Title

Resonant enhancement of two-photon absorption in substituted fluorene molecules

Authors

Authors

J. M. Hales; D. J. Hagan; E. W. Van Stryland; K. J. Schafer; A. R. Morales; K. D. Belfield; P. Pacher; O. Kwon; E. Zojer;J. L. Bredas

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Abbreviated Journal Title

J. Chem. Phys.

Keywords

NONLINEAR-OPTICAL PROPERTIES; INTERMEDIATE NEGLECT; DIFFERENTIAL; OVERLAP; ORGANIC-COMPOUNDS; CROSS-SECTIONS; DATA STORAGE; ONE-PHOTON; SPECTROSCOPY; CHROMOPHORES; DERIVATIVES; Physics, Atomic, Molecular & Chemical

Abstract

The degenerate and nondegenerate two-photon absorption (2PA) spectra for a symmetric and an asymmetric fluorene derivative were experimentally measured in order to determine the effect of intermediate state resonance enhancement (ISRE) on the 2PA cross section delta. The ability to tune the individual photon energies in the nondegenerate 2PA (ND-2PA) process afforded a quantitative study of the ISRE without modifying the chemical structure of the investigated chromophores. Both molecules exhibited resonant enhancement of the nonlinearity with the asymmetric compound showing as much as a twentyfold increase in delta. Furthermore, the possibility of achieving over a one order of magnitude enhancement of the nonlinearity reveals the potential benefits of utilizing ND-2PA for certain applications. To model ISRE, we have used correlated quantum-chemical methods together with the perturbative sum-over-states (SOS) expression. We find strong qualitative and quantitative correlation between the experimental and theoretical results. Finally, using a simplified three-level model for the SOS expression, we provide intuitive insight into the process of ISRE for ND-2PA. (C) 2004 American Institute of Physics.

Journal Title

Journal of Chemical Physics

Volume

121

Issue/Number

7

Publication Date

1-1-2004

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

3152

Last Page

3160

WOS Identifier

WOS:000222995300032

ISSN

0021-9606

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