387.091 High Harmonic Generation sources and applications
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VO, 1.0h, 1.5EC

Course evaluation


  • Semester hours: 1.0
  • Credits: 1.5
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to explain linear and non-linear light-matter interactions for IR and XUV radiation and their applications in laser metrology and spectroscopy.

Subject of course

Laser pulse properties:

  • FT: spectral bandwidth and pulse duration
  • FT: single pulses and pulse trains
  • FT: spectral phase and pulse compression
  • Carrier envelope phase
  • Time-dependent polarization

High harmonic generation:

  • Quantum levels in atomic gases
  • Atomic response: 3-step model (Corkum and Kulander)
  • Classic vs quantum trajectory (Lewenstein)
  • Attosecond chirp
  • Macroscopic response: phase matching
  • Spectral and spatial filtering
  • Control of recombining trajectories
  • Quasi-phase matching schemes

Attosecond pulse trains and attosecond pulses:

  • Generation
  • Characterization via XUV non-linear ionization
  • Characterization via XUV-IR: rabitt and streaking
  • IR field measurement via optical sampling

Spectroscopic applications:

  • Spectroscopy with rabitt
  • Spectroscopy with streaking
  • Pump-probe experiments

Teaching methods

Presentation by lecturer
Home exercises on simulations

Mode of examination




Course dates

Thu16:00 - 17:0021.10.2021Seminarraum 387 first meeting
Thu16:00 - 17:0004.11.2021 - 27.01.2022Seminarraum 387 Lecture
High Harmonic Generation sources and applications - Single appointments
Thu21.10.202116:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 first meeting
Thu04.11.202116:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Thu11.11.202116:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Thu18.11.202116:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Thu25.11.202116:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Thu02.12.202116:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Thu09.12.202116:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Thu16.12.202116:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Thu13.01.202216:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Thu20.01.202216:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture
Thu27.01.202216:00 - 17:00Seminarraum 387 Lecture

Examination modalities

oral exam


Course registration

Not necessary



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