Performance comparison of interferometer topologies for carrier-envelope phase detection
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- Grebing, C., Koke, S., Manschwetus, B. et al. Appl. Phys. B (2009) 95: 81. doi:10.1007/s00340-009-3428-9
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.