WIAS Preprint No. 1644, (2011)

Calculation of ultrashort pulse propagation based on rational approximations for medium dispersion


  • Amiranashvili, Shalva
    ORCID: 0000-0002-8132-882X
  • Bandelow, Uwe
    ORCID: 0000-0003-3677-2347
  • Mielke, Alexander
    ORCID: 0000-0002-4583-3888

2008 Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme

  • 42.65.-k, 42.65.Tg, 42.81.Dp, 02.30.Mv


  • Ultrashort pulses, Rational approximation, Padé approximant, Envelope equation


Ultrashort optical pulses contain only a few optical cycles and exhibit broad spectra. Their carrier frequency is therefore not well defined and their description in terms of the standard slowly varying envelope approximation becomes questionable. Existing modeling approaches can be divided in two classes, namely generalized envelope equations, that stem from the nonlinear Schrödinger equation, and non-envelope equations which treat the field directly. Based on fundamental physical rules we will present an approach that effectively interpolates between these classes and provides a suitable setting for accurate and highly efficient numerical treatment of pulse propagation along nonlinear and dispersive optical media.

Appeared in

  • Opt. Quantum Electron., 44 (2012) pp. 241--246.

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