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Non-paraxial beam propagation methods

Chamorro-Posada, P, Mcdonald, GS and New, GHC 2001, 'Non-paraxial beam propagation methods' , Optics Communications, 192 (1-2) , pp. 1-12.

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    Exact analytical results are employed in the testing of split-step and finite difference approaches to the numerical solution of the non-paraxial non-linear Schrodinger equation. It is shown that conventional split-step schemes can lead to spurious oscillations in the solution and that fully finite difference descriptions may require prohibitive discretisation densities. Two new non-paraxial beam propagation methods, that overcome these difficulties, are reported. A modified split-step method and a difference-differential equation method are described and their predictions are validated using dispersion relations, an energy flow conservation relation and exact solutions. To conclude, results concerning 2D (transverse) beam self-focusing, for which no tract analytical solutions exist, are presented.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Non-linear optics, self-focusing, optical solitons, computational techniques
    Themes: Energy
    Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Materials & Physics Research Centre
    Journal or Publication Title: Optics Communications
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0030-4018
    Depositing User: GS McDonald
    Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2011 10:56
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:14

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