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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 17 — Aug. 13, 2012
  • pp: 18600–18608

Polarization effect on the two-photon absorption of a chiral compound

M. G. Vivas, L. De Boni, Y. Bretonniere, C. Andraud, and C. R. Mendonca  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 17, pp. 18600-18608 (2012)

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In this report, we investigate the polarization effect (linear, elliptical and circular) on the two-photon absorption (2PA) properties of a chiral compound based in azoaromatic moieties using the femtosecond Z-scan technique with low repetition rate and low pulse energy. We observed a strong 2PA modulation between 800 nm and 960 nm as a function the polarization changes from linear through elliptical to circular. Such results were interpreted employing the sum-over-essential states approach, which allowed us to model the 2PA circular-linear dichroism effect and to identifier the overlapping of the excited electronic states responsible by the 2PA allowed band.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(190.4710) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities in organic materials

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: June 15, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 22, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 22, 2012
Published: July 30, 2012

M. G. Vivas, L. De Boni, Y. Bretonniere, C. Andraud, and C. R. Mendonca, "Polarization effect on the two-photon absorption of a chiral compound," Opt. Express 20, 18600-18608 (2012)

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