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Functional nonlinear photonic crystals
Author(s): Ayelet Ganany Padowicz; Ido Dolev; Tal Ellenbogen; Ady Arie
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Paper Abstract

Nonlinear photonic crystals are materials in which the second order susceptibility is modulated. These structures are often used in nonlinear optics applications for compensating the phase mismatch between interacting waves. The progress in techniques of modulating the nonlinearity enables to explore new applications, based on all-optical control of the phase, amplitude and polarization of the nonlinearly generated waves. This enables the realization of functional nonlinear optical devices, such as nonlinear lenses, switches, polarization rotators, deflectors and beam shapers. Here we will discuss in detail two applications that are enabled by specially designed nonlinear photonic crystals: All optical polarization switching, and the generation, nonlinear mixing and manipulation of accelerating Airy beams.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7747, 16th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications, 774716 (17 January 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.887841
Show Author Affiliations
Ayelet Ganany Padowicz, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Ido Dolev, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Tal Ellenbogen, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)
Ady Arie, Tel Aviv Univ. (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7747:
16th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications
Tanja Dreischuh; Dimitar Slavov, Editor(s)

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