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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 22 — Oct. 22, 2012
  • pp: 24642–24649

Generation of isolated attosecond pulses of sub-atomic-time durations with multi-cycle chirped polarization gating pulses

Chaojin Zhang, Jinping Yao, and Jielei Ni  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 22, pp. 24642-24649 (2012)

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We theoretically investigate the X-ray supercontinuum generated by interaction of multi-cycle, chirped polarization gating pulses with the helium gas. It is shown that with this scheme, an isolated sub-50-attosecond pulse can be obtained straightforwardly without any phase compensation. Interestingly, if one selects an extremely broad spectral range near the high-order harmonic cutoff, an isolated and intense sub-24-attosecond pulse can be generated after phase compensation, which could be used to detect and control the electronic dynamics inside the atoms. Furthermore, it is found that the generation of such a broad and smooth X-ray supercontinuum is not so stringent on the selection of the simulated parameters, allowing for the experimental demonstration of this technique in the future.

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OCIS Codes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.7150) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast spectroscopy

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: July 31, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 27, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 28, 2012
Published: October 12, 2012

Chaojin Zhang, Jinping Yao, and Jielei Ni, "Generation of isolated attosecond pulses of sub-atomic-time durations with multi-cycle chirped polarization gating pulses," Opt. Express 20, 24642-24649 (2012)

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