Vacuum-field-induced filamentation in laser-beam propagation

E. M. Nagasako, Robert W. Boyd, G. S. Agarwal

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We show that filamentation initiated by quantum fluctuations is a process that limits the intensity of a laser beam that can propagate stably through a nonlinear optical medium. We also describe the experimental signatures of this process, which allow it to be distinguished from classical processes such as filamentation induced by wave-front irregularities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1412-1415
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997

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