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Nature Photonics 4, 131 - 132 (2010)
doi:10.1038/nphoton.2010.14

Nonlinear optics: Terahertz Kerr effect

Eric Freysz1 & Jérôme Degert1

  1. Eric Freysz and Jérôme Degert are at the Centre de Physique Moléculaire Optique et Hertzienne, UMR CNRS 5798, the Université de Bordeaux, 351 Cours de la libération, 33405 Talence Cedex, France.
    e-mail: e.freysz@cpmoh.u-bordeaux1.fr


The optical Kerr effect is a well-known phenomenon in which an electric field creates birefringence in a material. Researchers have now demonstrated this effect using single-cycle terahertz pulses — instead of optical pulses — in a variety of liquids.

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