Abstract

We propose and demonstrate experimentally a novel way of generating sub-10fs deep-UV pulses. The technique is based on chirped-pulse four-wave mixing induced by a broadband near-IR (NIR) pulse and a near-UV pulse. The broadband IR pulse is prepared by preliminarily broadening the spectral width of an NIR pulse by self-phase modulation. The positively chirped broadband IR pulse is suitable for generating a negatively chirped deep-UV pulse, which can be compressed by normal group-velocity dispersion in a transparent medium. Self-compression of the generated deep-UV pulse in air has been demonstrated to produce sub-10fs deep-UV pulses with excellent temporal and spectral profiles for ultrafast spectroscopy in the deep UV.

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Babushkin, I.

Backus, S.

Barat, M.

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Baum, P.

Brida, D.

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M. Nisoli, S. Stagira, S. De Silvestri, O. Svelto, S. Sartania, Z. Cheng, M. Lenzner, C. Spielmann, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 65, 189 (1997).
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Dedonder-Lardeux, C.

H. Kang, C. Jouvet, C. Dedonder-Lardeux, S. Martrenchard, G. Grégoire, C. Desfrançois, J.-P. Schermann, M. Barat, and J. A. Fayeton, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 7, 394 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Desfrançois, C.

H. Kang, C. Jouvet, C. Dedonder-Lardeux, S. Martrenchard, G. Grégoire, C. Desfrançois, J.-P. Schermann, M. Barat, and J. A. Fayeton, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 7, 394 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Durfee, C. G.

C. G. Durfee, S. Backus, H. C. Kapteyn, and M. M. Murnane, Opt. Lett. 24, 697 (1999).
[CrossRef]

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Fayeton, J. A.

H. Kang, C. Jouvet, C. Dedonder-Lardeux, S. Martrenchard, G. Grégoire, C. Desfrançois, J.-P. Schermann, M. Barat, and J. A. Fayeton, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 7, 394 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Fiess, M.

Friedman, N.

S. Schenkl, F. van Mourik, N. Friedman, M. Sheves, R. Schlesinger, S. Haacke, and M. Chergui, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 4101 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gadermaier, C.

L. Lüer, C. Gadermaier, J. Crochet, T. Hertel, D. Brida, and G. Lanzani, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 127401 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Goulielmakis, E.

Graf, U.

Grégoire, G.

H. Kang, C. Jouvet, C. Dedonder-Lardeux, S. Martrenchard, G. Grégoire, C. Desfrançois, J.-P. Schermann, M. Barat, and J. A. Fayeton, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 7, 394 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Haacke, S.

S. Schenkl, F. van Mourik, N. Friedman, M. Sheves, R. Schlesinger, S. Haacke, and M. Chergui, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 4101 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Herrmann, J.

Hertel, T.

L. Lüer, C. Gadermaier, J. Crochet, T. Hertel, D. Brida, and G. Lanzani, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 127401 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Hudek, K.

J. Wojtkiewicz, K. Hudek, and C. G. Durfee, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (2005), paper CMK5.

Jouvet, C.

H. Kang, C. Jouvet, C. Dedonder-Lardeux, S. Martrenchard, G. Grégoire, C. Desfrançois, J.-P. Schermann, M. Barat, and J. A. Fayeton, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 7, 394 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kang, H.

H. Kang, C. Jouvet, C. Dedonder-Lardeux, S. Martrenchard, G. Grégoire, C. Desfrançois, J.-P. Schermann, M. Barat, and J. A. Fayeton, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 7, 394 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kapteyn, H. C.

Kienberger, R.

Kobayashi, T.

A. Yabushita and T. Kobayashi, Biophys. J. 96, 1447 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Kobayashi, T. Saito, and H. Ohtani, Nature 414, 531 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kohler, B.

C. E. Crespo-Hernández, B. Cohen, and B. Kohler, Nature 436, 1141 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Krausz, F.

U. Graf, M. Fiess, M. Schultze, R. Kienberger, F. Krausz, and E. Goulielmakis, Opt. Express 16, 18956 (2008).
[CrossRef]

M. Nisoli, S. Stagira, S. De Silvestri, O. Svelto, S. Sartania, Z. Cheng, M. Lenzner, C. Spielmann, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 65, 189 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Lanzani, G.

L. Lüer, C. Gadermaier, J. Crochet, T. Hertel, D. Brida, and G. Lanzani, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 127401 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lenzner, M.

M. Nisoli, S. Stagira, S. De Silvestri, O. Svelto, S. Sartania, Z. Cheng, M. Lenzner, C. Spielmann, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 65, 189 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Lochbrunner, S.

Lüer, L.

L. Lüer, C. Gadermaier, J. Crochet, T. Hertel, D. Brida, and G. Lanzani, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 127401 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Martrenchard, S.

H. Kang, C. Jouvet, C. Dedonder-Lardeux, S. Martrenchard, G. Grégoire, C. Desfrançois, J.-P. Schermann, M. Barat, and J. A. Fayeton, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 7, 394 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Murnane, M. M.

Nisoli, M.

M. Nisoli, S. Stagira, S. De Silvestri, O. Svelto, S. Sartania, Z. Cheng, M. Lenzner, C. Spielmann, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 65, 189 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Ohtani, H.

T. Kobayashi, T. Saito, and H. Ohtani, Nature 414, 531 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Peck, E. R.

Reeder, K.

Riedle, E.

Saito, T.

T. Kobayashi, T. Saito, and H. Ohtani, Nature 414, 531 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sartania, S.

M. Nisoli, S. Stagira, S. De Silvestri, O. Svelto, S. Sartania, Z. Cheng, M. Lenzner, C. Spielmann, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 65, 189 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Schenkl, S.

S. Schenkl, F. van Mourik, N. Friedman, M. Sheves, R. Schlesinger, S. Haacke, and M. Chergui, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 4101 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Schermann, J.-P.

H. Kang, C. Jouvet, C. Dedonder-Lardeux, S. Martrenchard, G. Grégoire, C. Desfrançois, J.-P. Schermann, M. Barat, and J. A. Fayeton, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 7, 394 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Schlesinger, R.

S. Schenkl, F. van Mourik, N. Friedman, M. Sheves, R. Schlesinger, S. Haacke, and M. Chergui, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 4101 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Schultze, M.

Sheves, M.

S. Schenkl, F. van Mourik, N. Friedman, M. Sheves, R. Schlesinger, S. Haacke, and M. Chergui, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 4101 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Spielmann, C.

M. Nisoli, S. Stagira, S. De Silvestri, O. Svelto, S. Sartania, Z. Cheng, M. Lenzner, C. Spielmann, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 65, 189 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Stagira, S.

M. Nisoli, S. Stagira, S. De Silvestri, O. Svelto, S. Sartania, Z. Cheng, M. Lenzner, C. Spielmann, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 65, 189 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Svelto, O.

M. Nisoli, S. Stagira, S. De Silvestri, O. Svelto, S. Sartania, Z. Cheng, M. Lenzner, C. Spielmann, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 65, 189 (1997).
[CrossRef]

van Mourik, F.

S. Schenkl, F. van Mourik, N. Friedman, M. Sheves, R. Schlesinger, S. Haacke, and M. Chergui, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 4101 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Wojtkiewicz, J.

J. Wojtkiewicz, K. Hudek, and C. G. Durfee, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (2005), paper CMK5.

Yabushita, A.

A. Yabushita and T. Kobayashi, Biophys. J. 96, 1447 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Appl. Phys. B

M. Nisoli, S. Stagira, S. De Silvestri, O. Svelto, S. Sartania, Z. Cheng, M. Lenzner, C. Spielmann, and F. Krausz, Appl. Phys. B 65, 189 (1997).
[CrossRef]

Biophys. J.

A. Yabushita and T. Kobayashi, Biophys. J. 96, 1447 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

J. Opt. Soc. Am.

Nature

C. E. Crespo-Hernández, B. Cohen, and B. Kohler, Nature 436, 1141 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Kobayashi, T. Saito, and H. Ohtani, Nature 414, 531 (2001).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Opt. Express

Opt. Lett.

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.

H. Kang, C. Jouvet, C. Dedonder-Lardeux, S. Martrenchard, G. Grégoire, C. Desfrançois, J.-P. Schermann, M. Barat, and J. A. Fayeton, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 7, 394 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Phys. Rev. Lett.

L. Lüer, C. Gadermaier, J. Crochet, T. Hertel, D. Brida, and G. Lanzani, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 127401 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA

S. Schenkl, F. van Mourik, N. Friedman, M. Sheves, R. Schlesinger, S. Haacke, and M. Chergui, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 4101 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other

J. Wojtkiewicz, K. Hudek, and C. G. Durfee, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (2005), paper CMK5.

The principle of SMI-CFWM is discussed theoretically in detail in a paper in preparation.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup, which is composed of two hollow-fiber chambers filled with Kr (HF1) and Ar (HF2) gases, a fused-silica plate (FS), plano–convex lenses (L1, f = 1000 ; L2, f = 800 mm ), a plano–concave lens (L3, f = 1000 mm ), concave mirrors (CM1, f = 1500 mm ; CM2, f = 750 mm ), periscopes (PS), and a double-pass prism compressor (PC).

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Spectra of the input: (a) NIR, (b) NUV, and output DUV [solid curve in (c)] pulses measured with spectrometers. The spectrum (solid curve with filled circles) and spectral phase (broken curve) measured by the FROG are shown in (c), while the corresponding temporal profile (solid curve with filled circles) and phase (broken curve) are shown in (d). The inverse Fourier transform of the solid curve in (c) is shown by the solid curve in (d).

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