Linear and nonlinear optical properties of polymeric Langmuir-Blodgett films

T. L. Penner, C. S. Willand, D. R. Robello, J. S. Schildkraut, A. Ulman

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We have prepared Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer and multilayer films of a polymeric amphiphile with a side chain containing a chromophore of high molecular hyperpolarizability for second order nonlinear optics. Using optical techniques including polarized transmission and attenuated total reflectance spectroscopies, second harmonic generation, and ellipsometry, we have characterized the orientational order of the chromophore and other polymer groups in the films. The high degree of chromophoric order seen in these films indicates that such polymers are good candidates as materials to fabricate Langmuir-Blodgett films for nonlinear optical applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-178
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1991
EventPhotochemistry and Photoelectrochemistry of Organic and Inorganic Molecular Thin Films - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Duration: Jan 23 1991Jan 24 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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