Cross-polarized wave generation (XPW) for ultrafast laser pulse characterization and intensity contrast enhancement
Good pulse quality, high peak power and tunable central wavelength are amongst the most desired qualities in modern lasers. The nonlinear effect cross-polarized wave generation (XPW), can be used in ultrafast laser systems to achieve various pulse quality enhancements. The XPW yield depends on the cube of the input intensity and acts as a spatio-temporal filter. It is orthogonally polarized to the input pulse and highly Gaussian. If the input pulse is well compressed, the output spectrum is smoother and broader. These features make XPW an ideal reference signal in pulse characterization techniques. ...
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