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Experimental Investigation of Ultrashort Laser, Nonlinear Matter Interaction, and Propagation

Location

Directed Energy Directorate, RD/Physical Sciences

RO# Location
13.10.02.B7370 Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 871175776

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Shiffler, Donald A. donald.shiffler@us.af.mil (505) 853-3906

Description

Our research involves experimental studies of ultrashort laser pulses capable of producing extremely high peak electric fields, their propagation, and eventual interaction with different materials. This research is aided by theoretical prediction and numerical simulation of laser pulse generation, subsequent propagation, and eventual laser matter interaction with ultrashort, high peak intensity laser pulses. Femtosecond pulses at or beyond the terawatt power level are at the center of our work using single pulse or moderate to high repetition rates. One example is our effort to validate theoretical predictions of femtosecond induced filamentation processes, and single and multiple filamentation generation and propagation through transparent media. Our goals are to validate those theoretical predictions.

 

Reference

Couairon A, Mysyrowicz A: Science Direct, Physics Reports 441: 2007

 

Keywords:
Nonlinear optics; Terawatt laser; Ultrashort laser pulses; Laser-induced filamentation; Petawatt laser; Femtosecond interaction; Optical system design; Optical Kerr effect; High peak electric fields;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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