quadratic nonlinear optics
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Abstract 2-amino-5-nitropyridinium dihydrogen monophosphate exemplifies a new crystal engineering strategy combining mineral and organic moieties towards enhanced quadratic nonlinear optical properties. This strategy is meant to combine the advantages of mineral ionic structures (cohesion, stability, optical and other damage resistance) with those of organic molecules (structural flexibility, high optical polarizability). This organic inorganic material is designed so as to favour mutual dipolar interactions between the 2-amino-5-nitropyridinium cations and the (H2PO 4 − ) n subnetwork interlocked by hydrogen bonding in the same crystalline lattice. This approach rests on the structural features and chemical properties of (H2PO 4 − ) n polyanion. The 2A5NPDP structure reveals a polar layered arrangement. The high powder SHG efficiency of 2A5NPDP, comparable to that of state-of-the-art purely organic 3-methyl-4-nitropyridine-1-oxide (POM) crystals, confirms the validity of this approach, currently generalized to a large variety of mixed organo-mineral crystals.
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