Applied Physics B

, Volume 106, Issue 1, pp 37–43 | Cite as

Femtosecond optical parametric converter in the 168–182-nm range

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Abstract

Femtosecond pulses continuously tunable in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectral range between 168 and 182 nm were generated using four-wave frequency mixing in an argon-filled capillary. The pulse energy reached 200 nJ at a pump-to-VUV conversion efficiency of 1%. The bandwidth at 181 nm was up to 27 THz corresponding to a transform limited duration of 17 fs. The upper limit in the shortest measured pulse duration was 75 fs.

Keywords

42.65.Ky frequency conversion Harmonic generation Including higher-order harmonic generation 42.79.Nv optical frequency converters 42.65.Yj optical parametric oscillators and amplifiers 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse SpectroscopyBerlinGermany
  2. 2.HAS Research Group on Laser PhysicsUniversity of SzegedSzegedHungary
  3. 3.Physikalisches InstitutWestfälische Wilhelms-UniversitätMünsterGermany

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