Ray propagation and self-focusing in nonlinear absorbing media

Dan Censor

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Two previously given theories are unified, facilitating the discussion of ray tracing in nonlinear and absorbing media. The media may be fairly general: dispersive, absorbing, anisotropic, inhomogeneous, and time varying. Self-focusing is demonstrated on a simple example, showing that absorption will slow down the buildup of high intensities expected from the convergence of the rays.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2614-2617
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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