Generation of an XUV supercontinuum by optimization of the angle between polarization planes of two linearly polarized pulses in a multicycle two-color laser field
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We theoretically investigate the high-order harmonic generation (HHG) in helium using a two-color laser field synthesized by an intense 25-fs laser pulse at 800 nm and a relatively weak ~43-fs laser pulse at 1400 nm. When the polarization between the two pulses is arranged at an angle of ~73ଠsupercontinuum spectra are dramatically broadened to 180 eV, which is sufficient to support an isolated ~73-as pulse without any phase compensation. The physical mechanisms behind the phenomenon are well explained in terms of quantum and classical analyses. Furthermore, in the long-pulse regime, this method of extending the supercontinuum spectrum shows the significant advantage over previous two-color HHG schemes.
Physical Review A
Atomic and Molecular Physics
Nonlinear Optics and Spectroscopy