Applied Physics B

, Volume 82, Issue 4, pp 561–566 | Cite as

Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments

  • R. Ackermann
  • G. Méchain
  • G. Méjean
  • R. Bourayou
  • M. Rodriguez
  • K. Stelmaszczyk
  • J. Kasparian
  • J. Yu
  • E. Salmon
  • S. Tzortzakis
  • Y.-B. André
  • J.-F. Bourrillon
  • L. Tamin
  • J.-P. Cascelli
  • C. Campo
  • C. Davoise
  • A. Mysyrowicz
  • R. Sauerbrey
  • L. Wöste
  • J.-P. Wolf
Article

Abstract

The triggering and guiding of negative discharges using filaments induced by a femtosecond-terawatt laser pulse have been studied in sphere-plane gaps up to 4.5 meters. Fast-frame camera pictures allow the evaluation of the influence of the negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding process. We show that the plasma channel can either trigger a space-leader discharge or act as a guiding path for the negative leader head. For the latter case the results suggest a linear dependence of the guided lengths up to 2.4 m, while the formation of a space-leader reduces this guided length by up to 50%. This effect is explained by the limited plasma lifetime of the filament that is measured to be about 1 μs.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Ackermann
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Méchain
    • 4
  • G. Méjean
    • 1
  • R. Bourayou
    • 3
  • M. Rodriguez
    • 2
  • K. Stelmaszczyk
    • 2
  • J. Kasparian
    • 1
  • J. Yu
    • 1
  • E. Salmon
    • 1
  • S. Tzortzakis
    • 4
  • Y.-B. André
    • 4
  • J.-F. Bourrillon
    • 5
  • L. Tamin
    • 5
  • J.-P. Cascelli
    • 5
  • C. Campo
    • 5
  • C. Davoise
    • 5
  • A. Mysyrowicz
    • 4
  • R. Sauerbrey
    • 3
  • L. Wöste
    • 2
  • J.-P. Wolf
    • 1
  1. 1.Teramobile, LASIM, UMR CNRS 5579Université Lyon 1Villeurbanne CedexFrance
  2. 2.Teramobile, Institut für ExperimentalphysikFU BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Teramobile Project, Institut für Optik und QuantenelektronikFriedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaJenaGermany
  4. 4.Teramobile, LOA, UMR CNRS 7639, ENSTA-Ecole PolytechniqueCentre de l’Yvette, Chemin de la HunièrePalaiseau CedexFrance
  5. 5.Centre d’Essais Aéronautique de ToulouseBalma CedexFrance

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