Ultrashort Light Pulses in Transparent Solids: Propagation Peculiarities and Practical Applications

  • I. V. Blonskyi Institute of Physics, Nat. Acad. of Sci. of Ukraine
  • V. M. Kadan Institute of Physics, Nat. Acad. of Sci. of Ukraine
  • S. V. Pavlova Institute of Physics, Nat. Acad. of Sci. of Ukraine
  • I. A. Pavlov Institute of Physics, Nat. Acad. of Sci. of Ukraine, Bilkent University, Department of Physics
  • O. I. Shpotyuk Vlokh Institute of Physical Optics, Institute of Physics of Jan Dlugosz University
  • O. K. Khasanov Scientific-Practical Material Research Centre, NAS of Belarus
Keywords: femtosecond laser pulses, Kerr effect, femtosecond filaments, crystal silicon, self-focusing, self-phase modulation

Abstract

The peculiarities of the femtosecond filamentation in Kerr media has been studied using a set of time-resoling experimental techniques. These include the temporal self-compression of a laser pulse in the filamentation mode, repulsive and attractive interactions of filaments, and influence of the birefringence on the filamentation. The propagation of femtosecond laser pulses at the 1550-nm wavelength in c-Si is studied for the first time using methods of time-resolved transmission microscopy. The nonlinear widening of the pulse spectrum due to the Kerr- and plasma-caused self-phase modulation is recorded.

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Published
2019-08-02
How to Cite
Blonskyi, I., Kadan, V., Pavlova, S., Pavlov, I., Shpotyuk, O., & Khasanov, O. (2019). Ultrashort Light Pulses in Transparent Solids: Propagation Peculiarities and Practical Applications. Ukrainian Journal of Physics, 64(6), 457. https://doi.org/10.15407/ujpe64.6.457
Section
Optics, atoms and molecules

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