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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 14 — Jul. 7, 2008
  • pp: 10208–10213

Two-step four-photon absorption

Bing Gu and Wei Ji  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 14, pp. 10208-10213 (2008)

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We report a theoretical investigation of effective four-photon absorption (4PA) process and propose a two-step 4PA model of three-photon-induced excited-state absorption (ESA). Based on three-level rate-equation theory, we find an analytical result for the effective 4PA coefficient that depends on the three-photon absorption (3PA) cross-section, excited-state photophysical properties, and laser pulse duration. We present the analytical theory of the z-dependent nonlinear transmission for straightforwardly yet unambiguously evaluating the 3PA and effective 4PA coefficients simultaneously.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: May 14, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 18, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 19, 2008
Published: June 24, 2008

Bing Gu and Wei Ji, "Two-step four-photon absorption," Opt. Express 16, 10208-10213 (2008)

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