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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2012
  • pp: 799–805

Femtosecond optics—optics of the elementary waves packets

Volodymyr S. Ovechko  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 4, pp. 799-805 (2012)

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We have critically reconsidered the standard representation of optical signals in the form of quasimonochromatic electromagnetic waves. We propose an alternative formulation in terms of ortho-normalized series of elementary wave packages (EWP). We show that this allows the synthesis and analysis of superwideband optical signals, for example, femtosecond optical pulses (fs pulse). In addition, it includes the general properties of electromagnetic waves. We also propose a technique for describing the polarization and angular momentum of the fs pulse. As examples of the application of the proposed EWP representation, we investigated nonstationary diffraction of fs pulse of any duration by a slit and interaction of the fs pulse with a two-level system. We have established the resonant character of these processes over the duration of the fs pulse.

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OCIS Codes
(000.3860) General : Mathematical methods in physics
(070.4550) Fourier optics and signal processing : Correlators
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(300.6530) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, ultrafast
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: October 25, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 9, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 12, 2011
Published: March 30, 2012

Volodymyr S. Ovechko, "Femtosecond optics—optics of the elementary waves packets," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 799-805 (2012)

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