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Opt Express. 2009 May 11;17(10):7943-51.

Double-angle multilayer mirrors with smooth dispersion characteristics.

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  • 1Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Garching, Germany.


We report the feasibility of precision broadband dispersion control with multilayer mirrors produced in a single coating run. Inherent fluctuations of the group-delay dispersion (GDD) are suppressed by using the mirrors at two different angles of incidence. With a specialized version of the needle optimization algorithm, we have designed the multilayer structure to yield a complementary pair with a resultant GDD substantially free from spectral oscillations characteristic of broadband chirped multilayers. Since the mirrors employed at two different incidence angles are produced in a single deposition run, their overall dispersion is more robust to errors in layer thicknesses than that of previous complementary mirror pairs manufactured in two different steps. This offers the potential for improving production yield and quality of femtosecond dispersion control. We have successfully used the first "double-angle" mirrors for compressing pulses to a duration of 4.3 fs.

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