Circularly polarized light in the single-cycle limit: The nature of highly polychromatic radiation of defined polarization

Jie Shan, Jerry I. Dadap, Tony F. Heinz

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Abstract

We have developed a general analytic description of polarized light pulses and explored the properties of circularly polarized single-cycle pulses. The temporal evolution of the electric-field vector of such spectrally broad pulses, which may be described in terms of a Hilbert transform relationship, differs significantly from the well-known behavior of quasi- monochromatic radiation. Single-cycle circularly polarized pulses have been produced and characterized experimentally in the terahertz spectral region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7431-7439
Number of pages9
JournalOptics Express
Volume17
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 27 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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