Second-harmonic generation in resonant waveguide gratings incorporating ionic self-assembled monolayer polymer films

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, United States
Optics Letters (Impact Factor: 3.29). 06/2004; 29(10):1108-10. DOI: 10.1364/OL.29.001108
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Experimental results on resonantly excited second-harmonic generation (SHG) in a periodic ionically self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) film are reported. A double-layer guided-mode resonance filter (GMRF) structure is coated with 40 bilayers of pyrlium-based chi(2) ISAM thin film and excited with the fundamental of a Nd:YAG laser. Enhanced second-harmonic conversion in the ISAM film is achieved because of the local field enhancement associated with the fundamental resonating leaky mode. This method of SHG is particularly promising, as the ISAM films under investigation exhibit anomalous dispersion that may be applied for phase matching to improve nonlinear conversion efficiency.

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