The new Silhouette from Coherent, Inc. is a standalone pulse controller that can optimize results from a wide variety of ultrafast laser applications.
Based on a spatial light modulator, Silhouette uses a novel, patent-pending optical platform to provide closed-loop measurement and optimization of both the spectral phase and amplitude of ultrafast pulses. And because the Silhouette acquires data through a low profile, fiber-coupled sensor, pulse characteristics can be monitored and controlled at any location within an ultrafast setupâ€”even at the output of an oscillator or amplifier or after beam delivery optics.
Silhouette is operated through a user-friendly software interface. Operation is simple enough to allow even a novice ultrafast laser user to correct phase distortions and achieve short, transform-limited pulses. The same software also enables sophisticated users to create novel phase and amplitude profiles.
Silhouette is intended for use with either commercial or home-built ultrafast laser systems. Typical applications include laser optimization, molecular dynamics research involving coherent reaction control, as well as optimization of non-linear processes such as multiphoton excitation.