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Opt Lett. 1997 Feb 15;22(4):245-7.

Ultrafast optical switching by use of fully phase-matched cascaded second-order nonlinearities in a polarization-gate geometry.

Abstract

We show that cascaded second-order nonlinear-optical processes can occur in a convenient polarization-gate beam geometry. Our arrangement uses type II phase matching, and both individual second-order processes (upconversion and downconversion) are simultaneously phase matched. This geometry can be applied to efficient ultrafast optical switching. With a beta-barium borate crystal and lightly focused 250-fs, 7.3-microJ pulses, we achieve a switching efficiency of 15% and an on-off ratio of 3 x 10(4) on a pulse-length-limited time scale.

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