Peak Power

Maximum Optical Power of a pulse.

The peak power can be measured directly with a Photodiode which monitors the optical power versus time. For pulse durations below a few tens of picoseconds, this method is no longer viable. The peak power is then often calculated from the (full width half maximum) pulse duration (measured with an optical autocorrelator) and the pulse energy. The conversion depends on the temporal shape of the pulse.

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