Abstract

The nature of the fringe pattern produced by interference between a wave incident upon a phase-conjugate mirror and that leaving the mirror has been studied experimentally for a phase-conjugate mirror based on degenerate four-wave mixing. The fringe locations are found to depend on the phase of the wave incident upon the mirror, in agreement with recent theoretical predictions but in contrast to the results observed for the interference pattern produced on reflection at an ordinary metal mirror. The phases of the waves that pump the phase-conjugate mirror are shown to provide the reference with respect to which the phase of the incident wave is determined.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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