Waveform-Controlled Relativistic High-Order-Harmonic Generation

Matthew R. Edwards, Julia M. Mikhailova

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We consider the efficiency limit of relativistic high-order-harmonic emission from solid targets achievable with tailored light fields. Using one-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations, the maximum energy conversion efficiency is shown to reach as high as 10% for the harmonics in the range of 80-200 eV and is largely independent of laser intensity and plasma density. The waveforms most effective at driving harmonics have a broad spectrum with a lower-frequency limit set by the width of the incident pulse envelope and an upper limit set by the relativistic plasma frequency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number125001
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number12
StatePublished - Sep 16 2016
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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