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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 1999
  • pp: 697–699

Intense 8-fs pulse generation in the deep ultraviolet

Charles G. Durfee III, Sterling Backus, Henry C. Kapteyn, and Margaret M. Murnane  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 10, pp. 697-699 (1999)

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By use of the recently developed technique of guided-wave frequency conversion, the generation of sub-10-fs light pulses in the UV has been demonstrated for what is believed to be the first time. Cross-phase modulation of the light in a hollow waveguide produced a bandwidth of 16nm, with a center frequency of 270 nm, at 1 kHz. A simple grating pair was used to compress the pulses to a duration of 8 fs, as measured by self-diffraction frequency-resolved optical gating. In the experiment the compressed energy was greater than 1 μJ , with a peak power of >100 MW ; the technique can be scaled to higher energy. Further improvements should make it possible to generate pulses as short as ~3 fs with this technique.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

Charles G. Durfee III, Sterling Backus, Henry C. Kapteyn, and Margaret M. Murnane, "Intense 8-fs pulse generation in the deep ultraviolet," Opt. Lett. 24, 697-699 (1999)

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