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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 16 — Aug. 4, 2008
  • pp: 12069–12074

Influence of self-diffraction effect on femtosecond pump-probe optical Kerr measurements

Lihe Yan, Juanjuan Yue, Jinhai Si, and Xun Hou  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 16, pp. 12069-12074 (2008)

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We investigated influence of the self-diffraction effect on optical Kerr signals of Bi2O3-B2O3-SiO2 glass (BI glass) and CS2 in femtosecond non-collinear pump-probe optical Kerr experiments. By measuring the dependence of the Kerr signals on the pump power and on the polarization angle between pump and probe beams, we found that the optical Kerr signals of CS2 consisted of two components: a fast response and a slow response, which were attributed to the self-diffraction effect and the photoinduced birefringence effect, respectively. The contribution of the self-diffraction effect to the Kerr signals increased with increase of the pump power. For the BI glass, no evident influence of self-diffraction on the Kerr signals was observed.

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OCIS Codes
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: April 28, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 15, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 18, 2008
Published: July 28, 2008

Lihe Yan, Juanjuan Yue, Jinhai Si, and Xun Hou, "Influence of self-diffraction effect on femtosecond pump-probe optical Kerr measurements," Opt. Express 16, 12069-12074 (2008)

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