Abstract

A general concept of the vectorial spectral analysis of the nonstationary optical fields representing exact solutions to the Maxwell equations is proposed. The method provides the possibility of examining the free-space spatiotemporal evolution of the electromagnetic field in relation to its dependence on the composition of its temporal- and angular-frequency spectra. Particular attention is given to the electromagnetic pulses whose monochromatic components are nondiffracting fields.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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