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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 23 — Nov. 8, 2010
  • pp: 24301–24306

Light filaments with higher-order Kerr effect

Haitao Wang, Chengyu Fan, Pengfei Zhang, Chunhong Qiao, Jinghui Zhang, and Huimin Ma  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 23, pp. 24301-24306 (2010)

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The influence mechanism of higher-order Kerr effect on the propagation of laser beam is investigated by a modified model, which indicates that a collapsing wave will transform into a universe blowup profile. The analysis of higher-order terms of the nonlinear refractive index shows that the filamentation process can be induced by Kerr self-focusing without the occurrence of the ionization effect. The determining role of the combination of self-focusing and spontaneous defocusing and the energy reservoir in formation of lengthy filament is confirmed visually.

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OCIS Codes
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(260.5950) Physical optics : Self-focusing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: August 10, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 26, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 22, 2010
Published: November 5, 2010

Haitao Wang, Chengyu Fan, Pengfei Zhang, Chunhong Qiao, Jinghui Zhang, and Huimin Ma, "Light filaments with higher-order Kerr effect," Opt. Express 18, 24301-24306 (2010)

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