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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1828–1836

Propagation of femtosecond laser pulses through water in the linear absorption regime

Lucas M. Naveira, Benjamin D. Strycker, Jieyu Wang, Gombojav O. Ariunbold, Alexei V. Sokolov, and George W. Kattawar  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 10, pp. 1828-1836 (2009)

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We investigate the controversy regarding violations of the Bouguer–Lambert–Beer (BLB) law for ultrashort laser pulses propagating through water. By working at sufficiently low incident laser intensities, we make sure that any nonlinear component in the response of the medium is negligible. We measure the transmitted power and spectrum as functions of water cell length in an effort to confirm or disprove alleged deviations from the BLB law. We perform experiments at two different laser pulse repetition rates and explore the dependence of transmission on pulse duration. Specifically, we vary the laser pulse duration either by cutting its spectrum while keeping the pulse shape near transform-limited or by adjusting the pulses chirp while keeping the spectral intensities fixed. Over a wide range of parameters, we find no deviations from the BLB law and conclude that recent claims of BLB law violations are inconsistent with our experimental data. We present a simple linear theory (based on the BLB law) for propagation of ultrashort laser pulses through an absorbing medium and find our experimental results to be in excellent agreement with this theory.

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OCIS Codes
(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers
(320.7120) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast phenomena
(010.1030) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Absorption

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: January 2, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 10, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 20, 2009
Published: March 23, 2009

Lucas M. Naveira, Benjamin D. Strycker, Jieyu Wang, Gombojav O. Ariunbold, Alexei V. Sokolov, and George W. Kattawar, "Propagation of femtosecond laser pulses through water in the linear absorption regime," Appl. Opt. 48, 1828-1836 (2009)

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