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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2000
  • pp: 838–840

Optical limitation in resonant Faraday media

Robert Frey and Christos Flytzanis  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 11, pp. 838-840 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.25.000838


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Abstract

Optical limitation in resonant Faraday media sandwiched between crossed polarizers is analyzed both theoretically and experimentally. In this technique resonant Faraday rotation permits a net transmission at low intensity levels, whereas the setup transmission is quenched at higher intensities when the active transition is completely saturated. This technique offers many advantages, such as a very low fluence threshold (∼12 nJ/cm<sup>2</sup> in cesium vapor), a high intensity range (more than 4 orders of magnitude for polarizer losses of 10<sup>-5</sup>), and quasi invulnerability to optical damage, which make this technique attractive for the protection of fixed-wavelength operated detectors.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3820) Materials : Magneto-optical materials
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(230.2240) Optical devices : Faraday effect

Citation
Robert Frey and Christos Flytzanis, "Optical limitation in resonant Faraday media," Opt. Lett. 25, 838-840 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-25-11-838


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