Abstract

A new mathematical formalism, based on a coupled-mode approach, is presented to describe light propagation in birefringent optically active crystals. An arbitrary light wave in the medium is represented as an expansion in terms of linearly polarized eigenmodes; explicit solutions of the equations for the coupled-wave amplitudes show how power is transferred between the principal components in the presence of optical activity. The (generally elliptically polarized) eigenmodes of the optically active crystal are also derived by a diagonalization of the coupledmode equations. The analysis is extended to include electro-optic crystals, yielding a more general, complex coupling parameter. The predictions of the theory are in excellent agreement with spectral-transmission measurements in AgGaS<sub>2</sub> near its isoindex point at 497 nm.

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1979

J. F. Lotspeich, "Iso-index coupled-wave electrooptic filter," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 904–907 (1979).

1973

A. Yariv, "Coupled-mode theory for guided wave optics," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-9, 919–933 (1973).

1971

G. D. Boyd, H. Kasper, and J. H. McFee, "Linear and nonlinear optical properties of AgGaS2, CuGaS2, and CuInS2, and theory of the wedge technique for the measurement of nonlinear coefficients," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-7, 563–573 (1971).

1968

M. V. Hobden, "Optical activity in a non-enantiomorphous crystal: AgGaS2," Acta Crystallogr. Sect. A 24, 676–680 (1968).

1937

E. U. Condon, "Theories of optical rotary power," Rev. Mod. Phys. 9, 432–457 (1937).

Born, M.

M. Born, Optik (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1933), pp. 413–420.

Boyd, G. D.

G. D. Boyd, H. Kasper, and J. H. McFee, "Linear and nonlinear optical properties of AgGaS2, CuGaS2, and CuInS2, and theory of the wedge technique for the measurement of nonlinear coefficients," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-7, 563–573 (1971).

Condon, E. U.

E. U. Condon, "Theories of optical rotary power," Rev. Mod. Phys. 9, 432–457 (1937).

Hobden, M. V.

M. V. Hobden, "Optical activity in a non-enantiomorphous crystal: AgGaS2," Acta Crystallogr. Sect. A 24, 676–680 (1968).

Kaminow, I. P.

I. P. Kaminow, An Introduction to Electrooptic Devices (Academic, New York, 1974), p. 56.

Kasper, H.

G. D. Boyd, H. Kasper, and J. H. McFee, "Linear and nonlinear optical properties of AgGaS2, CuGaS2, and CuInS2, and theory of the wedge technique for the measurement of nonlinear coefficients," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-7, 563–573 (1971).

Lotspeich, J. F.

J. F. Lotspeich, "Iso-index coupled-wave electrooptic filter," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 904–907 (1979).

Mathieu, J. P.

J. P. Mathieu, "Activité optique naturelle," in Handbuch der Physik, S. Flügge, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1961), Vol. 28, pp. 333–431.

McFee, J. H.

G. D. Boyd, H. Kasper, and J. H. McFee, "Linear and nonlinear optical properties of AgGaS2, CuGaS2, and CuInS2, and theory of the wedge technique for the measurement of nonlinear coefficients," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-7, 563–573 (1971).

Nye, J. F.

J. F. Nye, Physical Properties of Crystals (Clarendon, Oxford, 1976), Chap. 14.

Ramachandran, G. N.

G. N. Ramachandran and S. Ramaseshan, "Crystal optics," in Handbuck der Physik, S. Flügge, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1961), Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 76–85, 97–106.

Ramaseshan, S.

G. N. Ramachandran and S. Ramaseshan, "Crystal optics," in Handbuck der Physik, S. Flügge, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1961), Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 76–85, 97–106.

Szivessy, G.

G. Szivessy, "Kristaloptik," in Handbuck der Physik, H. Geiger and K. Sheel, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1928), Vol. 22, pp. 635–904.

Yariv, A.

A. Yariv, "Coupled-mode theory for guided wave optics," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-9, 919–933 (1973).

Acta Crystallogr. Sect. A

M. V. Hobden, "Optical activity in a non-enantiomorphous crystal: AgGaS2," Acta Crystallogr. Sect. A 24, 676–680 (1968).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron.

G. D. Boyd, H. Kasper, and J. H. McFee, "Linear and nonlinear optical properties of AgGaS2, CuGaS2, and CuInS2, and theory of the wedge technique for the measurement of nonlinear coefficients," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-7, 563–573 (1971).

J. F. Lotspeich, "Iso-index coupled-wave electrooptic filter," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-15, 904–907 (1979).

A. Yariv, "Coupled-mode theory for guided wave optics," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-9, 919–933 (1973).

Rev. Mod. Phys.

E. U. Condon, "Theories of optical rotary power," Rev. Mod. Phys. 9, 432–457 (1937).

Other

G. N. Ramachandran and S. Ramaseshan, "Crystal optics," in Handbuck der Physik, S. Flügge, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1961), Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 76–85, 97–106.

J. P. Mathieu, "Activité optique naturelle," in Handbuch der Physik, S. Flügge, ed. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1961), Vol. 28, pp. 333–431.

J. F. Nye, Physical Properties of Crystals (Clarendon, Oxford, 1976), Chap. 14.

I. P. Kaminow, An Introduction to Electrooptic Devices (Academic, New York, 1974), p. 56.

G. Szivessy, "Kristaloptik," in Handbuck der Physik, H. Geiger and K. Sheel, eds. (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1928), Vol. 22, pp. 635–904.

M. Born, Optik (Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1933), pp. 413–420.

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