Carrier wave shocking of femtosecond optical pulses

R. G. Flesch, A. Pushkarev, J. V. Moloney

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Numerical integration of Maxwell's equations for propagation of a femtosecond pulse in a medium with linear Lorentz response and a Kerr nonlinearity shows shock formation on the underlying carrier wave prior to the envelope shock. The carrier shock is characterized by the appearance of a strong third harmonic pulse, whereas the envelope shock appears later as spectral broadening and modulation of the fundamental and higher harmonic spectral features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2488-2491
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number14
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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