Ultrafast mid-infrared high harmonic and supercontinuum generation with n 2 characterization in zinc selenide

Kevin Werner, Michael G. Hastings, Aaron Schweinsberg, Brian L. Wilmer, Drake Austin, Christopher M. Wolfe, Miroslav Kolesik, Trenton R. Ensley, Laura Vanderhoef, Anthony Valenzuela, Enam Chowdhury

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Polycrystalline ZnSe is an exciting source of broadband supercontinuum and high-harmonic generation via random quasi phase matching, exhibiting broad transparency in the mid-infrared (0.5 − 20 μ m ). In this work, the effects of wavelength, pulse power, intensity, propagation length, and crystallinity on supercontinuum and high harmonic generation are investigated experimentally using ultrafast mid-infrared pulses. Observed harmonic conversion efficiency scales linearly in propagation length, reaching as high as 36%. For the first time to our knowledge, n 2 is measured for mid-infrared wavelengths in ZnSe: n 2 (λ = 3.9 μ m) = (1.2 ± 0.3) ×10 −14 cm 2 / W . Measured n 2 is applied to simulations modeling high-harmonic generation in polycrystalline ZnSe as an effective medium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2867-2885
Number of pages19
JournalOptics Express
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 4 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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