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Lithium fluoride detectors for high spatial resolution imaging of tabletop XUV from high harmonic generation in gases

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Abstract

As high harmonic generation (HHG) sources have proliferated, the need for high resolution, affordable extreme ultraviolet (XUV) detectors has become ubiquitous. We studied lithium fluoride (LiF) crystals, traditionally used for x rays, as a detector for a tabletop XUV source from high harmonic generation in gases. The LiF response curve showed a dynamic range of ${10^3}$ (not saturated), with a minimum threshold fluence of $66\;{\unicode{x00B5}}{\rm{J}}/{\rm{cm}}^2$. Imaging tests were performed revealing sub-micrometer spatial resolution. We successfully recorded a scan of the focal plane of a Fresnel zone plate with high dynamic range. With this study, we showed that LiF can be used as a detector for HHG XUV, with a high potential to do near field imaging of complex objects such as the focus of structured light.

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