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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2007
  • pp: 3134–3136

Isolated attosecond pulses using a detuned second-harmonic field

Hamed Merdji, Thierry Auguste, Willem Boutu, J.-Pascal Caumes, Bertrand Carré, Thomas Pfeifer, Aurélie Jullien, Daniel M. Neumark, and Stephen R. Leone  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 21, pp. 3134-3136 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.003134


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Abstract

Calculations are presented for the generation of an isolated attosecond pulse in a multicycle two-color strong-field regime. We show that the recollision of the electron wave packet can be confined to half an optical cycle using pulses of up to 40 fs in duration. The scheme is proven to be efficient using two intense beams, one producing a strong field at ω and the other a strong field detuned from 2 ω . The slight detuning δ ω of the second harmonic is used to break the symmetry of the electric field over many optical cycles and provides a coherent control for the formation of an isolated attosecond pulse.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 31, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 21, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 24, 2007
Published: October 22, 2007

Citation
Hamed Merdji, Thierry Auguste, Willem Boutu, J.-Pascal Caumes, Bertrand Carré, Thomas Pfeifer, Aurélie Jullien, Daniel M. Neumark, and Stephen R. Leone, "Isolated attosecond pulses using a detuned second-harmonic field," Opt. Lett. 32, 3134-3136 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-21-3134


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