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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2007
  • pp: 187–189

Third-harmonic generation in disguise of second-harmonic generation revisited: role of thin-film thickness and carrier-envelope phase

C. Van Vlack and S. Hughes  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 2, pp. 187-189 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.000187


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Abstract

It has previously been reported that a peak at the spectral position of the second harmonic of an excitation laser can be generated in an inversion-symmetric medium in the regime of extreme nonlinear optics and that this peak may be exploited to measure the carrier-envelope phase of the excitation pulse. Here we revisit this phenomenon with regard to reverse engineering the carrier-envelope phase and demonstrate that the thin-film thickness and the incident field can have a drastic influence on pulse propagation, and so the reverse engineering would likely fail.

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OCIS Codes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(300.6470) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, semiconductors

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 7, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 9, 2006
Published: December 23, 2006

Citation
C. Van Vlack and S. Hughes, "Third-harmonic generation in disguise of second-harmonic generation revisited: role of thin-film thickness and carrier-envelope phase," Opt. Lett. 32, 187-189 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-2-187


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