Abstract

We have investigated the guiding and triggering of discharges from a Tesla coil type 280 kHz AC high voltage source using filaments created by a femtosecond Terawatt laser pulse. Without the laser the discharges were maximum 30 cm long. With the laser straight, guided discharges up to 110 cm length were detected. The discharge length was limited by the voltage amplitude of the Tesla coil.

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    [CrossRef]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef] [PubMed]
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    [CrossRef]
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2012 (1)

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

2010 (1)

M. Lampe, R. F. Fernsler, S. P. Slinker, and D. F. Gordon, “Traveling wave model for laser-guided discharges,” Phys. Plasmas 17(11), 113511 (2010).
[CrossRef]

2008 (2)

J. Kasparian and J.-P. Wolf, “Physics and applications of atmospheric nonlinear optics and filamentation,” Opt. Express 16(1), 466–493 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

T. Fujii, M. Miki, N. Goto, A. Zhidkov, T. Fukuchi, Y. Oishi, and K. Nemoto, “Leader effects on femtosecond-laser-filament-triggered discharges,” Phys. Plasmas 15(1), 013107 (2008).
[CrossRef]

2007 (1)

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

2006 (4)

W. Liu, F. Théberge, J.-F. Daigle, P. T. Simard, S. M. Sarifi, Y. Kamali, H. L. Xu, and S. L. Chin, “An efficient control of ultrashort laser filament location in air for the purpose of remote sensing,” Appl. Phys. B 85(1), 55–58 (2006).
[CrossRef]

F. Théberge, W. Liu, P. T. Simard, A. Becker, and S. L. Chin, “Plasma density inside a femtosecond laser filament in air: strong dependence on external focusing,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 74(3), 036406 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

G. Méjean, R. Ackermann, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, J.-P. Wolf, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, P. Rohwetter, K. Stelmaszczyk, and L. Wöste, “Improved laser triggering and guiding of megavolt discharges with dual fs-ns pulses,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 88(2), 021101 (2006).
[CrossRef]

2003 (1)

D. Comtois, H. Pepin, F. Vidal, F. A. M. Rizk, T. Wyatt Johnston, J. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding of an upward positive leader from a ground rod with an ultrashort laser pulse-II: modeling,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31(3), 387–395 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2002 (2)

M. Rodriguez, R. Sauerbrey, H. Wille, L. Wöste, T. Fujii, Y.-B. André, A. Mysyrowicz, L. Klingbeil, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, and J.-P. Wolf, “Triggering and guiding megavolt discharges by use of laser-induced ionized filaments,” Opt. Lett. 27(9), 772–774 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

F. Vidal, D. Comtois, H. Pépin, T. Johnston, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, H. P. Mercure, and C. Potvin, “The control of lightning using lasers: Properties of streamers and leaders in the presence of laser-produced ionization,” C. R. Phys. 3(10), 1361–1374 (2002).
[CrossRef]

2001 (1)

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

2000 (1)

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

1999 (1)

B. La Fontaine, F. Vidal, D. Comtois, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, H. P. Mercure, H. Pépin, and F. A. M. Rizk, “The influence of electron density on the formation of streamers in electrical discharges triggered with ultrashort laser pulses,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 27(3), 688–700 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Ackermann, R.

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

G. Méjean, R. Ackermann, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, J.-P. Wolf, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, P. Rohwetter, K. Stelmaszczyk, and L. Wöste, “Improved laser triggering and guiding of megavolt discharges with dual fs-ns pulses,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 88(2), 021101 (2006).
[CrossRef]

André, Y.-B.

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

M. Rodriguez, R. Sauerbrey, H. Wille, L. Wöste, T. Fujii, Y.-B. André, A. Mysyrowicz, L. Klingbeil, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, and J.-P. Wolf, “Triggering and guiding megavolt discharges by use of laser-induced ionized filaments,” Opt. Lett. 27(9), 772–774 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Azarm, A.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Becker, A.

F. Théberge, W. Liu, P. T. Simard, A. Becker, and S. L. Chin, “Plasma density inside a femtosecond laser filament in air: strong dependence on external focusing,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 74(3), 036406 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bondiou-Clergerie, A.

D. Comtois, H. Pepin, F. Vidal, F. A. M. Rizk, T. Wyatt Johnston, J. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding of an upward positive leader from a ground rod with an ultrashort laser pulse-II: modeling,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31(3), 387–395 (2003).
[CrossRef]

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Bourayou, R.

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Bourrillon, J.-F.

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Campo, C.

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Cascelli, J.-P.

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Chen, Y. P.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Chien, C. Y.

F. Vidal, D. Comtois, H. Pépin, T. Johnston, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, H. P. Mercure, and C. Potvin, “The control of lightning using lasers: Properties of streamers and leaders in the presence of laser-produced ionization,” C. R. Phys. 3(10), 1361–1374 (2002).
[CrossRef]

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, F. Vidal, D. Comtois, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, H. P. Mercure, H. Pépin, and F. A. M. Rizk, “The influence of electron density on the formation of streamers in electrical discharges triggered with ultrashort laser pulses,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 27(3), 688–700 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Chien, C.-Y.

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Chin, S. L.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

F. Théberge, W. Liu, P. T. Simard, A. Becker, and S. L. Chin, “Plasma density inside a femtosecond laser filament in air: strong dependence on external focusing,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 74(3), 036406 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

W. Liu, F. Théberge, J.-F. Daigle, P. T. Simard, S. M. Sarifi, Y. Kamali, H. L. Xu, and S. L. Chin, “An efficient control of ultrashort laser filament location in air for the purpose of remote sensing,” Appl. Phys. B 85(1), 55–58 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Comtois, D.

D. Comtois, H. Pepin, F. Vidal, F. A. M. Rizk, T. Wyatt Johnston, J. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding of an upward positive leader from a ground rod with an ultrashort laser pulse-II: modeling,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31(3), 387–395 (2003).
[CrossRef]

F. Vidal, D. Comtois, H. Pépin, T. Johnston, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, H. P. Mercure, and C. Potvin, “The control of lightning using lasers: Properties of streamers and leaders in the presence of laser-produced ionization,” C. R. Phys. 3(10), 1361–1374 (2002).
[CrossRef]

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, F. Vidal, D. Comtois, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, H. P. Mercure, H. Pépin, and F. A. M. Rizk, “The influence of electron density on the formation of streamers in electrical discharges triggered with ultrashort laser pulses,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 27(3), 688–700 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Couairon, A.

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

Couture, P.

D. Comtois, H. Pepin, F. Vidal, F. A. M. Rizk, T. Wyatt Johnston, J. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding of an upward positive leader from a ground rod with an ultrashort laser pulse-II: modeling,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31(3), 387–395 (2003).
[CrossRef]

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Daigle, J.-F.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

W. Liu, F. Théberge, J.-F. Daigle, P. T. Simard, S. M. Sarifi, Y. Kamali, H. L. Xu, and S. L. Chin, “An efficient control of ultrashort laser filament location in air for the purpose of remote sensing,” Appl. Phys. B 85(1), 55–58 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Davoise, C.

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Desparois, A.

F. Vidal, D. Comtois, H. Pépin, T. Johnston, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, H. P. Mercure, and C. Potvin, “The control of lightning using lasers: Properties of streamers and leaders in the presence of laser-produced ionization,” C. R. Phys. 3(10), 1361–1374 (2002).
[CrossRef]

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, F. Vidal, D. Comtois, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, H. P. Mercure, H. Pépin, and F. A. M. Rizk, “The influence of electron density on the formation of streamers in electrical discharges triggered with ultrashort laser pulses,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 27(3), 688–700 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Fernsler, R. F.

M. Lampe, R. F. Fernsler, S. P. Slinker, and D. F. Gordon, “Traveling wave model for laser-guided discharges,” Phys. Plasmas 17(11), 113511 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Fujii, T.

Fukuchi, T.

T. Fujii, M. Miki, N. Goto, A. Zhidkov, T. Fukuchi, Y. Oishi, and K. Nemoto, “Leader effects on femtosecond-laser-filament-triggered discharges,” Phys. Plasmas 15(1), 013107 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Gallimberti, I.

D. Comtois, H. Pepin, F. Vidal, F. A. M. Rizk, T. Wyatt Johnston, J. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding of an upward positive leader from a ground rod with an ultrashort laser pulse-II: modeling,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31(3), 387–395 (2003).
[CrossRef]

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Génin, F.

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Gordon, D. F.

M. Lampe, R. F. Fernsler, S. P. Slinker, and D. F. Gordon, “Traveling wave model for laser-guided discharges,” Phys. Plasmas 17(11), 113511 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Goto, N.

T. Fujii, M. Miki, N. Goto, A. Zhidkov, T. Fukuchi, Y. Oishi, and K. Nemoto, “Leader effects on femtosecond-laser-filament-triggered discharges,” Phys. Plasmas 15(1), 013107 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Jarry, G.

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Johnston, T.

F. Vidal, D. Comtois, H. Pépin, T. Johnston, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, H. P. Mercure, and C. Potvin, “The control of lightning using lasers: Properties of streamers and leaders in the presence of laser-produced ionization,” C. R. Phys. 3(10), 1361–1374 (2002).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Johnston, T. W.

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, F. Vidal, D. Comtois, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, H. P. Mercure, H. Pépin, and F. A. M. Rizk, “The influence of electron density on the formation of streamers in electrical discharges triggered with ultrashort laser pulses,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 27(3), 688–700 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Kalkner, W.

G. Méjean, R. Ackermann, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, J.-P. Wolf, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, P. Rohwetter, K. Stelmaszczyk, and L. Wöste, “Improved laser triggering and guiding of megavolt discharges with dual fs-ns pulses,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 88(2), 021101 (2006).
[CrossRef]

M. Rodriguez, R. Sauerbrey, H. Wille, L. Wöste, T. Fujii, Y.-B. André, A. Mysyrowicz, L. Klingbeil, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, and J.-P. Wolf, “Triggering and guiding megavolt discharges by use of laser-induced ionized filaments,” Opt. Lett. 27(9), 772–774 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kamali, Y.

W. Liu, F. Théberge, J.-F. Daigle, P. T. Simard, S. M. Sarifi, Y. Kamali, H. L. Xu, and S. L. Chin, “An efficient control of ultrashort laser filament location in air for the purpose of remote sensing,” Appl. Phys. B 85(1), 55–58 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Kasparian, J.

J. Kasparian and J.-P. Wolf, “Physics and applications of atmospheric nonlinear optics and filamentation,” Opt. Express 16(1), 466–493 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Méjean, R. Ackermann, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, J.-P. Wolf, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, P. Rohwetter, K. Stelmaszczyk, and L. Wöste, “Improved laser triggering and guiding of megavolt discharges with dual fs-ns pulses,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 88(2), 021101 (2006).
[CrossRef]

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

M. Rodriguez, R. Sauerbrey, H. Wille, L. Wöste, T. Fujii, Y.-B. André, A. Mysyrowicz, L. Klingbeil, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, and J.-P. Wolf, “Triggering and guiding megavolt discharges by use of laser-induced ionized filaments,” Opt. Lett. 27(9), 772–774 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Kieffer, J.

D. Comtois, H. Pepin, F. Vidal, F. A. M. Rizk, T. Wyatt Johnston, J. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding of an upward positive leader from a ground rod with an ultrashort laser pulse-II: modeling,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31(3), 387–395 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Kieffer, J. C.

F. Vidal, D. Comtois, H. Pépin, T. Johnston, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, H. P. Mercure, and C. Potvin, “The control of lightning using lasers: Properties of streamers and leaders in the presence of laser-produced ionization,” C. R. Phys. 3(10), 1361–1374 (2002).
[CrossRef]

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, F. Vidal, D. Comtois, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, H. P. Mercure, H. Pépin, and F. A. M. Rizk, “The influence of electron density on the formation of streamers in electrical discharges triggered with ultrashort laser pulses,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 27(3), 688–700 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Kieffer, J.-C.

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Klingbeil, L.

Kosareva, O.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

La Fontaine, B.

D. Comtois, H. Pepin, F. Vidal, F. A. M. Rizk, T. Wyatt Johnston, J. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding of an upward positive leader from a ground rod with an ultrashort laser pulse-II: modeling,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31(3), 387–395 (2003).
[CrossRef]

F. Vidal, D. Comtois, H. Pépin, T. Johnston, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, H. P. Mercure, and C. Potvin, “The control of lightning using lasers: Properties of streamers and leaders in the presence of laser-produced ionization,” C. R. Phys. 3(10), 1361–1374 (2002).
[CrossRef]

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, F. Vidal, D. Comtois, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, H. P. Mercure, H. Pépin, and F. A. M. Rizk, “The influence of electron density on the formation of streamers in electrical discharges triggered with ultrashort laser pulses,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 27(3), 688–700 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Lalande, P.

D. Comtois, H. Pepin, F. Vidal, F. A. M. Rizk, T. Wyatt Johnston, J. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding of an upward positive leader from a ground rod with an ultrashort laser pulse-II: modeling,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31(3), 387–395 (2003).
[CrossRef]

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Lampe, M.

M. Lampe, R. F. Fernsler, S. P. Slinker, and D. F. Gordon, “Traveling wave model for laser-guided discharges,” Phys. Plasmas 17(11), 113511 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Li, R.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Liu, J. S.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Liu, W.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

W. Liu, F. Théberge, J.-F. Daigle, P. T. Simard, S. M. Sarifi, Y. Kamali, H. L. Xu, and S. L. Chin, “An efficient control of ultrashort laser filament location in air for the purpose of remote sensing,” Appl. Phys. B 85(1), 55–58 (2006).
[CrossRef]

F. Théberge, W. Liu, P. T. Simard, A. Becker, and S. L. Chin, “Plasma density inside a femtosecond laser filament in air: strong dependence on external focusing,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 74(3), 036406 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Marceau, C.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Martin, F.

D. Comtois, H. Pepin, F. Vidal, F. A. M. Rizk, T. Wyatt Johnston, J. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding of an upward positive leader from a ground rod with an ultrashort laser pulse-II: modeling,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31(3), 387–395 (2003).
[CrossRef]

F. Vidal, D. Comtois, H. Pépin, T. Johnston, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, H. P. Mercure, and C. Potvin, “The control of lightning using lasers: Properties of streamers and leaders in the presence of laser-produced ionization,” C. R. Phys. 3(10), 1361–1374 (2002).
[CrossRef]

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Mawassi, R.

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Méchain, G.

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Méjean, G.

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

G. Méjean, R. Ackermann, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, J.-P. Wolf, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, P. Rohwetter, K. Stelmaszczyk, and L. Wöste, “Improved laser triggering and guiding of megavolt discharges with dual fs-ns pulses,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 88(2), 021101 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Mercure, H. P.

D. Comtois, H. Pepin, F. Vidal, F. A. M. Rizk, T. Wyatt Johnston, J. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding of an upward positive leader from a ground rod with an ultrashort laser pulse-II: modeling,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31(3), 387–395 (2003).
[CrossRef]

F. Vidal, D. Comtois, H. Pépin, T. Johnston, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, H. P. Mercure, and C. Potvin, “The control of lightning using lasers: Properties of streamers and leaders in the presence of laser-produced ionization,” C. R. Phys. 3(10), 1361–1374 (2002).
[CrossRef]

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, F. Vidal, D. Comtois, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, H. P. Mercure, H. Pépin, and F. A. M. Rizk, “The influence of electron density on the formation of streamers in electrical discharges triggered with ultrashort laser pulses,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 27(3), 688–700 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Miki, M.

T. Fujii, M. Miki, N. Goto, A. Zhidkov, T. Fukuchi, Y. Oishi, and K. Nemoto, “Leader effects on femtosecond-laser-filament-triggered discharges,” Phys. Plasmas 15(1), 013107 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Mysyrowicz, A.

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

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

M. Rodriguez, R. Sauerbrey, H. Wille, L. Wöste, T. Fujii, Y.-B. André, A. Mysyrowicz, L. Klingbeil, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, and J.-P. Wolf, “Triggering and guiding megavolt discharges by use of laser-induced ionized filaments,” Opt. Lett. 27(9), 772–774 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Nemoto, K.

T. Fujii, M. Miki, N. Goto, A. Zhidkov, T. Fukuchi, Y. Oishi, and K. Nemoto, “Leader effects on femtosecond-laser-filament-triggered discharges,” Phys. Plasmas 15(1), 013107 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Oishi, Y.

T. Fujii, M. Miki, N. Goto, A. Zhidkov, T. Fukuchi, Y. Oishi, and K. Nemoto, “Leader effects on femtosecond-laser-filament-triggered discharges,” Phys. Plasmas 15(1), 013107 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Panov, N.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Pepin, H.

D. Comtois, H. Pepin, F. Vidal, F. A. M. Rizk, T. Wyatt Johnston, J. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding of an upward positive leader from a ground rod with an ultrashort laser pulse-II: modeling,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31(3), 387–395 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Pépin, H.

F. Vidal, D. Comtois, H. Pépin, T. Johnston, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, H. P. Mercure, and C. Potvin, “The control of lightning using lasers: Properties of streamers and leaders in the presence of laser-produced ionization,” C. R. Phys. 3(10), 1361–1374 (2002).
[CrossRef]

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, F. Vidal, D. Comtois, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, H. P. Mercure, H. Pépin, and F. A. M. Rizk, “The influence of electron density on the formation of streamers in electrical discharges triggered with ultrashort laser pulses,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 27(3), 688–700 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Potvin, C.

D. Comtois, H. Pepin, F. Vidal, F. A. M. Rizk, T. Wyatt Johnston, J. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding of an upward positive leader from a ground rod with an ultrashort laser pulse-II: modeling,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31(3), 387–395 (2003).
[CrossRef]

F. Vidal, D. Comtois, H. Pépin, T. Johnston, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, H. P. Mercure, and C. Potvin, “The control of lightning using lasers: Properties of streamers and leaders in the presence of laser-produced ionization,” C. R. Phys. 3(10), 1361–1374 (2002).
[CrossRef]

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Rethmeier, K.

G. Méjean, R. Ackermann, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, J.-P. Wolf, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, P. Rohwetter, K. Stelmaszczyk, and L. Wöste, “Improved laser triggering and guiding of megavolt discharges with dual fs-ns pulses,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 88(2), 021101 (2006).
[CrossRef]

M. Rodriguez, R. Sauerbrey, H. Wille, L. Wöste, T. Fujii, Y.-B. André, A. Mysyrowicz, L. Klingbeil, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, and J.-P. Wolf, “Triggering and guiding megavolt discharges by use of laser-induced ionized filaments,” Opt. Lett. 27(9), 772–774 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Richardson, M.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Rizk, F. A. M.

D. Comtois, H. Pepin, F. Vidal, F. A. M. Rizk, T. Wyatt Johnston, J. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding of an upward positive leader from a ground rod with an ultrashort laser pulse-II: modeling,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31(3), 387–395 (2003).
[CrossRef]

F. Vidal, D. Comtois, H. Pépin, T. Johnston, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, H. P. Mercure, and C. Potvin, “The control of lightning using lasers: Properties of streamers and leaders in the presence of laser-produced ionization,” C. R. Phys. 3(10), 1361–1374 (2002).
[CrossRef]

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, F. Vidal, D. Comtois, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, H. P. Mercure, H. Pépin, and F. A. M. Rizk, “The influence of electron density on the formation of streamers in electrical discharges triggered with ultrashort laser pulses,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 27(3), 688–700 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Rizk, F. M.

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Rodriguez, M.

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

M. Rodriguez, R. Sauerbrey, H. Wille, L. Wöste, T. Fujii, Y.-B. André, A. Mysyrowicz, L. Klingbeil, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, and J.-P. Wolf, “Triggering and guiding megavolt discharges by use of laser-induced ionized filaments,” Opt. Lett. 27(9), 772–774 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Rohwetter, P.

G. Méjean, R. Ackermann, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, J.-P. Wolf, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, P. Rohwetter, K. Stelmaszczyk, and L. Wöste, “Improved laser triggering and guiding of megavolt discharges with dual fs-ns pulses,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 88(2), 021101 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Salmon, E.

G. Méjean, R. Ackermann, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, J.-P. Wolf, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, P. Rohwetter, K. Stelmaszczyk, and L. Wöste, “Improved laser triggering and guiding of megavolt discharges with dual fs-ns pulses,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 88(2), 021101 (2006).
[CrossRef]

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

M. Rodriguez, R. Sauerbrey, H. Wille, L. Wöste, T. Fujii, Y.-B. André, A. Mysyrowicz, L. Klingbeil, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, and J.-P. Wolf, “Triggering and guiding megavolt discharges by use of laser-induced ionized filaments,” Opt. Lett. 27(9), 772–774 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Sarifi, S. M.

W. Liu, F. Théberge, J.-F. Daigle, P. T. Simard, S. M. Sarifi, Y. Kamali, H. L. Xu, and S. L. Chin, “An efficient control of ultrashort laser filament location in air for the purpose of remote sensing,” Appl. Phys. B 85(1), 55–58 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Sauerbrey, R.

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

M. Rodriguez, R. Sauerbrey, H. Wille, L. Wöste, T. Fujii, Y.-B. André, A. Mysyrowicz, L. Klingbeil, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, and J.-P. Wolf, “Triggering and guiding megavolt discharges by use of laser-induced ionized filaments,” Opt. Lett. 27(9), 772–774 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Seideman, T.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Simard, P. T.

F. Théberge, W. Liu, P. T. Simard, A. Becker, and S. L. Chin, “Plasma density inside a femtosecond laser filament in air: strong dependence on external focusing,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 74(3), 036406 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

W. Liu, F. Théberge, J.-F. Daigle, P. T. Simard, S. M. Sarifi, Y. Kamali, H. L. Xu, and S. L. Chin, “An efficient control of ultrashort laser filament location in air for the purpose of remote sensing,” Appl. Phys. B 85(1), 55–58 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Slinker, S. P.

M. Lampe, R. F. Fernsler, S. P. Slinker, and D. F. Gordon, “Traveling wave model for laser-guided discharges,” Phys. Plasmas 17(11), 113511 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Stelmaszczyk, K.

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

G. Méjean, R. Ackermann, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, J.-P. Wolf, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, P. Rohwetter, K. Stelmaszczyk, and L. Wöste, “Improved laser triggering and guiding of megavolt discharges with dual fs-ns pulses,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 88(2), 021101 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Tamin, L.

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Théberge, F.

F. Théberge, W. Liu, P. T. Simard, A. Becker, and S. L. Chin, “Plasma density inside a femtosecond laser filament in air: strong dependence on external focusing,” Phys. Rev. E Stat. Nonlin. Soft Matter Phys. 74(3), 036406 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

W. Liu, F. Théberge, J.-F. Daigle, P. T. Simard, S. M. Sarifi, Y. Kamali, H. L. Xu, and S. L. Chin, “An efficient control of ultrashort laser filament location in air for the purpose of remote sensing,” Appl. Phys. B 85(1), 55–58 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Tzortzakis, S.

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Vidal, F.

D. Comtois, H. Pepin, F. Vidal, F. A. M. Rizk, T. Wyatt Johnston, J. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding of an upward positive leader from a ground rod with an ultrashort laser pulse-II: modeling,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31(3), 387–395 (2003).
[CrossRef]

F. Vidal, D. Comtois, H. Pépin, T. Johnston, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, H. P. Mercure, and C. Potvin, “The control of lightning using lasers: Properties of streamers and leaders in the presence of laser-produced ionization,” C. R. Phys. 3(10), 1361–1374 (2002).
[CrossRef]

H. Pépin, D. Comtois, F. Vidal, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, F. A. M. Rizk, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding high-voltage large-scale leader discharges with sub-joule ultrashort laser pulses,” Phys. Plasmas 8(5), 2532–2539 (2001).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, D. Comtois, C.-Y. Chien, A. Desparois, F. Génin, G. Jarry, T. Johnston, J.-C. Kieffer, F. Martin, R. Mawassi, H. Pépin, F. M. Rizk, F. Vidal, C. Potvin, P. Couture, and H. P. Mercure, “Guiding large-scale spark discharges with ultrashort pulse laser filaments,” J. Appl. Phys. 88(2), 610–615 (2000).
[CrossRef]

B. La Fontaine, F. Vidal, D. Comtois, C. Y. Chien, A. Desparois, T. W. Johnston, J. C. Kieffer, H. P. Mercure, H. Pépin, and F. A. M. Rizk, “The influence of electron density on the formation of streamers in electrical discharges triggered with ultrashort laser pulses,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 27(3), 688–700 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Wang, T.-J.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Wille, H.

Wolf, J.-P.

J. Kasparian and J.-P. Wolf, “Physics and applications of atmospheric nonlinear optics and filamentation,” Opt. Express 16(1), 466–493 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

G. Méjean, R. Ackermann, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, J.-P. Wolf, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, P. Rohwetter, K. Stelmaszczyk, and L. Wöste, “Improved laser triggering and guiding of megavolt discharges with dual fs-ns pulses,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 88(2), 021101 (2006).
[CrossRef]

M. Rodriguez, R. Sauerbrey, H. Wille, L. Wöste, T. Fujii, Y.-B. André, A. Mysyrowicz, L. Klingbeil, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, and J.-P. Wolf, “Triggering and guiding megavolt discharges by use of laser-induced ionized filaments,” Opt. Lett. 27(9), 772–774 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Wöste, L.

G. Méjean, R. Ackermann, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, J.-P. Wolf, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, P. Rohwetter, K. Stelmaszczyk, and L. Wöste, “Improved laser triggering and guiding of megavolt discharges with dual fs-ns pulses,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 88(2), 021101 (2006).
[CrossRef]

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

M. Rodriguez, R. Sauerbrey, H. Wille, L. Wöste, T. Fujii, Y.-B. André, A. Mysyrowicz, L. Klingbeil, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, and J.-P. Wolf, “Triggering and guiding megavolt discharges by use of laser-induced ionized filaments,” Opt. Lett. 27(9), 772–774 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Wu, J.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Wyatt Johnston, T.

D. Comtois, H. Pepin, F. Vidal, F. A. M. Rizk, T. Wyatt Johnston, J. Kieffer, B. La Fontaine, F. Martin, C. Potvin, P. Couture, H. P. Mercure, A. Bondiou-Clergerie, P. Lalande, and I. Gallimberti, “Triggering and guiding of an upward positive leader from a ground rod with an ultrashort laser pulse-II: modeling,” IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31(3), 387–395 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Xu, H. L.

W. Liu, F. Théberge, J.-F. Daigle, P. T. Simard, S. M. Sarifi, Y. Kamali, H. L. Xu, and S. L. Chin, “An efficient control of ultrashort laser filament location in air for the purpose of remote sensing,” Appl. Phys. B 85(1), 55–58 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Xu, Z. Z.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Yu, J.

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

G. Méjean, R. Ackermann, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, J.-P. Wolf, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, P. Rohwetter, K. Stelmaszczyk, and L. Wöste, “Improved laser triggering and guiding of megavolt discharges with dual fs-ns pulses,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 88(2), 021101 (2006).
[CrossRef]

M. Rodriguez, R. Sauerbrey, H. Wille, L. Wöste, T. Fujii, Y.-B. André, A. Mysyrowicz, L. Klingbeil, K. Rethmeier, W. Kalkner, J. Kasparian, E. Salmon, J. Yu, and J.-P. Wolf, “Triggering and guiding megavolt discharges by use of laser-induced ionized filaments,” Opt. Lett. 27(9), 772–774 (2002).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Yuan, S.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Zeng, H. P.

S. L. Chin, T.-J. Wang, C. Marceau, J. Wu, J. S. Liu, O. Kosareva, N. Panov, Y. P. Chen, J.-F. Daigle, S. Yuan, A. Azarm, W. Liu, T. Seideman, H. P. Zeng, M. Richardson, R. Li, and Z. Z. Xu, “Advances in intense femtosecond laser filamentation in air,” Laser Phys. 22(1), 1–53 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Zhidkov, A.

T. Fujii, M. Miki, N. Goto, A. Zhidkov, T. Fukuchi, Y. Oishi, and K. Nemoto, “Leader effects on femtosecond-laser-filament-triggered discharges,” Phys. Plasmas 15(1), 013107 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B (2)

R. Ackermann, G. Méchain, G. Méjean, R. Bourayou, M. Rodriguez, K. Stelmaszczyk, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, E. Salmon, S. Tzortzakis, Y.-B. André, J.-F. Bourrillon, L. Tamin, J.-P. Cascelli, C. Campo, C. Davoise, A. Mysyrowicz, R. Sauerbrey, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, “Influence of negative leader propagation on the triggering and guiding of high voltage discharges by laser filaments,” Appl. Phys. B 82(4), 561–566 (2006).
[CrossRef]

W. Liu, F. Théberge, J.-F. Daigle, P. T. Simard, S. M. Sarifi, Y. Kamali, H. L. Xu, and S. L. Chin, “An efficient control of ultrashort laser filament location in air for the purpose of remote sensing,” Appl. Phys. B 85(1), 55–58 (2006).
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Figures (6)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic of the electrical setup for the Tesla coil.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

The experiment setup with a 80 cm long guided discharge as imaged by video camera. The Tesla coil is seen on the left and the target electrode on the right. Image has been modified for enhanced viewing.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Example of discharge across 25 cm gap without any filament.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Example of ICCD camera image of guided discharge with 100 cm gap between the electrodes.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Percentage of guided discharges (Extracted from 30 pulses per delay) measured at different gap distances for varying timing between Tesla coil and laser pulses. The exact timing of the femtosecond laser pulse is not known, but the offset should be constant. Longer delays means that the femtosecond laser pulse comes before the peak voltage, shorter delays that the femtosecond laser pulse comes after the peak voltage.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Traces of 129 individual 70 cm long discharges as measured with PMT. 6 traces were highlighted in different colors to show the individual measurements with a single pulse per discharge. The time zero corresponds to the fs-laser pulse.

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