Femtosecond two-photon absorption measurements based on the accumulative photothermal effect and the Rayleigh interferometer

Luis Rodriguez, Hyo Yang Ahn, Kevin D. Belfield

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Abstract

A rapid, straightforward method for measuring the two-photon absorption cross sections in liquid samples based on both the accumulative photo-thermal effect and the Rayleigh interferometery is described and demonstrated. This technique combines the sensitivity of the thermal lens approach and the accuracy of interferometry techniques. Focusing a high repetition rate laser beam in the sample, generating a localized change in its refractive index, induces the photo-thermal phase shift. By recording and processing two interference patterns, this technique allows the rapid estimation of the two-photon absorption cross section of the sample. Significantly, the experimental results demonstrate that this new method can be used with both fluorescent and non-fluorescent samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19617-19628
Number of pages12
JournalOptics Express
Volume17
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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