Compression of fiber supercontinuum pulses to the Fourier-limit in a high-numerical-aperture focus

Haohua Tu, Yuan Liu, Dmitry Turchinovich, Stephen A. Boppart

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Abstract

A multiphoton intrapulse interference phase scan (MIIPS) adaptively and automatically compensates the combined phase distortion from a fiber supercontinuum source, a spatial light modulator pulse shaper, and a high-NA microscope objective, allowing Fourier-transform-limited compression of the supercontinuum pulses at the focus of the objective. A second-harmonic-generation-based method is employed to independently validate the transform-limited compression. The compressed pulses at the focus of the objective have a tunable duration of 10:8–38:9 fs (FWHM), a central wavelength of ∼1020nm, an average power of 18–70mW, and a repetition rate of 76MHz, permitting the application of this source to nonlinear optical microscopy and coherently controlled microspectroscopy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptics Letters
Volume36
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)2315
ISSN0146-9592
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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This paper was published in Optics Letters and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. The paper can be found at the following URL on the OSA website: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-12-2315. Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.

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