Two-photon absorbing organic chromophores for optical limiting

J. E. Ehrlich, X. L. Wu, I. Y.S. Lee, A. A. Heikal, Z. Y. Hu, H. Rockel, S. R. Marder, J. W. Perry

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Strong optical limiting and large two-photon absorptivities are reported for a class of bis-donor diphenylpolyene derivatives with varying polyene bridge lengths. These molecules exhibit strong optical limiting using nanosecond pulses over a broad spectral range. Bis(diphenylamino)stilbene exhibits a 90 nm red shift of its optical limiting band, and only a minimal shift of about 13 nm of its lowest one-photon electronic absorption band relative to bis(di-n-butylamino)stilbene. This suggests a potential for broadband optical limiting with high transparency using mixtures of such compounds. Pulse width dependent nonlinear transmission measurements suggest that two-photon pumped excited-state absorption contributes significantly to the limiting of nanosecond pulses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 MRS Spring Meeting - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Mar 31 1997Apr 2 1997

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