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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 245310, 4 pages
Research Article

Optical Limiting Using the Two-Photon Absorption Electrical Modulation Effect in HgCdTe Photodiode

School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Shanghai University of Electric Power, 2103 Pingliang Road, Shanghai 200090, China

Received 16 August 2013; Accepted 5 September 2013

Academic Editors: W. Hu, S. Jit, and F. Yue

Copyright © 2013 Haoyang Cui et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The electrical modulation properties of the output intensity of two-photon absorption (TPA) pumping were analyzed in this paper. The frequency dispersion dependence of TPA and the electric field dependence of TPA were calculated using Wherrett theory model and Garcia theory model, respectively. Both predicted a dramatic variation of TPA coefficient which was attributed into the increasing of the transition rate. The output intensity of the laser pulse propagation in the pn junction device was calculated by using function-transfer method. It shows that the output intensity increases nonlinearly with increasing intensity of incident light and eventually reaches saturation. The output saturation intensity depends on the electric field strength; the greater the electric field, the smaller the output intensity. Consequently, the clamped saturation intensity can be controlled by the electric field. The prior advantage of electrical modulation is that the TPA can be varied extremely continuously, thus adjusting the output intensity in a wide range. This large change provides a manipulate method to control steady output intensity of TPA by adjusting electric field.