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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2002
  • pp: 309–311

Multiframe observation of an intense femtosecond optical pulse propagating in air

M. Fujimoto, S. Aoshima, and Y. Tsuchiya  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 5, pp. 309-311 (2002)

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We have demonstrated femtosecond time-resolved and picosecond time-interval successive observations of a single femtosecond optical pulse propagating in air with ultrafast self-modulation such as filamentation. A quadruple femtosecond probe pulse crossing an intense propagating pulse at picosecond intervals was able to capture directly four successive images of the propagating pulse as in a movie but with femtosecond time resolution. From this observation, we can directly analyze and recognize the propagation process, which is significantly affected by pulse-energy fluctuation, and (or) atmospheric turbulence from shot to shot.

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OCIS Codes
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

M. Fujimoto, S. Aoshima, and Y. Tsuchiya, "Multiframe observation of an intense femtosecond optical pulse propagating in air," Opt. Lett. 27, 309-311 (2002)

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