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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 15 — Jul. 18, 2011
  • pp: 14451–14463

Ultrasmall bullets of light—focusing few-cycle light pulses to the diffraction limit

B. Piglosiewicz, D. Sadiq, M. Mascheck, S. Schmidt, M. Silies, P. Vasa, and C. Lienau  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 15, pp. 14451-14463 (2011)

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We demonstrate an essentially dispersion-free and diffraction-limited focusing of few-cycle laser pulses through all-reflective microscope objectives. By transmitting 6-fs-pulses from a Ti:sapphire oscillator through an all-reflective 0.5 NA objective, we reach a focus with a beam diameter of 1.0 µm, preserving the time structure of the pulses. The temporal and spatial pulse profile is recorded simultaneously using a novel tip-enhanced electron emission autocorrelator, indicating a focal volume of these pulses of only 1.8 µm3. We anticipate that the demonstrated technique is of considerable interest for inducing and probing optical nonlinearities of individual nanostructures.

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OCIS Codes
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.7140) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in fibers

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: May 23, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 30, 2011
Published: July 13, 2011

B. Piglosiewicz, D. Sadiq, M. Mascheck, S. Schmidt, M. Silies, P. Vasa, and C. Lienau, "Ultrasmall bullets of light—focusing few-cycle light pulses to the diffraction limit," Opt. Express 19, 14451-14463 (2011)

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