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Chin. Opt. Lett.
 Home  List of Issues    Issue 03 , Vol. 14 , 2016    10.3788/COL201614.031401

Vortices formation induced by femtosecond laser filamentation in a cloud chamber filled with air and helium
Yonghong Liu1;2, Haiyi Sun2, Jingjing Ju2, Ye Tian2, Yafeng Bai1;2, Cheng Wang2, Tiejun Wang2, Jiansheng Liu2;3, See Leang Chin4, and Ruxin Li2
1 MOE Key Laboratory of Advanced Micro-structured Materials, Institute of Precision Optical Engineering, School of Physics Science and Engineering, [Tongji University], Shanghai 200092, China
2 State Key Laboratory of High Field Laser Physics, [Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics], Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 2 01800, China
3 IFSA Collaborative Innovation Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
4 Center for Optics, Photonics and Laser (COPL), Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec G1V 0A6, Canada

Chin. Opt. Lett., 2016, 14(03): pp.031401

Topic:Lasers and laser optics
Keywords(OCIS Code): 140.0140  190.0190  320.0320  

We report on the experimental observation of the airflow motion induced by an 800 nm, 1 kHz femtosecond filament in a cloud chamber filled with air and helium. It is found that vortex pairs with opposite rotation directions always form both below and above the filaments. We do not observe that the vortices clearly formed above the filament in air just because of the formation of smaller particles with weaker Mie scattering. Simulations of the airflow motion in helium are conducted by using the laser filament as a heat source, and the simulated pattern of vortices and airflow velocity agree well with the experimental results.

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Get Citation: Yonghong Liu, Haiyi Sun, Jingjing Ju, Ye Tian, Yafeng Bai, Cheng Wang, Tiejun Wang, Jiansheng Liu, See Leang Chin, and Ruxin Li, "Vortices formation induced by femtosecond laser filamentation in a cloud chamber filled with air and helium," Chin. Opt. Lett. 14(03), 031401(2016)

Note: This work was supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (No. 2011CB808100), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 11425418, 61475167, 11404354, 11174305, and 61221064), the Shanghai Science and Technology Talent Project (Nos. 12XD1405200), and the State Key Laboratory Program of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. Tiejun Wang also acknowledges the support from the 100 Talent Program of the Chinese Academy of Science and the Shanghai Pujiang Program.


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