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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 8, Iss. 7 — Mar. 26, 2001
  • pp: 452–457

Evolution of ultrashort light pulses in a two-level medium visualized with the finite-difference time domain technique

A. V. Tarasishin, S. A. Magnitskii, V.A. Shuvaev, and A.M. Zheltikov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 8, Issue 7, pp. 452-457 (2001)

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The finite-difference time-domain technique is employed to examine the evolution of the amplitude, duration, waveform, and phase of ultrashort light pulses propagating in a medium of two-level atoms or molecules. The results of these numerical simulations agree reasonably well with predictions of the McCall-Hahn analysis for the evolution of the amplitude and the phase of short pulses in a two-level medium until the pulse duration becomes less than the duration of a single optical cycle. Noticeable deviations from the McCall-Hahn scenario were observed for pulses with durations shorter than the duration of a single field cycle.

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OCIS Codes
(020.1670) Atomic and molecular physics : Coherent optical effects
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

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Original Manuscript: February 13, 2001
Published: March 26, 2001

A. Tarasishin, S. Magnitskii, V. Shuvaev, and Alexei Zheltikov, "Evolution of ultrashort light pulses in a two-level medium visualized with the finite-difference time domain technique," Opt. Express 8, 452-457 (2001)

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