Sample records for macroscopic nonlinear optical

  1. Nonlinear optics

    Bloembergen, Nicolaas


    Nicolaas Bloembergen, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1981), wrote Nonlinear Optics in 1964, when the field of nonlinear optics was only three years old. The available literature has since grown by at least three orders of magnitude.The vitality of Nonlinear Optics is evident from the still-growing number of scientists and engineers engaged in the study of new nonlinear phenomena and in the development of new nonlinear devices in the field of opto-electronics. This monograph should be helpful in providing a historical introduction and a general background of basic ideas both for expe

  2. Calculation of the microscopic and macroscopic linear and nonlinear optical properties of liquid acetonitrile. II. Local fields and linear and nonlinear susceptibilities in quadrupolar approximation.

    Avramopoulos, A; Papadopoulos, M G; Reis, H


    A discrete model based on the multipolar expansion including terms up to hexadecapoles was employed to describe the electrostatic interactions in liquid acetonitrile. Liquid structures obtained form molecular dynamics simulations with different classical, nonpolarizable potentials were used to analyze the electrostatic interactions. The computed average local field was employed for the determination of the environmental effects on the linear and nonlinear electrical molecular properties. Dipole-dipole interactions yield the dominant contribution to the local field, whereas higher multipolar contributions are small but not negligible. Using the effective in-phase properties, macroscopic linear and nonlinear susceptibilities of the liquid were computed. Depending on the partial charges describing the Coulomb interactions of the force field employed, either the linear properties (refractive index and dielectric constant) were reproduced in good agreement with experiment or the nonlinear properties [third-harmonic generation (THG) and electric field induced second-harmonic (EFISH) generation] and the bulk density but never both sets of properties together. It is concluded that the partial charges of the force fields investigated are not suitable for reliable dielectric properties. New methods are probably necessary for the determination of partial charges, which should take into account the collective and long-range nature of electrostatic interactions more precisely.

  3. Nonlinear optics

    Boyd, Robert W


    Nonlinear Optics is an advanced textbook for courses dealing with nonlinear optics, quantum electronics, laser physics, contemporary and quantum optics, and electrooptics. Its pedagogical emphasis is on fundamentals rather than particular, transitory applications. As a result, this textbook will have lasting appeal to a wide audience of electrical engineering, physics, and optics students, as well as those in related fields such as materials science and chemistry.Key Features* The origin of optical nonlinearities, including dependence on the polarization of light* A detailed treatment of the q


    刘熠; 黄筑平


    By taking a hollow sphere as a representative volume element (RVE), the macroscopic strain potentials of porous materials with power-law incompressible matrix are studied in this paper.According to the principles of the minimum potential energy in nonlinear elasticity and the variational procedure, static admissible stress fields and kinematic admissible displacement fields are constructed,and hence the upper and the lower bounds of the macroscopic strain potential are obtained. The bounds given in the present paper differ so slightly that they both provide perfect approximations of the exact strain potential of the studied porous materials. It is also found that the upper bound proposed by previous authors is much higher than the present one, and the lower bounds given by Cocks is much lower. Moreover, the present calculation is also compared with the variational lower bound of Ponte Castafneda for statistically isotropic porous materials. Finally, the validity of the hollow spherical RVE for the studied nonlinear porous material is discussed by the difference between the present numerical results and the Cocks bound.

  5. Nonlinear Optics of Hexaphenyl Nanofibers

    Balzer, Frank; Al-Shamery, Katharina; Neuendorf, Rolf


    measurements reveal that the nonlinear optical transition dipole moment is oriented with an angle of 75° with respect to the needles long axes. The absolute value of the macroscopic second-order susceptibility, averaged over a size distribution of p-6P nanoaggregates, is estimated to be of the order of 6...

  6. Advances in nonlinear optics

    Chen, Xianfeng; Zeng, Heping; Guo, Qi; She, Weilong


    This book presents an overview of the state of the art of nonlinear optics from weak light nonlinear optics, ultrafast nonlinear optics to electro-optical theory and applications. Topics range from the fundamental studies of the interaction between matter and radiation to the development of devices, components, and systems of tremendous commercial interest for widespread applications in optical telecommunications, medicine, and biotechnology.

  7. Organic nonlinear optical materials

    Umegaki, S.


    Recently, it became clear that organic compounds with delocalized pi electrons show a great nonlinear optical response. Especially, secondary nonlinear optical constants of more than 2 digits were often seen in the molecular level compared to the existing inorganic crystals such as LiNbO3. The crystallization was continuously tried. Organic nonlinear optical crystals have a new future as materials for use in the applied physics such as photomodulation, optical frequency transformation, opto-bistabilization, and phase conjugation optics. Organic nonlinear optical materials, e.g., urea, O2NC6H4NH2, I, II, are reviewed with 50 references.

  8. Assessments of macroscopicity for quantum optical states

    Laghaout, Amine; Neergaard-Nielsen, Jonas Schou; Andersen, Ulrik Lund


    With the slow but constant progress in the coherent control of quantum systems, it is now possible to create large quantum superpositions. There has therefore been an increased interest in quantifying any claims of macroscopicity. We attempt here to motivate three criteria which we believe should...... enter in the assessment of macroscopic quantumness: The number of quantum fluctuation photons, the purity of the states, and the ease with which the branches making up the state can be distinguished. © 2014....

  9. Nonlinear fiber optics

    Agrawal, Govind P


    The Optical Society of America (OSA) and SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering have awarded Govind Agrawal with an honorable mention for the Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for his work on Nonlinear Fiber Optics, 3rd edition.Nonlinear Fiber Optics, 3rd Edition, provides a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the nonlinear phenomena occurring inside optical fibers. It retains most of the material that appeared in the first edition, with the exception of Chapter 6, which is now devoted to the polarization effects relevant for light propagation in optical

  10. Nonlinear optical systems

    Lugiato, Luigi; Brambilla, Massimo


    Guiding graduate students and researchers through the complex world of laser physics and nonlinear optics, this book provides an in-depth exploration of the dynamics of lasers and other relevant optical systems, under the umbrella of a unitary spatio-temporal vision. Adopting a balanced approach, the book covers traditional as well as special topics in laser physics, quantum electronics and nonlinear optics, treating them from the viewpoint of nonlinear dynamical systems. These include laser emission, frequency generation, solitons, optically bistable systems, pulsations and chaos and optical pattern formation. It also provides a coherent and up-to-date treatment of the hierarchy of nonlinear optical models and of the rich variety of phenomena they describe, helping readers to understand the limits of validity of each model and the connections among the phenomena. It is ideal for graduate students and researchers in nonlinear optics, quantum electronics, laser physics and photonics.

  11. Macroscopic optical response and photonic bands

    Perez-Huerta, J S; Mendoza, Bernardo S; Mochan, W Luis


    We develop a formalism for the calculation of the macroscopic dielectric response of composite systems made of particles of one material embedded periodically within a matrix of another material, each of which is characterized by a well defined dielectric function. The nature of these dielectric functions is arbitrary, and could correspond to dielectric or conducting, transparent or opaque, absorptive and dispersive materials. The geometry of the particles and the Bravais lattice of the composite are also arbitrary. Our formalism goes beyond the longwavelenght approximation as it fully incorporates retardation effects. We test our formalism through the study the propagation of electromagnetic waves in 2D photonic crystals made of periodic arrays of cylindrical holes in a dispersionless dielectric host. Our macroscopic theory yields a spatially dispersive macroscopic response which allows the calculation of the full photonic band structure of the system, as well as the characterization of its normal modes, upo...

  12. Distributed nonlinear optical response

    Nikolov, Nikola Ivanov


    The purpose of the research presented here is to investigate basic physical properties in nonlinear optical materials with delayed or nonlocal nonlinearity. Soliton propagation, spectral broadening and the influence of the nonlocality or delay of the nonlinearity are the main focusses in the work...

  13. Nonlinear optical materials.

    Eaton, D F


    The current state of materials development in nonlinear optics is summarized, and the promise of these materials is critically evaluated. Properties and important materials constants of current commercial materials and of new, promising, inorganic and organic molecular and polymeric materials with potential in second- and third-order nonlinear optical applications are presented.

  14. Nonlinear optics and photonics

    He, Guang S


    This book provides a comprehensive presentation on most of the major topics in nonlinear optics and photonics, with equal emphasis on principles, experiments, techniques, and applications. It covers many major new topics including optical solitons, multi-photon effects, nonlinear photoelectric effects, fast and slow light , and Terahertz photonics. Chapters 1-10 present the fundamentals of modern nonlinear optics, and could be used as a textbook with problems provided at the end of each chapter. Chapters 11-17 cover the more advanced topics of techniques and applications of nonlinear optics and photonics, serving as a highly informative reference for researchers and experts working in related areas. There are also 16 pages of color photographs to illustrate the visual appearances of some typical nonlinear optical effects and phenomena. The book could be adopted as a textbook for both undergraduates and graduate students, and serve as a useful reference work for researchers and experts in the fields of physics...

  15. Nonlinear Optical Rectennas

    Stolz, A; Markey, L; Francs, G Colas des; Bouhelier, A


    We introduce strongly-coupled optical gap antennas to interface optical radiation with current-carrying electrons at the nanoscale. The transducer relies on the nonlinear optical and electrical properties of an optical antenna operating in the tunneling regime. We discuss the underlying physical mechanisms controlling the conversion and demonstrate that a two-wire optical antenna can provide advanced optoelectronic functionalities beyond tailoring the electromagnetic response of a single emitter. Interfacing an electronic command layer with a nanoscale optical device may thus be facilitated by the optical rectennas discussed here.

  16. Ultrafast nonlinear optics

    Leburn, Christopher; Reid, Derryck


    The field of ultrafast nonlinear optics is broad and multidisciplinary, and encompasses areas concerned with both the generation and measurement of ultrashort pulses of light, as well as those concerned with the applications of such pulses. Ultrashort pulses are extreme events – both in terms of their durations, and also the high peak powers which their short durations can facilitate. These extreme properties make them powerful experiment tools. On one hand, their ultrashort durations facilitate the probing and manipulation of matter on incredibly short timescales. On the other, their ultrashort durations can facilitate high peak powers which can drive highly nonlinear light-matter interaction processes. Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics covers a complete range of topics, both applied and fundamental in nature, within the area of ultrafast nonlinear optics. Chapters 1 to 4 are concerned with the generation and measurement of ultrashort pulses. Chapters 5 to 7 are concerned with fundamental applications of ultrasho...

  17. Nonlinear effects in optical fibers

    Ferreira, Mario F


    Cutting-edge coverage of nonlinear phenomena occurring inside optical fibers Nonlinear fiber optics is a specialized part of fiber optics dealing with optical nonlinearities and their applications. As fiber-optic communication systems have become more advanced and complex, the nonlinear effects in optical fibers have increased in importance, as they adversely affect system performance. Paradoxically, the same nonlinear phenomena also offer the promise of addressing the bandwidth bottleneck for signal processing for future ultra-high speed optical networks. Nonlinear Effects in Optical Fiber

  18. Generating giant and tunable nonlinearity in a macroscopic mechanical resonator from a single chemical bond

    Huang, Pu; Zhou, Jingwei; Zhang, Liang; Hou, Dong; Lin, Shaochun; Deng, Wen; Meng, Chao; Duan, Changkui; Ju, Chenyong; Zheng, Xiao; Xue, Fei; Du, Jiangfeng


    Nonlinearity in macroscopic mechanical systems may lead to abundant phenomena for fundamental studies and potential applications. However, it is difficult to generate nonlinearity due to the fact that macroscopic mechanical systems follow Hooke's law and respond linearly to external force, unless strong drive is used. Here we propose and experimentally realize high cubic nonlinear response in a macroscopic mechanical system by exploring the anharmonicity in chemical bonding interactions. We demonstrate the high tunability of nonlinear response by precisely controlling the chemical bonding interaction, and realize, at the single-bond limit, a cubic elastic constant of 1 × 1020 N m-3. This enables us to observe the resonator's vibrational bi-states transitions driven by the weak Brownian thermal noise at 6 K. This method can be flexibly applied to a variety of mechanical systems to improve nonlinear responses, and can be used, with further improvements, to explore macroscopic quantum mechanics.

  19. Linearizing nonlinear optics

    Schmidt, Bruno E; Ernotte, Guilmot; Clerici, Matteo; Morandotti, Roberto; Ibrahim, Heide; Legare, Francois


    In the framework of linear optics, light fields do not interact with each other in a medium. Yet, when their field amplitude becomes comparable to the electron binding energies of matter, the nonlinear motion of these electrons emits new dipole radiation whose amplitude, frequency and phase differ from the incoming fields. Such high fields are typically achieved with ultra-short, femtosecond (1fs = 10-15 sec.) laser pulses containing very broad frequency spectra. Here, the matter not only couples incoming and outgoing fields but also causes different spectral components to interact and mix through a convolution process. In this contribution, we describe how frequency domain nonlinear optics overcomes the shortcomings arising from this convolution in conventional time domain nonlinear optics1. We generate light fields with previously inaccessible properties because the uncontrolled coupling of amplitudes and phases is turned off. For example, arbitrary phase functions are transferred linearly to the second har...

  20. Optical approaches to macroscopic and microscopic engineering

    Bartolo, P J D S


    This research investigates the theoretical basis of a new photo-fabrication system. By this system, optical and thermal effects are used, together or separately, to locally induce a phase change in a liquid resin. This phase change phenomena is used to 'write' three-dimensional shapes. In addition, a thermal-kinetic model has been developed to correctly simulate the physical and chemical changes that occur in the bulk (and surroundings) of the material directly exposed to radiation and/or heat, and the rates at which these changes occur. Through this model, the law of conservation of energy describing the heat transfer phenomena is coupled with a kinetic model describing in detail the cure kinetics in both chemical and diffusion-controlled regimes. The thermal-kinetic model has been implemented using the finite element method. Linear rectangular elements have been considered and the concept of isoparametric formulation used. The Cranck-Nicolson algorithm has been used to integrate the system of equations, res...

  1. Fundamentals of nonlinear optics

    Powers, Peter E


    Peter Powers's rigorous but simple description of a difficult field keeps the reader's attention throughout. … All chapters contain a list of references and large numbers of practice examples to be worked through. … By carefully working through the proposed problems, students will develop a sound understanding of the fundamental principles and applications. … the book serves perfectly for an introductory-level course for second- and third-order nonlinear optical phenomena. The author's writing style is refreshing and original. I expect that Fundamentals of Nonlinear Optics will fast become pop

  2. Nonlinear fibre optics overview

    Travers, J. C.; Frosz, Michael Henoch; Dudley, J. M.


    , provides a background to the associated nonlinear optical processes, treats the generation mechanisms from continuous wave to femtosecond pulse pump regimes and highlights the diverse applications. A full discussion of numerical methods and comprehensive computer code are also provided, enabling readers...

  3. Handbook of nonlinear optical crystals

    Dmitriev, Valentin G; Nikogosyan, David N


    This Handbook of Nonlinear Optical Crystals provides a complete description of the properties and applications of nonlinear crystals In addition, it presents the most important equations for calculating the main parameters of nonlinear frequency converters This comprehensive reference work will be of great value to all scientists and engineers working in nonlinear optics, quantum electronics and laser physics

  4. Nonlinear fiber optics

    Agrawal, Govind


    Since the 4e appeared, a fast evolution of the field has occurred. The 5e of this classic work provides an up-to-date account of the nonlinear phenomena occurring inside optical fibers, the basis of all our telecommunications infastructure as well as being used in the medical field. Reflecting the big developments in research, this new edition includes major new content: slow light effects, which offers a reduction in noise and power consumption and more ordered network traffic-stimulated Brillouin scattering; vectorial treatment of highly nonlinear fibers; and a brand new chapter o

  5. Essentials of nonlinear optics

    Murti, Y V G S


    Current literature on Nonlinear Optics varies widely in terms of content, style, and coverage of specific topics, relative emphasis of areas and the depth of treatment. While most of these books are excellent resources for the researchers, there is a strong need for books appropriate for presenting the subject at the undergraduate or postgraduate levels in Universities. The need for such a book to serve as a textbook at the level of the bachelors and masters courses was felt by the authors while teaching courses on nonlinear optics to students of both science and engineering during the past two decades. This book has emerged from an attempt to address the requirement of presenting the subject at college level. A one-semester course covering the essentials can effectively be designed based on this.

  6. Remote Atmospheric Nonlinear Optical Magnetometry


    Boyd , Nonlinear Optics (Elsevier, Burlington, MA, 2008). [13] M. Scully and S. Zubairy, Quantum Optics (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, UK, 1997...Naval Research Laboratory Washington, DC 20375-5320 NRL/MR/6703--14-9548 Remote Atmospheric Nonlinear Optical Magnetometry PhilliP SPrangle...b. ABSTRACT c. THIS PAGE 18. NUMBER OF PAGES 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT Remote Atmospheric Nonlinear Optical Magnetometry Phillip Sprangle, Luke

  7. Terahertz Nonlinear Optics in Semiconductors

    Turchinovich, Dmitry; Hvam, Jørn Märcher; Hoffmann, Matthias C.


    We demonstrate the nonlinear optical effects – selfphase modulation and saturable absorption of a single-cycle THz pulse in a semiconductor. Resulting from THz-induced modulation of Drude plasma, these nonlinear optical effects, in particular, lead to self-shortening and nonlinear spectral...

  8. Nonlinear optical thin films

    Leslie, Thomas M.


    A focused approach to development and evaluation of organic polymer films for use in optoelectronics is presented. The issues and challenges that are addressed include: (1) material synthesis, purification, and the tailoring of the material properties; (2) deposition of uniform thin films by a variety of methods; (3) characterization of material physical properties (thermal, electrical, optical, and electro-optical); and (4) device fabrication and testing. Photonic materials, devices, and systems were identified as critical technology areas by the Department of Commerce and the Department of Defense. This approach offers strong integration of basic material issues through engineering applications by the development of materials that can be exploited as the active unit in a variety of polymeric thin film devices. Improved materials were developed with unprecedented purity and stability. The absorptive properties can be tailored and controlled to provide significant improvement in propagation losses and nonlinear performance. Furthermore, the materials were incorporated into polymers that are highly compatible with fabrication and patterning processes for integrated optical devices and circuits. By simultaneously addressing the issues of materials development and characterization, keeping device design and fabrication in mind, many obstacles were overcome for implementation of these polymeric materials and devices into systems. We intend to considerably improve the upper use temperature, poling stability, and compatibility with silicon based devices. The principal device application that was targeted is a linear electro-optic modulation etalon. Organic polymers need to be properly designed and coupled with existing integrated circuit technology to create new photonic devices for optical communication, image processing, other laser applications such as harmonic generation, and eventually optical computing. The progression from microscopic sample to a suitable film

  9. Nonlinear Optical Terahertz Technology Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Our approach is based on high-Q optical WGM resonators made with a nonlinear crystal. Such resonators have been demonstrated to dramatically enhance nonlinear...

  10. Investigating macroscopic quantum superpositions and the quantum-to-classical transition by optical parametric amplification

    De Martini, Francesco


    The present work reports on an extended research endeavor focused on the theoretical and experimental realization of a macroscopic quantum superposition (MQS) made up with photons. As it is well known, this intriguing, fundamental quantum condition is at the core of a famous argument conceived by Erwin Schroedinger, back in 1935. The main experimental challenge to the actual realization of this object resides generally on the unavoidable and uncontrolled interactions with the environment, i.e. the decoherence leading to the cancellation of any evidence of the quantum features associated with the macroscopic system. The present scheme is based on a nonlinear process, the "quantum injected optical parametric amplification", that maps by a linearized cloning process the quantum coherence of a single - particle state, i.e. a Micro - qubit, into a Macro - qubit, consisting in a large number M of photons in quantum superposition. Since the adopted scheme was found resilient to decoherence, the MQS\\ demonstration wa...

  11. Focus issue introduction: nonlinear optics.

    Boulanger, Benoît; Cundiff, Steven T; Gauthier, Daniel J; Karlsson, Magnus; Lu, Yan-Qing; Norwood, Robert A; Skryabin, Dmitry; Taira, Takunori


    It is now fifty years since the original observation of second harmonic generation ushered in the field of nonlinear optics, close on the heels of the invention of the laser. This feature issue celebrates this anniversary with papers that span the range from new nonlinear optical materials, through the increasingly novel methods that have been developed for phase matching, to emerging areas such as nonlinear metamaterials and plasmonic enhancement of optical properties. It is clear that the next fifty years of nonlinear optics will witness a proliferation of new applications with increasing technological impact.

  12. Temperature dependent nonlinear Hall effect in macroscopic Si-MOS antidot array

    Kuntsevich, A. Yu.; Shupltetsov, A. V.; Nunuparov, M. S.


    By measuring magnetoresistance and Hall effect in classically moderate perpendicular magnetic field in Si-MOSFET-type macroscopic antidot array we found a novel effect: nonlinear with field, temperature- and density-dependent Hall resistivity. We discuss qualitative explanation of the phenomenon and suggest that it might originate from strong temperature dependence of the resistivity and mobility in the shells of the antidots.

  13. Applications of nonlinear fiber optics

    Agrawal, Govind


    * The only book describing applications of nonlinear fiber optics * Two new chapters on the latest developments: highly nonlinear fibers and quantum applications* Coverage of biomedical applications* Problems provided at the end of each chapterThe development of new highly nonlinear fibers - referred to as microstructured fibers, holey fibers and photonic crystal fibers - is the next generation technology for all-optical signal processing and biomedical applications. This new edition has been thoroughly updated to incorporate these key technology developments.The bo

  14. Focus issue introduction: nonlinear optics 2013.

    Dadap, Jerry I; Karlsson, Magnus; Panoiu, Nicolae C


    Nonlinear Optics has continued to develop over the last few years at an extremely fast pace, with significant advances being reported in nonlinear optical metamaterials, optical signal processing, quantum optics, nonlinear optics at subwavelength scale, and biophotonics. These exciting new developments have generated significant potential for a broad spectrum of technological applications in which nonlinear-optical processes play a central role.

  15. Nonlinear Optics: Principles and Applications

    Rottwitt, Karsten; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter

    As nonlinear optics further develops as a field of research in electromagnetic wave propagation, its state-of-the-art technologies will continue to strongly impact real-world applications in a variety of fields useful to the practicing scientist and engineer. From basic principles to examples...... of applications, Nonlinear Optics: Principles and Applications effectively bridges physics and mathematics with relevant applied material for real-world use. The book progresses naturally from fundamental aspects to illustrative examples, and presents a strong theoretical foundation that equips the reader...... and matter, this text focuses on the physical understanding of nonlinear optics, and explores optical material response functions in the time and frequency domain....

  16. Field guide to nonlinear optics

    Powers, Peter E


    Optomechanics is a field of mechanics that addresses the specific design challenges associated with optical systems. This [i]Field Guide [/i]describes how to mount optical components, as well as how to analyze a given design. It is intended for practicing optical and mechanical engineers whose work requires knowledge in both optics and mechanics. This Field Guide is designed for those looking for a condensed and concise source of key concepts, equations, and techniques for nonlinear optics. Topics covered include technologically important effects, recent developments in nonlinear optics

  17. Nonlinear optics principles and applications

    Li, Chunfei


    This book reflects the latest advances in nonlinear optics. Besides the simple, strict mathematical deduction, it also discusses the experimental verification and possible future applications, such as the all-optical switches. It consistently uses the practical unit system throughout. It employs simple physical images, such as "light waves" and "photons" to systematically explain the main principles of nonlinear optical effects. It uses the first-order nonlinear wave equation in frequency domain under the condition of “slowly varying amplitude approximation" and the classical model of the interaction between the light and electric dipole. At the same time, it also uses the rate equations based on the energy-level transition of particle systems excited by photons and the energy and momentum conservation principles to explain the nonlinear optical phenomenon. The book is intended for researchers, engineers and graduate students in the field of the optics, optoelectronics, fiber communication, information tech...

  18. Optically nonlinear materials

    Whittam, A J


    susceptibility from 26 pm/V (same film without octadecanoic acid) to 40 pm/V. This increase in the second-order susceptibility occurred even though the amount of NLO-active dye was effectively diluted by the addition of the inactive octadecanoic acid. The wavelength of the absorption maximum ranged from 346-440 nm and there was direct correlation between the susceptibilities and the transparency of the films at the harmonic wavelength. Hemicyanine dyes were synthesised, with the general formulae: - (a) C sub 1 sub 8 H sub 3 sub 7 -A sup + -[CH=CH-C sub 6 H sub 4] sub x -N(CH sub 3) sub 2 I (b) C sub 1 sub 8 H sub 3 sub 7 -A sup + -[CH=CH] sub y -C sub 6 H sub 4 -N(CH sub 3) sub 2 I where A sup + is a pyridinium or isoquinolinium acceptor, and x = 1 or 2, and y = 1 or 2. The optically nonlinear dyes were investigated via the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique. The dyes all produced isotherm data, with molecular areas of 22-60 A sup 2 per molecule, which are consistent with the cross-sectional areas of the chromo...

  19. Nonlinear optics: the next decade.

    Kivshar, Yuri S


    This paper concludes the Focus Serial assembled of invited papers in key areas of nonlinear optics (Editors: J.M. Dudley and R.W. Boyd), and it discusses new directions for future research in this field.

  20. Solution of Macroscopic State Equations of Blume-Capel Model Using Nonlinear Dynamics Concepts

    Asaf Tolga Ülgen


    Full Text Available The macroscopic state equations of Blume-Capel Model were solved by using the concepts of nonlinear dynamics. Negative and positive exchange constant values yield bifurcations of pitchfork and subcritical flip types, respectively. Hence, we obtained bifurcations corresponding to second order phase transitions. The critical values of parameters were calculated from the neutral stability condition and the 3-dimensional phase diagram was plotted.

  1. Oscillating solitons in nonlinear optics

    Lin Xiao-Gang; Liu Wen-Jun; Lei Ming


    Oscillating solitons are obtained in nonlinear optics. Analytical study of the variable coefficient nonlinear Schrödinger equation, which is used to describe the soliton propagation in those systems, is carried out using the Hirota’s bilinear method. The bilinear forms and analytic soliton solutions are derived, and the relevant properties and features of oscillating solitons are illustrated. Oscillating solitons are controlled by the reciprocal of the group velocity and Kerr nonlinearity. Results of this paper will be valuable to the study of dispersion-managed optical communication system and mode-locked fibre lasers.

  2. Nonlinear optics and organic materials

    Shen, Y.R.


    We shall consider an interesting topic relating nonlinear optics and organic materials: how nonlinear optics can be used to study organic materials. One of the main differences between linear and nonlinear responses of a medium to incoming radiation is in their symmetries. It leads to the possibility that some properties of the medium could be more sensitively probed by nonlinear, rather than linear, optical means, or vise versa. A well-known example is that some vibrational modes of a medium could be Raman-active but infrared-inactive, and would be more readily observed by Raman scattering, which is a two-photon transition process. In this paper, we shall discuss, with the help of three examples, how we can use second harmonic generation (SHG) and sum frequency generation (SFG) to obtain unique information about a material. We shall focus on thin films, surfaces, and interfaces.

  3. Nonlinear Optics and Turbulence


    currently at Queen Mary College, London Patrick Dunne, (Ph.D., 1987, M.I.T., Hydrodynamic Stability, Nonlinear Waves), 1987-1988. Alecsander Dyachenko...U I I I U I I 3 9 3 V. BIOGRAPHIES A. FACULTY BRUCE BAYLY, 31, Ph.D. 1986, Princeton University. Postdoctoral visiting member 1986-88 at Courant...Caputo, A. C. Newell, and M. Shelley , "Nonlinear Wave Propagation Through a Random Medium and Soliton Tunneling", Integrable Systems and

  4. Modeling the macroscopic behavior of two-phase nonlinear composites by infinite-rank laminates

    Idiart, Martín I.

    A new approach is proposed for estimating the macroscopic behavior of two-phase nonlinear composites with random, particulate microstructures. The central idea is to model composites by sequentially laminated constructions of infinite rank whose macroscopic behavior can be determined exactly. The resulting estimates incorporate microstructural information up to the two-point correlation functions, and require the solution to a Hamilton-Jacobi equation with the inclusion concentration and the macroscopic fields playing the role of 'time' and 'spatial' variables, respectively. Because they are realizable, by construction, these estimates are guaranteed to be convex, to satisfy all pertinent bounds, to exhibit no duality gap, and to be exact to second order in the heterogeneity contrast. Sample results are provided for two- and three-dimensional power-law composites, and are compared with other homogenization estimates, as well as with numerical simulations available from the literature. The estimates are found to give physically sensible predictions for all the cases considered, even for extreme values of the nonlinearity and heterogeneity contrast. Interestingly, in the case of isotropic porous materials under hydrostatic loadings, the estimates agree exactly with standard Gurson-type models for viscoplastic porous media.

  5. New nonlinear optical materials based on ferrofluids

    Huang, J P [Department of Physics, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433 (China); Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong (China); Yu, K W [Department of Physics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong (China); Institute of Theoretical Physics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong (China)


    We exploit theoretically a new class of magneto-controlled nonlinear optical material based on ferrofluids in which ferromagnetic nanoparticles are coated with a nonmagnetic metallic nonlinear shell. Such an optical material can have anisotropic nonlinear optical properties and a giant enhancement of nonlinearity, as well as an attractive figure of merit.

  6. Terahertz semiconductor nonlinear optics

    Turchinovich, Dmitry; Hvam, Jørn Märcher; Hoffmann, Matthias


    nonlinearity in doped semiconductors originates from the near-instantaneous heating of free electrons in the ponderomotive potential created by electric field of the THz pulse, leading to ultrafast increase of electron effective mass by intervalley scattering. Modification of effective mass in turn leads...

  7. Resource Letter NO-1: Nonlinear Optics

    Garmire, Elsa


    This Resource Letter provides a guide to the literature on nonlinear optics. Books, journals, and websites are introduced that cover the general subject. Journal articles and websites are cited covering the following topics: second-order nonlinearities in transparent media including second-harmonic generation and optical parametric oscillation, third-order and higher nonlinearities, nonlinear refractive index, absorptive nonlinearities such as saturable absorption and multiphoton absorption, and scattering nonlinearities such as stimulated Raman scattering and stimulated Brillouin scattering. Steady-state and transient phenomena, fiber optics, solitons, nonlinear wave mixing, optical phase conjugation, nonlinear spectroscopy, and multiphoton microscopy are all outlined.

  8. Benzothiazolium Single Crystals: A New Class of Nonlinear Optical Crystals with Efficient THz Wave Generation.

    Lee, Seung-Heon; Lu, Jian; Lee, Seung-Jun; Han, Jae-Hyun; Jeong, Chan-Uk; Lee, Seung-Chul; Li, Xian; Jazbinšek, Mojca; Yoon, Woojin; Yun, Hoseop; Kang, Bong Joo; Rotermund, Fabian; Nelson, Keith A; Kwon, O-Pil


    Highly efficient nonlinear optical organic crystals are very attractive for various photonic applications including terahertz (THz) wave generation. Up to now, only two classes of ionic crystals based on either pyridinium or quinolinium with extremely large macroscopic optical nonlinearity have been developed. This study reports on a new class of organic nonlinear optical crystals introducing electron-accepting benzothiazolium, which exhibit higher electron-withdrawing strength than pyridinium and quinolinium in benchmark crystals. The benzothiazolium crystals consisting of new acentric core HMB (2-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxystyryl)-3-methylbenzo[d]thiazol-3-ium) exhibit extremely large macroscopic optical nonlinearity with optimal molecular ordering for maximizing the diagonal second-order nonlinearity. HMB-based single crystals prepared by simple cleaving method satisfy all required crystal characteristics for intense THz wave generation such as large crystal size with parallel surfaces, moderate thickness and high optical quality with large optical transparency range (580-1620 nm). Optical rectification of 35 fs pulses at the technologically very important wavelength of 800 nm in 0.26 mm thick HMB crystal leads to one order of magnitude higher THz wave generation efficiency with remarkably broader bandwidth compared to standard inorganic 0.5 mm thick ZnTe crystal. Therefore, newly developed HMB crystals introducing benzothiazolium with extremely large macroscopic optical nonlinearity are very promising materials for intense broadband THz wave generation and other nonlinear optical applications. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Nonlinear fiber optics formerly quantum electronics

    Agrawal, Govind


    The field of nonlinear fiber optics has grown substantially since the First Edition of Nonlinear Fiber Optics, published in 1989. Like the First Edition, this Second Edition is a comprehensive, tutorial, and up-to-date account of nonlinear optical phenomena in fiber optics. It synthesizes widely scattered research material and presents it in an accessible manner for students and researchers already engaged in or wishing to enter the field of nonlinear fiber optics. Particular attention is paid to the importance of nonlinear effects in the design of optical fiber communication systems. This is

  10. Unsymmetrical squaraines for nonlinear optical materials

    Marder, Seth R. (Inventor); Chen, Chin-Ti (Inventor); Cheng, Lap-Tak (Inventor)


    Compositions for use in non-linear optical devices. The compositions have first molecular electronic hyperpolarizability (.beta.) either positive or negative in sign and therefore display second order non-linear optical properties when incorporated into non-linear optical devices.

  11. Transformation-optics macroscopic visible-light cloaking beyond two dimensions

    Chu, Chia-Wei; Lee, Chih Jie; Duan, Yubo; Tsai, Din Ping; Zhang, Baile; Luo, Yuan


    Transformation optics, a recent geometrical design strategy of controlling light by combining Maxwell's principles of electromagnetism with Einstein's general relativity, promises without precedent an invisibility cloaking device that can render a macroscopic object invisible in three dimensions. However, most previous proof-of-concept transformation-optics cloaking devices focused predominantly on two dimensions, whereas detection of a macroscopic object along its third dimension was always unfailing. Here, we report the first experimental demonstration of transformation-optics macroscopic visible-light cloaking beyond two dimensions. This almost-three-dimensional cloak exhibits three-dimensional (3D) invisibility for illumination near its center (i.e. with a limited field of view), and its ideal wide-angle invisibility performance is preserved in multiple two-dimensional (2D) planes intersecting in the 3D space. Both light ray trajectories and optical path lengths have been verified experimentally at the ma...

  12. Single-cycle nonlinear optics

    Max-Planck-Institut fur Quantenoptik; Goulielmakis, E.; Schultze, M.; Hofstetter, M.; Yakovlev, V. S.; Gagnon, J.; Uiberacker, M.; Aquila, A. L.; gullikson, E. M.; attwood, D. T.; Kienberger, R.; Krausz, F.; Kleineberg, U.


    Nonlinear optics plays a central role in the advancement of optical science and laser-based technologies. We report on the confinement of the nonlinear interaction of light with matter to a single wave cycle and demonstrate its utility for time-resolved and strong-field science. The electric field of 3.3-femtosecond, 0.72-micron laser pulses with a controlled and measured waveform ionizes atoms near the crests of the central wave cycle, with ionization being virtually switched off outside this interval. Isolated sub-100-attosecond pulses of extreme ultraviolet light (photon energy {approx} 80 electron volts), containing {approx} 0.5 nanojoule of energy, emerge from the interaction with a conversion efficiency of {approx} 10{sup -6}. These tools enable the study of the precision control of electron motion with light fields and electron-electron interactions with a resolution approaching the atomic unit of time ({approx} 24 attoseconds).

  13. Quantum Computation with Nonlinear Optics

    Liu, Yang; Zhang, Wen-Hong; Zhang, Cun-Lin; Long, Gui-Lu


    We propose a scheme of quantum computation with nonlinear quantum optics. Polarization states of photons are used for qubits. Photons with different frequencies represent different qubits. Single qubit rotation operation is implemented through optical elements like the Faraday polarization rotator. Photons are separated into different optical paths, or merged into a single optical path using dichromatic mirrors. The controlled-NOT gate between two qubits is implemented by the proper combination of parametric up and down conversions. This scheme has the following features: (1) No auxiliary qubits are required in the controlled-NOT gate operation; (2) No measurement is required in the course of the computation; (3) It is resource efficient and conceptually simple.

  14. Quantum Computation with Nonlinear Optics

    LU Ke; LIU Yang; LIN Zhen-Quan; ZHANG Wen-Hong; SUN Yun-Fei; ZHANG Cun-Lin; LONG Gui-Lu


    We propose a scheme of quantum computation with nonlinear quantum optics. Polarization states of photons are used for qubits. Photons with different frequencies represent different qubits. Single qubit rotation operation is implemented through optical elements like the Faraday polarization rotator. Photons are separated into different optical paths, or merged into a single optical path using dichromatic mirrors. The controlled-NOT gate between two qubits is implemented by the proper combination of parametric up and down conversions. This scheme has the following features: (1) No auxiliary qubits are required in the controlled-NOT gate operation; (2) No measurement is required in the courseof the computation; (3) It is resource efficient and conceptually simple.

  15. Organosilicon Polymeric Nonlinear Optical Materials for Optical Switching and Modulation


    Organosilicon Polymeric Nonlinear Optical Materials for Optical C: F49620-93-C-0039 Switching and Modulation 6. AUTHOR(S) Mr. Sandip K. Sengupta, Dr...D FINAL REPORT for Organosilicon Polymeric Nonlinear Optical Materials for Optical Switching and Modulation Prepared for: USAF, AFMC (AFOSR) Air Force...34Organosilicon Polymeric Nonlinear Optical Materials for Optical Switching and Modulation," contract number F49620-93-C-0039. The work has been performed by Dr

  16. Nonlinear optical interactions in silicon waveguides

    Kuyken, B.; Leo, F.; Clemmen, S.; Dave, U.; Van Laer, R.; Ideguchi, T.; Zhao, H.; Liu, X.; Safioui, J.; Coen, S.; Gorza, S. P.; Selvaraja, S. K.; Massar, S.; Osgood, R. M.; Verheyen, P.; Van Campenhout, J.; Baets, R.; Green, W. M. J.; Roelkens, G.


    The strong nonlinear response of silicon photonic nanowire waveguides allows for the integration of nonlinear optical functions on a chip. However, the detrimental nonlinear optical absorption in silicon at telecom wavelengths limits the efficiency of many such experiments. In this review, several approaches are proposed and demonstrated to overcome this fundamental issue. By using the proposed methods, we demonstrate amongst others supercontinuum generation, frequency comb generation, a parametric optical amplifier, and a parametric optical oscillator.

  17. Few-photon coherent nonlinear optics with a single molecule

    Maser, Andreas; Utikal, Tobias; Götzinger, Stephan; Sandoghdar, Vahid


    The pioneering experiments of linear spectroscopy were performed using flames in the 1800s, but nonlinear optical measurements had to wait until lasers became available in the twentieth century. Because the nonlinear cross section of materials is very small, usually macroscopic bulk samples and pulsed lasers are used. Numerous efforts have explored coherent nonlinear signal generation from individual nanoparticles or small atomic ensembles with millions of atoms. Experiments on a single semiconductor quantum dot have also been reported, albeit with a very small yield. Here, we report on coherent nonlinear spectroscopy of a single molecule under continuous-wave single-pass illumination, where efficient photon-molecule coupling in a tight focus allows switching of a laser beam by less than a handful of pump photons nearly resonant with the sharp molecular transition. Aside from their fundamental importance, our results emphasize the potential of organic molecules for applications such as quantum information pro...

  18. Graphene - a rather ordinary nonlinear optical material

    khurgin, Jacob B


    An analytical expression for the nonlinear refractive index of graphene has been derived and used to obtain the performance metrics of third order nonlinear devices using graphene as a nonlinear medium. None of the metrics is found to be superior to the existing nonlinear optical materials.

  19. Nonlinear optical crystals a complete survey

    Nikogosyan, David N


    Nonlinear optical crystals are widely used in modern optical science and technology for frequency conversion of laser light, i.e. to generate laser radiation at any specific wavelength in visible, UV or IR spectral regions. This unrivalled reference book contains the most complete and up-to-date information on properties of nonlinear optical crystals. It includes: * Database of 63 common and novel nonlinear optical crystals * Periodically-poled and self-frequency-doubling materials * Full description of linear and nonlinear optical properties * Significant amount of crystallophysical, thermophysical, spectroscopic, electro-optic and magneto-optic information * 7 mini-reviews on novel applications, such as deep-UV light generation, terahertz-wave generation, ultrashort laser pulse compression, photonic band-gap crystals, x3 nonlinearity, etc. * More than 1500 different references with full titles It is a vital source of information for scientists and engineers dealing with modern applications of nonlinear opti...

  20. Quantum nonlinear optics without photons

    Stassi, Roberto; Macrı, Vincenzo; Kockum, Anton Frisk; Di Stefano, Omar; Miranowicz, Adam; Savasta, Salvatore; Nori, Franco


    Spontaneous parametric down-conversion is a well-known process in quantum nonlinear optics in which a photon incident on a nonlinear crystal spontaneously splits into two photons. Here we propose an analogous physical process where one excited atom directly transfers its excitation to a pair of spatially separated atoms with probability approaching 1. The interaction is mediated by the exchange of virtual rather than real photons. This nonlinear atomic process is coherent and reversible, so the pair of excited atoms can transfer the excitation back to the first one: the atomic analog of sum-frequency generation of light. The parameters used to investigate this process correspond to experimentally demonstrated values in ultrastrong circuit quantum electrodynamics. This approach can be extended to realize other nonlinear interatomic processes, such as four-atom mixing, and is an attractive architecture for the realization of quantum devices on a chip. We show that four-qubit mixing can efficiently implement quantum repetition codes and, thus, can be used for error-correction codes.

  1. Nonlinear Optical Wave Equation for Micro- and Nano-Structured Media and Its Application


    distribution is unlimited. 3 Summary Major trends recently occurred in the modern physics and applications of nonlinear optics are closely linked with...interaction in an optically transparent nonmagnetic continuous medium is the subject area of the macroscopic electrodynamics [1,2]. For the majority of...activity worldwide in the area of linear and nonlinear nanophotonics. References. [1]. L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Electrodynamics of

  2. The quantum theory of nonlinear optics

    Drummond, Peter D


    Playing a prominent role in communications, quantum science and laser physics, quantum nonlinear optics is an increasingly important field. This book presents a self-contained treatment of field quantization and covers topics such as the canonical formalism for fields, phase-space representations and the encompassing problem of quantization of electrodynamics in linear and nonlinear media. Starting with a summary of classical nonlinear optics, it then explains in detail the calculation techniques for quantum nonlinear optical systems and their applications, quantum and classical noise sources in optical fibers and applications of nonlinear optics to quantum information science. Supplemented by end-of-chapter exercises and detailed examples of calculation techniques in different systems, this book is a valuable resource for graduate students and researchers in nonlinear optics, condensed matter physics, quantum information and atomic physics. A solid foundation in quantum mechanics and classical electrodynamic...

  3. Nonlinear Photonics and Novel Optical Phenomena

    Morandotti, Roberto


    Nonlinear Photonics and Novel Optical Phenomena contains contributed chapters from leading experts in nonlinear optics and photonics, and provides a comprehensive survey of fundamental concepts as well as hot topics in current research on nonlinear optical waves and related novel phenomena. The book covers self-accelerating airy beams, integrated photonics based on high index doped-silica glass, linear and nonlinear spatial beam dynamics in photonic lattices and waveguide arrays, polariton solitons and localized structures in semiconductor microcavities, terahertz waves, and other novel phenomena in different nanophotonic and optical systems.

  4. Fibre-optic nonlinear optical microscopy and endoscopy.

    Fu, L; Gu, M


    Nonlinear optical microscopy has been an indispensable laboratory tool of high-resolution imaging in thick tissue and live animals. Rapid developments of fibre-optic components in terms of growing functionality and decreasing size provide enormous opportunities for innovations in nonlinear optical microscopy. Fibre-based nonlinear optical endoscopy is the sole instrumentation to permit the cellular imaging within hollow tissue tracts or solid organs that are inaccessible to a conventional optical microscope. This article reviews the current development of fibre-optic nonlinear optical microscopy and endoscopy, which includes crucial technologies for miniaturized nonlinear optical microscopy and their embodiments of endoscopic systems. A particular attention is given to several classes of photonic crystal fibres that have been applied to nonlinear optical microscopy due to their unique properties for ultrashort pulse delivery and signal collection. Furthermore, fibre-optic nonlinear optical imaging systems can be classified into portable microscopes suitable for imaging behaving animals, rigid endoscopes that allow for deep tissue imaging with minimally invasive manners, and flexible endoscopes enabling imaging of internal organs. Fibre-optic nonlinear optical endoscopy is coming of age and a paradigm shift leading to optical microscope tools for early cancer detection and minimally invasive surgery.

  5. Electrifying photonic metamaterials for tunable nonlinear optics.

    Kang, Lei; Cui, Yonghao; Lan, Shoufeng; Rodrigues, Sean P; Brongersma, Mark L; Cai, Wenshan


    Metamaterials have not only enabled unprecedented flexibility in producing unconventional optical properties that are not found in nature, they have also provided exciting potential to create customized nonlinear media with high-order properties correlated to linear behaviour. Two particularly compelling directions are active metamaterials, whose optical properties can be purposely tailored by external stimuli in a reversible manner, and nonlinear metamaterials, which enable intensity-dependent frequency conversion of light waves. Here, by exploring the interaction of these two directions, we leverage the electrical and optical functions simultaneously supported in nanostructured metals and demonstrate electrically controlled nonlinear optical processes from a metamaterial. Both second harmonic generation and optical rectification, enhanced by the resonance behaviour in the metamaterial absorber, are modulated externally with applied voltage signals. Our results reveal an opportunity to exploit optical metamaterials as self-contained, dynamic electro-optic systems with intrinsically embedded electrical functions and optical nonlinearities.

  6. Nonlinear optics quantum computing with circuit QED.

    Adhikari, Prabin; Hafezi, Mohammad; Taylor, J M


    One approach to quantum information processing is to use photons as quantum bits and rely on linear optical elements for most operations. However, some optical nonlinearity is necessary to enable universal quantum computing. Here, we suggest a circuit-QED approach to nonlinear optics quantum computing in the microwave regime, including a deterministic two-photon phase gate. Our specific example uses a hybrid quantum system comprising a LC resonator coupled to a superconducting flux qubit to implement a nonlinear coupling. Compared to the self-Kerr nonlinearity, we find that our approach has improved tolerance to noise in the qubit while maintaining fast operation.

  7. Design of Organic Nonlinear Optical Materials


    This project deals with a new approach to designing organic nonlinear optical materials for second harmonic generation based on the use of hydrogen...patterns for even simple organic molecules. For organic nonlinear optical materials this dilemma means that even the most promising organic molecule may

  8. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of tellurite glasses

    Jin, Zhian

    Tellurite glasses have been widely studied from bulk materials to structured devices, with the emphasis on the development of nonlinear optical fibers to demonstrate the functionalities of supercontinuum generation, erbium doped fiber amplifier and Raman amplifiers, etc. The new type tellurite-based optical fibers exhibit superior advantages over conventional silica ones, due to their high optical nonlinearity, broad transmission window, high rare earth element solubility and Raman gain intensity. Like silica fibers, tellurite fibers may also incorporate various fiber structures including solid core-cladding one and microstructure one (e.g. photonic crystal). The fiber loss was ever reported as low as ˜1dB/m using rod-in-tube fabrication process. Beyond all those progresses, little success has been made on improving the optical nonlinear property of tellurite glasses chi(3) ˜ 50 times bigger than fused silica). The challenge remains for tellurite glasses that their optical nonlinearity is more than 1 order smaller to compare with chalcogenides, although they are more stable chemically and structurally. In this work, after carefully reviewing the trend of optical nonlinearity for solid glasses, we adopted two strategies to potentially increase the linear and third-order optical nonlinear properties for tellurite glasses. A more polarizable electronic excitation may be achievable by introducing chalcogen elements (e.g. Sulfur or Selenium) into TeO2 vitreous network and synthesizing glasses with a linear helical chainlike structure. The ab initio computational results of microscopic hyper-polarizabilities of hypothetical mixed - 2 - tellurite chalcogenide glass molecular structure (TeO2(TeOX)n) confirmed the enhanced effect as Te-X (X=S or Se) bonds exist and the molecular size (n) grows. Quantitative estimates of the macroscopic linear and nonlinear properties for a mixed glass made from chains of n = 5 units leads to a conclusion that the extra Te-S (or Te

  9. Chiral pyrrolo[1,2-a]quinolines as second-order nonlinear optical materials

    Kelderman, E.; Kelderman, E.; Verboom, Willem; Engbersen, Johannes F.J.; Harkema, Sybolt; Heesink, G.J.T.; Heesink, G.J.T.; Lehmusvaara, E.; van Hulst, N.F.; Reinhoudt, David; Derhaeg, L.; Persoons, A.


    The synthesis and nonlinear optical properties of a series of chiral pyrrolo[1,2-a]quinolines la-e is presented. The microscopic hyperpolarizabilities (beta(z)) were determined by EFISH measurements and the macroscopic susceptibilities (X2) were estimated by the Kurtz powder test. A small fixed




    Detailed measurements of the macroscopic second-order optical nonlinearity chi(2) (2-omega,omega,omega) of Langmuir-Blodgett dye-doped monolayers are reported. The observed deviations from a linear behavior of chi-(2) with increasing surface density are shown to be due to local-field effects. In ord

  11. Nonlinear optical properties of Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers : Local-field effects

    Cnossen, Gerard; Drabe, Karel E.; Wiersma, Douwe A.


    Detailed measurements of the macroscopic second-order optical nonlinearity chi(2) (2-omega,omega,omega) of Langmuir-Blodgett dye-doped monolayers are reported. The observed deviations from a linear behavior of chi-(2) with increasing surface density are shown to be due to local-field effects. In ord

  12. Nonlinear optical properties of ultrathin metal layers

    Lysenko, Oleg


    . The optical characterization of the plasmonic waveguides is performed using femtosecond and picosecond optical pulses. Two nonlinear optical effects in the strip plasmonic waveguides are experimentally observed and reported. The first effect is the nonlinear power transmission of the plasmonic mode......-order nonlinear susceptibility of the plasmonic mode in the gold strip waveguides significantly depends on the metal layer thickness and laser pulse duration. This dependence is explained in detail in terms of the free-electron temporal dynamics in gold. The third-order nonlinear susceptibility of the gold layer...... duration dependence of the third-order nonlinear susceptibility of gold is calculated in the broad range from tens of femtoseconds to tens of picoseconds using the two-temperature model of the free-electron temporal dynamics of gold, and shows the saturation of the thirdorder nonlinear susceptibility...

  13. Tunable Optical Sources and Synthetic Nonlinear Media: Growth and Characterization of Nonlinear Optical Materials


    niobate and absolute measurements of nonlinear optical coefficients of six different commonly used nonlinear optical materials. The refractometry data for...applied radiation and is now an established technology for Nd:YAG lasers. Optical parametric oscillation and amplification provide a method of generating...continuously tunable output -3- The relative advantages of nonlinear optical frequency conversion compared to other methods for the generation of near

  14. Metamaterials with tailored nonlinear optical response.

    Husu, Hannu; Siikanen, Roope; Mäkitalo, Jouni; Lehtolahti, Joonas; Laukkanen, Janne; Kuittinen, Markku; Kauranen, Martti


    We demonstrate that the second-order nonlinear optical response of noncentrosymmetric metal nanoparticles (metamolecules) can be efficiently controlled by their mutual ordering in an array. Two samples with minor change in ordering have nonlinear responses differing by a factor of up to 50. The results arise from polarization-dependent plasmonic resonances modified by long-range coupling associated with metamolecular ordering. The approach opens new ways for tailoring the nonlinear responses of metamaterials and their tensorial properties.

  15. Nonlinear soliton matching between optical fibers

    Agger, Christian; Sørensen, Simon Toft; Thomsen, Carsten L.


    In this Letter, we propose a generic nonlinear coupling coefficient, η2 NL ¼ ηjγ=β2jfiber2=jγ=β2jfiber1, which gives a quantitative measure for the efficiency of nonlinear matching of optical fibers by describing how a fundamental soliton couples from one fiber into another. Specifically, we use η...

  16. All-optical switching in optically induced nonlinear waveguide couplers

    Diebel, Falko, E-mail:; Boguslawski, Martin; Rose, Patrick; Denz, Cornelia [Institut für Angewandte Physik and Center for Nonlinear Science (CeNoS), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, 48149 Münster (Germany); Leykam, Daniel; Desyatnikov, Anton S. [Nonlinear Physics Centre, Research School of Physics and Engineering, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200 (Australia)


    We experimentally demonstrate all-optical vortex switching in nonlinear coupled waveguide arrays optically induced in photorefractive media. Our technique is based on multiplexing of nondiffracting Bessel beams to induce various types of waveguide configurations. Using double- and quadruple-well potentials, we demonstrate precise control over the coupling strength between waveguides, the linear and nonlinear dynamics and symmetry-breaking bifurcations of guided light, and a power-controlled optical vortex switch.

  17. Development of Organic Nonlinear Optical Materials


    10 SOVRCE Of FUNO#NG NUM#E*S DM J .j PROGRAM PR0jECT TA5. ~ *0. I1I TITLE &Vila* So.Ivety ClaUMC400NJ Development of Organic NonLinear Optical Materials (U...0102-LF-014-6603 UNCLASSIFIED (U) AFOSR Contract: F4962040-C 0097 FINAL REPORT Development of Organic Nonlinear Optical Materials by J. Sounnk IL

  18. Completely integrable models of nonlinear optics

    Andrey I Maimistov


    The models of the nonlinear optics in which solitons appeared are considered. These models are of paramount importance in studies of nonlinear wave phenomena. The classical examples of phenomena of this kind are the self-focusing, self-induced transparency and parametric interaction of three waves. At present there are a number of theories based on completely integrable systems of equations, which are, both, generations of the original known models and new ones. The modified Korteweg-de Vries equation, the nonlinear Schrödinger equation, the derivative nonlinear Schrödinger equation, Sine–Gordon equation, the reduced Maxwell–Bloch equation, Hirota equation, the principal chiral field equations, and the equations of massive Thirring model are some soliton equations, which are usually to be found in nonlinear optics theory.

  19. Scale-invariant nonlinear optics in gases

    Heyl, C M; Miranda, M; Louisy, M; Kovacs, K; Tosa, V; Balogh, E; Varjú, K; L'Huillier, A; Couairon, A; Arnold, C L


    Nonlinear optical methods are becoming ubiquitous in many areas of modern photonics. They are, however, often limited to a certain range of input parameters, such as pulse energy and average power, since restrictions arise from, for example, parasitic nonlinear effects, damage problems and geometrical considerations. Here, we show that many nonlinear optics phenomena in gaseous media are scale-invariant if spatial coordinates, gas density and laser pulse energy are scaled appropriately. We develop a general scaling model for (3+1)-dimensional wave equations, demonstrating the invariant scaling of nonlinear pulse propagation in gases. Our model is numerically applied to high-order harmonic generation and filamentation as well as experimentally verified using the example of pulse post-compression via filamentation. Our results provide a simple recipe for up-or downscaling of nonlinear processes in gases with numerous applications in many areas of science.

  20. Investigation of Optical Fibers for Nonlinear Optics.


    Northwestern University, 1970. Experience Dr. Harrington has 13 years of research experi- ence in the area of optical properties of solids . Since joining...dynamics, and optical properties of solids . 34 34I ANTONIO C. PASTOR, Member of the Technical Staff, Optical Physics Department, Hughes Research

  1. Nonlinear Integrated Optical Waveguides in Chalcogenide Glasses

    Yinlan; Ruan; Barry; Luther-Davies; Weitang; Li; Andrei; Rode; Marek; Samoc


    This paper reports on the study and measurement of the third order optical nonlinearity in bulk sulfide-based chalcogenide glasses; The fabrication process of the ultrafast laser deposited As-S-(Se)-based chalcogenide films and optical waveguides using two techniques: wet chemistry etching and plasma etching.

  2. Forbidden second order optical nonlinearity of graphene

    Cheng, J L; Sipe, J E


    We present a practical scheme to separate the contributions of the electric quadrupole-like and the magnetic dipole-like effects to the forbidden second order optical nonlinear response of graphene, and give analytic expressions for the second order optical conductivities, calculated from the independent particle approximation, with relaxation described in a phenomenological way. We predict strong second order nonlinear effects, including second harmonic generation, photon drag, and difference frequency generation. We discuss in detail the controllablity of these responses by tuning the chemical potential, where the interband optical transitions play a dominant role.

  3. Nonlinear microstructured polymer optical fibres

    Frosz, Michael Henoch

    . The combination of a small core size and zero-dispersion wavelength at the operating wavelength of widely available femtosecond Ti:sapphire lasers led to an extensive research in supercontinuum generation and other nonlinear effects in PCFs. It is crucial for the efficiency of many nonlinear mechanisms...... that the pump laser wavelength is close to the zero-dispersion wavelength and that the core size is small. Recently, work in fabricating PCFs from materials other than silica has intensified. One of the advantages of using alternative materials can be a higher inherent material nonlinearity, which...... to accurately obtain a small core size while maintaining small structural variations during fibre drawing. This talk will give a presentation of how the mPOFs are fabricated and the route to obtaining nonlinear effects in them....

  4. Mesoscale Engineering of Nanocomposite Nonlinear Optical Materials

    Afonso, C.N.; Feldman, L.C.; Gonella, F.; Haglund, R.F.; Luepke, G.; Magruder, R.H.; Mazzoldi, P.; Osborne, D.H.; Solis, J.; Zuhr, R.A.


    Complex nonlinear optical materials comprising elemental, compound or alloy quantum dots embedded in appropriate dielectric or semiconducting hosts may be suitable for deployment in photonic devices. Ion implantation, ion exchange followed by ion implantation, and pulsed laser deposition have ail been used to synthesize these materials. However, the correlation between the parameters of energetic-beam synthesis and the nonlinear optical properties is still very rudimentary when one starts to ask what is happening at nanoscale dimensions. Systems integration of complex nonlinear optical materials requires that the mesoscale materials science be well understood within the context of device structures. We discuss the effects of beam energy and energy density on quantum-dot size and spatial distribution, thermal conductivity, quantum-dot composition, crystallinity and defects - and, in turn, on the third-order optical susceptibility of the composite material. Examples from recent work in our laboratories are used to illustrate these effects.

  5. Nonlinear dynamics in atom optics

    Chen Wenyu; Dyrting, S.; Milburn, G.J. [Queensland Univ., St. Lucia, QLD (Australia). Dept. of Physics


    In this paper theoretical work on classical and quantum nonlinear dynamics of cold atoms is reported. The basic concepts in nonlinear dynamics are reviewed and then applied to the motion of atoms in time-dependent standing waves and to the atomic bouncer. The quantum dynamics for the cases of regular and chaotic classical dynamics is described. The effect of spontaneous emission and external noise is also discussed. 104 refs., 1 tab., 21 figs.

  6. Nonlinear optics with stationary pulses of light

    Andre, A.; Bajcsy, M.; Zibrov, A. S.; Lukin, M. D.


    We show that the recently demonstrated technique for generating stationary pulses of light [Nature {\\bf 426}, 638 (2003)] can be extended to localize optical pulses in all three spatial dimensions in a resonant atomic medium. This method can be used to dramatically enhance the nonlinear interaction between weak optical pulses. In particular, we show that an efficient Kerr-like interaction between two pulses can be implemented as a sequence of several purely linear optical processes. The resul...

  7. Nonlinear optical properties of metal nanoparticle composites for optical applications

    Takeda, Y. E-mail:; Kishimoto, N


    Optical absorption and nonlinear optical response were investigated for nanoparticle composites in amorphous SiO{sub 2} fabricated by negative Ta ion implantation at 60 keV. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to identify Ta and the oxide formation in the matrix. Optical absorption clearly indicated a surface plasmon peak at 2.2 eV and the peak resulted from formation of nanoparticles embedded in the matrix. The measured absorption was compared with calculated ones, evaluated by Maxwell-Garnett theory. Nonlinear absorption was measured with a pump-probe method using a femtosecond laser system. The pumping laser transiently bleached the surface plasmon band and lead to the nonlinearity. The transient response recovered in several picoseconds and behaved in terms of electron dynamics in metallic nanoparticles. The Ta nanoparticle composite is one of the promising candidates for nonlinear optical materials with good thermal stability.

  8. Optical rogue waves and soliton turbulence in nonlinear fibre optics

    Genty, G.; Dudley, J. M.; de Sterke, C. M.


    We examine optical rogue wave generation in nonlinear fibre propagation in terms of soliton turbulence. We show that higher-order dispersion is sufficient to generate localized rogue soliton structures, and Raman scattering effects are not required.......We examine optical rogue wave generation in nonlinear fibre propagation in terms of soliton turbulence. We show that higher-order dispersion is sufficient to generate localized rogue soliton structures, and Raman scattering effects are not required....

  9. Nonlinear optical properties of semiconductor nanocrystals

    Ricard, Gianpiero Banfi Vittorio Degiorgio Daniel


    This review is devoted to the description of recent experimental results concerning the nonlinear optical properties of semiconductor-doped glasses SDGs with particular emphasis on the regime in which the energy of the incident photon is smaller than the energy gap. A considerable theoretical and experimental effort has been devoted in the last 10years to the fundamental aspects of quantumconfined structures, which have properties somewhat intermediate between the bulk crystals and atoms or molecules. From this point of view, SDGs represent an easily available test system, and optical techniques have been a major diagnostic tool. Luminescence and absorption spectroscopy were extensively used to characterize the electronic states. The experiments aimed at the measurement of the real and imaginary parts of the third-order optical susceptibility of SDGs below the bandgap are described in some detail, and the results obtained with different techniques are compared. Besides the intrinsic fast nonlinearity due to bound electrons, SDGs may present a larger but much slower nonlinearity due to the free carriers generated by two-photon absorption. This implies that experiments have to be properly designed for separation of the two effects. In this article we stress the importance of a detailed structural characterization of the samples. Knowledge of the volume fraction occupied by the nanocrystals is necessary in order to derive from the experimental data the intrinsic nonlinearity and to compare it with the bulk nonlinearity. We discuss recent experiments in which the dependence of the intrinsic nonlinearity on the crystal size is derived by performing, on the samples, measurements of the real part and imaginary part of the nonlinear optical susceptibility and measurements of crystal size and volume fraction. Structural characterization is of interest also for a better understanding of the physical processes underlying the growth of crystallites in SDGs. The average size of

  10. Nonlinear optical model for strip plasmonic waveguides

    Lysenko, Oleg; Bache, Morten; Lavrinenko, Andrei


    This paper presents a theoretical model of nonlinear optical properties for strip plasmonic waveguides. The particular waveguides geometry that we investigate contains a gold core, adhesion layers, and silicon dioxide cladding. It is shown that the third-order susceptibility of the gold core...... significantly depends on the layer thickness and has the dominant contribution to the effective third-order susceptibility of the long-range plasmon polariton mode. This results in two nonlinear optical effects in plasmonic waveguides, which we experimentally observed and reported in [Opt. Lett. 41, 317 (2016......)]. The first effect is the nonlinear power saturation of the plasmonic mode, and the second effect is the spectral broadening of the plasmonic mode. Both nonlinear plasmonic effects can be used for practical applications and their appropriate model will be important for further developments in communication...

  11. Rotational Doppler effect in nonlinear optics

    Li, Guixin; Zentgraf, Thomas; Zhang, Shuang


    The translational Doppler effect of electromagnetic and sound waves has been successfully applied in measurements of the speed and direction of vehicles, astronomical objects and blood flow in human bodies, and for the Global Positioning System. The Doppler effect plays a key role for some important quantum phenomena such as the broadened emission spectra of atoms and has benefited cooling and trapping of atoms with laser light. Despite numerous successful applications of the translational Doppler effect, it fails to measure the rotation frequency of a spinning object when the probing wave propagates along its rotation axis. This constraint was circumvented by deploying the angular momentum of electromagnetic waves--the so-called rotational Doppler effect. Here, we report on the demonstration of rotational Doppler shift in nonlinear optics. The Doppler frequency shift is determined for the second harmonic generation of a circularly polarized beam passing through a spinning nonlinear optical crystal with three-fold rotational symmetry. We find that the second harmonic generation signal with circular polarization opposite to that of the fundamental beam experiences a Doppler shift of three times the rotation frequency of the optical crystal. This demonstration is of fundamental significance in nonlinear optics, as it provides us with insight into the interaction of light with moving media in the nonlinear optical regime.

  12. Tunable nanowire nonlinear optical probe

    Nakayama, Yuri; Pauzauskie, Peter J.; Radenovic, Aleksandra; Onorato, Robert M.; Saykally, Richard J.; Liphardt, Jan; Yang, Peidong


    One crucial challenge for subwavelength optics has been thedevelopment of a tunable source of coherent laser radiation for use inthe physical, information, and biological sciences that is stable at roomtemperature and physiological conditions. Current advanced near-fieldimaging techniques using fiber-optic scattering probes1,2 have alreadyachieved spatial resolution down to the 20-nm range. Recently reportedfar-field approaches for optical microscopy, including stimulatedemission depletion (STED)3, structured illumination4, and photoactivatedlocalization microscopy (PALM)5, have also enabled impressive,theoretically-unlimited spatial resolution of fluorescent biomolecularcomplexes. Previous work with laser tweezers6-8 has suggested the promiseof using optical traps to create novel spatial probes and sensors.Inorganic nanowires have diameters substantially below the wavelength ofvisible light and have unique electronic and optical properties9,10 thatmake them prime candidates for subwavelength laser and imagingtechnology. Here we report the development of an electrode-free,continuously-tunable coherent visible light source compatible withphysiological environments, from individual potassium niobate (KNbO3)nanowires. These wires exhibit efficient second harmonic generation(SHG), and act as frequency converters, allowing the local synthesis of awide range of colors via sum and difference frequency generation (SFG,DFG). We use this tunable nanometric light source to implement a novelform of subwavelength microscopy, in which an infrared (IR) laser is usedto optically trap and scan a nanowire over a sample, suggesting a widerange of potential applications in physics, chemistry, materials science,and biology.

  13. Towards multimodal nonlinear optical tomography - experimental methodology

    Vogler, N.; Medyukhina, A.; Latka, I.; Kemper, S.; Böhm, M.; Dietzek, B.; Popp, J.


    All-optical microspectroscopic and tomographic tools reveal great potential for clinical dermatologic diagnostics, i.e., investigation of human skin and skin diseases. While optical-coherence tomography has been complemented by two-photon fluorescence tomography and second-harmonic generation tomography, a joint study of various nonlinear optical microspectroscopies, i.e., application of the recently developed multimodal imaging approach, to sizable human-tissue samples has not been evaluated up to now. Here, we present such multimodal approach combining different nonlinear optical contrast mechanisms for imaging, namely two-photon excited fluorescence (TPF), second-harmonic generation (SHG), and coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) into a joint microscopic experiment. We show the potential of imaging large skin areas and discuss the information obtained in a case study comparing normal skin and keloid tissue.

  14. Quantum nonlinear optics: nonlinear optics meets the quantum world (Conference Presentation)

    Boyd, Robert W.


    This presentation first reviews the historical development of the field of nonlinear optics, starting from its inception in 1961. It then reviews some of its more recent developments, including especially how nonlinear optics has become a crucial tool for the developing field of quantum technologies. Fundamental quantum processes enabled by nonlinear optics, such as the creation of squeezed and entangled light states, are reviewed. We then illustrate these concepts by means of specific applications, such as the development of secure communication systems based on the quantum states of light.

  15. Recent Issues on Nonlinear Effects in Optical Fibers

    Takashi; Inoue; Osamu; Aso; Shu; Namiki


    This talk will discuss the types of optical signal degradation due to fiber nonlinearity and review recently invented fibers for suppressing the effects. It also introduces efficiency of highly nonlinear fibers and their applications to nonlinear signal processing.

  16. Nonlinear microstructured polymer optical fibres

    Frosz, Michael Henoch

    is potentially the case for microstructured polymer optical fibres (mPOFs). Another advantage is that polymer materials have a higher biocompatibility than silica, meaning that it is easier to bond certain types of biosensor materials to a polymer surface than to silica. As with silica PCFs, it is difficult...

  17. Localized Turing patterns in nonlinear optical cavities

    Kozyreff, G.


    The subcritical Turing instability is studied in two classes of models for laser-driven nonlinear optical cavities. In the first class of models, the nonlinearity is purely absorptive, with arbitrary intensity-dependent losses. In the second class, the refractive index is real and is an arbitrary function of the intracavity intensity. Through a weakly nonlinear analysis, a Ginzburg-Landau equation with quintic nonlinearity is derived. Thus, the Maxwell curve, which marks the existence of localized patterns in parameter space, is determined. In the particular case of the Lugiato-Lefever model, the analysis is continued to seventh order, yielding a refined formula for the Maxwell curve and the theoretical curve is compared with recent numerical simulation by Gomila et al. [D. Gomila, A. Scroggie, W. Firth, Bifurcation structure of dissipative solitons, Physica D 227 (2007) 70-77.

  18. Optical driving of macroscopic mechanical motion by a single two-level system

    Auffèves, A.; Richard, M.


    A quantum emitter coupled to a nanomechanical oscillator is a hybrid system where a macroscopic degree of freedom is coupled to a purely quantum system. Recent progress in nanotechnology has led to the realization of such devices by embedding single artificial atoms, such as quantum dots or superconducting qubits, into vibrating wires or membranes, opening up new perspectives for quantum information technologies and for the exploration of the quantum-classical boundary. In this paper, we show that the quantum emitter can be turned into a strikingly efficient light-controlled source of mechanical power by exploiting constructive interferences of classical phonon fields in the mechanical oscillator. We show that this mechanism can be exploited to carry out low-background nondestructive single-shot measurement of an optically active quantum bit state.

  19. Infiltrated microstructured fibers as tunable and nonlinear optical devices

    Rosberg, Christian Romer; Bennet, Francis; Neshev, Dragomir N.;

    We study the light guiding properties of microstructured optical fibers infiltrated with nonlinear liquids and demonstrate their applicability for spatial beam control in novel type tunable and nonlinear optical devices....

  20. Laser and nonlinear optical materials: SPIE volume 681

    De Shazer, L.G.


    This book contains papers arranged under the following session headings: Nonlinear optical crystals; Laser host crystals; Electro-optic and magneto-optic materials; and Characterization of optical materials.

  1. Nonlinear compression of optical solitons

    M N Vinoj; V C Kuriakose


    In this paper, we consider nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) equations, both in the anomalous and normal dispersive regimes, which govern the propagation of a single field in a fiber medium with phase modulation and fibre gain (or loss). The integrability conditions are arrived from linear eigen value problem. The variable transformations which connect the integrable form of modified NLS equations are presented. We succeed in Hirota bilinearzing the equations and on solving, exact bright and dark soliton solutions are obtained. From the results, we show that the soliton is alive, i.e. pulse area can be conserved by the inclusion of gain (or loss) and phase modulation effects.

  2. NONLINEAR OPTICS: Nonlinear optical processes in planar waveguides and excitation of surface polaritons

    Yashkir, O. V.; Yashkir, Yu N.


    An investigation is made of nonlinear optical interaction of light propagating in a planar waveguide with surface polaritons. Reduced wave equations for the amplitudes of the waveguide modes and surface polaritons are used to study the characteristics of generation of surface polaritons of difference frequency, parametric frequency up-conversion of the polaritons, and stimulated Raman scattering by the polaritons. An analysis is made of the characteristic properties of the investigated nonlinear optical processes.

  3. Nonlinear brain dynamics as macroscopic manifestation of underlying many-body field dynamics

    Freeman, Walter J


    Neural activity patterns related to behavior occur at many scales in time and space from the atomic and molecular to the whole brain. Here we explore the feasibility of interpreting neurophysiological data in the context of many-body physics by using tools that physicists have devised to analyze comparable hierarchies in other fields of science. We focus on a mesoscopic level that offers a multi-step pathway between the microscopic functions of neurons and the macroscopic functions of brain systems revealed by hemodynamic imaging. We use electroencephalographic (EEG) records collected from high-density electrode arrays fixed on the epidural surfaces of primary sensory and limbic areas in rabbits and cats trained to discriminate conditioned stimuli (CS) in the various modalities. High temporal resolution of EEG signals with the Hilbert transform gives evidence for diverse intermittent spatial patterns of amplitude (AM) and phase modulations (PM) of carrier waves that repeatedly re-synchronize in the beta and g...

  4. Anisotropic and nonlinear optical waveguides

    Someda, CG


    Dielectric optical waveguides have been investigated for more than two decades. In the last ten years they have had the unique position of being simultaneously the backbone of a very practical and fully developed technology, as well as an extremely exciting area of basic, forefront research. Existing waveguides can be divided into two sets: one consisting of waveguides which are already in practical use, and the second of those which are still at the laboratory stage of their evolution. This book is divided into two separate parts: the first dealing with anisotropic waveguides, an

  5. Scalable variable-index elasto-optic metamaterials for macroscopic optical components and devices.

    Shin, Dongheok; Kim, Junhyun; Kim, Changwook; Bae, Kyuyoung; Baek, Seunghwa; Kang, Gumin; Urzhumov, Yaroslav; Smith, David R; Kim, Kyoungsik


    Optical metamaterials with an artificial subwavelength structure offer new approaches to implement advanced optical devices. However, some of the biggest challenges associated with the development of metamaterials in the visible spectrum are the high costs and slow production speeds of the nanofabrication processes. Here, we demonstrate a macroscale (>35 mm) transformation-optics wave bender (293 mm(2)) and Luneburg lens (855 mm(2)) in the broadband white-light visible wavelength range using the concept of elasto-optic metamaterials that combines optics and solid mechanics. Our metamaterials consist of mesoscopically homogeneous chunks of bulk aerogels with superior, broadband optical transparency across the visible spectrum and an adjustable, stress-tuneable refractive index ranging from 1.43 down to nearly the free space index (∼1.074). The experimental results show that broadband light can be controlled and redirected in a volume of >10(5)λ × 10(5)λ × 10(3)λ, which enables natural light to be processed directly by metamaterial-based optical devices without any additional coupling components.

  6. Scalable variable-index elasto-optic metamaterials for macroscopic optical components and devices

    Shin, Dongheok; Kim, Junhyun; Kim, Changwook; Bae, Kyuyoung; Baek, Seunghwa; Kang, Gumin; Urzhumov, Yaroslav; Smith, David R.; Kim, Kyoungsik


    Optical metamaterials with an artificial subwavelength structure offer new approaches to implement advanced optical devices. However, some of the biggest challenges associated with the development of metamaterials in the visible spectrum are the high costs and slow production speeds of the nanofabrication processes. Here, we demonstrate a macroscale (>35 mm) transformation-optics wave bender (293 mm2) and Luneburg lens (855 mm2) in the broadband white-light visible wavelength range using the concept of elasto-optic metamaterials that combines optics and solid mechanics. Our metamaterials consist of mesoscopically homogeneous chunks of bulk aerogels with superior, broadband optical transparency across the visible spectrum and an adjustable, stress-tuneable refractive index ranging from 1.43 down to nearly the free space index (~1.074). The experimental results show that broadband light can be controlled and redirected in a volume of >105λ × 105λ × 103λ, which enables natural light to be processed directly by metamaterial-based optical devices without any additional coupling components.

  7. Extreme nonlinear optics and laser damage

    Maldutis, Evaldas


    The study of laser induced damage threshold caused by series of identical laser pulses (LID-T-N) on gamma radiation resistant glasses and their analogs is performed applying know-how ultra stable laser radiation. The presented results and analysis of earlier received results show that nonlinear optical phenomena in extreme conditions of interaction are different from the traditional nonlinear optical processes, because they depend not only on intensity of electromagnetic field of laser radiation, but also on the pulse number in series of identical laser pulses. This range of laser intensities is not wide; it is different for each material and determines the range of Extreme Nonlinear Optics. The dependence of LID-T-N on pulse number N for different kinds of high quality transparent glasses was observed. The study of dynamics of these processes (i.e. the study of dependence on N) at different intensities in series of incident laser pulses provides new information about properties of the materials useful for studying laser damage fundamentals and their application. The expectation that gamma radiation resistant glasses could give useful information for technology of resistant optics for high power lasers has not proved. The received results well correspond with the earlier proposed model of laser damage.

  8. Rigorous theory of molecular orientational nonlinear optics

    Chong Hoon Kwak


    Full Text Available Classical statistical mechanics of the molecular optics theory proposed by Buckingham [A. D. Buckingham and J. A. Pople, Proc. Phys. Soc. A 68, 905 (1955] has been extended to describe the field induced molecular orientational polarization effects on nonlinear optics. In this paper, we present the generalized molecular orientational nonlinear optical processes (MONLO through the calculation of the classical orientational averaging using the Boltzmann type time-averaged orientational interaction energy in the randomly oriented molecular system under the influence of applied electric fields. The focal points of the calculation are (1 the derivation of rigorous tensorial components of the effective molecular hyperpolarizabilities, (2 the molecular orientational polarizations and the electronic polarizations including the well-known third-order dc polarization, dc electric field induced Kerr effect (dc Kerr effect, optical Kerr effect (OKE, dc electric field induced second harmonic generation (EFISH, degenerate four wave mixing (DFWM and third harmonic generation (THG. We also present some of the new predictive MONLO processes. For second-order MONLO, second-order optical rectification (SOR, Pockels effect and difference frequency generation (DFG are described in terms of the anisotropic coefficients of first hyperpolarizability. And, for third-order MONLO, third-order optical rectification (TOR, dc electric field induced difference frequency generation (EFIDFG and pump-probe transmission are presented.

  9. Nonlinear Mixing in Optical Multicarrier Systems

    Hameed, Mahmood Abdul

    Although optical fiber has a vast spectral bandwidth, efficient use of this bandwidth is still important in order to meet the ever increased capacity demand of optical networks. In addition to wavelength division multiplexing, it is possible to partition multiple low-rate subcarriers into each high speed wavelength channel. Multicarrier systems not only ensure efficient use of optical and electrical components, but also tolerate transmission impairments. The purpose of this research is to understand the impact of mixing among subcarriers in Radio-Over-Fiber (RoF) and high speed optical transmission systems, and experimentally demonstrate techniques to minimize this impact. We also analyze impact of clipping and quantization on multicarrier signals and compare bandwidth efficiency of two popular multiplexing techniques, namely, orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) and Nyquist modulation. For an OFDM-RoF system, we present a novel technique that minimizes the RF domain signal-signal beat interference (SSBI), relaxes the phase noise limit on the RF carrier, realizes the full potential of optical heterodyne-based RF carrier generation, and increases the performance-to-cost ratio of RoF systems. We demonstrate a RoF network that shares the same RF carrier for both downlink and uplink, avoiding the need of an additional RF oscillator in the customer unit. For multi-carrier optical transmission, we first experimentally compare performance degradations of coherent optical OFDM and single-carrier Nyquist pulse modulated systems in a nonlinear environment. We then experimentally evaluate SSBI compensation techniques in the presence of semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) induced nonlinearities for a multicarrier optical system with direct detection. We show that SSBI contamination can be significantly reduced from the data signal when the carrier-to-signal power ratio is sufficiently low.

  10. Quantum Information Processing using Nonlinear Optical Effects

    Andersen, Lasse Mejling

    of the converted idler depends on the other pump. This allows for temporal-mode-multiplexing. When the effects of nonlinear phase modulation (NPM) are included, the phases of the natural input and output modes are changed, reducing the separability. These effects are to some degree mediated by pre......This PhD thesis treats applications of nonlinear optical effects for quantum information processing. The two main applications are four-wave mixing in the form of Bragg scattering (BS) for quantum-state-preserving frequency conversion, and sum-frequency generation (SFG) in second-order nonlinear...... to obtain a 100 % conversion efficiency is to use multiple stages of frequency conversion, but this setup suffers from the combined effects of NPM. This problem is circumvented by using asymmetrically pumped BS, where one pump is continuous wave. For this setup, NPM is found to only lead to linear phase...

  11. Optically nonlinear Langmuir Blodgett films

    Amiri, M A


    A series of novel amphiphilic molecules plus a new class of chevron-shaped materials, without aliphatic tails, were designed, synthesised and non-centrosymmetrically aligned by the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Their LB films exhibited optical second-harmonic generation (SHG). The chevron-shaped molecules have a central cationic acceptor and two pi-bridged donor groups with an angle of ca. 120 deg between the charge-transfer axes of the D-pi-(A sup +)-pi-D unit. A monolayer LB film of a representative example, 1-butyl-2,6-bis[2- (4-dibutylaminophenyl)vinyl]pyridinium iodide, has an effective susceptibility, chi sup ( sup 2 sup ) sub e sub f sub f , of 120 pm V sup - sup 1 at 1064 nm, a thickness of 1.16 nm and an area in contact with the substrate of 0.91 nm sup 2 molecule sup - sup 1. The second-harmonic intensity (1.6 x 10 sup - sup 4 versus quartz) is similar to those of the extensively studied conventional amphiphilic hemicyanines but as a result of non-centrosymmetric alignment, without the need for long ...

  12. Time-reversed wave mixing in nonlinear optics.

    Zheng, Yuanlin; Ren, Huaijin; Wan, Wenjie; Chen, Xianfeng


    Time-reversal symmetry is important to optics. Optical processes can run in a forward or backward direction through time when such symmetry is preserved. In linear optics, a time-reversed process of laser emission can enable total absorption of coherent light fields inside an optical cavity of loss by time-reversing the original gain medium. Nonlinearity, however, can often destroy such symmetry in nonlinear optics, making it difficult to study time-reversal symmetry with nonlinear optical wave mixings. Here we demonstrate time-reversed wave mixings for optical second harmonic generation (SHG) and optical parametric amplification (OPA) by exploring this well-known but underappreciated symmetry in nonlinear optics. This allows us to observe the annihilation of coherent beams. Our study offers new avenues for flexible control in nonlinear optics and has potential applications in efficient wavelength conversion, all-optical computing.

  13. Making of a nonlinear optical cavity

    Martínez-Lorente, R; Esteban-Martín, A; García-Monreal, J; Roldán, E; Silva, F


    In the article we explain in detail how to build a photorefractive oscillator (PRO), which is a laser-pumped nonlinear optical cavity containing a photorefractive crystal. The specific PRO whose construction we describe systematically, is based on a Fabry-Perot optical cavity working in a non-degenerate four wave-mixing configuration. This particular PRO has the property that the generated beam exhibits laser-like phase invariance and, as an application, we show how a suitably modulated injected beam converts the output field from phase-invariant into phase-bistable. While the emphasis is made on the making of the experimental device and on the way measurements are implemented, some introduction to the photorefractive effect as well as to the necessary concepts of nonlinear dynamics are also given, so that the article is reasonably self-contained.

  14. Impact of nonlinearities on fiber optic communications


    This book covers the recent progress in fiber-optic communication systems with a main focus on the impact of fiber nonlinearities on system performance. There has been significant progress in coherent communication systems in the past few years due to the advances in digital signal processing techniques. This has led to renewed interest in fiber linear and nonlinear impairments as well as techniques to mitigate them in the electrical domain. In this book, the reader will find all the important topics of fiber optic communication systems in one place, with in-depth coverage by the experts of each sub-topic. Pioneers from each of the sub-topics have been invited to contribute. Each chapter will have a section on fundamentals as well as reviews of literature and of recent developments. Readers will benefit from this approach since many of the conference proceedings and journal articles mainly focus on the authors’ research, without spending space on preliminaries.

  15. Nonlinear optics of astaxanthin thin films

    Esser, A.; Fisch, Herbert; Haas, Karl-Heinz; Haedicke, E.; Paust, J.; Schrof, Wolfgang; Ticktin, Anton


    Carotinoids exhibit large nonlinear optical properties due to their extended (pi) -electron system. Compared to other polyenes which show a broad distribution of conjugation lengths, carotinoids exhibit a well defined molecular structure, i.e. a well defined conjugation length. Therefore the carotinoid molecules can serve as model compounds to study the relationship between structure and nonlinear optical properties. In this paper the synthesis of four astaxanthins with C-numbers ranging from 30 to 60, their preparation into thin films, wavelength dispersive Third Harmonic Generation (THG) measurements and some molecular modelling calculations will be presented. Resonant (chi) (3) values reach 1.2(DOT)10-10 esu for C60 astaxanthin. In the nonresonant regime a figure of merit (chi) (3)/(alpha) of several 10-13 esu-cm is demonstrated.

  16. Nonlinear optical studies of organic monolayers

    Shen, Y.R.


    Second-order nonlinear optical effects are forbidden in a medium with inversion symmetry, but are necessarily allowed at a surface where the inversion summary is broken. They are often sufficiently strong so that a submonolayer perturbation of the surface can be readily detected. They can therefore be used as effective tools to study monolayers adsorbed at various interfaces. We discuss here a number of recent experiments in which optical second harmonic generation (SHG) and sum-frequency generation (SFG) are employed to probe and characterize organic monolayers. 15 refs., 5 figs.

  17. Topological nature of nonlinear optical effects in solids

    Morimoto, Takahiro; Nagaosa, Naoto


    There are a variety of nonlinear optical effects including higher harmonic generations, photovoltaic effects, and nonlinear Kerr rotations. They are realized by the strong light irradiation to materials that results in nonlinear polarizations in the electric field. These are of great importance in studying the physics of excited states of the system as well as for applications to optical devices and solar cells. Nonlinear properties of materials are usually described by the nonlinear suscepti...

  18. Decomposing Complex, Macroscopic Phenomena Through A Set of Local Nonlinear Rules In A Cellular Automata Environment.

    Avolio, M. V.; Crisci, G. M.; D'Ambrosio, D.; di Gregorio, S.; Iovine, G.; Rongo, R.; Spataro, W.

    Cellular Automata (CA) are able to capture the peculiar characteristics of systems, whose global evolution can be exclusively described on the basis of local interactions among their constituent parts ("a-centrism"). Such systems match the paradigm of parallelism with the a-centrism one. In modelling complex phenomena by means of classical CA, elementary automata characterised by few states and simple transition function have usually been involved. On the other hand, many complex macroscopic phenomena (even though characterised by properties of parallelism and a-centrism) can be very difficult to be modelled through classical CA, because of their hetero- geneous characteristics, which require a very large number of states. For such cases, which perfectly fit the general definition of CA, more complex transition rules (differ- ing from typical transition functions) would be, in fact, needed. Aiming at modelling these latter phenomena, an empirical method has been developed, based on the decom- position of the phenomenon into "elementary" components, whose behaviour can be described through local rules. Furthermore, criteria and conditions have been defined, in order to translate the local rules into a transition function, as needed for perform- ing cellular automata simulations. Applications of CA models to real cases of study have recently been attempted: landslides (earth flows, rock avalanches, debris flows), lava flows, soil erosion, soil contamination and bioremediation, forest fires have all been analysed through CA simulations, and encouraging results have been obtained. In the present paper, examples of application of the method for hazard evaluation are described, with particular reference to the Sarno 1998 debris flows and the Etna 2001 lava flows.

  19. Enhanced optical nonlinearities in air-cladding silicon pedestal waveguides

    Zhang, Yaojing; Yao, Yifei; Tsang, Hon Ki


    The third-order optical nonlinearity in optical waveguides has found applications in optical switching, optical wavelength conversion, optical frequency comb generation, and ultrafast optical signal processing. The development of an integrated waveguide platform with a high nonlinearity is therefore important for nonlinear integrated photonics. Here, we report the observation of an enhancement in the nonlinearity of an air-cladding silicon pedestal waveguide. We observe enhanced nonlinear spectral broadening compared to a conventional silicon-on-insulator waveguide. At the center wavelength of 1555 nm, the nonlinear-index coefficient of air-cladding silicon pedestal waveguide is measured to be about 5% larger than that of a conventional silicon-on-insulator waveguide. We observe enhanced spectral broadening from self-phase modulation of an optical pulse in the pedestal waveguide. The interaction of light with the confined acoustic phonons in the pedestal structure gives rise to a larger nonlinear-index coeffi...

  20. Nonlinear inversion schemes for fluorescence optical tomography.

    Freiberger, Manuel; Egger, Herbert; Scharfetter, Hermann


    Fluorescence optical tomography is a non-invasive imaging modality that employs the absorption and re-emission of light by fluorescent dyes. The aim is to reconstruct the fluorophore distribution in a body from measurements of light intensities at the boundary. Due to the diffusive nature of light propagation in tissue, fluorescence tomography is a nonlinear and severely ill-posed problem, and some sort of regularization is required for a stable solution. In this paper we investigate reconstruction methods based on Tikhonov regularization with nonlinear penalty terms, namely total-variation regularization and a levelset-type method using a nonlinear parameterization of the unknown function. Moreover, we use the full threedimensional nonlinear forward model, which arises from the governing system of partial differential equations. We discuss the numerical realization of the regularization schemes by Newtontype iterations, present some details of the discretization by finite element methods, and outline the efficient implementation of sensitivity systems via adjoint methods. As we will demonstrate in numerical tests, the proposed nonlinear methods provide better reconstructions than standard methods based on linearized forward models and linear penalty terms. We will additionally illustrate, that the careful discretization of the methods derived on the continuous level allows to obtain reliable, mesh independent reconstruction algorithms.

  1. Third-Order Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility of Indium Phosphide Nanocrystals

    WANG Hong-Li; WANG Dong; CHEN Guang-De; LIU Hui


    InP nanocrystals synthesized by refluxing and annealing of organic solvent are determined from XRD measurements to have an average granularity of 25 nm. The nonlinear optical properties of the InP nanocrystals studied by using laser Z-scan technique with 50ps pulses at 532nm are found to reveal strong nonlinear optical properties and two-photon absorption phenomenon. Also, the nonlinear absorption coefficient, the nonlinear refractive index and the third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility are determined by experiments, in which the nonlinear refractive index is three orders of magnitude larger than that of bulk InP.

  2. DSP Approach to the Design of Nonlinear Optical Devices

    Steve Blair


    Full Text Available Discrete-time signal processing (DSP tools have been used to analyze numerous optical filter configurations in order to optimize their linear response. In this paper, we propose a DSP approach to design nonlinear optical devices by treating the desired nonlinear response in the weak perturbation limit as a discrete-time filter. Optimized discrete-time filters can be designed and then mapped onto a specific optical architecture to obtain the desired nonlinear response. This approach is systematic and intuitive for the design of nonlinear optical devices. We demonstrate this approach by designing autoregressive (AR and autoregressive moving average (ARMA lattice filters to obtain a nonlinear phase shift response.

  3. Progress in nonlinear nano-optics

    Lienau, Christoph; Grunwald, Rüdiger


    This book presents the state of the art in nonlinear nanostructures for ultrafast laser applications. Most recent results in two emerging fields are presented: (i) generation of laser-induced nanostructures in materials like metals, metal oxides and semiconductors, and (ii) ultrafast excitation and energy transfer in nanoscale physical, chemical and hybrid systems. Particular emphasis is laid on the up-to-date controversially discussed mechanisms of sub-wavelength ripple formation including models of self-organized material transport and multiphoton excitation channels, nonlinear optics of plasmonic structures (nanotips, nanowires, 3D-metamaterials), and energy localization and transport on ultrafast time scale and spatial nanoscale. High-resolution spectroscopy, simulation and characterization techniques are reported. New applications of ultrashort-pulsed lasers for materials processing and the use of nanostructured materials for characterizing laser fields and laser-matter-interactions are discussed.

  4. Bacteriorhodopsin: Tunable Optical Nonlinear Magnetic Response

    Bovino, F A; Sibilia, C; Giardina, M; Váró, G; Gergely, C


    We report on a strong and tunable magnetic optical nonlinear response of Bacteriorhodopsin (BR) under "off resonance" femtosecond (fs) pulse excitation, by detecting the polarization map of the noncollinear second harmonic signal of an oriented BR film, as a function of the input beam power. BR is a light-driven proton pump with a unique photochemistry initiated by the all trans retinal chromophore embedded in the protein. An elegant application of this photonic molecular machine has been recently found in the new area of optogenetics, where genetic expression of BR in brain cells conferred a light responsivity to the cells enabling thus specific stimulation of neurons. The observed strong tunable magnetic nonlinear response of BR might trigger promising applications in the emerging area of pairing optogenetics and functional magnetic resonance imaging susceptible to provide an unprecedented complete functional mapping of neural circuits.

  5. Synthesis and nonlinear optical properties of copolymers of fluoro-containing bisphenol A and chromophores

    Jie Ping Shi; Hui Yang; Li Wei; Hong Wen Hu; Guo Yuan Lu


    A series of new fluoro-containing copolymers have been synthesized by a Mitsunobu reaction with 4,4'-(hexafluoro-isopropylidene)bisphenol A (6FBPA) and the corresponding N, N-dihydroxyethylaminoaryl azo or ring-locked triene compounds, which have high thermal stability and good solubility in organic solvents. The nonlinear optical (NLO) measurements made by Marker fringe method at 1064 nm indicate that the copolymers embedded with the ring-locked triene and azo chromophores exhibit higher macroscopic nonlinear optical coefficient (70.2 pm/V and 26.5-34.6 pm/V, respectively). Thermal analysis and UV-visible absorption spectra show that the copolymers have good thermal stability (Td = 264-319 ℃) and optical transparency (λmax<500nm).

  6. Nonlinear Quantum Optics in Artificially Structured Media

    Helt, Lukas Gordon

    This thesis presents an analysis of photon pairs generated via either spontaneous parametric downconversion or spontaneous four-wave mixing in channel waveguides as well as in microring resonators side-coupled to channel waveguides. The state of photons exiting a particular device is calculated within a general Hamiltonian formalism that simplifies the link between quantum nonlinear optics experiments and classical nonlinear optics experiments. This state contains information regarding photon pair production efficiency as well as modal and spectral correlations between the two photons, characterized by a two-dimensional spectral distribution function called the biphoton wave function. In the limit of a low probability of pair production, photon pair production efficiencies are cast into forms resembling corresponding well-known classical nonlinear optical frequency conversion efficiencies, making it easy to see what plays the role of a classical "seed" field in an un-seeded (quantum) process. This also allows photon pair production efficiencies to be calculated based on the results of classical nonlinear optical experiments. It is further calculated that, unless generated photons are collected over a very narrow frequency range, their generation efficiency does not scale the same way with device length in a channel waveguide, or resonance quality factor in a microring resonator, as might be expected from the corresponding classical frequency conversion efficiency. Although calculations do not include self- or cross-phase modulation, nor two-photon absorption or free-carrier absorption, it is calculated that their neglect is justified in the low pair production probability limit. Linear (scattering) loss is also neglected, though partially addressed in the final chapter of this thesis. Biphoton wave functions are calculated explicitly, such that their shape and orientation, including approximate analytic expressions for their widths, can easily be determined. This

  7. Nonlinear optical properties of induced transmission filters.

    Owens, Daniel T; Fuentes-Hernandez, Canek; Hales, Joel M; Perry, Joseph W; Kippelen, Bernard


    The nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of induced transmission filters (ITFs) based on Ag are experimentally determined using white light continuum pump-probe measurements. The experimental results are supported using simulations based on the matrix transfer method. The magnitude of the NLO response is shown to be 30 times that of an isolated Ag film of comparable thickness. The impacts of design variations on the linear and NLO response are simulated. It is shown that the design can be modified to enhance the NLO response of an ITF by a factor of 2 or more over a perfectly matched ITF structure.

  8. Nonlinear Optics in AlGaAs on Insulator

    Pu, Minhao; Ottaviano, Luisa; Semenova, Elizaveta;


    AlGaAs on insulator is a powerful nonlinear platform sporting a high effective nonlinearity and the possibility to fabricate complex designs. We will present low loss waveguides enabling efficient optical signal processing and Kerr comb generation.......AlGaAs on insulator is a powerful nonlinear platform sporting a high effective nonlinearity and the possibility to fabricate complex designs. We will present low loss waveguides enabling efficient optical signal processing and Kerr comb generation....

  9. Design, synthesis and characterization of novel nonlinear optical chromophores for electro-optical applications

    Liu, Feng

    This dissertation involves the design, synthesis and characterization of second order nonlinear optical chromophores for electro-optic applications. The design concept, that poling efficiency and macroscopic nonlinearities can be improved by modifying a chromophore's shape, has been explored. Chapter 1 gives an introduction into theoretical background of nonlinear optics and electro-optic phenomenon in organic molecules and poled polymers. Chapter 2 involves the design and synthesis of GLD-2 and GLD-3 chromophores, both with bulky substituents on the ring-fused bridge. The optical studies and HRS measurement show that the two alkyl groups on the bridge blueshift the lambdamax in chloroform by 20 nm and decrease the beta values. DSC and TGA thermal analysis show Td of GLD-2 and GLD-3 over 240°C. The maximum achievable r33 of GLD-2/PMMA is 61 pm/V, compared to the 92.4 pm/V of GLD-1/PMMA. But GLD-2/APC shows r33 of 45.2pm/V, higher than GLD-1/APC due to the improved compatibility with APC. The optical loss of 13 wt% GLD-2/PMMA at 1.55mum is 1.4 dB compared to the 2.3 dB of 17 wt% GLD-1/PMMA. Optical loss studies prove that adding two bulky substituents on bridge help attenuate electrostatic interactions. GLD-3 show deteriorated solubility in common used organic solvents, probably due to the combination of two TBDMS and two lengthy alkyl groups. Chapter 3 presents synthesis of thiophene-based chromophores with variously positioned TBDMS groups. The optical studies of these chromophores show one TBDMSO substitution on the thiophene bridge yields little influence on the lambda max in chloroform. FTCDS chromophore with two TBDMS groups, one on donor and one on thiophene bridge, shows to be the best structure with regards the thermal stability and achievable maximum EO coefficient value, 65.9 pm/V, at only 24 wt% loading density at 1.3 mum. Chapter 4 deals with three novel bridges for NLO chromophores. Synthetic methodologies of the diketone precursor of rigidified

  10. Enhanced Kerr electro-optic nonlinearity through cascaded Pockels effects

    Li, Guang-Zhen; Jiang, Hao-Wei; Chen, Xian-Feng


    We demonstrated a large enhancement of Kerr electro-optic nonlinearity through cascaded Pockels effects in a domain inversion ferroelectric crystal. We designed a structure that can implement the cascaded Pockels effects and second-harmonic generation simultaneously. The energy coupling between the fundamental lights of different polarizations led to a large nonlinear phase shift, and thus an effective electro-optic nonlinear refractive index. The effective nonlinearity can be either positive or negative, causing the second-harmonic spectra to move towards the coupling center, which in turn, offered us a way to measure the effective electro-optic nonlinear refractive index. The corresponding enhanced Kerr electro-optic nonlinearity is more than three orders of magnitude higher than the intrinsic value. These results open a door to manipulate the nonlinear phase by applying external electric field instead of light intensity in noncentrosymmetric crystals.

  11. Highly nonlinear optical regime in graphene-assisted cavities: lasing threshold bares graphene nonlinearity

    Ciattoni, Alessandro


    Strong nonlinear optical mechanisms operating in a miniaturized environment have a key role in photonics since they allow complex and versatile light manipulation within subwavelength devices. On the other hand, due to its two-dimensional planar geometry, graphene can easily be embedded within miniaturized structures and has fascinating linear and nonlinear optical properties arising from its relativistic electron dynamics. However, very few light steering graphene-based setups with a strong nonlinear behavior have been proposed since, due to its intrinsic planar localization, graphene nonlinearity has to be exploited through novel schemes not available in standard bulk nonlinear optics. Here we show that an active cavity hosting a graphene sheet, when tuned near its lasing threshold, is able to isolate the spatially localized graphene nonlinearity thus producing a very strong nonlinear device response with multi-valued features. The proposed strategy for exploiting graphene nonlinearity through its baring co...

  12. Integrated optic devices based on nonlinear optical polymers

    van Tomme, Emmanuel; van Daele, Peter P.; Baets, Roel G.; Lagasse, Paul E.


    An examination is made of the state of the art of nonlinear optical polymeric materials in view of their potential advantages. It is shown that these organic materials have many attractive features compared to LiNbO3 and III-V semiconductors with regard to their use in integrated optic circuits, especially since the level of integration is ever increasing. Considering more specifically electro-optic devices, a description is given of some of the theoretical background and basic properties. These polymers have already demonstrated a very high and extremely fast electro-optic effect compared to LiNbO3. It is also shown how low-loss waveguides can be fabricated by using easy techniques such as direct UV bleaching. The performance of phase modulators, Mach-Zehnder interferometers, and 2 x 2 space switches built with such polymers is already very promising. The results described in this study indicate a rapid rate of progress made by this technology, and one can expect that polymers in general and NLO polymers in particular will play an increasingly important role in integrated optics.

  13. Large nonlocal nonlinear optical response of castor oil

    Souza, Rogério F.; Alencar, Márcio A. R. C.; Meneghetti, Mario R.; Hickmann, Jandir M.


    The nonlocal nonlinearity of castor oil was investigated using the Z-scan technique in the CW regime at 514 nm and in femtosecond regime at 810 nm. Large negative nonlinear refractive indexes of thermal origin, thermo-optical coefficients and degree of nonlocality were obtained for both laser excitation wavelengths. The results indicate that the electronic part of the nonlinear refractive index and nonlinear absorption were negligible. Our results suggest that castor oil is promising candidate as a nonlinear medium for several nonlocal optical applications, such as in spatial soliton propagation, as well as a dispersant agent in the measurement of absorptive properties of nanoparticles.

  14. Optical bistability in nonlinear composites with coated ellipsoidal nanoparticles

    Pinchuk, A


    Nonlinear composite structures show great promise for use in optical switching, signal processing, etc. We derive an effective nonlinear dielectric permittivity of composite structures where coated ellipsoidal nonlinear particles are imbedded in a linear host medium. The derived expression for the effective dielectric permittivity tensor follows the Clasius-Mossotti approximation. We observe conditions for the existence of the optical bistability effect in a coated ellipsoidal particle with a nonlinear core and a metallic shell. Our numerical results show stronger bistability effects in more dense suspensions of nonlinear heterogeneous ellipsoids.

  15. Composite structures for the enhancement of nonlinear optical materials.

    Neeves, A E; Birnboim, M H


    Calculations of the nonlinear optical behavior are developed for model composites consisting of nanospheres with a metallic core and a nonlinear shell suspended in a nonlinear medium. The concept for the enhancement of optical phase conjugation from all these nonlinear regions is that the optical field can be concentrated both inside and in the neighborhood of the metallic core, aided by surface-mediated plasmon resonance. Calculations for gold cores and aluminum cores indicate that phase-conjugate reflectivity enhancements of 10(8) may be possible.

  16. Characterizaticr of Solid State Laser and Nonlinear Optical Materials.


    materials useful in the different methods for obtaining frequency agility: narrow line emitters with multiple lasing channels and nonlinear optical materials . In...codoped with two or more rare earth ions were studied and computers models developed to explain their spectral dynamics. The nonlinear optical materials investigated

  17. A Photonic Basis for Deriving Nonlinear Optical Response

    Andrews, David L.; Bradshaw, David S.


    Nonlinear optics is generally first presented as an extension of conventional optics. Typically the subject is introduced with reference to a classical oscillatory electric polarization, accommodating correction terms that become significant at high intensities. The material parameters that quantify the extent of the nonlinear response are cast as…

  18. Nonlinear refractive index of optical crystals

    Adair, Robert; Chase, L. L.; Payne, Stephen A.


    The nonlinear refractive indices (n2) of a large number of optical crystals have been measured at a wavelength near one micrometer with use of nearly degenerate three-wave mixing. The measurements are compared with the predictions of an empirical formula derived by Boling, Glass, and Owyoung. This formula, which relates n2 to the linear refractive index and its dispersion, is shown to be accurate to within about 30% for materials with nonlinear indices ranging over 3 orders of magnitude. Measurements for a number of binary oxide and fluoride crystals have been analyzed under the assumption that the hyperpolarizability of the anion is much larger than that of the cation. It is found that the hyperpolarizability of oxygen varies by a factor of 10, and that of fluorine varies by a factor of 7, depending on the size of the coordinating cation. This behavior is similar to that of the linear polarizability, although the hyperpolarizability is much more sensitive than the linear polarizability to the identity of the cation. The measured halide ion hyperpolarizabilities for several alkali-halide crystals are in reasonable agreement with recent self-consistent calculations. A semiempirical model was proposed by Wilson and Curtis to account for the dependence of the linear anionic polarizability on the radius of the cation. This model also accounts quite well for the variation of the hyperpolarizability of both fluorine and oxygen, except for cation partners that have filled or unfilled d-electron shells. The nonlinear indices of a number of complex oxides (i.e., those with more than one cation) have been calculated from the partial hyperpolarizabilities deduced from the data for the binary oxides. The calculated and measured values of n2 agree to within an average error of 13%.

  19. High nonlinear optical anisotropy of urea nanofibers

    Isakov, D.; de Matos Gomes, E.; Belsley, M.; Almeida, B.; Martins, A.; Neves, N.; Reis, R.


    Nanofibers consisting of the optically nonlinear organic molecule urea embedded in both poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) polymers were produced by the electrospinning technique. The second-harmonic generation produced by aligned fiber mats of these materials displays a strong dependence on the polarization of the incident light. In PVA-urea nanofibers the effectiveness in generating of the second-harmonic light is as high as that of a pure urea powder with an average grain size of 110 μm. The results suggest that single crystalline urea nanofibers were achieved with a long-range crystalline order extending into the range of 2-4 μm with PVA as the host polymer.

  20. Optical bistability in a nonlinear-shell-coated metallic nanoparticle

    Chen, Hongli; Zhang, Youming; Zhang, Baile; Gao, Lei


    We provide a self-consistent mean field approximation in the framework of Mie scattering theory to study the optical bistability of a metallic nanoparticle coated with a nonlinear shell. We demonstrate that the nanoparticle coated with a weakly nonlinear shell exhibits optical bistability in a broad range of incident optical intensity. This optical bistability critically relies on the geometry of the shell-coated nanoparticle, especially the fractional volume of the metallic core. The incident wavelength can also affect the optical bistability. Through an optimization-like process, we find a design with broader bistable region and lower threshold field by adjusting the size of the nonlinear shell, the fractional volume of the metallic core, and the incident wavelength. These results may find potential applications in optical bistable devices such as all-optical switches, optical transistors and optical memories. PMID:26907967

  1. Laser And Nonlinear Optical Materials For Laser Remote Sensing

    Barnes, Norman P.


    NASA remote sensing missions involving laser systems and their economic impact are outlined. Potential remote sensing missions include: green house gasses, tropospheric winds, ozone, water vapor, and ice cap thickness. Systems to perform these measurements use lanthanide series lasers and nonlinear devices including second harmonic generators and parametric oscillators. Demands these missions place on the laser and nonlinear optical materials are discussed from a materials point of view. Methods of designing new laser and nonlinear optical materials to meet these demands are presented.

  2. Bidirectional all-optical switches based on highly nonlinear optical fibers

    Liu, Wenjun; Yang, Chunyu; Liu, Mengli; Yu, Weitian; Zhang, Yujia; Lei, Ming; Wei, Zhiyi


    All-optical switches have become one of the research focuses of nonlinear optics due to their fast switching speed. They have been applied in such fields as ultrafast optics, all-optical communication and all-optical networks. In this paper, based on symbolic computation, bidirectional all-optical switches are presented using analytic two-soliton solutions. Various types of soliton interactions are analyzed through choosing the different parameters of high-order dispersion and nonlinearity. Results indicate that bidirectional all-optical switches can be effectively achieved using highly nonlinear optical fibers.

  3. Optical limiter based on two-dimensional nonlinear photonic crystals

    Belabbas, Amirouche; Lazoul, Mohamed


    The aim behind this work is to investigate the capabilities of nonlinear photonic crystals to achieve ultra-fast optical limiters based on third order nonlinear effects. The purpose is to combine the actions of nonlinear effects with the properties of photonic crystals in order to activate the photonic band according to the magnitude of the nonlinear effects, themselves a function of incident laser power. We are interested in designing an optical limiter based nonlinear photonic crystal operating around 1064 nm and its second harmonic at 532 nm. Indeed, a very powerful solid-state laser that can blind or destroy optical sensors and is widely available and easy to handle. In this work, we perform design and optimization by numerical simulations to determine the better structure for the nonlinear photonic crystal to achieve compact and efficient integrated optical limiter. The approach consists to analyze the band structures in Kerr-nonlinear two-dimensional photonic crystals as a function of the optical intensity. We confirm that these bands are dynamically red-shifted with regard to the bands observed in linear photonic crystals or in the case of weak nonlinear effects. The implemented approach will help to understand such phenomena as intensitydriven optical limiting with Kerr-nonlinear photonic crystals.

  4. Nonlinear super-resolution nano-optics and applications

    Wei, Jingsong


    This book covers many advances in the subjects of nano-optics and nano photonics. The author describes the principle and technical schematics of common methods for breaking through the optical diffraction limit and focuses on realizing optical super-resolution with nonlinear effects of thin film materials. The applications of nonlinear optical super-resolution effects in nano-data storage, nanolithography, and nano-imaging are also presented. This book is useful to graduate students majoring in optics and nano science and also serves as a reference book for academic researchers, engineers, technical professionals in the fields of super-resolution optics and laser techniques, nano-optics and nano photonics, nano-data storage, nano imaging, micro/nanofabrication and nanolithography and nonlinear optics.

  5. Improved fiber nonlinearity mitigation in dispersion managed optical OFDM links

    Tamilarasan, Ilavarasan; Saminathan, Brindha; Murugappan, Meenakshi


    Fiber nonlinearity is seen as a capacity limiting factor in OFDM based dispersion managed links since the Four Wave Mixing effects become enhanced due to the high PAPR. In this paper, the authors have compared the linear and nonlinear PAPR reduction techniques for fiber nonlinearity mitigation in OFDM based dispersion managed links. In the existing optical systems, linear transform techniques such as SLM and PTS have been implemented to reduce nonlinear effects. In the proposed study, superior performance of the L2-by-3 nonlinear transform technique is demonstrated for PAPR reduction to mitigate fiber nonlinearities. The performance evaluation is carried out by interfacing multiple simulators. The results of both linear and nonlinear transform techniques have been compared and the results show that nonlinear transform technique outperforms the linear transform in terms of nonlinearity mitigation and improved BER performance.

  6. Nonlinear optical properties of Au/PVP composite thin films

    Shen Hong; Cheng Bo-Lin; Lu Guo-Wei; Wang Wei-Tian; Guan Dong-Yi; Chen Zheng-Hao; Yang Guo-Zhen


    Colloidal Au and poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) composite thin films are fabricated by spin-coating method. Linear optical absorption measurements of the Au/PVP composite films indicate an absorption peak around 530 nm due to the surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles. Nonlinear optical properties are studied using standard Z-scan technique, and experimental results show large optical nonlinearities of the Au/PVP composite films. A large value of films.

  7. Nonlinear Optical Materials for the Smart Filtering of Optical Radiation.

    Dini, Danilo; Calvete, Mário J F; Hanack, Michael


    The control of luminous radiation has extremely important implications for modern and future technologies as well as in medicine. In this Review, we detail chemical structures and their relevant photophysical features for various groups of materials, including organic dyes such as metalloporphyrins and metallophthalocyanines (and derivatives), other common organic materials, mixed metal complexes and clusters, fullerenes, dendrimeric nanocomposites, polymeric materials (organic and/or inorganic), inorganic semiconductors, and other nanoscopic materials, utilized or potentially useful for the realization of devices able to filter in a smart way an external radiation. The concept of smart is referred to the characteristic of those materials that are capable to filter the radiation in a dynamic way without the need of an ancillary system for the activation of the required transmission change. In particular, this Review gives emphasis to the nonlinear optical properties of photoactive materials for the function of optical power limiting. All known mechanisms of optical limiting have been analyzed and discussed for the different types of materials.

  8. Optical and Nonlinear Optical Response of Light Sensor Thin Films

    S. Z. Weisz


    Full Text Available For potential ultrafast optical sensor application, both VO2 thin films andnanocomposite crystal-Si enriched SiO2 thin films grown on fused quartz substrates weresuccessfully prepared using pulsed laser deposition (PLD and RF co-sputteringtechniques. In photoluminescence (PL measurement c-Si/SiO2 film containsnanoparticles of crystal Si exhibits strong red emission with the band maximum rangingfrom 580 to 750 nm. With ultrashort pulsed laser excitation all films show extremelyintense and ultrafast nonlinear optical (NLO response. The recorded holography fromall these thin films in a degenerate-four-wave-mixing configuration shows extremelylarge third-order response. For VO2 thin films, an optically induced semiconductor-tometalphase transition (PT immediately occurred upon laser excitation. it accompanied.It turns out that the fast excited state dynamics was responsible to the induced PT. For c-Si/SiO2 film, its NLO response comes from the contribution of charge carriers created bylaser excitation in conduction band of the c-Si nanoparticles. It was verified byintroducing Eu3+ which is often used as a probe sensing the environment variations. Itturns out that the entire excited state dynamical process associated with the creation,movement and trapping of the charge carriers has a characteristic 500 ps duration.

  9. Topology optimization of nonlinear optical devices

    Jensen, Jakob Søndergaard


    This paper considers the design of nonlinear photonic devices. The nonlinearity stems from a nonlinear material model with a permittivity that depends on the local time-averaged intensity of the electric field. A finite element model is developed for time-harmonic wave propagation and an incremen......This paper considers the design of nonlinear photonic devices. The nonlinearity stems from a nonlinear material model with a permittivity that depends on the local time-averaged intensity of the electric field. A finite element model is developed for time-harmonic wave propagation...

  10. Nonlinear Optical Response of Conjugated Polymer to Electric Field

    ZHOU Yu-fang; ZHUANG De-xin; CUI Bin


    The organic π-conjugated polymers are of major interest materials for the use in electro-optical and nonlinear optical devices. In this work, for a selected polyacetylene chain, the optical absorption spectra in UV/Vis regime as well as the linear polarizabilitiy and nonlinear hyperpolarizability are calculated by using quantum chemical ab initio and semiempirical methods. The relationship of its optical property to electric field is obtained. Some physical mechanism of electric field effect on molecular optical property is discussed by means of electron distribution and intramolecular charge transfer.

  11. Nonlinear fiber applications for ultrafast all-optical signal processing

    Kravtsov, Konstantin

    In the present dissertation different aspects of all-optical signal processing, enabled by the use of nonlinear fibers, are studied. In particular, we focus on applications of a novel heavily GeO2-doped (HD) nonlinear fiber, that appears to be superior to many other types of nonlinear fibers because of its high nonlinearity and suitability for the use in nonlinear optical loop mirrors (NOLMs). Different functions, such as all-optical switching, thresholding, and wavelength conversion, are demonstrated with the HD fibers in the NOLM configuration. These basic functions are later used for realization of ultrafast time-domain demultiplexers, clock recovery, detectors of short pulses in stealth communications, and primitive elements for analog computations. Another important technology that benefits from the use of nonlinear fiber-based signal processing is optical code-division multiple access (CDMA). It is shown in both theory and experiment that all-optical thresholding is a unique way of improving existing detection methods for optical CDMA. Also, it is the way of implementation of true asynchronous optical spread-spectrum networks, which allows full realization of optical CDMA potential. Some aspects of quantum signal processing and manipulation of quantum states are also studied in this work. It is shown that propagation and collisions of Thirring solitons lead to a substantial squeezing of quantum states, which may find applications for generation of squeezed light.

  12. Nonlinear and Dispersive Optical Pulse Propagation

    Dijaili, Sol Peter

    In this dissertation, there are basically four novel contributions to the field of picosecond pulse propagation and measurement. The first contribution is the temporal ABCD matrix which is an analog of the traditional ABCD ray matrices used in Gaussian beam propagation. The temporal ABCD matrix allows for the easy calculation of the effects of linear chirp or group velocity dispersion in the time domain. As with Gaussian beams in space, there also exists a complete Hermite-Gaussian basis in time whose propagation can be tracked with the temporal ABCD matrices. The second contribution is the timing synchronization between a colliding pulse mode-locked dye laser and a gain-switched Fabry-Perot type AlGaAs laser diode that has achieved less than 40 femtoseconds of relative timing jitter by using a pulsed optical phase lock loop (POPLL). The relative timing jitter was measured using the error voltage of the feedback loop. This method of measurement is accurate since the frequencies of all the timing fluctuations fall within the loop bandwidth. The novel element is a broad band optical cross-correlator that can resolve femtosecond time delay errors between two pulse trains. The third contribution is a novel dispersive technique of determining the nonlinear frequency sweep of a picosecond pulse with relatively good accuracy. All the measurements are made in the time domain and hence there is no time-bandwidth limitation to the accuracy. The fourth contribution is the first demonstration of cross -phase modulation in a semiconductor laser amplifier where a variable chirp was observed. A simple expression for the chirp imparted on a weak signal pulse by the action of a strong pump pulse is derived. A maximum frequency excursion of 16 GHz due to the cross-phase modulation was measured. A value of 5 was found for alpha _{xpm} which is a factor for characterizing the cross-phase modulation in a similar manner to the conventional linewidth enhancement factor, alpha.

  13. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of chalcogenide microstructured optical fibers

    Trolès, Johann; Brilland, Laurent; Caillaud, Celine; Renversez, Gilles; Mechin, David; Adam, Jean-Luc


    Chalcogenide glasses are known for their large transparency in the mid-infrared and their high linear refractive index (>2). They present also a high non-linear coefficient (n2), 100 to 1000 times larger than for silica, depending on the composition. we have developed a casting method to prepare the microstructured chalcogenide preform. This method allows optical losses as low as 0.4 dB/m at 1.55 µm and less than 0.05 dB/m in the mid IR. Various chalcogenide MOFs operating in the IR range has been fabricated in order to associate the high non-linear properties of these glasses and the original MOF properties. For example, small core fibers have been drawn to enhance the non linearities for telecom applications such as signal regeneration and generation of supercontinuum sources. On another hand, in the 3-12 µm window, single mode fibers and exposed core fibers have been realized for Gaussian beams propagation and sensors applications respectively.

  14. Nonlinear optical properties of manganese porphyrin-incorporated PVC film

    Jeong-Hyon Ha


    Full Text Available We measured thermally originated solid phase nonlinear optical properties of manganese porphyrin-incorporated PVC polymer film using CW low-power Z-scan and optical power limiting methods. The nonlinear refractive index (n2 of this porphyrin film is estimated to have a negative value of 7.2 ⅹ10-5 cm2/W at 632.8 nm and to be larger than that of ZnTPP in the Nafion film. The photodegradation effect common in the solution phase appears to be minor in this solid phase system. The large nonlinear effect is thought to limit the optical power due to the aperture effect.

  15. Nonlinear optical microscopy for imaging thin films and surfaces

    Smilowitz, L.B.; McBranch, D.W.; Robinson, J.M.


    We have used the inherent surface sensitivity of second harmonic generation to develop an instrument for nonlinear optical microscopy of surfaces and interfaces. We have demonstrated the use of several nonlinear optical responses for imaging thin films. The second harmonic response of a thin film of C{sub 60} has been used to image patterned films. Two photon absorption light induced fluorescence has been used to image patterned thin films of Rhodamine 6G. Applications of nonlinear optical microscopy include the imaging of charge injection and photoinduced charge transfer between layers in semiconductor heterojunction devices as well as across membranes in biological systems.

  16. Advances in chemical physics modern nonlinear optics, pt.1

    Rice, Stuart A


    Partial table of contents: Hyper-Rayleigh and Hyper-Raman Rotational and Vibrational Spectroscopy (T. Bancewicz & Z. Ożgo). Polarization Properties of Hyper-Rayleigh and Hyper-Raman Scatterings (M. Kozierowski). Fast Molecular Reorientation in Liquid Crystals Probed by Nonlinear Optics (J. Lalanne, et al.). Nonlinear Propagation of Laser Light of Different Polarizations (G. Rivoire). Nonlinear Magneto-Optics of Magnetically Ordered Crystals (R. Zawodny). Dynamical Questions in Quantum Optics (A. Shumovsky). Quantum Resonance Fluorescence from Mutually Correlated Atoms (Z. Fi

  17. Modeling and compensation of transmitter nonlinearity in coherent optical OFDM.

    Amiralizadeh, Siamak; Nguyen, An T; Rusch, Leslie A


    We present a comprehensive study of nonlinear distortions from an optical OFDM transmitter. Nonlinearities are introduced by the combination of effects from the digital-to-analog converter (DAC), electrical power amplifier (PA) and optical modulator in the presence of high peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR). We introduce parameters to quantify the transmitter nonlinearity. High input backoff avoids OFDM signal compression from the PA, but incurs high penalties in power efficiency. At low input backoff, common PAPR reduction techniques are not effective in suppressing the PA nonlinear distortion. A bit error distribution investigation shows a technique combining nonlinear predistortion with PAPR mitigation could achieve good power efficiency by allowing low input backoff. We use training symbols to extract the transmitter nonlinear function. We show that piecewise linear interpolation (PLI) leads to an accurate transmitter nonlinearity characterization. We derive a semi-analytical solution for bit error rate (BER) that validates the PLI approximation accurately captures transmitter nonlinearity. The inverse of the PLI estimate of the nonlinear function is used as a predistorter to suppress transmitter nonlinearity. We investigate performance of the proposed scheme by Monte Carlo simulations. Our simulations show that when DAC resolution is more than 4 bits, BER below forward error correction limit of 3.8 × 10(-3) can be achieved by using predistortion with very low input power backoff for electrical PA and optical modulator.

  18. Advances in nonlinear optical materials and devices

    Byer, Robert L.


    The recent progress in the application of nonlinear techniques to extend the frequency of laser sources has come from the joint progress in laser sources and in nonlinear materials. A brief summary of the progress in diode pumped solid state lasers is followed by an overview of progress in nonlinear frequency extension by harmonic generation and parametric processes. Improved nonlinear materials including bulk crystals, quasiphasematched interactions, guided wave devices, and quantum well intersubband studies are discussed with the idea of identifying areas of future progress in nonlinear materials and devices.

  19. Macroscopic assembly by optical control of zmol-level DNA hybridization

    Iida, Takuya; Nishimura, Yushi; Tamura, Mamoru; Nishida, Keisuke; Ito, Syoji; Tokonami, Shiho


    Remote acceleration of a molecular recognition will open an avenue for the control of various biological functions. Here, we have developed a new principle for the rapid macroscopic assembly based on the light-induced molecular recognition via nanoparticles. Remarkably, as an application of this principle, we have demonstrated the submillimetre network formation triggered by light-induced hybridization of zmol-level DNA within a few minutes. This finding will be used for the rapid and highly sensitive genetic screening without fluorescent labeling.

  20. Nonlinear and quantum optics with whispering gallery resonators

    Strekalov, Dmitry V.; Marquardt, Christoph; Matsko, Andrey B.; Schwefel, Harald G. L.; Leuchs, Gerd


    Optical whispering gallery modes (WGMs) derive their name from a famous acoustic phenomenon of guiding a wave by a curved boundary observed nearly a century ago. This phenomenon has a rather general nature, equally applicable to sound and all other waves. It enables resonators of unique properties attractive both in science and engineering. Very high quality factors of optical WGM resonators persisting in a wide wavelength range spanning from radio frequencies to ultraviolet light, their small mode volume, and tunable in- and out- coupling make them exceptionally efficient for nonlinear optical applications. Nonlinear optics facilitates interaction of photons with each other and with other physical systems, and is of prime importance in quantum optics. In this paper we review numerous applications of WGM resonators in nonlinear and quantum optics. We outline the current areas of interest, summarize progress, highlight difficulties, and discuss possible future development trends in these areas.

  1. Nonlinear and Quantum Optics with Whispering Gallery Resonators

    Strekalov, Dmitry V; Matsko, Andrey B; Schwefel, Harald G L; Leuchs, Gerd


    Optical Whispering Gallery Modes (WGMs) derive their name from a famous acoustic phenomenon of guiding a wave by a curved boundary observed nearly a century ago. This phenomenon was later realized to have a rather general nature, equally applicable to sound and all other waves, but in particular also to electromagnetic waves ranging from radio frequencies to ultraviolet light. Very high quality factors of optical WGM resonators persisting in a wide wavelength range, their small mode volume, and tunable in- and out- coupling make them exceptionally efficient for nonlinear optical applications. Nonlinear optics facilitates interaction of photons with each other and with other physical systems, and is of prime importance in quantum optics. In this paper we review numerous applications of WGM resonators in nonlinear and quantum optics. We outline the current areas of interest, summarize progress, highlight difficulties, and discuss possible future development trends in these areas.

  2. Nonlinear photon-assisted tunneling transport in optical gap antennas.

    Stolz, Arnaud; Berthelot, Johann; Mennemanteuil, Marie-Maxime; Colas des Francs, Gérard; Markey, Laurent; Meunier, Vincent; Bouhelier, Alexandre


    We introduce strongly coupled optical gap antennas to interface optical radiation with current-carrying electrons at the nanoscale. The transducer relies on the nonlinear optical and electrical properties of an optical gap antenna operating in the tunneling regime. We discuss the underlying physical mechanisms controlling the conversion involving d-band electrons and demonstrate that a simple two-wire optical antenna can provide advanced optoelectronic functionalities beyond tailoring the electromagnetic response of a single emitter. Interfacing an electronic command layer with a nanoscale optical device may thus be facilitated by the optical rectennas discussed here.

  3. Dielectric Optical-Controllable Magnifying Lens by Nonlinear Negative Refraction

    Cao, Jianjun; Shang, Ce; Zheng, Yuanlin; Feng, Yaming; Chen, Xianfeng; Liang, Xiaogan; Wan, Wenjie


    A simple optical lens plays an important role for exploring the microscopic world in science and technology by refracting light with tailored spatially varying refractive indices. Recent advancements in nanotechnology enable novel lenses, such as, superlens and hyperlens, with sub-wavelength resolution capabilities by specially designed materials’ refractive indices with meta-materials and transformation optics. However, these artificially nano- or micro-engineered lenses usually suffer high losses from metals and are highly demanding in fabrication. Here, we experimentally demonstrate, for the first time, a nonlinear dielectric magnifying lens using negative refraction by degenerate four-wave mixing in a plano-concave glass slide, obtaining magnified images. Moreover, we transform a nonlinear flat lens into a magnifying lens by introducing transformation optics into the nonlinear regime, achieving an all-optical controllable lensing effect through nonlinear wave mixing, which may have many potential applications in microscopy and imaging science. PMID:26149952

  4. Extremely nonlocal optical nonlinearities in atoms trapped near a waveguide

    Shahmoon, Ephraim; Stimming, Hans Peter; Mazets, Igor; Kurizki, Gershon


    Nonlinear optical phenomena are typically local. Here we predict the possibility of highly nonlocal optical nonlinearities for light propagating in atomic media trapped near a nano-waveguide, where long-range interactions between the atoms can be tailored. When the atoms are in an electromagnetically-induced transparency configuration, the atomic interactions are translated to long-range interactions between photons and thus to highly nonlocal optical nonlinearities. We derive and analyze the governing nonlinear propagation equation, finding a roton-like excitation spectrum for light and the emergence of long-range order in its output intensity. These predictions open the door to studies of unexplored wave dynamics and many-body physics with highly-nonlocal interactions of optical fields in one dimension.

  5. Dielectric Optical-Controlled Magnifying Lens by Nonlinear Negative Refraction

    Cao, Jianjun; Zheng, Yuanlin; Chen, Xianfeng; Liang, Xiaogan; Wan, Wenjie


    A simple optical lens plays an important role for exploring the microscopic world in science and technology by refracting light with tailored spatially varying refractive index. Recent advancements in nanotechnology enable novel lenses, such as, superlens, hyperlens, Luneburg lens, with sub-wavelength resolution capabilities by specially designing materials' refractive indices with meta-materials and transformation optics. However, these artificially nano/micro engineered lenses usually suffer high losses from metals and are highly demanding in fabrication. Here we experimentally demonstrate for the first time a nonlinear dielectric magnifying lens using negative refraction by degenerate four-wave mixing in a plano-concave glass slide, obtaining magnified images. Moreover, we transform a nonlinear flat lens into a magnifying lens by introducing transformation optics into nonlinear regime, achieving an all-optical controllable lensing effect through nonlinear wave mixing, which may have many potential applicat...

  6. Intra-Channel Nonlinear Effect on Optical PPM Pulse Transmission

    Sun; Linghao; Jarmo; Takala


    PPM encoded Gaussian pulse sequence shows more immunity than non-PPM schemes on optical fiber intra-channel nonlinearity and demonstrated by a numerical study of IXPM and IFWM effects deploying on 100Gb/s single channelsystem.

  7. Optical Nonlinearities in Chalcogenide Glasses and their Applications

    Zakery, A


    Photonics, which uses photons for information and image processing, has been labeled the technology of the 21st century, for which non-linear optical processes provide the key functions of frequency conversion and optical switching. Chalcogenide glass fiber is one of the most promising candidates for use as a non-linear optical medium because of its high optical nonlinearity and long interaction length. Since the chalcogenide glass fibers transmit into the IR, there are numerous potential applications in the civil, medical and military areas. One of the most exciting developments in the future is going to be in the area of rare-earth ion doping of chalcogenide fibers for IR fluorescence emission. The IR light sources, lasers and amplifiers developed using this phenomena will be very useful in civil, medical and military applications. Remote IR spectroscopy and imaging using flexible fibers will be realized for applications. Other future research areas which will inevitably be explored includes non-linear opti...

  8. Topological nature of nonlinear optical effects in solids.

    Morimoto, Takahiro; Nagaosa, Naoto


    There are a variety of nonlinear optical effects including higher harmonic generations, photovoltaic effects, and nonlinear Kerr rotations. They are realized by strong light irradiation to materials that results in nonlinear polarizations in the electric field. These are of great importance in studying the physics of excited states of the system as well as for applications to optical devices and solar cells. Nonlinear properties of materials are usually described by nonlinear susceptibilities, which have complex expressions including many matrix elements and energy denominators. On the other hand, a nonequilibrium steady state under an electric field periodic in time has a concise description in terms of the Floquet bands of electrons dressed by photons. We show theoretically, using the Floquet formalism, that various nonlinear optical effects, such as the shift current in noncentrosymmetric materials, photovoltaic Hall response, and photo-induced change of order parameters under the continuous irradiation of monochromatic light, can be described in a unified fashion by topological quantities involving the Berry connection and Berry curvature. We found that vector fields defined with the Berry connections in the space of momentum and/or parameters govern the nonlinear responses. This topological view offers a route to designing nonlinear optical materials.

  9. Merging Nonlinear Optics and Negative-Index Metamaterials

    Popov, Alexander K


    The extraordinary properties of nonlinear optical propagation processes in double-domain positive/negative index metamaterials are reviewed. These processes include second harmonic generation, three- and four-wave frequency mixing, and optical parametric amplification. Striking contrasts with the properties of the counterparts in ordinary materials are shown. We also discuss the possibilities for compensating strong losses inherent to plasmonic metamaterials, which present a major obstacle in numerous exciting applications, and the possibilities for creation of unique ultracompact photonic devices such as data processing chips and nonlinear-optical sensors. Finally, we propose similar extraordinary three-wave mixing processes in crystals based on optical phonons with negative dispersion.

  10. Molecular and crystal design of nonlinear optical organic materials

    Suponitsky, Kirill Yu; Antipin, Mikhail Yu [A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation); Timofeeva, Tatiana V [Department of Chemistry, New Mexico Highlands University (United States)


    The results of theoretical and experimental studies on the second-order molecular and crystal nonlinear optical susceptibilities of organic and several classes of organoelement compounds are summarised. Modern methods used in these studies are briefly characterised, their advantages and drawbacks are outlined as regards their application to the systematic search for efficient nonlinear optical materials. Recent achievements and the main challenges in the field are thoroughly discussed and an optimum algorithm of the design of such materials is proposed.

  11. Optical computation based on nonlinear total reflectional optical switch at the interface

    Jianqi Zhang; Huan Xu


    A new scheme of binary half adder and full adder is proposed. It realizes a kind of all-optical computation which is based on the polarization coding technique and the nonlinear total reflectional optical switches.

  12. New CMOS Compatible Platforms for Integrated Nonlinear Optical Signal Processing

    Moss, D J


    Nonlinear photonic chips have succeeded in generating and processing signals all-optically with performance far superior to that possible electronically - particularly with respect to speed. Although silicon-on-insulator has been the leading platform for nonlinear optics, its high two-photon absorption at telecommunications wavelengths poses a fundamental limitation. This paper reviews some of the recent achievements in CMOS-compatible platforms for nonlinear optics, focusing on amorphous silicon and Hydex glass, highlighting their potential future impact as well as the challenges to achieving practical solutions for many key applications. These material systems have opened up many new capabilities such as on-chip optical frequency comb generation and ultrafast optical pulse generation and measurement.

  13. Platforms for integrated nonlinear optics compatible with silicon integrated circuits

    Moss, David J


    Nonlinear photonic chips are capable of generating and processing signals all-optically with performance far superior to that possible electronically - particularly with respect to speed. Although silicon has been the leading platform for nonlinear optics, its high two-photon absorption at telecommunications wavelengths poses a fundamental limitation. We review recent progress in CMOS-compatible platforms for nonlinear optics, focusing on Hydex glass and silicon nitride and briefly discuss the promising new platform of amorphous silicon. These material systems have opened up many new capabilities such as on-chip optical frequency comb generation, ultrafast optical pulse generation and measurement. We highlight their potential future impact as well as the challenges to achieving practical solutions for many key applications.

  14. Lifetime of the Nonlinear Geometric Optics Approximation

    Binzer, Knud Andreas

    The subject of the thesis is to study acertain approximation method for highly oscillatory solutions to nonlinear partial differential equations.......The subject of the thesis is to study acertain approximation method for highly oscillatory solutions to nonlinear partial differential equations....

  15. Prediction of nonlinear optical properties of large organic molecules

    Cardelino, Beatriz H.


    The preparation of materials with large nonlinear responses usually requires involved synthetic processes. Thus, it is very advantageous for materials scientists to have a means of predicting nonlinear optical properties. The prediction of nonlinear optical properties has to be addressed first at the molecular level and then as bulk material. For relatively large molecules, two types of calculations may be used, which are the sum-over-states and the finite-field approach. The finite-field method was selected for this research, because this approach is better suited for larger molecules.

  16. Shocks, singularities and oscillations in nonlinear optics and fluid mechanics

    Santo, Daniele; Lannes, David


    The book collects the most relevant results from the INdAM Workshop "Shocks, Singularities and Oscillations in Nonlinear Optics and Fluid Mechanics" held in Rome, September 14-18, 2015. The contributions discuss recent major advances in the study of nonlinear hyperbolic systems, addressing general theoretical issues such as symmetrizability, singularities, low regularity or dispersive perturbations. It also investigates several physical phenomena where such systems are relevant, such as nonlinear optics, shock theory (stability, relaxation) and fluid mechanics (boundary layers, water waves, Euler equations, geophysical flows, etc.). It is a valuable resource for researchers in these fields. .

  17. Extra phase noise from thermal fluctuations in nonlinear optical crystals

    César, J. E. S.; Coelho, A.S.; Cassemiro, K.N.


    We show theoretically and experimentally that scattered light by thermal phonons inside a second-order nonlinear crystal is the source of additional phase noise observed in optical parametric oscillators. This additional phase noise reduces the quantum correlations and has hitherto hindered the d...... the direct production of multipartite entanglement in a single nonlinear optical system. We cooled the nonlinear crystal and observed a reduction in the extra noise. Our treatment of this noise can be successfully applied to different systems in the literature....

  18. Delocalization of nonlinear optical responses in plasmonic nanoantennas

    Viarbitskaya, Sviatlana; Cluzel, Benoit; Francs, Gérard Colas des; Bouhelier, Alexandre


    Remote excitation and emission of two-photon luminescence and second-harmonic generation are observed in micrometer long gold rod optical antennas upon local illumination with a tightly focused near-infrared femtosecond laser beam. We show that the nonlinear radiations can be emitted from the entire antenna and the measured far-field angular patterns bear the information regarding the nature and origins of the respective nonlinear processes. We demonstrate that the nonlinear responses are transported by the propagating surface plasmon at excitation frequency, enabling thereby polariton-mediated tailoring and design of nonlinear responses.

  19. Nonlinear limits to the information capacity of optical fiber communications

    Mitra, P P; Mitra, Partha P.; Stark, Jason B.


    The exponential growth in the rate at which information can be communicated through an optical fiber is a key element in the so called information revolution. However, like all exponential growth laws, there are physical limits to be considered. The nonlinear nature of the propagation of light in optical fiber has made these limits difficult to elucidate. Here we obtain basic insights into the limits to the information capacity of an optical fiber arising from these nonlinearities. The key simplification lies in relating the nonlinear channel to a linear channel with multiplicative noise, for which we are able to obtain analytical results. In fundamental distinction to the linear additive noise case, the capacity does not grow indefinitely with increasing signal power, but has a maximal value. The ideas presented here have broader implications for other nonlinear information channels, such as those involved in sensory transduction in neurobiology. These have been often examined using additive noise linear cha...

  20. Ageing of the nonlinear optical susceptibility in soft matter

    Ghofraniha, N [SMC-INFM-CNR, c/o Universita di Roma ' La Sapienza' , Piazzale Aldo Moro 2, 00185, Rome (Italy); Conti, C [Research Centre ' Enrico Fermi' , Via Panisperna 89/A, 00184 Rome (Italy); Leonardo, R Di [SOFT-INFM-CNR, c/o Universita di Roma ' La Sapienza' , Piazzale Aldo Moro 2, 00185, Rome (Italy); Ruzicka, B [SOFT-INFM-CNR, c/o Universita di Roma ' La Sapienza' , Piazzale Aldo Moro 2, 00185, Rome (Italy); Ruocco, G [SOFT-INFM-CNR, c/o Universita di Roma ' La Sapienza' , Piazzale Aldo Moro 2, 00185, Rome (Italy)


    We investigate the nonlinear optics response of a colloidal dispersion undergoing dynamics slowing down with age, by using Z-scan and dynamic light scattering measurements. We study the high optical nonlinearity of an organic dye (rhodamine B) dispersed in a water-clay (laponite) suspension. We consider different clay concentrations (2.0-2.6 wt%) experiencing dynamics arrest. We find that (i) the concentration dependent exponential growth of both mean relaxation time and nonlinear absorption coefficient can be individually scaled to a master curve and (ii) the scaling times are the same for the two physical quantities. These findings indicate that the optical nonlinear susceptibility exhibits the same ageing universal scaling behaviour, typical of disordered out of equilibrium systems.

  1. Third Order Nonlinear Optical Effects in Conjugated Polymers

    Halvorson, Craig Steven

    Third order nonlinear optical effects in conjugated materials were studied using two different spectroscopic methods, third harmonic generation and two photon absorption. The third harmonic generation spectra of cis-polyacetylene, trans-polyacetylene, oriented trans-polyacetylene, three isomers of polyaniline, cis and trans-polyacetylene in polyvinyl butyral, polyheptdadiester, polyheptadiketone, and MEH-PPV/polyethylene blends were measured. The nonlinear optical susceptibility increases with structural order, and is enhanced by the presence of a degenerate ground state. The magnitude of the susceptibility reaches as high as 10^{-7} esu, which is sufficient for the creation of all-optical nonlinear devices. The two photon absorption spectrum of oriented transpolyacetylene was measured using nonlinear photothermal deflection. The spectrum reveals directly the Ag state at 1.1 eV in trans-polyacetylene, and reveals another Ag state at higher energy. The magnitude of the two photon absorption is large enough to rule out using trans-polyacetylene in serial all-optical nonlinear devices; all-optical devices made from conjugated polymers must be parallel, not serial. A new figure of merit for nonlinear devices was proposed.

  2. Simple nonlinear interferometer-based all-optical thresholder and its applications for optical CDMA.

    Kravtsov, Konstantin; Prucnal, Paul R; Bubnov, Mikhail M


    We present an experimental demonstration of an ultrafast all-optical thresholder based on a nonlinear Sagnac interferometer. The proposed design is intended for operation at very small nonlinear phase shifts. Therefore, it requires an in-loop nonlinearity lower than for the classical nonlinear loop mirror scheme. Only 15 meters of conventional (non-holey) silica-based fiber is used as a nonlinear element. The proposed thresholder is polarization insensitive and is good for multi-wavelength operation, meeting all the requirements for autocorrelation detection in various optical CDMA communication systems. The observed cubic transfer function is superior to the quadratic transfer function of second harmonic generation-based thresholders.

  3. Conditional linear-optical measurement schemes generate effective photon nonlinearities

    Lapaire, G G; Dowling, J P; Sipe, J E; Dowling, Jonathan P.


    We provide a general approach for the analysis of optical state evolution under conditional measurement schemes, and identify the necessary and sufficient conditions for such schemes to simulate unitary evolution on the freely propagating modes. If such unitary evolution holds, an effective photon nonlinearity can be identified. Our analysis extends to conditional measurement schemes more general than those based solely on linear optics.

  4. Chemical studies on the nonlinear optics of coordina- tion compounds


    The exploration of molecule-based nonlinear optical (NLO) materials at the molecular level is one of the novel areas developed recently from the viewpoint of chemistry. This review summarizes some of our recent researches on new NLO materials based on coordination compounds, which may have potential applications in optical devices.

  5. Ultra-Fast Optical Signal Processing in Nonlinear Silicon Waveguides

    Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Galili, Michael; Pu, Minhao;


    We describe recent demonstrations of exploiting highly nonlinear silicon nanowires for processing Tbit/s optical data signals. We perform demultiplexing and optical waveform sampling of 1.28 Tbit/s and wavelength conversion of 640 Gbit/s data signals....

  6. Nonlinear fiber-optic strain sensor based on four-wave mixing in microstructured optical fiber

    Gu, Bobo; Yuan, Scott Wu; Frosz, Michael H.


    We demonstrate a nonlinear fiber-optic strain sensor, which uses the shifts of four-wave mixing Stokes and anti-Stokes peaks caused by the strain-induced changes in the structure and refractive index of a microstructured optical fiber. The sensor thus uses the inherent nonlinearity of the fiber...




    We present a mathematical model for the ''river-phenomenon'': striking concentrations of trajectories of ordinary differential equations. This model of ''macroscopic rivers'' is formulated within nonstandard analysis, and stated in terms of macroscopes and singular perturbations. For a subclass, the

  8. Research on testing the nonlinear optical performance of nonlinear optical materials based on the effect of second-harmonic generation.

    Li, Bing-Xuan; Wei, Yong; Huang, Cheng-Hui; Zhuang, Feng-Jiang; Zhang, Ge; Guo, Guo-Cong


    In the present paper the authors report a research on testing the nonlinear optical performance of optical materials in visible and infrared band. Based on the second order nonlinear optic principle and the photoelectric signal detection technology, the authors have proposed a new testing scheme in which a infrared OPO laser and a method for separating the beams arising from frequency matching and the light produced by other optical effects were used. The OPO laser is adopted as light source to avoid the error of measurement caused by absorption because the double frequency signal of the material is in the transmittance band Our research work includes testing system composition, operational principle and experimental method. The experimental results of KTP, KDP, AGS tested by this method were presented. In the experiment several new infrared non-linear materials were found. This method possesses the merits of good stability and reliability, high sensitivity, simple operation and good reproducibility, which can effectively make qualitative and semi-quantitative test for optical material's nonlinear optical properties from visible to infrared. This work provides an important test -method for the research on second order nonlinear optical materials in visible, infrared and ultraviolet bands.

  9. Nonlinear optics at low powers: Alternative mechanism of on-chip optical frequency comb generation

    Rogov, Andrei S.; Narimanov, Evgenii E.


    Nonlinear optical effects provide a natural way of light manipulation and interaction and form the foundation of applied photonics, from high-speed signal processing and telecommunication to ultrahigh-bandwidth interconnects and information processing. However, relatively weak nonlinear response at optical frequencies calls for operation at high optical powers or boosting efficiency of nonlinear parametric processes by enhancing local-field intensity with high-quality-factor resonators near cavity resonance, resulting in reduced operational bandwidth and increased loss due to multiphoton absorption. We present an alternative to this conventional approach, with strong nonlinear optical effects at low local intensities, based on period-doubling bifurcations near nonlinear cavity antiresonance and apply it to low-power optical frequency comb generation in a silicon chip.

  10. Nonlinear optics at low powers: new mechanism of on-chip optical frequency comb generation

    Rogov, Andrei


    Nonlinear optical effects provide a natural way of light manipulation and interaction, and form the foundation of applied photonics -- from high-speed signal processing and telecommunication, to ultra-high bandwidth interconnects and information processing. However, relatively weak nonlinear response at optical frequencies calls for operation at high optical powers, or boosting efficiency of nonlinear parametric processes by enhancing local field intensity with high quality-factor resonators near cavity resonance, resulting in reduced operational bandwidth and increased loss due to multi-photon absorption. Here, we present an alternative to this conventional approach, with strong nonlinear optical effects at substantially lower local intensities, based on period-doubling bifurcations near nonlinear cavity anti-resonance, and apply it to low-power optical comb generation in a silicon chip.

  11. Optical pulse engineering and processing using optical nonlinearities of nanostructured waveguides made of silicon

    Lavdas, Spyros; You, Jie; Osgood, Richard M.; Panoiu, Nicolae C.


    We present recent results pertaining to pulse reshaping and optical signal processing using optical nonlinearities of silicon-based tapered photonic wires and photonic crystal waveguides. In particular, we show how nonlinearity and dispersion engineering of tapered photonic wires can be employed to generate optical similaritons and achieve more than 10× pulse compression. We also discuss the properties of four-wave mixing pulse amplification and frequency conversion efficiency in long-period Bragg waveguides and photonic crystal waveguides. Finally, the influence of linear and nonlinear optical effects on the transmission bit-error rate in uniform photonic wires and photonic crystal waveguides made of silicon is discussed.

  12. Hofstadter butterflies in nonlinear Harper lattices, and their optical realizations

    Manela, Ofer; Segev, Mordechai [Department of Physics and Solid State Institute, Technion, Haifa 32000 (Israel); Christodoulides, Demetrios N [College of Optics/CREOL, University of Central Florida, FL 32816-2700 (United States); Kip, Detlef, E-mail: [Department of Electrical Engineering, Helmut Schmidt University, 22043 Hamburg (Germany)


    The ubiquitous Hofstadter butterfly describes a variety of systems characterized by incommensurable periodicities, ranging from Bloch electrons in magnetic fields and the quantum Hall effect to cold atoms in optical lattices and more. Here, we introduce nonlinearity into the underlying (Harper) model and study the nonlinear spectra and the corresponding extended eigenmodes of nonlinear quasiperiodic systems. We show that the spectra of the nonlinear eigenmodes form deformed versions of the Hofstadter butterfly and demonstrate that the modes can be classified into two families: nonlinear modes that are a 'continuation' of the linear modes of the system and new nonlinear modes that have no counterparts in the linear spectrum. Finally, we propose an optical realization of the linear and nonlinear Harper models in transversely modulated waveguide arrays, where these Hofstadter butterflies can be observed. This work is relevant to a variety of other branches of physics beyond optics, such as disorder-induced localization in ultracold bosonic gases, localization transition processes in disordered lattices, and more.

  13. The optical nonlinearity of gold nanoparticles prepared by bioreduction method

    Balbuena Ortega, A.; Arroyo Carrasco, M. L.; Gayou, V. L.; Orduña Díaz, A.; Delgado Macuil, R.; Rojas López, Marlon


    Nonlinear optical and electronic properties of nanosized metal particles have drawn considerable attention because of their strong and size-dependent plasmon resonance absorption. In a metal nanoparticle system such as gold dispersed in a transparent matrix, an absorption peak due to surface plasmon resonance is usually observed in the visible spectral region. Metal nanoparticles are of special interest as nonlinear materials for optical switching and computing because of their relatively large third-order nonlinearity (χ3) and ultrafast response time. The purpose of this study was to analyze the nonlinear optical properties of biosynthesized gold nanoparticles. The samples were prepared by biosynthesis method using yeast extract as reducing agent and the nonlinear optical properties of the nanoparticles were investigated using a single beam Z-scan technique with a beam power of 20 mW and operated at wavelength of 514 nm. The reaction between metal ions and yeast extracts were monitored by UV-visible spectra of Au nanoparticles in aqueous solution with different pH (3-6). The surface plasmon peak position was shifted from 528 nm to 573 nm, according to of pH variation 4 to 6. The average particle size was calculated by the absorption peak position using the Fernig method, from 42 to 103 nm. The z-scan curves showed a negative nonlocal nonlinear refractive index with a magnitude dependent on the nanoparticle size.

  14. Nonlinear Optical Absorption of Organic Molecules for Applications in Optical Devices

    Boni, Leonardo De; Daniel S. Correa; Mendonca, Cleber R.


    This chapter aimed to describe the resonant nonlinear optical properties of four important organic molecules: Chlorophyll A, Indocyanine Green, Ytterbium Bisphthalocyanine and Cytochrome C, which are materials that present interesting optical nonlinearities for applications in optical devices. It was shown that Chlorophyll A solution exhibits a RSA process for Q-switched and mode-locked laser pulses, with an intersystem-crossing time relatively fast and a triplet state cross section value twi...

  15. Nonlinear Quantum Optics in Optomechanical Nanoscale Waveguides

    Zoubi, Hashem


    We explore the possibility of achieving a significant nonlinear phase shift among photons propagating in nanoscale waveguides exploiting interactions among photons that are mediated by vibrational modes and induced through Stimulated Brillouin Scattering (SBS). We introduce a configuration that allows slowing down the photons by several orders of magnitude via SBS involving sound waves and two pump fields. We extract the conditions for maintaining vanishing amplitude gain or loss for slowly propagating photons while keeping the influence of thermal phonons to the minimum. The nonlinear phase among two counter-propagating photons can be used to realize a deterministic phase gate.

  16. Dynamic computer-generated nonlinear-optical holograms

    Liu, Haigang; Li, Jun; Fang, Xiangling; Zhao, Xiaohui; Zheng, Yuanlin; Chen, Xianfeng


    We propose and experimentally demonstrate dynamic nonlinear optical holograms by introducing the concept of computer-generated holograms for second-harmonic generation of a structured fundamental wave with a specially designed wave front. The generation of Laguerre-Gaussian second-harmonic beams is investigated in our experiment. Such a method, which only dynamically controls the wave front of the fundamental wave by a spatial light modulator, does not need domain inversion in nonlinear crystals and hence is a more flexible way to achieve the off-axis nonlinear second-harmonic beams. It can also be adopted in other schemes and has potential applications in nonlinear frequency conversion, optical signal processing, and real-time hologram, etc.

  17. Dissipation-induced optical nonlinearity at low light levels

    Greenberg, Joel A


    We observe a dissipation-induced nonlinear optical process in a gas of cold atoms that gives rise to large nonlinear coupling strengths with high transparency. The nonlinearity results from the simultaneous cooling and crystallization of the gas, and can give rise to efficient Bragg scattering in the form of a six-wave-mixing process at low-light-levels with an extremely large effective fifth-order nonlinear susceptibility of \\chi^(5)= 7.6 x 10-15 (m/V)^4. For large optical gains, collective scattering due to the strong light-matter coupling leads to slow group velocities (~c/105) and long atomic coherence times (~100 {\\mu}s).

  18. Nonlinear optical properties of sodium copper chlorophyllin in aqueous solution.

    Li, Jiangting; Peng, Yufeng; Han, Xueyun; Guo, Shaoshuai; Liang, Kunning; Zhang, Minggao


    Sodium copper chlorophyllin (SCC), as one of the derivatives of chlorophyll - with its inherent green features; good stability for heat, light, acids and alkalies; unique antimicrobial capability; and particular deodori zation performance - is widely applied in some fields such as the food industry, medicine and health care, daily cosmetic industry etc. SCC, as one of the metal porphyrins, has attracted much attention because of its unique electronic band structure and photon conversion performance. To promote the application of SCC in materials science; energy research and photonics, such as fast optical communications; and its use in nonlinear optical materials, solar photovoltaic cells, all-optical switches, optical limiters and saturable absorbers, great efforts should be dedicated to studying its nonlinear optical (NLO) properties. In this study, the absorption spectra and NLO properties of SCC in aqueous solution at different concentrations were measured. The Z-scan technique was used to determine NLO properties. The results indicated that the absorption spectra of SCC exhibit 2 characteristic absorption peaks located at the wavelengths 405 and 630 nm, and the values of the peaks increase with increasing SCC concentration. The results also showed that SCC exhibits reverse saturation absorption and negative nonlinear refraction (self-defocusing). It can be seen that SCC has good optical nonlinearity which will be convenient for applications in materials science, energy research and photonics.

  19. Nonlinear optical and magneto-optical effects in non-spherical magnetic granular composite

    Ping Xu(须萍); Zhenya Li(李振亚)


    The magnetization-induced nonlinear optical and nonlinear magneto-optical properties in a magnetic metal-insulator composite are studied based on a tensor effective medium approximation with shape factor and Taylcr-expansion method. There is a weakly nonlinear relation between electric displacement D and elcctric field E in the composite. The results of our studies on the effective dielectric tensor and the nonlinear susceptibility tensor in a magnetic nanocomposite are surveyed. It is shown that such a metal-insulator composite exhibits the enhancements of optical and magneto-optical nonlinearity. The frequencies at which the enhancements occur, and the amplitude of the enhancement factors depend on the concentration and shape of the magnetic grains.

  20. Progress Toward Single-Photon-Level Nonlinear Optics in Crystalline Microcavities

    Kowligy, Abijith S.

    Over the last two decades, the emergence of quantum information science has uncovered many practical applications in areas such as communications, imaging, and sensing where harnessing quantum features of Nature provides tremendous benefits over existing methods exploiting classical physical phenomena. In this effort, one of the frontiers of research has been to identify and utilize quantum phenomena that are not susceptible to environmental and parasitic noise processes. Quantum photonics has been at the forefront of these studies because it allows room-temperature access to its inherently quantum-mechanical features, and allows leveraging the mature telecommunication industry. Accompanying the weak environmental influence, however, are also weak optical nonlinearities. Efficient nonlinear optical interactions are indispensible for many of the existing protocols for quantum optical computation and communication, e.g. high-fidelity entangling quantum logic gates rely on large nonlinear responses at the one- or few-photon-level. While this has been addressed to a great extent by interfacing photons with single quantum emitters and cold atomic gases, scalability has remained elusive. In this work, we identify the macroscopic second-order nonlinear polarization as a robust platform to address this challenge, and utilize the recent advances in the burgeoning field of optical microcavities to enhance this nonlinear response. In particular, we show theoretically that by using the quantum Zeno effect, low-noise, single-photon-level optical nonlinearities can be realized in lithium niobate whispering-gallery-mode microcavities, and present experimental progress toward this goal. Using the measured strength of the second-order nonlinear response in lithium niobate, we modeled the nonlinear system in the strong coupling regime using the Schrodinger picture framework and theoretically demonstrated that the single-photon-level operation can be observed for cavity lifetimes in

  1. Photoconductive and nonlinear optical properties of composites based on metallophthalocyanines

    Vannikov, A. V.; Grishina, A. D.; Gorbunova, Yu. G.; Tsivadze, A. Yu.


    The photoconductive, photorefractive and nonlinear optical properties of composites from polyvinylcarbazole or aromatic polyimide containing supramolecular ensembles of (tetra-15-crown-5) - phthalocyaninato gallium, indium, - phthalocyaninateacetato yttrium, - phthalocyaninato ruthenium with axially coordinated pyrazine molecules were investigated at 633, 1030 and 1064nmusing continuous and pulsed lasers. Supramolecular ensembles (SE) were prepared through dissolution of molecular metallophthalocyanines in tetrachloroethane (TCE) and subsequent treatment via three cycles of heating to 90∘C and slow cooling to room temperature. The zscan method in femtosecond and nanosecond regimeswas used for measuring nonlinear optical properties phthalocyaninato indium and yttrium in TCE solutions and polymer films. It was established that effect of heavy metallic atom is basic factor which determines the quantum yield, photorefractive amplification of laser object beam, dielectric susceptibility of third order and nonlinear optical properties of metallophthalocyanines.

  2. Nonlinear optical studies of single gold nanoparticles

    Dijk, Meindert Alexander van


    Gold nanoparticles are spherical clusters of gold atoms, with diameters typically between 1 and 100 nanometers. The applications of these particles are rather diverse, from optical labels for biological experiments to data carrier for optical data storage. The goal of my project was to develop new

  3. Conservation Laws in Higher-Order Nonlinear Optical Effects

    Kim, J; Shin, H J; Kim, Jongbae


    Conservation laws of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation are studied in the presence of higher-order nonlinear optical effects including the third-order dispersion and the self-steepening. In a context of group theory, we derive a general expression for infinitely many conserved currents and charges of the coupled higher-order nonlinear Schrödinger equation. The first few currents and charges are also presented explicitly. Due to the higher-order effects, conservation laws of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation are violated in general. The differences between the types of the conserved currents for the Hirota and the Sasa-Satsuma equations imply that the higher-order terms determine the inherent types of conserved quantities for each integrable cases of the higher-order nonlinear Schrödinger equation.

  4. From Ewald sphere to Ewald shell in nonlinear optics

    Huang, Huang; Huang, Cheng-Ping; Zhang, Chao; Hong, Xu-Hao; Zhang, Xue-Jin; Qin, Yi-Qiang; Zhu, Yong-Yuan


    Ewald sphere is a simple vector scheme to depict the X-ray Bragg diffraction in a crystal. A similar method, known as the nonlinear Ewald sphere, was employed to illustrate optical frequency conversion processes. We extend the nonlinear Ewald sphere to the Ewald shell construction. With the Ewald shell, a variety of quasi-phase-matching (QPM) effects, such as the collective envelope effect associated with multiple QPM resonances, the enhanced second- harmonic generation due to multiple reciprocal vectors etc., are suggested theoretically and verified experimentally. By rotating the nonlinear photonic crystal sample, the dynamic evolution of these QPM effects has also been observed, which agreed well with the Ewald shell model.

  5. Pulse operation of semiconductor laser with nonlinear optical feedback

    Guignard, Celine; Besnard, Pascal; Mihaescu, Adrian; MacDonald, K. F.; Pochon, Sebastien; Zheludev, Nikolay I.


    A semiconductor laser coupled to a gallium-made non linear mirror may exhibit pulse regime. In order to better understand this coupled cavity, stationary solutions and dynamics are described following the standard Lang and Kobayashi equations for a semiconductor laser submitted to nonlinear optical feedback. It is shown that the nonlinearity distorts the ellipse on which lied the stationary solutions, with a ``higher'' part corresponding to lower reflectivity and a ``lower'' part to higher reflectivity. Bifurcation diagrams and nonlinear analysis are presented while the conditions for pulsed operation are discussed.

  6. Dispersion of the nonlinear refractive index of optical crystals

    Adair, Robert; Chase, L. L.; Payne, Stephen A.


    The nonlinear refractive indices of several important optical materials have been measured at the second and third harmonic wavelengths of the Nd laser using nearly degenerate four-wave mixing. Measurements made relative to the nonlinear index of fused silica have the highest accuracy. Absolute measurements were also made using the Raman cross-section of benzene as a nonlinear reference standard. The relative measurements are compared with a despersion model base on parameters fitted to the linear refractive indicies and also to a recently proposed model based on Kramers-Kronig transformation of the calculated, two-band, two-photon loss spectrum.

  7. Dynamics of optical rogue waves in inhomogeneous nonlinear waveguides

    Zhang Jie-Fang; Jin Mei-Zhen; He Ji-Da; Lou Ji-Hui; Dai Chao-Qing


    We propose a unified theory to construct exact rogue wave solutions of the (2+1)-dimensional nonlinear Schr(o)dinger equation with varying coefficients.And then the dynamics of the first-and the second-order optical rogues are investigated.Finally,the controllability of the optical rogue propagating in inhomogeneous nonlinear waveguides is discussed.By properly choosing the distributed coefficients,we demonstrate analytically that rogue waves can be restrained or even be annihilated,or emerge periodically and sustain forever.We also figure out the center-of-mass motion of the rogue waves.

  8. Modeling of Nonlinear Signal Distortion in Fiber-Optical Networks

    Johannisson, Pontus


    A low-complexity model for signal quality prediction in a nonlinear fiber-optical network is developed. The model, which builds on the Gaussian noise model, takes into account the signal degradation caused by a combination of chromatic dispersion, nonlinear signal distortion, and amplifier noise. The center frequencies, bandwidths, and transmit powers can be chosen independently for each channel, which makes the model suitable for analysis and optimization of resource allocation, routing, and scheduling in large-scale optical networks applying flexible-grid wavelength-division multiplexing.

  9. Hybrid quantum systems for enhanced nonlinear optical susceptibilities

    Sullivan, Dennis; Kuzyk, Mark G


    Significant effort has been expended in the search for materials with ultra-fast nonlinear-optical susceptibilities, but most fall far below the fundamental limits. This work applies a theoretical materials development program that has identified a promising new hybrid made of a nanorod and a molecule. This system uses the electrostatic dipole moment of the molecule to break the symmetry of the metallic nanostructure that shifts the energy spectrum to make it optimal for a nonlinear-optical response near the fundamental limit. The structural parameters are varied to determine the ideal configuration, providing guidelines for making the best structures.

  10. Weakly Nonlinear Geometric Optics for Hyperbolic Systems of Conservation Laws

    Chen, Gui-Qiang; Zhang, Yongqian


    We establish an $L^1$-estimate to validate the weakly nonlinear geometric optics for entropy solutions of nonlinear hyperbolic systems of conservation laws with arbitrary initial data of small bounded variation. This implies that the simpler geometric optics expansion function can be employed to study the properties of general entropy solutions to hyperbolic systems of conservation laws. Our analysis involves new techniques which rely on the structure of the approximate equations, besides the properties of the wave-front tracking algorithm and the standard semigroup estimates.

  11. A Web Tool for Research in Nonlinear Optics

    Prikhod'ko, Nikolay V.; Abramovsky, Viktor A.; Abramovskaya, Natalia V.; Demichev, Andrey P.; Kryukov, Alexandr P.; Polyakov, Stanislav P.


    This paper presents a project of developing the web platform called WebNLO for computer modeling of nonlinear optics phenomena. We discuss a general scheme of the platform and a model for interaction between the platform modules. The platform is built as a set of interacting RESTful web services (SaaS approach). Users can interact with the platform through a web browser or command line interface. Such a resource has no analogues in the field of nonlinear optics and will be created for the first time therefore allowing researchers to access high-performance computing resources that will significantly reduce the cost of the research and development process.

  12. Third-Order Optical Nonlinearity in Novel Porphyrin Dimers

    PEI Song-Hao; ZHAO Da-Peng; ZHANG Wei; ZHENG Wen-Qi; WANG Xing-Qiao; PENG Wei-Xian; SHI Guang; SONG Ying-Lin


    @@ We investigate the third-order optical nonlinearities in four novel porphyrin dimers (directs A to I)) and a monomeric porphyrin H2 CPTPP measured by using the single-beam z-scan technique with a pulsed Q-switched Nd:YAG nanosecond laser at 532nm.All the samples show strong excited state absorption (ESA) and high value of X(3) in the ns domain at this wavelength.We perform a comparison between dimer A and its monomer H2 CPTPP in their third-order optical nonlinearity, and discuss the relationships between the values of X(3) and the different bridging groups for all the dimers.

  13. High-speed signal processing using highly nonlinear optical fibres

    Peucheret, Christophe; Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo; Mulvad, Hans Christian Hansen


    relying on the phase of the optical field. Topics covered include all-optical switching of 640 Gbit/s and 1.28 Tbit/s serial data, wavelength conversion at 640 Gbit/s, optical amplitude regeneration of differential phase shift keying (DPSK) signals, as well as midspan spectral inversion for differential 8......We review recent progress in all-optical signal processing techniques making use of conventional silica-based highly nonlinear fibres. In particular, we focus on recent demonstrations of ultra-fast processing at 640 Gbit/s and above, as well as on signal processing of novel modulation formats...

  14. 40-Gb/s all-optical wavelength conversion based on a nonlinear optical loop mirror

    Yu, Jianjun; Zheng, Xueyan; Peucheret, Christophe


    All-optical wavelength conversion based on a nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM) at 40 Gb/s is demonstrated for the first time. The effect of walkoff time between control beam and signal beams is investigated when the NOLM is used as an all-optical wavelength converter or an all...

  15. Recent Advances in Graphene-Assisted Nonlinear Optical Signal Processing

    Jian Wang


    Full Text Available Possessing a variety of remarkable optical, electronic, and mechanical properties, graphene has emerged as an attractive material for a myriad of optoelectronic applications. The wonderful optical properties of graphene afford multiple functions of graphene based polarizers, modulators, transistors, and photodetectors. So far, the main focus has been on graphene based photonics and optoelectronics devices. Due to the linear band structure allowing interband optical transitions at all photon energies, graphene has remarkably large third-order optical susceptibility χ(3, which is only weakly dependent on the wavelength in the near-infrared frequency range. The graphene-assisted four-wave mixing (FWM based wavelength conversions have been experimentally demonstrated. So, we believe that the potential applications of graphene also lie in nonlinear optical signal processing, where the combination of its unique large χ(3 nonlinearities and dispersionless over the wavelength can be fully exploited. In this review article, we give a brief overview of our recent progress in graphene-assisted nonlinear optical device and their applications, including degenerate FWM based wavelength conversion of quadrature phase-shift keying (QPSK signal, phase conjugated wavelength conversion by degenerate FWM and transparent wavelength conversion by nondegenerate FWM, two-input and three-input high-base optical computing, and high-speed gate-tunable terahertz coherent perfect absorption (CPA using a split-ring graphene.

  16. Optics in a nonlinear gravitational wave

    Harte, Abraham I


    Gravitational waves can act like gravitational lenses, affecting the observed positions, brightnesses, and redshifts of distant objects. Exact expressions for such effects are derived here, allowing for arbitrarily-moving sources and observers in the presence of plane-symmetric gravitational waves. The commonly-used predictions of linear perturbation theory are shown to be generically overshadowed---even for very weak gravitational waves---by nonlinear effects when considering observations of sufficiently distant sources; higher-order perturbative corrections involve secularly-growing terms which cannot necessarily be neglected. Even on more moderate scales where linear effects remain at least marginally dominant, nonlinear corrections are qualitatively different from their linear counterparts. There is a sense in which they can, for example, mimic the existence of a third type of gravitational wave polarization.

  17. Optics in a nonlinear gravitational plane wave

    Harte, Abraham I.


    Gravitational waves can act like gravitational lenses, affecting the observed positions, brightnesses, and redshifts of distant objects. Exact expressions for such effects are derived here in general relativity, allowing for arbitrarily-moving sources and observers in the presence of plane-symmetric gravitational waves. At least for freely falling sources and observers, it is shown that the commonly-used predictions of linear perturbation theory can be generically overshadowed by nonlinear effects; even for very weak gravitational waves, higher-order perturbative corrections involve secularly-growing terms which cannot necessarily be neglected when considering observations of sufficiently distant sources. Even on more moderate scales where linear effects remain at least marginally dominant, nonlinear corrections are qualitatively different from their linear counterparts. There is a sense in which they can, for example, mimic the existence of a third type of gravitational wave polarization.

  18. Calculations on nonlinear optical properties for large systems the elongation method

    Gu, Feng Long; Springborg, Michael; Kirtman, Bernard


    For design purposes one needs to relate the structure of proposed materials to their NLO (nonlinear optical) and other properties, which is a situation where theoretical approaches can be very helpful in providing suggestions for candidate systems that subsequently can be synthesized and studied experimentally. This brief describes the quantum-mechanical treatment of the response to one or more external oscillating electric fields for molecular and macroscopic, crystalline systems. To calculate NLO properties of large systems, a linear scaling generalized elongation method for the efficient and accurate calculation is introduced. The reader should be aware that this treatment is particularly feasible for complicated three-dimensional and/or delocalized systems that are intractable when applied to conventional or other linear scaling methods.

  19. Nonlinear optical properties and optical power limiting effect of Giemsa dye

    Al-Saidi, Imad Al-Deen Hussein A.; Abdulkareem, Saif Al-Deen


    The nonlinear optical properties of Giemsa dye in chloroform solution for different concentrations and dye mixed with poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) as a dye-doped polymer film were investigated using continuous wave (CW) low power solid-state laser (SSL) operating at wavelength of 532 nm as an excitation source. Using the single beam z-scan technique, the nonlinear refractive index (n2), the nonlinear absorption coefficient (β), and the third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility (χ(3)) of Giemsa dye were measured. The measurements reveal that both n2 and β are dependent on the dye concentration. The obtained results indicate that the Giemsa dye exhibits positive nonlinear saturable absorption (SA) and negative refraction nonlinearity, manifestation of self-defocusing effect. Optical power limiting characteristics of the Giemsa dye at different concentrations in solution and polymer film were studied. The observed large third-order optical nonlinearity of Giemsa dye confirms that Giemsa dye is a promising nonlinear material for the optical power limiting and photonic devices applications.

  20. Materials for Nonlinear Optics Chemical Perspectives


    introduced into LB muldilayers built from 1/1 mixtures with an amphiphilic cyclodextrin . The polyenic chains are again perpendicular to the substrate...molecules in inorganic matrices. The encapsulated molecules can be used to induce new optical properties in the material or to probe the changes at are discussed here. First, laser dyes including rhodamines and coumarins are encapsulated . The resulting doped gel-glasses exhibit optical gain

  1. Nonlinear Real-Time Optical Signal Processing.


    8217 " University of Southern CaliforniaN JU Los Angeles, California 90089-0272 " --;984. ,’ I ’I Research Sponsored by the ., k Air Force Office of...concentrates on experimental results from the sixteen gate clocked master-slave optical flip-flop. A second paper " Architectures for a Sequential Optical Logic...purpose computer could permit the realization of a number of architectural advantages over semiconductor electronics [27]. These advantages include

  2. Optical Beams in Nonlocal Nonlinear Media

    Królikowski, W.; Bang, Ole; Wyller, J.


    We discuss propagation of optical beams in nonlocal Kerr-like media with the nonlocality of general form. We study the effect of nonlocality on modulational instability of the plane wave fronts, collapse of finite beams and formation of spatial solitons.......We discuss propagation of optical beams in nonlocal Kerr-like media with the nonlocality of general form. We study the effect of nonlocality on modulational instability of the plane wave fronts, collapse of finite beams and formation of spatial solitons....

  3. Application of Novel Nonlinear Optical Materials to Optical Processing

    Banerjee, Partha P.


    We describe wave mixing and interactions in nonlinear photorefractive polymers and disodium flourescein. Higher diffracted orders yielding forward phase conjugation can be generated in a two-wave mixing geometry in photorefractive polymers, and this higher order can be used for image edge enhancement and correlation. Four-wave mixing and phase conjugation is studied using nonlinear disodium floureschein, and the nature and properties of gratings written in this material are investigated.

  4. Theoretical Investigation on the Second-order Nonlinear Optical Properties of Chiral Amino Acid Zinc(Ⅱ) Porphyrins

    LIU Hai-Yang; TIAN Jun-Chun; YING Xiao; XU Zhi-Guang; LIAO Shi-Jun; CHANG Chi-Kwong


    Static second-order nonlinear optical effects of amino acid zinc(II) porphyrins 1, 2, 3 and 4 were calculated by the TDHF/PM3 method based on the molecular structures optimized at the semiempirical PM3 quantum chemistry level, showing due to the cancellation of symmetric center, these amino acid zinc(II) porphyrins exhibit second order nonlinear optical response. The analysis of β components indicated that these amino acid zinc(II) porphyrins are of multipolarizabilities, and they may be ascribed as the "mixture" of octupolar and dipoar molecules with ||βJ=3||/||βJ=1|| ≈ 5. It is found that there are no significant differences between the static β values of non-chiral and chiral amino acid zinc(II) porphyrins. However, the βxyz component, which is quite important to quadratic macroscopic х (2) susceptibility of chiral material, is increased significantly with the increase of side chain group of amino acids.

  5. Nonlinear Optical BBO Crystals: Growth, Properties and Applications



    Low temperature phase barium metaborate β-BaB2O4 (BBO) is an important nonlinear optical material. Up to now, the BBO single crystals with large size and good optical quality were grown from Na2O or NaF fluxed solvents by the top-seeded solution growth (TSSG) technique with or without pulling. In order to improve the growth rate and quality of BBO crystals, several new techniques such as continuous feeding, forced stirring and cooling growing crystals etc. have been suggested. Applications of BBO as an excellent nonlinear optical crystal include mainly frequency conversion of various laser radiation, high average power frequency conversion, frequency doubling of ultrashort pulses and broadly tunable optical parametric oscillators (OPO).This paper is a brief review on the growth, properties and applications of BBO crystals.

  6. A Strategy for the Development of Macromolecular Nonlinear Optical Materials


    obsolete. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF THIS PAGE STRATEGY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MACROMOLECULAR NONLINEAR OPTICAL MATERIALS Braja K. Mandala , Jan-Chan...materials is significantly different from the conventional inorganic NLO materials. The extent of second order (quadratic) NLO effect such as a criterion of paramount importance for a large second order electro-optic effect in organic materials 8 ,9 . The most common approach to obtain

  7. Nonlinear Optical Properties and Femtosecond Laser Micromachining of Special Glasses

    Almeida,Juliana M. P.; Gustavo F. B. Almeida; Boni, Leonardo De; Cleber R. Mendonça


    Materials specially designed for photonics have been at the vanguard of chemistry, physics and materials science, driven by the development of new technologies. One particular class of materials investigated in this context are glasses, that in principle should exhibit high third order optical nonlinearities and fast response time, whose optical properties can be tailored by compositional changes, such as, for instance, the incorporation of metallic nanoparticles to explore plasmon resonances...

  8. Harmonic nanoparticles: noncentrosymmetric metal oxides for nonlinear optics

    Rogov, Andrii; Mugnier, Yannick; Bonacina, Luigi


    The combination of nonlinear optics and nanotechnology is an extremely rich scientific domain yet widely unexplored. We present here a review of recent optical investigations on noncentrosymmetric oxide nanoparticles with a large ${{\\chi }^{(2)}}$ response, often referred to as harmonic nanoparticles (HNPs). HNPs feature a series of properties which distinguish them from other photonics nanoprobes (quantum dots, up-conversion nanoparticles, noble metal particles). HNPs emission is inherently ...

  9. Improved optical performance monitoring technique based on nonlinear optics for high-speed WDM Nyquist systems

    Guesmi, Latifa; Menif, Mourad


    The field of fiber optics nonlinearity is more discussed last years due to such remarkable enhancement in the nonlinear processes efficiency. In this paper, and for optical performance monitoring (OPM), a new achievement of nonlinear effects has been investigated. The use of cross-phase modulation (XPM) and four-wave mixing (FWM) effects between input optical signal and inserted continuous-wave probe has proposed for impairments monitoring. Indeed, transmitting a multi-channels phase modulated signal at high data rate (1 Tbps WDM Nyquist NRZ- DP-QPSK) improves the sensitivity and the dynamic range monitoring. It was observed by simulation results that various optical parameters including optical power, wavelength, chromatic dispersion (CD), polarization mode dispersion (PMD), optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR), Q-factor and so on, can be monitored. Also, the effect of increasing the channel spacing between WDM signals is studied and proved its use for FWM power monitoring.

  10. Structure property relationships for the nonlinear optical response of fullerenes

    Rustagi, Kailash C.; Ramaniah, Lavanya M.; Nair, Selvakumar V.


    We present a phenomenological theory of nonlinear optical response of fullerenes. An empirical tight-binding model is used in conjunction with a classical electromagnetic picture for the screening. Since in bulk media such a picture of screening corresponds to the self- consistent field approach, the only additional approximation involved in our approach is the neglect of nonlocality. We obtain reliable estimates for the linear and nonlinear susceptibilities of C60, C70, C76 and other pure carbon fullerenes and also substituted fullerenes. The relatively large values of (beta) that we obtain for C76 and substituted fullerenes appear promising for the development of fullerene-based nonlinear optical materials. Our phenomenological picture of screening provides a good understanding of the linear absorption spectra of higher fullerenes and predicts that a comparison of the one-photon and multi-photon spectra will provide an insight into screening effects in these systems.

  11. Demonstration of a Chip-based Nonlinear Optical Isolator

    Hua, Shiyue; Jiang, Xiaoshun; Hua, Qian; Jiang, Liang; Xiao, Min


    Despite fundamentally challenging in integrated (nano)photonics, achieving chip-based light nonreciprocity becomes increasingly urgent in signal processing and optical communications. Because of material incompatibilities in conventional approaches based on Faraday effects, alternative solutions have resorted to nonlinear processes to obtain one-way transmission. However, revealed dynamic reciprocity in a recent theoretical analysis has pinned down the functionalities of these nonlinear isolators. To overcome this dynamic reciprocity, we here report the first demonstration of a nonlinear optical isolator on a silicon chip enforced by phase-matched parametric amplification. Using a high-Q microtoroid resonator, we realize highly nonreciprocal transport at the 1,550 nm wavelength when waves are simultaneously launched in both forward and backward directions. Our design, compatible with current CMOS technique, yields convincing isolation performance with sufficiently low insertion loss for a wide range of input ...

  12. Optoelectronic and nonlinear optical processes in low dimensional semiconductors

    B P Singh


    Spatial confinement of quantum excitations on their characteristic wavelength scale in low dimensional materials offers unique possibilities to engineer the electronic structure and thereby control their physical properties by way of simple manipulation of geometrical parameters. This has led to an overwhelming interest in quasi-zero dimensional semiconductors or quantum dots as tunable materials for multitude of exciting applications in optoelectronic and nonlinear optical devices and quantum information processing. Large nonlinear optical response and high luminescence quantum yield expected in these systems is a consequence of huge enhancement of transition probabilities ensuing from quantum confinement. High quantum efficiency of photoluminescence, however, is not usually realized in the case of bare semiconductor nanoparticles owing to the presence of surface states. In this talk, I will focus on the role of quantum confinement and surface states in ascertaining nonlinear optical and optoelectronic properties of II–VI semiconductor quantum dots and their nanocomposites. I will also discuss the influence of nonlinear optical processes on their optoelectronic characteristics.

  13. Generalized dispersive wave emission in nonlinear fiber optics.

    Webb, K E; Xu, Y Q; Erkintalo, M; Murdoch, S G


    We show that the emission of dispersive waves in nonlinear fiber optics is not limited to soliton-like pulses propagating in the anomalous dispersion regime. We demonstrate, both numerically and experimentally, that pulses propagating in the normal dispersion regime can excite resonant dispersive radiation across the zero-dispersion wavelength into the anomalous regime.

  14. Nonlinear interaction of meta-atoms through optical coupling

    Slobozhanyuk, A. P.; Kapitanova, P. V.; Filonov, D. S.; Belov, P. A. [National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO), St. Petersburg 197101 (Russian Federation); Powell, D. A. [Nonlinear Physics Centre and Centre for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200 (Australia); Shadrivov, I. V.; Kivshar, Yu. S. [National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO), St. Petersburg 197101 (Russian Federation); Nonlinear Physics Centre and Centre for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200 (Australia); Lapine, M., E-mail: [National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO), St. Petersburg 197101 (Russian Federation); Centre for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), School of Physics, University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006 (Australia); McPhedran, R. C. [Centre for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), School of Physics, University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006 (Australia)


    We propose and experimentally demonstrate a multi-frequency nonlinear coupling mechanism between split-ring resonators. We engineer the coupling between two microwave resonators through optical interaction, whilst suppressing the direct electromagnetic coupling. This allows for a power-dependent interaction between the otherwise independent resonators, opening interesting opportunities to address applications in signal processing, filtering, directional coupling, and electromagnetic compatibility.

  15. Investigation of Nonlinear Optical Properties of Semiconductors.


    optical studies of InSb NI. W. Goodwin" and D. G. Seiler Center jo .4pphed Quurntm Electronics, Department of Phytics , North 1exu.% State Unuvpieroty...lnSb, in zero magnetic field, is that of Pidgeon anJ data, aside from two-photon absorption, could be ab- co-workers,’ who give references to other

  16. Slow light enhanced optical nonlinearity in a silicon photonic crystal coupled-resonator optical waveguide.

    Matsuda, Nobuyuki; Kato, Takumi; Harada, Ken-Ichi; Takesue, Hiroki; Kuramochi, Eiichi; Taniyama, Hideaki; Notomi, Masaya


    We demonstrate highly enhanced optical nonlinearity in a coupled-resonator optical waveguide (CROW) in a four-wave mixing experiment. Using a CROW consisting of 200 coupled resonators based on width-modulated photonic crystal nanocavities in a line defect, we obtained an effective nonlinear constant exceeding 10,000 /W/m, thanks to slow light propagation combined with a strong spatial confinement of light achieved by the wavelength-sized cavities.

  17. Decay of high order optical vortices in anisotropic nonlinear optical media

    Mamaev, A.V.; Saffman, M.; Zozulya, A.A.


    We present an experimental and theoretical study of the decay of high order optical vortices in media with an anisotropic nonlocal nonlinearity. Vortices with charge n decay into an aligned array of n vortices of unit charge.......We present an experimental and theoretical study of the decay of high order optical vortices in media with an anisotropic nonlocal nonlinearity. Vortices with charge n decay into an aligned array of n vortices of unit charge....

  18. Implementation of Nonlinear Control Laws for an Optical Delay Line

    Hench, John J.; Lurie, Boris; Grogan, Robert; Johnson, Richard


    This paper discusses the implementation of a globally stable nonlinear controller algorithm for the Real-Time Interferometer Control System Testbed (RICST) brassboard optical delay line (ODL) developed for the Interferometry Technology Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The control methodology essentially employs loop shaping to implement linear control laws. while utilizing nonlinear elements as means of ameliorating the effects of actuator saturation in its coarse, main, and vernier stages. The linear controllers were implemented as high-order digital filters and were designed using Bode integral techniques to determine the loop shape. The nonlinear techniques encompass the areas of exact linearization, anti-windup control, nonlinear rate limiting and modal control. Details of the design procedure are given as well as data from the actual mechanism.

  19. Broadband excitation and collection in fiber-optic nonlinear endomicroscopy

    Prakash Ghimire, Navin; Bao, Hongchun; Gu, Min


    Broadband excitation and collection in a fiber-optic nonlinear endomicroscope are realized by using a single hollow-core double-clad photonic crystal fiber and a gradient index lens. Femtosecond pulses with central wavelengths in the range of 750-850 nm can be directly delivered through the core of the fiber for nonlinear excitation without pre-chirping. A gradient index lens with numerical aperture 0.8 designed to operate over the near-infrared wavelength range is used for focusing the laser beam from the fiber for nonlinear excitation and for collecting the fluorescent signal from the sample. This compact system is suitable to perform nonlinear imaging of multiple fluorophors in the wavelength range of 750-850 nm.

  20. Nonlinear optical switching behavior in the solid state: A theoretical investigation on anils

    Ségerie, Audrey


    The linear (π(1)) and second-order nonlinear (π(2)) optical properties of two anil crystals, [N-(4-hydroxy)-salicylidene-amino-4-(methylbenzoate) and N-(3,5-di-tert- butylsalicylidene)-4-aminopyridine, denoted 4A and 4P, respectively], as well as the optical contrasts upon switching between their enol (E) and keto (K) forms, have been investigated by combining the molecular responses calculated using quantum chemistry methods and an electrostatic interaction scheme to account for the local field effects. It is found that intermolecular interactions impact differently the K/E optical contrasts in the two systems, which illustrates the importance of the supramolecular organization on the macroscopic responses. In 4A, the surrounding effects on the (hyper)polarizabilities are similar in the enol and keto forms, leading to optical contrasts very close to those of the isolated molecule. In contrast, an enhancement of the second-order susceptibility is observed in the keto form of 4P, leading to a large π(2)(K)/π(2)(E) contrast. Moreover, the π(2)(4A)/π(2)(4P) ratio for the most stable enol forms is obtained to be in good agreement with previous experimental investigations, which supports the reliability of the computational procedure. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  1. van't Hoff-Arrhenius Analysis of Mesoscopic and Macroscopic Dynamics of Simple Biochemical Systems: Stochastic vs. Nonlinear Bistabilities

    Zhang, Yunxin; Qian, Hong


    Multistability of mesoscopic, driven biochemical reaction systems has implications to a wide range of cellular processes. Using several simple models, we show that one class of bistable chemical systems has a deterministic counterpart in the nonlinear dynamics based on the Law of Mass Action, while another class, widely known as noise-induced stochastic bistability, does not. Observing the system's volume ($V$) playing a similar role as the inverse temperature ($\\beta$) in classical rate theory, an van't Hoff-Arrhenius like analysis is introduced. In one-dimensional systems, a transition rate between two states, represented in terms of a barrier in the landscape for the dynamics $\\Phi(x,V)$, $k\\propto\\exp\\{-V\\Delta\\Phi^{\\ddag}(V)\\}$, can be understood from a decomposition $\\Delta\\Phi^{\\ddag}(V) \\approx\\Delta\\phi_0^{\\ddag} \\Delta\\phi_1^{\\ddag}/V$. Nonlinear bistability means $\\Delta\\phi_0^{\\ddag}>0$ while stochastic bistability has $\\Delta\\phi_0^{\\ddag}0$. Stochastic bistabilities can be viewed as remants (or ...

  2. Nonlinear Dynamics of Photonics for Optical Signal Processing - Optical Frequency Conversion and Optical DSB-to-SSB Conversion


    processing - optical frequency conversion and optical DSB -to-SSB conversion 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER FA2386-14-1-0006 5b. GRANT NUMBER Grant 134113...nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor lasers for certain optical signal processing functionalities, including optical DSB -to-SSB conversion, photonic...conversion and optical DSB -to-SSB conversion Performance Period May 30, 2014 ~ May 29, 2015 Principal Investigator Name: Sheng-Kwang Hwang Position

  3. Kyropoulos method for growth of nonlinear optical organic crystal ABP (4-aminobenzophenone) from the melt

    Pan, Shoukui; Okano, Y.; Tsunekawa, S.; Fukuda, T.


    The Kyropoulus method was used to grow nonlinear optical organic crystals ABP (4-aminobenzophenone). The crystals were characterized by nonlinear optical measurements and had a large effect of frequency doubling.

  4. Quantum nonlinear optics with single photons enabled by strongly interacting atoms

    Peyronel, Thibault; Firstenberg, Ofer; Liang, Qi Yu


    The realization of strong nonlinear interactions between individual light quanta (photons) is a long-standing goal in optical science and engineering, being of both fundamental and technological significance. In conventional optical materials, the nonlinearity at light powers corresponding...

  5. Power-transfer effects in monomode optical nonlinear waveguiding structures.

    Jakubczyk, Z; Jerominek, H; Patela, S; Tremblay, R; Delisle, C


    We describe power-transfer effects, over a certain threshold, among constituents of planar waveguiding structures consisting of an optical linear layer deposited onto a nonlinear substrate (CdS(x)Se(1-x)-doped glass). Proper selection of the thickness of the linear waveguiding film and the refractive index of the linear cladding allows one to obtain optical transistor action and to construct all-optical AND, OR, NOT, and XOR logic gates. The effects appear for the TE(0) guided mode.

  6. Covariant Description of Transformation Optics in Linear and Nonlinear Media

    Paul, Oliver


    The technique of transformation optics (TO) is an elegant method for the design of electromagnetic media with tailored optical properties. In this paper, we focus on the formal structure of TO theory. By using a complete covariant formalism, we present a general transformation law that holds for arbitrary materials including bianisotropic, magneto-optical, nonlinear and moving media. Due to the principle of general covariance, the formalism is applicable to arbitrary space-time coordinate transformations and automatically accounts for magneto-electric coupling terms. The formalism is demonstrated for the calculation of the second harmonic generation in a twisted TO concentrator.

  7. Detecting nonlinear acoustic waves in liquids with nonlinear dipole optical antennae

    Maksymov, Ivan S


    Ultrasound is an important imaging modality for biological systems. High-frequency ultrasound can also (e.g., via acoustical nonlinearities) be used to provide deeply penetrating and high-resolution imaging of vascular structure via catheterisation. The latter is an important diagnostic in vascular health. Typically, ultrasound requires sources and transducers that are greater than, or of order the same size as the wavelength of the acoustic wave. Here we design and theoretically demonstrate that single silver nanorods, acting as optical nonlinear dipole antennae, can be used to detect ultrasound via Brillouin light scattering from linear and nonlinear acoustic waves propagating in bulk water. The nanorods are tuned to operate on high-order plasmon modes in contrast to the usual approach of using fundamental plasmon resonances. The high-order operation also gives rise to enhanced optical third-harmonic generation, which provides an important method for exciting the higher-order Fabry-Perot modes of the dipole...

  8. Optical nonlinearities of small polarons in lithium niobate

    Imlau, Mirco; Badorreck, Holger; Merschjann, Christoph


    An overview of optical nonlinearities of small bound polarons is given, which can occur in the congruently melting composition of LiNbO3. Such polarons decisively influence the linear and nonlinear optical performance of this material that is important for the field of optics and photonics. On the basis of an elementary phenomenological approach, the localization of carriers in a periodic lattice with intrinsic defects is introduced. It is applied to describe the binding energies of four electron and hole small polarons in LiNbO3: small free NbNb4 + polarons, small bound NbLi4 + polarons, small bound NbLi4 +:NbNb4 + bipolarons, and small bound O- hole polarons. For the understanding of their linear interaction with light, an optically induced transfer between nearest-neighboring polaronic sites is assumed. It reveals spectrally well separated optical absorption features in the visible and near-infrared spectral range, their small polaron peak energies and lineshapes. Nonlinear interaction of light is assigned to the optical formation of short-lived small polarons as a result of carrier excitation by means of band-to-band transitions. It is accompanied by the appearance of a transient absorption being spectrally constituted by the individual fingerprints of the small polarons involved. The relaxation dynamics of the transients is thermally activated and characterized phenomenologically by a stretched exponential behavior, according to incoherent 3D small polaron hopping between regular and defect sites of the crystal lattice. It is shown that the analysis of the dynamics is a useful tool for revealing the recombination processes between small polarons of different charge. Nonlinear interaction of small polarons with light furthermore results in changes of the index of refraction. Besides its causal relation to the transients via Kramers-Kronig relation, pronounced index changes may occur due to optically generated electric fields modulating the index of refraction

  9. Third-order optical nonlinearities of PVP/Pd nanohybrids

    Papagiannouli, I.; Potamianos, D.; Krasia-Christoforou, T.; Couris, S.


    Pd nanoparticles stabilized by polyvinylpyrrolidone were synthesized following mild reduction of palladium ion complexes. Their morphology and optical properties were characterized using Transmission Electron Microscopy, Dynamic Light Scattering and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy to confirm the existence of monodispersed, low-dimensional single nanoparticles. Furthermore, their third-order nonlinear optical properties were investigated by means of the Z-scan technique, using 35 ps and 4 ns laser pulses, both in the visible (532 nm) and in the infrared (1064 nm). These results denote that the surface plasmon resonance is not significantly contributing to the nonlinear optical response of Pd nanoparticles. In contrast, a two photon absorption process was found to contribute to the observed response. The present results are discussed and compared with previous literature findings.

  10. Nonlinear Silicon Photonic Signal Processing Devices for Future Optical Networks

    Cosimo Lacava


    Full Text Available In this paper, we present a review on silicon-based nonlinear devices for all optical nonlinear processing of complex telecommunication signals. We discuss some recent developments achieved by our research group, through extensive collaborations with academic partners across Europe, on optical signal processing using silicon-germanium and amorphous silicon based waveguides as well as novel materials such as silicon rich silicon nitride and tantalum pentoxide. We review the performance of four wave mixing wavelength conversion applied on complex signals such as Differential Phase Shift Keying (DPSK, Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (QPSK, 16-Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM and 64-QAM that dramatically enhance the telecom signal spectral efficiency, paving the way to next generation terabit all-optical networks.

  11. Space vehicle pose estimation via optical correlation and nonlinear estimation

    Rakoczy, John M.; Herren, Kenneth A.


    A technique for 6-degree-of-freedom (6DOF) pose estimation of space vehicles is being developed. This technique draws upon recent developments in implementing optical correlation measurements in a nonlinear estimator, which relates the optical correlation measurements to the pose states (orientation and position). For the optical correlator, the use of both conjugate filters and binary, phase-only filters in the design of synthetic discriminant function (SDF) filters is explored. A static neural network is trained a priori and used as the nonlinear estimator. New commercial animation and image rendering software is exploited to design the SDF filters and to generate a large filter set with which to train the neural network. The technique is applied to pose estimation for rendezvous and docking of free-flying spacecraft and to terrestrial surface mobility systems for NASA's Vision for Space Exploration. Quantitative pose estimation performance will be reported. Advantages and disadvantages of the implementation of this technique are discussed.

  12. Slow light, induced dispersion, enhanced nonlinearity, and optical solitons in a resonator-array waveguide.

    E Heebner, John; Boyd, Robert W; Park, Q-Han


    We describe an optical transmission line that consists of an array of wavelength-scale optical disk resonators coupled to an optical waveguide. Such a structure leads to exotic optical characteristics, including ultraslow group velocities of propagation, enhanced optical nonlinearities, and large dispersion with a controllable magnitude and sign. This device supports soliton propagation, which can be described by a generalized nonlinear Schrodinger equation.

  13. Liquid-state acoustically-nonlinear nanoplasmonic source of optical frequency combs

    Maksymov, Ivan S


    Nonlinear acoustic interactions in liquids are effectively stronger than nonlinear optical interactions in solids. Thus, harnessing these interactions will offer new possibilities in the design of ultra-compact nonlinear photonic devices. We theoretically demonstrate a hybrid, liquid-state and nanoplasmonic, source of optical frequency combs compatible with fibre-optic technology. This source relies on a nanoantenna to harness the strength of nonlinear acoustic effects and synthesise optical spectra from ultrasound.

  14. Second-order nonlinear optical metamaterials: ABC-type nanolaminates

    Alloatti, L., E-mail:; Kieninger, C.; Lauermann, M.; Köhnle, K. [Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); Froelich, A.; Wegener, M. [Institute of Applied Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); DFG-Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institute of Nanotechnology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Frenzel, T. [Institute of Applied Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); Freude, W. [Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Leuthold, J.; Koos, C., E-mail: [Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); DFG-Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76128 Karlsruhe (Germany); Institute for Microstructure Technology (IMT), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)


    We demonstrate a concept for second-order nonlinear metamaterials that can be obtained from non-metallic centrosymmetric constituents with inherently low optical absorption. The concept is based on iterative atomic-layer deposition of three different materials, A = Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, B = TiO{sub 2}, and C = HfO{sub 2}. The centrosymmetry of the resulting ABC stack is broken since the ABC and the inverted CBA sequences are not equivalent—a necessary condition for non-zero second-order nonlinearity. In our experiments, we find that the bulk second-order nonlinear susceptibility depends on the density of interfaces, leading to a nonlinear susceptibility of 0.26 pm/V at a wavelength of 800 nm. ABC-type nanolaminates can be deposited on virtually any substrate and offer a promising route towards engineering of second-order optical nonlinearities at both infrared and visible wavelengths.




    Full Text Available In communication system, the noise process must be known, in order to compute the system performance. The nonlinear effects act as strong perturbation in long- haul system. This perturbation effects the signal, when interact with amplitude noise, and results in random motion of the phase of the signal. Based on the perturbation theory, the variance of nonlinear phase noise contaminated by both self- and cross-phase modulation, is derived analytically for phase-shift- keying system. Through this work, it is investigated that for longer transmission distance, 40-Gb/s systems are more sensitive to nonlinear phase noise as compared to 50-Gb/s systems. Also, when transmitting the data through the fiber optic link, bit errors are produced due to various effects such as noise from optical amplifiers and nonlinearity occurring in fiber. On the basis of the simulation results , we have compared the bit error rate based on 8-PSK with theoretical results, and result shows that in real time approach, the bit error rate is high for the same signal to noise ratio. MATLAB software is used to validate the analytical expressions for the variance of nonlinear phase noise.

  16. Contactless nonlinear optics mediated by long-range Rydberg interactions

    Busche, Hannes; Huillery, Paul; Ball, Simon W.; Ilieva, Teodora; Jones, Matthew P. A.; Adams, Charles S.


    In conventional nonlinear optics, linear quantum optics, and cavity quantum electrodynamics to create effective photon-photon interactions photons must have, at one time, interacted with matter inside a common medium. In contrast, in Rydberg quantum optics, optical photons are coherently and reversibly mapped onto collective atomic Rydberg excitations, giving rise to dipole-mediated effective photon-photon interactions that are long range. Consequently, a spatial overlap between the light modes is no longer required. We demonstrate such a contactless coupling between photons stored as collective Rydberg excitations in spatially separate optical media. The potential induced by each photon modifies the retrieval mode of its neighbour, leading to correlations between them. We measure these correlations as a function of interaction strength, distance and storage time, demonstrating an effective interaction between photons separated by 15 times their wavelength. Contactless effective photon-photon interactions are relevant for scalable multichannel photonic devices and the study of strongly correlated many-body dynamics using light.

  17. Nonlinear Optical Parameters of Magnetoactive Semiconductor-Plasmas

    Singh, M.; Joseph, D.; Duhan, S.

    The nonlinear optical parameters (absorption coefficient and refractive index) of semiconductor-plasmas subjected to a transverse magnetic field have been investigated analytically. By employing the coupled-mode scheme, an expression of third-order optical susceptibility and resultant nonlinear absorption and refractive index of the medium are obtained. The analysis has been applied to both cases, viz., centrosymmetric (β = 0) and noncentrosymmetric (β ≠ 0) in the presence of magnetic field. The numerical estimates are made for InSb crystal at liquid nitrogen temperature duly irradiated by a 10-nanosecond pulsed 10.6 μm CO2 laser. The influence of doping concentration and magnetic field on both the nonlinear absorption and refractive index has been explored, and the results are found to be well in agreement with theory and experiment. Analysis further establishes that absorption coefficient and refractive index can be controlled with precision in semiconductors by the proper selection of doping concentration and an external magnetic field, and hence these media may be used for fabrication of fast cubic nonlinear optical devices under off-resonant transition regime.

  18. Dispersive optical nonlinearities in an EIT-Rydberg medium

    Stanojevic, Jovica; Bimbard, Erwan; Ourjoumtsev, Alexei; Grangier, Philippe


    We investigate dispersive optical nonlinearities that arise from Rydberg excitation blockade in cold Rydberg gases. We consider a two-photon transition scheme and study the non-linear response to a weak optical probe in presence of a strong control beam. For very low probe fields, the dominant nonlinearities are of the third order and they can be exactly evaluated in a steady state regime. In a more general case, the change in average atomic populations and coherences due to Rydberg interactions can be characterized by properly defined scaling parameters, which are generally complex numbers but in certain situations take the usual meaning of the number of atoms in a blockade sphere. They can be used in a simple "universal scaling" formula to determine the dispersive optical nonlinearity of the medium. We also develop a novel technique to account for the Rydberg interaction effects, by simplifying the treatment of nonlocal interaction terms, the so-called collisional integrals. We find algebraic relations that...

  19. Deterministic quantum nonlinear optics with single atoms and virtual photons

    Kockum, Anton Frisk; Miranowicz, Adam; Macrı, Vincenzo; Savasta, Salvatore; Nori, Franco


    We show how analogs of a large number of well-known nonlinear-optics phenomena can be realized with one or more two-level atoms coupled to one or more resonator modes. Through higher-order processes, where virtual photons are created and annihilated, an effective deterministic coupling between two states of such a system can be created. In this way, analogs of three-wave mixing, four-wave mixing, higher-harmonic and -subharmonic generation (i.e., up- and down-conversion), multiphoton absorption, parametric amplification, Raman and hyper-Raman scattering, the Kerr effect, and other nonlinear processes can be realized. In contrast to most conventional implementations of nonlinear optics, these analogs can reach unit efficiency, only use a minimal number of photons (they do not require any strong external drive), and do not require more than two atomic levels. The strength of the effective coupling in our proposed setups becomes weaker the more intermediate transition steps are needed. However, given the recent experimental progress in ultrastrong light-matter coupling and improvement of coherence times for engineered quantum systems, especially in the field of circuit quantum electrodynamics, we estimate that many of these nonlinear-optics analogs can be realized with currently available technology.

  20. (DARPA) Nonlinear Optics at Low Light Levels


    Stokes and anti-Stokes photons are transmitted through 10 GHz electro- optic amplitude modulators ( Eospace Inc.) with a half-wave voltage, Vπ of 1.3V. To...sinusoidal phase modulators ( EOSPACE ) which are driven at 30 GHz with modulation depths of about 1.5 radians. To set the modulation depth, we adjust...variable attenuator, (e) Atm Inc. P1409-360 phase trimmer, (f) Nextec-RF NA00435 amplifiers, (g) MegaPhase CA- V1K2 K to V coaxial adapters, (h) EOSPACE

  1. Ultrafast Nyquist OTDM demultiplexing using optical Nyquist pulse sampling in an all-optical nonlinear switch.

    Hirooka, Toshihiko; Seya, Daiki; Harako, Koudai; Suzuki, Daiki; Nakazawa, Masataka


    We propose the ultrahigh-speed demultiplexing of Nyquist OTDM signals using an optical Nyquist pulse as both a signal and a sampling pulse in an all-optical nonlinear switch. The narrow spectral width of the Nyquist pulses means that the spectral overlap between data and control pulses is greatly reduced, and the control pulse itself can be made more tolerant to dispersion and nonlinear distortions inside the nonlinear switch. We apply the Nyquist control pulse to the 640 to 40 Gbaud demultiplexing of DPSK and DQPSK signals using a nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM), and demonstrate a large performance improvement compared with conventional Gaussian control pulses. We also show that the optimum spectral profile of the Nyquist control pulse depends on the walk-off property of the NOLM.

  2. Second-order nonlinear optical microscopy of spider silk

    Zhao, Yue; Hien, Khuat Thi Thu; Mizutani, Goro; Rutt, Harvey N.


    Asymmetric β-sheet protein structures in spider silk should induce nonlinear optical interaction such as second harmonic generation (SHG) which is experimentally observed for a radial line and dragline spider silk using an imaging femtosecond laser SHG microscope. By comparing different spider silks, we found that the SHG signal correlates with the existence of the protein β-sheets. Measurements of the polarization dependence of SHG from the dragline indicated that the β-sheet has a nonlinear response depending on the direction of the incident electric field. We propose a model of what orientation the β-sheet takes in spider silk.

  3. Self-characterization of linear and nonlinear adaptive optics systems

    Hampton, Peter J.; Conan, Rodolphe; Keskin, Onur; Bradley, Colin; Agathoklis, Pan


    We present methods used to determine the linear or nonlinear static response and the linear dynamic response of an adaptive optics (AO) system. This AO system consists of a nonlinear microelectromechanical systems deformable mirror (DM), a linear tip-tilt mirror (TTM), a control computer, and a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor. The system is modeled using a single-input-single-output structure to determine the one-dimensional transfer function of the dynamic response of the chain of system hardware. An AO system has been shown to be able to characterize its own response without additional instrumentation. Experimentally determined models are given for a TTM and a DM.

  4. In vivo multimodal nonlinear optical imaging of mucosal tissue

    Sun, Ju; Shilagard, Tuya; Bell, Brent; Motamedi, Massoud; Vargas, Gracie


    We present a multimodal nonlinear imaging approach to elucidate microstructures and spectroscopic features of oral mucosa and submucosa in vivo. The hamster buccal pouch was imaged using 3-D high resolution multiphoton and second harmonic generation microscopy. The multimodal imaging approach enables colocalization and differentiation of prominent known spectroscopic and structural features such as keratin, epithelial cells, and submucosal collagen at various depths in tissue. Visualization of cellular morphology and epithelial thickness are in excellent agreement with histological observations. These results suggest that multimodal nonlinear optical microscopy can be an effective tool for studying the physiology and pathology of mucosal tissue.

  5. Nonlinear optical studies of relaxation in semiconductor microstructures

    Remillard, Jeffrey Thomas


    Exposing a semiconductor to optical radiation near the fundamental band gap results in the creation of populations or elementary excitations including electrons, holes, and excitons, and also results in the creation of a superposition state between the ground and excited state of the solid. The relaxation of optically generated excitons and carriers in semiconductor microstructures was studied using four wave mixing (FWM) spectroscopy. The systems studied include CdSSe microcrystallite doped glasses and GaA/AlGaAs multiple quantum well structures (MQWS). First, the nonlinear optical response of simple two level systems is examined in order to provide insight into the types of line shapes expected from semiconductors. It is shown that the line shape is strongly dependent on how the system is coupled to the reservoir and the consequences of coupling to a reservoir are examined in a FWM measurement made in atomic sodium. The first semiconductor system studied is CdSSe microcrystallite doped glass. This system is shown to have a very slow component to the nonlinear response which has an optical intensity dependence and temperature dependence which suggests that the FWM response in these materials is trap mediated. Room temperature FWM measurements in GaAs MQWS enables the measurement of the carrier recombination time and the ambipolar diffusion coefficient. Using the technique of correlated optical fields, a slow component to the nonlinear response was measured showing an interference profile which suggests a possible shift of the exciton resonance due to the optically generated carriers. At low temperatures, measurements of the exciton line shape and relaxation time were made and evidence for exciton spectral diffusion was found. The low temperature line shapes can be qualitatively reproduced using Modified Optical Bloch equations which include the effects of spectral diffusion.

  6. Nonlinear Quantum Optical Springs and Their Nonclassical Properties

    M.J. Faghihi; M.K. Tavassoly


    The original idea of quantum optical spring arises from the requirement of quantization of the frequency of oscillations in the Hamiltonian of harmonic oscillator. This purpose is achieved by considering a spring whose constant (and so its frequency) depends on the quantum states ofanother system. Recently, it is realized that by the assumption of frequency modulation of ω to ω √1+ μα+α the mentioned idea can be established. In the present paper, we generalize the approach of quantum optical spring with particular attention to the dependence or trequency to the intensity of radiation field that naturally observes in the nonlinear coherent states, from which we arrive at a physical system has been called by us as nonlinear quantum optical spring. Then, after the introduction of the generalized tlamiltonian of nonlinear quantum optical spring and it's solution, we will investigate the nonclassical properties of the obtained states. Specially, typical collapse and revival in the distribution functions and squeezing parameters, as particular quantum features, will be revealed.

  7. Ablation and optical third-order nonlinearities in Ag nanoparticles

    Carlos Torres-Torres


    Full Text Available Carlos Torres-Torres1, Néstor Peréa-López2, Jorge Alejandro Reyes-Esqueda3, Luis Rodríguez-Fernández3, Alejandro Crespo-Sosa3, Juan Carlos Cheang-Wong3, Alicia Oliver31Section of Graduate Studies and Research, School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, National Polytechnic Institute, Zacatenco, Distrito Federal, Mexico; 2Laboratory for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research and Advanced Materials Department, IPICYT, Camino a la Presa San Jose, San Luis Potosi, Mexico; 3Instituto de Física, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, A.P. 20-364, México, D.F. 01000, MéxicoAbstract: The optical damage associated with high intensity laser excitation of silver nanoparticles (NPs was studied. In order to investigate the mechanisms of optical nonlinearity of a nanocomposite and their relation with its ablation threshold, a high-purity silica sample implanted with Ag ions was exposed to different nanosecond and picosecond laser irradiations. The magnitude and sign of picosecond refractive and absorptive nonlinearities were measured near and far from the surface plasmon resonance (SPR of the Ag NPs with a self-diffraction technique. Saturable optical absorption and electronic polarization related to self-focusing were identified. Linear absorption is the main process involved in nanosecond laser ablation, but nonlinearities are important for ultrashort picosecond pulses when the absorptive process become significantly dependent on the irradiance. We estimated that near the resonance, picosecond intraband transitions allow an expanded distribution of energy among the NPs, in comparison to the energy distribution resulting in a case of far from resonance, when the most important absorption takes place in silica. We measured important differences in the ablation threshold and we estimated that the high selectiveness of the SPR of Ag NPs as well as their corresponding optical nonlinearities can be strongly significant for laser

  8. Nonlinear optical response in doped conjugated polymers

    Harigaya, K


    Exciton effects on conjugated polymers are investigated in soliton lattice states. We use the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model with long-range Coulomb interactions. The Hartree-Fock (HF) approximation and the single-excitation configuration- interaction (single-CI) method are used to obtain optical absorption spectra. The third-harmonic generation (THG) at off-resonant frequencies is calculated as functions of the soliton concentration and the chain length of the polymer. The magnitude of the THG at the 10 percent doping increases by the factor about 10^2 from that of the neutral system. This is owing to the accumulation of the oscillator strengths at the lowest exciton with increasing the soliton concentration. The increase by the order two is common for several choices of Coulomb interaction strengths.

  9. Nonlinear optics with coherent free electron lasers

    Bencivenga, F.; Capotondi, F.; Mincigrucci, R.; Cucini, R.; Manfredda, M.; Pedersoli, E.; Principi, E.; Simoncig, A.; Masciovecchio, C.


    We interpreted the recent construction of free electron laser (FELs) facilities worldwide as an unprecedented opportunity to bring concepts and methods from the scientific community working with optical lasers into the domain of x-ray science. This motivated our efforts towards the realization of FEL-based wave-mixing applications. In this article we present new extreme ultraviolet transient grating (X-TG) data from vitreous SiO2, collected using two crossed FEL pulses (photon frequency 38 eV) to generate the X-TG and a phase matched optical probing pulse (photon frequency 3.1 eV). This experiment extends our previous investigation, which was carried out on a nominally identical sample using a different FEL photon frequency (45 eV) to excite the X-TG. The present data are featured by a peak intensity of the X-TG signal substantially larger than that previously reported and by slower modulations of the X-TG signal at positive delays. These differences could be ascribed to the different FEL photon energy used in the two experiments or to differences in the sample properties. A systematic X-TG study on the same sample as a function of the FEL wavelength is needed to draw a consistent conclusion. We also discuss how the advances in the performance of the FELs, in terms of generation of fully coherent photon pulses and multi-color FEL emission, may push the development of original experimental strategies to study matter at the femtosecond-nanometer time-length scales, with the unique option of element and chemical state specificity. This would allow the development of advanced experimental tools based on wave-mixing processes, which may have a tremendous impact in the study of a large array of phenomena, ranging from nano-dynamics in complex materials to charge and energy transfer processes.

  10. Intrinsic optical bistability between left-handed material and nonlinear optical materials

    Shi Hong-Yan; Jiang Yong-Yuan; Sun Xiu-Dong; Guo Ru-Hai; Zhao Yi-Ping


    The electromagnetic properties of the interface between a left-handed material and a conventional nonlinear material were investigated theoretically and numerically. We found a new phenomenon-optical bistability of the interface.It was shown that the incident intensity, incident angle and permeability ratio between the left-handed and the nonlinear materials could dramatically affect the optical bistable behaviour. We also compared the bistable behaviours of different electromagnetic modes. The results indicated that the TE mode was prior to the TM mode to obtain optical bistability for the same parameter.

  11. Size Dependent Optical Nonlinearity and Optical Limiting Properties of Water Soluble CdSe Quantum Dots

    Anju K. Augustine


    Full Text Available We present third-order optical nonlinear absorption in CdSe quantum dots (QDs with particle sizes in the range of 4.16–5.25 nm which has been evaluated by the Z-scan technique. At an excitation irradiance of 0.54 GW/cm2 the CdSe QDs exhibit reverse saturation indicating a clear nonlinear behavior. Nonlinearity increases with particle size in CdSe QDs within the range of our investigations which in turn depends on the optical band gap. The optical limiting threshold of the QDs varies from 0.35 GW/cm2 to 0.57 GW/cm2 which makes CdSe QDs a promising candidate for reverse-saturable absorption based devices at high laser intensities such as optical limiters.

  12. Nonlinear optical properties and optical limiting measurements of graphene oxide - Ag@TiO2 compounds

    Ebrahimi, M.; Zakery, A.; Karimipour, M.; Molaei, M.


    In this work Graphene Oxide (GO), Ag@TiO2 core-shells and GO-Ag@TiO2 compounds were prepared and experimentally verified. Using a low power laser diode with 532 nm wavelength, the magnitude and the sign of the nonlinear refractive index and nonlinear absorption were determined by the Z-scan technique. It was observed that the nonlinear absorption of GO-Ag@TiO2 mixture was higher than pure GO. The optical limiting effect of these samples was also investigated using the 2nd harmonics of a pulsed Nd-YAG laser at 532 nm. Our results showed that the sole Ag@TiO2 didn't show any appreciable optical limiting effect, however after just mixing with graphene oxide the threshold of optical limiting was increased and the compound showed an enhancement of optical limiting behavior compared to GO itself. The presented results are discussed and compared with other literature reports.

  13. Enhancement of second-order nonlinear-optical signals by optical stimulation

    Goodman, Aaron J


    Second-order nonlinear optical interactions such as sum- and difference-frequency generation are widely used for bioimaging and as selective probes of interfacial environments. However, inefficient nonlinear optical conversion often leads to poor signal-to-noise ratio and long signal acquisition times. Here, we demonstrate the dramatic enhancement of weak second-order nonlinear optical signals via stimulated sum- and difference-frequency generation. We present a conceptual framework to quantitatively describe the interaction and show that the process is highly sensitive to the relative optical phase of the stimulating field. To emphasize the utility of the technique, we demonstrate stimulated enhancement of second harmonic generation (SHG) from bovine collagen-I fibrils. Using a stimulating pulse fluence of only 3 nJ/cm2, we obtain an SHG enhancement >10^4 relative to the spontaneous signal. The stimulation enhancement is greatest in situations where spontaneous signals are the weakest - such as low laser pow...

  14. Nonlinear optical and optical limiting properties of polymeric carboxyl phthalocyanine coordinated with rare earth atom

    Zhao, Peng; Wang, Zonghua; Chen, Jishi; Zhou, Yu; Zhang, Fushi


    The nonlinear optical properties of the polymeric carboxyl phthalocyanine with lanthanum (LaPPc.COOH), holmium (HoPPc.COOH) and ytterbium (YbPPc.COOH) as centric atom, were investigated by the Z-scan method using a picosecond 532 nm laser. The synthesized phthalocyanines had steric polymeric structure and dissolved well in aqueous solution. The nonlinear optical response of them was attributed to the reverse saturable absorption and self-focus refraction. The nonlinear absorption properties decreased with the centric atoms changing from La, Ho to Yb. The largest second-order hyperpolarizability and optical limiting response threshold of LaPPc.COOH were 3.89 × 10-29 esu and 0.32 J/cm2, respectively. The reverse saturable absorption was explained by a three level mode of singlet excited state under the picosecond irradiation. The result indicates the steric structure presented additive stability of these polymeric phthalocyanines for their application as potential optical limiting materials.

  15. Modeling of dispersion and nonlinear characteristics of tapered photonic crystal fibers for applications in nonlinear optics

    Pakarzadeh, H.; Rezaei, S. M.


    In this article, we investigate for the first time the dispersion and the nonlinear characteristics of the tapered photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) as a function of length z, via solving the eigenvalue equation of the guided mode using the finite-difference frequency-domain method. Since the structural parameters such as the air-hole diameter and the pitch of the microstructured cladding change along the tapered PCFs, dispersion and nonlinear properties change with the length as well. Therefore, it is important to know the exact behavior of such fiber parameters along z which is necessary for nonlinear optics applications. We simulate the z dependency of the zero-dispersion wavelength, dispersion slope, effective mode area, nonlinear parameter, and the confinement loss along the tapered PCFs and propose useful relations for describing dispersion and nonlinear parameters. The results of this article, which are in a very good agreement with the available experimental data, are important for simulating pulse propagation as well as investigating nonlinear effects such as supercontinuum generation and parametric amplification in tapered PCFs.

  16. Large Enhancement of Optical Nonlinearities of New Organophosphorus Fullerene Derivative

    刘智波; 田建国; 臧维平; 周文远; 张春平; 郑建禺; 周迎春; 徐华


    Optical nonlinearities of new organophosphorus fullerene derivative were determined by the Z-scan method with a pulsed Q-switch Nd:YAG laser at 532nm. The experimental results demonstrated that the derivative has much larger excited-states nonlinear absorption and nonlinear refraction than C60. A five-level model was utilized to fit the experimental data, and a good agreement is reached. Some parameters such as excited-state absorption cross and refraction cross were obtained. To our knowledge, the excited-state cross section of new organophosphorus fullerene derivative and its effective ratio to the ground-state cross section are the largest values among the fullerene derivatives reported to date.

  17. Investigations in silicate glasses. I. Radiation damage. II. Optical nonlinearity. [Gamma rays and electrons

    Moran, M.J.


    The investigation of two poorly understood but technologically important physical properties of silicate glasses and related materials is described. The use of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance to investigate the nature of radiation-induced damage in glasses exposed to a variety of high-energy radiation sources is discussed first. Second, the measurement of the nonlinear index of refraction coefficient in a variety of optical materials related to the design of high-power laser systems is described. The radiation damage investigations rely heavily on the comparison of experimental results for different experimental situations. The comparison of EPR lineshapes, absolute spin densities and power saturation behavior is used to probe a variety of microscopic and macroscopic aspects of radiation damage in glasses. Comparison of radiation damage associated with exposure to gamma rays and fast neutrons (and combinations thereof) are interpreted in terms of the microscopic damage mechanisms which are expected to be associated with the specific radiations. Comparison of radiation damage behavior in different types of glasses is also interpreted in terms of the behavior expected for the specific materials. The body of data which is generated is found to be internally self-consistent and is also generally consistent with the radiation damage behavior expected for specific situations. A new and versatile technique for measuring the nonlinear index of refraction coefficient, n/sub 2/, in optical materials is described. The technique utilizes a 1 ns pulsed neodymium-glass laser system and time-resolved interferometry to determine the ratio of the coefficient n/sub 2/ of sample materials to the n/sub 2/ of CS/sub 2/. This method avoids some of the complications associated with performing absolute measurements of n/sub 2/ and allows the use of a relatively simple experimental technique. The measurements determine the nonlinear index ratios of the samples with an accuracy of about

  18. Quantum nonlinear optics with polar J-aggregates in microcavities

    Herrera, Felipe; Pachon, Leonardo A; Saikin, Semion K; Aspuru-Guzik, Alán


    We show that an ensemble of organic dye molecules with permanent electric dipole moments embedded in a microcavity can lead to strong optical nonlinearities at the single photon level. The strong long-range electrostatic interaction between chromophores due to their permanent dipoles introduces the desired nonlinearity of the light-matter coupling in the microcavity. We obtain the absorption spectra of a weak probe field under the influence of strong exciton-photon coupling with the cavity field. Using realistic parameters, we demonstrate that a single cavity photon can significantly modify the absorptive and dispersive response of the medium to a probe photon at a different frequency. Finally, we show that the system is in the regime of cavity-induced transparency with a broad transparency window for dye dimers. We illustrate our findings using pseudoisocyanine chloride (PIC) J-aggregates in currently-available optical microcavities.

  19. Preparation of the Inclusion Complex-Type Nonlinear Optical Polymer

    Li-Fen Wang


    Full Text Available This study uses the inclusion complex method to import nonlinear optical (NLO chromophores, disperse red1 (DR1, and spiropyran (SP, into the γ-CD cavity of the γ-cyclodextrin polymer (γ-CDP to prepare orderly aligned nonphotocontrollable and photocontrollable nonlinear optical polymers. Calculations support the ultraviolet/visible analyses and suggest the formation of the 1 : 2 DR1/γ-CDP and 1 : 2 SP/γ-CDP inclusion complexes. Upon complexation, the DR1 and SP molecules are free to align themselves along an applied electric field and show high order parameters of approximately 0.48 and 0.20, respectively. Reversible photochromic reactions exhibit that the SP/γ-CDP complex still retains the photochromic properties following corona poling.

  20. Chromatic and Dispersive Effects in Nonlinear Integrable Optics

    Webb, Stephen D; Valishev, Alexander; Nagaitsev, Sergei N; Danilov, Viatcheslav V


    Proton accumulator rings and other circular hadron accelerators are susceptible to intensity-driven parametric instabilities because the zero-current charged particle dynamics are characterized by a single tune. Landau damping can suppress these instabilities, which requires energy spread in the beam or introducing nonlinear magnets such as octupoles. However, this approach reduces dynamic aperture. Nonlinear integrable optics can suppress parametric instabilities independent of energy spread in the distribution, while preserving the dynamic aperture. This novel approach promises to reduce particle losses and enable order-of-magnitude increases in beam intensity. In this paper we present results, obtained using the Lie operator formalism, on how chromaticity and dispersion affect particle orbits in integrable optics. We conclude that chromaticity in general breaks the integrability, unless the vertical and horizontal chromaticities are equal. Because of this, the chromaticity correcting magnets can be weaker ...

  1. Nonlinear optical polarization analysis in chemistry and biology

    Simpson, Garth J


    This rigorous yet accessible guide presents a molecular-based description of nonlinear optical polarization analysis of chemical and biological assemblies. It includes discussion of the most common nonlinear optical microscopy and interfacial measurements used for quantitative analysis, specifically second harmonic generation (SHG), two-photon excited fluorescence (2PEF), vibrational sum frequency generation (SFG), and coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy/stimulated Raman spectroscopy (CARS/SRS). A linear algebra mathematical framework is developed, allowing step-wise systematic connections to be made between the observable measurements and the molecular response. Effects considered include local field corrections, the molecular orientation distribution, rotations between the molecular frame, the local frame and the laboratory frame, and simplifications from molecular and macromolecular symmetry. Specific examples are provided throughout the book, working from the common and relatively simple case studies ...

  2. Parametric Analysis of Fiber Non-Linearity in Optical systems

    Abhishek Anand


    Full Text Available With the advent of technology Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM is always an area of interest in the field of optical communication. When combined with Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA, it provides high data transmission rate and low attenuation. But due to fiber non-linearity such as Self Phase Modulation (SPM and Cross Phase Modulation (XPM the system performance has degraded. This non-linearity depends on different parameters of an optical system such as channel spacing, power of the channel and length of the fiber section. The degradation can be seen in terms of phase deviation and Bit Error Rate (BER performance. Even after dispersion compensation at the fiber end, residual pulse broadening still exists due to cross talk penalty.

  3. ZnS/PVA nanocomposites for nonlinear optical applications

    Ozga, K.; Michel, J.; Nechyporuk, B. D.; Ebothé, J.; Kityk, I. V.; Albassam, A. A.; El-Naggar, A. M.; Fedorchuk, A. O.


    We have found a correlation between ZnS nanocomposite nonlinear optical features and technological processing using electrolytic method. In the earlier researches this factor was neglected. However, it may open a new stage for operation by photovoltaic features of the well known semiconductors within a wide range of magnitudes. The titled nanostructured zinc sulfide (ZnS) was synthesized by electrolytic method. The obtained ZnS nano-crystallites possessed nano-particles sizes varying within 1.6 nm…1.8 nm. The titled samples were analyzed by XRD, HR-TEM, STEM, and nonlinear optical methods such as photo-induced two-photon absorption (TPA) and second harmonic generation (SHG). For this reason the nano-powders were embedded into the photopolymer poly(vinyl) alcohol (PVA) matrices. Role of aggregation in the mentioned properties is discussed. Possible origin of the such correlations are discussed.

  4. Nonlinear optical localization in embedded chalcogenide waveguide arrays

    Mingshan Li


    Full Text Available We report the nonlinear optical localization in an embedded waveguide array fabricated in chalcogenide glass. The array, which consists of seven waveguides with circularly symmetric cross sections, is realized by ultrafast laser writing. Light propagation in the chalcogenide waveguide array is studied with near infrared laser pulses centered at 1040 nm. The peak intensity required for nonlinear localization for the 1-cm long waveguide array was 35.1 GW/cm2, using 10-nJ pulses with 300-fs pulse width, which is 70 times lower than that reported in fused silica waveguide arrays and with over 7 times shorter interaction distance. Results reported in this paper demonstrated that ultrafast laser writing is a viable tool to produce 3D all-optical switching waveguide circuits in chalcogenide glass.

  5. Harmonic nanoparticles: noncentrosymmetric metal oxides for nonlinear optics

    Rogov, Andrii; Mugnier, Yannick; Bonacina, Luigi


    The combination of nonlinear optics and nanotechnology is an extremely rich scientific domain yet widely unexplored. We present here a review of recent optical investigations on noncentrosymmetric oxide nanoparticles with a large {{χ }(2)} response, often referred to as harmonic nanoparticles (HNPs). HNPs feature a series of properties which distinguish them from other photonics nanoprobes (quantum dots, up-conversion nanoparticles, noble metal particles). HNPs emission is inherently nonlinear and based on the efficient generation of harmonics as opposed to fluorescence or surface plasmon scattering. In addition, the fully coherent signal emitted by HNPs together with their polarization sensitive response and absence of resonant interaction make them appealing for several applications ranging from multi-photon (infrared) microscopy and holography, to cell tracking and sensing.

  6. Dynamic nonlinear thermal optical effects in coupled ring resonators

    Chenguang Huang


    Full Text Available We investigate the dynamic nonlinear thermal optical effects in a photonic system of two coupled ring resonators. A bus waveguide is used to couple light in and out of one of the coupled resonators. Based on the coupling from the bus to the resonator, the coupling between the resonators and the intrinsic loss of each individual resonator, the system transmission spectrum can be classified by three different categories: coupled-resonator-induced absorption, coupled-resonator-induced transparency and over coupled resonance splitting. Dynamic thermal optical effects due to linear absorption have been analyzed for each category as a function of the input power. The heat power in each resonator determines the thermal dynamics in this coupled resonator system. Multiple “shark fins” and power competition between resonators can be foreseen. Also, the nonlinear absorption induced thermal effects have been discussed.

  7. Nonlinear interface optical switch structure for dual mode switching revisited

    Bussjager, Rebecca J.; Osman, Joseph M.; Chaiken, Joseph


    There is a need for devices which will allow integration of photonic/optical computing subsystems into electronic computing architectures. This presentation reviews the nonlinear interface optical switch (NIOS) concept and then describes a new effect, the erasable optical memory (EOM) effect. We evaluate an extension of the NIOS device to allow simultaneous optical/electronic, i.e. dual mode, switching of light utilizing the EOM effect. Specific devices involve the fabrication of thin film tungsten (VI) oxide (WO3) and tungsten (V) oxide (W2O5) on the hypotenuse of glass (BK-7), fused silica (SiO2) and zinc selenide (ZnSe) right angle prisms. Chemical reactions and temporal response tests were performed and are discussed.

  8. Nonlinear random optical waves: Integrable turbulence, rogue waves and intermittency

    Randoux, Stéphane; Walczak, Pierre; Onorato, Miguel; Suret, Pierre


    We examine the general question of statistical changes experienced by ensembles of nonlinear random waves propagating in systems ruled by integrable equations. In our study that enters within the framework of integrable turbulence, we specifically focus on optical fiber systems accurately described by the integrable one-dimensional nonlinear Schrödinger equation. We consider random complex fields having a Gaussian statistics and an infinite extension at initial stage. We use numerical simulations with periodic boundary conditions and optical fiber experiments to investigate spectral and statistical changes experienced by nonlinear waves in focusing and in defocusing propagation regimes. As a result of nonlinear propagation, the power spectrum of the random wave broadens and takes exponential wings both in focusing and in defocusing regimes. Heavy-tailed deviations from Gaussian statistics are observed in focusing regime while low-tailed deviations from Gaussian statistics are observed in defocusing regime. After some transient evolution, the wave system is found to exhibit a statistically stationary state in which neither the probability density function of the wave field nor the spectrum changes with the evolution variable. Separating fluctuations of small scale from fluctuations of large scale both in focusing and defocusing regimes, we reveal the phenomenon of intermittency; i.e., small scales are characterized by large heavy-tailed deviations from Gaussian statistics, while the large ones are almost Gaussian.

  9. Computationally Efficient Nonlinearity Compensation for Coherent Fiber-Optic Systems

    Likai Zhu; Guifang Li


    Split-step digital backward propagation (DBP) can be combined with coherent detection to compensate for fiber nonlinear impairments. A large number of DBP steps is usually needed for a long-haul fiber system, and this creates a heavy computational load. In a trade-off between complexity and performance, interchannel nonlinearity can be disregarded in order to simplify the DBP algorithm. The number of steps can also be reduced at the expense of performance. In periodic dispersion-managed long-haul transmission systems, optical waveform distortion is dominated by chromatic dispersion. As a result, the nonlinearity of the optical signal repeats in every dispersion period. Because of this periodic behavior, DBP of many fiber spans can be folded into one span. Using this distance-folded DBP method, the required computation for a transoceanic transmission system with full inline dispersion compensation can be reduced by up to two orders of magnitude with negligible penalty. The folded DBP method can be modified to compensate for nonlinearity in fiber links with non-zero residua dispersion per span.

  10. Nonlinear optical properties of methyl red under CW irradiation

    Zheng, Yu; Ye, Qing; Wang, Chen; Wang, Jin; Deng, Zhichao; Mei, Jianchun; Zhou, Wenyuan; Zhang, Chunping; Tian, Jianguo


    Organic materials have wide potential application in nonlinear optical devices. The nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of methyl red (MR) doped polymethyl methacrylate (MR-PMMA) are investigated under CW laser irradiation at 473 nm, 532 nm and 632.8 nm, respectively. By combining Kramers-Kronig (K-K) relation and CW Z-scan technique, the effective refractive index n2 and the change of refractive index Δn are obtained under different scanning speed at 473 nm and 532 nm. Δn is positive at 473 nm, while Δn is negative at 532 nm. The experimental result is consistent with that of K-K relation. With the scanning speed decreasing, the NLO properties of MR-PMMA are enhanced. With different laser powers at 632.8 nm, MR-PMMA has only nonlinear absorption rather than nonlinear refraction. Meanwhile, the sample is investigated under pulse laser irradiation at 532 nm. Through the comparison of results of CW Z-scan and pulse Z-scan, the influence of the cumulative thermal effect on NLO properties of material is investigated. The results indicate that, under CW irradiation near the absorption peak wavelength, the cumulative thermal effect has great influence to the NLO properties of MR-PMMA.

  11. Femtosecond nonlinear fiber optics in the ionization regime.

    Hölzer, P; Chang, W; Travers, J C; Nazarkin, A; Nold, J; Joly, N Y; Saleh, M F; Biancalana, F; Russell, P St J


    By using a gas-filled kagome-style photonic crystal fiber, nonlinear fiber optics is studied in the regime of optically induced ionization. The fiber offers low anomalous dispersion over a broad bandwidth and low loss. Sequences of blueshifted pulses are emitted when 65 fs, few-microjoule pulses, corresponding to high-order solitons, are launched into the fiber and undergo self-compression. The experimental results are confirmed by numerical simulations which suggest that free-electron densities of ∼10(17) cm(-3) are achieved at peak intensities of 10(14) W/cm(2) over length scales of several centimeters.

  12. Optical detection of terahertz using nonlinear parametric upconversion.

    Khan, M Jalal; Chen, Jerry C; Kaushik, Sumanth


    We extend our work to perform sensitive, room-temperature optical detection of terahertz (THz) by using nonlinear parametric upconversion. THz radiation at 700 GHz is mixed with pump light at 1,550 nm in a bulk GaAs crystal to generate an idler wave at 1,555.6 nm. The idler is separated, coupled into optical fiber, and detected using a gated Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode. The resulting THz detector has a power sensitivity of 4.5 pW/Hz and a timing resolution of 1 ns.

  13. Nonlinear optical properties of atomic vapor and semiconductors

    Kim, Doseok [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Physics


    This thesis contains the study of highly forbidden resonant second harmonic generation (SHG) in atomic potassium vapor using tunable picosecond pulses. Various output characteristics of vapor SHG have been investigated including the input intensity dependence, potassium vapor density dependence, buffer gas pressure dependence, and spatial profile. Recently, the discovery of new nonlinear optical crystals such as barium borate (β-BaB2O4, BBO) and lithium borate (LiB3O5, LBO) has greatly improved the performance of a tunable coherent optical devices based on optical parametric generation and amplification. In the second part of this thesis, a homebuilt picosecond optical parametric generator/amplifier (OPG/OPA) system is described in detail, including its construction details and output characteristics. This laser device has found many useful applications in spectroscopic studies including surface nonlinear optical spectroscopy via sum-frequency generation (SFG). The last part of this thesis reports studies on multiphoton-excited photoluminescence from porous silicon and GaN. Multiphoton excitation and photoluminescence can give numerous complementary information about semiconductors not obtainable with one-photon, above-bandgap excitation.

  14. Optical Nonlinearities and Ultrafast Carrier Dynamics in Semiconductor Quantum Dots

    Klimov, V.; McBranch, D.; Schwarz, C.


    Low-dimensional semiconductors have attracted great interest due to the potential for tailoring their linear and nonlinear optical properties over a wide-range. Semiconductor nanocrystals (NC's) represent a class of quasi-zero-dimensional objects or quantum dots. Due to quantum cordhement and a large surface-to-volume ratio, the linear and nonlinear optical properties, and the carrier dynamics in NC's are significantly different horn those in bulk materials. napping at surface states can lead to a fast depopulation of quantized states, accompanied by charge separation and generation of local fields which significantly modifies the nonlinear optical response in NC's. 3D carrier confinement also has a drastic effect on the energy relaxation dynamics. In strongly confined NC's, the energy-level spacing can greatly exceed typical phonon energies. This has been expected to significantly inhibit phonon-related mechanisms for energy losses, an effect referred to as a phonon bottleneck. It has been suggested recently that the phonon bottleneck in 3D-confined systems can be removed due to enhanced role of Auger-type interactions. In this paper we report femtosecond (fs) studies of ultrafast optical nonlinearities, and energy relaxation and trap ping dynamics in three types of quantum-dot systems: semiconductor NC/glass composites made by high temperature precipitation, ion-implanted NC's, and colloidal NC'S. Comparison of ultrafast data for different samples allows us to separate effects being intrinsic to quantum dots from those related to lattice imperfections and interface properties.

  15. Dispersion and polarization dependence of mobile carrier optical nonlinearities

    Rustagi, K. C.


    Based on the author's earlier work, it is shown that the proper inclusion of carrier scattering should strongly modify the frequency and polarization dependence of optical nonlinearities due to mobile carriers in semiconductors. When the momentum relaxation is much faster than the energy relaxation, the intensity dependent refractive index is enhanced, the induced birefringence becomes a sharp function of the difference frequency ωa-ωb, and a collision induced stimulated Raman effect becomes important.

  16. High field optical nonlinearity and the Kramers-Kronig relations.

    Wahlstrand, J K; Cheng, Y-H; Milchberg, H M


    The nonlinear optical response to high fields is absolutely measured for the noble gas atoms He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe. We find that the response is quadratic in the laser field magnitude up to the ionization threshold of each gas. Its size and quadratic dependence are well predicted by a Kramers-Kronig analysis employing known ionization probabilities, and the results are consistent with calculations using the time-dependent Schrödinger equation.

  17. Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy of Excited States in Polyfluorene

    Tong, M; Vardeny, Z V


    We used a variety of nonlinear optical (NLO) spectroscopies to study the singlet excited states order, and primary photoexcitations in polyfluorene; an important blue emitting p-conjugated polymer. The polarized NLO spectroscopies include ultrafast pump-probe photomodulation, two-photon absorption, and electroabsorption. For completeness we also measured the linear absorption and photoluminescence spectra. We found that the primary photoexcitations in polyfluorene are singlet excitons.

  18. Properties of nonreciprocal light propagation in a nonlinear optical isolator

    Roy, Dibyendu


    Light propagation in a nonlinear optical medium is nonreciprocal for spatially asymmetric linear permittivity. We here examine physical mechanism and properties of such nonreciprocity (NR). For this, we calculate transmission of light through a two-level atom asymmetrically coupled to light inside open waveguides. We determine the critical intensity of incident light for maximum NR and a dependence of the corresponding NR on asymmetry in the coupling. Surprisingly, we find that it is mainly c...

  19. Optical nonlinearities in semiconductor-doped glasses near and below the band edge

    Bindra, K. S.; Oak, S. M.; Rustagi, K. C.


    We present a brief review of our recent experimental results on optical nonlinearities in semiconductor-doped glasses. It is shown that even below the absorption edge the nonlinearities are determined by nonlinear absorption. The optical Kerr effect is found to have a susceptibility which is comparable to that for nonlinear refraction. We also find that in degenerate four-wave mixing the observed intensity dependence can be strongly influenced by nonlinear absorption.

  20. Review of Robust Data Exchange Using Optical Nonlinearities

    Jian Wang


    Full Text Available Data exchange, namely bidirectional information swapping, provides enhanced flexibility compared to the unidirectional information transfer. To fulfill the rapid development of high-speed large-capacity optical communications with emerging multiplexing/demultiplexing techniques and advanced modulation formats, a laudable goal would be to achieve data exchange in different degrees of freedom (wavelength, time, polarization, for different modulation formats (OOK, DPSK, DQPSK, pol-muxed, and at different granularities (entire data, groups of bits, tributary channels. Optical nonlinearities are potentially suitable candidates to enable data exchange in the wavelength, time, and polarization domains. In this paper, we will review our recent works towards robust data exchange by exploiting miscellaneous optical nonlinearities, including the use of cSFG/DFG in a PPLN waveguide for time- (groups of bits and channel-selective data exchange and tributary channel exchange between two WDM+OTDM signals, nondegenerate FWM in an HNLF for phase-transparent data exchange (DPSK, DQPSK, bidirectional degenerate FWM in an HNLF for multi-channel data exchange, and Kerr-induced nonlinear polarization rotation in an HNLF for tributary channel exchange of a pol-muxed DPSK OTDM signal. The demonstrated data exchanges in different degrees of freedom, for different modulation formats, and at different granularities, open the door for alternative approaches to achieve superior network performance.

  1. Optical wave turbulence: Towards a unified nonequilibrium thermodynamic formulation of statistical nonlinear optics

    Picozzi, A., E-mail: [Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne, Université de Bourgogne, CNRS-UMR 5027, Dijon (France); Garnier, J. [Laboratoire de Probabilités et Modèles Aléatoires and Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, Université Paris VII, 75205 Paris Cedex 13 (France); Hansson, T. [Department of Information Engineering, Università di Brescia, Brescia 25123 (Italy); Suret, P.; Randoux, S. [Laboratoire de Physique des Lasers, Atomes et Molécules, CNRS, Université de Lille (France); Millot, G. [Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne, Université de Bourgogne, CNRS-UMR 5027, Dijon (France); Christodoulides, D.N. [College of Optics/CREOL, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States)


    The nonlinear propagation of coherent optical fields has been extensively explored in the framework of nonlinear optics, while the linear propagation of incoherent fields has been widely studied in the framework of statistical optics. However, these two fundamental fields of optics have been mostly developed independently of each other, so that a satisfactory understanding of statistical nonlinear optics is still lacking. This article is aimed at reviewing a unified theoretical formulation of statistical nonlinear optics on the basis of the wave turbulence theory, which provides a nonequilibrium thermodynamic description of the system of incoherent nonlinear waves. We consider the nonlinear Schrödinger equation as a representative model accounting either for a nonlocal or a noninstantaneous nonlinearity, as well as higher-order dispersion effects. Depending on the amount of nonlocal (noninstantaneous) nonlinear interaction and the amount of inhomogeneous (nonstationary) statistics of the incoherent wave, different types of kinetic equations are derived and discussed. In the spatial domain, when the incoherent wave exhibits inhomogeneous statistical fluctuations, different forms of the (Hamiltonian) Vlasov equation are obtained depending on the amount of nonlocality. This Vlasov approach describes the processes of incoherent modulational instability and localized incoherent soliton structures. In the temporal domain, the causality property inherent to the response function leads to a kinetic formulation analogous to the weak Langmuir turbulence equation, which describes nonlocalized spectral incoherent solitons. In the presence of a highly noninstantaneous response, this formulation reduces to a family of singular integro-differential kinetic equations (e.g., Benjamin–Ono equation), which describe incoherent dispersive shock waves. Conversely, a non-stationary statistics leads to a (non-Hamiltonian) long-range Vlasov formulation, whose self-consistent potential

  2. Modulation instability of broad optical beams in nonlinear media with general nonlinearity

    Hongcheng Wang; Weilong She


    @@ The modulation instability of quasi-plane-wave optical beams is investigated in the frame of generalized Schr(o)dinger equation with the nonlinear term of a general form. General expressions are derived for the dispersion relation, the critical transverse spatial frequency, as well as the instability growth rate.The analysis generalizes the known results reported previously. A detailed discussion on the modulation instability in biased centrosymmetric photorefractive media is also given.

  3. Linear and nonlinear magneto-optics of ferritin.

    Pankowska, M; Dobek, A


    Measurements of Rayleigh light scattering and Cotton-Mouton (CM) effect are carried out at room temperature for 100 mM NaCl solutions of apoferritin/ferritin loaded with 0, 90, 100, 500, 700, and 1500 Fe atoms/molecule. Because of the spherical shape, ferritin macromolecule should not manifest magnetic anisotropy; however, in solution it shows the induced magnetic birefringence (CM effect) and changes in intensity of the scattered light components. The newly obtained data support the previously reported conclusions indicating that the deformation of linear optical polarizability induced in the ferritin by a magnetic field and the orientation of the induced magnetic dipole moment by this field are the main sources of the magneto-optical phenomena observed. Nevertheless, it is also found that the orientation of the permanent magnetic dipole moment contributes to both effects. The magnetic field induced changes in the light scattering and the CM effect theoretically depend on the linear magneto-optical polarizability, chi, on the nonlinear magneto-optical polarizability, eta, and square of the permanent magnetic dipole moment value of the macromolecule, mu(2). On the basis of the theory describing both effects as well as the experimental data, the values of the anisotropy of linear magneto-optical polarizabilities components, the values of the linear optical polarizability and its anisotropy, nonlinear magneto-optical polarizability and its anisotropy, are estimated. Also the magnetic dipole moment of the ferritin macromolecule is found. Interestingly, not all iron atoms in the ferritin are indicated to be in the superparamagnetic state, some of them occur in the diamagnetic form.

  4. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Carotenoid and Chlorophyll Harmonophores

    Tokarz, Danielle Barbara

    Information regarding the structure and function of living tissues and cells is instrumental to the advancement of cell biology and biophysics. Nonlinear optical microscopy can provide such information, but only certain biological structures generate nonlinear optical signals. Therefore, structural specificity can be achieved by introducing labels for nonlinear optical microscopy. Few studies exist in the literature about labels that facilitate harmonic generation, coined "harmonophores". This thesis consists of the first major investigation of harmonophores for third harmonic generation (THG) microscopy. Carotenoids and chlorophylls were investigated as potential harmonophores. Their nonlinear optical properties were studied by the THG ratio technique. In addition, a tunable refractometer was built in order to determine their second hyperpolarizability (gamma). At 830 nm excitation wavelength, carotenoids and chlorophylls were found to have large negative gamma values however, at 1028 nm, the sign of gamma reversed for carotenoids and remained negative for chlorophylls. Consequently, at 1028 nm wavelength, THG signal is canceled with mixtures of carotenoids and chlorophylls. Furthermore, when such molecules are covalently bonded as dyads or interact within photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes, it is found that additive effects with the gamma values still play a role, however, the overall gamma value is also influenced by the intra-pigment and inter-pigment interaction. The nonlinear optical properties of aggregates containing chlorophylls and carotenoids were the target of subsequent investigations. Carotenoid aggregates were imaged with polarization-dependent second harmonic generation and THG microscopy. Both techniques revealed crystallographic information pertaining to H and J aggregates and beta-carotene crystalline aggregates found in orange carrot. In order to demonstrate THG enhancement due to labeling, cultured cells were labeled with carotenoid

  5. Polycarbonate-Based Blends for Optical Non-linear Applications

    Stanculescu, F.; Stanculescu, A.


    This paper presents some investigations on the optical and morphological properties of the polymer (matrix):monomer (inclusion) composite materials obtained from blends of bisphenol A polycarbonate and amidic monomers. For the preparation of the composite films, we have selected monomers characterised by a maleamic acid structure and synthesised them starting from maleic anhydride and aniline derivatives with -COOH, -NO2, -N(C2H5)2 functional groups attached to the benzene ring. The composite films have been deposited by spin coating using a mixture of two solutions, one containing the matrix and the other the inclusion, both components of the composite system being dissolved in the same solvent. The optical transmission and photoluminescence properties of the composite films have been investigated in correlation with the morphology of the films. The scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy have revealed a non-uniform morphology characterised by the development of two distinct phases. We have also investigated the generation of some optical non-linear (ONL) phenomena in these composite systems. The composite films containing as inclusions monomers characterised by the presence of one -COOH or two -NO2 substituent groups to the aromatic nucleus have shown the most intense second-harmonic generation (SHG). The second-order optical non-linear coefficients have been evaluated for these films, and the effect of the laser power on the ONL behaviour of these materials has also been emphasised.

  6. Nonlinear optical characteristics of monolayer MoSe{sub 2}

    Le, Chinh Tam; Ullah, Farman; Senthilkumar, Velusamy; Kim, Yong Soo [Department of Physics and Energy Harvest Storage Research Center, University of Ulsan (Korea, Republic of); Clark, Daniel J.; Jang, Joon I. [Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY (United States); Sim, Yumin; Seong, Maeng-Je [Department of Physics, Chung-Ang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Chung, Koo-Hyun [School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ulsan (Korea, Republic of); Park, Hyoyeol [Electronics, Communication and Semiconductor Applications Department, Ulsan College (Korea, Republic of)


    In this study, we utilized picosecond pulses from an Nd:YAG laser to investigate the nonlinear optical characteristics of monolayer MoSe{sub 2}. Two-step growth involving the selenization of pulsed-laser-deposited MoO{sub 3} film was employed to yield the MoSe{sub 2} monolayer on a SiO{sub 2}/Si substrate. Raman scattering, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy verified the high optical quality of the monolayer. The second-order susceptibility χ{sup (2)} was calculated to be ∝50 pm V{sup -1} at the second harmonic wavelength λ{sub SHG} ∝810 nm, which is near the optical gap of the monolayer. Interestingly, our wavelength-dependent second harmonic scan can identify the bound excitonic states including negatively charged excitons much more efficiently, compared with the PL method at room temperature. Additionally, the MoSe{sub 2} monolayer exhibits a strong laser-induced damage threshold ∝16 GW cm{sup -2} under picosecond-pulse excitation{sub .} Our findings suggest that monolayer MoSe{sub 2} can be considered as a promising candidate for high-power, thin-film-based nonlinear optical devices and applications. (copyright 2016 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  7. Polycarbonate-Based Blends for Optical Non-linear Applications.

    Stanculescu, F; Stanculescu, A


    This paper presents some investigations on the optical and morphological properties of the polymer (matrix):monomer (inclusion) composite materials obtained from blends of bisphenol A polycarbonate and amidic monomers. For the preparation of the composite films, we have selected monomers characterised by a maleamic acid structure and synthesised them starting from maleic anhydride and aniline derivatives with -COOH, -NO2, -N(C2H5)2 functional groups attached to the benzene ring. The composite films have been deposited by spin coating using a mixture of two solutions, one containing the matrix and the other the inclusion, both components of the composite system being dissolved in the same solvent. The optical transmission and photoluminescence properties of the composite films have been investigated in correlation with the morphology of the films. The scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy have revealed a non-uniform morphology characterised by the development of two distinct phases. We have also investigated the generation of some optical non-linear (ONL) phenomena in these composite systems. The composite films containing as inclusions monomers characterised by the presence of one -COOH or two -NO2 substituent groups to the aromatic nucleus have shown the most intense second-harmonic generation (SHG). The second-order optical non-linear coefficients have been evaluated for these films, and the effect of the laser power on the ONL behaviour of these materials has also been emphasised.

  8. Nonlinear optical field sensors in extreme electromagnetic and acoustic environments

    Garzarella, Anthony; Wu, Dong Ho


    Sensors based on electro-optic (EO) and magneto-optic (MO) crystals measure external electric and magnetic fields through changes in birefringence which the fields induce on the nonlinear crystals. Due to their small size and all-dielectric structure, EO and MO sensors are ideal in environments involving very large electromagnetic powers. Conventional antennas and metallic probes not only present safety hazards, due to their metallic structure and the presence of large currents, but they can also perturb the very fields they intend to measure. In the case of railguns, the large electromagnetic signals are also accompanied by tremendous acoustic noise, which presents a noise background that the sensors must overcome. In this presentation, we describe extensive data obtained from fiber optic EO and MO sensors used in the railgun of the Naval Research Laboratory. Along with the field measurements obtained, we will describe the interactions between the acoustic noise and the nonlinear crystals (most notably, photoelastic effects), the noise equivalent fields they produce, and methods they could be suppressed through the optical and geometrical configurations of the sensor so that the signal to noise ratio can be maximized.

  9. Nonlinear optical switching and optical limiting in colloidal CdSe quantum dots investigated by nanosecond Z-scan measurement

    Valligatla, Sreeramulu; Haldar, Krishna Kanta; Patra, Amitava; Desai, Narayana Rao


    The semiconductor nanocrystals are found to be promising class of third order nonlinear optical materials because of quantum confinement effects. Here, we highlight the nonlinear optical switching and optical limiting of cadmium selenide (CdSe) quantum dots (QDs) using nanosecond Z-scan measurement. The intensity dependent nonlinear absorption and nonlinear refraction of CdSe QDs were investigated by applying the Z-scan technique with 532 nm, nanosecond laser pulses. At lower intensities, the nonlinear process is dominated by saturable absorption (SA) and it is changed to reverse saturable absorption (RSA) at higher intensities. The SA behaviour is attributed to the ground state bleaching and the RSA is ascribed to free carrier absorption (FCA) of CdSe QDs. The nonlinear optical switching behaviour and reverse saturable absorption makes CdSe QDs are good candidate for all-optical device and optical limiting applications.

  10. Thermal conductivities of some novel nonlinear optical materials.

    Beasley, J D


    Results of thermal conductivity measurements are reported for several of the more recently developed nonlinear optical crystals. New or substantially revised values of thermal conductivity were obtained in six materials. Notable thermal conductivities measured were those for AgGaS(2) [0.014 W/(cm K) and 0.015 W/(cm K)], AgGaSe(2) [0.010 W/(cm K) and 0.011 W/(cm K)], beta barium borate [0.016 W/(cm K) and 0.012 W/(cm K)], and ZnGeP(2) [0.36 W/(cm K) and 0.35 W/(cm K)], with values quoted for directions respectively parallel and perpendicular to the optic axis for each material. These new data provide necessary input for the design of high-power optical frequency converters.

  11. Linear and nonlinear magneto-optical properties of monolayer phosphorene

    Nguyen, Chuong V.; Ngoc Hieu, Nguyen; Duque, C. A.; Quoc Khoa, Doan; Van Hieu, Nguyen; Van Tung, Luong; Vinh Phuc, Huynh


    We theoretically study the magneto-optical properties of monolayer phosphorene under a perpendicular magnetic field. We evaluate linear, third-order nonlinear, and total absorption coefficients and relative refractive index changes as functions of the photon energy and the magnetic field, and show that they are strongly influenced by the magnetic field. The magneto-optical absorption coefficients and relative refractive index changes appear in two different regimes: the microwave to THz and the visible frequency. The amplitude of intra-band transition peaks is larger than that of the inter-band transitions. The resonant peaks are blue-shifted with the magnetic field. Our results demonstrate the potential of monolayer phosphorene as a new two-dimensional material for applications in nano-electronic and optical devices as a promising alternative to graphene.

  12. Linear addition algebra of optical nonlinearities in transparent conductive oxides

    Kinsey, N; Clerici, M; Kim, J; Carnemolla, E; Shaltout, A; Kaipurath, R; Faccio, D; Shalaev, V M; Ferrera, M; Boltasseva, A


    The fields of nanophotonics and metamaterials have revolutionized the way we think of optical space ({\\epsilon},{\\mu}), enabling us to engineer the refractive index almost at will to confine light to the smallest of volumes as well as to manipulate optical signals with extremely small footprints and energy requirements. More recently, significant efforts have been devoted to the search for suitable materials for dynamic control, and so far, all-optical methods have primarily relied on either interband or intraband excitations. Here, we show that aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) supports a hybrid nonlinearity that exhibits a large and ultrafast response with controllable sign. We demonstrate that these two opposite material responses are independent and can be algebraically added together via two-color excitation, resulting in an increase in device bandwidth and unprecedented tuning capabilities. This peculiar behavior of AZO places it as a key material for next-generation ultrafast tunable nanophotonics and me...

  13. Synthesis of Imidazole Derivatives for Their Second-order Nonlinear Optics


    The design and the synthesis of two conjugated donor-acceptor imidazole derivatives(1, 2) were carried out for second-order nonlinear optics. The thermal properties, the transparency and second-order nonlinear optical properties of the molecules were investigated. The experimental results indicate that a good nonlinearity-transparency-thermal stability trade-off is achieved for them.

  14. Development of Device Quality Nonlinear Optical Materials and Definition of Mechanisms of Optical Nonlinearity


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  15. Origin of optical bistability and hysteretic reflectivity on account of nonlinearity at optically induced gallium silica interface

    Sharma, Arvind; Nagar, A. K.


    The origin of optical bistability and hysterectic reflectivity on account of nonlinearity at optically induced Gallium silica interface has been investigated. Assuming the wave to be incident from the gallium nano particle layer side at gallium silica interface. The coupling between incident and reflected waves has shown nonlinear effects on Snell's law and Fresnel law. Effect of these nonlinear processes optical bistability and hysterectic reflectivity theoretically has been investigated. Theoretical results obtained are consistent with the available experimental results.

  16. Strong electronic correlation effects in coherent multidimensional nonlinear optical spectroscopy.

    Karadimitriou, M E; Kavousanaki, E G; Dani, K M; Fromer, N A; Perakis, I E


    We discuss a many-body theory of the coherent ultrafast nonlinear optical response of systems with a strongly correlated electronic ground state that responds unadiabatically to photoexcitation. We introduce a truncation of quantum kinetic density matrix equations of motion that does not rely on an expansion in terms of the interactions and thus applies to strongly correlated systems. For this we expand in terms of the optical field, separate out contributions to the time-evolved many-body state due to correlated and uncorrelated multiple optical transitions, and use "Hubbard operator" density matrices to describe the exact dynamics of the individual contributions within a subspace of strongly coupled states, including "pure dephasing". Our purpose is to develop a quantum mechanical tool capable of exploring how, by coherently photoexciting selected modes, one can trigger nonlinear dynamics of strongly coupled degrees of freedom. Such dynamics could lead to photoinduced phase transitions. We apply our theory to the nonlinear response of a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) in a magnetic field. We coherently photoexcite the two lowest Landau level (LL) excitations using three time-delayed optical pulses. We identify some striking temporal and spectral features due to dynamical coupling of the two LLs facilitated by inter-Landau-level magnetoplasmon and magnetoroton excitations and compare to three-pulse four-wave-mixing (FWM) experiments. We show that these features depend sensitively on the dynamics of four-particle correlations between an electron-hole pair and a magnetoplasmon/magnetoroton, reminiscent of exciton-exciton correlations in undoped semiconductors. Our results shed light into unexplored coherent dynamics and relaxation of the quantum Hall system (QHS) and can provide new insight into non-equilibrium co-operative phenomena in strongly correlated systems.

  17. Optimization of optical nonlinearities in quantum cascade lasers

    Bai, Jing

    Nonlinearities in quantum cascade lasers (QCL's) have wide applications in wavelength tunability and ultra-short pulse generation. In this thesis, optical nonlinearities in InGaAs/AlInAs-based mid-infrared (MIR) QCL's with quadruple resonant levels are investigated. Design optimization for the second-harmonic generation (SHG) of the device is presented. Performance characteristics associated with the third-order nonlinearities are also analyzed. The design optimization for SHG efficiency is obtained utilizing techniques from supersymmetric quantum mechanics (SUSYQM) with both material-dependent effective mass and band nonparabolicity. Current flow and power output of the structure are analyzed by self-consistently solving rate equations for the carriers and photons. Nonunity pumping efficiency from one period of the QCL to the next is taken into account by including all relevant electron-electron (e-e) and longitudinal (LO) phonon scattering mechanisms between the injector/collector and active regions. Two-photon absorption processes are analyzed for the resonant cascading triple levels designed for enhancing SHG. Both sequential and simultaneous two-photon absorption processes are included in the rate-equation model. The current output characteristics for both the original and optimized structures are analyzed and compared. Stronger resonant tunneling in the optimized structure is manifested by enhanced negative differential resistance. Current-dependent linear optical output power is derived based on the steady-state photon populations in the active region. The second-harmonic (SH) power is derived from the Maxwell equations with the phase mismatch included. Due to stronger coupling between lasing levels, the optimized structure has both higher linear and nonlinear output powers. Phase mismatch effects are significant for both structures leading to a substantial reduction of the linear-to-nonlinear conversion efficiency. The optimized structure can be fabricated

  18. Nonlinear optical effects in pure and N-doped semiconductors

    Donlagic, N S


    the optical response of a one-dimensional n-doped two-band semiconductor whose conduction band has been linearized with respect to the two Fermi points. Due to the linearization it is possible to calculate the linear and nonlinear response functions of the interacting electron system exactly. These response functions are then used in order to determine the linear absorption spectrum and the time-integrated signal of a degenerated four-wave-mixing experiment. It is shown that the well-known features of the linear response can directly be related to features of the nonlinear experiments. For example, the exponent which describes the algebraic decay of the time-integrated four-wave-mixing signal is functionally dependent on the exponent of the algebraic singularity in the linear absorption spectrum reflecting the common origin of the different phenomena. Over the last decades, the nonlinear optical properties of condensed matter systems have been an attractive and fruitful field of research. While the linear res...

  19. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of carbon nanotube-coated single-mode optical fiber gratings.

    Villanueva, Guillermo E; Jakubinek, Michael B; Simard, Benoit; Oton, Claudio J; Matres, Joaquín; Shao, Li-Yang; Pérez-Millán, Pere; Albert, Jacques


    Single-wall carbon nanotube deposition on the cladding of optical fibers has been carried out to fabricate an all-fiber nonlinear device. Two different nanotube deposition techniques were studied. The first consisted of repeatedly immersing the optical fiber into a nanotube supension, increasing the thickness of the coating in each step. The second deposition involved wrapping a thin film of nanotubes around the optical fiber. For both cases, interaction of transmitted light through the fiber core with the external coating was assisted by the cladding mode resonances of a tilted fiber Bragg grating. Ultrafast nonlinear effects of the nanotube-coated fiber were measured by means of a pump-probe pulses experiment. © 2011 Optical Society of America

  20. Non-linear optical titanyl arsenates: Crystal growth and properties

    Nordborg, Jenni Eva Louise

    Crystals are appreciated not only for their appearance, but also for their unique physical properties which are utilized by the photonic industry in appliances that we come across every day. An important part of enabling the technical use of optical devices is the manufacture of crystals. This dissertation deals with a specific group of materials called the potassium titanyl phosphate (KIP) family, known for their non-linear optical and ferroelectric properties. The isomorphs vary in their linear optical and dielectric properties, which can be tuned to optimize device performance by forming solid solutions of the different materials. Titanyl arsenates have a wide range of near-infrared transmission which makes them useful for tunable infrared lasers. The isomorphs examined in the present work were primarily RbTiOASO4 (RTA) and CsTiOAsO4 (CTA) together with the mixtures RbxCs 1-xTiOAsO4 (RCTA). Large-scale crystals were grown by top seeding solution growth utilizing a three-zone furnace with excellent temperature control. Sufficiently slow cooling and constant upward lifting produced crystals with large volumes useable for technical applications. Optical quality RTA crystals up to 10 x 12 x 20 mm were grown. The greater difficulty in obtaining good crystals of CTA led to the use of mixed RCTA materials. The mixing of rubidium and cesium in RCTA is more favorable to crystal growth than the single components in pure RTA and CTA. Mixed crystals are rubidium-enriched and contain only 20-30% of the cesium concentration in the flux. The cesium atoms show a preference for the larger cation site. The network structure is very little affected by the cation substitution; consequently, the non-linear optical properties of the Rb-rich isomorphic mixtures of RTA and CTA can be expected to remain intact. Crystallographic methods utilizing conventional X-ray tubes, synchrotron radiation and neutron diffraction have been employed to investigate the properties of the atomic

  1. Higher-order modulation instability in nonlinear fiber optics.

    Erkintalo, Miro; Hammani, Kamal; Kibler, Bertrand; Finot, Christophe; Akhmediev, Nail; Dudley, John M; Genty, Goëry


    We report theoretical, numerical, and experimental studies of higher-order modulation instability in the focusing nonlinear Schrödinger equation. This higher-order instability arises from the nonlinear superposition of elementary instabilities, associated with initial single breather evolution followed by a regime of complex, yet deterministic, pulse splitting. We analytically describe the process using the Darboux transformation and compare with experiments in optical fiber. We show how a suitably low frequency modulation on a continuous wave field induces higher-order modulation instability splitting with the pulse characteristics at different phases of evolution related by a simple scaling relationship. We anticipate that similar processes are likely to be observed in many other systems including plasmas, Bose-Einstein condensates, and deep water waves.

  2. Nonlinear optical signals and spectroscopy with quantum light

    Dorfman, Konstantin E; Mukamel, Shaul


    Conventional nonlinear spectroscopy uses classical light to detect matter properties through the variation of its response with frequencies or time delays. Quantum light opens up new avenues for spectroscopy by utilizing parameters of the quantum state of light as novel control knobs and through the variation of photon statistics by coupling to matter. We present an intuitive diagrammatic approach for calculating ultrafast spectroscopy signals induced by quantum light, focusing on applications involving entangled photons with nonclassical bandwidth properties - known as "time-energy entanglement". Nonlinear optical signals induced by quantized light fields are expressed using time ordered multipoint correlation functions of superoperators. These are different from Glauber's g- functions for photon counting which use normally ordered products of ordinary operators. Entangled photon pairs are not subjected to the classical Fourier limitations on the joint temporal and spectral resolution. After a brief survey o...

  3. Assessment of fibrotic liver disease with multimodal nonlinear optical microscopy

    Lu, Fake; Zheng, Wei; Tai, Dean C. S.; Lin, Jian; Yu, Hanry; Huang, Zhiwei


    Liver fibrosis is the excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix proteins such as collagens, which may result in cirrhosis, liver failure, and portal hypertension. In this study, we apply a multimodal nonlinear optical microscopy platform developed to investigate the fibrotic liver diseases in rat models established by performing bile duct ligation (BDL) surgery. The three nonlinear microscopy imaging modalities are implemented on the same sectioned tissues of diseased model sequentially: i.e., second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging quantifies the contents of the collagens, the two-photon excitation fluorescence (TPEF) imaging reveals the morphology of hepatic cells, while coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) imaging maps the distributions of fats or lipids quantitatively across the tissue. Our imaging results show that during the development of liver fibrosis (collagens) in BDL model, fatty liver disease also occurs. The aggregated concentrations of collagen and fat constituents in liver fibrosis model show a certain correlationship between each other.

  4. Nonlinear optical absorption of photosynthetic pigment molecules in leaves.

    Ye, Zi-Piao


    A mathematical formulation of the relationship between optical absorption coefficient of photosynthetic pigment molecules and light intensity was developed. It showed that physical parameters of photosynthetic pigment molecule (i.e., light absorption cross-section of photosynthetic pigment molecule, its average lifetime in the excited state, total photosynthetic pigment molecules, the statistical weight, or degeneracy of energy level of photosynthetic pigment molecules in the ground state and in the excited state) influenced on both the light absorption coefficient and effective light absorption cross-section of photosynthetic pigment molecules. Moreover, it also showed that both the light absorption coefficient and effective light absorption cross-section of photosynthetic pigment molecules were not constant, they decreased nonlinearly with light intensity increasing. The occupation numbers of photosynthetic pigment molecules in the excited states increased nonlinearly with light intensity increasing.

  5. Linear and nonlinear optical response of spherical anisotropic semiconductor microcrystallites

    Ramaniah, Lavanya M.; Nair, Selvakumar V.; Rustagi, Kailash C.


    We present a phenomenological theory of the linear and nonlinear optical properties associated with the Fröhlich resonances of an optically anisotropic, spherical semiconductor crystallite. Using the Maxwell-Garnett approach, we calculate the effective dielectric function of a composite medium containing such crystallites. To study the effect of anisotropy, we take CdS and CdSe quantum dots as examples for the inclusions, and use a two-resonance model for the dielectric function. Even for randomly oriented inclusions, the Fröhlich resonances split as a result of anisotropic local-field corrections. At higher laser intensities, absorption saturation leads to bistability or tristability in the optical response of individual crystallites, while the response of the composite medium with randomly oriented inclusions shows multistability, with many intermediate branches. The nonlinear response of such a composite medium also exhibits a new kind of orientation-induced broadening of resonances. We also find that tristability is possible in another kind of inhomogeneous material, viz., a composite medium containing two types of isotropic spherical crystallites.

  6. Automated control of optical polarization for nonlinear microscopy

    Brideau, Craig; Stys, Peter K.


    Laser-scanning non-linear optical techniques such as multi-photon fluorescence excitation microscopy (MPM), Second/ Third Harmonic Generation (SHG/THG), and Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) are being utilized in research laboratories worldwide. The efficiencies of these non-linear effects are dependent on the polarization state of the excitation light relative to the orientation of the sample being imaged. In highly ordered anisotropic biological samples this effect can become pronounced and the excitation polarization can have a dramatic impact on imaging experiments. Therefore, controlling the polarization state of the exciting light is important; however this is challenging when the excitation light passes through a complex optical system. In a typical laser-scanning microscope, components such as the dichroic filters, lenses, and even mirrors can alter the polarization state of a laser beam before it reaches the sample. We present an opto-mechanical solution to compensate for the polarization effects of an optical path, and to precisely program the polarization state of the exciting laser light. The device and accompanying procedures allow the delivery of precise laser polarization states at constant average power levels to a sample during an imaging experiment.

  7. Maximum Likelihood Sequence Detection Receivers for Nonlinear Optical Channels

    Gabriel N. Maggio


    Full Text Available The space-time whitened matched filter (ST-WMF maximum likelihood sequence detection (MLSD architecture has been recently proposed (Maggio et al., 2014. Its objective is reducing implementation complexity in transmissions over nonlinear dispersive channels. The ST-WMF-MLSD receiver (i drastically reduces the number of states of the Viterbi decoder (VD and (ii offers a smooth trade-off between performance and complexity. In this work the ST-WMF-MLSD receiver is investigated in detail. We show that the space compression of the nonlinear channel is an instrumental property of the ST-WMF-MLSD which results in a major reduction of the implementation complexity in intensity modulation and direct detection (IM/DD fiber optic systems. Moreover, we assess the performance of ST-WMF-MLSD in IM/DD optical systems with chromatic dispersion (CD and polarization mode dispersion (PMD. Numerical results for a 10 Gb/s, 700 km, and IM/DD fiber-optic link with 50 ps differential group delay (DGD show that the number of states of the VD in ST-WMF-MLSD can be reduced ~4 times compared to an oversampled MLSD. Finally, we analyze the impact of the imperfect channel estimation on the performance of the ST-WMF-MLSD. Our results show that the performance degradation caused by channel estimation inaccuracies is low and similar to that achieved by existing MLSD schemes (~0.2 dB.

  8. Optical nonlinearity enhancement with graphene-decorated silicon waveguides

    Ishizawa, Atsushi; Kou, Rai; Goto, Takahiro; Tsuchizawa, Tai; Matsuda, Nobuyuki; Hitachi, Kenichi; Nishikawa, Tadashi; Yamada, Koji; Sogawa, Tetsuomi; Gotoh, Hideki


    Broadband on-chip optical frequency combs (OFCs) are important for expanding the functionality of photonic integrated circuits. Here, we demonstrate a huge local optical nonlinearity enhancement using graphene. A waveguide is decorated with graphene by precisely manipulating graphene’s area and position. Our approach simultaneously achieves both an extremely efficient supercontinuum and ultra-short pulse generation. With our graphene-decorated silicon waveguide (G-SWG), we have achieved enhanced spectral broadening of femtosecond pump pulses, along with an eightfold increase in the output optical intensity at a wavelength approximately 200 nm shorter than that of the pump pulses. We also found that this huge nonlinearity works as a compressor that effectively compresses pulse width from 80 to 15.7 fs. Our results clearly show the potential for our G-SWG to greatly boost the speed and capacity of future communications with lower power consumption, and our method will further decrease the required pump laser power because it can be applied to decorate various kinds of waveguides with various two-dimensional materials.

  9. Z-scan: A simple technique for determination of third-order optical nonlinearity

    Singh, Vijender, E-mail: [Department of Applied Science, N.C. College of Engineering, Israna, Panipat-132107, Haryana (India); Aghamkar, Praveen, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Chaudhary Devi Lal University, Sirsa-125055, Haryana (India)


    Z-scan is a simple experimental technique to measure intensity dependent nonlinear susceptibilities of third-order nonlinear optical materials. This technique is used to measure the sign and magnitude of both real and imaginary part of the third order nonlinear susceptibility (χ{sup (3)}) of nonlinear optical materials. In this paper, we investigate third-order nonlinear optical properties of Ag-polymer composite film by using single beam z-scan technique with Q-switched, frequency doubled Nd: YAG laser (λ=532 nm) at 5 ns pulse. The values of nonlinear absorption coefficient (β), nonlinear refractive index (n{sub 2}) and third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility (χ{sup (3)}) of permethylazine were found to be 9.64 × 10{sup −7} cm/W, 8.55 × 10{sup −12} cm{sup 2}/W and 5.48 × 10{sup −10} esu, respectively.

  10. Optical pulse compression using a nonlinear optical loop mirror constructed from dispersion decreasing fiber

    CAO; Wenhua; LIU; Songhao


    A novel scheme to compress optical pulses is proposed and demonstrated numerically, which is based on a nonlinear optical loop mirror constructed from dispersion decreasing fiber (DDF). We show that, in contrast to the conventional soliton-effect pulse compression in which compressed pulses are always accompanied by pedestals and frequency chirps owning to nonlinear effects, the proposed scheme can completely suppress pulse pedestals and frequency chirps. Unlike the adiabatic compression technique in which DDF length must increase exponentially with input pulsewidth, the proposed scheme does not require adiabatic condition and therefore can be used to compress long pulses by using reasonable fiber lengths. For input pulses with peak powers higher than a threshold value, the compressed pulses can propagate like fundamental solitons. Furthermore, the scheme is fairly insensitive to small variations in the loop length and is more robust to higher-order nonlinear effects and initial frequency chirps than the adiabatic compression technique.

  11. All-optical switching in subwavelength metallic grating structure containing nonlinear optical materials.

    Min, Changjun; Wang, Pei; Chen, Chunchong; Deng, Yan; Lu, Yonghua; Ming, Hai; Ning, Tingyin; Zhou, Yueliang; Yang, Guozhen


    All-optical switching based on a subwavelength metallic grating structure containing nonlinear optical materials has been proposed and numerically investigated. Metal-dielectric composite material is used in the switching for its larger third-order nonlinear susceptibility (approximately 10(-7)esu) and ultrafast response properties. The calculated dependence of the signal light intensity on the pump light intensity shows a bistable behavior, which results in a significant switch effect. It rests on a surface plasmon's enhanced intensity-dependent change of the effective dielectric constant of Kerr nonlinear media, corresponding to a transition of the far-field transmission from a low- to high-transmission state. The study of this switching structure shows great advantages of smaller size, lower requirement of pump light intensity, and shorter switching time at approximately the picosecond level.

  12. Enhancement of Second-Order Nonlinear-Optical Signals by Optical Stimulation

    Goodman, A. J.; Tisdale, W. A.


    Second-order nonlinear optical interactions such as sum- and difference-frequency generation are widely used for bioimaging and as selective probes of interfacial environments. However, inefficient nonlinear optical conversion often leads to poor signal-to-noise ratio and long signal acquisition times. Here, we demonstrate the dramatic enhancement of weak second-order nonlinear optical signals via stimulated sum- and difference-frequency generation. We present a conceptual framework to quantitatively describe the interaction and show that the process is highly sensitive to the relative optical phase of the stimulating field. To emphasize the utility of the technique, we demonstrate stimulated enhancement of second harmonic generation (SHG) from bovine collagen-I fibrils. Using a stimulating pulse fluence of only 3 nJ /cm2 , we obtain an SHG enhancement >104 relative to the spontaneous signal. The stimulation enhancement is greatest in situations where spontaneous signals are the weakest—such as low laser power, small sample volume, and weak nonlinear susceptibility—emphasizing the potential for this technique to improve signal-to-noise ratios in biological imaging and interfacial spectroscopy.

  13. Cascaded Optical Buffer Based on Nonlinear Polarization Rotation in Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers

    CHENG Mu; WU Chong-Qing; LIU Hua


    A cascaded buffer based on nonlinear polarization rotation in semiconductor optical amplifiers is proposed, which is suitable for fast reconfiguration of buffering time at picoseconds. With the proposed buffer, sixty different buffer times are demonstrated at 2.5 Gb/s.

  14. Optical Multi-hysteresises and "Rogue Waves" in Nonlinear Plasma

    Kaplan, A E


    An overdense plasma layer irradiated by an intense light can exhibit dramatic nonlinear-optical effects due to a relativistic mass-effect of free electrons: highly-multiple hysteresises of reflection and transition, and emergence of gigantic "rogue waves". Those are trapped quasi-soliton field spikes inside the layer, sustained by an incident radiation with a tiny fraction of their peak intensity once they have been excited by orders of magnitude larger pumping. The phenomenon persists even in the layers with "soft" boundaries, as well as in a semi-infinite plasma with low absorption.

  15. Molecular design of porphyrin-based nonlinear optical materials.

    Keinan, Shahar; Therien, Michael J; Beratan, David N; Yang, Weitao


    Nonlinear optical chromophores containing (porphyrinato)Zn(II), proquinoid, and (terpyridyl)metal(II) building blocks were optimized in a library containing approximately 10(6) structures using the linear combination of atomic potentials (LCAP) methodology. We report here the library design and molecular property optimizations. Two basic structural types of large beta(0) chromophores were examined: linear and T-shaped motifs. These T-shaped geometries suggest a promising NLO chromophoric architecture for experimental investigation and further support the value of performing LCAP searches in large chemical spaces.

  16. Structure/property relationships in non-linear optical materials

    Cole, J.M. [Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin (ILL), 38 - Grenoble (France)]|[Durham Univ. (United Kingdom); Howard, J.A.K. [Durham Univ. (United Kingdom); McIntyre, G.J. [Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin (ILL), 38 - Grenoble (France)


    The application of neutrons to the study of structure/property relationships in organic non-linear optical materials (NLOs) is described. In particular, charge-transfer effects and intermolecular interactions are investigated. Charge-transfer effects are studied by charge-density analysis and an example of one such investigation is given. The study of intermolecular interactions concentrates on the effects of hydrogen-bonding and an example is given of two structurally similar molecules with very disparate NLO properties, as a result of different types of hydrogen-bonding. (author). 3 refs.

  17. Fabrication of nonlinear plastic optical fiber (POF) and application

    Kim, Eung Soo; Kinoshita, Takeshi; Yu, Yun Sik; Jeong, Myung Yung


    We have developed a fabrication technique for plastic optical fiber (POF) using nonlinear organic materials. The fabrication technique is the direct core solution injection into the hole of cladding preform formed by polymerization of cladding solution. The cladding solution was made of MMA, BBP, and BPO. The preform of fiber was drawn into fiber following polymerization of core solution in cladding preform. We used DR1 to control the refractive index of fiber and investigated the sensor characteristics. The sensitivity of fabricated fiber is about 0.11 W/°C in the temperature range from 20 °C to 100 °C.

  18. Field-enhanced nonlinear optical properties of organic nanofibers

    Kostiučenko, Oksana; Fiutowski, Jacek; Brewer, Jonathan R.;

    Second harmonic generation in nonlinearly optically active organic nanofibers, generated via self-assembled surface growth from nonsymmetrically functionalized para-quarterphenylene (CNHP4) molecules, has been investigated. After the growth on mica templates, nanofibers have been transferred onto...... lithographically defined regular arrays of metal and dielectric nanostructures. Such hybrid systems were employed to correlate the second harmonic response to both morphology of the fibers i.e. local field enhancement due to local changes in the fiber’s morphology and field enhancement effects appearing...

  19. Field-enhanced nonlinear optical properties of organic nanofibers

    Kostiučenko, Oksana; Fiutowski, Jacek; Brewer, Jonathan R.;


    Second harmonic generation in nonlinearly optically active organic nanofibers, generated via self-assembled surface growth from nonsymmetrically functionalized para-quarterphenylene (CNHP4) molecules, has been investigated. After the growth on mica templates, nanofibers have been transferred onto...... lithographically defined regular arrays of metal and dielectric nanostructures. Such hybrid systems were employed to correlate the second harmonic response to both morphology of the fibers i.e. local field enhancement due to local changes in the fiber’s morphology and field enhancement effects appearing...

  20. Integrable nonlinear parity-time symmetric optical oscillator

    Hassan, Absar U; Miri, Mohammad-Ali; Khajavikhan, Mercedeh; Christodoulides, Demetrios N


    The nonlinear dynamics of a balanced parity-time symmetric optical microring arrangement are analytically investigated. By considering gain and loss saturation effects, the pertinent conservation laws are explicitly obtained in the Stokes domain-thus establishing integrability. Our analysis indicates the existence of two regimes of oscillatory dynamics and frequency locking, both of which are analogous to those expected in linear parity-time symmetric systems. Unlike other saturable parity time symmetric systems considered before, the model studied in this work first operates in the symmetric regime and then enters the broken parity-time phase.

  1. Research of nonlinear optical properties of copper nanoparticles

    L.Guo; Z.H.Wu; 等


    This research reports the preparation and characterization of copper nanoparticles modified by didecyl benzene sulfonate (DBS),The Cu nanoparticles' size was determined to be 40nm by transmission electron microscope(TEM).The X-ray photoelectron spectrometry(XPS) results show that there are interactions between the copper nanoparticles and DBS function group.The nonlinear optical properties were studied by the four-wave mixing method.The value of x(3)/α0 was found to be 6.9×10-11 esucm.

  2. Tuning Optical Nonlinearity of Laser-Ablation-Synthesized Silicon Nanoparticles via Doping Concentration

    Lianwei Chen


    Full Text Available Silicon nanoparticles at different doping concentrations are investigated for tuning their optical nonlinear performance. The silicon nanoparticles are synthesized from doped silicon wafers by pulsed laser ablation. Their dispersions in water are studied for both nonlinear absorption and nonlinear refraction properties. It is found that the optical nonlinear performance can be modified by the doping concentration. Nanoparticles at a higher doping concentration exhibit better saturable absorption performance for femtosecond laser pulse, which is ascribed to the free carrier absorption mechanism.

  3. Multilayer Au/TiO2 Composite Films with Ultrafast Third-Order Nonlinear Optical Properties

    LONG Hua; YANG Guang; CHEN Ai-Ping; LI Yu-Hua; LU Pei-Xiang


    We report on the ultrafast third-order optical nonlinearity in multilayer Au/TiO2 composite films fabricated on quartz substrates by pulsed laser deposition technique. The linear optical properties of the films are determined and optical absorption peaks due to surface plasmon resonance of Au particles are observed at about 59Onm.The third-order optical nonlinearities of the films are investigated by z-scan method using a femtosecond laser(50 fs) at the wavelength of 800 nm. The sample showed fast nonlinear optical responses with nonlinear absorption coefficient and nonlinear refractive index being -3.66×10-10 m/W and -2.95×10-17 m2/W, respectively. The results also show that the nonlinear optical effects increase with the increasing Au concentration in the composite films.

  4. 640 Gbit/s optical time-division add-drop multiplexing in a non-linear optical loop mirror

    Mulvad, Hans Christian Hansen; Galili, Michael; Oxenløwe, Leif Katsuo


    Error-free 640 Gbit/s all-optical time-division add-drop multiplexing is demonstrated using a non-linear optical loop mirror. Both the add- and drop operations are achieved simultaneously by switching.......Error-free 640 Gbit/s all-optical time-division add-drop multiplexing is demonstrated using a non-linear optical loop mirror. Both the add- and drop operations are achieved simultaneously by switching....

  5. A novel organic nonlinear optical crystal: Creatininium succinate

    Thirumurugan, R.; Anitha, K., E-mail: singlecerystalxrd@gmail.ciom [School of Physics, Madurai Kamraj University, Madurai 625021 (India)


    A novel organic material complex of creatininium succinate (CS) has been synthesized and single crystals were grown by the reaction of creatinine and succinic acid from aqueous solution by employing the technique of slow evaporation at room temperature. The structure of the grown crystal has been elucidated using single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and the structure was refined by least-squares method to R = 0.027 for 1840 reflections. FT-IR spectral investigation has been carried out to identify the various functional groups in the title compound. UV–Vis transmission was carried out which shows the crystal has a good optical transmittance in the visible region with lower cutoff wavelength around 220 nm. Nonlinear optical property of the crystal was confirmed by Kurtz-Perry powder technique.

  6. Dimensionality of InGaAs nonlinear optical response

    Bolton, S.R. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Physics]|[Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States). Materials Sciences Div.


    In this thesis the ultrafast optical properties of a series of InGaAs samples ranging from the two to the three dimensional limit are discussed. An optical system producing 150 fs continuum centered at 1.5 microns was built. Using this system, ultrafast pump-probe and four wave mixing experiments were performed. Carrier thermalization measurements reveal that screening of the Coulomb interaction is relatively unaffected by confinement, while Pauli blocking nonlinearities at the band edge are approximately twice as strong in two dimensions as in three. Carrier cooling via phonon emission is influenced by confinement due both to the change in electron distribution function and the reduction in electron phonon coupling. Purely coherent band edge effects, as measured by the AC Stark effect and four wave mixing, are found to be dominated by the changes in excitonic structure which take place with confinement.

  7. Ultrafast Third-Order Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy of Chlorinated Hydrocarbons

    Napoleon Thantu; Robert S. Schley


    Time-resolved Raman induced Kerr effect spectroscopy in the optical heterodyne detection configuration has been employed to investigate intermolecular, intramolecular, and reorientational dynamics in neat trichloroethylene (TCE). The reorientation time constant is directly measured from the time-resolved data, while Fourier transformation of the time-resolved data yields the intermolecular and intramolecular vibrational spectrum. Use of ultrashort, femtosecond pulses enables excitation of depolarized Raman-active transitions between 1 and 500 cm-1. The intramolecular vibrations have been identified using a previous assignment. The limitations imposed by the laser and detector noise, and other nonlinear optical processes that are manifest at high pulse intensities, on the use of this time-domain technique for performing chemical species detection are discussed using carbon tetrachloride as an example.

  8. Figures of merit of nonlinear optical chromophores in photorefractive polymers

    Barzoukas, Marguerite; Blanchard-Desce, Mireille H.; Wortmann, Ruediger W.


    A pre-requisite to obtain polymers with a large photorefractive response is to design non-linear optical chromophores with a large figure of merit. This figure depends on the glass transition temperature of the material. We present a theoretical investigation that shows which are the important molecular parameters that control the magnitude of the figure of merit either in a low-Tg or in a high-Tg polymer. Derivation of the figures of merit for various push-pull molecules show a molecular engineering strategy can be successfully implemented to yield very large figures of merit. This approach is supported by an experimental investigation based on electro-optical absorption measurements.

  9. Low power continuous wave laser induced optical nonlinearities in saffron ( Crocus Sativus L.)

    Nasibov, H.; Mamedbeili, I.


    We report on the low power CW laser induced nonlinear optical responses of Saffron (stigmata of Crocus Savitus L.) ethanol and methanol extracts. The optical nonlinearities were investigated by performing Z-scan measurements at 470 and 535 nm wavelengths. At both wavelengths the material has a strong nonlinear refraction, mainly of thermal origin. However, only at 470 nm wavelength the material exhibit pronounced saturable nonlinear absorption. Long-term (70 days) stability measurements indicated that the nonlinearities in the Saffron extracts are due to their nonvolatile components. This study shows that there is great potential for Saffron extracts to be used in nonlinear photonic applications.

  10. Nonlinear optical response of some Graphene oxide and Graphene fluoride derivatives

    Liaros, Nikolaos; Orfanos, Ioannis; Papadakis, Ioannis; Couris, Stelios


    The nonlinear optical properties of two graphene derivatives, graphene oxide and graphene fluoride, are investigated by means of the Z-scan technique employing 35 ps and 4 ns, visible (532 nm) laser excitation. Both derivatives were found to exhibit significant third-order nonlinear optical response at both excitation regimes, with the nonlinear absorption being relatively stronger and concealing the presence of nonlinear refraction under ns excitation, while ps excitation reveals the presence of both nonlinear absorption and refraction. Both nonlinear properties are of great interest for several photonics, opto-fluidics, opto-electronics and nanotechnology applications.

  11. Determination of optical constants and nonlinear optical coefficients of Violet 1-doped polyvinyl alcohol thin film

    Hussain A Badran; Alaa Y Al-Ahmad; Qusay M Ali Hassan; Chassib A Emshary


    The optical properties of Violet 1-doped polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) have been investigated using Wemble and Didomenico (WD) method. The optical constants such as refractive index , the dispersion energy , the oscillation energy 0, the lattice dielectric constant ∞, light frequency dielectric constant 0 and the ratio of carrier concentration to the effective mass /* have been determined using reflection spectra in the wavelength range 300–900 nm. The singlebeam Z-scan technique was used to determine the nonlinear optical properties of Violet 1:polyvinylalcohol (PVA) thin film. The experiments were performed using continuous wave (cw) laser with a wavelength of 635 nm. The calculated nonlinear refractive index of the film, $n_{2} = -2.79 \\times 10^{-7}$ cm2/Wand nonlinear absorption coefficient, $\\beta = 6.31\\times10^{−3}$ cm/W. Optical limiting characteristics of the dye-doped polymer film was studied. The result reveals that Violet 1 can be a promising material for optical limiting applications.

  12. Characterizing the Statistics of a Bunch of Optical Pulses Using a Nonlinear Optical Loop Mirror

    Olivier Pottiez


    Full Text Available We propose in this work a technique for determining the amplitude distribution of a wave packet containing a large number of short optical pulses with different amplitudes. The technique takes advantage of the fast response of the optical Kerr effect in a fiber nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM. Under some assumptions, the statistics of the pulses can be determined from the energy transfer characteristic of the packet through the NOLM, which can be measured with a low-frequency detection setup. The statistical distribution is retrieved numerically by approximating the solution of a system of nonlinear algebraic equations using the least squares method. The technique is demonstrated numerically in the case of a packet of solitons.

  13. Nonlinear optical spectroscopy of isotropic and anisotropic metallic nanocomposites

    Fernandez-Hernandez, R C; Gleason-Villagran, R; Cheang-Wong, J C; Crespo-Sosa, A; Rodriguez-Fernandez, L; Lopez-Suarez, A; Oliver, A; Reyes-Esqueda, J A [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, D. F. 04510 (Mexico); Torres-Torres, C [Seccion de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigacion, ESIME-Zacatenco, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico, D. F. 07338 (Mexico); Rangel-Rojo, R, E-mail: [CICESE/Depto. de Optica, A.P. 360, Ensenada, B. C. 22860 (Mexico)


    In this work, we studied the nonlinear absorption and refraction of isotropic and anisotropic metallic nanocomposites, which consist of Au and Ag nanoparticles (NPs) embedded in matrices of SiO{sub 2}. We performed this study at different wavelengths using the Z-scan technique in the picosecond regime. The wavelengths were selected accordingly to the absorption spectra of the nanocomposites, choosing wavelengths into the inter- and intra-band transitions regions, including the surface plasmon (SP) resonance, as well as in the transparent region. For the anisotropic nanocomposites, the polarization and the incident angle were varied in order to evaluate the different components of the third order susceptibility tensor, {chi}{sup (3)}. We observed dramatic changes of sign for both, nonlinear refraction and absorption, when passing from Au to Ag and/or varying the wave length. The results accentuate the importance of the hot-electrons contribution to the nonlinear optical response at this temporal regime, when compared to inter-band and intra-band transitions contributions.

  14. Fundamental Limits:. Developing New Tools for a Better Understanding of Second-Order Molecular Nonlinear Optics

    Pérez-Moreno, Javier; Clays, Koen

    The generalized Thomas-Kuhn sum rules are used to characterize the nonlinear optical response of organic chromophores in terms of fundamental parameters that can be measured experimentally. The nonlinear optical performance of organic molecules is evaluated from the combination of hyper-Rayleigh scattering measurements and the analysis in terms of the fundamental limits. Different strategies for the enhancement of nonlinear optical behavior at the molecular and supramolecular level are evaluated and new paradigms for the design of more efficient nonlinear optical molecules are proposed and investigated.

  15. Investigation of local and nonlocal nonlinear optical refraction effect in IZO thin films

    Htwe, Zin Maung; Zhang, Yun-Dong; Yao, Cheng-Bao; Li, Hui; Yuan, Ping


    We report the local and nonlocal nonlinear optical refraction properties of indium doped zinc oxide (IZO) thin films using closed aperture Z-scan technique. The Z-scan results show the films have positive nonlinear optical refraction properties. The nonlocal parameter m of samples is increased with indium. In both of local and nonlocal studies, the nonlinear optical refractions of thin films were increased with In contents and laser energy. This relation reveals the role of In composition in IZO affects on the nonlinear optical responses of the films. These results make the IZO thin films as the promising application in optoelectronics devices.

  16. Growth, spectroscopic, dielectric and nonlinear optical studies of semi organic nonlinear optical crystal - L-Alanine lithium chloride

    Hanumantharao, Redrothu; Kalainathan, S.


    A new and efficient semi organic nonlinear optical crystal (NLO) from the amino acid family L-alanine lithium chloride (LAL) has been grown by slow evaporation technique from aqueous solution. The functional groups were identified from NMR spectral studies. Mass spectral analysis shows the molecular ion mass. Dielectric studies has been done for the grown crystal and relative SHG efficiency is measured by Kurtz and Perry method and found to about 0.43 times that of standard potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) crystals. The compound crystallized in non-centrosymmetric space group Pna21. The results have been discussed in detail.

  17. Growth, spectroscopic, dielectric and nonlinear optical studies of semi organic nonlinear optical crystal--L-alanine lithium chloride.

    Hanumantharao, Redrothu; Kalainathan, S


    A new and efficient semi organic nonlinear optical crystal (NLO) from the amino acid family L-alanine lithium chloride (LAL) has been grown by slow evaporation technique from aqueous solution. The functional groups were identified from NMR spectral studies. Mass spectral analysis shows the molecular ion mass. Dielectric studies has been done for the grown crystal and relative SHG efficiency is measured by Kurtz and Perry method and found to about 0.43 times that of standard potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) crystals. The compound crystallized in non-centrosymmetric space group Pna21. The results have been discussed in detail.

  18. Thioborates: potential nonlinear optical materials with rich structural chemistry.

    Lian, Yu-Kun; Wu, Li-Ming; Chen, Ling


    Nonlinear optical (NLO) crystal materials with good performance are urgently needed. Various compounds have been explored to date. Metal chalcogenides and borates are common sources of potential NLO materials with desirable properties, particularly in the IR and UV regions, respectively. However, these two types of crystals have their specific drawbacks. Thioborates, as an emerging system, have unique advantages by combining the merits of borates and sulfides, i.e., the high laser damage thresholds and rich structural diversity of borates with large optical nonlinearity and the favorable transparency range of sulfides. However, only a limited number of thioborates are known. This paper summarizes the known thioborates according to structural motifs that range from zero-dimension to three-dimension, most of which are formed by sharing corners of the basic building units (BS3)(3-) and (BS4)(5-). Although nearly one-third of the known thioborates are noncentrosymmetric, most of their properties, especially their NLO behaviors, are unexplored. Further attempts and additional investigations are required with respect to design syntheses, property improvements and micro-mechanism studies.

  19. Organic non-linear optics and opto-electronics

    Maldonado, J. L.; Ramos-Ortíz, G.; Rodríguez, M.; Meneses-Nava, M. A.; Barbosa-García, O.; Santillán, R.; Farfán, N.


    π-conjugated organic molecules and polymers are of great importance in physics, chemistry, material science and engineering. It is expected that, in the near future, organic materials will find widespread use in many technological applications. In the case of organic opto-electronic systems, the list of devices includes light emitting diodes (OLEDs), photovoltaic cells (OPVs), field-effect transistors (OFET), photorefractive materials for light manipulation, among others. These materials are also used for photonic applications: all-optical switching, modulators, optical correlators, plastic waveguides, all polymeric integrated circuits, solid-state lasers, and for biophotonic applications as in the case of the development of organic labels for multiphoton microscopy and photodynamic therapy. The advances in the developing of organic compounds with better mechanical, electrical, and optical (linear and non-linear) characteristics are of a great importance for this field. Here, we present the research on this area carried out at the Centro de Investigaciones en Óp-tica (CIO), in collaboration with Chemistry Departments of different institutions. This work focuses on the optical characterization of materials through several techniques such as TOF, FWM, TBC, THG Maker Fringes, HRS, Z-scan, and TPEF. Additionally, some applications, such as dynamic holography by using photorefractive polymers, and OPVs cells will be discussed.

  20. Nonlinear coherent dynamics of an atom in an optical lattice

    Argonov, V Y


    We consider a simple model of lossless interaction between a two-level single atom and a standing-wave single-mode laser field which creates a one-dimensional optical lattice. Internal dynamics of the atom is governed by the laser field which is treated to be classical with a large number of photons. Center-of-mass classical atomic motion is governed by the optical potential and the internal atomic degree of freedom. The resulting Hamilton-Schr\\"odinger equations of motion are a five-dimensional nonlinear dynamical system with two integrals of motion. The main focus of the paper is chaotic atomic motion that may be quantified strictly by positive values of the maximal Lyapunov exponent. It is shown that atom, depending on the value of its total energy, can either oscillate chaotically in a well of the optical potential or fly ballistically with weak chaotic oscillations of its momentum or wander in the optical lattice changing the direction of motion in a chaotic way. In the regime of chaotic wandering atomic...

  1. Computational Modeling of Ultrafast Pulse Propagation in Nonlinear Optical Materials

    Goorjian, Peter M.; Agrawal, Govind P.; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)


    There is an emerging technology of photonic (or optoelectronic) integrated circuits (PICs or OEICs). In PICs, optical and electronic components are grown together on the same chip. rib build such devices and subsystems, one needs to model the entire chip. Accurate computer modeling of electromagnetic wave propagation in semiconductors is necessary for the successful development of PICs. More specifically, these computer codes would enable the modeling of such devices, including their subsystems, such as semiconductor lasers and semiconductor amplifiers in which there is femtosecond pulse propagation. Here, the computer simulations are made by solving the full vector, nonlinear, Maxwell's equations, coupled with the semiconductor Bloch equations, without any approximations. The carrier is retained in the description of the optical pulse, (i.e. the envelope approximation is not made in the Maxwell's equations), and the rotating wave approximation is not made in the Bloch equations. These coupled equations are solved to simulate the propagation of femtosecond optical pulses in semiconductor materials. The simulations describe the dynamics of the optical pulses, as well as the interband and intraband.

  2. Nonlinear Interferometric Vibrational Imaging (NIVI) with Novel Optical Sources

    Boppart, Stephen A.; King, Matthew D.; Liu, Yuan; Tu, Haohua; Gruebele, Martin

    Optical imaging is essential in medicine and in fundamental studies of biological systems. Although many existing imaging modalities can supply valuable information, not all are capable of label-free imaging with high-contrast and molecular specificity. The application of molecular or nanoparticle contrast agents may adversely influence the biological system under investigation. These substances also present ongoing concerns over toxicity or particle clearance, which must be properly addressed before their approval for in vivo human imaging. Hence there is an increasing appreciation for label-free imaging techniques. It is of primary importance to develop imaging techniques that can indiscriminately identify and quantify biochemical compositions to high degrees of sensitivity and specificity through only the intrinsic optical response of endogenous molecular species. The development and use of nonlinear interferometric vibrational imaging, which is based on the interferometric detection of optical signals from coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS), along with novel optical sources, offers the potential for label-free molecular imaging.

  3. Nonlinear optical signal processing for high-speed, spectrally efficient fiber optic systems and networks

    Zhang, Bo

    The past decade has witnessed astounding boom in telecommunication network traffic. With the emergence of multimedia over Internet, the high-capacity optical transport systems have started to shift focus from the core network towards the end users. This trend leads to diverse optical networks with transparency and reconfigurability requirement. As single channel data rate continues to increase and channel spacing continues to shrink for high capacity, high spectral efficiency, the workload on conventional electronic signal processing elements in the router nodes continues to build up. Performing signal processing functions in the optical domain can potentially alleviate the speed bottleneck if the unique optical properties are efficiently leveraged to assist electronic processing methodologies. Ultra-high bandwidth capability along with the promise for multi-channel and format-transparent operation make optical signal processing an attractive technology which is expected to have great impact on future optical networks. For optical signal processing applications in fiber-optic network and systems, a laudable goal would be to explore the unique nonlinear optical processes in novel photonic devices. This dissertation investigates novel optical signal processing techniques through simulations and experimental demonstrations, analyzes limitations of these nonlinear processing elements and proposes techniques to enhance the system performance or designs for functional photonic modules. Two key signal-processing building blocks for future optical networks, namely slow-light-based tunable optical delay lines and SOA-based high-speed wavelength converters, are presented in the first part of the dissertation. Phase preserving and spectrally efficient slow light are experimentally demonstrated using advanced modulation formats. Functional and novel photonic modules, such as multi-channel synchronizer and variable-bit-rate optical time division multiplexer are designed and

  4. Electro-optic delay oscillator with nonlocal nonlinearity: Optical phase dynamics, chaos, and synchronization.

    Lavrov, Roman; Peil, Michael; Jacquot, Maxime; Larger, Laurent; Udaltsov, Vladimir; Dudley, John


    We demonstrate experimentally how nonlinear optical phase dynamics can be generated with an electro-optic delay oscillator. The presented architecture consists of a linear phase modulator, followed by a delay line, and a differential phase-shift keying demodulator (DPSK-d). The latter represents the nonlinear element of the oscillator effecting a nonlinear transformation. This nonlinearity is considered as nonlocal in time since it is ruled by an intrinsic differential delay, which is significantly greater than the typical phase variations. To study the effect of this specific nonlinearity, we characterize the dynamics in terms of the dependence of the relevant feedback gain parameter. Our results reveal the occurrence of regular GHz oscillations (approximately half of the DPSK-d free spectral range), as well as a pronounced broadband phase-chaotic dynamics. Beyond this, the observed dynamical phenomena offer potential for applications in the field of microwave photonics and, in particular, for the realization of novel chaos communication systems. High quality and broadband phase-chaos synchronization is also reported with an emitter-receiver pair of the setup.

  5. The nonlinear Schrödinger equation singular solutions and optical collapse

    Fibich, Gadi


    This book is an interdisciplinary introduction to optical collapse of laser beams, which is modelled by singular (blow-up) solutions of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation. With great care and detail, it develops the subject including the mathematical and physical background and the history of the subject. It combines rigorous analysis, asymptotic analysis, informal arguments, numerical simulations, physical modelling, and physical experiments. It repeatedly emphasizes the relations between these approaches, and the intuition behind the results. The Nonlinear Schrödinger Equation will be useful to graduate students and researchers in applied mathematics who are interested in singular solutions of partial differential equations, nonlinear optics and nonlinear waves, and to graduate students and researchers in physics and engineering who are interested in nonlinear optics and Bose-Einstein condensates. It can be used for courses on partial differential equations, nonlinear waves, and nonlinear optics. Gadi Fib...

  6. Laser Induced Nonlinear Optical Properties of Zinc Oxide Thin Film Prepared by Sol-Gel Method

    Vinay Kumari


    Full Text Available Optical nonlinearities of spin coated ZnO thin film have been investigated by using single beam Z-Scan technique in the visible region. X- ray diffraction shows that all films are oriented along the c-axis direction of the hexagonal crystal structure. The average optical transmittance of all films is higher than 80 %. The nonlinear optical parameters viz. nonlinear absorption coefficient (β, nonlinear index of refraction (η2, nonlinear susceptibility (χ3, have been estimated using nanosecond laser pulses of second harmonic of Nd:YAG Laser. The value of nonlinear absorption coefficient β is estimated to be greater than the already reported value. The films clearly exhibit a-ve value of nonlinear refraction at 532 nm which is attributed to the two photon absorption and free carrier absorption. The presence of RSA in ZnO thin films inferes that ZnO is a potential material for the development of optical limiter.

  7. Ab initio Calculations of the Linear and Nonlinear Optical Properties of Amino Acids

    Tokarz, D; Tuer, A; Cisek, R; Krouglov, S; Barzda, V, E-mail: [Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Department of Physics, and Institute for Optical Sciences, University of Toronto, 3359 Mississauga Road North, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6 (Canada)


    A number of proteins can assemble into chiral structures that display strong nonlinear optical activity. For instance, proteins such as myosin and collagen exhibit intense second harmonic generation (SHG). A large number of experimental studies on the SHG of proteins have been conducted; however few predictive models have been proposed that reliably relate the macroscopic SHG properties to the amino acids present in the peptidic chain. In this study, the linear polarizability ({alpha}), first ({beta}) and second hyperpolarizability ({gamma}) of all twenty amino acids was investigated by time-dependent Hartree-Fock calculations under physiological conditions. Ab initio calculations were performed using the GAMESSUS computational chemistry package. We have found that the aromatic amino acids give rise to the largest mean {alpha}, {beta} and {gamma} values. With this finding, we hope to apply this method to protein structures in order to understand how second harmonic signal is generated from individual amino acids, as well as, recognize how manipulation of the secondary structure of proteins might enhance SHG and third harmonic generation (THG).

  8. Chiro-optic and nonlinear optical studies of bridged triarylamine heterohelicenes; A DFT study

    Islam, Nasarul; Pandith, Altaf Hussain


    Density Functional Theory at B3PW91/6-311G (d, p) level was employed to analyze the spectral properties and nonlinear optical response of the oxo and thia-bridged triarylamine heterohelicenes. The energy calculations of optimized geometries reveals that the M and P isomeric forms of heterohelicenes of 1, 2, 3 and 4 are enantiomers, while as for 5, 6 and 7 they are atropisomers. The simulated Infrared and Vibrational circular dichroism spectra in the mid-infrared region (1300-1650 cm-1) display peaks, having contribution from out-of-phase stretching of the three fused aromatic rings and contribution from the three Nsbnd C bond stretching. In addition to these peaks M-7 displays peak corresponds to bending of Hsbnd Csbnd H of terminal methoxy group. In this study we have observed the oxo-bridged heterohelicenes displays higher values of hyperpolarizability as compared to thia-bridged heterohelicenes. In case of M-5, M-6 and M-7 the calculation reveals that with increase in electron donating capacity of substituent the hyperpolarizability increase due to decrease in optical band gap. Therefore, the oxo- and thia-bridged heterohelicenes can act as good raw material for nonlinear optical device and their nonlinear optical response can be enhanced by the extension in π-conjugation or addition of electron donating substituents.

  9. Nonlinear optical properties of natural laccaic acid dye studied using Z-scan technique

    Zongo, S


    Full Text Available We have investigated the nonlinear optical properties, including the optical limiting behaviour for five different concentrations of laccaic acid dye in solution and a thin film obtained through doping in poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer...

  10. Nonlinear optical properties of Au-Ag core-shell nanorods for all-optical switching

    Zhang, Luman; Dai, Hongwei; Wang, Xia; Yao, Linhua; Ma, Zongwei; Han, Jun-Bo


    Au-Ag core-shell nanorods with surface plasmon resonance wavelengths of 760-840 nm were prepared. Wavelength-dependent nonlinear absorption coefficients (β) and nonlinear refractive indices (γ) of the nanorods were measured by using Z-scan techniques. The corresponding one-photon and two-photon figures of merit (W and T) were calculated from β and γ. The results show that the requirements of W  >  1 and T  <  1 for the application of all-optical switching could be achieved for all the samples over a broad wavelength range. These observations make the Au-Ag core-shell nanorods a good candidate for all-optical switching devices.

  11. All-optical switching and nonlinear optical properties of HBT in ethanol solution

    Zheng Jia-Jin; Zhang Gui-Lan; Guo Yang-Xue; Li Xiang-Ping; Chen Wen-Ju


    This paper demonstrates an all-optical switching model system comprising a single pulsed pump beam at 355 nm and a CW He-Ne signal beam at 632.8 nm with 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)benzothiazole (HBT) in ethanol solution. The origins of the optical switching effect were discussed. By the study of nonlinear optical properties for HBT in ethanol solvent, this paper verified that the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) effect of HBT and the thermal effect of solvent worked on quite different time scales and together induced the change of the refractive index of HBT solution, leading to the signal beam deflection. The results indicated that the HBT molecule could be an excellent candidate for high-speed and high-sensitive optical switching devices.

  12. Synthesis, characterizations and electro-optical properties of nonlinear optical polyimide/silica hybrid


    Full Text Available Transparent Nonlinear Optical (NLO inorganic/organic (polyimide/silica hybrid composites with covalent links between the inorganic and the organic networks were prepared by the sol-gel method. The silica content in the hybrid films was varied from 0 to 22.5/wt%. The prepared PI hybrids were characterized by IR, UV-Vis, Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, X-ray diffraction (XRD, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM. They exhibited fair good optical transparency. The SiO2 phase was well dispersed in the polymer matrix. DSC and TGA results showed that these hybrid materials had excellent thermal stability. The polymer solutions could be spin coated on the indium-tin-oxide (ITO glass to form optical quality thin films. The electro-optic coefficients (γ33 at the wavelength of 832 nm for polymer thin films poled were in the range of 19-27 pm/V.

  13. Molecular Optics Nonlinear Optical Processes in Organic and Polymeric Crystals and Films. Part 2


    susceptibility gamma ijkl(-omega 4; omega 1, omega 2, omega 3 ) demonstrate that the microscopic origin of the nonresonant third order nonlinear optical...interaction calculations of gamma jkl(-omega 4; omega 1, omega 2, omega 3 ) for the archetypal class of quasi-one dimensional conjugated structures...largest of the two dominant, competing virtual excitation processes that determine gamma ijkl(- omega 4; omega 1, omega 2, omega 3 ). It is also found in

  14. Femtojoule-Scale All-Optical Latching and Modulation via Cavity Nonlinear Optics

    Kwon, Yeong-Dae; Armen, Michael A.; Mabuchi, Hideo


    We experimentally characterize Hopf bifurcation phenomena at femtojoule energy scales in a multiatom cavity quantum electrodynamical (cavity QED) system and demonstrate how such behaviors can be exploited in the design of all-optical memory and modulation devices. The data are analyzed by using a semiclassical model that explicitly treats heterogeneous coupling of atoms to the cavity mode. Our results highlight the interest of cavity QED systems for ultralow power photonic signal processing as well as for fundamental studies of mesoscopic nonlinear dynamics.

  15. Optical and nonlinear optical properties of orthorhombic BiB3O6

    Cherepakhin, A. V.; Zaitsev, A. I.; Aleksandrovsky, A. S.; Zamkov, A. V.


    Dispersion of refraction coefficients of orthorhombic BiB3O6 in the wavelength range between 435.8 and 1060 nm is studied, nonlinear optical coefficients are determined, and phase matching angles, angular and spectral bandwidths for second harmonic generation processes are calculated. δ-BiBO may be suitable for doubling of lasers with a wavelength in the 1.3 μm region as well as the matrix for self-doubling lasing media.

  16. Picosecond optical nonlinearities in symmetrical and unsymmetrical phthalocyanines studied using the Z-scan technique

    S Venugopal Rao; P T Anusha; L Giribabu; Surya P Tewari


    We present our experimental results on the picosecond nonlinear optical (NLO) studies of symmetrical and unsymmetrical phthalocyanines, examined using the Z-scan technique. Both the open-aperture and closed-aperture Z-scan curves for three samples were recorded and the nonlinear coefficients were extracted from the theoretical fits. The nonlinear absorption/refraction contribution from the solvent was also identified. The observed open aperture behaviour for these molecules is understood in terms of the absorption coefficients of these molecules near 800 nm and the peak intensities used. It is established that these phthalocyanines exhibit large optical nonlinearities and, hence, are suitable for optical limiting applications.

  17. Enhanced nonlinear optical response of one-dimensional metal-dielectric photonic crystals.

    Lepeshkin, Nick N; Schweinsberg, Aaron; Piredda, Giovanni; Bennink, Ryan S; Boyd, Robert W


    We describe a new type of artificial nonlinear optical material composed of a one-dimensional metal-dielectric photonic crystal. Because of the resonant nature of multiple Bragg reflections, the transmission within the transmission band can be quite large, even though the transmission through the same total thickness of bulk metal would be very small. This procedure allows light to penetrate into the highly nonlinear metallic layers, leading to a large nonlinear optical response. We present experimental results for a Cu/SiO(2) crystal which displays a strongly enhanced nonlinear optical response (up to 12X) in transmission.

  18. Nonlinear optical response in Kronig-Penney type graphene superlattice in terahertz regime

    Jiang, Lijuan; Yuan, Rui-Yang; Zhao, Xin; Lv, Jing; Yan, Hui


    The terahertz nonlinear optical response in Kronig-Penney (KP) type graphene superlattice is demonstrated. The single-, triple- and quintuple-frequencies of the fifth-order nonlinear responses are investigated for different frequencies and temperatures with the angle φ along the periodicity of the superlattice toward the external field tuning from 0 to π/2. The results show that the fifth-order nonlinear optical conductance of graphene superlattice is enhanced in the terahertz regime when φ = 0, i.e. an external field is applied along the periodicity of the superlattice. The fifth-order nonlinear optical conductances at φ = 0 for different frequencies and temperatures are calculated. The results show that the nonlinear optical conductance is enhanced in low frequency and low temperature. Our results suggest that KP type graphene superlattices are preferred structures for developing graphene-based nonlinear photonics and optoelectronics devices.

  19. Performance emulation and parameter estimation for nonlinear fibre-optic links

    Piels, Molly; Porto da Silva, Edson; Zibar, Darko


    Fibre-optic communication systems, especially when operating in the nonlinear regime, generally do not perform exactly as theory would predict. A number of methods for data-based evaluation of nonlinear fibre-optic link parameters, both for accurate performance emulation and optimization...

  20. Inclusion Tuning of Nonlinear Optical Materials: KTP (Potassium Titanyl Phosphate) Isomorphs


    o OFCE OF NAVAL RESEARCH Contract N00014-87-K-0457 V R&T Code 4134015-01 0) Technical. Report No. 23 "Inclusion Tuning of Nonlinear Optical Materials : KIP...bry block nuum.ber) see attached #11 Inclusion Tuning of Nonlinear Optical Materials : KTP Isomorphs * Q1 UISTRISUTION/AVAII..ASILITY 00 ABSTRACT 21

  1. Eye/Sensor Protection against Laser Irradiation Organic Nonlinear Optical Materials


    Recent developments in organic nonlinear optical materials for application to eye and sensor protection are reviewed. This compendium includes a...noteworthy organic third-order nonlinear optical materials is included as an appendix. Lasers are playing an important and increasing role in modern

  2. Basic Studies of Nonlinear Optical Materials for Eye and Sensor Protection


    1 BASIC STUDIES OF NONLINEAR OPTICAL MATERIALS FOR EYE AND SENSOR PROTECTION I. Abstract: We have studied the spectroscopy, kinetics liquid or solid materials from CW to 100x10-15 seconds. Basic Studies of Nonlinear Optical Materials for Eye and Sensor Protection

  3. Performance emulation and parameter estimation for nonlinear fibre-optic links

    Piels, Molly; Porto da Silva, Edson; Zibar, Darko;


    Fibre-optic communication systems, especially when operating in the nonlinear regime, generally do not perform exactly as theory would predict. A number of methods for data-based evaluation of nonlinear fibre-optic link parameters, both for accurate performance emulation and optimization, are rev...

  4. Label-free imaging through nonlinear optical signals

    Ling Tong


    Full Text Available Strong intrinsic nonlinear optical (NLO signals not only make nanostructures promising agents for bio-imaging, but also advance NLO microscopy for the study of interactions between nanomaterials and live cells. Single beam modalities such as multiphoton luminescence, second harmonic generation, and third harmonic generation provide a simple way to probe many types of nanostructures. As for more advanced modalities, photothermal heterodyne imaging provides improved detection sensitivity for smaller objects, and transient absorption microscopy provides structural information to distinguish metal from semiconducting carbon nanotubes, and eumelanin from pheomelanin. The four-wave mixing signal achieves chemical selectivity in the presence of either vibrational or electronic resonance, as used in coherent Raman scattering imaging of molecules and in electronically resonance enhanced four-wave mixing imaging of nanostructures.

  5. Printed organic smart devices characterized by nonlinear optical

    Pastorelli, Francesco; Accanto, Nicolo; Jørgensen, Mikkel


    In this study, we demonstrate that nonlinear optical microscopy is a promising technique to characterize organic printed electronics. Using ultrashort laser pulses we stimulate two-photon absorption in a roll coated polymer semiconductor and map the resulting two-photon induced photoluminescence....... With this technique, we can recognize different nanomaterials and we propose that the TPPL is a good indicator to map and monitor the charge carrier density and the molecular packing of the printed polymer material. Importantly, simple calculations based on the signal levels, suggest that this technique can...... be extended to the real time mapping of the polymer semiconductor film, even during the printing process, in which the high printing speed poses the need for equally high acquisition rates....

  6. Ultrafast third-order nonlinear optical response of pyrene derivatives

    Shi, Yufang; Li, Zhongguo; Fang, Yu; Sun, Jinyu; Zhao, Minggen; Song, Yinglin


    Two mono-substituted pyrene derivatives with delocalized electron system 1-(pyren-1-yl)-3-(4-Methyl thiophene-2-yl) acrylic ketone (13#) and 1-(pyren-1-yl)-3-(4-bromo thiophene-2-yl) acrylic ketone (15#) were successfully synthesized. The resultant compounds were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infrared spectroscopy (IR), high resolution mass spectrum (HR-MS), and UV-vis spectra. The third-order nonlinear optical properties of the compounds were investigated using Z-scan technique with femtosecond laser pulses at 500 nm and 700 nm, respectively. Both of the compounds showed a decrease in transmittance about the focus, which are typical of two-photon absorption. It was found that the two-photon absorption behavior of the pyrene derivatives were modified by substituents on thiophene ring. These results indicate that both compounds can be promising candidates for future optoelectronic and bio-imaging applications.

  7. Superior optical nonlinearity of an exceptional fluorescent stilbene dye

    He, Tingchao [College of Physics Science and Technology, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060 (China); Division of Physics and Applied Physics, Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies (CDPT), School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 21 Nanyang Link, Singapore 637371 (Singapore); Sreejith, Sivaramapanicker; Zhao, Yanli [Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 21 Nanyang Link, Singapore 637371 (Singapore); Gao, Yang; Grimsdale, Andrew C. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Lin, Xiaodong, E-mail:, E-mail: [College of Physics Science and Technology, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060 (China); Sun, Handong, E-mail:, E-mail: [Division of Physics and Applied Physics, Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies (CDPT), School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 21 Nanyang Link, Singapore 637371 (Singapore)


    Strong multiphoton absorption and harmonic generation in organic fluorescent chromophores are, respectively, significant in many fields of research. However, most of fluorescent chromophores fall short of the full potential due to the absence of the combination of such different nonlinear upconversion behaviors. Here, we demonstrate that an exceptional fluorescent stilbene dye could exhibit efficient two- and three-photon absorption under the excitation of femtosecond pulses in solution phase. Benefiting from its biocompatibility and strong excited state absorption behavior, in vitro two-photon bioimaging and superior optical limiting have been exploited, respectively. Simultaneously, the chromophore could generate efficient three-photon excited fluorescence and third-harmonic generation (THG) when dispersed into PMMA film, circumventing the limitations of classical fluorescent chromophores. Such chromophore may find application in the production of coherent light sources of higher photon energy. Moreover, the combination of three-photon excited fluorescence and THG can be used in tandem to provide complementary information in biomedical studies.

  8. Superior optical nonlinearity of an exceptional fluorescent stilbene dye

    He, Tingchao; Sreejith, Sivaramapanicker; Gao, Yang; Grimsdale, Andrew C.; Zhao, Yanli; Lin, Xiaodong; Sun, Handong


    Strong multiphoton absorption and harmonic generation in organic fluorescent chromophores are, respectively, significant in many fields of research. However, most of fluorescent chromophores fall short of the full potential due to the absence of the combination of such different nonlinear upconversion behaviors. Here, we demonstrate that an exceptional fluorescent stilbene dye could exhibit efficient two- and three-photon absorption under the excitation of femtosecond pulses in solution phase. Benefiting from its biocompatibility and strong excited state absorption behavior, in vitro two-photon bioimaging and superior optical limiting have been exploited, respectively. Simultaneously, the chromophore could generate efficient three-photon excited fluorescence and third-harmonic generation (THG) when dispersed into PMMA film, circumventing the limitations of classical fluorescent chromophores. Such chromophore may find application in the production of coherent light sources of higher photon energy. Moreover, the combination of three-photon excited fluorescence and THG can be used in tandem to provide complementary information in biomedical studies.

  9. Nonlinear optical imaging characteristics in rat tail tendon

    Liu, N. R.; Zhang, X. Z.; Qiu, Y. S.; Chen, R.


    The aim of this study was to examine the characteristics of skeletal muscle fibers in tail tendons, explore the content of intrinsic components at different depths and ascertain the optimum excitation wavelength, which will help to establish a relationship between diagnosis and therapy and the tendon injury. A multiphoton microscopic imaging system was used to achieve the images and spectra via an imaging mode and a Lambda mode, respectively. This work demonstrates that the skeletal muscle fibers of the tail tendon are in good order. Second harmonic generation (SHG) and two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) signals originating from certain intrinsic components are varied with depth, and the SHG/TPEF intensity ratios are varied at different excitation wavelengths. Below 800 nm is the optimum for cell TPEF, while above 800 nm is the optimum for SHG. With the development of imaging techniques, a nonlinear optical imaging system will be helpful to represent the functional behaviors of tissue related to tendon injury.

  10. Properties of nonreciprocal light propagation in a nonlinear optical isolator

    Roy, Dibyendu


    Light propagation in a nonlinear optical medium is nonreciprocal for spatially asymmetric linear permittivity. We here examine physical mechanism and properties of such nonreciprocity (NR). For this, we calculate transmission of light through a two-level atom asymmetrically coupled to light inside open waveguides. We determine the critical intensity of incident light for maximum NR and a dependence of the corresponding NR on asymmetry in the coupling. Surprisingly, we find that it is mainly coherent elastic scattering compared to incoherent scattering of incident light which causes maximum NR near the critical intensity. We also show a higher NR of an incident light in the presence of an additional weak light at the opposite port.

  11. Nonlinear Optical Microscopy Signal Processing Strategies in Cancer

    Adur, Javier; Carvalho, Hernandes F; Cesar, Carlos L; Casco, Víctor H


    This work reviews the most relevant present-day processing methods used to improve the accuracy of multimodal nonlinear images in the detection of epithelial cancer and the supporting stroma. Special emphasis has been placed on methods of non linear optical (NLO) microscopy image processing such as: second harmonic to autofluorescence ageing index of dermis (SAAID), tumor-associated collagen signatures (TACS), fast Fourier transform (FFT) analysis, and gray level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM)-based methods. These strategies are presented as a set of potential valuable diagnostic tools for early cancer detection. It may be proposed that the combination of NLO microscopy and informatics based image analysis approaches described in this review (all carried out on free software) may represent a powerful tool to investigate collagen organization and remodeling of extracellular matrix in carcinogenesis processes. PMID:24737930

  12. Nonlinear optical microscopy improvement by focal-point axial modulation

    Dashtabi, Mahdi Mozdoor; Massudi, Reza


    Among the most important challenges of microscopy-even more important than the resolution enhancement, especially in biological and neuroscience applications-is noninvasive and label-free imaging deeper into live scattering samples. However, the fundamental limitation on imaging depth is the signal-to-background ratio in scattering biological tissues. Here, using a vibrating microscope objective in conjunction with a lock-in amplifier, we demonstrate the background cancellation in imaging the samples surrounded by turbid and scattering media, which leads to more clear images deeper into the samples. Furthermore, this technique offers the localization and resolution enhancement as well as resolves ambiguities in signal interpretation, using a single-color laser. This technique is applicable to most nonlinear as well as some linear point-scanning optical microscopies.

  13. Label-free nonlinear optical imaging of mouse retina.

    He, Sicong; Ye, Cong; Sun, Qiqi; Leung, Christopher K S; Qu, Jianan Y


    A nonlinear optical (NLO) microscopy system integrating stimulated Raman scattering (SRS), two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) and second-harmonic generation (SHG) was developed to image fresh mouse retinas. The morphological and functional details of various retinal layers were revealed by the endogenous NLO signals. Particularly, high resolution label-free imaging of retinal neurons and nerve fibers in the ganglion cell and nerve fiber layers was achieved by capturing endogenous SRS and TPEF signals. In addition, the spectral and temporal analysis of TPEF images allowed visualization of different fluorescent components in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Fluorophores with short TPEF lifetime, such as A2E, can be differentiated from other long-lifetime components in the RPE. The NLO imaging method would provide important information for investigation of retinal ganglion cell degeneration and holds the potential to study the biochemical processes of visual cycle in the RPE.

  14. Calculation of nonlinear optical properties of molecular clusters

    Yartsev, V. M.; Marcano O, A. [Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas, Caracas (Venezuela)


    Effects of electronic correlation and electron-intramolecular vibration coupling on the non-linear optical properties are studied. The Hubbard Hamiltonian is used for explicit treatment of electronic correlation in molecular dimmer. The static polarizability and the static second hyper polarizability {gamma} are calculated and their dependences on the model parameters are analyzed. The role of interaction between ion-radical complexes is considered within the model of two parallel dimers. [Spanish] Se estudian los efectos de correlacion y el acoplamiento del electron con las vibraciones moleculares sobre las propiedades opticas no lineales de agregados moleculares. Se utiliza un hamiltoniano de tipo Hubbard para el tratamiento explicito de la correlacion electronica en un dimero molecular. Se calculan la polarizabilidad estatica {alpha} y la hiperpolarizabilidad de segundo orden {gamma} al igual que se analizan sus dependencias de los parametros del modelo. Se estudia ademas el papel de la interaccion entre complejos ino-radical dentro del modelo de dos dimeros paralelos.

  15. The linear and nonlinear optical effects of white light

    QI XinYuan; LIU SiMin; GUO Ru; LU Yi; GAO YuanMei; LIU ZhaoHong; HUANG ChunFu; ZHANG XiaoHua; ZHU Nan; XU JingJun


    An overview of our research group's experimental and theoretical developments is provided on the linear and nonlinear optical effects of white light since 2003. Their work includes the experimental researches on the white light one-dimensional photovoltaic dark spatial solitons and the waveguides and directional couplers induced by them, the circular and elliptic white-light dark spatial solitons and the white-light photorefractive phase masks, two-dimensional white-light photonic lattices and the applications of the white-light dark spatial solitons in the digital image transmission field, the interaction between the two-dimensional white-light dark spatial solitons to enhance or to improve the correlateddegree of the white light through the interaction between the white-light beam and coherent dark spatial solitons, the interaction between the one-or two-dimensional white-light dark spatial solitons and the two-dimensional white-light photonic lattices, respectively. We also numerically simulate the interaction between two or more partially incoherent bright spatial solitons and the white bright spatial soliton pairs in the saturated logarithmic nonlinear medium. We have observed experimentally for the first time,the modulation instability of the coherent light and white light, respectively, in self-defocusing medium and so on.

  16. The linear and nonlinear optical effects of white light


    An overview of our research group’s experimental and theoretical developments is provided on the linear and nonlinear optical effects of white light since 2003. Their work includes the experimental researches on the white light one-dimensional photovoltaic dark spatial solitons and the waveguides and directional couplers induced by them, the circular and elliptic white-light dark spatial solitons and the white-light photorefractive phase masks, two-dimensional white-light photonic lattices and the applications of the white-light dark spatial solitons in the digital image transmission field, the interaction between the two-dimensional white-light dark spatial solitons to enhance or to improve the correlated degree of the white light through the interaction between the white-light beam and coherent dark spatial solitons, the interaction between the one- or two-dimensional white-light dark spatial solitons and the two-dimensional white-light photonic lattices, respectively. We also numerically simulate the interaction between two or more partially incoherent bright spatial solitons and the white bright spatial soliton pairs in the saturated logarithmic nonlinear medium. We have observed experimentally for the first time, the modulation instability of the coherent light and white light, respectively, in self-defocusing medium and so on.

  17. Capacity of a Nonlinear Optical Channel with Finite Memory

    Agrell, Erik; Durisi, Giuseppe; Karlsson, Magnus


    The channel capacity of a nonlinear, dispersive fiber-optic link is revisited. To this end, the popular Gaussian noise (GN) model is extended with a parameter to account for the finite memory of realistic fiber channels. This finite-memory model is harder to analyze mathematically but, in contrast to previous models, it is valid also for nonstationary or heavy-tailed input signals. For uncoded transmission and standard modulation formats, the new model gives the same results as the regular GN model when the memory of the channel is about 10 symbols or more. These results confirm previous results that the GN model is accurate for uncoded transmission. However, when coding is considered, the results obtained using the finite-memory model are very different from those obtained by previous models, even when the channel memory is large. In particular, the peaky behavior of the channel capacity, which has been reported for numerous nonlinear channel models, appears to be an artifact of applying models derived for i...

  18. Chip scale low dimensional materials: optoelectronics & nonlinear optics

    Gu, Tingyi

    The CMOS foundry infrastructure enables integration of high density, high performance optical transceivers. We developed integrated devices that assemble resonators, waveguide, tapered couplers, pn junction and electrodes. Not only the volume standard manufacture in silicon foundry is promising to low-lost optical components operating at IR and mid-IR range, it also provides a robust platform for revealing new physical phenomenon. The thesis starts from comparison between photonic crystal and micro-ring resonators based on chip routers, showing photonic crystal switches have small footprint, consume low operation power, but its higher linear loss may require extra energy for signal amplification. Different designs are employed in their implementation in optical signal routing on chip. The second part of chapter 2 reviews the graphene based optoelectronic devices, such as modulators, lasers, switches and detectors, potential for group IV optoelectronic integrated circuits (OEIC). In chapter 3, the highly efficient thermal optic control could act as on-chip switches and (transmittance) tunable filters. Local temperature tuning compensates the wavelength differences between two resonances, and separate electrode is used for fine tuning of optical pathways between two resonators. In frequency domain, the two cavity system also serves as an optical analogue of Autler-Towns splitting, where the cavity-cavity resonance detuning is controlled by the length of pathway (phase) between them. The high thermal sensitivity of cavity resonance also effectively reflects the heat distribution around the nanoheaters, and thus derives the thermal conductivity in the planar porous suspended silicon membrane. Chapter 4 & 5 analyze graphene-silicon photonic crystal cavities with high Q and small mode volume. With negligible nonlinear response to the milliwatt laser excitation, the monolithic silicon PhC turns into highly nonlinear after transferring the single layer graphene with

  19. Exploring lipids with nonlinear optical microscopy in multiple biological systems

    Alfonso-Garcia, Alba

    Lipids are crucial biomolecules for the well being of humans. Altered lipid metabolism may give rise to a variety of diseases that affect organs from the cardiovascular to the central nervous system. A deeper understanding of lipid metabolic processes would spur medical research towards developing precise diagnostic tools, treatment methods, and preventive strategies for reducing the impact of lipid diseases. Lipid visualization remains a complex task because of the perturbative effect exerted by traditional biochemical assays and most fluorescence markers. Coherent Raman scattering (CRS) microscopy enables interrogation of biological samples with minimum disturbance, and is particularly well suited for label-free visualization of lipids, providing chemical specificity without compromising on spatial resolution. Hyperspectral imaging yields large datasets that benefit from tailored multivariate analysis. In this thesis, CRS microscopy was combined with Raman spectroscopy and other label-free nonlinear optical techniques to analyze lipid metabolism in multiple biological systems. We used nonlinear Raman techniques to characterize Meibum secretions in the progression of dry eye disease, where the lipid and protein contributions change in ratio and phase segregation. We employed similar tools to examine lipid droplets in mice livers aboard a spaceflight mission, which lose their retinol content contributing to the onset of nonalcoholic fatty-liver disease. We also focused on atherosclerosis, a disease that revolves around lipid-rich plaques in arterial walls. We examined the lipid content of macrophages, whose variable phenotype gives rise to contrasting healing and inflammatory activities. We also proposed new label-free markers, based on lifetime imaging, for macrophage phenotype, and to detect products of lipid oxidation. Cholesterol was also detected in hepatitis C virus infected cells, and in specific strains of age-related macular degeneration diseased cells by

  20. Study on metal nanoparticles induced third-order optical nonlinearity in phenylhydrazone derivatives with DFWM technique

    Sudheesh, P.; Rao, D. Mallikharjuna; Chandrasekharan, K.


    The third-order nonlinear optical properties of newly synthesized phenylhydrazone derivatives and the influence of noble metal nanoparticles (Ag & Au) on their nonlinear optical responses were investigated by employing Degenerate Four wave Mixing (DFWM) technique with a 7 nanosecond, 10Hz Nd: YAG laser pulses at 532nm. Metal nanoparticles were prepared by laser ablation and the particle formation was confirmed using UV-Visible spectroscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The nonlinear optical susceptibility were measured and found to be of the order 10-13esu. The results are encouraging and conclude that the materials are promising candidate for future optical device applications.


    I. M. Pavlovetc


    Full Text Available The paper deals with investigation of a new nonlinear optical material based on nonlinear optical chromophore (4-Nitrophenol and aminopyridine (2,6-Diaminopyridine. Calculation results are presented for molecular packing in the crystalline compound, based on the given components. According to these results the finite material must have a noncentrosymmetric lattice, which determines the presence of the second order nonlinear optical response. Investigations carried out in this work confirm these calculations. Results of experiments are given describing the co-crystallization of these components and the following re-crystallization of the obtained material. In order to get a monocrystal form, the optimal conditions for the synthesis of molecular crystals based on these components are determined. Sufficiently large homogeneous crystals are obtained, that gave the possibility to record their spectra in the visible and near infrared parts of the spectrum, to determine their nonlinear optical properties and the level of homogeneity. Their optical (optical transmission and optical laser damage threshold and nonlinear optical properties are presented. For observation and measurement of the nonlinear optical properties an installation was built which implements the comparative method for measurements of nonlinear optical properties. A potassium titanyl oxide phosphate crystal was used as a sample for comparison. Results are given for the conversion efficiency of the primary laser radiation in the second optical harmonic relative to the signal obtained on the potassium titanyl oxide phosphate crystal. Obtained results show that the molecular co-crystal based on 2,6-Diaminopyridine is a promising nonlinear optical material for generating the second optical harmonic on the Nd: YAG laser (532 nm.

  2. Multimodal nonlinear optical microscopy used to discriminate epithelial ovarian cancer

    Adur, J.; Pelegati, V. B.; de Thomaz, A. A.; Almeida, D. B.; Bottcher-Luiz, F.; Andrade, L. A. L. A.; Cesar, C. L.


    We used human specimens of epithelial ovarian cancer (serous type) to test the feasibility of nonlinear imaging as complementary tools for ovarian cancer diagnosis. Classical hematoxylin-and-eosin stained sections were applied to combining two-photon excitation fluorescence (TPEF), second (SHG), and third (THG) harmonic microscopy within the same imaging platform. We show that strong TPEF + SHG + THG signals can be obtained in fixed samples stained with Hematoxylin & Eosin (H&E) stored for a very long time and that H&E staining enhanced the THG signal. We demonstrate using anisotropy and morphological measurements, that SHG and THG of stained optical sections allow reproducible identification of neoplastic features such as architectural alterations of collagen fibrils at different stages of the neoplastic transformation and cellular atypia. Taken together, these results suggest that, with our viable imaging system, we can qualitatively and quantitatively assess endogenous optical biomarkers of the ovarian tissue with SHG and THG microscopy. This imaging capability may prove to be highly valuable in aiding to determine structural changes at the cellular and tissue levels, which may contribute to the development of new diagnostic techniques.

  3. EDITORIAL: Nonlinear optical manipulation, patterning and control in nano- and micro-scale systems Nonlinear optical manipulation, patterning and control in nano- and micro-scale systems

    Denz, Cornelia; Simoni, Francesco


    Nonlinearities are becoming more and more important for a variety of applications in nanosciences, bio-medical sciences, information processing and photonics. For applications at the crossings of these fields, especially microscopic and nanoscopic imaging and manipulation, nonlinearities play a key role. They may range from simple nonlinear parameter changes up to applications in manipulating, controlling and structuring material by light, or the manipulation of light by light itself. It is this area between basic nonlinear optics and photonic applications that includes `hot' topics such as ultra-resolution optical microscopy, micro- and nanomanipulation and -structuring, or nanophotonics. This special issue contains contributions in this field, many of them from the International Conference on Nonlinear Microscopy and Optical Control held in conjunction with a network meeting of the ESF COST action MP0604 `Optical Micromanipulation by Nonlinear Nanophotonics', 19-22 February 2008, Münster, Germany. Throughout this special issue, basic investigations of material structuring by nonlinear light--matter interaction, light-induced control of nanoparticles, and novel nonlinear material investigation techniques, are presented, covering the basic field of optical manipulation and control. These papers are followed by impressive developments of optical tweezers. Nowadays, optical phase contrast tweezers, twin and especially multiple beam traps, develop particle control in a new dimension: particles can be arranged, sorted and identified with high throughput. One of the most prominent forthcoming applications of optical tweezers is in the field of microfluidics. The action of light on fluids will open new horizons in microfluidic manipulation and control. The field of optical manipulation and control is a very broad field that has developed in an impressive way, in a short time, in Europe with the installation of the MP0604 network. Top researchers from 19 countries are

  4. New Architecture of Optical Interconnect for High-Speed Optical Computerized Data Networks (Nonlinear Response

    El-Sayed A. El-Badawy


    Full Text Available Although research into the use of optics in computers has increased in the last and current decades, the fact remains that electronics is still superior to optics in almost every way. Research into the use of optics at this stage mirrors the research into electronics after the 2nd World War. The advantages of using fiber optics over wiring are the same as the argument for using optics over electronics in computers. Even through totally optical computers are now a reality, computers that combine both electronics and optics, electro-optic hybrids, have been in use for some time. In the present paper, architecture of optical interconnect is built up on the bases of four Vertical-Cavity Surface- Emitting Laser Diodes (VCSELD and two optical links where thermal effects of both the diodes and the links are included. Nonlinear relations are correlated to investigate the power-current and the voltage-current dependences of the four devices. The good performance (high speed of the interconnect is deeply and parametrically investigated under wide ranges of the affecting parameters. The high speed performance is processed through three different effects, namely the device 3-dB bandwidth, the link dispersion characteristics, and the transmitted bit rate (soliton. Eight combinations are investigated; each possesses its own characteristics. The best architecture is the one composed of VCSELD that operates at 850 nm and the silica fiber whatever the operating set of causes. This combination possesses the largest device 3-dB bandwidth, the largest link bandwidth and the largest soliton transmitted bit rate. The increase of the ambient temperature reduces the high-speed performance of the interconnect

  5. New Architecture of Optical Interconnect for High-Speed Optical Computerized Data Networks (Nonlinear Response

    El-Sayed A. El-Badawy


    Full Text Available Although research into the use of optics in computers has increased in the last and current decades, the fact remains that electronics is still superior to optics in almost every way. Research into the use of optics at this stage mirrors the research into electronics after the 2nd World War. The advantages of using fiber optics over wiring are the same as the argument for using optics over electronics in computers. Even through totally optical computers are now a reality, computers that combine both electronics and optics, electro-optic hybrids, have been in use for some time. In the present paper, architecture of optical interconnect is built up on the bases of four Vertical-Cavity Surface- Emitting Laser Diodes (VCSELD and two optical links where thermal effects of both the diodes and the links are included. Nonlinear relations are correlated to investigate the power-current and the voltage-current dependences of the four devices. The good performance (high speed of the interconnect is deeply and parametrically investigated under wide ranges of the affecting parameters. The high speed performance is processed through three different effects, namely the device 3-dB bandwidth, the link dispersion characteristics, and the transmitted bit rate (soliton. Eight combinations are investigated; each possesses its own characteristics. The best architecture is the one composed of VCSELD that operates at 850 nm and the silica fiber whatever the operating set of causes. This combination possesses the largest device 3-dB bandwidth, the largest link bandwidth and the largest soliton transmitted bit rate. The increase of the ambient temperature reduces the high-speed performance of the interconnect

  6. Phonon-assisted nonlinear optical processes in ultrashort-pulse pumped optical parametric amplifiers

    Isaienko, Oleksandr; Robel, István


    Optically active phonon modes in ferroelectrics such as potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) and potassium titanyl arsenate (KTA) in the ~7-20 THz range play an important role in applications of these materials in Raman lasing and terahertz wave generation. Previous studies with picosecond pulse excitation demonstrated that the interaction of pump pulses with phonons can lead to efficient stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) accompanying optical parametric oscillation or amplification processes (OPO/OPA), and to efficient polariton-phonon scattering. In this work, we investigate the behavior of infrared OPAs employing KTP or KTA crystals when pumped with ~800-nm ultrashort pulses of duration comparable to the oscillation period of the optical phonons. We demonstrate that under conditions of coherent impulsive Raman excitation of the phonons, when the effective χ(2) nonlinearity cannot be considered instantaneous, the parametrically amplified waves (most notably, signal) undergo significant spectral modulations leading to an overall redshift of the OPA output. The pump intensity dependence of the redshifted OPA output, the temporal evolution of the parametric gain, as well as the pump spectral modulations suggest the presence of coupling between the nonlinear optical polarizations PNL of the impulsively excited phonons and those of parametrically amplified waves.

  7. Effect of Central Metal on Nonlinear Optical Properties of Porphyrins and Their Graphene Composites

    Leng, Jian-Cai; Zhao, Li-Yun; Zhang, Yu-Jin; Ma, Hong


    The nonlinear optical properties of a series of newly synthesized porphyrins with different central metals and their covalently linked graphene composites are theoretically studied by numerically solving the rate equations and field intensity equation. Calculated results show that all the studied compounds are promising candidates for optical limiters, and graphene-porphyrin composites are expected to be preferable optical limiters because of their excellent nonlinear absorption abilities. In addition, the central metal in the porphyrin is found to be crucial to the optical power limiting and two-photon absorption performances of the compounds. Our results reproduce the experimental measurements. Additionally, special emphasis is placed on the factors that can affect the nonlinear optical properties of the compounds, indicating that one can create favorable nonlinear optical properties of the compounds by changing either the parameters of the absorber, including the concentration and thickness, or the pulse duration.

  8. Optical Solitons in a Trinal-channel Inverted Nonlinear Photonic Crystal

    Chen, Guihua; Wu, Muying


    Inverted nonlinear photonic crystals are the crystals featuring competition between linear and nonlinear lattices, with minima of the linear potential coinciding with maxima of the nonlinear pseudopotential, and vice versa. Traditional inverted nonlinear photonic crystals only have two channels, and can be attained experimentally by means of Rhodamine B (RhB, a dye featuring saturable absorption) doped into the SU-8 polymer. In this paper, a new type of inverted nonlinear photonic crystal is constructed by juxtaposing three kinds of channels into a period. These three channels are a purely linear channel, a saturable self-focusing nonlinear channel, and a saturable self-defocusing nonlinear channel. This optical device is assumed to be fabricated by means of SU-8 polymer material periodically doped with two types of active dyes. The nonlinear propagation of a light field inside this device (passing along the channel) can be described by a nonlinear Schrodinger equation. Stable multi-peak fundamental and dipol...

  9. Nonlinear Phase Distortion in a Ti:Sapphire Optical Amplifier for Optical Stochastic Cooling

    Andorf, Matthew [NICADD, DeKalb; Lebedev, Valeri [Fermilab; Piot, Philippe [NICADD, DeKalb; Ruan, Jinhao [Fermilab


    Optical Stochastic Cooling (OSC) has been considered for future high-luminosity colliders as it offers much faster cooling time in comparison to the micro-wave stochastic cooling. The OSC technique relies on collecting and amplifying a broadband optical signal from a pickup undulator and feeding the amplified signal back to the beam. It creates a corrective kick in a kicker undulator. Owing to its superb gain qualities and broadband amplification features, Titanium:Sapphire medium has been considered as a gain medium for the optical amplifier (OA) needed in the OSC*. A limiting factor for any OA used in OSC is the possibility of nonlinear phase distortions. In this paper we experimentally measure phase distortions by inserting a single-pass OA into one leg of a Mach-Zehnder interferometer. The measurement results are used to estimate the reduction of the corrective kick a particle would receive due to these phase distortions in the kicker undulator.

  10. All-optical switching and limiting properties of a Ru (II) Schiff-base complex for nonlinear optical applications

    Manjunatha, K. B.; Rajarao, Ravindra; Umesh, G.; Ramachandra Bhat, B.; Poornesh, P.


    A salen-based ruthenium (Ru) (II) complex was synthesized for possible use in nonlinear optical device applications. The Ru complex was doped in a polymer matrix to fabricate films using a low-cost spin-coating technique. The third-order nonlinear optical parameters of the complex were investigated by Z-scan and degenerate four-wave mixing techniques. The study reveals two-order enhancement of third-order optical susceptibility χ (3) and exhibits superior limiting capability due to a reverse saturable absorption process. All-optical switching action for the films indicates that the sample can function as an optical inverter or a NOT gate. Hence, the Ru (II) Schiff-base complex materializes as a possible candidate for use in nonlinear optical devices.

  11. Synthesis of nanocomposites based on carbon nanotube/smart copolymer with nonlinear optical properties

    Sousani, Abbas; Motiei, Hamideh; Najafimoghadam, Peyman; Hasanzade, Reza


    In this study new nanocompoites based on polyglycidylmethacrylate grafted 4-[(4-methoxyphenyl) diazenyl] phenol (Azo-PGMA) and Carboxylicacid functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT-COOH) were prepared. The nanocomposites structure was characterized by FT-IR, TGA and SEM. The Z-scan technique was applied for measuring the nonlinear parameters of nanocomposites. The samples after solving in AWM solution (equal ratio of acetone, deionized water and methanol) were investigated by using closed aperture Z-scan technique and a diode-pumped laser at the line 532 nm. All the nonlinear refractive index of the samples at three concentrations of carbon nanotubes in three different intensities of the laser beam were investigated and the nonlinear optical response of them are compared under the same condition. Because of high order of nonlinear refractive coefficient and good nonlinearity, these compounds are suitable candidate for optical switching, optical limiting and electro-optical devices.

  12. Optical Soliton Propagation in a Free-Standing Nonlinear Graphene Monolayer with Defects

    Moxley, Frederick Ira; Radadia, Adarsh; Dai, Weizhong


    Recently, optical soliton propagation in an intrinsic nonlinear graphene monolayer configuration has been discovered. However, optical soliton behavior in a free-standing graphene monolayer with defects has not yet been studied. The objective of this article is to employ the generalized finite- difference time-domain (G-FDTD) method to efficiently simulate bright optical solitons, illustrating propagation of the electric field distribution in a free-standing nonlinear layer with variation in nonlinearity along its width. These variations of nonlinearity along the width represent graphene impurities, or defects. Results show that solitons propagate effectively even in the presence of strong spatial variations in the nonlinearity, implying the robustness of the medium with respect to optical propagation.

  13. Experiments on Linear and Nonlinear Localization of Optical Vortices in Optically Induced Photonic Lattices

    Daohong Song


    Full Text Available We provide a brief overview on our recent experimental work on linear and nonlinear localization of singly charged vortices (SCVs and doubly charged vortices (DCVs in two-dimensional optically induced photonic lattices. In the nonlinear case, vortex propagation at the lattice surface as well as inside the uniform square-shaped photonic lattices is considered. It is shown that, apart from the fundamental (semi-infinite gap discrete vortex solitons demonstrated earlier, the SCVs can self-trap into stable gap vortex solitons under the normal four-site excitation with a self-defocusing nonlinearity, while the DCVs can be stable only under an eight-site excitation inside the photonic lattices. Moreover, the SCVs can also turn into stable surface vortex solitons under the four-site excitation at the surface of a semi-infinite photonics lattice with a self-focusing nonlinearity. In the linear case, bandgap guidance of both SCVs and DCVs in photonic lattices with a tunable negative defect is investigated. It is found that the SCVs can be guided at the negative defect as linear vortex defect modes, while the DCVs tend to turn into quadrupole-like defect modes provided that the defect strength is not too strong.

  14. Modifying the optical path in a nonlinear double-slit experiment

    Paltoglou, Vassilis


    In this letter, we study a nonlinear interferometric setup based on diffraction rather than beam combining. It consists of a nonlinear analogue of Young's double-slit experiment where a nonlinear material is placed exactly after one of the slits. The presence of nonlinearity breaks the transverse spatial symmetry of the system and thus modifies the optical path. For moderate nonlinearities this leads to a self-induced shift of the intensity pattern in the transverse plane. A simple theoretical model is developed which is surprisingly accurate in predicting the intensity profile of the main lobes for a wide range of parameters. We discuss about possible applications of our model in nonlinear interferometry, for example in measuring the nonlinearities of optical materials.

  15. Multiwavelength Erbium-doped fiber laser employing nonlinear polarization rotation in a symmetric nonlinear optical loop mirror.

    Tian, Jiajun; Yao, Yong; Sun, Yunxu; Yu, Xuelian; Chen, Deying


    A new multiwavelength Erbium-doped fiber laser is proposed and demonstrated. The intensity-dependent loss induced by nonlinear polarization rotation in a power-symmetric nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM) suppresses the mode competition of an Erbium-doped fiber and ensures stable multiwavelength operation at room temperature. The polarization state and its evolution conditions for stable multiwavelength operation in the ring laser cavity are discussed. The number and spectra region of output wavelength can be controlled by adjusting the work states of NOLM. (c) 2009 Optical Society of America

  16. LIGHT MODULATION: Ultrafast optical modulators based on the nonlinear optical response of an electron—hole plasma

    Ermolenko, M. V.; Stankevich, V. V.; Buganov, O. V.; Tikhomirov, S. A.; Ganonenko, S. V.; Kuznetsov, P. I.; Yakushcheva, G. G.


    The nonlinear optical properties of multilayer heterostructures based on zinc chalcogenides are studied. Rapid variations in the reflection and transmission of samples excited by ultrashort laser pulses are demonstrated. The characteristic relaxation times of the induced nonlinearity are 2-5 ps and are almost independent within the experimental error on the excitation energy and temperature of a sample.

  17. Exact control of parity-time symmetry in periodically modulated nonlinear optical couplers

    Yang, Baiyuan; Hu, QiangLin; Yu, XiaoGuang


    We propose a mechanism for realization of exact control of parity-time (PT) symmetry by using a periodically modulated nonlinear optical coupler with balanced gain and loss. It is shown that for certain appropriately chosen values of the modulation parameters, we can construct a family of exact analytical solutions for the two-mode equations describing the dynamics of such nonlinear couplers. These exact solutions give explicit examples that allow us to precisely manipulate the system from nonlinearity-induced symmetry breaking to PT symmetry, thus providing an analytical approach to the all-optical signal control in nonlinear PT-symmetric structures.

  18. Third-order nonlinear optical response of push-pull azobenzene polymers

    Papagiannouli, I.; Iliopoulos, K.; Gindre, D.; Sahraoui, B.; Krupka, O.; Smokal, V.; Kolendo, A.; Couris, S.


    The nonlinear optical response of a series of azo-containing side-chain polymers is investigated using Z-scan technique, employing 35 ps and 4 ns laser pulses, at 532 nm. The systems were found to exhibit strong nonlinear optical response, dominated by nonlinear refraction. In all cases, the nonlinear absorption and refraction have been determined and are compared with those of disperse red 1 considered as reference. The corresponding third-order susceptibilities χ(3) were determined to be as large as 10-7 and 10-5 esu under ps and ns laser excitation, respectively. Finally, the results are discussed and compared with other reported data.

  19. 2D wave-front shaping in optical superlattices using nonlinear volume holography.

    Yang, Bo; Hong, Xu-Hao; Lu, Rong-Er; Yue, Yang-Yang; Zhang, Chao; Qin, Yi-Qiang; Zhu, Yong-Yuan


    Nonlinear volume holography is employed to realize arbitrary wave-front shaping during nonlinear processes with properly designed 2D optical superlattices. The concept of a nonlinear polarization wave in nonlinear volume holography is investigated. The holographic imaging of irregular patterns was performed using 2D LiTaO3 crystals with fundamental wave propagating along the spontaneous polarization direction, and the results agree well with the theoretical predictions. This Letter not only extends the application area of optical superlattices, but also offers an efficient method for wave-front shaping technology.


    Hanna Bordyuh


    Full Text Available In the present work we analyze the characteristics of holographic grating recording and consider a mechanism of optical nonlinearity in the lyotropic liquid crystal (LLC — viologen samples. Taking into account structural and electrooptical properties of the admixture molecules it is possible to suggest that the recording is realized due to the change of polarizability of π-electron system of coloured viologen derivatives under the action of laser radiation. The main nonlinear optical parameters such as nonlinear refraction coefficient n2, cubic nonlinear susceptibility χ(3, and hyperpolarizability γ were calculated.

  1. Enhanced optical and nonlinear optical responses in a polyelectrolyte templated Langmuir-Blodgett film.

    Rajesh, K; Balaswamy, B; Yamamoto, K; Yamaki, H; Kawamata, J; Radhakrishnan, T P


    Optical and nonlinear optical properties like fluorescence and second harmonic generation (SHG) of molecular materials can be strongly influenced by the mode of assembly of the molecules. The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique is an elegant route to the controlled assembly of molecules in ultrathin films, and complexation of ionic amphiphiles in the Langmuir film by polyions introduced in the aqueous subphase provides a simple and efficient access to further control, stabilization, and optimization. The monolayer LB film of the hemicyanine-based amphiphile, N-n-octadecyl-4-[2-(4-(N,N-ethyloctadecylamino)phenyl)ethenyl]pyridinium possessing a "tail-head-tail" structure, shows fluorescence as well as SHG response. The concomitant enhancement of both of these linear and nonlinear optical attributes is achieved through templating with the polyanion of carboxymethylcellulose. Brewster angle and atomic force microscopy reveal the influence of polyelectrolyte templating on the morphology of the Langmuir and LB films. Polarized absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy provide insight into the impact of complexation with the polyelectrolyte on the orientation and deaggregation of the hemicyanine headgroup leading to fluorescence and SHG enhancement in the LB film.

  2. Participation of the Third Order Optical Nonlinearities in Nanostructured Silver Doped Zinc Oxide Thin Solid Films

    C. Torres-Torres


    Full Text Available We report the transmittance modulation of optical signals in a nanocomposite integrated by two different silver doped zinc oxide thin solid films. An ultrasonic spray pyrolysis approach was employed for the preparation of the samples. Measurements of the third-order nonlinear optical response at a nonresonant 532 nm wavelength of excitation were performed using a vectorial two-wave mixing. It seems that the separated contribution of the optical nonlinearity associated with each film noticeable differs in the resulting nonlinear effects with respect to the additive response exhibited by the bilayer system. An enhancement of the optical Kerr nonlinearity is predicted for prime number arrays of the studied nanoclusters in a two-wave interaction. We consider that the nanostructured morphology of the thin solid films originates a strong modification of the third-order optical phenomena exhibited by multilayer films based on zinc oxide.

  3. Synthesis and functionalization of coumarin-containing copolymers for second order optical nonlinearities

    Essaïdi, Zacaria; Krupka, Oksana; Iliopoulos, Konstantinos; Champigny, Emilie; Sahraoui, Bouchta; Sallé, Marc; Gindre, Denis


    The second-order nonlinear optical properties of photocross-linkable coumarin-based copolymers were investigated using the optical second harmonic generation (SHG) with the Maker fringes technique. High quality and transparent spin-deposited thin films of various methacrylic copolymers containing 4-methylcoumarin pendant chromophores were prepared and the coumarin units were ordered and oriented by the corona poling technique. Nonlinear optical investigations were performed using a picosecond Q-switched Nd:YAG laser working at the fundamental wavelength (λ = 1064 nm) and the second order nonlinear optical susceptibilities of the functionalized polymers were determined. The samples were irradiated using two wavelengths (λ = 254 nm and λ > 300 nm) promoting the reversible photo-induced dimerisation of coumarin moieties within the film. The latter is shown to have a significant impact on the nonlinear optical response of the corresponding material. A large SHG response of photocross-linkable coumarin-based copolymers is obtained.

  4. Ultrafast, broadband, and configurable midinfrared all-optical switching in nonlinear graphene plasmonic waveguides

    Kelvin J. A. Ooi


    Full Text Available Graphene plasmonics provides a unique and excellent platform for nonlinear all-optical switching, owing to its high nonlinear conductivity and tight optical confinement. In this paper, we show that impressive switching performance on graphene plasmonic waveguides could be obtained for both phase and extinction modulations at sub-MW/cm2 optical pump intensities. Additionally, we find that the large surface-induced nonlinearity enhancement that comes from the tight confinement effect can potentially drive the propagating plasmon pump power down to the pW range. The graphene plasmonic waveguides have highly configurable Fermi-levels through electrostatic-gating, allowing for versatility in device design and a broadband optical response. The high capabilities of nonlinear graphene plasmonics would eventually pave the way for the adoption of the graphene plasmonics platform in future all-optical nanocircuitry.

  5. Nonlinear optical properties of free standing films of PbS quantum dots in the nonresonant femtosecond regime

    Kurian, Pushpa Ann; Vijayan, C.; Nag, Amit; Goswami, Debabrata


    Devices based on optical technology for high speed communication networks require materials with large nonlinear optical response in the ultrafast regime. Nonlinear optical materials have also attracted wide attention as potential candidates for the protection of optical sensors and eyes while handling lasers. Optical limiters have a constant transmittance at low input influence and a decrease in transmittance at higher fluences and are based on a variety of mechanisms such as nonlinear refra...

  6. Observation of nonlinear thermal optical dynamics in a chalcogenide nanobeam cavity

    Sun, Yue; Choi, Duk-Yong; Sukhorukov, Andrey A


    We present a theoretical and experimental analysis of nonlinear thermo-optic effects in suspended chalcogenide glass nanobeam cavities. We measure the power dependent resonance peaks and characterise the dynamic nonlinear thermo-optic response of the cavity under modulated light input. Several distinct nonlinear characteristics are identified, including a modified spectral response containing periodic fringes, a critical wavelength jump and saturated time delay for modulation frequency faster than the thermal characteristic time. We reveal that the coupling to a parasitic Fabry-Perot cavity enables isolated thermal equilibrium states resulting in the discontinuous thermo-optic critical point.

  7. Optical Performance and Nonlinear Scattering of Soluble Polystyrene Grafted Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

    TONG Rui; WU Hui-Xia; QIU Xue-Qiong; QIAN Shi-Xiong; LIN Yang-Hui; CAI Rui-Fang


    @@ Three soluble polystyrene grafted multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNT) samples are synthesized, and their optical performance and nonlinear scattering properties are investigated by z-scan method using nanosecond pulses of 532nm from a frequency-doubled Q-switched Nd:YLF laser. Analysis of the experimental results shows that other than nonlinear scattering, nonlinear absorption plays a major role in optical limiting performance of these stable and well-dispersed suspensions. These new synthesized materials which can be better dispersed in common organic solvents than MWNT itself can be considered as potential sources for further optical applications.

  8. Third-order nonlinear optical characterization of side-chain copolymers

    Norwood, Robert A.; Sounik, James R.; Popolo, J.; Holcomb, Douglas P.


    Third order nonlinear optical properties of side-chain methacrylate copolymers incorporating 4-amino-4'-nitrostilbene, 4-oxy-4'nitrostilbene, and functionalized silicon phthalocyanine chromophores are measured by picosecond degenerate four wave mixing at 598 nm. The nonresonant stilbene system exhibits a pulse limited ultrafast response, while the resonant phthalocyanine system has a large excited state nonlinearity. Comparison of silicon phthalocyanine copolymers with solubilized guest/host systems dispersed in polymethylmethacrylate illustrate the importance of aggregation and phthalocyanine ring interaction in determining the linear optical properties and the magnitude and speed of the nonlinear optical response.

  9. Optical polarization based logic functions (XOR or XNOR) with nonlinear Gallium nitride nanoslab.

    Bovino, F A; Larciprete, M C; Giardina, M; Belardini, A; Centini, M; Sibilia, C; Bertolotti, M; Passaseo, A; Tasco, V


    We present a scheme of XOR/XNOR logic gate, based on non phase-matched noncollinear second harmonic generation from a medium of suitable crystalline symmetry, Gallium nitride. The polarization of the noncollinear generated beam is a function of the polarization of both pump beams, thus we experimentally investigated all possible polarization combinations, evidencing that only some of them are allowed and that the nonlinear interaction of optical signals behaves as a polarization based XOR. The experimental results show the peculiarity of the nonlinear optical response associated with noncollinear excitation, and are explained using the expression for the effective second order optical nonlinearity in noncollinear scheme.

  10. Studies on third-order nonlinear optical properties of chalcone derivatives in polymer host

    Shettigar, Seetharam; Umesh, G.; Chandrasekharan, K.; Sarojini, B. K.; Narayana, B.


    In this paper we present the experimental study of the third-order nonlinear optical properties of two chalcone derivatives, viz., 1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-3-(4-butyloxyphenyl)-prop-2-en-1-one and 1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-3-(4-propyloxyphenyl)-prop-2-en-1-one in PMMA host, with the prospective of reaching a compromise between good processability and high nonlinear optical properties. The nonlinear optical properties have been investigated by Z-scan technique using 7 ns laser pulses at 532 nm. The nonlinear refractive index, nonlinear absorption coefficient, magnitude of third-order susceptibility and the coupling factor have been determined. The values obtained are of the order of 10 -14 cm 2/W, 1 cm/GW, 10 -13 esu and 0.2, respectively. The molecular second hyperpolarizability for the chalcone derivatives in polymer is of the order of 10 -31 esu. Different guest/host concentrations have also been studied. The results suggest that the nonlinear properties of the chalcones have been improved when they are used as dopants in polymer matrix. The nonlinear parameters obtained are comparable with the reported values of II-VI compound semiconductors. Hence, these chalcons are a promising class of nonlinear optical dopant materials for optical device applications.

  11. Nonlinear optical susceptibility of multicomponent tellurite thin film glasses

    Munoz-Martin, D.; Fernandez, H.; Fernandez-Navarro, J. M.; Gonzalo, J.; Solis, J.; Fierro, J. L. G.; Domingo, C.; Garcia-Ramos, J. V.


    Tellurite (TeO2-TiO2-Nb2O5) thin film glasses have been produced by pulsed laser deposition. The dispersion of the real and imaginary parts of the linear refractive index has been measured in the range from 300 to 1700 nm. Films present high refractive index (n =2.01) and reduced absorption (k nm. The nonlinear third order optical susceptibility (|χ(3)|) has been determined at four different wavelengths (600, 800, 1200, and 1500 nm). The out-of-resonance |χ(3)| values (˜10-12 esu) are found to be ten times higher than those of the bulk glass and 102 times higher than that of silica. Compositional and structural analysis reveals an increase of both the Ti atomic content and the fraction of nonbridging oxygen bonds in the deposited films. Both factors lead to a higher hyperpolarizability of the film constituents that is proposed to be responsible for the high |χ(3)| value of the films.

  12. Automated seeding-based nuclei segmentation in nonlinear optical microscopy.

    Medyukhina, Anna; Meyer, Tobias; Heuke, Sandro; Vogler, Nadine; Dietzek, Benjamin; Popp, Jürgen


    Nonlinear optical (NLO) microscopy based, e.g., on coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) or two-photon-excited fluorescence (TPEF) is a fast label-free imaging technique, with a great potential for biomedical applications. However, NLO microscopy as a diagnostic tool is still in its infancy; there is a lack of robust and durable nuclei segmentation methods capable of accurate image processing in cases of variable image contrast, nuclear density, and type of investigated tissue. Nonetheless, such algorithms specifically adapted to NLO microscopy present one prerequisite for the technology to be routinely used, e.g., in pathology or intraoperatively for surgical guidance. In this paper, we compare the applicability of different seeding and boundary detection methods to NLO microscopic images in order to develop an optimal seeding-based approach capable of accurate segmentation of both TPEF and CARS images. Among different methods, the Laplacian of Gaussian filter showed the best accuracy for the seeding of the image, while a modified seeded watershed segmentation was the most accurate in the task of boundary detection. The resulting combination of these methods followed by the verification of the detected nuclei performs high average sensitivity and specificity when applied to various types of NLO microscopy images.

  13. Theoretical study of nonlinear optical properties of some azoic dyes

    Hadji Djebar


    Full Text Available In this paper we presented semi-empirical PM3, ab-initio (HF, MP2 and DFT (B3LYP, B3PW91 calculation of the dipole moment, polarizability, and first hyperpolarizability of some azoics dyes derivatives which have electron donor and electron acceptor groups on either sides. The first hyperpolarizability of these molecules was calculated with PM3 method, HF/6-31G**, HF/6-31+G**, HF/6-31++G**, DFT with B3LYP and B3PW91 functional, and MP2/6-31++G** based on finite field approach using GAUSSIAN03 program. The effects of the intramolecular charge transfer (ICT from the donor to the acceptor groups on the molecular geometry and atomic charge distribution of these NLO chromophores are derived from its HF, MP2 and DFT calculations. The variation of this property has also been correlated to E (HOMO-LUMO gap and to the nature of the highest occupied molecular orbital HOMO and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital HOMO. The study reveals that the azoics dyes derivatives have large hyperpolarizability values; hence they may be used in the development of nonlinear optical materials.

  14. Influence of spiral framework on nonlinear optical materials.

    Hu, Yang-Yang; Sun, Shi-Ling; Tian, Wen-Tao; Tian, Wei Quan; Xu, Hong-Liang; Su, Zhong-Min


    A series of spiral donor-π-acceptor frameworks (i.e. 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, and 5-5) based on 4-nitrophenyldiphenylamine with π-conjugated linear acenes (naphthalenes, anthracenes, tetracenes, and pentacenes) serving as the electron donor and nitro (NO2 ) groups serving as the electron acceptor were designed to investigate the relationships between the nonlinear optical (NLO) responses and the spirality in the frameworks. A parameter denoted as D was defined to describe the extent of the spiral framework. The D value reached its maximum if the number of NO2 groups was equal to the number of fused benzene rings contained in the linear acene. A longer 4-nitrophenyldiphenylamine chain led to a larger D value and, further, to a larger first hyperpolarizability. Different from traditional NLO materials with charge transfer occurring in the one-dimensional direction, charge transfer in 2-2, 3-3, 4-4, and 5-5 occur in three-dimensional directions due to the attractive spiral frameworks, and this is of great importance in the design of NLO materials. The origin of such an enhancement in the NLO properties of these spiral frameworks was explained with the aid of molecular orbital analysis. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Thermally Stable Heterocyclic Imines as New Potential Nonlinear Optical Materials

    Nesterov, Volodymyr V.; Antipin, Mikhail Y.; Nesterov, Vladimir N.; Moore, Craig E.; Cardelino, Beatriz H.; Timofeeva, Tatiana V.


    In the course of a search for new thermostable acentric nonlinear optical crystalline materials, several heterocyclic imine derivatives were designed, with the general structure D-pi-A(D'). Introduction of a donor amino group (D') into the acceptor moiety was expected to bring H-bonds into their crystal structures, and so to elevate their melting points and assist in an acentric molecular packing. Six heterocycle-containing compounds of this type were prepared, single crystals were grown for five of them, and these crystals were characterized by X-ray analysis. A significant melting temperature elevation was found for all of the synthesized compounds. Three of the compounds were also found to crystallize in acentric space groups. One of the acentric compounds is built as a three-dimensional H-bonded molecular network. In the other two compounds, with very similar molecular structure, the molecules form one-dimensional H-bonded head-to-head associates (chains). These chains are parallel in two different crystallographic directions and form very unusual interpenetrating chain patterns in an acentric crystal. Two of the compounds crystallized with centrosymmetric molecular packing.

  16. Non-linear optical microscopy sheds light on cardiovascular disease.

    Valentina Caorsi

    Full Text Available Many cardiac diseases have been associated with increased fibrosis and changes in the organization of fibrillar collagen. The degree of fibrosis is routinely analyzed with invasive histological and immunohistochemical methods, giving a limited and qualitative understanding of the tissue's morphological adaptation to disease. Our aim is to quantitatively evaluate the increase in fibrosis by three-dimensional imaging of the collagen network in the myocardium using the non-linear optical microscopy techniques Two-Photon Excitation microscopy (TPE and Second Harmonic signal Generation (SHG. No sample staining is needed because numerous endogenous fluorophores are excited by a two-photon mechanism and highly non-centrosymmetric structures such as collagen generate strong second harmonic signals. We propose for the first time a 3D quantitative analysis to carefully evaluate the increased fibrosis in tissue from a rat model of heart failure post myocardial infarction. We show how to measure changes in fibrosis from the backward SHG (B(SHG alone, as only backward-propagating SHG is accessible for true in vivo applications. A 5-fold increase in collagen I fibrosis is detected in the remote surviving myocardium measured 20 weeks after infarction. The spatial distribution is also shown to change markedly, providing insight into the morphology of disease progression.

  17. Multimodal nonlinear optical imaging of cartilage development in mouse model

    He, Sicong; Xue, Wenqian; Sun, Qiqi; Li, Xuesong; Huang, Jiandong; Qu, Jianan Y.


    Kinesin-1 is a kind of motor protein responsible for intracellular transportation and has been studied in a variety of tissues. However, its roles in cartilage development are not clear. In this study, a kinesin-1 heavy chain (Kif5b) knockout mouse model is used to study the functions of kinesin-1 in the cartilage development. We developed a multimodal nonlinear optical (NLO) microscope system integrating stimulated Raman scattering (SRS), second harmonic generation (SHG) and two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) to investigate the morphological and biomedical characteristics of fresh tibial cartilage from normal and mutant mice at different developmental stages. The combined forward and backward SHG imaging resolved the fine structure of collagen fibrils in the extracellular matrix of cartilage. Meanwhile, the chondrocyte morphology in different zones of cartilage was visualized by label-free SRS and TPEF images. The results show that the fibrillar collagen in the superficial zone of cartilage in postnatal day 10 and 15 (P10 and P15) knockout mice was significantly less than that of control mice. Moreover, we observed distorted morphology and disorganization of columnar arrangement of chondrocytes in the growth plate cartilage of mutant mice. This study reveals the significant roles of kinesin-1 in collagen formation and chondrocyte morphogenesis.

  18. Molecular probes for nonlinear optical imaging of biological membranes

    Blanchard-Desce, Mireille H.; Ventelon, Lionel; Charier, Sandrine; Moreaux, Laurent; Mertz, Jerome


    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) and two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) are nonlinear optical (NLO) phenomena that scale with excitation intensity squared, and hence give rise to an intrinsic 3-dimensional resolution when used in microscopic imaging. TPEF microscopy has gained widespread popularity in the biology community whereas SHG microscopy promises to be a powerful tool because of its sensitivity to local asymmetry. We have implemented an approach toward the design of NLO-probes specifically adapted for SHG and/or TPEF imaging of biological membranes. Our strategy is based on the design of nanoscale amphiphilic NLO-phores. We have prepared symmetrical bolaamphiphilic fluorophores combining very high two-photon absorption (TPA) cross-sections in the visible red region and affinity for cellular membranes. Their incorporation and orientation in lipid membranes can be monitored via TPEF anisotropy. We have also prepared amphiphilic push-pull chromophores exhibiting both large TPA cross-sections and very large first hyperpolarizabilities in the near-IR region. These NLO-probes have proved to be particularly useful for imaging of biological membranes by simultaneous SHG and TPEF microscopy and offer attractive prospects for real-time imaging of fundamental biological processes such as adhesion, fusion or reporting of membrane potentials.

  19. Analysis of nonlinear optical properties in donor–acceptor materials

    Day, Paul N. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433 (United States); General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc., Dayton, Ohio 45431 (United States); Pachter, Ruth [Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433 (United States); Nguyen, Kiet A. [Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433 (United States); UES, Inc., Dayton, Ohio 45432 (United States)


    Time-dependent density functional theory has been used to calculate nonlinear optical (NLO) properties, including the first and second hyperpolarizabilities as well as the two-photon absorption cross-section, for the donor-acceptor molecules p-nitroaniline and dimethylamino nitrostilbene, and for respective materials attached to a gold dimer. The CAMB3LYP, B3LYP, PBE0, and PBE exchange-correlation functionals all had fair but variable performance when compared to higher-level theory and to experiment. The CAMB3LYP functional had the best performance on these compounds of the functionals tested. However, our comprehensive analysis has shown that quantitative prediction of hyperpolarizabilities is still a challenge, hampered by inadequate functionals, basis sets, and solvation models, requiring further experimental characterization. Attachment of the Au{sub 2}S group to molecules already known for their relatively large NLO properties was found to further enhance the response. While our calculations show a modest enhancement for the first hyperpolarizability, the enhancement of the second hyperpolarizability is predicted to be more than an order of magnitude.

  20. Non-Linear Optical Microscopy Sheds Light on Cardiovascular Disease

    Caorsi, Valentina; Toepfer, Christopher; Sikkel, Markus B.; Lyon, Alexander R.; MacLeod, Ken; Ferenczi, Mike A.


    Many cardiac diseases have been associated with increased fibrosis and changes in the organization of fibrillar collagen. The degree of fibrosis is routinely analyzed with invasive histological and immunohistochemical methods, giving a limited and qualitative understanding of the tissue's morphological adaptation to disease. Our aim is to quantitatively evaluate the increase in fibrosis by three-dimensional imaging of the collagen network in the myocardium using the non-linear optical microscopy techniques Two-Photon Excitation microscopy (TPE) and Second Harmonic signal Generation (SHG). No sample staining is needed because numerous endogenous fluorophores are excited by a two-photon mechanism and highly non-centrosymmetric structures such as collagen generate strong second harmonic signals. We propose for the first time a 3D quantitative analysis to carefully evaluate the increased fibrosis in tissue from a rat model of heart failure post myocardial infarction. We show how to measure changes in fibrosis from the backward SHG (BSHG) alone, as only backward-propagating SHG is accessible for true in vivo applications. A 5-fold increase in collagen I fibrosis is detected in the remote surviving myocardium measured 20 weeks after infarction. The spatial distribution is also shown to change markedly, providing insight into the morphology of disease progression. PMID:23409139

  1. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic and Polymeric Thin Film Materials of Potential for Microgravity Processing Studies

    Abdeldayem, Hossin; Frazier, Donald O.; Paley, Mark S.; Penn, Benjamin; Witherow, William K.; Bank, Curtis; Shields, Angela; Hicks, Rosline; Ashley, Paul R.


    In this paper, we will take a closer look at the state of the art of polydiacetylene, and metal-free phthalocyanine films, in view of the microgravity impact on their optical properties, their nonlinear optical properties and their potential advantages for integrated optics. These materials have many attractive features with regard to their use in integrated optical circuits and optical switching. Thin films of these materials processed in microgravity environment show enhanced optical quality and better molecular alignment than those processed in unit gravity. Our studies of these materials indicate that microgravity can play a major role in integrated optics technology. Polydiacetylene films are produced by UV irradiation of monomer solution through an optical window. This novel technique of forming polydiacetylene thin films has been modified for constructing sophisticated micro-structure integrated optical patterns using a pre-programmed UV-Laser beam. Wave guiding through these thin films by the prism coupler technique has been demonstrated. The third order nonlinear parameters of these films have been evaluated. Metal-free phthalocyanine films of good optical quality are processed in our laboratories by vapor deposition technique. Initial studies on these films indicate that they have excellent chemical, laser, and environmental stability. They have large nonlinear optical parameters and show intrinsic optical bistability. This bistability is essential for optical logic gates and optical switching applications. Waveguiding and device making investigations of these materials are underway.

  2. Synthesis, growth and optical properties of an efficient nonlinear optical single crystal: L-alanine DL-malic acid

    Kirubagaran, R.; Madhavan, J.


    Single crystals of L-alanine DL-malic acid (LADLMA) have been grown from aqueous solution by slow-cooling technique. Powder X-ray diffraction studies reveal the structure of the crystal to be orthorhombic. The nonlinear optical conversion efficiency test was carried out for the grown crystals using the Kurtz powder technique. The third order nonlinear refractive index and the nonlinear absorption coefficient where evaluated by Z-scan measurements. As the material have a negative refractive index it could be used in the protection of optical sensors such as night vision devices.

  3. L-Cystine hydrochloride: A novel semi-organic nonlinear optical material for optical devices

    Selvaraju, K.; Valluvan, R.; Kirubavathi, K.; Kumararaman, S.


    A new semi-organic nonlinear optical (NLO) material L-cystine hydrochloride (LCHCl) was grown in large size measuring 19 × 5 × 3 mm 3 by slow solvent evaporation technique for the first time in literature. The cell parameter values were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction studies. Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopic analysis was carried out on the grown sample to ascertain the fundamental functional groups. Thermal behavior of the grown LCHCl sample was analyzed by TG & DTA analysis. The mechanical properties of the grown crystals have been studied using Vickers microhardness tester. The optical transmission studies and second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency studies justified the device quality of the grown crystal and the SHG study reveals that the grown sample has nearly 1.2 times higher efficiency than that of potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP), a well known NLO material.

  4. Hydex Glass and Amorphous Silicon for Integrated Nonlinear Optical Signal Processing

    Morandotti, Roberto


    Photonic integrated circuits that exploit nonlinear optics in order to generate and process signals all-optically have achieved performance far superior to that possible electronically - particularly with respect to speed. Although silicon-on-insulator has been the leading platform for nonlinear optics for some time, its high two-photon absorption at telecommunications wavelengths poses a fundamental limitation. We review the recent achievements based in new CMOS-compatible platforms that are better suited than SOI for nonlinear optics, focusing on amorphous silicon and Hydex glass. We highlight their potential as well as the challenges to achieving practical solutions for many key applications. These material systems have opened up many new capabilities such as on-chip optical frequency comb generation and ultrafast optical pulse generation and measurement.

  5. All-optical random number generation using highly nonlinear fibers by numerical simulation

    Wang, Juanfen; Liang, Junqiang; Li, Pu; Yang, Lingzhen; Wang, Yuncai


    A new scheme of all-optical random number generation based on the nonlinear effects in highly nonlinear fibers (HNLF) is proposed. The scheme is comprised of ultra-wide band chaotic entropy source, all-optical sampler, all-optical comparator and all-optical exclusive-or (XOR), which are mainly realized by four-wave mixing (FWM) and cross-phase modulation (XPM) in highly nonlinear fibers. And we achieve 10 Gbit/s random numbers through numerically simulating all the processes. The entire operations are completed in the all-optical domain, which may overcome the bottleneck problem of electronic devices, and apply directly in high-speed all-optical communication network.

  6. Nonlinear optical properties measurement of polypyrrole -carbon nanotubes prepared by an electrochemical polymerization method



    Full Text Available In this work, the optical properties dependence of Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (MWNT on concentration was discussed. MWNT samples were prepared in polypyrrole by an electrochemical polymerization of monomers, in the presence of different concentrations of MWNTs, using Sodium Dodecyl-Benzen-Sulfonate (SDBS as surfactant at room temperature. The nonlinear refractive and nonlinear absorbtion indices were measured using a low power CW laser beam operated at 532 nm using z-scan method. The results show that nonlinear refractive and nonlinear absorbtion indices tend to be increased with increasing the concentration of carbon nanotubes. Optical properties of  carbone nanotubes indicate that they are good candidates for nonlinear optical devices

  7. Crystal growth of potassium 3,5-dinitrobenzoate (KDNB) for third order nonlinear optical (NLO) applications

    Pandian, Muthu Senthil; Karuppasamy, P.; Ramasamy, P.


    The semi-organic nonlinear optical single crystals of potassium 3,5-dinitrobenzoate (KDNB) were grown by slow evaporation solution technique (SEST). The lattice parameters of the grown crystal were confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The optical transmittance, cut-off wavelength and band gap of the KDNB crystal were obtained by UV-Vis NIR spectrum analysis. Vickers microhardness analysis was carried out to identify mechanical stability and work hardening co-efficient of the grown crystal. The crystalline perfection of the grown crystal was identified by chemical etching study using water as etchant. The third-order nonlinear optical properties such as nonlinear refractive index (n2), nonlinear absorption co-efficient (β) and third order nonlinear susceptibility (χ(3)) of KDNB crystal were evaluated using Z-scan technique at the wavelength of 632.8 nm.

  8. Z-scan technique for investigation of the noninstantaneous optical Kerr nonlinearity.

    Gu, Bing; Wang, Hui-Tian; Ji, Wei


    By treating laser-induced optical Kerr nonlinearity as a noninstantaneous decaying process, we present the pulse-duration-dependent Z-scan analytical expressions for an arbitrary aperture and an arbitrary nonlinear magnitude. This theory has the capacity to characterize the third-order nonlinear refraction induced by a laser pulse with its temporal duration being much longer than or comparable to the recovery time of the nonlinear effect. Through Z-scan measurements at different pulse durations, the nonlinear refractive coefficient and the recovery time could be determined unambiguously and simultaneously. Furthermore, the theory can be utilized to confirm whether the measured optical Kerr nonlinearity is instantaneous or noninstantaneous with respect to the given pulse duration.

  9. Growth, spectral, optical, thermal, crystallization perfection and nonlinear optical studies of novel nonlinear optical crystal—Urea thiosemicarbazone monohydrate

    Hanumantharao, Redrothu; Kalainathan, S.; Bhagavannarayana, G.


    Single crystals of organic nonlinear material urea thiosemicarbazone monohydrate (UTM) have been grown by slow evaporation method. The grown crystals were characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that sample crystallized in triclinic system with noncentrosymmetric space group P1. Powder XRD pattern confirmed that grown crystal posses highly crystalline nature. FTIR spectrum was recorded to identify the presence of functional groups and molecular structure was confirmed by 1H NMR spectrum. Material confirmation of title compound has been performed by using mass spectroscopic analysis. Elemental composition of grown crystal was confirmed by energy-dispersive spectrometry (EDS). To study the crystalline perfection of the grown crystals, high-resolution X-ray diffraction (HR-XRD) study was carried out. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses were employed to understand the thermal and physio-chemical stability of the synthesized compound. UV-Vis-NIR spectrum revealed the transmission properties of the crystal specimen. Relative SHG efficiency is measured by Kurtz and Perry method and found to about 0.89 times that of standard potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) crystals.

  10. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Novel C60 Derivatives under Picosecond Laser Excitation

    MAO Yan-Li; CHENG Yong-Guang; LIU Jun-Hui; LIN Bing-chen; HUO Yan-Ping; ZENG He-Ping


    We investigate the third-order nonlinear optical properties of six novel fullerene derivatives under picosecond laser excitation by Z-scan technique.The experimental results reveal that all the derivatives have very large nonlinear absorption coefficient under 532 nm pulses excitation and great third-order nonlinear refraction index under 1064 nm pulses excitation.The molecular second hyperpolarizabilities are obtained from the experimental results.

  11. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of SrBi4Ti4O15 thin films

    Rambabu, A.; Reddy, E. Sivanagi; Hamad, Syed; Raju, K. C. James; Rao, S. Venugopal


    Polycrystalline SrBi4Ti4O15 thin films with good morphology and layered perovskite structure were fabricated on fused silica substrates using r f magnetron sputtering system at various oxygen mixing percentages (25 and 50). The crystallite sizes of the particles are in 17-28 nm range. The Nonlinear optical properties were investigated by using Z-scan method at a wavelength of 800 nm with 2 ps duration pulses. The films exhibit the fast and giant optical nonlinearities having the two-photon absorption coefficient (β) with magnitude of 10-8-10-9 cm/W and the nonlinear refraction coefficient of ˜10-12 cm2/W. These results indicate SrBi4Ti4O15 thin films are promising candidates for applications in nonlinear optical and optical signal processing devices.

  12. Self-Assembly of Nanocomposite Nonlinear Optical Materials for Photonic Devices Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This program targets the development of new highly anisotropic nonlinear optical nanocomposite materials for NASA and non-NASA applications in advanced photonic and...

  13. Nonlinear photoacoustic wavefront shaping (PAWS) for single speckle-grain optical focusing in scattering media

    Lai, Puxiang; Tay, Jian Wei; Wang, Lihong V


    Non-invasively focusing light into strongly scattering media, such as biological tissue, is highly desirable but challenging. Recently, wavefront shaping technologies guided by ultrasonic encoding or photoacoustic sensing have been developed to address this limitation. So far, these methods provide only acoustic diffraction-limited optical focusing. Here, we introduce nonlinear photoacoustic wavefront shaping (PAWS), which achieves optical diffraction-limited (i.e. single-speckle-grain) focusing in scattering media. We develop an efficient dual-pulse excitation approach to generate strong nonlinear photoacoustic (PA) signals based on the Grueneisen memory effect. These nonlinear PA signals are used as feedback to guide iterative wavefront optimization. By maximizing the amplitude of the nonlinear PA signal, light is effectively focused to a single optical speckle grain. Experimental results demonstrate a clear optical focus on the scale of 5-7 micrometers, which is ~10 times smaller than the acoustic focus in...

  14. Linear and nonlinear properties in soft glass optical fibers for device applications

    Kiani, Leily; Munasinghe, Tilanka; Zhang, Wen Qi; Afshar, Shahraam; Sharping, Jay


    Optical fiber technology is predominantly based on silica glass fibers. Non-silica soft glass fibers exhibit substantially different optical properties such as higher refractive index, larger nonlinear coefficient and structural fabrication flexibility. We aim to exploit these novel properties for device applications such as sensing and light generation. We report measurement of linear dispersion and nonlinear coefficient in the range of 1.5 μm in two custom designed soft glass microstructure optical fibers. The fibers are composed of SF57 (Schott) and Bismuth-doped silica (Asahi Glass Co.) respectively with Hexagonal Wagonwheel microstructure design. These fibers are designed to allow phase matching of nonlinear optical processes near 1.6μm. Our measurements indicate nonlinear coefficients 1000 times that of standard silica fiber. Transverse modes in these fibers are difficult to separate leading to a complicated dispersion results. Next steps include observation of parametric generation and Brillouin gain.

  15. Non-reciprocal nonlinear optic induced transparency and frequency conversion on a chip

    Guo, Xiang; Jung, Hojoong; Tang, Hong X


    Developments in photonic chips have spurred photon based classical and quantum information processing, attributing to the high stability and scalability of integrated photonic devices [1, 2]. Optical nonlinearity [3] is indispensable in these complex photonic circuits, because it allows for classical and quantum light sources, all-optical switch, modulation, and non-reciprocity in ambient environments. It is commonly known that nonlinear interactions are often greatly enhanced in the microcavities [4]. However, the manifestations of coherent photon-photon interaction in a cavity, analogous to the electromagnetically induced transparency [5], have never been reported on an integrated platform. Here, we present an experimental demonstration of the coherent photon-photon interaction induced by second order optical nonlinearity (\\chi^{(2)} ) on an aluminum nitride photonic chip. The non-reciprocal nonlinear optic induced transparency is demonstrated as a result of the coherent interference between photons with di...

  16. Capacity estimates for optical transmission based on the nonlinear Fourier transform

    Derevyanko, Stanislav A.; Prilepsky, Jaroslaw E.; Turitsyn, Sergei K.


    What is the maximum rate at which information can be transmitted error-free in fibre-optic communication systems? For linear channels, this was established in classic works of Nyquist and Shannon. However, despite the immense practical importance of fibre-optic communications providing for >99% of global data traffic, the channel capacity of optical links remains unknown due to the complexity introduced by fibre nonlinearity. Recently, there has been a flurry of studies examining an expected cap that nonlinearity puts on the information-carrying capacity of fibre-optic systems. Mastering the nonlinear channels requires paradigm shift from current modulation, coding and transmission techniques originally developed for linear communication systems. Here we demonstrate that using the integrability of the master model and the nonlinear Fourier transform, the lower bound on the capacity per symbol can be estimated as 10.7 bits per symbol with 500 GHz bandwidth over 2,000 km.

  17. Polarization dependent dispersion and its impact on optical parametric process in high nonlinear microstructure fibre

    Xiao Li; Zhang Wei; Huang Yi-Dong; Peng Jiang-De


    High nonlinear microstructure fibre (HNMF) is preferred in nonlinear fibre optics, especially in the applications of optical parametric effects, due to its high optical nonlinear coefficient. However, polarization dependent dispersion will impact the nonlinear optical parametric process in HNMFs. In this paper, modulation instability (MI) method is used to measure the polarization dependent dispersion of a piece of commercial HNMF, including the group velocity dispersion, the dispersion slope, the fourth-order dispersion and group birefringence. It also experimentally demonstrates the impact of the polarization dependent dispersion on the continuous wave supercontinuum (SC) generation. On one axis MI sidebands with symmetric frequency dctunings are generated, while on the other axis with larger MI frequency detuning, SC is generated by soliton self-frequency shift.

  18. Structural, thermal, optical and nonlinear optical properties of ethylenediaminium picrate single crystals

    Indumathi, C.; T. C., Sabari Girisun; Anitha, K.; Alfred Cecil Raj, S.


    A new organic optical limiting material, ethylenediaminium picrate (EDAPA) was synthesized through acid base reaction and grown as single crystals by solvent evaporation method. Single crystal XRD analysis showed that EDAPA crystallizes in orthorhombic system with Cmca as space group. The formation of charge transfer complex during the reaction of ethylenediamine and picric acid was strongly evident through the recorded Fourier Transform Infra Red (FTIR), Raman and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrum. Thermal (TG-DTA and DSC) curves indicated that the material possesses high thermal stability with decomposition temperature at 243 °C. Optical (UV-Visible-NIR) analysis showed that the grown crystal was found to be transparent in the entire visible and NIR region. Z-scan studies with intense short pulse (532 nm, 5 ns, 100 μJ) excitations, revealed that EDAPA exhibited two photon absorption behaviour and the nonlinear absorption coefficient was found to be two orders of magnitude higher than some of the known optical limiter like Cu nano glasses. EDAPA exhibited a strong optical limiting action with low limiting threshold which make them a potential candidate for eye and photosensitive component protection against intense short pulse lasers.

  19. Nonlinear optical studies of aqueous interfaces, polymers, and nanowires

    Onorato, Robert Michael

    -transfer-to-solvent band and a Langmuir adsorption model are used to determine the affinity of bromide for both the air/water and dodecanol/water interfaces in the molar concentration regime. The Gibbs free energy of adsorption for the former is determined to be -1.4 kJ/mol with a lower 90% confidence limit of -4.1 kJ/mol. For the dodecanol/water interface the data are best fit with a Gibbs free energy of +8 kJ/mol with an estimated a lower limit of -4 kJ/mol. Adsorption of ions to the air/water interface in the millimolar regime is a particularly interesting phenomenon. In Chapter 4, the affinity of sodium chloride and sodium bromide to the air/water interface is probed by UV-SHG. Both salts exhibit a strong adsorption, with free energies greater than -20 kJ/mol. Interestingly, sodium chloride exhibits a stronger affinity for the interface than does sodium iodide, which was previously studied by Poul Peterson. This is counter to both experimental and theoretical results for higher concentrations. It has been predicted that ion adsorption is dictated by strong and opposing electrostatic and entropic forces. The change in order of ion interfacial affinity can be explained by relatively small changes in these forces at different concentrations and ionic strengths. In Chapters 5 and 6, other work using nonlinear optical techniques is described. Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy is a promising tool for chemically selective imaging based on molecular vibrations. While CARS is currently used as a biological imaging tool, many variations are still being developed, perhaps the most important being multiplex CARS microscopy. Multiplex CARS has the advantage of comparing images based on different molecular vibrations without changing the excitation wavelengths. In Chapter 5, I demonstrate both high spectral and spatial resolution multiplex CARS imaging of polymer films using a simple scheme for chirped CARS with a spectral bandwidth of 300 cm-1. In Chapter 6, the nonlinear optical

  20. Optical-Gravitation Nonlinearity: A Change of Gravitational Coefficient G induced by Gravitation Field

    R. Vlokh; M. Kostyrko


    Nonlinear effect of the gravitation field of spherically symmetric mass on the gravitational coefficient G has been analysed. In frame of the approaches of parametric optics and gravitation nonlinearity we have shown that the gravitation field of spherically symmetric mass can lead to changes in the gravitational coefficient G.

  1. Generation of non-classical optical fields by a beam splitter with second-order nonlinearity

    Prakash, Hari


    We propose quantum-mechanical model of a beam splitter with second-order nonlinearity and show that non-classical features such as squeezing and sub-Poissonian photon statistics of optical fields can be generated in output fundamental and second harmonic modes when we mix coherent light beams via such a nonlinear beam splitter.

  2. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Azo Dye Monolayers : The Effect of Tilt Angle on the Local Field

    Cnossen, Gerard; Drabe, Karel E.; Wiersma, Douwe A.; Schoondorp, Monique A.; Schouten, Arend Jan; Hulshof, Johannes; Feringa, Ben L.


    We report on the second-order nonlinear optical susceptibility chi(2)(2omega,omega,omega) of dye-doped Langmuir-Blodgett monolayers. Chi(2) is found to exhibit a nonlinear dependence on surface density, which is attributed to microscopic local-fields. In order to calculate the microscopic local-fiel

  3. The Synthesis of Third-order Optical Nonlinear Organic Polyheterocyclic Materials


    Synthesis of the third-order nonlinear materials: bis (l,4-dihydroxynaphthalene)tetrathiafulvalene and bis (1,4-dialkoxylnaphthalene) tetrathiafulvalene has been achieved in four steps, starting from 2,3-dichloro-l,4-naphthaquinone. The matcrials exhibit larger third-order nonlinear optical susceptibilities X(3).

  4. The Synthesis of Third—order Optical Nonlinear Organic Polyheterocyclic Materials

    JianRongGAO; LuBaiCHENG; 等


    Synthesis of the third-order nonlinear materials:bis (1,4-dihydroxynaphthalene) tetrathiafulvalene and bis (1,4-dialkoxylnaphthalene) tetrathiafulvalene has been achieved in four steps, starting from 2,3-dichloro-1,4-naphthaquinone. The materials exhibit larger third-order nonlinear optical susceptibilities χ.

  5. Laser-Machined Ultra-High-Q Microrod Resonators for Nonlinear Optics

    Del'Haye, Pascal; Papp, Scott B


    Optical whispering-gallery microresonators are useful tools in microphotonics, and nonlinear optics at very low threshold powers. Here, we present details about the fabrication of ultra-high-Q whispering-gallery-mode resonators made by CO2-laser lathe machining of fused-quartz rods. The resonators can be fabricated in less than one minute and the obtained optical quality factors exceed Q = 10^9. Demonstrated resonator diameters are in the range between 170 {\\mu}m and 8 mm (free spectral ranges between 390 GHz and 8 GHz). Using these microresonators, a variety of optical nonlinearities are observed, including Raman scattering, Brillouin scattering and four-wave mixing.

  6. Synthesis and experimental-computational characterization of nonlinear optical properties of triazacyclopentafluorene-coumarin derivatives

    García, Santiago; Vázquez, Juan L.; Rentería, Marvin; Aguilar-Garduño, Isis G.; Delgado, Francisco; Trejo-Durán, Mónica; García-Revilla, Marco A.; Alvarado-Méndez, Edgar; Vázquez, Miguel A.


    A series of novel 3-(2,2a,3-triazacyclopenta[jk]fluoren-1-yl)-2H-chromen-2-one derivatives 5a-c have been synthesized by [8 + 2] cycloaddition reaction between the corresponding 3-(imidazo[1,2-a]pyrimidines)-2-yl)-2H-chromen-2-one 4a-c with 2-(trimethylsilyl)phenyl triflates as benzyne precursor in 65-80% yields. The strategic incorporation of triazacyclopentafluorene group at the 3-position of the coumarin molecules resulted in dyes with excellent nonlinear optical properties. The nonlinear optical properties of third order (compounds 5a-c) were studied using Z-scan technique. The high nonlinear response is of 10-7 cm2/W order. The nonlinearity of the compounds is an indication of a promising material for applications at low power, such as optical switching, waveguides, nonlinear contrast phase, among others. Theoretical results of HOMO-LUMO gaps and oscillator strengths are used to rationalize the high efficiency of the novel compound in the nonlinear optical behavior. In particular, 5b displays the best nonlinear optical properties and at the same time the smaller HOMO-LUMO gap and the highest oscillator strength.

  7. Non-Linear Optical Studies of IR Materials with Infrared Femtosecond Laser


    AFRL-RD-PS- AFRL-RD-PS- TR-2016-0055 TR-2016-0055 NON-LINEAR OPTICAL STUDIES OF IR MATERIALS WITH INFRARED FEMTOSECOND LASER Enam...ANDREAS SCHMITT-SODY, DR-III ERIN PETTYJOHN, DR-III Program Manager Deputy Chief, High Power Electromagnetics Division This...TITLE AND SUBTITLE Non-Linear Optical Studies of IR Materials with Infrared Femtosecond Laser 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER FA9451-14-1

  8. Nonlinear Magneto-optical Rotation via Alignment-to-Orientation Conversion

    Budker, D.; Kimball, D.F.; Rochester, S.M.; Yashchuk, V.V.


    Nonlinear magneto-optical rotation (NMOR) is investigated at highlight powers where the rotation is significantly modified by AC Stark shifts. These shifts are shown to change the overall sign of rotation for closed F-->F+1 transitions as light power is increased. The effect is demonstrated by measurements in rubidium and density matrix calculations. The results are important for applications of nonlinear optical rotation such as sensitive magnetometry.

  9. Quantum Size- Dependent Third- Order Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility in Semiconductor Quantum Dots

    SUN Ting; XIONG Gui-guang


    The density matrix approach has been employed to investigate the optical nonlinear polarization in a single semiconductor quantum dot(QD). Electron states are considered to be confined within a quantum dot with infinite potential barriers. It is shown, by numerical calculation, that the third-order nonlinear optical susceptibilities for a typical Si quantum dot is dependent on the quantum size of the quantum dot and the frequency of incident light.

  10. Hybrid Nonlinear Optical Materials for Applications in Power Limiting and Photorefractive Devices


    Final 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 04/01/2007 to 11/30/2009 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER FA9550-07-1-0307 Hybrid Nonlinear Optical Materials for...Hybrid  Nonlinear   Optical   Materials  for Applications in Power  Limiting and Photorefractive devices      Prime Contract: FA95500710307

  11. Wave turbulence in integrable systems: nonlinear propagation of incoherent optical waves in single-mode fibers


    International audience; We study theoretically, numerically and experimentally the nonlinear propagation of partially incoherent optical waves in single mode optical fibers. We revisit the traditional treatment of the wave turbulence theory to provide a statistical kinetic description of the integrable scalar NLS equation. In spite of the formal reversibility and of the integrability of the NLS equation, the weakly nonlinear dynamics reveals the existence of an irreversible evolution toward a...

  12. Theoretical study on second-order nonlinear optical properties of unsymmetric bis (phenylethynyl) benzene series derivatives

    FU, Wei; FENG, Ji-Kang; YU, Kun-Qian; REN, Ai-Min; CUI, Meng


    On the basis of Z1NDO methods, according to the sum-overstates (SOS) expression, the progran for the calculation of the second-order nonlinear optical susceptibilities βuk and βμ ofmolecules was devised, and the structures and nonlinear optical properties of unsymmetric bis (phenylethynyl) benzene series derivatives were studied. The influence of the molecular conjugated chain lengths, the donor and the acceptor on βμwas examined.

  13. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Au-Nanoparticles Conjugated with Lipoic Acid in Water

    Trejo-Durán, M.; Cornejo-Monroy, D.; Alvarado-Méndez, E.; Olivares-Vargas, A.; Castano, V. M.


    Gold nanoparticles were chemically conjugated with lipoic acid to control their optical properties. Z-scan and other optical techniques were used to characterize the non-linear behavior of the resulting nanostructured materials. The results show that the nonlinearity is of thermal origin, which can be controlled by the use of lipoic acid as well as other organic molecules conjugated onto metal nanoparticles. In particular, the presence of lipoic acid increases n_2 and dn/dT.

  14. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of Ge-As-S films

    Tolmachov, I. D.; Stronski, A. V.


    Spectral dependencies of the optical properties of Ge-As-S films were obtained from the transmission spectra by modified Swanepoel method. The results for optical parameters were analyzed using single oscillator model. Film thickness, d, optical band gap, Egopt, oscillator energy E0, and dispersion energy, Ed, before and after exposure to light were determined. Non-linear optical properties were estimated by means of generalized Miller's rule and classical anharmonic oscillator model.

  15. Implementation of tristate logic based all optical flip-flop with nonlinear material

    Partha Ghosh; Sourangshu Mukhopadhyay


    @@ The advantages of multivalued logic in optical parallel computation need no introduction. There are lots of proposals, already reported, where tristate, quarternary state logic operations can be performed with optics. Here we report a new approach to implement tristate logic based all optical flip-flop using optical nonlinear material. The concept and the principle of operation of this type of flip-flop are different from that of the conventional binary one.

  16. Interactions between self-channeled optical beams in soft-matter systems with artificial nonlinearities.

    Fardad, Shima; Mills, Matthew S; Zhang, Peng; Man, Weining; Chen, Zhigang; Christodoulides, D N


    We demonstrate optical interactions between stable self-trapped optical beams in soft-matter systems with pre-engineered saturable self-focusing optical nonlinearities. Our experiments, carried out in dilute suspensions of particles with negative polarizabilities, show that optical beam interactions can vary from attractive to repulsive, or can display an energy exchange depending on the initial relative phases. The corresponding observations are in good agreement with theoretical predictions.

  17. Gradiometer Based on Nonlinear Magneto-Optic Rotation Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This Phase I SBIR project will demonstrate sensitive measurements of magnetic field gradients by nonlinear atomic spectroscopy. The gradients are determined by...

  18. Nonlinear optics for the study of human scar tissue

    Ferro, D. P.; Vieira-Damiani, G.; Adam, R. L.; Cesar, C. L.; Metze, Konradin


    Collagen fibers are an essential component of the dynamic process of scarring, which accompanies various diseases. Scar tissue may reveal different morphologic expressions, such as hypertrophic scars or keloids. Collagen fibers can be visualized by fluorescent light when stained with eosin. Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) creates a non linear signal that occurs only in molecules without inversion symmetry and is particularly strong in the collagen fibers arranged in triple helices. The aim of this study was to describe the methodology for the analysis of the density and texture of collagen in keloids, hypertrophic scars and conventional scars. Samples were examined in the National Institute of Science and Technology on Photonics Applied to Cell Biology (INFABIC) at the State University of Campinas. The images were acquired in a multiphoton microscopy LSM 780-NLO Zeiss 40X. Both signals, two-photon fluorescence (TPEF) and SHG, were excited by a Mai-Tai Ti:Sapphire laser at 940 nm. We used a LP490/SP485 NDD filter for SHG, and a BP565-610 NDD filter for fluorescence In each case, ten images were acquired serially (512×512 μm) in Z-stack and joined together to one patchwork-image . Image analysis was performed by a gliding-box-system with in-house made software. Keloids, hypertrophic scars and normal scar tissue show different collagen architecture. Inside an individual case differences of the scar process may be found between central and peripheral parts. In summary, the use of nonlinear optics is a helpful tool for the study of scars tissue.

  19. Ultrafast and Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy of Carbon Nanotubes

    Kono, Junichiro


    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) provide a variety of unique opportunities for studying the dynamics and interactions of one-dimensional (1-D) electrons and phonons. We have carried out a series of ultrafast and nonlinear optical experiments on SWNTs, revealing novel properties of high- density 1-D excitons as well as coherent lattice vibrations. We have shown that there exists an upper limit on the density of 1-D excitons in SWNTs, which results in photoluminescence saturation. Using a model based on diffusion-limited exciton- exciton annihilation, we provided realistic estimates for the exciton densities in the saturation regime. We also predicted and demonstrated that there is an optimum temperature at which the exciton density can be maximized, due to the existence of a dark exciton state. Using ultrashort pulses, we have also investigated the dynamics of coherent phonons (CPs) in SWNTs, including both the low frequency radial breathing mode and high frequency G-mode phonons. Pulse shaping techniques allowed us to generate and detect CPs in SWNTs in a chirality-selective manner, which provided insight into the chirality dependence of light absorption, phonon generation, and phonon-induced band- structure modulations. Finally, we observed novel large- amplitude CPs through near-band-edge excitations as well as strongly polarization-dependent CP signals in highly-aligned SWNTs. This work was performed in collaboration with Y. Murakami, A. Srivastava, T. A. Searles, L. G. Booshehri, E. H. Hároz, D. T. Morris, J.-H. Kim, K.-J. Yee, Y.-S. Lim, G. D. Sanders, C. J. Stanton, and R. Saito.

  20. Third-order nonlinear optical response of Ag-CdSe/PVA hybrid nanocomposite

    Tripathi, S.K.; Kaur, Ramneek; Kaur, Jaspreet; Sharma, Mamta [Panjab University, Department of Physics, Center of Advanced Study in Physics, Chandigarh (India)


    Hybrid nanocomposites of II-VI semiconductor nanoparticles are gaining great interest in nonlinear optoelectronic devices. Present work includes the characterization of CdSe polymer nanocomposite prepared by chemical in situ technique. From X-ray diffraction, the hexagonal wurtzite structure of nanoparticles has been confirmed with spherical morphology from transmission electron microscopy. Ag-CdSe hybrid polymer nanocomposite has been prepared chemically at different Ag concentrations. The presence of Ag in hybrid nanocomposite has been confirmed with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The effect of varying Ag concentration on the linear and nonlinear optical properties of the nanocomposites has been studied. In linear optical parameters, the linear absorption coefficient, refractive index, extinction coefficient and optical conductivity have been calculated. The third-order nonlinear optical properties have been observed with open- and closed-aperture Z-scan technique. The large nonlinear refractive index ∝10{sup -5} cm{sup 2}/W with self-focusing behaviour is due to the combined effect of quantum confinement and thermo-optical effects. The enhanced nonlinearity with increasing Ag content is due to the surface plasmon resonance, which enhances the local electric field near the nanoparticle surface. Thus, Ag-CdSe hybrid polymer nanocomposite has favourable nonlinear optical properties for various optoelectronic applications. (orig.)

  1. Solvent effect on the third order optical nonlinearity and optical limiting ability of betanin natural dye extracted from red beet root

    Thankappan, Aparna; Thomas, Sheenu; Nampoori, V. P. N.


    We report on the solvent effect on the third order optical nonlinearity of betanin natural dye extracted from red beet root and their third order nonlinear optical (NLO) properties have been studied using a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser at 532 nm. The third order nonlinearity of these samples are dominated by nonlinear absorption, which leads to strong optical limiting and their strength is influenced by the solvent used, suggesting that betanin natural dyes are promising candidate for the development of photonic nonlinear optic devices.

  2. Evolution of nonlinear optical properties: from gold atomic clusters to plasmonic nanocrystals.

    Philip, Reji; Chantharasupawong, Panit; Qian, Huifeng; Jin, Rongchao; Thomas, Jayan


    Atomic clusters of metals are an emerging class of extremely interesting materials occupying the intermediate size regime between atoms and nanoparticles. Here we report the nonlinear optical (NLO) characteristics of ultrasmall, atomically precise clusters of gold, which are smaller than the critical size for electronic energy quantization (∼2 nm). Our studies reveal remarkable features of the distinct evolution of the optical nonlinearity as the clusters progress in size from the nonplasmonic regime to the plasmonic regime. We ascertain that the smallest atomic clusters do not show saturable absorption at the surface plasmon wavelength of larger gold nanocrystals (>2 nm). Consequently, the third-order optical nonlinearity in these ultrasmall gold clusters exhibits a significantly lower threshold for optical power limiting. This limiting efficiency, which is superior to that of plasmonic nanocrystals, is highly beneficial for optical limiting applications.

  3. Photoconductivity, photoluminescence and optical Kerr nonlinear effects in zinc oxide films containing chromium nanoclusters

    Torres-Torres, C., E-mail: [Seccion de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigacion, ESIME-Z, Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico, DF 07738 (Mexico); Garcia-Cruz, M.L. [Centro de Investigacion en Dispositivos Semiconductores, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, A. P. J-48, Puebla 72570, Mexico (Mexico); Castaneda, L., E-mail: [Instituto de Fisica, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, A. P. J-48, Puebla 72570, Mexico (Mexico); Rangel Rojo, R. [CICESE/Depto. de Optica, A. P. 360, Ensenada, BC 22860 (Mexico); Tamayo-Rivera, L. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, DF 01000 (Mexico); Maldonado, A. [Depto. de Ing. Electrica, CINVESTAV IPN-SEES, A. P. 14740, Mexico DF 07000 (Mexico); Avendano-Alejo, M., E-mail: [Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, A. P. 70-186, 04510, DF (Mexico); and others


    Chromium doped zinc oxide thin solid films were deposited on soda-lime glass substrates. The photoconductivity of the material and its influence on the optical behavior was evaluated. A non-alkoxide sol-gel synthesis approach was used for the preparation of the samples. An enhancement of the photoluminescence response exhibited by the resulting photoconductive films with embedded chromium nanoclusters is presented. The modification in the photoconduction induced by a 445 nm wavelength was measured and then associated with the participation of the optical absorptive response. In order to investigate the third order optical nonlinearities of the samples, a standard time-resolved Optical Kerr Gate configuration with 80 fs pulses at 830 nm was used and a quasi-instantaneous pure electronic nonlinearity without the contribution of nonlinear optical absorption was observed. We estimate that from the inclusion of Cr nanoclusters into the sample results a strong optical Kerr effect originated by quantum confinement. The large photoluminescence response and the important refractive nonlinearity of the photoconductive samples seem to promise potential applications for the development of multifunctional all-optical nanodevices. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Enhancement in photoluminescence for chromium doped zinc oxide films is presented. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A strong and ultrafast optical Kerr effect seems to result from quantum confinement. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Photoconductive properties for optical and optoelectronic functions were observed.

  4. Optical transistor action by nonlinear coupling of stimulated emission and coherent scattering

    Andrews, David L.; Bradshaw, David S.


    In the pursuit of improved platforms for computing, communications and internet connectivity, all-optical systems offer excellent prospects for a speed and fidelity of data transmission that will greatly surpass conventional electronics, alongside the anticipated benefits of reduced energy loss. With a diverse range of sources and fiber optical connections already in production, much current effort is being devoted towards forging optical components for signal switching, such as an all-optical transistor. Achievement of the desired characteristics for any practicable device can be expected to depend crucially on the engagement of a strongly nonlinear optical response. The innovative scheme proposed in the present work is based upon a third-order nonlinearity - its effect enhanced by stimulated emission - operating within a system designed to exploit the highly nonlinear response observed at the threshold for laser emission. Here, stimulated emission is strongly driven by coupling to the coherent scattering of a signal input beam whose optical frequency is purposely off-set from resonance. An electrodynamical analysis of the all-optical coupling process shows that the signal beam can significantly modify the kinetics of emission, and so lead to a dramatically enhanced output of resonant radiation. The underlying nonlinear optical mechanism is analyzed, model calculations are performed for realizable three-level laser systems, and the results exhibited graphically. The advantages of implementing this all-optical transistor scheme, compared to several previously envisaged proposals, are then outlined.

  5. A variational approach to nonlinear evolution equations in optics

    D Anderson; M Lisak; A Berntson


    A tutorial review is presented of the use of direct variational methods based on RayleighRitz optimization for finding approximate solutions to various nonlinear evolution equations. The practical application of the approach is demonstrated by some illustrative examples in connection with the nonlinear Schrödinger equation.

  6. Semiclassical mode-coupling factorizations of coherent nonlinear optical response

    Jansen, TL; Mukamel, S


    The identification of relevant collective coordinates is crucial for the interpretation of coherent nonlinear spectroscopies of complex molecules and liquids. Using an h expansion of Liouville space generating functions, we show how to factorize multitime nonlinear response functions into products o

  7. Silicon Photonics Research in Hong Kong: Microresonator Devices and Optical Nonlinearities

    Poon, Andrew W.; Zhou, Linjie; Xu, Fang; Li, Chao; Chen, Hui; Liang, Tak-Keung; Liu, Yang; Tsang, Hon K.

    In this review paper we showcase recent activities on silicon photonics science and technology research in Hong Kong regarding two important topical areas-microresonator devices and optical nonlinearities. Our work on silicon microresonator filters, switches and modulators have shown promise for the nascent development of on-chip optoelectronic signal processing systems, while our studies on optical nonlinearities have contributed to basic understanding of silicon-based optically-pumped light sources and helium-implanted detectors. Here, we review our various passive and electro-optic active microresonator devices including (i) cascaded microring resonator cross-connect filters, (ii) NRZ-to-PRZ data format converters using a microring resonator notch filter, (iii) GHz-speed carrier-injection-based microring resonator modulators and 0.5-GHz-speed carrier-injection-based microdisk resonator modulators, and (iv) electrically reconfigurable microring resonator add-drop filters and electro-optic logic switches using interferometric resonance control. On the nonlinear waveguide front, we review the main nonlinear optical effects in silicon, and show that even at fairly modest average powers two-photon absorption and the accompanied free-carrier linear absorption could lead to optical limiting and a dramatic reduction in the effective lengths of nonlinear devices.

  8. Observation of optical-fiber Kerr nonlinearity at the single-photon level

    Matsuda, Nobuyuki; Mitsumori, Yasuyoshi; Kosaka, Hideo; Edamatsu, Keiichi; 10.1038/nphoton.2008.292


    Optical fibers have been enabling numerous distinguished applications involving the operation and generation of light, such as soliton transmission, light amplification, all-optical switching and supercontinuum generation. The active function of optical fibers in the quantum regime is expected to be applicable to ultralow-power all-optical signal processing and quantum information processing. Here we demonstrate the first experimental observation of optical nonlinearity at the single-photon level in an optical fiber. Taking advantage of large nonlinearity and managed dispersion of a photonic crystal fiber, we have successfully measured very small (10^(-7) ~ 10^(-8)) conditional phase shifts induced by weak coherent pulses that contain one or less than one photon per pulse on average. In spite of its tininess, the phase shift was measurable using much (~10^6 times) stronger coherent probe pulses than the pump pulses. We discuss the feasibility of quantum information processing using optical fibers, taking into...

  9. Nonlinear Pulse Shaping in Fibres for Pulse Generation and Optical Processing

    Sonia Boscolo


    Full Text Available The development of new all-optical technologies for data processing and signal manipulation is a field of growing importance with a strong potential for numerous applications in diverse areas of modern science. Nonlinear phenomena occurring in optical fibres have many attractive features and great, but not yet fully explored, potential in signal processing. Here, we review recent progress on the use of fibre nonlinearities for the generation and shaping of optical pulses and on the applications of advanced pulse shapes in all-optical signal processing. Amongst other topics, we will discuss ultrahigh repetition rate pulse sources, the generation of parabolic shaped pulses in active and passive fibres, the generation of pulses with triangular temporal profiles, and coherent supercontinuum sources. The signal processing applications will span optical regeneration, linear distortion compensation, optical decision at the receiver in optical communication systems, spectral and temporal signal doubling, and frequency conversion.

  10. Direct optical imaging of graphene in vitro by nonlinear femtosecond laser spectral reshaping.

    Li, Baolei; Cheng, Yingwen; Liu, Jie; Yi, Congwen; Brown, April S; Yuan, Hsiangkuo; Vo-Dinh, Tuan; Fischer, Martin C; Warren, Warren S


    Nonlinear optical microscopy, based on femtosecond laser spectral reshaping, characterized and imaged graphene samples made from different methods, both on slides and in a biological environment. This technique clearly discriminates between graphene flakes with different numbers of layers and reveals the distinct nonlinear optical properties of reduced graphene oxide as compared to mechanically exfoliated or chemical vapor deposition grown graphene. The nonlinearity makes it applicable to scattering samples (such as tissue) as opposed to previous methods, such as transmission. This was demonstrated by high-resolution imaging of breast cancer cells incubated with graphene flakes.

  11. Finding the Next Deep-Ultraviolet Nonlinear Optical Material: NH4B4O6F.

    Shi, Guoqiang; Wang, Ying; Zhang, Fangfang; Zhang, Bingbing; Yang, Zhihua; Hou, Xueling; Pan, Shilie; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R


    Nonlinear optical materials are essential for the development of solid-state lasers. KBe2BO3F2 (KBBF) is a unique nonlinear optical material for generation of deep-ultraviolet coherent light; however, its industrial application is limited. Here, we report a new material NH4B4O6F, which exhibits a wide deep-ultraviolet transparent range and suitable birefringence that enables frequency doubling below 200 nm. NH4B4O6F possesses large nonlinear coefficients about 2.5 times that of KBBF. In addition, it is easy to grow bulk crystals and does not contain toxic elements.

  12. Nonlinear Companding Circuits With Thermal Compensation to Enhance Input Dynamic Range in Analog Optical Fiber Links

    J. Rodríguez-Rodriguez


    Full Text Available Measuring systems based on a pair of optical fiber transmitter-receivers are used in medium-voltage testinglaboratories wherein the environment of high electromagnetic interference (EMI is a limitation for using conventionalcabling. Nonlinear compensation techniques have been used to limit the voltage range at the input of optical fiberlinks. However, nonlinear compensation introduces gain and linearity errors caused by thermal drift. This paperpresents a method of thermal compensation for the nonlinear circuit used to improve transient signal handlingcapabilities in measuring system while maintaining low errors in gain and linearity caused by thermal drift.

  13. Second-order nonlinear optical properties of mexylaminotriazine-functionalized glass-forming azobenzene derivatives

    Umezawa, Hirohito; Jackson, Matthew; Lebel, Olivier; Nunzi, Jean-Michel; Sabat, Ribal Georges


    The second-order nonlinear optical coefficients of thin films of mexylaminotriazine-functionalized azobenzene molecular glass derivatives were measured using second harmonic generation. The thin films were poled using a custom corona poling set-up and the second harmonic light from a pulsed 1064-nm laser was detected. Four out of the six tested compounds showed optical nonlinearity and a maximum coefficient of 75 pm/V was obtained. The time dependence of the nonlinear coefficients was studied under ambient light and under dark; the second harmonic generation intensity stayed constant for thiazole-containing derivatives while a significant decay was measured for the other compounds.

  14. An all-optical matrix multiplication scheme with non-linear material based switching system

    Archan Kumar Das; Sourangshu Mukhopadhyay


    Optics is a potential candidate in information, data, and image processing. In all-optical data and information processing, optics has been used as information carrying signal because of its inherent advantages of parallelism. Several optical methods are proposed in support of the above processing. In many algebraic,arithmetic, and image processing schemes fundamental logic and memory operations are conducted exploring all-optical devices. In this communication we report an all-optical matrix multiplication operation with non-linear material based switching circuit.

  15. Nonlinear phase noise in coherent optical OFDM transmission systems.

    Zhu, Xianming; Kumar, Shiva


    We derive an analytical formula to estimate the variance of nonlinear phase noise caused by the interaction of amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) noise with fiber nonlinearity such as self-phase modulation (SPM), cross-phase modulation (XPM), and four-wave mixing (FWM) in coherent orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) systems. The analytical results agree very well with numerical simulations, enabling the study of the nonlinear penalties in long-haul coherent OFDM systems without extensive numerical simulation. Our results show that the nonlinear phase noise induced by FWM is significantly larger than that induced by SPM and XPM, which is in contrast to traditional WDM systems where ASE-FWM interaction is negligible in quasi-linear systems. We also found that fiber chromatic dispersion can reduce the nonlinear phase noise. The variance of the total phase noise increases linearly with the bit rate, and does not depend significantly on the number of subcarriers for systems with moderate fiber chromatic dispersion.

  16. All-optical signal processing in quadratic nonlinear materials

    Johansen, Steffen Kjær


    of materials with a second order nonlinearity, the so-called X(2) materials, is faster and stronger than that of more conventional materials with a cubic nonlinearity. The X(2) materials support spatial solitons consisting of two coupled components, the fundamental wave (FW) and its second harmonic (SH......). During this project the interaction between such spatial solitons has been investigated theoretically through perturbation theory and experimentally via numerical simulations. The outcome of this research isnew theoretical tools for quantitatively predicting the escape angle, i.e. the angle of incidence...... and exploitation of these cubic nonlinearities in two-period QPM wave-guides has been another area of investigation. Introducing the second period might make practical engineering of the nonlinearities possible. A major result is the discovery that cubic nonlinearities leads to an enhancement of the bandwidth...

  17. Optical constants and nonlinear calculations of fluorescein/FTO thin film optical system

    Zahran, H. Y.; Iqbal, Javed; Yahia, I. S.


    The organic thin films of fluorescein dye were deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide glass substrate by using low-cost spin coating technique. The surface of the deposited film was characterized by using AFM and X-ray diffraction spectroscopy, which shows that the film is uniform and amorphous. The spectrophotometric study was carried out at the wavelength range of 300-2500 nm. The spectral dependences of the linear refractive index and absorption index were found to decrease as the wavelength was increased. Tauc's plot study revealed that the film shows the direct transition and energy band gap values were found 1.75 eV and 3.55 eV for the thin film and the substrate, respectively. Optical constants were found nearly the same in the higher energy domain (1.0-4.5 eV). Spectroscopic method was employed to study the nonlinear optical susceptibility χ (3). The deposited thin film is a promising optical system for new generation of optoelectronics.

  18. Limiting effects of geometrical and optical nonlinearities on the squeezing in optomechanics

    Djorwé, P. [Laboratory of Modelling and Simulation in Engineering, Biomimetics and Prototypes, Faculty of Science, University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon); Nana Engo, S.G., E-mail: [Laboratory of Photonics, Faculty of Science, University of Ngaoundéré (Cameroon); Talla Mbé, J.H.; Woafo, P. [Laboratory of Modelling and Simulation in Engineering, Biomimetics and Prototypes, Faculty of Science, University of Yaoundé I (Cameroon)


    In recent experiments, the re-thermalization time of the mechanical resonator is stated as the limiting factor for quantum applications of optomechanical systems. To explain the origin of this limitation, an analytical nonlinear investigation supported by the recent successful experimental laser cooling parameters is carried out in this work. To this end, the effects of geometrical and the optical nonlinearities on the squeezing are studied and are in a good agreement with the experimental results. It appears that highly squeezed state are generated where these nonlinearities are minimized and that high nonlinearities are limiting factors to reach the quantum ground state.

  19. Optical nonlinearities of excitonic states in atomically thin 2D transition metal dichalcogenides.

    Soh, Daniel Beom Soo


    We calculated the optical nonlinearities of the atomically thin monolayer transition metal dichalcogenide material (particularly MoS 2 ), particularly for those linear and nonlinear tran- sition processes that utilize the bound exciton states. We adopted the bound and the unbound exciton states as the basis for the Hilbert space, and derived all the dynamical density matri- ces that provides the induced current density, from which the nonlinear susceptibilities can be drawn order-by-order via perturbative calculations. We provide the nonlinear susceptibil- ities for the linear, the second-harmonic, the third-harmonic, and the kerr-type two-photon processes.

  20. Pyrene-Based Small Molecular Nonlinear Optical Materials Modified by ``Click-Reaction''

    Liang, Pengxia; Li, Zhengqiang; Mi, Yongsheng; Yang, Zhou; Wang, Dong; Cao, Hui; He, Wanli; Yang, Huai


    Two pyrene derivatives were successfully synthesized via an efficient copper(I)-catalyzed azide alkyne 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition. The photophysical and electrochemical properties were characterized using ultraviolet-visible absorption spectra, fluorescence spectra, cyclic voltammograms and density functional theory modulations. These results showed that the symmetry structure of these derivatives formed an electron-delocalized organic system, which have larger effects in achieving a third-order nonlinear optical (NLO) response. The third-order nonlinear properties including the nonlinear absorption and the nonlinear susceptibilities investigated by Z-scan technique indicate that the title compounds can serve as a promising candidate for third-order NLO applications.