Technical Conference:
13 – 18 May 2018
15 – 17 May 2018

SC352 - Introduction to Ultrafast Pulse Shaping--Principles and Applications

Tuesday, 16 May
12:00 - 15:00

Short Course Level: Advanced Beginner (basic understanding of topic is necessary to follow course material)

Instructor: Marcos Dantus, Michigan State Univ., USA

Short Course Description:

This course begins by describing pulse shaping with a hands-on computer simulation that allows one to get a sense of how femtosecond pulses change in response to different phases and amplitudes. The essential physics and a brief background of the development of shapers are provided. The course goes over the experimental implementation requirements and then covers some of the most salient applications of pulse shapers, among them are pulse compression,  pulse characterization, creation of two or more pulse replicas, control of nonlinear optical processes such as selective two-photon excitation and selective vibrational mode excitation, material processing,  microscopy and others.

Short Course Benefits:

This course should enable participants to:

  • Gain a better understanding of femtosecond laser pulses and their applications

  • Learn pulse shaper design principles

  • Compare among different pulse shaper designs and to determine which one is best suited for a particular application

  • Simulate the output pulse from a pulse shaper given a particular phase and amplitude modulation

  • Predict the effect caused by introducing a simple phase such as a linear, quadratic or cubic function on a transform-limited pulse

  • Learn two different approaches to creating pulse replica that can be independently controlled with attosecond precision in the time domain using the pulse shaper

  • Measure the spectral phase of laser pulses using the pulse shaper itself as the measurement tool, and eliminating phase distortions to compress the output pulses

  • Summarize the advantages of having an adaptive pulse shaper for controlling the output of ultrafast lasers

Short Course Audience:

This course, updated yearly, is intended for everyone that uses or intends to use femtosecond laser pulses in academic research or industry. Attendees will learn how pulse shaping can greatly enhance femtosecond laser applications.  No prior knowledge about pulse shaping is required.

Instructor Biography:

Marcos Dantus has 25 years of experience working with femtosecond lasers. He is presently a Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Michigan State University. Dantus’ interests include the development of practical applications for ultrafast lasers, control of nonlinear laser-matter interactions, and biomedical imaging. Dantus has more than 180 publications, 43 invention disclosures and 17 issued patents. Dantus is presently the President and CEO of BioPhotonic Solutions Inc, and serves on the board of advisors for Chemical Physics Letters.

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