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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 24 — Nov. 23, 2009
  • pp: 22047–22053

Hartmann-Shack wavefront sensing for nonlinear materials characterization

D. Rativa, R. E. de Araujo, A. S. L. Gomes, and B. Vohnsen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 24, pp. 22047-22053 (2009)

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We present two new techniques exploiting a Hartmann-Shack wavefront sensor to characterize the optical self-focusing effect of nonlinear materials. We demonstrate that the defocus Zernike coefficient (C5) can be used to quantify nonlinear optical properties of materials. In the first technique proposed, the wavefront of a collimated laser beam transmitted through a nonlinear sample is analyzed with different irradiance values. In the second technique,instead of conventional detectors, a Hartmann-Shack sensor is used in a Z-scan setup. The methods are demonstrated by measuring the nonlinear refractive indices of CS2 and Quartz, using femtosecond Ti:sapphire lasers at 76MHz and 1KHz repetition rate.

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OCIS Codes
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: October 5, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 6, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 6, 2009
Published: November 17, 2009

D. Rativa, R. E. de Araujo, A. S. Gomes, and B. Vohnsen, "Hartmann-Shack wavefront sensing for nonlinear materials characterization," Opt. Express 17, 22047-22053 (2009)

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