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Title: An optical limiter based on ferrofluids
Authors: Nair, Swapna S.
Thomas, Jinto
Suchand Sandeep, C.S.
Anantharaman, M.R.
Philip, Reji
Issue Date: May-2008
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Citation: Applied Physics Letters, 2008, Vol.92, p171908
Abstract: We report an optical limiter based on ferrofluids which has a very high shelf life and remarkable thermal stability, which are important requirements for sustainable use with intense lasers. The colloidal suspensions contain nanosized particles of approximately 80 Å diameter, with a number density of the order of 1022/m3. The nonlinear optical transmission of the samples is studied using nanosecond and femtosecond laser pulses. Excited state absorption phenomena contribute to enhanced limiting in the nanosecond excitation regime. An advantageous feature of ferrofluids in terms of device applications is that their optical properties are controllable by an external magnetic field.
Description: Open Access. Also in ``Virtual Journal of Ultrafast Science", June 2008. Also reported in 2009 July Pradeep Chakraborty's Blog
ISSN: E-ISSN: 1077-3118
P-ISSN: 0003-6951
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