Abstract

We present for the first time, to our knowledge, a theoretical analysis of the nonlinear dynamic space-charge field buildup when a photorefractive medium is exposed simultaneously to two running gratings. It is shown that the two gratings are nonlinearly coupled, hence, for an appropriate choice of parameters, the two gratings interact, causing one grating to be amplified at the expense of the other. This process is referred to as degenerate parametric amplification. In principle an infinite amplification is possible because, even in cases for which no signal grating (i.e., the one to be amplified) is externally seeded into the crystal, a finite signal-grating amplitude is obtained after relaxation of the amplification process.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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