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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 7 — Apr. 3, 2006
  • pp: 2817–2824

Non-linear Young’s double-slit experiment

Julio San Roman, Camilo Ruiz, Jose Antonio Perez, Diego Delgado, Cruz Mendez, Luis Plaja, and Luis Roso  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 7, pp. 2817-2824 (2006)

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The Young’s double slit experiment is recreated using intense and short laser pulses. Our experiment evidences the role of the non-linear Kerr effect in the formation of interference patterns. In particular, our results evidence a mixed mechanism in which the zeroth diffraction order of each slit are mainly affected by self-focusing and self-phase modulation, while the higher orders propagate linearly. Despite of the complexity of the general problem of non-linear propagation, we demonstrate that this experiment retains its simplicity and allows for a geometrical interpretation in terms of simple optical paths. In consequence, our results may provide key ideas on experiments on the formation of interference patterns with intense laser fields in Kerr media.

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OCIS Codes
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: February 1, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 17, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2006
Published: April 3, 2006

Julio San Roman, Camilo Ruiz, Jose Antonio Perez, Diego Delgado, Cruz Mendez, Luis Plaja, and Luis Roso, "Non-linear Young's double-slit experiment," Opt. Express 14, 2817-2824 (2006)

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