Quantifying the limits of unidirectional ultrashort optical pulse propagation

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In this paper we explore the limits of the unidirectional pulse propagation equation (UPPE) in general nonlinear media. Our main aim is to investigate under which physical conditions two-way propagation becomes significant, and leads to a breakdown of the unidirectional approximation. Using a spectral constraint appearing in the derivation of UPPE we derive a first correction which renormalizes the forward-propagating amplitude. This correction is the main result of our paper and we investigate its effects through numerical simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number035801
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 4 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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