S. Brasselet and L. Viau contributed equally to this work. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author.
Optically Tunable Nonlinearities in Polymers Based on Photoisomerizable Metal-Based Coordination Complexes†
Article first published online: 2 OCT 2006
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Advanced Functional Materials
Volume 16, Issue 17, pages 2252–2262, November, 2006
How to Cite
Bidault, S., Viau, L., Maury, O., Brasselet, S., Zyss, J., Ishow, E., Nakatani, K. and Le Bozec, H. (2006), Optically Tunable Nonlinearities in Polymers Based on Photoisomerizable Metal-Based Coordination Complexes. Adv. Funct. Mater., 16: 2252–2262. doi: 10.1002/adfm.200600157
- Issue published online: 27 OCT 2006
- Article first published online: 2 OCT 2006
- Manuscript Revised: 13 APR 2006
- Manuscript Received: 19 FEB 2006
- Nonlinear optical materials;
- Second-harmonic generation
The bottom-up design of polymer films exhibiting quadratic nonlinear optical properties that can be tuned optically and chemically is described. The polymer matrices are doped with metal-containing chromophores built around a ZnII core and photoisomerizable ligands with two different geometries. These molecules possess specifically designed photophysical and nonlinear optical properties to be used towards all-optical poling, an interference process between one- and two-photon excitations that locally induces macroscopic second-order effects in polymer films. It is shown that grafting the molecules onto the polymer chains improves the stability of the macroscopic photoinduced nonlinearity in the films.