Abstract

We report what is to our knowledge a record high value for an intrinsic two-photon absorption (TPA) cross section, σ2=11×10-47 cm4 s photon-1 molecule-1, measured with femtosecond pulses in a new dendrimer molecule comprising 29 repeat units of 4,4-bis(diphenylamino)stilbene chromophore. We measure the dependence of TPA on excitation wavelength in three consecutive generations of the dendrimer and show that the maximum σ2 value increases faster than the total number of stilbene chromophores. This result indicates that it is possible to obtain even larger σ2 values in higher generations of this dendrimer family.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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