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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 4 — Feb. 19, 2007
  • pp: 1684–1689

Measured laser-beam evolution during high-order harmonic generation in a semi-infinite gas cell

Nicole Brimhall, John C. Painter, Nathan Powers, Gavin Giraud, Matthew Turner, Michael Ware, and Justin Peatross  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 4, pp. 1684-1689 (2007)

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We report on direct measurements of self-guiding of 800 nm, 30 fs, 5 mJ laser pulses used to generate high-order harmonics in 80 torr helium. We track the spatial evolution of the laser pulses as they propagate several centimeters near the focus under conditions suitable for harmonic generation. The laser is observed to focus, diverge, and refocus. This behavior is accompanied by a flattop beam profile. Both of these features are absent when the laser is focused in vacuum. We also observed a 4 nm spectral blue shift in the center of the laser beam near the focus in contrast with no spectral shift at wider radii.

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OCIS Codes
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: December 5, 2006
Revised Manuscript: January 22, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: February 5, 2007
Published: February 19, 2007

Nicole Brimhall, John C. Painter, Nathan Powers, Gavin Giraud, Matthew Turner, Michael Ware, and Justin Peatross, "Measured laser-beam evolution during high-order harmonic generation in a semi-infinite gas cell," Opt. Express 15, 1684-1689 (2007)

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