Time-spatial drift of decelerating electromagnetic pulses

Alexander G. Nerukh, Dmitry A. Nerukh

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A time dependent electromagnetic pulse generated by a current running laterally to the direction of the pulse propagation is considered in paraxial approximation. It is shown that the pulse envelope moves in the time-spatial coordinates on the surface of a parabolic cylinder for the Airy pulse and a hyperbolic cylinder for the Gaussian. These pulses propagate in time with deceleration along the dominant propagation direction and drift uniformly in the lateral direction. The Airy pulse stops at infinity while the asymptotic velocity of the Gaussian is nonzero.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17366-17372
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Express
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2013


  • diffraction
  • electromagnetic optics
  • propagation


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