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  • Vol. 73, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1983
  • pp: 539–547

Transient behavior of Kerr-like phase conjugators: the inverse problem

B. R. Suydam  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 73, Issue 5, pp. 539-547 (1983)

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In earlier work, the transient response of a four-wave optical phase conjugator was studied. Here we study the inverse problem, namely: How must we tailor the input pulse in order to obtain a prescribed conjugator output? We find that an arbitrarily short output pulse can be obtained and show how the input, or probe, must be programmed in order to achieve this result.

© 1983 Optical Society of America

B. R. Suydam, "Transient behavior of Kerr-like phase conjugators: the inverse problem," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 73, 539-547 (1983)

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