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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2010
  • pp: 3640–3642

Ionization-assisted guided-wave pulse compression to extreme peak powers and single-cycle pulse widths in the mid-infrared

A. A. Voronin, V. M. Gordienko, V. T. Platonenko, V. Ya. Panchenko, and A. M. Zheltikov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 21, pp. 3640-3642 (2010)

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Ionization-assisted spectral broadening of high-energy 10.6 μm laser pulses in a gas-filled hollow waveguide is shown to yield single-cycle pulses with multiterawatt peak powers in the mid-IR. While the highest quality of pulse compression is achieved in the regime of weak ionization, careful management of complex ionization-assisted spectral broadening of guided-wave fields is the key to compressing the output of advanced high-power mid-IR laser sources to single-cycle pulse widths.

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OCIS Codes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: July 1, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 18, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 27, 2010
Published: October 26, 2010

A. A. Voronin, V. M. Gordienko, V. T. Platonenko, V. Ya. Panchenko, and A. M. Zheltikov, "Ionization-assisted guided-wave pulse compression to extreme peak powers and single-cycle pulse widths in the mid-infrared," Opt. Lett. 35, 3640-3642 (2010)

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