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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 6 — Jun. 13, 2006

How to measure χ ( 3 ) of a nanoparticle

Vladislav I. Shcheslavskiy, Solomon M. Saltiel, Alexey R. Faustov, Georgi I. Petrov, and Vladislav V. Yakovlev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 10, pp. 1486-1488 (2006)

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Most of the known methods to measure the nonlinear optical properties of materials deal with the bulk properties, but there are many demanding applications that require those measurements to be done on a single particle or a single molecule. We report a novel application of nonlinear optics to measure the third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility of nanoparticles in solutions. By measuring the power of the third harmonic generated in a diluted solution of nanoparticles, both the size and χ ( 3 ) can be extracted from a simple set of measurements.

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OCIS Codes
(190.3970) Nonlinear optics : Microparticle nonlinear optics
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(190.4350) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
(320.7090) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast lasers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: December 6, 2005
Revised Manuscript: February 8, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: February 20, 2006

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Vol. 1, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Vladislav I. Shcheslavskiy, Solomon M. Saltiel, Alexey R. Faustov, Georgi I. Petrov, and Vladislav V. Yakovlev, "How to measure χ(3) of a nanoparticle," Opt. Lett. 31, 1486-1488 (2006)

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