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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2006
  • pp: 3143–3145

Nonlinear mirror based on cross-polarized wave generation

S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, S. M. Saltiel, A. Jullien, O. Albert, and J. Etchepare  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 21, pp. 3143-3145 (2006)

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We present a new type of nonlinear mirror based on the generation of a cross-polarized wave through a nonresonant electronic third-order process. It is characterized by a reflection coefficient that depends on the input intensity. Its behavior results from the interference between the nonlinearly generated cross-polarized wave and a π 2 phase-retarded wave. This setup has a lot of advantages: it does not require any phase matching, it is achromatic and suitable for femtosecond pulses, linear losses are easily adjustable, and the overall behavior is predictable. The device has been experimentally tested using BaF 2 and YVO 4 crystals.

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OCIS Codes
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: April 27, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 24, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 9, 2006
Published: October 11, 2006

S. Kourtev, N. Minkovski, S. M. Saltiel, A. Jullien, O. Albert, and J. Etchepare, "Nonlinear mirror based on cross-polarized wave generation," Opt. Lett. 31, 3143-3145 (2006)

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