Abstract

The buildup and the decay of photorefractive two-beam coupling are experimentally demonstrated to be strongly dependent on the intensity ratio of the two beams (signal-to-pump ratio). The experiment, done with a BaTiO3 crystal, shows good agreement with the theory of two-beam coupling in the depleted-pump regime. The deviation of the response behavior from the small-signal regime is seen for ratios as small as ∼10−5. These results are significant for applications of two-beam coupling as gain media, especially for the elimination of amplified noise (fanning).

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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