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  • Vol. 29, Iss. 9 — Mar. 20, 1990
  • pp: 1244–1246

Sensitive dichroism measurements using eigenstate decay times

Yann Le Grand and Albert Le Floch  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 29, Issue 9, pp. 1244-1246 (1990)

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The optical decay times associated with the eigenstates of an anisotropic cavity are measured. This leads to a simple differential method for isolating the linear (or circular) dichroism in either optical or atomic systems.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: May 15, 1989
Published: March 20, 1990

Yann Le Grand and Albert Le Floch, "Sensitive dichroism measurements using eigenstate decay times," Appl. Opt. 29, 1244-1246 (1990)

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