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expression for the electromagnetic diffraction wave taking the Kottler formulae as a starting point. A. Kujawski [22, 23] carried out investigations concerning different formulations of the reciprocity theorem and their significance for deriving the Lorentz-Huygens principle. He proved also that the re­ sults obtained by Laporte and Meixner in 1958 for the diffrac­ tion field of electromagnetic waves are equivalent to the pre­ viously known formulae of Kottler from 1923. Common works done by A. Kujawski and J. Petykiewicz [24, 25, 26] in the period of time 1968- 1971 were dealing with a generalization of the Huygens principle for the electromagnetic fields in uni­ axial anisotropic media. T. Kripiec [27, 28, 29] in the years

1967-1969 obtained, in a very simple and compact way, a so­ lution of formerly discussed problems of diffraction of multipole electromagnetic waves on a perfectly conducting edge, basing on the modified Sommerfeld method proposed by Petykiewicz

[30] in 1967. J. Krebs [31] showed in 1967 how a rigorous formula for a spherical wave may be obtained from the series defining vectorial potential of Miyamoto and Wolf. The papers [32, 33, 34] by Petykiewicz deal with scalar theory of light and are devoted to Kirchhoff diffraction problems for mul­ tipole radiation. In the years 1967-1970 K. Gniadek [35, 36, 37, 38] and J. Petykiewicz [39, 40], by applying optical methods to certain problems of elastic wave diffraction, obtained re­ sults of extremely perspicacious interpretation, basing on the Kirchhoff theory of diffraction. T. Niepokojczycki [41] deri­ ved, working under the quidance of J. Petykiewicz, as symp- totic expressions for the electromagnetic diffraction wave for the case of the so-called double critical point.


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[ 5] Rubinowicz, A., Acta Phys. Polon. 21, 451, 1962. [ 6] Rubinowicz, A., Acta. Phys. Polon. 23, 727, 1963. [ 7] Rubinowicz, A., Acta Phys. Polon. 28, 361, 1965. [ 8] Rubinowicz, A., Acta Phys. Polon. 28, 737, 1965.

[ 9] Rubinowicz, A., Acta Phys. Polon. 28, 841, 1965. [10] Rubinowicz, A., zweite Aufl. Springer-Verlag, Berlin-

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[11] Rubinowicz, A., Acta Phys. Polon. 36, 59, 1969. [12] Rubinowicz, A., Acta Phys. Polon. A 38, 475, 1970. [13] Rubinowicz, A., Rep. Math. Phys. 2, 63, 1971. [14] Rubinowicz, A., Rep. Math. Phys. 2, 93, 1971.

[15j Rubinowicz, W., Teoria dyfrakcji Kirchhoffa i jej in­ terpretacja na podstawie poglądów Younga, Wrocław- Warszawa-Kraków-Gdańsk, Published by Zakład Na­ rodowy im. Ossolińskich, Polish Academy of Science. [16] Rubinowicz, A., Acta Phys. Polon. A39, 475, 1971. [17] Rubinowicz, A., Acta Phys. Polon. A42, 319, 1972. [18] Fabiański, B., Acta Phys. Polon, 24. 317, 1963. [19] Gniadek, K., Acta Phys. Polon. 30, 59, 1966. [20] Karczewski, B. J. Opt. Soc. Am. 53, 878, 1963. [21] Karczewski, B., Petykiewicz, J., Acta Phys. Polon.

30, 163, 1967.

[22] Kujawski, A., Bull. Acad. Pol. Sci. Math. astr. phys. 11, 67, 1963.

[23] Kujawski, A., Acta Phys. Polon. 25, 7, 1964

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[25] Kujawski, A., Petykiewicz, J., Optics Com. 3, 23, 1971. [26] Kujawski, A., Petykiewicz, J., Prace Zakł. Fal Elektro-

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[27] Kripiec, T., Buli. Acad. Polon. Sci. Série sci. math. astr. phys. 15, 347, 1967.

[28] Kripiec, T., Acta. Phys. Polon. 32, 977, 1967. [29] Kripiec, T„ Acta Phys. Polon. 35, 207, 1969. [30] Petykiewiez, J., Acta Phys. Polon. 32, 579, 1967. [31] Krebs, J., Acta Phys. Polon. 32, 742, 1967. [32] Petykiewicz, J., Acta Phys. Polon. 26, 229, 1964. [33] Petykiewicz, J., Acta Phys. Polon. 27, 3, 1965. [34] Petykiewicz, J„ Acta Phys. Polon. 27, 723, 1965. [35] Gniadek, K., Acta Phys. Polon. 31, 443, 1967. [36] Gniadek, K., Acta Phys. Polon. 32, 687, 1967. [37] Gniadek, K., Acta Phys. Polon. 36, 331, 1969. [38] Gniadek, K., Petykiewicz, J., Progress in Optics,

North-Holland Publ. Co. Vol. IX, 281, 1971. [39] Petykiewicz, J., Acta Phys. Polon. 30, 223, 1966. [40] Petykiewicz, J., Acta Phys. Polon. 30, 437, 1966. [41] Niepokojczycki, T., Acta Phys. Polon. 37, 1971.

The Poznan Division of the Institute of Physics, Polish Academy

of Sciences, Research in Optics

Andrzej Graja

Investigations carried out in the Poznań Division of the

Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, are concen­ trated mainly in the field of physical properties o f solid state (like crystals, ferromagnetic alloys and thin films,

ferroelectric crystals, dielectrics) and also intermolecular interactions (radiospectroscopy, spectroscopy of gases, di­ electric methods). Independently, the optical examination methods which appear to be a valuable complement of


spectroscopic, dielectric and magnetic investigations are occasionally under study.

During the past ten years the methods of non-linear optics as applied to studies of piezoelectric crystals were of particular interest in our Institute. Investigations of the non-linear effects produced by the intense light beams were initiated by the pre­ cursory theoretical work done by Professors Piekara and Kielich in the fifties [1-31. On this strong theoretical basis preparations to experimental studies in the field of non-linear optics began in the Dielectrics Laboratory already in 1962. In the first period the work was concentrated on design pro­ blems of lasers and various auxiliary devices [4—6]. At the beginning of 1966 the phenomenon of second harmonic ge­ neration was observed [7]. Frequency doubling of the ruby laser (A = 694.3 mm) was obtained in the ADP-crystal by using an arrangement designed specially for this purpose (Fig.


The most important achievement of the Institute in the field of non-linear optics was the application of the powder method to examine the second harmonic generation [8]. This method was worked out in 1968 and awoke much interest among the research workers of the non-linear optical phenomena. In the papers [9] and [101 the basic assumptions of the method have been specified precisely and laws describing the optical frequency doubling formulated.

Among other results achieved the following are worth mentioning: (a) formulae for calculating matching angles and average values of elements of the optical non-linear polariza­ bility tensor, (b) a method for the determination of anisotropy angle and coherence length, enabling various parameters to be found which describe the non-linear optical properties and being extremely helpful when looking for new non-linear ma­ terials. New crystals of non-linear optical properties have

been found by applying the powder method for generating the second harmonic. Special attention in this respect warranted the application of ammonium pentaborane, whose applicability to frequency doubling is comparable to that of ADP-crystal. Also the current works on second harmonic generation in crystals defected by gamma radiation [11] appeared to be very interesting.

In experimental non-linear optics the problem of gaining greatest possible value for light transformation efficiency from the fundamental frequency into the second harmonic is very important. Considerable efficiency may be achieved by posi­ tioning the crystal in the direction of phase matching and by respectively focusing the laser beam. When focusing the laser beam in the crystal placed along the matching direction two competitive processes occur. On the one hand the focusing process increases the power density in the light beam and, by the same means, augments the power of the second har­ monic. On the other hand part of the rays propagate in the direction different from that of matching, which reduces the power of the second harmonic generated. An optimal focal length value for the lens and its most advantageous position with respect to the crystal sample [12] (Fig. 2a, b) have been found. The influence of the space-time distribution in the laser beam on the effectiveness of the second harmonic generation [13, 14] was analyzed.

From the field of classical applications of optical methods to investigation of ferroelectric crystals and thin ferroelectric layers the following two results deserved some attention: a method of refractive index measurement in the ultraviolet part of the spectrum and a photoelectric polarimeter for mea­ suring the small angles of the polarization plane rotation. Dielectric and spectroscopic investigations of the trigly­ cine sulphate crystals with impurities and defects induced by


Fig. 2. Dependence of the power gain of the second harmonic as a function of the distance between the focus position and the crystal centre for several spherical (a) and cylindrical (b)


irradiation were supplemented by the measurements of refrac­ tive indices especially in the ultraviolet region. The basic diffi­ culty consisted in elaborating a simple and accurate method of detecting the radiation refracted in the region of non-visible spectrum. A photomultiplier was applied as detector of the refracted radiation. The most advantageous geometry of the setup was applied (perpendicular incidence of the ray on a fixed prism), which rendered possible to align the system by using the non-visible radiation. As a source of monochromatic ra­ diation a Spectromom 203 was used, while a lP28-photomul- tiplier fastened to a movable arm of a goniometer was as a detec­ tor. The photomultiplier was automatically driven and coupled with the movement of the photocurrent registrator (Fig. 3). The method mentioned above [15] was applied to measuring the refractive indices in the TGS crystal and its derivatives [16]. It can be also used for any transparent crystals.

The photoelectric polarimeter designed for measurements of small rotation angles was constructed in the Ferromagnetics Laboratory [171. A half-shadow Polaroid was used as an ana­ lyzer. Two light beams after passing this Polaroid were directed onto two identical photomultipliers operating in the push-pull

Fig. 3. A block scheme of the setup for refractive index mea­ surement in crystals for the ultraviolet region of the spectrum circuit. The photoelectric current was registered by a galvano­ meter. The achieved measurement accuracy of the polariza­ tion plane, rotation angle was about 15 seconds of arch. The polarimeter was applied to examination of the magnetic pro­ perties of the thin ferromagnetic layers by means of a method based on the magneto-optic Faraday effect. As the rotatory power angle for the light passing the sample is proportional to magnetization it was possible to determine the hysteresis loop for a ferromagnetic thin layer by measuring this angle. The device may be applied also to other measurements, where the twisting of the polarization plane is very small, and in particular if the changes in rotatory power depend on such parameters like magnetic and electric strength, temperature and others.


[1] Piekara A., Kielich S., Archives des Sciences (C. R. du 7e Colloque Ampère, Paris 1958), 11. 304, (1958). [2] Kielich S., Piekara A., Acta Phys. Pol. 18, 439 (1959). [3] Piekara A., Kielich S., Electronique Quantique (C. R.

de la 3e Conférence Internationale, Paris 1963), Dunod, Paris, 1964, p. 1601.

[4] Kaczmarek F., Graja A., Drobnik A., Planner A., Fiz. Diel. i Radiospektr., 4 171 (1968).

[5] Kuczyński W., Kwieciński A., Materiały REK IV, EK-25 (1970).

[6] Stankowski J., Graja A., Wstęp do elektroniki kwan­ towej, WKŁ, Warszawa 1972.

[7] Graja A., Postępy Fiz. 18, 539 (1967). [8] Graja A., Phys. Stat. Sol., 27, K93 (1968). [9] Graja A., Acta Phys. Pol., 36, 2 (1969). [10] Graja A., A cta Phys. Pol., A37, 539 (1970). [11] Kuczyński W., Ph. D. thesis. Poznań 1973. [12] Kuczyński W., Materiały REK IV, EK-26 (1970). [13] Barkhudarova T. M., Graja A., Uruzbayev T. T.,

Preprint of FIAN, No. 46, Moskow 1968.

[14] BarkhudarovaT. M., Graja A., UruzbayevT. T., Zh. prikl. spektroskopii 10, 33 (1969).

[15] Balanicka S., Acta Phys. Polon. A43, 333 (1973). [16] Hilczer B., Balanicka S., Phys. Stat. Sol. 19a, 717 (1973). [17] Ratajczak H., Acta Phys. Polon., 28, 11 (1964).


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