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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2006
  • pp: 1331–1333

Coherent control of laser-induced breakdown

M. Y. Shverdin, S. N. Goda, G. Y. Yin, and S. E. Harris  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 9, pp. 1331-1333 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.001331


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Abstract

We demonstrate coherent control of laser-induced optical breakdown in Ar and Xe with a femtosecond time-scale pulse train. By using a genetic algorithm to set the relative phases of seven optical sidebands that span two octaves of bandwidth, we enhance or suppress the probability of breakdown, vary the onset time of the spark, and to some extent, vary the position of the spark and the timing of the laser-produced shock wave.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3440) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced breakdown
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 11, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: January 3, 2006

Citation
M. Y. Shverdin, S. N. Goda, G. Y. Yin, and S. E. Harris, "Coherent control of laser-induced breakdown," Opt. Lett. 31, 1331-1333 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-9-1331

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