, Volume 24, Issue 9, pp S1051-S1070

Beam propagation in a linear or nonlinear lens-like medium usingABCD ray matrices: the method of moments

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Abstract

We derive exact expressions for the evolution of the second order moment of the intensity distribution of an arbitrary beam propagating in a nonlinear Kerr medium with a quadratic index profile. The results can be recast in terms of theABCD matrix formalism after introducing a generalized complex radius of curvature,Q(z). Various definitions of the beam quality factor are introduced. Numerical simulations reveal the interest of this approach.

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