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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2011
  • pp: 1461–1463

High-harmonic generation from plasma mirrors at kilohertz repetition rate

Antonin Borot, Arnaud Malvache, Xiaowei Chen, Denis Douillet, Grégory Iaquianiello, Thierry Lefrou, Patrick Audebert, Jean-Paul Geindre, Gérard Mourou, Fabien Quéré, and Rodrigo Lopez-Martens  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 8, pp. 1461-1463 (2011)

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We report the first demonstration of high-harmonic generation from plasma mirrors at a 1 kHz repetition rate. Harmonics up to nineteenth order are generated at peak intensities close to 10 18 W / cm 2 by focusing 1 mJ , 25 fs laser pulses down to 1.7 μm FWHM spot size without any prior wavefront correction onto a moving target. We minimize target surface motion with respect to the laser focus using online interferometry to ensure reproducible interaction conditions for every shot and record data at 1 kHz with unprecedented statistics. This allows us to unambiguously identify coherent wake emission as the main generation mechanism.

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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: March 3, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 10, 2011
Published: April 14, 2011

Antonin Borot, Arnaud Malvache, Xiaowei Chen, Denis Douillet, Grégory Iaquianiello, Thierry Lefrou, Patrick Audebert, Jean-Paul Geindre, Gérard Mourou, Fabien Quéré, and Rodrigo Lopez-Martens, "High-harmonic generation from plasma mirrors at kilohertz repetition rate," Opt. Lett. 36, 1461-1463 (2011)

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