Ultrafast Technology: Ultrafast Illumination and Processing

Y. Fainman*, D. M. Marom

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Mode-locked lasers emitting ultrashort pulses have expanded the range of available instruments and techniques to the scientific community. The unique properties of these ultrashort pulses - their high peak powers and short duration - enable such diverse applications as multiphoton microscopy, pump-probe experiments, and coherent control of molecular and atomic wavepackets, to name a few. Ultrashort pulses can also be used as a basis for ultrahigh data rate optical communications using time division multiplexing (TDM) in a fiber communication application. These ultrafast applications often require complementary real-time optical processors based on instantaneous nonlinear phenomena, since conventional electronic means are limited by the response time of electronic devices.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Modern Optics, Five-Volume Set
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780123693952
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes

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