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- All-optical switchings of 3-hydroxyflavone in different solvents
- Wu, Feng; Lin, Lie; Li, Xiang-Ping; Yu, Ya-Xin; Zhang, Gui-Lan; Chen, Wen-Ju
- 3-hydroxyflavone (3-HF) is an organic molecule with an excited-stated intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) effect. All-optical switchings and beam deflections of 3-HF in three kinds of solvents (cyclohexane, ethanol and dimethyl sulfoxide) have been investigated by using the third-harmonic generation (355nm) of a mode-locked Nd:YAG laser as a pump beam and a continuous-wave (cw) He-Ne laser (632.8 nm) as a probe beam. The nonlinear refractive indices of 3-HF in the three different solvents are determined by using the Z-scan technique under an ultraviolet (UV) pump beam at a wavelength of 355 nm. It has been found that the optical switching and beam deflection effects result from the change in refractive index of 3-HF under the irradiation of the pump beam. On the basis of the analyses of absorption spectra and fluorescence spectra, we conclude that the change in refractive index of 3-HF is due to not the thermal effect but the ESIPT effect of 3-HF under the pump beam. As the ESIPT is exceedingly fast, 3-HF might be an excellent candidate for high-speed optical switching.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- Chinese Physics B, Vol. 17, no. 4 (Apr 2008), pp. 1461-1466
- Publication year
- 3HF; 3-hydroxyflavone; All-optical switching; ESIPT; Excited-state intramolecular proton transfer; Nonlinear
- Institute of Physics Publishing
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- Copyright © 2008 Chinese Physical Society and IOP Publishing Ltd.
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