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Nonlinear optical molecular properties associated with cis-trans photochromic transformation
Author(s): David Dantsker; Shammai Speiser
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we examine the nonlinear optical properties of molecular systems undergoing cis-trans photoisomerization process. Such a process gives rise to dynamic photochromism on a picosecond time scale. A kinetic analysis of a general cis-trans nonlinear organic absorber is performed. The analysis is used to derive an expression for the complex nonlinear-molecular index of refraction. The properties of a molecular SLM based on such an absorber are discussed by examining the azo type molecular system. These calculations predict an optimum contrast ratio and fast on-off switching for the SLM performance, achieved at low read-write laser intensities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 December 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2025, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials VI, (16 December 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.165268
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David Dantsker, Technion--Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)
Shammai Speiser, Technion--Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2025:
Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials VI
Gustaaf R. Moehlmann, Editor(s)

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