Analysis of optical pulse propagation with two-by-two (ABCD) matrices.

  title={Analysis of optical pulse propagation with two-by-two (ABCD) matrices.},
  author={Shayan Mookherjea and Amnon Yariv},
  journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics},
  volume={64 1 Pt 2},
We review and extend the analogies between Gaussian pulse propagation and Gaussian beam diffraction. In addition to the well-known parallels between pulse dispersion in optical fiber and cw beam diffraction in free space, we review temporal lenses as a way to describe nonlinearities in the propagation equations, and then introduce further concepts that permit the description of pulse evolution in more complicated systems. These include the temporal equivalent of a spherical dielectric interface… CONTINUE READING