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Orientational Kerr Effect For Millimeter-Wave Applications
Author(s): R McGraw; D Rogovin
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Paper Abstract

We examine the saturation and time response properties of an orientational Kerr medium in arbitrarily strong electromagnetic fields. For the static response, an expression for the field-induced birefringence as a function of pump intensity is obtained in closed form. The dynamic response is obtained from a nonperturbative solution to the Planck-Nernst equation for the orientation density. For comparison with experiment, we examine recent phase shift measurements of the static birefringence and time response properties of a graphite rod suspension as functions of millimeter-wave intensity and show excellent agreement with theory. The predicted response to an electromagnetic grating is also obtained. For this case, we find an optimum field strength for spatial modulation of the birefringence, beyond which bleaching of the orientation grating occurs. Potential applications to four-wave mixing and optical bistability at millimeter wavelengths are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 April 1988
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0874, Nonlinear Optical Beam Manipulation, Beam Combining, and Atmospheric Propagation, (8 April 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.943847
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R McGraw, Rockwell International Science Center (United States)
D Rogovin, Rockwell International Science Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0874:
Nonlinear Optical Beam Manipulation, Beam Combining, and Atmospheric Propagation
Robert A. Fisher, Editor(s)

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