Title

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

Authors

Authors

G. Stegeman; D. G. Papazoglou; R. Boyd;S. Tzortzakis

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Opt. Express

Keywords

5TH-ORDER; FILAMENTATION; AIR; Optics

Abstract

The recent interpretation of experiments on the nonlinear nonresonant birefringence induced in a weak probe beam by a high intensity pump beam in air and its constituents has stimulated interest in the nonresonant 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 n(2) and n(4)) are not strictly valid, although the errors introduced in the values of the reported higher-order Kerr coefficients are a few percent. (C) 2011 Optical Society of America

Journal Title

Optics Express

Volume

19

Issue/Number

7

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

6395

Last Page

6407

WOS Identifier

WOS:000288852700072

ISSN

1094-4087

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