The third-harmonic (TH) emission characteristics from femtosecond laser filament, the center of which is screened by a thin metallic fiber, are experimentally investigated. The intensity of the TH emission has been enhanced for 1 order of magnitude by comparing with the undisturbed filament. The physical mechanism of the TH enhancement is analyzed to be the diffraction of the TH emission on the fiber and a redistribution of laser energy during the reconstruction of the two-colored filament. These two factors can release a part of the TH energy from the filament core into the background and keep more TH energy after the termination of filament.
© 2010 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 8, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 22, 2010
Published: March 24, 2010
Zhe Zhang, Xin Lu, Yi Zhang, Mulin Zhou, Tingting Xi, Zhaohua Wang, and Jie Zhang, "Enhancement of third-harmonic emission from femtosecond laser filament screened partially by a thin fiber," Opt. Lett. 35, 974-976 (2010)