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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 20 — Oct. 4, 2004
  • pp: 4768–4774

From random to controlled small-scale filamentation in water

H. Schroeder, J. Liu, and S. L. Chin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 20, pp. 4768-4774 (2004)

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Simple apertures such as slits and meshes inserted in the beam path of a powerful Ti:Sapphire laser pulse are suitable to produce stable 1-D and 2-D arrays of filaments in liquids. The thus imposed intensity gradients and diffraction patterns can overcome the inherent beam irregularities which naturally give rise to random small-scale multiple filamentations. This method is visualized by means of two photon fluorescence imaging.

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OCIS Codes
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.7130) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in condensed matter, including semiconductors

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Original Manuscript: August 20, 2004
Revised Manuscript: September 16, 2004
Published: October 4, 2004

H. Schroeder, J. Liu, and S. Chin, "From random to controlled small-scale filamentation in water," Opt. Express 12, 4768-4774 (2004)

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