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Appl. Sci. 2013, 3(1), 168-188; doi:10.3390/app3010168
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Linear Electro Optic Effect for High Repetition Rate Carrier Envelope Phase Control of Ultra Short Laser Pulses

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1 CEA-Saclay, IRAMIS, Service des Photons, Atomes et Molécules, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette, France 2 LNE-SYRTE, Observatoire de Paris-LNE-CNRS-UPMC, 61 avenue de l'Observatoire, 75014 Paris, France
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Received: 3 December 2012 / Revised: 28 January 2013 / Accepted: 19 February 2013 / Published: 26 February 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ultraintense Ultrashort Pulse Lasers)
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Abstract

This paper is devoted to analyzing the principle and applications of the linear electro-optic (EO) effect for the control of the carrier-envelope-phase (CEP). We introduce and detail here an original method, which relies on the use of an EO dispersive prism pair in a compressor-like configuration. We show that, by choosing an adequate geometry, it is possible to shift the CEP without changing the group delay (isochronous carrier-envelope-phase shifter) or change the induced group delay without varying the CEP. According to our calculations, when applying an electric field around 400 V/cm to the rubidium titanyle phosphate (RTP) prisms in a double pass configuration (2 × 40 mm total length), one obtains a CEP shift of π rad at 800 nm without inducing a group delay. In contrast, this CEP shift is obtained for an electric field around 1.4 kV/cm in a RTP rectangular slab of the same total length and, in this case, the group delay is of the order of a few fs.
Keywords: electro-optic; carrier-envelope-phase; ultrafast optics; prism compressor; group delay; dispersion electro-optic; carrier-envelope-phase; ultrafast optics; prism compressor; group delay; dispersion
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Gobert, O.; Rovera, D.; Mennerat, G.; Comte, M. Linear Electro Optic Effect for High Repetition Rate Carrier Envelope Phase Control of Ultra Short Laser Pulses. Appl. Sci. 2013, 3, 168-188.

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