Pulse compression with time-domain optimized chirped mirrors

P. Dombi, V. S. Yakovlev, K. O'Keeffe, T. Fuji, M. Lezius, G. Tempea

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Dispersive optical interference coatings (chirped mirrors - CMs) are designed by computer optimization of an analytically calculated initial multilayer. Traditionally, the relevant properties of the CM (reflectance and the frequency-dependence of the phase shift upon reflection) are optimized to match frequency-domain targets. We propose a novel target function that quantifies directly the capability of a multilayer to control the temporal shape of the reflected optical pulse. Employing this time-domain analysis/ optimization one can design dispersive multilayers having air as medium of incidence and supporting the generation of pulses with durations in the sub-5-fs-range, as demonstrated in a proof-of-principle compression experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10888-10894
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Express
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - Dec 22 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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    Dombi, P., Yakovlev, V. S., O'Keeffe, K., Fuji, T., Lezius, M., & Tempea, G. (2005). Pulse compression with time-domain optimized chirped mirrors. Optics Express, 13(26), 10888-10894. https://doi.org/10.1364/OPEX.13.010888