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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 1997
  • pp: 360–362

Brillouin-enhanced four-wave-mixing vector phase-conjugate mirror with beam-combining capability

Mark W. Bowers, Robert W. Boyd, and Allen K. Hankla  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 360-362 (1997)

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It is often desirable to remove both wave front and polarization aberrations from an optical beam. Scalar phase conjugation, such as ordinary stimulated Brillouin scattering, can correct only for wave-front aberrations. We have developed a new geometry for Brillouin-enhanced four-wave mixing that performs vector phase conjugation to correct for both wave-front and polarization distortions. Results show a reduction in the depolarization losses from 50% to less than 2% of the total output energy. Coherent, variable, multiple-beam combination is achieved without need of nonreciprocal devices such as Faraday rotators.

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Mark W. Bowers, Robert W. Boyd, and Allen K. Hankla, "Brillouin-enhanced four-wave-mixing vector phase-conjugate mirror with beam-combining capability," Opt. Lett. 22, 360-362 (1997)

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