Real-time dissipation of optical pulses in passive dielectrics

  title={Real-time dissipation of optical pulses in passive dielectrics},
  author={Scott Alan Glasgow and Michael Ware},
  journal={Physical Review A},
We discuss the inevitable dissipation of energy that must accompany the creation of a pulse-medium excitation state in a passive dielectric. We show that there is a minimum amount of energy that an optical pulse must deposit in the medium to create a given pulse-medium state and that energy deposited beyond this minimum value must be dissipated in the medium. We compare this notion of dissipation to a related concept found by determining the fraction of energy stored in a medium that is… 

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