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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2007
  • pp: 1650–1652

Control and characterization of multiple circularly polarized femtosecond filaments in argon

A. Trisorio and C. P. Hauri  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 12, pp. 1650-1652 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.001650


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Abstract

We provide what is believed to be the first experimental evidence of spatial control on multiple filamentation (MF) using circularly polarized femtosecond laser pulses. The exceptional shot-to-shot reproducibility of the MF pattern allowed complete characterization of the two copropagating high-energy filaments, revealing for the first time temporal (self-) compression of circularly polarized filamenting pulses to a fifth of the initial 57 fs laser pulse duration without any sophisticated chirp control. Compared with LP MF, an enhancement in spatial stability and an increase in energy throughput are reported for circular input polarization.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 6, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: April 2, 2007
Published: June 5, 2007

Citation
A. Trisorio and C. P. Hauri, "Control and characterization of multiple circularly polarized femtosecond filaments in argon," Opt. Lett. 32, 1650-1652 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-12-1650


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