Ultrafast Strong Field Dynamics in Dielectrics

  • Annkatrin Madlen┬áSommer

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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  3. Annkatrin Madlen Sommer
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  4. Annkatrin Madlen Sommer
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 87-127

About this book


This thesis presents a systematic discussion of experimental approaches to investigating the nonlinear interaction of ultrashort visible strong fields with dielectrics directly in the time domain. The key finding is the distinctly different peak-intensity dependence of the light-matter energy transfer dynamics on the one hand, and the observed transient optical and electronic modifications on the other. As the induced electron dynamics evolve on sub-femtosecond timescales, real-time spectroscopy requires attosecond temporal resolution. This allows a range of parameters to be identified where the optical properties of the samples exposed to ultrashort light fields suffer dramatic changes allowing signal metrology while real absorption leading to dissipation is essentially absent. These findings indicate the feasibility of efficient optical switching at frequencies several orders of magnitude faster than current state-of-the-art electronics and thus have far-reaching technological consequences.


Nonlinear Optical Pulse Propagation Ultrafast Electron Dynamics Attosecond Physics Optical Signal Manipulation High Frequency Optical Switching Ultrashort Optical Fields Ultrashort Strong Light Fields

Authors and affiliations

  • Annkatrin Madlen┬áSommer
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  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Quantum OpticsGarchingGermany

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