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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2000
  • pp: 761–763

Nonlinear propagation dynamics of an ultrashort pulse in a hollow waveguide

D. Homoelle and Alexander L. Gaeta  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 10, pp. 761-763 (2000)

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We present a theoretical investigation of the self-focusing dynamics of femtosecond pulses in a hollow waveguide. We show that transverse effects play an important role in these dynamics, even for pulses that are significantly below the critical power for self-focusing in free space, and that excitation of higher-order modes of the waveguide results in the spreading of the pulse in time. Inclusion of self-steepening and space–time focusing in our model is necessary for properly capturing the pulse dynamics.

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OCIS Codes
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(260.5950) Physical optics : Self-focusing
(270.5530) Quantum optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

D. Homoelle and Alexander L. Gaeta, "Nonlinear propagation dynamics of an ultrashort pulse in a hollow waveguide," Opt. Lett. 25, 761-763 (2000)

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