Strongly Nonlinear Optical Chalcogenide Thin Films of APSe6 (A=K, Rb) from Spin-Coating


  • Financial support was provided by the National Science Foundation (Grant DMR-1104965).


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The first example of solution-based deposition of strongly nonlinear optical inorganic thin films at low temperatures of 125–250 °C is presented. The obtained glassy and crystalline films of highly nonlinear APSe6 compounds (A=K, Rb; χ(2)≈150 pm V−1) exhibit strong, inherent second harmonic and difference frequency generation (SHG and DFG) in the visible and near-IR spectral region at room temperature without the need of poling (see picture).