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Molecular orientation at interfaces as studied by optical second-harmonic generation
Author(s): Robert M. Corn
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Paper Abstract

The nonlinear optical process of second harmonic generation (SHG) is an inherently surface sensitive technique for studying the interface of two centrosymmetric media. This surface selectivity has led to its application as an in situ probe of chemisorption, molecular orientation, and adsorbate organization at interfaces. This paper describes the use of resonant SHG to measure molecular adsorption and orientation at solid-air, solid-liquid, and liquid-liquid surfaces. The polarization and phase dependence of the resonant SHG from molecules at these surfaces can be related to the average molecular orientation at the interface. Perturbation theory calculations using pi-electron wavefunctions are used to identify the molecular nonlinear polarizability tensor elements required in the orientation calculation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 1992
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1636, Applied Spectroscopy in Materials Science II, (14 May 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.59303
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Robert M. Corn, Univ. of Wisconsin/Madison (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1636:
Applied Spectroscopy in Materials Science II
William G. Golden, Editor(s)

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