Real-time reconstruction of high energy, ultrafast laser pulses using deep learning

Matthew Stanfield, Jordan Ott, Christopher Gardner, Nicholas F. Beier, Deano M. Farinella, Christopher A. Mancuso, Pierre Baldi, Franklin Dollar

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We report a method for the phase reconstruction of an ultrashort laser pulse based on the deep learning of the nonlinear spectral changes induce by self-phase modulation. The neural networks were trained on simulated pulses with random initial phases and spectra, with pulse durations between 8.5 and 65 fs. The reconstruction is valid with moderate spectral resolution, and is robust to noise. The method was validated on experimental data produced from an ultrafast laser system, where near real-time phase reconstructions were performed. This method can be used in systems with known linear and nonlinear responses, even when the fluence is not known, making this method ideal for difficult to measure beams such as the high energy, large aperture beams produced in petawatt systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5299
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by STROBE: A National Science Foundation Science & Technology Center under Grant No. DMR-1548924; This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under the CAREER program Grant No. PHY-1753165, and under grant number DGE-1633631.

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  • Deep Learning
  • Lasers
  • Light

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.


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