White-light generation control with crossing beams of femtosecond laser pulses. Academic Article uri icon


  • We investigated the variations in generated white-light when crossing two femtosecond laser beams in a Kerr medium. By changing the relative delay of two interacting intense femtosecond laser pulses, we show that white-light generation can be enhanced or suppressed. With a decrease of the relative delay an enhancement of the white-light output was observed, which at even smaller delays was reverted to a suppression of white-light generation. Under choosen conditions, the level of suppression resulted in a white-light output lower than the initial level corresponding to large delays, when the pulses do not overlap in time. The enhancement of the white-light generation takes place in the pulse that is lagging. We found that the effect of the interaction of the beams depends on their relative orientation of polarization and increases when the polarizations are changed from perpendicular to parallel. The observed effects are explained by noting that at intermediate delays, the perturbations introduced in the path of the lagging beam lead to a shortening of the length of filament formation and enhancement of the white-light generation, whereas at small delays the stronger interaction and mutual rescattering reduces the intensity in the central part of the beams, suppressing filamentation and white-light generation.

published proceedings

  • Opt Express

author list (cited authors)

  • Kolomenskii, A. A., Strohaber, J., Kaya, N., Kaya, G., Sokolov, A. V., & Schuessler, H. A.

citation count

  • 16

complete list of authors

  • Kolomenskii, AA||Strohaber, J||Kaya, N||Kaya, G||Sokolov, AV||Schuessler, HA

publication date

  • January 2016