Abstract

Self-focusing of ultrashort pulses in air is investigated by means of numerical simulations. The role of the vibrational Raman effect and its dependence on pulse chirp is studied, with results shedding new light on the interpretation of the measurements of the critical self-focusing power. We also discuss computational modeling issues important specifically for few-cycle pulses.

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[CrossRef]

2012 (1)

J. K. Wahlstrand, Y.-H. Cheng, and H. M. Milchberg, Phys. Rev. A 85, 043820 (2012).
[CrossRef]

2011 (3)

P. Whalen, J. V. Moloney, and M. Kolesik, Opt. Lett. 36, 2542 (2011).
[CrossRef]

A. Couairon, E. Brambilla, T. Corti, D. Majus, O. d. J. Ramírez-Góngora, and M. Kolesik, Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. 199, 5 (2011).
[CrossRef]

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2010 (2)

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2009 (1)

J. H. Odhner, D. A. Romanov, and R. J. Levis, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 075005 (2009).
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2008 (1)

Y. Chen, F. Théberge, C. Marceau, H. Xu, N. Aközbek, O. Kosareva, and S. L. Chin, Appl. Phys. B 91, 219 (2008).
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2005 (1)

2004 (1)

M. Kolesik and J. V. Moloney, Phys. Rev. E 70, 036604 (2004).
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2003 (2)

R. A. Bartels, S. Backus, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Chem. Phys. Lett. 374, 326 (2003).
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2000 (1)

J. Kasparian, R. Sauerbrey, and S. L. Chin, Appl. Phys. B 71, 877 (2000).
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Aközbek, N.

Y. Chen, F. Théberge, C. Marceau, H. Xu, N. Aközbek, O. Kosareva, and S. L. Chin, Appl. Phys. B 91, 219 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Backus, S.

R. A. Bartels, S. Backus, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Chem. Phys. Lett. 374, 326 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Bartels, R. A.

R. A. Bartels, S. Backus, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Chem. Phys. Lett. 374, 326 (2003).
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Brambilla, E.

A. Couairon, E. Brambilla, T. Corti, D. Majus, O. d. J. Ramírez-Góngora, and M. Kolesik, Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. 199, 5 (2011).
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Chen, Y.

Y. Chen, F. Théberge, C. Marceau, H. Xu, N. Aközbek, O. Kosareva, and S. L. Chin, Appl. Phys. B 91, 219 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Cheng, Y.-H.

J. K. Wahlstrand, Y.-H. Cheng, and H. M. Milchberg, Phys. Rev. A 85, 043820 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Chin, S.

Chin, S. L.

Y. Chen, F. Théberge, C. Marceau, H. Xu, N. Aközbek, O. Kosareva, and S. L. Chin, Appl. Phys. B 91, 219 (2008).
[CrossRef]

J. Kasparian, R. Sauerbrey, and S. L. Chin, Appl. Phys. B 71, 877 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Corti, T.

A. Couairon, E. Brambilla, T. Corti, D. Majus, O. d. J. Ramírez-Góngora, and M. Kolesik, Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. 199, 5 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Couairon, A.

A. Couairon, E. Brambilla, T. Corti, D. Majus, O. d. J. Ramírez-Góngora, and M. Kolesik, Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. 199, 5 (2011).
[CrossRef]

A. Couairon, Eur. Phys. J. D 27, 159 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Glover, R. D.

Gorgutsa, S.

D. Uryupina, N. Panov, M. Kurilova, A. Mazhorova, R. Volkov, S. Gorgutsa, O. Kosareva, and A. Savelev, Appl. Phys. B 110, 123 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Kapteyn, H. C.

R. A. Bartels, S. Backus, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Chem. Phys. Lett. 374, 326 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Kasparian, J.

J. Kasparian, R. Sauerbrey, and S. L. Chin, Appl. Phys. B 71, 877 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Kielpinski, D.

Kolesik, M.

A. Couairon, E. Brambilla, T. Corti, D. Majus, O. d. J. Ramírez-Góngora, and M. Kolesik, Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. 199, 5 (2011).
[CrossRef]

P. Whalen, J. V. Moloney, and M. Kolesik, Opt. Lett. 36, 2542 (2011).
[CrossRef]

M. Kolesik and J. V. Moloney, Phys. Rev. E 70, 036604 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kosareva, O.

D. Uryupina, N. Panov, M. Kurilova, A. Mazhorova, R. Volkov, S. Gorgutsa, O. Kosareva, and A. Savelev, Appl. Phys. B 110, 123 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Y. Chen, F. Théberge, C. Marceau, H. Xu, N. Aközbek, O. Kosareva, and S. L. Chin, Appl. Phys. B 91, 219 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Kurilova, M.

D. Uryupina, N. Panov, M. Kurilova, A. Mazhorova, R. Volkov, S. Gorgutsa, O. Kosareva, and A. Savelev, Appl. Phys. B 110, 123 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Laban, D. E.

Levis, R. J.

J. H. Odhner, E. T. McCole, and R. J. Levis, J. Phys. Chem. A 115, 13407 (2011).
[CrossRef]

J. H. Odhner, D. A. Romanov, and R. J. Levis, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 125001 (2010).
[CrossRef]

J. H. Odhner, D. A. Romanov, and R. J. Levis, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 075005 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Liu, W.

Majus, D.

A. Couairon, E. Brambilla, T. Corti, D. Majus, O. d. J. Ramírez-Góngora, and M. Kolesik, Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. 199, 5 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Marceau, C.

Y. Chen, F. Théberge, C. Marceau, H. Xu, N. Aközbek, O. Kosareva, and S. L. Chin, Appl. Phys. B 91, 219 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Mazhorova, A.

D. Uryupina, N. Panov, M. Kurilova, A. Mazhorova, R. Volkov, S. Gorgutsa, O. Kosareva, and A. Savelev, Appl. Phys. B 110, 123 (2013).
[CrossRef]

McCole, E. T.

J. H. Odhner, E. T. McCole, and R. J. Levis, J. Phys. Chem. A 115, 13407 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Milchberg, H. M.

J. K. Wahlstrand, Y.-H. Cheng, and H. M. Milchberg, Phys. Rev. A 85, 043820 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Moloney, J. V.

P. Whalen, J. V. Moloney, and M. Kolesik, Opt. Lett. 36, 2542 (2011).
[CrossRef]

M. Kolesik and J. V. Moloney, Phys. Rev. E 70, 036604 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Murnane, M. M.

R. A. Bartels, S. Backus, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Chem. Phys. Lett. 374, 326 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Odhner, J. H.

J. H. Odhner, E. T. McCole, and R. J. Levis, J. Phys. Chem. A 115, 13407 (2011).
[CrossRef]

J. H. Odhner, D. A. Romanov, and R. J. Levis, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 125001 (2010).
[CrossRef]

J. H. Odhner, D. A. Romanov, and R. J. Levis, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 075005 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Panov, N.

D. Uryupina, N. Panov, M. Kurilova, A. Mazhorova, R. Volkov, S. Gorgutsa, O. Kosareva, and A. Savelev, Appl. Phys. B 110, 123 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Ramírez-Góngora, O. d. J.

A. Couairon, E. Brambilla, T. Corti, D. Majus, O. d. J. Ramírez-Góngora, and M. Kolesik, Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. 199, 5 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Romanov, D. A.

J. H. Odhner, D. A. Romanov, and R. J. Levis, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 125001 (2010).
[CrossRef]

J. H. Odhner, D. A. Romanov, and R. J. Levis, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 075005 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Sang, R. T.

Sauerbrey, R.

J. Kasparian, R. Sauerbrey, and S. L. Chin, Appl. Phys. B 71, 877 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Savelev, A.

D. Uryupina, N. Panov, M. Kurilova, A. Mazhorova, R. Volkov, S. Gorgutsa, O. Kosareva, and A. Savelev, Appl. Phys. B 110, 123 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Théberge, F.

Y. Chen, F. Théberge, C. Marceau, H. Xu, N. Aközbek, O. Kosareva, and S. L. Chin, Appl. Phys. B 91, 219 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Uryupina, D.

D. Uryupina, N. Panov, M. Kurilova, A. Mazhorova, R. Volkov, S. Gorgutsa, O. Kosareva, and A. Savelev, Appl. Phys. B 110, 123 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Volkov, R.

D. Uryupina, N. Panov, M. Kurilova, A. Mazhorova, R. Volkov, S. Gorgutsa, O. Kosareva, and A. Savelev, Appl. Phys. B 110, 123 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Wahlstrand, J. K.

J. K. Wahlstrand, Y.-H. Cheng, and H. M. Milchberg, Phys. Rev. A 85, 043820 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Wallace, W. C.

Whalen, P.

Xu, H.

Y. Chen, F. Théberge, C. Marceau, H. Xu, N. Aközbek, O. Kosareva, and S. L. Chin, Appl. Phys. B 91, 219 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. B (3)

Y. Chen, F. Théberge, C. Marceau, H. Xu, N. Aközbek, O. Kosareva, and S. L. Chin, Appl. Phys. B 91, 219 (2008).
[CrossRef]

D. Uryupina, N. Panov, M. Kurilova, A. Mazhorova, R. Volkov, S. Gorgutsa, O. Kosareva, and A. Savelev, Appl. Phys. B 110, 123 (2013).
[CrossRef]

J. Kasparian, R. Sauerbrey, and S. L. Chin, Appl. Phys. B 71, 877 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Chem. Phys. Lett. (1)

R. A. Bartels, S. Backus, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, Chem. Phys. Lett. 374, 326 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Eur. Phys. J. D (1)

A. Couairon, Eur. Phys. J. D 27, 159 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (1)

A. Couairon, E. Brambilla, T. Corti, D. Majus, O. d. J. Ramírez-Góngora, and M. Kolesik, Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. 199, 5 (2011).
[CrossRef]

J. Phys. Chem. A (1)

J. H. Odhner, E. T. McCole, and R. J. Levis, J. Phys. Chem. A 115, 13407 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (2)

Phys. Rev. A (1)

J. K. Wahlstrand, Y.-H. Cheng, and H. M. Milchberg, Phys. Rev. A 85, 043820 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. E (1)

M. Kolesik and J. V. Moloney, Phys. Rev. E 70, 036604 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (2)

J. H. Odhner, D. A. Romanov, and R. J. Levis, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 075005 (2009).
[CrossRef]

J. H. Odhner, D. A. Romanov, and R. J. Levis, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 125001 (2010).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Simulated spectra detected beyond the nonlinear focus of a few-cycle pulse. zTL represent varying chirp settings—values mark locations at which a minimum-duration pulse would occur in the absence of nonlinear interactions. For zTL=0cm and zTL=75cm, the transform-limited pulse forms in the linear focus and at the focusing mirror, respectively.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Pulse duration in the nonlinear focus (top) and spectral width (bottom) as functions of the initial pulse chirp setting, expressed as a position at which a bandwidth-limited pulse would occur in the absence of nonlinear interactions. Contrary to intuition, maximal spectral broadening does not occur in the shortest-duration pulses.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Location of the maximal plasma density as a function of the initial peak power. Instantaneous to total (i.e., including vibrational) nonlinearity ratio f=1.0, 0.5  and 0.0 in the left, middle, and right columns, respectively. Top row: zTL=75cm. Bottom row: zTL=0cm.

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