Applied Physics B

, Volume 96, Issue 4, pp 809–814

Generalized multiple-prism dispersion theory for laser pulse compression: higher order phase derivatives



An exact, and explicit, expression for the second derivative of the generalized multiple-prism angular dispersion is provided. This corresponds to the third derivative of the generalized exit angle with respect to the refractive index (n3φ2,m). Higher derivatives, in abstract notation, are also given. The generalized equations are presented in a format applicable to practical prismatic configurations utilized in laser pulse compression schemes in the femtosecond domain. Exact values, as a function of the refractive index, are given for the first, second, and third angular derivatives for compensating double-prism and four-prism configurations of practical interest.


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© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interferometric OpticsRochesterUSA
  2. 2.University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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