We have employed chaotic and phase-diffusion models to study the effect of laser coherence on time-delayed laser-induced double gratings (TDLIDG). It is found that, although the temporal behavior of the four-wave mixing signal depends on the stochastic properties of the lasers and the relaxation time of the grating, the modulation of the signal is always damped out when the relative time delay between two pump beams is much longer than the laser coherence time. We performed a TDLIDG experiment mediated by thermal effects to study the temporal behavior of the modulation, and we obtained the frequency difference between two light beams with an accuracy limited by the laser linewidth. We also studied the influence of the phase change in the optical path on TDLIDG.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
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