Abstract

Considerable improvement of a transient two-beam coupling gain is reported for Sn2P2S6, a photorefractive crystal that possesses two types of movable charge carrier. A gain enhancement occurs if the phase difference of the interacting beams is abruptly changed to π. Enhancement is also achieved with periodic phase variations of zero and π between two discrete states at modulation frequencies lower than the smallest of two reciprocal characteristic times of the space-charge formation.

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