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Opt Lett. 2000 Jul 1;25(13):960-2.

Real-time monitoring of all-optical poling of azo-dye polymer thin film.


Simultaneous writing and probing of photoinduced second-order susceptibility chi((2)) in an azo-dye polymer thin film is demonstrated. The method is based on the fact that tensor properties of chi((2)) provide different planes of polarization for seeding and signal second harmonics. Our technique allows the chi((2)) value to be monitored in real time, completely eliminating the distortion of optical poling that can occur in traditional probing configurations. The possibility of attaining high values of chi((2)) in a DR1-PMMA guest¿host system under low seeding intensities is shown.

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