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Femtosecond laser filament and plasma channels in focused beam in air
Author(s): Svyatoslav A. Shlenov; Alexandr A. Dergachev; Andrey A. Ionin; Valery P. Kandidov; Daria V. Mokrousova; Leonid V. Seleznev; Dmitry V. Sinitsyn; Elena S. Sunchugasheva; Anna P. Shustikova
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Paper Abstract

The filamentation of focused beams at wavelength of 800 and 248 nm in air is studied experimentally and numerically. The results indicate that relatively tight focusing can lead to the coalescence of individual regions of high fluence and high plasma density that result from multiple refocusing, whereas in the case of weak focusing such regions are separated in the pulse propagation direction. The lower multiphoton ionization order in the case of UV radiation leads to a stronger effect of geometric focusing on filament formation. We show the possibility to control the parameters of femtosecond laser plasma filaments by introducing astigmatism in laser beam wavefront. Strong astigmatism can lead to the splitting of the channel into two separate regions. We demonstrate that the self-phase modulation in the thin passthrough dielectric plate decreases the distance to the filament start in air and increases the length of plasma channel.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 January 2015
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9447, 18th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications, 944717 (8 January 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2176327
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Svyatoslav A. Shlenov, Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation)
Alexandr A. Dergachev, Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation)
Andrey A. Ionin, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation)
Valery P. Kandidov, Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation)
Daria V. Mokrousova, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation)
Leonid V. Seleznev, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation)
Dmitry V. Sinitsyn, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation)
Elena S. Sunchugasheva, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation)
Anna P. Shustikova, P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9447:
18th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications
Tanja Dreischuh; Sanka Gateva; Alexandros Serafetinides, Editor(s)

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