High-order-harmonic generation driven by metal nanotip photoemission: Theory and simulations

M. F. Ciappina*, J. A. Pérez-Hernández, T. Shaaran, M. Lewenstein, M. Krüger, P. Hommelhoff

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We present theoretical predictions of high-order-harmonic generation resulting from the interaction of short femtosecond laser pulses with metal nanotips. It is demonstrated that high-energy electrons can be generated using nanotips as sources; furthermore, the recollision mechanism is proven to be intrinsically linked to this high-energy tail. If recollision exists, it should be possible to convert the energy gained by the electron in the continuum in a high-energy photon. Consequently, the emission of harmonic radiation appears to be viable. We employ a quantum mechanical time-dependent approach to model the electron dipole moment including both the laser experimental conditions and the bulk matter properties. The use of metal tips should provide an alternative way of generating coherent XUV light with a femtosecond laser field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number013409
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 15 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


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