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Chin. Phys. B, 2014, Vol. 23(6): 064213    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/23/6/064213

Rectification effect in asymmetric Kerr nonlinear medium

Liu Wan-Guo, Pan Feng-Ming, Cai Li-Wei
Department of Applied Physics, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 211100, China
Abstract  Based on the transfer matrix method, the recursion of an electromagnetic wave propagating in an asymmetric Kerr nonlinear medium is analytically formulated, from which the rectification effect is clearly presented. The effects on the rectification region of the linear part and nonlinear coefficient of permittivity are both studied, and the energy densities before and after rectification are discussed. We use a rectifying factor to describe the intensity of the rectification effect. The result shows that every transmission peak is divided into two parts when the symmetry is broken, and nonlinear asymmetry has a more significant effect on the rectification effect than the linear asymmetry. The rectification intensity and area will be enlarged when the asymmetry factor is increased in a certain range.
Keywords:  rectification      transfer matrix method      Kerr nonlinearity      asymmetry  
Received:  24 September 2014      Revised:  14 November 2013      Published:  15 June 2014
PACS:  42.70.Mp (Nonlinear optical crystals)  
  42.79.-e (Optical elements, devices, and systems)  
  42.25.Bs (Wave propagation, transmission and absorption)  
  78.67.Pt (Multilayers; superlattices; photonic structures; metamaterials)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51032002) and the National High Technology Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2011AA050526).
Corresponding Authors:  Pan Feng-Ming     E-mail:

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Liu Wan-Guo, Pan Feng-Ming, Cai Li-Wei Rectification effect in asymmetric Kerr nonlinear medium 2014 Chin. Phys. B 23 064213

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