Attosecond photonics

Attosecond photonics, currently one of the most promising branches of modern photonics, is progressing at an extremely rapid pace. Although still in its infancy, it has already captured the imagination of the scientific community with its promise of enhancing our understanding of ultrafast phenomena of direct relevance to life, technology and potentially medicine.



A matter of time p161


Although still in its infancy, attosecond science has already captured the imagination of the scientific community with its promise of enabling rapidly evolving phenomena in nature to be investigated.



What will it take to observe processes in 'real time'? pp162 - 166

Stephen R. Leone, C. William McCurdy, Joachim Burgdörfer, Lorenz S. Cederbaum, Zenghu Chang, Nirit Dudovich, Johannes Feist, Chris H. Greene, Misha Ivanov, Reinhard Kienberger, Ursula Keller, Matthias F. Kling, Zhi-Heng Loh, Thomas Pfeifer, Adrian N. Pfeiffer, Robin Santra, Kenneth Schafer, Albert Stolow, Uwe Thumm & Marc J. J. Vrakking


Even for simple systems, the interpretations of new attosecond measurements are complicated and provide only a glimpse of their potential. Nonetheless, the lasting impact will be the revelation of how short-time dynamics can determine the electronic properties of more complex systems.



The generation, characterization and applications of broadband isolated attosecond pulses pp178 - 186

Michael Chini, Kun Zhao & Zenghu Chang


This review discusses significant recent advances in the generation, characterization and application of ultrabroadband isolated attosecond pulses with a spectral bandwidth comparable to the central frequency, which can in principle be compressed to a single optical cycle.

Manipulating quantum paths for novel attosecond measurement methodspp187 - 194

Kyung Taec Kim, D. M. Villeneuve & P. B. Corkum


Attosecond light pulses are used for ultrahigh-resolution observations of ultrafast phenomena in atoms, molecules and condensed matter. Measuring the durations of such pulses is challenging because the spectrum lies in the vacuum ultraviolet or soft-X-ray range. This article reviews and compares two methods — photoionization and photorecombination — for measuring the duration of attosecond pulses.

Attosecond molecular dynamics: fact or fiction? pp195 - 204

Franck Lépine, Misha Y. Ivanov & Marc J. J. Vrakking


Attosecond science allows the role of electronic coherence in the control of chemical reactions in molecular systems to be investigated. This article reviews recent activities in attosecond molecular science and identifies some promising directions for further development.

Attosecond metrology: from electron capture to future signal processing pp205 - 213

Ferenc Krausz & Mark I. Stockman


This article reviews the basic concepts underlying attosecond measurement and control techniques. Emphasis is given to exploring the fundamental speed limit of electronic signal processing that employs ultimate-speed electron metrology provided by attosecond technology.

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