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Opt Lett. 1991 Nov 1;16(21):1683-5.

Femtosecond time-resolved interferometry for the determination of complex nonlinear susceptibility.

Abstract

We propose and demonstrate sensitive interferometry that permits the separation of the real and imaginary parts of the nonlinear susceptibility with a femtosecond time resolution by a single measurement. A special reference interferometer compensates for any fluctuations of the fringe and provides high sensitivity to detect a fringe shift as small as 0.025 rad (lambda/250) by averaging only 100 shots with a low-repetition-rate laser. This method can be applied to materials with optical anisotropy and/or absorption with high sensitivity. We apply the method to two materials, CS(2) and CdS(x)Se(1-x) microcrystallite-doped glass.

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