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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 1989
  • pp: 1383–1385

Conjugate generation and beam steering by nearly degenerate four-wave mixing in waveguide arrays

T. B. Simpson and J. M. Liu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 14, Issue 24, pp. 1383-1385 (1989)

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We analyze the frequency-shifted conjugate beam generated by nearly degenerate four-wave mixing in an array of single-mode waveguides. We show that if the array sufficiently samples the signal beam, a high-quality conjugate will be generated when the pump beams are counterpropagating. The ability of a waveguide mode to couple to incoming beams over a range of incident directions relaxes the strict phase-matching requirement present in bulk-media four-wave mixing. A shift in the propagation direction of one of the pump beams changes the propagation direction of the generated beam while maintaining the spatial phase coherence.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: April 21, 1989
Manuscript Accepted: October 13, 1989
Published: December 15, 1989

T. B. Simpson and J. M. Liu, "Conjugate generation and beam steering by nearly degenerate four-wave mixing in waveguide arrays," Opt. Lett. 14, 1383-1385 (1989)

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