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Concepts for the Temporal Characterization of Short Optical Pulses

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20052005:287905

Received: 1 April 2004

Published: 30 June 2005


Methods for the characterization of the time-dependent electric field of short optical pulses are reviewed. The representation of these pulses in terms of correlation functions and time-frequency distributions is discussed, and the strategies for their characterization are explained using these representations. Examples of the experimental implementations of the concepts of spectrography, interferometry, and tomography for the characterization of pulses in the optical telecommunications environment are presented.

Keywords and phrases

optical pulse characterizationtime-frequency distributionWigner functionspectrogramtomographyinterferometry

Authors’ Affiliations

Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Holmdel, USA
Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford, United Kingdom


© Dorrer and Walmsley 2005