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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 25 — Dec. 5, 2011
  • pp: 25346–25354

Polarization gating and circularly-polarized high harmonic generation using plasmonic enhancement in metal nanostructures

A. Husakou, F. Kelkensberg, J. Herrmann, and M. J. J. Vrakking  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 25, pp. 25346-25354 (2011)

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We investigate possibilities to utilize field enhancement by specifically designed metal nanostructures for the generation of single attosecond pulses using the polarization gating technique. We predict the generation of isolated 59-attosecond-long pulses using 15-fs pump pulses with only a 0.6 TW/cm2 intensity. Our simulations also indicate the possibility to generate previously inaccessible high-harmonics with circular polarization by using an ensemble of vertically and horizontally orientated bow-tie structures. In the numerical simulation we used an extended Lewenstein model, which includes the spatial inhomogeneity in the hot spots and collisions of electrons with the metal surface.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: October 17, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 15, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 15, 2011
Published: November 28, 2011

A. Husakou, F. Kelkensberg, J. Herrmann, and M. J. J. Vrakking, "Polarization gating and circularly-polarized high harmonic generation using plasmonic enhancement in metal nanostructures," Opt. Express 19, 25346-25354 (2011)

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