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Opt Express. 2009 Aug 17;17(17):14948-55.

Direct spatiotemporal measurements of accelerating ultrashort Bessel-type light bullets.

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Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Riia 142, Tartu, 51014 Estonia.


We measure the spatiotemporal field of ultrashort pulses with complex spatiotemporal profiles using the linear-optical, interferometric pulse-measurement technique SEA TADPOLE. Accelerating and decelerating ultrashort, localized, nonspreading Bessel-X wavepackets were generated from a approximately 27 fs duration Ti:Sapphire oscillator pulse using a combination of an axicon and a convex or concave lens. The wavefields are measured with approximately 5 microm spatial and approximately 15 fs temporal resolutions. Our experimental results are in good agreement with theoretical calculations and numerical simulations.


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