Plasma Luminescence from Femtosecond Filaments in Air: Evidence for Impact Excitation with Circularly Polarized Light Pulses

Abstract : Filaments produced in air by intense femtosecond laser pulses emit UV luminescence from excited N2 and N+2 molecules. We report on a strong dependence at high intensities (I≥1.4×1014  W/cm2) of this luminescence with the polarization state of the incident laser pulses. We attribute this effect to the onset of new impact excitation channels from energetic electrons produced with circularly polarized laser pulses above a threshold laser intensity.
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Sergey Mitryukovskiy, Yi Liu, Pengji Ding, Aurélien Houard, Arnaud Couairon, et al.. Plasma Luminescence from Femtosecond Filaments in Air: Evidence for Impact Excitation with Circularly Polarized Light Pulses. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2015, 114, pp.63003. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.063003⟩. ⟨hal-01118358⟩

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