Robust chirped mirrors

Omid Nohadani*, Jonathan R. Birge, Franz X. Kartner, Dimitris J. Bertsimas

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Optimized chirped mirrors may perform suboptimally, or completely fail to satisfy specifications, when manufacturing errors are encountered. We present a robust optimization method for designing these dispersion-compensating mirror systems that are used in ultrashort pulse lasers. Possible implementation errors in layer thickness are taken into account within an uncertainty set. The algorithm identifies worst-case scenarios with respect to reflectivity as well as group delay. An iterative update improves the robustness and warrants a high manufacturing yield, even when the encountered errors are larger than anticipated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2630-2636
Number of pages7
JournalApplied optics
Issue number14
StatePublished - May 10 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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