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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 12 — Jun. 11, 2007
  • pp: 7211–7217

The Gouy phase shift in nonlinear interactions of waves

Nico Lastzka and Roman Schnabel  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 12, pp. 7211-7217 (2007)

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We theoretically analyze the influence of the Gouy phase shift on the nonlinear interaction between waves of different frequencies. We focus on χ(2) interaction of optical fields, e.g. through birefringent crystals, and show that focussing, stronger than suggested by the Boyd-Kleinman factor, can further improve nonlinear processes. An increased value of 3.32 for the optimal focussing parameter for a single pass process is found. The new value builds on the compensation of the Gouy phase shift by a spatially varying, instead constant, wave vector phase mismatch. We analyze the single-ended, singly resonant standing wave nonlinear cavity and show that in this case the Gouy phase shift leads to an additional phase during backreflection. Our numerical simulations may explain ill-understood experimental observations in such devices.

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OCIS Codes
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: March 19, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 3, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 21, 2007
Published: May 29, 2007

Nico Lastzka and Roman Schnabel, "The Gouy phase shift in nonlinear interactions of waves," Opt. Express 15, 7211-7217 (2007)

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