Simple Models of Self-Phase and Induced-Phase Modulation

  • Jamal T. Manassah


Supercontinuum (Alfano and Shapiro, 1970) generation is the production of nearly continuous spectra by propagating intense picosecond and subpicosecond laser pulses through nonlinear media. Induced supercontinuum (Manassah et al., 1985; Alfano et al., 1986) is the superbroadening of the spectrum of a weak pulse due to the presence of a strong pulse propagating simultaneously with it in a nonlinear medium. These observable physical effects form the motivation for the study of self-phase and induced-phase modulation. This chapter examines, for some idealized simple models of the nonlinear material and incoming pulse, the amplitude, phase, geometric shape, and spectral distribution of an outgoing pulse on exiting from the nonlinear material for cases of both absent and present pump. The chapter is limited in scope and extent; it is confined to some analytical and semianalytical cases developed by the author and co-workers. Effects related to group velocity dispersion (GVD) are not generally included among our models.


Spectral Distribution Probe Pulse Group Velocity Dispersion Longitudinal Phase Incoming Pulse 
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