Abstract

We have successfully demonstrated intensity enhancement of a single high-order harmonic at a wavelength of 46.76nm by using low-ionized tin ions in a laser-ablation plume as the nonlinear medium. The ablation plume was produced by irradiating a solid tin target with a 10mJ energy picosecond laser pulse. Strong 17th-harmonic generation at a wavelength of 46.76nm was observed with a conversion efficiency of about 104. We attribute the strong enhancement of the single high-order harmonic to multiphoton resonance with a strong radiative transition of the SnII ion.

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