Abstract

We study the interaction of two parallel-launched femtosecond filaments at their fundamental-wave and second-harmonic frequencies in air. Besides the Kerr effect within the pulse duration, the impulsive alignment of the diatomic molecules in the fundamental-wave filament leads to controllable and field-free achievable attraction, fusion, or repulsion of the second-harmonic filament. The molecular-alignment-assisted filament interaction is further confirmed by the fluorescence intensity variation and spectral modulation of the second-harmonic filament at various molecular alignment revivals.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

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