Intense few-cycle light pulses in the deep ultraviolet

U. Graf, M. Fieß, M. Schultze, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz, E. Goulielmakis

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We demonstrate that nonlinear frequency upconversion of few-cycle near-infrared (NIR) laser pulses, by means of harmonic generation in noble gases, is a promising approach for extending cutting-edge, few-cycle ultrafast technology into the deep ultraviolet and beyond, without the need for UV dispersion control. In our experiment, we generate 3.7-fs pulses in the deep UV (-4.6 eV) with adjustable polarization and gigawatt-scale peak power. We demonstrate that the implementation of this concept with a quasi-monocycle driver offers the potential for advancing UV pulse generation towards the 1-fs frontier.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18956-18963
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Express
Issue number23
StatePublished - 10 Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes


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