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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1395–1403

Spatiotemporal distortions of attosecond pulses

Charles Bourassin-Bouchet, Sébastien de Rossi, Franck Delmotte, and Pierre Chavel  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 27, Issue 6, pp. 1395-1403 (2010)

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In this article, we report that usual multilayer mirror configurations to focus attosecond pulses generate geometric aberrations and can significantly stretch pulses. The numerical simulations show that the effects can be strong enough to delay some parts of the pulses of an attosecond pulse train and make them interfere with the next pulses of the train. The influence of the numerical aperture on the pulse duration is also studied, showing that such effects can occur even with very low numerical apertures.

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OCIS Codes
(080.1010) Geometric optics : Aberrations (global)
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(340.7480) X-ray optics : X-rays, soft x-rays, extreme ultraviolet (EUV)

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: January 29, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 20, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 26, 2010
Published: May 19, 2010

Charles Bourassin-Bouchet, Sébastien de Rossi, Franck Delmotte, and Pierre Chavel, "Spatiotemporal distortions of attosecond pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 1395-1403 (2010)

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