Abstract

An optical pulse-width measurement in the ultraviolet spectral region has been performed in a simple manner by introducing into the second-order autocorrelator a nonlinear response of the optical detector based on the two-photon photoelectric effect. The pulse widths of the third, fourth, and fifth harmonics of a mode-locked Nd:YAG laser were measured by the use of a photomultiplier with a cesium iodide photocathode with a minimum required pulse energy of 10 nJ and a power density of 10 kW/cm2. The effect of transient interband optical excitation with different photon energies on the intensity correlation profile was also studied for the case of a copper iodide photocathode, and the result provides a background-free intensity correlation in a part of the ultraviolet spectral region.

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