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Published in New Journal of Physics 10 (2008) 103011. 1367-2630/08/103011+10$30.00 Copyright © IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft. Used by permission.


We report experimental values of the group velocity dispersion (GVD) of water and methanol at 800 nm. We find GVDwater 800 = (25.71± 0.5) fs2 mm−1 and GVDmethanol 800 = (33.56±0.5) fs2 mm-1. These were measured by sending 50 fs, 800 nm pulses with various amounts of chirp through a glass cell filled with a solution of fluorescein in these solvents and recording the production of visible light from the side using a commercial digital camera. This simple setup also gives quantitative information on the duration of our pulses and lets us check independently the correct operation of our grating-based pulse compressor. Results are compared to FROG measurements.

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