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Two-photon-induced excited-state absorption in liquid crystal media
Author(s): Kenneth J. McEwan; Richard C. Hollins
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Paper Abstract

Nonlinear absorption of yellow (587 nm) laser light by a liquid crystal material has been investigated using dual-pulse (`excite/probe') measurement techniques. Two separate absorption phenomena were observed; these were identified as two-photon absorption from the ground state, and single-photon absorption from an excited state whose lifetime exceeded 10 ns. Strong blue fluorescence was emitted by the material following excitation. Measurements of the spectrum of this fluorescence identify its source as the S1 to S0 transition. Lifetime and energy level evidence suggest that the S1 state may also be responsible for the excited state absorption. Estimates of the absorption cross-sections (sigma) ex/(sigma) gr exceeds 3 X 105, which suggests that the excited state absorption may be exploited to produce very strong nonlinear effects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 1994
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2229, Nonlinear Optical Materials for Switching and Limiting, (6 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.179578
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Kenneth J. McEwan, Defence Research Agency Malvern (United Kingdom)
Richard C. Hollins, Defence Research Agency Malvern (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2229:
Nonlinear Optical Materials for Switching and Limiting
M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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