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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 20 — Oct. 1, 2007
  • pp: 13077–13095

Spatio-temporal reshaping and X Wave dynamics in optical filaments.

D. Faccio, A. Averchi, A. Couairon, M. Kolesik, J.V. Moloney, A. Dubietis, G. Tamosauskas, P. Polesana, A. Piskarskas, and P. Di Trapani  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 20, pp. 13077-13095 (2007)

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We investigate ultrashort laser pulse filamentation within the framework of spontaneous X Wave formation. After a brief overview of the filamentation process we study the case of an intense filament co-propagating with a weaker seed pulse. The filament is shown to induce strong Cross-Phase-Modulation (XPM) effects on the weak seed pulse: driven by the pump, the seed pulse undergoes pulse splitting with the daughter pulses slaved to their pump counterparts. They undergo strong spatio-temporal reshaping and are transformed into X Waves traveling at the same group velocities as the pump split-off pulses. In the presence of a gain mechanism such as Four-Wave-Mixing or Stimulated Raman Scattering, energy is then transferred from the pump filament leading to amplification of the seed X Wave and formation of a temporally compressed intensity peak.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.5890) Nonlinear optics : Scattering, stimulated
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Localization and Filamentation Effects

Original Manuscript: June 7, 2007
Revised Manuscript: July 23, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 24, 2007
Published: September 26, 2007

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Focus Serial: Frontiers of Nonlinear Optics (2007) Optics Express

D. Faccio, A. Averchi, A. Couairon, M. Kolesik, J. V. Moloney, A. Dubietis, G. Tamosauskas, P. Polesana, A. Piskarskas, and P. Di Trapani, "Spatio-temporal reshaping and X Wave dynamics in optical filaments.," Opt. Express 15, 13077-13095 (2007)

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