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  • Editor: G. I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2006
  • pp: 852–856

Refractive indices determination of a small-size nonlinear biaxial crystal by use of double-refraction measurements with a laser beam

Patricia Segonds, Benoît Boulanger, Lydie Ferrier, Bertrand Ménaert, and Julien Zaccaro  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 23, Issue 5, pp. 852-856 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.23.000852


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Abstract

We show that it is possible to determine the magnitude of the three principal refractive indices of a biaxial crystal from the measurement of the double-refraction effect at the exit of the crystal cut as a millimetric sphere and illuminated with a laser beam. By this way, we determined the indices of a monoclinic crystal, Ca 4 Y O ( B O 3 ) 3 , at λ = 0.6328 μ m with an accuracy of 6 × 10 3 . The sphere method, which we implemented several years ago, is now self-sufficient for a complete characterization of the linear and nonlinear optical properties of any new biaxial crystal.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(120.5710) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Refraction
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: August 2, 2005
Revised Manuscript: December 19, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: December 21, 2005

Citation
Patricia Segonds, Benoît Boulanger, Lydie Ferrier, Bertrand Ménaert, and Julien Zaccaro, "Refractive indices determination of a small-size nonlinear biaxial crystal by use of double-refraction measurements with a laser beam," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 852-856 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-23-5-852


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