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Spatially resolved Ar* and Ar+* imaging as a diagnostic for capillary-based high harmonic generation

Spatially resolved Ar* and Ar+* imaging as a diagnostic for capillary-based high harmonic generation
Spatially resolved Ar* and Ar+* imaging as a diagnostic for capillary-based high harmonic generation
Coherent x-ray - ultraviolet radiation can be generated by the highly nonlinear interaction between a gas target and high intensity ultrafast laser pulses using the high harmonic generation (HHG) process. Guiding the fundamental laser field inside a hollow capillary waveguide improves phase matching and extends the potential interaction length. However, the propagation of an intense pulse within a capillary waveguide filled with ionizable gas is complex, as the pulse creates a plasma, which in turn strongly affects the propagation. Previous work has used emission from the excited gas to study propagation of nanosecond pulses in capillary waveguides. In this work we demonstrate spectrally resolved imaging of the plasma created by intense femtosecond pulses within a capillary during an HHG experiment. The spectral and spatial resolution is used to separate contributions from ions and neutral species, and is an effective diagnostic for the local pressure and modal intensity variations along the waveguide.
high harmonic generation, capillary waveguide, mode beating
1741-3567
Froud, C.A.
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Froud, C.A., Chapman, R.T., Rogers, E.T.F., Praeger, M., Mills, B., Grant-Jacob, J., Butcher, T.J., Stebbings, S.L., de Paula, A.M., Frey, J.G. and Brocklesby, W.S. (2009) Spatially resolved Ar* and Ar+* imaging as a diagnostic for capillary-based high harmonic generation. Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics, 11 (5), [054011]. (doi:10.1088/1464-4258/11/5/054011).

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Coherent x-ray - ultraviolet radiation can be generated by the highly nonlinear interaction between a gas target and high intensity ultrafast laser pulses using the high harmonic generation (HHG) process. Guiding the fundamental laser field inside a hollow capillary waveguide improves phase matching and extends the potential interaction length. However, the propagation of an intense pulse within a capillary waveguide filled with ionizable gas is complex, as the pulse creates a plasma, which in turn strongly affects the propagation. Previous work has used emission from the excited gas to study propagation of nanosecond pulses in capillary waveguides. In this work we demonstrate spectrally resolved imaging of the plasma created by intense femtosecond pulses within a capillary during an HHG experiment. The spectral and spatial resolution is used to separate contributions from ions and neutral species, and is an effective diagnostic for the local pressure and modal intensity variations along the waveguide.

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Published date: 2009
Keywords: high harmonic generation, capillary waveguide, mode beating
Organisations: Chemistry, Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 70887
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/70887
ISSN: 1741-3567
PURE UUID: 6ac8ae48-d51e-43cb-9324-d988761fff73
ORCID for B. Mills: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1784-1012
ORCID for J. Grant-Jacob: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4270-4247
ORCID for J.G. Frey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0842-4302
ORCID for W.S. Brocklesby: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2123-6712

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Date deposited: 24 Feb 2010
Last modified: 10 Dec 2019 01:59

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Author: C.A. Froud
Author: R.T. Chapman
Author: E.T.F. Rogers
Author: M. Praeger
Author: B. Mills ORCID iD
Author: J. Grant-Jacob ORCID iD
Author: T.J. Butcher
Author: S.L. Stebbings
Author: A.M. de Paula
Author: J.G. Frey ORCID iD
Author: W.S. Brocklesby ORCID iD

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