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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2000
  • pp: 1998–2001

Investigation of an optical limiting mechanism in multiwalled carbon nanotubes

Xuan Sun, Yuenan Xiong, Ping Chen, Jianyi Lin, Wei Ji, Jin Hong Lim, Sidney S. Yang, David J. Hagan, and Eric W. Van Stryland  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 12, pp. 1998-2001 (2000)

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We report our investigation of the mechanism that is responsible for the optical limiting behavior in multiwalled carbon nanotubes. We conducted energy-dependent transmission measurements, picosecond time-resolved pump–probe experiment, and nonlinear scattering experiments at 532-nm wavelength on multiwalled carbon nanotube suspension. For comparison, C60–toluene solutions and carbon black suspensions were also studied in the same experiments. The similarities that we observed between the multiwalled carbon nanotubes and carbon black suspension suggest that nonlinear scattering, which is known to be responsible for the limiting action in carbon black suspension, should play an important role in the limiting effect in multiwalled carbon nanotubes.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.5890) Nonlinear optics : Scattering, stimulated
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

Original Manuscript: July 27, 1999
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 1999
Published: April 20, 2000

Xuan Sun, Yuenan Xiong, Ping Chen, Jianyi Lin, Wei Ji, Jin Hong Lim, Sidney S. Yang, David J. Hagan, and Eric W. Van Stryland, "Investigation of an optical limiting mechanism in multiwalled carbon nanotubes," Appl. Opt. 39, 1998-2001 (2000)

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