Date of Award

Summer 1971

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science




The experiments reported here with zinc selenide have a two-fold purpose. First, by using basically the same experimental set-up as Conway did, we are attempting to duplicate this LIMA using zinc selenide instead of cadium sulfide. Unlike his set-up, primarily one laser chopping frequency was used. Also, only one laser wavelength, 632.8 nanometers, was available, where Conway used lasers of wave­ lengths 647.1 nanometers and 530.8 nanometers. Another main difference is that in earlier works by Conway, laser pulse duration was of the order of 40 milliseconds, whereas the present duration is approximately 2.5 milliseconds. It was observed that the crystal became saturated after approximately 2 milliseconds, therefore, the wasted saturation time was reduced.

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