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  • Vol. 68, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1978
  • pp: 1098–1106

Laser studies of internal conical diffraction. II. Intensity patterns in an optically active crystal, α-iodic acid

A. J. Schell and N. Bloembergen  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 68, Issue 8, pp. 1098-1106 (1978)

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The intensity patterns produced by a Gaussian (TEM00 mode) laser beam propagating in the vicinity of the optical axis of α-iodic acid have been photographed. Densitometric profiles for different polarization conditions have been obtained. The theory of Portigal and Burstein has been extended to permit a quantitative comparison between theory and experiment for conical refraction in noncentrosymmetric crystals.

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A. J. Schell and N. Bloembergen, "Laser studies of internal conical diffraction. II. Intensity patterns in an optically active crystal, α-iodic acid," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1098-1106 (1978)

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  1. A. J. Schell and N. Bloembergen, "Laser studies on internal conical diffraction I. Quantitative comparison of experimental and theoretical conical intensity distributions in aragonite," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1093–1097 (1978). This paper will henceforth be referred to as I.
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  10. A. J. Schell and N. Bloembergen, "Second harmonic conical refraction," Opt. Commun. 21, 150–153 (1977).
  11. S. G. Parker and J. E. Pinnell, "Growth of α-iodic acid crystals from aqueous solution," J. Cryst. Growth 12, 277–280 (1972).
  12. The difference in sign of the terms in Eq. (21) due to σ1 and σ′2, respectively, is somewhat disturbing, as the homogeneous plane wave limit would indicate the same sign for these terms. This ambiguity has not been resolved theoretically, but the experimental results can be fitted in either case by a very small adjustment of the rotary power ŝ-Γ = 0.

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