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High-order harmonics and trains of subfemtosecond pulses generated from an ultrathin foil
Author(s): Bai-fei Shen; Jurgen Meyer-ter-Vehn
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Paper Abstract

The nonlinear propagation of two high-intensity laser pluses of circular polarization in thin foil targets is investigated theoretically and by simulation. The two laser pulses illuminate a foil normally from both sides and create a spatially confined relativistic election plasma. The solutions depend on the phase relation of the two laser pulses. High order harmonics are found when frequencies and/or polarizations of the two pulses differ. The harmonics compound to a train of sub-femto-second pulse in the time domain. Under certain conditions, an instability occurs and can destroy the foil. Energetic electrons are produced due to the instability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 April 2001
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4424, ECLIM 2000: 26th European Conference on Laser Interaction with Matter, (23 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.425625
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Bai-fei Shen, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenoptik (Germany) and Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine (China)
Jurgen Meyer-ter-Vehn, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Quantenoptik (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4424:
ECLIM 2000: 26th European Conference on Laser Interaction with Matter

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