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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 5, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1988
  • pp: 1763–1774

Analysis of transient phase conjugation in photorefractive media

George C. Papen, Bahaa E. A. Saleh, and John A. Tataronis  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 5, Issue 8, pp. 1763-1774 (1988)

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The response of a photorefractive phase conjugator to time-varying signals is examined. Maxwell’s equations are coupled to the material equations followed by linearization using a strong undepleted pump approximation and simplification by the slowly varying envelope approximation. The resulting set of equations is solved by frequency-domain techniques. The solution is expressed in terms of a transfer function that relates the complex frequencies of the probe and the conjugate field. Limiting forms of the transfer function are derived, and a comparison with a Kerr material is made. The effects of various parameters on the fidelity and stability of the conjugation process are determined. Numerical results are presented showing the distortion of time-varying signals owing to the nonideal conjugation process.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: October 19, 1987
Manuscript Accepted: March 1, 1988
Published: August 1, 1988

George C. Papen, Bahaa E. A. Saleh, and John A. Tataronis, "Analysis of transient phase conjugation in photorefractive media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 5, 1763-1774 (1988)

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