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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 17 — Aug. 17, 2009
  • pp: 15134–15144

Calibration of a high harmonic spectrometer by laser induced plasma emission

J. P. Farrell, B. K. McFarland, P. H. Bucksbaum, and M. Gühr  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 17, pp. 15134-15144 (2009)

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We present a method that allows for a convenient switching between high harmonic generation (HHG) and accurate calibration of the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectrometer used to analyze the harmonic spectrum. The accurate calibration of HHG spectra is becoming increasingly important for the determination of electronic structures. The wavelength of the laser harmonics themselves depend on the details of the harmonic geometry and phase matching, making them unsuitable for calibration purposes. In our calibration mode, the target resides directly at the focus of the laser, thereby enhancing plasma emission and suppressing harmonic generation. In HHG mode, the source medium resides in front or after the focus, showing enhanced HHG and no plasma emission lines. We analyze the plasma emission and use it for a direct calibration of our HHG spectra.

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(300.6530) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, ultrafast

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Original Manuscript: June 10, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 24, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 5, 2009
Published: August 11, 2009

J. P. Farrell, B. K. McFarland, P. H. Bucksbaum, and M. Gühr, "Calibration of a high harmonic spectrometer by laser induced plasma emission," Opt. Express 17, 15134-15144 (2009)

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