# Question About Relation Between Time and Color of a femtosecond Laser Pulse

This is a problem in Tipler's Modern Physics:

Laser pulses of femtosecond duration can be produced, but for such brief pulses it makes no sense to speak of the pulse’s color. To demonstrate this, compute the time duration of a laser pulse whose range of frequencies covers the entire visible spectrum ($$4.0\times 10^{14}$$ Hz to $$7.5\times 10^{14}$$Hz).

Since the frequences range is the whole visible spectrum I calculated the change in angular frequency first $$\Delta \omega=2\pi\Delta f = 2\pi (3.5\times10^{14})=2.199\times 10^{15}\text{rad/s}$$

and using the uncertainty relation $$\Delta\omega\Delta t\geq \frac{1}{2}$$ I calculated the minimum time interval to be $$\Delta t = \frac{1}{2\Delta\omega} = 2.27376\times 10^{-16}\text{ s}=0.227376\text{ fs}$$ What exactly does this tell me about the color of the pulse and why it doesn't make sense to speak about it?

• The answer is in the statement of the problem. Read it carefully. Oct 6, 2018 at 2:47