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Physics and applications of atmospheric nonlinear optics and filamentation.

Authors
  • Kasparian, Jérôme
  • Wolf, Jean-Pierre
Type
Published Article
Journal
Optics Express
Publisher
The Optical Society
Publication Date
Jan 07, 2008
Volume
16
Issue
1
Pages
466–493
Identifiers
PMID: 18521179
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We review the properties and applications of ultrashort laser pulses in the atmosphere, with a particular focus on filamentation. Filamentation is a non-linear propagation regime specific of ultrashort and ultraintense laser pulses in the atmosphere. Typical applications include remote sensing of atmospheric gases and aerosols, lightning control, laser-induced spectroscopy, coherent anti-stokes Raman scattering, and the generation of sub-THz radiation.

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