We report what is to our knowledge the first observation of coherent and incoherent terms of the specular inverse Faraday effect. The specular inverse Faraday effect is treated as a four-wave mixing phenomenon, and the role of the phase-conjugated wave in the polarization-altering interaction is disclosed. Several components of the nonresonant cubic susceptibility tensor in InSb and GaAs are measured and found to be in the 10−7–10−6-esu range.
© 1994 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 26, 1993
Published: January 1, 1994
S. V. Popov, Yu. P. Svirko, and N. I. Zheludev, "Coherent and incoherent specular inverse Faraday effect: χ(3) measurements in opaque materials," Opt. Lett. 19, 13-15 (1994)