Backward Stimulated Light Scattering and the Limiting Diameters of Self-Focused Light Beams

Phys. Rev. A 8, 315 – Published 1 July 1973
P. L. Kelley and T. K. Gustafson


Approximate analytic expression are given for the limitation due to backward stimulated light scattering on the diameter of filaments in self-focusing liquids. The calculation is carried out for both Q-switched and picosecond laser pulses. The effect of transient gain is considered. Raman scattering is found to be the dominant stimulated process. The results are compared with available experimental data.


  • Received 8 January 1973
  • Published in the issue dated July 1973

© 1973 The American Physical Society

Authors & Affiliations

P. L. Kelley

  • Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lexington, Massachusetts 02173

T. K. Gustafson*

  • Bell Telephone Laboratories, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733

  • *Permanent address: Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, Calif.

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