Applied Physics B

, Volume 79, Issue 3, pp 379–382 | Cite as

Long-range self-channeling of infrared laser pulses in air: a new propagation regime without ionization

  • G. Méchain
  • A. CouaironEmail author
  • Y.-B. André
  • C. D’Amico
  • M. Franco
  • B. Prade
  • S. Tzortzakis
  • A. Mysyrowicz
  • R. Sauerbrey


We report long-range self-channeling in air of multiterawatt femtosecond laser pulses with large negative initial chirps. The peak intensity in the light channels is at least one order of magnitude lower than required for multiphoton ionization of air molecules. A detailed comparison is made between experiments and realistic 3+1-dimensional numerical simulations. It reveals that the mechanism limiting the growth of intensity by filamentation is connected with broken revolution symmetry in the transverse diffraction plane.


Laser Pulse Femtosecond Laser Detailed Comparison Femtosecond Laser Pulse Infrared Laser 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Méchain
    • 1
  • A. Couairon
    • 2
    Email author
  • Y.-B. André
    • 1
  • C. D’Amico
    • 1
  • M. Franco
    • 1
  • B. Prade
    • 1
  • S. Tzortzakis
    • 1
  • A. Mysyrowicz
    • 1
  • R. Sauerbrey
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratoire d’Optique Appliquée, École Nationale Supérieure des Techniques AvancéesÉcole PolytechniquePalaiseau CedexFrance
  2. 2.Centre de Physique ThéoriqueÉcole PolytechniquePalaiseau CedexFrance
  3. 3.Institut für Optik und QuantenelektronikJenaGermany

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