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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 14 — Jul. 6, 2009
  • pp: 12070–12075

Optical rogue wave statistics in laser filamentation

Jérôme Kasparian, Pierre Béjot, Jean-Pierre Wolf, and John M. Dudley  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 14, pp. 12070-12075 (2009)

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We experimentally observed optical rogue wave statistics during high power femtosecond pulse filamentation in air. We characterized wavelength-dependent intensity fluctuations across 300 nm broadband filament spectra generated by pulses with several times the critical power for filamentation. We show how the statistics vary from a near-Gaussian distribution in the vicinity of the pump to a long tailed “L-shaped” distribution at the short wavelength and long wavelength edges. The results are interpreted in terms of pump noise transfer via self-phase modulation.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: March 26, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 11, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 31, 2009
Published: July 2, 2009

Jérôme Kasparian, Pierre Béjot, Jean-Pierre Wolf, and John M. Dudley, "Optical rogue wave statistics in laser filamentation," Opt. Express 17, 12070-12075 (2009)

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