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  • Vol. 5, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1980
  • pp: 54–55

Nonlinear optics in aerosols

A. Jay Palmer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 5, Issue 2, pp. 54-55 (1980)

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We identify an aerosol of dielectric particles as a broadband, low-power nonlinear-optics medium. We demonstrate theoretically that a room-temperature volume of 5-μm-radius glass spheres will exhibit a third-order susceptibility in the visible equal to ~10f esu, where f is the volumetric packing fraction of the spheres. The response of the system is broadband throughout the visible, and the nonlinear-optic gain coefficient is shown to exceed the extinction coefficient because of scattering at pump-power levels on the order of 0.3 W/cm2. Two techniques for levitation of the aerosol are quantitatively evaluated.

© 1980 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 6, 1979
Revised Manuscript: October 1, 1979
Published: February 1, 1980

A. Jay Palmer, "Nonlinear optics in aerosols," Opt. Lett. 5, 54-55 (1980)

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