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Temporal confinement of the harmonic emission through polarization gating

  • M. Kovacev
  • Y. Mairesse
  • E. Priori
  • H. Merdji
  • O. Tcherbakoff
  • P. Monchicourt
  • P. Breger
  • E. Mével
  • E. Constant
  • P. SaliéresEmail author
  • B. Carré
  • P. Agostini
OriginalPaper

Abstract.

We show experimentally that a simple optical setup is able to reduce the duration of the harmonic emission generated by “long” (many optical cycles) laser pulses. By controlling the time-dependent ellipticity during the laser pulse, one can confine the harmonic emission to a narrow temporal window where the polarization is quasi-linear. The results obtained and their comparison with a simple model show a shortening of a factor 2 for harmonics located in the plateau region. Using shorter laser pulses of 15-20 fs duration should make it possible to isolate a single attosecond pulse.

Keywords

Laser Pulse Simple Model Plateau Region Temporal Window Optical Setup 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Kovacev
    • 1
  • Y. Mairesse
    • 1
  • E. Priori
    • 2
  • H. Merdji
    • 1
  • O. Tcherbakoff
    • 3
  • P. Monchicourt
    • 1
  • P. Breger
    • 1
  • E. Mével
    • 3
  • E. Constant
    • 3
  • P. Saliéres
    • 1
    Email author
  • B. Carré
    • 1
  • P. Agostini
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre d’Études de SaclayService des Photons Atomes et Molécules CEA-DSM-DRECAMGif-sur-YvetteFrance
  2. 2.INFM, Dipartimento di FisicaPolitecnicoMilanoItaly
  3. 3.CELIAUniversité Bordeaux 1TalenceFrance

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