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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2009
  • pp: 49–51

Small third-order optical-nonlinearity detection free of laser parameters

Anatoly Sherman, Erik Benkler, and Harald R. Telle  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 1, pp. 49-51 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.000049


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Abstract

We demonstrate a novel, versatile method for sensitive measurement of nonresonant third-order optical nonlinearities in waveguides. The measurement is referenced to a bulk sample with well-known nonlinear optical properties, thus ruling out the influence of laser pulse parameters like duration, contrast, and spectral phase or amplitude. Since the generated mixing product is heterodyne detected, extremely small third-order optical nonlinearities, e.g., from air-filled short waveguides, can be measured.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers
(060.2840) Fiber optics and optical communications : Heterodyne

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: September 24, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 18, 2008
Published: December 23, 2008

Citation
Anatoly Sherman, Erik Benkler, and Harald R. Telle, "Small third-order optical-nonlinearity detection free of laser parameters," Opt. Lett. 34, 49-51 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-1-49


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