Abstract

A multilayer GaAs/AlAs heterostructure forming a Fabry–Perot microcavity with a narrow resonance at 1.1 μm was produced by molecular-beam epitaxy. Under nanosecond pulsed laser radiation, a blueshift of the resonant line, associated with a photo-induced negative change in refractive index in GaAs, was experimentally registered by using an optical parametric oscillator. The spectral shift was accompanied by a reduction in peak transmittance, associated with nonlinear intracavity absorption. Such a cavity can be used as an optical limiter at the resonant wavelength when both the spectral shift and the transmittance reduction contribute to the limiting effect. An exceptionally low limiting threshold of about 1  mJ/cm2 was observed in the experiment.

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