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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2010
  • pp: 1710–1712

Fine control of terahertz radiation from filamentation by molecular lensing in air

M. Durand, Y. Liu, A. Houard, and A. Mysyrowicz  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 10, pp. 1710-1712 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.001710


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Abstract

We demonstrate a method to control remotely the terahertz (THz) source in air based on the bifilamentation of femtosecond laser pulses. By fine tuning the time delay between the two pulses, a significant modulation of the THz intensity from bifilamentation is observed. The phenomenon is attributed to the molecule quantum lensing effect around the air molecule revival time, which changes the separation between the two neighboring plasma producing filaments.

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OCIS Codes
(260.3090) Physical optics : Infrared, far
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(020.2649) Atomic and molecular physics : Strong field laser physics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 19, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 9, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 13, 2010
Published: May 14, 2010

Citation
M. Durand, Y. Liu, A. Houard, and A. Mysyrowicz, "Fine control of terahertz radiation from filamentation by molecular lensing in air," Opt. Lett. 35, 1710-1712 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-10-1710


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