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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 12 — Jun. 9, 2008
  • pp: 8440–8450

Investigation of optical limiting in iron oxide nanoparticles

C. P. Singh, K. S. Bindra, G. M. Bhalerao, and S. M. Oak  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 12, pp. 8440-8450 (2008)

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We present the study of optical limiting in iron oxide nanoparticles of diameters 31, 44, and 61 nm dispersed in toluene under exposure to nanosecond laser pulses at 532 nm. In the low fluence region smaller size nanoparticles show better optical limiting compared to larger size nanoparticles while in the high fluence region all the three samples show same limiting performance. Experimental results were compared with the well reported limiter fullerene C60 dissolved in toluene. Iron oxide nanoparticles show better optical limiting compared to C60 in the intermediate fluence region and comparable performance in the high fluence region. The pico-second Z-scan studies indicate that the contribution of electronic nonlinear refractive index and the two-photon absorption to the optical limiting is negligible. Our observations further indicate that the dominant mechanism for the optical limiting in iron oxide nanoparticles is nonlinear scattering.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: February 13, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 19, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 19, 2008
Published: May 27, 2008

C. P. Singh, K. S. Bindra, G. M. Bhalerao, and S. M. Oak, "Investigation of optical limiting in iron oxide nanoparticles," Opt. Express 16, 8440-8450 (2008)

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