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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 2 — Jan. 27, 2014
  • pp: 1667–1672

Optical shock waves in silica aerogel

S. Gentilini, F. Ghajeri, N. Ghofraniha, A. Di Falco, and C. Conti  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 1667-1672 (2014)

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Silica aerogels are materials well suited for high power nonlinear optical applications. In such regime, the non-trivial thermal properties may give rise to the generation of optical shock waves, which are also affected by the structural disorder due to the porous solid-state gel. Here we report on an experimental investigation in terms of beam waist and input power, and identify various regimes of the generation of wave-breaking phenomena in silica aerogels.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter

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S. Gentilini, F. Ghajeri, N. Ghofraniha, A. Di Falco, and C. Conti, "Optical shock waves in silica aerogel," Opt. Express 22, 1667-1672 (2014)

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