The second-order parametric lens effect shows a temporal limit as a saturable-absorber device for operation in the ultrafast time region. We present and discuss an extended theoretical model dealing with second-order cascaded processes in a nonstationary condition. Experimentally we report the detection of the time-averaged lens effect in the hundred-of-femtoseconds range, discussing the limits that arise in this ultrafast optical region.
© 1995 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 24, 1995
Published: July 15, 1995
G. Toci, D. McGraw, R. Pini, R. Salimbeni, and M. Vannini, "Time-dependent analysis of a parametric lens detected with a 100-fs Ti:sapphire laser," Opt. Lett. 20, 1547-1549 (1995)