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  • Vol. 67, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1977
  • pp: 1–3

Generation of time-reversed wave fronts by nonlinear refraction

R. W. Hellwarth  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 67, Issue 1, pp. 1-3 (1977)

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We describe a nonlinear method for generating, nearly instantaneously, a time-reversed replica of any monochromatic-beam wave pattern. The method employs the interaction of the incident beam, of arbitrary wave front, with counter-propagating plane "pump" waves in a homogeneous, transparent, nonlinear medium. Media are shown to exist in which time-reversed waves can be generated with high efficiency using available laser pump sources.

© 1977 Optical Society of America

R. W. Hellwarth, "Generation of time-reversed wave fronts by nonlinear refraction," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 67, 1-3 (1977)

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