In this presentation I will review results from a collaborative program working on the design, synthesis, characterization and application of polymethine dyes with large real third-order optical nonlinearities. In particular, I will focus on how variations in chemical structure relate to the observed nonlinearities and figures-of-merits required for all-optical switching applications. I will then describe recent studies to develop dyes that can be used for their third-order nonlinear optical properties at high number density in the solid state.
Acknowledgements: This work was supported in part by the NSF CMDITR Science and Technology Center (Grant DMR-0120967), the DARPA MORPH and ZOE (W31P4Q-09-1-0012) programs, and a MURI though the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (FA9550-10-1-0558).
Prof. Andrew Lyon (404-894-8222)