Optical Kerr effect in carbon diselenide

Bruce A. Garetz, John M. Khosrofian

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We have measured the optical Kerr susceptibility of liquid carbon diselenide and find its value to be (74 ± 11) × 10-14 csu, with pump and probe wavelengths of 619 and 579 nm, respectively. This value is approximately three times the Kerr susceptibility of carbon disulfide, and is the largest value reported for a simple liquid. A strong dispersion in Kerr susceptibility is observed as the probe frequency is tuned toward the blue, and is likely due to two-photon near-resonant enhancement from the 1B2 state. We also report the visible and ultraviolet absorption spectra and linear refractive index measurements of liquid CSe2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)494-497
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Feb 4 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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