We demonstrate theoretically and experimentally a robust method based on sequential filamentation to optimize compression of high-energy pulses in gases. We gain insight into this process by comparing compression dynamics for linear- and circularly-polarized pulses.
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(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
L. T. Vuong, R. B. Lopez-Martens, C. P. Hauri, M. A. Foster, A. L'Huillier, T. Ruchon, and A. L. Gaeta, "Optimal Pulse Compression via Sequential Filamentation," in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference and Photonic Applications Systems Technologies, OSA Technical Digest Series (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper JWE1.
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