This paper shows that it is possible in principle to implement low-threshold power limitation in ionic-covalent crystals with adsorbed metal-cluster-dye-molecule structures that possess sensitized anti-Stokes luminescence. The power-limitation effect for radiation with λ=660nm has been detected and investigated at a temperature of 77K for AgCl(I) nanocrystals 40-70nm in size with adsorbed dye molecules and few-atom clusters of silver, dispersed in a gelatine matrix. The effect was observed for radiation with a density of 10<sup>17</sup>-10<sup>19</sup>quant/cm<sup>2</sup>sec at a pulse width of 1ms. The Z-scanning technique was used to establish that the main limitation mechanism is self-focusing, which results from variation of the refractive index of the medium when the electron concentration on traps in the band gap of the nanocrystals varies.
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