Scale-invariant nonlinear optics in gases

C. M. Heyl, H. Coudert-Alteirac, M. Miranda, M. Louisy, K. Kovacs, V. Tosa, E. Balogh, K. Varjú, A. L’Huillier, A. Couairon, C. L. Arnold

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Abstract

Nonlinear optical methods have become ubiquitous in many scientific areas, from fundamental studies of timeresolved electron dynamics to microscopy and spectroscopy applications. They are, however, often limited to a certain range of parameters such as pulse energy and average power. Restrictions arise from, for example, the required field intensity as well as from parasitic nonlinear effects and saturation mechanisms. Here, we identify a fundamental principle of nonlinear light-matter interaction in gases and show that paraxial nonlinear wave equations are scaleinvariant if spatial dimensions, gas density, and laser pulse energy are scaled appropriately. As an example, we apply this principle to high-order harmonic generation and provide a general method for increasing peak and average power of attosecond sources. In addition, we experimentally demonstrate the implications for the compression of short laser pulses. Our scaling principle extends well beyond those examples and includes many nonlinear processes with applications in different areas of science.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-81
Number of pages7
JournalOptica
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 13 2016

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Nonlinear optics
nonlinear optics
Laser pulses
Gases
Gas lasers
Density of gases
Harmonic generation
Wave equations
pulses
gases
Microscopic examination
gas lasers
Spectroscopy
gas density
wave equations
Electrons
constrictions
harmonic generations
optics
microscopy

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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Heyl, C. M., Coudert-Alteirac, H., Miranda, M., Louisy, M., Kovacs, K., Tosa, V., ... Arnold, C. L. (2016). Scale-invariant nonlinear optics in gases. Optica, 3(1), 75-81. https://doi.org/10.1364/OPTICA.3.000075

Scale-invariant nonlinear optics in gases. / Heyl, C. M.; Coudert-Alteirac, H.; Miranda, M.; Louisy, M.; Kovacs, K.; Tosa, V.; Balogh, E.; Varjú, K.; L’Huillier, A.; Couairon, A.; Arnold, C. L.

In: Optica, Vol. 3, No. 1, 13.01.2016, p. 75-81.

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Heyl, CM, Coudert-Alteirac, H, Miranda, M, Louisy, M, Kovacs, K, Tosa, V, Balogh, E, Varjú, K, L’Huillier, A, Couairon, A & Arnold, CL 2016, 'Scale-invariant nonlinear optics in gases', Optica, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 75-81. https://doi.org/10.1364/OPTICA.3.000075
Heyl CM, Coudert-Alteirac H, Miranda M, Louisy M, Kovacs K, Tosa V et al. Scale-invariant nonlinear optics in gases. Optica. 2016 Jan 13;3(1):75-81. https://doi.org/10.1364/OPTICA.3.000075
Heyl, C. M. ; Coudert-Alteirac, H. ; Miranda, M. ; Louisy, M. ; Kovacs, K. ; Tosa, V. ; Balogh, E. ; Varjú, K. ; L’Huillier, A. ; Couairon, A. ; Arnold, C. L. / Scale-invariant nonlinear optics in gases. In: Optica. 2016 ; Vol. 3, No. 1. pp. 75-81.
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