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The femtosecond optical Kerr effect in molten caesium chloride

Abstract:
Femtosecond time-resolved measurements of the optical Kerr effect in molten caesium chloride have been made. Amplified laser pulses of 115 fs duration and 1 mu J energy were used to induce a birefringence. The transmission of a weak probe pulse of the same duration gives a value of 180 fs for the relaxation time of the induced birefringence; this value is consistent with that expected for binary ionic collisions. The magnitude of the Kerr coefficient is estimated to be approximately=3*10-22 m3 V-2 (3*10-13 esu).

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10.1088/0953-8984/1/16/008

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Condensed Matter Physics
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Journal:
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter
Volume:
1
Issue:
16
Pages:
2715-2719
Publication date:
1989-01-01
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ISSN:
0953-8984
URN:
uuid:cfe8b7dc-5ef1-4b5f-a08d-d7daf9e3119b
Source identifiers:
134818
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pubs:134818
Language:
English

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