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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 33, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 1994
  • pp: 6965–6979

Bottleneck optical limiters: the optimal use of excited-state absorbers

Perry A. Miles  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 33, Issue 30, pp. 6965-6979 (1994)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.33.006965


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Abstract

Passive nonlinear absorptive limiters offer an effective means to protect human eyes and other focal-plane sensors from damage by pulsed laser radiation. New device designs are proposed in which dye molecules are driven into strong ground-state depletion by the incoming threat pulse while the internal fluence values are kept below the material failure level. Pulse-energy suppression ratios greater than 104 for 10-ns pulses together with linear transmission greater than 70% should be possible with existing dyes.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: July 12, 1993
Revised Manuscript: April 29, 1994
Published: October 20, 1994

Citation
Perry A. Miles, "Bottleneck optical limiters: the optimal use of excited-state absorbers," Appl. Opt. 33, 6965-6979 (1994)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-33-30-6965

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