The second-order nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of [Ln(hfac)(3)(diglyme)] (hfac = hexafluoroacetylacetonate; diglyme = bis(2-methoxyethyl)ether; Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Sm, Eu, Gd, Er, Lu) complexes have been investigated by a combination of electric-field second harmonic generation (EFISH) and harmonic light scattering (HLS) techniques, providing evidence for the relevant role of f electrons in tuning the second-order NLO response dominated by the octupolar contribution. These lanthanide NLO chromophores allow a clean valuation of the influence of f electrons on the quadratic hyperpolarizability and on its dipolar and octupolar contributions. Molecular quadratic hyperpolarizability values measured by the EFISH method, beta(EFISH), initially increase rapidly with the number of f electrons, the value for the Gd complex being 11 times that of the La complex, whereas this increase is much lower for the last seven f electrons, the beta(EFISH) value of the Lu complex being only 1.2 times that of the Gd complex. The increase of <beta(HLS)>, which is dominated by an octupolar contribution, is much lower along the Ln series. Remarkably, the good <beta(HLS)> values of these simple systems, well known for their luminescence properties, are reached at no cost of transparency.
|Titolo:||Fluorinated beta-Diketonate Diglyme Lanthanide Complexes as New Second-Order Nonlinear Optical Chromophores: The Role of f Electrons in the Dipolar and Octupolar Contribution to Quadratic Hyperpolarizability RID F-4514-2011|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|