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  • Editor: Bahaa E. A. Saleh
  • Vol. 2, Iss. 3 — Sep. 30, 2010

Angular dispersion: an enabling tool in nonlinear and quantum optics

Juan P. Torres, Martin Hendrych, and Alejandra Valencia  »View Author Affiliations


Advances in Optics and Photonics, Vol. 2, Issue 3, pp. 319-369 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AOP.2.000319


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Abstract

The dispersive properties of materials, i.e., their frequency-dependent response to the interaction with light, in most situations determines whether an optical process can be observed. Although one can always search for a specific material with the sought-after properties, this material might be far from optimum or might not even exist. Therefore, it is of great interest to develop methods that could tune the dispersive properties of a medium independently of the working frequency band. Pulses with angular dispersion, or pulse-front tilt, precisely allow us to achieve this goal. In this tutorial, we show the basics of how angular dispersion can manage to tune the dispersion parameters that characterize the propagation of light in a medium, thus permitting the observation and application of various optical processes in nonlinear and quantum optics that could not be realized otherwise. To keep the focus on first principles, the list of topics addressed is not exhaustive. More specifically, we consider the role of angular dispersion for pulse stretching and compression, broadband second-harmonic generation, the generation of temporal solitons in nonlinear χ ( 2 ) media, the tunable generation of terahertz waves by means of optical rectification of femtosecond pulses, and the tuning of the frequency correlations and of the bandwidth of entangled paired photons.

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ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 18, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 12, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 16, 2010
Published: May 19, 2010

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Juan P. Torres, Martin Hendrych, and Alejandra Valencia, "Angular dispersion: an enabling tool in nonlinear and quantum optics," Adv. Opt. Photon. 2, 319-369 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/aop/abstract.cfm?URI=aop-2-3-319

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