Organic Nonlinear Optical Materials provides an extensive description of the preparation and characterization of organic materials for applications in nonlinear and electro-optics. The book discusses the fundamental optimization and practical limitations of a number of figures of merit for various optical parameters and gives a clinical appraisal of the potential of organic materials for applicators in optical technology. Among the topics addressed are the basic molecular design of ;nonlinear optical chromophores, fundamentals and novel techniques of organic crystal growth, preparation and characterization of Langmuir-Blodgett and polymer films, experimental methods for determining microscopic and macroscopic optical properties. Also included is a discussion of first results of the photorefractive effect in organic crystals and the potential of organics for photorefractive applications, as well as an extensive review of published linear and nonlinear optical measurement of organic materials.
Introduction. Organic Electro-optic Compounds. Nonlinear Optics and Electro-optics. Crystal Growth of Organic Materials. Langmuir-Bloddgett Films. Electro-optic and Nonlinear Optical Polymers. Experimental Methods. Nonlinear Optical and Electro-optic Properties of Organic Compounds. Electro-optics and Nonlinear Optics in Waveguides. Photorefractive Effects in Organic Materials. References.