We investigate the optical Kerr effect of SrTiO3 (STO) crystal, of which the nonlinear response time was measured to be less than 200 fs, while the nonlinear refractive index is estimated to be 2.16 × 10-15 cm2/W. Using the optical Kerr gate (OKG) technique with an STO crystal as the Kerr medium, we obtain narrow-bandwidth and symmetric gated spectra from a supercontinuum generated in distilled water by a femtosecond laser. The experimental results show superiority compared with the gated spectra obtained using OKG with CS2 as the Kerr medium, demonstrating that STO crystal is a promising OKG medium.
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- General Physics and Astronomy