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Giant Goos-Hänchen shifts and soliton refraction in systems with χ(5) susceptibility

McCoy, EA, Christian, JM and McDonald, GS 2013, Giant Goos-Hänchen shifts and soliton refraction in systems with χ(5) susceptibility , in: Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference (SPARC 2013), 5th - 6th June 2013, University of Salford.

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Abstract

A full understanding of how a spatial solitons (a unique type of nonlinear light beam) behave when the encounter the boundary between two dissimilar media is still some way off. On the one hand, light-interface interactions underpin essentially all optical technologies. On the other hand, the overwhelming majority of the literature is rooted in paraxial theory [c.f. Aceves et al., Phys. Rev. A vol. 39, 1809 (1989)], whereby angles of incidence, reflection, and refraction are vanishingly small (in the laboratory frame). We will present our latest research into a new class of nonparaxial model describing arbitrary-angle refraction. Novelty arises by supplementing the traditional cubic response – or “(3) susceptibility” – with an additional quintic contribution called the “(5) susceptibility” [Pushkarov et al., Opt. Quantum Electron. vol. 11, 471 (1979)]. This term plays an important role, and can dominate the system, when the incident laser light is sufficiently strong. Non-trivial generalizations of results from earlier collaborations, which accommodated susceptibilities only of the cubic type [Sánchez-Curto et al., Opt. Lett. vol. 35, 1347 (2010); vol. 32, 1127 (2007)], will be discussed. Extensive theoretical predictions (from a newly-derived Snell’s law) for beam refraction / critical angles in cubic-quintic material systems have generally been in good agreement with fully-numerical computations. We have also made, to the best of our knowledge, the first predictions of giant Goos-Hänchen shifts [Goos and Hänchen, Ann. Phys. vol. 1, 333 (1947)] at cubic-quintic interfaces. A range of new qualitative phenomena, directly attributable to the effect of (5) susceptibility, will be reported.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Energy
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Refereed: Yes
Funders: University of Salford
Depositing User: JM Christian
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2013 14:17
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 00:10
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/29315

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