Controlling the ellipticity of attosecond pulses produced by laser irradiation of overdense plasmas
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2018
The interaction of high-intensity laser pulses and solid targets provides a promising way to create compact, tunable, and bright XUV attosecond sources that can become a unique tool for a variety of applications. However, it is important to control the polarization state of this XUV radiation and to do so in the most efficient regime of generation. Using the relativistic electronic spring (RES) model and particle-in-cell simulations, we show that the polarization state of the generated attosecond pulses can be tuned in a wide range of parameters by adjusting the polarization and/or the angle of incidence of the laser radiation. In particular, we demonstrate the possibility of producing circularly polarized attosecond pulses in a wide variety of setups.