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Spectral dependence of purely-Kerr-driven filamentation in air and argon

Publication date2010

Based on numerical simulations, we show that higher-order nonlinear indices (up to n8 and n10, respectively) of air and argon have a dominant contribution to both focusing and defocusing in the self-guiding of ultrashort laser pulses over most of the spectrum. Plasma generation and filamentation are therefore decoupled. As a consequence, ultraviolet wavelength may not be the optimal wavelength for applications requiring to maximize ionization.

  • Beam trapping
  • Self focusing and defocusing
  • Self-phase modulation
  • Optical solitons
  • Optical constants
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ETTOUMI, Wahb et al. Spectral dependence of purely-Kerr-driven filamentation in air and argon. In: Physical review, A, Atomic, molecular, and optical physics, 2010, vol. 82, n° 3, p. 033826. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevA.82.033826
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ISSN of the journal1050-2947

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