Limitations in ionization-induced compression of femtosecond laser pulses due to spatio-temporal couplings

Abstract : It was recently proposed that ionization-induced self-compression could be used as an effective method to further compress femtosecond laser pulses propagating freely in a gas jet [He et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 263904 2014]. Here, we address the question of the homogeneity of the self-compression process and show experimentally that homogeneous self-compression down to 12fs can be obtained by finding the appropriate focusing geometry for the laser pulse. Simulations are used to reproduce the experimental results and give insight into the self-compression process and its limitations. Simulations suggest that the ionization process induces spatio-temporal couplings which lengthen the pulse duration at focus, possibly making this method ineffective for increasing the laser peak intensity. (C) 2016 Optical Society of America
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B. Beaurepaire, D. Guénot, A. Vernier, F. Böhle, M. Perrier, et al.. Limitations in ionization-induced compression of femtosecond laser pulses due to spatio-temporal couplings. Optics Express, Optical Society of America, 2016, 24 (9), ⟨10.1364/OE.24.009693⟩. ⟨hal-01398548⟩

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