Master equation for spatio-temporal beam propagation and Kerr lens mode-locking

A. M. Dunlop, W. J. Firth, E. M. Wright

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We present a novel spatio-temporal master equation (ME) for describing the evolution of optical fields in laser cavities. Our ME introduces a new type of propagation operator explicitly dependent on the ABCD elements of the cavity. We derive this and show that it correctly reproduces the cavity mode structure in the linear limit. We apply our ME to the problem of Kerr lens mode-locking (KLM) and show that our numerical results, in one dimension (x), are in excellent agreement with those found using the more conventional Huygens' integral method. Dispersion and other fast-time effects are then added to give a full spatio-temporal ME. Again this is applied to KLM and we show that stable soliton-like pulses result.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-226
Number of pages16
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - May 15 1997


  • ABCD
  • Kerr lens mode-locking
  • Master equation
  • Nonlinear propagation
  • Spatio-temporal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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