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Propagation and amplification of ultrashort light pulses in a resonant two-level medium: finite-difference time-domain analysis
Author(s): Andrey V. Tarasishin; S. A. Magnitskii; Alexei M. Zheltikov
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Paper Abstract

Propagation and amplification of an ultrashort laser pulse in a two-level medium is numerically investigated with the use of the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) procedure simultaneously solving Maxwell and Schrodinger equations with no assumptions characteristic of slowly varying envelope approximation. Comparison of the results of FDTD numerical simulations with the predictions of the pulse area theorem has demonstrated that the developed numerical procedure provides an adequate description of pulse evolution in a two-level medium. Amplification of ultrashort light pulses in a two-level medium is analyzed. Two methods of improving the gain of ultrashort pulses in a two-level medium by modulating the spatial distribution of dipole moments of resonant transitions and using initially chirped frequency-detuned pulses are explored.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 May 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4752, ICONO 2001: Ultrafast Phenomena and Strong Laser Fields, (29 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469120
Show Author Affiliations
Andrey V. Tarasishin, International Laser Ctr./M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russia)
S. A. Magnitskii, International Laser Ctr./M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russia)
Alexei M. Zheltikov, International Laser Ctr./M.V. Lomonsov Moscow State Univ. (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4752:
ICONO 2001: Ultrafast Phenomena and Strong Laser Fields

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