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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 19 — Sep. 14, 2009
  • pp: 16429–16435

Self-pinching of pulsed laser beams during filamentary propagation

Carsten Brée, Ayhan Demircan, Stefan Skupin, Luc Bergé, and Günter Steinmeyer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 19, pp. 16429-16435 (2009)

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Competing nonlinear optical effects that act on femtosecond laser pulses propagating in a self-generated light filament may give rise to a pronounced radial beam deformation, similar to the z-pinch contraction of pulsed high-current discharges. This self-generated spatial beam contraction is accompanied by a pulse break-up that can be beneficially exploited for on-axis temporal compression of the pulse. The pinching mechanism therefore explains the recently observed self-compression and the complicated spatio-temporal shapes typical for filament propagation experiments.

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OCIS Codes
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: June 25, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 6, 2009
Published: August 31, 2009

Carsten Brée, Ayhan Demircan, Stefan Skupin, Luc Bergé, and Günter Steinmeyer, "Self-pinching of pulsed laser beams during filamentary propagation," Opt. Express 17, 16429-16435 (2009)

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