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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 7 — Apr. 3, 2006
  • pp: 2864–2872

Visible second-harmonic light generated from a self-organized centrosymmetric lattice of nanospheres

Marc Maymó, Jordi Martorell, Albert Molinos-Gómez, and Francisco López-Calahorra  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 7, pp. 2864-2872 (2006)

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We designed and fabricated a centrosymmetric material where one may be able to consider an efficient quadratic nonlinear interaction. We followed a solid phase-supported organic synthesis methodology to covalently bind a large number of highly nonlinear molecules to the surface of polystyrene nanospheres. Such chemically modified optically nonlinear latex spheres, when suspended in water, are seen to perfectly self-organize into a centrosymmetric lattice. Taking advantage of the nonlinear interaction located at the sphere-water interface and the photonic crystal properties of the fabricated material we were able to generate second-harmonic light visible to the naked eye.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: December 7, 2005
Revised Manuscript: March 15, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 16, 2006
Published: April 3, 2006

Marc Maymó, Jordi Martorell, Albert Molinos-Gómez, and Francisco López-Calahorra, "Visible second-harmonic light generated from a self-organized centrosymmetric lattice of nanospheres," Opt. Express 14, 2864-2872 (2006)

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