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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2006
  • pp: 447–449

Holographic grating formation in a colloidal suspension of silver nanoparticles

James R. Adleman, Helge A. Eggert, Karsten Buse, and Demetri Psaltis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 4, pp. 447-449 (2006)

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Holographic gratings are recorded in colloidal suspensions of silver nanoparticles by utilizing interfering nanosecond pulses. The diffraction efficiency is measured with continuous-wave light. An instantaneous response together with a transient grating are observed: the nanoparticles absorb the pump light and heat up. Heat is transferred to the solvent, and a delayed thermal grating appears. The final decay time constant of this grating depends quadratically on the period length and has a typical value of 1 μ s for grating spacings of several micrometers.

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OCIS Codes
(090.7330) Holography : Volume gratings
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.3970) Nonlinear optics : Microparticle nonlinear optics

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Original Manuscript: October 7, 2005
Revised Manuscript: November 9, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: November 9, 2005

James R. Adleman, Helge A. Eggert, Karsten Buse, and Demetri Psaltis, "Holographic grating formation in a colloidal suspension of silver nanoparticles," Opt. Lett. 31, 447-449 (2006)

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