New adaptive method for ultrafast optics

The group has published work on a novel application of adaptive optics

A new frontier of adaptive optics has been initiated by work in the Dynamic Optics and Photonics Group.  Adaptive optics has previously mostly concerned the modulation of wave front phase, but our new method enables the control of the pulse fronts of an ultrafast laser.  By using a reflective element - a deformable mirror - in tandem with a diffractive element - a spatial light modulator, we can independently modulate pulse fronts and wave fronts. This will have application in microscopy, laser fabrication and other areas of ultrafast physics.  Read more about this work here.