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Chin. Phys. B, 2015, Vol. 24(3): 034207    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/24/3/034207
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Enhancement of third harmonic generation in air filamentation using obstacles

Liu Xiao-Longa, Lu Xinb, Du Zhi-Guia, Ma Jing-Longb, Li Yu-Tongb, Zhang Jieb c
a Academy of Opto-electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100094, China;
b Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China;
c Key Laboratory for Laser Plasmas (MoE) and Department of Physics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
Abstract  

The intensity of third harmonic emission in air filamentation disturbed by copper fibers and alcohol droplets has been investigated experimentally. Enhancement of the third harmonic emission up to more than one order of magnitude has been observed. The physical mechanism of third harmonic enhancement is attributed to suppression of the destructive interference by comparison of the experimental results and it is closely related to the type, size, and relative position of the obstacles.

Keywords:  third harmonic emission      filamentation      femtosecond laser pulse  
Received:  04 November 2014      Revised:  15 November 2014      Published:  05 March 2015
PACS:  42.65.Ky (Frequency conversion; harmonic generation, including higher-order harmonic generation)  
  52.38.Hb (Self-focussing, channeling, and filamentation in plasmas)  
  42.65.Re (Ultrafast processes; optical pulse generation and pulse compression)  
Fund: 

Project supported by the National Key Technology R&D Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology, China (Grant No. 2012BAC23B00) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants No. 11404335).

Corresponding Authors:  Liu Xiao-Long     E-mail:  liuxiaolong@aoe.ac.cn

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Liu Xiao-Long, Lu Xin, Du Zhi-Gui, Ma Jing-Long, Li Yu-Tong, Zhang Jie Enhancement of third harmonic generation in air filamentation using obstacles 2015 Chin. Phys. B 24 034207

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