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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2010
  • pp: 3186–3188

High-order harmonic generation from solid targets with 2 mJ pulses

James H. Easter, Aghapi G. Mordovanakis, Bixue Hou, Alexander G.R. Thomas, John A. Nees, Gérard Mourou, and Karl Krushelnick  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 19, pp. 3186-3188 (2010)

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Harmonics up to the 18th order are generated from solid targets by focusing 2 mJ , 50 fs pulses at 800 nm to a spot size of 1.7 μm (FWHM). To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of high-harmonic generation with a very short focal length paraboloid ( f / 1.4 ) and kilohertz laser system. The harmonics have a low divergence ( < 4 ° ) compared to the driving beam and conversion efficiencies ( > 10 7 per harmonic) comparable to gas harmonics. No contrast enhancement techniques are employed, and the system is capable of operating at 500 Hz .

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OCIS Codes
(190.4160) Nonlinear optics : Multiharmonic generation
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: May 19, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 23, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 29, 2010
Published: September 21, 2010

James H. Easter, Aghapi G. Mordovanakis, Bixue Hou, Alexander G. R. Thomas, John A. Nees, Gérard Mourou, and Karl Krushelnick, "High-order harmonic generation from solid targets with 2 mJ pulses," Opt. Lett. 35, 3186-3188 (2010)

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