Volume 77, Number 6, March 2007
Article Number 64003
Number of page(s) 5
Section Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics
Published online 05 March 2007
EPL, 77 (2007) 64003
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/77/64003

Magic angle detection of nonlinear Newton-Wigner times at interfaces

G. Loas1, C. Bonnet1, K. Dunseath2, D. Chauvat1, O. Emile1 and A. Le Floch1

1  Laboratoire d'Electronique Quantique-Physique des Lasers, UMR CNRS 6627, Université de Rennes I 35042 Rennes Cedex, France
2  Simulations des Interactions entre Molécules, Photons et Atomes, UMR CNRS 6627, Université de Rennes I 35042 Rennes Cedex, France

received 21 July 2006; accepted in final form 29 January 2007; published March 2007
published online 5 March 2007

The existence of nonlinear Newton-Wigner delay-times in the femtosecond range is demonstrated using a pulsed laser beam with rotating polarization impinging on an interface together with a time-resolved differential detection at a "magic angle". Experimentally, increasing the incident power by a factor of 10 leads to a decrease in the delay-time by more than 70${\%}$ at total reflection. In contrast, below the critical incidence angle, the same power variation leads to a huge increase in the delay-time. Intrinsic nonlinear Newton-Wigner delays are also expected in quantum reflection and the magic angle method could be extended to shorter pulses, down to the attosecond domain. Possible applications are discussed.

42.25.Gy - Edge and boundary effects; reflection and refraction.
42.25.Ja - Polarization.
42.65.-k - Nonlinear optics.

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