Abstract

Long self-trapped femtosecond ultraviolet filaments created in the bulk of pure fused silica are used to induce permanent structural changes in the medium. We monitor the laser pulse propagation as a filamentary structure and the plasma string left at its trail. We investigate and demonstrate the link of the filament-induced plasma to the permanent structural changes left in the medium. Specific electron density thresholds are found for the induced modifications.

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[CrossRef]

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V. V. Temnov, K. Sokolowski-Tinten, P. Zhou, B. Rethfeld, V. E. Gruzdev, A. El-Kamhawy, and D. von der Linde, Proc. SPIE 5448, 1119 (2004).
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[CrossRef]

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V. V. Temnov, K. Sokolowski-Tinten, P. Zhou, B. Rethfeld, V. E. Gruzdev, A. El-Kamhawy, and D. von der Linde, Proc. SPIE 5448, 1119 (2004).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

N. Fukata, Y. Yamamoto, K. Murakami, M. Hase, and M. Kitajima, Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 3495 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (4)

Phys. Rev. B (2)

A. Zoubir, C. Rivero, R. Grodsky, K. Richardson, M. Richardson, T. Cardinal, and M. Couzi, Phys. Rev. B 73, 224117 (2006).
[CrossRef]

A. Couairon, L. Sudrie, M. Franco, B. Prade, and A. Mysyrowicz, Phys. Rev. B 71, 125435 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Status Solidi C (1)

L. Skuja, M. Hirano, H. Hosono, and K. Kajihara, Phys. Status Solidi C 2, 15 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Proc. SPIE (1)

V. V. Temnov, K. Sokolowski-Tinten, P. Zhou, B. Rethfeld, V. E. Gruzdev, A. El-Kamhawy, and D. von der Linde, Proc. SPIE 5448, 1119 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Other (1)

R. W. Boyd, Nonlinear Optics, 2nd ed. (Academic, 2003).

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Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Probe images at various delays uncovering the filamentary propagation of the pump beam (propagation from left to right). (b) Corresponding calculated surface plots of the electron density distribution (in false colors).

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Time-integrated maximum electron density along the filaments’ plasma string. (b)–(d) Probe images of the permanent structural modifications induced after accumulation of 1, 10, and 100 pump pulses, respectively. The vertical arrows correlate the starting and ending points of the structural modifications to the electron density distribution (a).

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Δ n ̃ e 2 2 n o ε o ω 2 m e ρ ω τ c 1 + ( ω τ c ) 2 ( ω τ c + i ) ,

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