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  • Vol. 33, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2008
  • pp: 938–940

Generation of sub- 5 fs pulses in vacuum ultraviolet using four-wave frequency mixing in hollow waveguides

I. V. Babushkin, F. Noack, and J. Herrmann  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 9, pp. 938-940 (2008)

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We investigate the potential of four-wave mixing in dielectric hollow waveguides for vacuum ultraviolet pulse generation with unprecedented short durations. Taking into account higher-order transverse modes and plasma effects we predict the generation of a 2.5 fs pulse at 160 nm using an intense 10 fs , 800 nm pulse and its weaker third harmonic at 267 nm , both coupled to the fundamental transverse mode. Excitation of higher transverse modes allows an increase of the signal energy (up to by a factor of 20), but with a pulse duration of 13 fs (compressible to 7.7 fs ).

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OCIS Codes
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: January 22, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 27, 2008
Published: April 24, 2008

I. V. Babushkin, F. Noack, and J. Herrmann, "Generation of sub-5 fs pulses in vacuum ultraviolet using four-wave frequency mixing in hollow waveguides," Opt. Lett. 33, 938-940 (2008)

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