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Title: High-harmonic generation in amorphous solids

Abstract

High-harmonic generation in isolated atoms and molecules has been widely utilized in extreme ultraviolet photonics and attosecond pulse metrology. Recently, high-harmonic generation has been observed in solids, which could lead to important applications such as all-optical methods to image valance charge density and reconstruct electronic band structures, as well as compact extreme ultraviolet light sources. So far these studies are confined to crystalline solids; therefore, decoupling the respective roles of long-range periodicity and high density has been challenging. Here we report the observation of high-harmonic generation from amorphous fused silica. We also decouple the role of long-range periodicity by comparing harmonics generated from fused silica and crystalline quartz, which contain the same atomic constituents but differ in long-range periodicity. These results advance current understanding of the strong-field processes leading to high-harmonic generation in solids with implications for the development of robust and compact extreme ultraviolet light sources.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [2];  [2];  [2];  [3];  [3];  [3];  [2];  [1]
  1. SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States). Stanford PULSE Inst.
  2. Univ. of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (United States). Inst. for the Frontier of Attosecond Science and Technology, Dept. of Physics
  3. Univ. of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (United States). Dept. of Physics
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22); National Science Foundation (NSF)
OSTI Identifier:
1398969
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-76SF00515; 1506345
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 8; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; electronic properties and materials; high-harmonic generation

Citation Formats

You, Yong Sing, Yin, Yanchun, Wu, Yi, Chew, Andrew, Ren, Xiaoming, Zhuang, Fengjiang, Gholam-Mirzaei, Shima, Chini, Michael, Chang, Zenghu, and Ghimire, Shambhu. High-harmonic generation in amorphous solids. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-00989-4.
You, Yong Sing, Yin, Yanchun, Wu, Yi, Chew, Andrew, Ren, Xiaoming, Zhuang, Fengjiang, Gholam-Mirzaei, Shima, Chini, Michael, Chang, Zenghu, & Ghimire, Shambhu. High-harmonic generation in amorphous solids. United States. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-00989-4.
You, Yong Sing, Yin, Yanchun, Wu, Yi, Chew, Andrew, Ren, Xiaoming, Zhuang, Fengjiang, Gholam-Mirzaei, Shima, Chini, Michael, Chang, Zenghu, and Ghimire, Shambhu. Thu . "High-harmonic generation in amorphous solids". United States. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-00989-4. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1398969.
@article{osti_1398969,
title = {High-harmonic generation in amorphous solids},
author = {You, Yong Sing and Yin, Yanchun and Wu, Yi and Chew, Andrew and Ren, Xiaoming and Zhuang, Fengjiang and Gholam-Mirzaei, Shima and Chini, Michael and Chang, Zenghu and Ghimire, Shambhu},
abstractNote = {High-harmonic generation in isolated atoms and molecules has been widely utilized in extreme ultraviolet photonics and attosecond pulse metrology. Recently, high-harmonic generation has been observed in solids, which could lead to important applications such as all-optical methods to image valance charge density and reconstruct electronic band structures, as well as compact extreme ultraviolet light sources. So far these studies are confined to crystalline solids; therefore, decoupling the respective roles of long-range periodicity and high density has been challenging. Here we report the observation of high-harmonic generation from amorphous fused silica. We also decouple the role of long-range periodicity by comparing harmonics generated from fused silica and crystalline quartz, which contain the same atomic constituents but differ in long-range periodicity. These results advance current understanding of the strong-field processes leading to high-harmonic generation in solids with implications for the development of robust and compact extreme ultraviolet light sources.},
doi = {10.1038/s41467-017-00989-4},
journal = {Nature Communications},
number = 1,
volume = 8,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {9}
}

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