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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2657–2659

Pulse self-compression to the single-cycle limit by filamentation in a gas with a pressure gradient

A. Couairon, M. Franco, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 19, pp. 2657-2659 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.30.002657


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Abstract

We calculate pulse self-compression of a 30 fs laser pulse traversing gas with different pressure gradients. We show that an appropriate density profile brings significant improvement to the self-compression by filamentation. Under an optimal pressure gradient, the pulse duration is reduced to the single optical cycle limit over a long distance, allowing easy extraction into an interaction chamber.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Citation
A. Couairon, M. Franco, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, "Pulse self-compression to the single-cycle limit by filamentation in a gas with a pressure gradient," Opt. Lett. 30, 2657-2659 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-19-2657

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