Nonlinear birefringence due to non-resonant, higher-order Kerr effect in isotropic media

George Stegeman, Dimitris G. Papazoglou, Robert Boyd, Stylianos Tzortzakis

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Abstract

The recent interpretation of experiments on the nonlinear non-resonant birefringence induced in a weak probe beam by a high intensity pump beam in air and its constituents has stimulated interest in the non-resonant birefringence due to higher-order Kerr nonlinearities. Here a simple formalism is invoked to determine the non-resonant birefringence for higher-order Kerr coefficients. Some general relations between nonlinear coefficients with arbitrary frequency inputs are also derived for isotropic media. It is shown that the previous linear extrapolations for higher-order birefringence (based on literature values of n2 and n4) are not strictly valid, although the errors introduced in the values of the reported higher- order Kerr coefficients are a few percent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6387-6399
Number of pages13
JournalOptics Express
Volume19
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Nonlinear birefringence due to non-resonant, higher-order Kerr effect in isotropic media. / Stegeman, George; Papazoglou, Dimitris G.; Boyd, Robert; Tzortzakis, Stylianos.

In: Optics Express, Vol. 19, No. 7, 28.03.2011, p. 6387-6399.

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Stegeman, George ; Papazoglou, Dimitris G. ; Boyd, Robert ; Tzortzakis, Stylianos. / Nonlinear birefringence due to non-resonant, higher-order Kerr effect in isotropic media. In: Optics Express. 2011 ; Vol. 19, No. 7. pp. 6387-6399.
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