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Nonlinear Optics
Volume 23, 251-267 (2000).

Nonlinear optical gyrotropy

M. Haddad1, F. Jonsson2, R. Frey1 and C. Flytzanis1

1 Laboratoire d'Optique Quantique du CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, F-91128 Palaiseau cedex, France.
2Department of Physics, The Royal Institute of Technology, S-10044 Stockholm, Sweden.


We discuss some general aspects regarding the nonlinear optical gyrotropy with particular emphasis on the photoinduced modifications and control of the polarization state of a beam through self-action. Both artificial and natural gyrotropic materials are considered and we show that in the former class the magnetooptic interaction can lead to a striking beavior because of the nonreciprocity. We discuss different configurations of nonlinear interactions in gyrotropic media with certain applications and estimations of the relevant coefficients.

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