Information content of polarization-shaped pulses

Information content of polarization-shaped pulses

Playing around with visualization of the information content of polarization-shaped pulses, which represent a way to coherently sample (over the pulse duration) a range of points in polarization space. ┬áHere’s a plot showing the coherent paths followed for a range of different pulses, generated by putting a step function on the spectral phase of a broadband (~60fs) pulse, with the instantaneous pulse polarization expressed as Stokes vectors and projected onto a Poincare Sphere.

Update 4th May – the manuscript (a version of) this figure appears in is now on the arxiv.

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