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EPSRC Reference: GR/R82203/01
Title: Modulation of Femtosecond Laser Pulses by Molecular Coherence
Principal Investigator: Marangos, Professor J
Other Investigators:
Tisch, Professor J
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Department: Dept of Physics
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 April 2002 Ends: 31 March 2004 Value (£): 130,749
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Lasers & Optics
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics
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We will apply the recently developed technique of frequency modulation from molecular motion (1) to the generation of phase-locked side-bands of femtosecond pulses. The broad spectrum of side-bands will permit the synthesis of a short train comprising a small number (~5) of high energy pulses with sub-femtosecond duration (<500 attosecond). In contrast only long trains of ~10^6 lower energy sub-femtosecond pulses have so far been generated by this technique using the modulation of nansecond pulses. Our experiments may lead to a unique source of single attosecond-pulses that would find widespread application throughout science.
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