Stability and transient effects in nanosecond ultraviolet light filaments in air

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We investigate the transient behavior and stability of nanosecond duration ultraviolet pulses propagating in air. Both the transient behavior arising from the finite pulse duration and the modulational instability, are found to cause pulses to fragment over lengths on the scale of meters. We discuss the theoretical and experimental implications of the instability and transient effects for long duration pulse propagating in air and generating filaments. In particular, our results imply that continuous-wave models are very limited when used to predict dynamical properties of pulse propagation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number016618
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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