Designing organic molecules for terahertz radiation generation in robust crystals

Koen Clays, Rebecca J. Docherty, John Fielden, Madeleine Helliwell, James Raftery, Rachel Shaw, Catherine A. Swanson, Benjamin J. Coe

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The research towards more efficient organic molecules for second-order nonlinear optical (NLO) applications has resulted in substantial improvements of the molecular nonlinear polarizabilities. Different strategies for increasing NLO responses at the molecular level in ionic chromophores are reviewed. However, only a small subset of the highly efficient non-centrosymmetric molecules also forms non-centrosymmetric crystals at the bulk level. Examples of success in achieving polar crystals of molecular salts are presented. Such crystals with a high number density of aligned dipolar chromophores are promising materials for efficient second-order NLO applications, such as terahertz generation via difference frequency mixing.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventSPIE 7817 : Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments IV - , United States
Duration: 14 Sep 2010 → …


ConferenceSPIE 7817
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Period14/09/10 → …

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