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Title: What is the temporal analog of reflection and refraction of optical beams?

Abstract

It is shown numerically and analytically that when an optical pulse approaches a moving temporal boundary across which the refractive index changes, it undergoes a temporal equivalent of reflection and refraction of optical beams at a spatial boundary. The main difference is that the role of angles is played by changes in the frequency. The frequency dependence of the dispersion of the material in which the pulse is propagating plays a fundamental role in determining the frequency shifts experienced by the reflected and refracted pulses. As a result, our analytic expressions for these frequency shifts allow us to find the condition under which an analog of total internal reflection may occur at the temporal boundary.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY (United States)
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Research Org.:
Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1223342
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1224573
Grant/Contract Number:  
NA0001944
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 115; Journal Issue: 18; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9007
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS

Citation Formats

Plansinis, B. W., Donaldson, W. R., and Agrawal, G. P.. What is the temporal analog of reflection and refraction of optical beams?. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.183901.
Plansinis, B. W., Donaldson, W. R., & Agrawal, G. P.. What is the temporal analog of reflection and refraction of optical beams?. United States. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.183901
Plansinis, B. W., Donaldson, W. R., and Agrawal, G. P.. Wed . "What is the temporal analog of reflection and refraction of optical beams?". United States. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.183901. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1223342.
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title = {What is the temporal analog of reflection and refraction of optical beams?},
author = {Plansinis, B. W. and Donaldson, W. R. and Agrawal, G. P.},
abstractNote = {It is shown numerically and analytically that when an optical pulse approaches a moving temporal boundary across which the refractive index changes, it undergoes a temporal equivalent of reflection and refraction of optical beams at a spatial boundary. The main difference is that the role of angles is played by changes in the frequency. The frequency dependence of the dispersion of the material in which the pulse is propagating plays a fundamental role in determining the frequency shifts experienced by the reflected and refracted pulses. As a result, our analytic expressions for these frequency shifts allow us to find the condition under which an analog of total internal reflection may occur at the temporal boundary.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.183901},
journal = {Physical Review Letters},
number = 18,
volume = 115,
place = {United States},
year = {2015},
month = {10}
}

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