Ultrashort Light Pulses

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Science  23 Jun 1967:
Vol. 156, Issue 3782, pp. 1557-1568
DOI: 10.1126/science.156.3782.1557


Experimental techniques are now available for the generation of repetitive and single coherent optical pulses of extremely short time duration and high peak power. These pulses should find extensive application in basic and applied research. Additional shortening of optical pulse durations can be obtained by means of the stimulated Raman effect, second-harmonic generation, or amplification with nonlinear laser amplifiers.