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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1491–1493

Generation of sub-50-fs vacuum ultraviolet pulses by four-wave mixing in argon

Marcus Beutler, Masood Ghotbi, Frank Noack, and Ingolf Volker Hertel  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 9, pp. 1491-1493 (2010)

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We report on the generation of femtosecond pulses at 160 nm with energies up to 240 nJ at 1 kHz repetition rate and sub-50-fs pulse duration. This pulse energy is a 1-order-of-magnitude improvement compared with previous sub-100-fs sources in this wavelength range. The pulses are generated by four-wave difference-frequency mixing process between the fundamental of a Ti:sapphire laser and its third harmonic in argon. Pulse duration measurements are achieved by pump–probe ionization of Xe gas providing the cross correlation between the fifth harmonic and the fundamental.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: December 21, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 22, 2010
Published: April 30, 2010

Marcus Beutler, Masood Ghotbi, Frank Noack, and Ingolf Volker Hertel, "Generation of sub-50-fs vacuum ultraviolet pulses by four-wave mixing in argon," Opt. Lett. 35, 1491-1493 (2010)

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