Abstract

We report the first (to our knowledge) experimental results and numerical simulations on mid-IR femtosecond pulse filamentation in argon using 0.1 TW peak-power, 80 fs, 3.9 μm pulses. A broadband supercontinuum spanning the spectral range from 350 nm to 5 μm is generated, whereby about 4% of the mid-IR pulse energy is converted into the 350–1700 nm spectral region. These mid-IR–visible coherent continua offer a new, unique tool for time-resolved spectroscopy based on a mid-IR filamentation laser source.

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1964 (1)

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Andriukaitis, G.

Balciunas, T.

Baltuška, A.

Béjot, P.

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, S. Henin, V. Loriot, T. Vieillard, E. Hertz, O. Faucher, B. Lavorel, and J.-P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 103903 (2010).
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S. Skupin and L. Bergé, Opt. Commun. 280, 173 (2007).
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L. Bergé, S. Skupin, G. Méjean, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, S. Frey, E. Salmon, and J. P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. E 71, 016602(2005).
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Chen, L.-M.

Chen, M.-C.

Couairon, A.

A. Couairon and A. Mysyrowicz, Phys. Rep. 441, 47 (2007).
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Danielius, R.

Du, D.

Ettoumi, W.

Faucher, O.

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, S. Henin, V. Loriot, T. Vieillard, E. Hertz, O. Faucher, B. Lavorel, and J.-P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 103903 (2010).
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Frey, S.

L. Bergé, S. Skupin, G. Méjean, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, S. Frey, E. Salmon, and J. P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. E 71, 016602(2005).
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Fuji, T.

Giniunas, L.

Hao, Z.

P. Rohwetter, J. Kasparian, K. Stelmaszczyk, Z. Hao, S. Henin, N. Lascoux, W. M. Nakaema, Y. Petit, M. Queisser, R. Salamé, E. Salmon, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, Nat. Photon. 4, 451 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Henin, S.

P. Rohwetter, J. Kasparian, K. Stelmaszczyk, Z. Hao, S. Henin, N. Lascoux, W. M. Nakaema, Y. Petit, M. Queisser, R. Salamé, E. Salmon, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, Nat. Photon. 4, 451 (2010).
[CrossRef]

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, S. Henin, V. Loriot, T. Vieillard, E. Hertz, O. Faucher, B. Lavorel, and J.-P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 103903 (2010).
[CrossRef]

S. Henin, Y. Petit, D. Kiselev, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf, Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 091107 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Hertz, E.

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, S. Henin, V. Loriot, T. Vieillard, E. Hertz, O. Faucher, B. Lavorel, and J.-P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 103903 (2010).
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V. Loriot, E. Hertz, O. Faucher, and B. Lavorel, Opt. Express 17, 13429 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Kapteyn, H. C.

Kartashov, D.

Kasparian, J.

W. Ettoumi, Y. Petit, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf, Opt. Express 18, 6613 (2010).
[CrossRef]

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, S. Henin, V. Loriot, T. Vieillard, E. Hertz, O. Faucher, B. Lavorel, and J.-P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 103903 (2010).
[CrossRef]

P. Rohwetter, J. Kasparian, K. Stelmaszczyk, Z. Hao, S. Henin, N. Lascoux, W. M. Nakaema, Y. Petit, M. Queisser, R. Salamé, E. Salmon, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, Nat. Photon. 4, 451 (2010).
[CrossRef]

S. Henin, Y. Petit, D. Kiselev, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf, Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 091107 (2009).
[CrossRef]

L. Bergé, S. Skupin, G. Méjean, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, S. Frey, E. Salmon, and J. P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. E 71, 016602(2005).
[CrossRef]

Kawata, S.

Keldysh, L. V.

L. V. Keldysh, Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 47, 1945 (1964); Sov. Phys. JETP 20, 1307 (1965).

Kiselev, D.

S. Henin, Y. Petit, D. Kiselev, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf, Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 091107 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Korn, G.

Lascoux, N.

P. Rohwetter, J. Kasparian, K. Stelmaszczyk, Z. Hao, S. Henin, N. Lascoux, W. M. Nakaema, Y. Petit, M. Queisser, R. Salamé, E. Salmon, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, Nat. Photon. 4, 451 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Lavorel, B.

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, S. Henin, V. Loriot, T. Vieillard, E. Hertz, O. Faucher, B. Lavorel, and J.-P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 103903 (2010).
[CrossRef]

V. Loriot, E. Hertz, O. Faucher, and B. Lavorel, Opt. Express 17, 13429 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Li, Y.-T.

Liu, X.

Loriot, V.

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, S. Henin, V. Loriot, T. Vieillard, E. Hertz, O. Faucher, B. Lavorel, and J.-P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 103903 (2010).
[CrossRef]

V. Loriot, E. Hertz, O. Faucher, and B. Lavorel, Opt. Express 17, 13429 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Méjean, G.

L. Bergé, S. Skupin, G. Méjean, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, S. Frey, E. Salmon, and J. P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. E 71, 016602(2005).
[CrossRef]

Mourou, G.

Mücke, O. D.

Murnane, M. M.

Mysyrowicz, A.

A. Couairon and A. Mysyrowicz, Phys. Rep. 441, 47 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Nakaema, W. M.

P. Rohwetter, J. Kasparian, K. Stelmaszczyk, Z. Hao, S. Henin, N. Lascoux, W. M. Nakaema, Y. Petit, M. Queisser, R. Salamé, E. Salmon, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, Nat. Photon. 4, 451 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Perelomov, A. M.

A. M. Perelomov, V. S. Popov, and M. V. Terent’ev, Sov. Phys. JETP 23, 924 (1966); Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 50, 1393 (1966).

Petit, Y.

P. Rohwetter, J. Kasparian, K. Stelmaszczyk, Z. Hao, S. Henin, N. Lascoux, W. M. Nakaema, Y. Petit, M. Queisser, R. Salamé, E. Salmon, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, Nat. Photon. 4, 451 (2010).
[CrossRef]

W. Ettoumi, Y. Petit, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf, Opt. Express 18, 6613 (2010).
[CrossRef]

S. Henin, Y. Petit, D. Kiselev, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf, Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 091107 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Pocius, J.

Popmintchev, T.

Popov, V. S.

A. M. Perelomov, V. S. Popov, and M. V. Terent’ev, Sov. Phys. JETP 23, 924 (1966); Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 50, 1393 (1966).

Pugžlys, A.

Qian, L.-J.

Queisser, M.

P. Rohwetter, J. Kasparian, K. Stelmaszczyk, Z. Hao, S. Henin, N. Lascoux, W. M. Nakaema, Y. Petit, M. Queisser, R. Salamé, E. Salmon, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, Nat. Photon. 4, 451 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Rohwetter, P.

P. Rohwetter, J. Kasparian, K. Stelmaszczyk, Z. Hao, S. Henin, N. Lascoux, W. M. Nakaema, Y. Petit, M. Queisser, R. Salamé, E. Salmon, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, Nat. Photon. 4, 451 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Salamé, R.

P. Rohwetter, J. Kasparian, K. Stelmaszczyk, Z. Hao, S. Henin, N. Lascoux, W. M. Nakaema, Y. Petit, M. Queisser, R. Salamé, E. Salmon, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, Nat. Photon. 4, 451 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Salmon, E.

P. Rohwetter, J. Kasparian, K. Stelmaszczyk, Z. Hao, S. Henin, N. Lascoux, W. M. Nakaema, Y. Petit, M. Queisser, R. Salamé, E. Salmon, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, Nat. Photon. 4, 451 (2010).
[CrossRef]

L. Bergé, S. Skupin, G. Méjean, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, S. Frey, E. Salmon, and J. P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. E 71, 016602(2005).
[CrossRef]

Sheng, Z.-M.

Skupin, S.

S. Skupin and L. Bergé, Opt. Commun. 280, 173 (2007).
[CrossRef]

L. Bergé, S. Skupin, G. Méjean, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, S. Frey, E. Salmon, and J. P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. E 71, 016602(2005).
[CrossRef]

Smilgevicius, V.

Squier, J.

Stelmaszczyk, K.

P. Rohwetter, J. Kasparian, K. Stelmaszczyk, Z. Hao, S. Henin, N. Lascoux, W. M. Nakaema, Y. Petit, M. Queisser, R. Salamé, E. Salmon, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, Nat. Photon. 4, 451 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Suzuki, T.

Terent’ev, M. V.

A. M. Perelomov, V. S. Popov, and M. V. Terent’ev, Sov. Phys. JETP 23, 924 (1966); Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 50, 1393 (1966).

Verhoef, A. J.

Vieillard, T.

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, S. Henin, V. Loriot, T. Vieillard, E. Hertz, O. Faucher, B. Lavorel, and J.-P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 103903 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Voronin, A. A.

D. Kartashov, S. Ališauskas, A. Pugžlys, A. A. Voronin, A. M. Zheltikov, and A. Baltuška, Opt. Lett. 37, 2268 (2012).
[CrossRef]

A. A. Voronin, S. Ališauskas, O. D. Mücke, A. Pugžlys, A. Baltuška, and A. M. Zheltikov, Phys. Rev. A 84, 023832 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Wang, W.-M.

Wolf, J. P.

L. Bergé, S. Skupin, G. Méjean, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, S. Frey, E. Salmon, and J. P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. E 71, 016602(2005).
[CrossRef]

Wolf, J.-P.

W. Ettoumi, Y. Petit, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf, Opt. Express 18, 6613 (2010).
[CrossRef]

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, S. Henin, V. Loriot, T. Vieillard, E. Hertz, O. Faucher, B. Lavorel, and J.-P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 103903 (2010).
[CrossRef]

P. Rohwetter, J. Kasparian, K. Stelmaszczyk, Z. Hao, S. Henin, N. Lascoux, W. M. Nakaema, Y. Petit, M. Queisser, R. Salamé, E. Salmon, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, Nat. Photon. 4, 451 (2010).
[CrossRef]

S. Henin, Y. Petit, D. Kiselev, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf, Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 091107 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Wöste, L.

P. Rohwetter, J. Kasparian, K. Stelmaszczyk, Z. Hao, S. Henin, N. Lascoux, W. M. Nakaema, Y. Petit, M. Queisser, R. Salamé, E. Salmon, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, Nat. Photon. 4, 451 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Yu, J.

L. Bergé, S. Skupin, G. Méjean, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, S. Frey, E. Salmon, and J. P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. E 71, 016602(2005).
[CrossRef]

Zhang, J.

Zheltikov, A. M.

D. Kartashov, S. Ališauskas, A. Pugžlys, A. A. Voronin, A. M. Zheltikov, and A. Baltuška, Opt. Lett. 37, 2268 (2012).
[CrossRef]

A. A. Voronin, S. Ališauskas, O. D. Mücke, A. Pugžlys, A. Baltuška, and A. M. Zheltikov, Phys. Rev. A 84, 023832 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

S. Henin, Y. Petit, D. Kiselev, J. Kasparian, and J.-P. Wolf, Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 091107 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Nat. Photon. (1)

P. Rohwetter, J. Kasparian, K. Stelmaszczyk, Z. Hao, S. Henin, N. Lascoux, W. M. Nakaema, Y. Petit, M. Queisser, R. Salamé, E. Salmon, L. Wöste, and J.-P. Wolf, Nat. Photon. 4, 451 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

S. Skupin and L. Bergé, Opt. Commun. 280, 173 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (6)

Phys. Rep. (1)

A. Couairon and A. Mysyrowicz, Phys. Rep. 441, 47 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. A (1)

A. A. Voronin, S. Ališauskas, O. D. Mücke, A. Pugžlys, A. Baltuška, and A. M. Zheltikov, Phys. Rev. A 84, 023832 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. E (1)

L. Bergé, S. Skupin, G. Méjean, J. Kasparian, J. Yu, S. Frey, E. Salmon, and J. P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. E 71, 016602(2005).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

P. Béjot, J. Kasparian, S. Henin, V. Loriot, T. Vieillard, E. Hertz, O. Faucher, B. Lavorel, and J.-P. Wolf, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 103903 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Sov. Phys. JETP (1)

A. M. Perelomov, V. S. Popov, and M. V. Terent’ev, Sov. Phys. JETP 23, 924 (1966); Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 50, 1393 (1966).

Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. (1)

L. V. Keldysh, Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz. 47, 1945 (1964); Sov. Phys. JETP 20, 1307 (1965).

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Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

(a) Spectrum of a continuum generated in a mid-IR filament (red solid curve) in Ar under 4.5 bars pressure and 6.5 mJ input pulse energy. The black dashed curve represents the input laser spectrum. (b) Longitudinal plasma distribution in the mid-IR filament, measured with electrodes (red dots and solid curve) and calculated numerically (blue dashed curve).

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Spectra of the fifth and third harmonics and of the fundamental for different values of argon pressure. The solid curves represent experimentally measured spectra; the dashed curves represent the results of numerical simulations. Note that each harmonic spectrum is independently normalized to 1.

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