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.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics|
|State||Published - 1997|