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Polarization Recording and Reconstruction in Bacteriorhodopsin Films
Yoshiko Okada-Shudo

Bacteriorhodopsin has been proved to be an outstanding candidate for the polarization recording and reconstruction medium. In this paper, we here review polarization holography and vectorial phase conjugation using this biological photoreceptor molecule. Then we analyze several polarization properties useful for the generation of conjugate time-reversed replicas, not only in the sense of phase but also of the polarization state, and give a brief survey of potential applications for the optical information processing.

Keywords: photosensitive protein, bacteriorhodopsin, photo-induced anisotropy, polarization sensitivity, polarization holography, vectorial phase conjugation

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