Route to One Atomic Unit of Time: Development of a Broadband Attosecond Streak Camera

  • Kun Zhao
  • Qi Zhang
  • Michael Chini
  • Zenghu ChangEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 125)


A new attosecond streak camera based on a three-meter-long magnetic-bottle time-of-flight electron spectrometer (MBES) is developed. The temporal resolution of the photoelectron detection system is measured to be better than 250 ps, which is sufficient to achieve an energy resolution of 0.5 eV at 150 eV photoelectron energy. In preliminary experiments, a 94-as isolated XUV pulse was generated and characterized. With a new algorithm to retrieve the amplitude and phase of XUV pulses (PROOF—phase retrieval by omega oscillation filtering), the attosecond streak camera will be able to characterize isolated attosecond pulses as short as one atomic unit of time (25 as).


Flight Time Attosecond Pulse Pole Piece Flight Tube Adiabaticity Parameter 
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We acknowledge the technical assistance of A. Rankin, Prof. K. D. Carnes, and Dr. B. Zhao. This material is supported by the U.S. Army Research Office, U.S. Department of Defense, by the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division, U.S. Department of Energy, and by the National Science Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kun Zhao
    • 1
  • Qi Zhang
    • 1
  • Michael Chini
    • 1
  • Zenghu Chang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Physics and CREOLUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA

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