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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 3 — Feb. 4, 2008
  • pp: 1565–1570

Ultrashort laser pulse filamentation from spontaneous X Wave formation in air

Daniele Faccio, Alessandro Averchi, Antonio Lotti, Paolo Di Trapani, Arnaud Couairon, Dimitris Papazoglou, and Stelios Tzortzakis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 3, pp. 1565-1570 (2008)

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The description of ultrashort laser pulse filamentation in condensed media as a spontaneous formation of X waves is shown to apply also to filaments generated in air. Within this framework, a simple explanation is brought for several features of the filament such as the subdiffractive propagation and the energy flux from the weakly localized tails of the X-waves to the intense core.

© 2008 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 Optics

Original Manuscript: November 21, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 16, 2008
Published: January 22, 2008

Daniele Faccio, Alessandro Averchi, Antonio Lotti, Paolo Di Trapani, Arnaud Couairon, Dimitris Papazoglou, and Stelios Tzortzakis, "Ultrashort laser pulse filamentation from spontaneous XWave formation in air," Opt. Express 16, 1565-1570 (2008)

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