Abstract

The propagation of high intensity laser beams is excessively affected by optical nonlinear effects, thereby the knowledge of the nonlinear refractive indices of the beam guiding media is indispensable in the design of laser systems and experiments. Apart from undesired self-focusing, several areas of modern laser spectroscopy can utilize optical nonlinearity, from LiDAR measurements to filamentation. In this paper we report on a direct measurement of pressure dependent nonlinear refractive index of Ar, N2, Ne, Xe, and air between 0.05 mbar and 1 bar, based on the powerful technique called spectrally and spatially resolved interferometry. In this way the total value of nonlinear refractive index is measured, that is the sum of all elementary phenomena contributing to the intensity dependent refractivity of the gases.

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2010 (1)

C. Brée, A. Demircan, and G. Steinmeyer, “Method for computing the nonlinear refractive index via Keldysh theory,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 46(4), 433–437 (2010).
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2009 (2)

M. Bradler, P. Baum, and E. Riedle, “Femtosecond continuum generation in bulk laser host materials with sub-µJ pump pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 97(3), 561–574 (2009).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2008 (5)

J. Bernhardt, P. T. Simard, W. Liu, H. L. Xu, F. Theberge, A. Azarm, J. F. Daigle, and S. L. Chin, “Critical power for self-focusing of a femtosecond laser pulse in helium,” Opt. Commun. 281(8), 2248–2251 (2008).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

A. Börzsönyi, Z. Heiner, M. P. Kalashnikov, A. P. Kovács, and K. Osvay, “Dispersion measurement of inert gases and gas mixtures at 800 nm,” Appl. Opt. 47(27), 4856–4863 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. Börzsönyi, A. P. Kovács, M. Görbe, and K. Osvay, “Advances and limitations of phase dispersion measurement by spectrally and spatially resolved interferometry,” Opt. Commun. 281(11), 3051–3061 (2008).
[CrossRef]

A. Couairon, H. S. Chakraborty, and M. B. Gaarde, “From single-cycle self-compressed filaments to isolated attosecond pulses in noble gases,” Phys. Rev. A 77(5), 053814 (2008).
[CrossRef]

2007 (5)

K. Osvay, K. Varju, and G. Kurdi, “High order dispersion control for femtosecond CPA lasers,” Appl. Phys. B 89(4), 565–572 (2007).
[CrossRef]

A. Couairon and A. Mysyrowicz, “Femtosecond filamentation in transparent media,” Phys. Rep. 441(2-4), 47–189 (2007).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. A. Mourou, C. L. Labaune, N. Naumova, and V. T. Tikhonchuk, “Relativistic laser-matter interaction: from attosecond pulse generation to fast ignition,” Plasma Phys. Contr. Fusion 49(12B), B667–B675 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2006 (4)

G. A. Mourou, T. Tajima, and S. V. Bulanov, “Optics in the relativistic regime,” Rev. Mod. Phys. 78(2), 309–371 (2006).
[CrossRef]

F. Théberge, N. Aközbek, W. Liu, A. Becker, and S. L. Chin, “Tunable ultrashort laser pulses generated through filamentation in gases,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 97(2), 023904 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Skupin, G. Stibenz, L. Bergé, F. Lederer, T. Sokollik, M. Schnürer, N. Zhavoronkov, and G. Steinmeyer, “Self-compression by femtosecond pulse filamentation: experiments versus numerical simulations,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 74(5), 056604 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Couairon, J. Biegert, A. Heinrich, C. P. Hauri, W. Kornelis, P. Schlup, M. P. Anscombe, M. B. Gaarde, K. J. Schafer, and U. Keller, “Control of high-order harmonic emission using attosecond pulse trains,” J. Mod. Opt. 53(1-2), 87–96 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2005 (2)

A. Couairon, M. Franco, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, “Pulse self-compression to the single-cycle limit by filamentation in a gas with a pressure gradient,” Opt. Lett. 30(19), 2657–2659 (2005).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. Y. Kim, I. Alexeev, and H. M. Milchberg, “Measurement of ultrafast dynamics in the interaction of intense laser pulses with gases, clusters, and plasma waveguides,” Phys. Plasmas 12(5), 056712 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004 (3)

C. P. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. W. Helbing, A. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, “Generation of intense, carrier-envelope phase-locked few-cycle laser pulses through filamentation,” Appl. Phys. B 79(6), 673–677 (2004).
[CrossRef]

G. Méchain, A. Couairon, Y.-B. André, C. D’Amico, M. Franco, B. Prade, S. Tzortzakis, A. Mysyrowicz, and R. Sauerbrey, “Long-range self-channeling of infrared laser pulses in air: a new propagation regime without ionization,” Appl. Phys. B 79(3), 379–382 (2004).
[CrossRef]

T. A. Pitts, T. S. Luk, J. K. Gruetzner, T. R. Nelson, A. McPherson, S. M. Cameron, and A. C. Bernstein, “Propagation of self-focusing laser pulses in atmosphere: experiment versus numerical simulation,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 21, 2008–2016 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003 (1)

M. Hatayama, A. Suda, M. Nurhuda, K. Nagasaka, and K. Midorikawa, “Spatiotemporal dynamics of high-intensity femtosecond laser pulses propagating in argon,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 20(3), 603–608 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2002 (1)

K. Y. Kim, I. Alexeev, and H. M. Milchberg, “Single-shot supercontinuum spectral interferometry,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 81(22), 4124–4126 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2001 (1)

J.-P. Geindre, P. Audebert, S. Rebibo, and J.-C. Gauthier, “Single-shot spectral interferometry with chirped pulses,” Opt. Lett. 26(20), 1612–1614 (2001).
[CrossRef]

2000 (2)

C. Y. Chien, B. La Fontaine, A. Desparois, Z. Jiang, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, H. Pépin, F. Vidal, and H. P. Mercure, “Single-shot chirped-pulse spectral interferometry used to measure the femtosecond ionization dynamics of air,” Opt. Lett. 25(8), 578–580 (2000).
[CrossRef]

S. P. Le Blanc, E. W. Gaul, N. H. Matlis, A. Rundquist, and M. C. Downer, “Single-shot measurement of temporal phase shifts by frequency-domain holography,” Opt. Lett. 25(10), 764–766 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1998 (2)

J. Calatroni, C. Sainz, and A. L. Guerro, “Multi-channelled white-light interferometry for real-time dispersion measurements,” Opt. Commun. 157(1-6), 202–208 (1998).
[CrossRef]

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, “High power ultrafast lasers,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69(3), 1207–1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

1997 (3)

E. T. J. Nibbering, G. Grillon, M. A. Franco, B. S. Prade, and A. Mysyrowicz, “Determination of the inertial contribution to the nonlinear refractive index of air, N-2, and O-2 by use of unfocused high-intensity femtosecond laser pulses,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14(3), 650–660 (1997).
[CrossRef]

J. F. Ripoche, G. Grillon, B. Prade, M. Franco, E. Nibbering, R. Lange, and A. Mysyrowicz, “Determination of the time dependence of n(2) in air,” Opt. Commun. 135(4-6), 310–314 (1997).
[CrossRef]

A. Braun, S. Kane, and T. Norris, “Compensation of self-phase modulation in chirped-pulse amplification laser systems,” Opt. Lett. 22(9), 615–617 (1997).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1995 (1)

A. P. Kovács, K. Osvay, Z. Bor, and R. Szipöcs, “Group-delay measurement on laser mirrors by spectrally resolved white-light interferometry,” Opt. Lett. 20(7), 788–790 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1992 (1)

E. Tokunaga, A. Terasaki, and T. Kobayashi, “Frequency-domain interferometer for femtosecond time-resolved phase spectroscopy,” Opt. Lett. 17(16), 1131–1133 (1992).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1990 (2)

M. Sheik-Bahae, A. A. Said, D. J. Hagan, and E. W. Van Stryland, “Sensitive measurement of optical nonlinearities using a single beam,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26(4), 760–769 (1990).
[CrossRef]

D. P. Shelton, “Nonlinear-optical susceptibilities of gases measured at 1064 and 1319 nm,” Phys. Rev. A 42(5), 2578–2592 (1990).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1989 (1)

Y. Shimoji, A. T. Fay, R. S. F. Chang, and N. Djeu, “Direct measurement of the nonlinear refractive-index of air,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 6(11), 1994–1998 (1989).
[CrossRef]

1986 (1)

P. B. Corkum, C. Rolland, and T. Srinivasan-Rao, “Supercontinuum generation in gases,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 57(18), 2268–2271 (1986).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1985 (1)

H. J. Lehmeier, W. Leupacher, and A. Penzkofer, “Nonresonant third order hyperpolarizability of rare gases and N2 determined by third harmonic generation,” Opt. Commun. 56(1), 67–72 (1985).
[CrossRef]

1979 (1)

R. W. Hellwarth, “3rd-order optical susceptibilities of liquids and solids,” Prog. Quantum Electron. 5, 1–68 (1979).
[CrossRef]

1976 (2)

D. Milam and M. J. Weber, “Measurement of nonlinear refractive-index coefficients using time-resolved interferometry: Application to optical materials for high-power neodymium lasers,” J. Appl. Phys. 47(6), 2497–2501 (1976).
[CrossRef]

C. H. Lin, J. P. Heritage, T. K. Gustafson, R. Y. Chiao, and J. P. McTauge, “Birefringence arising from reorientation of polarizability anisptropy of molecules in collisionless gases,” Phys. Rev. A 13(2), 813–829 (1976).
[CrossRef]

Aközbek, N.

F. Théberge, N. Aközbek, W. Liu, A. Becker, and S. L. Chin, “Tunable ultrashort laser pulses generated through filamentation in gases,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 97(2), 023904 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Alexeev, I.

Y.-H. Chen, S. Varma, I. Alexeev, and H. M. Milchberg, “Measurement of transient nonlinear refractive index in gases using xenon supercontinuum single-shot spectral interferometry,” Opt. Express 15(12), 7458–7467 (2007).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

K. Y. Kim, I. Alexeev, and H. M. Milchberg, “Measurement of ultrafast dynamics in the interaction of intense laser pulses with gases, clusters, and plasma waveguides,” Phys. Plasmas 12(5), 056712 (2005).
[CrossRef]

K. Y. Kim, I. Alexeev, and H. M. Milchberg, “Single-shot supercontinuum spectral interferometry,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 81(22), 4124–4126 (2002).
[CrossRef]

André, Y.-B.

G. Méchain, A. Couairon, Y.-B. André, C. D’Amico, M. Franco, B. Prade, S. Tzortzakis, A. Mysyrowicz, and R. Sauerbrey, “Long-range self-channeling of infrared laser pulses in air: a new propagation regime without ionization,” Appl. Phys. B 79(3), 379–382 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Anscombe, M. P.

A. Couairon, J. Biegert, A. Heinrich, C. P. Hauri, W. Kornelis, P. Schlup, M. P. Anscombe, M. B. Gaarde, K. J. Schafer, and U. Keller, “Control of high-order harmonic emission using attosecond pulse trains,” J. Mod. Opt. 53(1-2), 87–96 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Audebert, P.

J.-P. Geindre, P. Audebert, S. Rebibo, and J.-C. Gauthier, “Single-shot spectral interferometry with chirped pulses,” Opt. Lett. 26(20), 1612–1614 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Azarm, A.

J. Bernhardt, P. T. Simard, W. Liu, H. L. Xu, F. Theberge, A. Azarm, J. F. Daigle, and S. L. Chin, “Critical power for self-focusing of a femtosecond laser pulse in helium,” Opt. Commun. 281(8), 2248–2251 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Backus, S.

S. Backus, C. G. Durfee, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, “High power ultrafast lasers,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 69(3), 1207–1223 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Baum, P.

M. Bradler, P. Baum, and E. Riedle, “Femtosecond continuum generation in bulk laser host materials with sub-µJ pump pulses,” Appl. Phys. B 97(3), 561–574 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Becker, A.

F. Théberge, N. Aközbek, W. Liu, A. Becker, and S. L. Chin, “Tunable ultrashort laser pulses generated through filamentation in gases,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 97(2), 023904 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bergé, L.

S. Skupin, G. Stibenz, L. Bergé, F. Lederer, T. Sokollik, M. Schnürer, N. Zhavoronkov, and G. Steinmeyer, “Self-compression by femtosecond pulse filamentation: experiments versus numerical simulations,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 74(5), 056604 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Bernhardt, J.

J. Bernhardt, P. T. Simard, W. Liu, H. L. Xu, F. Theberge, A. Azarm, J. F. Daigle, and S. L. Chin, “Critical power for self-focusing of a femtosecond laser pulse in helium,” Opt. Commun. 281(8), 2248–2251 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Bernstein, A. C.

T. A. Pitts, T. S. Luk, J. K. Gruetzner, T. R. Nelson, A. McPherson, S. M. Cameron, and A. C. Bernstein, “Propagation of self-focusing laser pulses in atmosphere: experiment versus numerical simulation,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 21, 2008–2016 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Biegert, J.

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Spectrally and spatially resolved interference fringes calculated for various intensity of transform-limited pulses propagating 10 m in ambient air.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Calculated spectral shape of nonlinear phase shift at different stretched pulse durations of a transform limited 25 fs pulse.

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Fig. 3

Experimental setup. The intensity ratio of the sample and reference arm is 10:1, while their intensity is equal at the input and output windows of the tube.

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Fig. 4

Experimental verification of the similarity between the spectral shape of nonlinear phase shift of the stretched pulses and the spectral intensity of the pulses (c.f. Fig. 2).

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Pressure dependence of n 2 for (a) argon, (b) air and (c) neon. Similar graphs have been obtained for xenon and nitrogen, too. Linear regressions are represented by black curves. Please mind the logarithmic scale.

Tables (1)

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Table 1 Pressure-dependent nonlinear refractive indices for Ar, Ne, Xe, N2 and air. For comparison, the previously reported theoretical [17] and experimental [16,19,24,32,44] n 2 values at 1000 mbar are also displayed.

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ϕ S ( y , ω ) = ω c ( ( n M e d ( ω ) + n 2 M e d I S ( y , ω ) d ω ) l S , M e d + ( n O b j ( ω ) + n 2 O b j I S ( y , ω ) d ω ) l O b j ) ,
ϕ R ( y , ω ) = ω c ( ( n M e d ( ω ) + n 2 M e d I R ( y , ω ) d ω ) l R , M e d ) ,
Δ ϕ ( y , ω ) = ω c ( n 2 ( I S ( y , ω ) d ω l t u b e I R ( y , ω ) d ω ( l t u b e l c o r r . ) ) ( n a i r ( ω ) n ( ω ) ) l c o r r . ) ,

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