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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 23 — Nov. 7, 2011
  • pp: 23420–23428

Compression methods for XUV attosecond pulses

Mark Mero, Fabio Frassetto, Paolo Villoresi, Luca Poletto, and Katalin Varjú  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 23, pp. 23420-23428 (2011)

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Attosecond extreme-ultraviolet (XUV) pulses generated in gases via high-order harmonic generation typically carry an intrinsic positive chirp. Compression of such pulses has been demonstrated using metallic transmission filters, a method with very limited tunability. We compare here the compression achievable with a diffraction grating based method with that of metallic filters using simulated high harmonic waveforms in the transmission window of metal films.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation
(260.7200) Physical optics : Ultraviolet, extreme
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

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Ultrafast Optics

Mark Mero, Fabio Frassetto, Paolo Villoresi, Luca Poletto, and Katalin Varjú, "Compression methods for XUV attosecond pulses," Opt. Express 19, 23420-23428 (2011)

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