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6 July 2004 Optical limiting by index-matched phase-segregated mixtures
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The nonlinear optical response for index-matched, non-absorbing immiscible phases (liquid-solid, liquid-liquid, solid-solid) has been determined by means of open aperture z-scan measurements. In mixtures where one constituent shows a relatively high optical nonlinearity, rapid and reversible transformation to a light-scattering state is observed under conditions where a critical incident light fluence is exceeded. This passive broadband response is induced by a transient change in the dispersive part of the refractive index, and is based upon the Christiansen-Shelyubskii filter that at one time was used as a means to monitor the temperature of glass melts. Modeling studies are used to simulate scattering intensities in such textured composites as a function of composition, microstructure, and constituent optical properties. Results provide a rational approach to the selection of materials for use in these limiters. Challenges to preparing dispersed phase mixtures and their response to 532 nm nanosecond pulsed laser irradiation are described.
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Gregory J. Exarhos and Kim F. Ferris "Optical limiting by index-matched phase-segregated mixtures", Proc. SPIE 5359, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices, (6 July 2004);

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