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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: G. I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2366–2371

Wave coupling theory of the linear electro-optic effect in a linear absorbent medium

Dandan Wu, Haibo Chen, Weilong She, and Wingkee Lee  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 2366-2371 (2005)

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We develop a wave-coupling theory of the linear electro-optic effect, which includes linear absorption of the electro-optic medium. A general solution of the output complex amplitudes of two independent polarized components of a light wave is obtained for a light wave propagating along any direction with an external dc electric field along an arbitrary direction in any linear absorbent electro-optic medium. We use a Li Nb O 3 crystal as an example for studying the influences of linear absorption on the phases and amplitudes of the two wave components as well as the half-wave voltage and the extinction ratio of electro-optic modulation. © 2005 Optical Society of America.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(160.3730) Materials : Lithium niobate
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(230.4110) Optical devices : Modulators
(350.2450) Other areas of optics : Filters, absorption

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Dandan Wu, Haibo Chen, Weilong She, and Wingkee Lee, "Wave coupling theory of the linear electro-optic effect in a linear absorbent medium," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 22, 2366-2371 (2005)

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