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Applied Physics B

, Volume 100, Issue 1, pp 77–84 | Cite as

Saturation of the filament density of ultrashort intense laser pulses in air

  • S. Henin
  • Y. Petit
  • J. KasparianEmail author
  • J.-P. Wolf
  • A. Jochmann
  • S. D. Kraft
  • S. Bock
  • U. Schramm
  • R. Sauerbrey
  • W. M. Nakaema
  • K. Stelmaszczyk
  • P. Rohwetter
  • L. Wöste
  • C.-L. Soulez
  • S. Mauger
  • L. Bergé
  • S. Skupin
Article

Abstract

We experimentally and numerically characterize multiple filamentation of laser pulses with incident intensities of a few TW/cm2. Propagating 100 TW laser pulses over 42 m in air, we observe a new propagation regime where the filament density saturates. As also evidenced by numerical simulations in the same intensity range, the total number of filaments is governed by geometric constraints and mutual interactions among filaments rather than by the available power in the beam.

Keywords

Focal Spot Propagation Distance Elementary Surface Dimensional Numerical Simulation Nonlinear Focus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Henin
    • 1
  • Y. Petit
    • 1
  • J. Kasparian
    • 1
    Email author
  • J.-P. Wolf
    • 1
  • A. Jochmann
    • 2
  • S. D. Kraft
    • 2
  • S. Bock
    • 2
  • U. Schramm
    • 2
  • R. Sauerbrey
    • 2
  • W. M. Nakaema
    • 3
  • K. Stelmaszczyk
    • 3
  • P. Rohwetter
    • 3
  • L. Wöste
    • 3
  • C.-L. Soulez
    • 4
  • S. Mauger
    • 4
  • L. Bergé
    • 4
  • S. Skupin
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Teramobile, GAPUniversité de GenèveGenève 4Switzerland
  2. 2.Forschungszentrum Dresden-RossendorfDresdenGermany
  3. 3.Teramobile, Institut für ExperimentalphysikFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  4. 4.CEA, DAMDIFArpajonFrance
  5. 5.Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex SystemsDresdenGermany
  6. 6.Institute of Condensed Matter Theory and OpticsFriedrich Schiller UniversityJenaGermany

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