Anisotropic third-order optical nonlinearity of a single ZnO micro/nanowire.
ABSTRACT We report a systematic study about the anisotropic third-order optical nonlinearity of a single ZnO micro/nanowire by using the Z-scan method with a femtosecond laser. The two-photon absorption coefficient and nonlinear refraction index, which are measured as a function of polarization angle and sample orientation angle, exhibit oscillation curves with a period of π/2, indicating a highly polarized optical nonlinearity of the ZnO micro/nanowire. Further studies show that the polarized optical nonlinearity of the ZnO micro/nanowire is highly size-dependent. The results indicate that ZnO nanowire has great potential in applications of nanolasers, all-optical switching and polarization-sensitive photodetectors.