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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 5 — Sep. 1, 1997
  • pp: 114–125

Selective zoning of high harmonic emission using counter-propagating light

J. Peatross, S. Voronov, and I. Prokopovich  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 1, Issue 5, pp. 114-125 (1997)

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High harmonic production can be dramatically increased by utilizing an interaction region much longer than a coherence length. Counter-propagating light pulses can be used to disrupt the out-of-phase harmonic emission from selected zones in the focus so that the remaining emission builds constructively. Counter-propagating light creates a standing field modulation repeating over a half laser wavelength in which phase cancellations for harmonic emission occur. A simple power-law model is used to demonstrate how such pulses can be designed to counteract geometrical phase mismatches and improve emission for individual harmonics by more than two orders of magnitude.

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(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: August 13, 1997
Revised Manuscript: August 4, 1997
Published: September 1, 1997

Justin Peatross, Sergei Voronov, and I. Prokopovich, "Selective zoning of high harmonic emission using counter-propagating light," Opt. Express 1, 114-125 (1997)

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