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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 8 — Apr. 12, 2010
  • pp: 8286–8293

Linearly polarized second harmonic generation microscopy reveals chirality

V. K. Valev, A. V. Silhanek, N. Smisdom, B. De Clercq, W. Gillijns, O. A. Aktsipetrov, M. Ameloot, V. V. Moshchalkov, and T. Verbiest  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 8, pp. 8286-8293 (2010)

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In optics, chirality is typically associated with circularly polarized light. Here we present a novel way to detect the handedness of chiral materials with linearly polarized light. We performed Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) microscopy on G-shaped planar chiral nanostructures made of gold. The SHG response originates in distinctive hotspots, whose arrangement is dependent of the handedness. These results uncover new directions for studying chirality in artificial materials.

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OCIS Codes
(240.4350) Optics at surfaces : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(160.1585) Materials : Chiral media
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(180.4315) Microscopy : Nonlinear microscopy

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Original Manuscript: January 14, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 5, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 13, 2010
Published: April 5, 2010

V. K. Valev, A. V. Silhanek, N. Smisdom, B. De Clercq, W. Gillijns, O. A. Aktsipetrov, M. Ameloot, V. V. Moshchalkov, and T. Verbiest, "Linearly polarized second harmonic generation microscopy reveals chirality," Opt. Express 18, 8286-8293 (2010)

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