Abstract

The nonlinear refractive index dependence on the incident light polarization state has been studied for pure chloroform and chloroform solutions of aminobenziliden-1,3-indandione derivatives. Measurements were done with linearly, elliptically, and circularly polarized light using 8 ns and 30 ps pulse duration 1064 nm lasers. This allows us to separate the electronic response, molecular reorientation, and thermo-optical components of the nonlinear refractive index. The refractive index variations with the change of laser pulse repetition rate were employed to identify the presence of the thermo-optical effect. Quantum chemical calculations of linear polarizability were used to estimate the magnitude of molecular-reorientation-induced refractive index changes for solvents and solutions. Overall, in this paper we have outlined various essential aspects that need to be taken into account to correctly interpret Z-scan measurement results for organic solvents and solutions.

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