Generation of XUV supercontinuum and single attosecond pulses by half-cycle polarization gating

Bing Shan, Shambhu Ghimire, Chun Wang, Zenghu Chang
J.R. Macdonald Laboratory, Department of Physics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA

An ellipticity varying pulse was made with the linear portion less than half optical cycle. Supercontinuum XUV and single attosecond pulse have been obtained by using this pulse to drive high-order harmonic generation.

This work was supported by the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences Division,
Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.

Submitted to CLEO/IQEC, May 2004 in San Francisco, CA.

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