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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 11 — May. 24, 2010
  • pp: 11917–11932

Second harmonic generation from nanocrystals under linearly and circularly polarized excitations

Chia-Lung Hsieh, Ye Pu, Rachel Grange, and Demetri Psaltis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 11, pp. 11917-11932 (2010)

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We study second harmonic generation (SHG) from non-centrosymmetric nanocrystals under linearly polarized (LP) and circularly polarized (CP) excitations. Theoretical models are developed for SHG from nanocrystals under both plane-wave and focused excitations. We find that the focused excitation reduces the polarization dependency of the SHG signal. We show that the SHG response under CP excitation is generally inferior to the average of LP excitations over all orientations. We verify the theory by measuring the SHG polar responses from BaTiO3 nanocrystals with a scanning confocal microscope. The experimental data agrees well with the theory.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(180.4315) Microscopy : Nonlinear microscopy

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: March 26, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 10, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 13, 2010
Published: May 21, 2010

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Chia-Lung Hsieh, Ye Pu, Rachel Grange, and Demetri Psaltis, "Second harmonic generation from nanocrystals under linearly and circularly polarized excitations," Opt. Express 18, 11917-11932 (2010)

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