, Volume 75, Issue 6-7, pp 649-654

Fine tuning of the higher-order dispersion of a prismatic pulse compressor

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The wavelength-dependent thermal refractive index gives an extra degree of freedom for adjustment of higher-order dispersion of a prismatic pulse compressor. The effect allows of fine tuning of both intracavity and extracavity dispersion of ultra-fast oscillators. The calculations have been carried out using a new and rather handy formalism, which describes the operation of a prism pulse compressor as a linear function of the ratio of the total glass path in the prisms and the prism apex distance. The validity of theoretical calculations is supported by experimental evidence.

Received: 16 April 2002 / Published online: 15 November 2002
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