Extreme carrier shocking of intense long-wavelength pulses

Patrick Whalen, Paris Panagiotopoulos, Miroslav Kolesik, Jerome V. Moloney

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We predict a paradigm shift in the nonlinear physics associated with ultrashort long-wavelength pulse propagation in gaseous and condensed media. Optical carrier shock formation, which profoundly modifies the underlying optical wave form, emerges prior to the onset of the well-known self-focusing collapse singularity. The canonical description of pulse propagation in this regime, where all nonlinear envelope descriptions fail, is identified as the full field carrier resolved modified Kadomtsev-Petviashili (MKP) equation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number023850
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 28 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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