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Title: Infrared pulse characterization using four-wave mixing inside a few cycle pulse filament in air

We demonstrate a four-wave mixing (FWM) technique to measure near- and mid-infrared (IR) laser pulse shapes in time domain. Few cycle 800 nm laser pulses were synchronized with the IR pulse and focused colinearly to generate a plasma filament in air. Second harmonic radiation around 400 nm was generated through FWM, with a yield proportional to the IR pulse intensity. Excellent signal to noise ratio was observed from 2.1 μm to 18 μm. With proper phase stabilization of the IR beam, this technique is a promising step toward direct electric field sensing of near-IR pulses in air.
Authors:
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  1. Centre d'Optique, Photonique et Laser, Pavillon d'optique-photonique Québec (Québec), Université Laval, Québec G1V 0A6 (Canada)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22283219
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 104; Journal Issue: 5; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; AIR; ELECTRIC FIELDS; FREQUENCY MIXING; INTERMEDIATE INFRARED RADIATION; LASER RADIATION; LASER-PRODUCED PLASMA; LASERS; NEAR INFRARED RADIATION; PLASMA FILAMENT; PULSED IRRADIATION; PULSES; SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO