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Phys Rev Lett. 2007 Apr 13;98(15):153904. Epub 2007 Apr 10.

Destructive interference during high harmonic generation in mixed gases.

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  • 1Laser Technology Laboratory, RIKEN, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako-shi, Saitama 351-0198, Japan.


We report on the first experimental evidence of the destructive and constructive interference of high harmonics generated in a mixed gas of He and Ne, which facilitates the coherent control of high harmonic generation. Theoretically, we develop an analytical model of high harmonic generation in mixed gases and succeed in reproducing the experimental results and deriving the optimization conditions for the process. The observed interference modulation is attributed to the difference between the phases of the intrinsically chirped harmonic pulses from He and Ne, which leads to a novel method for broadband measurement of the harmonic phases and for observing the underlying attosecond electron dynamics.

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