Subfemtosecond pulse generation by rotational molecular modulation. Academic Article uri icon


  • We extend a recent suggestion for the generation of subfemtosecond pulses by molecular modulation [Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 2894 (1998)] to the rotational spectrum of molecular hydrogen (H(2)) . When a rotational transition |a? ? |b? is strongly driven (|rho(ab) |=0.5) the generation and phase-slip lengths are of the same order and the Raman spectrum has approximately Bessel function sideband amplitudes. Numerical simulation predicts that this spectrum (generated in a 14-cm-long cell at 1-atm pressure of H(2)) will compress into a train of pulses with 94-fs pulse separation and a pulse length of 0.5 fs.

published proceedings

  • Opt Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Sokolov, A. V., Yavuz, D. D., & Harris, S. E.

citation count

  • 70

complete list of authors

  • Sokolov, AV||Yavuz, DD||Harris, SE

publication date

  • April 1999