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Thick Optical-Quality Films of Substituted Polyacetylenes with Large, Ultrafast Third-Order Nonlinearities and Application to Image Correlation

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  • San-Hui Chi,

    1. School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics, Georgia Institute of Technology 901 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 (USA)
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  • Joel M. Hales,

    1. School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics, Georgia Institute of Technology 901 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 (USA)
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  • Canek Fuentes-Hernandez,

    1. School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics, 777 Atlantic Dr., Atlanta, GA 30332 (USA)
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  • Shuo-Yen Tseng,

    1. School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics, 777 Atlantic Dr., Atlanta, GA 30332 (USA)
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  • Jian-Yang Cho,

    1. School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics, Georgia Institute of Technology 901 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 (USA)
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  • Susan A. Odom,

    1. School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics, Georgia Institute of Technology 901 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 (USA)
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  • Qing Zhang,

    1. School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics, Georgia Institute of Technology 901 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 (USA)
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  • Stephen Barlow,

    1. School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics, Georgia Institute of Technology 901 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 (USA)
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  • Richard R. Schrock,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139 (USA)
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  • Seth R. Marder,

    1. School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics, Georgia Institute of Technology 901 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 (USA)
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  • Bernard Kippelen,

    1. School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics, 777 Atlantic Dr., Atlanta, GA 30332 (USA)
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  • Joseph W. Perry

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    1. School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics, Georgia Institute of Technology 901 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 (USA)
    • School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics, Georgia Institute of Technology 901 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332 (USA).
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  • This material is based upon work supported in part by the STC Program of the National Science Foundation under Agreement Number DMR-0120967 and the DARPA MORPH Program and ONR (N00014-04-0095 and N00014-06-1-0897). R.R.S. thanks the Department of Energy (DE-FG02-86ER13564) for research support. S.O. thanks the NSF for a Graduate Research Fellowship. The authors thank Prof. Robert Grubbs for many helpful discussions and Mr. Wojciech Haske and Mr. Philseok Kim for technical assistance. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author.

Abstract

Ring-opening metathesis polymerization of mono-substituted cyclooctatetraenes is used to form optical-quality films of polyacetylenes with large χ(3) of up to 2.1 × 10−10 esu in the near-infrared (1300–1550 nm). Thick films of such materials provide large diffraction efficiencies in ultrafast image-correlation applications.

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