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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2001
  • pp: 1311–1317

Boundary conditions for optical rectification and application to degenerate four-wave mixing in a novel geometry

Rolf Spreiter, Christian Bosshard, and Peter Günter  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 18, Issue 9, pp. 1311-1317 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.18.001311


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Abstract

We derive general boundary conditions for optical rectification of Gaussian beams and discuss the effect on cascaded optical rectification and the linear electro-optic effect as well as terahertz generation. These conditions are applied to degenerate four-wave mixing in a novel geometry in which we experimentally demonstrate, for the first time to our knowledge, that the combination of optical rectification of a single pump beam and the linear electro-optic effect produces a refractive-index grating in the transparent spectral region of the inorganic crystal KNbO3. The intensity of a probe beam diffracted by this grating was determined and corresponds to the theoretically expected result obtained from the known material parameters.

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OCIS Codes
(070.4340) Fourier optics and signal processing : Nonlinear optical signal processing
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials

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Rolf Spreiter, Christian Bosshard, and Peter Günter, "Boundary conditions for optical rectification and application to degenerate four-wave mixing in a novel geometry," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 18, 1311-1317 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-18-9-1311

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