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  • Vol. 15, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1998
  • pp: 2208–2215

Using local differential operators to model dispersion in dielectric media

R. L. Ochs, Jr. and G. Kristensson  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 15, Issue 8, pp. 2208-2215 (1998)

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Dispersion of electromagnetic waves is usually described in terms of an integrodifferential equation. We show that whenever a differential operator can be found that annihilates the susceptibility kernel of the medium, dispersion can be modeled by a partial differential equation without nonlocal operators.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion

Original Manuscript: December 15, 1997
Revised Manuscript: March 23, 1998
Manuscript Accepted: March 24, 1998
Published: August 1, 1998

R. L. Ochs and G. Kristensson, "Using local differential operators to model dispersion in dielectric media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 15, 2208-2215 (1998)

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