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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 21 — Oct. 17, 2007
  • pp: 13630–13639

Energy exchange between two orthogonally polarized waves by cascading of two quasi-phase-matched quadratic processes

Benjamin F. Johnston, Peter Dekker, Solomon M. Saltiel, Yuri S. Kivshar, and Michael J. Withford  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 21, pp. 13630-13639 (2007)

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We demonstrate energy exchange between two orthogonally polarized optical waves as a consequence of a two-color multistep parametric interaction. The energy exchange results from cascading of two quasi-phase-matched (QPM) second-harmonic parametric processes, and it is intrinsically instantaneous. The effect is observed when both the type-I (ooe) second-harmonic generation process and higher QPM order type-0 (eee) second-harmonic generation processes are phase-matched simultaneously in a congruent periodically-poled lithium niobate crystal. The two second-harmonic generation processes share a common second-harmonic wave which couple the two cross-polarized fundamental components and facilitate an energy flow between them. We demonstrate a good agreement between the experimental data and the results of numerical simulations.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: August 17, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 27, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 28, 2007
Published: October 3, 2007

Benjamin F. Johnston, Peter Dekker, Solomon M. Saltiel, Yuri S. Kivshar, and Michael J. Withford, "Energy exchange between two orthogonally polarized waves by cascading of two quasi-phase-matched quadratic processes," Opt. Express 15, 13630-13639 (2007)

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