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Extreme ultraviolet catastrophes

Extreme ultraviolet attosecond pulses, which emerge from the interaction of atoms with intense laser fields, play a central role in modern ultrafast science and the exploration of electron behaviour. Recent work now shows that catastrophe theory can help optimize the properties of these pulses.

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Figure 1: Caustics in HHG.


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Goulielmakis, E. Extreme ultraviolet catastrophes. Nature Photon 6, 142–143 (2012).

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