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Synthesis and Two-Photon Absorption Properties of Star-Shaped Chromophores Derived from Functionalized Fluorene Units

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A set of small star-shaped chromophores composed of three fluorene-based congeners have been synthesized and shown experimentally to possess strong and widely dispersed two-photon absorptivities in the visible to near-IR region under the irradiation of femtosecond and nanosecond laser pulses. In addition, the number of electron-donating fluorenyl units incorporated in the final structure was closely connected to the molecular two-photon activities of these model compounds. Effective optical power attenuation and stabilization behaviors of these dye molecules in the nanosecond time domain were also investigated. The results indicate that such a structural motif could be useful in the molecular design of strong two-photon absorbing material systems for quick-responding and broadband optical suppressing-related applications, particularly for laser pulses with long durations in the near-IR region.

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