Optical pulse compressor composed of saturable and reverse saturable absorbers

Yehuda B. Band, D. J. Harter, Raanan Bavli

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It is shown that an optical pulse compressor can be made of a first stage composed of a saturable absorber to reduce the leading edge of the pulse and a second stage composed of a reverse saturable absorber (a substance whose excited-state cross section is larger than its ground-state cross section) to reduce the trailing edge of the pulse. Criteria are given for choosing appropriate cross sections, concentrations, lifetimes, and optical paths, for the saturable and reverse saturable absorber. A numerical example is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-284
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 9 May 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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