Harmonic generation in plasmas of different density gradients

I. B. Földes, J. S. Bakos, Z. Bakonyi, T. Nagy, S. Szatmári

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The effect of plasma scalelength on second and third harmonic generation in the interaction of a 700 fs, 248 nm laser pulse with solid targets was studied at nonrelativistic intensities. The density gradient was modified by a 700 fs prepulse 0-40 ps prior to the main pulse. The appropriately chosen prepulse leads to enhanced conversion to harmonics which is interpreted as a consequence of resonant absorption. There are differences in the effect of the prepulse for different materials and for different harmonic orders, which might open the possibility of selective harmonic generation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-316
Number of pages5
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 26 1999


  • Harmonic generation
  • Laser-plasma interactions
  • Ultrashort pulses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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