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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 15, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1998
  • pp: 1698–1706

Sum-frequency generation from an isotropic chiral medium

Pao-Keng Yang and Jung Y. Huang  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 15, Issue 6, pp. 1698-1706 (1998)

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We report a theoretical analysis of nonlinear optical sum-frequency generation from the bulk of a chiral liquid in the dipole approximation. In our theoretical formulation the circular birefringence effect of a chiral medium was properly taken into account. The angular dependence of the reflected and transmitted sum-frequency signals on the incident angles of two input beams was calculated to yield the optimal geometry for probing bulk chirality. We also derived a microscopic expression for the totally antisymmetric part of a second-order nonlinear optical susceptibility to elaborate unique features in the studies of chirality-related properties with sum-frequency generation.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

Pao-Keng Yang and Jung Y. Huang, "Sum-frequency generation from an isotropic chiral medium," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 15, 1698-1706 (1998)

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