Observation of the inverse Cotton-Mouton effect

A. Ben-Amar Baranga, R. Battesti, M. Fouché, C. Rizzo, G. L.J.A. Rikken

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We report the observation of the inverse Cotton-Mouton effect (ICME) i.e. a magnetization induced in a medium by non-resonant linearly polarized light propagating in the presence of a transverse magnetic field. We present a detailed study of the ICME in a TGG crystal showing the dependence of the measured effect on the light intensity, the optical polarization, and on the external magnetic field. We derive a relation between the Cotton-Mouton and inverse Cotton-Mouton effects that is roughly in agreement with existing experimental data. Our results open the way to applications of the ICME in optical devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number44005
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 May 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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