Plasma optical modulators for intense lasers

Yu, Lu-Le and Zhao, Yao and Qian, Lie-Jia and Chen, Min and Weng, Su-Ming and Sheng, Zheng-Ming and Jaroszynski, D. A. and Mori, W. B. and Zhang, Jie (2016) Plasma optical modulators for intense lasers. Nature Communications, 7. 11893. ISSN 2041-1723 (

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Optical modulators can be made nowadays with high modulation speed, broad bandwidth, while being compact, owing to the recent advance in material science and microfabrication technology. However, these optical modulators usually work for low intensity light beams. Here, we present an ultrafast, plasma-based optical modulator, which can directly modulate high power lasers with intensity up to 10 16 W cm