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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 22 — Oct. 24, 2011
  • pp: 21977–21988

Theoretical and experimental study of laser radiation propagating in a medium with thermally induced birefringence and cubic nonlinearity

M. S. Kuzmina, M. A. Martyanov, A. K. Poteomkin, E. A. Khazanov, and A. A. Shaykin  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 22, pp. 21977-21988 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.021977


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Abstract

We consider a problem of laser radiation propagating in a medium with birefringence of two types: linear birefringence independent of intensity and polarization, and intensity and polarization dependent circular birefringence caused by cubic nonlinearity. It is shown theoretically and experimentally that the efficiency of the broadly employed method of linear depolarization compensation by means of a 90° polarization rotator decreases with increasing В-integral (nonlinear phase incursion induced by cubic nonlinearity). The accuracy of polarization transformation by means of a half-wave and a quarter-wave plate also decreases if В > 1. By the example of a λ/4 plate it is shown that this parasitic effect may be suppressed considerably by choosing an optimal angle of inclination of the optical axis of the plate.

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OCIS Codes
(140.6810) Lasers and laser optics : Thermal effects
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 18, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 26, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 27, 2011
Published: October 21, 2011

Citation
M. S. Kuzmina, M. A. Martyanov, A. K. Poteomkin, E. A. Khazanov, and A. A. Shaykin, "Theoretical and experimental study of laser radiation propagating in a medium with thermally induced birefringence and cubic nonlinearity," Opt. Express 19, 21977-21988 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-22-21977


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