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Extreme ultraviolet vector beams driven by infrared lasers

Extreme ultraviolet vector beams driven by infrared lasers
Extreme ultraviolet vector beams driven by infrared lasers
Vector beams, beams with a non-uniform state of polarization, have become an indispensable tool in many areas of science and technology. Harnessing topological light properties paves the way to control and manipulate light–matter interactions at different levels, from the quantum to macroscopic physics. Here we generate tabletop extreme ultraviolet (EUV) vector beams driven by high-order harmonic generation (HHG). Our experimental and theoretical results demonstrate that HHG imprints the polarization state of the fundamental (infrared) beam, ranging from radial to azimuthal, into the higher frequency radiation. Our numerical simulations also demonstrate that the generated high-order harmonic beams can be synthesized into attosecond vector beams in the EUV/soft x-ray regime. Our proposal overcomes the state-of-the-art-limitations for the generation of vector beams far from the visible domain and could be applied in fields such as diffractive imaging, EUV lithography, or ultrafast control of magnetic properties.
2334-2536
520-526
Hernández-García, Carlos
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Drevinskas, Rokas
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Kazansky, Peter G.
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Durfee, Charles G
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Hernández-García, Carlos
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Picón, Antonio
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Drevinskas, Rokas
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Kazansky, Peter G.
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Durfee, Charles G
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Hernández-García, Carlos, Turpin, Alex, San Román, Julio, Picón, Antonio, Drevinskas, Rokas, Čerkauskaite, Aušra, Kazansky, Peter G., Durfee, Charles G and Sola, Íñigo J. (2017) Extreme ultraviolet vector beams driven by infrared lasers. Optica, 4 (5), 520-526. (doi:10.1364/OPTICA.4.000520).

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Abstract

Vector beams, beams with a non-uniform state of polarization, have become an indispensable tool in many areas of science and technology. Harnessing topological light properties paves the way to control and manipulate light–matter interactions at different levels, from the quantum to macroscopic physics. Here we generate tabletop extreme ultraviolet (EUV) vector beams driven by high-order harmonic generation (HHG). Our experimental and theoretical results demonstrate that HHG imprints the polarization state of the fundamental (infrared) beam, ranging from radial to azimuthal, into the higher frequency radiation. Our numerical simulations also demonstrate that the generated high-order harmonic beams can be synthesized into attosecond vector beams in the EUV/soft x-ray regime. Our proposal overcomes the state-of-the-art-limitations for the generation of vector beams far from the visible domain and could be applied in fields such as diffractive imaging, EUV lithography, or ultrafast control of magnetic properties.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 April 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 4 May 2017
Published date: 20 May 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 431506
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/431506
ISSN: 2334-2536
PURE UUID: 2e774df0-11ff-4dbf-9eff-eff6a82e008e
ORCID for Aušra Čerkauskaite: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2476-7797

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Date deposited: 06 Jun 2019 16:30
Last modified: 22 Mar 2021 17:43

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