Spatio-temporal controlled filamentation using higher order Bessel-Gaussian beams integrated in time

J. Keith Miller, Dmitrii Tsvetkov, Pavel Terekhov, Natalia M. Litchinitser, Kunjian Dai, Justin Free, Eric G. Johnson

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We demonstrate a new method for a systematic, dynamic, high-speed, spatio-temporal control of femtosecond light filamentation in BK7 as a particular example of nonlinear medium. This method is based on using coherent conjugate asymmetric Bessel-Gaussian beams to control the far-field intensity distribution and in turn control the filamentation location. Such spatio-temporal control allows every femtosecond pulse to have a unique intensity distribution that results in the generation of structured filamentation patterns on demand. The switching speed of this technique is dependent on the rise time of the acousto-optic deflector, which can operate in the MHz range while having the ability to handle high peak power pulses that are needed for nonlinear interactions. The proposed and demonstrated spatio-temporal control of structured filaments can enable generation of large filament arrays, opto-mechanical manipulations of water droplets for fog clearing, as well as engineered radiofrequency plasma antennas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19362-19372
Number of pages11
JournalOptics Express
Issue number13
StatePublished - 21 Jun 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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