Single-cycle pulse generation by filamentation in noble gases

A. Couairon, Centre de Physique Theorique de l' Ecole Polytechnique
M. Franco, Laboratoire d'Optique Appliquée
A. Mysyrowicz, Laboratoire d'Optique Appliquée
J. Biegert, ETH Zürich
U. Keller, ETH Zürich
H. S. Chakraborty, Louisiana State University
M. B. Gaarde, Louisiana State University


We present an efficient mechanism to generate isolated infrared single-cycle pulses in noble gases, through a controlled filamentation process. We demonstrate that these pulses are able to produce isolated attosecond pulses. © 2006 Optical Society of America.