Applied physics

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 297–301

Versatile single-shot background-free pulse duration measurement technique, for pulses of subnanosecond to picosecond duration

  • R. Wyatt
  • E. E. Marinero
Photophysics, Laser Chemistry

DOI: 10.1007/BF00902986

Cite this article as:
Wyatt, R. & Marinero, E.E. Appl. Phys. (1981) 25: 297. doi:10.1007/BF00902986


An extension of the noncollinear second-harmonic generation technique for pulse autocorrelation measurements is described. A diffraction grating is used to produce a tailored, expanded beam, with a differential time delay along its expanded axis. When this beam is combined with an inverted replica of itself at the frequency-doubling crystal, the monitored spatial profile of the generated second-harmonic beam gives directly the duration of the incident laser pulse. A time resolution of better than 1 ps is obtained at 500 nm, and a total measurement range of∼80 ps. The optical system here described enables the extension of the measurement range in a simple manner.


06.60 Jn

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Wyatt
    • 1
  • E. E. Marinero
    • 1
  1. 1.Abteilung LaserphysikMax-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische ChemieGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.British Telecom, Research LaboratoriesMartlesham HeathIpswichEngland
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryStanford UniversityStanfordUSA