The polarization dependence of laser-driven coherent synchrotron emission transmitted through thin foils is investigated experimentally. The harmonic generation process is seen to be almost completely suppressed for circular polarization opening up the possibility of producing isolated attosecond pulses via polarization gating. Particle-in-cell simulations suggest that current laser pulses are capable of generating isolated attosecond pulses with high pulse energies.
Yeung, M., Dromey, B., Cousens, S., Dzelzainis, T., Kiefer, D., Schreiber, J., Bin, J. H., Ma, W., Kreuzer, C., Meyer-Ter-Vehn, J., Streeter, M. J. V., Foster, P. S., Rykovanov, S., & Zepf, M. (2014). Dependence of laser-driven coherent synchrotron emission efficiency on pulse ellipticity and implications for polarization gating. Physical Review Letters, 112(12). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.123902