Abstract

In view of a possible application in optical limiting devices for protection against laser radiation, at the Defence Research Establishment Valcartier we have studied the nonlinear transmission properties of fullerenes. The study involved C60, C70, C76, C84, several derivatives of C60, and a variety of solvents. The nonlinear measurements were made with 7-ns pulses at 532 nm from a N-d:YAG laser. For optical limiting applications, solutions of C60 yielded better results than the other fullerenes, with a solution of C60 in chlorobenzene being marginally the best.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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