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Slow-light through wave-mixing in liquid crystal light-valves and interferometric applications
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Paper Abstract

We present the nonlinear optical properties of liquid crystal light-valves and wave-mixing experiments from which slow-light effects are obtained. Group velocities as low as fractions of mm/s are achieved, the corresponding group index becoming very large. We show how this property that can be exploited to realize interferometric systems, for instance, an enhanced sensitivity Mach-Zehnder interferometer containing the light-valve as a slowlight medium is shown. Then, we present a common-path polarization interferometer based on the anisotropic character of the slow-light process occurring in the light-valve. Finally, we present a nonlinear optical cavity where a Doppler shift is introduced by the controlled displacement of one of the mirrors. Self-pulsing is obtained in the cavity due to the strongly dispersive response of the light-valve.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 February 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8273, Advances in Slow and Fast Light V, 82730V (8 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.914727
Show Author Affiliations
S. Residori, INLN, CNRS, Univ. de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
U. Bortolozzo, INLN, CNRS, Univ. de Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France)
J. P. Huignard, Jphopto (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8273:
Advances in Slow and Fast Light V
Selim M. Shahriar; Frank A. Narducci, Editor(s)

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