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Attosecond physics

An easier route to high harmony

The generation of ultrashort light pulses by atomic ionization and recombination doesn't come cheap. But by niftily exploiting the play of light on a nanostructured surface, it can be done on a table-top.

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Figure 1: Stripping on the table-top.


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Stockman, M. An easier route to high harmony. Nature 453, 731–733 (2008).

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