Reverse saturable absorption of short polarized light pulses

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We describe the absorption characteristics of polarized light pulses of short temporal duration in media with a ground state absorption cross section and large excited state absorption cross section. The effects of rotational diffusion, pulse depletion, finite pulse propagation time, and transition dipole moment orientation are properly treated. Significant enhancement of the reverse saturation due to excited state absorption results when the ground and excited state absorption dipole moments are parallel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5453-5457
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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