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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijin de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 7 — Mar. 28, 2011
  • pp: 6387–6399

Nonlinear birefringence due to non-resonant, higher-order Kerr effect in isotropic media

George Stegeman, Dimitris G. Papazoglou, Robert Boyd, and Stelios Tzortzakis  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 7, pp. 6387-6399 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.006387


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Abstract

The recent interpretation of experiments on the nonlinear non-resonant birefringence induced in a weak probe beam by a high intensity pump beam in air and its constituents has stimulated interest in the non-resonant birefringence due to higher-order Kerr nonlinearities. Here a simple formalism is invoked to determine the non-resonant birefringence for higher-order Kerr coefficients. Some general relations between nonlinear coefficients with arbitrary frequency inputs are also derived for isotropic media. It is shown that the previous linear extrapolations for higher-order birefringence (based on literature values of n2 and n4) are not strictly valid, although the errors introduced in the values of the reported higher- order Kerr coefficients are a few percent.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 14, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 3, 2011
Published: March 21, 2011

Citation
George Stegeman, Dimitris G. Papazoglou, Robert Boyd, and Stelios Tzortzakis, "Nonlinear birefringence due to non-resonant, higher-order Kerr effect in isotropic media," Opt. Express 19, 6387-6399 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-7-6387


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