Abstract

Stimulated Raman scattering and laser filamentation produced using nanosecond pulsed complex vector vortex beams (CVVB) are investigated in a 20 cm long methanol cell. The CVVB is generated using $ q $-plates and is tested at orbital angular momentum ($ L $) values of 1, 2, 3, and 4 and circular, radial, and azimuthal polarizations. The results illustrate that the stability and intensity of the generated stimulated Raman has dependence on input polarization and $ L $ value. During filamentation, the beam is also shown to break up into multiple primary filaments and that there is a reduction in small-scale filamentation when using CVVBs.

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