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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 24 — Nov. 26, 2007
  • pp: 16051–16060

Defocused imaging of second harmonic generation from a single nanocrystal

N. Sandeau, L. Le Xuan, D. Chauvat, C. Zhou, J.-F. Roch, and S. Brasselet  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 24, pp. 16051-16060 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.016051


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Abstract

We demonstrate the direct imaging of the second harmonic generation radiation from a single nonlinear nanocrystal using defocused nonlinear microscopy. This technique allows the retrieval of complete information on the 3D orientation of a nanocrystal as well as possible deviations from its purely crystalline nature, in a simple experimental implementation. The obtained images are modeled by calculation of the radiation diagram from a nonlinear dipole that accounts for the excitation beam, the crystal symmetry and the particle size. Experimental demonstrations are performed on Potassium Titanyl Phosphase (KTP) nanocrystals. The shape and structure of the radiation images show a strong dependence on both crystal orientation and field polarization state, as expected by the specific nonlinear coherent coupling between the induced dipole and the excitation field polarization state.

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OCIS Codes
(190.1900) Nonlinear optics : Diagnostic applications of nonlinear optics
(180.4315) Microscopy : Nonlinear microscopy

ToC Category:
Microscopy

History
Original Manuscript: July 26, 2007
Revised Manuscript: October 18, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 18, 2007
Published: November 20, 2007

Virtual Issues
Vol. 2, Iss. 12 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
N. Sandeau, L. Le Xuan, D. Chauvat, C. Zhou, J.-F. Roch, and S. Brasselet, "Defocused imaging of second harmonic generation from a single nanocrystal," Opt. Express 15, 16051-16060 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-24-16051


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