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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2011
  • pp: 2296–2298

Few-cycle attosecond pulses via periodic resonance interaction with hydrogenlike atoms

V. A. Polovinkin, Y. V. Radeonychev, and Olga Kocharovskaya  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 12, pp. 2296-2298 (2011)

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We show that it is possibile to produce nearly bandwidth-limited few-cycle attosecond pulses based on periodic resonance interaction of a quasi-monochromatic radiation with the bound states of hydrogenlike atoms. A periodic resonance is provided by a far-off-resonant laser field with intensity much below the atomic ionization threshold via periodic tunnel ionization from the excited states and adiabatic Stark splitting of the excited energy levels. Without external synchronization of the spectral components, it is possible to produce 135 as pulses at 13.5 nm in Li 2 + -plasma controlled by radiation of a mode-locked Nd:YAG laser, as well as 1.25 fs pulses at 122 nm in atomic hydrogen controlled by radiation of a CO 2 laser.

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OCIS Codes
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses
(320.7120) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast phenomena
(340.7480) X-ray optics : X-rays, soft x-rays, extreme ultraviolet (EUV)
(020.2649) Atomic and molecular physics : Strong field laser physics

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: September 28, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 10, 2011
Published: June 13, 2011

V. A. Polovinkin, Y. V. Radeonychev, and Olga Kocharovskaya, "Few-cycle attosecond pulses via periodic resonance interaction with hydrogenlike atoms," Opt. Lett. 36, 2296-2298 (2011)

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