Generation of a dark nonlinear focus by spatio-temporal coherent control

Haim Suchowski, Dan Oron, Yaron Silberberg

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The transition probability of a two-photon absorption (TPA) process in atomic Cesium, excited by phase-controlled temporally focused ultrashort pulses is shown to be spatially modulated in a controlled manner. In particular, we demonstrate the generation of a dark nonlinear focus. By controlling the excitation pulse shape along the propagation coordinate we create a region in space where the TPA rate vanishes which is flanked by bright regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-487
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2006


  • Coherent control
  • Temporal focusing
  • Two-photon absorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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