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MORPHOLOGY, LINEAR AND NONLINEAR OPTICAL RESPONSE OF OCTOPOLAR CHROMOPHORES EMBEDDED IN A SILICA SONOGEL MATRIX

By V. Torres-zúñiga, O. G. Morales-saavedra, G. Hennrich, J. O. Flores-flores and R. Ortega-martínez

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Abstract: In this work, a liquid crystalline octopolar molecule 1,3,5-tris(ethynylphenyl)benzene-(1) was successfully embedded as dopant chromophore within a SiO2 based sonogel network in order to prepare stable solid state hybrid materials with intense second harmonic generation (SHG). This recently synthesized octopolar compound exhibit a centrosymmetric C3-symmetry structure, which is constituted by an electron-rich core and electron-poor periphery groups. The sonogel method, induced by energetic ultrasonic (US) waves applied at the TEOS/H2O reactant mixture interface has proven to be a suitable route in the manufacture of monolithic hybrid systems suitable for optical characterizations. The octopolar-based hybrid samples were comprehensively studied in their morphology, spectroscopic, linear and second-order nonlinear optical (NLO) properties, according to several characterization techniques: epimicroscopy, AFM, UV-Vis- and fluorescence (PL) spectroscopies, and the NLO-SHG-technique. Epimicroscopy, photoluminiscent and absorption spectra evidence an optimal and homogeneous inclusion of the octopolar compounds within the glassy sonogel network. Without necessity of molecular poling processes, the effective quadratic-NLO susceptibility χ of the hybrid was estimated to 13.6x10-3 pm/V at 1064 nm by SHG-transmission (2) effS experiments recorded far-off of the resonance regime

Topics: Liquid Crystals, Octopolar compounds, Sol-Gel, Hybrid Materials, Optical Properties
Year: 2013
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