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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 38, Iss. 3 — Jan. 20, 1999
  • pp: 566–570

Bottleneck optical pulse limiters revisited

Perry Miles  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 3, pp. 566-570 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.38.000566


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Abstract

Analytic expressions are presented for the fluence dependence of the populations of pulse-excited singlet and triplet states of metallo-organic molecules appropriate for the design of passive optical limiters in which the molecular density profile along the axis of a convergent beam is graded to avoid damage at high design fluences. The original model was relevant strictly for laser-pulse lengths greater than 10-7 s. This research extends the model to the range from 10-11 to 10-6 s and beyond. The factors that determine the appropriate concentration profiles, and the high-fluence performance of the device, are also reviewed.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4710) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities in organic materials
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.4320) Optical devices : Nonlinear optical devices

History
Original Manuscript: April 27, 1998
Revised Manuscript: October 2, 1998
Published: January 20, 1999

Citation
Perry Miles, "Bottleneck optical pulse limiters revisited," Appl. Opt. 38, 566-570 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-38-3-566

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