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We study experimentally how to control and improve phase matching of high-order harmonic generation. We use a birefringent lens and a birefringent compensator to obtain a fundamental laser pulse (150 fs, 800 nm, ∼4 mJ) with two foci separated by 6.2 mm along the propagation axis and with a controllable phase delay between the polarizations along the optic axes of the birefringent optical components. This enables us to enhance the high-order harmonic conversion efficiency for the high-order harmonics in neon to [Formula Presented] a factor of 4 higher compared to a single-focus setup in similar conditions. The enhancement is achieved by improving the phase matching and at the same time maintaining a high intensity in a large generating volume. © 1999 The American Physical Society.

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Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

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