Abstract

Transformation laws for the Wigner distribution function, the radiant intensity, the radiant emittance, and the first- and second-order moments of the Wigner distribution function through an inhomogeneous, Kerr-type medium have been derived as well as for the beam quality factor and the kurtosis parameter. It is shown that the inhomogeneous Kerr-type medium can be approximated from the Wigner-distribution-function transformation-law point of view with a symplectic ABCD matrix with elements depending on the field distribution.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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