Enhanced second order nonlinear optical susceptibilities in ionically self-assembled films incorporating dianionic molecules

P. J. Neyman, M. T. Guzy, S. Shah, K. E. Van Cott, R. M. Davis, H. Wang, H. W. Gibson, C. Brands, J. R. Heflin

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Abstract

Ionically self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) films have been recently shown to spontaneously produce noncentrosymmetric ordering that gives rise to a substantial second order nonlinear optical (NLO) response. Typically, the ISAM films for NLO response are an assemblage of bilayers of oppositely charged polymers whose thickness can be controlled through variation of pH and ionic strength of the immersion solutions. Here, we study the effects of replacing the NLO-active polymer layers with layers of dianionic molecules. Films fabricated exclusively using polyelectrolytes contain some fraction of both randomly oriented and anti-parallel oriented chromophores. The incorporation of dianionic molecules within the ISAM films affords greater χ(2) due to increased net polar orientation of the chromophores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)JJ8.30.1-JJ8.30.6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Volume660
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
EventOrganic Electronic and Photonic Materials and Devices - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 27 2000Nov 30 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Neyman, P. J., Guzy, M. T., Shah, S., Van Cott, K. E., Davis, R. M., Wang, H., Gibson, H. W., Brands, C., & Heflin, J. R. (2001). Enhanced second order nonlinear optical susceptibilities in ionically self-assembled films incorporating dianionic molecules. Materials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings, 660, JJ8.30.1-JJ8.30.6.