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Nonlinear optical polarization response and plasma generation in noble gases: Comparison of MESA models to experiments

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Jared K. Wahlstrand, Anand Bahl, Sina Zahedpour, H M. Milchberg, Miroslav Kolesik

Abstract

The nonlinear polarization response and plasma generation in noble gases produced by high- intensity optical pulses, modeled by the metastable electronic state approach, are verified against three-dimensional, space-and-time resolved measurements with single-shot supercontinuum spectral interferometry. This first of a kind theory-experiment comparison is done in the intensity regime typical for optical filamentation, where both self-focusing and plasma generation play competing roles. Finding an excellent agreement between the theory and experiment for three noble gases allows us to refine the post-adiabatic model corrections describing wavelength-dependent effects.
Citation
Physical Review A

Keywords

Kerr effect , field ionization , numerical modeling , pulse propagation

Citation

Wahlstrand, J. , Bahl, A. , Zahedpour, S. , Milchberg, H. and Kolesik, M. (2017), Nonlinear optical polarization response and plasma generation in noble gases: Comparison of MESA models to experiments, Physical Review A (Accessed June 19, 2024)

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Created October 30, 2017, Updated November 6, 2017