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Title: Third order nonlinear optical susceptibility of Cu:Al₂O₃ nanocomposites: from spherical nanoparticles to the percolation threshold
Authors: Coso, Raul del; Requejo-Isidro, José; Solís Céspedes, Javier; Gonzalo de los Reyes, José; Afonso, Carmen N.
Keywords: [PACS] Collective excitations (including excitons, polarons, plasmons and other charge-density excitations)
[PACS] Fine-particle systems
[PACS] Beam trapping, self-focusing and defocusing; self-phase modulation
Issue Date: 19-Feb-2004
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Citation: Journal of Appled Physics 95(5): 2755-2762 (2004)
Abstract: The third order optical susceptibility of metal-dielectric nanocomposite films (Cu:Al₂O₃) has been determined by degenerate four wave mixing. The films have been synthesized by alternate pulsed laser deposition and consisted of Cu nanoparticles in an amorphous Al₂O₃ matrix. They have metal volume fractions, p, ranging from 0.07 to 0.45, and morphologies that range from spherical particles (diameter, ⌀~2 nm) to a random network when close to the percolation threshold. In nanocomposites containing isolated oblate spheroids (p≤0.17), the optical response at wavelengths close to that of the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) can be described in the frame of the Maxwell-Garnett effective medium theory. Above the particle coalescence threshold, in nanocomposites with higher Cu content (p≥0.2), both the linear absorption in the near-infrared and the third order nonlinear optical susceptibility at the SPR are greatly enhanced, the latter achieving values as high as 1.8X10⁻⁷ esu. These results are discussed in terms of multipolar interactions among particles and giant local resonance effects that appear as a consequence of the particle coalescence and the increase in size of the nanocrystals.
Description: 8 pags. ; 5 figs.
Publisher version (URL): http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.1643779
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10261/45757
DOI: 10.1063/1.1643779
ISSN: 0021-8979
E-ISSN: 1089-7550
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