Abstract

Optical phase conjugation by four-wave mixing is examined in detail. The Fresnel coefficients for reflection and transmission of a plane wave irradiating the surface of the phase conjugator are calculated. It appears that for normal incidence and a weak nonlinear interaction the device produces the phase-conjugated beam with respect to the incoming beam. For finite angles of incidence or stronger nonlinearities in the crystal, the generated wave deviates from the ideal conjugated wave, and also a second, specularly reflected, wave appears.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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