Nonlinear Optics in the Filamentation Regime

  • Carsten Brée

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Carsten Brée
    Pages 1-5
  3. Carsten Brée
    Pages 111-114
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 115-125

About this book


This thesis provides deep insights into currently controversial questions in laser filamentation, a highly complex phenomenon involving nonlinear optical effects and plasma physics. First, based on the concrete picture of a femtosecond laser beam which self-pinches its radial intensity distribution, the thesis delivers a novel explanation for the remarkable and previously unexplained phenomenon of pulse self-compression in filaments. Moreover, the work addresses the impact of a non-adiabatic change of both nonlinearity and dispersion on such an intense femtosecond pulse transiting from a gaseous dielectric material to a solid one. Finally, and probably most importantly, the author presents a simple and highly practical theoretical approach for quantitatively estimating the influence of higher-order nonlinear optical effects in optics. These results shed new light on recent experimental observations, which are still hotly debated and may completely change our understanding of filamentation, causing a paradigm change concerning the role of higher-order nonlinearities in optics.


All-optical Kerr Effect Femtosecond Filamentation Higher-order Kerr Model Higher-order Nonlinear Optical Effects Intense Femtosecond Pulses Pulse Self-compression

Authors and affiliations

  • Carsten Brée
    • 1
  1. 1.Leibniz InstituteWeierstrass InstituteBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-30929-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-30930-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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