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Second-order nonlinear optical properties of saccharide materials
Author(s): Grant Bourhill; Kamjou Mansour; Kelly J. Perry; Lutfur R. Khundkar; Edward T. Sleva; Roger Kern; Joseph W. Perry; Ian D. Williams; Stewart K. Kurtz
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Paper Abstract

Saccharide materials are potential candidates for frequency conversion applications. In addition to being chiral, which ensures crystallization in a space-group relevant for three-wave mixing processes, they generally possess useful physical and optical properties. We have examined the powder second harmonic generation efficiencies of both saturated saccharides and sugars with simple polar (pi) -functionalities. Powder efficiencies of up to 5 times that of sucrose were observed for simple saturated sugars, whereas values of 18 times sucrose (or 0.45 X urea) were observed for unsaturated saccharide derivatives. We have noted that for both classes of material, there is a tendency for more efficient nonlinear compounds to reside in a monoclinic rather than an orthorhombic space-group. We have also noted that there appears to be a correlation between the phase-matching potential and the crystal symmetry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 1993
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 1853, Organic and Biological Optoelectronics, (27 April 1993);
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Grant Bourhill, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Kamjou Mansour, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Kelly J. Perry, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Lutfur R. Khundkar, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Edward T. Sleva, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Roger Kern, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Joseph W. Perry, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ian D. Williams, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Stewart K. Kurtz, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1853:
Organic and Biological Optoelectronics
Peter M. Rentzepis, Editor(s)

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