WIAS Preprint No. 1529, (2010)

Self-compression of 120 fs pulses in a white-light filament


  • Bethge, Jens
  • Steinmeyer, Günter
  • Stibenz, Gero
  • Staudt, Peter
  • Brée, Carsten
  • Demircan, Ayhan
  • Redlin, Harald
  • Düsterer , Stefan

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 78A60

2008 Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme

  • 42.65.-k 52.38.Hb


  • Optical self-focusing, Ultrashort pulse propagation, self-compression




Self-compression of pulses with >100 fs input pulse duration from a 10 Hz laser system is experimentally demonstrated, with a compression factor of 3.3 resulting in output pulse durations of 35 fs. This measurement substantially widens the range of applicability of this compression method, enabling self-compression of pulsed laser sources that neither exhibit extremely low pulse-to-pulse energy fluctuations nor a particularly clean beam profile. The experimental demonstration is numerically modeled, revealing the exact same mechanisms at work as at shorter input pulse duration. Additionally, the role of controlled beam clipping with an adjustable aperture is numerically substantiated.

Appeared in

  • J. Opt., 13 (2011) pp. 055203/1--055203/7.

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