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Multiphoton processes, predicted theoretically in 1931, were for a long time considered to be mainly of academic interest. This view changed when it was shown that a two-photon absorption process could, because of a quadratic dependence of excitation on intensity, produce a spatially confined excitation useful for three-dimensional data storage and imaging.… (More)
A novel fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) system containing a two-photon absorbing dye and a nile red chromophore has been synthesized. Upon two-photon excitation by laser at 815 nm this molecule displays efficient energy transfer from the two-photon absorbing dye to the nile red moiety, with an 8-fold increase in emission compared to the model… (More)
The first, highly two-photon active C60 derivative comprised of a A-sp3-D conjugate structure was synthesized showing effective two-photon absorption cross-sections (sigma 2' = 196 x 10(-48) cm4 sec-1 molecule-1) in the nanosecond regime among the best values for diphenylaminofluorene-based AFX chromophores.
Two-photon absorption excited intramolecular energy transfer and light-harvesting effects are demonstrated in three novel dendritic systems. These systems contain both an antenna structure that can effectively absorb two-photon energy at approximately 800 nm and emit fluorescence at approximately 515 nm and a core moiety that can absorb one-photon energy at… (More)
Degenerate two-photon absorption (TPA) spectral properties of five AFX chromophore solutions have been studied using a single and spectrally dispersed sub-picosecond white-light continuum beam. In a specially designed optical configuration, optical pathways inside the sample solution for different spectral components of the focused continuum beam were… (More)
A caged carboxylic acid with a novel two-photon (TP)-responsive donor-π-donor coumarin backbone with a quadrupolar nature was designed and synthesized in this study. The newly synthesized coumarin derivative showed a strong one-photon (OP) absorption band (ε ≈ 29000 cm-1 M-1) in the visible region (>∼400 nm). Time-dependent density functional theory… (More)
A frequency-unshifted and backward stimulated Rayleigh scattering can be produced in a linearly transparent but two-photon absorbing medium. Using a novel two-photon active dye solution as the nonlinear medium pumped by 532-nm and ~10-ns laser pulses, a highly directional backward stimulated scattering at the pump wavelength can be readily observed. The… (More)
Azo-containing materials have been proven to possess second-order nonlinear optical (NLO) properties, but their third-order NLO properties, which involves two-photon absorption (2PA), has rarely been reported. In this study, we demonstrate a significant 2PA behavior of the novel azo chromophore incorporated with bilateral diphenylaminofluorenes (DPAFs) as a… (More)
A new multipolar fluorophore based on a multi-substituted olefin skeleton that possesses strong three-photon absorption and optical-limiting properties in the femtosecond regime has been designed and synthesized; this archetype suggests a new strategy to further optimize molecular structures toward enhanced nonlinear absorptivities based on known materials.
We present a new technique for direct measurements of degenerate two-photon absorption (TPA) spectra of two-photon absorbing materials including non-fluorescent samples. This technique is based on the use of an intense single continuum-generation beam as the coherent whitelight source with specially flattened spectral distribution. The different spectral… (More)