Vacuum-field-induced filamentation in laser-beam propagation Academic Article uri icon


  • 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. 1997 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review A

author list (cited authors)

  • Nagasako, E. M., Boyd, R. W., & Agarwal, G. S.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Nagasako, EM||Boyd, Robert W||Agarwal, GS

publication date

  • February 1997