The optical limiting properties of a thin film (~150 μm) of chemically enhanced bacteriorhodopsin under cw laser illumination is investigated. The effective nonlinearity n2 of the film is measured with the z-scan method. Anomalous absorption at different wavelengths as a function of illumination intensity is observed.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 21, 1992
Published: May 15, 1993
Q. Wang Song, Richard Gross, Robert Birge, and Chungping Zhang, "Optical limiting by chemically enhanced bacteriorhodopsin films," Opt. Lett. 18, 775-777 (1993)