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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 4 — Feb. 14, 2011
  • pp: 3677–3685

Attosecond emission from chromium plasma

L. B. Elouga Bom, S. Haessler, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, F. Lepetit, J.-F. Hergott, B. Carré, T. Ozaki, and P. Salières  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 4, pp. 3677-3685 (2011)

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We present the first measurement of the attosecond emission generated from underdense plasma produced on a solid target. We generate high-order harmonics of a femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser focused in a weakly ionized underdense chromium plasma. Using the “Reconstruction of Attosecond Beating by Interference of Two-photon Transitions” (RABITT) technique, we show that the 11th to the 19th harmonic orders form in the time domain an attosecond pulse train with each pulse having 300 as duration, which is only 1.05 times the theoretical Fourier transform limit. Measurements reveal a very low positive group delay dispersion of 4200 as2. Beside its fundamental interest, high-order harmonic generation in plasma plumes could thus provide an intense source of attosecond pulses for applications.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: December 3, 2010
Revised Manuscript: January 17, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 17, 2011
Published: February 10, 2011

L. B. Elouga Bom, S. Haessler, O. Gobert, M. Perdrix, F. Lepetit, J.-F. Hergott, B. Carré, T. Ozaki, and P. Salières, "Attosecond emission from chromium plasma," Opt. Express 19, 3677-3685 (2011)

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