Abstract

We investigate anisotropic two-photon absorption (TPA) effects in a cubic-symmetry crystal excited by scalar and vectorial optical fields. First, we present the anisotropic TPA coefficient, which depends on the anisotropy coefficient, the dichroism coefficient, the crystal orientation angle, and the ellipticity of the polarized ellipse. Second, we develop the elliptically polarized light Z-scan technique for characterizing anisotropic two-photon absorbers, which is demonstrated experimentally. Last, we present the laser beam shaping of vectorial optical fields with Gaussian intensity distribution into a flat-top profile through anisotropic TPA effects. It is shown that the anisotropic TPA offers a new avenue to manipulate the intensity distribution of the polarization-structured light field, which may find interesting applications in beam shaping, optical limiting, and photodetection.

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