Applied Physics B

, Volume 63, Issue 5, pp 491–498 | Cite as

Phase measurements in nonlinear optics

  • R. Stolle
  • G. Marowsky
  • E. Schwarzberg
  • G. Berkovic
Regular Papers

Abstract

Measurement of the phase, and not only the intensity, of the nonlinear optical response of a system is important in many applications which are reviewed here. We demonstrate and compare several techniques for direct measurement of the phase of the nonlinear susceptibilities through nonlinear interferometry. Different ways of imparting a controllable phase shift are discussed. Unless the coherence length is impractically large, the preferred method is to use a variable-pressure gas cell to control the phase difference between the input laser pulse and the nonlinear optical signal.

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0760 4260H 4265 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Stolle
    • 1
  • G. Marowsky
    • 1
  • E. Schwarzberg
    • 2
  • G. Berkovic
    • 2
  1. 1.Laser-Laboratorium Göttingen e.V.GöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Materials and InterfacesWeizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael
  3. 3.Research Institute for MaterialsUniversity of NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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