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Some applications of the anisotropic diffraction in biaxial crystals
Author(s): Josselin C. Garnier
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Paper Abstract

We analyze the propagation of pulses in noncentrosymmetric crystals by applying high-frequency expansions techniques for Maxwell equations. As a rst application we give a closed-form expression for the anisotropic di raction operator. Given this expression we identify a critical con guration in biaxial crystals where the di raction reduces to a one-dimensional second-order operator for the ordinary wave instead of the standard transverse Laplacian. The beam propagation in such a con guration involves the generation of spatial solitons because of this anomalous onedimensional di raction. As a second application we present closed-form formulas for the interference patterns from biaxial crystal plates between two polarizers. These formulas agree with experimental patterns.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 April 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4271, Optical Pulse and Beam Propagation III, (12 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.424688
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Josselin C. Garnier, Ecole Polytechnique (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4271:
Optical Pulse and Beam Propagation III
Yehuda B. Band, Editor(s)

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