The temporal characteristics of two different narrow-band optical filters at 532 nm are reported. Both filters operate on the 4<i>P</i><sub>1/2</sub> – 8<i>S</i><sub>1/2</sub> atomic transition of potassium vapor, where the 4<i>P</i><sub>1/2</sub> state is excited by a 770-nm, 10-ns laser pulse. The filters operate on the principle of circular birefringence induced by either the Faraday effect or two-photon transition, which is confirmed by experiments. The characteristic decay times of the filters are 5 and 0.015 μs, which is significant for the design of optical gating and signal processing with matched filters for ocean lidar.
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Guangning Yang, RichardI. Billmers, Peter R. Herczfeld, and Vincent M. Contarino, "Temporal characteristics of narrow-band optical filters and their application in lidar systems," Opt. Lett. 22, 414-416 (1997)