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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2002
  • pp: 2025–2027

Polarization rotation induced by cascaded third-order processes

N. Minkovski, S. M. Saltiel, G. I. Petrov, O. Albert, and J. Etchepare  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 22, pp. 2025-2027 (2002)

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Intensity-dependent polarization rotation that results from the simultaneous action of two third-order processes, self-phase modulation and four-wave mixing, is observed. The effect is recorded along the fourfold axis of a YVO4 crystal. The angle of rotation is proportional to the square of the input intensity–crystal length product. This is to the authors’ knowledge the first experimental evidence showing that intensity-dependent polarization rotation can be related to the real part of cubic susceptibility.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

N. Minkovski, S. M. Saltiel, G. I. Petrov, O. Albert, and J. Etchepare, "Polarization rotation induced by cascaded third-order processes," Opt. Lett. 27, 2025-2027 (2002)

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