A general concept of the vectorial spectral analysis of the nonstationary optical fields representing exact solutions to the Maxwell equations is proposed. The method provides the possibility of examining the free-space spatiotemporal evolution of the electromagnetic field in relation to its dependence on the composition of its temporal- and angular-frequency spectra. Particular attention is given to the electromagnetic pulses whose monochromatic components are nondiffracting fields.
© 1998 Optical Society of America
(300.6170) Spectroscopy : Spectra
Original Manuscript: December 1, 1997
Revised Manuscript: March 27, 1998
Manuscript Accepted: April 16, 1998
Published: August 1, 1998
Z. Bouchal, J. Bajer, and M. Bertolotti, "Vectorial spectral analysis of the nonstationary electromagnetic field," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 15, 2172-2181 (1998)