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We generate a high-spectral-irradiance, high-quality continuum by weakly focusing femtosecond pulses in Kr gas. We use this continuum as a source for rapid Z-scan measurements of the degenerate nonlinear absorption spectrum and the associated dispersion of the nonlinear refraction in optical materials throughout the visible. We measure the degenerate two-photon absorption spectra and the dispersion of the nonlinear refractive index, n2, of two well-characterized semiconductors (ZnSe and ZnS) as reference samples for our method, along with dilute solutions of organic materials. The latter materials demonstrate application of the technique to samples with lower nonlinearities.

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S. Zheng, L. Beverina, S. Barlow, E. Zojer, J. Fu, L. A. Padilha, C. Fink, O. Kwon, Y. Yi, Z. Shuai, E. W. Van Stryland, D. J. Hagan, J. L. Bredas, and S. R. Marder, "High two-photon cross-sections in bis(diarylaminostyryl) chromophores with electron-rich heterocycle and bis(heterocycle)vinylene bridges," Chem. Commun. (Cambridge) , 13, 1372-1374 (2007).

2006 (1)

M. Kolesik, E. M. Wright, A. Becker, and J. V. Moleney, "Simulation of third-harmonic and supercontinuum generation for femtosecond pulses in air," Appl. Phys. B 85, 531-538 (2006)
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2005 (1)

2004 (1)

2002 (1)

R. Negres, J. Hales, A. Kobyakov, D. J. Hagan, and E. W. Van Stryland, "Experiment and analysis of two-photon absorption spectroscopy using a white-light continuum probe," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 1205-1216 (2002).
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1998 (2)

1997 (3)

1992 (1)

D. C. Hutchings, M. Sheik Bahae, D. J. Hagan, and E. W. Van Stryland, "Kramers-Kronig relations in nonlinear optics," Opt. Quantum Electron. 24, 1-30 (1992).
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1991 (1)

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[CrossRef]

1990 (1)

M. Sheik-Bahae, A. A. Said, T. H. Wei, D. J. Hagan, and E. W. Van Stryland, "Sensitive measurement of optical nonlinearities using a single beam," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 760-769 (1990).
[CrossRef]

1989 (1)

1986 (1)

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[CrossRef]

1985 (2)

H. J. Lehmeier, W. Leupacher, and A. Penzkofer, "Nonresonant third order hyperpolarizability of rare gases and N2 determined by third harmonic generation," Opt. Commun. 56, 67-72 (1985).
[CrossRef]

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Appl. Phys. B (1)

M. Kolesik, E. M. Wright, A. Becker, and J. V. Moleney, "Simulation of third-harmonic and supercontinuum generation for femtosecond pulses in air," Appl. Phys. B 85, 531-538 (2006)
[CrossRef]

Chem. Commun. (Cambridge) (1)

S. Zheng, L. Beverina, S. Barlow, E. Zojer, J. Fu, L. A. Padilha, C. Fink, O. Kwon, Y. Yi, Z. Shuai, E. W. Van Stryland, D. J. Hagan, J. L. Bredas, and S. R. Marder, "High two-photon cross-sections in bis(diarylaminostyryl) chromophores with electron-rich heterocycle and bis(heterocycle)vinylene bridges," Chem. Commun. (Cambridge) , 13, 1372-1374 (2007).

IEEE J. Quantum Electron. (3)

R. Negres, J. Hales, A. Kobyakov, D. J. Hagan, and E. W. Van Stryland, "Experiment and analysis of two-photon absorption spectroscopy using a white-light continuum probe," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 38, 1205-1216 (2002).
[CrossRef]

M. Sheik-Bahae, A. A. Said, T. H. Wei, D. J. Hagan, and E. W. Van Stryland, "Sensitive measurement of optical nonlinearities using a single beam," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 26, 760-769 (1990).
[CrossRef]

M. Sheik-Bahae, D. C. Hutchings, D. J. Hagan, and E. W. Van Stryland, "Dispersion of bound electronic nonlinear refraction in solids," IEEE J. Quantum Electron. 27, 1296-1309 (1991).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (1)

H. J. Lehmeier, W. Leupacher, and A. Penzkofer, "Nonresonant third order hyperpolarizability of rare gases and N2 determined by third harmonic generation," Opt. Commun. 56, 67-72 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (7)

Opt. Quantum Electron. (1)

D. C. Hutchings, M. Sheik Bahae, D. J. Hagan, and E. W. Van Stryland, "Kramers-Kronig relations in nonlinear optics," Opt. Quantum Electron. 24, 1-30 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

P. B. Corkum and C. Rolland, "Supercontinuum generation in gases," Phys. Rev. Lett. 57, 2268-2272 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

R. Trebino, Frequency Resolved Optical Gating: the Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses (Kluwer Academic, 2000).

S. Ross, "A picosecond visible OPO as a tool for non-linear spectroscopy," Ph.D. dissertation (University of Central Florida, 1998).

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