Abstract

We demonstrate the possibility of controlling the symmetry properties of photoinduced χ2 macroscopic susceptibility in polymer films. Ellipsometric adjustment of the write beams allows one to monitor the macroscopic χ2 symmetry from a dipolar to an octupolar configuration. Experimental results are in agreement with an irreducible spherical tensor-based model jointly applied to the molecular β hyperpolarizability and field tensors. We found a purely octupolar polarization-independent photoinduced second-harmonic-generation response in a Dispersed Red  1–methyl methacrylate thin film. Such a configuration, as generated by an octupolar tensor write field tensor made up of counterclockwise circularly polarized ω and 2ω beams, is not within the reach of the classical electric-field poling technique.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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