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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2004
  • pp: 2447–2454

Self-pumped phase conjugation in microspheres

Xue-Heng Zheng  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 21, Issue 12, pp. 2447-2454 (2004)

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When a microscopic sphere is illuminated by a laser beam, interference fringes inside the sphere lead through the Kerr effect to a holographic grating. This grating is capable of phase conjugation, which is particularly strong when optical resonance takes place. According to numerical simulation, based on the Green function method, phase-conjugation reflectivity R=0.5 can be achieved in a single silica sphere of ∼9-μm diameter with realistic laser power. Such spheres can be aligned together to become a phase-conjugation mirror of large area and high reflectivity.

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OCIS Codes
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.5040) Nonlinear optics : Phase conjugation
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory

Original Manuscript: May 21, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: May 27, 2004
Published: December 1, 2004

Xue-Heng Zheng, "Self-pumped phase conjugation in microspheres," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 2447-2454 (2004)

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