Broadband vibrational/rotational Raman generation ranging from deep ultraviolet (DUV) to blue wavelengths is demonstrated by using molecular hydrogen in a hollow-core waveguide as a Raman-active medium pumped by a femtosecond DUV laser. We find the high-order transient stimulated Raman scattering is drastically enhanced for input beams including a circularly polarized component; a circularly polarized input beam achieves the highest conversion efficiency. Coherent vibrational anti-Stokes Raman emission is observed only for a circularly polarized pump beam, indicating that the waveguide effect also contributes to the upconversion of a DUV pulse via transient stimulated Raman scattering.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Engineering (miscellaneous)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering