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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 23 — Nov. 10, 2008
  • pp: 18956–18963

Intense few-cycle light pulses in the deep ultraviolet

U. Graf, M. Fieß, M. Schultze, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz, and E. Goulielmakis  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 23, pp. 18956-18963 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.018956


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Abstract

We demonstrate that nonlinear frequency upconversion of few-cycle near-infrared (NIR) laser pulses, by means of harmonic generation in noble gases, is a promising approach for extending cutting-edge, few-cycle ultrafast technology into the deep ultraviolet and beyond, without the need for UV dispersion control. In our experiment, we generate 3.7-fs pulses in the deep UV (~4.6 eV) with adjustable polarization and gigawatt-scale peak power. We demonstrate that the implementation of this concept with a quasi-monocycle driver offers the potential for advancing UV pulse generation towards the 1-fs frontier.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(190.7220) Nonlinear optics : Upconversion
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 15, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 17, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 17, 2008
Published: November 3, 2008

Citation
U. Graf, M. Fieß, M. Schultze, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz, and E. Goulielmakis, "Intense few-cycle light pulses in the deep ultraviolet," Opt. Express 16, 18956-18963 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-23-18956


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