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Ultrafast pulse shaping with a traveling wave Kerr cell and picosecond rise time electrical pulses

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Abstract

A traveling wave CS2 Kerr cell has been used to shape optical pulses at 1.06 μm. The rise time of ~20 psec reported here is possiile because the group velocities for electrical and optical pulses are equal in CS2 at 1.06 μm. An electrical pulse generated by a light activated semiconductor switch is used to drive the device. High contrast jitter-free operation appears to be possible.

© 1979 Optical Society of America

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