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E-field of a laser pulse and Intensity

  1. Jun 6, 2010 #1
    What is the equation for a E field of a single pulse of a laser?
    If that laser is shined onto say a grating spectroscope (square law detector), how can I go about deriving an expression for Intensity as a function of frequency at the output of the spectroscope?

    I know that the square law detector will measure Energy which is the square of the E field (and some proportionality factor that I don't know).
    I also know Intensity equation, I = 1/2 Epsilon * c * E^2 where Epsilon is the permittivity in vacuum. But that doesnt seem to apply here since it has no dependence on frequency.

    Any help is much appreciated.
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  3. Jun 6, 2010 #2


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    Frequency and intensity are independent of each other, in general. Why do you think there should be a relationship between them?
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