Applied Physics B

, Volume 69 , Issue 3 , pp 207 –209

Single optical cycle laser pulse in the visible and near-infrared spectral range

  • O. Albert
  • G. Mourou
Regular paper

DOI: 10.1007/s003400050795

Cite this article as:
Albert, O. & Mourou, G. Appl Phys B (1999) 69: 207. doi:10.1007/s003400050795


Since the inception of the laser, pulse duration has been continuously decreased by the use of a variety of techniques: Q-switching, mode-locking, and pulse compression. We would like to present a new technique based on the addition of laser sub-harmonic, ALS, that allows the production of a single-cycle pulse with single-femtosecond pulse duration. This simple technique takes advantage of the recent progress made in the generation of a few optical cycles and in optical parametric amplification.

PACS: 42.65.Re 

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© Springer-Verlag 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Albert
    • 1
  • G. Mourou
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Ultrafast Optical Science, University of Michigan, 2200 Bonisteel Bd, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48109-2099, USA (Fax: +1-734/763-4876, E-mail:;

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