Abstract

The transient behavior of parametric-scattering four-wave mixing is investigated experimentally with femtosecond laser pulses. Special emphasis is placed on the measurement of parametric pulse durations and the application of this process to the compression of femtosecond optical pulses. Compression factors up to 1.85 have been achieved, yielding high-power pulses of less than 40-fsec duration.

© 1983 Optical Society of America

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