Abstract

We present the results of the spectral analysis of intense ultrashort laser pulses propagating through nonlinear transparent media. We discuss the spectral features characteristic of the self-phase-modulation process, which is the most prominent process during nonguided propagation in the weakly nonlinear regime. We describe an application of automatic pulse phase retrieval based on the Kerr-like nonlinearity.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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