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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 11 — May. 29, 2006
  • pp: 4746–4756

Dynamics of short pulses and phase matched second harmonic generation in negative index materials

Michael Scalora, Giuseppe D’Aguanno, Mark Bloemer, Marco Centini, Domenico de Ceglia, Nadia Mattiucci, and Yuri S. Kivshar  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 11, pp. 4746-4756 (2006)

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We study pulsed second harmonic generation in metamaterials under conditions of significant absorption. Tuning the pump in the negative index range, a second harmonic signal is generated in the positive index region, such that the respective indices of refraction have the same magnitudes but opposite signs. This insures that a forward-propagating pump is exactly phase matched to the backward-propagating second harmonic signal. Using peak intensities of ~500 MW/cm2, assuming χ(2)~80pm/V, we predict conversion efficiencies of 12% and 0.2% for attenuation lengths of 50 and 5µm, respectively.

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(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

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Original Manuscript: March 21, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 10, 2006
Published: May 29, 2006

Michael Scalora, Giuseppe D'Aguanno, Mark Bloemer, Marco Centini, Domenico de Ceglia, Nadia Mattiucci, and Yuri S. Kivshar, "Dynamics of short pulses and phase matched second harmonic generation in negative index materials," Opt. Express 14, 4746-4756 (2006)

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