, Volume 95, Issue 1, pp 81-84
Date: 05 Mar 2009

Performance comparison of interferometer topologies for carrier-envelope phase detection

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Performance and noise immunity of different interferometer set-ups for carrier-envelope phase detection are compared. The frequently used Mach–Zehnder interferometer is found to be easily corrupted by acoustic noise contributions and air streaks, whereas a quasi-common-path variant of the f-to-2f interferometer exhibits a 40% reduction of residual noise. This comparative analysis also provides deeper insight into additional mechanisms that are currently limiting the performance of carrier-envelope phase stabilization schemes.