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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2000
  • pp: 864–867

Experimental study of short high-intensity laser-pulse monomode propagation in centimeter-long capillary tubes

C. Courtois, B. Cros, G. Malka, G. Matthieussent, J. R. Marquès, N. Blanchot, and J. L. Miquel  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 17, Issue 5, pp. 864-867 (2000)

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The monomode guided propagation of a short (500-fs) laser pulse is studied for an incident intensity in the range 10133×1018 W/cm2 inside a glass-walled capillary tube (length, ≈1 cm; inner radius, 15 µm). The measured transmission is constant over a large range of incident intensities (10131016 W/cm2) and corresponds, except for a coupling constant, to the value predicted by an analytical model for monomode guiding. For incident intensities larger than 1017 W/cm2, a drop in transmission is observed, which is attributed to plasma creation at the entrance plane of the capillary tube.

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OCIS Codes
(000.4930) General : Other topics of general interest
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(320.7140) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in fibers
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

C. Courtois, B. Cros, G. Malka, G. Matthieussent, J. R. Marquès, N. Blanchot, and J. L. Miquel, "Experimental study of short high-intensity laser-pulse monomode propagation in centimeter-long capillary tubes," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 864-867 (2000)

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