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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 12 — Jun. 6, 2011
  • pp: 11638–11653

Zeptosecond precision pulse shaping

Jens Köhler, Matthias Wollenhaupt, Tim Bayer, Cristian Sarpe, and Thomas Baumert  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 12, pp. 11638-11653 (2011)

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We investigate the temporal precision in the generation of ultrashort laser pulse pairs by pulse shaping techniques. To this end, we combine a femtosecond polarization pulse shaper with a polarizer and employ two linear spectral phase masks to mimic an ultrastable common-path interferometer. In an all-optical experiment we study the interference signal resulting from two temporally delayed pulses. Our results show a 2σ-precision of 300 zs = 300 × 10−21 s in pulse-to-pulse delay. The standard deviation of the mean is 11 zs. The obtained precision corresponds to a variation of the arm’s length in conventional delay stage based interferometers of 0.45 Å. We apply these precisely generated pulse pairs to a strong-field quantum control experiment. Coherent control of ultrafast electron dynamics via photon locking by temporal phase discontinuities on a few attosecond timescale is demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(020.4180) Atomic and molecular physics : Multiphoton processes
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(320.7080) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast devices
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements
(020.2649) Atomic and molecular physics : Strong field laser physics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: April 4, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 25, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 25, 2011
Published: June 1, 2011

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Jens Köhler, Matthias Wollenhaupt, Tim Bayer, Cristian Sarpe, and Thomas Baumert, "Zeptosecond precision pulse shaping," Opt. Express 19, 11638-11653 (2011)

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