Subfemtosecond photoconductive switching in dielectrics

Agustin Schiffrin, Tim Paasch-Colberg, Nicholas Karpowicz, Vadym Apalkov, Daniel Gerster, Sascha Mühlbrandt, Michael Korbman, Martin Schultze, Simon Holzner, Joachim Reichert, Johannes V. Barth, Reinhard Kienberger, Ralph Ernstorfer, Vladislav S. Yakovlev, Mark I. Stockman, Ferenc Krausz

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The interaction of a few-cycle laser pulse with a metal-dielectric nanostructure creates measurable electric currents. We show that the time scale of the process is sufficiently fast to sample oscillations at visible light frequencies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Optics 2012/Laser Science XXVIII
PublisherOptical Society of America
ISBN (Print)978-1-55752-956-5
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventLaser Science 2012 - Rochester, United States
Duration: 14 Oct 201218 Oct 2012


ConferenceLaser Science 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Ultrafast devices
  • Ultrafast nonlinear optics
  • Electric fields
  • Electromagnetic radiation
  • Fused silica
  • Hollow core fibers
  • Temporal resolution
  • Visible light

Fields of Expertise

  • Advanced Materials Science

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