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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 11, Iss. 15 — Jul. 28, 2003
  • pp: 1787–1792

Third harmonic autocorrelation and wave mixing in a thin film of poly(p-phenylenevinylene)

Marek Samoc, Anna Samoc, and Barry Luther-Davies  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 11, Issue 15, pp. 1787-1792 (2003)

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We show here that a thin film of a nonlinear conjugated polymer: poly(p-phenylenevinylene) (PPV) is capable of efficiently generating the third harmonic of femtosecond pulses of light at the near infrared (including telecommunication bands) wavelengths, giving coherent, low divergence beams in the visible range. By using more than one fundamental beam overlapping in space and in time on the PPV film, autocorrelation signals are observed as well as higher order mixing signals due to χ(5) and higher-order nonlinear susceptibilities. These signals can be used for applications such as short laser pulse diagnostics and photonic signal processing and they provide information about the nonlinear properties of the material itself.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: May 28, 2003
Revised Manuscript: July 21, 2003
Published: July 28, 2003

Marek Samoc, Anna Samoc, and Barry Luther-Davies, "Third harmonic autocorrelation and wave mixing in a thin film of poly(p-phenylenevinylene)," Opt. Express 11, 1787-1792 (2003)

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