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Anne L'Huillier

Anne l'Huillier

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Anne L'Huillier

Angular distributions of high-order harmonics generated by a femtosecond laser

Author

  • P Salieres
  • T Ditmire
  • M. D Perry
  • Anne L'Huillier
  • M Lewenstein

Summary, in English

We present a systematic study of the angular distributions of high-order harmonics generated with a femtosecond Cr:LiSrAlF6 laser. We investigate the influence of different parameters, namely laser intensity, nonlinear order, nature of the gas and position of the laser focus relative to the generating medium. We show that when the laser is focused before the atomic medium, harmonics with regular spatial profiles can be generated with reasonable conversion efficiency. Their divergence does not depend directly on the nonlinear order, the intensity or even the nature of the generating gas, but rather on the region of the spectrum the considered harmonic belongs to, which is determined by the combination of the three preceding elements. When the focus is drawn closer to the medium, the distributions get increasingly distorted, becoming annular with a significant divergence for a focus right into-or after-the jet. We perform numerical simulations of the angular distributions. The simulated profiles reproduce remarkably well the experimental trends and are thus used to interpret them.

Department/s

  • Atomic Physics

Publishing year

1996

Language

English

Pages

4771-4786

Publication/Series

Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

Volume

29

Issue

20

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

IOP Publishing

Topic

  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0953-4075