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Self-Guided Propagation of Ultrashort IR Laser Pulses in Fused Silica

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We report self-guided propagation of ultrashort IR laser pulses in fused silica over several Rayleigh lengths. Self-guiding is accompanied by pulse splitting and time compression. Numerical simulations involving pulse self-focusing, temporal dispersion, and multiphoton ionization are found to be in good agreement with the experimental results. They show that a quasidynamic equilibrium between multiphoton ionization and self-focusing drives the filamentation process, while temporal dispersion plays a negligible role.
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hal-00463709 , version 1 (14-03-2010)

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Stellios Tzortzakis, Lionel Sudrie, Michel A. Franco, Bernard Prade, André Mysyrowicz, et al.. Self-Guided Propagation of Ultrashort IR Laser Pulses in Fused Silica. Physical Review Letters, 2001, 87 (21), pp.213902. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.87.213902⟩. ⟨hal-00463709⟩
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