Strong-field control and enhancement of chiral response in bi-elliptical high-order harmonic generation: an analytical model
Published 2018-03-13Version 1
The generation of high-order harmonics in a medium of chiral molecules driven by intense bi-elliptical laser fields can lead to strong chiroptical response in a broad range of harmonic numbers and ellipticities [D. Ayuso et al, J. Phys. B 51, 06LT01 (2018)]. Here we present a comprehensive analytical model that can describe the most relevant features arising in the high-order harmonic spectra of chiral molecules driven by strong bi-elliptical fields, thus revealing the physical mechanisms behind. Using the chiral molecule propylene oxide as an example, we show that one can control and enhance the chiral response in bi-elliptical high-order harmonic generation by tailoring the driving field, in particular by tuning its frequency, intensity and ellipticity, exploiting a suppression mechanism of achiral background based on the linear Stark effect.