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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2006
  • pp: 975–977

Single attosecond pulse generation in the multicycle-driver regime by adding a weak second-harmonic field

Thomas Pfeifer, Lukas Gallmann, Mark J. Abel, Daniel M. Neumark, and Stephen R. Leone  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 7, pp. 975-977 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.000975


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Abstract

We present a method of producing single attosecond pulses by high-harmonic generation with multicycle driver laser pulses. This can be achieved by tailoring the driving pulse so that attosecond pulses are produced only every full cycle of the oscillating laser field rather than every half-cycle. It is shown by classical and quantum-mechanical model calculations that even a minor addition (1%) of phase-locked second-harmonic light to the 800 nm fundamental driver pulse for high-harmonic generation leads to a major (15%) difference in the maximum kinetic energies of the recombining electrons in adjacent half-cycles.

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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
(300.6560) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, x-ray

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 4, 2005
Revised Manuscript: November 21, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: December 19, 2005

Citation
Thomas Pfeifer, Lukas Gallmann, Mark J. Abel, Daniel M. Neumark, and Stephen R. Leone, "Single attosecond pulse generation in the multicycle-driver regime by adding a weak second-harmonic field," Opt. Lett. 31, 975-977 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-7-975


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