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1 March 2010Toward nonlinear magneto-optics: collapse detuning via magnetically adjustable linear and circular birefringences
We present the possibility of light beam propagation control in a Kerr nonlinear magneto-optic medium through the
efficient management of linear and circular birefringences. We show numerically that the joint birefringences, achieved
through the combined use of the Cotton-Mouton and Faraday effects, can effectively accelerate, postpone or even arrest
the nonlinear collapse (for a fixed value of the optical power). We also present the experimental observation of collapse
tuning in a bulk Yttrium Iron Garnet (YIG) crystal placed in an external magnetic field. The obtained results offer new
possibilities towards the use of magneto-optic effects for controlling various nonlinear phenomena.
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Katarzyna A. Rutkowska, Yoav Linzon, Boris A. Malomed, Roberto Morandotti, "Toward nonlinear magneto-optics: collapse detuning via magnetically adjustable linear and circular birefringences," Proc. SPIE 7600, Ultrafast Phenomena in Semiconductors and Nanostructure Materials XIV, 76001M (1 March 2010);