Optical control of third-harmonic generation in azo-doped polymethylmethacrylate thin films

Churikov, Victor M.; Hsu, Chia Chen; Chia Chen Hsu
October 2000
Applied Physics Letters;10/2/2000, Vol. 77 Issue 14
Academic Journal
The possibility of controlling third-harmonic generation in polymethylmethacrylate doped with disperse red 1 via exposition by frequency-doubled and fundamental radiation of a Nd:YAG laser is demonstrated. It was possible to change the third-harmonic efficiency up to four times depending on pumping intensity. The change was completely reversible after 15 min of dark relaxation in the case of pumping the sample with the second harmonic. This effect is attributed to the reversible change of third-order susceptibility due to trans-to-cis isomerization of azo-bond molecules. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


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