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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2004
  • pp: 1013–1022

Counterpropagating second-harmonic generation: a new technique for the investigation of molecular chirality at surfaces

Matthew A. Kriech and John C. Conboy  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 21, Issue 5, pp. 1013-1022 (2004)

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The theoretical and experimental investigation of a new chiral second-harmonic generation technique that utilizes a counterpropagating optical geometry was conducted. The counterpropagating optical geometry employed here can effectively separate the chiral and achiral contributions to the SH emission, which cannot be easily accomplished under a copropagating geometry. The technique was applied to an experimental investigation of the molecular adsorption of (R)-(+)-1,1-bi-2-naphthol to a planar-supported lipid bilayer of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphotidylcholine. A strong chiral second-harmonic generation response was observed when a single enantiomer intercalated into the membrane, but showed no chiral response when equal concentrations of the enantiomers were present in the bilayer.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(190.4350) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(240.4350) Optics at surfaces : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(300.6420) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, nonlinear
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties

Matthew A. Kriech and John C. Conboy, "Counterpropagating second-harmonic generation: a new technique for the investigation of molecular chirality at surfaces," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 21, 1013-1022 (2004)

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