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On negative higher-order Kerr effect and filamentation

Loriot, V.
Hertz, E.
Lavorel, B.
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Published in Laser Physics. 2011, vol. 21, no. 7, p. 1319-1328
Abstract As a contribution to the ongoing controversy about the role of higher-order Kerr effect (HOKE) in laser filamentation, we first provide thorough details about the protocol that has been employed to infer the HOKE indices from the experiment. Next, we discuss potential sources of artifact in the experimental measurements of these terms and show that neither the value of the observed birefringence, nor its inversion, nor the intensity at which it is observed, appear to be flawed. Furthermore, we argue that, independently on our values, the principle of including HOKE is straightforward. Due to the different temporal and spectral dynamics, the respective efficiency of defocusing by the plasma and by the HOKE is expected to depend substantially on both incident wavelength and pulse duration. The discussion should therefore focus on defining the conditions where each filamentation regime dominates.
Note 22 pages, 11 figures. Submitted to Laser physics as proceedings of the Laser Physics 2010 conference
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LORIOT, V. et al. On negative higher-order Kerr effect and filamentation. In: Laser Physics, 2011, vol. 21, n° 7, p. 1319-1328. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:37103

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