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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 23 — Nov. 8, 2010
  • pp: 24206–24212

Observation of few-cycle, strong-field phenomena in surface plasmon fields

P. Dombi, S. E. Irvine, P. Rácz, M. Lenner, N. Kroó, G. Farkas, A. Mitrofanov, A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, F. Krausz, and A. Y. Elezzabi  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 23, pp. 24206-24212 (2010)

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We present experimental evidence of the generation of few-cycle propagating surface plasmon polariton wavepackets. These ultrashort plasmonic pulses comprised of only 2-3 field oscillations were characterized by an autocorrelation measurement based on electron photoemission. By exploiting plasmonic field enhancement, we achieved plasmon-induced tunnelling emission from the metal surface at low laser intensity, opening perspectives for strong-field experiments with low pulse energies. All-optical electron acceleration up to keV kinetic energy is also demonstrated in these surface-confined, few-cycle fields with only 1.35 × 1012 W/cm2 focused laser intensity. The experimental results are found to be in excellent agreement with the model.

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OCIS Codes
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(320.7120) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast phenomena

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: September 24, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 25, 2010
Published: November 3, 2010

P. Dombi, S. E. Irvine, P. Rácz, M. Lenner, N. Kroó, G. Farkas, A. Mitrofanov, A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, F. Krausz, and A. Y. Elezzabi, "Observation of few-cycle, strong-field phenomena in surface plasmon fields," Opt. Express 18, 24206-24212 (2010)

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