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Noise in nonlinear optics
Author(s): Robert M. McGraw; Daniel N. Rogovin
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Paper Abstract

This paper examines thermal (light-scattering) fluctuations as a dominant noise source in nonlinear optical processes. Fundamental limits to conjugate wave fidelity and signal power requirement are obtained through the statistical thermodynamic treatment of light-scattering noise in four-wave mixing based on the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. Several types of nonlinear media are examined including artificial Kerr suspensions, isotropic Kerr media, and fluids near a critical point. Where measurements are available, excellent quantitative agreement is obtained between theory and experiment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1990
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 1220, Nonlinear Optics, (1 May 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18312
Show Author Affiliations
Robert M. McGraw, Rockwell International Science Ctr. (United States)
Daniel N. Rogovin, Rockwell International Science Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1220:
Nonlinear Optics
Robert A. Fisher; John F. Reintjes, Editor(s)

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