Ultrabright attosecond sources from relativistically oscillating mirrors

M. Zepf, D. Adams, B. Dromey, M. Geissler, R. Hörlein, Y. Nomura, S. Rykovanov, G. D. Tsakiris

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Abstract

The interaction of relativistically intense (Iλ2≫1.3 1018Wcm-2μ m2) laser pulses with a near step-like plasma density profile results in relativistic oscillations of the reflection point. This process results in efficient conversion of the incident laser to a phase-locked high harmonic spectrum, which allows the generation of attosecond pulses and pulse trains. Recent experimental results on efficiency scaling, highest harmonic generated and beam quality suggest that very high focused intensities can be achieved opening up the possibility of ultra-intense attosecond X-ray interactions for the first time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHarnessing Relativistic Plasma Waves as Novel Radiation Sources from Terahertz to X-Rays and Beyond
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventHarnessing Relativistic Plasma Waves as Novel Radiation Sources from Terahertz to X-Rays and Beyond - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 21 Apr 200923 Apr 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7359
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceHarnessing Relativistic Plasma Waves as Novel Radiation Sources from Terahertz to X-Rays and Beyond
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period21/04/0923/04/09

Keywords

  • Coherent X-ray radiation
  • Relativistic plasmas
  • X-ray generation

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