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Determination of Linear and Nonlinear Optical Properties of a Polymer Thin Film

  • H.M.M. Klein Koerkamp (a1), T.H. Hoekstra (a1), A. Driessen (a1), Th.J.A. Popma (a1), G.R. Mohlmann (a2), W.H.G. Horsthuis (a2) and E.W.P. Erdhuisen Akzo (a2)...

The second- and third-order nonlinear susceptibilities χ(2) and χ(3) of a polymer thin film are determined for three wavelengths (543.Snm, 632.8nm and 1523nm) using a method based on the linear and quadratic electro-optic effect. The frequency dependences of χ(2) and χ(3), deduced from a simple two-level electron-spring model, are consistent with our experimental results. Using this frequency dependence the intensitydependent refractive index, determined by nonlinear grating coupling, is transformed to a χ(3) value for the quadratic electro-optic effect. This value is in good agreement with our experiments. The layer structure used is simple and consists basically of a polymer layer sandwiched between thin metal electrodes.

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