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Chin. Opt. Lett.
 Home  List of Issues    Issue 08 , Vol. 15 , 2017    10.3788/COL201715.081902

Influence of laser contrast on high-order harmonic generation from solid-density plasma surfaces
Jian Gao1;2, Feng Liu1;2, Xulei Ge1;2;3, Yanqing Deng1;2;4, Guobo Zhang1;2;4, Yuan Fang1;2, Wenqing Wei1;2, Su Yang1;2, Xiaohui Yuan1;2, Min Chen1;2, Zhengming Sheng1;2;5, and Jie Zhang1;2
1 Key Laboratory for Laser Plasmas (Ministry of Education) and Department of Physics and Astronomy, [Shanghai Jiao Tong University], Shanghai 200240, China
2 Collaborative Innovation Center of IFSA (CICIFSA),[ Shanghai Jiao Tong University], Shanghai 2 002 40, China
3 State Key Laboratory of Surface Physics and Department of Physics, [Fudan University], Shanghai 20043 3 , China
4 College of Science, [National University of Defense Technology], Changsha 4 10073, China
5 SUPA, Department of Physics, [University of Strathclyde], Glasgow G4 0NG, UK

Chin. Opt. Lett., 2017, 15(08): pp.081902

Topic:Nonlinear optics
Keywords(OCIS Code): 190.2620  240.4350  320.7110  

The influence of laser temporal contrast on high-order harmonic generation from intense laser interactions with solid-density plasma surfaces is experimentally studied. A switchable plasma mirror system is set up to improve the contrast by two orders of magnitude at 10 ps prior to the main peak. By using the plasma mirror and tuning the prepulse, the dependence of high-order harmonic generation on laser contrast is investigated. Harmonics up to the 21st order via the mechanism of coherent wake emission are observed only when the targets are irradiated by high contrast laser pulses by applying the plasma mirror.

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Get Citation: Jian Gao, Feng Liu, Xulei Ge, Yanqing Deng, Guobo Zhang, Yuan Fang, Wenqing Wei, Su Yang, Xiaohui Yuan, Min Chen, Zhengming Sheng, and Jie Zhang, "Influence of laser contrast on high-order harmonic generation from solid-density plasma surfaces," Chin. Opt. Lett. 15(08), 081902(2017)

Note: This work was supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (No. 2013CBA01502), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 11305103, 11374209, 11374210, and 11205100), the Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai (No. 13ZR1456300), and the International Science & Technology Cooperation Program of China (No. 2014DFG02330).


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