Self-channeling of Terawatt-power CO2 laser pulses in air

Sergei Tochitsky, Eric Welch, Misha Polyanskiy, Igor Pogorelsky, Paris Panagiotopoulos, Jerome V Moloney, Chan Joshi

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We report the first observation of Kerr self-focusing of 3 ps TW CO2 laser pulses in atmosphere. A centimeter diameter, 30m long, 10-μm light channel containing a few Joules of energy is generated and characterized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCLEO
Subtitle of host publicationQELS_Fundamental Science, CLEO_QELS 2018
PublisherOSA - The Optical Society
VolumePart F93-CLEO_QELS 2018
ISBN (Electronic)9781557528209
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
EventCLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science, CLEO_QELS 2018 - San Jose, United States
Duration: May 13 2018May 18 2018


OtherCLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science, CLEO_QELS 2018
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials

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    Tochitsky, S., Welch, E., Polyanskiy, M., Pogorelsky, I., Panagiotopoulos, P., Moloney, J. V., & Joshi, C. (2018). Self-channeling of Terawatt-power CO2 laser pulses in air. In CLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science, CLEO_QELS 2018 (Vol. Part F93-CLEO_QELS 2018). OSA - The Optical Society.