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Carbon nanotubes for optical limiting

L. Vivien
P. Lançon
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D. Riehl
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François Hache


This paper reviews the optical limiting properties of carbon nanotubes. The nonlinear optical properties of nanotubes were investigated in water and in chloroform suspensions. Nonlinear transmittance measurements were reported for various pulse durations and wavelengths and show that carbon nanotubes are good candidates for effective optical limiting over broad temporal and laser energy ranges. Z-Scans and pump-probe time-resolved experiments were achieved to identify the origin of optical limiting in nanotubes. The main phenomenon is a strong nonlinear scattering, originating from solvent vapour bubble growth and sublimation of nanotubes at high fluences. Heat transfer from particles to solvent is particularly effective as compared to carbon black suspensions because of the large surface area of the carbon nanotubes.

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hal-00845087 , version 1 (19-07-2013)



L. Vivien, P. Lançon, D. Riehl, François Hache, E. Anglaret. Carbon nanotubes for optical limiting. Carbon, 2002, 40 (10), pp.1789-1797. ⟨10.1016/S0008-6223(02)00046-5⟩. ⟨hal-00845087⟩
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