Answer to Question #914 in Optics for Sean

Question #914
Is there an irradiance limit a laser can have in air due to the dielectric strength of air or does the dielectric strength of air only limit the frequency of light it is possible to use?
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Expert's answer
2010-11-05T04:27:02-0400
Laser can have a limit of its irradiance due to the dielectric strength of air, for instance, due to self-focusing, filamentation and breakdown effects. The dielectric strength of air cannot affect on frequency of light, only on its speed.

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