Modeling of ultrafast laser pulse propagation

Miroslav Kolesik, Jeffrey Brown, Anand Bahl

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


Computer simulations of ultrafast optical pulses face multiple challenges. This requires one to construct a propagation model to reduce the Maxwell system so that it can be efficiently simulated at the temporal and spatial scales relevant to experiments. The second problem concerns the light-matter interactions, demanding novel approaches for gaseous and condensed media alike. As the nonlinear optics pushes into new regimes, the need to honor the first principles is ever greater, and requires striking a balance between computational complexity and physical fidelity of the model. With the emphasis on the dynamics in intense optical pulses, this paper discusses some recent developments and promising directions in the field of ultrashort pulse modeling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUltrafast Bandgap Photonics
EditorsEric Mazur, Michael K. Rafailov
ISBN (Electronic)9781510600768
StatePublished - 2016
EventUltrafast Bandgap Photonics - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Apr 18 2016Apr 20 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherUltrafast Bandgap Photonics
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Nonlinear optics
  • light-matter interaction
  • pulse propagation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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