Single-cycle attosecond pulses by Thomson backscattering of terahertz pulses

György Tóth, Zoltán Tibai, Ashutosh Sharma, J. Fülöp, J. Hebling

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The generation of single-cycle attosecond pulses based on Thomson scattering of terahertz (THz) pulses is proposed. In the scheme, a high-quality relativistic electron beam, produced by a laser-plasma wakefield accelerator, is sent through suitable magnetic devices to produce ultrathin electron layers for coherent Thomson backscattering of intense THz pulses. According to numerical simulations, single-cycle attosecond pulse generation is possible with up to 1 nJ energy. The waveform of the attosecond pulses closely resembles that of the THz pulses. This allows for flexible waveform control of attosecond pulses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A103-A109
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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