The microscopic dynamics of laser-driven coherent synchrotron emission transmitted through thin foils are investigated using particle-in-cell simulations. For normal incidence interactions, we identify the formation of two distinct electron nanobunches from which emission takes place each half-cycle of the driving laser pulse. These emissions are separated temporally by 130 attoseconds and are dominant in different frequency ranges, which is a direct consequence of the distinct characteristics of each electron nanobunch. This may be exploited through spectral filtering to isolate these emissions, generating electromagnetic pulses of duration ~70 as.
Cousens, S., Reville, B., Dromey, B., & Zepf, M. (2016). Temporal structure of attosecond pulses from laser-driven coherent synchrotron emission. Physical Review Letters, 116, [083901 ]. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.083901