Nonlinear Optical Interfaces

  • P. W. Smith
  • W. J. Tomlinson


In this paper we review the results of previous theoretical and experimental studies of nonlinear interfaces, and report new experimental results obtained using a liquid suspension of dielectric particles (1) as the nonlinear medium. This medium has a sufficiently large nonlinearity to permit nonlinear interface experiments to be performed with low-power CW laser beams, and thus simple, direct experimental verification of theoretical predictions is now possible for the first time.


Gaussian Beam Critical Angle Nonlinear Medium Optical Bistability Liquid Suspension 
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  1. 1.
    See, for example, P. W. Smith, P. J. Maloney, and A. Ashkin, “Use of a Liquid Suspension of Dielectric Spheres as an Artificial Kerr Medium” Opt. Lett. 7, 347 (1982).ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    See, for example, A. E. Kaplan, “Theory of Hysteresis Reflection and Refraction of Light by a Boundary of a Nonlinear Medium” Sov. Phys., JETP 45, 896 (1977).Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    P. W. Smith, W. J. Tomlinson, P. J. Maloney, and J. P. Hermann, “Experimental Studies of a Nonlinear Interface” IEEE J. Quantum Electron QE-17, 340 (1981).ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    W. J. Tomlinson, J. P. Gordon, P. W. Smith, and A. E. Kaplan, “Reflection of a Gaussian Beam at a Nonlinear Interface”, Appl. Opt. 21, 2041 (1982).ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    P. W. Smith and W. J. Tomlinson, “Nonlinear Optical Interfaces: Switching Behavior”, submitted to IEEE J. Quantum Electron.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. W. Smith
    • 1
  • W. J. Tomlinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Bell LaboratoriesHolmdelUSA

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