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Coherent and incoherent specular inverse Faraday-effect χ(3) measurements in opaque materials

S.V.Popov and N.I.Zheludev
Department of Physics, University of Southampton, UK

Yu. P.Svirko
General Physics Institute, 38 Vavilova Street, Moscow 117942, Russia


We report what is to our knowledge the first observation of coherent and incoherent terms of the specular inverse Faraday effect. The specular inverse Faraday effect is treated as a four-wave mixing phenomenon, and the role of the phase-conjugated wave in the polarization-altering interaction is disclosed. Several components of the nonresonant cubic susceptibility tensor in InSb and GaAs are measured and found to be in the 10-7 to 10-6 esu range.

Optics Letters (1994) Vol.19(1) pp.13-15

doi: 10.1364/OL.19.000013

Southampton ePrint id: 78225


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