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NONLINEAR INTERFEROMETER SYSTEMS AND METHODS

United States Patent Application

20170315054
A1
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Nonlinear interferometers include a nonlinear optical medium that is situated to produce a conjugate optical beam in response to a pump beam and a probe beam. The pump, probe, and conjugate beams propagate displaced from each other along a common optical path. One of the beams is selectively phase shifted, and the beams are then returned to the nonlinear medium, with the selectively phase shift beam phase shifted again. The nonlinear medium provides phase sensitive gain to at least one of the probe or conjugate beams, and the amplified beam is detected to provide an estimate of the phase shift.
Lukens, Joseph M. (Knoxville, TN), Peters, Nicholas A. (Knoxville, TN), Pooser, Raphael C. (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge TN)
15/ 582,178
April 28, 2017
ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.