OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 14 — Jul. 6, 2009
  • pp: 11480–11485

Maker fringes in the Terahertz radiation produced by a 2-color laser field in air

Y. Liu, A. Houard, M. Durand, B. Prade, and A. Mysyrowicz  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 14, pp. 11480-11485 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.011480


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (662 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

The terahertz radiation produced by a 2-color femtosecond laser scheme strongly saturates and develops an oscillatory behavior with increasing power of the driving femtosecond laser pulses. This is explained by the formation of a plasma channel due to filamentation. Due to dispersion inside the filament and the Gouy phase shift, the phase difference between the 800 nm and 400 nm pulses varies along this plasma emitter. As a result, the local THz radiations generated along the filament interfere destructively or constructively, which manifests itself in the form of Maker fringes.

© 2009 OSA

OCIS Codes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(260.5210) Physical optics : Photoionization
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas
(300.6495) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, teraherz

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 3, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 11, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 11, 2009
Published: June 24, 2009

Citation
Y. Liu, A. Houard, M. Durand, B. Prade, and A. Mysyrowicz, "Maker fringes in the Terahertz radiation produced by a 2-color laser field in air," Opt. Express 17, 11480-11485 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-14-11480


Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  

References

  1. M. Kress, T. Löffler, S. Eden, M. Thomson, and H. G. Roskos, “Terahertz-pulse generation by photoionization of air with laser pulses composed of both fundamental and second-harmonic waves,” Opt. Lett. 29(10), 1120–1122 (2004). [CrossRef]
  2. X. Xie, J. Dai, and X.-C. Zhang, “Coherent control of THz wave generation in ambient air,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 96(7), 075005 (2006). [CrossRef]
  3. K. Y. Kim, J. H. Glownia, A. J. Taylor, and G. Rodriguez, “Terahertz emission from ultrafast ionizing air in symmetry-broken laser fields,” Opt. Express 8, 4577–4584 (2008).
  4. A. Couairon and A. Mysyrowicz, “Femtosecond filamentation in transparent media,” Phys. Rep. 441(2-4), 47–189 (2007). [CrossRef]
  5. S. Tzortzakis, G. Méchain, G.-B. Patalano, Y.-B. André, B. Prade, M. Franco, A. Mysyrowicz, J.-M. Munier, M. Gheudin, G. Beaudin, and P. Encrenaz, “Coherent subterahertz radiation from femtosecond infrared filaments in air,” Opt. Lett. 27(21), 1944–1946 (2002). [CrossRef]
  6. We also performed an independent experiment with properly chosen experimental parameters and carefully aligned BBO crystal to test how the THz yield depends on the BBO-focus distance. In these measurements, a sin-like dependence was confirmed for 3 largely different BBO rotation angle.
  7. H. Zhong, N. Karpowicz, and X.-C. Zhang, “Terahertz emission profile from laser-induced air plasma,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 88(26), 261103–261105 (2006). [CrossRef]
  8. P. D. Maker, R. W. Terhune, M. Nisenoff, and C. M. Savage, “Effects of dispersion and focusing on the production of optical harmonic,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 8(1), 21–22 (1962). [CrossRef]
  9. A. Proulx, A. Talebpour, S. Petit, and S. L. Chin, “Fast pulsed electrical field created from the self-generated filament of a femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser pulse in air,” Opt. Commun. 174(1-4), 305–309 (2000). [CrossRef]
  10. S. A. Hosseini, B. Ferland, and S. L. Chin, “Measurement of filament length generated by an intense femtosecond laser pulse using electromagnetic radiation detection,” Appl. Phys. B 76, 583–586 (2003).
  11. F. Lindner, G. G. Paulus, H. Walther, A. Baltuska, E. Goulielmakis, M. Lezius, and F. Krausz, “Gouy phase shift for few-cycle laser pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 92(11), 113001 (2004). [CrossRef]
  12. H. R. Lange, A. Chiron, J. F. Ripoche, A. Mysyrowicz, P. Breger, and P. Agostini, “High-order harmonic generation and quasiphase matching in Xenon using self-guided femtosecond pulses,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 81(8), 1611–1613 (1998). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited