Skip to main content

High dynamic range, large temporal domain laser pulse measurement


Temporal pulse profile characterization is necessary to ensure and quantify the quality of short pulse laser systems. Yet it remains challenging to measure the temporal behavior of a pulse in all of its comprehensiveness. In this manuscript we present results which encourage to perform more ambitious pulse characterizations with optimized scanning cross-correlators. Several temporal laser pulse profile measurements in multiple nanosecond time scale with high dynamic range are shown. The measurements were taken by our in-house third-order cross-correlator EICHEL (Schanz et al. in Opt Express 25:9252, 2017), which is able to resolve the intensity dynamics down to the level of amplified spontaneous emission. With this device we show for the first time the onset of the plateau of the amplified spontaneous emission in the laser profile and investigate the origin of several side-pulses created early in the laser system.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Fig. 1
Fig. 2
Fig. 3
Fig. 4
Fig. 5
Fig. 6


  1. 1.

    V.A. Schanz, F. Wagner, M. Roth, V. Bagnoud, Opt. Express 25, 9252 (2017)

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  2. 2.

    K. Osvay, M. Csatari, U.Ln Ross, A. Persson, C.-G. Wahlstrom, Laser Part. Beams 23, 327–332 (2003)

    ADS  Google Scholar 

  3. 3.

    D.N. Papadopoulos, P. Ramirez, K. Genevrier, L. Ranc, N. Lebas, A. Pellegrina, C. Le Blanc, P. Monot, L. Martin, J.P. Zou, F. Mathieu, P. Audebert, P. Georges, F. Druon, Opt. Lett. 42, 3530 (2017)

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  4. 4.

    C. Hooker, Y. Tang, O. Chekhlov, J. Collier, E. Divall, K. Ertel, S. Hawkes, B. Parry, P.P. Rajeev, Opt. Express 19, 2193 (2011)

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  5. 5.

    H. Kiriyama, M. Mori, A.S. Pirozhkov, K. Ogura, A. Sagisaka, A. Kon, TZh Esirkepov, Y. Hayashi, H. Kotaki, M. Kanasaki, H. Sakaki, Y. Fukuda, J. Koga, M. Nishiuchi, M. Kando, S.V. Bulanov, K. Kondo, P.R. Bolton, O. Slezak, D. Vojna, M. Sawicka-chyla, V. Jambunathan, A. Lucianetti, T. Mocek, IEEE JSTQE 21, 7231–7234 (2015)

    Google Scholar 

  6. 6.

    V. Bagnoud, F. Wagner, High Power Laser Sci. Eng. 4, 1–8 (2016)

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. 7.

    F. Wagner, C.P. João, J. Fils, T. Gottschall, J. Hein, J. Körner, J. Limpert, M. Roth, T. Stöhlker, V. Bagnoud, Appl. Phys. B Lasers Opt. 116, 429–435 (2014)

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  8. 8.

    N.V. Didenko, A.V. Konyashchenko, A.P. Lutsenko, S.Y. Tenyakov, Opt. Express 16, 3178–3190 (2008)

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  9. 9.

    J. Bromage, C. Dorrer, R.K. Jungquist, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 1125 (2012)

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  10. 10.

    A. Jullien, O. Albert, F. Burgy, G. Hamoniaux, J.-P. Rousseau, J. Chambaret, F. Augé-Rochereau, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, N. Minkovski, S.M. Saltiel, Opt. Lett. 30, 920 (2005)

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  11. 11.

    G. Doumy, F. Quéré, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, P. Martin, P. Audebert, J.C. Gauthier, J.-P. Geindre, T. Wittmann, Phys. Rev. E 69, 026402 (2004)

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  12. 12.

    C. Thaury, F. Quéré, J.-P. Geindre, A. Levy, T. Ceccotti, P. Monot, M. Bougeard, F. Réau, P. D’Oliveira, P. Audebert, R. Marjoribanks, P. Martin, Nat. Phys. 3, 424–429 (2007)

    Article  Google Scholar 

  13. 13.

    V.V. Ivanov, A. Maksimchuk, G. Mourou, Appl. Opt. 42, 7231–7234 (2003)

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  14. 14.

    S. Palaniyappan, R.C. Shah, R.P. Johnson, T. Shimada, D. Jung, D.C. Gautier, B.M. Hegelich, CLEO: 2013. AF1J.3 (2013)

  15. 15.

    Kentech Instruments Ltd. CPS4 Dual Channel Pulse Generator, Kentech (2008)

  16. 16.

    V. Bagnoud, B. Aurand, A. Blazevic, S. Borneis, C. Bruske, B. Ecker, U. Eisenbarth, J. Fils, A. Frank, E. Gaul, S. Goette, C. Haefner, T. Hahn, K. Harres, H.M. Heuck, D. Hochhaus, D.H.H. Hoffmann, D. Javorková, H.J. Kluge, T. Kuehl, S. Kunzer, M. Kreutz, T. Merz-Mantwill, P. Neumayer, E. Onkels, D. Reemts, O. Rosmej, M. Roth, T. Stoehlker, A. Tauschwitz, B. Zielbauer, D. Zimmer, K. Witte, Appl. Phys. B Lasers Opt. 100, 137–150 (2010)

    ADS  Article  Google Scholar 

  17. 17.

    V. Bagnoud, D. Zimmer, B. Ecker, T. Kuehl, CLEO 2009, 1–2 (2009)

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information



Corresponding author

Correspondence to V. A. Schanz.

Additional information

Publisher's Note

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Schanz, V.A., Brabetz, C., Posor, D.J. et al. High dynamic range, large temporal domain laser pulse measurement. Appl. Phys. B 125, 61 (2019).

Download citation