Tracking femtosecond laser pulses in space and time

MLM Balistreri, H Gersen, JP Korterik, L Kuipers, NF van Hulst

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We show that the propagation of a femtosecond laser pulse inside a photonic structure can be directly visualized and tracked as it propagates using a time-resolved photon scanning tunneling microscope. From the time-dependent and phase-sensitive measurements, both the group velocity and the phase velocity are unambiguously and simultaneously determined. It is expected that this technique will find applications in the investigation of the local dynamic behavior of photonic crystals and integrated optical circuits.
Translated title of the contributionTracking femtosecond laser pulses in space and time
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1080 - 1082
Number of pages3
Volume294 (5544)
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2001

Bibliographical note

Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Other: First two named authors contributed equally to paper


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