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Role of chiral symmetry in second-order nonlinear optical materials
Author(s): Sven Van Elshocht; Thierry Verbiest; Martti Kauranen; R. J. M. Nolte; E. W. Meijer; Andre P. Persoons
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Paper Abstract

We have used second-harmonic generation as a technique to examine different types of chiral materials. All materials investigated showed large circular-difference effects in the second-harmonic response, i.e., the efficiency of the process was different for left- and right-hand circularly-polarized light. Study of various chiral materials has shown that a different quantitative and qualitative response can be expected depending on the composition and structure. In addition, we have demonstrated the existence of magnetic-dipole coniributions to the nonlinearity of those materials.

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Date Published: 13 October 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3147, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials X, (13 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279319
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Sven Van Elshocht, Katholieke Univ. of Leuven (Belgium)
Thierry Verbiest, Katholieke Univ. of Leuven (Belgium)
Martti Kauranen, Katholieke Univ. of Leuven (Belgium)
R. J. M. Nolte, Katholieke Univ. of Leuven (Belgium)
E. W. Meijer, Katholieke Univ. of Leuven (Belgium)
Andre P. Persoons, Katholieke Univ. of Leuven (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3147:
Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials X
Mark G. Kuzyk, Editor(s)

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