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Guang S. He

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198702764

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198702764.001.0001

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Stimulated Scattering of Intense Coherent Light

Stimulated Scattering of Intense Coherent Light

(p.136) 7 Stimulated Scattering of Intense Coherent Light
Nonlinear Optics and Photonics

Guang S. He

Oxford University Press

When a high-intensity laser beam passes through a transparent and homogeneous optical medium, the induced light scattering may manifest the properties of stimulated radiation characterized by threshold requirement, high directionality, and high brightness. This is the stimulated scattering of intense coherent light. Discoveries and studies of various types of stimulated scattering effects have provided a much deeper and more comprehensive understanding of interactions between the intense coherent light and matter. On the other hand, devices based on stimulated Raman scattering, stimulated Brillouin scattering, and stimulated spin-flip Raman scattering can be employed as highly efficient tunable frequency shifters of coherent light. Stimulated Kerr scattering can be used to generate a super-broadband coherent light and to investigate the molecular anisotropy of liquids. In addition, the recently developed stimulated Rayleigh–Bragg scattering and stimulated Mie scattering can significantly reduce the threshold requirement, and provide a highly efficient no-frequency-shift optical phase conjugation wave.

Keywords:   Stimulated Raman scattering, stimulated Brillouin scattering, stimulated Kerr scattering, stimulated Rayleigh–Bragg scattering, stimulated Mie scattering, intense coherent light, tunable frequency shifter, molecular anisotropy, optical phase conjugation

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