High-harmonic generation in solids: bridging the gap between attosecond science and condensed matter physics

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1109/JSTQE.2015.2402636
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TypeArticle
Journal titleIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
ISSN1077-260X
Volume21
Issue5
Article number8700110
SubjectHigh harmonic generation (HHG); solids; nonlinear optics; attoseconds
AbstractAbstract—We review recent progress in understanding the dominant mechanism driving high-harmonic generation in solids. Three-dimensional two-band single active electron calculations predict that the major emission arises from the recombination of electron-hole pairs upon their creation and acceleration in the laser field, in analogy to atomic high-harmonic generation. The main goal of this study is to review a simple quasi-classical trajectory formalism and use it to better understand the fundamental properties of high-harmonic generation in solids and how they compare to high-harmonic generation in atomic and molecular gases. The simple formalism presents a valuable tool for extending attosecond science fromthe gas to the condensed matter phase. This is demonstrated by discussing the potential synthesis of attosecond pulses from solids.
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AffiliationSecurity and Disruptive Technologies; National Research Council Canada
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