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Numerical modelling of laser filamentation
Author(s): Peter E. Rees; Craig D. Stacey; Chris Stace; Roy G. Clarke
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Paper Abstract

We report the development of a model written in the COMSOL multi-physics environment to simulate the onset and shortrange propagation of laser filaments in standard atmospheres at sea-level and 10 km altitude. We show excellent agreement with analytical and open-source experimental data for the initial collapse distance of the laser, as well as the free carrier density of the resulting plasma. Limitations of the model are presented as well as the potential for further development, including the incorporation of additional physics to study the effect of filamentation on radio frequency and optical propagation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2019
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 11162, High Power Lasers: Technology and Systems, Platforms, Effects III, 111620L (15 October 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2538461
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Peter E. Rees, LumOptica Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Craig D. Stacey, LumOptica Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Chris Stace, LumOptica Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Roy G. Clarke, LumOptica Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11162:
High Power Lasers: Technology and Systems, Platforms, Effects III
Harro Ackermann; Willy L. Bohn; David H. Titterton, Editor(s)

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