We demonstrate that short laser pulse self-guiding over distances of many Rayleigh lengths can be achieved in the absence of any focusing nonlinearity as a result of trapping of a leaking wave in a plasma channel produced by field-induced ionization in the saturation regime. A detailed computational study of the new self-guiding effect in both cases of comparatively long laser pulses, when the traditional approximation of the slowly varying complex amplitude is valid, and of high intense ultrashort laser pulses comprising only few field cycles have been performed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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