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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 25 — Dec. 5, 2011
  • pp: 25084–25092

Broadband large-ellipticity harmonic generation with polar molecules

Meiyan Qin, Xiaosong Zhu, Qingbin Zhang, Weiyi Hong, and Peixiang Lu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 25, pp. 25084-25092 (2011)

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We investigate the polarization properties of high harmonic generation from polar molecules with a linearly polarized field. It is found that elliptically polarized harmonics are observed in a wide spectral range from the plateau to the cutoff. Further analyses show that the nonsymmetric structure of the highest occupied molecular orbital is the origin of ellipticity of the harmonics. The results provide a method for generation of large-ellipticity XUV pulses, which will benefit the application of HHG as a tool of detection in materials and biology science.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(300.6560) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, x-ray

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: October 13, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 9, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 10, 2011
Published: November 23, 2011

Meiyan Qin, Xiaosong Zhu, Qingbin Zhang, Weiyi Hong, and Peixiang Lu, "Broadband large-ellipticity harmonic generation with polar molecules," Opt. Express 19, 25084-25092 (2011)

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