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Title: Enhanced optical limiting effects in a double-decker bis(phthalocyaninato) rare earth complex using radially polarized beams

Optical limiting (OL) effects can be enhanced by exploiting various limiting mechanisms and by designing nonlinear optical materials. In this work, we present the large enhancement of OL effects by manipulating the polarization distribution of the light field. Theoretically, we develop the Z-scan and nonlinear transmission theories on a two-photon absorber under the excitation of cylindrical vector beams. It is shown that both the sensitivity of Z-scan technique and the OL effect using radially polarized beams have the large enhancement compared with that using linearly polarized beams (LPBs). Experimentally, we investigate the nonlinear absorption properties of a double-decker Pr[Pc(OC{sub 8}H{sub 17}){sub 8}]{sub 2} rare earth complex by performing Z-scan measurements with femtosecond-pulsed radially polarized beams at 800 nm wavelength. The observed two-photon absorption process, which originates from strong intramolecular π–π interaction, is exploited for OL application. The results demonstrate the large enhancement of OL effects using radially polarized beams instead of LPBs.
Authors:
; ; ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Advanced Photonics Center, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096 (China)
  2. (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22310647
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 105; Journal Issue: 17; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; ABSORPTION; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; CYLINDRICAL CONFIGURATION; DISTRIBUTION; EXCITATION; INTERACTIONS; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; OPTICAL PROPERTIES; POLARIZATION; POLARIZED BEAMS; PULSES; RARE EARTH COMPLEXES; SENSITIVITY; TRANSMISSION; VISIBLE RADIATION; WAVELENGTHS