Springer Series in Optical Sciences

Laser-Induced Dynamic Gratings

Authors: Eichler, Hans Joachim, Günter, Peter, Pohl, Dieter W.

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The invention ofthe laser 25years ago resulted in powerfullight sources which led to the observation of unexpected and striking phenomena. New fields of science such as holography and nonlinear optics developed constituting the basis of this volume. The classical principle of linear superposition of light wavesdoes not hold anymore. Two laser beams crossing in a suitable material may produce a set of new beams with different directions and frequencies. The interaction of light waves can be understood by considering the optical grating structures which develop in the overlap region. The optical properties of matter become spatially modulated in the interference region of two light waves. Permanent holographic gratings have been produced in this way by photographic processes for many years. In contrast, dynamic or transient gratings disappear after the inducing light source, usually a laser, has been switched off. The grating amplitude is controlled by the light intensity. Dynamic gratings have been induced in a large number ofsolids, liquids, and gases, and are detected by diffraction, 'forced light scattering' of a third probing beam, or by self-diffraction of the light waves inducing the grating. The combined interference and diffraction effect corresponds to four-wave mixing (FWM) in the language of nonlinear optics. The process is called degenerate ifthe frequenciesofthe three incident wavesand the scattered wave are equal. Degenerate four-wave mixing (DFWM) is a simple method to achieve phase conjugation, i.e. to generate a wave which propagates time reversed with respect to an incident wave.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Eichler, Hans Joachim (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Production and Detection of Dynamic Gratings

    Eichler, Hans Joachim (et al.)

    Pages 13-37

  • Mechanisms of Grating Formation and Grating Materials

    Eichler, Hans Joachim (et al.)

    Pages 38-93

  • Diffraction and Four-Wave Mixing Theory

    Eichler, Hans Joachim (et al.)

    Pages 94-122

  • Investigation of Physical Phenomena by Forced Light Scattering

    Eichler, Hans Joachim (et al.)

    Pages 123-158

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Laser-Induced Dynamic Gratings
Authors
Series Title
Springer Series in Optical Sciences
Series Volume
50
Copyright
1986
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-39662-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-39662-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-15197-6
Series ISSN
0342-4111
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 261
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