Nature Photonics 10/2023

Acousto-optic modulation of gigawatt-scale laser pulses in ambient air


Yannick Schrödel, Claas Hartmann, et al.

  • XARION's optical microphone has been used to measure high-intensity ultrasonic fields
  • Schrödel et al. from DESY Hamburg showed deflection of gigawatt-scale laser pulses in air
  • Controlling coherent light is crucial in many fields, but modern photonics faces limitations from factors like wavelength and high optical powers
  • Using ultrasound-tailored gaseous media to efficiently deflect laser pulses offers new possibilities for resilient optical elements
  • To measure and characterize the ultrasound fields used for deflection, XARION’s Optical Microphone was used
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