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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 24 — Nov. 23, 2009
  • pp: 21459–21464

Delay control in attosecond pump-probe experiments

Michael Chini, Hiroki Mashiko, He Wang, Shouyuan Chen, Chenxia Yun, Shane Scott, Steve Gilbertson, and Zenghu Chang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 24, pp. 21459-21464 (2009)

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The time delay between the pump and probe pulses in attosecond time-resolved experiments, such as attosecond streaking, is commonly introduced by splitting and recombining the two pulses in an interferometer. This technique suffers from instability in the optical path lengths of the two arms due to mechanical vibration of the optical elements and fluctuating environmental conditions. We present a technique with which the instability of the unconventional interferometer is suppressed while at the same time the time delay is controlled to within 20 as RMS using a feedback loop. Using this scheme, the streaked spectrogram of an attosecond pulse was measured.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(320.7150) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast spectroscopy

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: August 19, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 14, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 4, 2009
Published: November 10, 2009

Michael Chini, Hiroki Mashiko, He Wang, Shouyuan Chen, Chenxia Yun, Shane Scott, Steve Gilbertson, and Zenghu Chang, "Delay control in attosecond pump-probe experiments," Opt. Express 17, 21459-21464 (2009)

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