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

Abstract

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.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Rochester, Rochester, NY (United States). Lab. for Laser Energetics
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Contributing Org.:
Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester
OSTI Identifier:
1399088
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1395404
Report Number(s):
2016-239, 1353
Journal ID: ISSN 0740-3224; JOBPDE; 2016-239, 2308, 1353
Grant/Contract Number:  
NA0001944
Resource Type:
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
Publisher:
Optical Society of America (OSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; pulses; pulse propagation and temporal solitons; ultrafast optics

Citation Formats

Plansinis, Brent W., Donaldson, William R., and Agrawal, Govind P. Single-pulse interference caused by temporal reflection at moving refractive-index boundaries. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1364/JOSAB.34.002274.
Plansinis, Brent W., Donaldson, William R., & Agrawal, Govind P. Single-pulse interference caused by temporal reflection at moving refractive-index boundaries. United States. doi:10.1364/JOSAB.34.002274.
Plansinis, Brent W., Donaldson, William R., and Agrawal, Govind P. Fri . "Single-pulse interference caused by temporal reflection at moving refractive-index boundaries". United States. doi:10.1364/JOSAB.34.002274. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1399088.
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title = {Single-pulse interference caused by temporal reflection at moving refractive-index boundaries},
author = {Plansinis, Brent W. and Donaldson, William R. and Agrawal, Govind P.},
abstractNote = {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.},
doi = {10.1364/JOSAB.34.002274},
journal = {Journal of the Optical Society of America. Part B, Optical Physics},
number = 10,
volume = 34,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {9}
}

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