Relation between refractive index and model equation

  1. Aug 25, 2013 #1
    Fact: The refractive index depends on the medium.
    Also, in general, to study the pulse propagation in a medium, there is a governing model equation (e.g. Non linear Schrodinger equation).

    My question is: Will there be any relation between the model equation and the refractive index? Why?

    Thanks and Regards,
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  3. Aug 26, 2013 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    What does refractive index tell you? i.e. what is it?
    Can you extract that same information from the pulse-propagation study using the governing model equation?
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