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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 1995
  • pp: 1598–1600

Vector theory of self-focusing of an optical beam in Kerr media

Sien Chi and Qi Guo  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 20, Issue 15, pp. 1598-1600 (1995)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.20.001598


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Abstract

The scalar theory of the self-focusing of an optical beam is not valid for a very narrow beam, and a correct description of the beam behavior requires a vector analysis in this case. A vector nonparaxial theory is developed from the vector Maxwell equations by application of an order-of-magnitude analysis method. For the same input beam, the numerical results of self-focusing from both scalar and vector theories are compared. It is found by the vector theory that a linearly polarized circular input beam becomes elliptical in the self-focusing process.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: March 6, 1995
Published: August 1, 1995

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Sien Chi and Qi Guo, "Vector theory of self-focusing of an optical beam in Kerr media," Opt. Lett. 20, 1598-1600 (1995)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-20-15-1598

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