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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 21 — Oct. 12, 2009
  • pp: 19093–19101

Enhanced ultrafast optical nonlinearity of porous anodized aluminum oxide nanostructures

Hwang Woon Lee, John Kiran Anthony, Hoang-Duy Nguyen, Sun-il Mho, Kihong Kim, Hanjo Lim, Jaejin Lee, and Fabian Rotermund  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 21, pp. 19093-19101 (2009)

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Enhanced ultrafast optical nonlinearities of porous anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) nanostructures, well-known templates for quantum dots fabrication, have been investigated using the differential optical Kerr gate technique at 800 nm. The optical nonlinearity is strongly influenced by the pore number density, the pore size and the shape. Large values of the third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility ( χ(3) ) of the order of 10−10esu are measured. The nonlinear response time is faster than or comparable to the laser pulse width (90 fs) used. The origin and variation of such remarkable optical nonlinearities has been discussed by considering the nanoporous AAO as an effective medium and utilizing the extended Maxwell Garnet theory, and by considering the additional influence from pore diameter, pore shape and surface states.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: September 2, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 28, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 1, 2009
Published: October 8, 2009

Hwang Woon Lee, John Kiran Anthony, Hoang-Duy Nguyen, Sun-il Mho, Kihong Kim, Hanjo Lim, Jaejin Lee, and Fabian Rotermund, "Enhanced ultrafast optical nonlinearity of porous anodized aluminum oxide nanostructures," Opt. Express 17, 19093-19101 (2009)

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