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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 23 — Nov. 10, 2008
  • pp: 19244–19252

One photon nonresonant high-order nonlinear optical properties of silver nanoparticles in aqueous solution

Diego Rativa, R. E. de Araujo, and A. S. L. Gomes  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 23, pp. 19244-19252 (2008)

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In this work we determine the third, fifth- and seventh-order nonresonant nonlinear optical properties of silver nanoparticles (9nm average diameter) colloids in aqueous solution under high intensity excitation. The nonlinear optical response and its dependence with the nanoparticles filling factor was measured and theoretically described. We show that for low inclusion concentration, the third order nonlinearity of the colloid can be described by the generalized Maxwell-Garnett model. With the increase of the nanoparticle concentration, changes in the medium nonlinearities was observed leading to high order effects. The fifth- and seventh- order susceptibilities were obtained for highly concentrated silver nanoparticle colloid and the data was supported by a theoretical model. The conventional Z-scan technique was employed, using 80 f s laser pulses at 800nm, in a regime of high pulse energy (µJ) and low repetition rate (1kHz).

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OCIS Codes
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: October 2, 2008
Revised Manuscript: November 3, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 4, 2008
Published: November 5, 2008

Diego Rativa, R. E. de Araujo, and A. S. Gomes, "One photon nonresonant high-order nonlinear optical properties of silver nanoparticles in aqueous solution.," Opt. Express 16, 19244-19252 (2008)

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