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Nonlinear Optical Properties of Tetrabenzporphyrins

  • Gary L. Wood (a1), Andrew G. Mott (a1), Mary J. Miller (a1), Masato Nakashima (a2) and Joseph F. Roach (a2)...


Optical limiting in a solution of tetrabenzporphyrin (TBP) dissolved in tetrahydrofuran (THF) was measured in an f/5 optical focusing arrangement using 532 nm wavelength laser light with a 9 ns pulse duration. The performance of this solution was compared to a variety of other materials. In order to better understand the nonlinear behavior of this material, apertured and unapertured Z-scans were performed. From these measurements it was determined that the excited-state cross section and its ratio to ground-state cross section were large. The nonlinear refraction of this material is made up of contributions from thermal density change and population redistribution. Limiter performance was modeled in an f/64 limiter. The limiter behavior of a slightly modified compound and an additional solvent were measured.



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