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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 12, Iss. 24 — Nov. 29, 2004
  • pp: 5952–5961

Stimulated Rayleigh-Bragg scattering enhanced by two-photon excitation

Guang S. He, Tzu-Chau Lin, and Paras N. Prasad  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 12, Issue 24, pp. 5952-5961 (2004)

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A frequency-unshifted and backward stimulated Rayleigh scattering can be produced in a linearly transparent but two-photon absorbing medium. Using a novel two-photon active dye solution as the nonlinear medium pumped by 532-nm and ~10-ns laser pulses, a highly directional backward stimulated scattering at the pump wavelength can be readily observed. The experimental results on spectral structure, spatial and temporal behaviors, and output/input relationship of this new type of stimulated scattering are presented. To explain the observed phenomenon and its experimental behaviors, a physical model of feedback mechanism provided by a two-photon-excitation enhanced Bragg grating inside the scattering medium is proposed. Comparing to other types of stimulated scattering, the stimulated Rayleigh-Bragg scattering exhibits the advantages of no-frequency shift, low threshold, and low requirement for pump spectral line-width.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(190.4710) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities in organic materials
(190.5890) Nonlinear optics : Scattering, stimulated

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Original Manuscript: October 14, 2004
Revised Manuscript: November 16, 2004
Published: November 29, 2004

Guang He, Tzu-Chau Lin, and Paras Prasad, "Stimulated Rayleigh-Bragg scattering enhanced by two-photon excitation," Opt. Express 12, 5952-5961 (2004)

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