Abstract

We theoretically investigate the spectral caustics of high-order harmonics in solids. We analyze the one-dimensional model of high-order harmonic generation (HHG) in solids and find that apart from the caustics originating from the van Hove singularities in the energy band structure, another kind of catastrophe enhancement also emerges in solids when the different branches of electron–hole trajectories generating high-order harmonics coalesce into a single branch. We solve the time-dependent Schrödinger equation in terms of the periodic potential and demonstrate the control of this kind of singularity in HHG with the aid of two-color laser fields. The diffraction patterns of the harmonic spectrum near the caustics agree well with the interband electron–hole recombination trajectories predicted by the semiconductor semiclassical equation. This work is expected to improve our understanding of the HHG dynamics in solids and enable us to manipulate the harmonic spectrum by adjusting the driving field parameters.

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» Supplement 1       In Sec. 1, we present the derivation of the Hessian matrix of classical action. In Sec. 2, we make a series of extensive calculations to investigate Fig. 2 in the main text.

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