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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 17, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2000
  • pp: 90–98

Guiding of high-intensity picosecond laser pulses in a discharge-ablated capillary waveguide

S. M. Hooker, D. J. Spence, and R. A. Smith  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 17, Issue 1, pp. 90-98 (2000)

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The results of a study of the channeling of intense picosecond laser pulses by a discharge-ablated capillary waveguide are presented. The peak-energy transmission for a 10-mm-long waveguide is measured to be 65% for an input intensity of 1×10<sup>16</sup> W cm<sup>−2</sup>. The importance of inverse bremsstrahlung, stimulated Raman scattering, stimulated Brillouin scattering, atomic modulation instabilities, and ionization of the discharge plasma as loss mechanisms for both intense femtosecond and picosecond pulses are considered.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7240) Lasers and laser optics : UV, EUV, and X-ray lasers
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(290.5900) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Brillouin
(290.5910) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Raman
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

S. M. Hooker, D. J. Spence, and R. A. Smith, "Guiding of high-intensity picosecond laser pulses in a discharge-ablated capillary waveguide," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 90-98 (2000)

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