Abstract

We present an experimental study of thermally induced self-focusing effects and interactions of incoherent light beams in strontium barium niobate waveguides. Depending on the input power, a single parallel beam is strongly focused inside the sample up to diameters of several micrometers. For higher input power we observe the splitting of the beam in a sequence of several spots. We demonstrate that these thermally induced refractive-index patterns can be used to focus and deflect an incoherent guided probe beam in the waveguide with time constants below 1  ms.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

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