Bulletin of the Lebedev Physics Institute

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 102–106 | Cite as

On the operation of an optical shutter based on a thin metal film

  • V. S. Zuev
  • Yu. V. SenatskyEmail author


The experimental results on irradiation of a thin aluminum film on Mylar tape with nanosecond laser pulses are presented. The film was used as an optical isolator in one of the first neodymium-glass laser systems with a power of ≈1 GW. A Q-switched laser beam passing through the film formed pulses with a leading edge of ≈1 ns. The mechanism of rapid (10−9–10−10 s) bleaching of the optical shutter based on a metal film is discussed.


neodymium laser optical shutter aluminum film 


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  1. 1.Lebedev Physical InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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