From Ultrafast Optics to Attosecond Science --
Ultrashort Pulse Generation, Stabilization, and Its Applications
Monday, October 9, 2006
Recent progress in femtosecond pulse generation, chirped pulse amplification(CPA), optical parametric amplification (OPA), optical parametric chirped pulse amplification (OPCPA), super-continuum is reviewed. Both physics and techniques for generating extremely short (< 5 fs) pulses from Ti:s laser systems are discussed. The importance of carrier-envelope-phase (CEP) stabilization of such ultrashort pulses has been realized in a series of high field science. The techniques used for stabilizing such pulses are reviewed. Finally, applications of such short and well-controlled femtosecond pulses to generating high harmonics in soft x-ray regime and consequently attosecond xuv pulses are discussed. Future attosecond spectroscopy study is briefly speculated.