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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 7 — Apr. 3, 2006
  • pp: 2760–2769

Two crystal arrangement to fight efficiency saturation in cross-polarized wave generation

A. Jullien, O. Albert, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 7, pp. 2760-2769 (2006)

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We describe a method that overcomes the observed saturation effect appearing in cross polarized wave (XPW) generation. The previously reported internal efficiencies for XPW generation are known to be limited to around 15% whatever the length of the nonlinear medium and/or the input intensity values are. At the opposite, the theoretical limit had been estimated to be close to 25%. Here we show that the saturation level of XPW generation efficiency can be drastically shifted up by using two thin nonlinear crystals put at a given distance one to the other. An internal efficiency of 30% is demonstrated experimentally using two BaF2 crystals.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: January 31, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 15, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 23, 2006
Published: April 3, 2006

A. Jullien, O. Albert, G. Chériaux, J. Etchepare, S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, and S. M. Saltiel, "A two crystal arrangement to fight efficiency saturation in cross-polarized wave generation," Opt. Express 14, 2760-2769 (2006)

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