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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2007
  • pp: 2753–2755

Conditional femtosecond pulse collapse for white-light and plasma delivery to a controlled distance

M. Kolesik, D. E. Roskey, and J. V. Moloney  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 18, pp. 2753-2755 (2007)

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Collisions between ultrashort pulses with different wavelengths are studied numerically. The relative delay, wavelength difference, focusing geometry, and chirp are used to accurately control the distance at which pulses undergo conditional collapse and generate plasma and white light. A wide supercontinuum spectrum is achievable even with pulses that by themselves do not have sufficient power for filament formation.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: June 28, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 6, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 21, 2007
Published: September 14, 2007

M. Kolesik, D. E. Roskey, and J. V. Moloney, "Conditional femtosecond pulse collapse for white-light and plasma delivery to a controlled distance," Opt. Lett. 32, 2753-2755 (2007)

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