Accessing Extreme Spatiotemporal Localization of High-Power Laser Radiation through Transformation Optics and Scalar Wave Equations.
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Although tightly focused intense ultrashort laser pulses are used in many applications from nano-processing to warm dense matter physics, their nonparaxial propagation implies the use of numerical simulations with vectorial wave equations or exact Maxwell solvers that have serious limitations and thus have hindered progress in this important field up to now. Here we present an elegant and robust solution that allows one to map the problem on one that can be addressed by simple scalar wave equations. The solution is based on a transformation optics approach and its validity is demonstrated in both the linear and the nonlinear regime. Our solution allows accessing challenging problems of extreme spatiotemporal localization of high power laser radiation that remain almost unexplored theoretically until now.