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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 20 — Sep. 28, 2009
  • pp: 17700–17710

Generating single attosecond pulse using multi-cycle lasers in a polarization gate

Valer Tosa, Katalin Kovacs, Carlo Altucci, and Raffaele Velotta  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 20, pp. 17700-17710 (2009)

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We analyze the macroscopic effects which are responsible for producing clean isolated pulses lasting few hundreds of attoseconds when starting from multi-cycle fundamental pulses. In particular, we consider a polarization gating scheme and show that, at high fundamental peak intensities, in the range 0.7-1 PWcm−2, it usually produces three-four main attosecond pulses of radiation at single dipole level, just located in the leading edge of the laser pulse. We describe the physical mechanisms contributing to the formation of a single attosecond pulse by using a three dimensional non-adiabatic model and a quantum trajectory phase calculation. An analysis of the scheme optimization and stability against various parameters is performed in view of an experimental scheme implementation.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(020.2649) Atomic and molecular physics : Strong field laser physics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: June 9, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 24, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 27, 2009
Published: September 18, 2009

Valer Tosa, Katalin Kovacs, Carlo Altucci, and Raffaele Velotta, "Generating single attosecond pulse using multi-cycle lasers in a polarization gate," Opt. Express 17, 17700-17710 (2009)

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