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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1489–1491

High-order harmonic generation at a megahertz-level repetition rate directly driven by an ytterbium-doped-fiber chirped-pulse amplification system

Johan Boullet, Yoann Zaouter, Jens Limpert, Stéphane Petit, Yann Mairesse, Baptiste Fabre, Julien Higuet, Eric Mével, Eric Constant, and Eric Cormier  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 9, pp. 1489-1491 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.001489


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Abstract

We report the first experimental demonstration (to our knowledge) of high-order harmonic generation in rare gases driven by a state-of-the-art high-power Yb-doped-fiber chirped-pulse amplification system. The fiber laser delivers 270 fs pulses in the 30 100 μ J energy range at repetition rates varying from 100 kHz to 1 MHz . A proper focalization allows reaching several 10 13 W cm 2 in a gas jet. We have been able to produce and detect harmonics up to order 31 ( 33.2 nm ) in Ar at a 100 kHz repetition rate. High-order harmonic generation at 1 MHz is also demonstrated in Xe up to harmonic 15. The demonstrated extreme UV (XUV) source will bring ultrashort XUV coincidence experiments from synchrotron facilities to tabletop laboratories.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(140.7240) Lasers and laser optics : UV, EUV, and X-ray lasers

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 2, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 30, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 30, 2009
Published: April 30, 2009

Citation
Johan Boullet, Yoann Zaouter, Jens Limpert, Stéphane Petit, Yann Mairesse, Baptiste Fabre, Julien Higuet, Eric Mével, Eric Constant, and Eric Cormier, "High-order harmonic generation at a megahertz-level repetition rate directly driven by an ytterbium-doped-fiber chirped-pulse amplification system," Opt. Lett. 34, 1489-1491 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-9-1489


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