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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2005
  • pp: 917–919

Chirp-induced dynamics of femtosecond filaments in air

Rachel Nuter, Stefan Skupin, and Luc Bergé  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 8, pp. 917-919 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.30.000917


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Abstract

We investigate the influence of a chirped phase on femtosecond pulses propagating in air. Pulses with an initially negative chirp are temporally compressed by compensation with group-velocity dispersion. We demonstrate that this property, combined with plasma defocusing, can be used to trigger filamentation at different foci, increase self-guiding ranges, or even shorten pulse duration.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1590) Diffraction and gratings : Chirping
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

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Rachel Nuter, Stefan Skupin, and Luc Bergé, "Chirp-induced dynamics of femtosecond filaments in air," Opt. Lett. 30, 917-919 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-8-917


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