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Propagation of femtosecond pulse with self-similar shape in medium with nonlinear absorption
Author(s): Vyacheslav A. Trofimov; Irina G. Zakharova
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Paper Abstract

We investigate the propagation of laser pulse with self-similar shape in homogeneous medium with various mechanisms of nonlinear absorption: multi-photon absorption or resonant nonlinearity under detuning the frequency, corresponding to energy transition, from the current frequency of wave packet, or nonlinear absorption with its saturation. Both types of sign for frequency detuning are considered. This results in appearance of a refractive index grating which induced a laser pulse self-action. We analyze also the influence of the laser pulse self-modulation due to cubic nonlinearity on existence of the laser pulse propagation mode with self-similar shape.

We develop an analytical solution of the corresponding nonlinear eigenfunction problem for laser pulse propagation in medium with nonlinear absorption. This solution is confirmed by computer simulation of the eigenfunction problem for Schrödinger equation with considered nonlinearity.

This mode of laser pulse propagation is very important for powerful TW laser pulse propagating in glass.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2015
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 9503, Nonlinear Optics and Applications IX, 95030R (18 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2178953
Show Author Affiliations
Vyacheslav A. Trofimov, Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation)
Irina G. Zakharova, Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russian Federation)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9503:
Nonlinear Optics and Applications IX
Mario Bertolotti; Joseph W. Haus; Alexei M. Zheltikov, Editor(s)

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