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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1732–1734

Coherent continuum extreme ultraviolet radiation in the sub-100-nJ range generated by a high-power many-cycle laser field

E. Skantzakis, P. Tzallas, J. Kruse, C. Kalpouzos, and D. Charalambidis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 11, pp. 1732-1734 (2009)

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High-energy coherent continuum radiation is generated by the interaction of rare gases with a high-power many-cycle laser field, utilizing the interferometric polarization gating technique. A narrow temporal gate is formed in the laser pulse within which the extreme ultraviolet (XUV) emission is restricted. An analytical expression for the gate function is derived. A super-XUV continuum down to 15 nm, broad enough to support synthesis of single pulses of 260 as duration and a few tens of nanojoule energy, has been measured. These results directly challenge the perspectives of single-attosecond pulse XUV-pump–XUV-probe applications.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(020.2649) Atomic and molecular physics : Strong field laser physics
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: March 9, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 13, 2009
Published: May 29, 2009

E. Skantzakis, P. Tzallas, J. Kruse, C. Kalpouzos, and D. Charalambidis, "Coherent continuum extreme ultraviolet radiation in the sub-100-nJ range generated by a high-power many-cycle laser field," Opt. Lett. 34, 1732-1734 (2009)

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