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Optical rogue wave statistics in laser filamentation

1GAP GAP-Biophotonics, University of Geneva, 21211 Geneva 4, Switzerland.
Optics Express (Impact Factor: 3.53). 08/2009; 17(14):12070-5. DOI: 10.1364/OE.17.012070
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ABSTRACT We experimentally observed optical rogue wave statistics during high power femtosecond pulse filamentation in air. We characterized wavelength-dependent intensity fluctuations across 300 nm broadband filament spectra generated by pulses with several times the critical power for filamentation. We show how the statistics vary from a near-Gaussian distribution in the vicinity of the pump to a long tailed "L-shaped" distribution at the short wavelength and long wavelength edges. The results are interpreted in terms of pump noise transfer via self-phase modulation.

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