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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 4 — Feb. 14, 2011
  • pp: 3576–3591

Continuously adjustable gate width setup for attosecond polarization gating: theory and experiment

Claude Marceau, Guillaume Gingras, and Bernd Witzel  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 4, pp. 3576-3591 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.003576


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Abstract

We demonstrate an alternative approach for attosecond polarization gating. A setup composed of four quartz wedges and a quarter-wave plate allows an easy adjustment of the temporal gate-width and of the total dispersion. A numerical simulation of the pulse propagation beyond the carrier-envelope approximation enables a calibration of the setup and provides a flexible choice of the desired temporal polarization. An electron imaging spectrometer is used to measure the electron momentum distribution resulting from the ionization of xenon with our optical gated laser pulses. This allows us to measure the orientation of the polarization plane in the most intense temporal slice of the laser pulse. We compare the experimental results to theory and we numerically show the robustness of the method against non-ideal laser parameters.

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OCIS Codes
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(020.2649) Atomic and molecular physics : Strong field laser physics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 7, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 25, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 27, 2011
Published: February 9, 2011

Citation
Claude Marceau, Guillaume Gingras, and Bernd Witzel, "Continuously adjustable gate width setup for attosecond polarization gating: theory and experiment," Opt. Express 19, 3576-3591 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-4-3576


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