Optical Properties of Nonlinear Interfaces

  • P. W. Smith
  • W. J. Tomlinson


Under suitable conditions, the boundary between a linear and a nonlinear (Kerr effect) medium has a reflection coefficient which exhibits complex nonlinear behavior as a function of optical intensity. We present a detailed experimental study of this effect. Numerical results are presented to show the effect of using a Gaussian input beam. We conclude with a discussion of some waveguide configurations of nonlinear interface devices. They should provide fast, compact and relatively low-energy optical signal processing elements.


Surface Wave Gaussian Beam Critical Intensity Incident Pulse Input Intensity 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. W. Smith
    • 1
  • W. J. Tomlinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Bell Laboratories, Inc.HolmdelUSA

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