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Nonlinear effect of self-induced variations of polarization of tightly focused laser beams
Author(s): Vitali E. Gruzdev; Mikhail N. Libenson
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Paper Abstract

There are presented results of theoretical investigation of nonlinear self-depolarization effect resulting in variation of space distribution of polarization-ellipse parameters of high-intensity focused laser beam. In particular, both linear and circular initial polarizations are shown to change and turn into elliptic polarization with inhomogeneous distribution of polarization-ellipse parameters in focal area. Detailed results and calculations are presented for particular case of Gaussian beams of low order. Bearing in mind obtained results, we discuss specific symmetry structure of self-depolarization effect allowing experimental checking of described phenomenon. There are analyzed and estimated other contributions to depolarization effect resulting from low-intensity diffraction. Possibility of observing polarization dependence for damage and self- focusing threshold in transparent materials is also considered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4751, ICONO 2001: Nonlinear Optical Phenomena and Nonlinear Dynamics of Optical Systems, (24 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.475907
Show Author Affiliations
Vitali E. Gruzdev, S.I. Vavilov State Optical Institute (Russia)
Mikhail N. Libenson, S.I. Vavilov State Optical Institute (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4751:
ICONO 2001: Nonlinear Optical Phenomena and Nonlinear Dynamics of Optical Systems
Konstantin N. Drabovich; Nikolai S. Kazak; Vladimir A. Makarov; Alexander P. Voitovich, Editor(s)

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