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Design rules for quasi-linear nonlinear optical structures
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Paper Abstract

The maximization of the intrinsic optical nonlinearities of quantum structures for ultrafast applications requires a spectrum scaling as the square of the energy eigenstate number or faster. This is a necessary condition for an intrinsic response approaching the fundamental limits. A second condition is a design generating eigenstates whose ground and lowest excited state probability densities are spatially separated to produce large differences in dipole moments while maintaining a reasonable spatial overlap to produce large off-diagonal transition moments. A structure whose design meets both conditions will necessarily have large first or second hyperpolarizabilities. These two conditions are fundamental heuristics for the design of any nonlinear optical structure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9564, Light Manipulating Organic Materials and Devices II, 956408 (5 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2191992
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Richard Lytel, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Sean M. Mossman, Washington State Univ. (United States)
Mark G. Kuzyk, Washington State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9564:
Light Manipulating Organic Materials and Devices II
Jon A. Schuller, Editor(s)

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