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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2011
  • pp: 3726–3728

Generation of intense sub-20-fs vacuum ultraviolet pulses compressed by material dispersion

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

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 19, pp. 3726-3728 (2011)

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We present our latest results on the generation of ultrashort vacuum UV (VUV) pulses by nonresonant four-wave mixing of chirped broadband pulses generated by filamentation of the fundamental of a Ti:sapphire laser with relatively narrowband pulses at the third harmonic. Positive chirp at the broadband idler yields negatively chirped VUV pulses necessary to compensate for material dispersion of a Mg F 2 window in the VUV beam path. Pulse energies exceeding 400 nJ are available for time-resolved experiments. Pulse duration is measured 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: June 22, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 15, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 23, 2011
Published: September 19, 2011

Marcus Beutler, Masood Ghotbi, and Frank Noack, "Generation of intense sub-20-fs vacuum ultraviolet pulses compressed by material dispersion," Opt. Lett. 36, 3726-3728 (2011)

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