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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2002
  • pp: 1812–1814

Intense pulses in air: breakup of rotational symmetry

Stefan Skupin, Ulf Peschel, Christoph Etrich, Lutz Leine, Dirk Michaelis, and Falk Lederer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 20, pp. 1812-1814 (2002)

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We investigate azimuthal instabilities of intense rotationally symmetric pulsed beams propagating in air. Although the spatial–temporal evolution of the field is strongly influenced by the onset of plasma generation, the instabilities are caused chiefly by the Kerr effect. We conclude that calculations that assume rotational symmetry become unrealistic because of the fast growth of azimuthal instabilities shortly after the onset of plasma generation.

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OCIS Codes
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(260.5210) Physical optics : Photoionization
(260.5950) Physical optics : Self-focusing
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas

Stefan Skupin, Ulf Peschel, Christoph Etrich, Lutz Leine, Dirk Michaelis, and Falk Lederer, "Intense pulses in air: breakup of rotational symmetry," Opt. Lett. 27, 1812-1814 (2002)

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