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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2001
  • pp: 839–845

Energy flow in angularly dispersive optical systems

M. Ware, W. E. Dibble, S. A. Glasgow, and J. Peatross  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 18, Issue 6, pp. 839-845 (2001)

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Light-pulse propagation in angularly dispersive systems is explored in the context of a center-of-mass definition of energy arrival time. In this context the time of travel is given by a superposition of group delays weighted by the spectral content of the pulse. With this description the time of travel from one point to the next for a pulse is found to be completely determined by the spectral content, independent of the state of chirp. The effect of sensor orientation on arrival time is also considered.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1590) Diffraction and gratings : Chirping
(260.2160) Physical optics : Energy transfer
(350.5030) Other areas of optics : Phase

M. Ware, W. E. Dibble, S. A. Glasgow, and J. Peatross, "Energy flow in angularly dispersive optical systems," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 18, 839-845 (2001)

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