Abstract

We use the blow-up solutions of nonlinear Helmholtz equations to introduce a nonlinear resonance effect that is capable of amplifying electromagnetic waves of a particular intensity. To achieve this, we propose a scattering setup consisting of a Kerr slab with a negative (defocusing) Kerr constant placed to the left of a linear slab in such a way that a left-incident coherent transverse electric wave with a specific incidence angle and intensity realizes a blow-up solution of the corresponding Helmholtz equation whenever its wavenumber k takes a certain critical value, k. For k=k, the solution blows up at the right-hand boundary of the Kerr slab. For k<k, the setup defines a scattering system with a transmission coefficient that diverges as (kk)4 for kk. By tuning the distance between the slabs, we can use this setup to amplify coherent waves with a wavelength in an extremely narrow spectral band. For nearby wavelengths, the setup serves as a filter. Our analysis makes use of a nonlinear generalization of the transfer matrix of the scattering theory as well as properties of unidirectionally invisible potentials.

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