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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 1994
  • pp: 317–319

Eclipsing Z-scan measurement of λ/104 wave-front distortion

T. Xia, D. J. Hagan, M. Sheik-Bahae, and E. W. Van Stryland  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 19, Issue 5, pp. 317-319 (1994)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.19.000317


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Abstract

We introduce a simple modification to the Z-scan technique that results in a sensitivity enhancement that permits measurement of nonlinearly induced wave-front distortion of ≃λ/104. This sensitivity was achieved with 10-Hz repetition-rate pulsed laser sources. Sensitivity to nonlinear absorption is also enhanced by a factor of ≃3. This method permits characterization of nonlinear thin films without the need for waveguiding.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: August 13, 1993
Published: March 1, 1994

Citation
T. Xia, D. J. Hagan, M. Sheik-Bahae, and E. W. Van Stryland, "Eclipsing Z-scan measurement of λ/104 wave-front distortion," Opt. Lett. 19, 317-319 (1994)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-19-5-317

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