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Award Abstract #1229563

MRI: Development of Nonlinear Optical Spectrometer

Div Of Electrical, Commun & Cyber Sys
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Initial Amendment Date: August 13, 2012
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Latest Amendment Date: August 13, 2012
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Award Number: 1229563
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Dominique M. Dagenais
ECCS Div Of Electrical, Commun & Cyber Sys
ENG Directorate For Engineering
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Start Date: September 1, 2012
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End Date: August 31, 2015 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $494,477.00
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Investigator(s): Eric Van Stryland ewvs@creol.ucf.edu (Principal Investigator)
David Hagan (Co-Principal Investigator)
Jayan Thomas (Co-Principal Investigator)
Ayman Abouraddy (Co-Principal Investigator)
Sasan Fathpour (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: University of Central Florida
ORLANDO, FL 32816-8005 (407)882-1120
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Program Reference Code(s): 094E, 1189
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Program Element Code(s): 1189


The objective of this research is to build a Nonlinear Optical (NLO) Spectrometer that will allow the spectrum of nonlinear absorption to be measured over a range of greater than two octaves of bandwidth (<400nm to 1800nm) in ~1 hour, do this using an absolutely calibrated method and yield the dispersion of the nonlinear refractive index over the same spectral range. This instrument is transformative to the NLO field as it now takes days for a single material measurement. The approach is to base the spectrometer on the widely used and cited (>3000 citations) Z-scan technique. The optical source for the NLO Spectrometer will be an exceedingly high spectral energy density White-Light Continuum (WLC) generated in a noble gas at moderate pressure.

The intellectual merit of the proposed activity comes from the instrument?s capability to drastically increase the speed (and hence depth) of characterization of NLO materials. This new capability will allow for more rapid feedback on NLO properties to both theoreticians and synthetic chemists and other material scientists and in turn lead to the development of improved NLO materials.

The broader impacts from this great increase in data generation rate are the instrument's potential to impact several fields beyond nonlinear optics, including optical data storage, multi-photon micro-fabrication, imaging (both biological and chemical sensing), photodynamic therapy (medical), and telecommunications. Additionally, this equipment will allow undergraduate, graduate, and research scientists to benefit from a rapid characterization facility, giving the opportunity to learn more about optical field-matter interactions.


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Peceli, D.; Hu, H.; Fishman, D. A.; Webster, S.; Przhonska, O. V.; Kurdyukov, V. V.; Slominsky, Y. L.; Tolmachev, A. I.; Kachkovski, A. D.; Gerasov, A. O.; Masunov, A. E.; Hagan, D. J.; Van Stryland, E. W.,. "Enhanced Intersystem Crossing Rate in Polymethine-Like Molecules: Sulfur-Containing Squaraines versus Oxygen-Containing Analogues," J. Phys. Chem. A, v.117, 2013, p. 2333.

H. Hu, O. V. Przhonska, F. Terenziani, A. Painelli, D. Fishman, T. R. Ensley, M. Reichert, S. Webster, J. L. Bricks, A. D. Kachkovski, D. J. Hagan and E. Van Stryland. "Two-photon Absorption Spectra of a Near-Infrared 2-Azaazulene Polymethine Dye: Solvation and Ground-State Symmetry Breaking," Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys, v.15, 2013, p. 7666.

M. R. Ferdinandus, H. Hu, M. Reichert, D. J. Hagan, and E. W. Van Stryland. "Beam deflection measurement of time and polarization resolved ultrafast nonlinear refraction," Opt. Lett., v.38, 2013, p. 3518.

M. R. Ferdinandus, H. Hu, M. Reichert, D. J. Hagan, and E. W. Van Stryland. "Beam deflection measurement of time and polarization resolved ultrafast nonlinear refraction," Optics Letters, v.38, 2013, p. 3518.

M. Reichert, H. Hu, M.R. Ferdinandus, M. Seidel, P. Zhao, T.R. Ensley, D. Peceli, J.M. Reed, D.A. Fishman, S. Webster, D.J. Hagan, & E.W. Van Stryland. "Temporal, spectral, and polarization dependence of the nonlinear optical response of carbon disulfide," Optica, v.1, 2014, p. 436.

Matthew Reichert, Peng Zhao, Jennifer M. Reed, Trenton R. Ensley, David J. Hagan, and Eric W. Van Stryland. "Beam deflection measurement of bound-electronic and rotational nonlinear refraction in molecular gases," Optics Express, v.23, 2015, p. 022224. 

R.L. Gieseking, T.R. Ensley, H. Hu, D.J. Hagan, C. Risko, E.W. Van Stryland, & J-L Bredas. "Negative Third-order Polarizability of Xh4 (X=B-, C, N+, P+): A Theoretical and Experimental Analysis," Journal of the American Chemical Society, JACS, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b04377, 2015., 2015. 

Zhong?an Li, Trenton R. Ensley, Honghua Hu, Yadong Zhang, Sei-Hum Jang, Seth R. Marder, David J. Hagan, Eric W. Van Stryland, and Alex K.-Y. Jen. "Conjugated Polycyanines: A New Class of Materials with Large Third-Order Optical Nonlinearities," Advanced Materials, 2015. 


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