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Beam splitting and bouncing in nonlinear optical systems
Author(s): Massimo Brambilla; F. Prati; Reto Holzner; Brigitte Roehricht; Patrik Eschle; Stefan Dangel; Ernst Brun; A. W. McCord
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Paper Abstract

In recent experiments we have observed the predicted mutual deflection of two circularly polarized laser beams intersecting at a small angle. In a similar experimental setup but with entirely superimposed beams at the entrance of a Sodium vapor cell, a spatial instability of the propagating laser beams within the cell occurs which leads to a sudden transverse `splitting' of the input beams into beams of pure circular polarization. We compare the experimental results to the predictions obtained from a theoretical approach based on the modal decomposition of the coherent fields.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 August 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2097, Laser Applications, (10 August 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.183165
Show Author Affiliations
Massimo Brambilla, Univ. di Milano (Italy)
F. Prati, Univ. di Milano (Italy)
Reto Holzner, Univ. Zurich (Switzerland)
Brigitte Roehricht, Univ. Zurich (Switzerland)
Patrik Eschle, Univ. Zurich (Switzerland)
Stefan Dangel, Univ. Zurich (Switzerland)
Ernst Brun, Univ. Zurich (Switzerland)
A. W. McCord, Univ. of Otago (New Zealand)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2097:
Laser Applications
Artur A. Mak, Editor(s)

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