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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 1999
  • pp: 1373–1375

Femtosecond cubic optical nonlinearity of thin nickel films

P. J. Bennett, V. Albanis, Yu.P. Svirko, and N. I. Zheludev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 19, pp. 1373-1375 (1999)

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Transient pump–probe measurements of circular anisotropy in nickel films induced by 38-fs optical pulses show an instantaneous response that is related to the optical orientation of the spins of free electrons. Measurements in a sample of variable thickness, performed in both transmission and reflection, revealed that the surface significantly influences the degenerate cubic optical nonlinearity of the nickel films to a depth of approximately 4–5 nm into the bulk.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3900) Materials : Metals
(190.4350) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(190.4710) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities in organic materials
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

P. J. Bennett, V. Albanis, Yu.P. Svirko, and N. I. Zheludev, "Femtosecond cubic optical nonlinearity of thin nickel films," Opt. Lett. 24, 1373-1375 (1999)

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