possible for the first time to measure the velocity of information on optical pulses. Applying this technique to fast-light pulses, where vg/c = -0.051 +/- 0.002, it is found that vi /c = 0.4(+0.7--0.2). In the slow-light case, where vg/c = 0.0097 +/- 0.0003, information is found to propagate at vi/c = 0.6. In the slow-light case, the error bars are slightly more complicated. The fast bound is -0.5c (which is faster than positive values) and the slow bound is 0.2c . These results represent the

  17. Variable pulse repetition frequency output from an optically injected solid state laser.

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    Kane, D M; Toomey, J P

    2011-02-28

    An optically injected solid state laser (OISSL) system is known to generate complex nonlinear dynamics within the parameter space of varying the injection strength of the master laser and the frequency detuning between the master and slave lasers. Here we show that within these complex nonlinear dynamics, a system which can be operated as a source of laser pulses with a pulse repetition frequency (prf) that can be continuously varied by a single control, is embedded. Generation of pulse repetition frequencies ranging from 200 kHz up to 4 MHz is shown to be achievable for an optically injected Nd:YVO4 solid state laser system from analysis of prior experimental and simulation results. Generalizing this to other optically injected solid state laser systems, the upper bound on the repetition frequency is of order the relaxation oscillation frequency for the lasers. The system is discussed in the context of prf versatile laser systems more generally. Proposals are made for the next generation of OISSLs that will increase understanding of the variable pulse repetition frequency operation, and determine its practical limitations. Such variable prf laser systems; both low powered, and, higher powered systems achieved using one or more optical power amplifier stages; have many potential applications from interrogating resonance behaviors in microscale structures, through sensing and diagnostics, to laser processing.

  18. Pulse Oximetry in the Physics Lab: A Colorful Alternative to Traditional Optics Curricula

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    Kutschera, Ellynne; Dunlap, Justin C.; Byrd, Misti; Norlin, Casey; Widenhorn, Ralf

    2013-01-01

    We designed a physics laboratory exercise around pulse oximetry, a noninvasive medical technique used to assess a patient's blood oxygen saturation. An alternative to a traditional optics and light lab, this exercise teaches the principles of light absorption, spectroscopy, and the properties of light, while simultaneously studying a common…

  19. Optical damage performance measurements of multilayer dielectric gratings for high energy short pulse lasers

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    Alessi, D.; Carr, C. W.; Negres, R. A.; Hackel, R. P.; Stanion, K. A.; Cross, D. A.; Guss, G.; Nissen, J. D.; Luthi, R.; Fair, J. E.; Britten, J. A.; Haefner, C.

    2015-02-01

    We investigate the laser damage resistance of multilayer dielectric (MLD) diffraction gratings used in the pulse compressors for high energy, high peak power laser systems such as the Advanced Radiographic Capability (ARC) Petawatt laser on the National Ignition Facility (NIF). Our study includes measurements of damage threshold and damage density (ρ(Φ)) with picosecond laser pulses at 1053 nm under relevant operational conditions. Initial results indicate that sparse defects present on the optic surface from the manufacturing processes are responsible for damage initiation at laser fluences below the damage threshold indicated by the standard R-on-1 test methods, as is the case for laser damage with nanosecond pulse durations. As such, this study supports the development of damage density measurements for more accurate predictions on the damage performance of large area optics.

  20. Optical pulse compression using the combination of phase modulation and high-order dispersion compensation

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    Deng, Guo; Pan, Wei; Zou, Xihua

    2010-09-01

    Optical pulse compression using high-order dispersion compensation is proposed and theoretically analyzed. Firstly, the required dispersion profile for the high-order dispersion compensation is derived, according to the linear chirp and the nonlinear chirp of a phase-modulated continuous-wave (CW) laser source. With the use of the high-order dispersion compensation, such as the combination compensation of the second order dispersion (SOD) and the fourth order dispersion (FOD), an efficient pulse compression having a less time-bandwidth product and a greater peak power is realized. A sampled fiber Bragg grating (FBG) with both the SOD and the FOD is then designed using the equivalent chirp and the reconstruction algorithm. Finally, in the numerical simulation an optical pulse with a time-bandwidth product of 0.79 is generated via high-order dispersion compensation that is performed by using the sampled FBG.

  1. Efficient graphene saturable absorbers on D-shaped optical fiber for ultrashort pulse generation

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    Zapata, J. D.; Steinberg, D.; Saito, L. A. M.; de Oliveira, R. E. P.; Cárdenas, A. M.; de Souza, E. A. Thoroh

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrated a method to construct high efficiency saturable absorbers based on the evanescent light field interaction of CVD monolayer graphene deposited on side-polished D-shaped optical fiber. A set of samples was fabricated with two different core-graphene distances (0 and 1 μm), covered with graphene ranging between 10 and 25 mm length. The mode-locking was achieved and the best pulse duration was 256 fs, the shortest pulse reported in the literature with CVD monolayer graphene in EDFL. As result, we find a criterion between the polarization relative extinction ratio in the samples and the pulse duration, which relates the better mode-locking performance with the higher polarization extinction ratio of the samples. This criterion also provides a better understanding of the graphene distributed saturable absorbers and their reproducible performance as optoelectronic devices for optical applications. PMID:26856886

  2. Multiple pulse thermal damage thresholds of materials for x-ray free electron laser optics investigated with an ultraviolet laser

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    Hau-Riege, Stefan P.; London, Richard A.; Bionta, Richard M.; Soufli, Regina; Ryutov, Dmitri; Shirk, Michael; Baker, Sherry L.; Smith, Patrick M.; Nataraj, Pradeep

    2008-11-17

    Optical elements to be used for x-ray free electron lasers (XFELs) must withstand multiple high-fluence pulses. We have used an ultraviolet laser to study the damage of two candidate materials, crystalline Si and B{sub 4}C-coated Si, emulating the temperature profile expected to occur in optics exposed to XFEL pulses. We found that the damage threshold for 10{sup 5} pulses is {approx}20% to 70% lower than the melting threshold.

  3. Rejection of false saturation data in optical pulse-oximeter

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    Scalise, Lorenzo; Marchionni, Paolo; Carnielli, Virgilio

    2010-04-01

    Pulse oximetry (PO) is a non-invasive medical device used for monitoring of the arterial oxygen saturation (SaO2) and in particular of haemoglobin oxygenation in blood. Oxygen saturation is commonly used in any setting where the patient blood oxygen saturation is unstable, including Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The main factor affecting PO's output data is the presence of voluntary or involuntary motion artifacts or imperfect skin-sensor contact. Various methods have been employed to reject motion artifact but have met with little success. The aim of the present work is to propose a novel measurement procedure for real-time monitoring and validation of the oxygen saturation data as measured in standard pulse oxymeter. The procedure should be able to individuate and reject erroneous saturation data due to incorrect transducer-skin contact or motion artifact. In the case of short sequences of rejected SpO2 data (time duration< 8s), we report on an algorithm able to substitute the sequence of rejected data with the "most-probable" (rescued) SpO2 data. In total we have analyzed 14 patient for a total of 310 hr, 43 min and 15s, equivalent to a total number of samples of 1118595. For our study, we were interested to download heart rate measured with the ECG (HRECG), the heart rate as measured by the pulse oximeter (HRSAT) and the SpO2 value. In order to remove the erroneous SpO2 values reported in the rough data in coincidence of motion artifact (top, right), we have implemented a specific algorithm which provides at the output a new sequence of SpO2 data (validated SpO2 data). With the aim to "rescue" SpO2 value rejected by the previously presented algorithm, we have implemented an algorithm able to provide the "most-probable" SpO2 values in the case of single rejected values or in the case of short sequences of invalidated data (< 8 s). From these data it is possible to observe how in the 6.8% of the observation time the SpO2 data measured by the pulse oximeter

  4. Analysis of 808nm centered optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier based on DKDP crystals

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    Sun, Meizhi; Cui, Zijian; Kang, Jun; Zhang, Yanli; Zhang, Junyong; Cui, Ying; Xie, Xinglong; Liu, Cheng; Liu, Dean; Zhu, Jianqiang; Lin, Zunqi

    2015-08-01

    The non-collinear phase-matching in Potassium Dideuterium Phosphate (DKDP) crystal is analyzed in detail with signal pulse of center wavelength at 808 nm and pump pulse of wavelength at 526.5 nm. By numerical analysis, parametric bandwidths for various DKDP crystals of different deuteration level are presented. In particularly for DKDP crystals of 95% deuteration level, the optimal non-collinear angles, phase-matching angles, parametric bandwidths, walk-off angles, acceptance angles, efficiency coefficients, gain and gain bandwidths are provided based on the parameter concepts. Optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier based on DKDP crystal is designed and the output characteristics are simulated by OPA coupled wave equations for further discuss. It is concluded that DKDP crystals higher than 90% deuteration level can be utilized in ultra-short high power laser systems with compressed pulses broader than 30fs. The disadvantage is that the acceptance angles are small, increasing the difficulty of engineering regulation.

  5. The Nature of Emission from Optical Breakdown Induced by Pulses of fs and ns Duration

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    Carr, C W; Feit, M D; Rubenchik, A M; Demange, P; Kucheyev, S; Shirk, M D; Radousky, H B; Demos, S G

    2004-11-09

    Spectral emission from optical breakdown in the bulk of a transparent dielectric contains information about the nature of the breakdown medium. We have made time resolved measurements of the breakdown induced emission caused by nanosecond and femtosecond infrared laser pulses. We previously demonstrated that the emission due to ns pulses is blackbody in nature allowing determination of the fireball temperature and pressure during and after the damage event. The emission due to femtosecond pulse breakdown is not blackbody in nature; two different spectral distributions being noted. In one case, the peak spectral distribution occurs at the second harmonic of the incident radiation, in the other the distribution is broader and flatter and presumably due to continuum generation. The differences between ns and fs breakdown emission can be explained by the differing breakdown region geometries for the two pulse durations. The possibility to use spectral emission as a diagnostic of the emission region morphology will be discussed.

  6. An optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier for seeding high repetition rate free-electron lasers

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    Höppner, H.; Tanikawa, T.; Schulz, M.; Riedel, R.; Teubner, U.; Faatz, B.; Tavella, F.

    2015-05-15

    High repetition rate free-electron lasers (FEL), producing highly intense extreme ultraviolet and x-ray pulses, require new high power tunable femtosecond lasers for FEL seeding and FEL pump-probe experiments. A tunable, 112 W (burst mode) optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier (OPCPA) is demonstrated with center frequencies ranging from 720–900 nm, pulse energies up to 1.12 mJ and a pulse duration of 30 fs at a repetition rate of 100 kHz. Since the power scalability of this OPCPA is limited by the OPCPA-pump amplifier, we also demonstrate a 6.7–13.7 kW (burst mode) thin-disk OPCPA-pump amplifier, increasing the possible OPCPA output power to many hundreds of watts. Furthermore, third and fourth harmonic generation experiments are performed and the results are used to simulate a seeded FEL with high-gain harmonic generation.

  7. On the ability of resonant diffraction gratings to differentiate a pulsed optical signal

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    Bykov, D. A. Doskolovich, L. L.; Soifer, V. A.

    2012-05-15

    The passage of an optical pulse through a resonant grating is considered. The conditions under which the resonant grating differentiates the envelope of the incident pulse are determined. It is shown that the necessary condition for computing the k-order derivative is the presence of k resonances in the transmission spectrum of the grating in the vicinity of the central frequency of the incident pulse. A method is described for constructing the stacked structure for computing the kth derivative on the basis of repetition of the structure for computing the first derivative. The results of numerical simulation of diffraction of the pulse from the analyzed structure for computing the first, second, and third derivative are presented.

  8. Enhancement of optical pulse extinction-ratio using the nonlinear Kerr effect for phase-OTDR.

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    Baker, Chams; Vanus, Benoit; Wuilpart, Marc; Chen, Liang; Bao, Xiaoyi

    2016-08-22

    We present a novel approach for the generation of high extinction-ratio square pulses based on self-phase modulation of sinusoidally modulated optical signals (SMOS). A SMOS in a nonlinear medium experiences self-phase modulation induced by the nonlinear Kerr effect leading to the generation of distinct sidebands. A small variation in the peak power of the SMOS leads to a large variation in the power of the sidebands. Impressing a square pulse on the SMOS and filtering a sideband component results in a higher extinction-ratio square pulse. The advantage of high extinction-ratio pulses is demonstrated by a reduced background noise level in the Rayleigh backscattering traces of a phase-OTDR vibration measurement system. PMID:27557220

  9. High-energy infrared femtosecond pulses generated by dual-chirped optical parametric amplification.

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    Fu, Yuxi; Takahashi, Eiji J; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2015-11-01

    We demonstrate high-energy infrared femtosecond pulse generation by a dual-chirped optical parametric amplification (DC-OPA) scheme [Opt. Express19, 7190 (2011)]. By employing a 100 mJ pump laser, a signal pulse energy exceeding 20 mJ at a wavelength of 1.4 μm was achieved before dispersion compensation. A total output energy of 33 mJ was recorded. Under a further energy scaling condition, the signal pulse was compressed to an almost transform-limited duration of 27 fs using a fused silica prism compressor. Since the DC-OPA scheme is efficient and energy scalable, design parameters for obtaining 100 mJ level infrared pulses are presented, which are suitable as driver lasers for the energy scaling of high-order harmonic generation with sub-keV photon energy.

  10. Transient magnetized plasma as an optical element for high power laser pulses

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    Nakanii, Nobuhiko; Hosokai, Tomonao; Iwasa, Kenta; Masuda, Shinichi; Zhidkov, Alexei; Pathak, Naveen; Nakahara, Hiroki; Mizuta, Yoshio; Takeguchi, Naoki; Kodama, Ryosuke

    2015-02-01

    Underdense plasma produced in gas jets by low intensity laser prepulses in the presence of a static magnetic field, B ˜0.3 T , is shown experimentally to become an optical element allowing steering of tightly focused high power femtosecond laser pulses within several degrees along with essential enhancement of pulse's focusability. Strong laser prepulses form a density ramp perpendicularly to magnetic field direction and, owing to the light refraction, main laser pulses propagate along the magnetic field even if it is tilted from the laser axis. Electrons generated in the laser pulse wake are well collimated and follow in the direction of the magnetic field; their characteristics are measured to be not sensitive to the tilt of magnetic field up to angles ±5 ° .

  11. High-energy infrared femtosecond pulses generated by dual-chirped optical parametric amplification.

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    Fu, Yuxi; Takahashi, Eiji J; Midorikawa, Katsumi

    2015-11-01

    We demonstrate high-energy infrared femtosecond pulse generation by a dual-chirped optical parametric amplification (DC-OPA) scheme [Opt. Express19, 7190 (2011)]. By employing a 100 mJ pump laser, a signal pulse energy exceeding 20 mJ at a wavelength of 1.4 μm was achieved before dispersion compensation. A total output energy of 33 mJ was recorded. Under a further energy scaling condition, the signal pulse was compressed to an almost transform-limited duration of 27 fs using a fused silica prism compressor. Since the DC-OPA scheme is efficient and energy scalable, design parameters for obtaining 100 mJ level infrared pulses are presented, which are suitable as driver lasers for the energy scaling of high-order harmonic generation with sub-keV photon energy. PMID:26512524

  12. Magneto-optical imaging of magnetic domain pattern produced by intense femtosecond laser pulse irradiation

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    Sinha, Jaivarhan; Mohan, Shyam; Banerjee, S. S.; Kahaly, S.; Kumar, G. Ravindra

    2009-03-01

    An important and intriguing area of research is laser plasma generated giant magnetic field pulses. Interaction of ultrashort high intensity laser pulses with matter involves several mechanisms for generating ultrastrong magnetic fields. By irradiating a magnetic recordable tape constituting of γ-Fe2O3 particles with an intense p-polarized femtosecond laser pulses (˜ 10^16 W cm-2, 100fs), we have found complex magnetic field patterns stored in the tape. We image the local magnetic field distribution around the irradiated region [1] using the high sensitivity magneto-optical imaging technique. We understand the complex magnetic domains patterns recoded on the tape in terms of interesting instabilities [1] generated in the plasma produced during the irradiation of the tape with intense laser pulses. [0pt] [1] Jaivardhan Sinha, Shyam Mohan, S. S Banerjee, S. Kahaly, G. Ravindra Kumar, Phys. Rev. E 77, 046118(2008). *satyajit@iitk.ac.in

  13. Methods and optical fibers that decrease pulse degradation resulting from random chromatic dispersion

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    Chertkov, Michael; Gabitov, Ildar

    2004-03-02

    The present invention provides methods and optical fibers for periodically pinning an actual (random) accumulated chromatic dispersion of an optical fiber to a predicted accumulated dispersion of the fiber through relatively simple modifications of fiber-optic manufacturing methods or retrofitting of existing fibers. If the pinning occurs with sufficient frequency (at a distance less than or are equal to a correlation scale), pulse degradation resulting from random chromatic dispersion is minimized. Alternatively, pinning may occur quasi-periodically, i.e., the pinning distance is distributed between approximately zero and approximately two to three times the correlation scale.

  14. Optical Kerr effect of tRNA solution induced by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Kucia, Weronika E.; Sharma, Gargi; Joseph, Cecil S.; Sarbak, Szymon; Oliver, Cameron; Dobek, Andrzej; Giles, Robert H.

    2016-10-01

    The optical Kerr effect (OKE) in a transfer ribonucleic acid (tRNA) solution induced by femtosecond pulses of linearly polarized pump light (λi = 800 nm) and sounded by probe light (λp = 800 nm) was studied. The measurements were performed to find nonlinear optical parameters describing a single molecule (molecular Kerr constant K, mean nonlinear third order optical polarizability cpi) and to compare them with our previous OKE results obtained in ns and ps time range. The OKE experiment has proven to be an efficient method to obtain the nonlinear parameters of single molecules in solution, which reflects dynamic structure changes.

  15. Noise sensitivity in frequency-resolved optical-gating measurements of ultrashort pulses

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    Fittinghoff, D.N.; DeLong, K.W.; Trebino, R.; Ladera, C.L.

    1995-10-01

    Frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG), a technique for measuring ultrashort laser pulses, involves producing a spectrogram of the pulse and then retrieving the pulse intensity and phase with an iterative algorithm. We study how several types of noise---multiplicative, additive, and quantization---affect pulse retrieval. We define a convergence criterion and find that the algorithm converges to a reasonable pulse field, even in the presence of 10% noise. Specifically, with appropriate filtering, 1% rms retrieval error is achieved for 10% multiplicative noise, 10% additive noise, and as few as 8 bits of resolution. For additive and multiplicative noise the retrieval errors decrease roughly as the square root of the amount of noise. In addition, the background induced in the wings of the pulse by additive noise is equal to the amount of additive noise on the trace. Thus the dynamic range of the measured intensity and phase is limited by a noise floor equal to the amount of additive noise on the trace. We also find that, for best results, a region of zero intensity should surround the nonzero region of the trace. Consequently, in the presence of additive noise, baseline subtraction is important. We also find that Fourier low-pass filtering improves pulse retrieval without introducing significant distortion, especially in high-noise cases. We show that the field errors in the temporal and the spectral domains are equal. Overall, the algorithm performs well because the measured trace contains {ital N}{sup 2} data points for a pulse that has only 2{ital N} degrees of freedom; FROG has built in redundancy. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital Optical} {ital Society} {ital of} {ital America}.

  16. Measurement of complex ultrashort laser pulses using frequency-resolved optical gating

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    Xu, Lina

    This thesis contains three components of research: a detailed study of the performance of Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating (FROG) for measuring complex ultrashort laser pulses, a new method for measuring the arbitrary polarization state of an ultrashort laser pulse using Tomographic Ultrafast Retrieval of Transverse Light E-fields (TURTLE) technique, and new approach for measuring two complex pulses simultaneously using PG blind FROG. In recent decades, many techniques for measuring the full intensity and phase of ultrashort laser pulses have been proposed. These techniques include: Spectral Interferometry (SI)[1], Temporal Analysis by Dispersing a Pair of Light E-Field (TADPOLE)[2], Spectral Phase Interferometry for direct electric-field reconstruction (SPIDER)[3], and Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating (FROG)[4]. Each technique is actually a class of techniques that includes different variations on the original idea, such as SEA-SPIDER[5], ZAP SPIDER[6] are two variations of SPIDER. But most of these techniques for measuring ultrashort laser pulses either do not yield the complete time-dependent intensity and phase (e.g., autocorrelation), can at best only measure simple pulses (e.g., SPIDER), or need well characterized reference pulse. In this thesis, we compare the performance of three versions of FROG: second-harmonic-generation (SHG) FROG, polarization-gate (PG) FROG, and cross-correlation FROG (XFROG), the last of which requires a well-characterized reference pulse. We found that the XFROG algorithm converged in all cases and required only one initial guess. The PG FROG algorithm converged for 99% of the moderately complex pulses that we tried, and for over 95% of the most complex pulses (TBP ˜ 100). And the SHG FROG algorithm converged for 95% of the pulses that we tried and for over 80% of the most complex pulses. After some analysis, we found that noise filtering and adding more sampling points to the FROG trace solved the non-converging problems and we

  17. Optical layer development for thin films thermal conductivity measurement by pulsed photothermal radiometry

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    Martan, J.

    2015-01-15

    Measurement of thermal conductivity and volumetric specific heat of optically transparent thin films presents a challenge for optical-based measurement methods like pulsed photothermal radiometry. We present two approaches: (i) addition of an opaque optical layer to the surface and (ii) approximate correction of the mathematical model to incorporate semitransparency of the film. Different single layer and multilayer additive optical layers were tested. The materials of the optical layers were chosen according to analysis and measurement of their optical properties: emissivity and absorption coefficient. Presented are thermal properties’ measurement results for 6 different thin films with wide range of thermal conductivity in three configurations of surface: as deposited, added Ti layer, and added Ti/TiAlSiN layer. Measurements were done in dependence on temperature from room temperature to 500 °C. The obtained thermal effusivity evolution in time after the laser pulse shows different effects of the surface layers: apparent effusivity change and time delay. Suitability of different measurement configurations is discussed and results of high temperature testing of different optical layers are presented.

  18. Exploring pulse-voltage-triggered optically induced electrohydrodynamic instability for femtolitre droplet generation

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    Wang, Feifei; Fei, Fei; Liu, Lianqing; Yu, Haibo; Yu, Peng; Wang, Yuechao; Lee, Gwo-Bin; Jung Li, Wen

    2014-06-01

    We present a multipoint "virtual dispenser" to draw femtolitre droplets from a dielectric fluidic thin film using pulse-voltage-triggered optically induced electrohydrodynamic instability (PVT-OEHI). The "virtual dispenser" generates instability nucleation sites by controlling the optically induced lateral electrical stress and thermocapillary flow inside an optoelectronics chip. A time scale analysis shows that the electrohydrodynamic (EHD) instability phenomenon is present; however, its external manifestation is suppressed by OEHI. We observed two droplet dispensing mechanisms which correspond to different EHD states: Taylor cone formation and optically induced EHD jet. The EHD states transition could be realized by adjusting the pulse voltage parameters to alter the morphology of dispensed micron-scale polymer droplets, which could then be formed into organized arrays of microlenses with controllable diameter and curvature based on surface tension effect.

  19. Double-passed, high-energy quasi-phase-matched optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier

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    Jovanovic, I; Forget, N; Brown, C G; Ebbers, C A; Blanc, C L; Barty, C J

    2005-09-19

    Quasi-phase-matched (QPM) optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) in periodically poled materials such as periodically poled LiNbO{sub 3} (PPLN) and periodically poled KTiOPO{sub 4} (PPKTP) has been shown to exhibit advantages over the OPCPA in bulk nonlinear crystals. [GHH98, RPN02] The use of the maximum material nonlinear coefficient results in ultra-high gain with low pump peak power. Furthermore, propagation of signal, pump, and idler beams along one of the crystal principal axes eliminates the birefringent walk-off, reduces angular sensitivity, and improves beam quality. Relatively high level of parasitic parametric fluorescence (PF) in QPM OPCPA represents an impediment for simple, single-stage, high-gain amplification of optical pulses from nJ to mJ energies. PF in QPM is increased when compared to PF in critical phase matching in bulk crystals as a result of broader angular acceptance of the nonlinear conversion process. PF reduces prepulse contrast and conversion efficiency by competition with the signal pulse for pump pulse energy. Previous experiments with QPM OPCPA have thus resulted in pulse energies limited to tens of {mu}J. [JSE03] Optical parametric amplification of a narrowband signal pulse in PPKTP utilizing two pump beams has been demonstrated at a mJ-level, [FPK03] but the conversion efficiency has been limited by low energy extraction of pump pulse in the first pass of amplification. Additionally, narrow spectral bandwidth was the result of operation far from signal-idler degeneracy. Here we present a novel double-pass, broad-bandwidth QPM OPCPA. 1.2 mJ of amplified signal energy is produced in a single PPKTP crystal utilizing a single 24-mJ pump pulse from a commercial pump laser. [JFE05] To our knowledge, this is the highest energy demonstrated in QPM OPCPA. Double-passed QPM OPCPA exhibits high gain (> 3 x 10{sup 6}), high prepulse contrast (> 3 x 10{sup 7}), high energy stability (3% rms), and excellent beam quality. We

  20. Optical cell cleaning with NIR femtosecond laser pulses

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    Uchugonova, Aisada; Breunig, Hans Georg; Batista, Ana; König, Karsten

    2015-03-01

    Femtosecond laser microscopes have been used as both micro and nanosurgery tools. The optical knock-out of undesired cells in multiplex cell clusters shall be further reported on in this study. Femtosecond laser-induced cell death is beneficial due to the reduced collateral side effects and therefore can be used to selectively destroy target cells within monolayers, as well as within 3D tissues, all the while preserving cells of interest. This is an important characteristic for the application in stem cell research and cancer treatment. Non-precise damage compromises the viability of neighboring cells by inducing side effects such as stress to the cells surrounding the target due to the changes in the microenvironment, resulting from both the laser and laser-exposed cells. In this study, optimum laser parameters for optical cleaning by isolating single cells and cell colonies are exploited through the use of automated software control. Physiological equilibrium and cellular responses to the laser induced damages are also investigated. Cell death dependence on laser focus, determination and selectivity of intensity/dosage, controllable damage and cell recovery mechanisms are discussed.

  1. Low-cost organic pulse sources for integrated optical modules

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    Hiltunen, Jussi A.; Rantala, Juha T.

    2001-05-01

    The transient and steady state performance of organic light- emitting devices (OLEDs) has been investigated with a view towards suitability for pulse sources. The rise and fall times of the electroluminescence of the different structures and materials were afforded special attention. The tested devices cover single and multi-layer structures with different layer thicknesses. Both molecular and polymeric- based devices were tested. Molecular materials used in the OLEDs were N, N'-bis(3-methylphenyl)-N,N'-diphenylbenzidine (TPD) as a hole transporter, tris-(8-hydroxyquinolate) aluminum (Alq3) as an electron transporter/emitter and 4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline (BCP) as a hole blocking material. Poly)2-methoxy, 5-(2'-ethyl-hexoxy)-1,4- phenylene-vinylene) (MEH-PPV) and poly(3,4- ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrene) (PEDOT/PSS) were the polymeric materials used in the devices. The effect of the driving voltage on the response time and the current density in transients was under investigation. In addition, changes in the response time were studied, when the bias voltage was applied.

  2. Ultrafast single-shot measurement of optical Kerr effect based on supercontinuum pulse.

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    Zhang, Jian; Liu, Shenye; Yi, Tao; Wu, Xingzhi; Song, Yinglin; Zhang, Ben; Zhong, Quanjie

    2016-04-01

    We present an ultrafast single-shot measurement method for the optical Kerr effect based on a polarization gating technique. The advantages of this single-shot technique are demonstrated via a 26-ps chirped supercontinuum pulse used to measure the optical Kerr effect for three transparent organic liquids. The single-shot measurement results agree well with those of the time-resolved optical Kerr gate method, as regards both time and intensity. This method facilitates real-time observation of ultrafast optical Kerr responses of samples and simultaneous high-time-resolution data acquisition at ∼260 fs. We demonstrate that the single-shot measurement method is potentially a powerful tool for investigating the optical Kerr effects of unstable samples, and for application to high-power laser systems. PMID:27131661

  3. Ultrafast single-shot measurement of optical Kerr effect based on supercontinuum pulse

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    Zhang, Jian; Liu, Shenye; Yi, Tao; Wu, Xingzhi; Song, Yinglin; Zhang, Ben; Zhong, Quanjie

    2016-04-01

    We present an ultrafast single-shot measurement method for the optical Kerr effect based on a polarization gating technique. The advantages of this single-shot technique are demonstrated via a 26-ps chirped supercontinuum pulse used to measure the optical Kerr effect for three transparent organic liquids. The single-shot measurement results agree well with those of the time-resolved optical Kerr gate method, as regards both time and intensity. This method facilitates real-time observation of ultrafast optical Kerr responses of samples and simultaneous high-time-resolution data acquisition at ˜260 fs. We demonstrate that the single-shot measurement method is potentially a powerful tool for investigating the optical Kerr effects of unstable samples, and for application to high-power laser systems.

  4. X-ray Pulse Length Characterization using the Surface Magneto Optic Kerr Effect

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    Krejcik, P.; /SLAC

    2006-10-04

    It will be challenging to measure the temporal profile of the hard X-ray SASE beam independently from the electron beam in the LCLS and other 4th generation light sources. A fast interaction mechanism is needed that can be probed by an ultrafast laser pulse in a pump-probe experiment. It is proposed to exploit the rotation in polarization of light reflected from a thin magnetized film, known as the surface magneto optic Kerr effect (SMOKE), to witness the absorption of the x-ray pulse in the thin film. The change in spin orbit coupling induced by the x-ray pulse occurs on the subfemtosecond time scale and changes the polarization of the probe beam. The limitation to the technique lies with the bandwidth of the probe laser pulse and how short the optical pulse can be made. The SMOKE mechanism will be described and the choices of materials for use with 1.5 {angstrom} x-rays. A schematic description of the pump-probe geometry for x-ray diagnosis is also described.

  5. Femtosecond pulse shaping enables detection of optical Kerr-effect (OKE) dynamics for molecular imaging

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    Robles, Francisco E.; Fischer, Martin C.; Warren, Warren S.

    2014-01-01

    We apply femtosecond pulse shaping to generate optical pulse trains that directly access a material’s nonlinear refractive index (n2) and can thus determine time-resolved optical Kerr-effect (OKE) dynamics. Two types of static pulse trains are discussed: The first uses two identical fields delayed in time, plus a pump field at a different wavelength. Time-resolved OKE dynamics are retrieved by monitoring the phase of the interference pattern produced by the two identical fields in the Fourier-domain (FD) as a function of pump–probe–time–delay (where the probe is one of the two identical fields). The second pulse train uses three fields with equal time delays, but with the center field phase shifted by π/2. In this pulse scheme, changes on a sample’s nonlinear refractive index produce a new frequency in the FD signal, which in turn yields background-free intensity changes in the conjugate (time) domain and provides superior signal-to-noise ratios. The demonstrated sensitivity improvements enable, for the first time to our knowledge, molecular imaging based on OKE dynamics. PMID:25121875

  6. Optical Parameter Variability in Laser Nerve Stimulation: A Study of Pulse Duration, Repetition Rate, and Wavelength

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    Walsh, Joseph T.; Jansen, E. Duco; Bendett, Mark; Webb, Jim; Ralph, Heather; Richter, Claus-Peter

    2012-01-01

    Pulsed lasers can evoke neural activity from motor as well as sensory neurons in vivo. Lasers allow more selective spatial resolution of stimulation than the conventional electrical stimulation. To date, few studies have examined pulsed, mid-infrared laser stimulation of nerves and very little of the available optical parameter space has been studied. In this study, a pulsed diode laser, with wavelength between 1.844–1.873 μm, was used to elicit compound action potentials (CAPs) from the auditory system of the gerbil. We found that pulse durations as short as 35 μs elicit a CAP from the cochlea. In addition, repetition rates up to 13 Hz can continually stimulate cochlear spiral ganglion cells for extended periods of time. Varying the wavelength and, therefore, the optical penetration depth, allowed different populations of neurons to be stimulated. The technology of optical stimulation could significantly improve cochlear implants, which are hampered by a lack of spatial selectivity. PMID:17554829

  7. Universal ultrafast detector for short optical pulses based on graphene.

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    Mittendorff, Martin; Kamann, Josef; Eroms, Jonathan; Weiss, Dieter; Drexler, Christoph; Ganichev, Sergey D; Kerbusch, Jochen; Erbe, Artur; Suess, Ryan J; Murphy, Thomas E; Chatterjee, Sangam; Kolata, Kolja; Ohser, Joachim; König-Otto, Jacob C; Schneider, Harald; Helm, Manfred; Winnerl, Stephan

    2015-11-01

    Graphene has unique optical and electronic properties that make it attractive as an active material for broadband ultrafast detection. We present here a graphene-based detector that shows 40-picosecond electrical rise time over a spectral range that spans nearly three orders of magnitude, from the visible to the far-infrared. The detector employs a large area graphene active region with interdigitated electrodes that are connected to a log-periodic antenna to improve the long-wavelength collection efficiency, and a silicon carbide substrate that is transparent throughout the visible regime. The detector exhibits a noise-equivalent power of approximately 100 µW·Hz(-½) and is characterized at wavelengths from 780 nm to 500 µm. PMID:26561141

  8. Highly Efficient Tabletop Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplifier at 1 (micron)m

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    Jovanovic, I.; Ebbers, C.A.; Comaskey, B.J.; Bonner, R.A.; Morse, E.C.

    2001-12-04

    Optical parametric chirped pulse amplification (OPCPA) is a scalable technology, for ultrashort pulse amplification. Its major advantages include design simplicity, broad bandwidth, tunability, low B-integral, high contrast, and high beam quality. OPCPA is suitable both for scaling to high peak power as well as high average power. We describe the amplification of stretched 100 fs oscillator pulses in a three-stage OPCPA system pumped by a commercial, single-longitudinal-mode, Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. The stretched pulses were centered around 1054 nm with a FWHM bandwidth of 16.5 nm and had an energy of 0.5 nJ. Using our OPCPA system, we obtained an amplified pulse energy of up to 31 mJ at a 10 Hz repetition rate. The overall conversion efficiency from pump to signal is 6%, which is the highest efficiency obtained With a commercial tabletop pump laser to date. The overall conversion efficiency is limited due to the finite temporal overlap of the seed (3 ns) with respect to the duration of the pump (8.5 ns). Within the temporal window of the seed pulse the pump to signal conversion efficiency exceeds 20%. Recompression of the amplified signal was demonstrated to 310 fs, limited by the aberrations initially present in the low energy seed imparted by the pulse stretcher. The maximum gain in our OPCPA system is 6 x 10{sup 7}, obtained through single passing of 40 mm of beta-barium borate. We present data on the beam quality obtained from our system (M{sup 2}=1.1). This relatively simple system replaces a significantly more complex Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier based CPA system used in the front end of a high energy short pulse laser. Future improvement will include obtaining shorter amplified pulses and higher average power.

  9. Optical field ionization of atoms and ions using ultrashort laser pulses

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    Fittinghoff, D.N.

    1993-12-01

    This dissertation research is an investigation of the strong optical field ionization of atoms and ions by 120-fs, 614-run laser pulses and 130-fs, 800-nm laser pulses. The experiments have shown ionization that is enhanced above the predictions of sequential tunneling models for He{sup +2}, Ne{sup +2} and Ar{sup +2}. The ion yields for He{sup +l}, Ne{sup +l} and Ar{sup +l} agree well with the theoretical predictions of optical tunneling models. Investigation of the polarization dependence of the ionization indicates that the enhancements are consistent with a nonsequential ionization mechanism in which the linearly polarized field drives the electron wavefunction back toward the ion core and causes double ionization through inelastic e-2e scattering. These investigations have initiated a number of other studies by other groups and are of current scientific interest in the fields of high-irradiance laser-matter interactions and production of high-density plasmas. This work involved: (1) Understanding the characteristic nature of the ion yields produced by tunneling ionization through investigation of analytic solutions for tunneling at optical frequencies. (2) Extensive characterization of the pulses produced by 614-nm and 800-ran ultrashort pulse lasers. Absolute calibration of the irradiance scale produced shows the practicality of the inverse problem--measuring peak laser irradiance using ion yields. (3) Measuring the ion yields for three noble gases using linear, circular and elliptical polarizations of laser pulses at 614-nm and 800-nm. The measurements are some of the first measurements for pulse widths as low as 120-fs.

  10. Validity Using Pump-Probe Pulses to Determine the Optical Response of Niobate Crystals

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    Liu, Huimin; Jia, Weiyi

    1997-01-01

    A variety of niobate crystals have found their places in nonlinear optical applications as well as in laser devices. In recent years much attention has been paid to study the ultrafast optical response in a variety of photorefractive crystals such as KTa(1-x)Nb(x)O3 and KNbO3 crystals, glasses, semiconductors and polymers for applications in optical switching, information processing, optical computing, and all-optical device systems. Third-order optical nonlinearity is the most important property for realization of all-optical switching. Therefore experiments have been performed on the third order susceptibility using a variety of techniques such as the third-order harmonic generation, EFISH and degenerate four-wave mixing(DFWM). The latter has been conducted with a variety of pump wavelengths and with nanosecond, picosecond and femtosecond pulses. Niobate crystals, such as potassium niobate KNbO3, potassium tantalate niobate KTN family (KTa(1-x)Nb(x)O3), strontium barium niobate SBN (Sr(x)Ba(1-x)Nb2O6) and potassium-sodium niobate SBN (KNSBN) are attractive due to their photorefractive properties for application in optical storage and processing. The pulsed probe experiments performed on theses materials have suggested two types of time responses. These responses have been associated with an coherent response due to Chi(sup 3), and a long lived component due to excited state population. Recent study of DFWM on KNbO3 and KTN family reveals that the long lived component of those crystals depends on the crystal orientation. A slowly decaying signal is observable when the grating vector K(sub g) is not perpendicular to the C-axis of those photorefractive crystals', otherwise the optical response signal would be only a narrow coherent peak with FWHM equal to the cross-correlation width of the write beam pulses. Based on this understanding, we study the photodynamical process of a variety of niobate crystals using DFWM in a Kg perpindicular to C geometry with a ps

  11. Velocity Selective Optical Pumping of Rb Hyperfine Lines Induced by a Train of Femtosecond Pulses

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    Aumiler, D.; Ban, T.; Skenderovic, H.; Pichler, G.

    2005-12-02

    We present direct observation of the velocity-selective optical pumping of the Rb ground state hyperfine levels induced by 5S{sub 1/2}{yields}5P{sub 1/2} femtosecond pulse-train excitation. A modified direct frequency comb spectroscopy based on the fixed frequency comb and a weak cw scanning probe laser was developed. The femtosecond pulse-train excitation of a Doppler-broadened Rb four-level atomic vapor is investigated theoretically in the context of the density matrix formalism and the results are compared with the experiment.

  12. Few-cycle near-infrared pulses from a degenerate 1 GHz optical parametric oscillator.

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    McCracken, Richard A; Reid, Derryck T

    2015-09-01

    We report the generation of transform-limited 4.3-cycle (23 fs) pulses at 1.6 μm from a degenerate doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator (OPO) pumped by a 1 GHz mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser. A χ(2) nonlinear envelope equation was used to inform the experimental implementation of intracavity group-delay dispersion compensation, resulting in resonant pulses with a 169 nm full width half-maximum spectral bandwidth, close to the bandwidth predicted by theory.

  13. High-frequency acousto-optic mode locker for picosecond pulse generation

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    Keller, U.; Li, K.D.; Khuri-Yakub, P.T.; Bloom, D. ); Gerstenberger, D.C.; Weingarten, K.J. )

    1990-01-01

    We modeled, designed, and built a 500-MHz acousto-optic mode locker with a diffraction efficiency of 28% per 1 W drive power. The transducer is zinc oxide sputtered onto a sapphire substrate. A new figure of merit is defined for the mode-locker design, which indicates that sapphire is a good substrate material. Pulse widths of less than 10 psec with an average power of 150 mW were achieved from a 500-MHz pulse-rate, diode-pumped, cw mode-locked Nd:YLF laser using a pump power of 700 mW.

  14. Peak equalization of rational-harmonic-mode-locking fiberized semiconductor laser pulse via optical injection induced gain modulation.

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    Kang, Jung-Jui; Lin, Yu-Chan; Lee, Chao-Kuei; Lin, Gong-Ru

    2009-01-19

    Optical injection induced gain modulation of a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) is demonstrated to equalize the peak intensity of pulses generating from the rational-harmonic-mode-locking (RHML) SOA based fiberized semiconductor laser. This is achieved by adjusting the temporal shape of the injected optical signal generated from a Mach-Zehnder intensity modulator, in which the DC biased level exceeding Vpi and the electrical pulse amplitude of 1.5Vpi are concurrently employed. Numerical simulation on the injected optical signal profile and the SOA gain during the inverse-optical-pulse injection induced gain modulation process are also demonstrated. After a peculiar inverse-optical-pulse injection, each pulse in the 5th-order RHML pulse-train experiences different gain from temporally varied SOA gain profile, leading the pulse peak to equalize one another with a minimum standard deviation of 2.5% on the peak intensity variation. The optimized 5th-order RHML pulse exhibits a signal-to-noise suppression ratio of 20 dB and a reduced variation on temporal spacing from 11 to 4 ps. The clock amplitude jitter is compress from 35.3% to 7.3%, which is less than the limitation up to 10% for 5th order RHML generation.

  15. Fiber optic based heart-rate and pulse pressure shape monitor

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    Kokkinos, D.; Dehipawala, S.; Holden, T.; Cheung, E.; Musa, M.; Tremberger, G., Jr.; Schneider, P.; Lieberman, D.; Cheung, T.

    2012-01-01

    Macro-bending fiber optic based heart-rate and pulse pressure shape monitors have been fabricated and tested for non-invasive measurement. Study of fiber bending loss and its stability and variations are very important especially for sensor designs based on optical fiber bending. Wavelengths from 1300 nm to 1550 nm have been used with fabrication based on multimode fiber, single mode fiber, and photonic crystal fiber. The smallest studied curvature would demand the use of single mode standard fibers. The collected data series show high quality suitable for random series analysis. Fractal property of optically measured pulse pressure data has been observed to correlate with physical activity. Correlation to EKG signal suggests that the fabricated monitors are capable of measuring the differential time delays at wrist and leg locations. The difference in time delay could be used to formulate a velocity parameter for diagnostics. The pulse shape information collected by the fiber sensor provides additional parameters for the analysis of the fractal nature of the heart. The application to real time measurement of blood vessel stiffness with this optical non-invasive fiber sensor is discussed.

  16. Optical attosecond pulses and tracking the nonlinear response of bound electrons.

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    Hassan, M Th; Luu, T T; Moulet, A; Raskazovskaya, O; Zhokhov, P; Garg, M; Karpowicz, N; Zheltikov, A M; Pervak, V; Krausz, F; Goulielmakis, E

    2016-02-01

    The time it takes a bound electron to respond to the electromagnetic force of light sets a fundamental speed limit on the dynamic control of matter and electromagnetic signal processing. Time-integrated measurements of the nonlinear refractive index of matter indicate that the nonlinear response of bound electrons to optical fields is not instantaneous; however, a complete spectral characterization of the nonlinear susceptibility tensors--which is essential to deduce the temporal response of a medium to arbitrary driving forces using spectral measurements--has not yet been achieved. With the establishment of attosecond chronoscopy, the impulsive response of positive-energy electrons to electromagnetic fields has been explored through ionization of atoms and solids by an extreme-ultraviolet attosecond pulse or by strong near-infrared fields. However, none of the attosecond studies carried out so far have provided direct access to the nonlinear response of bound electrons. Here we demonstrate that intense optical attosecond pulses synthesized in the visible and nearby spectral ranges allow sub-femtosecond control and metrology of bound-electron dynamics. Vacuum ultraviolet spectra emanating from krypton atoms, exposed to intense waveform-controlled optical attosecond pulses, reveal a finite nonlinear response time of bound electrons of up to 115 attoseconds, which is sensitive to and controllable by the super-octave optical field. Our study could enable new spectroscopies of bound electrons in atomic, molecular or lattice potentials of solids, as well as light-based electronics operating on sub-femtosecond timescales and at petahertz rates.

  17. Formation and stability analysis of parabolic pulses through specialty microstructured optical fibers at 2.1 μm

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    Biswas, P.; Adhikary, P.; Biswas, A.; Ghosh, S. N.

    2016-10-01

    We report a numerical study on formation and stability of parabolic pulses during their propagation through highly nonlinear specialty optical fibers. Here, we have formed a parabolic pulse at wavelength of 2.1 μm from a Gaussian input pulse with 1.9 ps FWHM and 75 W peak power after traveling through only 20 cm length from the input end of a 1 m long chalcogenide glass based microstructured optical fiber (MOF). Dependence on input pulse shapes towards most efficient conversion into self-similar states is reported. The stability in terms of any deviation from dissipative self-similar nature of such pulses has been analyzed by introducing a variable longitudinal loss profile within the spectral loss window of the MOF, and detailed pulse shapes are captured. Moreover, three different dispersion regimes of propagation have been considered to study the suitability to support most stable propagation of the pulse.

  18. Two-stage optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier using sub-nanosecond pump pulse generated by stimulated Brillouin scattering compression

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    Ogino, Jumpei; Miyamoto, Sho; Matsuyama, Takahiro; Sueda, Keiichi; Yoshida, Hidetsugu; Tsubakimoto, Koji; Miyanaga, Noriaki

    2014-12-01

    We demonstrate optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) based on two-beam pumping, using sub-nanosecond pulses generated by stimulated Brillouin scattering compression. Seed pulse energy, duration, and center wavelength were 5 nJ, 220 ps, and ˜1065 nm, respectively. The 532 nm pulse from a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser was compressed to ˜400 ps in heavy fluorocarbon FC-40 liquid. Stacking of two time-delayed pump pulses reduced the amplifier gain fluctuation. Using a walk-off-compensated two-stage OPCPA at a pump energy of 34 mJ, a total gain of 1.6 × 105 was obtained, yielding an output energy of 0.8 mJ. The amplified chirped pulse was compressed to 97 fs.

  19. All-optical UWB doublet pulses generation by using a delay interferometer

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    Wang, Fei; Xu, En-Ming

    2013-06-01

    We demonstrated a simple scheme to generate ultra wideband (UWB) doublet pulses by inputting a dark return-to-zero (RZ) signal into a fiber delay interferometer (FDI). An 0.625-Gbit/s dark-RZ pulse train where the pulse width is 120 ps was inputted into a FDI where the free spectral range (FSR) is 0.16 nm (˜20 GHz, according time delay is ˜50 ps) and the extinction ratio (ER) is 9 dB, and the phase difference of the two fiber arms was changed and controlled by adjusting the operation temperature of the FDI, by do so, UWB doublet pulses were directly generated at an output port of the FDI. The system parameter effects on the output UWB pulses were discussed. Moreover, we also numerically demonstrated that the UWB quadruplet pulses can be generated in the same set by optimizing system parameters. This scheme has some distinct advantages including easy integration, convenient tuning, good stability, and so on. Presented method also accords with the general features in future applied UWB-Over-Fiber communication system, such as, single optical source input, simple configuration and passive device.

  20. Diffraction of an optical pulse as an expansion in ultrashort orthogonal Gaussian beam modes.

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    Mahon, Ronan J; Murphy, J Anthony

    2013-02-01

    The Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) beam expansion is described as a numerical and physical model of paraxial ultrashort pulse diffraction in the time domain. An overview of the dynamics of higher-order ultrashort planar LG modes is given through numerical simulations, and the finite width of these beams is shown to induce a dispersive-like axial broadening of the fields, which creates related variations in the on-axis amplitude of such pulses. The propagation of a pulsed plane wave scattered at an aperture is then illustrated as a finite weighted sum of individual planar LG pulses, which allows for intuitive illustration of the convergence of this expansion technique. By applying such an expansion to diffraction at a hard aperture, the planar pulsed LG beams are described as the paraxial analogs of the Bessel boundary waves typically observed in such situations, with both exhibiting superluminal group velocities along the optical axis. Numerical results of pulse diffraction at an aperture highlight the suitability of the LG expansion method for efficient and practical simulation of ultrashort fields in the paraxial regime.

  1. Wavelength-dependent femtosecond pulse amplification in wideband tapered-waveguide quantum well semiconductor optical amplifiers.

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    Xia, Mingjun; Ghafouri-Shiraz, H

    2015-12-10

    In this paper, we study the wavelength-dependent amplification in three different wideband quantum well semiconductor optical amplifiers (QWAs) having conventional, exponentially tapered, and linearly tapered active region waveguide structures. A new theoretical model for tapered-waveguide QWAs considering the effect of lateral carrier density distribution and the strain effect in the quantum well is established based on a quantum well transmission line modeling method. The temporal and spectral characteristics of amplified femtosecond pulse are analyzed for each structure. It was found that, for the amplification of a single femtosecond pulse, the tapered-waveguide QWA provides higher saturation gain, and the output spectra of the amplified pulse in all three structures exhibit an apparent redshift and bandwidth narrowing due to the reduction of carrier density; however, the output spectrum in the tapered-waveguide amplifier is less distorted and exhibits smaller bandwidth narrowing. For the simultaneous amplification of two femtosecond pulses with different central frequencies, in all the three structures, two peaks appear in the output spectra while the peak at the frequency closer to the peak frequency of the QWA gain spectrum receives higher amplification due to the frequency (wavelength) dependence of the QWA gain. At a low peak power level of the input pulse, the bandwidth of each window in the tapered structure is larger than that of the conventional waveguide structure, which aggravates the spectrum alias in the amplification of femtosecond pulses with different central frequencies. As the peak powers of the two pulses increase, the spectrum alias in the conventional waveguide becomes more serious while there are small changes in the tapered structures. Also, we have found that in the amplification of a femtosecond pulse train, the linear-tapered QWAs exhibit the fastest gain recovery as compared with the conventional and exponentially tapered QWAs.

  2. Wavelength-dependent femtosecond pulse amplification in wideband tapered-waveguide quantum well semiconductor optical amplifiers.

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    Xia, Mingjun; Ghafouri-Shiraz, H

    2015-12-10

    In this paper, we study the wavelength-dependent amplification in three different wideband quantum well semiconductor optical amplifiers (QWAs) having conventional, exponentially tapered, and linearly tapered active region waveguide structures. A new theoretical model for tapered-waveguide QWAs considering the effect of lateral carrier density distribution and the strain effect in the quantum well is established based on a quantum well transmission line modeling method. The temporal and spectral characteristics of amplified femtosecond pulse are analyzed for each structure. It was found that, for the amplification of a single femtosecond pulse, the tapered-waveguide QWA provides higher saturation gain, and the output spectra of the amplified pulse in all three structures exhibit an apparent redshift and bandwidth narrowing due to the reduction of carrier density; however, the output spectrum in the tapered-waveguide amplifier is less distorted and exhibits smaller bandwidth narrowing. For the simultaneous amplification of two femtosecond pulses with different central frequencies, in all the three structures, two peaks appear in the output spectra while the peak at the frequency closer to the peak frequency of the QWA gain spectrum receives higher amplification due to the frequency (wavelength) dependence of the QWA gain. At a low peak power level of the input pulse, the bandwidth of each window in the tapered structure is larger than that of the conventional waveguide structure, which aggravates the spectrum alias in the amplification of femtosecond pulses with different central frequencies. As the peak powers of the two pulses increase, the spectrum alias in the conventional waveguide becomes more serious while there are small changes in the tapered structures. Also, we have found that in the amplification of a femtosecond pulse train, the linear-tapered QWAs exhibit the fastest gain recovery as compared with the conventional and exponentially tapered QWAs. PMID

  3. 640 Gbaud (1.28 Tbit/s/ch) optical Nyquist pulse transmission over 525 km with substantial PMD tolerance.

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    Harako, Koudai; Seya, Daiki; Hirooka, Toshihiko; Nakazawa, Masataka

    2013-09-01

    We report a substantial increase in PMD tolerance in a single-channel ultrahigh-speed transmission using optical Nyquist pulses. We demonstrate both analytically and experimentally a large reduction in depolarization-induced crosstalk with optical Nyquist pulses, which is one of the major obstacles facing polarization-multiplexed ultrashort pulse transmission. By taking advantage of the high PMD tolerance, a low-penalty 1.28 Tbit/s/ch optical Nyquist TDM transmission at 640 Gbaud was achieved over 525 km.

  4. Graphene Oxides as Tunable Broadband Nonlinear Optical Materials for Femtosecond Laser Pulses.

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    Jiang, Xiao-Fang; Polavarapu, Lakshminarayana; Neo, Shu Ting; Venkatesan, T; Xu, Qing-Hua

    2012-03-15

    Graphene oxide (GO) thin films on glass and plastic substrates were found to display interesting broadband nonlinear optical properties. We have investigated their optical limiting activity for femtosecond laser pulses at 800 and 400 nm, which could be tuned by controlling the extent of reduction. The as-prepared GO films were found to exhibit excellent broadband optical limiting behaviors, which were significantly enhanced upon partial reduction by using laser irradiation or chemical reduction methods. The laser-induced reduction of GO resulted in enhancement of effective two-photon absorption coefficient at 400 nm by up to ∼19 times and enhancement of effective two- and three-photon absorption coefficients at 800 nm by ∼12 and ∼14.5 times, respectively. The optical limiting thresholds of partially reduced GO films are much lower than those of various previously reported materials. Highly reduced GO films prepared by using the chemical method displayed strong saturable absorption behavior.

  5. Optical limiting property of a liquid malononitrile derivative on 800 nm laser pulses

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    Du, Juan; Wang, Liuheng; Xie, Na; Sun, Li; Wang, Xiaodong; Zhao, Yuxia; Wu, Feipeng

    2016-08-01

    A new liquid malononitrile derivative (LBDBP) has been synthesized by incorporating four tetraethylene glycol groups into the prototype scaffold of 2-[Bis-(4‧-diethylamino-biphenyl-4-yl)-methylene]-malononitrile (BDBP). The linear photophysical properties, optical/thermal stabilities and optical limiting behaviors of LBDBP and BDBP have been investigated. The results show that LBDBP has equivalent optical/thermal stability but much better solubility compared with BDBP. Its saturation concentration in DMF is increased to 0.075 M, while the corresponding datum for BDBP is only 0.01 M. The improved solubility of LBDBP insures a very significant optical limiting behavior. The saturated DMF solution of LBDBP can significantly reduce the intensity fluctuation of laser pulses in an 800 nm laser setup.

  6. Microcavity design for low threshold polariton condensation with ultrashort optical pulse excitation

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    Poellmann, C.; Leierseder, U.; Huber, R.; Galopin, E.; Lemaître, A.; Amo, A.; Bloch, J.; Ménard, J.-M.

    2015-05-28

    We present a microcavity structure with a shifted photonic stop-band to enable efficient non-resonant injection of a polariton condensate with spectrally broad femtosecond pulses. The concept is demonstrated theoretically and confirmed experimentally for a planar GaAs/AlGaAs multilayer heterostructure pumped with ultrashort near-infrared pulses while photoluminescence is collected to monitor the optically injected polariton density. As the excitation wavelength is scanned, a regime of polariton condensation can be reached in our structure at a consistently lower fluence threshold than in a state-of-the-art conventional microcavity. Our microcavity design improves the polariton injection efficiency by a factor of 4, as compared to a conventional microcavity design, when broad excitation pulses are centered at a wavelength of λ = 740 nm. Most remarkably, this improvement factor reaches 270 when the excitation wavelength is centered at 750 nm.

  7. Widely tuneable scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy using pulsed quantum cascade lasers

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    Yoxall, Edward Rahmani, Mohsen; Maier, Stefan A.; Phillips, Chris C.; Navarro-Cía, Miguel

    2013-11-18

    We demonstrate the use of a pulsed quantum cascade laser, wavelength tuneable between 6 and 10 μm, with a scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscope (s-SNOM). A simple method for calculating the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the s-SNOM measurement is presented. For pulsed lasers, the SNR is shown to be highly dependent on the degree of synchronization between the laser pulse and the sampling circuitry; in measurements on a gold sample, the SNR is 26 with good synchronization and less than 1 without. Simulations and experimental s-SNOM images, with a resolution of 100 nm, corresponding to λ/80, and an acquisition time of less than 90 s, are presented as proof of concept. They show the change in the field profile of plasmon-resonant broadband antennas when they are excited with wavelengths of 7.9 and 9.5 μm.

  8. Optimal spacing between transmitting and receiving optical fibres in reflectance pulse oximetry

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    Hickey, M.; Kyriacou, P. A.

    2007-10-01

    Splanchnic ischaemia can ultimately lead to cellular hypoxia and necrosis, and may well contribute to the development of multiple organ failures and increased mortality. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to monitor abdominal organ blood oxygen saturation (SpO2). Pulse oximetry has been widely accepted as a reliable method for monitoring oxygen saturation of arterial blood. Animal studies have also shown it to be effective in the monitoring of blood oxygen saturation in the splanchnic region. However, commercially available pulse oximeter probes are not suitable for the continuous assessment of SpO2 in the splanchnic region. Therefore, there is a need for a new sensor technology that will allow the continuous measurement of SpO2 in the splanchnic area pre-operatively, operatively and post-operatively. For this purpose, a new fibre optic sensor and processing system utilising the principle of reflectance pulse oximetry has been developed. The accuracy in the estimation of SpO2 in pulse oximetry depends on the quality and amplitude of the photoplethysmographic (PPG) signal and for this reason an experimental procedure was carried out to examine the effect of the source-detector separation distance on the acquired PPG signals, and to ultimately select an optimal separation for the final design of the fibre-optic probe. PPG signals were obtained from the finger for different separation distances between the emitting and detecting fibres. Good quality PPG signals with large amplitudes and high signal-to-noise ratio were detected in the range of 3mm to 6mm. At separation distances between 1mm and 2mm, PPG signals were erratic with no resemblance to a conventional PPG signal. At separation distances greater than 6mm, the amplitudes of PPG signals were very small and not appropriate for processing. This investigation indicates the suitability of optical fibres as a new pulse oximetry sensor for estimating blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) in the splanchnic region.

  9. Walk-off corrected KTP crystal for low pulse energy pumped optical parametric oscillation

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    Mu, Xiaodong; Lee, Huai-Chuan; Meissner, Helmuth

    2009-02-01

    A quasi-noncritical phase-matching (QNCPM) technology has been developed employing adhesive-free bonding (AFB) for high efficiency and high beam quality frequency conversion. A 16-layer KTP composite with total length of 32 mm was fabricated for a low pulse energy pumped 2-μm optical parametric oscillator (OPO). Our calculations indicate that the KTP composite has a 16 times lower walk-off effect and 16 times higher angle acceptance compared with the OPO in the same length single KTP crystal. Even only considering the walk-off correction, the threshold pump pulse energy in such a QNCPM OPO can be expected to be reduced by 256 times. In addition, the AFB technique was demonstrated to have uniform bonding quality and immeasurably small interface loss. Therefore, it can be expected to allow engineering of other critical phase-matched nonlinear optical devices into QNCPM devices.

  10. An Approximate Numerical Technique for Characterizing Optical Pulse Propagation in Inhomogeneous Biological Tissue

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    Handapangoda, Chintha C.; Premaratne, Malin

    2008-01-01

    An approximate numerical technique for modeling optical pulse propagation through weakly scattering biological tissue is developed by solving the photon transport equation in biological tissue that includes varying refractive index and varying scattering/absorption coefficients. The proposed technique involves first tracing the ray paths defined by the refractive index profile of the medium by solving the eikonal equation using a Runge-Kutta integration algorithm. The photon transport equation is solved only along these ray paths, minimizing the overall computational burden of the resulting algorithm. The main advantage of the current algorithm is that it enables to discretise the pulse propagation space adaptively by taking optical depth into account. Therefore, computational efficiency can be increased without compromising the accuracy of the algorithm. PMID:18317526

  11. Time division multiplexed laser Doppler anemometry using pulsed laser diodes and optical fibers

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    Lockey, R.A.; Tatam, R.P.

    1995-12-31

    Laser Doppler anemometry (LDA) is a well established technique for non-invasive measurement of fluid flow, by measuring the frequency shift of light scattered by particles entrained in the flow. A time division multiplexed laser Doppler anemometer is reported, using a single high frequency pulsed laser diode as a source. Time division multiplexing requires a single detector channel, removing the need for multiple detectors and wavelength separation optics found in conventional CW laser Doppler systems. By incorporating optical fibers into the system to distribute the pulses into each channel and impose a delay between channels, the electronic requirements of such an instrument are reduced. Results for a two-dimensional system are presented, measured on a water-seeded air jet. Individual velocity components of up to 16 ms{sup {minus}1} and overall velocities of up to 20 ms{sup {minus}1} have been detected, but the potential range of the instrument is very much greater.

  12. Error rate performance of pulse position modulation schemes for indoor wireless optical communication

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    Azzam, Nazmy; Aly, Moustafa H.; AboulSeoud, A. K.

    2009-06-01

    Error rate performance of pulse position modulation (PPM) schemes for indoor wireless optical communication (WOC) applications is investigated. These schemes include traditional PPM and multiple PPM (MPPM). Study is unique in presenting and evaluating symbol error behaviour under wide range of design parameters such symbol length (L), number of chips per symbol (n), number of chips forms optical pulse (w). Effect of signal to noise ratio levels and operating bitrates on symbol error performance is also discussed. A comparison between studying modulation schemes is done. Relation with IrDA and IEEE 802.11 indoor WOC standardization is also investigated. Results indicate that PPM achieve great symbol error performance at reasonable signal to noise ratio and high bitrates with large symbol length.

  13. Fiber optic pulse compression concept for processing wide bandwidth radar signals

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    Rausch, E. O.; Efurd, R. B.

    1982-08-01

    The possibility of constructing a fiber optic correlator to permit radar operations at GHz rates with one nanosecond subpulses is discussed. The correlation concept, wherein transmitted pulses are divided into subpulses with the phase or polarization of each consecutive subpulse changing according to a binary code, allows pulse compression at correlation speeds of 1 GHz. The fiber optic correlator consists of a laser, fiber couplers, fiber delay lines, photodiodes, inverting amplifiers, noninverting amplifiers, and a power combiner. A simplified block diagram of the system circuitry is provided. A solid state injection laser is recommended because of the flat response to modulation rates of 1 GHz, continuous operation at room temperature, and emissions in both longitudinal and transverse modes. Finally, temperature effects potentially affecting the system are modeled.

  14. UWB doublet signal generation and modulation based on DFB laser under optical pulses injection

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    Chen, Dalei; Wang, Rong; Xiang, Peng; Pu, Tao; Fang, Tao; Zhou, Hua; Zhao, Jiyong; Huang, Long; Zhu, Huatao; Wang, Peng

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, a novel scheme to generate ultra-wideband (UWB) doublet signals based on the cross-gain modulation (XGM) effect in the DFB lasers is proposed and experimentally demonstrated, the modulation and transmission of the generated UWB doublet signals are also researched. In the proposed system, a gain-switched laser (GSL) is used as a master laser (ML) and the optical pulses from the ML are optically injected into two paralleled DFB lasers, which are used as slave lasers (SL). Then the outputs from the SLs are detected by a balanced photodiode (BPD) to generate the Bi-phased UWB signals. By properly setting the system parameters, UWB signals with various modulation formats such as on-off keying (OOK), pulse amplitude modulation (PAM) as well as the phase-shift keying (PSK) can be generated. In addition, fiber transmission of the modulated UWB signals is also experimentally investigated.

  15. Power enhancement of burst-mode UV pulses using a doubly-resonant optical cavity

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    Rahkman, Abdurahim; Notcutt, Mark; Liu, Yun

    2015-11-24

    We report a doubly-resonant enhancement cavity (DREC) that can realize a simultaneous enhancement of two incoming laser beams at different wavelengths and different temporal structures. The double-resonance condition is theoretically analyzed and different DREC locking methods are experimentally investigated. Simultaneous locking of a Fabry-Perot cavity to both an infrared (IR, 1064 nm) and its frequency tripled ultraviolet (UV, 355 nm) pulses has been demonstrated by controlling the frequency difference between the two beams with a fiber optic frequency shifter. The DREC technique opens a new paradigm in the applications of optical cavities to power enhancement of burst-mode lasers with arbitrary macropulse width and repetition rate.

  16. Diagrammatic analysis of the density operator for nonlinear optical calculations Pulsed and CW responses

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    Yee, T. K.; Gustafson, T. K.

    1978-01-01

    In the present paper a diagrammatic analysis of the density operator for the evaluation of nonlinear optical quantities is considered. The present approach extends earlier diagrammatic analysis by treating the time evolution of both the wave function and its complex conjugate. Time-ordered graphs result, each of which corresponds to a term in the density matrix. Examples involving the third-order susceptibility are discussed for both monochromatic and pulse excitation. In particular coherent rotational transient birefringence is discussed. The diagrams provide a convenient means by which nonlinear optical processes can be precisely defined and the susceptibility readily evaluated.

  17. Power enhancement of burst-mode ultraviolet pulses using a doubly resonant optical cavity.

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    Rakhman, Abdurahim; Notcutt, Mark; Liu, Yun

    2015-12-01

    We report a doubly resonant enhancement cavity (DREC) that can realize a simultaneous enhancement of two incoming laser beams at different wavelengths and different temporal structures. The double-resonance condition is theoretically analyzed, and different DREC locking methods are experimentally investigated. Simultaneous locking of a Fabry-Perot cavity to both an infrared (1064 nm) and its frequency-tripled ultraviolet (355 nm) pulses has been demonstrated by controlling the frequency difference between the two beams with a fiber-optic frequency shifter. The DREC technique enables novel applications of optical cavities to power enhancement of burst-mode lasers with arbitrary macropulse width and repetition rate. PMID:26625051

  18. Using a fiber-optic pulse sensor in magnetic resonance imaging

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    Henning, Michael R.; Gerdt, David W.; Spraggins, Thomas A.

    1991-07-01

    Fiber-optic sensors are very useful in areas that are hostile to conventional sensors. One of these hostile areas is found in the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment. The primary advantage of using fiber-optic sensors in the MRI environment is the elimination of the hazards associated with wire. Currently there are no completely safe and reliable means to monitor the heart rate of a patient being scanned by MRI equipment. Conventional electrocardiograph (EKG) equipment subjects the patient to burn hazards due to RF coupling in the wires that connect the EKG sensor to the EKG monitor. Simple pulse monitoring is important to the patient's health, but the monitoring of movement is also important for sharp high quality images. Although the EKG measures electrical activity of the heart, it does not necessarily provide a true reflection of organ movement associated with the pulse. Because the EKG monitors only electrical activity, it will never be suited to measure a patient's respiration movement during an MR imaging session. The dielectric fiber-optic sensor can be used safely to monitor a patient's heart rate and to trigger the MRI on the ventricular heartbeat. Additionally, future fiber-optic sensor enhancements will provide the ability to detect respiration movement that affects heart position in the chest and to eliminate that detractor from high quality MR images. Sperry Marine has developed a non-metallic all-optical fiber-optic sensor that can be attached to a patient's pulse point for both monitoring the patient and triggering the MRI equipment. Because the sensor and leads are completely dielectric, this fiber-optic sensor presents no danger of electric shock or burns to the patient. Fiber-optic coupler sensors are optically powered by light traveling through a single mode optical fiber which is later split between two output fibers at the coupler. The return light signal travels through the two output fibers and it ultimately monitored by photodiodes

  19. a Three Pulse Optical Echo Study of Depolarising Collisions in Caesium.

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    Dove, William Thomason

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. The work described in this thesis is an experimental study, using three excitation pulse photon echoes, of collisional relaxation of caesium atoms perturbed by noble gases. The theoretical aspects of this thesis include the development of a density matrix theory to describe the formation of echoes formed from a sequence of three excitation pulses when applied to a multi-level system. The manner in which the resultant echoes store information about optical coherences, Zeeman coherences and state populations is discussed. The theory of collisional relaxation of three excitation pulse echoes by depolarising collisions and velocity changing collisions is introduced. Measurements of collision cross sections for depolarising collisions and velocity changing collisions for atoms in a single state are possible by the three excitation pulse echo techniques. The experimental work of this thesis involves the measurement of collisional relaxation of three pulse echoes formed on the caesium 6S_{1 over2} rightarrow 7P_ {3over2} (455 nm) and 6S _{1over2} rightarrow 7P_{1over2} (459 nm) transitions, perturbed by low pressure (below 1 torr) helium, argon and xenon gas. One series of experiments measured the collision cross section for optical coherence destroying collisions, and the results obtained are in good agreement with previous two pulse echo measurements. The remaining experimental work determined values of collision cross sections due to depolarising collisions for ground state caesium atoms perturbed by noble gas. This marks the first measurement of this parameter for 6S_{1 over2} ground state caesium atoms.

  20. Pulse

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    ... resting for at least 10 minutes. Take the exercise heart rate while you are exercising. ... pulse rate can help determine if the patient's heart is pumping. ... rate gives information about your fitness level and health.

  1. Brillouin optical time-domain analysis sensor with pump pulse amplification.

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    Mompó, Juan José; Urricelqui, Javier; Loayssa, Alayn

    2016-06-13

    We demonstrate a simple technique to provide conventional Brillouin optical time-domain analysis sensors with mitigation for pump pulse attenuation. The technique is based on operating the sensor in loss configuration so that energy is transferred from the probe wave to the pump pulse that becomes amplified as it counter-propagates with the probe wave. Furthermore, the optical frequency of the probe wave is modulated along the fiber so that the pump pulse experiences a flat total gain spectrum that equally amplifies all the spectral components of the pulse, hence, preventing distortion. This frequency modulation of the probe brings additional advantages because it provides increased tolerance to non-local effects and to spontaneous Brillouin scattering noise, so that a probe power above the Brillouin threshold of the fiber can be safely deployed, hence, increasing the signal-to-noise ratio of the measurement. The method is experimentally demonstrated in a 100-km fiber link, obtaining a measurement uncertainty of 1 MHz at the worst-contrast position. PMID:27410288

  2. Absolute frequency synthesis of pulsed coherent light waves through phase-modulation active optical feedback.

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    Shimizu, K; Horiguchi, T; Koyamada, Y

    1996-11-15

    A novel method for the broadband absolute frequency synthesis of pulsed coherent lightwaves is demonstrated. It is based on pulse recirculation around an active optical feedback ring containing a delay-line fiber, an external phase modulator, an acousto-optic frequency shifter (AOFS), and a high-finesse Fabry-Perot étalon. The modulation frequency F(M) and the frequency shift F(AO) that are due to AOFS are designed so that their sum or difference equals the free-spectral range of the étalon and F(AO) is set at larger than the half-width at full maximum of its resonant peaks. If one of the peak frequencies is tuned to the frequency of the initial pulse, the frequency of the recirculating pulse jumps to the next peak for each round trip. In the experiment the absolute frequency is synthesized over a frequency span of 700 GHz around the initial stabilized frequency of the master laser.

  3. Sub-picosecond chirped return-to-zero nonlinear optical pulse propagating in dense dispersion-managed fibre

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    Guo, Shuqin; Le, Zichun; Quan, Bisheng

    2006-01-01

    By numerical simulation, we show that the fourth-order dispersion (FOD) makes sub-picosecond optical pulse broaden as second-order dispersion (SOD), makes optical pulse oscillate simultaneously as third-order dispersion (TOD). Based on above two reasons, sub-picosecond optical pulse will be widely broaden and lead to emission of continuum radiation during propagation. Here, resemble to two- and third-order dispersion compensation, fourth-order dispersion compensation is also suggested in a dispersion-managed optical fiber link, which is realized by arranging two kinds of fiber with opposite dispersion sign in each compensation cell. For sake of avoiding excessively broadening, ultra short scale dispersion compensation cell is required in ultra high speed optical communication system. In a full dispersion compensation optical fiber system which path average dispersion is zero about SOD, TOD, and FOD, even suffering from affection of high order nonlinear like self-steep effect and self-frequency shift, 200 fs gauss optical pulse can stable propagate over 1000 km with an optimal initial chirp. When space between neighboring optical pulse is only 2 picoseconds corresponding to 500 Gbit/s transmitting capacity, eye diagram is very clarity after 1000 km. The results demonstrate that ultra short scale dispersion compensation including FOD is need and effective in ultra-high speed optical communication.

  4. Second-harmonic generation with pulses in a coupled-resonator optical waveguide.

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    Mookherjea, Shayan; Yariv, Amnon

    2002-02-01

    We describe the generation and propagation of pulses in a coupled-resonator optical waveguide driven by a nonlinear polarization using a method closely related to the coupled-mode theory. The specific example we consider is that of second-harmonic generation. This formalism explicitly accounts for temporal dependencies in the waveguide field distributions and in their representations in terms of slowly modulated Bloch wave functions, in contrast with the equations obtained previously for cw second-harmonic generation.

  5. A statistical model of the photomultiplier gain process with applications to optical pulse detection

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    Tan, H. H.

    1982-01-01

    A Markov diffusion model was used to determine an approximate probability density for the random gain. This approximate density preserves the correct second-order statistics and appears to be in reasonably good agreement with experimental data. The receiver operating curve for a pulse counter detector of PMT cathode emission events was analyzed using this density. The error performance of a simple binary direct detection optical communication system was also derived. Previously announced in STAR as N82-25100

  6. A statistical model of the photomultiplier gain process with applications to optical pulse detection

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    Tan, H. H.

    1982-01-01

    A Markov diffusion model was used to determine an approximate probability density for the random gain. This approximate density preserves the correct second-order statistics and appears to be in reasonably good agreement with experimental data. The receiver operating curve for a pulse counter detector of PMT cathode emission events was analyzed using this density. The error performance of a simple binary direct detection optical communication system was also derived.

  7. 200 TW 45 fs laser based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification.

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    Lozhkarev, V V; Freidman, G I; Ginzburg, V N; Katin, E V; Khazanov, E A; Kirsanov, A V; Luchinin, G A; Mal'shakov, A N; Martyanov, M A; Palashov, O V; Poteomkin, A K; Sergeev, A M; Shaykin, A A; Yakovlev, I V; Garanin, S G; Sukharev, S A; Rukavishnikov, N N; Charukhchev, A V; Gerke, R R; Yashin, V E

    2006-01-01

    200 TW peak power has been achieved experimentally using a Cr:forsterite master oscillator at 1250 nm, a stretcher, three optical parametrical amplifiers based on KD*P (DKDP) crystals providing 14.5 J energy in the chirped pulse at 910 nm central wavelength, and a vacuum compressor. The final parametrical amplifier and the compressor are described in detail. Scaling of such architecture to multipetawatt power is discussed.

  8. An Optical Cryostat for Use in Microscopy Cooled by Stirling-Type Pulse Tube Cryocooler

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    Liubiao, Chen; Qiang, Zhou; Xiaoshuang, Zhu; Yuan, Zhou; Junjie, Wang

    The few products of an optical cryostat for use in microscopy in commercialapplications are generally cooled by liquid nitrogen, liquid helium or cryocoolers such as G-M cryocooler or G-M type pulse tube cryocooler (PTC). Sometimes it is not convenient to use G-M cryocooler or G-M type PTC because of its noise and big size; and in some places, liquid nitrogen, especially liquid helium, is not easily available. To overcome this limitation, an optical cryostat for use in microscopy cooled by a Stirling-type pulse tube cryocooler (SPTC) has been designed, built and tested. The refrigerator system SPTC is an important component of the optical cryostat; it has the advantages of compactness, high efficiency, and low vibration. For simplification and compactness, single-stage configuration with coaxial arrangement was employed in the developed SPTC. In order to lower the vibration, the separated configuration was adopted; its compressor and pulse tube are connected with a flexible connecting tube. At present, a lowest temperature of 20 K could be achieved. The temperature fluctuation can be controlled at ±10 mK by adjusting the input electric power to the compressor; and some considerations for further improvement will also be described in this paper.

  9. Spectral encoding method for measuring the relative arrival time between x-ray/optical pulses

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    Bionta, M. R.; Hartmann, N.; Weaver, M.; French, D.; Glownia, J. M.; Bostedt, C.; Chollet, M.; Ding, Y.; Fritz, D. M.; Fry, A. R.; Krzywinski, J.; Lemke, H. T.; Messerschmidt, M.; Schorb, S.; Zhu, D.; White, W. E.; Nicholson, D. J.; Cryan, J. P.; Baker, K.; Kane, D. J.; and others

    2014-08-15

    The advent of few femtosecond x-ray light sources brings promise of x-ray/optical pump-probe experiments that can measure chemical and structural changes in the 10–100 fs time regime. Widely distributed timing systems used at x-ray Free-Electron Laser facilities are typically limited to above 50 fs fwhm jitter in active x-ray/optical synchronization. The approach of single-shot timing measurements is used to sort results in the event processing stage. This has seen wide use to accommodate the insufficient precision of active stabilization schemes. In this article, we review the current technique for “measure-and-sort” at the Linac Coherent Light Source at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The relative arrival time between an x-ray pulse and an optical pulse is measured near the experimental interaction region as a spectrally encoded cross-correlation signal. The cross-correlation provides a time-stamp for filter-and-sort algorithms used for real-time sorting. Sub-10 fs rms resolution is common in this technique, placing timing precision at the same scale as the duration of the shortest achievable x-ray pulses.

  10. A focused air-pulse system for optical-coherence-tomography-based measurements of tissue elasticity

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    Wang, Shang; Larin, K. V.; Li, Jiasong; Vantipalli, S.; Manapuram, R. K.; Aglyamov, S.; Emelianov, S.; Twa, M. D.

    2013-07-01

    Accurate non-invasive assessment of tissue elasticity in vivo is required for early diagnostics of many tissue abnormalities. We have developed a focused air-pulse system that produces a low-pressure and short-duration air stream, which can be used to excite transient surface waves (SWs) in soft tissues. System characteristics were studied using a high-resolution analog pressure transducer to describe the excitation pressure. Results indicate that the excitation pressure provided by the air-pulse system can be easily controlled by the air source pressure, the angle of delivery, and the distance between the tissue surface and the port of the air-pulse system. Furthermore, we integrated this focused air-pulse system with phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PhS-OCT) to make non-contact measurements of tissue elasticity. The PhS-OCT system is used to assess the group velocity of SW propagation, which can be used to determine Young’s modulus. Pilot experiments were performed on gelatin phantoms with different concentrations (10%, 12% and 14% w/w). The results demonstrate the feasibility of using this focused air-pulse system combined with PhS-OCT to estimate tissue elasticity. This easily controlled non-contact technique is potentially useful to study the biomechanical properties of ocular and other tissues in vivo.

  11. Compact dual-crystal optical parametric amplification for broadband IR pulse generation using a collinear geometry.

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    Hong, Zuofei; Zhang, Qingbin; Lu, Peixiang

    2013-04-22

    A novel compact dual-crystal optical parametric amplification (DOPA) scheme, collinearly pumped by a Ti:sapphire laser (0.8 μm), is theoretically investigated for efficiently generating broadband IR pulses at non-degenerate wavelengths (1.2 μm~1.4 μm and 1.8 μm~2.1 μm). By inserting a pair of barium fluoride (BaF(2)) wedges between two thin β-barium borate (BBO) crystals, the group velocity mismatch (GVM) between the three interacting pulses can be compensated simultaneously. In this case, the obtained signal spectrum centered at 1.3 μm is nearly 20% broader and the conversion efficiency is increased, but also the pulse contrast and beam quality are improved due to the better temporal overlap. Furthermore, sub-two-cycle idler pulses with carrier-envelope phase (CEP) fluctuation of sub-100-mrad root mean square (RMS) can be generated. Because a tunable few-cycle IR pulse with millijoule energy is attainable in this scheme, it will contribute to ultrafast community and be particularly useful as a driving or controlling field for the generation of ultrafast coherent x-ray supercontinuum.

  12. 40GHz picosecond pulse source based on a cross-phase modulation induced orthogonal focusing in normally dispersive optical fibers (Conference Presentation)

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    Gilles, Marin; Nuño, Javier; Guasoni, Massimiliano; Kibler, Bertrand; Finot, Christophe; Fatome, Julien

    2016-04-01

    The generation of picosecond pulse trains has become of great interest for many scientific applications. However, even though different techniques of nonlinear compression have been developed for optical fibers in the anomalous dispersion regime, only a few exist for normally dispersive fibers. Here, we describe a new method based on the generation of a strong nonlinear focusing effect induced by the cross phase modulation of a high power 40-GHz beat-signal on its orthogonally polarized interleaved weak replica. More precisely, while the normally dispersive defocusing regime induced a nonlinear reshaping of a high power 40-GHz sinusoidal signal into successively parabolic then broad and sharp square pulses, it also progressively close a singularity at its null point characterized by steeper and steeper edges. Here we show that the cross phase modulation induced by this nonlinear dark structure on a weak interleaved orthogonally polarized replica then turns out the normally dispersive regime into a focusing dynamics. This phenomenon is similar to the polarization domain wall effect for which the energy of a domain is strongly localized and bounded by the commutation of both orthogonally polarized waves. In other words, since a particle in a gradually collapsing potential, the energy contained in the weak interleaved component is found to be more and more bounded and is thus forced to temporally compress along the fiber length, thus reshaping the initial beat-signal into a train of well-separated short pulses. We have experimentally validated the present method by demonstrating the temporal compression of an initial 40-GHz beat-signal into a train of well separated pulses in different types of normally dispersive fibers. To this aim, an initial 40-GHz beat-signal is first split into 2 replica for which one is half-period delayed and 10-dB attenuated before polarization multiplexing in such a way to generate a strongly-unbalanced orthogonally-polarized interleaved

  13. All-optical pulse-echo ultrasound probe for intravascular imaging (Conference Presentation)

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    Colchester, Richard J.; Noimark, Sacha; Mosse, Charles A.; Zhang, Edward Z.; Beard, Paul C.; Parkin, Ivan P.; Papakonstantinou, Ioannis; Desjardins, Adrien E.

    2016-02-01

    High frequency ultrasound probes such as intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheters can be invaluable for guiding minimally invasive medical procedures in cardiology such as coronary stent placement and ablation. With current-generation ultrasound probes, ultrasound is generated and received electrically. The complexities involved with fabricating these electrical probes can result in high costs that limit their clinical applicability. Additionally, it can be challenging to achieve wide transmission bandwidths and adequate wideband reception sensitivity with small piezoelectric elements. Optical methods for transmitting and receiving ultrasound are emerging as alternatives to their electrical counterparts. They offer several distinguishing advantages, including the potential to generate and detect the broadband ultrasound fields (tens of MHz) required for high resolution imaging. In this study, we developed a miniature, side-looking, pulse-echo ultrasound probe for intravascular imaging, with fibre-optic transmission and reception. The axial resolution was better than 70 microns, and the imaging depth in tissue was greater than 1 cm. Ultrasound transmission was performed by photoacoustic excitation of a carbon nanotube/polydimethylsiloxane composite material; ultrasound reception, with a fibre-optic Fabry-Perot cavity. Ex vivo tissue studies, which included healthy swine tissue and diseased human tissue, demonstrated the strong potential of this technique. To our knowledge, this is the first study to achieve an all-optical pulse-echo ultrasound probe for intravascular imaging. The potential for performing all-optical B-mode imaging (2D and 3D) with virtual arrays of transmit/receive elements, and hybrid imaging with pulse-echo ultrasound and photoacoustic sensing are discussed.

  14. Pulse power requirements for large aperture optical switches based on plasma electrode Pockels cells

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    Rhodes, M.A.; Taylor, J.

    1992-06-01

    We discuss very large-aperture optical switches (greater than 30 {times} 30 cm) as an enabling technology for inertial confinement fusion drivers based on multipass laser amplifiers. Large-scale laser fusion drivers such as the Nova laser have been based on single-pass amplifier designs in part because of the unavailability of a suitable large-aperture switch. We are developing an optical switch based on a Pockels cell employing plasma-electrodes. A plasma-electrode Pockels cell (PEPC) is a longitudinal-mode Pockels cell in which a plasma discharge is formed on each side of an electro-optic crystal (typically KDP or deuterated KDP, often designated KD*P). The plasmas formed on either side of the crystal act as transparent electrodes for a switching-pulse and are intended to allow uniform charging of the entire crystal. The switching-pulse is a nominally rectangular high-voltage pulse equal to the half-wave voltage V{sub x} ( 8 kV for KD*P or 17 kV for KDP) and is applied across the crystal via the plasma-electrodes. When the crystal is charged to V{sub x}, the polarization of an incoming, linearly polarized, laser beam is rotated by 90{degree}. When used in conjunction with an appropriate, passive polarizer, an optical switch is thus realized. A switch with a clear aperture of 37 {times} 37 cm is now in construction for the Beamlet laser which will serve as a test bed for this switch as well as other technologies required for an advanced NOVA laser design. In this paper, we discuss the unique power electronics requirements of PEPC optical switches.

  15. Pulse power requirements for large aperture optical switches based on plasma electrode Pockels cells

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    Rhodes, M.A.; Taylor, J.

    1992-06-01

    We discuss very large-aperture optical switches (greater than 30 [times] 30 cm) as an enabling technology for inertial confinement fusion drivers based on multipass laser amplifiers. Large-scale laser fusion drivers such as the Nova laser have been based on single-pass amplifier designs in part because of the unavailability of a suitable large-aperture switch. We are developing an optical switch based on a Pockels cell employing plasma-electrodes. A plasma-electrode Pockels cell (PEPC) is a longitudinal-mode Pockels cell in which a plasma discharge is formed on each side of an electro-optic crystal (typically KDP or deuterated KDP, often designated KD*P). The plasmas formed on either side of the crystal act as transparent electrodes for a switching-pulse and are intended to allow uniform charging of the entire crystal. The switching-pulse is a nominally rectangular high-voltage pulse equal to the half-wave voltage V[sub x] ( 8 kV for KD*P or 17 kV for KDP) and is applied across the crystal via the plasma-electrodes. When the crystal is charged to V[sub x], the polarization of an incoming, linearly polarized, laser beam is rotated by 90[degree]. When used in conjunction with an appropriate, passive polarizer, an optical switch is thus realized. A switch with a clear aperture of 37 [times] 37 cm is now in construction for the Beamlet laser which will serve as a test bed for this switch as well as other technologies required for an advanced NOVA laser design. In this paper, we discuss the unique power electronics requirements of PEPC optical switches.

  16. Terahertz modulation of the Faraday rotation by laser pulses via the optical Kerr effect

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    Subkhangulov, R. R.; Mikhaylovskiy, R. V.; Zvezdin, A. K.; Kruglyak, V. V.; Rasing, Th.; Kimel, A. V.

    2016-02-01

    The magneto-optical Faraday effect played a crucial role in the elucidation of the electromagnetic nature of light. Today it is powerful means to probe magnetism and the basic operational principle of magneto-optical modulators. Understanding the mechanisms allowing for modulation of the magneto-optical response at terahertz frequencies may have far-reaching consequences for photonics, ultrafast optomagnetism and magnonics, as well as for future development of ultrafast Faraday modulators. Here we suggest a conceptually new approach for an ultrafast tunable magneto-optical modulation with the help of counter-propagating laser pulses. Using terbium gallium garnet (Tb3Ga5O12) we demonstrate the feasibility of such magneto-optical modulation with a frequency up to 1.1 THz, which is continuously tunable by means of an external magnetic field. Besides the novel concept for ultrafast magneto-optical polarization modulation, our findings reveal the importance of accounting for propagation effects in the interpretation of pump-probe magneto-optical experiments.

  17. Pulse shape measurements using single shot-frequency resolved optical gating for high energy (80 J) short pulse (600 fs) laser

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    Palaniyappan, S.; Johnson, R.; Shimada, T.; Gautier, D. C.; Letzring, S.; Offermann, D. T.; Fernandez, J. C.; Shah, R. C.; Jung, D.; Hegelich, B. M.; Hoerlein, R.

    2010-10-15

    Relevant to laser based electron/ion accelerations, a single shot second harmonic generation frequency resolved optical gating (FROG) system has been developed to characterize laser pulses (80 J, {approx}600 fs) incident on and transmitted through nanofoil targets, employing relay imaging, spatial filter, and partially coated glass substrates to reduce spatial nonuniformity and B-integral. The device can be completely aligned without using a pulsed laser source. Variations of incident pulse shape were measured from durations of 613 fs (nearly symmetric shape) to 571 fs (asymmetric shape with pre- or postpulse). The FROG measurements are consistent with independent spectral and autocorrelation measurements.

  18. Generation of high-energy self-phase-stabilized pulses by difference-frequency generation followed by optical parametric amplification.

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    Manzoni, C; Vozzi, C; Benedetti, E; Sansone, G; Stagira, S; Svelto, O; De Silvestri, S; Nisoli, M; Cerullo, G

    2006-04-01

    We produce ultrabroadband self-phase-stabilized near-IR pulses by a novel approach where a seed pulse, obtained by difference-frequency generation of a hollow-fiber broadened supercontinuum, is amplified by a two-stage optical parametric amplifier. Energies up to 20 microJ with a pulse spectrum extending from 1.2 to 1.6 microm are demonstrated, and a route for substantial energy scaling is indicated.

  19. Measurement of the Optical Coherence of a Femtosecond Pulsed Laser by Shearing Interferometry with a Double-Frequency Grating

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    Ming, Hai; Qian, Jiang-yuan; Xie, Jian-ping; A, B. Fedotov; X, Xiao; M, M. T. Loy

    1998-01-01

    Shearing interferometry of an ion-etched holographic double-frequency grating is used to measure the optical coherence of femtosecond pulsed lasers. The experimental results show that the optical coherence of the femtosecond light beam is not only related to the spectral width and size of the light source but is also related to the pulse duration and mode-locked laser state. The results of theoretical analysis and numerical calculation are also given. Application of this research is also discussed.

  20. 2013 R&D 100 Award: 'SHIELD' protects NIF optics from harmful pulses

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    Chou, Jason

    2016-07-12

    In the past, it took as long as 12 hours to manually screen 48 critical checkpoints at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) for harmful laser pulses. The screening equipment had to be moved from point to point throughout a facility the size of three football fields. Now with a new technology, called Laser SHIELD (Screening at High-throughput to Identify Energetic Laser Distortion), and with the push of a button, the screening can be done in less than one second. Proper screening of pulses is critical for the operation of high-energy lasers to ensure that the laser does not exceed safe operating conditions for optics. The energetic beams of light are so powerful that, when left uncontrolled, they can shatter the extremely valuable glass inside the laser. If a harmful pulse is found, immediate adjustments can be made in order to protect the optics for the facility. Laser SHIELD is a custom-designed high-throughput screening system built from low-cost and commercially available components found in the telecommunications industry. Its all-fiber design makes it amenable to the unique needs of high-energy laser facilities, including routing to intricate pick-off locations, immunity to electromagnetic interference and low-loss transport (up to several kilometers). The technology offers several important benefits for NIF. First, the facility is able to fire more shots in less time-an efficiency that saves the facility millions of dollars each year. Second, high-energy lasers are more flexible to wavelength changes requested by target physicists. Third, by identifying harmful pulses before they damage the laser's optics, the facility potentially saves hundreds of thousands of dollars in maintenance costs each year.

  1. 2013 R&D 100 Award: 'SHIELD' protects NIF optics from harmful pulses

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    Chou, Jason

    2014-04-03

    In the past, it took as long as 12 hours to manually screen 48 critical checkpoints at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) for harmful laser pulses. The screening equipment had to be moved from point to point throughout a facility the size of three football fields. Now with a new technology, called Laser SHIELD (Screening at High-throughput to Identify Energetic Laser Distortion), and with the push of a button, the screening can be done in less than one second. Proper screening of pulses is critical for the operation of high-energy lasers to ensure that the laser does not exceed safe operating conditions for optics. The energetic beams of light are so powerful that, when left uncontrolled, they can shatter the extremely valuable glass inside the laser. If a harmful pulse is found, immediate adjustments can be made in order to protect the optics for the facility. Laser SHIELD is a custom-designed high-throughput screening system built from low-cost and commercially available components found in the telecommunications industry. Its all-fiber design makes it amenable to the unique needs of high-energy laser facilities, including routing to intricate pick-off locations, immunity to electromagnetic interference and low-loss transport (up to several kilometers). The technology offers several important benefits for NIF. First, the facility is able to fire more shots in less time-an efficiency that saves the facility millions of dollars each year. Second, high-energy lasers are more flexible to wavelength changes requested by target physicists. Third, by identifying harmful pulses before they damage the laser's optics, the facility potentially saves hundreds of thousands of dollars in maintenance costs each year.

  2. Optical nonlinear dynamics in ZnS from femtosecond laser pulses

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    Wu, Yu-E; Ren, Mengxin Wang, Zhenhua; Li, Wenhua; Wu, Qiang; Zhang, Xinzheng Xu, Jingjun; Yi, Sanming

    2014-05-15

    A wavelength swapping nondegenerate pump-probe technique to measure the magnitudes of the nonlinear optical dynamics as well as the relaxation time of electrons in high energy levels is presented using a ZnS single crystal wafer as an example. By pumping the sample with 800 nm femtosecond pulses and probing at 400 nm, nondegenerate two-photon absorption (N-2PA) happens exclusively, and the measured curves only show instantaneous features without relaxation tails. The N-2PA coefficient was derived explicitly as 7.52 cm/GW. Additionally, when the wavelengths of the pump and probe beams are swapped, extra information about the relaxation time of the hot electrons excited in the conduction band is obtained. The combined results above are helpful for evaluating the characteristics of an optical switches based on ZnS or other materials with respect to its nonlinear optical dynamic aspect.

  3. Energy and average power scalable optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification in yttrium calcium oxyborate

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    Liao, Zhi M.; Jovanovic, Igor; Ebbers, Chris A.; Fei, Yiting; Chai, Bruce

    2006-05-01

    Optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) in nonlinear crystals has the potential to produce extremes of peak and average power but is limited either in energy by crystal growth issues or in average power by crystal thermo-optic characteristics. Recently, large (7.5 cm diameter × 25 cm length) crystals of yttrium calcium oxyborate (YCOB) have been grown and utilized for high-average-power second-harmonic generation. Further, YCOB has the necessary thermo-optic properties required for scaling OPCPA systems to high peak and average power operation for wavelengths near 1 μm. We report what is believed to be the first use of YCOB for OPCPA. Scalability to higher peak and average power is addressed.

  4. Tandem-pulsed acousto-optics: an analytical framework of modulated high-contrast speckle patterns.

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    Resink, S G; Steenbergen, W

    2015-06-01

    Recently we presented acousto-optic (AO) probing of scattering media using addition or subtraction of speckle patterns due to tandem nanosecond pulses. Here we present a theoretical framework for ideal (polarized, noise-free) speckle patterns with unity contrast that links ultrasound-induced optical phase modulation, the fraction of light that is tagged by ultrasound, speckle contrast, mean square difference of speckle patterns and the contrast of the summation of speckle patterns acquired at different ultrasound phases. We derive the important relations from basic assumptions and definitions, and then validate them with simulations. For ultrasound-generated phase modulation angles below 0.7 rad (assuming uniform modulation), we are now able to relate speckle pattern statistics to the acousto-optic phase modulation. Hence our theory allows quantifying speckle observations in terms of ultrasonically tagged fractions of light for near-unity-contrast speckle patterns.

  5. Two types of all-optical magnetization switching mechanisms using femtosecond laser pulses

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    El Hadri, M. S.; Pirro, P.; Lambert, C.-H.; Petit-Watelot, S.; Quessab, Y.; Hehn, M.; Montaigne, F.; Malinowski, G.; Mangin, S.

    2016-08-01

    Using a time-dependent electrical investigation of the all-optical switching in ferrimagnetic and ferromagnetic Hall crosses via the anomalous Hall effect, intriguing insights into the rich physics underlying the all-optical switching are provided. We demonstrate that two different all-optical magnetization switching mechanisms can be distinguished; a "single pulse" switching for ferrimagnetic GdFeCo alloys, and a "two regimes" switching process for both ferrimagnetic TbCo alloys and ferromagnetic Pt/Co multilayers. We show that the latter takes place at two different time scales, and consists of a steplike helicity-independent multiple-domain formation within the first 1 ms followed by a helicity-dependent remagnetization on several tens of milliseconds.

  6. Tandem-pulsed acousto-optics: an analytical framework of modulated high-contrast speckle patterns.

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    Resink, S G; Steenbergen, W

    2015-06-01

    Recently we presented acousto-optic (AO) probing of scattering media using addition or subtraction of speckle patterns due to tandem nanosecond pulses. Here we present a theoretical framework for ideal (polarized, noise-free) speckle patterns with unity contrast that links ultrasound-induced optical phase modulation, the fraction of light that is tagged by ultrasound, speckle contrast, mean square difference of speckle patterns and the contrast of the summation of speckle patterns acquired at different ultrasound phases. We derive the important relations from basic assumptions and definitions, and then validate them with simulations. For ultrasound-generated phase modulation angles below 0.7 rad (assuming uniform modulation), we are now able to relate speckle pattern statistics to the acousto-optic phase modulation. Hence our theory allows quantifying speckle observations in terms of ultrasonically tagged fractions of light for near-unity-contrast speckle patterns. PMID:25985079

  7. Energy and average power scalable optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification in yttrium calcium oxyborate.

    PubMed

    Liao, Zhi M; Jovanovic, Igor; Ebbers, Chris A; Fei, Yiting; Chai, Bruce

    2006-05-01

    Optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) in nonlinear crystals has the potential to produce extremes of peak and average power but is limited either in energy by crystal growth issues or in average power by crystal thermo-optic characteristics. Recently, large (7.5 cm diameter x 25 cm length) crystals of yttrium calcium oxyborate (YCOB) have been grown and utilized for high-average-power second-harmonic generation. Further, YCOB has the necessary thermo-optic properties required for scaling OPCPA systems to high peak and average power operation for wavelengths near 1 microm. We report what is believed to be the first use of YCOB for OPCPA. Scalability to higher peak and average power is addressed.

  8. Optically controlled in-line graphene saturable absorber for the manipulation of pulsed fiber laser operation.

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    Gene, Jinhwa; Park, Nam Hun; Jeong, Hwanseong; Choi, Sun Young; Rotermund, Fabian; Yeom, Dong-Il; Kim, Byoung Yoon

    2016-09-19

    We demonstrate an optically tunable graphene saturable absorber to manipulate the laser operation in pulsed fiber laser system. Owing to the strongly enhanced evanescent field interaction with monolayer graphene, we could realize an efficient control of modulation depth in the graphene saturable absorber by optical means through cross absorption modulation method. By integrating the tunable graphene saturable absorber into the fiber laser system, we could switch the laser operation from Q-switching through Q-switched mode-locking to continuous wave mode-locking by adjusting only the optical power of the control beam. In addition, we realized a hybrid Q-switching of fiber laser by periodical modulation of the absorption of the graphene saturable absorber, where we observed that the repetition rate of the Q-switched laser could be continuously tuned according to the modulation frequency of the applied external signal. PMID:27661873

  9. A biomimetic mass-flow transducer utilizing all-optofluidic generation of self-digitized, pulse code-modulated optical pulse trains.

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    Lee, Jiwon; Paek, Jungwook; Kim, Jaeyoun

    2012-10-01

    We present a new mass-flow transducer producing responses in the form of optical pulse trains that are encoded with information on the strength and position of the stimulus. We implemented the self-digitization and encoding capabilities all-optofluidically, without involving external electronics, by integrating one optical fiber cantilever with multiple polymer optical waveguides on a microfluidic platform. The transducer can also be configured to respond only to transitional stimuli. These features closely mimic the rate-coding, action potential labeling, and rapid adaptation processes observed in biological mechanoreceptors and allow multiple transducers to transmit signals over a single, shared channel. We fabricated the transducer using polymer-based soft-lithography techniques. Its characterization confirmed the stimulus strength-dependent generation of optical pulses and the feasibility of multiplexing 2(n-1) to 2(n) transducers using n waveguides. PMID:22858863

  10. Pulse Propagation Effects in Optical 2D Fourier-Transform Spectroscopy: Theory.

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    Spencer, Austin P; Li, Hebin; Cundiff, Steven T; Jonas, David M

    2015-04-30

    A solution to Maxwell's equations in the three-dimensional frequency domain is used to calculate rephasing two-dimensional Fourier transform (2DFT) spectra of the D2 line of atomic rubidium vapor in argon buffer gas. Experimental distortions from the spatial propagation of pulses through the sample are simulated in 2DFT spectra calculated for the homogeneous Bloch line shape model. Spectral features that appear at optical densities of up to 3 are investigated. As optical density increases, absorptive and dispersive distortions start with peak shape broadening, progress to peak splitting, and ultimately result in a previously unexplored coherent transient twisting of the split peaks. In contrast to the low optical density limit, where the 2D peak shape for the Bloch model depends only on the total dephasing time, these distortions of the 2D peak shape at finite optical density vary with the waiting time and the excited state lifetime through coherent transient effects. Experiment-specific conditions are explored, demonstrating the effects of varying beam overlap within the sample and of pseudo-time domain filtering. For beam overlap starting at the sample entrance, decreasing the length of beam overlap reduces the line width along the ωτ axis but also reduces signal intensity. A pseudo-time domain filter, where signal prior to the center of the last excitation pulse is excluded from the FID-referenced 2D signal, reduces propagation distortions along the ωt axis. It is demonstrated that 2DFT rephasing spectra cannot take advantage of an excitation-detection transformation that can eliminate propagation distortions in 2DFT relaxation spectra. Finally, the high optical density experimental 2DFT spectrum of rubidium vapor in argon buffer gas [J. Phys. Chem. A 2013, 117, 6279-6287] is quantitatively compared, in line width, in depth of peak splitting, and in coherent transient peak twisting, to a simulation with optical density higher than that reported.

  11. Pulsing frequency induced change in optical constants and dispersion energy parameters of WO3 films grown by pulsed direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Punitha, K.; Sivakumar, R.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2014-03-01

    In this work, we present the pulsing frequency induced change in the structural, optical, vibrational, and luminescence properties of tungsten oxide (WO3) thin films deposited on microscopic glass and fluorine doped tin oxide (SnO2:F) coated glass substrates by pulsed dc magnetron sputtering technique. The WO3 films deposited on SnO2:F substrate belongs to monoclinic phase. The pulsing frequency has a significant influence on the preferred orientation and crystallinity of WO3 film. The maximum optical transmittance of 85% was observed for the film and the slight shift in transmission threshold towards higher wavelength region with increasing pulsing frequency revealed the systematic reduction in optical energy band gap (3.78 to 3.13 eV) of the films. The refractive index (n) of films are found to decrease (1.832 to 1.333 at 550 nm) with increasing pulsing frequency and the average value of extinction coefficient (k) is in the order of 10-3. It was observed that the dispersion data obeyed the single oscillator of the Wemple-Didomenico model, from which the dispersion energy (Ed) parameters, dielectric constants, plasma frequency, oscillator strength, and oscillator energy (Eo) of WO3 films were calculated and reported for the first time due to variation in pulsing frequency during deposition by pulsed dc magnetron sputtering. The Eo is change between 6.30 and 3.88 eV, while the Ed varies from 25.81 to 7.88 eV, with pulsing frequency. The Raman peak observed at 1095 cm-1 attributes the presence of W-O symmetric stretching vibration. The slight shift in photoluminescence band is attributed to the difference in excitons transition. We have made an attempt to discuss and correlate these results with the light of possible mechanisms underlying the phenomena.

  12. Optical attosecond pulses and tracking the nonlinear response of bound electrons.

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    Hassan, M Th; Luu, T T; Moulet, A; Raskazovskaya, O; Zhokhov, P; Garg, M; Karpowicz, N; Zheltikov, A M; Pervak, V; Krausz, F; Goulielmakis, E

    2016-02-01

    The time it takes a bound electron to respond to the electromagnetic force of light sets a fundamental speed limit on the dynamic control of matter and electromagnetic signal processing. Time-integrated measurements of the nonlinear refractive index of matter indicate that the nonlinear response of bound electrons to optical fields is not instantaneous; however, a complete spectral characterization of the nonlinear susceptibility tensors--which is essential to deduce the temporal response of a medium to arbitrary driving forces using spectral measurements--has not yet been achieved. With the establishment of attosecond chronoscopy, the impulsive response of positive-energy electrons to electromagnetic fields has been explored through ionization of atoms and solids by an extreme-ultraviolet attosecond pulse or by strong near-infrared fields. However, none of the attosecond studies carried out so far have provided direct access to the nonlinear response of bound electrons. Here we demonstrate that intense optical attosecond pulses synthesized in the visible and nearby spectral ranges allow sub-femtosecond control and metrology of bound-electron dynamics. Vacuum ultraviolet spectra emanating from krypton atoms, exposed to intense waveform-controlled optical attosecond pulses, reveal a finite nonlinear response time of bound electrons of up to 115 attoseconds, which is sensitive to and controllable by the super-octave optical field. Our study could enable new spectroscopies of bound electrons in atomic, molecular or lattice potentials of solids, as well as light-based electronics operating on sub-femtosecond timescales and at petahertz rates. PMID:26842055

  13. Using phase retrieval to measure the intensity and phase of ultrashort pulses: Frequency-resolved optical gating

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    Trebino, R. ); Kane, D.J. )

    1993-05-01

    The authors recently introduced a new technique, frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG). For directly determining the full intensity I(t) and phase [var phi](t) of a single femtosecond pulse. By using almost any instantaneous nonlinear-optical interaction of two replicas of the ultrashort pulse to be measured, FROG involves measuring the spectrum of the signal pulse as a function of the delay between the replicas. The resulting trace of intensity versus frequency and delay yields an intuitive display of the pulse that is similar to the pulse spectrogram, except that the gate is a function of the pulse to be measured. The problem of inverting the FROG trace to obtain the pulse intensity and phase can also be considered a complex two-dimensional phase-retrieval problem. As a result, the FROG trace yields, in principle, an essentially unique pulse intensity and phase. It is shown that this is also the case in practice. An iterative-Fourier-transform algorithm is presented for inverting the FROG trace. The algorithm is unusual in its use of a novel constraint: the mathematical form of the signal field. Without the use of a support constraint, the algorithm performs quite well in practice, even for pulses with serious phase distortions and for experimental data with noise, although it occasionally stagnates when pulses with large intensity fluctuations are used. 49 refs., 15 figs.

  14. ELECTRO-OPTIC BEAM POSITION AND PULSED POWER MONITORS FOR THE SECOND AXIS OF DARHT.

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    M. BRUBAKER; C. EKDAHL; C. YAKYMYSHYN

    2001-05-01

    The second axis of the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydro-Test (DARHT) facility utilizes a long pulse electron beam having a duration in excess of two microseconds. This time scale poses problems for many conventional diagnostics that rely upon electrical cables to transmit signals between the accelerator and recording equipment. Recognizing that transit time isolation is not readily achieved for the long pulse regime, difficulties resulting from ground loops are anticipated. An electro-optic (EO) voltage sensor technology has been developed to address this issue. The EO sensor exploits the Pockels effect in Bi{sub 4}Ge{sub 3}O{sub 12} (BGO) to provide linear modulation of laser light in response to the voltage induced on a pickup electrode. Fiber coupling between the light source, Pockels cell and receiver ensures complete galvanic isolation with improved cost and performance as compared to conventional sensors fitted with fiber optic links. Furthermore, the EO approach requires that only the passive sensor element be located near the accelerator while the light source and receiver can be installed in remote locations. This paper describes the design and development of EO sensors for electron beam and pulsed power monitoring on the second axis of DARHT. Typical calibration and testing data for the sensors is also presented.

  15. Generation of ultrashort intense optical pulses at 1.6 μm from a bismuth triborate-based optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier with carrier-envelope phase stabilization

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    Ishii, Nobuhisa; Kaneshima, Keisuke; Kanai, Teruto; Watanabe, Shuntaro; Itatani, Jiro

    2015-09-01

    We describe a few-cycle intense optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier (OPCPA) in the IR that is based on bismuth triborate (BiB3O6, BIBO) crystals. Two Ti:sapphire chirped pulse amplification systems are used to generate seed and pump pulses for the OPCPA. Carrier-envelope phase (CEP)-stabilized seed pulses in the IR are produced by difference frequency mixing of white light spanning from the visible to near IR range. The seed pulses, which have a nearly one octave-spanning spectrum around 1.6 μm, are temporally stretched in an acousto-optic programmable dispersive filter and amplified up to 550 μJ in two BIBO-based parametric amplifiers without losing their bandwidth. After compression in a fused silica block, we obtained 9.2 fs optical pulses with a repetition rate of 1 kHz, which comprise less than two optical cycles at 1.6 μm. These optical pulses were used to generate extreme ultraviolet (XUV) high harmonics in krypton. We succeeded in measuring the CEP dependence of the XUV radiation near the silicon L edge around 100 eV, verifying the passive stabilization of the CEP of the sub-two cycle IR pulses. The XUV spectra consist of two half-cycle cutoffs and show a clear transition from a modulated structure to a continuum near the cutoff. The continuum-like spectra as well as their CEP dependence indicate that they originate in a single recombination burst, showing that few-cycle IR OPCPA light sources are capable of generating attosecond pulses in the XUV region.

  16. An optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier for seeding high repetition rate free-electron lasers

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    Höppner, H.; Hage, A.; Tanikawa, T.; Schulz, M.; Riedel, R.; Teubner, U.; Prandolini, M. J.; Faatz, B.; Tavella, F.

    2015-05-15

    High repetition rate free-electron lasers (FEL), producing highly intense extreme ultraviolet and x-ray pulses, require new high power tunable femtosecond lasers for FEL seeding and FEL pump-probe experiments. A tunable, 112 W (burst mode) optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier (OPCPA) is demonstrated with center frequencies ranging from 720–900 nm, pulse energies up to 1.12 mJ and a pulse duration of 30 fs at a repetition rate of 100 kHz. Since the power scalability of this OPCPA is limited by the OPCPA-pump amplifier, we also demonstrate a 6.7–13.7 kW (burst mode) thin-disk OPCPA-pump amplifier, increasing the possible OPCPA output power to manymore » hundreds of watts. Furthermore, third and fourth harmonic generation experiments are performed and the results are used to simulate a seeded FEL with high-gain harmonic generation.« less

  17. Shear wave pulse compression for dynamic elastography using phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography

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    Nguyen, Thu-Mai; Song, Shaozhen; Arnal, Bastien; Wong, Emily Y.; Huang, Zhihong; Wang, Ruikang K.; O’Donnell, Matthew

    2014-01-01

    Abstract. Assessing the biomechanical properties of soft tissue provides clinically valuable information to supplement conventional structural imaging. In the previous studies, we introduced a dynamic elastography technique based on phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PhS-OCT) to characterize submillimetric structures such as skin layers or ocular tissues. Here, we propose to implement a pulse compression technique for shear wave elastography. We performed shear wave pulse compression in tissue-mimicking phantoms. Using a mechanical actuator to generate broadband frequency-modulated vibrations (1 to 5 kHz), induced displacements were detected at an equivalent frame rate of 47 kHz using a PhS-OCT. The recorded signal was digitally compressed to a broadband pulse. Stiffness maps were then reconstructed from spatially localized estimates of the local shear wave speed. We demonstrate that a simple pulse compression scheme can increase shear wave detection signal-to-noise ratio (>12  dB gain) and reduce artifacts in reconstructing stiffness maps of heterogeneous media. PMID:24441876

  18. Optical control of electron phase space in plasma accelerators with incoherently stacked laser pulses

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    Kalmykov, S. Y. Shadwick, B. A.; Davoine, X.; Lehe, R.; Lifschitz, A. F.

    2015-05-15

    It is demonstrated that synthesizing an ultrahigh-bandwidth, negatively chirped laser pulse by incoherently stacking pulses of different wavelengths makes it possible to optimize the process of electron self-injection in a dense, highly dispersive plasma (n{sub 0}∼10{sup 19} cm{sup −3}). Avoiding transformation of the driving pulse into a relativistic optical shock maintains a quasi-monoenergetic electron spectrum through electron dephasing and boosts electron energy far beyond the limits suggested by existing scaling laws. In addition, evolution of the accelerating bucket in a plasma channel is shown to produce a background-free, tunable train of femtosecond-duration, 35–100 kA, time-synchronized quasi-monoenergetic electron bunches. The combination of the negative chirp and the channel permits acceleration of electrons beyond 1 GeV in a 3 mm plasma with 1.4 J of laser pulse energy, thus offering the opportunity of high-repetition-rate operation at manageable average laser power.

  19. Complete pulse characterization of quantum dot mode-locked lasers suitable for optical communication up to 160 Gbit/s.

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    Schmeckebier, H; Fiol, G; Meuer, C; Arsenijević, D; Bimberg, D

    2010-02-15

    A complete characterization of pulse shape and phase of a 1.3 microm, monolithic-two-section, quantum-dot mode-locked laser (QD-MLL) at a repetition rate of 40 GHz is presented, based on frequency resolved optical gating. We show that the pulse broadening of the QD-MLL is caused by linear chirp for all values of current and voltage investigated here. The chirp increases with the current at the gain section, whereas larger bias at the absorber section leads to less chirp and therefore to shorter pulses. Pulse broadening is observed at very high bias, likely due to the quantum confined stark effect. Passive- and hybrid-QD-MLL pulses are directly compared. Improved pulse intensity profiles are found for hybrid mode locking. Via linear chirp compensation pulse widths down to 700 fs can be achieved independent of current and bias, resulting in a significantly increased overall mode-locking range of 101 MHz. The suitability of QD-MLL chirp compensated pulse combs for optical communication up to 160 Gbit/s using optical-time-division multiplexing are demonstrated by eye diagrams and autocorrelation measurements.

  20. X-ray pulse preserving single-shot optical cross-correlation method for improved experimental temporal resolution

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    Beye, M.; Krupin, O.; Hays, G.; Jong, S. de; Lee, S.; Coffee, R.; Holmes, M. R.; Fry, A. R.; White, W. E.; Bostedt, C.; Schlotter, W. F.; Reid, A. H.; Rupp, D.; Lee, W.-S.; Scherz, A. O.; Chuang, Y.-D.; Cryan, J. P.; Glownia, J. M.; Foehlisch, A.; Durr, H. A.

    2012-03-19

    We measured the relative arrival time between an optical pulse and a soft x-ray pulse from a free-electron laser. This femtosecond cross-correlation measurement was achieved by observing the change in optical reflectivity induced through the absorption of a fraction of the x-ray pulse. The main x-ray pulse energy remained available for an independent pump-probe experiment where the sample may be opaque to soft x-rays. The method was employed to correct the two-pulse delay data from a canonical pump-probe experiment and demonstrate 130 {+-} 20 fs (FWHM) temporal resolution. We further analyze possible timing jitter sources and point to future improvements.

  1. RF-modulated pulsed fiber optic lidar transmitter for improved underwater imaging and communications

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    Kimpel, F.; Chen, Y.; Fouron, J.-L.; Akbulut, M.; Engin, D.; Gupta, S.

    2011-03-01

    We present results on the design, development and initial testing of a fiber-optic based RF-modulated lidar transmitter operating at 532nm, for underwater imaging application in littoral waters. The design implementation is based on using state-of-the-art high-speed FPGAs, thereby producing optical waveforms with arbitrary digital-RF-modulated pulse patterns with carrier frequencies >= 3GHz, with a repetition rate of 0.5-1MHz, and with average powers >=5W (at 532nm). Use of RF-modulated bursts above 500MHz, instead of single optical pulse lidar detection, reduces the effect of volumetric backscatter for underwater imaging application, leading to an improved signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR) and contrast, for a given range. Initial underwater target detection tests conducted at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD, in a large water-tank facility, validates the advantages of this hybrid-lidar-radar (HLR) approach for improved underwater imaging, over a wide range of turbidity levels and both white and black targets. The compact, robust and power-efficient fiber laser architecture lends very well to lidar sensor integration on unmanned-underwater-vehicle (UUV) platforms. HLR transmitters can also provide similar advantages in active-sensing situations dominated by continuous backscatter, e.g. underwater communications, imaging through smoke and fire environment, rotor-craft landing in degraded visual environment, and pointing-tracking of active-EO sensors through fog.

  2. Low temperature phase barium borate: A new optical limiter in continuous wave and nano pulsed regime

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    Babeela, C.; Girisun, T. C. Sabari

    2015-11-01

    Low temperature phase barium borate was synthesized by hydrothermal method. XRD analysis confirms the formation of γ-BBO or hydrated barium polyborate (Ba3B6O9(OH)6) which crystallizes in monoclinic system in the P2/c space group. The molecular structure analysis shows the presence of dominant BO4 unit and the hydrated nature of material. γ-BBO exhibits sharp absorption edge at 202 nm and highly transparency in the UV-Visible-NIR region. The peak at 347 nm in the emission spectrum is due to the presence of self-trapped exciton. The third order nonlinear optical properties and limiting behavior of low temperature barium borate in both pulsed and continuous wave regime were studied. The effective 2PA absorption coefficient of γ-BBO under ns pulse excitation is estimated to be 0.38 × 10-10 m/W. The nonlinear absorption coefficient, refractive index and optical susceptibility of the material in cw regime were found to be in the order of 10-5 m W-1, 10-12 m2 W-1, 10-6 esu respectively. In both regimes, low temperature phase barium borate exhibits better optical limiting properties than high temperature phase β-BBO.

  3. Formation of low time-bandwidth product, single-sided exponential optical pulses in free-electron laser oscillators

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    MacLeod; Yan; Gillespie; Knippels; Oepts; van Der Meer AF; Rella; Smith; Schwettman

    2000-09-01

    The detailed shape of picosecond optical pulses from a free-electron laser (FEL) oscillator has been studied for various cavity detunings. For large values of the cavity detuning the optical pulse develops an exponential leading edge, with a time constant proportional to the applied cavity detuning and the quality factor of the resonator. This behavior has been observed at two separate FELs that have completely different resonator layouts and electron beam characteristics, and using different methods of optical pulse length measurement. The optical pulses have a full width at half maximum time-bandwidth product Deltat(FWHM)Deltaf(FWHM) of 0.2-0.3. The results presented here can be used to predict the optical pulse length and corresponding minimum spectral width that can be generated in a FEL pumped by short electron bunches. This is important for the design of new infrared free-electron laser user facilities, which need to make a balanced choice between short pulses for high temporal resolution and narrow bandwidth for linear and nonlinear spectroscopy. PMID:11088949

  4. High-contrast linear optical pulse compression using a temporal hologram.

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    Li, Bo; Fernández-Ruiz, Maria R; Lou, Shuqin; Azaña, José

    2015-03-01

    Temporal holograms can be realized by temporal amplitude-only modulation devices and used for generation and processing of complex (amplitude and phase) time-domain signals. Based on the temporal hologram concept, we numerically and experimentally demonstrate a novel design for linear optical pulse compression using temporal modulation of continuous-wave light combined with dispersion. The newly introduced scheme overcomes the undesired background problem that is intrinsic to designs based on temporal zone plates, while also offering an energy efficiency of ~25%. This pulse compression scheme can ideally provide an arbitrarily high time-bandwidth product using a low peak-power modulation driving signal, though in practice it is limited by the achievable modulation bandwidth and dispersion amount.

  5. Excitation of sound waves upon propagation of laser pulses in optical fibres

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    Biryukov, A S; Sukharev, M E; Dianov, Evgenii M

    2002-09-30

    A revised, more comprehensive model of excitation and propagation of acoustic vibrations, electrostrictively induced in optical fibres by laser pulses, is presented. An analytic expression for the acoustic response function of the refractive index in a standard single-mode fibre is derived. Response functions are found for a standard fibre as well as for a single-mode double-clad fibre, which offers much promise for fibreoptic communication lines and where the effective area of mode-field cross section is increased with respect to a standard fibre. It is shown that the intensity of excited sound waves in double-clad fibres is usually several times higher than that in standard fibres. This intensity is determined mainly by the shape of the radial distribution of the electromagnetic field in the pulse, which is different for the fibres considered in this paper. (invited paper)

  6. Development of high damage threshold optics for petawatt-class short-pulse lasers

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    Stuart, B.C.; Perry, M.D.; Boyd, R.D.

    1995-02-22

    The authors report laser-induced damage threshold measurements on pure and multilayer dielectrics and gold-coated optics at 1053 and 526 nm for pulse durations, {tau}, ranging from 140 fs to 1 ns. Damage thresholds of gold coatings are limited to 500 mJ/cm{sup 2} in the subpicosecond range for 1053-nm pulses. In dielectrics, qualitative differences in the morphology of damage and a departure from the diffusion-dominated {tau}1/2 scaling indicate that damage results from plasma formation and ablation for {tau}{le}10 ps and from conventional melting and boiling for {tau}>50 ps. A theoretical model based on electron production via multiphoton ionization, Joule heating, and collisional (avalanche) ionization is in quantitative agreement with both the pulsewidth and wavelength scaling of experimental results.

  7. Development of high damage threshold optics for petawatt-class short-pulse lasers

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    Stuart, Brent C.; Perry, Michael D.; Boyd, Robert D.; Britten, Jerald A.; Shore, Bruce W.; Feit, Michael D.; Rubenchik, Alexander M.

    1995-04-01

    We report laser-induced damage threshold measurements on pure and multilayer dielectrics and gold-coated optics at 1053 and 526 nm for pulse durations, (tau) , ranging from 140 fs to 1 ns. Damage thresholds of gold coatings are limited to 500 mJ/cm2 in the subpicosecond range from 1053-nm pulses. In dielectrics, qualitative differences in the morphology of damage and a departure from the diffusion-dominated (tau) 1/2 scaling indicate that damage results from plasma formation and ablation for (tau) 50 ps. A theoretical model based on electron production via multiphoton ionization, Joule heating, and collisional (avalanche) ionization is in quantitative agreement with both the pulsewidth and wavelength scaling of experimental results.

  8. Optical nonlinearity for few-photon pulses on a quantum dot-pillar cavity device.

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    Loo, V; Arnold, C; Gazzano, O; Lemaître, A; Sagnes, I; Krebs, O; Voisin, P; Senellart, P; Lanco, L

    2012-10-19

    Giant optical nonlinearity is observed under both continuous wave and pulsed excitation in a deterministically coupled quantum dot-micropillar system, in a pronounced strong-coupling regime. Using absolute reflectivity measurements we determine the critical intracavity photon number as well as the input and output coupling efficiencies of the device. Thanks to a near-unity input-coupling efficiency, we demonstrate a record nonlinearity threshold of only 8 incident photons per pulse. The output-coupling efficiency is found to strongly influence this nonlinearity threshold. We show how the fundamental limit of single-photon nonlinearity can be attained in realistic devices, which would provide an effective interaction between two coincident single-photons.

  9. Portable optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy with a pulsed laser diode excitation

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    Zeng, Lvming; Liu, Guodong; Yang, Diwu; Ji, Xuanrong

    2013-02-01

    Optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy (OR-PAM) has been significantly improved in terms of spatial resolution, detection sensitivity, imaging speed, and penetration depth. However, the popular producibility of OR-PAM system is still limited by the size and cost of solid-state laser excitation. Here, we developed a portable laser-diode-based OR-PAM (LD-OR-PAM) system using a pulsed semiconductor laser source, which was operated at 905 ± 15 nm with a pulse energy as low as 4.9 μJ. The measured lateral resolution has been improved to ˜1.5 μm from hundreds of microns. The compact and inexpensive natures of LD-OR-PAM would promote the potential clinical applications such as in dermatology.

  10. Optical Spectrum of Main-, Inter-, and Off-Pulse Emission from the Crab Pulsar

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    Carramiñana, Alberto; Čadež, Andrej; Zwitter, Tomaž

    2000-10-01

    A dedicated stroboscopic device was used to obtain optical spectra of the Crab pulsar main pulse and interpulse as well as the spectrum of the underlying nebula when the pulsar is turned off. Since the nebular emission is very inhomogeneous, our ability to effectively subtract the nebular background signal is crucial. No spectral lines intrinsic to the pulsar are detected. The main pulse and the interpulse behave as power laws, both with the same dereddened index α=+0.2+/-0.1. This value was obtained by subtracting the nebular spectrum at the exact position of the pulsar. The underlying nebula is redder, α=-0.4+/-0.1. Its emission lines are split into approaching (~-1200 km s-1) and receding (~+600 km s-1) components. The strength of the emission line components and the flux in the nebular continuum vary on an arcsecond scale. The nebular line and continuum intensities along the north-south slit are given.

  11. Pulse evolution in mid-infrared femtosecond optical parametric oscillator based on silicon-on-insulator waveguides

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    Wen, Jin

    2016-04-01

    The pulse evolution of mid-infrared optical parametric oscillator based on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) waveguides is numerically investigated. The properties of pulse evolution in the process of optical parametric oscillation have been described. The numerical results show that the threshold of the optical parametric oscillation cavity can be lowered due to the high nonlinearity of the waveguide. The parametric signals initiate to oscillate when the circle trip number is 5 with the appropriate length of the SOI waveguide 7 mm. Meanwhile the peak power of the output signal pulse can be reached to 400 W at the stable situation when the circle trip number is over 10 with the conversion efficiency as high as 5%. This research can supply a kind of way to generate the mid-infrared femtosecond pulse at the highly stable on-chip integration level.

  12. Study on third-order nonlinear optical properties of 4-methylsulfanyl chalcone derivatives using picosecond pulses

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    D'silva, E.D.; Podagatlapalli, G. Krishna; Venugopal Rao, S.; Dharmaprakash, S.M.

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Photograph and schematic representation of Z-scan experimental setup used to investigate third order nonlinear properties of the chalcone materials. Highlights: ► Br and NO{sub 2} substituted chalcone derivatives were exposed to picosecond laser pulses. ► Third-order nonlinear optical (NLO) properties were investigated. ► Compounds show promising third-order and optical limiting properties. ► These materials found suitable for electrical and optical applications. -- Abstract: In this paper we present results from the experimental study of third-order nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of three molecules of Br and NO{sub 2} substituted chalcone derivatives namely (2E)-1-(4-bromophenyl)-3-[4(methylsulfanyl)phenyl]prop-2-en-1-one (4Br4MSP), (2E)-1-(3-bromophenyl)-3-[4-(methylsulfanyl) phenyl]prop-2-en-1-one (3Br4MSP) and (2E)-3[4(methylsulfanyl) phenyl]-1-(4-nitrophenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (4N4MSP). The NLO properties have been investigated by Z-scan technique using 2 ps laser pulses at 800 nm. The nonlinear refractive indices, nonlinear absorption coefficient, and the magnitude of third-order susceptibility have been determined. The values obtained are of the order of 10{sup −7} cm{sup 2}/GW, 10{sup −3} cm/GW and 10{sup −14} esu respectively. The molecular second hyperpolarizability for the chalcone derivatives is of the order of 10{sup −32} esu. The coupling factor, excited state cross section, ground state cross section etc. were determined. The optical limiting (OL) property was studied. The results suggest that the nonlinear properties investigated for present chalcones are comparable with some of the reported chalcone derivatives and can be desirable for NLO applications.

  13. Nuclear reactor pulse tracing using a CdZnTe electro-optic radiation detector

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    Nelson, Kyle A.; Geuther, Jeffrey A.; Neihart, James L.; Riedel, Todd A.; Rojeski, Ronald A.; Ugorowski, Philip B.; McGregor, Douglas S.

    2012-07-01

    CdZnTe has previously been shown to operate as an electro-optic radiation detector by utilizing the Pockels effect to measure steady-state nuclear reactor power levels. In the present work, the detector response to reactor power excursion experiments was investigated. Peak power levels during an excursion were predicted to be between 965 MW and 1009 MW using the Fuchs-Nordheim and Fuchs-Hansen models and confirmed with experimental data from the Kansas State University TRIGA Mark II nuclear reactor. The experimental arrangement of the Pockels cell detector includes collimated laser light passing through a transparent birefringent crystal, located between crossed polarizers, and focused upon a photodiode. The birefringent crystal, CdZnTe in this case, is placed in a neutron beam emanating from a nuclear reactor beam port. After obtaining the voltage-dependent Pockels characteristic response curve with a photodiode, neutron measurements were conducted from reactor pulses with the Pockels cell set at the 1/4 and 3/4 wave bias voltages. The detector responses to nuclear reactor pulses were recorded in real-time using data logging electronics, each showing a sharp increase in photodiode current for the 1/4 wave bias, and a sharp decrease in photodiode current for the 3/4 wave bias. The polarizers were readjusted to equal angles in which the maximum light transmission occurred at 0 V bias, thereby, inverting the detector response to reactor pulses. A high sample rate oscilloscope was also used to more accurately measure the FWHM of the pulse from the electro-optic detector, 64 ms, and is compared to the experimentally obtained FWHM of 16.0 ms obtained with the 10B-lined counter.

  14. Tunable error-free optical frequency conversion of a 4ps optical short pulse over 25 nm by four-wave mixing in a polarisation-maintaining optical fibre

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    Morioka, T.; Kawanishi, S.; Saruwatari, M.

    1994-05-01

    Error-free, tunable optical frequency conversion of a transform-limited 4.0 ps optical pulse signalis demonstrated at 6.3 Gbit/s using four-wave mixing in a polarization-maintaining optical fibre. The process generates 4.0-4.6 ps pulses over a 25nm range with time-bandwidth products of 0.31-0.43 and conversion power penalties of less than 1.5 dB.

  15. 500 MW peak power degenerated optical parametric amplifier delivering 52 fs pulses at 97 kHz repetition rate.

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    Rothhardt, J; Hädrich, S; Röser, F; Limpert, J; Tünnermann, A

    2008-06-01

    We present a high peak power degenerated parametric amplifier operating at 1030 nm and 97 kHz repetition rate. Pulses of a state-of-the art fiber chirped-pulse amplification (FCPA) system with 840 fs pulse duration and 410 microJ pulse energy are used as pump and seed source for a two stage optical parametric amplifier. Additional spectral broadening of the seed signal in a photonic crystal fiber creates enough bandwidth for ultrashort pulse generation. Subsequent amplification of the broadband seed signal in two 1 mm BBO crystals results in 41 microJ output pulse energy. Compression in a SF 11 prism compressor yields 37 microJ pulses as short as 52 fs. Thus, pulse shortening of more than one order of magnitude is achieved. Further scaling in terms of average power and pulse energy seems possible and will be discussed, since both concepts involved, the fiber laser and the parametric amplifier have the reputation to be immune against thermo-optical effects.

  16. High-energy sub-nanosecond optical pulse generation with a semiconductor laser diode for pulsed TOF laser ranging utilizing the single photon detection approach

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    Huikari, Jaakko; Avrutin, Eugene; Ryvkin, Boris; Kostamovaara, Juha

    2016-06-01

    Bulk and quantum well laser diodes with a large equivalent spot size of d a /Γ a ≈ 3 µm and stripe width/cavity length of 30 µm/3 mm were realized and tested. They achieved a pulse energy and pulse length of the order of ~1 nJ and ~100 ps, respectively, with a peak pulse current of 6-8 A and a current pulse width of 1 ns. The 2D characteristics of the optical output power versus wavelength and time were also analyzed with a monochromator/streak camera set-up. The far-field characteristics were studied with respect to the time-homogeneity and energy distribution. The feasibility of a laser diode with a large equivalent spot size in single photon detection based laser ranging was demonstrated to a non-cooperative target at a distance of a few tens of meters.

  17. New autocorrelation technique for the IR FEL optical pulse width measurements

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    Amirmadhi, F.; Brau, K.A.; Becker, C.

    1995-12-31

    We have developed a new technique for the autocorrelation measurement of optical pulse width at the Vanderbilt University FEL center. This method is based on nonlinear absorption and transmission characteristics of semiconductors such as Ge, Te and InAs suitable for the wavelength range from 2 to over 6 microns. This approach, aside being simple and low cost, removes the phase matching condition that is generally required for the standard frequency doubling technique and covers a greater wavelength range per nonlinear material. In this paper we will describe the apparatus, explain the principal mechanism involved and compare data which have been acquired with both frequency doubling and two-photon absorption.

  18. Apparatus and method for measurement of weak optical absorptions by thermally induced laser pulsing

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    Cremers, D.A.; Keller, R.A.

    1982-06-08

    The thermal lensing phenomenon is used as the basis for measurement of weak optical absorptions when a cell containing the sample to be investigated is inserted into a normally continuous-wave operation laser-pumped dye laser cavity for which the output coupler is deliberately tilted relative to intracavity circulating laser light, and pulsed laser output ensues, the pulsewidth of which can be rlated to the sample absorptivity by a simple algorithm or calibration curve. A minimum detection limit of less than 10/sup -5/ cm/sup -1/ has been demonstrated using this technique.

  19. Apparatus and method for measurement of weak optical absorptions by thermally induced laser pulsing

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    Cremers, David A.; Keller, Richard A.

    1985-01-01

    The thermal lensing phenomenon is used as the basis for measurement of weak optical absorptions when a cell containing the sample to be investigated is inserted into a normally continuous-wave operation laser-pumped dye laser cavity for which the output coupler is deliberately tilted relative to intracavity circulating laser light, and pulsed laser output ensues, the pulsewidth of which can be related to the sample absorptivity by a simple algorithm or calibration curve. A minimum detection limit of less than 10.sup.-5 cm.sup.-1 has been demonstrated using this technique.

  20. Microstructuring of polymer films by femtosecond pulses through optically trapped polystyrene microspheres

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    Astaf'ev, A A; Shakhov, A M; Sarkisov, Oleg M; Nadtochenko, V A

    2013-04-30

    We report the laser ablation of polymers by femtosecond (18 and 54 fs) pulses focused by 1 and 3.8 {mu}m diameter spherical microlenses, which are held by optical traps. It is shown that this technique allows one to produce surface structures with lateral dimensions up to {lambda}/6 (125 nm). It is found that the size of the structures depends on the diameter of the microlens; the highest spatial resolution is achieved by using 1 {mu}m diameter microlenses. (extreme light fields and their applications)

  1. Low threshold characteristic of pulsed confocal unstable optical parametric oscillators with Gaussian reflectivity mirrors.

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    Zou, Shanshan; Gong, Mali; Liu, Qiang; Chen, Gang

    2005-02-01

    An iterative threshold model for a pulsed singly resonant Gaussian-reflectivity-mirror (GRM) confocal unstable optical parametric oscillator (OPO) has been proposed. It is found that OPO threshold is determined by important parameters such as GRM central reflectance, Gaussian reflectivity profile, cavity magnification factor, cavity physical length, crystal length, pump pulsewidth. It is demonstrated that this model can be extended to plane-parallel resonator or uniform-reflectivity-mirror (URM) unstable resonator when some specific values are taken. Experimental results show excellent agreement with values calculated from theoretical model. Both theoretical calculations and experimental data illustrate that GRM is a useful solution to reduce threshold of unstable OPO. PMID:19494938

  2. Self-similar optical pulses in competing cubic-quintic nonlinear media with distributed coefficients

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    Zhang Jiefang; Tian Qing; Wang Yueyue; Dai Chaoqing; Wu Lei

    2010-02-15

    We present a systematic analysis of the self-similar propagation of optical pulses within the framework of the generalized cubic-quintic nonlinear Schroedinger equation with distributed coefficients. By appropriately choosing the relations between the distributed coefficients, we not only retrieve the exact self-similar solitonic solutions, but also find both the approximate self-similar Gaussian-Hermite solutions and compact solutions. Our analytical and numerical considerations reveal that proper choices of the distributed coefficients could make the unstable solitons stable and could restrict the nonlinear interaction between the neighboring solitons.

  3. Measuring quantum coherence in bulk solids using dual phase-locked optical pulses

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    Hayashi, Shingo; Kato, Keigo; Norimatsu, Katsura; Hada, Masaki; Kayanuma, Yosuke; Nakamura, Kazutaka G.

    2014-01-01

    Electronic and phonon coherence are usually measured in different ways because their time-scales are very different. In this paper we simultaneously measure the electronic and phonon coherence using the interference of the electron-phonon correlated states induced by two phase-locked optical pulses. Interferometric visibility showed that electronic coherence remained in a semiconducting GaAs crystal until ~40 fs; in contrast, electronic coherence disappeared within 10 fs in a semimetallic Bi crystal at room temperature, differing substantially from the long damping time of its phonon coherence, in the picosecond range. PMID:24662682

  4. Power scaling of supercontinuum seeded megahertz-repetition rate optical parametric chirped pulse amplifiers.

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    Riedel, R; Stephanides, A; Prandolini, M J; Gronloh, B; Jungbluth, B; Mans, T; Tavella, F

    2014-03-15

    Optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers with high average power are possible with novel high-power Yb:YAG amplifiers with kW-level output powers. We demonstrate a compact wavelength-tunable sub-30-fs amplifier with 11.4 W average power with 20.7% pump-to-signal conversion efficiency. For parametric amplification, a beta-barium borate crystal is pumped by a 140 W, 1 ps Yb:YAG InnoSlab amplifier at 3.25 MHz repetition rate. The broadband seed is generated via supercontinuum generation in a YAG crystal.

  5. Power scaling of supercontinuum seeded megahertz-repetition rate optical parametric chirped pulse amplifiers.

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    Riedel, R; Stephanides, A; Prandolini, M J; Gronloh, B; Jungbluth, B; Mans, T; Tavella, F

    2014-03-15

    Optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers with high average power are possible with novel high-power Yb:YAG amplifiers with kW-level output powers. We demonstrate a compact wavelength-tunable sub-30-fs amplifier with 11.4 W average power with 20.7% pump-to-signal conversion efficiency. For parametric amplification, a beta-barium borate crystal is pumped by a 140 W, 1 ps Yb:YAG InnoSlab amplifier at 3.25 MHz repetition rate. The broadband seed is generated via supercontinuum generation in a YAG crystal. PMID:24690803

  6. Pulse retrieval in frequency-resolved optical gating based on the method of generalized projections

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    DeLong, K.W.; Fittinghoff, D.N.; Trebino, R. ); Kohler, B.; Wilson, K. )

    1994-12-15

    We use the algorithmic method of generalized projections (GP's) to retrieve the intensity and phase of an ultrashort laser pulse from the experimental trace in frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG). Using simulations, we show that the use of GP's improves significantly the convergence properties of the algorithm over the basic FROG algorithm. In experimental measurements, the GP-based algorithm achieves significantly lower errors than previous algorithms. The use of GP's also permits the inclusion of an arbitrary material response function in the FROG problem.

  7. Unconstrained pulse pressure monitoring for health management using hetero-core fiber optic sensor

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    Nishiyama, Michiko; Sonobe, Masako; Watanabe, Kazuhiro

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we present a pulse pressure waveform sensor that does not constrain a wearer’s daily activity; the sensor uses hetero-core fiber optics. Hetero-core fiber sensors have been found to be sensitive to moderate bending. To detect minute pulse pressure changes from the radial artery at the wrist, we devised a fiber sensor arrangement using three-point bending supports. We analyzed and evaluated the measurement validity using wavelet transformation, which is well-suited for biological signal processing. It was confirmed that the detected pulse waveform had a fundamental mode frequency of around 1.25 Hz over the time-varying waveform. A band-pass filter with a range of frequencies from 0.85 to 1.7 Hz was used to pick up the fundamental mode. In addition, a high-pass filter with 0.85 Hz frequency eliminated arm motion artifacts; consequently, we achieved high signal-to-noise ratio. For unrestricted daily health management, it is desirable that pulse pressure monitoring can be achieved by simply placing a device on the hand without the sensor being noticed. Two types of arrangements were developed and demonstrated in which the pulse sensors were either embedded in a base, such as an armrest, or in a wearable device. A wearable device without cuff pressure using a sensitivity-enhanced fiber sensor was successfully achieved with a sensitivity of 0.07–0.3 dB with a noise floor lower than 0.01 dB for multiple subjects.

  8. Unconstrained pulse pressure monitoring for health management using hetero-core fiber optic sensor

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    Nishiyama, Michiko; Sonobe, Masako; Watanabe, Kazuhiro

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we present a pulse pressure waveform sensor that does not constrain a wearer’s daily activity; the sensor uses hetero-core fiber optics. Hetero-core fiber sensors have been found to be sensitive to moderate bending. To detect minute pulse pressure changes from the radial artery at the wrist, we devised a fiber sensor arrangement using three-point bending supports. We analyzed and evaluated the measurement validity using wavelet transformation, which is well-suited for biological signal processing. It was confirmed that the detected pulse waveform had a fundamental mode frequency of around 1.25 Hz over the time-varying waveform. A band-pass filter with a range of frequencies from 0.85 to 1.7 Hz was used to pick up the fundamental mode. In addition, a high-pass filter with 0.85 Hz frequency eliminated arm motion artifacts; consequently, we achieved high signal-to-noise ratio. For unrestricted daily health management, it is desirable that pulse pressure monitoring can be achieved by simply placing a device on the hand without the sensor being noticed. Two types of arrangements were developed and demonstrated in which the pulse sensors were either embedded in a base, such as an armrest, or in a wearable device. A wearable device without cuff pressure using a sensitivity-enhanced fiber sensor was successfully achieved with a sensitivity of 0.07–0.3 dB with a noise floor lower than 0.01 dB for multiple subjects. PMID:27699128

  9. Interband photorefractive effect in beta-BBO crystal due to multiphoton excitation by intense ultrashort optical pulses.

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    Xu, Shixiang; Cai, Hua; Zeng, Heping

    2007-08-20

    This paper presents the first experimental observation of interband photo- refractive (PR) effects in beta-BBO crystal due to multiphoton excitation with intense ultrashort pulses. In order to fully characterize the PR effects, a sensitive intracavity scheme is developed to magnify the dynamics of nonlinear lenses induced by the PR effects. The reproducible PR phenomena depend strongly on the power, wavelength, and spatial intensity profile of the intense laser pulses and the electro-optic coefficient of the optical materials. Its response time is from tens of seconds to several minutes. The results may be very helpful for us to find a solution to overcome the deleterious influence of multiphoton induced photo-charges on nonlinear optical frequency conversions, e.g. optical parametric chirped pulse amplification.

  10. Temporal contrast enhancement for optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers by adopting cascaded second harmonic generation pump

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    Deng, Qinghua; Zeng, Xiaoming; Jiang, Dongbin; Xie, Na; Zhou, Kainan; Wang, Xuemin; Li, Weihua; Wu, Weidong; Ding, Lei

    2016-07-01

    We report on a method to enhance the temporal contrast of optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers (OPCPAs) by smoothing pump noise. The instantaneous parametric gain in OPCPA couples the temporal modulation on the pump pulses to spectral variations of the intensity of the stretched signal pulses being amplified. In this way, pump noise significantly degrades the temporal contrast of the amplified pulses after recompression. Cascaded second harmonic generation (SHG) is adopted to smooth modulation on the pump pulses in the proposed method. Apparent reduction of modulation on the pump pulses is observed in the experiments. Numerical simulation reproduces the experimental results. Simulation results show that cascaded SHG with stable output 2 ω can enhance the temporal contrast for OPCPAs with four to five orders. It is believed that this new method can be widely adopted to build high-contrast OPCPA systems.

  11. Method and apparatus for measuring the intensity and phase of one or more ultrashort light pulses and for measuring optical properties of materials

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    Trebino, Rick P.; DeLong, Kenneth W.

    1996-01-01

    The intensity and phase of one or more ultrashort light pulses are obtained using a non-linear optical medium. Information derived from the light pulses is also used to measure optical properties of materials. Various retrieval techniques are employed. Both "instantaneously" and "non-instantaneously" responding optical mediums may be used.

  12. The effects of optical scattering on pulsed photoacoustic measurement in weakly absorbing liquids

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    Zhao, Zuomin; Myllylä, Risto

    2001-12-01

    In this article, a photoacoustic technique, excited by a pulsed diode laser, is used in a study of optically absorbing and scattering liquids. The article discusses the effects of optical scattering on the photoacoustic source and signal. In the empirical part, varying amounts of milk and carbon powder were added to water to control the absorption and scattering coefficients of the resulting liquids. The results showed that scattering increases the duration of the photoacoustic signal while decreasing the signal amplitude to some degree. This paper also shows a quite simple method for measuring the scattering coefficient in weakly absorbing materials using a PZT transducer, which can be used to determine the concentration of highly scattering compositions in some cases.

  13. Performance analysis of a micro-scale pulse tube cryocooler based on optical fiber regenerator

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    Jin, T.; Huang, J. L.; Tang, K.; Wu, M. X.

    2013-05-01

    The newly-developed holey optical fiber in photo-communication technology is introduced to the pulse tube cryocooler (PTC), exploring its feasibility as the regenerator. The influences of regenerative materials, as well as the influences of regenerator geometry, frequency, working pressure and input power were analyzed by calculating with a model based on thermoacoustic theory. The results from the simulation demonstrate that compared with the conventional stacked stainless steel screen, the utilization of optical fiber has the potential in increasing the coefficient of performance (COP) of a micro-scale PTC, as large as 0.136 at 80 K. Further calculation shows the influence of working parameters on the performance of a micro-scale PTC with the optimized geometries.

  14. Power enhancement of burst-mode UV pulses using a doubly-resonant optical cavity

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    Rahkman, Abdurahim; Notcutt, Mark; Liu, Yun

    2015-11-24

    We report a doubly-resonant enhancement cavity (DREC) that can realize a simultaneous enhancement of two incoming laser beams at different wavelengths and different temporal structures. The double-resonance condition is theoretically analyzed and different DREC locking methods are experimentally investigated. Simultaneous locking of a Fabry-Perot cavity to both an infrared (IR, 1064 nm) and its frequency tripled ultraviolet (UV, 355 nm) pulses has been demonstrated by controlling the frequency difference between the two beams with a fiber optic frequency shifter. The DREC technique opens a new paradigm in the applications of optical cavities to power enhancement of burst-mode lasers with arbitrarymore » macropulse width and repetition rate.« less

  15. Elimination of the light shift in rubidium gas cell frequency standards using pulsed optical pumping

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    English, T. C.; Jechart, E.; Kwon, T. M.

    1978-01-01

    Changes in the intensity of the light source in an optically pumped, rubidium, gas cell frequency standard can produce corresponding frequency shifts, with possible adverse effects on the long-term frequency stability. A pulsed optical pumping apparatus was constructed with the intent of investigating the frequency stability in the absence of light shifts. Contrary to original expectations, a small residual frequency shift due to changes in light intensity was experimentally observed. Evidence is given which indicates that this is not a true light-shift effect. Preliminary measurements of the frequency stability of this apparatus, with this small residual pseudo light shift present, are presented. It is shown that this pseudo light shift can be eliminated by using a more homogeneous C-field. This is consistent with the idea that the pseudo light shift is due to inhomogeneity in the physics package (position-shift effect).

  16. Building a Pulse Detector using the Frequency Resolved Optical Gating Technique

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    Vallin, J

    2004-02-05

    We show how to construct a diagnostic optical layout known as Frequency Resolved Optical Gating (FROG) for an ir mode-locked laser by using the nonlinear effect known as second harmonic generation (SHG). In this paper, we explain the principle of operation and the theory upon which this diagnostic is based. Moreover, we described the procedure used to measure the duration and frequency components of a pulse. This process consists of calibrating the scales of a two-dimensional image, time delay vs. frequency, known as FROG spectrogram or FROG trace. This calibration of the time delay scale yields the correspondence between a pixel and time delay. Similarly, the calibration of the frequency scale yields the correspondence between a pixel, and frequency.

  17. Electrical and optical properties of vanadium dioxide containing gold nanoparticles deposited by pulsed laser deposition

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    Orlianges, J.-C.; Leroy, J.; Crunteanu, A.; Mayet, R.; Carles, P.; Champeaux, C.

    2012-09-01

    Nanostructured vanadium dioxide is one of the most interesting and studied member of the vanadates family performing a reversible transition from an insulating state to a metallic state associated with a structural transition when heated above a temperature of 68 °C. On the other hand, noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) support localized surface plasmon resonance which causes selective absorption bands in the visible and near-IR regions. The purpose of this letter is to study structural, optical, and electrical properties of vanadium dioxide thin films containing gold nanoparticles synthetized using pulsed laser deposition process. Thus, we have performed x-ray diffraction, optical transmission, and four point probe electrical measurements to investigate the nanocomposite properties versus its temperature. Interestingly, we have observed switching behavior for VO2 film containing gold NPs with a resistivity contrast of four orders of magnitude and a decrease of its transition temperature.

  18. Design of an optical cell for pulse radiolysis of supercritical water

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    Takahashi, Kenji; Cline, Jason A.; Bartels, David M.; Jonah, Charles D.

    2000-09-01

    The design of a flow cell that is applicable to pulse radiolysis/transient absorption experiments on supercritical water is described. The cell is designed to minimize dead volume and prevent the accumulation of radiolytic products. It is also necessary to minimize emission and absorption of sapphire windows from high energy electron beam irradiation. To obtain an optical throughput of f/4, the inner diameter is 6 mm, and distance between windows is 25 mm. The effective optical path length is 20 mm for irradiation from the side through a thin Hastelloy wall. Belleville spring washers were used to keep a constant force on the 3 mm sapphire windows, which were sealed to the Hastelloy body with copper gaskets. An application of this cell to measurements of solvated electrons in supercritical water is demonstrated. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

  19. Design of an optical cell for pulse radiolysis of supercritical water

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    Takahashi, Kenji; Cline, Jason A.; Bartels, David M.; Jonah, Charles D.

    2000-09-01

    The design of a flow cell that is applicable to pulse radiolysis/transient absorption experiments on supercritical water is described. The cell is designed to minimize dead volume and prevent the accumulation of radiolytic products. It is also necessary to minimize emission and absorption of sapphire windows from high energy electron beam irradiation. To obtain an optical throughput of f/4, the inner diameter is 6 mm, and distance between windows is 25 mm. The effective optical path length is 20 mm for irradiation from the side through a thin Hastelloy wall. Belleville spring washers were used to keep a constant force on the 3 mm sapphire windows, which were sealed to the Hastelloy body with copper gaskets. An application of this cell to measurements of solvated electrons in supercritical water is demonstrated.

  20. Soliton radiation beat analysis of optical pulses generated from two continuous-wave lasers

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    Zajnulina, M.; Giannone, D.; Haynes, R.; Roth, M. M.; Böhm, M.; Blow, K.; Rieznik, A. A.

    2015-10-15

    We propose a fibre-based approach for generation of optical frequency combs (OFCs) with the aim of calibration of astronomical spectrographs in the low and medium-resolution range. This approach includes two steps: in the first step, an appropriate state of optical pulses is generated and subsequently moulded in the second step delivering the desired OFC. More precisely, the first step is realised by injection of two continuous-wave (CW) lasers into a conventional single-mode fibre, whereas the second step generates a broad OFC by using the optical solitons generated in step one as initial condition. We investigate the conversion of a bichromatic input wave produced by two initial CW lasers into a train of optical solitons, which happens in the fibre used as step one. Especially, we are interested in the soliton content of the pulses created in this fibre. For that, we study different initial conditions (a single cosine-hump, an Akhmediev breather, and a deeply modulated bichromatic wave) by means of soliton radiation beat analysis and compare the results to draw conclusion about the soliton content of the state generated in the first step. In case of a deeply modulated bichromatic wave, we observed the formation of a collective soliton crystal for low input powers and the appearance of separated solitons for high input powers. An intermediate state showing the features of both, the soliton crystal and the separated solitons, turned out to be most suitable for the generation of OFC for the purpose of calibration of astronomical spectrographs.

  1. Pulsed semiconductor lasers with higher optical strength of cavity output mirrors

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    Petrunov, A. N.; Podoskin, A. A.; Shashkin, I. S.; Slipchenko, S. O.; Pikhtin, N. A. Nalet, T. A.; Fetisova, N. V.; Vavilova, L. S.; Lyutetskiy, A. V.; Alekseev, P. A.; Titkov, A. N.; Tarasov, I. S.

    2010-06-15

    Asymmetric heterostructures with an ultrathick waveguide based on an AlGaAs/GaAs alloy system that allow lasing at a wavelength of 905 nm have been developed and fabricated by hydride metalorganic vapor-phase epitaxy. The internal optical loss and internal quantum efficiency of semiconductor lasers based on such structures were 0.7 cm{sup -1} and 97%, respectively. It is shown that the highest output optical power of laser diodes with antireflecting (SiO{sub 2}) and reflecting (Si/SiO{sub 2}) coatings deposited on untreated Fabry-Perot cavity facets obtained by cleaving in an oxygen atmosphere reached 67 W in the pulsed mode and is limited by mirror damage. Treatment of Fabry-Perot cavity facets by etching in argon plasma and the formation of coatings with passivating and oxygen-blocking GaN and Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} layers allowed an increase in the maximum output optical power to 120 W. Mirror damage was not observed at the attained output optical power.

  2. Chirp-pulse-compression three-dimensional lidar imager with fiber optics.

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    Pearson, Guy N; Ridley, Kevin D; Willetts, David V

    2005-01-10

    A coherent three-dimensional (angle-angle-range) lidar imager using a master-oscillator-power-amplifier concept and operating at a wavelength of 1.5 microm with chirp-pulse compression is described. A fiber-optic delay line in the local oscillator path enables a single continuous-wave semiconductor laser source with a modulated drive waveform to generate both the constant-frequency local oscillator and the frequency chirp. A portion of this chirp is gated out and amplified by a two-stage fiber amplifier. The digitized return signal was compressed by cross correlating it with a sample of the outgoing pulse. In this way a 350-ns, 10-microJ pulse with a 250-MHz frequency sweep is compressed to a width of approximately 8 ns. With a 25-mm output aperture, the lidar has been used to produce three-dimensional images of hard targets out to a range of approximately 2 km with near-diffraction-limited angular resolution and submeter range resolution. PMID:15678779

  3. Pulsed modification of germanium films on silicon, sapphire, and quartz substrates: Structure and optical properties

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    Novikov, H. A.; Batalov, R. I. Bayazitov, R. M.; Faizrakhmanov, I. A.; Lyadov, N. M.; Shustov, V. A.; Galkin, K. N.; Galkin, N. G.; Chernev, I. M.; Ivlev, G. D.; Prokop’ev, S. L.; Gaiduk, P. I.

    2015-06-15

    The structural and optical properties of thin Ge films deposited onto semiconducting and insulating substrates and modified by pulsed laser radiation are studied. The films are deposited by the sputtering of a Ge target with a low-energy Xe{sup +} ion beam. Crystallization of the films is conducted by their exposure to nanosecond ruby laser radiation pulses (λ = 0.694 μm) with the energy density W = 0.2−1.4 J cm{sup −2}. During pulsed laser treatment, the irradiated area is probed with quasi-cw (quasi-continuous-wave) laser radiation (λ = 0.532 and 1.064 μm), with the reflectance recorded R(t). Experimental data on the lifetime of the Ge melt are compared with the results of calculation, and good agreement between them is demonstrated. Through the use of a number of techniques, the dependences of the composition of the films, their crystal structure, the level of strains, and the reflectance and transmittance on the conditions of deposition and annealing are established.

  4. Chirp-pulse-compression three-dimensional lidar imager with fiber optics.

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    Pearson, Guy N; Ridley, Kevin D; Willetts, David V

    2005-01-10

    A coherent three-dimensional (angle-angle-range) lidar imager using a master-oscillator-power-amplifier concept and operating at a wavelength of 1.5 microm with chirp-pulse compression is described. A fiber-optic delay line in the local oscillator path enables a single continuous-wave semiconductor laser source with a modulated drive waveform to generate both the constant-frequency local oscillator and the frequency chirp. A portion of this chirp is gated out and amplified by a two-stage fiber amplifier. The digitized return signal was compressed by cross correlating it with a sample of the outgoing pulse. In this way a 350-ns, 10-microJ pulse with a 250-MHz frequency sweep is compressed to a width of approximately 8 ns. With a 25-mm output aperture, the lidar has been used to produce three-dimensional images of hard targets out to a range of approximately 2 km with near-diffraction-limited angular resolution and submeter range resolution.

  5. Single-pulse x-ray diffraction using polycapillary optics for in situ dynamic diffraction.

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    Maddox, B R; Akin, M C; Teruya, A; Hunt, D; Hahn, D; Cradick, J; Morgan, D V

    2016-08-01

    Diagnostic use of single-pulse x-ray diffraction (XRD) at pulsed power facilities can be challenging due to factors such as the high flux and brightness requirements for diffraction and the geometric constraints of experimental platforms. By necessity, the x-ray source is usually positioned very close, within a few inches of the sample. On dynamic compression platforms, this puts the x-ray source in the debris field. We coupled x-ray polycapillary optics to a single-shot needle-and-washer x-ray diode source using a laser-based alignment scheme to obtain high-quality x-ray diffraction using a single 16 ns x-ray pulse with the source >1 m from the sample. The system was tested on a Mo sample in reflection geometry using 17 keV x-rays from a Mo anode. We also identified an anode conditioning effect that increased the x-ray intensity by 180%. Quantitative measurements of the x-ray focal spot produced by the polycapillary yielded a total x-ray flux on the sample of 3.3 ± 0.5 × 10(7) molybdenum Kα photons.

  6. Single-pulse x-ray diffraction using polycapillary optics for in situ dynamic diffraction.

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    Maddox, B R; Akin, M C; Teruya, A; Hunt, D; Hahn, D; Cradick, J; Morgan, D V

    2016-08-01

    Diagnostic use of single-pulse x-ray diffraction (XRD) at pulsed power facilities can be challenging due to factors such as the high flux and brightness requirements for diffraction and the geometric constraints of experimental platforms. By necessity, the x-ray source is usually positioned very close, within a few inches of the sample. On dynamic compression platforms, this puts the x-ray source in the debris field. We coupled x-ray polycapillary optics to a single-shot needle-and-washer x-ray diode source using a laser-based alignment scheme to obtain high-quality x-ray diffraction using a single 16 ns x-ray pulse with the source >1 m from the sample. The system was tested on a Mo sample in reflection geometry using 17 keV x-rays from a Mo anode. We also identified an anode conditioning effect that increased the x-ray intensity by 180%. Quantitative measurements of the x-ray focal spot produced by the polycapillary yielded a total x-ray flux on the sample of 3.3 ± 0.5 × 10(7) molybdenum Kα photons. PMID:27587130

  7. Single-pulse x-ray diffraction using polycapillary optics for in situ dynamic diffraction

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    Maddox, B. R.; Akin, M. C.; Teruya, A.; Hunt, D.; Hahn, D.; Cradick, J.; Morgan, D. V.

    2016-08-01

    Diagnostic use of single-pulse x-ray diffraction (XRD) at pulsed power facilities can be challenging due to factors such as the high flux and brightness requirements for diffraction and the geometric constraints of experimental platforms. By necessity, the x-ray source is usually positioned very close, within a few inches of the sample. On dynamic compression platforms, this puts the x-ray source in the debris field. We coupled x-ray polycapillary optics to a single-shot needle-and-washer x-ray diode source using a laser-based alignment scheme to obtain high-quality x-ray diffraction using a single 16 ns x-ray pulse with the source >1 m from the sample. The system was tested on a Mo sample in reflection geometry using 17 keV x-rays from a Mo anode. We also identified an anode conditioning effect that increased the x-ray intensity by 180%. Quantitative measurements of the x-ray focal spot produced by the polycapillary yielded a total x-ray flux on the sample of 3.3 ± 0.5 × 107 molybdenum Kα photons.

  8. Real time pulse width monitor for Intensified Charge Coupled Device (ICCD) electro-optic shutters

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    Yates, G.J.

    1996-12-01

    A method is described or controlling and measuring the pulse width of electrical gate pulses used for optical shuttering of image intensifier. The intensifiers are coupled to high frame rate Charge-Coupled-Devices (CCD) or Focus-Projection Scan (FPS) vidicon TV cameras for readout and telemetry of time resolved image sequences. The shutter duration or gate width of individual shutters is measured in real time and encoded in the video frame corresponding to a given shutter interval. The shutter information is updated once catch video frame by strobing new data with each TV camera vertical sync pulse. This circuitry is used in conjunction with commercial video insertion/annotation equipment to provide die shutter width information in alpha numeric text form along with the time resolved video image on a frame-by-frame basis. The measurement technique and circuitry involving a combination of high speed digital counters and analog integrators for measurements in the Ins to 1024 ns range are described. The accuracy obtained is compared with measurements obtained using batch speed DSOs. The measured data are provided in 10-bit Binary (Bi) and four decades of Binary Coded Decimal (BCD) and also displayed on four digit seven segment displays. The control circuitry including digital and analog input means for gate width selection are described. The implementation of both measurement and control circuitry into an Intensified Shuttered CCD (ISCCD) radiometric system for recording fast shuttered images at RS-170 to 4 KHz frame rates is presented.

  9. Practical issues in ultrashort-laser-pulse measurement using frequency-resolved optical gating

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    DeLong, K.W.; Fittinghoff, D.N.; Trebino, R.

    1996-07-01

    The authors explore several practical experimental issues in measuring ultrashort laser pulses using the technique of frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG). They present a simple method for checking the consistency of experimentally measured FROG data with the independently measured spectrum and autocorrelation of the pulse. This method is a powerful way of discovering systematic errors in FROG experiments. They show how to determine the optimum sampling rate for FROG and show that this satisfies the Nyquist criterion for the laser pulse. They explore the low- and high-power limits to FROG and determine that femtojoule operation should be possible, while the effects of self-phase modulation limit the highest signal efficiency in FROG to 1%. They also show quantitatively that the temporal blurring due to a finite-thickness medium in single-shot geometries does not strongly limit the FROG technique. They explore the limiting time-bandwidth values that can be represented on a FROG trace of a given size. Finally, they report on a new measure of the FROG error that improves convergence in the presence of noise.

  10. Resonant infrared ablation of polystyrene with single picosecond pulses generated by an optical parametric amplifier

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    Duering, Malte; Haglund, Richard; Luther-Davies, Barry

    2014-01-01

    We report on resonant infrared laser ablation of polystyrene using single 8 ps pulses at a wavelength of 3.31 μm generated by a MgO:PPLN optical parametric amplifier pumped by a Nd:YLF laser. We determined the single-pulse ablation threshold to be 0.46 J/cm2, about a factor of five smaller than in previous free-electron-laser studies. Time-resolved imaging of the laser-target interaction reveals that the detailed dynamics of the ablation process begin with thermal expansion of a large volume of hot material from which a less dense plume of polymeric material evaporates. This plume disappears on a time scale of 0.75 μs and the hot polymer material recedes back into the crater from which it was expelled. Subsequently, and on a much longer time scale, structural alterations in the ablation crater continue to evolve for at least another millisecond. Our results suggest that single picosecond pulses are effective for the ablation of polymers and exhibit dynamics similar to those observed in studies using a free-electron laser.

  11. Resistance of optical and colored glasses to 3-nsec laser pulses.

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    Hack, H; Neuroth, N

    1982-09-15

    In the experimental setup, the pulse of a Nd:YAG glass laser (1060-nm wavelength, 3-nsec pulse duration, output energy up to 1 J) generated damage at the surface and in the bulk of optical glasses. The slightly focused beam exhibited a 2-mm diam in the sample plane with a peak energy density of up to 50 J/cm(2). The surface damage was investigated on 5-mm thick samples with a differential interference microscope (Nomar-ski). In most cases, the damage was small pits probably caused by absorption centers in the polishing layer. Thresholds were more dependent on the polishing method than on the chemical composition of the glass. Typical values ranged from 15 to 25 J/cm(2) for optical glasses and from 8 to 25 J/cm(2) for colored glasses. Studies of internal damage using 20-mm thick samples showed two phenomena: threadlike and pointlike damage at different thresholds. Threadlike damage was caused by self-focusing of the laser beam and was therefore correlated with the nonlinear refractive index of the sample. Inclusions within the glass are responsible for the pointlike damage. Internal damage thresholds varied from 7 to more than 45 J/cm(2). Glass types BK-1, BK-7, TiK-1, BaK-2, ZK-1, PSK-50, and BaLK-3 show high resistance.

  12. Maximum Likelihood Time-of-Arrival Estimation of Optical Pulses via Photon-Counting Photodetectors

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    Erkmen, Baris I.; Moision, Bruce E.

    2010-01-01

    Many optical imaging, ranging, and communications systems rely on the estimation of the arrival time of an optical pulse. Recently, such systems have been increasingly employing photon-counting photodetector technology, which changes the statistics of the observed photocurrent. This requires time-of-arrival estimators to be developed and their performances characterized. The statistics of the output of an ideal photodetector, which are well modeled as a Poisson point process, were considered. An analytical model was developed for the mean-square error of the maximum likelihood (ML) estimator, demonstrating two phenomena that cause deviations from the minimum achievable error at low signal power. An approximation was derived to the threshold at which the ML estimator essentially fails to provide better than a random guess of the pulse arrival time. Comparing the analytic model performance predictions to those obtained via simulations, it was verified that the model accurately predicts the ML performance over all regimes considered. There is little prior art that attempts to understand the fundamental limitations to time-of-arrival estimation from Poisson statistics. This work establishes both a simple mathematical description of the error behavior, and the associated physical processes that yield this behavior. Previous work on mean-square error characterization for ML estimators has predominantly focused on additive Gaussian noise. This work demonstrates that the discrete nature of the Poisson noise process leads to a distinctly different error behavior.

  13. Method and apparatus for enhancing surface absorption and emissivity in optical pulsed infrared nondestructive evaluation

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    Duan, Yuxia; Zhang, Cunlin; Jin, Wanping; Wu, Naiming

    2009-07-01

    In the application of optical pulsed infrared NDE, the visible light absorption and IR emissivity of the detected object must be considered. One of the simple methods is spraying paint on the highly reflective and low IR emissivity surface before testing. However, for some materials such as with pore space in the surface or easily to be corrupted have to be pretreated by other method and apparatus. Two kinds of apparatus for surface pretreating are designed according to the dimension of the detected object and the testing conditions. One apparatus is independent of the former detecting system, and the other is an improvement of the former system. The basic principle of the two apparatus is covering a flexible membrane of high light absorption and IR emissivity on the specimen surface by vacuum pumping. The paper also present the applications of the method, including the detection of the metal mesh material and the honeycomb structures with aluminum coating. The experimental results show that the technique of covering thin film by vacuum pump is effective for enhancing surface absorption and emissivity; moreover, it does not pollute or damage the sample. The application of the technique has practical significance, because it extends the scope of the application of the optical pulsed thermography nondestructive evaluation.

  14. Cloud and aerosol optics by polarized micro pulse Lidar and ground based measurements of zenith radiance

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    Delgadillo, Rodrigo

    Clouds impact Earth's climate through cloud transmission and reflection properties. Clouds reflect approximately 15 percent of the incoming solar radiation at the top of the atmosphere. A key cloud radiative variable is cloud optical depth, which gives information about how much light is transmitted through a cloud. Historically, remote measurements of cloud optical depth have been limited to uniform overcast conditions and had low temporal and spatial resolution. We present a novel method to measure cloud optical depth for coastal regions from spectral zenith radiance measurements for optically thin clouds, which removes some of these limitations. Our measurement site is part of South Florida's Cloud-Aerosol-Rain Observatory (CAROb), located on Virginia Key, FL (6 km from Miami). This work is based on Marshak et al.'s method for finding cloud optical depth from vegetative sites that provide a strong spectral contrast between red and near infrared surface albedo. However, given the unique nature of our site, which contains water, vegetation, beach, and urban surface types, we found no such spectral contrast at those wavelength pairs. We measured albedo, with hyperspectral resolution, for different surface types around our measurement site to estimate the effective spectral albedo for the area centered on the site with a 5km radius. From this analysis, we found the best possible albedo contrast (573.9 and 673.1 nm) for our site. We tested the derived cloud optical depth from zenith radiance at these two wavelengths against a concurrently running polarized micro pulse LIDAR (MPL) and found good agreement.

  15. Investigation of two-beam-pumped noncollinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification for the generation of few-cycle light pulses.

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    Herrmann, Daniel; Tautz, Raphael; Tavella, Franz; Krausz, Ferenc; Veisz, Laszlo

    2010-03-01

    We demonstrate a new and compact Phi-plane-pumped noncollinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (NOPCPA) scheme for broadband pulse amplification, which is based on two-beam-pumping (TBP) at 532 nm. We employ type-I phase-matching in a 5 mm long BBO crystal with moderate pump intensities to preserve the temporal pulse contrast. Amplification and compression of the signal pulse from 675 nm - 970 nm is demonstrated, which results in the generation of 7.1-fs light pulses containing 0.35 mJ energy. In this context, we investigate the pump-to-signal energy conversion efficiency for TBP-NOPCPA and outline details for few-cycle pulse characterization. Furthermore, it is verified, that the interference at the intersection of the two pump beams does not degrade the signal beam spatial profile. It is theoretically shown that the accumulated OPA phase partially compensates for wave-vector mismatch and leads to extended broadband amplification. The experimental outcome is supported by numerical split-step simulations of the parametric signal gain, including pump depletion and parametric fluorescence.

  16. Time transfer between the Goddard Optical Research Facility and the U.S. Naval Observatory using 100 picosecond laser pulses

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    Alley, C. O.; Rayner, J. D.; Steggerda, C. A.; Mullendore, J. V.; Small, L.; Wagner, S.

    1983-01-01

    A horizontal two-way time comparison link in air between the University of Maryland laser ranging and time transfer equipment at the Goddard Optical Research Facility (GORF) 1.2 m telescope and the Time Services Division of the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) was established. Flat mirrors of 25 cm and 30 cm diameter respectively were placed on top of the Washington Cathedral and on a water tower at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Two optical corner reflectors at the USNO reflect the laser pulses back to the GORF. Light pulses of 100 ps duration and an energy of several hundred microjoules are sent at the rate of 10 pulses per second. The detection at the USNO is by means of an RCA C30902E avalanche photodiode and the timing is accomplished by an HP 5370A computing counter and an HP 1000 computer with respect to a 10 pps pulse train from the Master Clock.

  17. Few cycle optical pulse studies of the transition state process in myoglobin

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    Armstrong, Michael Robert

    Requisite to the detection of high frequency nuclear motions in biological molecules presented in this work was the development of very stable high power amplified laser systems and a reliable method to accurately manipulate the phase of broadband, ultrashort pulses. These systems include a novel two-head laser design providing up to 25 W of TEM00 output and a unique compressed disk design which produces up to 20 W of TEM00 output. The compressed disk design in particular represents a fundamental advance in the development of high power, high beam quality laser design and has the potential to scale to greater than 50 W output power. Also presented are the details of the development and construction of a versatile, sub-10 fs pulse generation and phase manipulation technique. This technique includes the generation of very broadband (as much as 150 nm) 150 fs duration visible pulses via noncollinear optical parametric amplification. These broadband pulses are then compressed to 7 fs pulse duration in a compact, glassless combination of static negatively chirped mirrors and a zero dispersion stretcher with a deformable mirror at the focal plane for the manipulation of the spectral phase. These ultrashort pulses are then used to investigate with very high resolution the early time dynamics of deoxyand carboxymyoglobin after the photoinitiated dissociation of the carbonmonoxide ligand. Using time domain pump-probe spectroscopy, we observe known oscillations of the heme in the MbCO photoproduct at frequencies corresponding to the deoxyMb species, indicating that these oscillations are driven by the dissociation event, not field driven wavepacket propagation due to Raman prepared ground state vibrational motion of MbCO. Furthermore, we measure the phase of these oscillations and find it to be consistent with a very fast (with 20--30 fs) crossing from the excited state of MbCO to the photoproduct ground state deoxyMb, with strong channeling of the excited state wavepacket

  18. Excitation with a focused, pulsed optical beam in scattering media: diffraction effects.

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    Daria, V R; Saloma, C; Kawata, S

    2000-10-01

    To gain a better understanding of the spatiotemporal problems that are encountered in two-photon excitation fluorescence imaging through highly scattering media, we investigate how diffraction affects the three-dimensional intensity distribution of a focused, pulsed optical beam propagating inside a scattering medium. In practice, the full potential of the two-photon excitation fluorescence imaging is unrealized at long scattering depths, owing to the unwanted temporal and spatial broadening of the femtosecond excitation light pulse that reduces the energy density at the geometric focus while it increases the excitation energy density in the out-of-focus regions. To analyze the excitation intensity distribution, we modify the Monte Carlo-based photon-transport model to a semi-quantum-mechanical representation that combines the wave properties of light with the particle behavior of the propagating photons. In our model the propagating photon is represented by a plane wave with its propagation direction in the scattering medium determined by the Monte Carlo technique. The intensity distribution in the focal region is given by the square of the linear superposition of the various plane waves that arrive at different incident angles and optical path lengths. In the absence of scattering, the propagation model yields the intensity distribution that is predicted by the Huygens-Fresnel principle. We quantify the decrease of the energy density delivered at the geometric focus as a function of the optical depth to the mean-free-path ratio that yields the average number of scattering events that a photon encounters as it propagates toward the focus. Both isotropic and anisotropic scattering media are considered. Three values for the numerical aperture (NA) of the focusing lens are considered: NA = 0.25, 0.5, 0.75.

  19. Pulse advancement and delay in an integrated-optical two-port ring-resonator circuit: direct experimental observations.

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    Uranus, H P; Zhuang, L; Roeloffzen, C G H; Hoekstra, H J W M

    2007-09-01

    We report experimental observations of the negative-group-velocity (v(g)) phenomenon in an integrated-optical two-port ring-resonator circuit. We demonstrate that when the v(g) is negative, the (main) peak of output pulse appears earlier than the peak of a reference pulse, while for a positive v(g), the situation is the other way around. We observed that a pulse splitting phenomenon occurs in the neighborhood of the critical-coupling point. This pulse splitting limits the maximum achievable delay and advancement of a single device as well as facilitating a smooth transition from highly advanced to highly delayed pulse, and vice versa, across the critical-coupling point. PMID:17767325

  20. Pulse advancement and delay in an integrated-optical two-port ring-resonator circuit: direct experimental observations.

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    Uranus, H P; Zhuang, L; Roeloffzen, C G H; Hoekstra, H J W M

    2007-09-01

    We report experimental observations of the negative-group-velocity (v(g)) phenomenon in an integrated-optical two-port ring-resonator circuit. We demonstrate that when the v(g) is negative, the (main) peak of output pulse appears earlier than the peak of a reference pulse, while for a positive v(g), the situation is the other way around. We observed that a pulse splitting phenomenon occurs in the neighborhood of the critical-coupling point. This pulse splitting limits the maximum achievable delay and advancement of a single device as well as facilitating a smooth transition from highly advanced to highly delayed pulse, and vice versa, across the critical-coupling point.

  1. Experimental demonstration of joule-level non-collinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification in yttrium calcium oxyborate.

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    Yu, Lianghong; Liang, Xiaoyan; Li, Jinfeng; Wu, Anhua; Zheng, Yanqing; Lu, Xiaoming; Wang, Cheng; Leng, Yuxin; Xu, Jun; Li, Ruxin; Xu, Zhizhan

    2012-05-15

    In this Letter, we report on what is, to our knowledge, the first experimental demonstration of yttrium calcium oxyborate (YCOB) for joule-level and broadband non-collinear optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification centered at 800 nm. Based on a Ti:sapphire chirped-pulse amplification front end, an amplified signal energy of 3.36 J was generated with a pump of 35 J in the crystal. Compressed pulse duration of 44.3 fs, with a bandwidth of 49 nm, was achieved. The results confirm that YCOB crystal is another potential alternative as a final amplifier besides Ti:sapphire in a petawatt laser at 800 nm.

  2. Observation of reflection feedback induced the formation of bright-dark pulse pairs in an optically pumped semiconductor laser.

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    Tsou, C H; Liang, H C; Huang, K F; Chen, Y F

    2016-06-13

    It is experimentally demonstrated that the tiny reflection feedback can lead the optically pumped semiconductor laser (OPSL) to be operated in a self-mod-locked state with a pulse train of bright-dark pulse pairs. A theoretical model based on the multiple reflections in a phase-locked multi-longitudinal-mode laser is developed to confirm the formation of bright-dark pulse pairs. The present finding can offer an important insight into the temporal dynamics in mode-locked OPSLs. PMID:27410319

  3. Pulsing frequency induced change in optical constants and dispersion energy parameters of WO{sub 3} films grown by pulsed direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Punitha, K.; Sivakumar, R.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2014-03-21

    In this work, we present the pulsing frequency induced change in the structural, optical, vibrational, and luminescence properties of tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) thin films deposited on microscopic glass and fluorine doped tin oxide (SnO{sub 2}:F) coated glass substrates by pulsed dc magnetron sputtering technique. The WO{sub 3} films deposited on SnO{sub 2}:F substrate belongs to monoclinic phase. The pulsing frequency has a significant influence on the preferred orientation and crystallinity of WO{sub 3} film. The maximum optical transmittance of 85% was observed for the film and the slight shift in transmission threshold towards higher wavelength region with increasing pulsing frequency revealed the systematic reduction in optical energy band gap (3.78 to 3.13 eV) of the films. The refractive index (n) of films are found to decrease (1.832 to 1.333 at 550 nm) with increasing pulsing frequency and the average value of extinction coefficient (k) is in the order of 10{sup −3}. It was observed that the dispersion data obeyed the single oscillator of the Wemple-Didomenico model, from which the dispersion energy (E{sub d}) parameters, dielectric constants, plasma frequency, oscillator strength, and oscillator energy (E{sub o}) of WO{sub 3} films were calculated and reported for the first time due to variation in pulsing frequency during deposition by pulsed dc magnetron sputtering. The E{sub o} is change between 6.30 and 3.88 eV, while the E{sub d} varies from 25.81 to 7.88 eV, with pulsing frequency. The Raman peak observed at 1095 cm{sup −1} attributes the presence of W-O symmetric stretching vibration. The slight shift in photoluminescence band is attributed to the difference in excitons transition. We have made an attempt to discuss and correlate these results with the light of possible mechanisms underlying the phenomena.

  4. Optical pulse generation in a transistor laser via intra-cavity photon-assisted tunneling and excess base carrier redistribution

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    Feng, M.; Iverson, E. W.; Wang, C. Y.; Holonyak, N.

    2015-11-02

    For a direct-gap semiconductor (e.g., a p-n junction), photon-assisted tunneling is known to exhibit a high nonlinear absorption. In a transistor laser, as discussed here, the coherent photons generated at the quantum well interact with the collector junction field and “assist” electron tunneling from base to collector, thus resulting in the nonlinear modulation of the laser and the realization of optical pulse generation. 1 and 2 GHz optical pulses are demonstrated in the transistor laser using collector voltage control.

  5. Observation of power gain in an inductive pulsed power system with an optically activated semiconductor closing and opening switch

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    Kung, Chun C.; Funk, Eric E.; Chauchard, Eve A.; Rhee, M. J.; Lee, Chi H.; Yan, Li

    1991-03-01

    Peak power gain greater than 15 was obtained with a current charged transmission line and an optically activated semiconductor opening switch. The optical pulse used for activating the switch is generated by a Nd:glass laser emitting at 1. 054 pm. It has a slow rise-time (''--''2OO uS) and a fast fall-time (s1O uS). In the experiment a 2 kV output voltage pulse was achieved with a 5 mm cube GaAs p-i-n diode sitch at 500 V charging voltage.

  6. Design and Implementation of A CMOS Light Pulse Receiver Cell Array for Spatial Optical Communications

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    Sarker, Md. Shakowat Zaman; Itoh, Shinya; Hamai, Moeta; Takai, Isamu; Andoh, Michinori; Yasutomi, Keita; Kawahito, Shoji

    2011-01-01

    A CMOS light pulse receiver (LPR) cell for spatial optical communications is designed and evaluated by device simulations and a prototype chip implementation. The LPR cell consists of a pinned photodiode and four transistors. It works under sub-threshold region of a MOS transistor and the source terminal voltage which responds to the logarithm of the photo current are read out with a source follower circuit. For finding the position of the light spot on the focal plane, an image pixel array is embedded on the same plane of the LPR cell array. A prototype chip with 640 × 240 image pixels and 640 × 240 LPR cells is implemented with 0.18 μm CMOS technology. A proposed model of the transient response of the LPR cell agrees with the result of the device simulations and measurements. Both imaging at 60 fps and optical communication at the carrier frequency of 1 MHz are successfully performed. The measured signal amplitude and the calculation results of photocurrents show that the spatial optical communication up to 100 m is feasible using a 10 × 10 LED array. PMID:22319398

  7. Design and implementation of a CMOS light pulse receiver cell array for spatial optical communications.

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    Sarker, Md Shakowat Zaman; Itoh, Shinya; Hamai, Moeta; Takai, Isamu; Andoh, Michinori; Yasutomi, Keita; Kawahito, Shoji

    2011-01-01

    A CMOS light pulse receiver (LPR) cell for spatial optical communications is designed and evaluated by device simulations and a prototype chip implementation. The LPR cell consists of a pinned photodiode and four transistors. It works under sub-threshold region of a MOS transistor and the source terminal voltage which responds to the logarithm of the photo current are read out with a source follower circuit. For finding the position of the light spot on the focal plane, an image pixel array is embedded on the same plane of the LPR cell array. A prototype chip with 640 × 240 image pixels and 640 × 240 LPR cells is implemented with 0.18 μm CMOS technology. A proposed model of the transient response of the LPR cell agrees with the result of the device simulations and measurements. Both imaging at 60 fps and optical communication at the carrier frequency of 1 MHz are successfully performed. The measured signal amplitude and the calculation results of photocurrents show that the spatial optical communication up to 100 m is feasible using a 10 × 10 LED array.

  8. Discrete-Time Demodulator Architectures for Free-Space Broadband Optical Pulse-Position Modulation

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    Gray, A. A.; Lee, C.

    2004-01-01

    The objective of this work is to develop discrete-time demodulator architectures for broadband optical pulse-position modulation (PPM) that are capable of processing Nyquist or near-Nyquist data rates. These architectures are motivated by the numerous advantages of realizing communications demodulators in digital very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits. The architectures are developed within a framework that encompasses a large body of work in optical communications, synchronization, and multirate discrete-time signal processing and are constrained by the limitations of the state of the art in digital hardware. This work attempts to create a bridge between theoretical communication algorithms and analysis for deep-space optical PPM and modern digital VLSI. The primary focus of this work is on the synthesis of discrete-time processing architectures for accomplishing the most fundamental functions required in PPM demodulators, post-detection filtering, synchronization, and decision processing. The architectures derived are capable of closely approximating the theoretical performance of the continuous-time algorithms from which they are derived. The work concludes with an outline of the development path that leads to hardware.

  9. Radial microstructure and optical properties of a porous silicon layer by pulse anodic etching

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    Yongfu, Long

    2011-04-01

    This paper investigates the radial refractive index and optical and physical thicknesses of porous silicon (PS) layers prepared by pulse etching by means of reflectance spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The relationship between the radial refractive index and optical thickness of the PS sample and the position away from the etched centre along the radial direction has been analyzed in detail. With the position farther away from the etched centre, the SEM image shows that the physical thickness of the PS sample decreases slowly, whereas intensely decreases from 2.48 to 1.72 μm near the edge at a distance of 58 μm. Moreover, the radial refractive index increases, indicating that the porosity becomes smaller. Meanwhile, the reflectance spectra exhibit the less intense interference oscillations, which mean that the uniformity and interface smoothness of the PS layers become worse, and the envelope curves of photoluminescence spectra exhibit a trend of blue-shift, indicating a reduction in nanocrystal dimensions. The PS micro-cavity is prepared to study the radial optical properties of the PS layer, and the results verify that the uniformity and smoothness of the PS layer in the centre are better than those at the edge.

  10. Accuracy of Analog Fiber-Optic Links in Pulsed Radiation Environments

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    E. K. Miller, G. S. Macrum, I. J. McKenna, et al.

    2007-12-01

    Interferometric fiber-optic links used in pulsed-power experiments are evaluated for accuracy in the presence of radiation fields which alter fiber transmission. Amplitude-modulated format (e.g., Mach-Zehnder) and phase-modulated formats are compared. Historically, studies of radiation effects on optical fibers have focused on degradation and recovery of the fibers transmission properties; such work is either in the context of survivability of fibers in catastrophic conditions or suitability of fibers installed for command and control systems within an experimental facility [1], [2]. In this work, we consider links used to transmit realtime diagnostic data, and we analyze the error introduced by radiation effects during the drive pulse. The result is increased uncertainties in key parameters required to unfold the sinusoidal transfer function. Two types of modulation are considered: amplitude modulation typical of a Mach-Zehnder (M-Z) modulator [3], and phase modulation, which offers more flexible demodulation options but relies on the spatiotemporal coherence of the light in the fiber. The M-Z link is shown schematically in Fig. 1, and the phase-modulated link is shown in Fig. 2. We present data from two experimental environments: one with intense, controlled radiation fields to simulate conditions expected at the next generation of pulsed-power facilities, and the second with radiation effects below the noise level of the recording system. In the first case, we intentionally expose three types of single-mode fiber (SMF) to ionizing radiation and study the response by simultaneously monitoring phase and amplitude of the transmitted light. The phase and amplitude effects are evidently dominated by different physical phenomena, as their recovery dynamics are markedly different; both effects, though, show similar short-term behavior during exposure, integrating the dose at the dose levels studied, from 1 to 300 kRad, over the exposure times of 50 ps and 30 ns. In the

  11. Optical limiting and dynamical two-photon absorption of porphyrin with ruthenium outlying complexes for a picosecond pulse train

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    Zhang, Yu-Jin; Sun, Yu-Ping; Wang, Chuan-Kui

    2016-01-01

    Propagation and nonlinear optical absorption of a picosecond pulse train in strong reverse saturable absorption (RSA) materials (free-based tetrapyridyl porphyrin H2TPyP with ruthenium (Ru) outlying complexes) are investigated by solving coupled rate equations and field intensity equation. Influence of outlying Ru groups on optical limiting (OL) properties is studied. Propagation of the front subpulses is mainly affected by linear transition between the ground state and the first excited singlet state, while intensity of the latter subpulses is attenuated by the excited state absorption (ESA). These two different absorption mechanisms result in asymmetric distribution of the transmitted pulse. It is shown that effective population transfer time from the ground state to the lowest triplet state and RSA play important roles in the OL performance and pulse shaping. Moreover, our results indicate that the porphyrins studied are ideal optical limiters because of their large ESA cross section and long lifetime of the lowest triplet state. Compounds with the presence of Ru group possess preferable power limiting ability. Ligand group attached to Ru also influences the nonlinear optical absorption of compounds. Special attention has been paid on dynamical two-photon absorption (TPA) cross section which depends crucially on the duration of the subpulse as well as time interval between subpulses. The present study provides a way to modulate nonlinear optical absorption properties of the medium by changing parameters of the pulse train.

  12. Fibre-Bragg-grating writing in single-mode optical fibres by UV femtosecond pulses

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    Zagorul'ko, K A; Kryukov, P G; Dianov, Evgenii M; Dragomir, A; Nikogosyan, D N

    2003-08-31

    Fibre-Bragg-grating writing in single-mode optical fibres by the phase-mask method using 220-fs, 264-nm UV pulses of intensity 31 - 77 GW cm{sup -2} is reported for the first time. The achieved degree of modulation of the photoinduced refractive index was 1.9 x 10{sup -3} in an H{sub 2}-loaded SMF-28 telecommunication fibre and 1.1 x 10{sup -3} in a H{sub 2}-free Nufern GF1 fibre. The dependence of the induced refractive index on the intensity for the same irradiation fluences in the case of the H{sub 2}-loaded SMF-28 fibre shows that the refractive index is induced due to nonlinear absorption. (letters)

  13. Optical method of penetration sensing for pulsed Nd:YAG laser welding

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    Essien, M.; Keicher, D.M.

    1997-04-01

    The ability to monitor and control the depth of a laser weld in real-time is critical in many laser welding applications. Consequently, the authors have investigated the use of an optical method to sense weld depth. Welds were generated on kovar samples, using a pulsed Nd:YAG laser. The sensing method uses digital high-speed photography to measure the velocity of the plume of vaporized metal atoms ejected from the metal surface. An energy balance equation is then used to relate the plume velocity to the size of the weld. Numerical solution of the energy balance equation yielded values for weld depth that were within 8% of the actual measured values.

  14. Optical and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline ZrC thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Craciun, D.; Socol, G.; Lambers, E.; McCumiskey, E. J.; Taylor, C. R.; Martin, C.; Argibay, Nicolas; Craciun, V.; Tanner, D. B.

    2015-01-17

    Thin ZrC films (<500 nm) were grown on (100) Si substrates at a substrate temperature of 500 °C by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique using a KrF excimer laser under different CH4 pressures. Glancing incidence X-ray diffraction showed that films were nanocrystalline, while X-ray reflectivity studies found out films were very dense and exhibited a smooth surface morphology. Optical spectroscopy data shows that the films have high reflectivity (>90%) in the infrared region, characteristic of metallic behavior. Nanoindentation results indicated that films deposited under lower CH4 pressures exhibited slightly higher nanohardness and Young modulus values than films deposited undermore » higher pressures. As a result, tribological characterization revealed that these films exhibited relatively high wear resistance and steady-state friction coefficients on the order of μ = 0.4.« less

  15. Structural, optical, and electrical properties of pulsed laser deposition CIGSS thin films

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    Xu, Yan-Bin; Kang, Y. Zhen-Feng; Fan, Yue; Xiao, Ling-ling; Bo, Qing-Rui; Ding, Tie-Zhu

    2015-12-01

    High-quality CuIn0.75Ga0.25(Se0.75S0.25)2 (CIGSS) thin films were synthesized on the soda-lime glass (SLG) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The structural and optical properties of CIGSS thin films were studied by experiments and theoretical calculations. XRD result reveals that the films are of chalcopyrite structure. The experiments and theory show that CIGSS is a semiconductor with a direct band gap. The direct band gap energy of the deposited CIGSS thin films are in the solar energy range. The band structure and density of states of the CIGSS crystals were studied by the first principles density functional theory. The experimental data and theoretical data have demonstrated good agreement.

  16. Thermal properties of borate crystals for high power optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification.

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    Riedel, R; Rothhardt, J; Beil, K; Gronloh, B; Klenke, A; Höppner, H; Schulz, M; Teubner, U; Kränkel, C; Limpert, J; Tünnermann, A; Prandolini, M J; Tavella, F

    2014-07-28

    The potential of borate crystals, BBO, LBO and BiBO, for high average power scaling of optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers is investigated. Up-to-date measurements of the absorption coefficients at 515 nm and the thermal conductivities are presented. The measured absorption coefficients are a factor of 10-100 lower than reported by the literature for BBO and LBO. For BBO, a large variation of the absorption coefficients was found between crystals from different manufacturers. The linear and nonlinear absorption coefficients at 515 nm as well as thermal conductivities were determined for the first time for BiBO. Further, different crystal cooling methods are presented. In addition, the limits to power scaling of OPCPAs are discussed.

  17. Thermal properties of borate crystals for high power optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification.

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    Riedel, R; Rothhardt, J; Beil, K; Gronloh, B; Klenke, A; Höppner, H; Schulz, M; Teubner, U; Kränkel, C; Limpert, J; Tünnermann, A; Prandolini, M J; Tavella, F

    2014-07-28

    The potential of borate crystals, BBO, LBO and BiBO, for high average power scaling of optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers is investigated. Up-to-date measurements of the absorption coefficients at 515 nm and the thermal conductivities are presented. The measured absorption coefficients are a factor of 10-100 lower than reported by the literature for BBO and LBO. For BBO, a large variation of the absorption coefficients was found between crystals from different manufacturers. The linear and nonlinear absorption coefficients at 515 nm as well as thermal conductivities were determined for the first time for BiBO. Further, different crystal cooling methods are presented. In addition, the limits to power scaling of OPCPAs are discussed. PMID:25089381

  18. Jitter model and signal processing techniques for pulse width modulation optical recording

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    Liu, Max M.-K.

    1991-01-01

    A jitter model and signal processing techniques are discussed for data recovery in Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) optical recording. In PWM, information is stored through modulating sizes of sequential marks alternating in magnetic polarization or in material structure. Jitter, defined as the deviation from the original mark size in the time domain, will result in error detection if it is excessively large. A new approach is taken in data recovery by first using a high speed counter clock to convert time marks to amplitude marks, and signal processing techniques are used to minimize jitter according to the jitter model. The signal processing techniques include motor speed and intersymbol interference equalization, differential and additive detection, and differential and additive modulation.

  19. Optical and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline ZrC thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Craciun, D.; Socol, G.; Lambers, E.; McCumiskey, E. J.; Taylor, C. R.; Martin, C.; Argibay, Nicolas; Craciun, V.; Tanner, D. B.

    2015-01-17

    Thin ZrC films (<500 nm) were grown on (100) Si substrates at a substrate temperature of 500 °C by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique using a KrF excimer laser under different CH4 pressures. Glancing incidence X-ray diffraction showed that films were nanocrystalline, while X-ray reflectivity studies found out films were very dense and exhibited a smooth surface morphology. Optical spectroscopy data shows that the films have high reflectivity (>90%) in the infrared region, characteristic of metallic behavior. Nanoindentation results indicated that films deposited under lower CH4 pressures exhibited slightly higher nanohardness and Young modulus values than films deposited under higher pressures. As a result, tribological characterization revealed that these films exhibited relatively high wear resistance and steady-state friction coefficients on the order of μ = 0.4.

  20. Optical spectroscopy study of pulsed excimer laser generated plasma from CuO

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    Adhi, K.P.; Kale, S.; Padhye, Y.; Limaye, A.V.; Ogale, S.B.

    1995-12-15

    Optical emissions from pulsed excimer laser induced plasma emanating from CuO target are studied by an Optical Multichannel Analyzer system in the context of its implications for thin film growth by Pulsed Laser Deposition. The plasma is generated in four different ambients viz. hydrogen, helium, oxygen (pressure of 100 mTorr in each case) and vacuum (2 {times} 10{sup {minus}5} Torr) at different energy densities from 1 to 3.5 J/cm{sup 2}. The plasma constituents and their evolution in the growth space (i.e. at a distance of 1.5 cm from the target) has been studied. Various transitions corresponding to Cu(I), H(I), Cu(II) and O(II) are observed. The observation of strong transitions due to O(II) in the plasma formed in vacuum, hydrogen and helium suggests significant degree of ionization of atoms via molecular splitting and inverse Bremsstrahlung process during early plasma formation. The persistence of ionicity in the plasma can be attributed to long recombination lifetimes for the specific conditions used. In the case of ablation in oxygen ambient a very significant and remarkably selective enhancement of the copper vapor lasing transition at 510.5 nm is observed which brings out the role of oxygen molecules in sustaining the radiation trapping condition. The changes in the concentrations of neutrals and ions are a function of the laser energy density are also examined. It is argued that impingement of ions/atoms in an excited state on the growing surface can potentially lead to localized energy deposition via non-radiative deexcitation resulting into enhancement of film quality and density.

  1. Optical emission and nanoparticle generation in Al plasmas using ultrashort laser pulses temporally optimized by real-time spectroscopic feedback

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    Guillermin, M.; Colombier, J. P.; Valette, S.; Audouard, E.; Garrelie, F.; Stoian, R.

    2010-07-01

    With an interest in pulsed laser deposition and remote spectroscopy techniques, we explore here the potential of laser pulses temporally tailored on ultrafast time scales to control the expansion and the excitation degree of various ablation products including atomic species and nanoparticulates. Taking advantage of automated pulse-shaping techniques, an adaptive procedure based on spectroscopic feedback is applied to regulate the irradiance and enhance the optical emission of monocharged aluminum ions with respect to the neutral signal. This leads to optimized pulses usually consisting in a series of femtosecond peaks distributed on a longer picosecond sequence. The ablation features induced by the optimized pulse are compared with those determined by picosecond pulses generated by imposed second-order dispersion or by double pulse sequences with adjustable picosecond separation. This allows to analyze the influence of fast- and slow-varying envelope features on the material heating and the resulting plasma excitation degree. Using various optimal pulse forms including designed asymmetric shapes, we analyze the establishment of surface pre-excitation that enables conditions of enhanced radiation coupling. Thin films elaborated by unshaped femtosecond laser pulses and by optimized, stretched, or double pulse sequences are compared, indicating that the nanoparticles generation efficiency is strongly influenced by the temporal shaping of the laser irradiation. A thermodynamic scenario involving supercritical heating is proposed to explain enhanced ionization rates and lower particulates density for optimal pulses. Numerical one-dimensional hydrodynamic simulations for the excited matter support the interpretation of the experimental results in terms of relative efficiency of various relaxation paths for excited matter above or below the thermodynamic stability limits. The calculation results underline the role of the temperature and density gradients along the

  2. Behavior of Dynamic Photonic Multiparticle Clusters in an Optical Trap under the Influence of Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Zavalin, Andrey; Henderson, Don

    2000-04-01

    Photonic crystals and clusters have attracted considerable attention of the physics, chemistry and material science communities. "Optical matter", consisting of particles, organized and assembled dynamically by photons, is a rapidly developing field that impacts basic and applied science. We have studied the interaction of 140 fs pulses from the Ti:Sapphire laser with two types of clusters: 1) dynamic photonic (DP) multiparticle clusters, which are created under the presence of optical forces that trap and produce optical binding among particles and 2)chemical (C)clusters that exist in the absence of an optical (assembled without optical trapping). Experimentally DP-clusters were created using CW radiation of Ar+- laser to trap a few microparticles (polystyrene, silica and zeolite) suspended in solution, while in other studies the C-clusters were trapped under the same conditions. The clusters were irradiated with the laser pulses that spatially overlap the zone of the optical trap. Experiments indicated the DP-clusters had symmetrical and vortex structure or were fragmented onto separated particles, depending on parameters of Ti:Sapphire femtosecond laser radiation. In the case of C-clusters, the pulses from the Ti:Sapphire laser caused the C-cluster to move out of the trap without fragmentation.

  3. Broadband multilayer mirror and diffractive optics for attosecond pulse shaping in the 280-500 eV photon energy range

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    Guggenmos, A.; Hofstetter, M.; Rauhut, R.; Späth, C.; Hertrich, S.; Nickel, B.; Yang, S.; Gullikson, E. M.; Schmidt, J.; Seibald, M.; Schnick, W.; Krausz, F.; Kleineberg, U.

    2013-03-01

    Chirped broadband multilayer mirrors are key components to shape attosecond pulses in the XUV range. Compressing high harmonic pulses to their Fourier limit is the major goal for attosecond physics utilizing short pulse pump-probe experiments. Here, we report about the first implementation of multilayers and diffractive optics fulfilling these requirements in the "water-window" spectral range.

  4. Optimization of beam quality and optical-to-optical efficiency of Yb:YAG thin-disk regenerative amplifier by pulsed pumping.

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    Chyla, Michal; Miura, Taisuke; Smrz, Martin; Jelinkova, Helena; Endo, Akira; Mocek, Tomas

    2014-03-15

    We demonstrate an optimization method of beam quality and optical-to-optical (O-O) efficiency by using pulsed pumping. By changing the pulse duration and the peak intensity of pump pulse at the repetition rate of 1 kHz, the beam quality and O-O efficiency of the Yb:YAG thin-disk regenerative amplifier can be improved. We applied this method to the regenerative amplifier under the pumping wavelength of both 940 and 969 nm, and found that the method was effective in both pumping wavelengths. Although a Yb:YAG thin disk soldered on a copper tungsten heat sink, which has poor thermal properties compared with a thin disk mounted on a diamond substrate, was applied as a gain media, we obtained 45 mJ output with 19.3% O-O efficiency and nearly diffraction-limited beam.

  5. Excitation of individual Raman Stokes lines of up-to ninth order using rectangular shaped optical pulses at 530 nm

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    Chen, Kang Kang; Alam, Shaif-ul; Codemard, Christophe A.; Malinowski, Andrew; Richardson, David J.

    2010-02-01

    We demonstrate the selective excitation of Raman Stokes lines of up-to 9th order with relatively high extinction ratio pumped by rectangular shaped optical pulses at 530 nm of 100 ns duration. The rectangular shaped optical pulses at 530 nm were generated by frequency doubling of an adaptively pulse shaped fiber MOPA operating at 1060 nm. This kind of pulse shape is optimal for frequency conversion since all parts of the pulse experiences the same Raman gain. Therefore, it is possible for a pulse to transfer all of its energy through sequential frequency Raman shifts to successive order Stokes components. Consequently, by adjusting the pump power it is possible to achieve selective excitation of the Raman shift with little residual pump powers. Here, we have achieved extinction ratio as much as 15 dB from successive Stokes lines by coupling 530 nm light in a 1 km long Pirelli Freelight fiber. In addition, we were able to obtain up-to 9th order Stokes shift by launching 5 W of average pump power to the Raman gain medium. Maximum Stokes shifted power of 54 mW was recorded for a launched pump power of 5W. We attribute this to the large background loss of silica fibre in the visible region.

  6. Three-dimensional light distribution near the focus of a tightly focused beam of few-cycle optical pulses

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    Romallosa, Kristine Marie; Bantang, Johnrob; Saloma, Caesar

    2003-09-01

    Via the Richards-Wolf vector diffraction theory, we analyze the three-dimensional intensity distribution of the focal volume that is produced by a strongly focused 750-nm beam of ultrafast, Gaussian-shaped optical pulses (10{sup -9} s{>=} pulse width {tau}{>=}1 fs=10{sup -15} s). Knowledge of the three-dimensional distribution near focus is essential in determining the diffraction-limited resolution of an optical microscope. The optical spectrum of a short pulse is characterized by side frequencies about the carrier frequency. The effect of spectral broadening on the focused intensity distribution is evaluated via the Linfoot's criteria of fidelity, structural content, and correlation quality and with reference to a 750-nm cw focused beam. Different values are considered for {tau} and numerical aperture of the focusing lens (0.1{<=}X{sub NA}{<=}1.2). At X{sub NA}=0.8, rapid deterioration of the focused intensity distribution is observed at {tau}=1.2 fs. This happens because a 750-nm optical pulse with {tau}=1.2 fs has an associated coherence length of 359.7 nm which is less than the Nyquist sampling interval of 375 nm that is required to sample 750 nm sinusoid without loss of information. The ill-effects of spectral broadening is weaker in two-photon excitation microscope than in its single-photon counterpart for the same focusing lens and light source.

  7. Test for fine defects beneath precision surface using novel magneto-optic/pulsed eddy current NDT technology

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    Zhou, Mu-cheng; Wang, Ya-ping

    2006-02-01

    A Magneto-Optic (MO) system is being utilized in aerospace industry for the detection of surface defects. To extend the capability of the instrument to detect and quantify sub-surface defect, we present a new Magneto-Optic (MO)/Pulsed Eddy Current (PEC) imaging system which, supported by laser, is being used for testing fine defects beneath precision surface of mental materials. The technique is based on the combination of pulsed eddy current excitation and magneto-optic sensing and imaging. In the experimental set-up, the induction of eddy currents is conventionally performed by pulsed current excitation coil over the object surface. The magnetic field induced by the pulsed eddy currents is detected by using Faraday effect. For this target, a laser beam passes through a special crystal, Faraday rotation glass (FRG), which has its easy axis of magnetization in the direction of normal magnetic fields and memory effect, integrated in the excitation coil. The polarization direction of laser beam is rotated in crystal depending on local magnetic field. The area distribution of rotation angle caused by fine defects beneath precision surface is transformed into "light" or "dark" picture using an optical set-up, which consists of a conventional microscope, a lighting, a polarimeter, and a CCD sensor. In the paper, the basic principle, configuration of the test equipment and image processing are described, and an original experimental results of fine artificial defects beneath precision surface of mental materials is presented.

  8. Imaging of the magnetic field structure in megagauss plasmas by combining pulsed polarimetry with an optical Kerr effect shutter technique.

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    Smith, R J

    2010-10-01

    Pulsed polarimetry in combination with a high speed photographic technique based on the optical Kerr effect is described. The backscatter in a pulsed polarimeter is directed through a scattering cell and photographed using an ∼1 ps shutter, essentially freezing the intensity pattern. The image provides both the local electron density and magnetic field distributions along and transverse to the laser sightline. Submillimeter spatial resolution is possible for probing wavelengths in the visible due to the high densities and strong optical activity. Pulsed polarimetry is thereby extended to centimeter-sized plasmas with n(e)>10(19)-10(20) cm(-3) and B>20-100 T (MG) produced by multiterawatt, multimega-ampere electrical drivers, wire Z pinches, and liner imploded magnetized plasmas. PMID:21033885

  9. Imaging of the magnetic field structure in megagauss plasmas by combining pulsed polarimetry with an optical Kerr effect shutter technique

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    Smith, R. J.

    2010-10-15

    Pulsed polarimetry in combination with a high speed photographic technique based on the optical Kerr effect is described. The backscatter in a pulsed polarimeter is directed through a scattering cell and photographed using an {approx}1 ps shutter, essentially freezing the intensity pattern. The image provides both the local electron density and magnetic field distributions along and transverse to the laser sightline. Submillimeter spatial resolution is possible for probing wavelengths in the visible due to the high densities and strong optical activity. Pulsed polarimetry is thereby extended to centimeter-sized plasmas with n{sub e}>10{sup 19}-10{sup 20} cm{sup -3} and B>20-100 T (MG) produced by multiterawatt, multimega-ampere electrical drivers, wire Z pinches, and liner imploded magnetized plasmas.

  10. A self-consistent regime of generation of terahertz radiation by an optical pulse with a tilted intensity front

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    Bugai, A N; Sazonov, S V; Shashkov, Andrei Yu

    2012-11-30

    We derived a self-consistent system of nonlinear wave equations describing the terahertz generation in dielectric uniaxial crystals by optical pulsed radiation with a tilted wavefront. The numerical analysis of the system of equations showed that the generation of a broadband one-period terahertz signal is accompanied by a red shift of the carrier frequency of the optical pulse, the magnitude of the shift being proportional to the pulse intensity. The generation efficiency with respect to energy reached a maximum at a certain distance of propagation in the crystal, after which the efficiency decreased. A satisfactory agreement was obtained between theoretical calculations and experimental data of other investigations. (generation of terahertz radiation)

  11. Temporal characterization of mid-IR free-electron-laser pulses by frequency-resolved optical gating

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    Richman, B.A.; Krumbuegel, M.A.; Trebino, R.

    1997-05-01

    We performed what we believe are the first practical full-temporal-characterization measurements of ultrashort pulses from a free-electron laser (FEL). Second-harmonic-generation frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) was used to measure a train of mid-IR pulses distorted by a saturated water-vapor absorption line and showing free-induction decay. The measured direction of time was unambiguous because of prior knowledge regarding free-induction decay. These measurements require only 10{percent} of the power of the laser beam and demonstrate that FROG can be implemented as a pulse diagnostic simultaneously with other experiments on a FEL. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital Optical Society of America}

  12. Timing performance of phased-locked loops in optical pulse position modulation communication systems

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    Lafaw, D. A.; Gardner, C. S.

    1984-01-01

    An optical digital communication system requires that an accurate clock signal be available at the receiver for proper synchronization with the transmitted signal. Phase synchronization is especially critical in M-ary pulse position modulation (PPM) systems where the optimum decision scheme is an energy detector which compares the energy in each of M time slots to decide which of M possible words was sent. Timing errors cause energy spillover into adjacent time slots (a form of intersymbol interference) so that only a portion of the signal energy may be attributed to the correct time slot. This effect decreases the effective signal, increases the effective noise, and increases the probability of error. A timing subsystem for a satellite-to-satellite optical PPM communication link is simulated. The receiver employs direct photodetection, preprocessing of the detected signal, and a phase-locked loop for timing synchronization. The variance of the relative phase error is examined under varying signal strength conditions as an indication of loop performance, and simulation results are compared to theoretical calculations.

  13. Tight focusing of ultra-intense laser pulses by innovative plasma optics toward extreme intensity

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    Nakatsutsumi, M.; Kon, A.; Fuchs, J.; Buffechoux, S.; Audebert, P.; Kodama, R.

    2009-11-01

    With rapid advances in laser technology, laser beams are now available that can be routinely focused to intensities approaching >10^21 Wcm-2. Enhancement of laser intensity is achieved by truncating the pulse width, increasing the laser-energy, or reducing the focal spot size. Although the reduction of the spot size is the simplest among those, by using low f-number optics, this method is not frequently employed because of the difficulty in avoiding damage from target debris or complexity of alignment procedure. We developed for the first time very compact (<1 cm^3) extremely low f-number (0.4) plasma-based, confocal ellipsoid focusing systems. Direct measurement of the laser focal spot using low-energy laser indicates 1/5 reduction of spot size compared to standard focusing (using a f/3 optics). Around tenfold enhancement of laser intensity by reduction of the spot size for high power shots is clearly evidenced by remarkable enhancement of proton energy. The experiment was performed at LULI 100TW laser facility.

  14. The excitonic insulator route through a dynamical phase transition induced by an optical pulse

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    Brazovskii, S.; Kirova, N.

    2016-03-01

    We consider a dynamical phase transition induced by a short optical pulse in a system prone to thermodynamical instability. We address the case of pumping to excitons whose density contributes directly to the order parameter. To describe both thermodynamic and dynamic effects on equal footing, we adopt a view of the excitonic insulator for the phase transition and suggest a formation of the Bose condensate for the pumped excitons. The work is motivated by experiments in donor-acceptor organic compounds with a neutral- ionic phase transition coupled to the spontaneous lattice dimerization and to charge transfer excitons. The double nature of the ensemble of excitons leads to an intricate time evolution, in particular, to macroscopic quantum oscillations from the interference between the Bose condensate of excitons and the ground state of the excitonic insulator. The coupling of excitons and the order parameter also leads to self-trapping of their wave function, akin to self-focusing in optics. The locally enhanced density of excitons can surpass a critical value to trigger the phase transformation, even if the mean density is below the required threshold. The system is stratified in domains that evolve through dynamical phase transitions and sequences of merging. The new circumstances in experiments and theory bring to life, once again, some remarkable inventions made by L.V. Keldysh.

  15. Photonic-chip-based all-optical ultra-wideband pulse generation via XPM and birefringence in a chalcogenide waveguide.

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    Tan, Kang; Marpaung, David; Pant, Ravi; Gao, Feng; Li, Enbang; Wang, Jian; Choi, Duk-Yong; Madden, Steve; Luther-Davies, Barry; Sun, Junqiang; Eggleton, Benjamin J

    2013-01-28

    We report a photonic-chip-based scheme for all-optical ultra-wideband (UWB) pulse generation using a novel all-optical differentiator that exploits cross-phase modulation and birefringence in an As₂S₃ chalcogenide rib waveguide. Polarity-switchable UWB monocycles and doublets were simultaneously obtained with single optical carrier operation. Moreover, transmission over 40-km fiber of the generated UWB doublets is demonstrated with good dispersion tolerance. These results indicate that the proposed approach has potential applications in multi-shape, multi-modulation and long-distance UWB-over-fiber communication systems.

  16. Alternative theory of diffraction grating spectral device and its application for calculation of convolution and correlation of optical pulse signals

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    Kazakov, Vasily I.; Moskaletz, Dmitry O.; Moskaletz, Oleg D.

    2016-04-01

    A new, alternative theory of diffraction grating spectral device which is based on the mathematical analysis of the optical signal transformation from the input aperture of spectral device to result of photo detection is proposed. Exhaustive characteristics of the diffraction grating spectral device - its complex and power spread functions as the kernels of the corresponding integral operator, describing the optical signal transformation by spectral device is obtained. On the basis of the proposed alternative theory the possibility of using the diffraction grating spectral device for calculation of convolution and correlation of optical pulse signals is showed.

  17. A note on ultra-short pulses compression in silicon optical waveguides under fourth-order dispersion

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    Mandeng Mandeng, L.; Fewo Ibraid, S.; Tchawoua, C.; Kofané, T. C.

    2014-08-01

    We present an overview of the pulse compression phenomenon obtained during the propagation of ultra-short pulses in common used optical waveguides. In the case of the silicon-on-insulator (SOI) waveguides, using the modified and realistic variational approach (MVA) that involves the Rayleigh's dissipation function (RDF), we conduct the analysis of the compression mechanism on different input profiles. This study allows to show the effects of fourth-order dispersion (FOD), the nonlinear coefficients of absorption (nonlinear absorption) and the chirp, not only on symmetric and compact pulses but also on those with asymmetric profile as the Airy pulses. Indeed, considering the case of linear compression, the conditions of their occurrence are obtained. A relation between the FOD, the group-velocity dispersion (GVD) and the chirp is proposed in this way. In the nonlinear case, using the symmetric profiles as input pulses, we demonstrate a periodic compression induced by the interplay between the self-phase modulation (SPM) and the FOD. This appears as a new mode to generate the pulse compression phenomenon. Then, we show that when large values of the initial chirp and absorption coefficients as the two-photon absorption (TPA) present in these waveguides are considered, the compression mechanism is completely destroyed with at least the observation of one pulse amplification over a short distance of propagation before the pulse broadening. Finally, the study relating to the Airy pulses, leads rather to the reduction of the compression length induced by the SPM, the TPA and the free-carrier absorption (FCA) showing the pulse asymmetry influence.

  18. Theoretical and Experimental Study of Pulsed Optically Pumped Rubidium Frequency Standard

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    Du, Z. J.

    2013-09-01

    Atomic clocks have been recognized as the critical equipments for the global navigation satellite systems, and their performances determine the positioning accuracies and lifetimes of the satellite navigation systems. In order to ensure the reliability and technological diversity, it is of great importance to study new type atomic clocks with high precision. The advantages such as simple operation, compactness, and small size, make the Rb frequency standard preferred for satellite navigation systems. In order to reduce the light shift and cavity pulling shift, the Pulsed Optically Pumped (POP) Rb frequency standard has been theoretically and experimentally studied in this thesis, in which the pumping, interrogation, and detection phases are separated in time to avoid coupling between the microwave and optical field coherences. A laboratory POP ^{87}Rb frequency standard prototype has been realized. Meanwhile, the Autler-Townes splitting in electromagnetic induced transparency (EIT), which is induced by microwave, has been studied theoretically and experimentally. The main works and results are as follows: (1) In the formalism of the ensemble-averaged density matrix and in the rotating-wave approximation, a set of equations describing the POP clock dynamics with a three-level model has been obtained, and the optimum physical parameters are derived. When atoms are submitted to π/2 Ramsey pulses, it is indicated that: (a) With microwave detection, the full width at half maximum (FWHM) is 1/(4T) (T represents the Ramsey time), and the quality factor of the atomic line is increased by a factor of 2 with respect to the traditional approaches. (b) The light shift effect may be canceled, and cavity pulling effect may be strongly reduced. A better medium-, and long-term frequency stability is obtained. (2) The required characteristics of optics and physics packages have been analyzed. The instruments such as the laser system, microwave cavity, Rb vapor cell, quantization

  19. Depth profile characterization of Zn-TiO2 nanocomposite films by pulsed radiofrequency glow discharge-optical emission spectrometry.

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    Alberts, Deborah; Fernández, Beatriz; Frade, Tania; Gomes, Anabela; Pereira, Maria Isabel da Silva; Pereiro, Rosario; Sanz-Medel, Alfredo

    2011-04-15

    In recent years particular effort is being devoted towards the development of radiofrequency (rf) pulsed glow discharges (GDs) coupled to optical emission spectrometry (OES) for depth profile analysis of materials with technological interest. In this work, pulsed rf-GD-OES is investigated for the fast and sensitive depth characterization of Zn-TiO(2) nanocomposite films deposited on conductive substrates (Ti and steel). The first part of this work focuses on assessing the advantages of pulsed GDs, in comparison with the continuous GD, in terms of analytical emission intensities and emission yields. Next, the capability of pulsed rf-GD-OES for determination of thickness and compositional depth profiles is demonstrated by resorting to a simple multi-matrix calibration procedure. A rf forward power of 75 W, a pressure of 600 Pa, 10 kHz pulse frequency and 50% duty cycle were selected as GD operation parameters.Quantitative depth profiles obtained with the GD proposed methodology for Zn-TiO(2) nanocomposite films, prepared by the occlusion electrodeposition method using pulsed reverse current electrolysis, have proved to be in good agreement with results achieved by complementary techniques, including scanning electron microscopy and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. The work carried out demonstrates that pulsed rf-GD-OES is a promising tool for the fast analytical characterization of nanocomposite films. PMID:21376989

  20. Preparation of Fiber Optics for the Delivery of High-Energy High-Beam-Quality Nd:YAG Laser Pulses.

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    Kuhn, A; French, P; Hand, D P; Blewett, I J; Richmond, M; Jones, J D

    2000-11-20

    Recent improvements in design have made it possible to build Nd:YAG lasers with both high pulse energy and high beam quality. These lasers are particularly suited for percussion drilling of holes of as much as 1-mm diameter thick (a few millimeters) metal parts. An example application is the production of cooling holes in aeroengine components for which 1-ms duration, 30-J energy laser pulses produce holes of sufficient quality much more efficiently than with a laser trepanning process. Fiber optic delivery of the laser beam would be advantageous, particularly when one is processing complex three-dimensional structures. However, lasers for percussion drilling are available only with conventional bulk-optic beam delivery because of laser-induced damage problems with the small-diameter (approximately 200-400-mum) fibers that would be required for preserving necessary beam quality. We report measurements of beam degradation in step-index optical fibers with an input beam quality corresponding to an M(2) of 22. We then show that the laser-induced damage threshold of 400-mum core-diameter optical fibers can be increased significantly by a CO(2) laser treatment step following the mechanical polishing routine. This increase in laser-induced damage threshold is sufficient to propagate 25-J, 1-ms laser pulses with a 400-mum core-diameter optical fiber and an output M(2) of 31.

  1. Creation of the reduced-density region by a pulsing optical discharge in the supersonic air flow

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    Kiseleva, T. A.; Orishich, A. M.; Chirkashenko, V. F.; Yakovlev, V. I.

    2016-10-01

    As a result of optical and pneumometric measurements is defined the flow shock wave structure that is formed by the optical breakdown, due to focused repetitively pulsed CO2 laser radiation when entering perpendicular to a supersonic (M = 1.36, 1.9) air flow direction. The dynamics of the bow shock formation in front of the energy input area is shown, depending on the frequency of energy impulse sequence. A flow structure is defined in the thermal wake behind pulsing laser plasma as well as wake's length with low thermal heterogeneity. A three-dimensional configuration of the energy area is defined in accordance with pneumometric and optical measuring results. It is shown that Pitot pressure decreases in thermal wake at a substantially constant static pressure, averaged flow parameters weakly depend on the energy impulse's frequency in range of 45-150 kHz.

  2. Fiber-optic delivery of high-peak-power Q-switched laser pulses for in-cylinder flow measurement.

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    Stephens, Timothy J; Haste, Martin J; Towers, David P; Thomson, Martin J; Taghizadeh, Mohammed R; Jones, Julian D C; Hand, Duncan P

    2003-07-20

    A bundle of optical fibers was constructed to deliver Q-switched frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser pulses for the purpose of particle image velocimetry. Data loss that is due to fiber speckle was reduced by ensuring that each fiber was different in length by more than the coherence length of the laser being delivered. Hence, their speckle patterns will overlap but not interfere, producing more even illumination that is shown to reduce data loss. A custom-made diffractive optical element and careful endface preparation help to reduce damage to the fibers by the required high peak powers. With this method, pulse energies in excess of 25 mJ were delivered for a series of experimental trials within the cylinder head of an optically accessed internal combustion engine. Results from these trials are presented along with a comparison of measurements generated by conventionally delivered beams.

  3. Generation of high-contrast millijoule pulses by optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification in periodically poled KTiOPO4

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    Jovanovic, I; Forget, N; Brown, C G; Ebbers, C A; Blanc, C L; Barty, C J

    2004-10-01

    A new high-contrast, high-gain optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier (OPCPA) architecture is demonstrated in periodically poled KTiOPO{sub 4} (PPKTP). This architecture overcomes parametric fluorescence contrast limitations of OPCPA in periodically poled materials. The scheme is based on two passes of a single, relay imaged, pump pulse and a free-propagating signal pulse through a 1.5 x 5 x 7.5 mm{sup 3} PPKTP crystal. The output energy of 1.2 mJ is generated at a center wavelength of 1053 nm utilizing 24 mJ of pump energy. Prepulse contrast level of >3 x 10{sup 7} has been measured with >10{sup 6} saturated gain in the amplifier. Amplified pulses were compressed to 200 fs. This simple and versatile concept requires only a modest pump energy from a commercial pump laser and represents a possible high-contrast front end for high-energy Nd:glass-based petawatt-class lasers.

  4. Generation of high-contrast millijoule pulses by optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification in periodically poled KTiOPO4.

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    Jovanovic, Igor; Brown, Curtis G; Ebbers, Christopher A; Barty, C P J; Forget, Nicolas; Le Blanc, Catherine

    2005-05-01

    A new high-contrast, high-gain optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifier (OPCPA) architecture is demonstrated in periodically poled KTiOPO4 (PPKTP). This architecture overcomes parametric fluorescence contrast limitations of the OPCPA in periodically poled materials. The scheme is based on two passes of a single relay-imaged pump pulse and a free-propagating signal pulse through a 1.5 mm x 5 mm x 7.5 mm PPKTP crystal. The output energy of 1.2 mJ is generated at a center wavelength of 1053 nm by 24 mJ of pump energy. A prepulse contrast level of > 3 x 10(7) was measured with > 10(6) saturated gain in the amplifier. Amplified pulses were compressed to 200 fs. This simple and versatile concept requires only a modest pump energy from a commercial pump laser and represents a possible high-contrast front end for high-energy Nd:glass-based petawatt-class lasers.

  5. Hybrid polarization-division-multiplexed quadrature phase-shift keying and multi-pulse pulse position modulation for free space optical communication

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    Shi, Wenxiao; Wu, Pengxia; Liu, Wei

    2015-01-01

    A new hybrid modulation scheme (PDM-QPSK-MPPM) for free space optical (FSO) communication is proposed in this paper, which is based on the combination of polarization-division-multiplexed quadrature phase-shift keying (PDM-QPSK) and multi-pulse pulse position modulation (MPPM). We describe the transmitter and receiver block diagram and the decoding scheme of proposed scheme, and derive the formulary expressions for symbol-error rate (SER) and upper bound of bit-error rate (BER) in Gamma-Gamma turbulence channel. Performance evaluations and comparisons are implemented through detailed analysis. The numerical results indicate that, under turbulence channel with average power constraint, the proposed hybrid PDM-QPSK-MPPM always offer better BER performance and SER performance than ordinary BPSK and MPPM. In addition, the proposed scheme offers higher bandwidth-utilization efficiency than conventional modulation formats.

  6. Broadband mid-infrared pulses from potassium titanyl arsenate/zinc germanium phosphate optical parametric amplifier pumped by Tm, Ho-fiber-seeded Ho:YAG chirped-pulse amplifier.

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    Malevich, Pavel; Kanai, Tsuneto; Hoogland, Heinar; Holzwarth, Ronald; Baltuška, Andrius; Pugžlys, Audrius

    2016-03-01

    We present a concept of a white-light-seeded-cascaded mid-infrared (mid-IR) optical parametric amplifier (OPA) based on potassium titanyl arsenate and zinc germanium phosphate nonlinear optical crystals and producing 100-μJ level pulses centered at 5300 nm, with the spectrum supporting four-optical-cycle pulse duration. The OPA is pumped by 2090-nm master oscillator/power amplifier based on a Tm,Ho-fiber laser seeder and a Ho:YAG regenerative amplifier delivering 3.8-mJ sub-ps pulses at a repetition rate of 1 kHz. We validate that output parameters of the OPA are scalable by means of increasing the pulse energy, decreasing the pulse duration and redshifting the central wavelength. PMID:26974083

  7. Measurements of Aerosol Vertical Profiles and Optical Properties during INDOEX 1999 Using Micro-Pulse Lidars

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    Welton, Ellsworth J.; Voss, Kenneth J.; Quinn, Patricia K.; Flatau, Piotr J.; Markowicz, Krzysztof; Campbell, James R.; Spinhirne, James D.; Gordon, Howard R.; Johnson, James E.; Starr, David OC. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Micro-pulse lidar systems (MPL) were used to measure aerosol properties during the Indian Ocean Experiment (INDOEX) 1999 field phase. Measurements were made from two platforms: the NOAA ship RN Ronald H. Brown, and the Kaashidhoo Climate Observatory (KCO) in the Maldives. Sunphotometers were used to provide aerosol optical depths (AOD) needed to calibrate the MPL. This study focuses on the height distribution and optical properties (at 523 nm) of aerosols observed during the campaign. The height of the highest aerosols (top height) was calculated and found to be below 4 km for most of the cruise. The marine boundary layer (MBL) top was calculated and found to be less than 1 km. MPL results were combined with air mass trajectories, radiosonde profiles of temperature and humidity, and aerosol concentration and optical measurements. Humidity varied from approximately 80% near the surface to 50% near the top height during the entire cruise. The average value and standard deviation of aerosol optical parameters were determined for characteristic air mass regimes. Marine aerosols in the absence of any continental influence were found to have an AOD of 0.05 +/- 0.03, an extinction-to-backscatter ratio (S-ratio) of 33 +/- 6 sr, and peak extinction values around 0.05/km (near the MBL top). The marine results are shown to be in agreement with previously measured and expected values. Polluted marine areas over the Indian Ocean, influenced by continental aerosols, had AOD values in excess of 0.2, S-ratios well above 40 sr, and peak extinction values approximately 0.20/km (near the MBL top). The polluted marine results are shown to be similar to previously published values for continental aerosols. Comparisons between MPL derived extinction near the ship (75 m) and extinction calculated at ship-level using scattering measured by a nephelometer and absorption using a PSAP were conducted. The comparisons indicated that the MPL algorithm (using a constant S-ratio throughout the

  8. Rejection of Erroneous Saturation Data in Optical Pulse Oximetry in Newborn Patients

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    Scalise, L.; Marchionni, Paolo; Carnielli, Virgilio P.

    2011-08-01

    Pulse oximetry (PO) is extensively used in intensive care unit (ICU); this is mainly due to the fact that it is a non-invasive and real-time monitoring method. PO allows to measure arterial oxygen saturation (SaO2) and in particular hemoglobin oxygenation. Optical PO is typically realized by the use of a clip (to be applied on the ear or on the finger top) containing a couple of monochromatic LED sources and a photodiode. The main drawback with the use of PO is the presence of movement artifacts or disturbance due to optical sources and skin, causing erroneous saturation data. The aim of this work is to present the measurement procedure based on a specially developed algorithm able to reject erroneous oxygen saturation data during long lasting monitoring of patients in ICU and to compare measurement data with reference data provided by EGA. We have collected SaO2 data from a standard PO and used an intensive care unit monitor to collect data. This device was connected to our acquisition system and heart rate (HR) and SaO2 data were acquired and processed by our specially developed algorithm and directly reproduced on the PC screen for use by the clinicians. The algorithm here used for the individuation and rejection of erroneous saturation data is based on the assessment of the difference between the Heart Rate (HR) measured by respectively by the ECG and PO. We have used an emogasanalyzer (EGA) for comparison of the measured data. The study was carried out in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), using 817 data coming from 24 patients and the observation time was of about 10000 hours. Results show a reduction in the maximum difference between the SaO2 data measured, simultaneously, on the same patient by the EGA and by the proposed method of 14.20% and of the 4.76% in average over the 817 samples. The measurement method proposed is therefore able to individuate and eliminate the erroneous saturation data due to motion artifacts and reported by the pulse oxymeter

  9. Optical reprogramming of human somatic cells using ultrashort Bessel-shaped near-infrared femtosecond laser pulses

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    Uchugonova, Aisada; Breunig, Hans Georg; Batista, Ana; König, Karsten

    2015-11-01

    We report a virus-free optical approach to human cell reprogramming into induced pluripotent stem cells with low-power nanoporation using ultrashort Bessel-shaped laser pulses. Picojoule near-infrared sub-20 fs laser pulses at a high 85 MHz repetition frequency are employed to generate transient nanopores in the membrane of dermal fibroblasts for the introduction of four transcription factors to induce the reprogramming process. In contrast to conventional approaches which utilize retro- or lentiviruses to deliver genes or transcription factors into the host genome, the laser method is virus-free; hence, the risk of virus-induced cancer generation limiting clinical application is avoided.

  10. Terahertz waveform generation for S21-parameter measurements using a fiber-coupled optical pulse shaper.

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    Rämer, Jan-Martin; von Freymann, Georg

    2015-11-30

    A THz time-domain spectroscopy-based vector network analyzer for S21-parameter measurements is presented providing THz waveforms as input signal for waveguide-coupled devices under test. We integrate an optical pulse shaper into the emitter arm and fiber-couple the photoconductive antennas to allow for flexible usage. The pulse-shaping capabilities are demonstrated by realizing all 5 bit combinations of a 0.5 THz signal. Furthermore, we can set the center wavelength of the resulting THz spectrum. Finally, we apply the shaped THz waveforms to test the response of a low-noise amplifier. PMID:26698720

  11. Pulse stretcher

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    Horton, J.A.

    1994-05-03

    Apparatus for increasing the length of a laser pulse to reduce its peak power without substantial loss in the average power of the pulse is disclosed. The apparatus uses a White cell having a plurality of optical delay paths of successively increasing number of passes between the field mirror and the objective mirrors. A pulse from a laser travels through a multi-leg reflective path between a beam splitter and a totally reflective mirror to the laser output. The laser pulse is also simultaneously injected through the beam splitter to the input mirrors of the optical delay paths. The pulses from the output mirrors of the optical delay paths go simultaneously to the laser output and to the input mirrors of the longer optical delay paths. The beam splitter is 50% reflective and 50% transmissive to provide equal attenuation of all of the pulses at the laser output. 6 figures.

  12. Characterization of a high current pulsed arc using optical emission spectroscopy

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    Sousa Martins, R.; Zaepffel, C.; Chemartin, L.; Lalande, Ph; Soufiani, A.

    2016-10-01

    In this paper, we present the investigation realized on an experimental setup that simulates an arc column subjected to the transient phase of a lightning current waveform in laboratory conditions. Optical emission spectroscopy is employed to assess space- and time-resolved properties of this high current pulsed arc. Different current peak levels are utilised in this work, ranging from 10 kA to 100 kA, with a peak time around 15 µs. Ionic lines of nitrogen and oxygen are used to determine the radial profiles of temperature and electron density of the arc channel over time from 2 µs to 36 µs. A combination of 192 N II and O II lines is considered in the calculation of the bound-bound contribution of the absorption coefficient of the plasma channel. Calculations of the optical thickness showed that self-absorption of these ionic lines in the arc column is important. To obtain temperature and electron density profiles in the arc, we solved the radiative transfer equation across the channel under an axisymmetric assumption and considering the channel formed by uniform concentric layers. For the 100 kA current peak level, the temperature reaches more than 38 000 K and the electron density reaches 5  ×  1018 cm-3. The pressure inside the channel is calculated using the air plasma composition at local thermodynamic equilibrium, and reaches 45 bar. The results are discussed and utilised to estimate the electrical conductivity of the arc channel.

  13. Two-pulse control of Raman scattering in liquid methanol: The dominance of classical nonlinear optical effects

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    Spanner, Michael; Brumer, Paul

    2006-02-01

    Experimental results on adaptive feedback control of transient (i.e., nonimpulsive) Stokes emission in liquid methanol [Pearson and Bucksbaum, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 243003 (2004)] are analyzed. In the experiment, a pump pulse comprising two frequency-shifted Gaussian pulses was used to control the ratio of two Stokes emission lines by varying the relative phase ϕL between the pulses. Extending the theory of stimulated Raman scattering to accommodate two coupled levels, we show that control of this type is possible, in the strongly driven regime, using Raman coupling alone. Control via variation of ϕL is shown to also result from self- and cross-phase-modulation of the pump and Stokes pulses as well as via the focused-beam geometry of the pump pulse. In all cases, the general control mechanism is nonlinear optical modulation between the pump and the Stokes pulse; no coherent quantum interference effects are involved. Finally, although the vibrational populations are affected by the same control mechanisms that affect the Stokes spectra, the ratio of the Stokes spectra peak heights does not directly reflect the ratio of the level populations, as was assumed in the experiment.

  14. 2 cm spatial-resolution and 2 km range Brillouin optical fiber sensor using a transient differential pulse pair.

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    Dong, Yongkang; Zhang, Hongying; Chen, Liang; Bao, Xiaoyi

    2012-03-20

    We report a high-spatial-resolution and long-range distributed temperature sensor through optimizing differential pulse-width pair Brillouin optical time-domain analysis (DPP-BOTDA). In DPP-BOTDA, the differential signal suffers from a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) reduction with respect to the original signals, and for a fixed pulse-width difference the SNR reduction increases with the pulse width. Through reducing the pulse width to a transient regime (near to or less than the phonon lifetime) to decrease the SNR reduction after the differential process, the optimized 8/8.2 ns pulse pair is applied to realize a 2 cm spatial resolution, where a pulse generator with a 150 ps fall-time is used to ensure the effective resolution of DPP-BOTDA. In the experiment, a 2 cm spatial-resolution hot-spot detection with a 2 °C temperature accuracy is demonstrated over a 2 km sensing fiber. PMID:22441465

  15. Chirp measurement of large-bandwidth femtosecond optical pulses using two-photon absorption

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    Albrecht, T. F.; Seibert, K.; Kurz, H.

    1991-08-01

    We describe a novel method for accurate chirp measurement of broadband femtosecond pulses over their entire bandwidth based on two-photon absorption. These chirp measurements are applied for the optimization of a fiber-grating-prism pulse compressor.

  16. Thickness-tunable terahertz plasma oscillations in a semiconductor slab excited by femtosecond optical pulses

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    Glinka, Y. D.; Maryenko, D.; Smet, J. H.

    2008-07-15

    We report on the observation of terahertz oscillations in an electron-hole plasma optically excited by a femtosecond pulse in the {mu}m-sized slab of low-temperature-grown-GaAs (LT-GaAs) grown on the GaAs substrate. The frequency of oscillations is shown to be inversely proportional to the slab thickness. It is suggested that the LT-GaAs slab serves as a resonant cavity for traveling plasma waves, which have been generated as a consequence of the shock interaction of photoexcited electron plasma with the GaAs/LT-GaAs interface. The instantaneous diffusion of photoexcited plasma inward the material is driven by the density gradient over the Beer's law distributed carrier population and is evidenced to be a main reason of the shock interaction in the localized plasma. The frequencies of oscillations observed are 3.5 times larger that the inverse electron transit time in the LT-GaAs slab, suggesting the 'ballistic' regime for plasma wave propagation to occur. The oscillations have been observed in the photocurrent autocorrelation measurements. The dynamical electric field at the GaAs/LT-GaAs interface arising due to the instantaneous diffusion of photoexcited electrons inward the material was studied through the transient reflectivity change responses, which have been measured simultaneously with photocurrent.

  17. Optical Spectroscopy Experiments on the 500 kA XP Pulsed-Power Generator

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    Bell, K. S.; Shelkovenko, T. A.; Pikuz, S. A.; McBride, R. D.; Blesener, I. C.; Knapp, P. F.; Hammer, D. A.; Greenly, J. B.; Maron, Y.

    2009-01-21

    Recent experiments on the 500 kA XP pulsed-power generator at Cornell University have explored the properties of optical spectra in single wires and wire arrays. In the single wire experiments, {approx}1% of the current from XP has been directed through the single wire. Spectra have been recorded using a half-meter spectrometer and a CCD camera located adjacent to the XP pulser. We are studying the visible spectra emitted by the wires and the background light from the machine hardware in order to identify the levels of current per wire for which visible spectroscopy might provide a means to measure magnetic field strength. We have also investigated the dependence of single wire visible spectra on the current, which was measured using a calibrated non-integrating Rogowski coil. UV and XUV diodes were employed to gather information about the temporal structure of the background and wire radiation. The line radiation in the spectra was recorded with wire currents at the few kA level. This is comparable to the first 10 ns of a 32-wire array experiment on 1 Ma generator and a 600-wire array at 20 MA.

  18. Quantifying Pharmaceutical Film Coating with Optical Coherence Tomography and Terahertz Pulsed Imaging: An Evaluation.

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    Lin, Hungyen; Dong, Yue; Shen, Yaochun; Zeitler, J Axel

    2015-10-01

    Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) has recently attracted a lot of interest in the pharmaceutical industry as a fast and non-destructive modality for quantification of thin film coatings that cannot easily be resolved with other techniques. Because of the relative infancy of this technique, much of the research to date has focused on developing the in-line measurement technique for assessing film coating thickness. To better assess OCT for pharmaceutical coating quantification, this paper evaluates tablets with a range of film coating thickness measured using OCT and terahertz pulsed imaging (TPI) in an off-line setting. In order to facilitate automated coating quantification for film coating thickness in the range of 30-200 μm, an algorithm that uses wavelet denoising and a tailored peak finding method is proposed to analyse each of the acquired A-scan. Results obtained from running the algorithm reveal an increasing disparity between the TPI and OCT measured intra-tablet variability when film coating thickness exceeds 100 μm. The finding further confirms that OCT is a suitable modality for characterising pharmaceutical dosage forms with thin film coatings, whereas TPI is well suited for thick coatings.

  19. Quantifying Pharmaceutical Film Coating with Optical Coherence Tomography and Terahertz Pulsed Imaging: An Evaluation

    PubMed Central

    Lin, Hungyen; Dong, Yue; Shen, Yaochun; Zeitler, J Axel

    2015-01-01

    Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) has recently attracted a lot of interest in the pharmaceutical industry as a fast and non-destructive modality for quantification of thin film coatings that cannot easily be resolved with other techniques. Because of the relative infancy of this technique, much of the research to date has focused on developing the in-line measurement technique for assessing film coating thickness. To better assess OCT for pharmaceutical coating quantification, this paper evaluates tablets with a range of film coating thickness measured using OCT and terahertz pulsed imaging (TPI) in an off-line setting. In order to facilitate automated coating quantification for film coating thickness in the range of 30–200 μm, an algorithm that uses wavelet denoising and a tailored peak finding method is proposed to analyse each of the acquired A-scan. Results obtained from running the algorithm reveal an increasing disparity between the TPI and OCT measured intra-tablet variability when film coating thickness exceeds 100 μm. The finding further confirms that OCT is a suitable modality for characterising pharmaceutical dosage forms with thin film coatings, whereas TPI is well suited for thick coatings. © 2015 The Authors. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association J Pharm Sci 104:3377–3385, 2015 PMID:26284354

  20. Optical emission characteristics of surface nanosecond pulsed dielectric barrier discharge plasma

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    Wu Yun; Li Yinghong; Jia Min; Song Huimin; Liang Hua

    2013-01-21

    This paper reports an experimental study of the optical emission characteristics of the surface dielectric barrier discharge plasma excited by nanosecond pulsed voltage. N{sub 2}(C{sup 3}{Pi}{sub u}) rotational and vibrational temperatures are almost the same with upper electrode powered with positive polarity and lower electrode grounded or upper electrode grounded and lower electrode powered with positive polarity. While the electron temperature is 12% higher with upper electrode powered with positive polarity and lower electrode grounded. When the frequency is below 2000 Hz, there is almost no influence of applied voltage amplitude and frequency on N{sub 2}(C{sup 3}{Pi}{sub u}) rotational, vibrational temperature and electron temperature. As the pressure decreases from 760 Torr to 5 Torr, N{sub 2}(C{sup 3}{Pi}{sub u}) rotational temperature remains almost unchanged, while its vibrational temperature decreases initially and then increases. The discharge mode changes from a filamentary type to a glow type around 80 Torr. In the filamentary mode, the electron temperature remains almost unchanged. In the glow mode, the electron temperature increases while the pressure decreases.