Physics of attosecond pulses produced via high harmonic generation

Katalin Varjú, Per Johnsson, Johan Mauritsson, Anne L'Huillier, Rodrigo López-Martens

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The physics of extreme ultraviolet attosecond pulse trains generated during the interaction between an intense laser pulse and a gas medium is presented, including a simple model based on the solution of the classical equations of motion of an electron in an oscillating laser field. The reconstruction of attosecond beating by the interference of a two-photon transition is described and used to determine the pulse duration of the emitted attosecond pulses. This application is the basis of a laboratory practical for a graduate atomic physics course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-395
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Apr 24 2009

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    Varjú, K., Johnsson, P., Mauritsson, J., L'Huillier, A., & López-Martens, R. (2009). Physics of attosecond pulses produced via high harmonic generation. American Journal of Physics, 77(5), 389-395.