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10 October 1997 Two-dimensional Z-scan method for the measurement of optical nonlinear effects
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Recently some phthalocynine derivatives have been reported to exhibit a strong optical limiting effect which is due to their large reverse saturable absorption. In this report we present another close family of phthalocynine, meso-substituted tetrabenzoporphyrins. We have employed both modified Z-scan techniques which uses a CCD camera as the detector and picosecond transient spectroscopy to study the optical power limiting mechanism of the meso-substituted tetrabenzoporphyrin derivatives. With the aid of a CCD detector, a two dimensional image of the beam, in the far field can be obtained directly in the Z-scan experiments. By integrating different parts of the image, both "closed aperture" and "open aperture" information can be calculated at the same time. In the kinetics measurements, several characteristic (ir,ir*), (,*) and (d, d) transitions have been observed, and the absorption cross sections and the relaxation rates of each transient has been measured.
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Peilin Chen, Ivan V. Tomov, Peter M. Rentzepis, Masato Nakashima, and Joseph F. Roach "Two-dimensional Z-scan method for the measurement of optical nonlinear effects", Proc. SPIE 3146, Nonlinear Optical Liquids and Power Limiters, (10 October 1997);

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