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Title: Single-pulse interference caused by temporal reflection at moving refractive-index boundaries

Here, we show numerically and analytically that temporal reflections from a moving refractive-index boundary act as an analog of Lloyd’s mirror, allowing a single pulse to produce interference fringes in time as it propagates inside a dispersive medium. This interference can be viewed as the pulse interfering with a virtual pulse that is identical to the first, except for a π-phase shift. Furthermore, if a second moving refractive-index boundary is added to create the analog of an optical waveguide, a single pulse can be self-imaged or made to produce two or more pulses by adjusting the propagation length in a process similar to the Talbot effect.
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  1. Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
2016-239, 1353
Journal ID: ISSN 0740-3224; JOBPDE; 2016-239, 2308, 1353
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of the Optical Society of America. Part B, Optical Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 34; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 0740-3224
Optical Society of America (OSA)
Research Org:
Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY (United States). Lab. for Laser Energetics
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Contributing Orgs:
Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester
Country of Publication:
United States
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; pulses; pulse propagation and temporal solitons; ultrafast optics
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Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1395404