Nonlinear Optical Properties of Bacteriorhodopsin
Final rept. 1 Jun 1996-1 May 1999
ARKANSAS UNIV FAYETTEVILLE DEPT OF PHYSICS
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We demonstrated for the first time a saturable polarization rotation in Bacteriorhodopsin that acts as an effective optical limiter. Using a multiple pass scheme and cross polarizes we achieved a ninety degree polarization rotation of a probe beam and a corresponding optical density of 10exp -4.