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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:


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 characterization
  • time-frequency distribution
  • Wigner function
  • spectrogram
  • tomography
  • interferometry

Authors’ Affiliations

Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, 791 Keyport-Holmdel Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733, USA
Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PU, United Kingdom


© Dorrer and Walmsley 2005