Abstract

We provide what is believed to be the first experimental evidence of spatial control on multiple filamentation (MF) using circularly polarized femtosecond laser pulses. The exceptional shot-to-shot reproducibility of the MF pattern allowed complete characterization of the two copropagating high-energy filaments, revealing for the first time temporal (self-) compression of circularly polarized filamenting pulses to a fifth of the initial 57fs laser pulse duration without any sophisticated chirp control. Compared with LP MF, an enhancement in spatial stability and an increase in energy throughput are reported for circular input polarization.

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M. Kolesik, J. V. Moloney, and E. M. Wright, Phys. Rev. E 64, 046607 (2001).
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[CrossRef]

A. Couairon, S. Tzortzakis, L. Berge, M. Franco, B. Prade, and A. Mysyrowicz, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 1117 (2002).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

Power, E. P.

Prade, B.

G. Mechain, A. Couairon, M. Franco, B. Prade, and A. Mysyrowicz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 0350031 (2004).
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A. Couairon, S. Tzortzakis, L. Berge, M. Franco, B. Prade, and A. Mysyrowicz, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 1117 (2002).
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[CrossRef]

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Sistrunk, E.

Squier, J.

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V. I. Bespalov and V. I. Talanov, JETP Lett. 3, 307 (1966).

Tate, J.

Theberge, F.

F. Theberge, N. Akozbek, W. Liu, A. Becker, and S. L. Chin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 023904 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Trisorio, A.

C. P. Hauri, A. Trisorio, M. Merano, G. Rey, R. Lopez-Martens, and G. Mourou, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 151125 (2006).
[CrossRef]

Trushin, S. A.

S. A. Trushin, S. Panja, K. Kosma, W. E. Schmid, and W. Fuss, Appl. Phys. B 80, 399 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Tzortzakis, S.

Walmsley, I. A.

Wheeler, J.

Wright, E. M.

M. Kolesik, J. V. Moloney, and E. M. Wright, Phys. Rev. E 64, 046607 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Zigler, A.

Appl. Phys. B

C. P. Hauri, W. Kornelis, F. W. Helbing, A. Heinrich, A. Couairon, A. Mysyrowicz, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, Appl. Phys. B 79, 673 (2004).
[CrossRef]

S. A. Trushin, S. Panja, K. Kosma, W. E. Schmid, and W. Fuss, Appl. Phys. B 80, 399 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett.

C. P. Hauri, A. Trisorio, M. Merano, G. Rey, R. Lopez-Martens, and G. Mourou, Appl. Phys. Lett. 89, 151125 (2006).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B

JETP Lett.

V. I. Bespalov and V. I. Talanov, JETP Lett. 3, 307 (1966).

Opt. Express

Opt. Lett.

Phys. Rev. E

M. Kolesik, J. V. Moloney, and E. M. Wright, Phys. Rev. E 64, 046607 (2001).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett.

G. Mechain, A. Couairon, M. Franco, B. Prade, and A. Mysyrowicz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 0350031 (2004).
[CrossRef]

F. Theberge, N. Akozbek, W. Liu, A. Becker, and S. L. Chin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 023904 (2006).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. Fibich and B. Ilan, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 0139011 (2002).
[CrossRef]

S. Klarsfold and A. Maquet, Phys. Rev. Lett. 29, 79 (1972).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

(a) Experimental setup for organizing multiple filaments with a zero-order λ 4 wave plate, an argon-filled gas tube, and a second ultrabroadband zero-order λ 4 wave plate providing LP for diagnostics. (b) Beam profile at the position of the focusing lens.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Spatial filament pattern for (a) circular and (b) linear input beam polarization at a constant gas tube pressure of 1.5 × 10 5 Pa . Integration time 35 ms .

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Transverse beam centroids recorded for (a) CP and (b) LP twin filaments. The tables show the corresponding total and individual rms deviations in the x and y directions for each filament.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a) Spectra of the laser and the CP twin filaments F1 and F2 recorded with a fiber-coupled spectrometer (Ocean Optics, USB2000). The spectrum of the reservoir radiation is measured in the geometrical center of the twin filaments shown in Fig. 2a. Also shown are temporal reconstruction of (b) the initial laser and (c), (d) the copropagating filament pulses after compression by means of 20 mm fused silica.

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