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Two-photon absorption, absorption saturation, and dispersion of the real and imaginary parts of the third-order optical nonlinearity in organometallic dendrimers
Author(s): Marek Samoc; Clem E. Powell; Joseph P. Morrall; Simone A. Ward; Marie P. Cifuentes; Eleni G.A. Notaras; Mark G. Humphrey
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Paper Abstract

We have been studying third-order NLO properties of ruthenium-containing organometallic dendrimers. These molecules offer large hyperpolarizabilities and the possibility to control both the refractive and absorptive parts of the nonlinear response by electrochemical switching of the oxidation state of the ruthenium centres. Time-resolved studies indicate that it is possible to switch the molecules between the form in which they are two-photon absorbers and the state where they are fast (~ 1 picosecond time scale) saturable absorbers. Measurements of the dispersion of third-order nonlinearity have been made by the Z-scan technique on a nitro decorated dendrimer. They indicate that competition between two-photon absorption and absorption saturation is present in some wavelength ranges. The dispersion of both the real and imaginary parts of the cubic polarizability could be modelled by considering leading terms of the dispersion relation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5516, Nonlinear Optical Transmission and Multiphoton Processes in Organics II, (15 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.563676
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Marek Samoc, Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Clem E. Powell, Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Joseph P. Morrall, Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Simone A. Ward, Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Marie P. Cifuentes, Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Eleni G.A. Notaras, Australian National Univ. (Australia)
Mark G. Humphrey, Australian National Univ. (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5516:
Nonlinear Optical Transmission and Multiphoton Processes in Organics II
A. Todd Yeates, Editor(s)

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