Tracy S. Clement

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We measure the second- and third-order dispersion coefficients, d(2)k/domega(2) and d(3)k/domega(3), of water for wavelengths from 0.45 to 1.3 mum using a Michelson white-light interferometer. In this interval, the second-order dispersion ranges from 0.068 to -0.1 fs(2)/mum, and the third-order dispersion ranges from 0.048 to 1.18 fs(3)/mum. We observe an(More)
Using single-shot, self-diffraction, frequency-resolved optical gating, we measure the complete electric field amplitude and phase of 405-nm second-harmonic pulses from an amplified Ti:sapphire system. The single-shot frequency-resolved optical gating device gives both qualitative and quantitative information, which is useful for analyzing and optimizing(More)
—We describe a method for calibrating the voltage that a step-like pulse generator produces at a load at every time point in the measured waveform. The calibration includes an equivalent-circuit model of the generator that can be used to determine how the generator behaves when it is connected to arbitrary loads. The generator is calibrated with an(More)
Frequency-resolved optical gating is used to characterize the propagation of intense femtosecond pulses in a nonlinear, dispersive medium. The combined effects of diffraction, normal dispersion, and cubic nonlinearity lead to pulse splitting. The role of the phase of the input pulse is studied. The results are compared with the predictions of a(More)
We determine the nonlinear refractive index, n(2), in an optical material through the direct measurement of the phase of an ultrashort optical pulse, using the technique of frequency-resolved optical gating. This method results in the accurate measurement of n(2), with the error dominated by the uncertainty in the fluence measurement. We measure n(2) in(More)