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Opt Lett. 2009 May 1;34(9):1489-91.

High-order harmonic generation at a megahertz-level repetition rate directly driven by an ytterbium-doped-fiber chirped-pulse amplification system.

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  • 1Université de Bordeaux-CNRS-CEA, Centre Lasers Intenses et Applications (CELIA), 351 cours de la Libération F-33405 Talence, France.


We report the first experimental demonstration (to our knowledge) of high-order harmonic generation in rare gases driven by a state-of-the-art high-power Yb-doped-fiber chirped-pulse amplification system. The fiber laser delivers 270 fs pulses in the 30-100 microJ energy range at repetition rates varying from 100 kHz to 1 MHz. A proper focalization allows reaching several 10(13) W/cm2 in a gas jet. We have been able to produce and detect harmonics up to order 31 (33.2 nm) in Ar at a 100 kHz repetition rate. High-order harmonic generation at 1 MHz is also demonstrated in Xe up to harmonic 15. The demonstrated extreme UV (XUV) source will bring ultrashort XUV coincidence experiments from synchrotron facilities to tabletop laboratories.

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