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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2006
  • pp: 3188–3190

Generating single attosecond pulses via spatial filtering

Mette B. Gaarde and Kenneth J. Schafer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 21, pp. 3188-3190 (2006)

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The first observation of isolated attosecond pulses by Hentschel et al. [Nature 414, 509 (2001) ] resulted from an experiment that left the exact mechanism of their generation unresolved. A complete simulation of the experiment reveals the reason for its success: single pulses were efficiently isolated from two or more generated pulses by spatial filtering in the far field. Our explanation suggests a new, simple paradigm for the production of isolated attosecond bursts. We show that this method can be used, in conjunction with carrier-envelope phase stabilization, to select single attosecond pulses by use of 10 fs driving pulses.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: June 5, 2006
Revised Manuscript: August 13, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 17, 2006
Published: October 11, 2006

Mette B. Gaarde and Kenneth J. Schafer, "Generating single attosecond pulses via spatial filtering," Opt. Lett. 31, 3188-3190 (2006)

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