Novel wave-mixing techniques can be used for the generation of ultrashort pulses in the VUV (<200nm) region of the spectrum. This project will investigate the development of new light sources, based on our existing expertise and capabilities at 5th and 6th harmonic generation. These processes make use of a high-power 800nm femtosecond laser on the back-end, and involve multiple stages of non-linear wave-mixing in crystals and gases. The generation of tunable VUV is of particular interest.
For more on our work with VUV so far, see:
Time-resolved multi-mass ion imaging: femtosecond UV-VUV pump-probe spectroscopy with the PImMS camera
Ruaridh Forbes, Varun Makhija, Kévin Veyrinas, Albert Stolow, Jason W. L. Lee, Michael Burt, Mark Brouard, Claire Vallance, Iain Wilkinson, Rune Lausten, Paul Hockett
arXiv 1702.00744 (2017); The Journal of Chemical Physics 147, 013911 (2017), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4978923