IV The Ultrafast Optical Kerr Shutter

  title={IV The Ultrafast Optical Kerr Shutter},
  author={M. Duguay},
  journal={Progress in Optics},
  • M. Duguay
  • Published 1977
  • Physics
  • Progress in Optics
Publisher Summary One particularly useful application of picosecond laser pulses, which is the object of this chapter, has been in the development of an ultrafast shutter (or gate) based on the optical Kerr effect. This effect refers to the very short-lived birefringence induced in transparent mediums by high-power laser pulses propagating therein. The ultrafast optical Kerr shutter uses this optically induced birefringence to gate light on and off on the picosecond time scale, much in the way… Expand