We propose a method for single-shot measurement of the carrier-envelope phase of high-intensity laser pulses. The method is based on observation of the electrons’ spatial distribution ionized by a time-dependent polarization pulse generated by a combination of replicas of the measuring pulse. The dependence of the electrons’ angular distribution on carrier-envelope phase, pulse width, delay between two combining components, and a peak intensity is calculated. Important experimental issues such as broadening of the angular distribution, Gouy phase, difference between the two replicas, and asymmetric pulse shape are also discussed.
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Masayuki Kakehata, Yohei Kobayashi, Hideyuki Takada, and Kenji Torizuka, "Single-shot measurement of a carrier-envelope phase by use of a time-dependent polarization pulse," Opt. Lett. 27, 1247-1249 (2002)