Abstract

We demonstrate the generation of 21 fs (1.8 optical cycle), 45-µJ, carrier-envelope phase (CEP)-stable optical pulses with an octave-spanning spectrum from 2.2 to 4.9 µm. Multi-cycle output pulses (120 fs, 149 µJ, 3.5 µm, and 300 Hz) from a KTA-based optical parametric amplifier are compressed down to the sub-two-cycle regime using YAG and Si plates. The single-shot CEP stability of the compressed pulses is measured to be 283 mrad for 500 s. This robust and compact scheme realizes a field strength of 282 MV/cm with f/11 focusing, opening a new regime of attosecond strong-field physics in solids.

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