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Some Fundamental Concepts of Femtosecond Laser Filamentation

  • See Leang Chin
  • Weiwei Liu
  • Francis Théberge
  • Qi Luo
  • Seyed A. Hosseini
  • Valery P. Kandidov
  • Olga G. Kosareva
  • Neset Aközbek
  • Andreas Becker
  • Hartmut Schroeder
Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 89)

Abstract

Powerful femtosecond laser pulses propagate in an apparent form of filamentation in all transparent optical media. This universal nonlinear phenomenon is currently an interesting topic of research at the forefront of applied physics and attracts more and more people to enter this field. This paper attempts to clarify some of the fundamental physics behind filamentation. The basic concepts include the slice-by-slice self-focusing, intensity clamping, white light laser generation and background energy reservoir as well as multiple filamentation competition. Some important potential applications are also discussed.

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Laser Pulse Femtosecond Laser Fundamental Concept Femtosecond Laser Pulse Critical Power 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • See Leang Chin
    • 1
  • Weiwei Liu
    • 2
  • Francis Théberge
    • 1
  • Qi Luo
    • 1
  • Seyed A. Hosseini
    • 1
  • Valery P. Kandidov
    • 3
  • Olga G. Kosareva
    • 3
  • Neset Aközbek
    • 4
  • Andreas Becker
    • 5
  • Hartmut Schroeder
    • 6
  1. 1.Départment de Physique, de Génie Physique and Centre d’Optique, Photonique et LaserUniversité LavalQuébecCanada
  2. 2.Institute of Modern OpticsNankai UniversityTianjinChina
  3. 3.International Laser Center, Physics DepartmentMoscow State UniversityMoscow Russian Federation
  4. 4.Time Domain CorporationCummings Research ParkHuntsvilleUSA
  5. 5.Max-Planck Institut für Physik komplexer SystemeDresdenGermany
  6. 6.LaserchemieMax Planck Institut für QuantenoptikGarchingGermany

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