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  • Vol. 73, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1983
  • pp: 647–653

Degenerate four-wave mixing in semiconductor-doped glasses

R. K. Jain and R. C. Lind  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 73, Issue 5, pp. 647-653 (1983)

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We report degenerate four-wave mixing (DFWM) of visible radiation in borosilicate glasses doped with crystallites of the mixed semiconductor CdSxSe1-x. These semiconductor-doped glasses—available commercially in the form of colored glass filters—exhibit third-order nonlinearities of ∼10-9-10-8 esu for DFWM with short (∼10-nsec) laser pulses at various visible wavelengths. Our studies on the temporal decay of the transient gratings indicate that the nonlinearity is not thermal in origin but may be attributed to the generation of a short-lived electron–hole plasma. In contrast with DFWM experiments in other semiconductors invoking gratings of optically generated carriers (or other mobile particles), we report unique diffusion-independent decay of the gratings in these glasses; this is deduced from the dependence of the intensity and polarization of the DFWM signal on the polarization combinations of the input beams. Finally, we report detailed data on the aberration-correction properties of these isotropic glasses.

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R. K. Jain and R. C. Lind, "Degenerate four-wave mixing in semiconductor-doped glasses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 73, 647-653 (1983)

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  1. R. K. Jain and J. B. Klein, "Degenerate four-wave mixing near the band gap of semiconductors," Appl. Phys. Lett. 35, 454–456 (1979).
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  13. Such glasses are readily available from manufacturers of colored glasses as "sharp-cut" color filters, with numerous choices of cut wavelengths. Two of the manufacturers and their glasses are Corning Glass Industries, Corning, New York 14830: glasses nos. 2403 to 2434, 3480 to 3486, and 3384 to 3391; Schott Optical Glass, Inc., Duryea, Pennsylvania 18642: glasses nos. WG 295 to WG 360, GG 375 to GG 475, OG 515 to OG 590, and RG 610 to RG 715.
  14. A preliminary description of some of our early observations on DFWM in semiconductor-doped glasses was presented at the Eleventh International Quantum Electronics Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, 1980.
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  16. CdSxSe1-.-doped glasses from Corning: Nos. 2403 to 2434 and 3480 to 3486; from Schott: nos. RG 610 to RG 715 and OG 515 to OG 590.
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  26. This is in strong contrast with our observations in dye solutions, in which the DFWM signals are often dominated by thermal gratings with slow decay times.
  27. D. G. Steel, R. C. Lind, J. F. Lam, and C. R. Giuliano, "Polarization rotation and thermal motion studies via resonant degenerate four-wave mixing," Appl. Phys. Lett. 35, 376–379 (1979).
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  29. This novel diffusion-independent behavior, leading to comparable DFWM signals from both gratings, permits polarization manipulation of the DFWM signal (see Ref. 27) by the control of either the backward or the forward pump, a feature of great importance for Boolean-logic processing of optical signals with DFWM (see Ref. 33).
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  31. H. Kogelnik, "Coupled-wave theory for thick hologram gratings," Bell Syst. Tech. J. 48, 2909–2947 (1969).
  32. Possible candidate glasses include those used for sharp-cut optical filters in the green to near-ultraviolet spectral ranges, such as Corning glasses nos. 3384 to 3391 and Schott glasses nos. WG 295 to WG 360 and GG 375 to GG 475; however, the exact compounds present in these glasses are unknown to us.
  33. V. Wang and C. R. Giuliano, "Correction of phase aberrations via stimulated Brillouin scattering," Opt. Lett. 2,4–6 (1978), and Ref. 10 therein.

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