Functional electro-optic polymer thin films embedded in microcavity structures have been poled by an all-optical procedure based on the interference of multiphoton absorption processes. The photoinduced X(2) tensor was then further addressed at modal resonance for the fundamental wavelength, leading to significant enhancement of the second-harmonic-generation efficiency. An order-of-magnitude enhancement, which is due to electric field resonant conditions inside the microcavity, has been probed by an optical parametric oscillator, in comparison with a single-path thin-film configuration. This configuration opens new perspectives in the realm of nonlinear photonic device processing.
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(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices
(230.3990) Optical devices : Micro-optical devices
(250.2080) Optoelectronics : Polymer active devices
R. Piron, E. Toussaere, D. Josse, S. Brasselet, and J. Zyss, "Polymer-based microcavity with photoencoded quadratic nonlinearity," Opt. Lett. 25, 1255-1257 (2000)