Nonlinear Refraction

Authored by: Mansoor Sheik-Bahae , Michael P. Hasselbeck

Encyclopedia of Optical and Photonic Engineering

Print publication date:  September  2015
Online publication date:  September  2015

Print ISBN: 9781439850978
eBook ISBN: 9781351247184
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Nonlinear refraction occurs when a material’s refractive index is altered in the presence of an optical electric field. This means that the refractive index coefficient (n) depends on the irradiance of light impinging on the medium. This entry details the principle of nonlinear refraction and describes the physical mechanisms. It also covers measurement techniques and applications.

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