Functional nonlinear photonic crystals

Ayelet Ganany Padowicz, Ido Dolev, Tal Ellenbogen, Ady Arie

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Nonlinear photonic crystals are materials in which the second order susceptibility is modulated. These structures are often used in nonlinear optics applications for compensating the phase mismatch between interacting waves. The progress in techniques of modulating the nonlinearity enables to explore new applications, based on all-optical control of the phase, amplitude and polarization of the nonlinearly generated waves. This enables the realization of functional nonlinear optical devices, such as nonlinear lenses, switches, polarization rotators, deflectors and beam shapers. Here we will discuss in detail two applications that are enabled by specially designed nonlinear photonic crystals: All optical polarization switching, and the generation, nonlinear mixing and manipulation of accelerating Airy beams.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th International School on Quantum Electronics
Subtitle of host publicationLaser Physics and Applications
StatePublished - 2011
Event16th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications - Nessebar, Bulgaria
Duration: 20 Sep 201024 Sep 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering


Conference16th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications


  • Accelerating Airy beams
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Photonic crystals
  • Quasi phase matching

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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