Study of Optical Effects Due to an Induced Polarization Third Order in the Electric Field Strength

Phys. Rev. 137, A801 – Published 1 February 1965
P. D. Maker and R. W. Terhune


This paper presents the results of a series of experiments in which a giant pulsed ruby laser is used to study several different nonlinear optical effects arising from an induced optical polarization third order in the electric field strength. The various phenomena studied are special cases of either frequency mixing or intensity-dependent changes in the complex refractive index, including Raman laser action at a focus. A wide range of crystalline and isotropic materials was studied. The theory for these effects is extended to cover resonant interactions. The experimental results are interpreted in terms of simplified models, and quantitative values for the nonlinear polarizability coefficients are given. The rather large experimental uncertainties in these coefficients are discussed.


  • Received 19 August 1964
  • Published in the issue dated February 1965

© 1965 The American Physical Society

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P. D. Maker and R. W. Terhune

  • Scientific Laboratory, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan


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