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Control of spatial four wave mixing efficiency in Bessel beams using longitudinal intensity shaping
preprintposted on 2023-11-30, 19:04 authored by Ismail Ouadghiri-Idrissi, John M. Dudley, Francois Courvoisier
Diffraction-free Bessel beams have attracted major interest because of their stability even in regimes of nonlinear propagation and filamentation. However, Kerr nonlinear couplings are known to induce significant longitudinal intensity modulation, detrimental to the generation of uniform plasma or for applications in the processing of transparent materials. These nonlinear instabilities arise from the generation of new spatio-spectral components through an initial stage of continuous spectral broadening followed by four wave mixing. In this paper, we investigate analytically and numerically these processes and show that nonlinear instabilities can be controlled through shaping the spatial spectral phase of the input beam. This opens new routes for suppressing the nonlinear growth of new frequencies and controlling ultrashort pulse propagation in dielectrics.