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  • Vol. 2, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1985
  • pp: 1739–1746

Nonlinear pulse propagation in the presence of evaporating aerosols

R. L. Armstrong, S. A. W. Gerstl, and A. Zardecki  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 2, Issue 10, pp. 1739-1746 (1985)

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A set of coupled, nonlinear differential equations is developed describing the propagation of a pulsed, quasi-monochromatic beam of electromagnetic radiation in a medium containing vaporizing aerosols. Spatiotemporal distortions in the beam are produced as a result of radiation-induced changes in the absorption and scattering coefficients as well as in the angular spread of the phase function. The irradiance distribution function of the pulse is governed by a time-dependent transfer equation in the small-angle approximation. Numerical solutions to the equations are obtained for the case of pulse propagation through a cloud of vaporizing water droplets. It is found that significant spatiotemporal distortion of the pulse accompanies enhanced aerosol vaporization.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: December 26, 1984
Manuscript Accepted: May 30, 1985
Published: October 1, 1985

R. L. Armstrong, S. A. W. Gerstl, and A. Zardecki, "Nonlinear pulse propagation in the presence of evaporating aerosols," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 2, 1739-1746 (1985)

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