Nathan J. Begue

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The application of nonlinear optical Stokes ellipsometry (NOSE) coupled with principal component analysis (PCA) is demonstrated for the chemically selective analysis of molecular monolayers. NOSE allows for rapid polarization measurements of nonlinear optical materials and thin surface films, which in turn benefits from comparably fast data analysis(More)
Vertically aligned, ordered arrays of silicon nanowires capped with a porous top electrode are used to detect gas phase ammonia and nitrogen dioxide in humidified air. The sensors had very fast response times and large signal-to-noise ratios. Calibration curves were created using both an initial slope method and a fixed-time point method. The initial-slope(More)
A simple beam-scanning optical design based on Lissajous trajectory imaging is described for achieving up to kHz frame-rate optical imaging on multiple simultaneous data acquisition channels. In brief, two fast-scan resonant mirrors direct the optical beam on a circuitous trajectory through the field of view, with the trajectory repeat-time given by the(More)
A data analysis and visualization program was developed to assist in the interpretation of second-order nonlinear optical (NLO) processes, including vibrational sum-frequency generation and electronically resonant second harmonic generation. A novel diagrammatic approach allows concise visual representations of the resonant NLO molecular response. By(More)
The unique symmetry properties of chiral systems allow the emergence of coherent second harmonic generation in polymeric materials lacking polar order. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) treated with the surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium (CTMA) was drop-cast to spontaneously form films that are active for coherent second harmonic generation (SHG). SHG images(More)
During the development of automated computational methods to detect minute compositional changes in fuels, it became apparent that peak selection through the spectral deconvolution of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) data is limited by the complexity and noise levels inherent in the data. Specifically, current techniques are not capable of(More)
A perturbation theory approach was developed for predicting the vibrational and electronic second-order nonlinear optical (NLO) polarizabilities of materials and macromolecules comprised of many coupled chromophores, with an emphasis on common protein secondary structural motifs. The polarization-dependent NLO properties of electronic and vibrational(More)
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