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Ultrafast pulse shaping

A new twist on terahertz pulses

The generation of light pulses with programmable waveforms opens up exciting new avenues for coherent control. Researchers in Japan have now introduced a way to tailor the polarization state of custom-shaped terahertz pulses at the push of a button.

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Figure 1: Schematic of a pair of polarization-shaped THz pulses.

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Cocker, T., Huber, R. A new twist on terahertz pulses. Nature Photon 7, 678–679 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphoton.2013.236

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