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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2003
  • pp: 346–348

Phase-matching conditions for nonlinear frequency conversion by use of aligned molecular gases

R. A. Bartels, N. L. Wagner, M. D. Baertschy, J. Wyss, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 5, pp. 346-348 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.28.000346


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Abstract

Transient birefringence can be induced in a gas of anisotropic molecules by an intense polarized laser pulse. We propose to use this birefringence to phase match nonlinear optical frequency-conversion processes. The conditions for anisotropic phase matching are derived, and experimental conditions required for phase-matched third-harmonic generation in a gas-filled hollow-core fiber are presented. We show that these conditions are experimentally feasible over a significant parameter range, making possible a new type of nonlinear optics.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing

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R. A. Bartels, N. L. Wagner, M. D. Baertschy, J. Wyss, M. M. Murnane, and H. C. Kapteyn, "Phase-matching conditions for nonlinear frequency conversion by use of aligned molecular gases," Opt. Lett. 28, 346-348 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-5-346

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