Intense optical pulses at UV wavelength. Alejandro Aceves University of New Mexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics in collaboration with A, Sukhinin and Olivier Chalus, Jean-Claude Diels, UNM Department of Physics and Astronomy. 6 th ICIAM Meeting, Zurich Switzerland, July 2007.
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Intense optical pulses at UV wavelength
University of New Mexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
in collaboration with A, Sukhinin and Olivier Chalus, Jean-Claude Diels, UNM Department of Physics and Astronomy
6th ICIAM Meeting, Zurich Switzerland, July 2007
Work funded by ARO grant W911NF-06-1-0024
(B) There is no filament which
bring a random pass between the electrodes.
Light Detection and Ranging(LIDAR)
Laser guide stars
Laser Induced Lightening
High power pulses self-focus during their propagation through
air due to the nonlinear index of refraction.
At some critical power this self-focusing can overcome diffraction
and possibly lead to a collapse of the beam.
Short pulses of high peak intensity create their own plasma due
to multi-photon ionization of air. When the laser intensity exceeds
the threshold of multiphoton ionization, the produced plasma will defocus
the beam. If the self-focusing is balanced by multiphoton ionization
defocusing, a stable filament can form.
CCD + Filters
Filament array in air
Figure. Setup of the Aerodynamic window, Focus of the beam into the vacuum then propagation of the filament in atmospheric pressure
The possible propagation of filament is dependent on input power.
Most of the energy loss occurs in the formation of the filament. The
propagation of the filament once formed, is practically lossless. If we
match the shape of the intensity at the input we can minimize loss of
energy in the filament as it propagates in Aerodynamic window.
The number of electrons
in the medium is the function of time
[Jens Schwarz and J.C. Diels,2001]
and the intensity of the beam
is the third order multiphoton ionization coefficient,
the electron-positive-ion recombination coefficient
the electron oxygen attachment coefficient
third order multi-photon ionization coefficient
atom density at sea level
Wave Equation for the electric field
The change of index
due to the electron plasma can be expressed
In terms of intensity
the electron-ion collision frequency
the laser frequency
the plasma frequency
Reduced equation for the model
The model to be considered is an unidirected beam described by an
envelope approximation that leads to the following equation:
where the second and third terms on the right-hand side describe
the second and third order nonlinearities of the propagation which
respectively introduce the focusing and defocusing phenomena
C1 = 1.155, C2 = 3.5405, C3 = 1.62 × 10−4, C4 = 1.3 × 10−4, C5 = 1.5 × 10−4
Search of the stationary solution
becomes a nonlinear eigenvalue problem
is an eigenvalue and
Our approach is a continuation method beginning from the
A member of the Townes soliton family of 2D NLSE which is also
the solution of our model if
Near r equal to zero we have
Using the continuation method along with Newton’s method we can find
Results (relevant to the experimental realization)
1. Stability analysis.
Helpful is stability with CW case as it will give us some insight of the
full Linear stability analysis.
2. Modulation theory.
simulation. (see the buildup of the plasma leading towards