Optical shock waves in silica aerogel

S. Gentilini, F. Ghajeri, N. Ghofraniha, Andrea Di Falco, C. Conti

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Silica aerogels are materials well suited for high power nonlinear optical applications. In such regime, the non-trivial thermal properties may give rise to the generation of optical shock waves, which are also affected by the structural disorder due to the porous solid-state gel. Here we report on an experimental investigation in terms of beam waist and input power, and identify various regimes of the generation of wave-breaking phenomena in silica aerogels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1667-1672
JournalOptics Express
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jan 2014


  • Silica aerogels
  • Thermal properties
  • Optical shock waves


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