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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2010
  • pp: 3649–3651

Self-compression controlled by the chirp of the input pulse

O. Varela, B. Alonso, I. J. Sola, J. San Román, A. Zaïr, C. Méndez, and L. Roso  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 21, pp. 3649-3651 (2010)

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Self-compressed (SC) pulses have been achieved through the filamentation process in air without any additional dispersion compensation, using the input pulse chirp as the control parameter. For any studied input pulse energy ( 3 5 mJ ), we have found two opposite sign input group-delay dispersion values for which SC pulses can be achieved systematically. In addition, we have observed that the energy coupled into the inner core of the filament is always of the order of 20% of the total input pulse energy, which opens the way to a scalable technique to obtain intense short pulses directly from the filamentation process.

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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 28, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 2, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 4, 2010
Published: October 26, 2010

O. Varela, B. Alonso, I. J. Sola, J. San Román, A. Zaïr, C. Méndez, and L. Roso, "Self-compression controlled by the chirp of the input pulse," Opt. Lett. 35, 3649-3651 (2010)

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