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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 15 — Jul. 20, 2009
  • pp: 12849–12868

Anisotropic linear and nonlinear optical properties from anisotropy-controlled metallic nanocomposites

Jorge Alejandro Reyes-Esqueda, Vladimir Rodríguez-Iglesias, Héctor-Gabriel Silva-Pereyra, Carlos Torres-Torres, Ana-Laura Santiago-Ramírez, Juan Carlos Cheang-Wong, Alejandro Crespo-Sosa, Luis Rodríguez-Fernández, Alejandra López-Suárez, and Alicia Oliver  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 15, pp. 12849-12868 (2009)

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High-energy metallic ions were implanted in silica matrices, obtaining spherical-like metallic nanoparticles (NPs) after a proper thermal treatment. These NPs were then deformed by irradiation with Si ions, obtaining an anisotropic metallic nanocomposite. An average large birefringence of 0.06 was measured for these materials in the 300-800 nm region. Besides, their third order nonlinear optical response was measured using self-diffraction and P-scan techniques at 532 nm with 26 ps pulses. By adjusting the incident light’s polarization and the angular position of the nanocomposite, the measurements could be directly related to, at least, two of the three linear independent components of its third order susceptibility tensor, finding a large, but anisotropic, response of around 10−7 esu with respect to other isotropic metallic systems. For the nonlinear optical absorption, we were able to shift from saturable to reverse saturable absorption depending on probing the Au NP’s major or minor axes, respectively. This fact could be related to local field calculations and NP’s electronic properties. For the nonlinear optical refraction, we passed from self-focusing to self-defocusing, when changing from Ag to Au.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1190) Materials : Anisotropic optical materials
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4720) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities of condensed matter
(190.7070) Nonlinear optics : Two-wave mixing
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: May 14, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 21, 2009
Published: July 13, 2009

Jorge Alejandro Reyes-Esqueda, Vladimir Rodríguez-Iglesias, Héctor-Gabriel Silva-Pereyra, Carlos Torres-Torres, Ana-Laura Santiago-Ramírez, Juan Carlos Cheang-Wong, Alejandro Crespo-Sosa, Luis Rodríguez-Fernández, Alejandra López-Suárez, and Alicia Oliver, "Anisotropic linear and nonlinear optical properties from anisotropy-controlled metallic nanocomposites," Opt. Express 17, 12849-12868 (2009)

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