Precise knowledge of the behavior of the phase of light in the focus of a laser beam is fundamental to understand and control laser-driven processes. More than a hundred years ago the axial phase evolution for focused monochromatic light beams was described and is now commonly known as the Gouy phase . Recent theoretical work has brought into question the validity of applying this monochromatic phase formulation to the broadband laser pulses becoming ubiquitous today . The need for investigation of the spatial behavior of the local carrier-envelope phase (CEP) is also underscored by experimental studies, which suggest deviations from the monochromatic Gouy phase (see for instance ).
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