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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 13 — May. 1, 1998
  • pp: 2723–2728

Absorption effect in the calculation of a second-order nonlinear coefficient from the data of a Maker fringe experiment

Tong Kun Lim, Mi-Yun Jeong, Changho Song, and Doo Chul Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 13, pp. 2723-2728 (1998)

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The effect of light absorption by sample in the analysis of Maker fringe data for estimating a second-order nonlinear coefficient has been studied experimentally. Two theories, one by Jerphagnon and Kurtz that neglects the absorption effect and one by Herman and Hayden that takes into account the absorption effect, were compared with the experimental results. It was found that Jerphagnon and Kurtz’s formula was unable to predict correctly not only the magnitude but also the incident angle dependence or the sample thickness dependence of the second harmonic signal generated by the sample with strong absorption, whereas the theory by Herman and Hayden was able to make those predictions fairly well. It was also found that the error in the estimated nonlinear coefficient when one uses Jerphagnon and Kurtz’s formula could be as large as 2–4 times the true value, depending on sample thickness.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.1900) Nonlinear optics : Diagnostic applications of nonlinear optics
(190.4710) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities in organic materials

Original Manuscript: October 21, 1997
Revised Manuscript: January 23, 1998
Published: May 1, 1998

Tong Kun Lim, Mi-Yun Jeong, Changho Song, and Doo Chul Kim, "Absorption effect in the calculation of a second-order nonlinear coefficient from the data of a Maker fringe experiment," Appl. Opt. 37, 2723-2728 (1998)

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