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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2588–2594

Vectorial mechanism of nonlinearity enhancement in rubidium vapor

Nikolai Korneev and Chrystian Gutiérrez Parra  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 29, Issue 9, pp. 2588-2594 (2012)

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We report the calculations of vectorial nonlinear properties of rubidium vapor for Rb87D2 transition at moderate intensities. The results are compared with self-rotation and diffraction experiments. Different from Kerr nonlinearity, optimal intensity exists here, which depends on beam geometry. For intensities close to the optimal, the vectorial mechanism is much more efficient than a scalar one, and strong self-action for wide beams can be obtained with it.

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OCIS Codes
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects
(190.2055) Nonlinear optics : Dynamic gratings
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: May 18, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 21, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 27, 2012
Published: August 31, 2012

Nikolai Korneev and Chrystian Gutiérrez Parra, "Vectorial mechanism of nonlinearity enhancement in rubidium vapor," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 29, 2588-2594 (2012)

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