Martin Bock

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We report the generation of programmable two-dimensional arrangements of ultrashort-pulsed fringe-less Bessel-like beams of extended depth of focus (referred to as needle beams) without truncating apertures. A sub-20-fs Ti:sapphire laser and a liquid-crystal-on-silicon spatial light modulator (LCoS-SLM) of high-fidelity temporal transfer in phase-only(More)
The recently introduced concept of radially non-oscillating, temporally stable ultrashort-pulsed Bessel-like beams we referred to as needle beams is generalized to a particular class of highly localized wavepackets (HLWs). Spatio-temporally quasi-nondiffracting pulses propagating along extended zones are shaped from Ti:sapphire oscillator radiation with a(More)
A highly flexible Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor for ultrashort pulse diagnostics is presented. The temporal system performance is studied in detail. Reflective operation is enabled by programming tilt-tolerant microaxicons into a liquid-crystal-on-silicon spatial light modulator. Nearly undistorted pulse transfer is obtained by generating nondiffracting(More)
Spatio-spectral and spatio-temporal transfer and intensity propagation of truncated ultrashort-pulsed Bessel-Gauss beams were investigated. Extended needle-shaped focal zones were generated using a compact setup with a reflective small-angle axicon and self-apodized truncation by an adapted aperture. Spectral maps of Bessel-Gauss beams were analyzed on the(More)
Wavefront sensing under nonparaxial conditions was studied with Shack-Hartmann setups based on arrays of microaxicons. The robustness of the generated pseudonondiffracting subbeams against tilt and axial displacement was demonstrated for ultraflat Gaussian- and inverse-Gaussian-shaped elements in transmission and reflection. To characterize slight(More)
Third harmonic generation (THG) of femtosecond laser pulses in sputtered nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films is investigated. Using layers of graded thickness, the dependence of THG on the film parameters is studied. The maximum THG signal is observed at a thickness of 180 nm. The corresponding conversion efficiency is 26 times larger compared to THG at the(More)
A 2 μm chirped pulse amplification source generates 55 mJ picosecond pulses at a 1 kHz repetition rate. The system consists of a high-gain Ho:YLF regenerative amplifier (RA) operating in the single-energy regime and a dual-rod Ho:YLF power amplifier. Pulses of ∼10  mJ energy from the RA are linearly scaled up to 55 mJ in the power amplifier, corresponding(More)
With conventional methods the sound velocity c in fluids can be determined using the back wall echo. This paper proposes a novel technique, in which the signals reflected by scattering particles suspended in a fluid are analysed instead. The basic idea is that the particles generate the strongest echo signal when being located in the sound field maximum.(More)