Abstract

Self-compressed (SC) pulses have been achieved through the filamentation process in air without any additional dispersion compensation, using the input pulse chirp as the control parameter. For any studied input pulse energy (35mJ), we have found two opposite sign input group-delay dispersion values for which SC pulses can be achieved systematically. In addition, we have observed that the energy coupled into the inner core of the filament is always of the order of 20% of the total input pulse energy, which opens the way to a scalable technique to obtain intense short pulses directly from the filamentation process.

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