Abstract

What we believe to be a conceptually novel scheme for third-harmonic generation in engineered quasi-phase-matched χ(2) optical structures is proposed in which the fundamental-frequency field is directly converted into the third-harmonic field without the intermediate generation of the second-harmonic field. This counterintuitive scheme, which exploits the concept of adiabatic passage and the existence of a nonlinear dark state, bears a close connection to the “stimulated Raman adiabatic passage” technique of population transfer in atomic physics.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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