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Temporal Shaping Of Nanosecond CO2 Laser Pulses In Multiphoton Saturable Absorbers
Author(s): R. F. Haglund
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Paper Abstract

We report experimental observations of temporal pulse-shape distortion in 1.7 ns 10.6-μm laser pulses passing through the multiphoton saturable absorber SF6 and an SF6-based fluorocarbon mixture. The observed effects include a lengthened risetime, delays in peak onset times, and a decrease in the pulse falltime which tends to symmetrize an input triangular pulse. The pulse-shaping effects are seen over a wide range of wavelengths, fluences and gas pressures. Qualitatively similar effects are predicted by a two-level saturable absorber model in an appropriate parameter space.

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Date Published: 30 December 1981
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0288, Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81, (30 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932041
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R. F. Haglund, University of California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0288:
Los Alamos Conf on Optics '81
Donald H. Liebenberg, Editor(s)

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