Thermal-Lens Model Compared with the Sheik-Bahae Formalism in Interpreting Z-Scan Experiments on Lyotropic Liquid Crystals
Journal of the Optical Society of America B-Optical Physics
single-beam, optical nonlinearities, refraction, nematics
We carried out Z-scan measurements on lyotropic liquid crystals and on lyotropic liquid crystals doped with ferrofluid. In these experiments, the sample is translated through the focal region of a focused Gaussian laser beam. The dependence of the far-field intensity on sample position due to intensity-dependent optical nonlinearities has been analyzed on the basis of the thermal-lens model of Gordon et al. and the Gaussian decomposition analysis of Sheik-Bahae et al. The thermal-lens model is nonlocal in space and time, whereas the Gaussian decomposition is predicated on a strictly local response. We compare the goodness of fit of the predictions of these models to experimental data, and we discuss limitations of these models in describing Z-scan experiments on systems with nonlocal response. (C) 2002 Optical Society of America.
Sant'Anna Cuppo, Fabio Luiz; Neto, Antonio Martins Figueriedo; Gomez, Sergio Leonardo; and Palffy-Muhoray, Peter (2002). Thermal-Lens Model Compared with the Sheik-Bahae Formalism in Interpreting Z-Scan Experiments on Lyotropic Liquid Crystals. Journal of the Optical Society of America B-Optical Physics 19(6), 1342-1348. doi: 10.1364/JOSAB.19.001342 Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.kent.edu/cpippubs/362