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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 18 — Aug. 30, 2010
  • pp: 18793–18804

Second–harmonic generation in poled polymers: pre–poling history paradigm

G. Pawlik, I. Rau, F. Kajzar, and A. C. Mitus  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 18, pp. 18793-18804 (2010)

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Experimental studies of second harmonic generation (SHG) from electric-field poled PMMA - DR1 system show occurrence of a maximum in diagonal and off diagonal tensor components χ(2)(−2ω; ω, ω) at 15 mol % concentration and a rapid decrease above, with a stabilization. The origin of the observed concentration dependence is studied using the Monte Carlo (MC) modeling. We find that presence of maximum is conditioned by the pre-poling history of the sample, when entanglement of linear dipolar structures takes place. Length of the pre-poling interval is an important kinetic parameter which differentiates between various non-exponential kinetics of build-up of polar phase responsible for strong/weak SHG susceptibility.

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OCIS Codes
(000.6590) General : Statistical mechanics
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(310.3840) Thin films : Materials and process characterization

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: June 24, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 18, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 11, 2010
Published: August 18, 2010

G. Pawlik, I. Rau, F. Kajzar, and A. C. Mitus, "Second–harmonic generation in poled polymers: pre–poling history paradigm," Opt. Express 18, 18793-18804 (2010)

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