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Mixed phase and absorption thin gratings diffraction

1Department of Optics, Yerevan State University, 1A. Manougian Str., 375025, Yerevan, Armenia

© 2007 SEP, Warsaw. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Citation Information: Opto-Electronics Review. Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 20–26, ISSN (Online) 1896-3757, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11772-006-0050-9, March 2007

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The coupled wave theory of Raman and Nath diffraction is extended to the case of thin anisotropic holographic media with grating vector parallel to the medium boundaries. Solutions for the wave amplitudes, diffraction efficiencies, and angular mismatch sensitivities are given in transmission geometries for the case of mixed dielectric and absorption modulations. For an apparent distinction, the results are given only for dielectric modulation. The main difference of the new results, with respect to the expressions valid for isotropic media, arises due to the walk-off between the wave-front and energy propagation directions. The difference is particularly important in materials with large birefringence, such as organic crystals, ordered polymers, and liquid crystalline cells.

Keywords: thin diffraction grating; periodic structures; anisotropic materials; coupled-wave theory

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