Formation of a single attosecond pulse via interaction of resonant radiation with a strongly perturbed atomic transition. Academic Article uri icon


  • We propose a technique to form a single few-cycle attosecond pulse from vacuum ultraviolet or extreme ultraviolet radiation via resonant interaction with hydrogenlike atoms, irradiated by a high-intensity far-off-resonant laser field. The laser field strongly perturbs excited atomic energy levels via the Stark effect and ionizes atoms from the excited states. We show that an isolated attosecond pulse can be formed using either a short incident femtosecond pulse of the resonant radiation or a steep front edge of the laser field. We propose an experimental realization of a single subfemtosecond pulse formation at 121.6 nm in atomic hydrogen and a single sub-100 as pulse formation at 13.5 nm in Li(2+) plasma.

author list (cited authors)

  • Antonov, V. A., Radeonychev, Y. V., & Kocharovskaya, O

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Antonov, VA||Radeonychev, YV||Kocharovskaya, Olga

publication date

  • January 2013