|Prism and Multiple-Prism Pulse Compressors|
Prismatic pulse compressors for femtosecond, and ultrafast tunable lasers, were first introduced, via a single-prism configuration, in 1983 by Dietel et al. Multiple-prism pulse compressor arrays followed in 1984. Independently, the generalized multiple-prism dispersion theory applicable to prismatic pulse compression was introduced by Duarte and Piper in 1982 and then extended to second order derivatives in 1987.
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Note: the principles of prismatic pulse compression are described in F. J. Duarte, Tunable Laser Optics (Elsevier-Academic, New York, 2003) (see Chapters 4). This particular double-prism pulse compressor is depicted in a linear cavity as part of Fig. 1.9 which also includes a ring cavity configuration.
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Published on the 19th of November, 2006; updated on the 27th of March, 2013.