Self-focusing and Filamentation of Femtosecond Pulses in Air and Condensed Matter: Simulations and Experiments

Abstract : We review the evolution of the modeling of femtosecond filamentation in transparent media from the monochromatic self-trapping model to the development of numerical models including all relevant physical effects. We discuss four self-action effects which occur during filamentation: i) the generation of single cycle pulses by filamentation in gases, ii) the beam self-cleaning effect associated with filamentation, iii) filamentation in an amplifying medium and iv) organization of multiple filaments by various methods.
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Arnaud Couairon, André Mysyrowicz. Self-focusing and Filamentation of Femtosecond Pulses in Air and Condensed Matter: Simulations and Experiments. Topics in Applied Physics, 2009, 114, pp.297-322. ⟨10.1007/978-0-387-34727-1_12⟩. ⟨hal-00558858⟩

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