Attosecond optoelectronic field measurement in solids

Shawn Sederberg, Dmitry Zimin, Sabine Keiber, Florian Siegrist, Michael S. Wismer, Vladislav S. Yakovlev, Isabella Floss, Christoph Lemell, Joachim Burgdörfer, Martin Schultze, Ferenc Krausz, Nicholas Karpowicz*

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The sub-cycle interaction of light and matter is one of the key frontiers of inquiry made accessible by attosecond science. Here, we show that when light excites a pair of charge carriers inside of a solid, the transition probability is strongly localized to instants slightly after the extrema of the electric field. The extreme temporal localization is utilized in a simple electronic circuit to record the waveforms of infrared to ultraviolet light fields. This form of petahertz-bandwidth field metrology gives access to both the modulated transition probability and its temporal offset from the laser field, providing sub-fs temporal precision in reconstructing the sub-cycle electronic response of a solid state structure.
Original languageEnglish
Article number 430
Number of pages8
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

Fields of Expertise

  • Advanced Materials Science

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