Abstract

We experimentally observed optical rogue wave statistics during high power femtosecond pulse filamentation in air. We characterized wavelength-dependent intensity fluctuations across 300 nm broadband filament spectra generated by pulses with several times the critical power for filamentation. We show how the statistics vary from a near-Gaussian distribution in the vicinity of the pump to a long tailed “L-shaped” distribution at the short wavelength and long wavelength edges. The results are interpreted in terms of pump noise transfer via self-phase modulation.

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2009 (3)

G. Genty, J. M. Dudley, and B. J. Eggleton, "Modulation control and spectral shaping of optical fiber supercontinuum generation in the picosecond regime," Appl. Phys. B 94, 187-194 (2009).
[CrossRef]

C. Lafargue, J. Bolger, G. Genty, F. Dias, J. M. Dudley, and B. J. Eggleton, "Direct detection of optical rogue waves energy statistics in supercontinuum generation," Electron. Lett. 45, 217-219 (2009).
[CrossRef]

N. Akhmediev, A. Ankiewicz, and M. Taki, "Waves that appear from nowhere and disappear without a trace," Phys. Lett. A 373, 675-678 (2009).
[CrossRef]

2008 (4)

2007 (5)

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, R. Ackermann, and J.-P. Wolf, "Spectral correlation and noise reduction in laser filaments," Appl. Phys. B 87, 1-4 (2007).
[CrossRef]

R. Salamé, N. Lascoux, E. Salmon, J. Kasparian, and J. P. Wolf, "Propagation of laser filaments through an extended turbulent region," Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 171106 (2007).
[CrossRef]

A. Couairon and A. Mysyrowicz. "Femtosecond filamentation in transparent media," Phys. Rep. 441, 47-189, (2007).
[CrossRef]

L. Bergé, S. Skupin, R. Nuter, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf. "Ultrashort filaments of light in weakly ionized, optically transparent media," Rep. Prog. Phys. 70, 1633-1713 (2007).
[CrossRef]

D. R. Solli, C. Ropers, P. Koonath, and B. Jalali, "Optical rogue waves," Nature 450, 1054 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2005 (2)

A. I. Dyachenko and V. E. Zakharov, "Modulation instability of Stokes wave implies a freak wave," JETP Lett.,  81, 255-259 (2005).
[CrossRef]

S. L. Chin, S. A. Hosseini, W. Liu, Q. Luo, F. Théberge, N. Akozbek, A. Becker, V. P. Kandidov, O. G.  Kosareva, and H. Schroeder, "The propagation of powerful femtosecond laser pulses in optical media: physics, applications, and new challenges," Can. J. Phys. 83, 863-905 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004 (1)

Ackermann, R.

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, R. Ackermann, and J.-P. Wolf, "Spectral correlation and noise reduction in laser filaments," Appl. Phys. B 87, 1-4 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Akhmediev, N.

N. Akhmediev, A. Ankiewicz, and M. Taki, "Waves that appear from nowhere and disappear without a trace," Phys. Lett. A 373, 675-678 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Akozbek, N.

S. L. Chin, S. A. Hosseini, W. Liu, Q. Luo, F. Théberge, N. Akozbek, A. Becker, V. P. Kandidov, O. G.  Kosareva, and H. Schroeder, "The propagation of powerful femtosecond laser pulses in optical media: physics, applications, and new challenges," Can. J. Phys. 83, 863-905 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Ankiewicz, A.

N. Akhmediev, A. Ankiewicz, and M. Taki, "Waves that appear from nowhere and disappear without a trace," Phys. Lett. A 373, 675-678 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Becker, A.

S. L. Chin, S. A. Hosseini, W. Liu, Q. Luo, F. Théberge, N. Akozbek, A. Becker, V. P. Kandidov, O. G.  Kosareva, and H. Schroeder, "The propagation of powerful femtosecond laser pulses in optical media: physics, applications, and new challenges," Can. J. Phys. 83, 863-905 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Béjot, P.

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, R. Ackermann, and J.-P. Wolf, "Spectral correlation and noise reduction in laser filaments," Appl. Phys. B 87, 1-4 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Bendersky, S.

Bergé, L.

L. Bergé, S. Skupin, R. Nuter, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf. "Ultrashort filaments of light in weakly ionized, optically transparent media," Rep. Prog. Phys. 70, 1633-1713 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Blaunstein, N.

Bolger, J.

C. Lafargue, J. Bolger, G. Genty, F. Dias, J. M. Dudley, and B. J. Eggleton, "Direct detection of optical rogue waves energy statistics in supercontinuum generation," Electron. Lett. 45, 217-219 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Chin, S. L.

S. L. Chin, S. A. Hosseini, W. Liu, Q. Luo, F. Théberge, N. Akozbek, A. Becker, V. P. Kandidov, O. G.  Kosareva, and H. Schroeder, "The propagation of powerful femtosecond laser pulses in optical media: physics, applications, and new challenges," Can. J. Phys. 83, 863-905 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Couairon, A.

A. Couairon and A. Mysyrowicz. "Femtosecond filamentation in transparent media," Phys. Rep. 441, 47-189, (2007).
[CrossRef]

Dias, F.

C. Lafargue, J. Bolger, G. Genty, F. Dias, J. M. Dudley, and B. J. Eggleton, "Direct detection of optical rogue waves energy statistics in supercontinuum generation," Electron. Lett. 45, 217-219 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Dudley, J. M.

C. Lafargue, J. Bolger, G. Genty, F. Dias, J. M. Dudley, and B. J. Eggleton, "Direct detection of optical rogue waves energy statistics in supercontinuum generation," Electron. Lett. 45, 217-219 (2009).
[CrossRef]

G. Genty, J. M. Dudley, and B. J. Eggleton, "Modulation control and spectral shaping of optical fiber supercontinuum generation in the picosecond regime," Appl. Phys. B 94, 187-194 (2009).
[CrossRef]

J. M. Dudley, G. Genty, and B. J. Eggleton, "Harnessing and control of optical rogue waves in supercontinuum generation," Opt. Express 16, 3644-3651 (2008).
[CrossRef]

K. Hammani, C. Finot, J. M. Dudley, and G. Millot, "Optical rogue-wave fluctuations in fiber Raman amplifiers," Opt. Express 16, 16467-16474 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Dyachenko, A. I.

A. I. Dyachenko and V. E. Zakharov, "Modulation instability of Stokes wave implies a freak wave," JETP Lett.,  81, 255-259 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Eggleton, B. J.

G. Genty, J. M. Dudley, and B. J. Eggleton, "Modulation control and spectral shaping of optical fiber supercontinuum generation in the picosecond regime," Appl. Phys. B 94, 187-194 (2009).
[CrossRef]

C. Lafargue, J. Bolger, G. Genty, F. Dias, J. M. Dudley, and B. J. Eggleton, "Direct detection of optical rogue waves energy statistics in supercontinuum generation," Electron. Lett. 45, 217-219 (2009).
[CrossRef]

J. M. Dudley, G. Genty, and B. J. Eggleton, "Harnessing and control of optical rogue waves in supercontinuum generation," Opt. Express 16, 3644-3651 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Finot, C.

Genty, G.

C. Lafargue, J. Bolger, G. Genty, F. Dias, J. M. Dudley, and B. J. Eggleton, "Direct detection of optical rogue waves energy statistics in supercontinuum generation," Electron. Lett. 45, 217-219 (2009).
[CrossRef]

G. Genty, J. M. Dudley, and B. J. Eggleton, "Modulation control and spectral shaping of optical fiber supercontinuum generation in the picosecond regime," Appl. Phys. B 94, 187-194 (2009).
[CrossRef]

J. M. Dudley, G. Genty, and B. J. Eggleton, "Harnessing and control of optical rogue waves in supercontinuum generation," Opt. Express 16, 3644-3651 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Hammani, K.

Hosseini, S. A.

S. L. Chin, S. A. Hosseini, W. Liu, Q. Luo, F. Théberge, N. Akozbek, A. Becker, V. P. Kandidov, O. G.  Kosareva, and H. Schroeder, "The propagation of powerful femtosecond laser pulses in optical media: physics, applications, and new challenges," Can. J. Phys. 83, 863-905 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Jalali, B.

D. R. Solli, C. Ropers, and B. Jalali, "Active control of optical rogue waves for stimulated supercontinuum generation," Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 233902 (2008).
[CrossRef]

D. R. Solli, C. Ropers, P. Koonath, and B. Jalali, "Optical rogue waves," Nature 450, 1054 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Kandidov, V. P.

S. L. Chin, S. A. Hosseini, W. Liu, Q. Luo, F. Théberge, N. Akozbek, A. Becker, V. P. Kandidov, O. G.  Kosareva, and H. Schroeder, "The propagation of powerful femtosecond laser pulses in optical media: physics, applications, and new challenges," Can. J. Phys. 83, 863-905 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Kasparian, J.

J. Kasparian and J.-P. Wolf. Physics and applications of atmospheric nonlinear optics and filamentation.Opt. Express 16, 466-493, (2008).
[CrossRef]

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, R. Ackermann, and J.-P. Wolf, "Spectral correlation and noise reduction in laser filaments," Appl. Phys. B 87, 1-4 (2007).
[CrossRef]

L. Bergé, S. Skupin, R. Nuter, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf. "Ultrashort filaments of light in weakly ionized, optically transparent media," Rep. Prog. Phys. 70, 1633-1713 (2007).
[CrossRef]

R. Salamé, N. Lascoux, E. Salmon, J. Kasparian, and J. P. Wolf, "Propagation of laser filaments through an extended turbulent region," Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 171106 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Komeika, N. S.

Koonath, P.

D. R. Solli, C. Ropers, P. Koonath, and B. Jalali, "Optical rogue waves," Nature 450, 1054 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Kosareva, O. G.

S. L. Chin, S. A. Hosseini, W. Liu, Q. Luo, F. Théberge, N. Akozbek, A. Becker, V. P. Kandidov, O. G.  Kosareva, and H. Schroeder, "The propagation of powerful femtosecond laser pulses in optical media: physics, applications, and new challenges," Can. J. Phys. 83, 863-905 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Lafargue, C.

C. Lafargue, J. Bolger, G. Genty, F. Dias, J. M. Dudley, and B. J. Eggleton, "Direct detection of optical rogue waves energy statistics in supercontinuum generation," Electron. Lett. 45, 217-219 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Lascoux, N.

R. Salamé, N. Lascoux, E. Salmon, J. Kasparian, and J. P. Wolf, "Propagation of laser filaments through an extended turbulent region," Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 171106 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Liu, W.

S. L. Chin, S. A. Hosseini, W. Liu, Q. Luo, F. Théberge, N. Akozbek, A. Becker, V. P. Kandidov, O. G.  Kosareva, and H. Schroeder, "The propagation of powerful femtosecond laser pulses in optical media: physics, applications, and new challenges," Can. J. Phys. 83, 863-905 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Luo, Q.

S. L. Chin, S. A. Hosseini, W. Liu, Q. Luo, F. Théberge, N. Akozbek, A. Becker, V. P. Kandidov, O. G.  Kosareva, and H. Schroeder, "The propagation of powerful femtosecond laser pulses in optical media: physics, applications, and new challenges," Can. J. Phys. 83, 863-905 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Millot, G.

Mysyrowicz, A.

A. Couairon and A. Mysyrowicz. "Femtosecond filamentation in transparent media," Phys. Rep. 441, 47-189, (2007).
[CrossRef]

Nuter, R.

L. Bergé, S. Skupin, R. Nuter, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf. "Ultrashort filaments of light in weakly ionized, optically transparent media," Rep. Prog. Phys. 70, 1633-1713 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Ropers, C.

D. R. Solli, C. Ropers, and B. Jalali, "Active control of optical rogue waves for stimulated supercontinuum generation," Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 233902 (2008).
[CrossRef]

D. R. Solli, C. Ropers, P. Koonath, and B. Jalali, "Optical rogue waves," Nature 450, 1054 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Salamé, R.

R. Salamé, N. Lascoux, E. Salmon, J. Kasparian, and J. P. Wolf, "Propagation of laser filaments through an extended turbulent region," Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 171106 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Salmon, E.

R. Salamé, N. Lascoux, E. Salmon, J. Kasparian, and J. P. Wolf, "Propagation of laser filaments through an extended turbulent region," Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 171106 (2007).
[CrossRef]

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, R. Ackermann, and J.-P. Wolf, "Spectral correlation and noise reduction in laser filaments," Appl. Phys. B 87, 1-4 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Schroeder, H.

S. L. Chin, S. A. Hosseini, W. Liu, Q. Luo, F. Théberge, N. Akozbek, A. Becker, V. P. Kandidov, O. G.  Kosareva, and H. Schroeder, "The propagation of powerful femtosecond laser pulses in optical media: physics, applications, and new challenges," Can. J. Phys. 83, 863-905 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Skupin, S.

L. Bergé, S. Skupin, R. Nuter, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf. "Ultrashort filaments of light in weakly ionized, optically transparent media," Rep. Prog. Phys. 70, 1633-1713 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Solli, D. R.

D. R. Solli, C. Ropers, and B. Jalali, "Active control of optical rogue waves for stimulated supercontinuum generation," Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 233902 (2008).
[CrossRef]

D. R. Solli, C. Ropers, P. Koonath, and B. Jalali, "Optical rogue waves," Nature 450, 1054 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Taki, M.

N. Akhmediev, A. Ankiewicz, and M. Taki, "Waves that appear from nowhere and disappear without a trace," Phys. Lett. A 373, 675-678 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Théberge, F.

S. L. Chin, S. A. Hosseini, W. Liu, Q. Luo, F. Théberge, N. Akozbek, A. Becker, V. P. Kandidov, O. G.  Kosareva, and H. Schroeder, "The propagation of powerful femtosecond laser pulses in optical media: physics, applications, and new challenges," Can. J. Phys. 83, 863-905 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Wolf, J. P.

R. Salamé, N. Lascoux, E. Salmon, J. Kasparian, and J. P. Wolf, "Propagation of laser filaments through an extended turbulent region," Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 171106 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Wolf, J.-P.

J. Kasparian and J.-P. Wolf. Physics and applications of atmospheric nonlinear optics and filamentation.Opt. Express 16, 466-493, (2008).
[CrossRef]

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, R. Ackermann, and J.-P. Wolf, "Spectral correlation and noise reduction in laser filaments," Appl. Phys. B 87, 1-4 (2007).
[CrossRef]

L. Bergé, S. Skupin, R. Nuter, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf. "Ultrashort filaments of light in weakly ionized, optically transparent media," Rep. Prog. Phys. 70, 1633-1713 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Zakharov, V. E.

A. I. Dyachenko and V. E. Zakharov, "Modulation instability of Stokes wave implies a freak wave," JETP Lett.,  81, 255-259 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. B (2)

G. Genty, J. M. Dudley, and B. J. Eggleton, "Modulation control and spectral shaping of optical fiber supercontinuum generation in the picosecond regime," Appl. Phys. B 94, 187-194 (2009).
[CrossRef]

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, R. Ackermann, and J.-P. Wolf, "Spectral correlation and noise reduction in laser filaments," Appl. Phys. B 87, 1-4 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

R. Salamé, N. Lascoux, E. Salmon, J. Kasparian, and J. P. Wolf, "Propagation of laser filaments through an extended turbulent region," Appl. Phys. Lett. 91, 171106 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Can. J. Phys. (1)

S. L. Chin, S. A. Hosseini, W. Liu, Q. Luo, F. Théberge, N. Akozbek, A. Becker, V. P. Kandidov, O. G.  Kosareva, and H. Schroeder, "The propagation of powerful femtosecond laser pulses in optical media: physics, applications, and new challenges," Can. J. Phys. 83, 863-905 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Electron. Lett. (1)

C. Lafargue, J. Bolger, G. Genty, F. Dias, J. M. Dudley, and B. J. Eggleton, "Direct detection of optical rogue waves energy statistics in supercontinuum generation," Electron. Lett. 45, 217-219 (2009).
[CrossRef]

JETP Lett. (1)

A. I. Dyachenko and V. E. Zakharov, "Modulation instability of Stokes wave implies a freak wave," JETP Lett.,  81, 255-259 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Nature (1)

D. R. Solli, C. Ropers, P. Koonath, and B. Jalali, "Optical rogue waves," Nature 450, 1054 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (3)

Phys. Lett. A (1)

N. Akhmediev, A. Ankiewicz, and M. Taki, "Waves that appear from nowhere and disappear without a trace," Phys. Lett. A 373, 675-678 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rep. (1)

A. Couairon and A. Mysyrowicz. "Femtosecond filamentation in transparent media," Phys. Rep. 441, 47-189, (2007).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

D. R. Solli, C. Ropers, and B. Jalali, "Active control of optical rogue waves for stimulated supercontinuum generation," Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 233902 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Rep. Prog. Phys. (1)

L. Bergé, S. Skupin, R. Nuter, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf. "Ultrashort filaments of light in weakly ionized, optically transparent media," Rep. Prog. Phys. 70, 1633-1713 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Other (4)

S. Coles, An Introduction to Statistical Modeling of Extreme Values (Springer-Verlag, London, 2001).

V. Pareto, Manuale di economia politica con una introduzione alla scienza sociale (Societa Editrice Libraria, Milano 1906)

N. Akhmediev, J. M. Soto-Crespo, and A. Ankiewicz, "Extreme waves that appear from nowhere: on the nature of rogue waves," Phys. Lett. A (2009).

D. Borlaug, S. Fathpour, and B. Jalali, "Extreme value statistics and the Pareto distribution in silicon photonics," arXiv:0809.2565v1 [Phys. Optics] (2008).

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