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Contribution to Book
Scalar EM Beam Propagation in Inhomogeneous Media
Computational Methods for Electromagnetic and Optical Systems
  • John M. Jarem, University of Alabama, Huntsville
  • Partha P. Banerjee, University of Dayton
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In the previous chapter, we reviewed some of the mathematical preliminaries that will be useful later on in the text. In this chapter, we discuss some of the basic concepts of scalar wave propagation, and discuss an important numerical method, called the beam propagation method (BPM), to study propagation in linear media and in media with induced nonlinearities. Furthermore, we also discuss propagation through induced gratings, both transmission and reflection type, in order to assess energy coupling between participating waves. Finally, we introduce readers to an important characterization method, called the z-scan method, which is often used to determine the focal length of an induced lens.
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Taylor and Francis
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Boca Raton, FL
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Citation Information
John M. Jarem and Partha P. Banerjee. "Scalar EM Beam Propagation in Inhomogeneous Media" 2ndComputational Methods for Electromagnetic and Optical Systems (2011)
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