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Concentration gradient limiter designs for incident plane waves and multiple chromophores
Author(s): Daniel G. McLean
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Paper Abstract

A design method for reverse saturable absorbing (RSA) dye concentration gradient limiters, termed here the Absorption Diffraction Balance (ADB) design method, is used to produce designs for multiple chromophores and is extended to allow incident plane waves. The ADB design method is reviewed for Gaussian beams applied to a constant fluence design and a linear fluence design. These two designs are combined to allow different dyes to be used in different portions of the limiter. It is found that this hybrid design significantly enhances performance under some circumstances. It is also shown to reduce the probability of dye photodegradation. The ADB design method is extended to allow for incident plane waves or a top-hat beam profile. The field at the geometric shadow edge, expressed in terms of Lommel functions, is shown to closely match the Gaussian field when the incident irradiance, power, and second moments are the same. Since the irradiance distribution is not monotonically increasing in the focal region, the required concentration distribution has regions of negative concentration, i.e. gain regions. These designs are useful for initiating numerical nonlinear beam propagation studies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 October 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3472, Nonlinear Optical Liquids for Power Limiting and Imaging, (12 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.326873
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Daniel G. McLean, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3472:
Nonlinear Optical Liquids for Power Limiting and Imaging
Christopher M. Lawson, Editor(s)

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