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Photonic crystals in nonlinear and ultrafast optics
Author(s): Alexei M. Zheltikov
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Paper Abstract

This lecture gives a general overview of new possibilities offered by photonic crystals in nonlinear and ultrafast optics. The abilities of photonic band-gap (PBG) structures to guide and localize light, phase-match nonlinear interactions, and chirp, compress, and switch laser pulses are discussed. Several types of PBG structures allowing photonic band gaps to be produced in one and two dimensions are considered. In particular, the properties of a hollow corrugated planar waveguide formed by a diffraction grating and a mirror are examined and possible applications of such optical components combining the dispersion of a gas, a waveguide, and a PBG structure are discussed. Holey fibers are shown to substantially enhance nonlinear-optical interactions, increasing the efficiency of spectral broadening of short laser pulses and opening new horizons in optical frequency metrology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4706, Saratov Fall Meeting 2001: Laser Physics and Photonics, Spectroscopy, and Molecular Modeling II, (3 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469584
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Alexei M. Zheltikov, International Laser Ctr./M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State Univ. (Russia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4706:
Saratov Fall Meeting 2001: Laser Physics and Photonics, Spectroscopy, and Molecular Modeling II

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