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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 24 — Aug. 20, 2000
  • pp: 4348–4354

Static and dynamic two-wave mixing in GaAs

Robert S. Schley, Kenneth L. Telschow, and Jonathan Holland  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 24, pp. 4348-4354 (2000)

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We studied the two-wave mixing anisotropic diffraction process in GaAs for demodulation of static and dynamic phase encoded signals. The static results quantitatively agreed with a previous theoretical model for cubic crystals. This model has been described explicitly for all beam polarizations and crystal rotation angles with respect to the plane of incidence. Dynamic phase modulation, in which the signal beam was phase modulated at frequency f s and the reference beam at f r = f s + Δf, produced a signal at Δf that was proportional to the difference between the static beam intensities with and without two-wave mixing under all conditions of polarization and crystal orientation studied. A significant dynamic output signal was produced even when only a shift in polarization but no energy transfer occurred as a result of the anisotropic two-wave mixing process. Therefore not only is the two-wave mixing gain important when the photorefractive effect is used for dynamic phase demodulation, but so are the polarization shifts occurring from the mixing process.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.5330) Nonlinear optics : Photorefractive optics
(190.7070) Nonlinear optics : Two-wave mixing

Original Manuscript: October 25, 1999
Revised Manuscript: April 27, 2000
Published: August 20, 2000

Robert S. Schley, Kenneth L. Telschow, and Jonathan Holland, "Static and dynamic two-wave mixing in GaAs," Appl. Opt. 39, 4348-4354 (2000)

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