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  1. Optical Cherenkov radiation in ultrafast cascaded second-harmonic generation

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    Bache, M.; Bang, O.; Zhou, B. B.; Moses, J.; Wise, F. W.

    2010-12-01

    We show through theory and numerics that when few-cycle femtosecond solitons are generated through cascaded (phase-mismatched) second-harmonic generation, these broadband solitons can emit optical Cherenkov radiation in the form of linear dispersive waves located in the red part of the spectrum. The beating between the dispersive wave and the soliton generates trailing temporal oscillations on the compressed soliton. Insertion of a simple short-wave pass filter after the crystal can restore a clean soliton. On the other hand, bandpass filtering around the dispersive wave peak results in near-transform-limited ultrashort mid-IR pulses with pulse durations much shorter than the input near-IR pulse. The Cherenkov radiation for the crystal considered (β-barium borate) is found for pump wavelengths in the range λ=0.95-1.45μm, and is located in the regime λ=1.5-3.5μm. For shorter pump wavelengths, the phase-matching point is located in the absorption region of the crystal, effectively absorbing the generated dispersive wave. By calculating the phase-matching curves for typically used frequency conversion crystals, we point out that the mid-IR absorption in the crystal in many cases automatically will filter away the dispersive wave. Finally, an investigation of recent experimental results uncovers a four-wave-mixing phenomenon related to Cherenkov radiation that is an additional generation mechanism of long-wavelength radiation that can occur during soliton compression. We discuss the conditions that lead to this alternative dynamics rather than generation of Cherenkov radiation.

  2. Microscopic approach to second harmonic generation in quantum cascade lasers.

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    Winge, David O; Lindskog, Martin; Wacker, Andreas

    2014-07-28

    Second harmonic generation is analyzed from a microscopical point of view using a non-equilibrium Green's function formalism. Through this approach the complete on-state of the laser can be modeled and results are compared to experiment with good agreement. In addition, higher order current response is extracted from the calculations and together with waveguide properties, these currents provide the intensity of the second harmonic in the structure considered. This power is compared to experimental results, also with good agreement. Furthermore, our results, which contain all coherences in the system, allow to check the validity of common simplified expressions. PMID:25089458

  3. Resonant cascaded surface-emitting second-harmonic generation: a strong third-order nonlinear process.

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    Khurgin, J B; Ding, Y J

    1994-07-15

    A novel practical scheme for implementation of the cascaded nonlinearity with surface-emitting second-harmonic generation in the Fabry-Perot cavity is presented. We show that such a scheme can be efficiently used for optical limiting and optical phase conjugation at a pump power of lessthan 100 mW. PMID:19844518

  4. Genetic algorithm applied to the optimization of quantum cascade lasers with second harmonic generation

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    Gajić, A.; Radovanović, J. Milanović, V.; Indjin, D.; Ikonić, Z.

    2014-02-07

    A computational model for the optimization of the second order optical nonlinearities in GaInAs/AlInAs quantum cascade laser structures is presented. The set of structure parameters that lead to improved device performance was obtained through the implementation of the Genetic Algorithm. In the following step, the linear and second harmonic generation power were calculated by self-consistently solving the system of rate equations for carriers and photons. This rate equation system included both stimulated and simultaneous double photon absorption processes that occur between the levels relevant for second harmonic generation, and material-dependent effective mass, as well as band nonparabolicity, were taken into account. The developed method is general, in the sense that it can be applied to any higher order effect, which requires the photon density equation to be included. Specifically, we have addressed the optimization of the active region of a double quantum well In{sub 0.53}Ga{sub 0.47}As/Al{sub 0.48}In{sub 0.52}As structure and presented its output characteristics.

  5. Walk off compensation, multicrystal, cascaded, single pass, second harmonic generation in LBO

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    Ji, B.; Zheng, X. S.; Cai, Z. P.; Xu, H. Y.; Jia, F. Q.

    2012-09-01

    Walk off compensation and multi crystal (MC) cascaded single pass second harmonic generation (SP-SHG) in LBO was combined to improve the SHG conversion efficiency. We report a simple and compact implementation for (SP-SHG) of radiation, based on a cascaded multicrystal (MC) scheme that can provide high conversion efficiency without other focusing device, the enhancement factor of 2.9 was realized. At an incident pump power of 20 W, the average power of 6.1 W and pulse width of 12 ns green laser was obtained at a repetition rate of 42.4 kHz, corresponding to a peak power of 12 kW and single pulse energy of 144 μJ. The optical to optical conversion efficiency from diode to green and from IR to green laser are about 30.5 and 67.8%, the whole length of this system is about 150 mm, the output fluctuation of this system is less than 5% in 2 h.

  6. Temporal contrast enhancement for optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers by adopting cascaded second harmonic generation pump

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    Deng, Qinghua; Zeng, Xiaoming; Jiang, Dongbin; Xie, Na; Zhou, Kainan; Wang, Xuemin; Li, Weihua; Wu, Weidong; Ding, Lei

    2016-07-01

    We report on a method to enhance the temporal contrast of optical parametric chirped-pulse amplifiers (OPCPAs) by smoothing pump noise. The instantaneous parametric gain in OPCPA couples the temporal modulation on the pump pulses to spectral variations of the intensity of the stretched signal pulses being amplified. In this way, pump noise significantly degrades the temporal contrast of the amplified pulses after recompression. Cascaded second harmonic generation (SHG) is adopted to smooth modulation on the pump pulses in the proposed method. Apparent reduction of modulation on the pump pulses is observed in the experiments. Numerical simulation reproduces the experimental results. Simulation results show that cascaded SHG with stable output 2 ω can enhance the temporal contrast for OPCPAs with four to five orders. It is believed that this new method can be widely adopted to build high-contrast OPCPA systems.

  7. Broadband wavelength converters with flattop responses based on cascaded second-harmonic generation and difference frequency generation in Bessel-chirped gratings.

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    Liu, Tao; Djordjevic, Ivan B; Song, Zekun; Chen, Ying; Zhang, Rongxiang; Zhang, Ke; Zhao, Wei; Li, Baogang

    2016-05-16

    We investigate ultra-broadband wavelength converters based on cascaded second-harmonic generation and difference frequency generation using Bessel-chirped gratings (BCGs) in lithium niobate waveguides, and compare them to the ones using uniform grating and segmented grating, respectively. For the same length and power, the BCGs show broader bandwidth than the other two types of grating. The ripple of the matching response is very small as well. Analysis also shows that almost the same conversion bandwidth and maximum conversion efficiency with tolerant response flatness can be achieved when the manufacturing tolerance of the waveguide length is smaller than 0.1 cm. PMID:27409916

  8. Second harmonic FEL oscillation

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    Neil, George R.; Benson, S. V.; Biallas, G.; Freund, H. P.; Gubeli, J.; Jordan, K.; Myers, S.; Shinn, M. D.

    2002-05-01

    We have produced and measured for the first time second harmonic oscillation in the infrared region by the high-average-power Jefferson Lab Infrared Free Electron Laser. The finite geometry and beam emittance allows sufficient gain for lasing to occur. We were able to lase at pulse rates up to 74.85 MHz and could produce over 4.5 W average and 40 kW peak of IR power in a 40 nm FWHM bandwidth at 2925 nm. In agreement with predictions, the source preferentially lased in a TEM 01 mode. We present results of initial source performance measurements and comparisons with theory and simulation.

  9. Second Harmonic FEL Oscillation

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    Neil, George R.; Benson, S. V.; Biallas, G.; Gubeli, J.; Jordan, K.; Myers, S.; Shinn, M. D.

    2001-08-01

    We have produced and measured for the first time second harmonic oscillation in the infrared region by a free electron laser. Although such lasing is ideally forbidden, since the gain of a plane wave is zero on axis for an electron beam perfectly aligned with a wiggler, a transverse mode antisymmetry allows sufficient gain in this experiment for lasing to occur. We lased at pulse rates up to 74.85 MHz and could produce over 4.5 W average and 40 kW peak of IR power in a 40 nm FWHM bandwidth at 2925 nm. In agreement with predictions, the source preferentially lased in a TEM01 mode.

  10. SURFACE ENHANCED SECOND HARMONIC GENERATION

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    Chen, C. K.; de Castro, A. R.B.; Shen, Y. R.

    1980-09-01

    Second harmonic generation at a silver-air interface was enhanced due to surface roughness by a factor of 10{sup 4}. The local field enhancement is believed to be responsible for the effect. An unusually broad luminescence background extending far beyond the antiStokes side of the second harmonic was also observed.

  11. Resonance Thirring solitons in type II second-harmonic generation

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    Trillo, Stefano

    1996-11-01

    It is shown that second-harmonic generation in a grating allows one to cancel the group-velocity difference between two polarization components at fundamental by means of nonlinearly induced phase shifts. This occurs when a new type of cascading soliton propagates on resonance.

  12. Imaging Collagen Orientation Using Polarization-Modulated Second Harmonic Generation

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    Stoller, P; Celliers, P M; Reiser, K M; Rubenchik, A M

    2002-01-10

    We use polarization-modulated second harmonic generation to image fiber orientation in collagen tissues, with an axial resolution of about 10 {micro}m and a transverse resolution of up to 1 {micro}m. A linearly polarized ultra-short pulse (200 fs) Ti:Sapphire laser beam is modulated using an electro-optic modulator and quarter-wave plate combination and focused onto a translation stage mounted sample using a microscope objective. The generated second harmonic light is collected using a photomultiplier tube and demodulated using phase sensitive detection to obtain signal intensity and fiber orientation information. In order to obtain second harmonic generation images of different types of collagen organization, we analyze several different tissues, including rat-tail tendon, mouse aorta, mouse fibrotic liver, and porcine skin. We can use our technique to image fibrotic tissue in histological sections of damaged liver and to identify burned tissue in porcine skin to a depth of a few hundred microns. Polarization-modulated second harmonic generation potentially could be a useful clinical technique for diagnosing collagen related disease or damage, especially in the skin.

  13. Discrete quadratic solitons with competing second-harmonic components

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    Setzpfandt, Frank; Pertsch, Thomas; Sukhorukov, Andrey A.

    2011-11-15

    We describe families of discrete solitons in quadratic waveguide arrays supported by competing cascaded nonlinear interactions between one fundamental and two second-harmonic modes. We characterize the existence, stability, and excitation dynamics of these solitons and show that their features may resemble those of solitons in saturable media. Our results also demonstrate that a power threshold may appear for soliton formation, leading to a suppression of beam self-focusing which explains recent experimental observations.

  14. Organometallic Salts Generate Optical Second Harmonics

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    Marder, Seth R.; Perry, Joseph W.

    1991-01-01

    Series of organometallic salts exhibit large second-order dielectric susceptibilities, as evidenced by generation of second harmonics when illuminated at visible and near-infrared wavelengths. Investigations of these and related compounds continue with view toward development of materials for use as optical second-harmonic generators, electro-optical modulators, optical switches, piezoelectric sensors, and parametric crystals.

  15. Imaging with Second-Harmonic Generation Nanoparticles

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    Hsieh, Chia-Lung

    Second-harmonic generation nanoparticles show promise as imaging probes due to their coherent and stable signal with a broad flexibility in the choice of excitation wavelength. In this thesis, we developed and demonstrated barium titanate nanoparticles as second-harmonic radiation imaging probes. We studied the absolute second-harmonic generation efficiency of the nanoparticles on single-particle level. The polarization dependent second-harmonic signal of single nanoparticles was studied in detail. From the measured polar response, we were able to find the orientation of the nanoparticle. We developed a biochemical interface for using the second-harmonic nanoprobes as biomarkers, including in vitro cellular imaging and in vivo live animal imaging. The nanoparticles were surface functionalized with primary amine groups for stable colloidal dispersion. We achieved specific labeling of the second-harmonic nanoprobes via immunostaining where the antibodies were covalently conjugated onto the nanoparticles. We observed no toxicity of the functionalized nanoparticles to biological cells. The coherent second-harmonic signal radiated from the nanoparticles offers opportunities for new imaging techniques. Using interferometric detection, namely harmonic holography, both amplitude and phase of the second-harmonic field can be captured. Through digital beam propagation, three-dimensional field distribution, reflecting three-dimensional distribution of the nanoparticles, can be reconstructed. We achieved a scan-free three-dimensional imaging of nanoparticles in biological cells with sub-micron spatial resolution by using the harmonic holographic microscope. We further exploited the coherent second-harmonic signal for imaging through scattering media by performing optical phase conjugation of the second-harmonic signal. We demonstrated an all-digital optical phase conjugation of the second-harmonic signal originated from a nanoparticle by combining harmonic holography and

  16. Fast interferometric second harmonic generation microscopy

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    Bancelin, Stéphane; Couture, Charles-André; Légaré, Katherine; Pinsard, Maxime; Rivard, Maxime; Brown, Cameron; Légaré, François

    2016-01-01

    We report the implementation of fast Interferometric Second Harmonic Generation (I-SHG) microscopy to study the polarity of non-centrosymmetric structures in biological tissues. Using a sample quartz plate, we calibrate the spatially varying phase shift introduced by the laser scanning system. Compensating this phase shift allows us to retrieve the correct phase distribution in periodically poled lithium niobate, used as a model sample. Finally, we used fast interferometric second harmonic generation microscopy to acquire phase images in tendon. Our results show that the method exposed here, using a laser scanning system, allows to recover the polarity of collagen fibrils, similarly to standard I-SHG (using a sample scanning system), but with an imaging time about 40 times shorter. PMID:26977349

  17. Possible second harmonic gyroemission at Uranus

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    Menietti, J. D.; Curran, D. B.

    1990-01-01

    During the inbound trajectory toward Uranus, the Planetary Radio Astronomy Instrument on board the Voyager 2 spacecraft observed narrow-band smooth (n-smooth) emission at frequencies centered near 60 kHz. By assuming models of the plasma density for the dayside magnetosphere of Uranus and by using cold plasma theory together with stringent observational constraints, ray-tracing calculations were performed to determine the source location and mode of the n-smooth emission. Ray-tracing calculations suggest that the n-smooth emission with sources near the magnetic equator may be fundamental X mode for certain conditions or second harmonic gyroemission. If the emission is second harmonic gyroemission, the fundamental emission at 30 kHz is expected but apparently not observed. These findings are discussed in the context of the most recent developments in the theory of the cyclotron maser instability.

  18. Second harmonic generation and sum frequency generation

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    Pellin, M.J.; Biwer, B.M.; Schauer, M.W.; Frye, J.M.; Gruen, D.M.

    1990-01-01

    Second harmonic generation and sum frequency generation are increasingly being used as in situ surface probes. These techniques are coherent and inherently surface sensitive by the nature of the mediums response to intense laser light. Here we will review these two techniques using aqueous corrosion as an example problem. Aqueous corrosion of technologically important materials such as Fe, Ni and Cr proceeds from a reduced metal surface with layer by layer growth of oxide films mitigated by compositional changes in the chemical makeup of the growing film. Passivation of the metal surface is achieved after growth of only a few tens of atomic layers of metal oxide. Surface Second Harmonic Generation and a related nonlinear laser technique, Sum Frequency Generation have demonstrated an ability to probe the surface composition of growing films even in the presence of aqueous solutions. 96 refs., 4 figs.

  19. Efficient Forward Second-Harmonic Generation from Planar Archimedean Nanospirals

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    Davidson, Roderick B.; Ziegler, Jed I.; Vargas, Guillermo; Avanesyan, Sergey M.; Gong, Yu; Hess, Wayne P.; Haglund Jr., Richard F.

    2015-01-21

    The enhanced electric field at plasmonic resonances in nanoscale antennas can lead to efficient harmonic generation, especially when the plasmonic geometry is asymmetric on either inter-particle or intra-particle levels. The planar Archimedean nanospiral offers a unique geometrical asymmetry for second-harmonic generation (SHG) because the SHG results neither from arranging centrosymmetric nanoparticles in asymmetric groupings, nor from noncentrosymmetric nanoparticles that retain a local axis of symmetry. Here we report forward SHG from planar arrays of Archimedean nanospirals using 15 fs pulse from a Ti:sapphire oscillator tuned to 800 nm wavelength. The measured harmonic-generation efficiencies are 2.6•10-9, 8•10-9 and 1.3•10-8 for left-handed circular, linear, and right-handed circular polarizations, respectively.

  20. Cascaded second-harmonic generation, summation of the wave vectors of the bulk defect-deformation waves, and generation of multimode micro- and nanostructures by laser irradiation of solids

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    Emel'yanov, Vladimir I

    2011-02-28

    We consider for the first time three-wave interactions of bulk quasi-static defect-deformation (DD) waves (generation of the second DD harmonic and summation of the wave vectors), similar to three-wave interactions in nonlinear optics and acoustics, leading to cascaded broadening of the spectrum of spatial DD harmonics. Based on the theory developed, we interpret the recently observed effect of laser-induced generation of the bulk periodic structure of silver nanoparticles with a discrete spatial spectrum, extending from micro- to nanometres. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  1. Cascaded second-harmonic generation, summation of the wave vectors of the bulk defect-deformation waves, and generation of multimode micro- and nanostructures by laser irradiation of solids

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    Emel'yanov, Vladimir I.

    2011-02-01

    We consider for the first time three-wave interactions of bulk quasi-static defect-deformation (DD) waves (generation of the second DD harmonic and summation of the wave vectors), similar to three-wave interactions in nonlinear optics and acoustics, leading to cascaded broadening of the spectrum of spatial DD harmonics. Based on the theory developed, we interpret the recently observed effect of laser-induced generation of the bulk periodic structure of silver nanoparticles with a discrete spatial spectrum, extending from micro- to nanometres.

  2. Generating Second Harmonics In Nonlinear Resonant Cavities

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    Kozlovsky, William J.; Nabors, C. David; Byer, Robert L.

    1990-01-01

    Single-axial-mode lasers pump very-low-loss doubling crystals. Important advance in making resonant generation of second harmonics possible for diode-laser-pumped solid-state lasers is recent development of monolithic nonplanar ring geometries in neodymium:yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) lasers that produce frequency-stable single-mode outputs. Other advance is development of high-quality MgO:LiNbO3 as electro-optically nonlinear material. Series of experiments devised to improve doubling efficiency of low-power lasers, and particularly of diode-laser-pumped continuous-wave Nd:YAG lasers.

  3. Promoting Spontaneous Second Harmonic Generation through Organogelation.

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    Marco, A Belén; Aparicio, Fátima; Faour, Lara; Iliopoulos, Konstantinos; Morille, Yohann; Allain, Magali; Franco, Santiago; Andreu, Raquel; Sahraoui, Bouchta; Gindre, Denis; Canevet, David; Sallé, Marc

    2016-07-27

    An organogelator based on the Disperse Red nonlinear optical chromophore was synthesized according to a simple and efficient three-step procedure. The supramolecular gel organization leads to xerogels which display a spontaneous second harmonic generation (SHG) response without any need for preprocessing, and this SHG activity appears to be stable over several months. These findings, based on an intrinsic structural approach, are supported by favorable intermolecular supramolecular interactions, which promote a locally non-centrosymmetric NLO-active organization. This is in sharp contrast with most materials designed for SHG purposes, which generally require the use of expensive or heavy-to-handle external techniques for managing the dipoles' alignment. PMID:27415660

  4. The IPNS second harmonic RF upgrade.

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    Middendorf, M. E.; Brumwell, F. R.; Dooling, J. C.; Horan, D.; Kustom, R. L.; Lien, M. K.; McMichael, G. E.; Moser, M. R.; Nassiri, A.; Wang, S.; Accelerator Systems Division

    2008-01-01

    The intense pulsed neutron source (IPNS) rapid cycling synchrotron (RCS) is used to accelerate protons from 50 MeV to 450 MeV, at a repetition rate of 30 Hz. The original ring design included two identical rf systems, each consisting of an accelerating cavity, cavity bias supply, power amplifiers and low-level analog electronics. The original cavities are located 180 degrees apart in the ring and provide a total peak accelerating voltage of {approx}21 kV over the 2.21-MHz to 5.14-MHz revolution frequency sweep. A third rf system has been constructed and installed in the RCS. The third rf system is capable of operating at the fundamental revolution frequency for the entire acceleration cycle, providing an additional peak accelerating voltage of up to {approx}11 kV, or at the second harmonic of the revolution frequency for the first {approx}4 ms of the acceleration cycle, providing an additional peak voltage of up to {approx}11 kV for bunch shape control. We describe here the hardware implementation and operation to date of the third rf cavity in the second harmonic mode.

  5. Transient regime in second harmonic generation

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    Szeftel, Jacob; Sandeau, Laure; Sandeau, Nicolas; Delezoide, Camille; Khater, Antoine

    2013-09-01

    The time growth of the electromagnetic field at the fundamental and double frequencies is studied from the very onset of the second harmonic generation (SHG) process for a set of dipoles lacking a symmetry centre and exhibiting a nonresonant coupling with a classical electromagnetic field. This approach consists first of solving the Schrödinger equation by applying a generalised Rabi rotation to the Hamiltonian describing the light-dipole interaction. This rotation has been devised for the resulting Hamiltonian to show up time-independent for both components of the electromagnetic field at the fundamental frequency and the second harmonic one. Then an energy conservation argument, derived from the Poynting theorem, is introduced to work out an additional relationship between the electromagnetic field and its associated electric polarisation. Finally this analysis yields the full time behaviour of all physical quantities of interest. The calculated results reproduce accurately both the observed spatial oscillations of the SHG intensity (Maker's fringes) and its power law dependence on the intensity of the incoming light at the fundamental frequency.

  6. Lens-less surface second harmonic imaging.

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    Sly, Krystal L; Nguyen, Trang T; Conboy, John C

    2012-09-24

    Lens-less surface second harmonic generation imaging (SSHGI) is used to image an SHG active molecule, (S)-(+)-1,1'-bi-2-naphthol (SBN), incorporated into a lipid bilayer patterned with the 1951 United States Air Force resolution test target. Data show the coherent plane-wave nature of SHG allows direct imaging without the aid of a lens system. Lens-less SSHGI readily resolves line-widths as small as 223 μm at an object-image distance of 7.6 cm and line-widths of 397 μm at distances as far as 30 cm. Lens-less SSHGI simplifies the detection method, raises photon collection efficiency, and expands the field-of-view. These advantages allow greater throughput and make lens-less SSHGI a potentially valuable detection method for biosensors and medical diagnostics. PMID:23037346

  7. Second-harmonic generation with Bessel beams

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    Shatrovoy, Oleg

    We present the results of a numerical simulation tool for modeling the second-harmonic generation (SHG) interaction experienced by a diffracting beam. This code is used to study the simultaneous frequency and spatial profile conversion of a truncated Bessel beam that closely resembles a higher-order mode (HOM) of an optical fiber. SHG with Bessel beams has been investigated in the past and was determined have limited value because it is less efficient than SHG with a Gaussian beam in the undepleted pump regime. This thesis considers, for the first time to the best of our knowledge, whether most of the power from a Bessel-like beam could be converted into a second-harmonic beam (full depletion), as is the case with a Gaussian beam. We study this problem because using HOMs for fiber lasers and amplifiers allows reduced optical intensities, which mitigates nonlinearities, and is one possible way to increase the available output powers of fiber laser systems. The chief disadvantage of using HOM fiber amplifiers is the spatial profile of the output, but this can be transformed as part of the SHG interaction, most notably to a quasi-Gaussian profile when the phase mismatch meets the noncollinear criteria. We predict, based on numerical simulation, that noncollinear SHG (NC-SHG) can simultaneously perform highly efficient (90%) wavelength conversion from 1064 nm to 532 nm, as well as concurrent mode transformation from a truncated Bessel beam to a Gaussian-like beam (94% overlap with a Gaussian) at modest input powers (250 W, peak power or continuous-wave operation). These simulated results reveal two attractive features -- the feasibility of efficiently converting HOMs of fibers into Gaussian-like beams, and the ability to simultaneously perform frequency conversion. Combining the high powers that are possible with HOM fiber amplifiers with access to non-traditional wavelengths may offer significant advantages over the state of the art for many important applications

  8. Effects of spatial transverse correlations in second-harmonic generation

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    Ether, D. S.; Souto Ribeiro, P. H.; Matos Filho, R. L. de; Monken, C. H.

    2006-05-15

    Second-harmonic generation is studied for the case where the fundamental field is light produced in a spontaneous parametric down-conversion process. We show that second-harmonic generation is sensitive to the transverse correlations between signal and idler fields. In particular, when the fundamental is prepared in a state exhibitting spatial antibunching, the second-harmonic intensity may be zero, independent of the intensity of the fundamental field.

  9. Second harmonic generation from the 'centrosymmetric' crystals.

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    Nalla, Venkatram; Medishetty, Raghavender; Wang, Yue; Bai, Zhaozhi; Sun, Handong; Wei, Ji; Vittal, Jagadese J

    2015-05-01

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) is a well known non-linear optical phenomena which can be observed only in non-centrosymmetric crystals due to non-zero hyperpolarizability. In the current work we observed SHG from a Zn(II) complex which was originally thought to have crystallized in the centrosymmetric space group C2/c. This has been attributed to the unequal antiparallel packing of the metal complexes in the non-symmetric space group Cc or residual non-centrosymmetry in C2/c giving rise to polarizability leading to strong SHG. The enhancement of SHG by UV light has been attributed to the increase in non-centrosymmetry and hence polarity of packing due to strain induced in the crystals. The SHG signals measured from these crystals were as large as potassium dihydrogen phosphate crystals, KH2PO4 (KDP), and showed temperature dependence. The highest SHG efficiency was observed at 50 K. The SHG phenomenon was observed at broad wavelengths ranging from visible to below-red in these crystals. PMID:25995840

  10. Powders Analysis by Second Harmonic Generation Microscopy.

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    Chowdhury, Azhad U; Zhang, Shijie; Simpson, Garth J

    2016-04-01

    A microscopy approach is developed for quantifying second harmonic generation (SHG) activity of powders that largely decouples linear and nonlinear optical interactions. Decoupling the linear and nonlinear optical effects provides a means to independently evaluate and optimize the role of each in crystal engineering efforts and facilitates direct comparisons between experimental and computational predictions of lattice hyperpolarizabilities. In this respect, the microscopy-based approach nicely complements well-established Kurtz-Perry ( J. Appl. Phys. 1968 , 39 , 3798 ) and related methods, in which collimated sources are used for powders analysis. Using a focused fundamental beam places a controllable upper bound on the interaction length, given by the depth of field. Because measurements are performed on a per-particle basis, crystal size-dependent trends can be recovered from a single powdered sample. An analytical model that includes scattering losses of a focused Gaussian beam reliably predicted several experimental observations. Specifically, the measured scattering length for SHG was in excellent agreement with the value predicted based on the particle size distribution. Additionally, histograms of the SHG intensities as functions of particle size and orientation agreed nicely with predictions from the model. PMID:26929984

  11. Digital holography for second harmonic microscopy

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    Shaffer, E.; Depeursinge, C.

    2010-02-01

    Quantitative phase images make digital holographic microscopy (DHM) an excellent instrument for metrological, but also for biological applications, where it can reveal deformations and morphological details at ultrahigh resolution in the order of a few nanometers only, while also precisely determining the refractive index across a sample (e.g. cell or neuron). On the other hand, non-linear light-matter interactions have also proved very useful in microscopy. For instance, second harmonic generation (SHG) allows marker-free identification of cell structures, tubulin or membranes and, because of its coherent nature, SHG is very sensitive to the local sample structure and to the direction of the laser polarization. In addition, since SHG does not result from light absorption and subsequent re-emission, in opposition to fluorescence, photo-bleaching of the studied material can be avoided by a judicious selection of the laser wavelength. These characteristics make SHG very interesting for biomedical imaging. We have designed and built a microscope that combines the fast and precise DHM imaging with tagging capabilities of non-linear light-matter interactions. Here, we present the technique and look into its possible applications to biological and life sciences. Among promising applications is the 3D tracking of colloidal gold nanoparticles.

  12. The polarization of second harmonic plasma emission

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    Melrose, D. B.; Dulk, G. A.; Smerd, S. F.

    1978-01-01

    It is shown that second-harmonic plasma emission is partially polarized in the sense of the ordinary mode of magnetoionic theory only when the Langmuir waves are confined to a small range of angles (less than 30 deg) to the magnetic-field lines. Consequently, Suzuki and Sheridan's (1977) observations of the polarization of harmonic Type III emission implies that (at least in the cases reported) the Langmuir waves must be nearly one-dimensional. For a nearly one-dimensional distribution, the degree of polarization and the frequency of observation should be related to the magnetic field. For the observed polarization of Type III bursts, the implied magnetic-field strengths are strong enough for induced scattering to cause the Langmuir waves to become nearly one-dimensional, which is consistent with the observed sense of polarization. In other applications of harmonic plasma emission where the Langmuir waves might be isotropic or in a loss-cone distribution, polarization in the sense of the extraordinary mode is predicted.

  13. Second harmonic generation polarization properties of myofilaments

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    Samim, Masood; Prent, Nicole; Dicenzo, Daniel; Stewart, Bryan; Barzda, Virginijus

    2014-05-01

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) polarization microscopy was used to investigate the organization of myosin nanomotors in myofilaments of muscle cells. The distribution of the second-order nonlinear susceptibility component ratio χzzz(2)/χzxx(2) along anisotropic bands of sarcomeres revealed differences between the headless and head-containing regions of myofilaments. The polarization-in polarization-out SHG measurements of headless myosin mutants of indirect flight muscle in Drosophila melanogaster confirmed a lower susceptibility component ratio compared to the head-containing myocytes with wild-type myosins. The increase in the ratio is assigned to the change in the deflection angle of the myosin S2 domain and possible contribution of myosin heads. The nonlinear susceptibility component ratio is a sensitive indicator of the myosin structure, and therefore, it can be used for conformational studies of myosin nanomotors. The measured ratio values can also be used as the reference for ab initio calculations of nonlinear optical properties of different parts of myosins.

  14. Second-harmonic generation in substoichiometric silicon nitride layers

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    Pecora, Emanuele; Capretti, Antonio; Miano, Giovanni; Dal Negro, Luca

    2013-03-01

    Harmonic generation in optical circuits offers the possibility to integrate wavelength converters, light amplifiers, lasers, and multiple optical signal processing devices with electronic components. Bulk silicon has a negligible second-order nonlinear optical susceptibility owing to its crystal centrosymmetry. Silicon nitride has its place in the microelectronic industry as an insulator and chemical barrier. In this work, we propose to take advantage of silicon excess in silicon nitride to increase the Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) efficiency. Thin films have been grown by reactive magnetron sputtering and their nonlinear optical properties have been studied by femtosecond pumping over a wide range of excitation wavelengths, silicon nitride stoichiometry and thermal processes. We demonstrate SHG in the visible range (375 - 450 nm) using a tunable 150 fs Ti:sapphire laser, and we optimize the SH emission at a silicon excess of 46 at.% demonstrating a maximum SHG efficiency of 4x10-6 in optimized films. Polarization properties, generation efficiency, and the second order nonlinear optical susceptibility are measured for all the investigated samples and discussed in terms of an effective theoretical model. Our findings show that the large nonlinear optical response demonstrated in optimized Si-rich silicon nitride materials can be utilized for the engineering of nonlinear optical functions and devices on a Si chip.

  15. Efficient forward second-harmonic generation from planar archimedean nanospirals

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    Davidson, Roderick B., II; Ziegler, Jed I.; Vargas, Guillermo; Avanesyan, Sergey M.; Gong, Yu; Hess, Wayne; Haglund, Richard F., Jr.

    2015-05-01

    The enhanced electric field at plasmonic resonances in nanoscale antennas can lead to efficient harmonic generation, especially when the plasmonic geometry is asymmetric on either inter-particle or intra-particle levels. The planar Archimedean nanospiral offers a unique geometrical asymmetry for second-harmonic generation (SHG) because the SHG results neither from arranging centrosymmetric nanoparticles in asymmetric groupings, nor from non-centrosymmetric nanoparticles that retain a local axis of symmetry. Here, we report forward SHG from planar arrays of Archimedean nanospirals using 15 fs pulses from a Ti:sapphire oscillator tuned to 800 nm wavelength. The measured harmonic-generation efficiencies are 2.6·10-9, 8·10-9 and 1.3·10-8 for left-handed circular, linear, and right-handed circular polarizations, respectively. The uncoated nanospirals are stable under average power loading of as much as 300 μWper nanoparticle. The nanospirals also exhibit selective conversion between polarization states. These experiments show that the intrinsic asymmetry of the nanospirals results in a highly efficient, two-dimensional harmonic generator that can be incorporated into metasurface optics.

  16. Dual aperture dipole magnet with second harmonic component

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    Praeg, W.F.

    1983-08-31

    An improved dual aperture dipole electromagnet includes a second-harmonic frequency magnetic guide field winding which surrounds first harmonic frequency magnetic guide field windings associated with each aperture. The second harmonic winding and the first harmonic windings cooperate to produce resultant magnetic waveforms in the apertures which have extended acceleration and shortened reset portions of electromagnet operation.

  17. Dual aperture dipole magnet with second harmonic component

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    Praeg, Walter F.

    1985-01-01

    An improved dual aperture dipole electromagnet includes a second-harmonic frequency magnetic guide field winding which surrounds first harmonic frequency magnetic guide field windings associated with each aperture. The second harmonic winding and the first harmonic windings cooperate to produce resultant magnetic waveforms in the apertures which have extended acceleration and shortened reset portions of electromagnet operation.

  18. Spectrum of second-harmonic radiation generated from incoherent light

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    Stabinis, A.; Pyragaite, V.; Tamosauskas, G.; Piskarskas, A.

    2011-10-15

    We report on the development of the theory of second-harmonic generation by an incoherent pump with broad angular and frequency spectra. We show that spatial as well as temporal walk-off effects in a nonlinear crystal result in angular dispersion of the second-harmonic radiation. We demonstrate that the acceptance angle in second-harmonic generation by incoherent light is caused by the width of the pump angular spectrum and the resulting angular dispersion of second-harmonic radiation but does not depend on crystal length. In this case the frequency spectrum of second-harmonic radiation is determined by its angular dispersion and the pump angular spectrum. The theory is supported by an experiment in which a LiIO{sub 3} crystal was pumped by a tungsten halogen lamp.

  19. 34 GHz second-harmonic peniotron oscillator

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    Dressman, Lawrence Jude

    Harmonic operation of gyro-devices has been proposed as a way to lower the magnetic field required to a level feasible with normal (i.e., non-superconducting) magnets. The problem is, however, that gyrotron efficiency drops dramatically at harmonics greater than two, making development of such a device of limited utility. A promising solution to this quandary is the development of a related device, the peniotron, which is believed capable of achieving both high efficiency and harmonic operation resulting in a reduction of the required axial magnetic field. Although the physics of the peniotron interaction, including its high electronic conversion efficiency, has been understood and experimentally verified, demonstration of characteristics consistent with a practical device has been more elusive. This is the goal of this effort---specifically, to demonstrate high device efficiency (defined as the actual power output as a fraction of the electron beam power) with an electron beam generated by a compact cusp electron gun consistent in size and performance with other microwave vacuum electron devices. The cavity design process revealed that the pi/2 mode couples easily to the output circular waveguide. In fact, the transition to circular waveguide produced such a low reflection coefficient that an iris was needed at the cavity output to achieve the desired Q. Integral couplers were also designed to couple directly into the slotted cavity for diagnostic purposes for simplicity in this proof-of-principle physics experiment. This eliminated the need for a high-power circular vacuum window and allowed the diagnostic coupling to be made in standard WR-28 rectangular waveguide. Although mode competition did prevent the second-harmonic peniotron mode from being tuned over its entire range of magnetic field, the peniotron mode was stable over a range sufficient to allow useful experimental data to be obtained. However, another unexpected problem which occurred during execution

  20. Vectorial second-harmonic magneto-optic Kerr effect measurements

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    Kabos, P.; Kos, A. B.; Silva, T. J.

    2000-05-01

    A significant modification of an existing experimental technique based on the second-harmonic magneto-optical Kerr effect (SH-MOKE) is introduced. With a p-polarized pumping optical wave incident upon a magnetic film, the transverse component of magnetization causes a change in the second-harmonic generation efficiency of the material and the longitudinal component of the magnetization produces a change in the polarization rotation and/or ellipticity of the second-harmonic signal. This permits simultaneous vectorial measurement of the in-plane magnetization components. Examples of measured hysteresis loops from 50 nm thick permalloy films and procedures for SH-MOKE signal calibration are presented.

  1. Hyperbolic metamaterial antenna for second-harmonic generation tomography.

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    Segovia, Paulina; Marino, Giuseppe; Krasavin, Alexey V; Olivier, Nicolas; Wurtz, Gregory A; Belov, Pavel A; Ginzburg, Pavel; Zayats, Anatoly V

    2015-11-30

    The detection and processing of information carried by evanescent field components are key elements for subwavelength optical microscopy as well as single molecule sensing applications. Here, we numerically demonstrate the potential of a hyperbolic medium in the design of an efficient metamaterial antenna enabling detection and tracking of a nonlinear object, with an otherwise hidden second-harmonic signature. The presence of the antenna provides 103-fold intensity enhancement of the second harmonic generation (SHG) from a nanoparticle through a metamaterial-assisted access to evanescent second-harmonic fields. Alternatively, the observation of SHG from the metamaterial itself can be used to detect and track a nanoparticle without a nonlinear response. The antenna allows an optical resolution of several nanometers in tracking the nanoparticle's location via observations of the far-field second-harmonic radiation pattern. PMID:26698705

  2. Nonlinearly coupled localized plasmon resonances: Resonant second-harmonic generation

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    Ginzburg, Pavel; Krasavin, Alexey; Sonnefraud, Yannick; Murphy, Antony; Pollard, Robert J.; Maier, Stefan A.; Zayats, Anatoly V.

    2012-08-01

    The efficient resonant nonlinear coupling between localized surface plasmon modes is demonstrated in a simple and intuitive way using boundary integral formulation and utilizing second-order optical nonlinearity. The nonlinearity is derived from the hydrodynamic description of electron plasma and originates from the presence of material interfaces in the case of small metal particles. The coupling between fundamental and second-harmonic modes is shown to be symmetry selective and proportional to the spatial overlap between polarization dipole density of the second-harmonic mode and the square of the polarization charge density of the fundamental mode. Particles with high geometrical symmetry will convert a far-field illumination into dark nonradiating second-harmonic modes, such as quadrupoles. Effective second-harmonic susceptibilities are proportional to the surface-to-volume ratio of a particle, emphasizing the nanoscale enhancement of the effect.

  3. DETECTION OF MOLECULAR MONOLAYERS BY OPTICAL. SECOND HARMONIC GENERATION

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    Chen, C. K.; Heinz, T. F.; Ricard, D.; Shen, Y. R.

    1980-12-01

    Second harmonic generation is shown to be sensitive enough to detect molecular monolayers adsorbed on a silver surface. Adsorption of AgCl and pyridine on silver during and after an electrolytic cycle can be easily observed,

  4. Second harmonic generation double stokes Mueller polarimetric microscopy of myofilaments

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    Kontenis, Lukas; Samim, Masood; Karunendiran, Abiramy; Krouglov, Serguei; Stewart, Bryan; Barzda, Virginijus

    2016-01-01

    The experimental implementation of double Stokes Mueller polarimetric microscopy is presented. This technique enables a model-independent and complete polarimetric characterization of second harmonic generating samples using 36 Stokes parameter measurements at different combinations of incoming and outgoing polarizations. The degree of second harmonic polarization and the molecular nonlinear susceptibility ratio are extracted for individual focal volumes of a fruit fly larva wall muscle. PMID:26977362

  5. Second harmonic inversion for ultrasound contrast harmonic imaging

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    Pasovic, Mirza; Danilouchkine, Mike; Faez, Telli; van Neer, Paul L. M. J.; Cachard, Christian; van der Steen, Antonius F. W.; Basset, Olivier; de Jong, Nico

    2011-06-01

    Ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) are small micro-bubbles that behave nonlinearly when exposed to an ultrasound wave. This nonlinear behavior can be observed through the generated higher harmonics in a back-scattered echo. In past years several techniques have been proposed to detect or image harmonics produced by UCAs. In these proposed works, the harmonics generated in the medium during the propagation of the ultrasound wave played an important role, since these harmonics compete with the harmonics generated by the micro-bubbles. We present a method for the reduction of the second harmonic generated during nonlinear-propagation-dubbed second harmonic inversion (SHI). A general expression for the suppression signals is also derived. The SHI technique uses two pulses, p' and p'', of the same frequency f0 and the same amplitude P0 to cancel out the second harmonic generated by nonlinearities of the medium. Simulations show that the second harmonic is reduced by 40 dB on a large axial range. Experimental SHI B-mode images, from a tissue-mimicking phantom and UCAs, show an improvement in the agent-to-tissue ratio (ATR) of 20 dB compared to standard second harmonic imaging and 13 dB of improvement in harmonic power Doppler.

  6. Study on heavy matching layer transducer towards producing second harmonics

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    Zaini, Zulfadhli; Osuga, Masamizu; Jimbo, Hayato; Yasuda, Jun; Takagi, Ryo; Yoshizawa, Shin; Umemura, Shin-ichiro

    2016-07-01

    Cavitation bubbles are microbubbles which can be incepted by highly negative pressure. Producing such highly negative pressure exceeding the cavitation threshold is difficult to accomplish due to nonlinear propagation followed by focal phase shift. By superimposing the second harmonic to fundamental is a way to significantly reduce the problem. However, the conventional design for an air-backed transducer is not suitable to generate both the second harmonic and fundamental at the same time. In order to overcome this problem, we propose a high impedance matching layer approach. Furthermore, we also construct a study to foresee the impact by adjusting the thickness ratio towards fundamental and second harmonic. Numerical simulation and experimental measurement have shown that by using a high impedance matching layer, efficiently generation of both the second harmonic (2 MHz) and fundamental (1 MHz) at the same time is possible. Besides, by adjusting the thickness ratio between piezocomposite and heavy matching layer will influence the amplitude of acoustic power over squared of voltage of the fundamental and second harmonic.

  7. Second-harmonic frequency-resolved optical gating covering two and a half optical octaves using a single spectrometer

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    Marceau, C.; Thomas, S.; Kassimi, Y.; Gingras, G.; Witzel, B.

    2015-05-01

    We report the measurement of laser pulse shapes covering the range 580-3250 nm using second-harmonic generation frequency-resolved optical gating equipped with a single inexpensive visible-NIR miniature spectrometer and a single pair of homemade broadband beam splitters. Our experimental scheme exploits frequency up-conversion by BBO crystals and appropriate corrections for dispersion, beam splitter filtering and phase-matching efficiency. The signal and idler waves from a commercial optical parametric amplifier pumped by a Ti:Sapphire laser (26 fs, 1 kHz) have been characterized as well as their second harmonic. The pulse shapes out of a commercial difference frequency generation module mixing signal and idler have also been measured up to 3250 nm. The resulting pulses range from 20 to 120 fs, and their chirp characteristics are also exposed. Our approach is demonstrated over most of the doubling crystal transparency range.

  8. Second harmonic generation in graphene-coated nanowires.

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    Gao, Yixiao; Shadrivov, Ilya V

    2016-08-01

    We study second harmonic generation in a pair of graphene-coated nanowires. We show that the phase matching condition for harmonic generation can be engineered in a wide range of frequencies by tuning the spacing between graphene nanowires. We derive coupled mode equations describing the process of second harmonic generation using an unconjugated Lorentz reciprocity theorem. We show that the highest harmonic generation efficiency can be achieved by phase matching the fundamental mode with the two lowest order symmetric modes at the second harmonic frequency. Despite losses in graphene, we predict that the efficiency can be further enhanced by reducing the radius of nanowires due to larger mode overlap and lower propagation loss. PMID:27472634

  9. Solitons and second harmonic radiation in type III bursts

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    Papadopoulos, K.; Freund, H. P.

    1978-01-01

    The emission at the second harmonic of the plasma frequency from self-consistent Langmuir solitons is calculated. The theory predicts, in a natural way, the observed transition from the region where the intensity is linearly proportional to the electron flux to the region where the radio intensity is proportional to the square of the electron flux. A detailed comparison of the radiation observed at the second harmonic for the burst of 18:10 UT March 31, 1976, with the one expected on the assumption of radiation from solitons, using the correlated in situ measurements of the electric fields at the second harmonic, and their spatial structure, provides strong evidence that, for the first time, Langmuir solitons have been observed in space.

  10. Corrected formula for the polarization of second harmonic plasma emission

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    Melrose, D. B.; Dulk, G. A.; Gary, D. E.

    1980-01-01

    Corrections for the theory of polarization of second harmonic plasma emission are proposed. The nontransversality of the magnetoionic waves was not taken into account correctly and is here corrected. The corrected and uncorrected results are compared for two simple cases of parallel and isotropic distributions of Langmuir waves. It is found that whereas with the uncorrected formula plausible values of the coronal magnetic fields were obtained from the observed polarization of the second harmonic, the present results imply fields which are stronger by a factor of three to four.

  11. Confocal Imaging of Biological Tissues Using Second Harmonic Generation

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    Kim, B-M.; Stoller, P.; Reiser, K.; Eichler, J.; Yan, M.; Rubenchik, A.; Da Silva, L.

    2000-03-06

    A confocal microscopy imaging system was devised to selectively detect Second harmonic signals generated by biological tissues. Several types of biological tissues were examined using this imaging system, including human teeth, bovine blood vessels, and chicken skin. All these tissues generated strong second harmonic signals. There is considerable evidence that the source of these signals in tissue is collagen. Collagen, the predominant component of most tissues, is known to have second order nonlinear susceptibility. This technique may have diagnostic usefulness in pathophysiological conditions characterized by changes in collagen structure including malignant transformation of nevi, progression of diabetic complications, and abnormalities in wound healing.

  12. Sensing with multipolar second harmonic generation from spherical metallic nanoparticles.

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    Butet, Jérémy; Russier-Antoine, Isabelle; Jonin, Christian; Lascoux, Noëlle; Benichou, Emmanuel; Brevet, Pierre-François

    2012-03-14

    We show that sensing in the nonlinear optical regime using multipolar surface plasmon resonances is more sensitive in comparison to sensing in the linear optical regime. Mie theory, and its extension to the second harmonic generation from a metallic nanosphere, is used to describe multipolar second harmonic generation from silver metallic nanoparticles. The standard figure of merit of a potential plasmonic sensor based on this principle is then calculated. We finally demonstrate that such a sensor is more sensitive to optical refraction index changes occurring in the vicinity of the metallic nanoparticle than its linear counterpart. PMID:22375818

  13. Effect of Structural Modification on Second Harmonic Generation in Collagen

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    Stoller, P C; Reiser, K M; Celliers, P M; Rubenchik, A M

    2003-04-04

    The effects of structural perturbation on second harmonic generation in collagen were investigated. Type I collagen fascicles obtained from rat tails were structurally modified by increasing nonenzymatic cross-linking, by thermal denaturation, by collagenase digestion, or by dehydration. Changes in polarization dependence were observed in the dehydrated samples. Surprisingly, no changes in polarization dependence were observed in highly crosslinked samples, despite significant alterations in packing structure. Complete thermal denaturation and collagenase digestion produced samples with no detectable second harmonic signal. Prior to loss of signal, no change in polarization dependence was observed in partially heated or digested collagen.

  14. Unified approach to Čerenkov second harmonic generation.

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    Roppo, Vito; Kalinowski, Ksawery; Sheng, Yan; Krolikowski, Wieslaw; Cojocaru, Crina; Trull, Jose

    2013-11-01

    We discuss the effect of second harmonic generation via the Čerenkov-like process in nonlinear bulk media and waveguides. We show that in both schemes the Čerenkov harmonic emission represents in fact a nonlinear Bragg diffraction process. It is therefore possible, for the first time, to describe the bulk and waveguide Čerenkov emission uniformly by considering the spatial modulation of the second-order nonlinear polarization. This is also experimentally illustrated by studying the Čerenkov second harmonic generation at the boundary of a nonlinear quadratic medium via the total internal reflection inside the nonlinear crystal. PMID:24216797

  15. Deep-subwavelength waveguiding via inhomogeneous second-harmonic generation.

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    Roppo, Vito; Vincenti, Maria Antonietta; de Ceglia, Domenico; Scalora, Michael

    2012-08-01

    We theoretically investigate second-harmonic generation in extremely narrow, subwavelength semiconductor and dielectric waveguides. We discuss a guiding mechanism characterized by the inhibition of diffraction and the suppression of cutoff limits in the context of a light trapping phenomenon that sets in under conditions of general phase and group velocity mismatch between the fundamental and the generated harmonic. PMID:22859096

  16. Theory of second harmonic generation in randomly oriented species

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    Andrews, David L.; Allcock, Philip; Demidov, Andrey A.

    1995-01-01

    It is well known that second harmonic generation (SHG) is a process forbidden within atomic and molecular fluids. Nonetheless recent experimental observations of second harmonic evolution in suspensions of randomly oriented Halobacterium halobium purple membranes have raised new questions about the precise criteria which determine prohibition of the second harmonic. To address the problem a theoretical framework for SHG is developed that specifically deals with molecular systems, and is therefore cast in terms of molecular properties with more regard to the influence of the local structure. This contrasts with the classical approach based on bulk susceptibilities, which has not proved adequate to explain the conflicting experimental results. By properly formulating the detailed procedure for dealing with the necessary orientational averages, the present theory discloses a relationship between the coherent process of second harmonic generation and a directed component of its incoherent counterpart, hyper-Rayleigh scattering. Inter alia, the theory explains the SHG detected in purple membrane suspensions. The polarisation features of the harmonic evolution are also considered more generally, and in particular it is shown that the SHG signal will persist under conditions of circularly polarised pumping. This specific polarisation feature will allow experimental validation of the theory.

  17. Digital Video Disc Recorder Using Second Harmonic Generation Green Laser

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    Seo, Joong Eon; Park, In Sik; Oh, Young Nam; Lee, Seung Hoon; Seong, Pyong Yong; Jang, Yoon Ki; Shin, Dong Ho

    1993-11-01

    A prototype of a digital video disc recorder (D-VDR) with laser-disc-quality video and compact-disc-quality audio is developed and demonstrated using a second harmonic generation (SHG) green laser, narrow-track magneto-optical disk (MOD), mark edge recording and data compression.

  18. Few recent experiments on surface studies by second harmonic generation

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    Shen, Y.R.

    1985-12-01

    Surface second harmonic generation (SHG) is used to monitor adsorption and desorption of molecules on metal and semiconductor surfaces in ultrahigh vacuum. Surface SHG has also been used to study monolayers of molecules at a liquid/air interface. 13 refs., 6 figs. (WRF)

  19. Theory of anomalous backscattering in second harmonic X-mode ECRH experiments

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    Gusakov, E. Z.; Popov, A. Yu.

    2016-08-01

    A quantitative model explaining generation of the anomalous backscattering signal in the second harmonic X-mode electron cyclotron resonance heating (ECRH) experiments at TEXTOR tokamak as a secondary nonlinear process which accompanies a primary low-threshold parametric decay instability (PDI) leading to excitation of two—upper hybrid (UH)—plasmons trapped in plasma is developed. The primary absolute PDI enhancing the UH wave fluctuations from the thermal noise level is supposed to be saturated due to a cascade of secondary low-threshold decays of the daughter UH wave leading to excitation of the secondary UH waves down-shifted in frequency and the ion Bernstein wave. A set of equations describing the cascade is derived and solved numerically. The results of numerical modelling are shown to be in agreement with the analytical estimations of the growth rate of the initial and secondary parametric decays and the saturation level. The generation of backscattering signal is explained by coupling of the daughter UH waves. The fine details of the frequency spectrum of the anomalously reflected extraordinary wave and the absolute value of the observed backscattering signal in the second harmonic X-mode ECRH experiments at TEXTOR are reproduced.

  20. Second-harmonic generation microscopy of collagen-bearing structures

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    Vanbel, Maarten K.; Callewaert, Tom; Verbiest, Thierry

    2014-05-01

    Nonlinear optical phenomena cover a broad research area. The emphasis is mostly on the generation of higher harmonics to be used in laser designs or on the characterization capabilities of nonlinear optics. The latter ability of nonlinear optics is important when combined with a microscope to detect simultaneously multiphoton fluorescence and second-harmonic generation. Submicron size features can then be investigated separately and information on their structure can be revealed by second-harmonic generation. For example, the point group symmetry can be determined in situ and in vivo in complex media. Moreover, nonlinear optical microscopy has several additional advantages: the generation and detection of nonlinear signals is intrinsically confocal and degradation, if present, only occurs at a localized places in the structure. In biological structures, multiphoton fluorescence and second-harmonic generation do not necessarily occur in the same type of the structure. This can be exploited to visualize different structures in one sample by simultaneous detection of two-photon fluorescence and second-harmonic generation. Also, the incident beam can be tuned to fit in the biological window of biological structures, which gives second-harmonic generation microscopy a significant advantage over linear microscopy due to absorbance issues in the visible wavelength range. We exploit these advantages to characterize collagen-bearing biological structures. Collagen is the dominant structural protein in connective tissue in mammals. Being the most abundant protein in the mammal clade, it is essential for the very existence of it. Collagen is a protein with a very strict quaternary structure. The most simple Ramachandran model states that an amino-acid sequence of Glycine-prolin-hydroxyprolin leads to a right-handed helical structure. The inherent stability is such that a sole helix cannot exist for a prolonged period of time, it will therefore combine with 2 near identical

  1. Second harmonic generation of chemical oxygen-iodine laser

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    Miura, Noriaki; Mese, Norimichi; Yoshino, Satoru; Uchiyama, Taro

    1993-05-01

    Intracavity second harmonic generation of chemical oxygen iodine laser utilizing LiB3O5 crystal has been studied. A chemical oxygen iodine laser of which the fundamental maximum output power is 3 W in TEM00 mode with the Cl2 flow rate of 300 mmol/min is used. Obtained total second harmonic power is a maximum of about 6 W. Therefore, we could estimate that the effective extraction efficiency is 200%. It is thought that the latter is above 100% due to the condition that the output coupling for the fundamental beam is not optimum. And applying the result of a fundamental laser power measurement, the internal conversion efficiency is estimated at 0.29%.

  2. Efficient second harmonic generation in internal asymmetric plasmonic slot waveguide.

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    Huang, Tianye; Tagne, Patrick Moteng; Fu, Songnian

    2016-05-01

    We theoretically propose an internal asymmetric plasmonic slot waveguide (IAPSW), containing two different materials in the slot region. The IAPSW is used for second harmonic generation (SHG) at a wavelength of 1.55 μm. The required phase matching condition is satisfied between the 0th-order mode at the fundamental frequency and the 1st-order mode at the second harmonic frequency. By choosing appropriate slot geometry and materials, the mode field distribution is engineered to enhance the nonlinear coupling coefficient for SHG. With an 11 μm long IAPSW, a conversion efficiency of 24% (1.8 × 105 W-1cm-2 normalized conversion efficiency) is predicted. Furthermore, the SHG efficiency is more pronounced in IAPSW with thinner slot. PMID:27137584

  3. Second harmonic generation and enhancement in microfibers and loop resonators

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    Gouveia, Marcelo A.; Lee, Timothy; Ismaeel, Rand; Ding, Ming; Broderick, Neil G. R.; Cordeiro, Cristiano M. B.; Brambilla, Gilberto

    2013-05-01

    We model and experimentally investigate second harmonic generation in silica microfibers and loop resonators, in which the second order nonlinearity arises from the glass-air surface dipole and bulk multipole contributions. In the loop resonator, the recirculation of the pump light on resonance is used to increase the conversion. The effect of the loop parameters, such as coupling and loss, is theoretically studied to determine their influence on the resonance enhancement. Experimentally, microfibers were fabricated with diameters around 0.7 μm to generate the intermodally phase matched second harmonic with an efficiency up to 4.2 × 10-8 when pumped with 5 ns 1.55 μm pulses with a peak power of 90 W. After reconfiguring the microfiber into a 1 mm diameter loop, the efficiency was resonantly enhanced by 5.7 times.

  4. Monitoring microstructural evolution in irradiated steel with second harmonic generation

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    Matlack, Kathryn H.; Kim, Jin-Yeon; Jacobs, Laurence J.; Wall, James J.; Qu, Jianmin

    2015-03-31

    Material damage in structural components is driven by microstructural evolution that occurs at low length scales and begins early in component life. In metals, these microstructural features are known to cause measurable changes in the acoustic nonlinearity parameter. Physically, the interaction of a monochromatic ultrasonic wave with microstructural features such as dislocations, precipitates, and vacancies, generates a second harmonic wave that is proportional to the acoustic nonlinearity parameter. These nonlinear ultrasonic techniques thus have the capability to evaluate initial material damage, particularly before crack initiation and propagation occur. This paper discusses how the nonlinear ultrasonic technique of second harmonic generation can be used as a nondestructive evaluation tool to monitor microstructural changes in steel, focusing on characterizing neutron radiation embrittlement in nuclear reactor pressure vessel steels. Current experimental evidence and analytical models linking microstructural evolution with changes in the acoustic nonlinearity parameter are summarized.

  5. Electric field induced second harmonic generation with and without fringes

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    Meshulam, G.; Berkovic, G.; Kotler, Z.; Sa'ar, A.

    2000-09-01

    Electric field induced second harmonic generation (EFISH) is a well-known technique to measure the first hyperpolarizability (β) of organic molecules in solution. The characteristic experimental output is observation of oscillatory fringes of second harmonic radiation as the solution path length is changed and evaluation of β from the fringe amplitude. We present two different cases where even in the absence of these characteristic fringes β may still be evaluated: first, when using absorbing materials, and second, when using broadband laser sources. The ability to determine β by EFISH under these conditions greatly enhances the ability of this technique to measure β values over a wide range of laser frequencies. Measurements of the same molecule's β values at different frequencies are reported, verifying the two-level model for the dispersion of β.

  6. Second-harmonic generation in KNbO3 crystals

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    Lu, Yutian; Zhao, Quingchun; Li, Yongchun; He, Huijuan; Zou, Qun; Lu, Zheng; Zhaohua, Geng

    1993-04-01

    Efficient second-harmonic generation from a pulsed parametric laser to 427 to 470 nm has been obtained in a KNbO3 crystal only 1.5 mm in length by angular tuning at room temperature. The energy conversion efficiency is over 40%. Single pulse blue light output reaches 60 kW in peak power. The angular dependence of a phase matching wavelength, the relation between conversion efficiency and fundamental intensity, and acceptable angular phase mismatch are studied and discussed.

  7. Enhanced second harmonic generation from coupled asymmetric plasmonic metal nanostructures

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    Yildiz, Bilge Can; Emre Tasgin, Mehmet; Kurtulus Abak, Musa; Coskun, Sahin; Emrah Unalan, Husnu; Bek, Alpan

    2015-12-01

    We experimentally demonstrate that two coupled metal nanostructures (MNSs), a silver nanowire and bipyramid, can produce ∼30 times enhanced second harmonic generation compared to the particles alone. We develop a simple theoretical model, presenting the path interference effects in the nonlinear response of coupled MNSs. We show that the reason for such an enhancement can be the occurrence of a Fano resonance due to the coupling of the converter MNS to the long-lived mode of the attached MNS.

  8. Monolithic AlGaAs second-harmonic nanoantennas.

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    Gili, V F; Carletti, L; Locatelli, A; Rocco, D; Finazzi, M; Ghirardini, L; Favero, I; Gomez, C; Lemaître, A; Celebrano, M; De Angelis, C; Leo, G

    2016-07-11

    We demonstrate monolithic aluminum gallium arsenide (AlGaAs) optical nanoantennas. Using a selective oxidation technique, we fabricated epitaxial semiconductor nanocylinders on an aluminum oxide substrate. Second harmonic generation from AlGaAs nanocylinders of 400 nm height and varying radius pumped with femtosecond pulses delivered at 1554-nm wavelength has been measured, revealing a peak conversion efficiency exceeding 10-5 for nanocylinders with an optimized geometry. PMID:27410864

  9. Second-harmonic generation with magnetic-field controllability.

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    Ju, Sheng; Cai, Tian-Yi; Wei, Chi-I; Guo, Guang-Yu

    2009-12-15

    Based on density functional theory with the generalized gradient approximation plus on-site Coulomb repulsion method, we study the magnetic-ordering dependence of second-harmonic generation (SHG) in a polar magnet BiCoO(3). The large second-order optical susceptibility, which can reach 3.7x10(-7) esu, exhibits a strong magnetic-ordering dependence, giving rise to magnetic-field controllable SHG response in polar magnets. PMID:20016638

  10. Controlling Second Harmonic Efficiency of Laser Beam Interactions

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    Barnes, Norman P. (Inventor); Walsh, Brian M. (Inventor); Reichle, Donald J. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A method is provided for controlling second harmonic efficiency of laser beam interactions. A laser system generates two laser beams (e.g., a laser beam with two polarizations) for incidence on a nonlinear crystal having a preferred direction of propagation. Prior to incidence on the crystal, the beams are optically processed based on the crystal's beam separation characteristics to thereby control a position in the crystal along the preferred direction of propagation at which the beams interact.

  11. Dynamics of Flat Bunches with Second Harmonic RF

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    Sen, Tanaji; Bhat, Chandra; Kim, Hyung Jin; Ostiguy, Jean-Francois; /Fermilab

    2010-05-01

    We investigate the dynamics of longitudinally flat bunches created with a second harmonic cavity in a high energy collider. We study Landau damping in a second harmonic cavity with analytical and numerical methods. The latter include particle tracking and evolution of the phase space density. The results are interpreted in the context of possible application to the LHC. A possible path to a luminosity upgrade at the LHC is through the creation of longitudinally flat bunches. They can increase the luminosity roughly by 40% when the beam intensities are at the beam-beam limit. Lower momentum spread which can reduce backgrounds and make collimation easier as well lower peak fields which can mitigate electron cloud effects are other advantages. Use of a second harmonic rf system is a frequently studied method to create such flat bunches. Here we consider some aspects of longitudinal dynamics of these bunches in the LHC at top energy. First we consider intensity limits set by the loss of Landau damping against rigid dipole oscillations. Next we describe numerical simulations using both particle tracking and evolution of the phase space density. These simulations address the consequences of driving a bunch at a frequency that corresponds to the maximum of the synchrotron frequency.

  12. High power operation of first and second harmonic gyrotwystrons

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    Lawson, W.; Latham, P.E.; Calame, J.P.; Cheng, J.; Hogan, B.; Nusinovich, G.S.; Irwin, V.; Granatstein, V.L.; Reiser, M.

    1995-07-01

    We report the first experimental operation of overmoded first and second harmonic gyrotwystron amplifier configurations. Both devices utilize a single cavity which is driven near 9.87 GHz in the TE{sub 011} mode, heavily attenuated drift tubes, and long tapered output waveguide sections. A magnetron injection gun produces a 460 kV, 245 A beam with a maximum average perpendicular-to-parallel velocity ratio approximately equal to one. The axial magnetic field profile is sharply tapered in the output section. Peak powers above 21 MW are achieved in 1 {mu}s pulses with an efficiency exceeding 22% and a large signal gain near 24 dB in the first harmonic tube. The second harmonic tube achieves nearly 12 MW of the peak power with an efficiency of 11% and a gain above 21 dB. First harmonic amplifier performance is limited principally by competition from a fundamental mode output waveguide interaction; the second harmonic tube is limited by both travelling wave output modes and by a down-taper oscillation. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

  13. Time-resolved electric-field-induced second harmonic

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    Meshulam, Guilia; Berkovic, Garry; Kotler, Zvi

    2001-12-01

    One limitation of using electric field induced second harmonic (EFISH) to determine the molecular first hyperpolarizability (beta) of nonlinear optical molecules lies in the fact that part of the second harmonic signal comes from the second hyperpolarizability (gamma) produced by mixing two optical fields with the DC field. In analyzing EFISH results, the second hyperpolarizability contribution of the studied molecules is generally neglected. We present a modified time resolved EFISH technique that allows us, in a single experiment, to determine separately the beta and the gamma contributions. We study para-nitro aniline dissolved in Glycerol, a highly viscous solvent, and apply the DC field via a high voltage pulse with a fast rise time of approximately 40 nsec. As a result, the orientation of the molecules under the applied electric field is slow relative to the build-up of the field, enabling us to directly measure only the DC induced second harmonic (gamma contribution), at the beginning of the HV pulse. The pure beta contribution is determined from the difference between this signal and the conventional EFISH signal at the plateau of the HV pulse. Our result confirm that the gamma contribution is indeed less than 10% of the total.

  14. Second Harmonics of Reversed Shear TAE in Alcator C-Mod Geometry

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    Chen, Eugene; Berk, Herbert; Breizman, Boris; Zheng, Linjin

    2009-11-01

    Experiments on Alcator C-Mod, operating with reversed magnetic shear, reveal Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes (TAE) together with signals at twice the mode frequency. The double frequency signals can be viewed as second harmonic sidebands driven by quadratic non-linear terms in the MHD equations, in analogy with a corresponding theory for Alfven Cascades [1]. However, these nonlinear sidebands have not yet been quantified by any of the existing codes. In this work, we extend AEGIS code [2] to capture nonlinear effects iteratively by treating the nonlinear terms as a driving source in the linear MHD solver. We first compute the TAE mode structure for realistic geometry and q-profile and then use it to find the spatial structure of the second harmonic density perturbation, which can be directly compared with PCI measurements at Alcator C-Mod. [1] H. Smith, B. N. Breizman, M. Lisak and D. Anderson, Physics of Plasmas 13 042504 (2006) [2] L. J. Zheng and M. Kotschenreuther, Journal of Computational Physics 211 (2006) 748-766

  15. Detecting and characterizing ferroelectric domain boundaries using nonphase-matched second harmonic generation

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    Gehr, R.J.; Alford, W.J.; Smith, A.V.

    1998-12-31

    We demonstrate that tilted planar ferroelectric domain boundaries create tilted second harmonic beams in nonphase-matched second harmonic generation, and that the tilt of the boundary can be deduced from the harmonic direction.

  16. Studies of surface diffusion by second harmonic fluctuation spectroscopy

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    Zhao, Xiaolin; Goh, M.C.; Subrahmanyan, S.; Eisenthal, K.B. )

    1990-05-03

    The authors have shown how the fluctuations in the signal from surface second harmonic generation can be utilized for the study of a heterogeneous surface such as palmitic acid (C{sub 15}H{sub 31}COOH) spread on the air/water interface, under conditions of gas-liquid coexistence. The authors report observations of time-correlated fluctuations in the SH signal, with decay constant of approximately 6 s. This is attributed to motions of the liquidlike clusters of palmitic acid. If the motion is diffusive, a diffusion constant of about 10{sup {minus}8} cm{sup 2}/s is estimated for these clusters.

  17. Second harmonic generation from multilayers of oriented metal bisphosphonates

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    Neff, G.A.; Mahon, T.M.; Abshere, T.A.; Page, C.J.

    1996-12-31

    Second order nonlinear optical properties (NLO) require the presence of a polarizable moiety situated in an anharmonic potential. The approach to incorporating such properties into self-assembled multilayers involves use of asymmetric {alpha},{omega} bisphosphonates which meet this requirement by virtue of their chemical structure and binding properties. The authors have developed and optimized protection and deprotection schemes to allow for oriented layering of these molecules. Characterization by optical ellipsometry and grazing angle X-ray diffraction provides insight on average layer thicknesses and bulk film densities. Second harmonic generation (SHG) intensity from the bulk film is measured to verify NLO activity.

  18. Controlling attosecond angular streaking with second harmonic radiation.

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    Hammond, T J; Kim, Kyung Taec; Zhang, Chunmei; Villeneuve, D M; Corkum, P B

    2015-04-15

    High harmonic generation, which produces a coherent burst of radiation every half cycle of the driving field, has been combined with ultrafast wavefront rotation to create a series of spatially separated attosecond pulses, called the attosecond lighthouse. By adding a coherent second harmonic beam with polarization parallel to the fundamental, we decrease the generating frequency from twice per optical cycle to once. The increased temporal separation increases the pulse contrast. By scanning the carrier envelope phase, we see that the signal is 2π periodic. PMID:25872069

  19. Stokes vector formalism based second harmonic generation microscopy

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    Qiu, Jianjun; Mazumder, Nirmal; Tsai, Han-Ruei; Hu, Chih-Wei; Kao, Fu-Jen

    2012-02-01

    In this study, we have developed a four-channel Stokes vector formalism based second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy to map and analyze SHG signal. A four-channel Stokesmeter setup is calibrated and integrated into a laser scanning microscope to measure and characterize the SH's corresponding Stokes parameters. We are demonstrating the use of SH and its Stokes parameters to visualize the birefringence and crystalline orientation of KDP and collagen. We believe the developed method can reveal unprecedented information for biomedical and biomaterial studies.

  20. Surface lattice resonances in second-harmonic generation from metasurfaces.

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    Czaplicki, Robert; Kiviniemi, Antti; Laukkanen, Janne; Lehtolahti, Joonas; Kuittinen, Markku; Kauranen, Martti

    2016-06-15

    We investigate the role of surface-lattice resonances (SLRs) in second-harmonic generation (SHG) from arrays of metal nanoparticles. The SLRs affect the generated signal when the sample is rotated away from normal incidence. The adjustment of the incident angle tunes the SLRs to the fundamental wavelength for SHG and improves the quality of the resonance for better resonance enhancement of SHG. Compared to normal incidence, an enhancement by a factor of 10 is observed. However, at certain incident angles, the enhancement is interrupted by diffraction anomalies, which redirect light into the substrate, increasing radiation damping and compromising the quality of the resonance. PMID:27304263

  1. Characterization of Second Harmonic Afterburner Radiation at the LCLS

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    Nuhn, Heinz-Dieter

    2010-09-14

    During commissioning of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) x-ray Free Electron Laser (FEL) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory it was shown that saturation lengths much shorter than the installed length of the undulator line can routinely be achieved. This frees undulator segments that can be used to provide enhanced spectral properties and at the same time, test the concept of FEL Afterburners. In December 2009 a project was initiated to convert undulator segments at the down-beam end of the undulator line into Second Harmonic Afterburners (SHAB) to enhance LCLS radiation levels in the 10-20 keV energy range. This is being accomplished by replacement of gap-shims increasing the fixed gaps from 6.8 mm to 9.9 mm, which reduces their K values from 3.50 to 2.25 and makes the segments resonant at the second harmonic of the upstream unmodified undulators. This paper reports experimental results of the commissioning of the SHAB extension to LCLS.

  2. Second Harmonic Generation Mediated by Aligned Water in Starch Granules.

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    Cisek, Richard; Tokarz, Danielle; Krouglov, Serguei; Steup, Martin; Emes, Michael J; Tetlow, Ian J; Barzda, Virginijus

    2014-12-26

    The origin of second harmonic generation (SHG) in starch granules was investigated using ab initio quantum mechanical modeling and experimentally examined using polarization-in, polarization-out (PIPO) second harmonic generation microscopy. Ab initio calculations revealed that the largest contribution to the SHG signal from A- and B-type allomorphs of starch originates from the anisotropic organization of hydroxide and hydrogen bonds mediated by aligned water found in the polymers. The hypothesis was experimentally tested by imaging maize starch granules under various hydration and heat treatment conditions that alter the hydrogen bond network. The highest SHG intensity was found in fully hydrated starch granules, and heat treatment diminished the SHG intensity. The PIPO SHG imaging showed that dried starch granules have a much higher nonlinear optical susceptibility component ratio than fully hydrated granules. In contrast, deuterated starch granules showed a smaller susceptibility component ratio demonstrating that SHG is highly sensitive to the organization of the hydroxyl and hydrogen bond network. The polarization SHG imaging results of potato starch granules, representing starch allomorph B, were compared to those of maize starch granules representing allomorph A. The results showed that the amount of aligned water was higher in the maize granules. Nonlinear microscopy of starch granules provides evidence that varying hydration conditions leads to significant changes in the nonlinear susceptibility ratio as well as the SHG intensity, supporting the hypothesis from ab initio calculations that the dominant contribution to SHG is due to the ordered hydroxide and hydrogen bond network. PMID:25427055

  3. Polarization-Modulated Second Harmonic Generation Microscopy in Collagen

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    Stoller, P C

    2002-09-30

    Collagen is a key structural protein in the body; several pathological conditions lead to changes in collagen. Among imaging modalities that can be used in vivo, second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy has a key advantage: it provides {approx}1 {micro}m resolution information about collagen structure as a function of depth. A new technique--polarization-modulated SHG--is presented: it permits simultaneous measurement of collagen orientation, of a lower bound on the magnitude of the second order nonlinear susceptibility tensor, and of the ratio of the two independent elements in this tensor. It is applied to characterizing SHG in collagen and to determining effects of biologically relevant changes in collagen structure. The magnitude of the second harmonic signal in two dimensional images varies with position even in structurally homogeneous tissue; this phenomenon is due to interference between second harmonic light generated by neighboring fibrils, which are randomly oriented parallel or anti-parallel to each other. Studies in which focal spot size was varied indicated that regions where fibrils are co-oriented are less than {approx}1.5 {micro}m in diameter. A quartz reference was used to determine the spot size as well as a lower limit (d{sub xxx} > 0.3 pm/V) for the magnitude of the second order nonlinear susceptibility. The ratio of the two independent tensor elements ranged between d{sub XYY}/d{sub XXX} = 0.60 and 0.75. SHG magnitude alone was not useful for identifying structural anomalies in collagenous tissue. Instead, changes in the polarization dependence of SHG were used to analyze biologically relevant perturbations in collagen structure. Changes in polarization dependence were observed in dehydrated samples, but not in highly crosslinked samples, despite significant alterations in packing structure. Complete thermal denaturation and collagenase digestion produced samples with no detectable SHG signal. Collagen orientation was measured in thin

  4. Creation and doubling of vortices in intracavity second harmonic generation

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    Lim, Oo-Kaw; Boland, Brian; Saffman, Mark; Krolikowski, Wieslaw

    2004-05-01

    Optical vortices are topological objects whose transformation properties under propagation in linear and nonlinear optical media have been the subject of much recent interest. In this work we demonstrate generation and frequency doubling of unit charge vortices in a linear astigmatic resonator. By appropriate alignment of a near confocal cavity we couple a fundamental laser beam at 860nm to a vortical resonator mode. With a nonlinear crystal in the resonator a doubly charged vortex at the second harmonic frequency is generated. Topological instability of the double charge harmonic vortices leads to well separated vortex cores that are shown to rotate and become anisotropic, as the resonator is tuned across resonance. A simple theory that accounts for crystal induced astigmatism agrees well with the experimental measurements.

  5. Automated cardiac sarcomere analysis from second harmonic generation images

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    Garcia-Canadilla, Patricia; Gonzalez-Tendero, Anna; Iruretagoyena, Igor; Crispi, Fatima; Torre, Iratxe; Amat-Roldan, Ivan; Bijnens, Bart H.; Gratacos, Eduard

    2014-05-01

    Automatic quantification of cardiac muscle properties in tissue sections might provide important information related to different types of diseases. Second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging provides a stain-free microscopy approach to image cardiac fibers that, combined with our methodology of the automated measurement of the ultrastructure of muscle fibers, computes a reliable set of quantitative image features (sarcomere length, A-band length, thick-thin interaction length, and fiber orientation). We evaluated the performance of our methodology in computer-generated muscle fibers modeling some artifacts that are present during the image acquisition. Then, we also evaluated it by comparing it to manual measurements in SHG images from cardiac tissue of fetal and adult rabbits. The results showed a good performance of our methodology at high signal-to-noise ratio of 20 dB. We conclude that our automated measurements enable reliable characterization of cardiac fiber tissues to systematically study cardiac tissue in a wide range of conditions.

  6. Interpreting Second-Harmonic Generation Images of Collagen I Fibrils

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    Williams, Rebecca M.; Zipfel, Warren R.; Webb, Watt W.

    2005-01-01

    Fibrillar collagen, being highly noncentrosymmetric, possesses a tremendous nonlinear susceptibility. As a result, second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy of collagen produces extremely bright and robust signals, providing an invaluable tool for imaging tissue structure with submicron resolution. Here we discuss fundamental principles governing SHG phase matching with the tightly focusing optics used in microscopy. Their application to collagen imaging yields several biophysical features characteristic of native collagen structure: SHG radiates from the shell of a collagen fibril, rather than from its bulk. This SHG shell may correspond to the supporting element of the fibril. Physiologically relevant changes in solution ionic strength alter the ratio of forward-to-backward propagating SHG, implying a resulting change in the SHG shell thickness. Fibrillogenesis can be resolved in immature tissue by directly imaging backward-propagating SHG. Such findings are crucial to the design and development of forthcoming diagnostic and research tools. PMID:15533922

  7. Magnetic Second-Harmonic Generation from Interfaces and Nanostructures

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    McGilp, J. F.

    2012-08-01

    Magneto-optic techniques provide non-contact and non-destructive characterization of magnetic materials. This includes embedded magnetic nanostructures, which are accessible due to the large penetration depth of optical radiation. Nonlinear magnetic second-harmonic generation (MSHG) can measure the surface and interlace magnetism of centrosymmetric magnetic films and nanostructures with sub-monolayer sensitivity. MSHG is briefly reviewed and examples from high symmetry interlaces and nanostructures described. Low symmetry systems, such as aligned magnetic nanostructures grown by self-organization on vicinal substrates, are more difficult to characterize, however, because of the large number of tensor components that may contribute to the signal. Normal incidence geometry simplifies the problem and this new approach is shown to allow the determination of hysteresis loops and the temperature dependent magnetic response of Au-capped Fe nanostructures grown on vicinal W(110).

  8. Polarization-modulated second harmonic generation in collagen.

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    Stoller, Patrick; Reiser, Karen M; Celliers, Peter M; Rubenchik, Alexander M

    2002-06-01

    Collagen possesses a strong second-order nonlinear susceptibility, a nonlinear optical property characterized by second harmonic generation in the presence of intense laser beams. We present a new technique involving polarization modulation of an ultra-short pulse laser beam that can simultaneously determine collagen fiber orientation and a parameter related to the second-order nonlinear susceptibility. We demonstrate the ability to discriminate among different patterns of fibrillar orientation, as exemplified by tendon, fascia, cornea, and successive lamellar rings in an intervertebral disc. Fiber orientation can be measured as a function of depth with an axial resolution of approximately 10 microm. The parameter related to the second-order nonlinear susceptibility is sensitive to fiber disorganization, oblique incidence of the beam on the sample, and birefringence of the tissue. This parameter represents an aggregate measure of tissue optical properties that could potentially be used for optical imaging in vivo. PMID:12023255

  9. Thermal optimization of second harmonic generation at high pump powers.

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    Sahm, Alexander; Uebernickel, Mirko; Paschke, Katrin; Erbert, Götz; Tränkle, Günther

    2011-11-01

    We measure the temperature distribution of a 3 cm long periodically poled LiNbO₃ crystal in a single-pass second harmonic generation (SHG) setup at 488 nm. By means of three resistance heaters and directly mounted Pt100 sensors the crystal is subdivided in three sections. 9.4 W infrared pump light and 1.3 W of SHG light cause a de-homogenized temperature distribution of 0.2 K between the middle and back section. A sectional offset heating is used to homogenize the temperature in those two sections and thus increasing the conversion efficiency. A 15% higher SHG output power matching the prediction of our theoretical model is achieved. PMID:22109182

  10. Second Harmonic Generation in a Graphe Armchair Nanoribbon

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    Gumbs, Godfrey; Abranyos, Yonatan

    2013-03-01

    The second order nonlinear optical susceptibility χ (2) for second harmonic generation is calculated for the 11H transition of a graded double quantum well (DQW) structure of undoped- GaAs / Alx Ga1 - x As . These results are compared with the single quantum well (QW). Our results show that the values of χ (2) have optimal magnitudes dependent on the width, depth and separation between the QWs in a DQW structure. When the electric field increases, the dipole moment increases due to the increasing separation between the electron and hole wave functions. On the other hand, the oscillator strength of the 11H transition is reduced as a result of the decrease in the overlap of the electron and hole envelope functions. These two competing factors give rise to optimal conditions for the enhancement of the second order nonlinear susceptibility χ (2). It is demonstrated that χ (2) for the DQW structure is more enhanced than for the biased single QW.

  11. Second-harmonic diffraction from holographic volume grating.

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    Nee, Tsu-Wei

    2006-10-01

    The full polarization property of holographic volume-grating enhanced second-harmonic diffraction (SHD) is investigated theoretically. The nonlinear coefficient is derived from a simple atomic model of the material. By using a simple volume-grating model, the SHD fields and Mueller matrices are first derived. The SHD phase-mismatching effect for a thick sample is analytically investigated. This theory is justified by fitting with published experimental SHD data of thin-film samples. The SHD of an existing polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) holographic 2-mm-thick volume-grating sample is investigated. This sample has two strong coupling linear diffraction peaks and five SHD peaks. The splitting of SHD peaks is due to the phase-mismatching effect. The detector sensitivity and laser power needed to measure these peak signals are quantitatively estimated. PMID:16985536

  12. Second harmonic plasma emission involving ion sound waves

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    Cairns, Iver H.

    1987-01-01

    The theory for second harmonic plasma emission by the weak turbulence (or random phase) processes L + L + or - S to T, proceeding in two three-wave steps, L + or - S to L prime and L + L prime to T, where L, S and T denote Langmuir, ion sound and electromagnetic waves, respectively, is developed. Kinematic constraints on the characteristics and growth lengths of waves participating in the wave processes, and constraints on the characteristics of the source plasma, are derived. Limits on the brightness temperature of the radiation and the levels of the L prime and S waves are determined. Expressions for the growth rates and path-integrated wave temperatures are derived for simple models of the wave spectra and source plasma.

  13. Time-resolved phase-sensitive second harmonic generation spectroscopy

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    Nowakowski, Paweł J.; Woods, David A.; Bain, Colin D.; Verlet, Jan R. R.

    2015-02-01

    A methodology based on time-resolved, phase-sensitive second harmonic generation (SHG) for probing the excited state dynamics of species at interfaces is presented. It is based on an interference measurement between the SHG from the sample and a local oscillator generated at a reference together with a lock-in measurement to remove the large constant offset from the interference. The technique is characterized by measuring the phase and excited state dynamics of the dye malachite green at the water/air interface. The key attributes of the technique are that the observed signal is directly proportional to sample concentration, in contrast to the quadratic dependence from non-phase sensitive SHG, and that the real and imaginary parts of the 2nd order non-linear susceptibility can be determined independently. We show that the method is highly sensitive and can provide high quality excited state dynamics in short data acquisition times.

  14. Second harmonic generation and crystal growth of new chalcone derivatives

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    Patil, P. S.; Dharmaprakash, S. M.; Ramakrishna, K.; Fun, Hoong-Kun; Sai Santosh Kumar, R.; Narayana Rao, D.

    2007-05-01

    We report on the synthesis, crystal structure and optical characterization of chalcone derivatives developed for second-order nonlinear optics. The investigation of a series of five chalcone derivatives with the second harmonic generation powder test according to Kurtz and Perry revealed that these chalcones show efficient second-order nonlinear activity. Among them, high-quality single crystals of 3-Br-4'-methoxychalcone (3BMC) were grown by solvent evaporation solution growth technique. Grown crystals were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), laser damage threshold, UV-vis-NIR and refractive index measurement studies. Infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis measurements were performed to study the molecular vibration and thermal behavior of 3BMC crystal. Thermal analysis does not show any structural phase transition.

  15. Second harmonic chalcone crystal: Synthesis, growth and characterization

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    D'silva, E. D.; Narayan Rao, D.; Philip, Reji; Butcher, Ray J.; Rajnikant; Dharmaprakash, S. M.

    2011-05-01

    The novel nonlinear optical chalcone derivative (2 E)-3-[4-(methylsulfanyl)phenyl]-1-(3-bromophenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (3Br4MSP) crystals have been grown by slow evaporation technique at ambient temperature. The crystal was subjected to different types of characterization method in order to study its possible application in nonlinear optics. The structure determination of the grown crystal was done by single crystal X-ray diffraction study. The morphology of the crystal is studied. The crystal was subjected to thermal analysis to find its thermal stability. The grown crystals were characterized for their optical transmission and mechanical hardness. The second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency of the crystal is obtained by classical powdered technique. The laser damage threshold for 3Br4MSP crystal was determined using Q-switched Nd:YAG laser.

  16. Measuring Microtubule Polarity in Spindles with Second-Harmonic Generation

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    Yu, Che-Hang; Langowitz, Noah; Wu, Hai-Yin; Farhadifar, Reza; Brugues, Jan; Yoo, Tae Yeon; Needleman, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    The spatial organization of microtubule polarity, and the interplay between microtubule polarity and protein localization, is thought to be crucial for spindle assembly, anaphase, and cytokinesis, but these phenomena remain poorly understood, in part due to the difficulty of measuring microtubule polarity in spindles. We develop and implement a method to nonperturbatively and quantitatively measure microtubule polarity throughout spindles using a combination of second-harmonic generation and two-photon fluorescence. We validate this method using computer simulations and by comparison to structural data on spindles obtained from electron tomography and laser ablation. This method should provide a powerful tool for studying spindle organization and function, and may be applicable for investigating microtubule polarity in other systems. PMID:24739157

  17. 2D magnetic nanoparticle imaging using magnetization response second harmonic

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    Tanaka, Saburo; Murata, Hayaki; Oishi, Tomoya; Suzuki, Toshifumi; Zhang, Yi

    2015-06-01

    A detection method and an imaging technique for magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have been investigated. In MNP detection and in magnetic particle imaging (MPI), the most commonly employed method is the detection of the odd harmonics of the magnetization response. We examined the advantage of using the second harmonic response when applying an AC magnetic modulation field and a DC bias field. If the magnetization response is detected by a Cu-wound-coil detection system, the output voltage from the coil is proportional to the change in the flux, dϕ/dt. Thus, the dependence of the derivative of the magnetization, M, on an AC magnetic modulation field and a DC bias field were calculated and investigated. The calculations were in good agreement with the experimental results. We demonstrated that the use of the second harmonic response for the detection of MNPs has an advantage compared with the usage of the third harmonic response, when the Cu-wound-coil detection system is employed and the amplitude of the ratio of the AC modulation field and a knee field Hac/Hk is less than 2. We also constructed a 2D MPI scanner using a pair of permanent ring magnets with a bore of ϕ80 mm separated by 90 mm. The magnets generated a gradient of Gz=3.17 T/m transverse to the imaging bore and Gx=1.33 T/m along the longitudinal axis. An original concentrated 10 μl Resovist solution in a ϕ2×3 mm2 vessel was used as a sample, and it was imaged by the scanner. As a result, a 2D contour map image could be successfully generated using the method with a lock-in amplifier.

  18. Electromagnetic study of second harmonic generation by a corrugated waveguide

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    Neviere, Michel; Popov, E.; Reinisch, Raymond

    1995-09-01

    When an incident plane wave with circular frequency (omega) falls on a grating coated by a layer of nonlinear material, it generates a nonlinear polarization PNL(2(omega) ) which acts as a source term and produces a second harmonic (SH) field called signal. The excitation of an electromagnetic resonance like surface plasmon or a guided wave increases the local field and thus the signal. The problem is to be able to compute and optimize the latter. We have developed a new theory which uses a coordinate transformation mapping the grating profile onto a plane. This simplifies the boundary conditions but complicates the propagation equation. Taking advantage of the psuedoperiodicity of the problem, the Fourier harmonics of the field are solution of a set of first order differential equations with constant coefficients. The resolution of this system via eigenvalue and eigenvector technique avoid numerical instabilities and lead to accurate results which agree perfectly with those found via the Rayleigh method or by the Differential method, when they work. A phenomenological approach is then developed to explain the unusual shape of the resonance lines at 2(omega) , which is based on the poles and zeros of the scattering operator S at (omega) and 2(omega) . It is shown that S(2(omega) ) presents 3 complex poles with 3 associated complex zeros. Their knowledge, plus the nonlinear reflectivity of the plane device allows predicting all the possible shapes of the 2(omega) signal as a function of angle of incidence. The phenomenological study explains an experimental result, found a few years ago, that if 2(omega) lies inside the absorption band of the guiding material instead of the transparent region, the enhanced second harmonic generation (SHG) is changed into a reduced one. It means that in the case phase matching can lead to a minimum instead of maximum. An algorithm is then proposed to maximize the signal intensity; with polyurethane as a guiding material a conversion

  19. Phase-shift measurments for second-harmonic generation in glass

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    Dominic, Vincent G.; Feinberg, Jack

    1993-12-01

    Focusing intense laser light along with some of its second harmonic into a glass sample transforms the glass into a frequency doubler. We present a new method to measure the optical phase shift between the second-harmonic beam used to seed the glass and the second- harmonic beam subsequently produced by the glass sample. Determination of this phase shift is essential for understanding the growth dynamics of the effect, and its value can discriminate between proposed theoretical models.

  20. Defects and strain enhancements of second-harmonic generation in Si/Ge superlattices

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    Bertocchi, Matteo; Luppi, Eleonora; Degoli, Elena; Véniard, Valérie; Ossicini, Stefano

    2014-06-01

    Starting from experimental findings and interface growth problems in Si/Ge superlattices, we have investigated through ab initio methods the concurrent and competitive behavior of strain and defects in the second-harmonic generation process. Interpreting the second-harmonic intensities as a function of the different nature and percentage of defects together with the strain induced at the interface between Si and Ge, we found a way to tune and enhance the second-harmonic generation response of these systems.

  1. Second harmonic generation of chiral-modified silver nanoparticles

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    Tao, Yue; Aldea-Nunzi, Gabriela; Rao Bobbara, Sanyasi; Nunzi, Jean-Michel

    2013-10-01

    Various approaches for the optical detection of chiral compounds have been developed due to their natural optical activity. Since the advantages of second harmonic generation (SHG) on noble-metal nanoparticles (NPs) have been observed, it would be interesting to study the nonlinear phenomena from chiral compounds attached Ag NPs. In the present work, we fabricated chiral-modified Ag NPs based on the self-assembly process of cysteine and Ag, and carried out the investigation on SHG on modified and unmodified Ag NPs. For modified Ag NPs, either L-Cysteine (L-C) or D-Cysteine (D-C), as a pair of enantiomers, was applied on top of the Ag NPs. The resulting chiral-modified monolayers of L-C/Ag NPs and D-C/Ag NPs exhibit a reversed optical rotation difference (ORD) at linearly +/-45° polarization of SH, where no such difference exists for Ag NPs alone. SHG efficiently probes and discriminates L-C from D-C monolayers on the modified Ag NPs, which constitutes a simple and sensitive optical diagnostic of chiral molecules.

  2. Second harmonic generation using nonlinear Rayleigh surface waves in stone

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    Smith, Margaret; Kim, Gun; Kim, Jin-Yeon; Kurtis, Kimberly; Jacobs, Laurence

    2015-03-01

    This research tests the potential application of the Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) method using nonlinear Rayleigh surface waves to nondestructively quantify surface microstructural changes in thin stone. The acoustic nonlinearity parameter (β) has been assessed as a meaningful indicator for characterizing the nonlinearity of civil engineering materials; additionally, Rayleigh waves offer the opportunity to isolate a material's near surface microstructural status. Sandstone was selected for testing due to its relative uniformity and small grain size compared to other stone types; the sample thickness was 2 inches to reflect the minimum panel thickness recommended by the Indiana Limestone Institute. For this research, initially fully non-contact generation and detection techniques are evaluated before a 100kHz wedge transmitter and a 200kHz air-coupled receiver are employed for generation and detection of nonlinear Rayleigh waves. Non-contact transmitters and receivers have advantages such as removing the irregularities associated with coupling as well as not leaving residues, which in stone applications can be considered aesthetically damaging. The experimental results show that the nonlinear parameter, β, can be effectively isolated using the wedge transmitter and non-contact set up and that too much of the signal strength is lost in the fully non-contact method to extract meaningful results for this stone and stones with slow wave speeds. This indicates that the proposed SHG technique is effective for evaluating the nonlinearity parameter, β, and can next be applied to characterize near surface microstructural changes in thin applications of dimensioned stone.

  3. Second harmonic generation in GF(m, 1) ferroelectric superlattices

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    Chen, Ying; Yang, Xiangbo; Guo, Qi; Lan, Sheng

    2006-03-01

    In this paper we study under the small-signal approximation the properties of the output electric field of second harmonic generation (SHG) for vertical transmission in Family A of the generalized Fibonacci (GF(m, 1)) quasiperiodic ferroelectric domain system. It is found that under perfect quasi-phase-matched (PQPM) conditions there exists self-similarity for the intense peaks of SHG (IPSHG) in real space and the two integers q and p indexing IPSHG make an interesting zero-odd set when m is large enough. On the other hand, self-similarity for IPSHG is broken under imperfect quasi-phase-matched (IQPM) conditions and the SHG spectra comprise a group of intense peaks and another group of satellite weak lines when m is very large. The corresponding integers q and p make an interesting odd-odd set and a successive integer set, respectively. Two kinds of effects of vacancies on SHG have also been found. The analytical results are confirmed by numerical simulations.

  4. Second harmonic generation reveals matrix alterations during breast tumor progression

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    Burke, Kathleen; Tang, Ping; Brown, Edward

    2013-03-01

    Alteration of the extracellular matrix in tumor stroma influences efficiency of cell locomotion away from the primary tumor into surrounding tissues and vasculature, thereby affecting metastatic potential. We study matrix changes in breast cancer through the use of second harmonic generation (SHG) of collagen in order to improve the current understanding of breast tumor stromal development. Specifically, we utilize a quantitative analysis of the ratio of forward to backward propagating SHG signal (F/B ratio) to monitor collagen throughout ductal and lobular carcinoma development. After detection of a significant decrease in the F/B ratio of invasive but not in situ ductal carcinoma compared with healthy tissue, the collagen F/B ratio is investigated to determine the evolution of fibrillar collagen changes throughout tumor progression. Results are compared with the progression of lobular carcinoma, whose F/B signature also underwent significant evolution during progression, albeit in a different manner, which offers insight into varying methods of tissue penetration and collagen manipulation between the carcinomas. This research provides insights into trends of stromal reorganization throughout breast tumor development.

  5. Imaging articular cartilage using second harmonic generation microscopy

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    Mansfield, Jessica C.; Winlove, C. Peter; Knapp, Karen; Matcher, Stephen J.

    2006-02-01

    Sub cellular resolution images of equine articular cartilage have been obtained using both second harmonic generation microscopy (SHGM) and two-photon fluorescence microscopy (TPFM). The SHGM images clearly map the distribution of the collagen II fibers within the extracellular matrix while the TPFM images show the distribution of endogenous two-photon fluorophores in both the cells and the extracellular matrix, highlighting especially the pericellular matrix and bright 2-3μm diameter features within the cells. To investigate the source of TPF in the extracellular matrix experiments have been carried out to see if it may originate from the proteoglycans. Pure solutions of the following proteoglycans hyaluronan, chondroitin sulfate and aggrecan have been imaged, only the aggrecan produced any TPF and here the intensity was not great enough to account for the TPF in the extracellular matrix. Also cartilage samples were subjected to a process to remove proteoglycans and cellular components. After this process the TPF from the samples had decreased by a factor of two, with respect to the SHG intensity.

  6. Titanosilicates with Strong Phase-Matched Second Harmonic Generation Responses.

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    Chao, Tzu-Ling; Chang, Wen-Jung; Wen, Shu-Han; Lin, Yu-Qing; Chang, Bor-Chen; Lii, Kwang-Hwa

    2016-07-27

    The search for new and efficient nonlinear optical (NLO) materials has been an active research because of their technological importance in laser applications. Although a large number of frequency-doubling oxides, phosphates, borates, and fluoride-containing borates were found, no transition-metal silicate with useful NLO properties has been reported. We have now synthesized and grown crystals of two new titanosilicates, Li2K4[(TiO)Si4O12] and Li2Rb4[(TiO)Si4O12], by using a flux and supercritical hydrothermal method. Their unique 3D framework structures contain highly compressed TiO5 square pyramids which are arranged one over the other to form infinite ···Ti-O···Ti-O straight chains with alternating short and long Ti-O distances. These two materials meet the requirements for efficient second harmonic generation including lack of center of inversion symmetry, large susceptibility, phase matching, transmitting at wavelengths of interest, resistant to laser damage, and thermally stable. These attributes make them very attractive for frequency-doubling materials. PMID:27416357

  7. Operation of a Second Harmonic, Ku-Band Gyroklystron

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    Lawson, Wes; Gouviea, Steve; Hogan, Bart; Huebschman, Ben; Spassovsky, Ivan; Granatstein, Victor

    2001-10-01

    At the University of Maryland, we have designed a 4-cavity Ku-Band second harmonic gyroklystron tube which is expected to produce peak powers in excess of 80 MW with gains above 50 dB. The first cavity is driven at about 8.57 GHz in the TE011 mode and the remainder of the cavities operate at twice the drive frequency in the TE021 mode. In this paper we describe the details of the design, cold-testing, and hot-testing of the microwave tube. We also present results for a new output waveguide system which is designed to transform the output signal of the gyroklystron into a configuration which can be used to drive a compact linear accelerator structure at 17.136 GHz. The transformation occurs in stages, with the TE02 mode converted to a TE01 mode via a rippled-wall converter, followed by a conversion to the TE20 mode in rectangular waveguide, and completed with a bifurcation and linear taper to (2) standard WR62 rectangular waveguides. Details of the theoretical and cold-test results for each subsection will be presented.

  8. New Molecular Ferroelectrics Accompanied by Ultrahigh Second-Harmonic Generation.

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    Liu, Chuang; Gao, Kaige; Cui, Zepeng; Gao, Linsong; Fu, Da-Wei; Cai, Hong-Ling; Wu, X S

    2016-05-19

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) is one of the outstanding properties for practical applications. However, the great majority of molecular ferroelectric materials have very low nonlinear optical coefficients, attenuating their attractive performance. Here we synthesized (4-amino-2-bromopyridinium)(4-amino-2-bromopyridine)tetrafluoroborate (1), whose second-order nonlinear optical coefficient reaches up to 2.56 pm V(-1), 2.67 times of that of KDP, and (4-amino-2-bromopyridinium)tetrafluoroborate (2), possessing a more incredible large second-order nonlinear optical coefficient as high as 10.24 pm V(-1), 10.67 times that of KDP. The compound 1 undergoes two reversible phase transitions at around T1 = 244.1 K and T2 = 154.6 K, caused by dramatic changes of the protonated cations and order-disorder of anions, which was disclosed by differential scanning calorimetry, heat capacity, dielectric anomalies, SHG, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The pyroelectric measurements reveal that compound 1 is a Rochelle salt type ferroelectric, which has a large spontaneous polarization of about 3 μC/cm(2). PMID:27111056

  9. Research of second harmonic generation images based on texture analysis

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    Liu, Yao; Li, Yan; Gong, Haiming; Zhu, Xiaoqin; Huang, Zufang; Chen, Guannan

    2014-09-01

    Texture analysis plays a crucial role in identifying objects or regions of interest in an image. It has been applied to a variety of medical image processing, ranging from the detection of disease and the segmentation of specific anatomical structures, to differentiation between healthy and pathological tissues. Second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy as a potential noninvasive tool for imaging biological tissues has been widely used in medicine, with reduced phototoxicity and photobleaching. In this paper, we clarified the principles of texture analysis including statistical, transform, structural and model-based methods and gave examples of its applications, reviewing studies of the technique. Moreover, we tried to apply texture analysis to the SHG images for the differentiation of human skin scar tissues. Texture analysis method based on local binary pattern (LBP) and wavelet transform was used to extract texture features of SHG images from collagen in normal and abnormal scars, and then the scar SHG images were classified into normal or abnormal ones. Compared with other texture analysis methods with respect to the receiver operating characteristic analysis, LBP combined with wavelet transform was demonstrated to achieve higher accuracy. It can provide a new way for clinical diagnosis of scar types. At last, future development of texture analysis in SHG images were discussed.

  10. Second harmonic generation imaging in tissue engineering and cartilage pathologies

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    Lilledahl, Magnus; Olderøy, Magnus; Finnøy, Andreas; Olstad, Kristin; Brinchman, Jan E.

    2015-03-01

    The second harmonic generation from collagen is highly sensitive to what extent collagen molecules are ordered into fibrils as the SHG signal is approximately proportional to the square of the fibril thickness. This can be problematic when interpreting SHG images as thick fibers are much brighter than thinner fibers such that quantification of the amount of collagen present is difficult. On the other hand SHG is therefore also a very sensitive probe to determine whether collagen have assembled into fibrils or are still dissolved as individual collagen molecules. This information is not available from standard histology or immunohistochemical techniques. The degree for fibrillation is an essential component for proper tissue function. We will present the usefulness of SHG imaging in tissue engineering of cartilage as well as cartilage related pathologies. When engineering cartilage it is essential to have the appropriate culturing conditions which cause the collagen molecules to assemble into fibrils. By employing SHG imaging we have studied how cell seeding densities affect the fibrillation of collagen molecules. Furthermore we have used SHG to study pathologies in developing cartilage in a porcine model. In both cases SHG reveals information which is not visible in conventional histology or immunohistochemistry

  11. Two-photon resonant second harmonic generation in atomic xeon

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    Shi, Y. J.; Al-Basheer, W.; Thompson, R. I.

    2009-03-07

    Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation at 124.8 nm (9.93 eV) was produced from two-photon resonant second harmonic generation (SHG) in a xeon gaseous medium and used to probe molecular samples of acetone, furan, thiophene, ammonia, and methane. The mass spectra recorded from the species with ionization energies below 9.93 eV were dominated by the parent ions. The parent ions were only observed when the incident UV radiation was tuned to resonate with the two-photon transition 5p{sup 5}({sup 2}P{sub 3/2}{sup 0})6p[1/2]{sub 0}(leftarrow)5p{sup 6} {sup 1}S{sub 0} of Xe at 80 119.474 cm{sup -1}. The pressure dependence and the resonant nature of the parent ions observed support the mechanism for SHG as the ionization-initiated electric field induced SHG via the third-order nonlinear susceptibility {chi}{sup (3)}, which is enhanced by the coupling between the 5p{sup 5}({sup 2}P{sub 3/2}{sup 0})6p[1/2]{sub 0} and the nearby 5p{sup 5}({sup 2}P{sub 3/2}{sup 0})5d[1/2]{sub 1} states of Xe atoms.

  12. Resonant second harmonic generation of a Gaussian electromagnetic beam in a collisional magnetoplasma

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    Kaur, Sukhdeep; Sharma, A. K.; Salih, Hyder A.

    2009-04-15

    Second harmonic generation of a right circularly polarized Gaussian electromagnetic beam in a magnetized plasma is investigated. The beam causes Ohmic heating of electrons and subsequent redistribution of the plasma, leading to self-defocusing. The radial density gradient, in conjunction with the oscillatory electron velocity, produces density oscillation at the wave frequency. The density oscillation beats with the oscillatory velocity to produce second harmonic current density, giving rise to resonant second harmonic radiation when the wave frequency is one-third of electron cyclotron frequency. The second harmonic field has azimuthal dependence as exp(i{theta}). The self-defocusing causes a reduction in the efficiency of harmonic generation.

  13. Effect of the domain shape on noncollinear second-harmonic emission in disordered quadratic media.

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    Ayoub, Mousa; Passlick, Markus; Koynov, Kaloian; Imbrock, Jörg; Denz, Cornelia

    2013-12-16

    We study the role of the individual ferroelectric domain shape on the second-harmonic emission in strontium barium niobate featuring a random quadratic nonlinearity. The noncollinearly emitted second-harmonic signal is scanned in the far-field at different incident angles for different domain size distributions. This offers the possibility to retrieve the Fourier spectrum, corresponding to the spatial domain distribution and domain shape. Based on images of the domain structures retrieved by Čerenkov-type second-harmonic microscopy, domain patterns are simulated, the second-harmonic intensities are calculated, and finally compared with the measurements. PMID:24514720

  14. Transmission second harmonic generation in CdTe at 1.064 μm

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    Petrovic, M. S.; Suchocki, A.; Powell, R. C.; Cantwell, G.

    1991-12-01

    Transmission geometry measurements of the efficiency of second harmonic generation in various thicknesses of CdTe samples were made to determine the conversion efficiency dependence on material thickness. Neglecting pump depletion, it is found that for samples of well-defined symmetry, the second harmonic conversion efficiency scales with film thickness, with no observed enhancement owing to coherence length effects. The angular dependence of the observed second harmonic light in films of well-defined symmetry is consistent with second harmonic generation originating in the bulk.

  15. Second harmonic detection in the electrochemical strain microscopy of Ag-ion conducting glass

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    Yang, Sangmo; Okatan, Mahmut Baris; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Jesse, Stephen; Noh, Tae Won; Kalinin, Sergei V.

    2014-11-14

    The first and second harmonic electromechanical responses and their cross-correlation in Ag-ion conducting glass were investigated using band-excitation electrochemical strain microscopy (ESM). Consecutive ESM images with increasing magnitudes of the applied AC voltage allowed observation of not only reversible surface displacement but also irreversible silver nanoparticle formation above a certain threshold voltage. The second harmonic ESM response was anticorrelated with the first harmonic response in many local regions. Furthermore, the nucleation sites of silver nanoparticles were closely related to the anti-correlated regions, specifically, with low second harmonic and high first harmonic ESM responses. The possible origins of the second harmonic ESM response are discussed.

  16. Second harmonic generation imaging microscopy of cellular structure and function

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    Millard, Andrew C.; Jin, Lei; Loew, Leslie M.

    2005-03-01

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging microscopy is an important emerging technique for biological research, with many advantages over existing one- or two-photon fluorescence techniques. A non-linear phenomenon employing mode-locked Ti:sapphire or fiber-based lasers, SHG results in intrinsic optical sectioning without the need for a confocal aperture. Furthermore, as a second-order process SHG is confined to loci lacking a center of symmetry. Many important structural proteins such as collagen and cellulose show intrinsic SHG, thus providing access to sub-resolution information on symmetry. However, we are particularly interested here in "resonance-enhanced" SHG from styryl dyes. In general SHG is a combination of a true second-order process and a third-order process dependent on a static electric field, such that SHG from membrane-bound dyes depends on a cell's trans-membrane potential. With simultaneous patch-clamping and non-linear imaging of cells, we have found that SHG is a sensitive probe of trans-membrane potential with sensitivities that are up to four times better than those obtained under optimal conditions using one-photon fluorescence imaging. With the sensitivity of SHG to local electric fields from other sources such as the membrane dipole potential as well as the quadratic dependence of SHG on concentration, we have found that SHG imaging of styryl dyes is also a powerful technique for the investigation of lipid phases and rafts and for the visualization of the dynamics of membrane-vesicle fusion following fertilization of an ovum.

  17. Studies of surfaces using optical second-harmonic generation

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    Tom, H.W.K.

    1984-04-01

    The experiments reported in this thesis demonstrate the use of second-harmonic generation (SHG) and sum-frequency generation (SFG) in reflection from surfaces to study various surface properties. The experiments firmly establish SHG as a viable new surface probe that complements existing surface probes in ultrahigh vacuum environments and is in many ways unique for studying interfaces between dense media. Surface structural symmetry can be revealed through the anisotropy in the SH signal from the surface as the sample is rotated about its normal. The form of this anisotropy is derived in theory and verified with an experiment on the Si(100) and (111) surfaces. The SHG and SFG signals from molecules adsorbed on noninteracting substrates have a direct relationship to the number, average orientation, and spectroscopic properties of the molecules. The SH intensity was used to measure the isotherm for adsorption of p-nitrobenzoic acid from ethanolic solution to fused silica. Experiments performed on a strongly-interacting well-characterized Rh(111) surface in ultrahigh vacuum establish the sensitivity of the SH probe in corroboration with other surface probes. For the first time, the SH coverage-dependence was fit by theory in a quantitative way for the case of O-atom adsorption. The sensitivity of SH to adsorption at different sites was established for CO on top- and bridge-sites. SHG was shown to be surface specific in that the SHG from alkali metal surfaces originates from the first two monolayers. SH sensitivity to the adsorption of catalytically-important hydrocarbons and to chemical processes such as benzene dehydrogenation was also demonstrated. 122 references, 27 figures, 2 tables.

  18. Studies of interfaces and vapors with Optical Second Harmonic Generation

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    Mullin, C. S.

    1993-12-01

    Optical Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) has been applied to the study of soap-like molecules adsorbed to the water-air interface. By calibrating the signal from a soluble monolayer with that of an insoluble homolog, absolute measurements of the surface density could be obtained and related to the bulk concentration and surface tension. We could then demonstrate that the soluble surfactant forms a single monolayer at the interface. Furthermore, it deviates significantly from the ideal case in that its activity coefficients are far from 1, yet those coefficients remain constant over a broad range of surface pressures. We present evidence of a first-order phase transition taking place during the adsorption of this soluble monolayer. We consider the effects of the non-ideal behavior and the phase transition on the microscopic model of adsorption, and formulate an alternative to the Langmuir picture of adsorption which is just as simple, yet it can more easily allow for non-ideal behavior. The second half of this thesis considers the problem of SHG in bulk metal vapors. The symmetry of the vapor forbids SHG, yet it has been observed. We consider several models whereby the symmetry of the vapor is broken by the presence of the laser and compare their predictions to new observations we have made using a few-picosecond laser pulse. The two-lobed output beam profile shows that it is the vapor-plus-beam combination whose symmetry is important. The dependence on vapor pressure demonstrates the coherent nature of the radiation, while the dependence on buffer gas pressure hints at a change of the symmetry in time. The time-dependence is measured directly with a preliminary pump-probe measurement. The magnitude and intensity dependence of the signal are also measured. All but one of the models are eliminated by this comparison.

  19. Second harmonic generation study of liquid surface and amphilphile monolayer

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    Zhao, X.

    1992-12-31

    This thesis contains the following topics. In Chapter 2, we use temperature dependent SHC to study the surface structure of some neat liquids. It was found all the hydrogen bonding liquids have a stronger SHG dependence of temperature while for the non-hydrogen bonding liquids SH response is insensitive to temperature change. In Chapter 3, we discussed the general feature of the electric field induced second harmonic generation (EFISHG). We experimentally established the importance of the {chi}{sup (3)} mechanism at the air/water charged interface. In Chapter 4, we used SHG to study the p-nitrophenol (PNP) penetration into the insoluble monolayer of hexadecyl and pentadecyl acid. It was found that PNP preferentially adsorbs at the fatty acid monolayer. The population and orientation of PNP is strongly dependent on the fatty acid monolayer packing. In Chapter 5, SH signal fluctuation spectroscopy was used to study the surface self-diffusion within the monolayer gas-liquid co-existence region. Assuming the uniform distribution of the liquid phase cluster size, a diffusion model was developed to fit the experimental measured autocorrelation function. In Chapter 6, SH fluctuation spectroscopy was used to study the monolayer orientation spontaneous fluctuation. It was found that only the electron rich aromatic head groups exhibit the orientational fluctuation while the electron poor aromatic molecules do not have a fluctuation anomalies. Fluctuation time scale is strongly influenced by the hydrophobic chain length. A quantitative theory was presented based on Landau-Ginzburg theory to fit the time dependent orientation fluctuation. In Chapter 7, we focused on the acid-base equilibrium constant measurement at the air/water interface using both {chi}{sup (2)} and {chi}{sup (2)} method. We have measured pKa of aniline, phenol, amine, and acid at the interface. It turned out that for all these species, the neutral form is more stable at the interface.

  20. Phase matching in second-harmonic generation using artificial periodic structures.

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    Tang, C. L.; Bey, P. P.

    1973-01-01

    The use of artificial periodic structures, consisting of spatial modulations of the linear and nonlinear susceptibilities of a nonlinear optical medium, to achieve phase matching in second-harmonic generation is analyzed. Dispersion relations and approximate formulas for the second-harmonic fields generated under various conditions are obtained and used to evaluate the experimental situation.

  1. NIR-triggered drug delivery by collagen-mediated second harmonic generation.

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    Barhoumi, Aoune; Salvador-Culla, Borja; Kohane, Daniel S

    2015-06-01

    Second harmonic generation is a process through which nonlinear materials such as collagen can absorb two photons and scatter one with twice the energy. Collagen upconverts 730 nm (near-IR) to 365 nm (UV) through second harmonic generation, which cleaves a molecule bound to collagen via a UV-sensitive linker. PMID:25728310

  2. Vector treatment of second-harmonic generation produced by tightly focused vignetted Gaussian beams

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    Asatryan, Ara A.; Sheppard, Colin J. R.; de Sterke, C. Martijn

    2004-12-01

    We present a fast and accurate method to calculate the vector-field distribution of a focused Gaussian beam. This method is applied to calculate the second harmonic that is generated by such a beam from a sample in the undepleted pump approximation. These calculations can be used to model second-harmonic imaging in an optical microscope with a wide aperture.

  3. Second-harmonic scanning microscopy of domains in Al wire bonds in IGBT modules.

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    Simesen, Paw; Pedersen, Kristian Bonderup; Pedersen, Kjeld

    2015-12-28

    Scanning second harmonic generation microscopy has been used to investigate crystallographic orientation of the grain structure in Al wire bonds in insulated gate bipolar transistor modules. It was shown that the recorded second harmonic microscopy images revealed the grain structure of the Al sample. Additional information of the individual grain orientation was achieved by using simple interpretations of the recorded rotational anisotropy. PMID:26832011

  4. Self-Action of Second Harmonic Generation and Longitudinal Temperature Gradient in Nonlinear-Optical Crystals

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    Baranov, A. I.; Konyashkin, A. V.; Ryabushkin, O. A.

    2015-09-01

    Model of second harmonic generation with thermal self-action was developed. Second harmonic generation temperature phase matching curves were measured and calculated for periodically polled lithium niobate crystal. Both experimental and calculated data show asymmetrical shift of temperature tuning curves with pump power.

  5. Observation of the second-harmonic generation from relativistically quivering electrons in exciting laser wakefield.

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    Takahashi, Eiji; Mori, Michiaki; Yugami, Noboru; Nishida, Yasushi; Kondo, Kiminori

    2002-01-01

    The second-harmonic emission generated by the spatially asymmetric quivering electrons caused by the ponderomotive force was studied. The intensity of the second harmonic was proportional to the focused intensity of the pump pulse with the power of 1.8. This intensity dependence can be explained by the relativistic effect of the quivering electrons. PMID:11800785

  6. Second harmonic generation and two-photon luminescence from colloidal gold nanoparticles

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    Yashunin, D. A.; Korytin, A. I.; Smirnov, A. I.; Stepanov, A. N.

    2016-03-01

    Second harmonic generation and two-photon luminescence from colloidal gold nanoparticles in the 980-1300 nm wavelength range of exciting femtosecond radiation were investigated experimentally. The measured polarization and spectral characteristics of the second harmonic and two-photon luminescence demonstrate that the observed nonlinear optical signal is determined by the dimers constituting several percent of the total nanoparticle number.

  7. Relativistic second harmonic generation from an S-polarized laser in over-dense plasma

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    Adusumilli, K.; Goyal, D.; Tripathi, V. K.

    2011-08-15

    A relativistic S-polarized short pulse laser impinged obliquely on an overdense plasma thin foil is shown to produce very significant second harmonic in the direction of specular reflection. The second harmonic is P-polarized and is driven by the second harmonic ponderomotive force on electrons in the skin layer. The treatment incorporates the electron density modification by the static ponderomotive force and mass modification due to relativistic effects. The second harmonic reflected amplitude is greatest for an optimum value of the angle of incidence. The conversion efficiency of the second harmonic is greater for higher values of incident laser amplitude and lower values of electron density in the foil. The equivalence between the total ponderomotive force and the radiation pressure force is also demonstrated.

  8. Second harmonic generation in nanoscale films of transition metal chalcogenides: Taking into account multibeam interference

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    Lavrov, S. D.; Kudryavtsev, A. V.; Shestakova, A. P.; Kulyuk, L.; Mishina, E. D.

    2016-05-01

    Second harmonic generation is studied in structures containing nanoscale layers of transition metal chalcogenides that are two-dimensional semiconductors and deposited on a SiO2/Si substrate. The second harmonic generation intensity is calculated with allowance for multibeam interference in layers of dichalcogenide and silicon oxide. The coefficient of reflection from the SiO2-layer-based Fabry-Perot cavity is subsequently calculated for pump wave fields initiating nonlinear polarization at every point of dichalcogenide, which is followed by integration of all second harmonic waves generated by this polarization. Calculated second harmonic intensities are presented as functions of dichalcogenide and silicon oxide layer thicknesses. The dependence of the second harmonic intensity on the MoS2 layer thickness is studied experimentally in the layer of 2-140 nm. A good coincidence of the experimental data and numerical simulation results has been obtained.

  9. A novel method for detecting second harmonic ultrasonic components generated from fastened bolts

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    Fukuda, Makoto; Imano, Kazuhiko

    2012-09-01

    This study examines the use of ultrasonic second harmonic components in the quality control of bolt-fastened structures. An improved method for detecting the second harmonic components, from a bolt fastened with a nut, using the transmission method is constructed. A hexagon head iron bolt (12-mm diameter and 25-mm long) was used in the experiments. The bolt was fastened using a digital torque wrench. The second harmonic component increased by approximately 20 dB before and after the bolt was fastened. The sources of second harmonic components were contact acoustic nonlinearity in the screw thread interfaces of the bolt-nut and were the plastic deformation in the bolt with fastening bolt. This result was improved by approximately 10 dB compared with previous our method. Consequently, usefulness of the novel method for detecting second harmonic ultrasonic components generated from fastened bolt was confirmed.

  10. Characterization of muscle contraction with second harmonic generation microscopy

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    Prent, Nicole

    Muscle cells have the ability to change length and generate force due to orchestrated action of myosin nanomotors that cause sliding of actin filaments along myosin filaments in the sarcomeres, the fundamental contractile units, of myocytes. The correlated action of hundreds of sarcomeres is needed to produce the myocyte contractions. This study probes the molecular structure of the myofilaments and investigates the movement correlations between sarcomeres during contraction. In this study, second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy is employed for imaging striated myocytes. Myosin filaments in striated myocytes inherently have a nonzero second-order susceptibility, [special characters omitted] and therefore generate efficient SHG. Employing polarization-in polarization-out (PIPO) SHG microscopy allows for the accurate determination of the characteristic ratio, [special characters omitted] in birefringent myocytes, which describes the structure of the myosin filament. Analysis shows that the b value at the centre of the myosin filament, where the nonlinear dipoles are better aligned, is slightly lower than the value at the edges of the filament, where there is more disorder in orientation of the nonlinear dipoles from the myosin heads. Forced stretching of myocytes resulted in an SHG intensity increase with the elongation of the sarcomere. SHG microscopy captured individual sarcomeres during contraction, allowing for the measurement of sarcomere length (SL) and SHG intensity (SI) fluctuations. The fluctuations also revealed higher SHG intensity in elongated sarcomeres. The sarcomere synchronization model (SSM) for contracting and quiescent myocytes was developed, and experimentally verified for three cases (isolated cardiomyocyte, embryonic chicken cardiomyocyte, and larva myocyte). During contraction, the action of SLs and SIs between neighbouring sarcomeres partially correlated, whereas in quiescent myocytes the SLs show an anti-correlation and the SIs have no

  11. Revealing the second harmonic generation in a femtosecond laser-driven cluster-based plasma by analyzing shapes of Ar XVII spectral lines.

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    Oks, Eugene; Dalimier, Elisabeth; Faenov, Anatoly; Pikuz, Tatiana; Fukuda, Yuji; Andreev, Alexander; Koga, James; Sakaki, Hironao; Kotaki, Hideyuki; Pirozhkov, Alexander; Hayashi, Yukio; Skobelev, Igor; Pikuz, Sergei; Kawachi, Tetsuya; Kando, Masaki; Kondo, Kiminori; Zhidkov, Alexei; Kodama, Ryosuke

    2015-12-14

    We present experiments dealing with a femtosecond laser-driven cluster-based plasma, where by analyzing the nonlinear phenomenon of satellites of spectral lines of Ar XVII, we revealed the nonlinear phenomenon of the generation of the second harmonic of the laser frequency. For performing this analysis we developed new results in the theory of satellites of spectral lines. From such lineshape analysis we found, in particular, that the efficiency of converting the short (40 fs) intense (3x10¹⁸ W/cm²) incident laser light into the second harmonic was 2%. This result is in the excellent agreement with the 2-Dimensional Particle-In-Cell (2D PIC) simulation that we also performed. There is also an order of magnitude agreement between the thresholds for the SHG found from the line shape analysis and from the 2D PIC simulations. PMID:26698990

  12. Adiabatic femtosecond pulse compression and control by using quadratic cascading nonlinearity

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    Zeng, Xianglong; Ashihara, Satoshi; Shimura, Tsutomu; Kuroda, Kazuo

    2008-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate that adiabatic compression of femtosecond pulse can be achieved by employing the management of quadratic cascading nonlinearity in quasi-phase-matching gratings. Cascading nonlinearity is not a simple analogy with third-order optical nonlinearity in term of the engineering properties of the magnitude and focusing (or defocusing) nonlinearity. Femtosecond pulse compression is investigated based on type-I (e: o + o) collinear QPM geometry of aperiodically poled MgO-doped LiNbO 3 (MgO: LN). Group-velocity-matching condition is chosen to generate quadratic femtosecond soliton consisting of fundamental (FF) and second harmonic (SH) pulses. Adiabatic-like compression process is observed in the length of 50 mm linearly chirped QPM. Cascading nonlinearity is local managed, instead of dispersion management used in fiber adiabatic soliton compression. Quadratic soliton including FF and SH pulses are obtained from the compression of 95 fs FF pulse in the initial experiments. Dependence on the phase mismatch and group velocity mismatch, cascading nonlinearity has a flexible property and presents a new challenge for exploring femtosecond pulse shaping and control. The demonstrated pulse compression and control based on cascading nonlinearity is useful for generation of shorter pulses with clean temporal profiles, efficient femtosecond second harmonic generation and group-velocity control.

  13. Second harmonic generation in ZnO thin films fabricated by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Liu, C. Y.; Zhang, B. P.; Binh, N. T.; Segawa, Y.

    2004-07-01

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) from ZnO thin films fabricated by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique was carried out. By comparing the second harmonic signal generated in a series of ZnO films with different deposition temperatures, we conclude that a significant part of second harmonic signal is generated at the film deposited with appropriate temperature. The second-order susceptibility tensor χ(2)zzz=9.2 pm/V was deduced for a film deposited at 250 °C.

  14. Effect of loss on slow-light-enhanced second-harmonic generation in periodic nanostructures.

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    Saravi, Sina; Quintero-Bermudez, Rafael; Setzpfandt, Frank; Asger Mortensen, N; Pertsch, Thomas

    2016-07-01

    We theoretically analyze the dependence of second-harmonic generation efficiency on the group index in periodic optical waveguides with loss. We investigate different possible scenarios of using slow light to enhance the efficiency of this process and show that in some cases there exists a maximally achievable efficiency reached for finite values of the group index at the point of phase-matching. Furthermore, we identify situations for which slow light, surprisingly, does not enhance the second-harmonic generation efficiency. Our results are corroborated by rigorous nonlinear simulations of second-harmonic generation in periodic nanobeam waveguides with loss. PMID:27367114

  15. Calculation of second-harmonic wave pattern generated by focused cylindrical vector beams

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    Ohtsu, A.; Kozawa, Y.; Sato, S.

    2010-03-01

    We calculated the second-harmonic wave pattern induced by focused cylindrically symmetric, polarized vector beams. The second-order nonlinear polarization was expressed for fundamental electric field components passed through a dielectric interface based on vector diffraction theory. Furthermore, the second-harmonic wave pattern was represented on the basis of the far-field approximate expression derived from the formulation of higher-order harmonic generation including a Green's function. For a (110) zinc selenide crystal, the calculated forward emission patterns of the second-harmonic wave were eight-figure shaped as observed in experiment.

  16. Conversion of the 'Iskra-5' iodine laser to second-harmonic operating mode

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    Annenkov, V I; Vinogradskiy, L M; Gaidash, V A; Galakhov, I V; Garanin, Sergey G; Zhidkov, N V; Zubkov, A V; Kalipanov, S V; Kargin, V A; Kirillov, G A; Kovalenko, V P; Kochemasov, G G; Kravchenko, A G; Krotov, V A; Lazarchuk, V P; Lapin, S G; Bespalov, V I; Bredikhin, V I; Ershov, V P; Zil'berberg, V V

    2005-11-30

    The conversion of the 'Iskra-5' iodine laser to the regime of fusion target irradiation by second harmonic radiation at 657.5 nm is reported. The laser upgrading enabled obtaining from 12 channels a total second-harmonic energy yield of 2.5 kJ, which corresponds to an output power of 5 TW. The conversion efficiency was equal to {approx}50% in experiments with DKDP crystals with an aperture of 35 cm. A series of 12-channel experiments was conducted involving second-harmonic irradiation of microtargets. (lasers)

  17. Role of surface plasmon in second harmonic generation from gold nanorods

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    Hubert, C.; Billot, L.; Adam, P.-M.; Bachelot, R.; Royer, P.; Grand, J.; Gindre, D.; Dorkenoo, K. D.; Fort, A.

    2007-04-30

    The role of surface plasmon in second harmonic generation from arrays of gold nanorod particles excited by femtosecond laser pulses is investigated as a function of incident light polarization and irradiation wavelength. In addition to photoluminescence, a peak of second harmonic is observed and is found to depend on the polarization and wavelength of the fundamental frequency laser beam. In particular, the authors found similarities between extinction spectra of the nanoparticles and spectra of emmitted second harmonic. This behavior can be explained by resonant excitation of localized surface plasmon resonances.

  18. Phase-matched second harmonic generation and nonlinear phase shift in a Langmuir-Blodgett film waveguide

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    Schrader, Sigurd K.; Flueraru, Costel; Motschmann, Hubert; Brehmer, Ludwig

    2001-12-01

    Wave-guides have been prepared as y-type Langmuir-Blodgett multilayers from 2-docosylamino-5-nitropyridine (DCANP) on quartz glass substrates. The tensor elements of the LB-films as determined by polarization dependent second harmonic generation (SHG) are (Formula available in paper) The wave-guides were fabricated in a way that the second-order susceptibility changes sign at the nodal plane of the first-order wave-guide mode for s-polarization. In such wave-guides efficient second harmonic generation (SHG) was reached via mode conversion at a fundamental wavelength near 1064 nm. The conversion efficiency reached the extraordinary high value of 8%/W which corresponds to a normalized conversion efficiency of 3600 %/(W cm2). In addition, interferometric measurements have been carried out to study the non-linear phase-shift which the fundamental beam experiences due to non-linear interaction in the wave-guide. From these experiments an apparent intensity-dependent refractive index n2SHG of 2,6 10-13 cm2/W was calculated. This as about 400 times the intensity-dependent refractive as expected from third-order susceptibility of the isotropic material. From that it can be concluded that the main contribution of the intensity-dependent refractive index is connected to cascading of second-order processes.

  19. Second-Harmonic Generation of Electrically Poled Borophosphate Glasses: Effects of Introducing Niobium or Sodium Oxides

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    Nazabal, V.; Fargin, E.; Videau, J. J.; Le Flem, G.; Le Calvez, A.; Montant, S.; Freysz, E.; Ducasse, A.; Couzi, M.

    1997-11-01

    Second-harmonic generation in poled glasses opens new frontiers in optical material research. Within this context new borophosphate glasses of the Ca(PO3)2-CaB4O7-Na2B4O7-Nb2O5system were synthesized and their second-harmonic generation was evaluated after poling treatment. The enhancement of the second-harmonic signal with niobium oxide content is related to the presence of distorted NbO6octahedra in the former of the glasses and to the increase in third-order susceptibility. The intensity of the measured second-harmonic signal is not dependent on the amount of sodium (100-1000 ppm) introduced into the glass.

  20. Second-harmonic illumination to enhance multispectral digital lensless holographic microscopy.

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    Mendoza-Yero, Omel; Carbonell-Leal, Miguel; Lancis, Jesús; Garcia-Sucerquia, Jorge

    2016-03-01

    Multispectral digital lensless holographic microscopy (MDLHM) operating with second-harmonic illumination is shown. Added to the improvement of the spatial resolution of the previously reported MDLHM operating with near-infrared illumination, this second-harmonic MDLHM shows promise as a tool to study the behavior of biological samples under a broad spectral illumination. This illumination is generated by focusing a highly spatially coherent ultrashort pulsed radiation into an uncoated Type 1 β-BaB2O4 (BBO) nonlinear crystal. The second-harmonic MDLHM allows achieving multispectral images of biological samples with enhanced micrometer spatial resolution. The illumination wavelength of the second-harmonic MDLHM can be tuned by displacing a focusing optics with respect to a pinhole; spatially resolved information at different wavelengths of the sample can then be retrieved. PMID:26974116

  1. Growth and characterization of crystals for IR detectors and second harmonic gereration devices

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    Lal, Ravi B.; Batra, Ashok K.; Rao, Sistla M.; Bhatia, S. S.; Chunduru, Kunar P.; Paulson, Ron; Moorkherji, Tripty K.

    1989-01-01

    Two types of materials, L-arginine phosphate (LAP) and doped triglycine sulfate (TGS), are examined for their growth characteristics and relevant properties for second harmonic generation and IR detector applications, respectively.

  2. Relativistic second-harmonic generation of a laser from underdense plasmas

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    Singh, K.P.; Gupta, D.N.; Yadav, Sushila; Tripathi, V.K.

    2005-01-01

    A high intensity laser obliquely incident on a vacuum-plasma interface produces second-harmonic radiation in the reflected component. The efficiency of second-harmonic generation increases with the angle of incidence, up to critical angle of incidence (our model is not valid beyond critical angle of incidence). The efficiency also depends on electron density, showing a maximum at {omega}{sub p}{sup 2}/{omega}{sup 2} congruent with 0.7, where {omega}{sub p} and {omega} are relativistic plasma frequency and laser frequency, respectively. The efficiency of second-harmonic generation increases sharply with laser intensity in the nonrelativistic regime and saturates at higher intensities. The intensity of the second harmonic is proportional to square of the laser intensity at low pump laser intensities and tends to proportional to laser intensity in the strong relativistic regime.

  3. Second-Harmonic Generation of Electron-Bernstein Waves in an Inhomogeneous Plasma

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    Xiang Nong; Cary, John R.

    2008-02-29

    In the injection of electron-Bernstein waves (EBW) into a plasma, proposed for plasma heating and current drive in over-dense plasma, conversion of the fundamental to its second harmonic is predicted analytically and observed in computations. The mechanism is traced to the existence of locations where one can have both wave number and frequency matching between the fundamental and its harmonic. Further, at such locations, the second harmonic commonly has minimal group velocity, and this allows the amplitude of the second harmonic to build to values exceeding that of the fundamental at power levels less than anticipated in experiments. The second-harmonic power can then be deposited at half-harmonic resonances of the original wave, often far from the desired location of energy deposition. Estimates for the power at which this is significant are given.

  4. Vector model for polarized second-harmonic generation microscopy under high numerical aperture

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    Wang, Xiang-Hui; Chang, Sheng-Jiang; Lin, Lie; Wang, Lin-Rui; Huo, Bing-Zhong; Hao, Shu-Jian

    2010-04-01

    Based on the vector diffraction theory and the generalized Jones matrix formalism, a vector model for polarized second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy is developed, which includes the roles of the axial component Pz, the weight factor and the cross-effect between the lateral components. The numerical results show that as the relative magnitude of Pz increases, the polarization response of the second-harmonic signal will vary from linear polarization to elliptical polarization and the polarization orientation of the second-harmonic signal is different from that under the paraxial approximation. In addition, it is interesting that the polarization response of the detected second-harmonic signal can change with the value of the collimator lens NA. Therefore, it is more advantageous to adopt the vector model to investigate the property of polarized SHG microscopy for a variety of cases.

  5. Second harmonic generation in carbon nanotubes induced by transversal electrostatic field.

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    Trolle, Mads Lund; Pedersen, Thomas Garm

    2013-08-14

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) of armchair and zigzag type contain an inversion centre, and are thus intrinsically unable to generate dipole even-order nonlinearities, such as second harmonic generation (SHG). Breaking the inversion symmetry by application of an external voltage transversal to the CNT axis will, however, induce a second harmonic response. Similarly, additional non-vanishing second harmonic tensor elements will be induced in chiral tubes already displaying an intrinsic response. Many geometries realizing such a setup can be envisaged, e.g., an experimental gate setup or deposition of CNTs on, or integration in, strongly polarized host media, perhaps facilitating a tunable second harmonic response. In this work, we calculate the SHG signal from CNTs under transversally applied electric fields based on a tight-binding model. PMID:23838573

  6. Using the self-filtering property of a femtosecond filament to improve second harmonic generation.

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    Shwa, David; Eisenmann, Shmuel; Marcus, Gilad; Zigler, Arie

    2009-04-13

    In this paper we demonstrate the use of NIR femtosecond filament for improving the generation of second harmonic using a type I BBO crystal. Using this method the beam propagation factor (M(2)) of the second harmonic was improved significantly; which led to enhancement of the attainable SH intensity by up to two orders of magnitude. This method can be beneficial for applications demanding high intensities, small spot size or long interaction lengths. PMID:19365469

  7. Intracavity second harmonic generation of chemical oxygen iodine laser with a Brewster cut LBO crystal

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    Shimizu, Tomohiro; Tezuka, Takeo; Chen, Kuntetsu; Hashimoto, Katsuki; Uchiyama, Taro

    1997-04-01

    Second harmonic generation of chemical oxygen iodine laser was investigated with a Brewster cut LBO crystal. By utilizing a Brewster cut LBO crystal the loss in the resonator can be suppressed. Further, by reducing crystal absorption, the crystal can't be heated and go off phase match or even crack due to thermal stress. We could obtain 16.4 W of second harmonic power and keep out the crystal from being destroyed by the damage of thermal stress.

  8. Optical second harmonic generation of single metallic nanoparticles embedded in a homogeneous medium.

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    Butet, Jérémy; Duboisset, Julien; Bachelier, Guillaume; Russier-Antoine, Isabelle; Benichou, Emmanuel; Jonin, Christian; Brevet, Pierre-François

    2010-05-12

    We report the optical second harmonic generation from individual 150 nm diameter gold nanoparticles dispersed in gelatin. The quadratic hyperpolarizability of the particles is determined and the input polarization dependence of the second harmonic intensity obtained. These results are found in excellent agreement with ensemble measurements and finite element simulations. These results open up new perspectives for the investigation of the nonlinear optical properties of noble metal nanoparticles. PMID:20420409

  9. Attachment of second harmonic-active moiety to molecules for detection of molecules at interfaces

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    Salafsky, Joshua S.; Eisenthal, Kenneth B.

    2005-10-11

    This invention provides methods of detecting molecules at an interface, which comprise labeling the molecules with a second harmonic-active moiety and detecting the labeled molecules at the interface using a surface selective technique. The invention also provides methods for detecting a molecule in a medium and for determining the orientation of a molecular species within a planar surface using a second harmonic-active moiety and a surface selective technique.

  10. Synchronous pumping of picosecond dye laser using high efficiency second harmonic generation from optical fibres

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    Lawandy, N. M.; Bernardin, J. P.; Macdonald, R. L.; Demouchy, G.

    1991-01-01

    The stable operation of a mode-locked dye laser synchronously pumped by the second harmonic of an Nd:YAG laser produced in an Nd codoped germanosilicate optical fiber is reported. The optical fiber preparation technique, which results in a second harmonic conversion efficiency of 2 percent, is described. This optical fiber SHG conversion efficiency is the highest reported to date using a continuous-wave mode-locked laser.

  11. NONLINEAR OPTICS PHENOMENA: Second harmonic generation from DF laser radiation in ZnGeP2

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    Andreev, Yu M.; Velikanov, S. D.; Yerutin, A. S.; Zapol'skiĭ, A. F.; Konkin, D. V.; Mishkin, S. N.; Smirnov, S. V.; Frolov, Yu N.; Shchurov, V. V.

    1992-11-01

    We have succeeded in generating the second harmonic of the radiation from a DF laser for the first time, using single crystals of ZnGeP2. For crystals with lengths of 10.1 and 13.6 mm, the overall external efficiencies of the entire oscillator system were 4 and 6.2%. The internal efficiencies of second-harmonic generation in the crystals were 7.6 and 11.8%, respectively.

  12. Enhanced Second Harmonic Generation in AU/AI2O3/AU absorber

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    Huang, Fenglun; Bai, Songang; Li, Qiang; Qu, Yurui; Min, Qiu

    2016-01-01

    A kind of metal-insulator-metal (MIM) metamaterial absorber for generating second harmonic signal is investigated. The absorbers exhibit high absorption efficiency at the dip and notably enhance the generated second harmonic signal by a factor of over 30, in contrast to an Au/alumina double-layer without Au disk on the top. This study demonstrates the potential of metamaterial absorber for nonlinear photonics.

  13. Numerical simulation of polarization-resolved second-harmonic microscopy in birefringent media

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    Gusachenko, Ivan; Schanne-Klein, Marie-Claire

    2013-11-01

    Polarization-resolved second-harmonic microscopy has recently emerged as a valuable technique for in situ imaging of collagen structure in tissues. Nevertheless, collagen-rich tissues such as tendon, ligament, skin dermis, bone, cornea, or artery exhibit a heterogeneous and anisotropic architecture that results in complex optical properties. While experimental evidence of polarization distortions has been reported in various tissues, the physics of second-harmonic imaging within such tissues is not fully understood yet. In this work, we performed numerical simulations of polarization-resolved second-harmonic generation in a strongly focused regime within a birefringent tissue. We show that vectorial components due to strong focusing have a rather small effect on the measurement of the second-harmonic tensorial response, while birefringence and optical dispersion may affect these measurements dramatically. We show indeed that a difference in the focal field distribution for ordinary and extraordinary waves results in different phase-matching conditions, which strongly affects the relative efficacy of second-harmonic generation for different polarizations. These results are of great interest for extracting reliable quantitative parameters from second-harmonic images.

  14. Two-photon spectral fluorescence lifetime and second-harmonic generation imaging of the porcine cornea with a 12-femtosecond laser microscope

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    Batista, Ana; Breunig, Hans Georg; Uchugonova, Aisada; Morgado, António Miguel; König, Karsten

    2016-03-01

    Five dimensional microscopy with a 12-fs laser scanning microscope based on spectrally resolved two-photon autofluorescence lifetime and second-harmonic generation (SHG) imaging was used to characterize all layers of the porcine cornea. This setup allowed the simultaneous excitation of both metabolic cofactors, NAD(P)H and flavins, and their discrimination based on their spectral emission properties and fluorescence decay characteristics. Furthermore, the architecture of the stromal collagen fibrils was assessed by SHG imaging in both forward and backward directions. Information on the metabolic state and the tissue architecture of the porcine cornea were obtained with subcellular resolution, and high temporal and spectral resolutions.

  15. Generation of 12 fs deep-ultraviolet pulses by four-wave mixing through filamentation in neon gas.

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    Fuji, Takao; Horio, Takuya; Suzuki, Toshinori

    2007-09-01

    Generation of deep-ultraviolet femtosecond pulses by four-wave mixing through filamentation in neon gas was demonstrated. Fundamental (omega) and second-harmonic (2omega) pulses of 25 fs Ti:sapphire amplifier output were focused into neon gas, and 20 microJ pulses with the center wavelength of 260 nm were produced by a four-wave mixing process, 2omega+2omega-omega?3omega through an ~15 cm filament. Additionally, pulses with an energy of 2 microJ at 200 nm were generated, probably by a cascaded process, 3omega+2omega-omega?4omega. The 260 nm pulses were compressed by a grating-based compressor and characterized by a dispersion-free transient grating frequency-resolved optical gating. The estimated pulse width was 12 fs. PMID:17767278

  16. Kolakoski sequence as an element to radiate giant forward and backward second harmonic signals

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    Parvini, T. S.; Tehranchi, M. M. E-mail: teranchi@sbu.ac.ir; Hamidi, S. M. E-mail: teranchi@sbu.ac.ir; Sarkarati, S.

    2015-11-14

    We propose a novel type of aperiodic one-dimensional photonic crystal structures which can be used for generating giant forward and backward second harmonic signals. The studied structure is formed by stacking together the air and nonlinear layers according to the Kolakoski self-generation scheme in which each nonlinear layer contains a pair of antiparallel 180° poled LiNbO{sub 3} crystal layers. For different generation stages of the structure, conversion efficiencies of forward and backward second harmonic waves have been calculated by nonlinear transfer matrix method. Numerical simulations show that conversion efficiencies in the Kolakoski-based multilayer are larger than the perfect ones for at least one order of magnitude. Especially for 33rd and 39th generation stages, forward second harmonic wave are 42 and 19 times larger, respectively. In this paper, we validate the strong fundamental field enhancement and localization within Kolakoski-based multilayer due to periodicity breaking which consequently leads to very strong radiation of backward and forward second harmonic signals. Following the applications of analogous aperiodic structures, we expect that Kolakosi-based multilayer can play a role in optical parametric devices such as multicolor second harmonic generators with high efficiency.

  17. Monitoring photoaging by use of multiphoton fluorescence and second harmonic generation microscopy

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    Lin, Sung-Jan; Jee, Shiou-Hwa; Chan, Jung-Yi; Wu, Ruei-Jr; Lo, Wen; Tan, Hsin-Yuan; Lin, Wei-Chou; Chen, Jau-Shiuh; Young, Tai-Horng; Hsu, Chih-Jung; Dong, Chen-Yuan

    2006-02-01

    It is a field of great interest to develop therapies to rejuvenate photoaged skin. However, the treatment response can not be ideally determined due to lack of a reliable non-invasive method to quantify photoaging. In this study, the photoaging process of skin is investigated by use of a multiphoton fluorescence and second harmonic generation microscopy. We obtain the autofluorescence and second harmonic generation images of superficial dermis from facial skin of individuals of different ages. The results show that autofluorescence signals increase with age while second harmonic generation signals decrease with age. The results are consistent with the histological findings in which collagen is progressively replaced by elastic fibers. In the case of severe photoaging, solar elastosis can be clearly demonstrated by the presence of thick curvy autofluorescent materials in the superficial dermis. We propose a second harmonic generation to autofluorescence aging index of dermis to quantify the photoaging changes. This index is shown to be a good indicator of photoaging. Our results suggest that multiphoton fluorescence and second harmonic generation microscopy can be developed into a non-invasive imaging modelity for the clinical evaluation of photoaging.

  18. Kolakoski sequence as an element to radiate giant forward and backward second harmonic signals

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    Parvini, T. S.; Tehranchi, M. M.; Hamidi, S. M.; Sarkarati, S.

    2015-11-01

    We propose a novel type of aperiodic one-dimensional photonic crystal structures which can be used for generating giant forward and backward second harmonic signals. The studied structure is formed by stacking together the air and nonlinear layers according to the Kolakoski self-generation scheme in which each nonlinear layer contains a pair of antiparallel 180° poled LiNbO3 crystal layers. For different generation stages of the structure, conversion efficiencies of forward and backward second harmonic waves have been calculated by nonlinear transfer matrix method. Numerical simulations show that conversion efficiencies in the Kolakoski-based multilayer are larger than the perfect ones for at least one order of magnitude. Especially for 33rd and 39th generation stages, forward second harmonic wave are 42 and 19 times larger, respectively. In this paper, we validate the strong fundamental field enhancement and localization within Kolakoski-based multilayer due to periodicity breaking which consequently leads to very strong radiation of backward and forward second harmonic signals. Following the applications of analogous aperiodic structures, we expect that Kolakosi-based multilayer can play a role in optical parametric devices such as multicolor second harmonic generators with high efficiency.

  19. Efficient broadband 400  nm noncollinear second-harmonic generation of chirped femtosecond laser pulses in BBO and LBO.

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    Gobert, O; Mennerat, G; Maksimenka, R; Fedorov, N; Perdrix, M; Guillaumet, D; Ramond, C; Habib, J; Prigent, C; Vernhet, D; Oksenhendler, T; Comte, M

    2014-04-20

    We report on 400 nm broadband type I frequency doubling in a noncollinear geometry with pulse-front-tilted and chirped femtosecond pulses (λ =800  nm; Fourier transform limited pulse duration, 45 fs). With moderate power densities (2 to 10  GW/cm2) thus avoiding higher-order nonlinear phenomena, the energy conversion efficiency was up to 65%. Second-harmonic pulses of Fourier transform limited pulse duration shorter than the fundamental wave were generated, exhibiting good beam quality and no pulse-front tilt. High energy (20 mJ/pulse) was produced in a 40 mm diameter and 6 mm thick LBO crystal. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of this optical configuration with sub-100-fs pulses. Good agreement between experimental results and simulations is obtained. PMID:24787591

  20. Second-harmonic generation of electrically poled borophosphate glasses: Effects of introducing niobium or sodium oxides

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    Nazabal, V.; Fargin, E.; Videau, J.J.

    1997-11-01

    Second-harmonic generation in poled glasses opens new frontiers in optical material research. Within this context new boro-phosphate glasses of the Ca(PO{sub 3})2-CaB{sub 4}O{sub 7}-Na{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}-Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} system were synthesized and their second-barmonic generation was evaluated after poling treatment. The enhancement of the second-harmonic signal with niobium oxide content is related to the presence of distorted NbO{sub 6} octahedra in the former of the glasses and to the increase in third-order susceptibility. The intensity of the measured second-harmonic signal is not dependent on the amount of sodium (100-1000 ppm) introduced into the glass.

  1. Enhanced second-harmonic-generation detection of collagen by means of optical wavefront shaping

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    Thompson, Jonathan V.; Throckmorton, Graham A.; Hokr, Brett H.; Yakovlev, Vladislav V.

    2016-03-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) has proven to be an effective method to both image and detect structural variations in fibrillar collagen. The ability to detect these differences is especially useful in studying diseases like cancer and fibrosis.1 SHG techniques have historically been limited by their ability to penetrate and image through strongly scattering tissues. Recently, optical wavefront shaping has enabled light to be focused through highly scattering media such as biological tissue.2-4 This technology also enables us to examine the dependence of second harmonic generation on the spatial phase of the pump laser. Here, we demonstrate that wavefront shaping can be used to enhance the generation of second harmonic light from collagen fibrils even when scattering is low or non-existent.

  2. Second-harmonic generation in mixed stilbazium salt/arachidic acid Langmuir-Blodgett films

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    Liu, Liying; Zheng, Jiabiao; Wang, Wencheng; Zhang, Zhiming; Tao, Fenggang; Xu, Linxiao; Hu, Jiacong

    1992-10-01

    A stilbazium salt was synthesized and its second-order molecular polarizability was deduced to be 1.2×10 -27 esu. Measurements of second-harmonic generation and small-angle X-ray diffraction on Langmuir-Blodgett films of the stilbazium salt/arachide acid mixtures showed that the mixed compounds with molar ratios of 1:2 and 1:5 could form multilayers with large second- order optical nonlinearity. Second harmonic generation study on the alternate multilayers of stilbazium salt/arachide acid and arachidic acid showed that the second-harmonic signals were increasing monotonously up to 80 bilayers, but the increment was lower than the value predicted theoretically by the quadratic law. Possible reasons are discussed.

  3. Second harmonic detection in the electrochemical strain microscopy of Ag-ion conducting glass

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    Yang, Sangmo; Okatan, Mahmut Baris; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Jesse, Stephen; Noh, Tae Won; Kalinin, Sergei V.

    2014-11-14

    The first and second harmonic electromechanical responses and their cross-correlation in Ag-ion conducting glass were investigated using band-excitation electrochemical strain microscopy (ESM). Consecutive ESM images with increasing magnitudes of the applied AC voltage allowed observation of not only reversible surface displacement but also irreversible silver nanoparticle formation above a certain threshold voltage. The second harmonic ESM response was anticorrelated with the first harmonic response in many local regions. Furthermore, the nucleation sites of silver nanoparticles were closely related to the anti-correlated regions, specifically, with low second harmonic and high first harmonic ESM responses. The possible origins of the second harmonicmore » ESM response are discussed.« less

  4. Is the second harmonic method applicable for thin films mechanical properties characterization by nanoindentation?

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    Guillonneau, G.; Kermouche, G.; Teisseire, J.; Barthel, E.; Bec, S.; Loubet, J.-L.

    2015-06-01

    The second harmonic method is a dynamic indentation technique independent of the direct indentation depth measurement. It can be used to determine near-surface mechanical properties of bulk materials more precisely than classical dynamic nanoindentation. In this paper, the second harmonic method is extended to the measurement of the mechanical properties of thin poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) layers deposited onto silicon wafers. It is shown that this new technique gives precise results at small depths (less than 100 nm), even for films with a thickness lower than 500 nm, which was not possible to achieve with the classical continuous stiffness measurement method. However, experimental and numerical results obtained both with classical nanoindentation and second harmonic methods differ at high indentation depth. Using finite element (FE) simulations and AFM measurements, it is shown that the contact depth calculation with classical models can explain this difference.

  5. Vector electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy with first and second harmonic displays of ferrihemoglobin.

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    Watari, H; Murakami, M; Seo, Y; Shimoyama, Y

    1989-07-31

    Superimposed plots of electron paramagnetic resonance spectra with the first and second harmonic displays of ferrihemoglobin at pH 9.1 and 90 K were measured at 20 degree intervals of phase angle using a phase-sensitive detector. The high spin signal in the g = 6 region was observed in both displays, and a small splitting of the signal was found in the calculated amplitude spectrum of the second harmonic display, with g values of 5.95 and 6.05. Low spin signals were observed at g = 2.55, 2.25 and 1.82 in both harmonic displays. A signal in the g = 2.05 region was observed only in the second harmonic display. The signal is probably associated with the low spin spectrum; however, its origin is obscure. PMID:2547369

  6. Efficient second-harmonic generation in micrometer-thick slabs with indefinite permittivity

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    Ciattoni, A.; Spinozzi, E.

    2012-04-01

    We theoretically predict efficient optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) from a micrometer-thick slab consisting of a quadratic nonlinear anisotropic medium whose linear principal permittivities have, at the fundamental wavelength, real parts of different signs (indefinite permittivity) and magnitude smaller than 1. We show that, by illuminating the slab with a p-polarized fundamental wave (with intensity of a few MW/cm2), highly efficient scattering of the second-harmonic field occurs in conditions at which the slab is linearly fully transparent for the fundamental wave. The high efficiency of the SHG process stems from the enhancement of the longitudinal field, perpendicular to the slab surface, produced by the very small value of the slab dielectric permittivities. We investigate the role played by medium losses, showing that, even in the strong-absorption regime, the described process yields a second-harmonic field which is much stronger than that produced by a standard (not indefinite) nonlinear slab.

  7. In-phase synchronization of array laser using intra-Talbot-cavity second harmonic generation

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    Hirosawa, Kenichi; Shohda, Fumio; Yanagisawa, Takayuki; Kannari, Fumihiko

    2015-02-01

    Talbot cavity is passive method to synchronize the phase of array lasers. Because the Talbot cavity does not need any electrical feedback systems, we believe that Talbot cavity is the most suitable technique to combine a considerable number of laser array into a compact system. A well-known drawback of the Talbot cavity is that it can produce out-phased array and their far-field image has 2-peak profile. To solve this drawback, we developed a frequency doubled laser array based on intra-Talbot-cavity second harmonic generation. Basic concept is second harmonic generation of the out-phased array generated from the Talbot cavity. Because the second harmonic wave is generated proportionally to the square of the fundamental wave, out-phase flips to in-phase. Our Talbot cavity is composed of a pumping 808-nm laser diode array with 15 emitters, an Nd:YVO4 planar waveguide, a PPLN planar waveguide, an f =10 cylindrical lens, and an output coupler (high reflection for 1064 nm and high transition to 532 nm). The pump laser beams are directly launched into the Nd:YVO4. The fundamental wave (1064 nm) oscillates between the Nd:YVO4 and the output coupler and generates second harmonic wave (532 nm) at the PPLN placed next to the Nd:YVO4. The round-trip optical path of the cavity length is set to 1/2 Talbot length so that Talbot cavity forms for the fundamental wave. As a result, we obtained 1-peak far-field image of second harmonic wave from the intra-Talbot-cavity second harmonic generation.

  8. Second harmonic generation in photonic crystal cavities in (111)-oriented GaAs

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    Buckley, Sonia Radulaski, Marina; Vučković, Jelena; Biermann, Klaus

    2013-11-18

    We demonstrate second harmonic generation at telecommunications wavelengths in photonic crystal cavities in (111)-oriented GaAs. We fabricate 30 photonic crystal structures in both (111)- and (100)-oriented GaAs and observe an increase in generated second harmonic power in the (111) orientation, with the mean power increased by a factor of 3, although there is a large scatter in the measured values. We discuss possible reasons for this increase, in particular, the reduced two photon absorption for transverse electric modes in (111) orientation, as well as a potential increase due to improved mode overlap.

  9. Second-harmonic generation of light at 245 nm in a lithium tetraborate whispering gallery resonator.

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    Fürst, Josef U; Buse, Karsten; Breunig, Ingo; Becker, Petra; Liebertz, Josef; Bohatý, Ladislav

    2015-05-01

    A millimeter-sized, monolithic whispering gallery resonator made of a lithium tetraborate, Li2B4O7, crystal was employed for doubly resonant second-harmonic generation with a continuous-wave laser source at 490 nm. An intrinsic quality factor of 2×10(8) was observed at the pump wavelength. A conversion efficiency of 2.2% was attained with 5.9 mW of mode-matched pump power. In the lithium tetraborate resonator, it is feasible to achieve phase-matching of second-harmonic generation for pump wavelengths between 486 and 506 nm. PMID:25927751

  10. Radially polarized annular beam generated through a second-harmonic-generation process.

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    Sato, Shunichi; Kozawa, Yuichi

    2009-10-15

    A radially polarized beam with an annular intensity pattern was generated through a second-harmonic-generation process by focusing an azimuthally polarized Ti:sapphire pulsed laser beam to a c-cut beta-barium borate (BBO) crystal. The annular intensity pattern of the second-harmonic wave had a nearly sixfold symmetry as a result of the nonlinear susceptibility tensor of the BBO crystal. The width of the annulus was as narrow as less than 1/40th of its radius. PMID:19838261

  11. Resonant second harmonic generation in a gallium nitride two-dimensional photonic crystal on silicon

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    Zeng, Y.; Roland, I.; Checoury, X.; Han, Z.; El Kurdi, M.; Sauvage, S.; Gayral, B.; Brimont, C.; Guillet, T.; Mexis, M.; Semond, F.; Boucaud, P.

    2015-02-01

    We demonstrate second harmonic generation in a gallium nitride photonic crystal cavity embedded in a two-dimensional free-standing photonic crystal platform on silicon. The photonic crystal nanocavity is optically pumped with a continuous-wave laser at telecom wavelengths in the transparency window of the nitride material. The harmonic generation is evidenced by the spectral range of the emitted signal, the quadratic power dependence vs. input power, and the spectral dependence of second harmonic signal. The harmonic emission pattern is correlated to the harmonic polarization generated by the second-order nonlinear susceptibilities χzxx (2 ), χzyy (2 ) and the electric fields of the fundamental cavity mode.

  12. Imaging the bipolarity of myosin filaments with Interferometric Second Harmonic Generation microscopy

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    Rivard, Maxime; Couture, Charles-André; Miri, Amir K.; Laliberté, Mathieu; Bertrand-Grenier, Antony; Mongeau, Luc; Légaré, François

    2013-01-01

    We report that combining interferometry with Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) microscopy provides valuable information about the relative orientation of noncentrosymmetric structures composing tissues. This is confirmed through the imaging of rat medial gastrocnemius muscle. The inteferometric Second Harmonic Generation (ISHG) images reveal that each side of the myosin filaments composing the A band of the sarcomere generates π phase shifted SHG signal which implies that the myosin proteins at each end of the filaments are oriented in opposite directions. This highlights the bipolar structural organization of the myosin filaments and shows that muscles can be considered as a periodically poled biological structure. PMID:24156065

  13. Second-harmonic generation in resonant waveguide gratings incorporating ionic self-assembled monolayer polymer films.

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    Purvinis, Georgeanne; Priambodo, Purnomo S; Pomerantz, Martin; Zhou, Ming; Maldonado, Theresa A; Magnusson, Robert

    2004-05-15

    Experimental results on resonantly excited second-harmonic generation (SHG) in a periodic ionically self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) film are reported. A double-layer guided-mode resonance filter (GMRF) structure is coated with 40 bilayers of pyrlium-based chi(2) ISAM thin film and excited with the fundamental of a Nd:YAG laser. Enhanced second-harmonic conversion in the ISAM film is achieved because of the local field enhancement associated with the fundamental resonating leaky mode. This method of SHG is particularly promising, as the ISAM films under investigation exhibit anomalous dispersion that may be applied for phase matching to improve nonlinear conversion efficiency. PMID:15182001

  14. Second-harmonic generation in resonant waveguide gratings incorporating ionic self-assembled monolayer polymer films

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    Purvinis, Georgeanne; Priambodo, Purnomo S.; Pomerantz, Martin; Zhou, Ming; Maldonado, Theresa A.; Magnusson, Robert

    2004-05-01

    Experimental results on resonantly excited second-harmonic generation (SHG) in a periodic ionically self-assembled monolayer (ISAM) film are reported. A double-layer guided-mode resonance filter (GMRF) structure is coated with 40 bilayers of pyrlium-based chi^(2) ISAM thin film and excited with the fundamental of a Nd:YAG laser. Enhanced second-harmonic conversion in the ISAM film is achieved because of the local field enhancement associated with the fundamental resonating leaky mode. This method of SHG is particularly promising, as the ISAM films under investigation exhibit anomalous dispersion that may be applied for phase matching to improve nonlinear conversion efficiency.

  15. Second-harmonic generation imaging of metal nano-objects with cylindrical vector beams.

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    Bautista, Godofredo; Huttunen, Mikko J; Mäkitalo, Jouni; Kontio, Juha M; Simonen, Janne; Kauranen, Martti

    2012-06-13

    We introduce an imaging technique based on second-harmonic generation with cylindrical vector beams that is extremely sensitive to three-dimensional orientation and nanoscale morphology of metal nano-objects. Our experiments and second-harmonic field calculations based on frequency-domain boundary element method are in very good agreement. The technique provides contrast for structural features that cannot be resolved by linear techniques or conventional states of polarization and shows great potential for simple and cost-effective far-field optical imaging in plasmonics. PMID:22587307

  16. Local field enhanced second-harmonic response of organic nanofibers deposited on encapsulated plasmonic substrates

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    Kostiučenko, Oksana; Leißner, Till; Brewer, Jonathan R.; Tamulevičius, Tomas; Tamulevičius, Sigitas; Fiutowski, Jacek; Rubahn, Horst-Günter

    2015-08-01

    In this work, enhancement of the second harmonic response of organic nanofibers deposited on encapsulated and robust plasmonic active substrate is experimentally demonstrated. Organic nanofibers grown from functionalized paraquaterphenylene (CNHP4) molecules have been transferred on lithographically defined regular arrays of gold nanostructures, which subsequently have been coated with thin films of diamond-like carbon with 25, 55 and 100 nm thickness. Femtosecond laser scanning microscopy enables us to identify enhancement of the second harmonic response of the fibers. This is facilitated by a preservation of the field enhancement effects, which appear on the nanostructures and remain significant on top of the coating layer.

  17. Ultrashort pulse chirp measurement via transverse second-harmonic generation in strontium barium niobate crystal

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    Trull, J.; Wang, B.; Parra, A.; Vilaseca, R.; Cojocaru, C.; Sola, I.; Sheng, Y.

    2015-06-01

    Pulse compression in dispersive strontium barium niobate crystal with a random size and distribution of the anti-parallel orientated nonlinear domains is observed via transverse second harmonic generation. The dependence of the transverse width of the second harmonic trace along the propagation direction allows for the determination of the initial chirp and duration of pulses in the femtosecond regime. This technique permits a real-time analysis of the pulse evolution and facilitates fast in-situ correction of pulse chirp acquired in the propagation through an optical system.

  18. Angle-Resolved Second-Harmonic Light Scattering from Colloidal Particles

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    Yang, N.; Angerer, W. E.; Yodh, A. G.

    2001-09-03

    We report angle-resolved second-harmonic generation (SHG) measurements from suspensions of centrosymmetric micron-size polystyrene spheres with surface-adsorbed dye (malachite green). The second-harmonic scattering profiles differ qualitatively from linear light scattering profiles of the same particles. We investigated these radiation patterns using several polarization configurations and particle diameters. We introduce a simple Rayleigh-Gans-Debye model to account for the SHG scattering anisotropy. The model compares favorably with our experimental data. Our measurements suggest scattering anisotropy may be used to isolate particle nonlinear optics from other bulk nonlinear optical effects in suspension.

  19. Microstrip Hairpin Bandpass Filter Using Modified Minkowski Fractal-Shape for Suppression of Second Harmonic

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    Lalbakhsh, Ali; Lotfi Neyestanak, Abbas Ali; Naser-Moghaddasi, Mohammad

    In this paper, a novel microstrip hairpin-line bandpass filter which employs a modified Minkowski fractal shape is proposed. Although conventional hairpin-line filters are popular for RF front ends, they suffer from undesired spurious responses located at the second harmonic, which causes asymmetry in the upper skirt band. By proper design, the second harmonic of fractal filters can be significantly suppressed through the use of fractal shape. To validate this novel geometry, the proposed filters are fabricated and measured. Simulated results are in good agreement with measured results.

  20. Two-pass-internal second-harmonic generation using a prism coupler.

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    Gonzalez, D. G.; Nieh, S. T. K.; Steier, W. H.

    1973-01-01

    A dispersive quartz prism is used to couple the total second harmonic generated in both directions by an internal cavity frequency doubler. The study shows that the dispersion of air and mirror reflection phase shifts can be compensated for by a slight nonphase match condition in the doubler.

  1. Mode matching in multiresonant plasmonic nanoantennas for enhanced second harmonic generation.

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    Celebrano, Michele; Wu, Xiaofei; Baselli, Milena; Großmann, Swen; Biagioni, Paolo; Locatelli, Andrea; De Angelis, Costantino; Cerullo, Giulio; Osellame, Roberto; Hecht, Bert; Duò, Lamberto; Ciccacci, Franco; Finazzi, Marco

    2015-05-01

    Boosting nonlinear frequency conversion in extremely confined volumes remains a challenge in nano-optics research, but can enable applications in nanomedicine, photocatalysis and background-free biosensing. To obtain brighter nonlinear nanoscale sources, approaches that enhance the electromagnetic field intensity and counter the lack of phase matching in nanoplasmonic systems are often employed. However, the high degree of symmetry in the crystalline structure of plasmonic materials (metals in particular) and in nanoantenna designs strongly quenches second harmonic generation. Here, we describe doubly-resonant single-crystalline gold nanostructures with no axial symmetry displaying spatial mode overlap at both the excitation and second harmonic wavelengths. The combination of these features allows the attainment of a nonlinear coefficient for second harmonic generation of ∼5 × 10(-10) W(-1), enabling a second harmonic photon yield higher than 3 × 10(6) photons per second. Theoretical estimations point toward the use of our nonlinear plasmonic nanoantennas as efficient platforms for label-free molecular sensing. PMID:25895003

  2. Continuous-variable Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox with traveling-wave second-harmonic generation

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    Olsen, M.K.

    2004-09-01

    The Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox and quantum entanglement are at the heart of quantum mechanics. Here we show that single-pass traveling-wave second-harmonic generation can be used to demonstrate both entanglement and the paradox with continuous variables that are analogous to the position and momentum of the original proposal.

  3. Evidence of multipolar response of Bacteriorhodopsin by noncollinear second harmonic generation.

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    Bovino, F A; Larciprete, M C; Sibilia, C; Váró, G; Gergely, C

    2012-06-18

    Noncollinear second harmonic generation from a Bacteriorhodopsin (BR) oriented multilayer film was systematically investigated by varying the polarization state of both fundamental beams. Both experimental results and theoretical simulations, show that the resulting polarization mapping is an useful tool to put in evidence the optical chirality of the investigated film as well as the corresponding multipolar contributions to the nonlinear. PMID:22714524

  4. Mode matching in multiresonant plasmonic nanoantennas for enhanced second harmonic generation

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    Celebrano, Michele; Wu, Xiaofei; Baselli, Milena; Großmann, Swen; Biagioni, Paolo; Locatelli, Andrea; de Angelis, Costantino; Cerullo, Giulio; Osellame, Roberto; Hecht, Bert; Duò, Lamberto; Ciccacci, Franco; Finazzi, Marco

    2015-05-01

    Boosting nonlinear frequency conversion in extremely confined volumes remains a challenge in nano-optics research, but can enable applications in nanomedicine, photocatalysis and background-free biosensing. To obtain brighter nonlinear nanoscale sources, approaches that enhance the electromagnetic field intensity and counter the lack of phase matching in nanoplasmonic systems are often employed. However, the high degree of symmetry in the crystalline structure of plasmonic materials (metals in particular) and in nanoantenna designs strongly quenches second harmonic generation. Here, we describe doubly-resonant single-crystalline gold nanostructures with no axial symmetry displaying spatial mode overlap at both the excitation and second harmonic wavelengths. The combination of these features allows the attainment of a nonlinear coefficient for second harmonic generation of ˜5 × 10-10 W-1, enabling a second harmonic photon yield higher than 3 × 106 photons per second. Theoretical estimations point toward the use of our nonlinear plasmonic nanoantennas as efficient platforms for label-free molecular sensing.

  5. Second harmonic generation from metamaterials strongly coupled to intersubband transitions in quantum wells

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    Campione, Salvatore; Benz, Alexander; Brener, Igal; Sinclair, Michael B.; Capolino, Filippo

    2014-03-31

    We theoretically analyze the second harmonic generation capacity of two-dimensional periodic metamaterials comprising sub-wavelength resonators strongly coupled to intersubband transitions in quantum wells (QWs) at mid-infrared frequencies. The metamaterial is designed to support a fundamental resonance at ∼30 THz and an orthogonally polarized resonance at the second harmonic frequency (∼60 THz), while the asymmetric quantum well structure is designed to provide a large second order susceptibility. Upon continuous wave illumination at the fundamental frequency we observe second harmonic signals in both the forward and backward directions, with the forward efficiency being larger. We calculate the overall second harmonic conversion efficiency of the forward wave to be ∼1.3 × 10{sup −2} W/W{sup 2}—a remarkably large value, given the deep sub-wavelength dimensions of the QW structure (about 1/15th of the free space wavelength of 10 μm). The results shown in this Letter provide a strategy for designing easily fabricated sources across the entire infrared spectrum through proper choice of QW and resonator designs.

  6. High conversion efficiency pumped-cavity second harmonic generation of a diode laser

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    Keicher, D.M.

    1994-01-01

    To investigate the feasibility of producing a compact, efficient blue laser source, pumped-cavity second harmonic generation of diode lasers was explored. It is desirable to have such lasers to increase optical disk storage density, for color displays and for under-the-sea green-blue optical signal transmission. Based on assumed cavity losses, a cavity was designed and numerical analysis predicted an overall conversion efficiency to the second harmonic wavelength of 76% from a 75 mW diode laser. The diode laser used in these experiments had a single longitudinal and a single transverse mode output at 860 nm. The best conversion efficiency obtained (26%) was less than optimum due to the 2.5% single-pass linear losses associated with the cavity. However, calculations based on these higher losses are in good agreement with the experimentally determined values. In additions, a factor of 1.65 increase in the second harmonic output power is anticipated by reducing the input mirror reflectivity to better impedance-match the cavity. With this relatively low second harmonic conversion, the power to light conversion is 7.8%.

  7. Wearable Second Harmonic Generation Imaging: The Sarcomeric Bridge to the Clinic.

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    Williams, Justin C; Campagnola, Paul J

    2015-12-16

    Imaging of sarcomere dynamics in vivo in patients has significant clinical importance, as the structure and function is altered in numerous pathologies. In this issue of Neuron, Schnitzer and coworkers (Sanchez et al., 2015) demonstrate this capability through a miniature, wearable Second Harmonic Generation microscope. PMID:26687213

  8. Optical bistability and second-harmonic generation in thin film coupled cavity photonic crystal structures

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    Diao, Liyong

    This thesis deals with design, fabrication and modeling of bistable and multi-stable switching dynamics and second-harmonic generation in two groups of thin film coupled cavity photonic crystal structures. The first component studies optical bistability and multistability in such structures. Optical bistability and multistability are modelled by a nonlinear transfer matrix method. The second component is focused on the modelling and experimental measurement of second-harmonic generation in such structures. It is found that coupled cavity structures can reduce the threshold and index change for bistable operation, but single cavity structures can do the same. However, there is a clear advantage in using coupled cavity structures for multistability in that the threshold for multistability can be reduced. Second-harmonic generation is enhanced by field localization due to the resonant effect at the fundamental wavelength in single and coupled cavity structures by simulated and measured results. The work in this thesis makes three significant contributions. First, in the successful fabrication of thin film coupled cavity structures, the simulated linear transmissions of such structures match those of the fabricated structures almost exactly. Second, the newly defined figure of merit at the maximum transmission point on the bistable curve can be used to compare the material damage tolerance to any other Kerr effect nonlinear gate. Third, the simulated second-harmonic generation agrees excellently with experimental results. More generally optical thin film fabrication has commercial applications in many industry sections, such as electronics, opto-electronics, optical coating, solar cell and MEMS.

  9. Second harmonic generation by self-focusing of intense hollow Gaussian laser beam in collisionless plasma

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    Purohit, Gunjan; Rawat, Priyanka; Gauniyal, Rakhi

    2016-01-01

    The effect of self focused hollow Gaussian laser beam (HGLB) (carrying null intensity in center) on the excitation of electron plasma wave (EPW) and second harmonic generation (SHG) has been investigated in collisionless plasma, where relativistic-ponderomotive and only relativistic nonlinearities are operative. The relativistic change of electron mass and the modification of the background electron density due to ponderomotive nonlinearity lead to self-focusing of HGLB in plasma. Paraxial ray theory has been used to derive coupled equations for the self focusing of HGLB in plasma, generation of EPW, and second harmonic. These coupled equations are solved analytically and numerically to study the laser intensity in the plasma, electric field associated with the excited EPW, and the power of SHG. Second harmonic emission is generated due to nonlinear coupling between incident HGLB and EPW satisfying the proper phase matching conditions. The results show that the effect of including the ponderomotive nonlinearity is significant on the generation of EPW and second harmonic. The electric field associated with EPW and the power of SHG are found to be highly sensitive to the order of the hollow Gaussian beam.

  10. Measurement of the vector character of electric fields by optical second-harmonic generation.

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    Dadap, J I; Shan, J; Weling, A S; Misewich, J A; Nahata, A; Heinz, T F

    1999-08-01

    We present a scheme for the determination of the vector nature of an electric field by optical second-harmonic generation. We demonstrate the technique by mapping the two-dimensional electric-field vector of a biased transmission line structure on silicon with a spatial resolution of ~10mum . PMID:18073940

  11. Second Harmonic Generation in CdTe Plate by Free Electron Laser

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    Yamauchi, Toshihiko; Kikuzawa, Nobuhiro; Minehara, Eisuke; Nagai, Ryoji; Nishimori, Nobuyuki; Sawamura, Masaru; Hajima, Ryoichi; Shizuma, Toshiyuki; Hayakawa, Takehito

    2000-10-01

    The second harmonic generation (SHG) signal converted from the 22 μm input wavelength of free electron laser (FEL) is observed using a non-birefringent CdTe crystal. The conversion efficiency of SHG is experimentally obtained to be ˜3× 10-5%/(MWcm-2).

  12. Study of the emission spectra of a 1320-nm semiconductor disk laser and its second harmonic

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    Gochelashvili, K. S.; Derzhavin, S. I.; Evdokimova, O. N.; Zolotovskii, I. O.; Podmazov, S. V.

    2016-03-01

    The spectral characteristics of an optically pumped external-cavity semiconductor disk laser near λ = 1320 nm are studied experimentally. Intracavity second harmonic generation is obtained using an LBO nonlinear crystal. The output power at a wavelength of 660 nm in the cw regime was 620 mW, and the peak power in the pulsed regime was 795 mW.

  13. Soliton polarization rotation and switching in type II second-harmonic generation

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    Mollame, Riccardo; Trillo, Stefano; Assanto, Gaetano

    1996-12-01

    We predict that solitary waves of dispersive type II second-harmonic generation may experience large uniform nonlinear polarization rotations. The nonlinear medium followed by a polarization analyzer permits undistorted all-optical switching of pulses controlled by the input polarization.

  14. Second-harmonic generation excited by a rotating Laguerre-Gaussian beam

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    Petrov, Dmitri

    2010-09-15

    Experimental data demonstrate that unlike linear optical processes, an optical Laguerre-Gaussian beam of frequency {omega}, with topological charge m, rotating with angular frequency {Omega}<<{omega}, may not be considered as a monochromatic beam with the shifted frequency {omega}+m{Omega} (Doppler angular shift) for the second-harmonic generation nonlinear process.

  15. Second harmonic generation by propagation of a p-polarized obliquely incident laser beam in underdense plasma

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    Jha, Pallavi; Agrawal, Ekta

    2014-05-15

    An analytical study of second harmonic generation due to interaction an intense, p-polarized laser beam propagating obliquely in homogeneous underdense plasma, in the mildly relativistic regime, has been presented. The efficiency of the second harmonic radiation as well as its detuning length has been obtained and their variation with the angle of incidence is analyzed. It is shown that, for a given plasma electron density, the second harmonic efficiency increases with the angle of incidence while the detuning length decreases. The second harmonic amplitude vanishes at normal incidence of the laser beam.

  16. Optical parametric oscillators synchronously pumped by fundamental and second harmonic radiation of femtosecond Yb:KGW laser

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    StankevičiÅ«tÄ--, K.; PipinytÄ--, I.; Vengelis, J.; MarcinkevičiÅ«tÄ--, A.; Å uminas, R.; Grigonis, R.; Eckardt, R. C.; Sirutkaitis, V.

    2013-09-01

    We present experimental data obtained during investigation of synchronously pumped optical parametric oscillators (SPOPO's) pumped by fundamental (1030 nm) and second harmonic (515 nm) radiation of mode-locked Yb:KGW laser, providing 105 fs pulses at 76 MHz repetition rate with an average power of 4 W. Different nonlinear crystals such as beta barium borate (BBO), and periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN) and MgO doped PPLN (MgO:PPLN) were tested to estimate wavelength tuning capabilities and SPOPO's efficiency. Rotation of BBO nonlinear crystal and SPOPO's cavity length variation and, in the case of SPOPO based on PPLN, change of grating period and cavity length allowed signal wavelength tuning in 630 - 1030 nm and 1350 - 1700 nm spectral ranges, respectively. Parametric light conversion from pump power to signal power efficiency was as high as 25 %. Including the idler pulses the tuning ranges were from 630 to 2400 nm and from 1350 to 4000 nm in case of BBO and PPLN crystals, respectively. SPOPO based on BBO wsithout intracavity group velocity dispersion (GVD) compensation generates longer than transform limited pulses, so SPOPO based on BBO with dispersive prisms were investigated.

  17. Optical second-harmonic imaging of Pb{sub x}Cd{sub 1-x}Te ternary alloys

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    Scheidt, T.; Rohwer, E.G.; Bergmann, H.M. von; Saucedo, E.; Dieguez, E.; Fornaro, L.; Stafast, H.

    2005-05-15

    We employ femtosecond laser pulses (80 fs, 1.59 eV, and 80 MHz) to study the optical second-harmonic (SH) response of Pb{sub x}Cd{sub 1-x}Te ternary alloys (x about 0.2) grown by the vertical Bridgman method. The alloy segregates into a Pb-rich and a Cd-rich phase, the latter dominating the SH response of the ternary alloy by at least two orders of magnitude. Several sample regions show a regular layer-by-layer accommodation of the Pb-rich and Cd-rich phases as seen by a periodic alternation of the alloy's SH response on a {approx}10-{mu}m length scale. Furthermore, we employ polarization-resolved SH imaging as well as SH imaging at different azimuthal angles to obtain spatially resolved mappings of the sample, which are sensitive to the composition as well as the growth orientation of the Pb{sub x}Cd{sub 1-x}Te material system. We observe an azimuthal phase shift of approximately 30 deg. between coherent macroscopic regions (several mm{sup 2}) in the Cd-rich phase of the ternary alloy. We interpret these regions as large area crystalline grains of (111) and (411) crystal orientations and approximately equal composition. Hence, SH imaging is shown to spatially resolve regions of different growth directions within the Pb{sub x}Cd{sub 1-x}Te sample.

  18. Femtosecond laser corneal surgery with in situ determination of the laser attenuation and ablation threshold by second harmonic generation

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    Plamann, Karsten; Nuzzo, Valeria; Albert, Olivier; Mourou, Gérard A.; Savoldelli, Michèle; Dagonet, Françoise; Donate, David; Legeais, Jean-Marc

    2007-02-01

    Femtosecond lasers start to be routinely used in refractive eye surgery. Current research focuses on their application to glaucoma and cataract surgery as well as cornea transplant procedures. To avoid unwanted tissue damage during the surgical intervention it is of utmost importance to maintain a working energy just above the ablation threshold and maintain the laser energy at this working point independently of the local and global tissue properties. To quantify the attenuation of the laser power density in the tissue by absorption, scattering and modification of the point spread function we monitor the second harmonic radiation generated in the collagen matrix of the cornea when exposed to ultrashort laser pulses. We use a CPA system with a regenerative amplifier delivering pulses at a wavelength of 1.06 μm, pulse durations of 400 fs and a maximum energy of 60 μJ. The repetition rate is adjustable from single shot up to 10 kHz. The experiments are performed on human corneas provided by the French Eye bank. To capture the SHG radiation we use a photomultiplier tube connected to a lockin amplifier tuned to the laser repetition rate. The measured data indicates an exponential decay of the laser beam intensity in the volume of the sample and allows for the quantification of the attenuation coefficient and its correlation with the optical properties of the cornea. Complementary analyses were performed on the samples by ultrastructural histology.

  19. Cascaded four-wave mixing for broadband tunable laser sideband generation.

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    Liu, Weimin; Zhu, Liangdong; Wang, Liang; Fang, Chong

    2013-06-01

    We demonstrate the versatile broadband wavelength tunability of frequency upconverted multicolor cascaded four-wave-mixing (CFWM) signals spanning the continuous wavelength range from UV to near IR in a thin type-I BBO crystal using 35 fs, 800 nm fundamental and chirped IR supercontinuum white light pulses. Two sets of spatially dispersed CFWM laser sidebands are concomitantly generated from two incident pulses as well as their second-harmonic-generation and sum-frequency-generation pulses in a crossing geometry. The tunable cascaded signals with ultrabroad bandwidth can be readily achieved via spatially rotating the BBO crystal to different phase-matching conditions and temporally varying the time delay between the two incident near-IR pulses. PMID:23722739

  20. Two-dimensional phase transformation probed by second harmonic generation: Oscillatory transformation of the K/Al(111) system

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    Ying, Z.C.; Plummer, E.W. |

    1995-12-31

    The technique of optical second harmonic generation is used to study phase transformations at two-dimensional surfaces and interfaces. Examples are given to illustrate that changes in surface symmetry, adsorption configuration, and electronic structure can be detected by this nonlinear optical technique. An oscillatory phase transformation of potassium adsorbed atoms on Al(111) probed by second harmonic generation is analyzed in detail.

  1. Resonant second harmonic generation in a gallium nitride two-dimensional photonic crystal on silicon

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    Zeng, Y.; Roland, I.; Checoury, X.; Han, Z.; El Kurdi, M.; Sauvage, S.; Boucaud, P.; Gayral, B.; Brimont, C.; Guillet, T.; Mexis, M.; Semond, F.

    2015-02-23

    We demonstrate second harmonic generation in a gallium nitride photonic crystal cavity embedded in a two-dimensional free-standing photonic crystal platform on silicon. The photonic crystal nanocavity is optically pumped with a continuous-wave laser at telecom wavelengths in the transparency window of the nitride material. The harmonic generation is evidenced by the spectral range of the emitted signal, the quadratic power dependence vs. input power, and the spectral dependence of second harmonic signal. The harmonic emission pattern is correlated to the harmonic polarization generated by the second-order nonlinear susceptibilities χ{sub zxx}{sup (2)}, χ{sub zyy}{sup (2)} and the electric fields of the fundamental cavity mode.

  2. Nanostructure induced changes in lifetime and enhanced second-harmonic response of organic-plasmonic hybrids

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    Leißner, Till; Kostiučenko, Oksana; Rubahn, Horst-Günter; Fiutowski, Jacek; Brewer, Jonathan R.

    2015-12-21

    In this letter we show that the optical response of organic nanofibers, grown from functionalized para-quaterphenylene molecules, can be controlled by forming organic-plasmonic hybrid systems. The interaction between nanofibers and supporting regular arrays of nanostructures leads to a strongly enhanced second harmonic response. At the same time, the fluorescence lifetime of the nanofibers is reduced from 0.32 ns for unstructured gold films to 0.22 ns for gold nanosquare arrays, demonstrating efficient organic–plasmonic interaction. To study the origin of these effects, we applied two-photon laser scanning microscopy and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy. These findings provide an effective approach for plasmon-enhanced second-harmonic generation at the nanoscale, which is attractive for nanophotonic circuitry.

  3. Second Harmonic Suppression in S-Band Traveling Wave Tube Tapers

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    Gehrmann, Elke; Birtel, Philip; Dürr, Wolfgang; André, Frédéric; Jacob, Arne F.

    2015-01-01

    Traveling wave tubes (TWTs) operating at S-band are to be improved by suppressing the second harmonic frequency. Among the different possibilities, two techniques, namely harmonic injection and a filter helix for frequency selective signal suppression, are studied in more detail and applied to S-band tubes in both simulation and measurement. In addition, their suitability to improve tube performance by reducing the second harmonic is discussed. Moreover, filter helix implementation in TWTs with an arbitrary pitch profile along the interaction area is considered. In this context, the dependence of the pitch discontinuity reflection coefficient on several filter helix parameters is investigated. The influence of those parameters on the filter performance is shown by filter helix optimization. Measurement results of the optimized filter helix TWT are presented.

  4. Whispering gallery microresonators for second harmonic light generation from a low number of small molecules

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    Dominguez-Juarez, J.L.; Kozyreff, G.; Martorell, Jordi

    2011-01-01

    Unmarked sensitive detection of molecules is needed in environmental pollution monitoring, disease diagnosis, security screening systems and in many other situations in which a substance must be identified. When molecules are attached or adsorbed onto an interface, detecting their presence is possible using second harmonic light generation, because at interfaces the inversion symmetry is broken. However, such light generation usually requires either dense matter or a large number of molecules combined with high-power laser sources. Here we show that using high-Q spherical microresonators and low average power, between 50 and 100 small non-fluorescent molecules deposited on the outer surface of the microresonator can generate a detectable change in the second harmonic light. This generation requires phase matching in the whispering gallery modes, which we achieved using a new procedure to periodically pattern, with nanometric precision, a molecular surface monolayer. PMID:21448153

  5. Generation of energetic electrons at second harmonic cyclotron resonance in ionospheric HF heating experiments

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    Kuo, S. P.; Rubinraut, M.

    2005-10-01

    The theory of electron acceleration by upper hybrid waves at second harmonic cyclotron resonance is presented. The results show that the meter-scale upper hybrid waves can incorporate the finite Larmour radius effect to make a second harmonic cyclotron resonance interaction effective. The finite Larmour radius effect provides a positive feedback to the interaction, thus the energies of the accelerated electrons increase in time exponentially, rather than linearly as in the case of fundamental cyclotron resonance. Consequently, energetic electrons (having energies larger than 10.7 eV) can be generated even at very low upper hybrid wave intensities. The threshold field for parametric excitation of meter-scale upper hybrid waves by O-mode HF heating wave is shown to be very low. The theory can be a reasonable basis for explaining the enhancement of airglow at 777.4 nm observed in recent low-heating-power experiment at HAARP.

  6. Probing protein adsorption on a nanoparticle surface using second harmonic light scattering.

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    Das, A; Chakrabarti, A; Das, P K

    2016-09-21

    A new application of second harmonic light scattering to probe protein physisorption on a gold nanoparticle surface in aqueous buffer is reported. The free energies of adsorption, the number of protein molecules adsorbed on the surface and the binding affinity of a moderate size protein, alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), and a small protein, insulin, have been determined using the change in the second harmonic scattered light signal as a function of binding. Four different size gold nanoparticles from 15 to 60 nm were used to determine the effect of size on the free energy change, the affinity constant and the number of protein molecules adsorbed on the surface. All were shown to increase with an increase in size. The binding can be reversed by centrifugation, and the protein molecules can be desorbed quantitatively. The application of this method for studying thermodynamic parameters of weakly interacting biomolecules with nanoparticles for nanoparticle based diagnostic and therapeutic formulations is important. PMID:27530608

  7. Multiple layer optical memory system using second-harmonic-generation readout

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    Boyd, Gary T.; Shen, Yuen-Ron

    1989-01-01

    A novel optical read and write information storage system is described which comprises a radiation source such as a laser for writing and illumination, the radiation source being capable of radiating a preselected first frequency; a storage medium including at least one layer of material for receiving radiation from the radiation source and capable of being surface modified in response to said radiation source when operated in a writing mode and capable of generating a pattern of radiation of the second harmonic of the preselected frequency when illuminated by the radiation source at the preselected frequency corresponding to the surface modifications on the storage medium; and a detector to receive the pattern of second harmonic frequency generated.

  8. Stokes vector based polarization resolved second harmonic microscopy of starch granules.

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    Mazumder, Nirmal; Qiu, Jianjun; Foreman, Matthew R; Romero, Carlos Macías; Török, Peter; Kao, Fu-Jen

    2013-04-01

    We report on the measurement and analysis of the polarization state of second harmonic signals generated by starch granules, using a four-channel photon counting based Stokes-polarimeter. Various polarization parameters, such as the degree of polarization (DOP), the degree of linear polarization (DOLP), the degree of circular polarization (DOCP), and anisotropy are extracted from the 2D second harmonic Stokes images of starch granules. The concentric shell structure of a starch granule forms a natural photonic crystal structure. By integration over all the solid angle, it will allow very similar SHG quantum efficiency regardless of the angle or the states of incident polarization. Given type I phase matching and the concentric shell structure of a starch granule, one can easily infer the polarization states of the input beam from the resulting SH micrograph. PMID:23577289

  9. Vectorial approach to studying second harmonic generation in collagen using linearly and radially polarized beams

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    Yew, Elijah Y. S.; Sheppard, Colin J. R.

    2006-08-01

    The study of second harmonic generation (SHG) has been examined using a vectorial approach for both linearly and radially polarized beams. This approach is necessary for situations when the beam is tightly focused such as in a microscope. Using the vectorial approach, the result of including the y and z components of the electric field is that previously ignored 'cross-component' terms are now found to have an influence on the SHG polarization and the radiation patterns obtained. Since SHG is dependent on the susceptibility tensor, the inclusion of these 'cross-component' terms can help to identify structural changes in biological materials simply by studying the changes in the tensor via the SHG polarization. In particular, we calculate the second harmonic polarization induced in collagen for both linearly and radially polarized beams.

  10. Stokes vector based polarization resolved second harmonic microscopy of starch granules

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    Mazumder, Nirmal; Qiu, Jianjun; Foreman, Matthew R.; Romero, Carlos Macías; Török, Peter; Kao, Fu-Jen

    2013-01-01

    We report on the measurement and analysis of the polarization state of second harmonic signals generated by starch granules, using a four-channel photon counting based Stokes-polarimeter. Various polarization parameters, such as the degree of polarization (DOP), the degree of linear polarization (DOLP), the degree of circular polarization (DOCP), and anisotropy are extracted from the 2D second harmonic Stokes images of starch granules. The concentric shell structure of a starch granule forms a natural photonic crystal structure. By integration over all the solid angle, it will allow very similar SHG quantum efficiency regardless of the angle or the states of incident polarization. Given type I phase matching and the concentric shell structure of a starch granule, one can easily infer the polarization states of the input beam from the resulting SH micrograph. PMID:23577289

  11. Numerical study on a 0.4 THz second harmonic gyrotron with high power

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    Chaojun, Lei; Sheng, Yu; Hongfu, Li; Yinghui, Liu; Xinjian, Niu; Qixiang, Zhao

    2013-07-15

    Terahertz and sub-terahertz science and technology are promising topics today. However, it is difficult to obtain high power source of terahertz wave. In this paper, the mode competition and beam-wave interaction in a gradually tapered cavity are studied to achieve high efficiency of a 0.4THz second harmonic gyrotron in practice. In order to attain high power and stable radiation, the TE{sub 32,5} mode is selected as the operating mode of the desired gyrotron to realize single mode oscillation. The issues of studying on the high-order mode gyrotrons are solved effectively by transforming the generalized telegraphist's equations. The efficiency and output power of the gyrotron under different conditions have been calculated by the code, which is based on the transformed equations. Consequently, the results show that single mode second harmonic radiation with power of over 150 kW at frequency of 0.4 THz could be achieved.

  12. Thermal Transitions of Fibrillar Collagen Unveiled by Second-Harmonic Generation Microscopy of Corneal Stroma

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    Matteini, Paolo; Cicchi, Riccardo; Ratto, Fulvio; Kapsokalyvas, Dimitrios; Rossi, Francesca; de Angelis, Marella; Pavone, Francesco S.; Pini, Roberto

    2012-01-01

    The thermal transitions of fibrillar collagen are investigated with second-harmonic generation polarization anisotropy microscopy. Second-harmonic generation images and polarization anisotropy profiles of corneal stroma heated in the 35–80°C range are analyzed by means of a theoretical model that is suitable to probe principal intramolecular and interfibrillar parameters of immediate physiological interest. Our results depict the tissue modification with temperature as the interplay of three destructuration stages at different hierarchical levels of collagen assembly including its tertiary structure and interfibrillar alignment, thus supporting and extending previous findings. This method holds the promise of a quantitative inspection of fundamental biophysical and biochemical processes and may find future applications in real-time and postsurgical functional imaging of collagen-rich tissues subjected to thermal treatments. PMID:22995490

  13. Spectral behavior of second harmonic signals from organic and non-organic materials in multiphoton microscopy

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    Ehmke, Tobias; Knebl, Andreas; Reiss, Stephan; Fischinger, Isaak R.; Seiler, Theo G.; Stachs, Oliver; Heisterkamp, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    Multimodal nonlinear microscopy allows imaging of highly ordered biological tissue due to spectral separation of nonlinear signals. This requires certain knowledge about the spectral distribution of the different nonlinear signals. In contrast to several publications we demonstrate a factor of 122 relating the full width at half maximum of a gaussian laser pulse spectrum to the corresponding second harmonic pulse spectrum in the spatial domain by using a simple theoretical model. Experiments on monopotassium phosphate crystals (KDP-crystals) and on porcine corneal tissue support our theoretical predictions. Furthermore, no differences in spectral width were found for epi- and trans-detection of the second harmonic signal. Overall, these results may help to build an optimized multiphoton setup for spectral separation of nonlinear signals. PMID:26339527

  14. Second harmonic generation microscopy reveals hidden polar organization in fluoride doped MIL-53(Fe).

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    Markey, Karen; Putzeys, Tristan; Horcajada, Patricia; Devic, Thomas; Guillou, Nathalie; Wübbenhorst, Michael; Cleuvenbergen, Stijn Van; Verbiest, Thierry; De Vos, Dirk E; van der Veen, Monique A

    2016-03-01

    Polar metal-organic frameworks have potential applications as functional non-linear optical, piezoelectric, pyroelectric and ferroelectric materials. Using second harmonic generation microscopy we found that fluoride doping of the microporous iron(iii) terephthalate MOF MIL-53(Fe) induces a polar organization in its structure, which was not previously detected with XRD. The polar order is only observed when both fluoride and guest molecules are present, and may be related to a complex interplay between the adsorbates and the framework, leading to a modification of the positioning of fluoride in the inorganic Fe-chains. Combined polarized second harmonic generation microscopy and scanning pyroelectric microscopy show that the polar axis is unidirectional and of the same sense over the whole crystal, extending up to 100 micrometers. This finding shows how MOF materials can be endowed with useful properties by doping MOFs with fluoride. PMID:26812223

  15. A TE{sub 21} second-harmonic gyrotron backward-wave oscillator with slotted structure

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    Chen, N. C.; Yu, C. F.; Chang, T. H.

    2007-12-15

    Second-harmonic gyrotron backward-wave oscillator (gyro-BWO) with a reduced magnetic field strength is a tunable source in the millimeter wave regime, but it has long been impeded by the severe mode competition as a result of low efficiency and narrow bandwidth. This study employs a slotted structure functioning as a mode selective circuit to suppress the lower order transverse modes. In addition, a two-step tapered waveguide is adopted to stabilize the higher-order transverse modes and axial modes. Some important characteristics of the slotted gyro-BWO will be analyzed and discussed. As a calculated result, the interaction efficiency is improved and the stable tuning range is broadened. A stable, Ka-band, slotted second-harmonic gyro-BWO is capable of producing an efficiency of 23% with a 3 dB tuning bandwidth of 9% at 5 A and 100 kV.

  16. Development of a novel high power sub-THz second harmonic gyrotron.

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    Notake, T; Saito, T; Tatematsu, Y; Fujii, A; Ogasawara, S; Agusu, La; Ogawa, I; Idehara, T; Manuilov, V N

    2009-11-27

    Record-breaking high power coherent radiation at a subterahertz frequency region from a gyrotron utilizing second harmonic resonance modes was attained with a simple cavity. In order to aim at high power and high frequency simultaneously, the oscillation mode was selected carefully enough to realize stable radiation free from mode competition. The cavity radius was determined from the viewpoints of the oscillation frequency, the coupling coefficient between the electron beam, and the rf-electric field. The cavity length was also optimized for the highest perpendicular efficiency. In addition, a new electron gun which is capable of generating a thin laminar beam for a large current was introduced. Consequently, single mode second harmonic radiation with powers of 52 and 37 kW at frequencies of about 349 and 390 GHz, respectively, was achieved. PMID:20366101

  17. Development of a Novel High Power Sub-THz Second Harmonic Gyrotron

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    Notake, T.; Saito, T.; Tatematsu, Y.; Fujii, A.; Ogasawara, S.; Agusu, La; Ogawa, I.; Idehara, T.; Manuilov, V. N.

    2009-11-27

    Record-breaking high power coherent radiation at a subterahertz frequency region from a gyrotron utilizing second harmonic resonance modes was attained with a simple cavity. In order to aim at high power and high frequency simultaneously, the oscillation mode was selected carefully enough to realize stable radiation free from mode competition. The cavity radius was determined from the viewpoints of the oscillation frequency, the coupling coefficient between the electron beam, and the rf-electric field. The cavity length was also optimized for the highest perpendicular efficiency. In addition, a new electron gun which is capable of generating a thin laminar beam for a large current was introduced. Consequently, single mode second harmonic radiation with powers of 52 and 37 kW at frequencies of about 349 and 390 GHz, respectively, was achieved.

  18. Detection of collagen by second harmonic microscopy as a diagnostic tool for liver fibrosis

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    Banavar, Maruth; Kable, Eleanor P. W.; Braet, Filip; Wang, X. M.; Gorrell, M. D.; Cox, Guy

    2006-02-01

    Liver fibrosis has many causes, including hepatitis C, alcohol abuse, and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. It is characterized by abnormal deposition of extracellular matrix proteins, mainly collagen. The deposition of these proteins results in impaired liver function caused by distortion of the hepatic architecture by fibrous scar tissue. The unique triple helix structure of collagen and high level of crystallinity make it very efficient for generating second harmonic signals. In this study we have set out to see if second harmonic imaging of collagen can be used as a non-biased quantitative tool for classification of fibrosis levels in liver biopsies and if it can detect early fibrosis formation not detected by current methods.

  19. Second Harmonic Generation and Confined Acoustic Phonons in HighlyExcited Semiconductor Nanocrystals

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    Son, Dong Hee; Wittenberg, Joshua S.; Banin, Uri; Alivisatos, A.Paul

    2006-03-30

    The photo-induced enhancement of second harmonic generation, and the effect of nanocrystal shape and pump intensity on confined acoustic phonons in semiconductor nanocrystals, has been investigated with time-resolved scattering and absorption measurements. The second harmonic signal showed a sublinear increase of the second order susceptibility with respect to the pump pulse energy, indicating a reduction of the effective one-electron second-order nonlinearity with increasing electron-hole density in the nanocrystals. The coherent acoustic phonons in spherical and rod-shaped semiconductor nanocrystals were detected in a time-resolved absorption measurement. Both nanocrystal morphologies exhibited oscillatory modulation of the absorption cross section, the frequency of which corresponded to their coherent radial breathing modes. The amplitude of the oscillation also increased with the level of photoexcitation, suggesting an increase in the amplitude of the lattice displacement as well.

  20. Second-harmonic generation efficiency for multifrequency ytterbium-doped fibre laser radiation

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    Politko, M O; Kablukov, S I; Nemov, I N; Babin, Sergei A

    2013-02-28

    The second-harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency for cw Yb-doped fibre laser radiation, which is characterised by many longitudinal modes with random phases, is compared with the SHG efficiency for amplified single-frequency Nd : YAG laser radiation in ppLN and KTP crystals, characterised by the type-I and type-IIphase matching, respectively. It is shown that the conversion efficiency into the second harmonic in the multifrequency regime for both crystals is higher by a factor of about 1.6, a value close to the calculated enhancement (2 for the Gaussian mode statistics). This difference is explained by possible deviation of the statistics of the Yb-doped fibre laser radiation from Gaussian, which is confirmed by measurements of the laser temporal dynamics. (laser optics 2012)

  1. Note: auto-relock system for a bow-tie cavity for second harmonic generation.

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    Haze, Shinsuke; Hata, Sousuke; Fujinaga, Munekazu; Mukaiyama, Takashi

    2013-02-01

    This Note reports on the implementation of an automatic relocking system for a bow-tie cavity for second harmonic generation to produce an ultra-violet laser source. The system is based on a sample-and-hold technique for controlling the cavity length using simple servo electronics. Long-term stabilization of the cavity output power is successfully achieved, which makes this system suitable for designing stable atomic physics experiments. PMID:23464273

  2. Note: Auto-relock system for a bow-tie cavity for second harmonic generation

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    Haze, Shinsuke; Hata, Sousuke; Fujinaga, Munekazu; Mukaiyama, Takashi

    2013-02-01

    This Note reports on the implementation of an automatic relocking system for a bow-tie cavity for second harmonic generation to produce an ultra-violet laser source. The system is based on a sample-and-hold technique for controlling the cavity length using simple servo electronics. Long-term stabilization of the cavity output power is successfully achieved, which makes this system suitable for designing stable atomic physics experiments.

  3. Probing Ferroelectric Domain Engineering in BiFeO3 Thin Films by Second Harmonic Generation.

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    Trassin, Morgan; Luca, Gabriele De; Manz, Sebastian; Fiebig, Manfred

    2015-09-01

    An optical probe of the ferroelectric domain distribution and manipulation in BiFeO3 thin films is reported using optical second harmonic generation. A unique relation between the domain distribution and its integral symmetry is established. The ferroelectric signature is even resolved when the film is covered by a top electrode. The effect of voltage-induced ferroelectric switching is imaged. PMID:26175000

  4. Second harmonic generation imaging of dermal collagen component in human keloid tissue

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    Yu, H. B.; Chen, S.; Zhu, X. Q.; Yang, H. Q.; Chen, J. X.

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we report second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging of human keloid tissue. High resolution SHG images of collagen component were obtained in the superficial, medial and deep dermis of human keloid tissue, respectively. Our results show that this method has a capability to observe the structure of collagen component in human keloid tissue, which will help to better understand the formation process of human keloid scar at the molecular level.

  5. Second Harmonic Detection of Spin-Dependent Transport in Magnetic Nanostructures

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    Yu, Hai-Ming; Granville, S.; Yu, Da-Peng; J-ph., Ansermet

    2010-02-01

    Detection of the second harmonic response of magnetic nanostructures to an ac current is shown to be a very sensitive probe of the magnetization reversal process. A temperature oscillation is obtained by Joule heating instead of using a laser as the heat source, as in thermo-galvanic voltage measurements (TGV). Joule heating is used to produce a large local temperature gradient in asymmetric Co/Cu/Co spin valves. Evidence is found for an effect of a heat current on magnetization.

  6. Optical chirality of bacteriorhodopsin films via second harmonic Maker's fringes measurements

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    Larciprete, M. C.; Belardini, A.; Sibilia, C.; Saab, M.-b.; Váró, G.; Gergely, C.

    2010-05-01

    We experimentally investigated second harmonic generation from an oriented multilayer film of bacteriorhodopsin protein, deposited onto a charged surface. The generated signal is obtained as a function of incidence angle, at different polarization state of both fundamental and generated beams. We show that the measurements, together with the analytical curves, allow to retrieve the nonvanishing elements of the nonlinear optical tensor, including the ones introduced by optical chirality.

  7. Second-harmonic generation in shear wave beams with different polarizations

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    Spratt, Kyle S. Ilinskii, Yurii A.; Zabolotskaya, Evgenia A.; Hamilton, Mark F.

    2015-10-28

    A coupled pair of nonlinear parabolic equations was derived by Zabolotskaya [1] that model the transverse components of the particle motion in a collimated shear wave beam propagating in an isotropic elastic solid. Like the KZK equation, the parabolic equation for shear wave beams accounts consistently for the leading order effects of diffraction, viscosity and nonlinearity. The nonlinearity includes a cubic nonlinear term that is equivalent to that present in plane shear waves, as well as a quadratic nonlinear term that is unique to diffracting beams. The work by Wochner et al. [2] considered shear wave beams with translational polarizations (linear, circular and elliptical), wherein second-order nonlinear effects vanish and the leading order nonlinear effect is third-harmonic generation by the cubic nonlinearity. The purpose of the current work is to investigate the quadratic nonlinear term present in the parabolic equation for shear wave beams by considering second-harmonic generation in Gaussian beams as a second-order nonlinear effect using standard perturbation theory. In order for second-order nonlinear effects to be present, a broader class of source polarizations must be considered that includes not only the familiar translational polarizations, but also polarizations accounting for stretching, shearing and rotation of the source plane. It is found that the polarization of the second harmonic generated by the quadratic nonlinearity is not necessarily the same as the polarization of the source-frequency beam, and we are able to derive a general analytic solution for second-harmonic generation from a Gaussian source condition that gives explicitly the relationship between the polarization of the source-frequency beam and the polarization of the second harmonic.

  8. Whispering-gallery-mode analysis of phase-matched doubly resonant second-harmonic generation

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    Dumeige, Yannick; Féron, Patrice

    2006-12-01

    We propose a coupled modes analysis of second-harmonic generation in microdisk resonators. We demonstrate that whispering gallery modes can be used to obtain a combination of modal and geometrical quasi-phase-matching (without domain inversion) to obtain efficient conversion in isotropic and nonferroelectric materials such as III-V semiconductor compounds. Finally we use an analytical model to describe the coupling between a bus waveguide and the nonlinear microdisk to achieve an optimization scheme for practical configuration.

  9. Theory of second-harmonic generation of molecular systems: The steady-state case

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    Lin, S.H.; Alden, R.G. ); Villaeys, A.A.; Pflumio, V. )

    1993-10-01

    In this paper, a general formalism for treating both steady-state and time-resolved second-harmonic generation for molecular systems is presented. Here, only the steady-state case will be reported. The adiabatic approximation is introduced. Four important cases, resonance-resonance, resonance--off-resonance, off-resonance--resonance, and off-resonance--off-resonance transitions, have been considered. Finally, numerical calculations of rhodamine 6G are performed to demonstrate the applications of theoretical results.

  10. A nonlinear acoustic metamaterial: Realization of a backwards-traveling second-harmonic sound wave.

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    Quan, Li; Qian, Feng; Liu, Xiaozhou; Gong, Xiufen

    2016-06-01

    An ordinary waveguide with periodic vibration plates and side holes can realize an acoustic metamaterial that simultaneously possesses a negative bulk modulus and a negative mass density. The study is further extended to a nonlinear case and it is predicted that a backwards-traveling second-harmonic sound wave can be obtained through the nonlinear propagation of a sound wave in such a metamaterial. PMID:27369164

  11. Generation of high power sub-terahertz radiation from a gyrotron with second harmonic oscillation

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    Saito, Teruo; Yamada, Naoki; Ikeuti, Shinji; Tatematsu, Yoshinori; Ikeda, Ryosuke; Ogawa, Isamu; Idehara, Toshitaka; Ogasawara, Shinya; Manuilov, Vladimir N.; Shimozuma, Takashi; Kubo, Shin; Nishiura, Masaki; Tanaka, Kenji; Kawahata, Kazuo

    2012-06-15

    New power records of second harmonic gyrotron oscillation have been demonstrated in the sub-THz band. The first step gyrotron of demountable type had succeeded in oscillation with power more than 50 kW at 350 GHz and nearly 40 kW at 390 GHz [T. Notake et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 225002 (2009)]. Then, the second step gyrotron of sealed-off type was manufactured. A cavity mode was carefully selected to avoid mode competition with a neighboring fundamental harmonic mode. Matching of the selected mode with the electron gun was also circumspectly considered. The second step gyrotron has attained higher power radiation than the first gyrotron. The maximum single mode power was 62 kW at 388 GHz. Then, the electron gun was modified for use of a different cavity mode with a higher coupling coefficient than that for the 62 kW mode. The new mode proved single mode oscillation power of 83 kW at about 389 GHz. These results are new second-harmonic-oscillation power records for sub-THz gyrotrons. The present study constitutes foundations of development of high power second harmonic sub-THz gyrotron for application to collective Thomson scattering measurement on fusion plasmas, especially on high-density plasmas such as those produced in LHD [N. Ohyabu et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 055002 (2006)]. This paper reports the design consideration to realize high power single mode gyrotron oscillation at second harmonic and the examination of oscillation characteristics of the gyrotron.

  12. Optical recording of action potentials with second-harmonic generation microscopy.

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    Dombeck, Daniel A; Blanchard-Desce, Mireille; Webb, Watt W

    2004-01-28

    Nonlinear microscopy has proven to be essential for neuroscience investigations of thick tissue preparations. However, the optical recording of fast (approximately 1 msec) cellular electrical activity has never until now been successfully combined with this imaging modality. Through the use of second-harmonic generation microscopy of primary Aplysia neurons in culture labeled with 4-[4-(dihexylamino)phenyl][ethynyl]-1-(4-sulfobutyl)pyridinium (inner salt), we optically recorded action potentials with 0.833 msec temporal and 0.6 microm spatial resolution on soma and neurite membranes. Second-harmonic generation response as a function of change in membrane potential was found to be linear with a signal change of approximately 6%/100 mV. The signal-to-noise ratio was approximately 1 for single-trace action potential recordings but was readily increased to approximately 6-7 with temporal averaging of approximately 50 scans. Photodamage was determined to be negligible by observing action potential characteristics, cellular resting potential, and gross cellular morphology during and after laser illumination. High-resolution (micrometer scale) optical recording of membrane potential activity by previous techniques has been limited to imaging depths an order of magnitude less than nonlinear methods. Because second-harmonic generation is capable of imaging up to approximately 400 microm deep into intact tissue with submicron resolution and little out-of-focus photodamage or bleaching, its ability to record fast electrical activity should prove valuable to future electrophysiology studies. PMID:14749445

  13. Background-free electric field-induced second harmonic generation with interdigitated combs of electrodes.

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    Jašinskas, Vidmantas; Gedvilas, Mindaugas; Račiukaitis, Gediminas; Gulbinas, Vidmantas

    2016-06-15

    The electric field-induced second harmonic (EFISH) generation is a powerful tool for the investigation of optical nonlinearities, material polarization, internal electric fields, and other properties of photonic materials and devices. A conventional generation of the second harmonics (SH) in materials with the disturbed centrosymmetry causes a field-independent background to EFISH and limits its applications. Here we suggest and analyze the application of the interdigitated combs of electrodes for EFISH generation in thin films. Interdigitated electrodes form an optical transmission amplitude diffraction grating. Phase matching of the EFISH radiation creates unusual diffraction fringes with the zero intensity along the zeroth order direction and with the diffraction angles different from diffraction angles of incident fundamental laser radiation and its second harmonics. It enables a simple geometrical separation of the EFISH signal from a conventional SH background, simplifies the sample preparation, and provides additional experimental possibilities. We demonstrate applicability of the suggested technique for characterization of submicrometer thickness organic films of transparent and resonantly interacting polymers and of their mixtures. PMID:27304282

  14. Characterization of the cytotoxicity and imaging properties of second-harmonic nanoparticles

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    Hsieh, Chia-Lung; Grange, Rachel; Pu, Ye; Psaltis, Demetri

    2010-08-01

    We develop second-harmonic nanoparticles as the contrast agents for cell imaging. Second-harmonic nanoparticles show promise as cell imaging probes due to their non-bleaching, non-blinking, and coherent signal. Nanoparticles of noncentrosymmetric crystal structures have high second-harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency and provide high contrast in a generally non-structured cell environment. Here, we use barium titanate (BaTiO3) nanoparticles with tetragonal crystal structure as imaging probes. Cytotoxicity tests performed on BaTiO3 nanoparticles with mammalian cells did not result in toxic effects. Specifically, we observed no change in the cell metabolism after 24 hours incubation of the cells with high concentration of BaTiO3 nanoparticles. We demonstrate two methods of cell labeling with BaTiO3 nanoparticles for imaging. One is non-specific labeling via endocytosis of the cells, which results in a great number of the nanoparticles randomly distributed inside the cells. The other is specific labeling via surface functionalization of the nanoparticles with antibodies, which enables us to label specific cell membrane proteins with the nanoparticles. SHG imaging is compatible to two-photon microscopy and the SHG signal from nanoparticles can be easily detected with a standard two-photon confocal microscope. Our work provides the opportunity for long-term, three-dimensional cell tracking with secondharmonic nanoparticles.

  15. Size dependence of second-harmonic generation at the surface of microspheres

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    Viarbitskaya, Sviatlana; Meulen, Peter van der; Hansson, Tony; Kapshai, Valery

    2010-05-15

    The resonance-enhanced surface second-harmonic generation (SHG) from a suspension of polystyrene microspheres was investigated as a function of particle size in a range of the order of the fundamental wavelength for two different second-harmonic-enhancing dyes--malachite green and pyridine 1. The two dyes gave the same strongly modulated pattern of the forward second-harmonic scattering efficiency. Direct comparison to the nonlinear Rayleigh-Gans-Debye (NLRGD) and nonlinear Wentzel-Kramers-Brillouin (NLWKB) model predictions showed that the NLWKB model reproduces the overall trend in the size dependence but fails with respect to the strong modulations. The standard NLRGD model was found to fail altogether in the present particle size range, which was well beyond the observed upper particle size for which the NLRGD and NLWKB models give comparable results. A generalization of the NLRGD model to allow for dispersion and to use the particle refractive indices instead of those of the surrounding medium extended its applicability range by almost an order of magnitude in particle size. There is a pronounced maximal SHG efficiency for particles with a radius that is close to the fundamental wavelength inside the particle. The optically soft particle approximation is inadequate to describe the SHG in this particle size range, as refraction and reflection of the waves at the particle surface have a decisive influence. Dispersion of the media plays a negligible role for particle sizes up to about twice the optimal one for SHG.

  16. Bistable sensors based on broken symmetry phenomena: The residence time difference vs. the second harmonic method

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    Nikitin, A.; Stocks, N. G.; Bulsara, A. R.

    2013-10-01

    A periodically driven noisy bistable system can be used as a sensor of a dc target signal. In the presence of the dc signal the symmetry of the potential energy function that underpins the sensor dynamics can be broken, leading to even harmonics of the driving frequency in the power spectrum. Both the power of the second harmonic and the mean residence time difference can be used for an estimation of the dc signal. In this paper we introduce a method for the power spectrum estimation from the experimental time series. This method can be considered to be an alternative to methods based on the Fourier transform. The presented method is faster for computation than the Fast Fourier Transform, and it allow us to estimate the power contained in peaks (or features) without their mixture with the power spectrum background. Using this method we compute the power of the second harmonic in the response power spectrum and compare the accuracy of the second harmonic method and the mean residence time difference (RTD) via the Shannon mutual information. We find that the RTD, generally, yields better performance in bistable noisy sensors.

  17. Second-harmonic generation in periodically poled bulk Rb-doped KTiOPO₄ below 400 nm at high peak-intensities.

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    Zukauskas, Andrius; Pasiskevicius, Valdas; Canalias, Carlota

    2013-01-28

    We demonstrate that bulk Rb-doped KTiOPO₄ (RKTP) shows improved susceptibility to gray-tracking compared to flux-grown KTiOPO₄ . We show high-fidelity periodic poling of 1 mm thick RKTP with a period of 3.18 µm for second harmonic generation at 398 nm with a normalized conversion efficiency of 1.79%/Wcm. The crystal is used to frequency-double 138 fs-long pulses with an efficiency of 20% and a peak intensity of 560 MW/cm² without visible gray-tracking signs. We demonstrate that two-photon absorption is the predominant mechanism limiting the SHG efficiency in this spectral range at high peak powers and high repetition rates. PMID:23389121

  18. Applications of parametric processes to high-quality multicolour ultrashort pulses, pulse cleaning and CEP stable sub-3fs pulse

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    Kobayashi, Takayoshi; Liu, Jun; Okamura, Kotaro

    2012-04-01

    Our recent experimental results of three methods related to and useful for the generation of attosecond pulses are summarized. The pulses obtained by all of them have high qualities in terms of phase, temporal, spectral and spatial properties which are based on the physical principles associated with the parametric processes. First, carrier-envelope phase (CEP) stable sub-5 fs and sub-3 fs pulses by non-collinear optical parametric amplification (NOPA) in the near-infrared and visible spectral range will be described. The mechanism of the passive CEP stabilization is described. Passively stabilized idler and its second harmonic (SH) pulses from NOPAs are compressed to sub-5fs and sub-3fs, respectively. Compression of the idler output from a NOPA and its SH is attained with a specially designed characterization method during the compression. Second, generation of multicolour pulses by the cascaded four-wave mixing process in bulk media is discussed. As short as 15-fs multicoloured femtosecond pulses are obtained with two ˜40 fs pulses incident to a fused-silica glass plate by this method. These broadband multicolour sidebands are expected to provide single-cycle or sub-fs pulses after the Fourier synthesis. Third, a new technique based on self-diffraction in the Kerr medium is used to clean and shorten the femtosecond laser pulse. The cleaned pulse with high temporal contrast is expected to be used as a seed for a background-free petawatt laser system and then used as the laser source for high-energy attosecond pulse generation in a solid target. The mechanisms of CEP stabilization, pulse spectral smoothening and pulse contrast enhancement are comparatively discussed.

  19. Lossless backward second-harmonic generation of extremely narrow subdiffractive beams in two-dimensional photonic crystals

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    Nistor, C.; Cojocaru, C.; Trull, J.; Karle, T. J.; Raj, R.; Raineri, F.; Staliunas, K.

    2010-09-15

    We report efficient second harmonic generation using extremely narrow beams (with diameter of the order of the wavelength) that propagate in the self-collimation (or nondiffractive) regime in a two-dimensional photonic crystal. We design and numerically test an AlGaAs photonic crystal membrane, where both fundamental and generated second harmonic beams propagate without diffraction and without out-of-plane losses. The characteristics of the generated second harmonic that is mainly propagating in the backward direction and the conversion efficiency of the proposed scheme are obtained by nonlinear finite-difference time-domain numerical simulations.

  20. Relation between efficiency of second harmonic generation and spectral properties of a one-dimensional photonic crystal

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    Zaporozhchenko, R. G.

    2003-12-01

    Numerical calculation of second harmonic generation in a photonic crystal consisting of alternating quarter-wave layers of ZnS and SeF2 pumped by a femtosecond tunable laser is carried out. The results are compared with the spectral characteristics of the photonic crystal obtained with the use of a matrix method for calculating transmission coefficients. It is shown that the maximum efficiency of conversion to the second harmonic takes place at a minimum group velocity mismatch of the pump and second harmonic waves, corresponding to pump frequencies in the range below the band gap edge of the photonic crystal.

  1. Growth direction of oblique angle electron beam deposited silicon monoxide thin films identified by optical second-harmonic generation

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    Vejling Andersen, Søren; Lund Trolle, Mads; Pedersen, Kjeld

    2013-12-02

    Oblique angle deposited (OAD) silicon monoxide (SiO) thin films forming tilted columnar structures have been characterized by second-harmonic generation. It was found that OAD SiO leads to a rotationally anisotropic second-harmonic response, depending on the optical angle of incidence. A model for the observed dependence of the second-harmonic signal on optical angle of incidence allows extraction of the growth direction of OAD films. The optically determined growth directions show convincing agreement with cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy images. In addition to a powerful characterization tool, these results demonstrate the possibilities for designing nonlinear optical devices through SiO OAD.

  2. Three-dimensional electric field visualization utilizing electric-field-induced second-harmonic generation in nematic liquid crystals

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    Chen, I.-Hsiu; Chu, Shi-Wei; Bresson, Francois; Tien, Ming-Chun; Shi, Jin-Wei; Sun, Chi-Kuang

    2003-08-01

    An electric-field-induced second-harmonic-generation signal in a nematic liquid crystal is used to map the electric field in an integrated-circuit-like sample. Since the electric-field-induced second-harmonic-generation signal intensity exhibits a strong dependence on the polarization of the incident laser beam, both the amplitude and the orientation of the electric field vectors can be measured. Combined with scanning second-harmonic-generation microscopy, three-dimensional electric field distribution can be easily visualized with high spatial resolution of the order of 1 μm.

  3. Continuous-wave, single-pass, single-frequency second-harmonic-generation at 266 nm based on birefringent-multicrystal scheme.

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    Devi, Kavita; Parsa, S; Ebrahim-Zadeh, M

    2016-04-18

    We report the implementation of a compact cascaded multicrystal scheme based on birefringent crystals in critical phase-matching, for the generation of continuous-wave (cw) radiation in the deep ultraviolet (UV). The approach comprises a cascade of 4 single-pass second-harmonic-generation (SHG) stages in β-BaB2O4 (BBO) pumped by a single-frequency cw green source at 532 nm. A deep-UV cw output power of 37.7 mW at 266 nm has been obtained with a high passive power stability of 0.12% rms over more than 4 hours. Characterization and optimization of the system in each stage has been systematically performed. Angular phase-matching acceptance bandwidth under tight focusing in BBO, and spectral properties of the deep-UV radiation, have been studied. Theoretical calculations for SHG in the cascaded scheme based on birefringent phase-matching have been performed, and enhancement in UV power compared to single-stage single-pass scheme are studied. Theoretical comparison of BBO with other potential crystals for deep-UV generation in cascaded multicrystal scheme is also presented. PMID:27137310

  4. Design of a 50 MW, 34 GHz second harmonic coaxial gyroklystron for advanced accelerators

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    Arjona, M.R.; Lawson, W.

    1999-07-01

    At the University of Maryland, the authors have been investigating the feasibility of using gyroklystrons and gyroklystrons as drivers for linear colliders and advanced accelerators for a number of years. The most recent experimental tube achieved a peak power of about 80 MW at 8.57 GHz with 32% efficiency and over 30 dB gain with a three-cavity first harmonic circuit. The current experimental effort is devoted to producing about 100 MW of peak power at 17.14 GHz with a second-harmonic three-cavity tube. Some schemes for advanced linear colliders with center-of-mass energies of 5 TeV or more expect to require higher frequency sources, perhaps near 35 GHz or 91 GHz. A design study at 95 GHz indicated that peak powers near 7 MW were possible. In this design study, they present the simulated operating characteristics of a four cavity 34 GHz second-harmonic gyroklystron tube which is capable of producing about 60 MW of peak power with an efficiency of about 40% and a gain above 50 dB. The electron gun is a single-anode magnetron injection gun. The input cavity is a TE{sub 011} cavity which is driven at 17 GHz. The remainder of the cavities are TE{sub 021} cavities which interact near the second harmonic of the cyclotron frequency. The gain cavity and the output cavities are at twice the drive frequency, but the penultimate cavity is detuned to enhance efficiency. All cavities are abrupt-transition cavities. Both systems are derived from scaled versions of the 17 GHz tube. In this paper, they present detailed designs and performance predictions for both the electron gun and the microwave circuit.

  5. Multi-line transmission in medical imaging using the second-harmonic signal.

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    Prieur, Fabrice; Dénarié, Bastien; Austeng, Andreas; Torp, Hans

    2013-12-01

    The emergence of three-dimensional imaging in the field of medical ultrasound imaging has greatly increased the number of transmissions needed to insonify a whole volume. With a large number of transmissions comes a low image frame rate. When using classical transmission techniques, as in two-dimensional imaging, the frame rate becomes unacceptably low, prompting the use of alternative transmission patterns that require less time. One alternative is to use a multi-line transmission (MLT) technique which consists of transmitting several pulses simultaneously in different directions. Perturbations appear when acquiring and beamforming the signal in the direction of one pulse because of the pulses sent in other directions. The edge waves from the pulses transmitted in a different direction add to the signal transmitted in the direction of interest, resulting in artifacts in the final image. Taking advantage of the nonlinear propagation of sound in tissue, the second-harmonic signal can be used with the MLT technique. The image obtained using the second-harmonic signal, compared with an image obtained using the fundamental signal, should have reduced artifacts coming from other pulses transmitted simultaneously. Simulations, backed up by experiments imaging a wire target and an in vivo left ventricle, confirm that the hypothesis is valid. In the studied case, the perturbations appear as an increase in the signal level around the main echo of a point scatterer. When using the fundamental signal, the measured amplitude level of the perturbations was approximately -40 dB compared with the maximum signal amplitude (-27 dB in vivo), whereas it was around -60 dB (-45 dB in vivo) for the second-harmonic signal. The MLT technique encounters limitations in the very near field where the pulses overlap and the perturbation level also increases for images with strong speckle and low contrast. PMID:24297034

  6. Impact of longitudinal fields on second harmonic generation in lithium niobate nanopillars

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    Baghban, Mohammad Amin; Gallo, Katia

    2016-09-01

    An optimized focused ion beam process is used to fabricate micrometer-long LiNbO3 nanopillars with diameters varying between 150 and 325 nm. Polarimetric mappings of second harmonic generation from a wavelength of 850 nm demonstrate the ability to modify the polarization features of the nonlinear response through a fine adjustment of the pillar size. The effect is ascribed to the non-negligible contribution of the longitudinal fields associated with sub-wavelength light confinement in the LiNbO3 nanopillars. The results also highlight the importance of a fine control over the nanopillar size in order to effectively engineer their nonlinear response.

  7. Study of the second harmonic generation and optical rectification in a cBN crystal

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    Dou Qingping; Ma Haitao; Jia Gang; Chen Zhanguo; Cao Kun; Zhang Tiechen

    2007-02-28

    Cubic boron nitride (cBN) - a kind of an artificial (synthetic) crystal with the band gap of {approx}6.3 eV, which has the zinc blende structure and the 4-bar 3m symmetry, is studied. The optical rectification is obtained and the second harmonic generation (SHG) is observed in the cBN crystal for the first time by using a 1064-nm Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. The green light at 532 nm from the cBN sample can be seen with a naked eye. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  8. Resolution and contrast enhancement of subtractive second harmonic generation microscopy with a circularly polarized vortex beam

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    Tian, Nian; Fu, Ling; Gu, Min

    2015-01-01

    We extend the subtractive imaging method to label-free second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy to enhance the spatial resolution and contrast. This method is based on the intensity difference between two images obtained with circularly polarized Gaussian and doughnut-shaped beams, respectively. By characterizing the intensity and polarization distributions of the two focused beams, we verify the feasibility of the subtractive imaging method in polarization dependent SHG microscopy. The resolution and contrast enhancement in different biological samples is demonstrated. This work will open a new avenue for the applications of SHG microscopy in biomedical research. PMID:26364733

  9. Discrimination of collagen in normal and pathological dermis through polarization second harmonic generation

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    Su, Ping-Jung; Chen, Wei-Liang; Hong, Jin-Bon; Li, Tsung-Hsien; Wu, Ruei-Jr; Chou, Chen-Kuan; Lin, Sung-Jan; Dong, Chen-Yuan

    2010-02-01

    We used polarization-resolved, second harmonic generation (P-SHG) microscopy at single pixel resolution for medical diagnosis of pathological skin dermis, and found that P-SHG can be used to distinguish normal and dermal pathological conditions of keloid, morphea, and dermal elastolysis. We find that the histograms of the d33/d31 ratio for the pathological skins to contain two peak values and to be wider than that of the normal case, suggesting that the pathological dermal collagen fibers tend to be more structurally heterogeneous. Our work demonstrates that pixel-resolved, second-order susceptibility microscopy is effective for detecting heterogeneity in spatial distribution of collagen fibers.

  10. Ultrastructural features of collagen in thyroid carcinoma tissue observed by polarization second harmonic generation microscopy

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    Tokarz, Danielle; Cisek, Richard; Golaraei, Ahmad; Asa, Sylvia L.; Barzda, Virginijus; Wilson, Brian C.

    2015-01-01

    Changes in collagen ultrastructure between malignant and normal human thyroid tissue were investigated ex vivo using polarization second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy. The second-order nonlinear optical susceptibility tensor component ratio and the degree of linear polarization (DOLP) of the SHG signal were measured. The ratio values are related to the collagen ultrastructure, while DOLP indicates the relative amount of coherent signal and incoherent scattering of SHG. Increase in ratio values and decrease in DOLP were observed for tumor tissue compared to normal thyroid, indicating higher ultrastructural disorder in tumor collagen. PMID:26417516

  11. Simultaneous stimulated Raman scattering and second harmonic generation in periodically poled lithium niobate

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    McConnell, Gail; Ferguson, Allister I.

    2005-03-01

    Simultaneous stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) and second harmonic generation (SHG) are demonstrated in periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN). Using a simple single-pass geometry, conversion efficiencies of up to 12% and 19% were observed for the SRS and SHG processes respectively. By changing the PPLN period interacting with the photonic crystal fibre based pump source and varying the PPLN temperature, the SHG signal was measured to be tunable from λ =584 nm to λ =679 nm. The SRS output spectrum was measured at λ=1583 nm, with a spectral full-width at half-maximum of λ =85 nm.

  12. Enhancing second harmonic generation in gold nanoring resonators filled with lithium niobate.

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    Lehr, Dennis; Reinhold, Jörg; Thiele, Illia; Hartung, Holger; Dietrich, Kay; Menzel, Christoph; Pertsch, Thomas; Kley, Ernst-B; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2015-02-11

    Plasmonic nanorings provide the unique advantage of a pronounced plasmonic field enhancement inside their core. If filled with a polarizable medium, it may significantly enhance its optical effects. Here, we demonstrate this proposition by filling gold nanorings with lithium niobate. The generated second harmonic signal is compared to the signal originating from an unpatterned lithium niobate surface. Measurements and simulation confirm an enhancement of about 20. Applications requiring nanoscopic localized light sources like fluorescence spectroscopy or quantum communication will benefit from our findings. PMID:25584636

  13. Experimental investigations of second-harmonic spectra and Langmuir wave collapse

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    Dahmani, F.; Ghobrini, D.; EL-Mahdaoui, M. )

    1991-09-01

    Two kinds of experimental results obtained from time-resolved second-harmonic spectra for 1.06 {mu}m laser-produced plasma are presented. At moderate laser intensities ({le}2{times}10{sup 14} W/cm{sup 2}) the results are explained with parametric and electron decay instabilities. Whereas, at high laser intensities ({ge}6{times}10{sup 14} W/cm{sup 2}) the Langmuir strong turbulence is used to explain experimental results. In addition to results obtained by Briand {ital et} {ital al}. (Phys. Fluids B {bold 2}, 160 (1990)), a second sequence of collapses is observed.

  14. Characterization of the quality of ZnO thin films using reflective second harmonic generation

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    Huang, Y.-J.; Chu, S.-Y.; Lo, K.-Y.; Liu, C.-W.; Liu, C.-C.

    2009-08-31

    A polar mirror symmetrical contribution originated from the arrangement of grain boundaries existing in the ZnO film is detected by reflective second harmonic generation pattern. The ordering of ZnO grain boundary is dependent on the kinetic energy of deposited atoms and affects the quality of ZnO films. The net direction of the grain boundary in ZnO film trends toward the [110] direction of Si(111) to reach the minimum grain energy for better quality ZnO film. The polar structure of the mirrorlike boundaries under the optically macroscopic viewpoint presents a correlation with film quality.

  15. Second harmonic generation spectroscopy of p-cresol and carbazole on SiO 2 surfaces

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    van Wyck, N. E.; Koenig, E. W.; Byers, J. D.; Hetherington, W. M., III

    1985-11-01

    Surface second harmonic generation (SHG) has been developed as a surface specific type of electronic spectroscopy. The surface second-order susceptibility χ (2) is enhanced by the adsorption of molecules, and an electronic spectrum can be generated by scanning the dye laser through the two-photon resonances of the adsorbate. The spectra of p-cresol ionically and covalently bound to SiO 2 and of carbazole covalently bound to SiO 2 have been obtained. Weakly bound molecules such as hydrogen-bonded cresol, phenol and aniline as well as pyridine are rapidly desorbed by the competitive process of two-photon absorption.

  16. Second-harmonic generation imaging of semiconductor nanowires with focused vector beams.

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    Bautista, Godofredo; Mäkitalo, Jouni; Chen, Ya; Dhaka, Veer; Grasso, Marco; Karvonen, Lasse; Jiang, Hua; Huttunen, Mikko J; Huhtio, Teppo; Lipsanen, Harri; Kauranen, Martti

    2015-03-11

    We use second-harmonic generation (SHG) with focused vector beams to investigate individual vertically aligned GaAs nanowires. Our results provide direct evidence that SHG from oriented nanowires is mainly driven by the longitudinal field along the nanowire growth axis. Consequently, focused radial polarization provides a superior tool to characterize such nanowires compared to linear polarization, also allowing this possibility in the native growth environment. We model our experiments by describing the SHG process for zinc-blende structure and dipolar bulk nonlinearity. PMID:25651302

  17. Two-photon autofluorescence spectroscopy and second-harmonic generation of epithelial tissue

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    Wu, Yicong; Qu, Jianan Y.

    2005-11-01

    A spectroscopy system is developed for studying the two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) and second-harmonic generation (SHG) of epithelial tissue in backscattering geometry. Our findings show that TPEF signals from epithelial and underlying stromal layers exhibit different spectral characteristics, providing information on the biomorphology and biochemistry of tissue. The SHG signal serves as a sensitive indicator of collagen to separate the epithelial layer from underlying stroma. The polarization dependence of the SHG signal reveals a well-ordered orientation of collagen fibers in the stromal layer. The results demonstrate the potential of depth-resolved TPEF and SHG in determining the pathology of epithelial tissue.

  18. Second harmonic generation for contactless non-destructive characterization of silicon on insulator wafers

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    Damianos, D.; Pirro, L.; Soylu, G.; Ionica, I.; Nguyen, V.; Vitrant, G.; Kaminski, A.; Blanc-Pelissier, D.; Onestas, L.; Changala, J.; Kryger, M.; Cristoloveanu, S.

    2016-01-01

    In this work we investigate a non-invasive, non-destructive characterization technique for monitoring the quality of film, oxide and interfaces in silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers. This technique is based on optical Second Harmonic Generation (SHG). The principles of SHG and the experimental setup will be thoroughly described. The experimental parameters best suited for testing SOI wafers with SHG are identified. SOI geometry, as well as the passivation of the top surface, both have an impact on the observed SHG signal. The back-gate bias applied on the substrate is shown to modulate the SHG signal.

  19. Spectral phase correlation of coded femtosecond pulses by second-harmonic generation in thick nonlinear crystals.

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    Zheng, Z; Weiner, A M

    2000-07-01

    We demonstrate a novel all-optical scheme for measuring the correlation of spectrally phase-coded ultrashort optical waveforms that uses second-harmonic generation (SHG) in long, periodically poled lithium niobate crystals. The SHG yield can be controlled over a range of ~30 dB, depending on the correlation of the applied phase codes. Such a spectral phase correlator has applications for ultrashort-pulse optical code-division multiple-access networking and could serve as a nonlinear optical but classical analog for certain schemes for coherent quantum control of multiphoton processes. PMID:18064248

  20. Improving liver fibrosis diagnosis based on forward and backward second harmonic generation signals

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    Peng, Qiwen; Zhuo, Shuangmu; So, Peter T. C.; Yu, Hanry

    2015-02-01

    The correlation of forward second harmonic generation (SHG) signal and backward SHG signal in different liver fibrosis stages was investigated. We found that three features, including the collagen percentage for forward SHG, the collagen percentage for backward SHG, and the average intensity ratio of two kinds of SHG signals, can quantitatively stage liver fibrosis in thioacetamide-induced rat model. We demonstrated that the combination of all three features by using a support vector machine classification algorithm can provide a more accurate prediction than each feature alone in fibrosis diagnosis.

  1. Calculation of optical second-harmonic susceptibilities and optical activity for crystals

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    Levine, Z.H.

    1994-12-31

    A new generation of nearly first-principles calculations predicts both the linear and second-harmonic susceptibilities for a variety of insulating crystals, including GaAs, GaP, AlAs, AlP, Se, {alpha}-quartz, and c-urea. The results are typically in agreement with experimental measurements. The calculations have been extended to optical activity, with somewhat less success to date. The theory, based on a simple self-energy correction to the local density approximation, and results are reviewed herein.

  2. Imaging molecular structure with Stokes-polarimeter based second harmonic generation microscopy

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    Mazumder, Nirmal; Qiu, Jianjun; Hu, Chih-Wei; Kao, Fu-Jen

    2013-02-01

    We analyzed the polarization states of second harmonic generation (SHG) signals from starch granules and type I collagen through a four-channel photon counting based Stokes-polarimeter. The 2D SHG images of samples are reconstructed using various polarization parameters, such as the degree of polarization (DOP), the degree of linear polarization (DOLP), the degree of circular polarization (DOCP), as well as the anisotropy from the acquired Stokes parameters. Furthermore, we have demonstrated that the polarization parameters are changes at different input polarizations and focusing depths.

  3. Efficient second harmonic generation in a metamaterial with two resonant modes coupled through two varactor diodes

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    Nakanishi, Toshihiro; Tamayama, Yasuhiro; Kitano, Masao

    2012-01-01

    We present an effective method to generate second harmonic (SH) waves using nonlinear metamaterial composed of coupled split ring resonators (CSRRs) with varactor (variable capacitance) diodes. The CSRR structure has two resonant modes: a symmetric mode that resonates at the fundamental frequency and an anti-symmetric mode that resonates at the SH frequency. Resonant fundamental waves in the symmetric mode generate resonant SH waves in the anti-symmetric mode. The double resonance contributes to effective SH radiation. In the experiment, we observe 19.6 dB enhancement in the SH radiation in comparison with the nonlinear metamaterial that resonates only for the fundamental waves.

  4. Atmospheric thermometry for metallic surfaces by laser-induced second-harmonic generation

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    Pedanekar, Niranjan R.; Yin, Huiqi; Laurendeau, Normand M.

    1996-07-01

    To the best of our knowledge we report the first demonstration of surface thermometry using laser-induced second-harmonic generation (SHG) on a realistic metallic surface at atmospheric pressure. The surface is probed with a pulsed infrared laser beam and the SHG signal is monitored in reflection. For metallic silver, the SHG signal is found to be temperature dependent in the 25-120 degrees C range. The current accuracy of the method is +/-5 degrees C. Future work with platinum should permit the application of SHG thermometry to much higher surface temperatures.

  5. Broadband second harmonic generation in an imperfect nonlinear photonic crystal with random defects

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    Ren, Kun; Liu, Yali; Ren, Xiaobin; Fan, Jingyang

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, we study broadband second harmonic generation (SHG) in an imperfect nonlinear photonic crystal in which defects are introduced with random lengths. We show that the efficient SHG output is obtained when the length of each defect varies near certain specialized values. The bandwidth of the SHG output broadens with the increasing randomness of defect length. Moreover, the SHG bandwidth is nearly unaffected only when the total length of the whole structure is long enough. The disordered structure also exhibits good tolerance to the fabrication error, which provides a way to control SHG intensity and bandwidth separately.

  6. Chiral imaging of collagen by second-harmonic generation circular dichroism

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    Lee, H.; Huttunen, M. J.; Hsu, K.-J.; Partanen, M.; Zhuo, G.-Y.; Kauranen, M.; Chu, S.-W.

    2013-01-01

    We provide evidence that the chirality of collagen can give rise to strong second-harmonic generation circular dichroism (SHG-CD) responses in nonlinear microscopy. Although chirality is an intrinsic structural property of collagen, most of the previous studies ignore that property. We demonstrate chiral imaging of individual collagen fibers by using a laser scanning microscope and type-I collagen from pig ligaments. 100% contrast level of SHG-CD is achieved with sub-micrometer spatial resolution. As a new contrast mechanism for imaging chiral structures in bio-tissues, this technique provides information about collagen morphology and three-dimensional orientation of collagen molecules. PMID:23761852

  7. Laser dyes excited by high PRR Nd:YAG laser second-harmonic radiation

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    Soldatov, A. N.; Donin, V. I.; Jakovin, D. V.; Reimer, I. V.

    2008-01-01

    The lasing characteristics of red-emitting dyes in ethanol excited by Nd:YAG laser second-harmonic radiation are examined. The Nd:YAG laser was pumped by a diode matrix. The pump pulse repetition rates (PRRs) were 2.5 - 10 kHz and the pulse duration was 60 - 300 ns. The following dyes were evaluated: oxazine 17, DCM, DCM sp, and pyridine 1. The conversion efficiency for oxazine was 25 % without wavelength selection and 15 % with wavelength selection over the tuning range from 630 to 700 nm. The Nd:YAG and dye laser designs used are described elsewhere [1,2].

  8. Generation of GW-Level, Sub-Angstrom Radiation in the LCLS Using a Second-Harmonic Radiator

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    Huang, Z

    2004-09-14

    Electron beams are strongly microbunched near the high-gain free-electron laser (FEL) saturation with a rich harmonic content in the beam current. While the coherent harmonic emission is possible in a planar undulator, the third-harmonic radiation typically dominates with about 1% of the fundamental power at saturation. In this paper, we discuss the second-harmonic radiation in the Linac Coherent Light Source. We show that by a suitable design of an second-stage undulator with its fundamental frequency tuned to the second harmonic of the first undulator, coherent second-harmonic radiation much more intense than the third-harmonic is emitted. Numerical simulations predict that GW-level, sub-Angstrom x-ray pulses can be generated in a relatively short second-harmonic radiator.

  9. Enhanced generation of a second-harmonic wave in a composite of metamaterial and microwave plasma with various permittivities.

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    Iwai, Akinori; Nakamura, Yoshihiro; Sakai, Osamu

    2015-09-01

    The generation of a second-harmonic wave, which is one typical nonlinear feature, is enhanced in a composite of plasma and metamaterial. When we generate plasma by an injection of microwaves, whose frequencies are fundamental, we observe intensified second-harmonic waves in the cases of negative-refractive-index states in which both metamaterial permeability and plasma permittivity are negative for the fundamental waves. We performed the measurements at multiple levels of microwave input power up to 300 W to regulate permittivity in the negative polarity for the fundamental wave and in the transient region, including the positive-zero-negative values, for the second-harmonic wave. We clarified that the observed enhancement results from high electron density in negative-permittivity plasma, the propagating fundamental frequency wave not being attenuated in the negative-refractive-index state, and partial phase matching between the fundamental and second-harmonic waves. PMID:26465573

  10. Second-Harmonic Coherent Driving of a Spin Qubit in a Si/SiGe Quantum Dot.

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    Scarlino, P; Kawakami, E; Ward, D R; Savage, D E; Lagally, M G; Friesen, Mark; Coppersmith, S N; Eriksson, M A; Vandersypen, L M K

    2015-09-01

    We demonstrate coherent driving of a single electron spin using second-harmonic excitation in a Si/SiGe quantum dot. Our estimates suggest that the anharmonic dot confining potential combined with a gradient in the transverse magnetic field dominates the second-harmonic response. As expected, the Rabi frequency depends quadratically on the driving amplitude, and the periodicity with respect to the phase of the drive is twice that of the fundamental harmonic. The maximum Rabi frequency observed for the second harmonic is just a factor of 2 lower than that achieved for the first harmonic when driving at the same power. Combined with the lower demands on microwave circuitry when operating at half the qubit frequency, these observations indicate that second-harmonic driving can be a useful technique for future quantum computation architectures. PMID:26382693

  11. Enhanced generation of a second-harmonic wave in a composite of metamaterial and microwave plasma with various permittivities

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    Iwai, Akinori; Nakamura, Yoshihiro; Sakai, Osamu

    2015-09-01

    The generation of a second-harmonic wave, which is one typical nonlinear feature, is enhanced in a composite of plasma and metamaterial. When we generate plasma by an injection of microwaves, whose frequencies are fundamental, we observe intensified second-harmonic waves in the cases of negative-refractive-index states in which both metamaterial permeability and plasma permittivity are negative for the fundamental waves. We performed the measurements at multiple levels of microwave input power up to 300 W to regulate permittivity in the negative polarity for the fundamental wave and in the transient region, including the positive-zero-negative values, for the second-harmonic wave. We clarified that the observed enhancement results from high electron density in negative-permittivity plasma, the propagating fundamental frequency wave not being attenuated in the negative-refractive-index state, and partial phase matching between the fundamental and second-harmonic waves.

  12. All-prism achromatic phase matching for tunable second-harmonic generation.

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    Richman, B A; Bisson, S E; Trebino, R; Sidick, E; Jacobson, A

    1999-05-20

    Achromatic phase matching (APM) involves dispersing the light entering a nonlinear optical crystal so that a wide range of wavelengths is simultaneously phase matched. We constructed an APM apparatus consisting of six prisms, the final dispersion angle of which was optimized to match to second order in wavelength the type I phase-matching angle of beta barium borate (BBO). With this apparatus, we doubled tunable fundamental light from 620 to 700 nm in wavelength using a 4-mm-long BBO crystal. An analogous set of six prisms after the BBO crystal, optimized to second order in second-harmonic wavelength, realigned the output second-harmonic beams. Computer simulations predict that adjustment of a single prism can compensate angular misalignment of any or all the prisms before the crystal, and similarly for the prisms after the crystal. We demonstrated such compensation with the experimental device. The simulations also indicate that the phase-matching wavelength band can be shifted and optimized for different crystal lengths. PMID:18319927

  13. Texture analysis applied to second harmonic generation image data for ovarian cancer classification.

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    Wen, Bruce L; Brewer, Molly A; Nadiarnykh, Oleg; Hocker, James; Singh, Vikas; Mackie, Thomas R; Campagnola, Paul J

    2014-09-01

    Remodeling of the extracellular matrix has been implicated in ovarian cancer. To quantitate the remodeling, we implement a form of texture analysis to delineate the collagen fibrillar morphology observed in second harmonic generation microscopy images of human normal and high grade malignant ovarian tissues. In the learning stage, a dictionary of “textons”—frequently occurring texture features that are identified by measuring the image response to a filter bank of various shapes, sizes, and orientations—is created. By calculating a representative model based on the texton distribution for each tissue type using a training set of respective second harmonic generation images, we then perform classification between images of normal and high grade malignant ovarian tissues. By optimizing the number of textons and nearest neighbors, we achieved classification accuracy up to 97% based on the area under receiver operating characteristic curves (true positives versus false positives). The local analysis algorithm is a more general method to probe rapidly changing fibrillar morphologies than global analyses such as FFT. It is also more versatile than other texture approaches as the filter bank can be highly tailored to specific applications (e.g., different disease states) by creating customized libraries based on common image features. PMID:26296156

  14. Electrical control of second-harmonic generation in a WSe2 monolayer transistor.

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    Seyler, Kyle L; Schaibley, John R; Gong, Pu; Rivera, Pasqual; Jones, Aaron M; Wu, Sanfeng; Yan, Jiaqiang; Mandrus, David G; Yao, Wang; Xu, Xiaodong

    2015-05-01

    Nonlinear optical frequency conversion, in which optical fields interact with a nonlinear medium to produce new field frequencies, is ubiquitous in modern photonic systems. However, the nonlinear electric susceptibilities that give rise to such phenomena are often challenging to tune in a given material and, so far, dynamical control of optical nonlinearities remains confined to research laboratories as a spectroscopic tool. Here, we report a mechanism to electrically control second-order optical nonlinearities in monolayer WSe₂, an atomically thin semiconductor. We show that the intensity of second-harmonic generation at the A-exciton resonance is tunable by over an order of magnitude at low temperature and nearly a factor of four at room temperature through electrostatic doping in a field-effect transistor. Such tunability arises from the strong exciton charging effects in monolayer semiconductors, which allow for exceptional control over the oscillator strengths at the exciton and trion resonances. The exciton-enhanced second-harmonic generation is counter-circularly polarized to the excitation laser due to the combination of the two-photon and one-photon valley selection rules, which have opposite helicity in the monolayer. Our study paves the way towards a new platform for chip-scale, electrically tunable nonlinear optical devices based on two-dimensional semiconductors. PMID:25895004

  15. Electrical control of second-harmonic generation in a WSe2 monolayer transistor

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    Seyler, Kyle L.; Schaibley, John R.; Gong, Pu; Rivera, Pasqual; Jones, Aaron M.; Wu, Sanfeng; Yan, Jiaqiang; Mandrus, David G.; Yao, Wang; Xu, Xiaodong

    2015-05-01

    Nonlinear optical frequency conversion, in which optical fields interact with a nonlinear medium to produce new field frequencies, is ubiquitous in modern photonic systems. However, the nonlinear electric susceptibilities that give rise to such phenomena are often challenging to tune in a given material and, so far, dynamical control of optical nonlinearities remains confined to research laboratories as a spectroscopic tool. Here, we report a mechanism to electrically control second-order optical nonlinearities in monolayer WSe2, an atomically thin semiconductor. We show that the intensity of second-harmonic generation at the A-exciton resonance is tunable by over an order of magnitude at low temperature and nearly a factor of four at room temperature through electrostatic doping in a field-effect transistor. Such tunability arises from the strong exciton charging effects in monolayer semiconductors, which allow for exceptional control over the oscillator strengths at the exciton and trion resonances. The exciton-enhanced second-harmonic generation is counter-circularly polarized to the excitation laser due to the combination of the two-photon and one-photon valley selection rules, which have opposite helicity in the monolayer. Our study paves the way towards a new platform for chip-scale, electrically tunable nonlinear optical devices based on two-dimensional semiconductors.

  16. Second Harmonic Generation as a Nondestructive Readout of Optical (Photo(electro)chromic and Magnetic) Memories

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    Aktsipetrov, O.; Fedyanin, A.; Melnikov, A.; Mishina, E.; Murzina, T.

    1998-01-01

    Optical second harmonic generation (SHG) is suggested as a nonlinear-optical nondestructive readout of (thin) film-based optical memories. Systematic studies of photoinduced, electroinduced, and magnetoinduced variations in the anisotropic SHG intensity in (i) thin solid photo(electro)chromic films of bacteriorhodopsin, (ii) photosensitive Langmuir-Blodgett films of 4-nitro-4'-N-octadecylazobenzene, and (iii) rare-earth iron garnet films show sufficient modification of their nonlinear-optical properties by these external factors. These photo-, electro- and magnetomodified nonlinear-optical properties of thin films being used for recording the information can be easily distinguished by the SHG readout. The IR fundamental radiation used for the excitation of the SHG is shown not to disturb the information recorded in photo(electro)chromic memories. For, what is to our knowledge, the first time, the surface-bulk crossterms in the SHG intensity originating from the interference of the crystalline and magnetization induced second harmonic fields are observed in magnetic iron garnet films.

  17. Absolute polarity determination of teeth cementum by phase sensitive second harmonic generation microscopy.

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    Aboulfadl, Hanane; Hulliger, Jürg

    2015-10-01

    The absolute sign of local polarity in relation to the biological growth direction has been investigated for teeth cementum using phase sensitive second harmonic generation microscopy (PS-SHGM) and a crystal of 2-cyclooctylamino-5-nitropyridine (COANP) as a nonlinear optic (NLO) reference material. A second harmonic generation (SHG) response was found in two directions of cementum: radial (acellular extrinsic fibers that are oriented more or less perpendicular to the root surface) and circumferential (cellular intrinsic fibers that are oriented more or less parallel to the surface). A mono-polar state was demonstrated for acellular extrinsic cementum. However, along the different parts of cementum in circumferential direction, two corresponding domains were observed featuring an opposite sign of polarity indicative for a bi-polar microscopic state of cellular intrinsic cementum. The phase information showed that the orientation of radial collagen fibrils of cementum is regularly organized with the donor (D) groups pointing to the surface. Circumferential collagen molecules feature orientational disorder and are oriented up and down in random manner showing acceptor or donor groups at the surface of cementum. Considering that the cementum continues to grow in thickness throughout life, we can conclude that the cementum is growing circumferentially in two opposite directions and radially in one direction. A Markov chain type model for polarity formation in the direction of growth predicts D-groups preferably appearing at the fiber front. PMID:26297858

  18. Texture analysis applied to second harmonic generation image data for ovarian cancer classification

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    Wen, Bruce L.; Brewer, Molly A.; Nadiarnykh, Oleg; Hocker, James; Singh, Vikas; Mackie, Thomas R.; Campagnola, Paul J.

    2014-09-01

    Remodeling of the extracellular matrix has been implicated in ovarian cancer. To quantitate the remodeling, we implement a form of texture analysis to delineate the collagen fibrillar morphology observed in second harmonic generation microscopy images of human normal and high grade malignant ovarian tissues. In the learning stage, a dictionary of "textons"-frequently occurring texture features that are identified by measuring the image response to a filter bank of various shapes, sizes, and orientations-is created. By calculating a representative model based on the texton distribution for each tissue type using a training set of respective second harmonic generation images, we then perform classification between images of normal and high grade malignant ovarian tissues. By optimizing the number of textons and nearest neighbors, we achieved classification accuracy up to 97% based on the area under receiver operating characteristic curves (true positives versus false positives). The local analysis algorithm is a more general method to probe rapidly changing fibrillar morphologies than global analyses such as FFT. It is also more versatile than other texture approaches as the filter bank can be highly tailored to specific applications (e.g., different disease states) by creating customized libraries based on common image features.

  19. Selective imaging in second-harmonic-generation microscopy with anisotropic radiation.

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    Chu, Shi-Wei; Tai, Shih-Peng; Liu, Tzu-Ming; Sun, Chi-Kuang; Lin, Chi-Hung

    2009-01-01

    As a novel modality of optical microscopy, second-harmonic generation (SHG) provides attractive features including intrinsic optical sectioning, noninvasiveness, high specificity, and high penetrability. For a biomedical application, the epicollection of backward propagating SHG is necessary. But due to phase-matching constraint, SHG from thick tissues is preferentially forward propagation. Myosin and collagen are two of the most abundant fibrous proteins in vertebrates, and both exhibit a strong second-harmonic response. We find that the radiation patterns of myosin-based muscle fibers and collagen fibrils are distinct due to coherence effects. Based on these asymmetric radiation patterns, we demonstrate selective imaging between intertwining muscle fibers and type I collagen fibrils with forward and backward SHG modalities, respectively. Thick muscle fibers dominate the forward signal, while collagen fibril distribution is preferentially resolved in the backward channel without strong interference from muscle. Moreover, we find that well-formed collagen fibrils are highlighted by forward SHG, while loosely arranged collagen matrix is outlined by backward signal. PMID:19256686

  20. Discrimination of radiation quality through second harmonic out-of-phase cw-ESR detection.

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    Marrale, Maurizio; Longo, Anna; Brai, Maria; Barbon, Antonio; Brustolon, Marina

    2014-02-01

    The ability to discriminate the quality of ionizing radiation is important because the biological effects produced in tissue strongly depends on both absorbed dose and linear energy transfer (LET) of ionizing particles. Here we present an experimental electron spin resonance (ESR) analysis aimed at discriminating the effective LETs of various radiation beams (e.g., 19.3 MeV protons, (60)Co photons and thermal neutrons). The measurement of the intensities of the continuous wave spectrometer signal channel first harmonic in-phase and the second harmonic out-of-phase components are used to distinguish the radiation quality. A computational analysis, was carried out to evaluate the dependence of the first harmonic in-phase and second harmonic out-of-phase components on microwave power, modulation amplitude and relaxation times, and highlights that these components could be used to point out differences in the relaxation times. On the basis of this numerical analysis the experimental results are discussed. The methodology described in this study has the potential to provide information on radiation quality. PMID:24524346

  1. Optically Encoded Second-Harmonic Generation in Semiconductor Microcrystallite-Doped Glass: Physics and Applications.

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    MacDonald, Robert Lawrence

    Semiconductor microcrystallite-doped glasses (SDG) are presented as a new class of materials for optically encoded second harmonic generation. The encoding and readout behavior of SDG is compared with that observed in homogeneous glass. An encoding model for SDG, based on directional trapping of electrons at the semiconductor-glass interface, is developed and shown to be consistent with the observed behavior and with known properties of SDG. Measured optical erasure rates of the encoded SDG provide evidence for the microscopic details of the encoding, and above bandgap erasure is used to observe charge screening in the semiconductor nanocrystals. Quantum confinement effects are observed in the intensity dependence of the encoding efficiency. Ion -exchanged ridge and channel waveguides in SDG are fabricated and encoded with as little as 2 mW average power. The measured readout wavelength dependence in bulk homogeneous glass is consistent with encoding of a chi ^{(2)} grating having a period slightly shifted from that required for quasi-phasematched second harmonic generation at the encoded wavelength. Multiple wavelength encoding is demonstrated and proposed as a new technique for optical storage and readout of information.

  2. Enhancement of second-harmonic generation in nonlinear nanolaminate metamaterials by nanophotonic resonances.

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    Hsiao, Hui-Hsin; Abass, Aimi; Fischer, Johannes; Alaee, Rasoul; Wickberg, Andreas; Wegener, Martin; Rockstuhl, Carsten

    2016-05-01

    Nanolaminate metamaterials recently attracted a lot of attention as a novel second-order nonlinear material that can be used in integrated photonic circuits. Here, we explore theoretically and numerically the opportunity to enhance the nonlinear response from such nanolaminates by exploiting Fano resonances supported in grating-coupled waveguides. The enhancement factor of the radiated second harmonic signal compared to a flat nanolaminate can reach values as large as 35 for gold gratings and even 7000 for MgF2 gratings. For the MgF2 grating, extremely high-Q Fano resonances are excited in such all-dielectric system that result in strong local fields in the nonlinear waveguide layer to boost the nonlinear conversion. A significant portion of the nonlinear signal is also strongly coupled to a dark waveguide mode, which remains guided in the nanolaminate. The strong excitation of a dark mode at the second harmonic frequency provides a viable method for utilizing second-order nonlinearities for light generation and manipulation in integrated photonic circuits. PMID:27137578

  3. Significance of accurate diffraction corrections for the second harmonic wave in determining the acoustic nonlinearity parameter

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    Jeong, Hyunjo; Zhang, Shuzeng; Li, Xiongbing; Barnard, Dan

    2015-09-15

    The accurate measurement of acoustic nonlinearity parameter β for fluids or solids generally requires making corrections for diffraction effects due to finite size geometry of transmitter and receiver. These effects are well known in linear acoustics, while those for second harmonic waves have not been well addressed and therefore not properly considered in previous studies. In this work, we explicitly define the attenuation and diffraction corrections using the multi-Gaussian beam (MGB) equations which were developed from the quasilinear solutions of the KZK equation. The effects of making these corrections are examined through the simulation of β determination in water. Diffraction corrections are found to have more significant effects than attenuation corrections, and the β values of water can be estimated experimentally with less than 5% errors when the exact second harmonic diffraction corrections are used together with the negligible attenuation correction effects on the basis of linear frequency dependence between attenuation coefficients, α{sub 2} ≃ 2α{sub 1}.

  4. Second harmonic generation studies of ozone depletion reactions on ice surfaces under stratospheric conditions

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    Geiger, F.M.; Tridico, A.C.; Hicks, J.M.

    1999-09-30

    Hypochlorous acid, HOCl, an important species in the proposed heterogeneous mechanism for stratospheric ozone depletion, has been observed directly at submonolayer amounts on a single crystalline basal ice surface at 155-188 K, using the nonlinear optical method second harmonic generation. The ice is held in equilibrium with its vapor pressure. Second harmonic generation signals form 290 to 310 nm spectroscopically characterize the species and enable the authors to follow isothermal desorption kinetics in situ. HOCl desorbs as a single species with a {Delta}G*{sub des} = 48 {+-} 4 kJ/mol, close to the cohesive energy of ice itself. The lifetime of HOCl on the clean ice surface at 185 K is estimated to be 4 s and the equilibrium surface coverage at 10{sup {minus}11} Torr HOCl to be around 4 x 10{sup 11} molecules/cm{sub 2}, corresponding to about 0.1% of a monolayer. However, these same measurements performed on ice predosed with varying amounts of HNO{sub 3}show that the HOCl lifetime is lengthened by coadsorbed HNO{sub 3}, depending on the HNO{sub 3} surface density.

  5. Electrical control of second-harmonic generation in a WSe2 monolayer transistor

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    Seyler, Kyle L.; Schaibley, John R.; Gong, Pu; Rivera, Pasqual; Jones, Aaron M.; Wu, Sanfeng; Yan, Jiaqiang; Mandrus, David G.; Yao, Wang; Xu, Xiaodong

    2015-04-20

    Nonlinear optical frequency conversion, in which optical fields interact with a nonlinear medium to produce new field frequencies, is ubiquitous in modern photonic systems. However, the nonlinear electric susceptibilities that give rise to such phenomena are often challenging to tune in a given material and, so far, dynamical control of optical nonlinearities remains confined to research laboratories as a spectroscopic tool. In this paper, we report a mechanism to electrically control second-order optical nonlinearities in monolayer WSe2, an atomically thin semiconductor. We show that the intensity of second-harmonic generation at the A-exciton resonance is tunable by over an order ofmore » magnitude at low temperature and nearly a factor of four at room temperature through electrostatic doping in a field-effect transistor. Such tunability arises from the strong exciton charging effects in monolayer semiconductors, which allow for exceptional control over the oscillator strengths at the exciton and trion resonances. The exciton-enhanced second-harmonic generation is counter-circularly polarized to the excitation laser due to the combination of the two-photon and one-photon valley selection rules, which have opposite helicity in the monolayer. Finally, our study paves the way towards a new platform for chip-scale, electrically tunable nonlinear optical devices based on two-dimensional semiconductors.« less

  6. Electrical control of second-harmonic generation in a WSe2 monolayer transistor

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    Seyler, Kyle L.; Schaibley, John R.; Gong, Pu; Rivera, Pasqual; Jones, Aaron M.; Wu, Sanfeng; Yan, Jiaqiang; Mandrus, David G.; Yao, Wang; Xu, Xiaodong

    2015-04-20

    Nonlinear optical frequency conversion, in which optical fields interact with a nonlinear medium to produce new field frequencies, is ubiquitous in modern photonic systems. However, the nonlinear electric susceptibilities that give rise to such phenomena are often challenging to tune in a given material and, so far, dynamical control of optical nonlinearities remains confined to research laboratories as a spectroscopic tool. In this paper, we report a mechanism to electrically control second-order optical nonlinearities in monolayer WSe2, an atomically thin semiconductor. We show that the intensity of second-harmonic generation at the A-exciton resonance is tunable by over an order of magnitude at low temperature and nearly a factor of four at room temperature through electrostatic doping in a field-effect transistor. Such tunability arises from the strong exciton charging effects in monolayer semiconductors, which allow for exceptional control over the oscillator strengths at the exciton and trion resonances. The exciton-enhanced second-harmonic generation is counter-circularly polarized to the excitation laser due to the combination of the two-photon and one-photon valley selection rules, which have opposite helicity in the monolayer. Finally, our study paves the way towards a new platform for chip-scale, electrically tunable nonlinear optical devices based on two-dimensional semiconductors.

  7. Characterization of LiB(3)O(5) crystal for second-harmonic generation.

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    Xie, F; Wu, B; You, G; Chen, C

    1991-08-15

    We present second-harmonic generation characteristics of LiB(3)O(5) (LBO) crystal with different phase-matching lengths and comparison with those of beta-BaB(2)O(4) crystal. A computer program of the numerical interaction method was adopted to make the theoretical calculation of second-harmonic generation conversion efficiencies of LBO with different phase-matching lengths and power densities of the fundamental beam of a Nd:YAG laser, and the calculated result was compared with the experimental one. It is seen from the calculated and experimental results that for certain power densities of the fundamental laser beam, so long as the length of the LBO crystal is selected appropriately, a high energy conversion efficiency could be obtained. For example, an optimal external energy conversion efficiency of LBO crystal of more than 70% has been attained for several 100-MW/cm(2) fundamental laser beams. Experiments also showed that the crystal could be used under high power densities without any damage to the surface and the interior. PMID:19776930

  8. Simultaneous Second Harmonic Generation of Multiple Wavelength Laser Outputs for Medical Sensing

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    Son, Seung Nam; Song, Jae-Jin; Kang, Jin U.; Kim, Chang-Seok

    2011-01-01

    Multiple wavelength light sources in the medical spectral window region are useful for various medical sensing applications in tissue by distinguishing the absorption and scattering coefficients optically. We propose a simultaneous second harmonic generation of multiple wavelength fiber laser output using parallel channels of periodically-poled lithium niobate (PPLN) waveguides. High intensity dual wavelength lasing output is experimentally realized with two tunable fiber Bragg gratings of 1,547.20 nm and 1,554.48 nm for the efficient conversion to the half wavelengths, 773.60 nm and 777.24 nm, by using two parallel PPLN channels. Compared with a conventional dual second harmonic generation (SHG) configuration based on two different input wavelengths from each independent light source, this method has a relatively higher efficiency to align the input light beam into the adjacent parallel PPLN channels simultaneously. The use of fiber lasers offers several advantages since they are relatively inexpensive, provide high power in excess of tens of watts, are widely tunable, and can produce pulses from milliseconds to femtoseconds. PMID:22163945

  9. Measurement of attenuation coefficients of the fundamental and second harmonic waves in water

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    Zhang, Shuzeng; Jeong, Hyunjo; Cho, Sungjong; Li, Xiongbing

    2016-02-01

    Attenuation corrections in nonlinear acoustics play an important role in the study of nonlinear fluids, biomedical imaging, or solid material characterization. The measurement of attenuation coefficients in a nonlinear regime is not easy because they depend on the source pressure and requires accurate diffraction corrections. In this work, the attenuation coefficients of the fundamental and second harmonic waves which come from the absorption of water are measured in nonlinear ultrasonic experiments. Based on the quasilinear theory of the KZK equation, the nonlinear sound field equations are derived and the diffraction correction terms are extracted. The measured sound pressure amplitudes are adjusted first for diffraction corrections in order to reduce the impact on the measurement of attenuation coefficients from diffractions. The attenuation coefficients of the fundamental and second harmonics are calculated precisely from a nonlinear least squares curve-fitting process of the experiment data. The results show that attenuation coefficients in a nonlinear condition depend on both frequency and source pressure, which are much different from a linear regime. In a relatively lower drive pressure, the attenuation coefficients increase linearly with frequency. However, they present the characteristic of nonlinear growth in a high drive pressure. As the diffraction corrections are obtained based on the quasilinear theory, it is important to use an appropriate source pressure for accurate attenuation measurements.

  10. Enhanced second harmonic generation of MoS2 layers on a thin gold film.

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    Zeng, Jianhua; Yuan, Maohui; Yuan, Weiguang; Dai, Qiaofeng; Fan, Haihua; Lan, Sheng; Tie, Shaolong

    2015-08-28

    The linear and nonlinear optical properties of thin MoS2 layers exfoliated on an Au/SiO2 substrate were investigated both numerically and experimentally. It was found that the MoS2 layers with different thicknesses exhibited different colors on the gold film. The reflection spectra of the MoS2 layers with different thicknesses were calculated by using the finite-difference time-domain technique and the corresponding chromaticity coordinates were derived. The electric field enhancement factors at both the fundamental light and the second harmonic were calculated and the enhancement factors for second harmonic generation (SHG) were estimated for the MoS2 layers with different thicknesses. Different from the MoS2 layers on a SiO2/Si substrate where the maximum SHG was observed in the single-layer MoS2, the maximum SHG was achieved in the 17 nm-thick MoS2 layer on the Au/SiO2 substrate. As compared with the MoS2 layers on the SiO2/Si substrate, a significant enhancement in SHG was found for the MoS2 layers on the Au/SiO2 substrate due to the strong localization of the electric field. More interestingly, it was demonstrated experimentally that optical data storage can be realized by modifying the SHG intensity of a MoS2 layer through thinning its thickness. PMID:26204257

  11. A 0.33-THz second-harmonic frequency-tunable gyrotron

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    Zheng-Di, Li; Chao-Hai, Du; Xiang-Bo, Qi; Li, Luo; Pu-Kun, Liu

    2016-02-01

    Dynamics of the axial mode transition process in a 0.33-THz second-harmonic gyrotron is investigated to reveal the physical mechanism of realizing broadband frequency tuning in an open cavity circuit. A new interaction mechanism about propagating waves, featured by wave competition and wave cooperation, is presented and provides a new insight into the beam-wave interaction. The two different features revealed in the two different operation regions of low-order axial modes (LOAMs) and high-order axial modes (HOAMs) respectively determine the characteristic of the overall performance of the device essentially. The device performance is obtained by the simulation based on the time-domain nonlinear theory and shows that using a 12-kV/150-mA electron beam and TE-3,4 mode, the second harmonic gyrotron can generate terahertz radiations with frequency-tuning ranges of about 0.85 GHz and 0.60 GHz via magnetic field and beam voltage tuning, respectively. Additionally, some non-stationary phenomena in the mode startup process are also analyzed. The investigation in this paper presents guidance for future developing high-performance frequency-tunable gyrotrons toward terahertz applications. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61471007, 61531002, 61522101, and 11275206) and the Seeding Grant for Medicine and Information Science of Peking University, China (Grant No. 2014-MI-01).

  12. Continuous-Wave Operation of a 460-GHz Second Harmonic Gyrotron Oscillator.

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    Hornstein, Melissa K; Bajaj, Vikram S; Griffin, Robert G; Temkin, Richard J

    2006-06-01

    We report the regulated continuous-wave (CW) operation of a second harmonic gyrotron oscillator at output power levels of over 8 W (12.4 kV and 135 mA beam voltage and current) in the TE(0,6,1) mode near 460 GHz. The gyrotron also operates in the second harmonic TE(2,6,1) mode at 456 GHz and in the TE(2,3,1) fundamental mode at 233 GHz. CW operation was demonstrated for a one-hour period in the TE(0,6,1) mode with better than 1% power stability, where the power was regulated using feedback control. Nonlinear simulations of the gyrotron operation agree with the experimentally measured output power and radio-frequency (RF) efficiency when cavity ohmic losses are included in the analysis. The output radiation pattern was measured using a pyroelectric camera and is highly Gaussian, with an ellipticity of 4%. The 460-GHz gyrotron will serve as a millimeter-wave source for sensitivity-enhanced nuclear magnetic resonance (dynamic nuclear polarization) experiments at a magnetic field of 16.4 T. PMID:17710187

  13. Continuous-Wave Operation of a 460-GHz Second Harmonic Gyrotron Oscillator

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    Hornstein, Melissa K.; Bajaj, Vikram S.; Griffin, Robert G.; Temkin, Richard J.

    2007-01-01

    We report the regulated continuous-wave (CW) operation of a second harmonic gyrotron oscillator at output power levels of over 8 W (12.4 kV and 135 mA beam voltage and current) in the TE0,6,1 mode near 460 GHz. The gyrotron also operates in the second harmonic TE2,6,1 mode at 456 GHz and in the TE2,3,1 fundamental mode at 233 GHz. CW operation was demonstrated for a one-hour period in the TE0,6,1 mode with better than 1% power stability, where the power was regulated using feedback control. Nonlinear simulations of the gyrotron operation agree with the experimentally measured output power and radio-frequency (RF) efficiency when cavity ohmic losses are included in the analysis. The output radiation pattern was measured using a pyroelectric camera and is highly Gaussian, with an ellipticity of 4%. The 460-GHz gyrotron will serve as a millimeter-wave source for sensitivity-enhanced nuclear magnetic resonance (dynamic nuclear polarization) experiments at a magnetic field of 16.4 T. PMID:17710187

  14. Texture analysis applied to second harmonic generation image data for ovarian cancer classification

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    Wen, Bruce L.; Brewer, Molly A.; Nadiarnykh, Oleg; Hocker, James; Singh, Vikas; Mackie, Thomas R.; Campagnola, Paul J.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract. Remodeling of the extracellular matrix has been implicated in ovarian cancer. To quantitate the remodeling, we implement a form of texture analysis to delineate the collagen fibrillar morphology observed in second harmonic generation microscopy images of human normal and high grade malignant ovarian tissues. In the learning stage, a dictionary of “textons”—frequently occurring texture features that are identified by measuring the image response to a filter bank of various shapes, sizes, and orientations—is created. By calculating a representative model based on the texton distribution for each tissue type using a training set of respective second harmonic generation images, we then perform classification between images of normal and high grade malignant ovarian tissues. By optimizing the number of textons and nearest neighbors, we achieved classification accuracy up to 97% based on the area under receiver operating characteristic curves (true positives versus false positives). The local analysis algorithm is a more general method to probe rapidly changing fibrillar morphologies than global analyses such as FFT. It is also more versatile than other texture approaches as the filter bank can be highly tailored to specific applications (e.g., different disease states) by creating customized libraries based on common image features. PMID:26296156

  15. Note: 15-fs, 15-μJ green pulses from two-stage temporal compressor of ytterbium laser pulses.

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    Konyashchenko, A V; Kostryukov, P V; Losev, L L; Tenyakov, S Yu

    2012-10-01

    15-fs, 15-μJ light pulses at the central wavelength of 515 nm were generated by two-stage nonlinear compression of 300-fs, 150-μJ ytterbium laser pulses. The compression was based on the pulse spectrum broadening by self-phase modulation in gas filled capillary and second harmonic generation in crystal. PMID:23126820

  16. Multi-direction high-efficiency second harmonic generation in ellipse structure nonlinear photonic crystals

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    Chen, Bao-Qin; Zhang, Chao; Liu, Rong-Juan; Li, Zhi-Yuan

    2014-10-13

    We have designed and fabricated a lithium niobate (LN) nonlinear photonic crystal (NPC) with a two-dimensional (2D) ellipse structure of inverse poling domains. The structure can offer continuously varying reciprocal lattice vectors in different directions to compensate the phase-mismatching during the second harmonic generation (SHG) for diverse pump wavelengths. We consider three propagation directions with large effective nonlinear susceptibility and measure the nonlinear conversion efficiency of SHG. The experimental data are in good agreement with the quantitative calculation results using the effective susceptibility model with pump depletion. With high-efficiency SHG in multiple propagation direction, the 2D ellipse structure of LN NPC has the potential to realize various broadband nonlinear frequency conversion processes in different propagation direction with a single crystal.

  17. Enabling Multiphoton and Second Harmonic Generation Imaging in Paraffin-Embedded and Histologically Stained Sections

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    Monaghan, Michael G.; Kroll, Sebastian; Brucker, Sara Y.

    2016-01-01

    Nonlinear microscopy, namely multiphoton imaging and second harmonic generation (SHG), is an established noninvasive technique useful for the imaging of extracellular matrix (ECM). Typically, measurements are performed in vivo on freshly excised tissues or biopsies. In this article, we describe the effect of rehydrating paraffin-embedded sections on multiphoton and SHG emission signals and the acquisition of nonlinear images from hematoxylin and eosin (H&E)-stained sections before and after a destaining protocol. Our results reveal that bringing tissue sections to a physiological state yields a significant improvement in nonlinear signals, particularly in SHG. Additionally, the destaining of sections previously processed with H&E staining significantly improves their SHG emission signals during imaging, thereby allowing sufficient analysis of collagen in these sections. These results are important for researchers and pathologists to obtain additional information from paraffin-embedded tissues and archived samples to perform retrospective analysis of the ECM or gain additional information from rare samples. PMID:27018844

  18. A linear algorithm for quantitative measure of corneal collagen fiber orientation using second harmonic generation microscopy

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    McLean, James; DiMarzio, Charles

    2016-03-01

    There is significant interest in the scientific community to develop a reliable and precise quantification of the direction of collagen fibers within the cornea in order to learn more about how collagen contributes to the cornea's shape and structure. Previous work has shown that quantification of these fibers' orientations is possible using Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) microscopy, a modality that utilizes the non-centrosymmetric properties of collagen to obtain details of their macromolecular structure. Many attempts at using SHG to this purpose result in whole volume approximations which do not take into account variations through the depth of the cornea. Additionally, other algorithms have used non-linear processes which limit computation time and result in sensitivity to sample area, resolution, and illumination. We propose a linear method for quantification of collagen fiber orientation which utilizes the precise sectioning properties of SHG and is independent of non-linear artifacts to aid in further classification of cornea structure.

  19. Second-harmonic microscopy of strain fields around through-silicon-vias

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    Cho, Yujin; Shafiei, Farbod; Mendoza, B. S.; Lei, Ming; Jiang, Tengfei; Ho, P. S.; Downer, M. C.

    2016-04-01

    Through-Silicon-Vias (TSVs)—10 μm-diameter conducting rods that connect vertically stacked silicon layers—provide three dimensional circuit integration, but introduce strain in the surrounding silicon when thermally cycled. Here, we noninvasively probe strain fields around Cu TSVs in Si(001) using optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy. Results are compared with micro-Raman spectra of the strained regions. We find that SHG probes strain fields more quickly than Raman spectroscopy, while maintaining comparable sensitivity and spatial resolution, and avoiding the need for spectral analysis. Moreover, SHG is selectively sensitive to axial shear components uiz (i = x, y) of the strain tensor that are often neglected in Raman analysis. Thus, SHG complements Raman spectroscopy.

  20. Second harmonic generation imaging of the collagen in myocardium for atrial fibrillation diagnosis

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    Tsai, Ming-Rung; Chiou, Yu-We; Sun, Chi-Kuang

    2009-02-01

    Myocardial fibrosis, a common sequela of cardiac hypertrophy, has been shown to be associated with arrhythmias in experimental models. Some research has indicated that myocardial fibrosis plays an important role in predisposing patients to atrial fibrillation. Second harmonic generation (SHG) is an optically nonlinear coherent process to image the collagen network. In this presentation, we observe the SHG images of the collagen matrix in atrial myocardium and we analyzed of collagen fibers arrangement by using Fourier-transform analysis. Moreover, comparing the SHG images of the collagen fibers in atrial myocardium between normal sinus rhythm (NSR) and atrial fibrillation (AF), our result indicated that it is possible to realize the relation between myocardial fibrosis and AF.

  1. Acceleration of lithotripsy using cavitation bubbles induced by second-harmonic superimposition

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    Osuga, Masamizu; Yasuda, Jun; Jimbo, Hayato; Yoshizawa, Shin; Umemura, Shin-ichiro

    2016-07-01

    Shock wave lithotripsy potentially produces residual stone fragments too large to pass through ureters and significant injury to the normal tissue surrounding the stone. Previous works have shown that the collapse of cavitation bubbles induced by high-intensity focused ultrasound can produce small stone fragments via cavitation erosion. However, the erosion rate is hypothesized to be reduced by ultrasound attenuation by excessively generated bubble clouds. If so, it is important to generate the bubbles only on the stone surface. The effects of peak-negative-enhanced (PNE) and peak-positive-enhanced (PPE) waves obtained by second-harmonic superimposition were investigated to control cavitation bubbles. With the PNE waves, the bubbles were generated only on the stone surface and the maximum erosion rate was 232 ± 32 mg/min. All the fragments were smaller than 2 mm, which makes them pass through ureters naturally. The proposed method shows the potential to significantly improve the speed of lithotripsy.

  2. Pressure induced variation of second harmonic efficiency of K3B6O10Cl

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    Wang, Hui; Kong, Lingyao; Zhao, Xiaoyan; Lv, Zhenlong; Li, Tongwei; Ju, Wei Wei; You, Jinghan; Bai, Ying

    2013-09-01

    K3B6O10Cl is a perovskite-like nonlinear optical (NLO) crystal, which exhibits large second harmonic generation (SHG) response. Based on density-functional theory, we investigate the influence of pressure on SHG tensor of K3B6O10Cl. At zero pressure, the non-centrosymmetric distortion of K3B6O10Cl from BO4 tetrahedron results in the similar SHG tensor to β-BaB2O4 (BBO). At 50 GPa, the ClK6 octahedron distortion of K3B6O10Cl becomes the main source of SHG and give similar SHG tensor to LiNbO3. Therefore, pressure induces K3B6O10Cl from a BBO-like NLO material to a LiNbO3-like NLO material.

  3. Bound electronic Kerr effect and self-focusing induced damage in second-harmonic-generation crystals

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    Li, Heping; Zhou, Feng; Zhang, Xuejun; Ji, Wei

    1997-02-01

    We present an investigation of third-order electronic nonlinearities in second-harmonic-generation (SHG) crystals using a picosecond 532 nm wavelength beam. The crystals studied include KTP, KTA, BBO, LBO and LiNbO 3. Using the Z-scan technique the nonlinear refractive indexes and two-photon absorption coefficients in the z-cut crystals are measured, as well as in KTP, BBO and LBO along the phase-matching angles for the SHG of 1064 nm radiation. The microscopic origin of the measured refractive nonlinearity can be understood in terms of bound electronic effects, and the theoretical predictions are in agreement with our measurements. Finally, we perform an experimental study on the self-focusing induced damage in these crystals by extending the Z-scan method. The measured damage threshold is inversely proportional to the nonlinear refractive index and the thickness of a crystal.

  4. Bulk quadrupole and interface dipole contribution for second harmonic generation in Si(111)

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    Reitböck, Cornelia; Stifter, David; Alejo-Molina, Adalberto; Hingerl, Kurt; Hardhienata, Hendradi

    2016-03-01

    The second harmonic generation (SHG) response was measured for arbitrarily oriented linear input polarization on Si(111) surfaces in rotational anisotropy experiments. We show for the first time, using the simplified bond hyperpolarizability model (SBHM), that the observed angular shifts of the nonlinear peaks and symmetry features—related to changes in the input polarization—help to identify the corresponding interface dipolar and bulk quadrupolar SHG sources, yielding excellent agreement with the experiment. Additionally, we evaluate for the s-in/p-out (sp) and p-in/p-out (pp)-polarization SHG intensities the contributions from the individual Si bonds. Furthermore, a relation between the four parameters arising from SBHM and six coefficients of the phenomenological SHG theory needed to reproduce experimental data is established.

  5. Second harmonic generation (SHG) and two-photon fluorescence (TPF) contrast imaging in biomaterial analysis

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    Lang, Xuye; Lyubovitsky, Julia

    2015-07-01

    Collagen hydrogels are natural biomaterials that comprise 3D networks of high water content and have viscoelastic properties and biocompatibility similar to native tissues. Consequently, these materials play an important role in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine for quite some time. Second harmonic generation (SHG) and two-photon fluorescence (TPF) contrasts transpire as valuable label-free spectroscopic probes for analysis of these biomaterials and this presentation will report the structural, mechanical and physicochemical parameters leading to the observed optical SHG and TPF effects in synthesized 3D collagen hydrogels. We will present results regarding understanding the dependency of collagen fiber formation on ion types, new results regarding strengthening of these biomaterials with a nontoxic chemical cross-linker genipin and polarization selection of collagen fibers' orientations.

  6. Effect of pump depletion on second harmonic generation in multiple quasi-phase-matching gratings.

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    Zhao, Li-Ming; Yue, Gui-Kuan; Zhou, Yun-Song; Wang, Fu-He

    2013-07-29

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) from the aperiodic optical superlattice (AOS) in considering the pump depletion is investigated. It is found the domain configuration designed in undepleted pump approximation (UPA) can also be used to achieve multiple wavelength SHGs with high enough conversion efficiency for an exact solution. The applicable scope of UPA was estimated by a relative tolerance based on the related SHG conversion efficiency calculated in UPA and an exact solution. Results reveal that the relative tolerance is solely determined by the conversion efficiency, and unrelated to the sample configuration, pump intensity, incidental wavelength and nonlinear media. A model to evaluate an exact solution is proposed, and it is suggested that the SHG conversion efficiency can be easily assessed by the developed model. These results can be used to provide direct guidance for practical application, and can also make the estimation of practical samples more convenient. PMID:23938632

  7. Characteristics of a stable 200 kW second-harmonic gyro-TWT amplifier

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    Wang, Q.S.; McDermott, D.B.; Luhmann, N.C. Jr.

    1996-12-31

    The results of a second-harmonic TE{sub 21} gyro-TWT amplifier experiment that generated an unprecedented 207 kW peak output power with 13% efficiency in Ku-band will be presented. This is a significant advance over the highest gyro-TWT power level previously reported which was 128 kW and achieved by Varian in C-band at the first harmonic. The amplifier had a saturated gain of 16 dB with a bandwidth of 2.1% and was completely zero-drive stable. Harmonic gyro-TWT`s have the potential to stably generate significantly higher levels of power because the threshold beam current level for oscillation is raised dramatically due to the relatively weaker harmonic interaction. The success of this experiment validates the marginal stability design (MSD) procedure and also indicates the power level can be further increased by operating with higher harmonics.

  8. Probing and Modeling of Carrier Motion in Organic Field Effect Transistors by Optical Second Harmonic Generation

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    Iwamoto, Mitsumasa

    2009-07-10

    We here report a novel optical second harmonic generation (SHG) measurement that allows an electric field formed in organic solid to be probed. We examined the SHG intensity profile that changes depending on space charge field caused by carrier injection. Experiments making use of time resolved SHG technique has revealed dynamic changes of SHG intensity profiles arising from pentacene, and that carrier transport in OFET was diffusion-like. Calculations using drift-diffusion equation well accounted for the visualized carrier motion probed by time-resolved SHG. Finally, we conclude that experiments and analysis based on dielectrics physics is a very effective way for analyzing carrier behaviors in organic materials as well as in organic thin film devices.

  9. Large second-harmonic generation of thermally poled sodium borophosphate glasses.

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    Dussauze, Marc; Fargin, Evelyne; Lahaye, Michel; Rodriguez, Vincent; Adamietz, Frédéric

    2005-05-30

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) has been obtained in a rich in sodium niobium orophosphate glass by a thermal poling treatment. The thermally poled glass SHG signal has been studied through an original analysis of both transmitted and reflected polarized Maker-fringe patterns. Therefore, the second order nonlinear optical (NLO) efficiency was estimated from the simulation of the Maker-fringe patterns with a stepwise decreasing profile from the anode surface. A reproducible chi(2) susceptibility value as high as 5.0 +/-0.3 pm/V was achieved at the anode side. The nonlinear layer, found to be sodium-depleted up to 5 microm deep inside the anode side, identical to the simulated nonlinear zone thickness, indicates a complex space-charge-migration/ nonlinear glass matrix response process. PMID:19495317

  10. Optical Second Harmonic Generation in Plasmonic Nanostructures: From Fundamental Principles to Advanced Applications.

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    Butet, Jérémy; Brevet, Pierre-François; Martin, Olivier J F

    2015-11-24

    Plasmonics has emerged as an important research field in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Recently, significant attention has been devoted to the observation and the understanding of nonlinear optical processes in plasmonic nanostructures, giving rise to the new research field called nonlinear plasmonics. This review provides a comprehensive insight into the physical mechanisms of one of these nonlinear optical processes, namely, second harmonic generation (SHG), with an emphasis on the main differences with the linear response of plasmonic nanostructures. The main applications, ranging from the nonlinear optical characterization of nanostructure shapes to the optimization of laser beams at the nanoscale, are summarized and discussed. Future directions and developments, made possible by the unique combination of SHG surface sensitivity and field enhancements associated with surface plasmon resonances, are also addressed. PMID:26474346

  11. High-power operation of a [ital K]-band second-harmonic gyroklystron

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    Lawson, W.; Matthews, H.W.; Lee, M.K.E.; Calame, J.P.; Hogan, B.; Cheng, J.; Latham, P.E.; Granatstein, V.L.; Reiser, M. )

    1993-07-19

    Amplification studies of a two-cavity second-harmonic gyroklystron are reported. A magnetron injection gun produces a 440 kV, 200--245 A, 1 [mu]s beam with an average perpendicular-to-parallel velocity ratio slightly less than 1. The TE[sub 011] input cavity is driven near 9.88 GHz and the TE[sub 021] output cavity resonates near 19.76 GHz. Peak powers exceeding 21 MW are achieved with an efficiency near 21% and a large signal gain above 25 dB. This performance represents the current state of the art for gyroklystrons in terms of the peak power normalized to the output wavelength squared.

  12. Electrical Control of Exciton-Enhanced Second-Harmonic Generation in Monolayer WSe2

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    Seyler, Kyle; Schaibley, John; Gong, Pu; Rivera, Pasqual; Jones, Aaron; Wu, Sanfeng; Yan, Jiaqiang; Mandrus, David; Yao, Wang; Xu, Xiaodong

    2015-03-01

    Nonlinear optical frequency conversion, in which optical fields interact with a nonlinear medium to produce new field frequencies, is ubiquitous in modern photonic systems. However, the nonlinear electric susceptibilities that give rise to such phenomena are often challenging to tune in a given material, and so far, dynamical control of optical nonlinearities remains confined to research labs. In this talk, we report a new mechanism to electrically control second-order optical nonlinearities in monolayer WSe2. We show that the intensity of second-harmonic generation (SHG) at its lowest exciton resonance is widely tunable through electrostatic doping in a field-effect transistor device. Such remarkable tunability arises from the strong exciton charging effects in monolayer semiconductors, which allow for exceptional control over the exciton and trion oscillator strengths. Our study paves the way for a new platform of chip-scale, electrically tunable nonlinear optical devices based on two-dimensional semiconductors.

  13. Second Harmonic Technique for Thermal Conductivity Measurement in a Pulsed Magnetic Field

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    Suzuki, Yoko; Betts, Jonathan B.; Migliori, Albert

    2009-03-01

    We describe a second-harmonic technique to be used eventually to probe the thermal conductivity of LSCO with superconductivity suppressed by high magnetic fields. The technique is suitable for the high-noise environment of pulsed magnets. Unlike the 3φ technique, a heater and a thermometer are mounted separately. Therefore, the 2φ signal is the dominant signal in the thermometer output. The frequencies are chosen so that the thermal penetration depth is smaller than the sample thickness. The thermometer response time and thermal impedance associated with material interfaces are carefully tested and compared to calculation. The calculations are based on exact solutions of the full bulk heat transport equations and produce results different from the lumped-constant approximations often used in ac calorimetry. Work performed under the auspices of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

  14. Molecular hydrogen physisorption on boron-nitride nanotubes probed by second harmonic generation

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    Salazar-Aparicio, R. V.; Vázquez-Nava, R. A.; Arzate, N.; Mendoza, B. S.

    2014-10-01

    We present ab initio calculations to investigate second harmonic generation (SHG) response of single wall zigzag pristine boron-nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) and BNNTs modified by the molecular hydrogen adsorption. Calculations have been performed using density functional theory (DFT) within the local-density approximation (LDA) together with the GW Green function method to determine the band gap. A length gauge approach has been used to calculate the nonlinear optical response with the scissors correction to obtain the nonlinear susceptibility χzzz(-2ω ;ω,ω) of the zigzag BNNTs. We have found that, contrary to reports in the literature, the (5,0) and (9,0) BNNTs have a nonvanishing SHG response. We have also found that SHG intensity decreases with the increase of the molecular hydrogen coverage.

  15. Second-harmonic generation from bimetal composites doped with metal nanoparticles

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    Daneshfar, Nader

    2016-05-01

    In the present paper, we study the nonlinear optical response of the bimetal composites doped with metal nanoparticles in the framework of nonlinear Mie theory combined with the Maxwell-Garnett model. We concentrate on the second-order harmonic generation from bimetal nanocomposites including silver and gold particles, since sometimes the nonlinear optical response is sensitive to the more accurate of material structure than linear optical response. We show that optical second harmonic generation is strongly sensitive to temperature as an environmental parameter, interparticle plasmon coupling between Au and Ag nanoparticles (the filling factor of inclusions), the particle size and the surrounding medium. However, this work shows good potential of bimetal composites for nonlinear optics at the nanoscale.

  16. Second harmonic generation of diamond-blade diced KTiOPO4 ridge waveguides.

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    Chen, Chen; Rüter, Christian E; Volk, Martin F; Chen, Cheng; Shang, Zhen; Lu, Qingming; Akhmadaliev, Shavkat; Zhou, Shengqiang; Chen, Feng; Kip, Detlef

    2016-07-25

    We report on the fabrication of ridge waveguides in KTiOPO4 nonlinear optical crystals through carbon ion irradiation followed by precise diamond blade dicing. The diced side-walls have low roughness, which allows for low propagation loss of ~1dB/cm in fabricated of ridges. The waveguide property investigation has been performed at 1064 nm as well as 532 nm, showing good guidance at both TE and TM polarizations. Based on type II phase matching configuration, efficient second harmonic generation of green light at room temperature has been realized. High conversion efficiencies of ~1.12%W-1 and ~12.4% have been obtained for frequency doubling under the pump of continuous-wave (CW) and pulsed fundamental waves at 1064 nm, respectively. PMID:27464095

  17. Polarization-resolved second-harmonic generation imaging for liver fibrosis assessment without labeling

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    Lin, Jian; Pan, Shiying; Zheng, Wei; Huang, Zhiwei

    2013-10-01

    We apply the polarization-resolved second-harmonic generation (PR-SHG) microscopy to investigate the changes of collagen typings (type I vs type III) and collagen fibril orientations of liver tissue in bile-duct-ligation (BDL) rat models. The PR-SHG results show that the second-order susceptibility tensor ratios (χ31/χ15 and χ33/χ15) of collagen fibers increase with liver fibrotic progression after BDL surgery, reflecting an increase of the type III collagen component with the severity of liver fibrosis; and the square root of the collagen type III to type I ratio linearly correlates (R2 = 0.98) with histopathological scores. Furthermore, the collagen fibril orientations become more random with liver fibrosis transformation as compared to normal liver tissue. This work demonstrates that PR-SHG microscopy has the potential for label-free diagnosis and characterization of liver fibrosis based on quantitative analysis of collagen typings and fibril orientations.

  18. Monitoring process of human keloid formation based on second harmonic generation imaging

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    Jiang, X. S.; Chen, S.; Chen, J. X.; Zhu, X. Q.; Zheng, L. Q.; Zhuo, S. M.; Wang, D. J.

    2011-09-01

    In this paper, the morphological variation of collagen among the whole dermis from keloid tissue was investigated using second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy. In the deep dermis of keloids, collagen bundles show apparently regular gap. In the middle dermis, the collagen bundles are randomly oriented and loosely arranged in the pattern of fine mesh while the collagen bundles are organized in a parallel manner in the superficial dermis near the epidermis. The developed parameters COI and BD can be used to further quantitatively describe these changes. Our results demonstrate the potential of SHG microscopy to understand the formation process of human keloid scar at the cellular level through imaging collagen variations in different depth of dermis.

  19. Resonant effects in optical second-harmonic generation from alkali covered Si(111) 7 × 7

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    Bordo, V. G.; Marowsky, G.; Zhang, J.; Rubahn, H.-G.

    2005-01-01

    Polarized second-harmonic generation (SHG) coverage dependencies for alkali (Na, Li) adsorption on Si(111) 7 × 7 both at room and at low temperatures are obtained for fundamental wavelengths of 497 nm, 570 nm and 1067 nm, showing characteristic and reproducible non-monotonic changes of SHG efficiency. At submonolayer coverage the SHG intensities are qualitatively different for visible vs. near-resonant IR radiation. In the coverage regime θ < 1/3, low-symmetry Na-Si bonds, resulting from a Na-induced surface reconstruction, are formed, which are resonant with 1067 nm radiation. By comparing parallelly and perpendicularly polarized coverage dependencies, we deduce that the resonant contribution in the parallel configuration is due to the χzzz(2)-component.

  20. Second-harmonic and sum-frequency generation for surface studies

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    Hunt, J.H.; Guyot-Sionnest, P.; Shen, Y.R.

    1987-07-01

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) has now been well established as a versatile surface-sensitive probe. It has been used to study electrochemical processes at electrode surfaces, molecular adsorption and desorption at metal and semiconductor surfaces, orientational phase transition of molecular monolayers on water, surface reconstruction and epitaxial growth, and so on. More recently, it has been employed as a tool to monitor monolayer polymerization and other surface reactions, to probe polar order of molecules at interfaces, and to measure molecular nonlinearity. While most surface techniques are restricted to the solid/vacuum environment, SHG is applicable to nearly all interfaces as long as the interfaces are accessible by light. In addition, SHG has the advantages of being capable of in-situ measurements with high temporal, spatial, and spectral resolutions.

  1. Conformation, orientation and interaction in molecular monolayers: A surface second harmonic and sum frequency generation study

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    Superfine, R.; Huang, J.Y.; Shen, Y.R.

    1988-12-01

    We have used sum frequency generation (SFG) to study the order in a silane monolayer before and after the deposition of a coadsorbed liquid crystal monolayer. We observe an increase in the order of the chain of the silane molecule induced by the interpenetration of the liquid crystal molecules. By using second harmonic generation (SHG) and SFG, we have studied the orientation and conformation of the liquid crystal molecule on clean and silane coated glass surfaces. On both surfaces, the biphenyl group is tilted by 70{degree} with the alkyl chain end pointing away from the surface. The shift in the C-H stretch frequencies in the coadsorbed system indicates a significant interaction between molecules. 9 refs., 3 figs.

  2. Polarization response of second-harmonic images for different collagen spatial distributions

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    Ávila, Francisco J.; del Barco, Oscar; Bueno, Juan M.

    2016-06-01

    The response to polarization of second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy images of samples with different collagen distributions (quasialigned, partially organized, and nonorganized) has been analyzed. A linear decay relationship between the external arrangement and polarization sensitivity was found. SHG signal from nonorganized samples presented a large structural dispersion and a weak dependence with incident polarization. Polarization dependence is also associated with the internal organization of the collagen fibers, directly related to the ratio of hyperpolarizabilities ρ. This parameter can experimentally be computed from the modulation of the SHG signal. The results show that both external and internal collagen structures are closely related. This provides a tool to obtain information of internal properties from the polarimetric response of the external spatial distribution of collagen, which might be useful in clinical diagnosis of pathologies related to changes in collagen structure.

  3. Plasmonically Enhanced Second-Harmonic Generation from Metallic/Organic Hybrid Self-Assembled Films

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    Chen, Kai; Durak, Cemil; Heflin, Randy; Robinson, Hans

    2007-03-01

    We have fabricated a new class of second order nonlinear optical materials by combining ionic self-assembled multilayer (ISAM) films with silver nanoparticle arrays in a non-centrosymmetric geometry. These hybrid films exhibit second-harmonic generation (SHG) efficiencies as much as 1600 times larger than unmodified, conventional ISAM films, which makes a three bilayer hybrid film perform at the same level as a micron thick, 700-1000 bilayer film. This was accomplished by using nanosphere lithography to deposit silver nanoparticles on the ISAM film, tuning the geometry of the particles to make their plasmonic resonances overlap the frequency of optical excitation. Even though the enhancement is already large, we suggest that further refinements of the techniques are expected to lead to additional enhancements of similar or larger magnitude.

  4. In-situ second harmonic generation measurements of the formation of ionically self-assembled monolayers

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    Brands, Charles; Neyman, Patrick J.; Guzy, M.; Shah, S. M.; Davis, Rick M.; Van Cott, Kevin; Wang, Hong; Gibson, Harry W.; Heflin, James R.

    2001-12-01

    Recently, ionically self-assembled monolayers (ISAMs) of polymers with nonlinear optical chromophores have been shown to spontaneously exhibit a preferential ordering during the deposition process. This gives rise to a substantial second order nonlinear optical (NLO) response. Here, we use this second harmonic generation (SHG) to our advantage in the in situ study of the deposition of ISAMs. Upon immersion in the NLO-active polyelectrolyte solution, the SHG rises sharply over the first minute, demonstrating a rapid adsorption process. Immersion in the NLO-inactive partner polyelectrolyte leads to an instantaneous reduction in the SHG signal. We also show that the adsorption and ordering of a noncentrosymmetric nonlinear optical polymer increases with increasing PCBS concentration. These studies provide deeper understanding of the processes by which noncentrosymmetric order is formed in ISAM films and allows design of improved self-assembled nonlinear optical materials.

  5. Plasmon-enhanced second-harmonic generation from ionic self-assembled multilayer films.

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    Chen, Kai; Durak, Cemil; Heflin, J R; Robinson, Hans D

    2007-02-01

    We have demonstrated large enhancements of the effective second-order nonlinear susceptibility (chi(2)) of ionic self-assembled multilayer (ISAM) films, causing a film with just 3 bilayers to be optically equivalent to a 700-1000 bilayer film. This was accomplished by using nanosphere lithography to deposit silver nanoparticles on the ISAM film, tuning the geometry of the particles to make their plasmonic resonances overlap the frequency of optical excitation. An enhancement in the efficiency of second harmonic generation (SHG) by as much as 1600 times was observed. Even though this is already a large value, we suggest that further refinements of the techniques are expected to lead to additional enhancements of similar or larger magnitude. PMID:17297986

  6. Instantaneous Io flux tube as the source of Jovian DAM - Possible second harmonic emissions

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    Menietti, J. D.; Curran, D. B.

    1990-01-01

    To determine if the source of the Jovian Io-dependent DAM (decametric) emission is along the instantaneous Io flux tube (IIFT), the results of ray-tracing calculations are compared with radio emission data obtained by the Planetary Radio Astronomy instruments on Voyager 1 and 2. RX mode gyroemission at frequencies near the local gyrofrequency and sources along field lines within the active sector between 150 and 270 deg longitude are assumed. The results indicate good agreement with the observations if the source is within 20 deg of the IIFT, but the maximum gyrofrequency of the model magnetic field is smaller than the observed maximum frequency of the DAM for the assumed active field line. While errors in the magnetic-field model coupled with emission at large Doppler shift might explain this discrepancy, a more natural explanation is that the higher-frequency component of the DAM is due to second-harmonic gyroemission.

  7. Second Harmonic Generation and Polarization Microscope Observations of Quantum Relaxor Lithium Doped Potasium Tantalate

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    Yokota, Hiroko; Uesu, Yoshiaki

    2008-04-01

    Polar state in a quantum relaxor K(1-x)LixTaO3 (KLT) is investigated using second harmonic generation (SHG) and polarization microscopes. Temperature dependences of SHG image and interference color image related to birefringence are observed on three different processes (zero field heating after zero field cooling, field heating after zero field cooling, and field heating after field cooling processes). A remarkable history dependence in the T-E space which is one of the characteristic behaviors of relaxor is observed in SHG and polarization microscope observations. Ferroelectric phase transition occurs below the transition temperature Tp with tiny domain structures which is beyond the optical microscope diffraction limit. Under an electric field, these micro domain structures change to macroscopic structures. Based on these experiments, we propose a polar state model of KLT below Tp.

  8. Macromolecular structure of cellulose studied by second-harmonic generation imaging microscopy

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    Brown, R. Malcom; Millard, Andrew C.; Campagnola, Paul J.

    2003-11-01

    The macromolecular structure of purified cellulose samples is studied by second-harmonic generation (SHG) imaging microscopy. We show that the SHG contrast in both Valonia and Acetobacter cellulose strongly resembles that of collagen from animal tissues, both in terms of morphology and polarization anisotropy. Polarization analysis shows that microfibrils in each lamella are highly aligned and ordered and change directions by 90° in adjacent lamellae. The angular dependence of the SHG intensity fits well to a cos2 θ distribution, which is characteristic of the electric dipole interaction. Enzymatic degradation of Valonia fibers by cellulase is followed in real time by SHG imaging and results in exponential decay kinetics, showing that SHG imaging microscopy is ideal for monitoring dynamics in biological systems.

  9. Resonant second-harmonic generation in a ballistic graphene transistor with an ac-driven gate

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    Korniyenko, Y.; Shevtsov, O.; Löfwander, T.

    2016-01-01

    We report a theoretical study of time-dependent transport in a ballistic graphene field effect transistor. We develop a model based on Floquet theory describing Dirac electron transmission through a harmonically driven potential barrier. Photon-assisted tunneling results in excitation of quasibound states at the barrier. Under resonance conditions, the excitation of the quasibound states leads to promotion of higher-order sidebands and, in particular, an enhanced second harmonic of the source-drain conductance. The resonances in the main transmission channel are of the Fano form, while they are of the Breit-Wigner form for sidebands. For weak ac drive strength Z1, the dynamic Stark shift scales as Z14, while the resonance broadens as Z12. We discuss the possibility of utilizing the resonances in prospective ballistic high-frequency devices, in particular frequency doublers operating at high frequencies and low temperatures.

  10. Surface plasmon-driven second-harmonic generation asymmetry in anisotropic plasmonic crystals

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    Chekhov, A. L.; Razdolski, I.; Kirilyuk, A.; Rasing, Th.; Stognij, A. I.; Murzina, T. V.

    2016-04-01

    We report a strong angular asymmetry of optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) in plasmonic crystals formed by an Au grating on top of an anisotropic bismuth-thulium iron garnet (BTIG) film. We found that a weak anisotropy-driven angular SHG asymmetry of the crystalline BTIG is resonantly enhanced and reaches 95% as the surface plasmon polariton (SPP) is excited at the Au/BTIG interface. The asymmetry introduced by an interference of the odd and even (with respect to the angle of incidence) SHG fields is attributed to the anisotropy of the BTIG film. The angular SHG spectra are reproduced using a simple model with a resonant SPP-induced SHG contribution from the anisotropic Au/BTIG interface. The observed asymmetry of the SHG provides valuable insight into the mechanisms of nonlinear plasmonics and can noticeably expand its abilities regarding active light conversion and manipulation.

  11. Live tissue intrinsic emission microscopy using multiphoton-excited native fluorescence and second harmonic generation

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    Zipfel, Warren R.; Williams, Rebecca M.; Christie, Richard; Nikitin, Alexander Yu; Hyman, Bradley T.; Webb, Watt W.

    2003-01-01

    Multicolor nonlinear microscopy of living tissue using two- and three-photon-excited intrinsic fluorescence combined with second harmonic generation by supermolecular structures produces images with the resolution and detail of standard histology without the use of exogenous stains. Imaging of intrinsic indicators within tissue, such as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, retinol, indoleamines, and collagen provides crucial information for physiology and pathology. The efficient application of multiphoton microscopy to intrinsic imaging requires knowledge of the nonlinear optical properties of specific cell and tissue components. Here we compile and demonstrate applications involving a range of intrinsic molecules and molecular assemblies that enable direct visualization of tissue morphology, cell metabolism, and disease states such as Alzheimer's disease and cancer. PMID:12756303

  12. Second-harmonic generation in metal oxide/ormosils nanocomposites derived from sol-gel processing

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    Cheng, Chih-Hsing; Xu, Yuhuan; Mackenzie, John D.; Chee, Joseph K.; Liu, Jia-ming

    1992-12-01

    Nanocomposites of Ormosis containing metal oxides, such as niobates, titanates and zirconates, were prepared by sol-gel processing. The materials were hydrolyzed partially and were dried in air atmosphere for appropriate periods. Afterwards, the materials were heat- treated between 200 degree(s) and 450 degree(s)C for 2 days in pure oxygen. The final bulk samples are transparent in infrared and visible ranges. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that these samples did not have any crystalline phases after heating up to 200 degree(s)C. Using a Nd:YAG laser of 1.064 micrometers wavelength, second harmonic generation, of green light (0.532 micrometers ), was observed in these metal oxides/Ormosils nanocomposites. The refractive index and other optical properties of the metal oxides/Ormosils were also measured. The microstructures of these samples were examined by transmission electron microscopy.

  13. Compact second-harmonic generation laser module with 1 W optical output power at 490 nm.

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    Fiebig, Christian; Sahm, Alexander; Uebernickel, Mirko; Blume, Gunnar; Eppich, Bernd; Paschke, Katrin; Erbert, Götz

    2009-12-01

    We demonstrate continues-wave 1 W at 490 nm on a 2.5 cm(3) micro-optical bench using single-path second-harmonic generation with a periodically poled MgO:LiNbO(3) bulk crystal. The pump laser is a distributed Bragg reflector tapered diode laser having a single-frequency spectrum and a pump power of 9.5 W. Based on that 1 W blue light could be achieved resulting in an optical conversion efficiency of 11%. Furthermore, the module has an output power stability of better than 2% and the blue laser beam shows an nearly diffraction limited beam quality of M(2)(sigma) = 1.2 in vertical and M(2)(sigma) = 2 in lateral direction. PMID:20052204

  14. Membrane potential dynamics of axons in cultured hippocampal neurons probed by second-harmonic-generation imaging

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    Nuriya, Mutsuo; Yasui, Masato

    2010-03-01

    The electrical properties of axons critically influence the nature of communication between neurons. However, due to their small size, direct measurement of membrane potential dynamics in intact and complex mammalian axons has been a challenge. Furthermore, quantitative optical measurements of axonal membrane potential dynamics have not been available. To characterize the basic principles of somatic voltage signal propagation in intact axonal arbors, second-harmonic-generation (SHG) imaging is applied to cultured mouse hippocampal neurons. When FM4-64 is applied extracellularly to dissociated neurons, whole axonal arbors are visualized by SHG imaging. Upon action potential generation by somatic current injection, nonattenuating action potentials are recorded in intact axonal arbors. Interestingly, however, both current- and voltage-clamp recordings suggest that nonregenerative subthreshold somatic voltage changes at the soma are poorly conveyed to these axonal sites. These results reveal the nature of membrane potential dynamics of cultured hippocampal neurons, and further show the possibility of SHG imaging in physiological investigations of axons.

  15. Multimodal two-photon imaging using a second harmonic generation-specific dye.

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    Nuriya, Mutsuo; Fukushima, Shun; Momotake, Atsuya; Shinotsuka, Takanori; Yasui, Masato; Arai, Tatsuo

    2016-01-01

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging can be used to visualize unique biological phenomena, but currently available dyes limit its application owing to the strong fluorescent signals that they generate together with SHG. Here we report the first non-fluorescent and membrane potential-sensitive SHG-active organic dye Ap3. Ap3 is photostable and generates SH signals at the plasma membrane with virtually no fluorescent signals, in sharp contrast to the previously used fluorescent dye FM4-64. When tested in neurons, Ap3-SHG shows linear membrane potential sensitivity and fast responses to action potentials, and also shows significantly reduced photodamage compared with FM4-64. The SHG-specific nature of Ap3 allows simultaneous and completely independent imaging of SHG signals and fluorescent signals from various reporter molecules, including markers of cellular organelles and intracellular calcium. Therefore, this SHG-specific dye enables true multimodal two-photon imaging in biological samples. PMID:27156702

  16. Intercalating dyes for enhanced contrast in second-harmonic generation imaging of protein crystals.

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    Newman, Justin A; Scarborough, Nicole M; Pogranichniy, Nicholas R; Shrestha, Rashmi K; Closser, Richard G; Das, Chittaranjan; Simpson, Garth J

    2015-07-01

    The second-harmonic generation (SHG) activity of protein crystals was found to be enhanced by up to ∼1000-fold by the intercalation of SHG phores within the crystal lattice. Unlike the intercalation of fluorophores, the SHG phores produced no significant background SHG from solvated dye or from dye intercalated into amorphous aggregates. The polarization-dependent SHG is consistent with the chromophores adopting the symmetry of the crystal lattice. In addition, the degree of enhancement for different symmetries of dyes is consistent with theoretical predictions based on the molecular nonlinear optical response. Kinetics studies indicate that intercalation arises over a timeframe of several minutes in lysozyme, with detectable enhancements within seconds. These results provide a potential means to increase the overall diversity of protein crystals and crystal sizes amenable to characterization by SHG microscopy. PMID:26143918

  17. Effect of oxygen pressure on second harmonic generation in zinc oxide thin films deposited by PLD

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    Shuhong, Li; Yunlong, Liu; Qingru, Wang; Qiang, Shi; Xiaoxiao, He; Xuexi, Gao; Dong, Zhang; Wenjun, Wang

    2015-12-01

    Nanocrystalline ZnO thin films with c-axis preferred orientation were deposited on glass substrate at different oxygen pressures by a pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. The microstructures and linear optical properties of the films are investigated by X-ray diffractometry and spectroscopic ellipsometry, respectively. Second harmonic generation in the films is studied using the rotational Maker fringe technique in the transmission scheme. All the ZnO films show second-order nonlinearity and the largest effective nonlinear coefficient d33, which increases with the grain size, is obtained in samples deposited at the oxygen pressure of 2×10-2 Pa. The effects of the oxygen pressure on the microstructure, macrostress and second-order optical nonlinearity are analyzed.

  18. Multimodal two-photon imaging using a second harmonic generation-specific dye

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    Nuriya, Mutsuo; Fukushima, Shun; Momotake, Atsuya; Shinotsuka, Takanori; Yasui, Masato; Arai, Tatsuo

    2016-01-01

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging can be used to visualize unique biological phenomena, but currently available dyes limit its application owing to the strong fluorescent signals that they generate together with SHG. Here we report the first non-fluorescent and membrane potential-sensitive SHG-active organic dye Ap3. Ap3 is photostable and generates SH signals at the plasma membrane with virtually no fluorescent signals, in sharp contrast to the previously used fluorescent dye FM4-64. When tested in neurons, Ap3-SHG shows linear membrane potential sensitivity and fast responses to action potentials, and also shows significantly reduced photodamage compared with FM4-64. The SHG-specific nature of Ap3 allows simultaneous and completely independent imaging of SHG signals and fluorescent signals from various reporter molecules, including markers of cellular organelles and intracellular calcium. Therefore, this SHG-specific dye enables true multimodal two-photon imaging in biological samples. PMID:27156702

  19. Third- and second-harmonic generation microscopy of individual metal nanocones using cylindrical vector beams.

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    Bautista, Godofredo; Huttunen, Mikko J; Kontio, Juha M; Simonen, Janne; Kauranen, Martti

    2013-09-23

    We demonstrate third- (THG) and second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy of individual silver nanocones using tightly focused cylindrical vector beams (CVBs). Although THG is expected to be a weaker process than SHG, the yield for THG with radial polarization was higher than for SHG. We also found an excellent correlation between the imaging properties of THG and SHG, suggesting that both are governed by the same overall features of the individual nanocone. We also found that the transverse spatial resolution of THG with CVBs, particularly RP, exceeds that of SHG. Our work establishes the potential of THG microscopy with CVBs for structure-sensitive imaging of three-dimensional (3D) metal nano-objects. PMID:24104084

  20. Engineered second-harmonic diffraction from highly transmissive metasurfaces composed of complementary split-ring resonators.

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    Yang, Xin; Zhang, Chi; Wan, Mingjie; Chen, Zhuo; Wang, Zhenlin

    2016-07-01

    We theoretically and experimentally investigated the optical second-harmonic (SH) diffraction from metasurfaces based on gold complementary split-ring resonators (CSRRs). We have demonstrated that the generated SH currents are mostly parallel to the incident polarization and are asymmetric with respect to the base of a CSRR, thus allowing us to impose the phase change of π on the SH radiation by reversing the CSRR's orientation. We verified this concept of geometry-induced nonlinear phase by designing and fabricating a nonlinear metasurface consisting of supercells of CSRRs with opposite orientations that can function as a SH beam splitter. The ability to control the phase of the local nonlinearity coupled with the high transmittance at both fundamental and SHG wavelengths makes the CSRRs good candidates for the construction of highly efficient three-dimensional nonlinear metamaterials and suitable for applications in nonlinear beam shaping. PMID:27367070

  1. Functional second harmonic generation microscopy probes molecular dynamics with high temporal resolution

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    Förderer, Moritz; Georgiev, Tihomir; Mosqueira, Matias; Fink, Rainer H. A.; Vogel, Martin

    2016-01-01

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy is a powerful tool for label free ex vivo or in vivo imaging, widely used to investigate structure and organization of endogenous SHG emitting proteins such as myosin or collagen. Polarization resolved SHG microscopy renders supplementary information and is used to probe different molecular states. This development towards functional SHG microscopy is calling for new methods for high speed functional imaging of dynamic processes. In this work we present two approaches with linear polarized light and demonstrate high speed line scan measurements of the molecular dynamics of the motor protein myosin with a time resolution of 1 ms in mammalian muscle cells. Such a high speed functional SHG microscopy has high potential to deliver new insights into structural and temporal molecular dynamics under ex vivo or in vivo conditions. PMID:26977360

  2. Functional second harmonic generation microscopy probes molecular dynamics with high temporal resolution.

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    Förderer, Moritz; Georgiev, Tihomir; Mosqueira, Matias; Fink, Rainer H A; Vogel, Martin

    2016-02-01

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy is a powerful tool for label free ex vivo or in vivo imaging, widely used to investigate structure and organization of endogenous SHG emitting proteins such as myosin or collagen. Polarization resolved SHG microscopy renders supplementary information and is used to probe different molecular states. This development towards functional SHG microscopy is calling for new methods for high speed functional imaging of dynamic processes. In this work we present two approaches with linear polarized light and demonstrate high speed line scan measurements of the molecular dynamics of the motor protein myosin with a time resolution of 1 ms in mammalian muscle cells. Such a high speed functional SHG microscopy has high potential to deliver new insights into structural and temporal molecular dynamics under ex vivo or in vivo conditions. PMID:26977360

  3. Observation of the Second Harmonic in Thomson Scattering from Relativistic Electrons

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    Babzien, Marcus; Ben-Zvi, Ilan; Kusche, Karl; Pavlishin, Igor V.; Pogorelsky, Igor V.; Siddons, David P.; Yakimenko, Vitaly; Cline, David; Zhou, Feng; Hirose, Tachishige; Kamiya, Yoshio; Kumita, Tetsuro; Omori, Tsunehiko; Urakawa, Junji; Yokoya, Kaoru

    2006-02-01

    A free relativistic electron in an electromagnetic field is a pure case of a light-matter interaction. In the laboratory environment, this interaction can be realized by colliding laser pulses with electron beams produced from particle accelerators. The process of single photon absorption and reemission by the electron, so-called linear Thomson scattering, results in radiation that is Doppler shifted into the x-ray and γ-ray regions. At elevated laser intensity, nonlinear effects should come into play when the transverse motion of the electrons induced by the laser beam is relativistic. In the present experiment, we achieved this condition and characterized the second harmonic of Thomson x-ray scattering using the counterpropagation of a 60 MeV electron beam and a subterawatt CO2 laser beam.

  4. Nanotwin Detection and Domain Polarity Determination via Optical Second Harmonic Generation Polarimetry.

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    Ren, Ming-Liang; Agarwal, Rahul; Nukala, Pavan; Liu, Wenjing; Agarwal, Ritesh

    2016-07-13

    We demonstrate that optical second harmonic generation (SHG) can be utilized to determine the exact nature of nanotwins in noncentrosymmetric crystals, which is challenging to resolve via conventional transmission electron or scanned probe microscopies. Using single-crystalline nanotwinned CdTe nanobelts and nanowires as a model system, we show that SHG polarimetry can distinguish between upright (Cd-Te bonds) and inverted (Cd-Cd or Te-Te bonds) twin boundaries in the system. Inverted twin boundaries are generally not reported in nanowires due to the lack of techniques and complexity associated with the study of the nature of such defects. Precise characterization of the nature of defects in nanocrystals is required for deeper understanding of their growth and physical properties to enable their application in future devices. PMID:27351823

  5. Analysis of collagen fiber domain organization by Fourier second harmonic generation microscopy

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    Ghazaryan, Ara; Tsai, Halley F.; Hayrapetyan, Gor; Chen, Wei-Liang; Chen, Yang-Fang; Jeong, Myung Yung; Kim, Chang-Seok; Chen, Shean-Jen; Dong, Chen-Yuan

    2013-03-01

    We present an automated and systematic two-dimensional discrete Fourier transform (2D-FFT) approach to analyze collagen fiber organization through the use of second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy. Average orientations of individual domains and Ising-like order parameters introduced to characterize the correlation between orientations of adjacent domains may be used to quantitatively characterize fibrous tissues. Our approach was applied to analyze tissues including rat tail tendon, mouse skin, bovine corneas, and human corneas. We also show that collagen fiber organization in normal and keratokonus human corneas may be distinguished. The current approach may be used for the quantitative differentiation of SHG collagen fiber morphology in different tissues and may be applied for diagnostic purposes.

  6. In pixel analysis of molecular structure with Stokes vector resolved second harmonic generation microscopy

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    Mazumder, Nirmal; Xiang, Lu Yun; Qiu, Jianjun; Kao, Fu-Jen

    2014-02-01

    We report on measurements and characterization of polarization properties of Second Harmonic (SH) signals using a four-channel photon counting based Stokes polarimeter from type I collagen and starch granules. In this way, the critical polarization parameters including the degree of polarization (DOP), the degree of linear polarization (DOLP), and the degree of circular polarization (DOCP), are extracted from the reconstructed Stokes vector based SH images in a pixel-by-pixel manner. The measurements are further extended to determine the molecular structure and orientation of the samples by varying the polarization states of the incident light and recording the resulting Stokes parameters of the SH signal. The combination of SHG microscopy and Stokes polarimeter hence makes a powerful tool to investigate the structural order of starch granules under water and heating environment.

  7. Second-harmonic generation in boron nitride nanotubes adsorbed with molecular hydrogen

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    Vazquez-Nava, Raul; Salazar-Aparicio, Ramses; Arzate, Norberto; Mendoza, Bernardo

    2014-03-01

    We present ab initio calculations for second harmonic response of single wall zigzag pristine and with molecular hydrogen adsorption boron nitride nanotubes. These calculations were performed with density functional theory within the local-density approximation (LDA) and the application of the GW approximation to calculate the band gap GW correction. A length-guage formalism for calculating the nonlinear optical response with the correct implementation of the scissor correction was used to obtain the nonlinear susceptibility χ (2)(- 2 ω ω , ω) of zigzag BN nanotubes. We found that contrary to that reported in the literature, the (5,0) and (9,0) boron nitride nannotubes have a non vanishing SHG response. We also found that SHG is not a suitable thecnique to monitor the physisorption of H2 molecules on the external surface of BN nanotubes. This work was partially supported by CONACYT-México, grants 153930.

  8. Second-harmonic generation imaging of collagen fibers in myocardium for atrial fibrillation diagnosis

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    Tsai, Ming-Rung; Chiu, Yu-Wei; Lo, Men Tzung; Sun, Chi-Kuang

    2010-03-01

    Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common irregular heart rhythm and the mortality rate for patients with AF is approximately twice the mortality rate for patients with normal sinus rhythm (NSR). Some research has indicated that myocardial fibrosis plays an important role in predisposing patients to AF. Therefore, realizing the relationship between myocardial collagen fibrosis and AF is significant. Second-harmonic generation (SHG) is an optically nonlinear coherent process to image the collagen network. We perform SHG microscopic imaging of the collagen fibers in the human atrial myocardium. Utilizing the SHG images, we can identify the differences in morphology and the arrangement of collagen fibers between NSR and AF tissues. We also quantify the arrangement of the collagen fibers using Fourier transform images and calculating the values of angle entropy. We indicate that SHG imaging, a nondestructive and reproducible method to analyze the arrangement of collagen fibers, can provide explicit information about the relationship between myocardial fibrosis and AF.

  9. Investigation of the second harmonic electron cyclotron current drive efficiency on the T-10 tokamak

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    Razumova, K.A.; Alikaev, V.V.; Dremin, M.M.; Esipchuk, Y.V.; Kislov, A.Y.; Notkin, G.E.; Pavlov, Y.D. ); Forest, C.B.; Lohr, J.; Luce, T.C.; Harvey, R.W. )

    1994-05-01

    Experiments on second harmonic electron cyclotron current drive were done on the T-10 tokamak using four gyrotrons. Total powers up to 1.2 MW at a frequency of 140 GHz were injected. Current generation by electron cyclotron (EC) waves was demonstrated in the experiments. The efficiency [eta] of current generation and its dependence on plasma parameters were measured and it was shown that the efficiency is a nonlinear function of input power, more closely predicted by Fokker--Planck calculations than by linear theory. The interaction of EC waves with the tail of the electron distribution was shown to be important. It was also found that current density profile redistribution played an important role in the plasma behavior.

  10. Second harmonic generation of off axial vortex beam in the case of walk-off effect

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    Chen, Shunyi; Ding, Panfeng; Pu, Jixiong

    2016-07-01

    Process of off axial vortex beam propagating in negative uniaxial crystal is investigated in this work. Firstly, we get the formulae of the normalized electric field and calculate the location of vortices for second harmonic beam in two type of phase matching. Then, numerical analysis verifies that the intensity distribution and location of vortices of the first order original vortex beam depend on the walk-off angle and off axial magnitude. It is shown that, in type I phase matching, the distribution of vortices is symmetrical about the horizontal axis, the separation distance increases as the off axial magnitude increases or the off axial magnitude deceases. However, in type II phase matching, the vortices are symmetrical along with some vertical axis, and increase of the walk-off angle or off axial magnitude leads to larger separation distance. Finally, the case of high order original off axial vortex beam is also investigated.

  11. Investigation of mid-infrared second harmonic generation in strained germanium waveguides.

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    De Leonardis, Francesco; Troia, Benedetto; Soref, Richard A; Passaro, Vittorio M N

    2016-05-16

    In this paper we present a detailed theoretical investigation of second harmonic generation in strained germanium waveguides operating at the mid infrared pump wavelength of 4 μm. The effective second order susceptibility has been estimated through a multiphysics approach considering the residual stress of the SiNx cladding film. Furthermore, general physical features have been investigated by means of a comparative analysis of SHG performance as a function of input pump power, linear and nonlinear phase mismatching, effective recombination carrier lifetime, and temperature, taking into account both continuous and pulsed regimes. Finally, periodically poled germanium devices have been explored with the aim to improve the SHG efficiency. In the same operative conditions, efficiencies of 0.6% and 0.0018% have been obtained in poled and not-poled waveguides, respectively. PMID:27409935

  12. Efficient intracavity second-harmonic generation at 1063 nm in a GdCOB crystal

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    Wu, Z. C.; Liu, W. M.

    2011-12-01

    We report an efficient intracavity second-harmonic generation (SHG) at 1063 nm in a non-linear optical crystal, GdCa4O(BO3)3 (GdCOB), performed with a diode end pumped continuous-wave (CW) Nd:GdVO4 laser. In the case of a laser with an a-cut 0.4 at % Nd:GdVO4 crystal frequency-doubled with a GdCOB crystal cut for Type I frequency doubling. A CW SHG output power of 2.25 W has been obtained using a 15 mm long GCOB crystal. The optical conversion efficiency with respect to the incident pump power was 12.4%.

  13. Molecular Order of Arterial Collagen Using Circular Polarization Second-Harmonic Generation Imaging.

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    Turcotte, Raphaël; Mattson, Jeffrey M; Wu, Juwell W; Zhang, Yanhang; Lin, Charles P

    2016-02-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) originates from the interaction between upconverted fields from individual scatterers. This renders SHG microscopy highly sensitive to molecular distribution. Here, we aim to take advantage of the difference in SHG between aligned and partially aligned molecules to probe the degree of molecular order during biomechanical testing, independently of the absolute orientation of the scattering molecules. Toward this goal, we implemented a circular polarization SHG imaging approach and used it to quantify the intensity change associated with collagen fibers straightening in the arterial wall during mechanical stretching. We were able to observe the delayed alignment of collagen fibers during mechanical loading, thus demonstrating a simple method to characterize molecular distribution using intensity information alone. PMID:26806883

  14. Intercalating dyes for enhanced contrast in second-harmonic generation imaging of protein crystals

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    Newman, Justin A.; Scarborough, Nicole M.; Pogranichniy, Nicholas R.; Shrestha, Rashmi K.; Closser, Richard G.; Das, Chittaranjan; Simpson, Garth J.

    2015-01-01

    The second-harmonic generation (SHG) activity of protein crystals was found to be enhanced by up to ∼1000-fold by the intercalation of SHG phores within the crystal lattice. Unlike the intercalation of fluorophores, the SHG phores produced no significant background SHG from solvated dye or from dye intercalated into amorphous aggregates. The polarization-dependent SHG is consistent with the chromophores adopting the symmetry of the crystal lattice. In addition, the degree of enhancement for different symmetries of dyes is consistent with theoretical predictions based on the molecular nonlinear optical response. Kinetics studies indicate that intercalation arises over a timeframe of several minutes in lysozyme, with detectable enhancements within seconds. These results provide a potential means to increase the overall diversity of protein crystals and crystal sizes amenable to characterization by SHG microscopy. PMID:26143918

  15. Texture analysis applied to second harmonic generation image data for disease classification and development of a multi-view second harmonic generation imaging platform

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    Wen, Lianggong

    Many diseases, e.g. ovarian cancer, breast cancer and pulmonary fibrosis, are commonly associated with drastic alterations in surrounding connective tissue, and changes in the extracellular matrix (ECM) are associated with the vast majority of cellular processes in disease progression and carcinogenesis: cell differentiation, proliferation, biosynthetic ability, polarity, and motility. We use second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy for imaging the ECM because it is a non-invasive, non-linear laser scanning technique with high sensitivity and specificity for visualizing fibrillar collagen. In this thesis, we are interested in developing imaging techniques to understand how the ECM, especially the collagen architecture, is remodeled in diseases. To quantitate remodeling, we implement a 3D texture analysis to delineate the collagen fibrillar morphology observed in SHG microscopy images of human normal and high grade malignant ovarian tissues. In the learning stage, a dictionary of "textons"---frequently occurring texture features that are identified by measuring the image response to a filter bank of various shapes, sizes, and orientations---is created. By calculating a representative model based on the texton distribution for each tissue type using a training set of respective mages, we then perform classification between normal and high grade malignant ovarian tissues classification based on the area under receiver operating characteristic curves (true positives versus false positives). The local analysis algorithm is a more general method to probe rapidly changing fibrillar morphologies than global analyses such as FFT. It is also more versatile than other texture approaches as the filter bank can be highly tailored to specific applications (e.g., different disease states) by creating customized libraries based on common image features. Further, we describe the development of a multi-view 3D SHG imaging platform. Unlike fluorescence microscopy, SHG excites

  16. Towards protein-crystal centering using second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy

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    Kissick, David J.; Dettmar, Christopher M.; Becker, Michael; Mulichak, Anne M.; Cherezov, Vadim; Ginell, Stephan L.; Battaile, Kevin P.; Keefe, Lisa J.; Fischetti, Robert F.; Simpson, Garth J.

    2013-05-01

    The potential of second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy for automated crystal centering to guide synchrotron X-ray diffraction of protein crystals has been explored. The potential of second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy for automated crystal centering to guide synchrotron X-ray diffraction of protein crystals was explored. These studies included (i) comparison of microcrystal positions in cryoloops as determined by SHG imaging and by X-ray diffraction rastering and (ii) X-ray structure determinations of selected proteins to investigate the potential for laser-induced damage from SHG imaging. In studies using β{sub 2} adrenergic receptor membrane-protein crystals prepared in lipidic mesophase, the crystal locations identified by SHG images obtained in transmission mode were found to correlate well with the crystal locations identified by raster scanning using an X-ray minibeam. SHG imaging was found to provide about 2 µm spatial resolution and shorter image-acquisition times. The general insensitivity of SHG images to optical scatter enabled the reliable identification of microcrystals within opaque cryocooled lipidic mesophases that were not identified by conventional bright-field imaging. The potential impact of extended exposure of protein crystals to five times a typical imaging dose from an ultrafast laser source was also assessed. Measurements of myoglobin and thaumatin crystals resulted in no statistically significant differences between structures obtained from diffraction data acquired from exposed and unexposed regions of single crystals. Practical constraints for integrating SHG imaging into an active beamline for routine automated crystal centering are discussed.

  17. Optical second harmonic spectroscopy of silicon-adsorbate surfaces and silicon nanocrystals

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    Downer, Michael

    2002-03-01

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) provides a surface-specific, noninvasive probe of adsorbates. However, microscopic first-principles theory of adsorbate-specific spectroscopic SHG responses has proven elusive. Here we present experimental SHG spectra for six well-characterized, technologically important Si(001) surfaces in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV): clean Si(001)-2x1 and Si(001) terminated with hydrogen (H), [1] germanium (Ge), Ge and H, [2] boron (B) and B and H. [3] Each adsorbate (combination) alters SHG uniquely. Our microscopic theories based on ab initio pseudopotential or semi-empirical tight-binding (SETB) methods then explain observed trends, and predict new features in unexplored spectral regions. [3,4] Charge transfer among surface bonds is found to govern SHG spectroscopy of surface-adsorbate systems strongly. New results on SHG from Si nanocrystals embedded in SiO2 will also be presented. [5] SHG is sensitive to Si/SiO2 interface states, electrostatic charge on the nanocrystals, and macroscopic particle density gradients. Finally, a new frequency-domain interferometric second-harmonic (FDISH) spectroscopic technique to measure simultaneously the intensity and phase of SH radiation over a broad spectral range without laser tuning will be described. [6] 1. J. Dadap et al., Phys. Rev. B 56, 13367 (1997). 2. P. Parkinson et al., Appl. Phys. B 68, 641 (1999). 3. D. Lim et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 3406 (2000); Appl. Phys. Lett. 77, 181 (2000). 4. V. Gavrilenko et al., Phys. Rev. B 63, 1653 (2001); M. C. Downer et al., Surf. Interface Anal. 31, 966 (2001); M. C. Downer et al., phys. stat. sol. (a), in press (2001). 5. Y. Jiang et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 78, 766 (2001). 6. P. T. Wilson et al., Opt. Lett. 24, 496 (1999).

  18. Second harmonic correlation spectroscopy: a method for determining surface binding kinetics and thermodynamics.

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    Sly, Krystal L; Mok, Sze-Wing; Conboy, John C

    2013-09-01

    These studies describe the implementation of second harmonic correlation spectroscopy (SHCS) to measure the adsorption and desorption kinetics of molecular species associated with a surface. Specifically, the local fluctuations of the measured second harmonic (SH) signal were used to determine the binding kinetics and thermodynamics of (S)-(+)-1,1'-bi-2-napthol SBN intercalation into a 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocoline (DOPC) bilayer. In order to determine the adsorption and desorption rates, the SH signal was collected above saturation concentration at steady-state equilibrium as a function of time. The autocorrelated SH signal was then fit to a correlation model developed for molecules binding at a surface when there is no contribution from molecules in solution. The measured adsorption rate for SBN to DOPC was 2.7 ± 0.2 × 10(3) s(-1) M(-1) and the desorption rate was 9 ± 4 × 10(-4) s(-1). The kinetic rates as well as the calculated equilibrium binding constant, 3.0 ± 1.3 × 10(6) M(-1) obtained from SHCS were compared with those obtained from a conventional binding isotherm and found to be statistically consistent. The primary advantage of using SHCS is both the absorption and desorption rates were determined in the same experiment using only a single bulk concentration of SBN. The results of these studies demonstrate that SHCS can be used to provide accurate kinetic and thermodynamic binding data in a label-free manner in lieu of conventional isotherm studies, especially where time and analyte are scarce. PMID:23927733

  19. Study of second harmonic generation by high power laser beam in magneto plasma

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    Sharma, Prerana; Sharma, R. P.

    2012-12-01

    This paper examines the problem of nonlinear generation of second harmonic of a high power laser pulse propagating in magnetized plasma. The propagation of strong laser beam is proposed in the direction perpendicular to a relatively weak static magnetic field. The laser pulse is taken to be linearly polarized, with the orientation of its electric field that corresponds to an ordinary electromagnetic wave. Besides the standard ponderomotive nonlinearity, the appropriate wave equation also contains the nonlinearity that arises from the relativistic electron jitter velocities. During its propagation, the laser beam gets filamented on account of relativistic and pondermotive nonlinearities present in the plasma. The generated plasma wave gets coupled into the filamentary structures of the pump beam. Due to the expected presence of the beam filamentation, the work has been carried out by considering modified paraxial approximation (i.e., beyond the standard paraxial approximation of a very broad beam). It is found that the power of the plasma wave is significantly affected by the magnetic field strength in the presence of both relativistic and pondermotive nonlinearities. It is investigated that the second harmonic generation is also considerably modified by altering the strength of magnetic field. To see the effect of static magnetic field on the harmonic generation, a key parameter, i.e., the ratio of the cyclotron frequency ωc=eB0/mc over the laser frequency ω0 has been used, where c is the velocity of light, m and e are the mass and charge of the electron and B0 is the externally applied magnetic field.

  20. Study of second harmonic generation by high power laser beam in magneto plasma

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    Sharma, Prerana; Sharma, R. P.

    2012-12-15

    This paper examines the problem of nonlinear generation of second harmonic of a high power laser pulse propagating in magnetized plasma. The propagation of strong laser beam is proposed in the direction perpendicular to a relatively weak static magnetic field. The laser pulse is taken to be linearly polarized, with the orientation of its electric field that corresponds to an ordinary electromagnetic wave. Besides the standard ponderomotive nonlinearity, the appropriate wave equation also contains the nonlinearity that arises from the relativistic electron jitter velocities. During its propagation, the laser beam gets filamented on account of relativistic and pondermotive nonlinearities present in the plasma. The generated plasma wave gets coupled into the filamentary structures of the pump beam. Due to the expected presence of the beam filamentation, the work has been carried out by considering modified paraxial approximation (i.e., beyond the standard paraxial approximation of a very broad beam). It is found that the power of the plasma wave is significantly affected by the magnetic field strength in the presence of both relativistic and pondermotive nonlinearities. It is investigated that the second harmonic generation is also considerably modified by altering the strength of magnetic field. To see the effect of static magnetic field on the harmonic generation, a key parameter, i.e., the ratio of the cyclotron frequency {omega}{sub c}=eB{sub 0}/mc over the laser frequency {omega}{sub 0} has been used, where c is the velocity of light, m and e are the mass and charge of the electron and B{sub 0} is the externally applied magnetic field.

  1. Interaction between O{sub 2} and ZnO films probed by time-dependent second-harmonic generation

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    Andersen, S. V.; Vandalon, V.; Bosch, R. H. E. C.; Loo, B. W. H. van de; Kessels, W. M. M.; Pedersen, K.

    2014-02-03

    The interaction between O{sub 2} and ZnO thin films prepared by atomic layer deposition has been investigated by time-dependent second-harmonic generation, by probing the electric field induced by adsorbed oxygen molecules on the surface. The second-harmonic generated signal decays upon laser exposure due to two-photon assisted desorption of O{sub 2}. Blocking and unblocking the laser beam for different time intervals reveals the adsorption rate of O{sub 2} onto ZnO. The results demonstrate that electric field induced second-harmonic generation provides a versatile non-contact probe of the adsorption kinetics of molecules on ZnO thin films.

  2. Second harmonic generation by relativistic self-focusing of q-Gaussian laser beam in preformed parabolic plasma channel

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    Singh, Arvinder E-mail: naveens222@rediffmail.com; Gupta, Naveen E-mail: naveens222@rediffmail.com

    2015-01-15

    This paper presents an investigation of relativistic self-focusing effect of a q-Gaussian laser beam on second harmonic generation in a preformed parabolic plasma channel. An expression has been derived for density perturbation associated with the plasma wave excited by the laser beam. This in turn acts as a source of second harmonic generation. The moment theory approach has been used to derive a differential equation that governs the evolution of spot size of the laser beam with the distance of propagation. The detailed effects of intensity distribution deviation from Gaussian distribution, intensity of laser beam, density, and depth of the channel have been studied on self-focusing as well as on second harmonic generation.

  3. Femtosecond nonlinear spectroscopy at surfaces: Second-harmonic probing of hole burning at the Si(111)7x7 surface and fourier-transform sum-frequency vibrational spectroscopy

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    McGuire, John Andrew

    2004-11-24

    The high temporal resolution and broad bandwidth of a femtosecond laser system are exploited in a pair of nonlinear optical studies of surfaces. The dephasing dynamics of resonances associated with the adatom dangling bonds of the Si(111)7 x 7 surface are explored by transient second-harmonic hole burning, a process that can be described as a fourth-order nonlinear optical process. Spectral holes produced by a 100 fs pump pulse at about 800 nm are probed by the second harmonic signal of a 100 fs pulse tunable around 800 nm. The measured spectral holes yield homogeneous dephasing times of a few tens of femtoseconds. Fits with a Lorentzian spectral hole centered at zero probe detuning show a linear dependence of the hole width on pump fluence, which suggests that charge carrier-carrier scattering dominates the dephasing dynamics at the measured excitation densities. Extrapolation of the deduced homogeneous dephasing times to zero excitation density yields an intrinsic dephasing time of {approx} 70 fs. The presence of a secondary spectral hole indicates that scattering of the surface electrons with surface optical phonons at 570 cm{sup -1} occurs within the first 200 fs after excitation. The broad bandwidth of femtosecond IR pulses is used to perform IR-visible sum frequency vibrational spectroscopy. By implementing a Fourier-transform technique, we demonstrate the ability to obtain sub-laser-bandwidth spectral resolution. FT-SFG yields a greater signal when implemented with a stretched visible pulse than with a femtosecond visible pulse. However, when compared with multichannel spectroscopy using a femtosecond IR pulse but a narrowband visible pulse, Fourier-transform SFG is found to have an inferior signal-to-noise ratio. A mathematical analysis of the signal-to-noise ratio illustrates the constraints on the Fourier-transform approach.

  4. Three-dimensional mapping of single gold nanoparticles embedded in a homogeneous transparent matrix using optical second-harmonic generation.

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    Butet, Jérémy; Bachelier, Guillaume; Duboisset, Julien; Bertorelle, Franck; Russier-Antoine, Isabelle; Jonin, Christian; Benichou, Emmanuel; Brevet, Pierre-François

    2010-10-11

    We report the three-dimensional mapping of 150 nm gold metallic nanoparticles dispersed in a homogeneous transparent polyacrylamide matrix using second-harmonic generation. We demonstrate that the position of single nanoparticles can be well defined using only one incident fundamental beam and the harmonic photon detection performed at right angle. The fundamental laser beam properties are determined using its spatial autocorrelation function and used to prove that single nanoparticles are observed. Polarization resolved measurements are also performed allowing for a clear separation of the second-harmonic response of the single gold metallic nanoparticles from that of aggregates of such nanoparticles. PMID:20941132

  5. Interference between selected dipoles and octupoles in the optical second-harmonic generation from spherical gold nanoparticles.

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    Butet, J; Bachelier, G; Russier-Antoine, I; Jonin, C; Benichou, E; Brevet, P-F

    2010-08-13

    Optical second-harmonic generation from gold nanoparticles is investigated both experimentally and theoretically. The contribution of octupoles is reported for the first time in the second-harmonic emission pattern, by using an harmonic polarization in the scattering plane. The experimental results presented here for particle sizes up to 100 nm are in excellent agreement with finite element method simulations involving the normal surface term only in the nonlinear polarization source. In addition, analytical calculations based on nonlinear Mie scattering theory clearly evidence the constructive and destructive interferences occurring between the dipolar and octupolar responses selected with this polarization configuration. PMID:20868074

  6. Quasiresonant excitation of InP/InGaP quantum dots using second harmonic generated in a photonic crystal cavity

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    Buckley, Sonia; Rivoire, Kelley; Hatami, Fariba; Vučković, Jelena

    2012-10-01

    Indistinguishable single photons are necessary for quantum information processing applications. Resonant or quasiresonant excitation of single quantum dots provides greater single photon indistinguishability than incoherent pumping, but is also more challenging experimentally. Here, we demonstrate high signal to noise quasiresonant excitation of InP/InGaP quantum dots. The excitation is provided via second harmonic generated from a telecommunications wavelength laser resonant with the fundamental mode of a photonic crystal cavity, fabricated at twice the quantum dot transition wavelength. The second harmonic is generated using the χ(2) nonlinearity of the InGaP material matrix.

  7. Efficient second-harmonic generation of continuous-wave Yb fiber lasers coupled with an external resonant cavity

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    Kim, J. W.; Jeong, J.; Lee, K.; Lee, S. B.

    2012-09-01

    Efficient second-harmonic generation of continuous-wave Yb fiber lasers is reported. A simple bow-tie external resonant cavity incorporating a type I LBO nonlinear optical crystal was employed for second harmonic frequency conversion of a multi-longitudinal-mode Yb fiber laser. It is shown that strong coupling was formed between the Yb fiber laser and the external cavity and, as a result, the laser produced 9.1 W of green output at 535 nm for 43 W of absorbed diode pump power at 975 nm corresponding to an optical conversion efficiency of 21 % with respect to absorbed diode pump power. The prospects for further improvement are discussed.

  8. Imaging the bone marrow stem cells morphogenesis in PGA scaffold by multiphoton autofluorescence and second harmonic (SHG) imaging

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    Lee, Hsuan-Shu; Teng, Shu-Wen; Chen, Hsiao-Ching; Lo, Wen; Sun, Yen; Lin, Tze-Yu; Chiou, Ling-Ling; Jiang, Ching-Chuan; Dong, Chen-Yuan

    2006-02-01

    The ability to image tissue engineering products without damaging histological procedures is important for the understanding of the dynamics of tissue reorganization and formation. In this work, we test the ability of multiphoton autofluorescence and second harmonic generation microscopy to image engineered tissues following chrondrogenic induction. The system we used is human bone marrow stem cells seeded in the scaffold polyglycolic acid (PGA). Our results show that autofluorescence can be used to image cells while second harmonic generation signal can be used to visualize the synthesis of extracellular matrix. This approach demonstrates the ability of multiphoton imaging in the study of tissue engineering products.

  9. Efficient second-harmonic imaging of collagen in histological slides using Bessel beam excitation

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    Vuillemin, Nelly; Mahou, Pierre; Débarre, Delphine; Gacoin, Thierry; Tharaux, Pierre-Louis; Schanne-Klein, Marie-Claire; Supatto, Willy; Beaurepaire, Emmanuel

    2016-07-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) is the most specific label-free indicator of collagen accumulation in widespread pathologies such as fibrosis, and SHG-based measurements hold important potential for biomedical analyses. However, efficient collagen SHG scoring in histological slides is hampered by the limited depth-of-field of usual nonlinear microscopes relying on focused Gaussian beam excitation. In this work we analyze theoretically and experimentally the use of Bessel beam excitation to address this issue. Focused Bessel beams can provide an axially extended excitation volume for nonlinear microscopy while preserving lateral resolution. We show that shaping the focal volume has consequences on signal level and scattering directionality in the case of coherent signals (such as SHG) which significantly differ from the case of incoherent signals (two-photon excited fluorescence, 2PEF). We demonstrate extended-depth SHG-2PEF imaging of fibrotic mouse kidney histological slides. Finally, we show that Bessel beam excitation combined with spatial filtering of the harmonic light in wave vector space can be used to probe collagen accumulation more efficiently than the usual Gaussian excitation scheme. These results open the way to SHG-based histological diagnoses.

  10. Multipolar Effects in the Optical Active Second Harmonic Generation from Sawtooth Chiral Metamaterials.

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    Su, Huimin; Guo, Yuxiang; Gao, Wensheng; Ma, Jie; Zhong, Yongchun; Tam, Wing Yim; Chan, C T; Wong, Kam Sing

    2016-01-01

    Based on the facts that chiral molecules response differently to left- and right-handed circular polarized light, chiroptical effects are widely employed for determining structure chirality, detecting enantiomeric excess, or controlling chemical reactions of molecules. Compared to those in natural materials, chiroptical behaviors can be significantly amplified in chiral plasmonic metamaterials due to the concentrated local fields in the structure. The on-going research towards giant chiroptical effects in metamaterial generally focus on optimizing the field-enhancement effects. However, the observed chiroptical effects in metamaterials rely on more complicated factors and various possibilities towards giant chiroptical effects remains unexplored. Here we study the optical-active second harmonic generation (SHG) behaviors in a pair of planar sawtooth gratings with mirror-imaged patterns. Significant multipolar effects were observed in the polarization-dependent SHG curves. We show that the chirality of the nanostructure not only give rise to nonzero chiral susceptibility tensor components within the electric-dipole approximation, but also lead to different levels of multipolar interactions for the two orthogonal circular polarizations that further enhance the nonlinear optical activity of the material. Our results thus indicate novel ways to optimize nonlinear plasmonic structures and achieve giant chiroptical response via multipolar interactions. PMID:26911449

  11. Direct probing of contact electrification by using optical second harmonic generation technique.

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    Chen, Xiangyu; Taguchi, Dai; Manaka, Takaaki; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2015-01-01

    Contact electrification between two different materials is one of the oldest fields of study in solid-state physics. Here, we introduced an innovative system based on optical electric-field-induced second harmonic generation (EFI-SHG) technique that can directly monitor the dynamic performance of the contact electrification on the surface of polyimide film. After the contact, the EFI-SHG system visualized briefly three relaxations of the tribo-induced charges on the surface of a polyimide film, a fast relaxation within 3 min followed by two much slower relaxations, which were possibly related to different charge diffusion routes. The contact electrification under several special experimental conditions (wind, water and steam) was studied to demonstrate the high flexibility and material selectivity of the EFI-SHG. The EFI-SHG studies confirmed the motion of the water can remove the surface charge, while the appearance and the evaporation of a thin water layer cannot enhance the charge diffusion. We anticipate that this experimental technique will find a variety of applications in the field of contact electrification and the development of the recently invented triboelectric nano generator. PMID:26272162

  12. Designing a deep-ultraviolet nonlinear optical material with a large second harmonic generation response.

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    Wu, Hongping; Yu, Hongwei; Yang, Zhihua; Hou, Xueling; Su, Xin; Pan, Shilie; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R; Rondinelli, James M

    2013-03-20

    The generation of intense coherent deep-UV light from nonlinear optical materials is crucial to applications ranging from semiconductor photolithography and laser micromachining to photochemical synthesis. However, few materials with large second harmonic generation (SHG) and a short UV-cutoff edge are effective down to 200 nm. A notable exception is KBe2BO3F2, which is obtained from a solid-state reaction of highly toxic beryllium oxide powders. We designed and synthesized a benign polar material, Ba4B11O20F, that satisfies these requirements and exhibits the largest SHG response in known borates containing neither lone-pair-active anions nor second-order Jahn-Teller-active transition metals. We developed a microscopic model to explain the enhancement, which is unexpected on the basis of conventional anionic group theory arguments. Crystal engineering of atomic displacements along the polar axis, which are difficult to attribute to or identify within unique anionic moieties, and greater cation polarizabilities are critical to the design of next-generation SHG materials. PMID:23448539

  13. Surface phase transitions in liquid Ga-Bi alloys studied by optical second harmonic generation

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    Wang, Cong; Nattland, Detlef; Freyland, Werner

    2000-07-01

    Optical second harmonic generation (SHG) as a particularly surface sensitive technique was employed for the first time to investigate the surface phase behaviour of a liquid alloy, BixGa1-x, in different heating and cooling cycles up to 280 °C. The aim of these experiments is to establish a relatively simple experimental access to the surface phase diagrams of liquid alloys. Measurements of the characteristic changes of the SH signal have been performed on pure Bi and different Ga-rich alloys (xBi≤0.367). In pure bismuth the melting and freezing of the surface is indicated by a distinct polarization dependent variation of the SH intensities. Of particular interest is the characterization of the wetting transition found in Ga-Bi recently at the monotectic phase transition (xm = 0.085, Tm = 222 °C). Surprisingly, on first heating of the Ga-rich alloys up to 280 °C the SHG signals give no indication of the dramatic compositional change at the surface induced by the wetting transition. From these observations we conclude that the main source for the nonlinear polarization is the outermost layer of the alloy which in the wet and the non-wet state consists of an adsorbed Bi-rich monolayer. It is shown that SHG is very sensitive to structural changes at the surface. Most interestingly, on cooling of the Ga-rich alloys a Bi-rich film crystallizes on top of the bulk liquid alloy.

  14. Synchronous-digitization for Video Rate Polarization Modulated Beam Scanning Second Harmonic Generation Microscopy

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    Sullivan, Shane Z.; DeWalt, Emma L.; Schmitt, Paul D.; Muir, Ryan M.; Simpson, Garth J.

    2016-01-01

    Fast beam-scanning non-linear optical microscopy, coupled with fast (8 MHz) polarization modulation and analytical modeling have enabled simultaneous nonlinear optical Stokes ellipsometry (NOSE) and linear Stokes ellipsometry imaging at video rate (15 Hz). NOSE enables recovery of the complex-valued Jones tensor that describes the polarization-dependent observables, in contrast to polarimetry, in which the polarization stated of the exciting beam is recorded. Each data acquisition consists of 30 images (10 for each detector, with three detectors operating in parallel), each of which corresponds to polarization-dependent results. Processing of this image set by linear fitting contracts down each set of 10 images to a set of 5 parameters for each detector in second harmonic generation (SHG) and three parameters for the transmittance of the fundamental laser beam. Using these parameters, it is possible to recover the Jones tensor elements of the sample at video rate. Video rate imaging is enabled by performing synchronous digitization (SD), in which a PCIe digital oscilloscope card is synchronized to the laser (the laser is the master clock.) Fast polarization modulation was achieved by modulating an electro-optic modulator synchronously with the laser and digitizer, with a simple sine-wave at 1/10th the period of the laser, producing a repeating pattern of 10 polarization states. This approach was validated using Z-cut quartz, and NOSE microscopy was performed for micro-crystals of naproxen. PMID:27041788

  15. New Details of the Human Corneal Limbus Revealed With Second Harmonic Generation Imaging

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    Park, Choul Yong; Lee, Jimmy K.; Zhang, Cheng; Chuck, Roy S.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To report novel findings of the human corneal limbus by using second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging. Methods Corneal limbus was imaged by using an inverted two-photon excitation fluorescence microscope. Laser (Ti:Sapphire) was tuned at 850 nm for two-photon excitation. Backscatter signals of SHG and autofluorescence (AF) were collected through a 425/30-nm emission filter and a 525/45-emission filter, respectively. Multiple, consecutive, and overlapping image stacks (z-stack) were acquired for the corneal limbal area. Results Two novel collagen structures were revealed by SHG imaging at the limbus: an anterior limbal cribriform layer and presumed anchoring fibers. Anterior limbal cribriform layer is an intertwined reticular collagen architecture just beneath the limbal epithelial niche and is located between the peripheral cornea and Tenon's/scleral tissue. Autofluorescence imaging revealed high vascularity in this structure. Central to the anterior limbal cribriform layer, radial strands of collagen were found to connect the peripheral cornea to the limbus. These presumed anchoring fibers have both collagen and elastin and were found more extensively in the superficial layers than deep layer and were absent in very deep limbus near Schlemm's canal. Conclusions By using SHG imaging, new details of the collagen architecture of human corneal limbal area were elucidated. High resolution images with volumetric analysis revealed two novel collagen structures. PMID:26393473

  16. Efficient second-harmonic imaging of collagen in histological slides using Bessel beam excitation

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    Vuillemin, Nelly; Mahou, Pierre; Débarre, Delphine; Gacoin, Thierry; Tharaux, Pierre-Louis; Schanne-Klein, Marie-Claire; Supatto, Willy; Beaurepaire, Emmanuel

    2016-01-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) is the most specific label-free indicator of collagen accumulation in widespread pathologies such as fibrosis, and SHG-based measurements hold important potential for biomedical analyses. However, efficient collagen SHG scoring in histological slides is hampered by the limited depth-of-field of usual nonlinear microscopes relying on focused Gaussian beam excitation. In this work we analyze theoretically and experimentally the use of Bessel beam excitation to address this issue. Focused Bessel beams can provide an axially extended excitation volume for nonlinear microscopy while preserving lateral resolution. We show that shaping the focal volume has consequences on signal level and scattering directionality in the case of coherent signals (such as SHG) which significantly differ from the case of incoherent signals (two-photon excited fluorescence, 2PEF). We demonstrate extended-depth SHG-2PEF imaging of fibrotic mouse kidney histological slides. Finally, we show that Bessel beam excitation combined with spatial filtering of the harmonic light in wave vector space can be used to probe collagen accumulation more efficiently than the usual Gaussian excitation scheme. These results open the way to SHG-based histological diagnoses. PMID:27435390

  17. Evolving optical second-harmonic anisotropy at the cleaved Bi2Se3 surface

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    An, Yong; Green, Avery; Diebold, Alain

    Bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) is a centrosymmetric topological insulator with conducting surface states. The surface states have been studied by various electrical and optical techniques in air, but ambience effects and surface aging have not been adequately addressed. Optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) is a suitable probe for the Bi2Se3 surface because SHG arises from symmetry breaking at the surface and thus should detect surface states preferentially over bulk states. However, a strong time dependence of SHG is often observed, hampering the detection and investigation of the surface states. Here we find a new phenomenon in which the major and minor intensity lobes of a measured rotational-anisotropy SHG pattern from a cleaved Bi2Se3 (111) surface can significantly change with time and eventually switch their amplitudes. This switching provides a means for tracking the progress of surface oxidation inside a quintuple layer of Bi2Se3. We also perform pump-probe SHG experiments, comparatively on freshly cleaved and oxidized Bi2Se3 surfaces, to study charge dynamics at the oxide/Bi2Se3 interface and to detect spin polarization of photoexcited surface states in the Bi2Se3 topological insulator. This work was supported by the SRC NRI Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration (INDEX).

  18. Automated biphasic morphological assessment of hepatitis B-related liver fibrosis using second harmonic generation microscopy

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    Wang, Tong-Hong; Chen, Tse-Ching; Teng, Xiao; Liang, Kung-Hao; Yeh, Chau-Ting

    2015-01-01

    Liver fibrosis assessment by biopsy and conventional staining scores is based on histopathological criteria. Variations in sample preparation and the use of semi-quantitative histopathological methods commonly result in discrepancies between medical centers. Thus, minor changes in liver fibrosis might be overlooked in multi-center clinical trials, leading to statistically non-significant data. Here, we developed a computer-assisted, fully automated, staining-free method for hepatitis B-related liver fibrosis assessment. In total, 175 liver biopsies were divided into training (n = 105) and verification (n = 70) cohorts. Collagen was observed using second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy without prior staining, and hepatocyte morphology was recorded using two-photon excitation fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy. The training cohort was utilized to establish a quantification algorithm. Eleven of 19 computer-recognizable SHG/TPEF microscopic morphological features were significantly correlated with the ISHAK fibrosis stages (P < 0.001). A biphasic scoring method was applied, combining support vector machine and multivariate generalized linear models to assess the early and late stages of fibrosis, respectively, based on these parameters. The verification cohort was used to verify the scoring method, and the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve was >0.82 for liver cirrhosis detection. Since no subjective gradings are needed, interobserver discrepancies could be avoided using this fully automated method. PMID:26260921

  19. Second Harmonic Generation for time-resolved monitoring of membrane pore dynamics subserving electroporation of neurons

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    Zalvidea, Dobryna; Claverol-Tinturé, Enric

    2011-01-01

    Electroporation of neurons, i.e. electric-field induced generation of membrane nanopores to facilitate internalization of molecules, is a classic technique used in basic neuroscience research and recently has been proposed as a promising therapeutic strategy in the area of neuro-oncology. To optimize electroporation parameters, optical techniques capable of delivering time and spatially-resolved information on electroporation pore formation at the nanometer scale would be advantageous. For this purpose we describe here a novel optical method based on second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy. Due to the nonlinear and coherent nature of SHG, the 3D radiation lobes from stained neuronal membranes are sensitive to the spatial distribution of scatterers in the illuminated patch, and in particular to nanopore formation.We used phase-array analysis to computationally study the SHG signal as a function of nanopore size and nanopore population density and confirmed experimentally, in accordance with previous work, the dependence of nanopore properties on membrane location with respect to the electroporation electric field; higher nanopore densities, lasting < 5 milliseconds, are observed at membrane patches perpendicular to the field whereas lower density is observed at partly tangent locations. Differences between near-anode and near-cathode cell poles are also measured, showing higher pore densities at the anodic pole compared to cathodic pole. This technique is promising for the study of nanopore dynamics in neurons and for the optimization of novel electroporation-based therapeutic approaches. PMID:21339876

  20. Applications of Second-Harmonic Generation Imaging Microscopy in Ovarian and Breast Cancer

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    Tilbury, Karissa; Campagnola, Paul J

    2015-01-01

    In this perspective, we discuss how the nonlinear optical technique of second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy has been used to greatly enhance our understanding of the tumor microenvironment (TME) of breast and ovarian cancer. Striking changes in collagen architecture are associated with these epithelial cancers, and SHG can image these changes with great sensitivity and specificity with submicrometer resolution. This information has not historically been exploited by pathologists but has the potential to enhance diagnostic and prognostic capabilities. We summarize the utility of image processing tools that analyze fiber morphology in SHG images of breast and ovarian cancer in human tissues and animal models. We also describe methods that exploit the SHG physical underpinnings that are effective in delineating normal and malignant tissues. First we describe the use of polarization-resolved SHG that yields metrics related to macromolecular and supramolecular structures. The coherence and corresponding phase-matching process of SHG results in emission directionality (forward to backward), which is related to sub-resolution fibrillar assembly. These analyses are more general and more broadly applicable than purely morphology-based analyses; however, they are more computationally intensive. Intravital imaging techniques are also emerging that incorporate all of these quantitative analyses. Now, all these techniques can be coupled with rapidly advancing miniaturization of imaging systems to afford their use in clinical situations including enhancing pathology analysis and also in assisting in real-time surgical determination of tumor margins. PMID:25987830

  1. Analysis of human knee osteoarthritic cartilage using polarization sensitive second harmonic generation microscopy

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    Kumar, Rajesh; Grønhaug, Kirsten M.; Romijn, Elisabeth I.; Drogset, Jon O.; Lilledahl, Magnus B.

    2014-05-01

    Osteoarthritis is one of the most prevalent joint diseases in the world. Although the cause of osteoarthritis is not exactly clear, the disease results in a degradation of the quality of the articular cartilage including collagen and other extracellular matrix components. We have investigated alterations in the structure of collagen fibers in the cartilage tissue of the human knee using mulitphoton microscopy. Due to inherent high nonlinear susceptibility, ordered collagen fibers present in the cartilage tissue matrix produces strong second harmonic generation (SHG) signals. Significant morphological differences are found in different Osteoarthritic grades of cartilage by SHG microscopy. Based on the polarization analysis of the SHG signal, we find that a few locations of hyaline cartilage (mainly type II collagen) is being replaced by fibrocartilage (mainly type I cartilage), in agreement with earlier literature. To locate the different types and quantify the alteration in the structure of collagen fiber, we employ polarization-SHG microscopic analysis, also referred to as _-tensor imaging. The image analysis of p-SHG image obtained by excitation polarization measurements would represent different tissue constituents with different numerical values at pixel level resolution.

  2. Monitoring the Photocleaving Dynamics of Colloidal MicroRNA-Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles Using Second Harmonic Generation.

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    Kumal, Raju R; Landry, Corey R; Abu-Laban, Mohammad; Hayes, Daniel J; Haber, Louis H

    2015-09-15

    Photoactivated drug delivery systems using gold nanoparticles provide the promise of spatiotemporal control of delivery that is crucial for applications ranging from regenerative medicine to cancer therapy. In this study, we use second harmonic generation (SHG) spectroscopy to monitor the light-activated controlled release of oligonucleotides from the surface of colloidal gold nanoparticles. MicroRNA is functionalized to spherical gold nanoparticles using a nitrobenzyl linker that undergoes photocleaving upon ultraviolet irradiation. The SHG signal generated from the colloidal nanoparticle sample is shown to be a sensitive probe for monitoring the photocleaving dynamics in real time. The photocleaving irradiation wavelength is scanned to show maximum efficiency on resonance at 365 nm, and the kinetics are investigated at varying irradiation powers to demonstrate that the nitrobenzyl photocleaving is a one-photon process. Additional characterization methods including electrophoretic mobility measurements, extinction spectroscopy, and fluorimetry are used to verify the SHG results, leading to a better understanding of the photocleaving dynamics for this model oligonucleotide therapeutic delivery system. PMID:26313536

  3. Correlation between polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography and second harmonic generation microscopy in skin.

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    Le, Viet-Hoan; Lee, Seunghun; Kim, Bumju; Yoon, Yeoreum; Yoon, Calvin J; Chung, Wan Kyun; Kim, Ki Hean

    2015-07-01

    Both polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) and second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy are 3D optical imaging methods providing information related to collagen in the skin. PS-OCT provides birefringence information which is due to the collagen composition of the skin. SHG microscopy visualizes collagen fibers in the skin based on their SHG property. These two modalities have been applied to the same skin pathologies associated with collagen changes, but their relationship has not been examined. In this study, we tried to find the relationship by imaging the same skin samples with both modalities. Various parts of the normal rat skin and burn damaged skin were imaged ex vivo, and their images were analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. PS-OCT images were analyzed to obtain tissue birefringence. SHG images were analyzed to obtain collagen orientation indices by applying 2D Fourier transform. The skin samples having higher birefringence values had higher collagen orientation indices, and a linear correlation was found between them. Burn damaged skin showed decreases in both parameters compared to the control skins. This relationship between the bulk and microscopic properties of skin may be useful for further skin studies. PMID:26203380

  4. Birefringence and second harmonic generation on tendon collagen following red linearly polarized laser irradiation.

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    Silva, Daniela Fátima Teixeira; Gomes, Anderson Stevens Leonidas; de Campos Vidal, Benedicto; Ribeiro, Martha Simões

    2013-04-01

    Regarding the importance of type I collagen in understanding the mechanical properties of a range of tissues, there is still a gap in our knowledge of how proteins perform such work. There is consensus in literature that the mechanical characteristics of a tissue are primarily determined by the organization of its molecules. The purpose of this study was to characterize the organization of non-irradiated and irradiated type I collagen. Irradiation was performed with a linearly polarized HeNe laser (λ = 632.8 nm) and characterization was undertaken using polarized light microscopy to investigate the birefringence and second harmonic generation to analyze nonlinear susceptibility. Rats received laser irradiation (P = 6.0 mW, I = 21.2 mW/cm(2), E ≈ 0.3 J, ED = 1.0 J/cm(2)) on their healthy Achilles tendons, which after were extracted to prepare the specimens. Our results show that irradiated samples present higher birefringence and greater non-linear susceptibility than non-irradiated samples. Under studied conditions, we propose that a red laser with polarization direction aligned in parallel to the tendon long axis promotes further alignment on the ordered healthy collagen fibrils towards the electric field incident. Thus, prospects for biomedical applications for laser polarized radiation on type I collagen are encouraging since it supports greater tissue organization. PMID:23247985

  5. Operation of a stable 200-kW second-harmonic gyro-TWT amplifier

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    Wang, Q.S.; McDermott, D.B.; Luhmann, N.C. Jr.

    1996-06-01

    The experimental results are reported for a stable second-harmonic gyrotron traveling wave amplifier, which generated a record-breaking 207-kW output power based on the principle that the weaker harmonic interactions are more stable to spontaneous oscillations than at the fundamental, and therefore, capable of generating higher output power. The high-power amplifier was kept completely (zero-drive) stable by employing a mode-selective interaction circuit and well-matched directional input and output couplers, and choosing an amplifier interaction length shorter than the start-oscillation length for gyrotron backward-wave oscillations. The single-stage Ku-band amplifier utilized an 80-kV 20-A {upsilon}{sub {perpendicular}}/{upsilon}{sub {parallel}} = 1.1 electron beam from a magnetron injection gun and yielded an efficiency of 12.9%, an output phase variation of 10{degree}/kV, a saturated bandwidth of 2.1%, a large-signal gain of 16 dB, and a detuned small-signal gain of 38 dB.

  6. Frequency-comb formation in doubly resonant second-harmonic generation

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    Leo, F.; Hansson, T.; Ricciardi, I.; De Rosa, M.; Coen, S.; Wabnitz, S.; Erkintalo, M.

    2016-04-01

    We theoretically study the generation of optical frequency combs and corresponding pulse trains in doubly resonant intracavity second-harmonic generation (SHG). We find that, despite the large temporal walk-off characteristic of realistic cavity systems, the nonlinear dynamics can be accurately and efficiently modeled using a pair of coupled mean-field equations. Through rigorous stability analysis of the system's steady-state continuous-wave solutions, we demonstrate that walk-off can give rise to an unexplored regime of temporal modulation instability. Numerical simulations performed in this regime reveal rich dynamical behaviors, including the emergence of temporal patterns that correspond to coherent optical frequency combs. We also demonstrate that the two coupled equations that govern the doubly resonant cavity behavior can, under typical conditions, be reduced to a single mean-field equation akin to that describing the dynamics of singly-resonant-cavity SHG [F. Leo et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 033901 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.033901]. This reduced approach allows us to derive a simple expression for the modulation instability gain, thus permitting us to acquire significant insight into the underlying physics. We anticipate that our work will have a wide impact on the study of frequency combs in emerging doubly resonant cavity SHG platforms, including quadratically nonlinear microresonators.

  7. Second harmonic generation from small gold metallic particles: from the dipolar to the quadrupolar response.

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    Nappa, J; Russier-Antoine, I; Benichou, E; Jonin, Ch; Brevet, P F

    2006-11-14

    Hyper Raleigh scattering, a common technique to investigate the second harmonic light scattered from a liquid suspension of molecular compounds and to determine their quadratic hyperpolarizability, has been used for aqueous suspensions of gold nanoparticles, the diameter of which ranges from 20 up to 150 nm. The hyper Rayleigh signal intensity was recorded as a function of the angle of polarization of the incident fundamental wave. For the particles with a diameter smaller than 50 nm, the response is dominated by the dipolar contribution arising from the deviation of the particle shape from that of a perfect sphere. For larger diameter particles, retardation effects in the interaction of the electromagnetic fields with the particles cannot be neglected any longer and the response deviates from the pure dipolar response, exhibiting a strong quadrupolar contribution. It is then shown that in order to quantify the relative magnitude of these two dipolar and quadrupolar contributions, a weighting parameter zeta(V) which equals unity for a pure quadrupolar contribution and vanishes for a pure dipolar response, can be introduced. PMID:17115784

  8. Microscopic processes in photo-encoded second-harmonic generation in glasses

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    Kyung, Jae Hyun

    1997-12-01

    For over a decade since the first discovery of self- organized second harmonic generation (SHG) in photo- encoded optical fibers by Ohmori and Sasaki, significant amount of research was devoted to understanding the mechanism leading to this unexpected phenomenon. Although vast amounts of experimental data and theoretical results have been gathered throughout the years, there is still no satisfactory theory to explain all the observed phenomena of SHG in glasses. A clear limitation in the experimental approach to this problem is that there have been no direct method in measuring the underlying charge distribution responsible for SHG in optically prepared glasses. In this dissertation, a novel technique using a newly discovered photo-induced selective etching effect is employed to probe the various charge distributions left behind by the optical encoding process, directly. This method eliminates the complications introduced by overlap integrals, wave diffraction, and controversies surrounding the interpretation of the measured free space modes in near- or far-field. Using the selective etching technique, two distinct transverse change distributions are revealed at different encoding intensities as well as a surprising transformation of the charge distributions between monochromatic and bichromatic excitations. Evidence of light-induced transition from bound to extended carrier transport is also observed in direct correlation to the threshold behavior of the SHG process. Finally, for the first time, the effective χ(2) grating in bulk glasses is directly mapped using this method. Armed with these observations, an outline for a more complete theory for the SHG process will be presented.

  9. Molecular probes for two-photon excited fluorescence and second harmonic generation imaging of biological membranes

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    Porres, Laurent; Mongin, Olivier; Bhatthula, Bharath K. G.; Blanchard-Desce, Mireille H.; Ventelon, Lionel; Moreaux, Laurent; Pons, T.; Mertz, Jerome

    2002-11-01

    Novel microscopies based on nonlinear optical (NLO) phenomena are attracting increasing interest in the biology community owing to their potentialities in the area of real-time, non-damaging imaging of biological systems. In particular, second-harmonic generation (SHG) and two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) are NLO phenomena that scale with excitation intensity squared, and thus give rise to an intrinsic 3-dimensional resolution when used in microscopic imaging. In this perspective, we have implemented a molecular engineering approach toward NLO-probes specifically designed for SHG and/or TPEF imaging of cellular membranes. We have designed nanoscale rod-like fluorophores showing very large TPEF cross-sections in the visible red, outperforming standard fluorophores such as fluorescein by up to two orders of magnitude. Bolaamphiphilic derivatives combining high TPEF cross-sections and affinity for cellular membranes were prepared. Their incorporation into model or cell membranes can be monitored by TPEF microscopy. Amphiphilic push-pull chromophores showing both high TPA and SHG cross-sections in the near-IR region were designed as NLO-probes for imaging of biological membranes by simultaneous SHG and TPEF microscopy. These NLO-phores offer intriguing potentialities for imaging of fundamental biological processes such as adhesion, fusion or for reporting of membrane electrical potentials.

  10. Second harmonic generation from metallo-dielectric multilayered structures in the plasmonic regime.

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    Mattiucci, Nadia; D'Aguanno, Giuseppe; Bloemer, Mark J

    2010-11-01

    We present a theoretical study on second harmonic generation from metallo-dielectric multilayered structures in the plasmonic regime. In particular we analyze the behavior of structures made of Ag (silver) and MgF2 (magnesium-fluoride) due to the straightforward procedure to grow these materials with standard sputtering or thermal evaporation techniques. A systematic study is performed which analyzes four different kinds of elementary cells--namely (Ag/MgF2)N, (MgF2/Ag)N, (Ag/MgF2/Ag)N and (MgF2/Ag/MgF2)N--as function of the number of periods (N) and the thickness of the layers. We predict the conversion efficiency to be up to three orders of magnitude greater than the conversion efficiency found in the non-plasmonic regime and we point out the best geometries to achieve these conversion efficiencies. We also underline the role played by the short-range/long-range plasmons and leaky waves in the generation process. We perform a statistical study to demonstrate the robustness of the SH process in the plasmonic regime against the inevitable variations in the thickness of the layers. Finally, we show that a proper choice of the output medium can further improve the conversion efficiency reaching an enhancement of almost five orders of magnitude with respect to the non plasmonic regime. PMID:21164714

  11. Automated biphasic morphological assessment of hepatitis B-related liver fibrosis using second harmonic generation microscopy

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    Wang, Tong-Hong; Chen, Tse-Ching; Teng, Xiao; Liang, Kung-Hao; Yeh, Chau-Ting

    2015-08-01

    Liver fibrosis assessment by biopsy and conventional staining scores is based on histopathological criteria. Variations in sample preparation and the use of semi-quantitative histopathological methods commonly result in discrepancies between medical centers. Thus, minor changes in liver fibrosis might be overlooked in multi-center clinical trials, leading to statistically non-significant data. Here, we developed a computer-assisted, fully automated, staining-free method for hepatitis B-related liver fibrosis assessment. In total, 175 liver biopsies were divided into training (n = 105) and verification (n = 70) cohorts. Collagen was observed using second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy without prior staining, and hepatocyte morphology was recorded using two-photon excitation fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy. The training cohort was utilized to establish a quantification algorithm. Eleven of 19 computer-recognizable SHG/TPEF microscopic morphological features were significantly correlated with the ISHAK fibrosis stages (P < 0.001). A biphasic scoring method was applied, combining support vector machine and multivariate generalized linear models to assess the early and late stages of fibrosis, respectively, based on these parameters. The verification cohort was used to verify the scoring method, and the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve was >0.82 for liver cirrhosis detection. Since no subjective gradings are needed, interobserver discrepancies could be avoided using this fully automated method.

  12. Direct-substitution method for studying second harmonic generation in arbitrary optical superlattices

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    Chen, Ying; Yang, Xiangbo

    In this paper, we present the direct-substitution (DS) method to study the second-harmonic generation (SHG) in arbitrary one-dimensional optical superlattices (OS). Applying this method to Fibonacci and generalized Fibonacci systems, we obtain the relative intensity of SHG and compare them with previous works. We confirmed the validity of the proposed DS method by comparing our results of SHG in quasiperiodic Fibonacci OS with previous works using analytical Fourier transform method. Furthermore, the three-dimension SHG spectra obtained by DS method present the properties of SHG in Fibonacci OS more distinctly. What's more important, the DS method demands very few limits and can be used to compute directly and conveniently the intensity of SHG in arbitrary OS where the quasi-phase-matching (QPM) can be achieved. It shows that the DS method is powerful for the calculation of electric field and intensity of SHG and can help experimentalists conveniently to estimate the distributions of SHG in any designed polarized systems.

  13. Multipolar Effects in the Optical Active Second Harmonic Generation from Sawtooth Chiral Metamaterials

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    Su, Huimin; Guo, Yuxiang; Gao, Wensheng; Ma, Jie; Zhong, Yongchun; Tam, Wing Yim; Chan, C. T.; Wong, Kam Sing

    2016-01-01

    Based on the facts that chiral molecules response differently to left- and right-handed circular polarized light, chiroptical effects are widely employed for determining structure chirality, detecting enantiomeric excess, or controlling chemical reactions of molecules. Compared to those in natural materials, chiroptical behaviors can be significantly amplified in chiral plasmonic metamaterials due to the concentrated local fields in the structure. The on-going research towards giant chiroptical effects in metamaterial generally focus on optimizing the field-enhancement effects. However, the observed chiroptical effects in metamaterials rely on more complicated factors and various possibilities towards giant chiroptical effects remains unexplored. Here we study the optical-active second harmonic generation (SHG) behaviors in a pair of planar sawtooth gratings with mirror-imaged patterns. Significant multipolar effects were observed in the polarization-dependent SHG curves. We show that the chirality of the nanostructure not only give rise to nonzero chiral susceptibility tensor components within the electric-dipole approximation, but also lead to different levels of multipolar interactions for the two orthogonal circular polarizations that further enhance the nonlinear optical activity of the material. Our results thus indicate novel ways to optimize nonlinear plasmonic structures and achieve giant chiroptical response via multipolar interactions. PMID:26911449

  14. Polar structure in a ferroelectric bent-core mesogen as studied by second-harmonic generation

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    Araoka, Fumito; Thisayukta, Jirakorn; Ishikawa, Ken; Watanabe, Junji; Takezoe, Hideo

    2002-08-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) measurements have been conducted in the ferroelectric liquid crystalline phase of a chiral bent-core molecule, P-8-OPIMB6*. Well-aligned cells were obtained by applying an electric field parallel to the substrate surfaces. In-plane anisotropy of the SHG signal observed at normal incidence of light shows two- or four-leaf patterns depending on polarization conditions, indicating a ferroelectric uniform structure. The detailed analysis of the data by taking account of optical anisotropy in the SHG active bulk leads to the determination of nonlinear susceptibility tensor components, d333=14.4 pm/V and d311=49.2 pm/V. Using the d coefficients thus determined, the hyperpolarizability tensor components of the molecule are also determined as βzzz=14.5×10-30 esu and βzxx=67.6×10-30 esu. These values well agree with those of the achiral homolog P-12-OPIMB previously determined by hyper-Rayleigh scattering.

  15. Nonlinear optical properties of type I collagen fibers studied by polarization dependent second harmonic generation microscopy.

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    Tuer, Adam E; Krouglov, Serguei; Prent, Nicole; Cisek, Richard; Sandkuijl, Daaf; Yasufuku, Kazuhiro; Wilson, Brian C; Barzda, Virginijus

    2011-11-10

    Collagen (type I) fibers are readily visualized with second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy though the molecular origin of the signal has not yet been elucidated. In this study, the molecular origin of SHG from type I collagen is investigated using the time-dependent coupled perturbed Hartree-Fock calculations of the hyperpolarizibilities of glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. Two effective nonlinear dipoles are found to orient in-the-plane of the amino acids, with one of the dipoles aligning close to the pitch orientation in the triple-helix, which provides the dominant contribution to the SHG polarization properties. The calculated hyperpolarizability tensor element ratios for the collagen triple-helix models: [(Gly3)n]3, [(Gly-Pro2)n]3, and [(Gly-Pro-Hyp)n]3, are used to predict the second-order nonlinear susceptibility ratios, χ(zzz)(2)/χ(iiz)(2) and χ(zii)(2)/χ(iiz)(2) of collagen fibers. From SHG microscopy polarization in, polarization out (PIPO) measurements of type I collagen in human lung tissue, a theoretical method is used to extract the triple-helix orientation angle with respect to the collagen fiber. The study shows the dominant role of amino acid orientation in the triple-helix for determining the polarization properties of SHG and provides a method for determining the triple-helix orientation angle in the collagen fibers. PMID:21970315

  16. Polar structure in a ferroelectric bent-core mesogen as studied by second-harmonic generation.

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    Araoka, Fumito; Thisayukta, Jirakorn; Ishikawa, Ken; Watanabe, Junji; Takezoe, Hideo

    2002-08-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) measurements have been conducted in the ferroelectric liquid crystalline phase of a chiral bent-core molecule, P-8-OPIMB6*. Well-aligned cells were obtained by applying an electric field parallel to the substrate surfaces. In-plane anisotropy of the SHG signal observed at normal incidence of light shows two- or four-leaf patterns depending on polarization conditions, indicating a ferroelectric uniform structure. The detailed analysis of the data by taking account of optical anisotropy in the SHG active bulk leads to the determination of nonlinear susceptibility tensor components, d(333)=14.4 pm/V and d(311)=49.2 pm/V. Using the d coefficients thus determined, the hyperpolarizability tensor components of the molecule are also determined as beta(zzz)=14.5 x 10(-30) esu and beta(zxx)=67.6 x 10(-30) esu. These values well agree with those of the achiral homolog P-12-OPIMB previously determined by hyper-Rayleigh scattering. PMID:12241194

  17. Second harmonic generation imaging of skin wound healing and scarring in a rabbit ear model

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    Tang, Yiyan; Zhu, Xiaoqin; Xiong, Shuyuan; Chen, Jianxin

    2012-12-01

    Skin wound healing and scarring in rabbit ears was examined by second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy. Rabbit ear wound model was created by punching from the ventral surface with removal of epidermis, dermis and perichondrium. The samples were collected weekly, and cut into 100 μm thickness sections for SHG imaging. SHG imaging system was operated at 810 nm, producing SHG signals at half the excitation wavelength 405 nm. A Plan-Neofluar objective (x40 and NA=0.75) was employed for focusing the excitation beam into tissue samples and was also used to collect the backscattered intrinsic SHG signals. Our results showed apparent difference in collagen content and microstructure at various wound healing and scarring time points. It suggested that SHG signals from collagen can serve as a good indicator for characterization of wound status. With the advancement on miniaturization, microscopy based on SHG will become a valuable tool for monitoring the wound healing and scarring in vivo, and help to guide the improvement of scar appearance with appropriate and subtle modulation during wound healing based on better understanding of scarring response mechanism.

  18. Observation of tendon repair in animal model using second-harmonic-generation microscopy

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    Hase, Eiji; Minamikawa, Takeo; Sato, Katsuya; Takahashi, Mitsuhiko; Yasui, Takashi

    2016-03-01

    Tendon rupture is a trauma difficult to recover the condition before injury. In previous researches, tensile test and staining method have been widely used to elucidate the mechanism of the repair process from the viewpoints of the mechanical property and the histological findings. However, since both methods are destructive and invasive, it is difficult to obtain both of them for the same sample. If both the mechanical property and the histological findings can be obtained from the same sample, one may obtain new findings regarding mechanisms of tendon repairing process. In this paper, we used second-harmonic-generation (SHG) microscopy, showing high selectivity and good image contrast to collagen molecules as well as high spatial resolution, optical three-dimensional sectioning, deep penetration, and without additional staining. Since SHG light intensity sensitively reflects the structural maturity of collagen molecule and its aggregates, it will be a good indicator for the repairing degree of the ruptured tendon. From comparison of SHG images between the 4-weeks-repaired tendon and the sound tendon in the animal model, we confirmed that SHG light intensity of the repaired tendon was significantly lower than that of the sound tendon, indicating that the collagen structure in the repaired tendon is still immature. Furthermore, we performed both SHG imaging and the tensile test for the same sample, and confirmed a correlation between them. This result shows a potential of SHG light for an indicator of the histological and mechanical recovery of the ruptured tendon.

  19. Second harmonic generation microscopy differentiates collagen type I and type III in COPD

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    Suzuki, Masaru; Kayra, Damian; Elliott, W. Mark; Hogg, James C.; Abraham, Thomas

    2012-03-01

    The structural remodeling of extracellular matrix proteins in peripheral lung region is an important feature in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Multiphoton microscopy is capable of inducing specific second harmonic generation (SHG) signal from non-centrosymmetric structural proteins such as fibrillar collagens. In this study, SHG microscopy was used to examine structural remodeling of the fibrillar collagens in human lungs undergoing emphysematous destruction (n=2). The SHG signals originating from these diseased lung thin sections from base to apex (n=16) were captured simultaneously in both forward and backward directions. We found that the SHG images detected in the forward direction showed well-developed and well-structured thick collagen fibers while the SHG images detected in the backward direction showed striking different morphological features which included the diffused pattern of forward detected structures plus other forms of collagen structures. Comparison of these images with the wellestablished immunohistochemical staining indicated that the structures detected in the forward direction are primarily the thick collagen type I fibers and the structures identified in the backward direction are diffusive structures of forward detected collagen type I plus collagen type III. In conclusion, we here demonstrate the feasibility of SHG microscopy in differentiating fibrillar collagen subtypes and understanding their remodeling in diseased lung tissues.

  20. A novel approach for assessing cardiac fibrosis using label-free second harmonic generation.

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    Martin, Tamara P; Norris, Greg; McConnell, Gail; Currie, Susan

    2013-12-01

    To determine whether second harmonic generation (SHG) can be used as a novel and improved label-free technique for detection of collagen deposition in the heart. To verify whether SHG will allow accurate quantification of altered collagen deposition in diseased hearts following hypertrophic remodelling. Minimally invasive transverse aortic banding (MTAB) of mouse hearts was used to generate a reproducible model of cardiac hypertrophy. Physiological and functional assessment of hypertrophic development was performed using echocardiography and post-mortem analysis of remodelled hearts. Cardiac fibroblasts were isolated from sham-operated and hypertrophied hearts and proliferation rates compared. Multi-photon laser scanning microscopy was used to capture both two-photon excited autofluorescence (TPEF) and SHG images simultaneously in two channels. TPEF images were subtracted from SHG images and the resulting signal intensities from ventricular tissue sections were calculated. Traditional picrosirius red staining was used to verify the suitability of the SHG application. MTAB surgery induced significant hypertrophic remodelling and increased cardiac fibroblast proliferation. A significant increase in the density of collagen fibres between hypertrophic and control tissues (p < 0.05) was evident using SHG. Similar increases and patterns of staining were observed using parallel traditional picrosirius red staining of collagen. Label-free SHG microscopy provides a new alternative method for quantifying collagen deposition in fibrotic hearts. PMID:23921804

  1. The Interplay of Symmetry and Scattering Phase in Second Harmonic Generation from Gold Nanoantennas.

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    Gennaro, Sylvain D; Rahmani, Mohsen; Giannini, Vincenzo; Aouani, Heykel; Sidiropoulos, Themistoklis P H; Navarro-Cía, Miguel; Maier, Stefan A; Oulton, Rupert F

    2016-08-10

    Nonlinear phenomena are central to modern photonics but, being inherently weak, typically require gradual accumulation over several millimeters. For example, second harmonic generation (SHG) is typically achieved in thick transparent nonlinear crystals by phase-matching energy exchange between light at initial, ω, and final, 2ω, frequencies. Recently, metamaterials imbued with artificial nonlinearity from their constituent nanoantennas have generated excitement by opening the possibility of wavelength-scale nonlinear optics. However, the selection rules of SHG typically prevent dipole emission from simple nanoantennas, which has led to much discussion concerning the best geometries, for example, those breaking centro-symmetry or incorporating resonances at multiple harmonics. In this work, we explore the use of both nanoantenna symmetry and multiple harmonics to control the strength, polarization and radiation pattern of SHG from a variety of antenna configurations incorporating simple resonant elements tuned to light at both ω and 2ω. We use a microscopic description of the scattering strength and phases of these constituent particles, determined by their relative positions, to accurately predict the SHG radiation observed in our experiments. We find that the 2ω particles radiate dipolar SHG by near-field coupling to the ω particle, which radiates SHG as a quadrupole. Consequently, strong linearly polarized dipolar SHG is only possible for noncentro-symmetric antennas that also minimize interference between their dipolar and quadrupolar responses. Metamaterials with such intra-antenna phase and polarization control could enable compact nonlinear photonic nanotechnologies. PMID:27433989

  2. Binding of the anti-cancer drug daunomycin to DNA probed by second harmonic generation.

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    Doughty, Benjamin; Rao, Yi; Kazer, Samuel W; Kwok, Sheldon J J; Turro, Nicholas J; Eisenthal, Kenneth B

    2013-12-12

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) was used to selectively probe DNA-drug interactions without the need for chemical labels or invasive detection methods. In particular, the binding constant of the anticancer drug daunomycin to a recognition triplet sequence in a 33-mer of double stranded DNA was determined. The SHG method, which is interface selective, probed the binding of daunomycin to DNA that was tethered to the surface of colloidal microparticles suspended in aqueous solution. Probing biomolecule coated colloids is expected to yield larger SH signals and provides experimental flexibility as compared to experiments performed at planar interfaces. The change in SHG intensity as daunomycin was added to the microparticle solution was fit to a Langmuir binding model, which yielded an equilibrium constant of 2.3 (±0.7) × 10(5) M(-1); the corresponding Gibbs free energy change at 20 °C is -7.2 ± 0.2 kcal/mol. Control experiments established that daunomycin preferentially binds to DNA at the recognition sequence. The equilibrium was found to be unaffected by the presence of free DNA in solution, and hyper-Rayleigh scattering from bulk molecules did not change with increasing daunomycin concentration. The extracted equilibrium constants are in agreement with the range of reported values found in the literature. PMID:23414337

  3. Tumor tissue characterization using polarization-sensitive second harmonic generation microscopy

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    Tokarz, Danielle; Cisek, Richard; Golaraei, Ahmad; Krouglov, Serguei; Navab, Roya; Niu, Carolyn; Sakashita, Shingo; Yasufuku, Kazuhiro; Tsao, Ming-Sound; Asa, Sylvia L.; Barzda, Virginijus; Wilson, Brian C.

    2015-06-01

    Changes in the ultrastructure of collagen in various tumor and non-tumor human tissues including lung, pancreas and thyroid were investigated ex vivo by a polarization-sensitive second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy technique referred to as polarization-in, polarization-out (PIPO) SHG. This involves measuring the orientation of the linear polarization of outgoing SHG as a function of the linear polarization orientation of incident laser radiation. From the PIPO SHG data, the second-order nonlinear optical susceptibility tensor component ratio, χ(2) ZZZ'/χ(2) ZXX', for each pixel of the SHG image was obtained and presented as color-coded maps. Further, the orientation of collagen fibers in the tissue was deduced. Since the χ(2) ZZZ'/χ(2) ZXX' values represent the organization of collagen in the tissue, theses maps revealed areas of altered collagen structure (not simply concentration) within tissue sections. Statistically-significant differences in χ(2) ZZZ'/χ(2) ZXX' were found between tumor and non-tumor tissues, which varied from organ to organ. Hence, PIPO SHG microscopy could potentially be used to aid pathologists in diagnosing cancer. Additionally, PIPO SHG microscopy could aid in characterizing the structure of collagen in other collagen-related biological processes such as wound repair.

  4. Experimental studies of stability and amplification in a two-cavity second harmonic gyroklystron

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    Matthews, H.W.; Lawson, W.; Calame, J.P.; Flaherty, M.K.E.; Hogan, B.; Cheng, J.; Latham, P.E. )

    1994-10-01

    Future electron-positron supercolliders will require efficient RF amplifiers in the 10--20 GHz range with peak powers well above the current state of the art. To close this gap, several approaches have received considerable attention in the past few years. Here, the authors report the operating characteristics of a sequence of two-cavity second harmonic gyroklystrons which are derived in part from a previous fundamental tube and utilize output cavities which resonate at twice the drive frequency. They present results from the design simulations as well as details of the stable range of operating parameters. While the harmonic tube is somewhat more susceptible to spurious oscillations and more sensitive to parameter variations than the fundamental device, there is still considerable parameter space available for amplifier operation. Peak powers above 30 MW are obtained with efficiencies greater than 28% and large signal gains of 27 dB. These results depend critically on the magnetic field profile which has a slight up-taper at the optimum operating point. The nominal beam parameters include a pulse length of 1 [mu]s, a voltage near 450 kV, a current in the range 235--245 A, and a perpendicular to parallel velocity ratio ([alpha] = v[sub [perpendicular

  5. Second harmonic generation from gold meta-molecules with three-fold symmetry.

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    Hou, Renjie; Shynkar, Vasyl; Lafargue, Clément; Kolkowski, Radoslaw; Zyss, Joseph; Lagugné-Labarthet, François

    2016-03-21

    The unique optical properties of arrays of metallic nanoparticles are of great interest for many applications such as in optical data storage, sensing applications, optoelectronic devices or as platforms to increase the detection limit in spectroscopic measurements. Nonlinear optical phenomena can also be altered by metallic nanostructures opening new possible applications. In this work, arrays composed of non-centrosymmetric individual structures with three fold axial symmetry made of gold are designed and fabricated using electron beam lithography. The nonlinear optical properties of these structures are investigated using second-harmonic generation microscopy (SHGM) with a femtosecond excitation source set near the plasmon resonance frequency. Modeling of the electromagnetic field distribution around the metallic structures is performed using the Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) method, highlighting the confinement of the SHG signal and its polarization dependence. Polarization-resolved measurements are conducted to correlate the SHG signal with the structure and symmetry of the individual nanostructures. Since both two-photon induced photoluminescence (TPPL) and SHG signals are produced upon excitation of these structures, lifetime measurements are performed to further evaluate the magnitude of these two effects. PMID:26956914

  6. Quadrupole second harmonic generation and sum-frequency generation in ZnO quantum dots

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    Maikhuri, Deepti; Purohit, S. P. Mathur, K. C.

    2015-04-15

    The second harmonic generation (SHG) and the sum frequency generation (SFG) processes are investigated in the conduction band states of the singly charged ZnO quantum dot (QD) embedded in the HfO{sub 2}, and the AlN matrices. With two optical fields of frequency ω{sub p} and ω{sub q} incident on the dot, we study the variation with frequency of the second order nonlinear polarization resulting in SHG and SFG, through the electric dipole and the electric quadrupole interactions of the pump fields with the electron in the dot. We obtain enhanced value of the second order nonlinear susceptibility in the dot compared to the bulk. The effective mass approximation with the finite confining barrier is used for obtaining the energy and wavefunctions of the quantized confined states of the electron in the conduction band of the dot. Our results show that both the SHG and SFG processes depend on the dot size, the surrounding matrix and the polarization states of the pump beams.

  7. Second harmonic generation imaging as a potential tool for staging pregnancy and predicting preterm birth

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    Akins, Meredith L.; Luby-Phelps, Katherine; Mahendroo, Mala

    2010-03-01

    We use second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy to assess changes in collagen structure of murine cervix during cervical remodeling of normal pregnancy and in a preterm birth model. Visual inspection of SHG images revealed substantial changes in collagen morphology throughout normal gestation. SHG images collected in both the forward and backward directions were analyzed quantitatively for changes in overall mean intensity, forward to backward intensity ratio, collagen fiber size, and porosity. Changes in mean SHG intensity and intensity ratio take place in early pregnancy, suggesting that submicroscopic changes in collagen fibril size and arrangement occur before macroscopic changes become evident. Fiber size progressively increased from early to late pregnancy, while pores between collagen fibers became larger and farther apart. Analysis of collagen features in premature cervical remodeling show that changes in collagen structure are dissimilar from normal remodeling. The ability to quantify multiple morphological features of collagen that characterize normal cervical remodeling and distinguish abnormal remodeling in preterm birth models supports future studies aimed at development of SHG endoscopic devices for clinical assessment of collagen changes during pregnancy in women and for predicting risk of preterm labor which occurs in 12.5% of all pregnancies.

  8. Multipolar Effects in the Optical Active Second Harmonic Generation from Sawtooth Chiral Metamaterials

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    Su, Huimin; Guo, Yuxiang; Gao, Wensheng; Ma, Jie; Zhong, Yongchun; Tam, Wing Yim; Chan, C. T.; Wong, Kam Sing

    2016-02-01

    Based on the facts that chiral molecules response differently to left- and right-handed circular polarized light, chiroptical effects are widely employed for determining structure chirality, detecting enantiomeric excess, or controlling chemical reactions of molecules. Compared to those in natural materials, chiroptical behaviors can be significantly amplified in chiral plasmonic metamaterials due to the concentrated local fields in the structure. The on-going research towards giant chiroptical effects in metamaterial generally focus on optimizing the field-enhancement effects. However, the observed chiroptical effects in metamaterials rely on more complicated factors and various possibilities towards giant chiroptical effects remains unexplored. Here we study the optical-active second harmonic generation (SHG) behaviors in a pair of planar sawtooth gratings with mirror-imaged patterns. Significant multipolar effects were observed in the polarization-dependent SHG curves. We show that the chirality of the nanostructure not only give rise to nonzero chiral susceptibility tensor components within the electric-dipole approximation, but also lead to different levels of multipolar interactions for the two orthogonal circular polarizations that further enhance the nonlinear optical activity of the material. Our results thus indicate novel ways to optimize nonlinear plasmonic structures and achieve giant chiroptical response via multipolar interactions.

  9. Measuring selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM)-membrane interactions with second harmonic generation.

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    Stokes, Grace Y; Conboy, John C

    2014-01-29

    The interaction of selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) with lipid membranes has been measured at clinically relevant serum concentrations using the label-free technique of second harmonic generation (SHG). The SERMs investigated in this study include raloxifene, tamoxifen, and the tamoxifen metabolites 4-hydroxytamoxifen, N-desmethyltamoxifen, and endoxifen. Equilibrium association constants (Ka) were measured for SERMs using varying lipid compositions to examine how lipid phase, packing density, and cholesterol content impact SERM-membrane interactions. Membrane-binding properties of tamoxifen and its metabolites were compared on the basis of hydroxyl group substitution and amine ionization to elucidate how the degree of drug ionization impacts membrane partitioning. SERM-membrane interactions were probed under multiple pH conditions, and drug adsorption was observed to vary with the concentration of soluble neutral species. The agreement between Ka values derived from SHG measurements of the interactions between SERMs and artificial cell membranes and independent observations of the SERMs efficacy from clinical studies suggests that quantifying membrane adsorption properties may be important for understanding SERM action in vivo. PMID:24410282

  10. First-principles calculation of the second-harmonic-generation coefficients of borate crystals

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    Duan, Chun-Gang; Li, Jun; Gu, Zong-Quan; Wang, Ding-Sheng

    1999-10-01

    We report the calculation of the second-harmonic-generation (SHG) coefficients of LiB3O5 (LBO), CsB3O5 (CBO), and BaB2O4 (BBO) using the linearized augmented plane-wave band method in the local-density approximation with a scissors operator that includes the renormalization of the momentum operator. The analysis that is based on the spectral and spatial decomposition of the calculated results reveals that, for the large component of SHG coefficients, the dominant source of the optical nonlinearities for these borate crystals is the nonlinear response of the high-lying 2p electrons of oxygen atoms, while the cations play a minor role even in the heavier Cs and Ba cases, though they dominate the conduction-band minimum. But for the small SHG component, the role of the cation became important, particularly when the isolated anionic group has little contribution due to the restriction of the symmetry. In the case of LBO and CBO, due to the linkage of anionic groups, the contributions of off-ring O atoms are almost the same as those of in-ring O atoms. Yet for BBO where there is no such linkage, the off-ring O atom plays a much more important role than the in-ring O atom does. We also find that the contribution of the virtual-hole process cannot be ignored as is usually done in the semiconductors case.

  11. The Interferometric Measurement of Phase Mismatch in Potential Second Harmonic Generators.

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    Sinofsky, Edward Lawrence

    This dissertation combines aspects of lasers, nonlinear optics and interferometry to measure the linear optical properties involved in phase matched second harmonic generation, (SHG). A new measuring technique has been developed to rapidly analyze the phase matching performance of potential SHGs. The data taken is in the form of interferograms produced by the self referencing nonlinear Fizeau interferometer (NLF), and correctly predicts when phase matched SHG will occur in the sample wedge. Data extracted from the interferograms produced by the NLF, allows us to predict both phase matching temperatures for noncritically phase matchable crystals and crystal orientation for angle tuned crystals. Phase matching measurements can be made for both Type I and Type II configurations. Phase mismatch measurements were made at the fundamental wavelength of 1.32 (mu)m, for: calcite, lithium niobate, and gadolinium molybdate (GMO). Similar measurements were made at 1.06 (mu)m. for calcite. Phase matched SHG was demonstrated in calcite, lithium niobate and KTP, while phase matching by temperature tuning is ruled out for GMO.

  12. Sum frequency and second harmonic generation from the surface of a liquid microjet

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    Smolentsev, Nikolay; Chen, Yixing; Roke, Sylvie; Jena, Kailash C.; Brown, Matthew A.

    2014-11-14

    The use of a liquid microjet as a possible source of interest for Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) and Sum Frequency Generation (SFG) spectroscopy is examined. We measured non-resonant SHG scattering patterns from the air/water interface of a microjet of pure water and observe a strong enhancement of the SHG signal for certain scattering angles. These enhancements can be explained by the optical properties and the shape of the liquid microjet. SFG experiments at the surface of a liquid microjet of ethanol in air show that it is also possible to measure the coherent vibrational SFG spectrum of the ethanol/air interface in this way. Our findings are useful for future far-UV or X-ray based nonlinear optical surface experiments on liquid jets. In addition, combined X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and SHG/SFG measurements are feasible, which will be very useful in improving our understanding of the molecular foundations of electrostatic and chemical surface properties and phenomena.

  13. Stacking order dependent second harmonic generation and topological defects in h-BN bilayers.

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    Kim, Cheol-Joo; Brown, Lola; Graham, Matt W; Hovden, Robert; Havener, Robin W; McEuen, Paul L; Muller, David A; Park, Jiwoong

    2013-01-01

    The ability to control the stacking structure in layered materials could provide an exciting approach to tuning their optical and electronic properties. Because of the lower symmetry of each constituent monolayer, hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) allows more structural variations in multiple layers than graphene; however, the structure-property relationships in this system remain largely unexplored. Here, we report a strong correlation between the interlayer stacking structures and optical and topological properties in chemically grown h-BN bilayers, measured mainly by using dark-field transmission electron microscopy (DF-TEM) and optical second harmonic generation (SHG) mapping. Our data show that there exist two distinct h-BN bilayer structures with different interlayer symmetries that give rise to a distinct difference in their SHG intensities. In particular, the SHG signal in h-BN bilayers is observed only for structures with broken inversion symmetry, with an intensity much larger than that of single layer h-BN. In addition, our DF-TEM data identify the formation of interlayer topological defects in h-BN bilayers, likely induced by local strain, whose properties are determined by the interlayer symmetry and the different interlayer potential landscapes. PMID:24125021

  14. Gold nanocage assemblies for selective second harmonic generation imaging of cancer cell.

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    Demeritte, Teresa; Fan, Zhen; Sinha, Sudarson Sekhar; Duan, Jinsong; Pachter, Ruth; Ray, Paresh C

    2014-01-20

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging using near infrared laser light is the key to improving penetration depths, leading to biological understanding. Unfortunately, currently SHG imaging techniques have limited capability due to the poor signal-to-noise ratio, resulting from the low SHG efficiency of available dyes. Targeted tumor imaging over nontargeted tissues is also a challenge that needs to be overcome. Driven by this need, in this study, the development of two-photon SHG imaging of live cancer cell lines selectively by enhancement of the nonlinear optical response of gold nanocage assemblies is reported. Experimental results show that two-photon scattering intensity can be increased by few orders of magnitude by just developing nanoparticle self-assembly. Theoretical modeling indicates that the field enhancement values for the nanocage assemblies can explain, in part, the enhanced nonlinear optical properties. Our experimental data also show that A9 RNA aptamer conjugated gold nanocage assemblies can be used for targeted SHG imaging of the LNCaP prostate cancer cell line. Experimental results with the HaCaT normal skin cell lines show that bioconjugated nanocage-based assemblies demonstrate SHG imaging that is highly selective and will be able to distinguish targeted cancer cell lines from other nontargeted cell types. After optimization, this reported SHG imaging assay could have considerable application for biology. PMID:24339156

  15. Significant Chiral Signal Amplification of Langmuir Monolayers Probed by Second Harmonic Generation.

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    Lv, Kai; Lin, Lu; Wang, Xiaoyu; Zhang, Li; Guo, Yuan; Lu, Zhou; Liu, Minghua

    2015-05-01

    With the development of the nonlinear optical technique such as SHG (second harmonic generation), the in situ measurements of the chirality in the monolayers at the air/water interface have become possible. However, when performing the SHG measurement of the chirality in a monolayer, it is still a great challenge to obtain the chiral signals with a good S/N (signal-to-noise) ratio. In this Letter, interfacial assemblies with induced supramolecular chirality were used to amplify the weak chiral SHG signals from the monolayers at the air/water interface. Tetrakis(4-sulfonatophenyl) porphyrin (TPPS) J aggregates were used as the subphase, and when chiral amphiphilic molecules were spread on it, chiral domains of the amphiphile/TPPS J aggregates were formed and then significantly amplified chiral signals that otherwise could not be detected. Moreover, the sign of the DCE (degree of chiral excess) changed with the chirality of the amphiphilic molecules, thus providing a possible way to obtain the absolute chiral information in situ in the monolayers. PMID:26263339

  16. Fully integrated reflection-mode photoacoustic, two-photon, and second harmonic generation microscopy in vivo

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    Song, Wei; Xu, Qiang; Zhang, Yang; Zhan, Yang; Zheng, Wei; Song, Liang

    2016-01-01

    The ability to obtain comprehensive structural and functional information from intact biological tissue in vivo is highly desirable for many important biomedical applications, including cancer and brain studies. Here, we developed a fully integrated multimodal microscopy that can provide photoacoustic (optical absorption), two-photon (fluorescence), and second harmonic generation (SHG) information from tissue in vivo, with intrinsically co-registered images. Moreover, using a delicately designed optical-acoustic coupling configuration, a high-frequency miniature ultrasonic transducer was integrated into a water-immersion optical objective, thus allowing all three imaging modalities to provide a high lateral resolution of ~290 nm with reflection-mode imaging capability, which is essential for studying intricate anatomy, such as that of the brain. Taking advantage of the complementary and comprehensive contrasts of the system, we demonstrated high-resolution imaging of various tissues in living mice, including microvasculature (by photoacoustics), epidermis cells, cortical neurons (by two-photon fluorescence), and extracellular collagen fibers (by SHG). The intrinsic image co-registration of the three modalities conveniently provided improved visualization and understanding of the tissue microarchitecture. The reported results suggest that, by revealing complementary tissue microstructures in vivo, this multimodal microscopy can potentially facilitate a broad range of biomedical studies, such as imaging of the tumor microenvironment and neurovascular coupling. PMID:27576922

  17. Detecting subtle plasma membrane perturbation in living cells using second harmonic generation imaging.

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    Moen, Erick K; Ibey, Bennett L; Beier, Hope T

    2014-05-20

    The requirement of center asymmetry for the creation of second harmonic generation (SHG) signals makes it an attractive technique for visualizing changes in interfacial layers such as the plasma membrane of biological cells. In this article, we explore the use of lipophilic SHG probes to detect minute perturbations in the plasma membrane. Three candidate probes, Di-4-ANEPPDHQ (Di-4), FM4-64, and all-trans-retinol, were evaluated for SHG effectiveness in Jurkat cells. Di-4 proved superior with both strong SHG signal and limited bleaching artifacts. To test whether rapid changes in membrane symmetry could be detected using SHG, we exposed cells to nanosecond-pulsed electric fields, which are believed to cause formation of nanopores in the plasma membrane. Upon nanosecond-pulsed electric fields exposure, we observed an instantaneous drop of ~50% in SHG signal from the anodic pole of the cell. When compared to the simultaneously acquired fluorescence signals, it appears that the signal change was not due to the probe diffusing out of the membrane or changes in membrane potential or fluidity. We hypothesize that this loss in SHG signal is due to disruption in the interfacial nature of the membrane. The results show that SHG imaging has great potential as a tool for measuring rapid and subtle plasma membrane disturbance in living cells. PMID:24853757

  18. Synchronous-digitization for video rate polarization modulated beam scanning second harmonic generation microscopy

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    Sullivan, Shane Z.; DeWalt, Emma L.; Schmitt, Paul D.; Muir, Ryan D.; Simpson, Garth J.

    2015-03-01

    Fast beam-scanning non-linear optical microscopy, coupled with fast (8 MHz) polarization modulation and analytical modeling have enabled simultaneous nonlinear optical Stokes ellipsometry (NOSE) and linear Stokes ellipsometry imaging at video rate (15 Hz). NOSE enables recovery of the complex-valued Jones tensor that describes the polarization-dependent observables, in contrast to polarimetry, in which the polarization stated of the exciting beam is recorded. Each data acquisition consists of 30 images (10 for each detector, with three detectors operating in parallel), each of which corresponds to polarization-dependent results. Processing of this image set by linear fitting contracts down each set of 10 images to a set of 5 parameters for each detector in second harmonic generation (SHG) and three parameters for the transmittance of the fundamental laser beam. Using these parameters, it is possible to recover the Jones tensor elements of the sample at video rate. Video rate imaging is enabled by performing synchronous digitization (SD), in which a PCIe digital oscilloscope card is synchronized to the laser (the laser is the master clock.) Fast polarization modulation was achieved by modulating an electro-optic modulator synchronously with the laser and digitizer, with a simple sine-wave at 1/10th the period of the laser, producing a repeating pattern of 10 polarization states. This approach was validated using Z-cut quartz, and NOSE microscopy was performed for micro-crystals of naproxen.

  19. Characterization of salt interferences in second-harmonic generation detection of protein crystals.

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    Closser, R G; Gualtieri, E J; Newman, J A; Simpson, G J

    2013-12-01

    Studies were undertaken to assess the merits and limitations of second-harmonic generation (SHG) for the selective detection of protein and polypeptide crystal formation, focusing on the potential for false positives from SHG-active salts present in crystallization media. The SHG activities of salts commonly used in protein crystallization were measured and quantitatively compared with reference samples. Out of 19 salts investigated, six produced significant background SHG and 15 of the 96 wells of a sparse-matrix screen produced SHG upon solvent evaporation. SHG-active salts include phosphates, hydrated sulfates, formates and tartrates, while chlorides, acetates and anhydrous sulfates resulted in no detectable SHG activity. The identified SHG-active salts produced a range of signal intensities spanning nearly three orders of magnitude. However, even the weakest SHG-active salt produced signals that were several orders of magnitude greater than those produced by typical protein crystals. In general, SHG-active salts were identifiable through characteristically strong SHG and negligible two-photon-excited ultraviolet fluorescence (TPE-UVF). Exceptions included trials containing either potassium dihydrogen phosphate or ammonium formate, which produced particularly strong SHG, but with residual weak TPE-UVF signals that could potentially complicate discrimination in crystallization experiments using these precipitants. PMID:24282335

  20. Connection of Jones and Mueller Tensors in Second Harmonic Generation and Multi-Photon Fluorescence Measurements.

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    Simpson, Garth J

    2016-04-01

    Despite the rapidly growing use of second harmonic generation (SHG) and two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy, opportunities for relating polarization-dependent measurements back to local structure and molecular orientation are often confounded by losses in polarization purity. In this work, connections linking Mueller tensor and Jones tensor descriptions of polarization-dependent SHG and TPEF are shown to substantially simplify partially depolarized microscopy measurements. These connections were facilitated by the derivation of several new tensor identity relations, based on generalization of established transformations of matrices and vectors. Methods are described for integrating local-frame symmetry and azimuthal rotation angle for simplifying the Mueller tensor. Through simple expressions bridging the Mueller and Jones formalisms, mathematical models for partial depolarization can greatly simplify interpretation of SHG and TPEF measurements to reconstruct the more general Mueller tensors using the much more concise Jones descriptions for the purely polarized components. Integrating the Mueller architecture allows polarization-dependent SHG and TPEF measurements to be connected back to a relatively small set of free parameters related to local structure and orientation. PMID:26918624

  1. Polarization-modulated second harmonic generation ellipsometric microscopy at video rate.

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    DeWalt, Emma L; Sullivan, Shane Z; Schmitt, Paul D; Muir, Ryan D; Simpson, Garth J

    2014-08-19

    Fast 8 MHz polarization modulation coupled with analytical modeling, fast beam-scanning, and synchronous digitization (SD) have enabled simultaneous nonlinear optical Stokes ellipsometry (NOSE) and polarized laser transmittance imaging with image acquisition rates up to video rate. In contrast to polarimetry, in which the polarization state of the exiting beam is recorded, NOSE enables recovery of the complex-valued Jones tensor of the sample that describes all polarization-dependent observables of the measurement. Every video-rate scan produces a set of 30 images (10 for each detector with three detectors operating in parallel), each of which corresponds to a different polarization-dependent result. Linear fitting of this image set contracts it down to a set of five parameters for each detector in second harmonic generation (SHG) and three parameters for the transmittance of the incident beam. These parameters can in turn be used to recover the Jones tensor elements of the sample. Following validation of the approach using z-cut quartz, NOSE microscopy was performed for microcrystals of both naproxen and glucose isomerase. When weighted by the measurement time, NOSE microscopy was found to provide a substantial (>7 decades) improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio relative to our previous measurements based on the rotation of optical elements and a 3-fold improvement relative to previous single-point NOSE approaches. PMID:25050448

  2. Computational segmentation of collagen fibers from second-harmonic generation images of breast cancer.

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    Bredfeldt, Jeremy S; Liu, Yuming; Pehlke, Carolyn A; Conklin, Matthew W; Szulczewski, Joseph M; Inman, David R; Keely, Patricia J; Nowak, Robert D; Mackie, Thomas R; Eliceiri, Kevin W

    2014-01-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) imaging can help reveal interactions between collagen fibers and cancer cells. Quantitative analysis of SHG images of collagen fibers is challenged by the heterogeneity of collagen structures and low signal-to-noise ratio often found while imaging collagen in tissue. The role of collagen in breast cancer progression can be assessed post acquisition via enhanced computation. To facilitate this, we have implemented and evaluated four algorithms for extracting fiber information, such as number, length, and curvature, from a variety of SHG images of collagen in breast tissue. The image-processing algorithms included a Gaussian filter, SPIRAL-TV filter, Tubeness filter, and curvelet-denoising filter. Fibers are then extracted using an automated tracking algorithm called fiber extraction (FIRE). We evaluated the algorithm performance by comparing length, angle and position of the automatically extracted fibers with those of manually extracted fibers in twenty-five SHG images of breast cancer. We found that the curvelet-denoising filter followed by FIRE, a process we call CT-FIRE, outperforms the other algorithms under investigation. CT-FIRE was then successfully applied to track collagen fiber shape changes over time in an in vivo mouse model for breast cancer. PMID:24407500

  3. Probing ice-nucleation processes on the molecular level using second harmonic generation spectroscopy

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    Abdelmonem, A.; Lützenkirchen, J.; Leisner, T.

    2015-08-01

    We present and characterize a novel setup to apply second harmonic generation (SHG) spectroscopy in total internal reflection geometry (TIR) to heterogeneous freezing research. It allows to monitor the evolution of water structuring at solid surfaces at low temperatures prior to heterogeneous ice nucleation. Apart from the possibility of investigating temperature dependence, a major novelty in our setup is the ability of measuring sheet-like samples in TIR geometry in a direct way. As a main experimental result, we find that our method can discriminate between good and poor ice nucleating surfaces. While at the sapphire basal plane, which is known to be a poor ice nucleator, no structural rearrangement of the water molecules is found prior to freezing, the basal plane surface of mica, an analogue to ice active mineral dust surfaces, exhibits a strong change in the nonlinear optical properties at temperatures well above the freezing transition. This is interpreted as a pre-activation, i.e. an increase in the local ordering of the interfacial water which is expected to facilitate the crystallization of ice at the surface. The results are in line with recent predictions by molecular dynamics simulations on a similar system.

  4. (Second) Harmonic Disharmony: Nonlinear Microscopy Shines New Light on the Pathology of Atherosclerosis.

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    Watson, Shana R; Lessner, Susan M

    2016-06-01

    There has been increasing interest in second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging approaches for the investigation of atherosclerosis due to the deep penetration and three-dimensional sectioning capabilities of the nonlinear optical microscope. Atherosclerosis involves remodeling or alteration of the collagenous framework in affected vessels. The disease is often characterized by excessive collagen deposition and altered collagen organization. SHG has the capability to accurately characterize collagen structure, which is an essential component in understanding atherosclerotic lesion development and progression. As a structure-based imaging modality, SHG is most impactful in atherosclerosis evaluation in conjunction with other, chemically specific nonlinear optics (NLO) techniques to identify additional components of the lesion. These include the use of coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering and two-photon excitation fluorescence for studying atherosclerosis burden, and application of stimulated Raman scattering to image cholesterol crystals. However, very few NLO studies have attempted to quantitate differences in control versus atherosclerotic states or to correlate the application to clinical situations. This review highlights the potential of SHG imaging to directly and indirectly describe atherosclerosis as a pathological condition. PMID:27329310

  5. In vivo wound healing diagnosis with second harmonic and fluorescence lifetime imaging.

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    Deka, Gitanjal; Wu, Wei-Wen; Kao, Fu-Jen

    2013-06-01

    Skin wounds heal when a series of cell lineages are triggered, followed by collagen deposition, to reconstruct damaged tissues. This study evaluates the regeneration of collagen and change in cellular metabolic rate in vivo during wound healing in rats, with second harmonic generation (SHG) and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy respectively. The metabolic rate of cells is reflected through the lifetime of the autofluorescence from the co-enzyme protein, reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, due to its change in the relative concentration of bound and free forms. A higher than normal cellular metabolic rate is observed during the first week of healing, which decreases gradually after eight days of wound formation. SHG signal intensity change indicates the net degradation of collagen during the inflammatory phase, and net regeneration begins on day five. Eventually, the quantity of collagen increases gradually to form a scar tissue as the final product. Importantly, this work demonstrates the feasibility of an in vivo imaging approach for a normal wound on rat skin, which has the potential to supplement the noninvasive clinical diagnosis of wounds. PMID:23264966

  6. In vivo wound healing diagnosis with second harmonic and fluorescence lifetime imaging.

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    Deka, Gitanjal; Wu, Wei-Wen; Kao, Fu-Jen

    2013-06-01

    Skin wounds heal when a series of cell lineages are triggered, followed by collagen deposition, to reconstruct damaged tissues. This study evaluates the regeneration of collagen and change in cellular metabolic rate in vivo during wound healing in rats, with second harmonic generation (SHG) and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy respectively. The metabolic rate of cells is reflected through the lifetime of the autofluorescence from the co-enzyme protein, reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, due to its change in the relative concentration of bound and free forms. A higher than normal cellular metabolic rate is observed during the first week of healing, which decreases gradually after eight days of wound formation. SHG signal intensity change indicates the net degradation of collagen during the inflammatory phase, and net regeneration begins on day five. Eventually, the quantity of collagen increases gradually to form a scar tissue as the final product. Importantly, this work demonstrates the feasibility of an in vivo imaging approach for a normal wound on rat skin, which has the potential to supplement the noninvasive clinical diagnosis of wounds. PMID:23748703

  7. Fully automated muscle quality assessment by Gabor filtering of second harmonic generation images

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    Paesen, Rik; Smolders, Sophie; Vega, José Manolo de Hoyos; Eijnde, Bert O.; Hansen, Dominique; Ameloot, Marcel

    2016-02-01

    Although structural changes on the sarcomere level of skeletal muscle are known to occur due to various pathologies, rigorous studies of the reduced sarcomere quality remain scarce. This can possibly be explained by the lack of an objective tool for analyzing and comparing sarcomere images across biological conditions. Recent developments in second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy and increasing insight into the interpretation of sarcomere SHG intensity profiles have made SHG microscopy a valuable tool to study microstructural properties of sarcomeres. Typically, sarcomere integrity is analyzed by fitting a set of manually selected, one-dimensional SHG intensity profiles with a supramolecular SHG model. To circumvent this tedious manual selection step, we developed a fully automated image analysis procedure to map the sarcomere disorder for the entire image at once. The algorithm relies on a single-frequency wavelet-based Gabor approach and includes a newly developed normalization procedure allowing for unambiguous data interpretation. The method was validated by showing the correlation between the sarcomere disorder, quantified by the M-band size obtained from manually selected profiles, and the normalized Gabor value ranging from 0 to 1 for decreasing disorder. Finally, to elucidate the applicability of our newly developed protocol, Gabor analysis was used to study the effect of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis on the sarcomere regularity. We believe that the technique developed in this work holds great promise for high-throughput, unbiased, and automated image analysis to study sarcomere integrity by SHG microscopy.

  8. Second harmonic generation microscopy analysis of extracellular matrix changes in human idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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    Tilbury, Karissa; Hocker, James; Wen, Bruce L; Sandbo, Nathan; Singh, Vikas; Campagnola, Paul J

    2014-08-01

    Patients with idiopathic fibrosis (IPF) have poor long-term survival as there are limited diagnostic/prognostic tools or successful therapies. Remodeling of the extracellular matrix (ECM) has been implicated in IPF progression; however, the structural consequences on the collagen architecture have not received considerable attention. Here, we demonstrate that second harmonic generation (SHG) and multiphoton fluorescence microscopy can quantitatively differentiate normal and IPF human tissues. For SHG analysis, we developed a classifier based on wavelet transforms, principle component analysis, and a K-nearest-neighbor algorithm to classify the specific alterations of the collagen structure observed in IPF tissues. The resulting ROC curves obtained by varying the numbers of principal components and nearest neighbors yielded accuracies of >95%. In contrast, simpler metrics based on SHG intensity and collagen coverage in the image provided little or no discrimination. We also characterized the change in the elastin/collagen balance by simultaneously measuring the elastin autofluorescence and SHG intensities and found that the IPF tissues were less elastic relative to collagen. This is consistent with known mechanical consequences of the disease. Understanding ECM remodeling in IPF via nonlinear optical microscopy may enhance our ability to differentiate patients with rapid and slow progression and, thus, provide better prognostic information. PMID:25134793

  9. Second-harmonic generation from the longitudinal component of vectorial laser beams: a theoretical framework

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    Fortin, Pierre-Yves

    2008-06-01

    Vectorial laser beams propagating beyond the paraxial limit exhibit an intensity profile at focus that depends upon their field structure and the width of their plane wave spectrum. Under tight focussing conditions, the longitudinal component of the lowest order transverse magnetic laser beam has a field amplitude that becomes comparable to that of the transverse components of the beam; the global intensity profile is then narrower than that produced by a Gaussian beam, thus enabling hyperresolution. With a general polarization eigenmode approach for all propagating directions in anisotropic media, we can show that privileged propagating directions exist, allowing preservation of the transverse magnetic polarization state despite birefringence. Using wave functions satisfying the non-paraxial wave equation, we can also find exact expressions for the field components. During propagation of tightly focussed beams along those privileged directions inside an appropriate anisotropic nonlinear crystal, the longitudinal electric field component may then be used to take advantage of nonlinear tensor terms otherwise ineffective with a paraxial beam. In this work, spectral conversion rate and power conversion efficiency of second-harmonic generation are characterized as a function of effective and undepleted nonlinear pumping in the case of propagation along the anisotropic axis of an uniaxial nonlinear crystal. Even if the phase matching condition is not fully satisfied for propagation along this privileged direction, we show to which extent the nonlinear properties are preserved for a restricted interaction volume.

  10. Revealing molecular structure and orientation with Stokes vector resolved second harmonic generation microscopy.

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    Mazumder, Nirmal; Hu, Chih-Wei; Qiu, Jianjun; Foreman, Matthew R; Romero, Carlos Macías; Török, Peter; Kao, Fu-Jen

    2014-03-15

    We report on measurements and characterization of polarization properties of Second Harmonic (SH) signals using a four-channel photon counting based Stokes polarimeter. In this way, the critical polarization parameters can be obtained concurrently without the need of repeated image acquisition. The critical polarization parameters, including the degree of polarization (DOP), the degree of linear polarization (DOLP), and the degree of circular polarization (DOCP), are extracted from the reconstructed Stokes vector based SH images in a pixel-by-pixel manner. The measurements are further extended by varying the polarization states of the incident light and recording the resulting Stokes parameters of the SH signal. In turn this allows the molecular structure and orientation of the samples to be determined. Use of Stokes polarimetry is critical in determination of the full polarization state of light, and enables discrimination of material properties not possible with conventional crossed-polarized detection schemes. The combination of SHG microscopy and Stokes polarimeter hence makes a powerful tool to investigate the structural order of targeted specimens. PMID:23891802

  11. Vector method for studying the second-harmonic-generation light derived from complex periodic ferroelectric domains

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    He, Zhihong; Yang, Xiangbo; Wang, Zhenyu

    2010-05-01

    In this Letter, in order to overcome the disadvantages of controlling the second-harmonic-generation (SHG) light derived from the traditional one-dimensional (1D) periodic ferroelectric domains we propose a kind of so-called complex periodic ferroelectric structure (CPFS), which unit cell is composed of even layers of positive and negative domains arranged alternatively following aperiodic sequence. It is found that comparing with the traditional periodic structure, CPFS cannot offer more reciprocal vector compensations for the mismatching phase, but CPFS may provide larger effective nonlinear coefficients (ENCs) in high-order quasi-phase-matching (QPM) and possesses advantages of the amplitude modulation for SHG peaks. In this Letter we study CPFS by use of vector method (VM), where the contribution to ENC for each domain or each unit cell will be treated as a vector and the QPM condition for CPFS and the modulation effect of aperiodic unit cells have been obtained. Without any Fourier transformation VM treats the grating function in real space and will be very convenient and intuitive. Both VM and CPFS would possess potential applications in the field of SHG investigations.

  12. Optical second-harmonic spectroscopy of chemically-modified silicon and silicon-dioxide surfaces

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    Downer, M. C.; Jiang, Y. Y.; Lim, D.

    2002-03-01

    The optical second-harmonic generation (SHG) response of solid interfaces depends sensitively on chemical termination. We present a spectroscopic SHG study of chemically-modified Si and SiO2 surfaces that elucidates at the atomic level how adsorbates alter the electronic structure, and thereby the SHG response, of the surface. SHG spectra were measured on reconstructed Si(001) surfaces in UHV that were exposed to atomic H or to gas-phase precursors of Ge and B, and on the surfaces of 30 angstrom-thick silicon dioxide films on silicon substrates that were chemically functionalized to nucleate silicon nanocrystal formation. Microscopic models show that adsorbate-induced alterations of the surface SHG spectra are correlated with changes in near-surface charge polarization caused by surface dimer buckling, transfer of electrons to boron acceptors in second layer substitutional sites, or transfer of electrons from the silicon substrate, through the tunneling oxide, to the surface nanocrystals [1]. 1. M. C. Downer, B. S. Mendoza and V. I. Gavrilenko, Surf. Interface Anal. 31, 966 (2001).

  13. VECSELs emitting at 976nm designed for second harmonic generation in the blue wavelength region

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    Muszalski, Jan; Broda, Artur; Jasik, Agata; Wójcik-Jedlińska, Anna; Trajnerowicz, Artur; Kubacka-Traczyk, Justyna; Sankowskaa, Iwona

    2013-01-01

    Using a Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VECSEL) "as-grown" heterostructure we set-up a laser emitting at 488 nm with the output power approaching 20mW. The short wavelength emission was due to the conversion of the 976nm emission by a second harmonic generation process in a type-I lithum triborate (LBO). The V-type external cavity permitted efficient focusing of the laser beam on both the VECSEL heterostructure and the non linear crystal. A small diameter focused spot on the gain mirror is required when "as-grown" heterostructures are used. No birefringent filter was used in the resonator. In the case of our heterostructure we observed that the light was spontaneously polarized along the one of the crystallographic direction. The polarization ratio was 1000:1. The VECSEL heterostructure was of the resonant type strongly enhancing a single wavelength emission. The wavelength fine tuning was performed by heatsink temperature adjustment. The heterostructure was grown by molecular beam epitaxy. It consisted of 12 InGaAs quantum wells enclosed by GaAs barriers and a AlAs/GaAs DBR.

  14. Diacetylene and Polydiacetylene Derivatives of 2-Methyl-4-Nitroaniline for Second-Harmonic Generation

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    Paley, M. S.; Frazier, D. O.; McManus, S. P.; Zutaut, S. E.; Sanghadasa, M.

    1993-01-01

    A novel diacetylene derivative of 2-Methyl-4-NitroAniline (MNA), a well-known material for Second-Harmonic Generation (SHG), is synthesized. This monomer DiAcetylene MethylNitroAniline, (DAMNA) is characterized by means of the Kurtz technique at 1064 nm and is found to have an SHG powder efficiency 62.5 % that of MNA itself. Thin crystalline films of DAMNA are grown onto quartz, Teflon, and Kapton substrates by means of vapor deposition in vacuum. These films are then polymerized in the solid state by exposure to long-wavelength UV radiation to give crystalline polydiacetylene thin films (PDAMNA). The films are next characterized for SHG, using an unpolymerized DAMNA film as a reference. Interestingly, films grown onto Teflon exhibit greater orientation and significantly greater SHG than those grown onto quartz and Kapton. This result is promising in that it demonstrates the potential of PDAMNA as both a crystalline and polymeric material for SHG applications, in which highly oriented thin films are desired. Computational modeling (usingAM1) is also carried out on DAMNA and is compared to the experimental results.

  15. Depth-sensitive subsurface imaging of polymer nanocomposites using second harmonic Kelvin probe force microscopy.

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    Castañeda-Uribe, Octavio Alejandro; Reifenberger, Ronald; Raman, Arvind; Avila, Alba

    2015-03-24

    We study the depth sensitivity and spatial resolution of subsurface imaging of polymer nanocomposites using second harmonic mapping in Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy (KPFM). This method allows the visualization of the clustering and percolation of buried Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNTs) via capacitance gradient (∂C/∂z) maps. We develop a multilayered sample where thin layers of neat Polyimide (PI) (∼80 nm per layer) are sequentially spin-coated on well-dispersed SWCNT/Polyimide (PI) nanocomposite films. The multilayer nanocomposite system allows the acquisition of ∂C/∂z images of three-dimensional percolating networks of SWCNTs at different depths in the same region of the sample. We detect CNTs at a depth of ∼430 nm, and notice that the spatial resolution progressively deteriorates with increasing depth of the buried CNTs. Computational trends of ∂C/∂z vs CNT depth correlate the sensitivity and depth resolution with field penetration and spreading, and enable a possible approach to three-dimensional subsurface structure reconstruction. The results open the door to nondestructive, three-dimensional tomography and nanometrology techniques for nanocomposite applications. PMID:25591106

  16. In vivo wound healing diagnosis with second harmonic and fluorescence lifetime imaging

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    Deka, Gitanjal; Wu, Wei-Wen; Kao, Fu-Jen

    2013-06-01

    Skin wounds heal when a series of cell lineages are triggered, followed by collagen deposition, to reconstruct damaged tissues. This study evaluates the regeneration of collagen and change in cellular metabolic rate in vivo during wound healing in rats, with second harmonic generation (SHG) and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy respectively. The metabolic rate of cells is reflected through the lifetime of the autofluorescence from the co-enzyme protein, reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, due to its change in the relative concentration of bound and free forms. A higher than normal cellular metabolic rate is observed during the first week of healing, which decreases gradually after eight days of wound formation. SHG signal intensity change indicates the net degradation of collagen during the inflammatory phase, and net regeneration begins on day five. Eventually, the quantity of collagen increases gradually to form a scar tissue as the final product. Importantly, this work demonstrates the feasibility of an in vivo imaging approach for a normal wound on rat skin, which has the potential to supplement the noninvasive clinical diagnosis of wounds.

  17. Efficient second-harmonic imaging of collagen in histological slides using Bessel beam excitation.

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    Vuillemin, Nelly; Mahou, Pierre; Débarre, Delphine; Gacoin, Thierry; Tharaux, Pierre-Louis; Schanne-Klein, Marie-Claire; Supatto, Willy; Beaurepaire, Emmanuel

    2016-01-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) is the most specific label-free indicator of collagen accumulation in widespread pathologies such as fibrosis, and SHG-based measurements hold important potential for biomedical analyses. However, efficient collagen SHG scoring in histological slides is hampered by the limited depth-of-field of usual nonlinear microscopes relying on focused Gaussian beam excitation. In this work we analyze theoretically and experimentally the use of Bessel beam excitation to address this issue. Focused Bessel beams can provide an axially extended excitation volume for nonlinear microscopy while preserving lateral resolution. We show that shaping the focal volume has consequences on signal level and scattering directionality in the case of coherent signals (such as SHG) which significantly differ from the case of incoherent signals (two-photon excited fluorescence, 2PEF). We demonstrate extended-depth SHG-2PEF imaging of fibrotic mouse kidney histological slides. Finally, we show that Bessel beam excitation combined with spatial filtering of the harmonic light in wave vector space can be used to probe collagen accumulation more efficiently than the usual Gaussian excitation scheme. These results open the way to SHG-based histological diagnoses. PMID:27435390

  18. Fluorescent DNA probes at liquid/liquid interfaces studied by surface second harmonic generation.

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    Licari, Giuseppe; Brevet, Pierre-François; Vauthey, Eric

    2016-01-28

    The properties of a series of oxazole yellow dyes, including the dicationic YOPRO-1 and its homodimeric parent YOYO-1 and two monocationic dyes (YOSAC-1 and YOSAC-3), have been investigated at the dodecane/water interface using stationary and time-resolved surface second harmonic generation (SSHG) combined with quantum chemical calculations. Whereas YOYO-1 exists predominantly as a H-dimer in aqueous solution, the stationary SSHG spectra reveal that such dimers are not formed at the interface. No significant H-aggregation was observed with YOPRO-1, neither in solution nor at the interface. In the case of the monocationic YOSAC dyes, a distinct SSHG band due to H-aggregates was measured at the interface, whereas only weak aggregation was found in solution. These distinct aggregation behaviors can be explained by the different orientations of the dyes at the interface, as revealed from the analysis of polarization-resolved experiments, the doubly-charged dyes lying more flat on the interface than the singly charged ones. Although YOYO-1 and YOPRO-1 do not form H-dimer/aggregates at the interface, time-resolved SSHG measurements point to the occurrence of intra- and intermolecular interactions, respectively, which inhibit the ultrafast non-radiative decay of the excited dyes via large amplitude motion, and lead to a nanosecond excited-state lifetime. The distinct behavior evidenced here for YOYO-1 and YOSAC dyes points to their potential use as fluorescent or SHG interfacial probes. PMID:26740332

  19. Nonlinear optical microscopy in biology: Combining second-harmonic generation and two-photon fluorescence imaging

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    Clays, Koen

    2011-03-01

    Optical microscopy has been since long a truly enabling visualization technique in the biological and biomedical sciences. Linear optical microscopy relies on simple linear optical effects. Nonlinear optical microscopy relies on the nonlinear optical properties of endogenous or exogenous chromophores to produce a better image. Two-photon fluorescence (TPF), a third-order nonlinear optical effect and observed at the focal spot only due to the quadratic intensity dependence, results in inherently higher resolution than possible for one-photon fluorescence, observed over the complete Rayleigh range. Second-harmonic generation (SHG) is a second-order nonlinear optical effect only observed for non-centrosymmetric arrangements of non-centrosymmetric chromophores. While this does put a restriction on the chromophores that can be used, it also results in structural information about symmetry when used in combination with TPF. TPF, being a third-order nonlinear process, is not restricted by any symmetry consideration. We will review the molecular design criteria for exogenous probes for combined SHG and TPF nonlinear microscopy, provide examples of optimized chromophores and show microscopy images demonstrating the use of such chromophores in nonlinear microscopy.

  20. Direct probing of contact electrification by using optical second harmonic generation technique

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    Chen, Xiangyu; Taguchi, Dai; Manaka, Takaaki; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2015-08-01

    Contact electrification between two different materials is one of the oldest fields of study in solid-state physics. Here, we introduced an innovative system based on optical electric-field-induced second harmonic generation (EFI-SHG) technique that can directly monitor the dynamic performance of the contact electrification on the surface of polyimide film. After the contact, the EFI-SHG system visualized briefly three relaxations of the tribo-induced charges on the surface of a polyimide film, a fast relaxation within 3 min followed by two much slower relaxations, which were possibly related to different charge diffusion routes. The contact electrification under several special experimental conditions (wind, water and steam) was studied to demonstrate the high flexibility and material selectivity of the EFI-SHG. The EFI-SHG studies confirmed the motion of the water can remove the surface charge, while the appearance and the evaporation of a thin water layer cannot enhance the charge diffusion. We anticipate that this experimental technique will find a variety of applications in the field of contact electrification and the development of the recently invented triboelectric nano generator.

  1. Direct probing of contact electrification by using optical second harmonic generation technique

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    Chen, Xiangyu; Taguchi, Dai; Manaka, Takaaki; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2015-01-01

    Contact electrification between two different materials is one of the oldest fields of study in solid-state physics. Here, we introduced an innovative system based on optical electric-field-induced second harmonic generation (EFI-SHG) technique that can directly monitor the dynamic performance of the contact electrification on the surface of polyimide film. After the contact, the EFI-SHG system visualized briefly three relaxations of the tribo-induced charges on the surface of a polyimide film, a fast relaxation within 3 min followed by two much slower relaxations, which were possibly related to different charge diffusion routes. The contact electrification under several special experimental conditions (wind, water and steam) was studied to demonstrate the high flexibility and material selectivity of the EFI-SHG. The EFI-SHG studies confirmed the motion of the water can remove the surface charge, while the appearance and the evaporation of a thin water layer cannot enhance the charge diffusion. We anticipate that this experimental technique will find a variety of applications in the field of contact electrification and the development of the recently invented triboelectric nano generator. PMID:26272162

  2. Probing Interfacial Electronic States in CdSe Quantum Dots using Second Harmonic Generation Spectroscopy

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    Doughty, Benjamin L.; Ma, Yingzhong; Shaw, Robert W

    2015-01-07

    Understanding and rationally controlling the properties of nanomaterial surfaces is a rapidly expanding field of research due to the dramatic role they play on the optical and electronic properties vital to light harvesting, emitting and detection technologies. This information is essential to the continued development of synthetic approaches designed to tailor interfaces for optimal nanomaterial based device performance. In this work, closely spaced electronic excited states in model CdSe quantum dots (QDs) are resolved using second harmonic generation (SHG) spectroscopy, and the corresponding contributions from surface species to these states are assessed. Two distinct spectral features are observed in the SHG spectra, which are not readily identified in linear absorption and photoluminescence excitation spectra. These features include a weak band at 395 6 nm, which coincides with transitions to the 2S1/2 1Se state, and a much more pronounced band at 423 4 nm arising from electronic transitions to the 1P3/2 1Pe state. Chemical modification of the QD surfaces through oxidation resulted in disappearance of the SHG band corresponding to the 1P3/2 1Pe state, indicating prominent surface contributions. Signatures of deep trap states localized on the surfaces of the QDs are also observed. We further find that the SHG signal intensities depend strongly on the electronic states being probed and their relative surface contributions, thereby offering additional insight into the surface specificity of SHG signals from QDs.

  3. Probing Interfacial Electronic States in CdSe Quantum Dots using Second Harmonic Generation Spectroscopy

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    Doughty, Benjamin L.; Ma, Yingzhong; Shaw, Robert W

    2015-01-07

    Understanding and rationally controlling the properties of nanomaterial surfaces is a rapidly expanding field of research due to the dramatic role they play on the optical and electronic properties vital to light harvesting, emitting and detection technologies. This information is essential to the continued development of synthetic approaches designed to tailor interfaces for optimal nanomaterial based device performance. In this work, closely spaced electronic excited states in model CdSe quantum dots (QDs) are resolved using second harmonic generation (SHG) spectroscopy, and the corresponding contributions from surface species to these states are assessed. Two distinct spectral features are observed in themore » SHG spectra, which are not readily identified in linear absorption and photoluminescence excitation spectra. These features include a weak band at 395 6 nm, which coincides with transitions to the 2S1/2 1Se state, and a much more pronounced band at 423 4 nm arising from electronic transitions to the 1P3/2 1Pe state. Chemical modification of the QD surfaces through oxidation resulted in disappearance of the SHG band corresponding to the 1P3/2 1Pe state, indicating prominent surface contributions. Signatures of deep trap states localized on the surfaces of the QDs are also observed. We further find that the SHG signal intensities depend strongly on the electronic states being probed and their relative surface contributions, thereby offering additional insight into the surface specificity of SHG signals from QDs.« less

  4. Computational segmentation of collagen fibers from second-harmonic generation images of breast cancer

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    Bredfeldt, Jeremy S.; Liu, Yuming; Pehlke, Carolyn A.; Conklin, Matthew W.; Szulczewski, Joseph M.; Inman, David R.; Keely, Patricia J.; Nowak, Robert D.; Mackie, Thomas R.; Eliceiri, Kevin W.

    2014-01-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) imaging can help reveal interactions between collagen fibers and cancer cells. Quantitative analysis of SHG images of collagen fibers is challenged by the heterogeneity of collagen structures and low signal-to-noise ratio often found while imaging collagen in tissue. The role of collagen in breast cancer progression can be assessed post acquisition via enhanced computation. To facilitate this, we have implemented and evaluated four algorithms for extracting fiber information, such as number, length, and curvature, from a variety of SHG images of collagen in breast tissue. The image-processing algorithms included a Gaussian filter, SPIRAL-TV filter, Tubeness filter, and curvelet-denoising filter. Fibers are then extracted using an automated tracking algorithm called fiber extraction (FIRE). We evaluated the algorithm performance by comparing length, angle and position of the automatically extracted fibers with those of manually extracted fibers in twenty-five SHG images of breast cancer. We found that the curvelet-denoising filter followed by FIRE, a process we call CT-FIRE, outperforms the other algorithms under investigation. CT-FIRE was then successfully applied to track collagen fiber shape changes over time in an in vivo mouse model for breast cancer.

  5. Nonlinear optical response of the collagen triple helix and second harmonic microscopy of collagen liquid crystals

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    Deniset-Besseau, A.; De Sa Peixoto, P.; Duboisset, J.; Loison, C.; Hache, F.; Benichou, E.; Brevet, P.-F.; Mosser, G.; Schanne-Klein, M.-C.

    2010-02-01

    Collagen is characterized by triple helical domains and plays a central role in the formation of fibrillar and microfibrillar networks, basement membranes, as well as other structures of the connective tissue. Remarkably, fibrillar collagen exhibits efficient Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) and SHG microscopy proved to be a sensitive tool to score fibrotic pathologies. However, the nonlinear optical response of fibrillar collagen is not fully characterized yet and quantitative data are required to further process SHG images. We therefore performed Hyper-Rayleigh Scattering (HRS) experiments and measured a second order hyperpolarisability of 1.25 10-27 esu for rat-tail type I collagen. This value is surprisingly large considering that collagen presents no strong harmonophore in its amino-acid sequence. In order to get insight into the physical origin of this nonlinear process, we performed HRS measurements after denaturation of the collagen triple helix and for a collagen-like short model peptide [(Pro-Pro-Gly)10]3. It showed that the collagen large nonlinear response originates in the tight alignment of a large number of weakly efficient harmonophores, presumably the peptide bonds, resulting in a coherent amplification of the nonlinear signal along the triple helix. To illustrate this mechanism, we successfully recorded SHG images in collagen liquid solutions by achieving liquid crystalline ordering of the collagen triple helices.

  6. Estimating the helical pitch angle of amylopectin in starch using polarization second harmonic generation microscopy

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    Psilodimitrakopoulos, Sotiris; Amat-Roldan, Ivan; Loza-Alvarez, Pablo; Artigas, David

    2010-08-01

    Starch granules are among the brightest natural second harmonic generation (SHG) converters. They basically consist of amylose and amylopectin molecules and the source of the SHG signal is still undetermined. In the present study we perform polarization sensitive SHG (PSHG) imaging of wheat starch granules and we fit the SHG signal variation of each pixel of the PSHG images into a generalized biophysical model. By assuming that the SHG source molecule is a helix with cylindrical symmetry along its long axis, the model extracts the helical pitch angle of the SHG source for every pixel of the image. By displaying the pixel histogram representing this helical pitch angle we found a highly peaked histogram with maximum at θe = 36.1° and a width of Δθe = 9.3°. This pitch angle corresponds to the strand of the parallel double helical structure, called amylopectin (as measured by a small angle x-ray scattering technique). This demonstrates amylopectin (and not amylose) as the source of SHG in starch. According to our knowledge, this is the first estimation of the amylopectin's pitch angle in starch using PSHG.

  7. Second harmonic generation microscopy for quantitative analysis of collagen fibrillar structure

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    Chen, Xiyi; Nadiarynkh, Oleg; Plotnikov, Sergey; Campagnola, Paul J

    2013-01-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy has emerged as a powerful modality for imaging fibrillar collagen in a diverse range of tissues. Because of its underlying physical origin, it is highly sensitive to the collagen fibril/fiber structure, and, importantly, to changes that occur in diseases such as cancer, fibrosis and connective tissue disorders. We discuss how SHG can be used to obtain more structural information on the assembly of collagen in tissues than is possible by other microscopy techniques. We first provide an overview of the state of the art and the physical background of SHG microscopy, and then describe the optical modifications that need to be made to a laser-scanning microscope to enable the measurements. Crucial aspects for biomedical applications are the capabilities and limitations of the different experimental configurations. We estimate that the setup and calibration of the SHG instrument from its component parts will require 2–4 weeks, depending on the level of the user’s experience. PMID:22402635

  8. Applications of second-harmonic generation imaging microscopy in ovarian and breast cancer.

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    Tilbury, Karissa; Campagnola, Paul J

    2015-01-01

    In this perspective, we discuss how the nonlinear optical technique of second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy has been used to greatly enhance our understanding of the tumor microenvironment (TME) of breast and ovarian cancer. Striking changes in collagen architecture are associated with these epithelial cancers, and SHG can image these changes with great sensitivity and specificity with submicrometer resolution. This information has not historically been exploited by pathologists but has the potential to enhance diagnostic and prognostic capabilities. We summarize the utility of image processing tools that analyze fiber morphology in SHG images of breast and ovarian cancer in human tissues and animal models. We also describe methods that exploit the SHG physical underpinnings that are effective in delineating normal and malignant tissues. First we describe the use of polarization-resolved SHG that yields metrics related to macromolecular and supramolecular structures. The coherence and corresponding phase-matching process of SHG results in emission directionality (forward to backward), which is related to sub-resolution fibrillar assembly. These analyses are more general and more broadly applicable than purely morphology-based analyses; however, they are more computationally intensive. Intravital imaging techniques are also emerging that incorporate all of these quantitative analyses. Now, all these techniques can be coupled with rapidly advancing miniaturization of imaging systems to afford their use in clinical situations including enhancing pathology analysis and also in assisting in real-time surgical determination of tumor margins. PMID:25987830

  9. High energy, high repetition rate, second harmonic generation in large aperture DKDP, YCOB, and LBO crystals.

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    Phillips, Jonathan P; Banerjee, Saumyabrata; Smith, Jodie; Fitton, Mike; Davenne, Tristan; Ertel, Klaus; Mason, Paul; Butcher, Thomas; De Vido, Mariastefania; Greenhalgh, Justin; Edwards, Chris; Hernandez-Gomez, Cristina; Collier, John

    2016-08-22

    We report on type-I phase-matched second harmonic generation (SHG) in three nonlinear crystals: DKDP (98% deuteration), YCOB (XZ plane), and LBO (XY plane), of 8 J, 10 Hz cryogenic gas cooled Yb:YAG laser operating at 1029.5 nm. DKDP exhibited an efficiency of 45% at a peak fundamental intensity of 0.24 GW/cm2 for 10 Hz operation at 10 ns. At the same intensity and repetition rate, YCOB and LBO showed 50% and 65% conversion efficiencies, respectively. Significant improvement in conversion efficiency, to a maximum of 82%, was demonstrated in LBO at 0.7 GW/cm2 and 10 Hz, generating output energy of 5.6 J at 514.75 nm, without damage or degradation. However, no improvement in conversion efficiency was recorded for YCOB at this increased intensity. Additionally, we present theoretically calculated temperature maps for both 10 J and 100 J operation at 10 Hz, and discuss the suitability of these three crystals for frequency conversion of a 100 J, 10 Hz diode pumped solid state laser (DPSSL). PMID:27557246

  10. Analysis of second-harmonic-generation microscopy in a mouse model of ovarian carcinoma.

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    Watson, Jennifer M; Rice, Photini F; Marion, Samuel L; Brewer, Molly A; Davis, John R; Rodriguez, Jeffrey J; Utzinger, Urs; Hoyer, Patricia B; Barton, Jennifer K

    2012-07-01

    Second-harmonic-generation (SHG) imaging of mouse ovaries ex vivo was used to detect collagen structure changes accompanying ovarian cancer development. Dosing with 4-vinylcyclohexene diepoxide and 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene resulted in histologically confirmed cases of normal, benign abnormality, dysplasia, and carcinoma. Parameters for each SHG image were calculated using the Fourier transform matrix and gray-level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM). Cancer versus normal and cancer versus all other diagnoses showed the greatest separation using the parameters derived from power in the highest-frequency region and GLCM energy. Mixed effects models showed that these parameters were significantly different between cancer and normal (P<0.008). Images were classified with a support vector machine, using 25% of the data for training and 75% for testing. Utilizing all images with signal greater than the noise level, cancer versus not-cancer specimens were classified with 81.2% sensitivity and 80.0% specificity, and cancer versus normal specimens were classified with 77.8% sensitivity and 79.3% specificity. Utilizing only images with greater than of 75% of the field of view containing signal improved sensitivity and specificity for cancer versus normal to 81.5% and 81.1%. These results suggest that using SHG to visualize collagen structure in ovaries could help with early cancer detection. PMID:22894485

  11. Analysis of second-harmonic-generation microscopy in a mouse model of ovarian carcinoma

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    Watson, Jennifer M.; Rice, Photini F.; Marion, Samuel L.; Brewer, Molly A.; Davis, John R.; Rodriguez, Jeffrey J.; Utzinger, Urs; Hoyer, Patricia B.

    2012-01-01

    Abstract. Second-harmonic-generation (SHG) imaging of mouse ovaries ex vivo was used to detect collagen structure changes accompanying ovarian cancer development. Dosing with 4-vinylcyclohexene diepoxide and 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene resulted in histologically confirmed cases of normal, benign abnormality, dysplasia, and carcinoma. Parameters for each SHG image were calculated using the Fourier transform matrix and gray-level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM). Cancer versus normal and cancer versus all other diagnoses showed the greatest separation using the parameters derived from power in the highest-frequency region and GLCM energy. Mixed effects models showed that these parameters were significantly different between cancer and normal (P<0.008). Images were classified with a support vector machine, using 25% of the data for training and 75% for testing. Utilizing all images with signal greater than the noise level, cancer versus not-cancer specimens were classified with 81.2% sensitivity and 80.0% specificity, and cancer versus normal specimens were classified with 77.8% sensitivity and 79.3% specificity. Utilizing only images with greater than of 75% of the field of view containing signal improved sensitivity and specificity for cancer versus normal to 81.5% and 81.1%. These results suggest that using SHG to visualize collagen structure in ovaries could help with early cancer detection. PMID:22894485

  12. Analysis of second-harmonic-generation microscopy in a mouse model of ovarian carcinoma

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    Watson, Jennifer M.; Rice, Photini F.; Marion, Samuel L.; Brewer, Molly A.; Davis, John R.; Rodriguez, Jeffrey J.; Utzinger, Urs; Hoyer, Patricia B.; Barton, Jennifer K.

    2012-07-01

    Second-harmonic-generation (SHG) imaging of mouse ovaries ex vivo was used to detect collagen structure changes accompanying ovarian cancer development. Dosing with 4-vinylcyclohexene diepoxide and 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene resulted in histologically confirmed cases of normal, benign abnormality, dysplasia, and carcinoma. Parameters for each SHG image were calculated using the Fourier transform matrix and gray-level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM). Cancer versus normal and cancer versus all other diagnoses showed the greatest separation using the parameters derived from power in the highest-frequency region and GLCM energy. Mixed effects models showed that these parameters were significantly different between cancer and normal (P<0.008). Images were classified with a support vector machine, using 25% of the data for training and 75% for testing. Utilizing all images with signal greater than the noise level, cancer versus not-cancer specimens were classified with 81.2% sensitivity and 80.0% specificity, and cancer versus normal specimens were classified with 77.8% sensitivity and 79.3% specificity. Utilizing only images with greater than of 75% of the field of view containing signal improved sensitivity and specificity for cancer versus normal to 81.5% and 81.1%. These results suggest that using SHG to visualize collagen structure in ovaries could help with early cancer detection.

  13. Second harmonic generation microscopy analysis of extracellular matrix changes in human idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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    Tilbury, Karissa; Hocker, James; Wen, Bruce L.; Sandbo, Nathan; Singh, Vikas; Campagnola, Paul J.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract. Patients with idiopathic fibrosis (IPF) have poor long-term survival as there are limited diagnostic/prognostic tools or successful therapies. Remodeling of the extracellular matrix (ECM) has been implicated in IPF progression; however, the structural consequences on the collagen architecture have not received considerable attention. Here, we demonstrate that second harmonic generation (SHG) and multiphoton fluorescence microscopy can quantitatively differentiate normal and IPF human tissues. For SHG analysis, we developed a classifier based on wavelet transforms, principle component analysis, and a K-nearest-neighbor algorithm to classify the specific alterations of the collagen structure observed in IPF tissues. The resulting ROC curves obtained by varying the numbers of principal components and nearest neighbors yielded accuracies of >95%. In contrast, simpler metrics based on SHG intensity and collagen coverage in the image provided little or no discrimination. We also characterized the change in the elastin/collagen balance by simultaneously measuring the elastin autofluorescence and SHG intensities and found that the IPF tissues were less elastic relative to collagen. This is consistent with known mechanical consequences of the disease. Understanding ECM remodeling in IPF via nonlinear optical microscopy may enhance our ability to differentiate patients with rapid and slow progression and, thus, provide better prognostic information. PMID:25134793

  14. Phase matching of backward second harmonic generation assisted by lattice structure in collagen tissues.

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    Shen, Mengzhe; Zeng, Haishan; Tang, Shuo

    2015-10-01

    Phase matching of backward second harmonic generation (SHG) in a periodic structure of collagen fibrils is investigated through theoretical modeling, simulation, and experiments. The lattice structure of collagen fibrils is considered to provide a virtual momentum for assisting the phase matching of backward SHG. Phase matching over a relatively wide excitation wavelength range is achieved by tilting the angle of the fundamental excitation and SHG wave vectors. The SHG intensity in the periodic structure is simulated to quantify the phase matching effect. The effect of the fundamental excitation and the SHG emission angles on the peak excitation wavelength of the SHG excitation spectrum is further validated in experiments, where the excitation and emission angles are controlled by spatial filtering. It is found that an optimized excitation wavelength exists for a certain collagen fibril structure, which shifts toward a shorter wavelength when the excitation and emission angles are increased. Our results show that the lattice structure of collagen fibrils can assist the phase matching, providing a mechanism for generating backward SHG in multiphoton microscopy. PMID:26502229

  15. Phase matching of backward second harmonic generation assisted by lattice structure in collagen tissues

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    Shen, Mengzhe; Zeng, Haishan; Tang, Shuo

    2015-10-01

    Phase matching of backward second harmonic generation (SHG) in a periodic structure of collagen fibrils is investigated through theoretical modeling, simulation, and experiments. The lattice structure of collagen fibrils is considered to provide a virtual momentum for assisting the phase matching of backward SHG. Phase matching over a relatively wide excitation wavelength range is achieved by tilting the angle of the fundamental excitation and SHG wave vectors. The SHG intensity in the periodic structure is simulated to quantify the phase matching effect. The effect of the fundamental excitation and the SHG emission angles on the peak excitation wavelength of the SHG excitation spectrum is further validated in experiments, where the excitation and emission angles are controlled by spatial filtering. It is found that an optimized excitation wavelength exists for a certain collagen fibril structure, which shifts toward a shorter wavelength when the excitation and emission angles are increased. Our results show that the lattice structure of collagen fibrils can assist the phase matching, providing a mechanism for generating backward SHG in multiphoton microscopy.

  16. Quantitative evaluation of skeletal muscle defects in second harmonic generation images

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    Liu, Wenhua; Raben, Nina; Ralston, Evelyn

    2013-02-01

    Skeletal muscle pathologies cause irregularities in the normally periodic organization of the myofibrils. Objective grading of muscle morphology is necessary to assess muscle health, compare biopsies, and evaluate treatments and the evolution of disease. To facilitate such quantitation, we have developed a fast, sensitive, automatic imaging analysis software. It detects major and minor morphological changes by combining texture features and Fourier transform (FT) techniques. We apply this tool to second harmonic generation (SHG) images of muscle fibers which visualize the repeating myosin bands. Texture features are then calculated by using a Haralick gray-level cooccurrence matrix in MATLAB. Two scores are retrieved from the texture correlation plot by using FT and curve-fitting methods. The sensitivity of the technique was tested on SHG images of human adult and infant muscle biopsies and of mouse muscle samples. The scores are strongly correlated to muscle fiber condition. We named the software MARS (muscle assessment and rating scores). It is executed automatically and is highly sensitive even to subtle defects. We propose MARS as a powerful and unbiased tool to assess muscle health.

  17. Spectroscopic studies of magnesium plasma produced by fundamental and second harmonics of Nd:YAG laser

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    Haq, S. U.; Ahmat, L.; Mumtaz, M.; Shakeel, Hira; Mahmood, S.; Nadeem, A.

    2015-08-01

    In the present experimental work, laser induced magnesium plasma has been characterized using plasma parameters. The plasma has been generated by the fundamental (1064 nm) and second harmonics (532 nm) of Nd:YAG laser. The plasma parameters such as electron temperature and electron number density have been extracted using Boltzmann plot method and Stark broadened line profile, respectively. The laser irradiance dependence and spatial behavior of electron temperature and number density in laser induced magnesium plasma have been studied. The electron temperature as a function of laser irradiance (0.5 to 6.5 GW/cm2) ranges from (9.16-10.37) × 103 K and (8.5-10.1)× 103 K, and electron number density from (0.99-1.08) × 1016 cm-3 and (1.04-1.22) × 1016cm-3 for 1064 and 532 nm, respectively. These parameters exhibit fast increase at low laser irradiance and slow increase at high irradiance. The spatial distribution of electron temperature and electron number density shows same decreasing trend up to 2.25 mm from the target surface. The electron temperature and number density decrease from (9.5-8.6) × 103 K, (1.27-1.15) × 1016cm-3 and (10.56-8.85)× 103 K, (1.08-0.99) × 1016 cm-3 for 532 nm and 1064 nm laser ablation wavelengths, respectively.

  18. Second-harmonic generation scattering directionality predicts tumor cell motility in collagen gels

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    Burke, Kathleen A.; Dawes, Ryan P.; Cheema, Mehar K.; Van Hove, Amy; Benoit, Danielle S. W.; Perry, Seth W.; Brown, Edward

    2015-05-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) allows for the analysis of tumor collagen structural changes throughout metastatic progression. SHG directionality, measured through the ratio of the forward-propagating to backward-propagating signal (F/B ratio), is affected by collagen fibril diameter, spacing, and disorder of fibril packing within a fiber. As tumors progress, these parameters evolve, producing concurrent changes in F/B. It has been recently shown that the F/B of highly metastatic invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) breast tumors is significantly different from less metastatic tumors. This suggests a possible relationship between the microstructure of collagen, as measured by the F/B, and the ability of tumor cells to locomote through that collagen. Utilizing in vitro collagen gels of different F/B ratios, we explored the relationship between collagen microstructure and motility of tumor cells in a "clean" environment, free of the myriad cells, and signals found in in vivo. We found a significant relationship between F/B and the total distance traveled by the tumor cell, as well as both the average and maximum velocities of the cells. Consequently, one possible mechanism underlying the observed relationship between tumor F/B and metastatic output in IDC patient samples is a direct influence of collagen structure on tumor cell motility.

  19. Optical second-harmonic generation measurements of porous low-k dielectric materials

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    Atkin, Joanna; Shaw, Thomas; Laibowitz, Robert; Heinz, Tony

    2009-03-01

    Low-k dielectric materials based on porous carbon-doped oxides, with relative dielectric constants as low as 2.1, are widely used as thin insulating films in the microelectronics industry. Knowledge of these materials' basic electronic properties, such as energy gaps, barrier heights, and trap states, is essential for modeling their electrical leakage and stability characteristics. We use femtosecond laser pulses to probe the dynamics of charge-carrier transfer processes across Si/LKD interfacial barriers by optical second harmonic generation (SHG). Larger electric fields from multiphoton injection can be developed in Si/LKD systems compared to Si/SiO2, indicating a significantly higher density of traps in the LKD. This is consistent with previously reported measurements of trap density by photoinjection techniques^*. We will also discuss results on the dynamics of discharging and on the dependence of charging phenomena on layer thickness. ^*J. M. Atkin, D. Song, T. M. Shaw, E. Cartier, R. B. Laibowitz, and T. F. Heinz, J. Appl. Phys. 103, 094104 (2008).

  20. Probing the interface of microscopic clay particles in aqueous solution by second harmonic generation

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    Yan, E.C.Y.; Eisenthal, K.B.

    1999-07-22

    The abundance in nature and the unique adsorptive and catalytic properties of clay particles make them a subject of fundamental and technological interest. Clay particles have long been recognized as important catalysts in petroleum-forming reactions and in the chemical evolution of certain organic compounds related to the origin of life. The large surface area make them excellent adsorbents and is the basis for their increasing use to remove organic and inorganic environmental pollutants. Industries also use them in a number of applications, e.g., decolorizing agents, carriers for insecticides, and detergent formulation. Second harmonic generation (SHG) is applied for the first time to study the surfaces of clay particles. An SHG signal was detected from an aqueous suspension of disk-shaped montmorillonite clay particles of 0.5 {micro}m diameter and 0.01 {micro}m thickness. The origin of the SHG signal is the polarization of water molecules by surface charges located in the edge region of the clay particles. On addition of the organic molecule 4-(2-pyridylazo)resorcinol (PR) to the clay aqueous suspension, a strong SHG signal originating from the PR molecules adsorbed onto the edge surfaces of the clay particles was obtained. The PR adsorbed on the basal planes do not contribute to the SHG signal because of cancellation effects. These experimental results demonstrate the applicability of the SHG method for studying molecular adsorption and the electrostatic properties of clay particles.

  1. Phase and Texture Characterizations of Scar Collagen Second-Harmonic Generation Images Varied with Scar Duration.

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    Chen, Guannan; Liu, Yao; Zhu, Xiaoqin; Huang, Zufang; Cai, Jianyong; Chen, Rong; Xiong, Shuyuan; Zeng, Haishan

    2015-08-01

    This work developed a phase congruency algorithm combined with texture analysis to quantitatively characterize collagen morphology in second-harmonic generation (SHG) images from human scars. The extracted phase and texture parameters of the SHG images quantified collagen directionality, homogeneity, and coarseness in scars and varied with scar duration. Phase parameters showed an increasing tendency of the mean of phase congruency with scar duration, indicating that collagen fibers are better oriented over time. Texture parameters calculated from local difference local binary pattern (LD-LBP) and Haar wavelet transform, demonstrated that the LD-LBP variance decreased and the energy of all subimages increased with scar duration. It implied that collagen has a more regular pattern and becomes coarser with scar duration. In addition, the random forest regression was used to predict scar duration, demonstrating reliable performance of the extracted phase and texture parameters in characterizing collagen morphology in scar SHG images. Results indicate that the extracted parameters using the proposed method can be used as quantitative indicators to monitor scar progression with time and can help understand the mechanism of scar progression. PMID:26036282

  2. Coherent acoustic perturbation of second-harmonic generation in NiO

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    Huber, L.; Ferrer, A.; Kubacka, T.; Huber, T.; Dornes, C.; Sato, T.; Ogawa, K.; Tono, K.; Katayama, T.; Inubushi, Y.; Yabashi, M.; Tanaka, Yoshikazu; Beaud, P.; Fiebig, M.; Scagnoli, V.; Staub, U.; Johnson, S. L.

    2015-09-01

    We investigate the structural and magnetic origins of the unusual ultrafast second-harmonic-generation (SHG) response of femtosecond-laser-excited nickel oxide (NiO) previously attributed to oscillatory reorientation dynamics of the magnetic structure induced by d -d excitations. Using time resolved x-ray diffraction from the (3/2 3/2 3/2 ) magnetic planes, we show that changes in the magnitude of the magnetic structure factor following ultrafast optical excitation are limited to Δ / =1.5 % in the first 30 ps. An extended investigation of the ultrafast SHG response reveals a strong dependence on wavelength as well as characteristic echoes, both of which give evidence for an acoustic origin of the dynamics. We therefore propose an alternative mechanism for the SHG response based on perturbations of the nonlinear susceptibility via optically induced strain in a spatially confined medium. In this model, the two observed oscillation periods can be understood as the times required for an acoustic strain wave to traverse one coherence length of the SHG process in either the collinear or anticollinear geometries.

  3. Second harmonic generation microscopy for quantitative analysis of collagen fibrillar structure.

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    Chen, Xiyi; Nadiarynkh, Oleg; Plotnikov, Sergey; Campagnola, Paul J

    2012-04-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy has emerged as a powerful modality for imaging fibrillar collagen in a diverse range of tissues. Because of its underlying physical origin, it is highly sensitive to the collagen fibril/fiber structure, and, importantly, to changes that occur in diseases such as cancer, fibrosis and connective tissue disorders. We discuss how SHG can be used to obtain more structural information on the assembly of collagen in tissues than is possible by other microscopy techniques. We first provide an overview of the state of the art and the physical background of SHG microscopy, and then describe the optical modifications that need to be made to a laser-scanning microscope to enable the measurements. Crucial aspects for biomedical applications are the capabilities and limitations of the different experimental configurations. We estimate that the setup and calibration of the SHG instrument from its component parts will require 2-4 weeks, depending on the level of the user's experience. PMID:22402635

  4. Polarization dependence of aligned collagen tissues imaged with second harmonic generation microscopy.

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    Ávila, Francisco J; Del Barco, Oscar; Bueno, Juan M

    2015-08-01

    A polarimetric second harmonic generation (SHG) microscope was used to analyze the dependence between polarization and SHG signal from collagen-based samples. A theoretical model was also developed to investigate the SHG intensity as a function of different polarization states for a set of quasiparallel fibers. Numerical simulations were compared to experimental SHG intensity values and a fairly good agreement was found. Linear polarized light produced periodical changes in the emitted SHG signal with a maximum of intensity corresponding to polarization parallel to the main orientation of the fibers, regardless the ratio of hyperpolarizabilities, ρρ . A similar behavior was found for elliptical states located along a vertical meridian on the Poincaré sphere (i.e., null azimuth) although the modulation of the SHG signal was different. Our numerical calculations described a dramatic change in this regular trend when ρρ changed from positive to negative values. Moreover, we provide an experimental method (based on the analysis of the modulation of the SHG signal) to determine the value of the ratio ρρ and, consequently, to obtain information about the internal organization of the collagen fibers. PMID:26263415

  5. Second Harmonic Imaging improves Echocardiograph Quality on board the International Space Station

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    Garcia, Kathleen; Sargsyan, Ashot; Hamilton, Douglas; Martin, David; Ebert, Douglas; Melton, Shannon; Dulchavsky, Scott

    2008-01-01

    Ultrasound (US) capabilities have been part of the Human Research Facility (HRF) on board the International Space Station (ISS) since 2001. The US equipment on board the ISS includes a first-generation Tissue Harmonic Imaging (THI) option. Harmonic imaging (HI) is the second harmonic response of the tissue to the ultrasound beam and produces robust tissue detail and signal. Since this is a first-generation THI, there are inherent limitations in tissue penetration. As a breakthrough technology, HI extensively advanced the field of ultrasound. In cardiac applications, it drastically improves endocardial border detection and has become a common imaging modality. U.S. images were captured and stored as JPEG stills from the ISS video downlink. US images with and without harmonic imaging option were randomized and provided to volunteers without medical education or US skills for identification of endocardial border. The results were processed and analyzed using applicable statistical calculations. The measurements in US images using HI improved measurement consistency and reproducibility among observers when compared to fundamental imaging. HI has been embraced by the imaging community at large as it improves the quality and data validity of US studies, especially in difficult-to-image cases. Even with the limitations of the first generation THI, HI improved the quality and measurability of many of the downlinked images from the ISS and should be an option utilized with cardiac imaging on board the ISS in all future space missions.

  6. Second Harmonic Generation Imaging Analysis of Collagen Arrangement in Human Cornea

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    Park, Choul Yong; Lee, Jimmy K.; Chuck, Roy S.

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To describe the horizontal arrangement of human corneal collagen bundles by using second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging. Methods Human corneas were imaged with an inverted two photon excitation fluorescence microscope. The excitation laser (Ti:Sapphire) was tuned to 850 nm. Backscatter signals of SHG were collected through a 425/30-nm bandpass emission filter. Multiple, consecutive, and overlapping image stacks (z-stacks) were acquired to generate three dimensional data sets. ImageJ software was used to analyze the arrangement pattern (irregularity) of collagen bundles at each image plane. Results Collagen bundles in the corneal lamellae demonstrated a complex layout merging and splitting within a single lamellar plane. The patterns were significantly different in the superficial and limbal cornea when compared with deep and central regions. Collagen bundles were smaller in the superficial layer and larger in deep lamellae. Conclusions By using SHG imaging, the horizontal arrangement of corneal collagen bundles was elucidated at different depths and focal regions of the human cornea. PMID:26313297

  7. Mode vibrations of a matrix transducer for three-dimensional second harmonic transesophageal echocardiography.

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    van Neer, Paul L M J; Blaak, Sandra; Bosch, Johan G; Lancée, Charles T; Prins, Christian; van der Steen, Anton F W; de Jong, Nico

    2012-10-01

    Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) uses the esophagus as an imaging window to the heart. This enables cardiac imaging without interference from the ribs or lungs and allows for higher frequency ultrasound to be used compared with transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). TEE facilitates the successful imaging of obese or elderly patients, where TTE may be unable to produce images of satisfactory quality. Recently, three-dimensional (3-D) TEE has been introduced, which greatly improves the image quality and diagnostic value of TEE by adding an extra dimension. Further improvement could be achieved by optimizing 3-D TEE for harmonic imaging. This article describes the optimal geometry and element configuration for a matrix probe for 3-D second harmonic TEE. The array concept features separated transmit and receive subarrays. The element geometry was studied using finite element modeling and a transmit subarray prototype was examined both acoustically and with laser interferometry. The transmit subarray is suitable for its role, with a 3 MHz resonance frequency, a 40%-50% -3 dB bandwidth and crosstalk levels <-27 dB. The proposed concept for the receive subarray has a 5.6 MHz center frequency and a 50% -3 dB bandwidth. PMID:22958515

  8. Correlation between polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography and second harmonic generation microscopy in skin

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    Le, Viet-Hoan; Lee, Seunghun; Kim, Bumju; Yoon, Yeoreum; Yoon, Calvin J.; Chung, Wan Kyun; Kim, Ki Hean

    2015-01-01

    Both polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) and second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy are 3D optical imaging methods providing information related to collagen in the skin. PS-OCT provides birefringence information which is due to the collagen composition of the skin. SHG microscopy visualizes collagen fibers in the skin based on their SHG property. These two modalities have been applied to the same skin pathologies associated with collagen changes, but their relationship has not been examined. In this study, we tried to find the relationship by imaging the same skin samples with both modalities. Various parts of the normal rat skin and burn damaged skin were imaged ex vivo, and their images were analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively. PS-OCT images were analyzed to obtain tissue birefringence. SHG images were analyzed to obtain collagen orientation indices by applying 2D Fourier transform. The skin samples having higher birefringence values had higher collagen orientation indices, and a linear correlation was found between them. Burn damaged skin showed decreases in both parameters compared to the control skins. This relationship between the bulk and microscopic properties of skin may be useful for further skin studies. PMID:26203380

  9. Incompressible fluid ellipsoids in halos. I - The second-harmonic oscillations of the Maclaurin spheroids

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    Durisen, R. H.

    1978-01-01

    The structure and stability of Maclaurin spheroids embedded in rigid uniform-density oblate spheroidal halos are determined by the tensor virial-equation method. These spheroid-halo systems can be thought of as crude fluid analogs of disk galaxies with halos. The halos are assumed to have the same center, the same axis of symmetry, and the same equatorial radius as the Maclaurin spheroids. Only halos with lower eccentricity than the Maclaurin spheroids are considered. The dynamic instability of the toroidal (barlike) modes is suppressed when m, the ratio of the halo mass to Maclaurin spheroid mass, is greater than 3 pi/8 for spherical halos and when m is greater than 1/2 for halos congruent to the Maclaurin spheroids. Intermediate halo flattenings yield intermediate critical m-values. On the other hand, a neutral point of the toroidal modes in the rotating and inertial frames occurs for all m and for all allowed halo flattenings. Growth rates for secular instability beyond the neutral point are calculated, and the eigenfrequencies of all second-harmonic modes are given for select cases. The Ostriker-Peebles (1973) conjecture concerning the stability of disk galaxies against barlike perturbations appears to be incorrect.

  10. Contrast enhancement in second harmonic imaging: discriminating between muscle and collagen

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    Psilodimitrakopoulos, Sotiris; Artigas, David; Soria, Guadalupe; Amat-Roldan, Ivan; Torre, Iratxe; Gratacos, Eduard; Planas, Anna M.; Loza-Alvarez, Pablo

    2009-07-01

    In this study, polarization second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging is used and data analysis is developed to gain contrast and to discriminate with pixel resolution, in the same image, SHG source architectures. We use mammalian tissue in which both skeletal muscle and fibrilar collagen can be found. The images are fitted point by point using an algorithm based on a biophysical model, where the coefficient of determination is utilized as a filtering mechanism. For the whole image we retrieve for every pixel, the effective orientation, θe , of the SHG active structures. As a result a new image is formed which its contrast depends on the values of θe . Collagen presented in the forward direction for a predefined region of interest (ROI), peak distribution of angles θe centered in the region of ~45°, while muscle in the region of ~65°. Consequently, collagen and muscle are represented in different colors in the same image. Thus, here we show that it is possible to gain contrast and to discriminate between collagen and muscle without the use of any exogenous labeling or any co-localization with fluorescence imaging.

  11. Second-harmonic generation scattering directionality predicts tumor cell motility in collagen gels.

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    Burke, Kathleen A; Dawes, Ryan P; Cheema, Mehar K; Van Hove, Amy; Benoit, Danielle S W; Perry, Seth W; Brown, Edward

    2015-05-01

    Second-harmonic generation (SHG) allows for the analysis of tumor collagen structural changes throughout metastatic progression. SHG directionality, measured through the ratio of the forward-propagating to backward-propagating signal (F/B ratio), is affected by collagen fibril diameter, spacing, and disorder of fibril packing within a fiber. As tumors progress, these parameters evolve, producing concurrent changes in F/B. It has been recently shown that the F/B of highly metastatic invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) breast tumors is significantly different from less metastatic tumors. This suggests a possible relationship between the microstructure of collagen, as measured by the F/B, and the ability of tumor cells to locomote through that collagen. Utilizing in vitro collagen gels of different F/B ratios, we explored the relationship between collagen microstructure and motility of tumor cells in a “clean” environment, free of the myriad cells, and signals found in in vivo. We found a significant relationship between F/B and the total distance traveled by the tumor cell, as well as both the average and maximum velocities of the cells. Consequently, one possible mechanism underlying the observed relationship between tumor F/B and metastatic output in IDC patient samples is a direct influence of collagen structure on tumor cell motility. PMID:25625899

  12. Second-Harmonic Generation and Relaxation in Polyurea Thin Films Prepared by Vapor Deposition Polymerization

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    Hikita, Masayuki; Yamada, Sinichi; Mizutani, Teruyosi

    1993-06-01

    Aromatic polyurea thin (PU) films were fabricated by means of coevaporation of 4,4'-diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) and either 4,4'-diamino diphenyl methane (DDM) or 4,4'-diamino diphenyl ether (DDE). For the two PU films, second-harmonic generation (SHG) caused by corona poling and the subsequent isothermal decay were investigated. The second-order nonlinear coefficient d33 was estimated to be 5.3 and 6.3 pm/V for PU(DDM) and PU(DDE), respectively, and proved to exhibit almost no decay with time up to 2000 h. It was also found that annealing prior to the poling process caused no additional increase of SHG. This result was interpreted in terms of increase in the packing density of molecules, leading to suppression of the molecular orientation. PU films containing excess residual isocyanate groups showed a large SHG decay to about 60% of the initial value within 10 min. It was concluded that the residual isocyanate groups in as-deposited PU films greatly affects the behavior of SHG relaxation.

  13. Crystalline phase responsible for the permanent second-harmonic generation in chalcogenide glass-ceramics

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    Guignard, Marie; Nazabal, Virginie; Zhang, Xiang-Hua; Smektala, Frédéric; Moréac, Alain; Pechev, Stanislas; Zeghlache, Hassina; Kudlinski, Alexandre; Martinelli, Gilbert; Quiquempois, Yves

    2007-10-01

    Permanent second-harmonic generation (SHG) has been demonstrated in chalcogenide based glass-ceramics containing non-linear micro-crystals with a size of a few micrometers. A glass composition from the Ge-Sb-S system was chosen as the reference glass for its stability against crystallization and atmospheric corrosion. Metallic cadmium was introduced in this matrix to promote crystallite formation resulting in infrared transparent glass-ceramics. A volume crystallization of β-GeS2 phase was obtained within the glass media by heating the glass samples at 370 °C for different durations. The glass-ceramics were then investigated by Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and NanoSIMS. The second-order non-linear signals were recorded by using Maker fringes experiment and were studied as a function of the crystallized volume fraction. The results indicated a non-linearity in chalcogenide glass-ceramics about one hundred times lower than α-quartz for a 1 mm thick sample heat treated 144 h.

  14. Fully integrated reflection-mode photoacoustic, two-photon, and second harmonic generation microscopy in vivo.

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    Song, Wei; Xu, Qiang; Zhang, Yang; Zhan, Yang; Zheng, Wei; Song, Liang

    2016-01-01

    The ability to obtain comprehensive structural and functional information from intact biological tissue in vivo is highly desirable for many important biomedical applications, including cancer and brain studies. Here, we developed a fully integrated multimodal microscopy that can provide photoacoustic (optical absorption), two-photon (fluorescence), and second harmonic generation (SHG) information from tissue in vivo, with intrinsically co-registered images. Moreover, using a delicately designed optical-acoustic coupling configuration, a high-frequency miniature ultrasonic transducer was integrated into a water-immersion optical objective, thus allowing all three imaging modalities to provide a high lateral resolution of ~290 nm with reflection-mode imaging capability, which is essential for studying intricate anatomy, such as that of the brain. Taking advantage of the complementary and comprehensive contrasts of the system, we demonstrated high-resolution imaging of various tissues in living mice, including microvasculature (by photoacoustics), epidermis cells, cortical neurons (by two-photon fluorescence), and extracellular collagen fibers (by SHG). The intrinsic image co-registration of the three modalities conveniently provided improved visualization and understanding of the tissue microarchitecture. The reported results suggest that, by revealing complementary tissue microstructures in vivo, this multimodal microscopy can potentially facilitate a broad range of biomedical studies, such as imaging of the tumor microenvironment and neurovascular coupling. PMID:27576922

  15. The Impact of Collagen Fibril Polarity on Second Harmonic Generation Microscopy.

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    Couture, Charles-André; Bancelin, Stéphane; Van der Kolk, Jarno; Popov, Konstantin; Rivard, Maxime; Légaré, Katherine; Martel, Gabrielle; Richard, Hélène; Brown, Cameron; Laverty, Sheila; Ramunno, Lora; Légaré, François

    2015-12-15

    In this work, we report the implementation of interferometric second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy with femtosecond pulses. As a proof of concept, we imaged the phase distribution of SHG signal from the complex collagen architecture of juvenile equine growth cartilage. The results are analyzed in respect to numerical simulations to extract the relative orientation of collagen fibrils within the tissue. Our results reveal large domains of constant phase together with regions of quasi-random phase, which are correlated to respectively high- and low-intensity regions in the standard SHG images. A comparison with polarization-resolved SHG highlights the crucial role of relative fibril polarity in determining the SHG signal intensity. Indeed, it appears that even a well-organized noncentrosymmetric structure emits low SHG signal intensity if it has no predominant local polarity. This work illustrates how the complex architecture of noncentrosymmetric scatterers at the nanoscale governs the coherent building of SHG signal within the focal volume and is a key advance toward a complete understanding of the structural origin of SHG signals from tissues. PMID:26682809

  16. Stable operation of a 200 kW second-harmonic TE{sub 21} Gyro-TWT amplifier

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    Wang, Q.S.; McDermott, D.B.; Luhmann, N.C.

    1995-12-31

    A second-harmonic TE{sub 21} gyro-TWT amplifier stably generated 207 kW, nearly twice the level achieved by fundamental-harmonic gyro-TWTs. The efficiency was 13% with a saturated gain of 16 dB and 2.1% bandwith.

  17. Simultaneous type I and type II Čerenkov-phase matched second-harmonic generation in disordered nonlinear photonic structures.

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    Ayoub, Mousa; Paßlick, Markus; Imbrock, Jörg; Denz, Cornelia

    2015-11-01

    We observe simultaneous type I and II Čerenkov-phase matched second-harmonic generation in a disordered nonlinear photonic crystal. The mean width of the disordered ferroelectric domains and the laser beam width are adjusted to be on the same length scale. We analyze the polarization properties, emission angles and intensities of each process. PMID:26561107

  18. The application of the symmetry properties of optical second harmonic generation to studies of interfaces and gases

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    Feller, M.B.

    1991-11-01

    Optical second harmonic generation has proven to be a powerful tool for studying interfaces. The symmetry properties of the process allow for surface sensitivity not available with other optical methods. In this thesis, we take advantage of these symmetry properties SHG to study a variety of interesting systems not previously studied with this technique. We show that optical second harmonic generation is an effective surface probe with a submonolayer sensitivity for media without inversion symmetry. We demonstrate the technique at a gallium arsenide surface, exploiting the different symmetry properties of the bulk and surface of the crystal to isolate the surface contribution. We also demonstrate that optical second harmonic generation can be used to determine the anisotropic orientational distribution of a surface monolayer of molecules. We apply the technique to study homogeneously aligned liquid crystal cells. To further explore the LC-polymer interface, we used SHG to study the surface memory effect. The surface memory effect is the rendering of an isotropic interface anisotropic by putting it in contact with an anisotropic bulk. Last, we describe some preliminary measurements of a time-resolved spectroscopic study of the phenomenon of second harmonic generation in a gas. The construction of a 500 microjoule pulsed, tunable laser source is described.

  19. High energy cw-diode pumped Nd:YVO4 regenerative amplifier with efficient second harmonic generation.

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    Lührmann, Markus; Theobald, Christian; Wallenstein, Richard; L'huillier, Johannes A

    2009-12-01

    We report on a 888 nm diode-pumped Nd:YVO4 regenerative amplifier with up to 33.7 W output power with a repetition-rate of 20 kHz and an adjustable pulse duration between 217 ps and 1 ns. This setup allowed for efficient second harmonic generation with an efficiency of up to 79%. PMID:20052201

  20. Broadband electric-field-induced LP01 and LP02 second harmonic generation in Xe-filled hollow-core PCF.

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    Ménard, Jean-Michel; Köttig, Felix; St J Russell, Philip

    2016-08-15

    Second harmonic (SH) generation with 300 fs pump pulses is reported in a xenon-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber (PCF) across which an external bias voltage is applied. Phase-matched intermodal conversion from a pump light in the LP01 mode to SH light in the LP02 mode is achieved at a particular gas pressure. Using periodic electrodes, quasi-phase-matched SH generation into the low-loss LP01 mode is achieved at a different pressure. The low linear dispersion of the gas enables phase-matching over a broad spectral window, resulting in a measured bandwidth of ∼10  nm at high pump energies. A conversion efficiency of ∼18%/mJ is obtained. Gas-filled anti-resonant-reflecting hollow-core PCF uniquely offers pressure-tunable phase-matching, ultra-broadband guidance, and a very high optical damage threshold, which hold great promise for efficient three-wave mixing, especially in difficult-to-access regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. PMID:27519091

  1. Optical system design of a speckle-free ultrafast Red-Green-Blue (RGB) source based on angularly multiplexed second harmonic generation from a TZDW source

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    Yao, Yuhong; Knox, Wayne H.

    2015-03-01

    We report the optical system design of a novel speckle-free ultrafast Red-Green-Blue (RGB) source based on angularly multiplexed simultaneous second harmonic generation from the efficiently generated Stokes and anti-Stokes pulses from a commercially available photonic crystal fiber (PCF) with two zero dispersion wavelengths (TZDW). We describe the optimized configuration of the TZDW fiber source which supports excitations of dual narrow-band pulses with peak wavelengths at 850 nm, 1260 nm and spectral bandwidths of 23 nm, 26 nm, respectively within 12 cm of commercially available TZDW PCF. The conversion efficiencies are as high as 44% and 33% from the pump source (a custom-built Yb:fiber master-oscillator-power-amplifier). As a result of the nonlinear dynamics of propagation, the dual pulses preserve their ultrashort pulse width (with measured autocorrelation traces of 200 fs and 227 fs,) which eliminates the need for dispersion compensation before harmonic generation. With proper optical design of the free-space harmonic generation system, we achieve milli-Watt power level red, green and blue pulses at 630 nm, 517 nm and 425 nm. Having much broader spectral bandwidths compared to picosecond RGB laser sources, the source is inherently speckle-free due to the ultra-short coherence length (<37 μm) while still maintaining an excellent color rendering capability with >99.4% excitation purities of the three primaries, leading to the coverage of 192% NTSC color gamut (CIE 1976). The reported RGB source features a very simple system geometry, its potential for power scaling is discussed with currently available technologies.

  2. Measuring strain using digital image correlation of second harmonic generation images.

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    Wentzell, Scott; Sterling Nesbitt, Robert; Macione, James; Kotha, Shiva

    2013-08-01

    The micromechanical environment of bone is crucial to understanding both bone fracture and mechanobiological responses of osteocytes, yet few techniques exist that are capable of measuring strains on the micrometer scale. A method for measuring micrometer level strains has been developed based on digital image correlation (DIC) of second harmonic generation microscopy (SHGM) images. Bovine tibias milled into thin sections were imaged using SHGM under loads of 0 and 15 MPa. Strains were measured using DIC and compared to applied strain values. First and second principal strains decreased in magnitude as the analysis region area increased from 1750 µm(2) to 60,920 µm(2), converging to 1.23 ± 0.74 and -0.745 ± 0.9816 times the applied strain respectively. A representative sample histogram revealed regions of pure tensile and compressive strain, and that strains were highly heterogeneous ranging from 8410 to -8840 microstrain for an applied 2870 microstrain. Comparison with applied strain measures suggested that analysis sizes of 1750 µm(2) and greater were measuring strains on the tissue scale, and higher resolution is required for collagen fibrillar strains. Regions of low SHGM intensity ("dark" regions) were seen which are believed to be lacunar and perilacunar regions of low collagen density. However, no significant differences in strain magnitude were present in dark regions versus regions of high signal intensity. The proposed technique is effective for strains on the size order of bone microarchitecture, and would be useful for studies into the mechanical microenvironment during loading. The technique also has potential for in vivo studies in small animal models. PMID:23845730

  3. Phase locking of a second harmonic gyrotron using a quasi-optical circulator

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    Hoppe, Daniel J.; Perez, Raul M.; Bhanji, Alaudin M.; Guo, Hezhong Z.; Rogers, John; Tate, Jeffrey P.

    1995-09-01

    Phase locking of a high power pulsed gyrotron oscillator through the use of a quasi-optical circulator was investigated. A second harmonic gyrotron which features a novel complex cavity, operating at 34.5 GHz, was used in the experiment. The quasi-optical circulator consisted of a 5.75 inch diameter ferrite disk biased with a one kilogauss permanent magnet. A polarizing grid was used to separate the input and output signals in the circulator. In order to couple the gyrotron oscillator output efficiently to the quasi-optical system, a number of mode converters, TE03-TE02, TE02-TE01, TE01-TM11, and TM11-HE11, were required. The insertion loss of the circulator and mode converter chain was approximately 1 dB, and an isolation exceeding 25 dB was achieved. In addition, a low power WR28 waveguide isolator was inserted in the injection signal path, providing an additional 35 dB of isolation, for a total isolation of 60 dB. The injection signal was provided by a synthesized signal generator and a 100 Watt traveling wave tube amplifier. A sample of the gyrotron output signal was obtained through an additional horn and mixed with a sample of the injection signal, producing a difference signal. The injection signal was swept slowly through a known frequency range while the difference signal was recorded. The recorded signals were analyzed off-line, and the locking bandwidth was determined. Experiments were performed for injection powers from 0-60 Watts, and a gyrotron output power of approximately 80-100 kW. Phase locking was observed for all non-zero injection powers.

  4. Experiments of second harmonic generation output in pulsed TEA CO2 laser

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    Guo, Ruhai; Li, Dianjun

    2010-11-01

    It is always the hot subject to realize the output of high-power laser in the range of 3-5μm wavelength. This rang of wave band has greatly important applications in military because it located in the atmosphere window. Generally there are two ways to obtain this range of laser wavelength. One way is through optical parameter oscillation (OPO) from shorter laser wavelength and the other is through second harmonic generation (SHG) from longer laser wavelength. Firstly, the comparison between tow nonlinear crystals ZnGeP2 and AgGaSe2 is conducted for their nonlinear coefficient and damaging threshold in theory. The theoretical results show that the crystal AgGaSe2 is more suitable for the SHG of pulsed TEA CO2 laser. When using pulsed TEA CO2 laser with wavelength of 9.3μm to pumping AgGaSe2 SHG crystal, the wavelength of 4.65μm is obtained. In the condition of repetition rate 100Hz, the upmost output power of single pulse is up to level of 1W, which corresponding efficiency of SHG is about 6%. The experimental results show that the polarization of laser beam has greatly influence on the SHG output of the crystal. Under the radiation of 3MW/cm2 from fundamental wave and the right position for maximal SHG output in the crystal, when polarization of laser beam rotates +/-4.5°, the SHG output of energy decrease about 30%. The research of this paper will make a foundation for further development of mid-infrared laser.

  5. Investigating backward scattered second harmonic generation from various mouse collagen tissues

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    Shen, Mengzhe; Tian, Yunxian; Chong, Shau Poh; Zhao, Jianhua; Zeng, Haishan; Tang, Shuo

    2014-02-01

    A confocal multiphoton microscopy system with various detection pinholes was used to differentiate backward scattered second harmonic generation (BS-SHG) from backward generated SHG (BG-SHG) based on the fact that BS-SHG is more scattered and therefore has a much bigger spot size than BG-SHG. BS-SHG is quantified from two types of mouse tissues, such as Achilles tendon, and skin, and at various focal depths. It is found that the BS-SHG contributes less to the total backward SHG for the skin than Achilles tendon with thicknesses of around three hundred micrometers. For tissue with larger F/B intensity ratio such as Achilles tendon, increasing the tissue thickness reduces it tremendously. However, for tissue with smaller F/B intensity ratio, tissue thickness increment does not alter it significantly. In addition, larger F/B intensity ratio might be related with a greater scattering coefficient from our Achilles tendon and skin comparison. When the focal point is moved deeper into tissue, the contribution of BS-SHG is found to decrease due to a reduced pass length of the forward propagated photons. On the contrary, when the tissue thickness increases, the contribution of the BS-SHG is increased. These observations for thicker skin tissues are related with our F/B intensity ratio measurement for thin mouse skin sample in terms of that the magnitude of backward generated SHG are dominant among the total backward SHG in mouse skin tissue. Considering the phase mismatching condition in the forward and backward directions, these results may indicate that quasi-phase matching originating from the regular structure of collagen could help with reducing the phase mismatch especially in the backward direction.

  6. Second harmonic generation quantitative measurements on collagen fibrils through correlation to electron microscopy

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    Bancelin, S.; Aimé, C.; Gusachenko, I.; Kowalczuk, L.; Latour, G.; Coradin, T.; Schanne-Klein, M.-C.

    2015-03-01

    Type I collagen is a major structural protein in mammals that shows highly structured macromolecular organizations specific to each tissue. This biopolymer is synthesized as triple helices, which self-assemble into fibrils (Ø =10-300 nm) and further form various 3D organization. In recent years, Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) microscopy has emerged as a powerful technique to probe in situ the fibrillar collagenous network within tissues. However, this optical technique cannot resolve most of the fibrils and is a coherent process, which has impeded quantitative measurements of the fibril diameter so far. In this study, we correlated SHG microscopy with Transmission Electron Microscopy to determine the sensitivity of SHG microscopy and to calibrate SHG signals as a function of the fibril diameter in reconstructed collagen gels. To that end, we synthetized isolated fibrils with various diameters and successfully imaged the very same fibrils with both techniques, down to 30 nm diameter. We observed that SHG signals scaled as the fourth power of the fibril diameter, as expected from analytical and numerical calculations. This calibration was then applied to diabetic rat cornea in which we successfully recovered the diameter of hyperglycemia-induced fibrils in the Descemet's membrane without having to resolve them. Finally we derived the first hyperpolarizability from a single collagen triple helix which validates the bottom-up approach used to calculate the non-linear response at the fibrillar scale and denotes a parallel alignment of triple helices within the fibrils. These results represent a major step towards quantitative SHG imaging of nm-sized collagen fibrils.

  7. White light emission and second harmonic generation from secondary group participation (SGP) in a coordination network.

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    He, Jun; Zeller, Matthias; Hunter, Allen D; Xu, Zhengtao

    2012-01-25

    We describe a white emitting coordination network solid that can be conveniently applied as a thin film onto a commercial UV-LED lamp for practical white lighting applications. The solid state material was discovered in an exercise of exploring molecular building blocks equipped with secondary groups for fine-tuning the structures and properties of coordination nets. Specifically, CH(3)SCH(2)CH(2)S- and (S)-CH(3)(OH)CHCH(2)S- (2-hydroxylpropyl) were each attached as secondary groups to the 2,5- positions of 1,4-benzenedicarboxylic acid (bdc), and the resultant molecules (L1 and L2, respectively) were crystallized with Pb(II) into the topologically similar 3D nets of PbL1 and PbL2, both consisting of interlinked Pb-carboxyl chains. While the CH(3)S- groups in PbL1 are not bonded to the Pb(II) centers, the hydroxy groups in PbL2 participate in coordinating to Pb(II) and thus modify the bonding features around the Pb(II), but only to a slight and subtle degree (e.g., Pb-O distances 2.941-3.116 Å). Interestingly, the subtle change in structure significantly impacts the properties, i.e., while the photoluminescence of PbL1 is yellowish green, PbL2 features bright white emission. Also, the homochiral side group in PbL2 imparts significant second harmonic generation, in spite of its seemingly weak association with the main framework (the NLO-phore). In a broad perspective, this work showcases the idea of secondary group participation (SGP) in the construction of coordination networks, an idea that parallels that of hemilabile ligands in organometallics and points to an effective strategy in developing advanced functions in solid state framework materials. PMID:22236070

  8. Experimental intensity analysis of second harmonic generation at the Cu(110) surface

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    Schwab, C.; Meister, G.; Woll, J.; Gerlach, A.; Goldmann, A.

    2000-06-01

    We have analyzed second harmonic generation (SHG) intensities from Cu(110) at fundamental wavelengths λ=1064 nm and between λ=650 and 540 nm. Experimentally the light incidence direction was chosen along the two inequivalent mirror planes of the surface lattice unit cell, and the linear polarizations of both input (fundamental) and output (frequency-doubled) radiation could be varied independently. At λ=1064 nm the relative sizes of the different components of the second-order susceptibility tensor are as follows: | χ zzz|=2490, | χ yzy|=139 and | χ zyy|=33.7. The remaining elements are below detection threshold: | χ xzx|<3 and | χ zxx|<3. This analysis is based on the use of Fresnel coefficients and bulk optical constants. The results indicate that SHG is dominated by transitions induced by the z-components of the incident electric field. However, the situation is completely different in the intensity maximum ( λ=600 nm) of a resonant intersurface band transition occurring around the Ȳ-point of the surface Brillouin zone: now SHG is dominated by the zyy tensor component, which exceeds both yzy and zzz, while again | χ zxx| and | χ xzx| are negligible. All available data, including temperature-dependent SHG studies of different authors, clearly show that contributions of electronic surface states to SHG intensities may be significant or even dominant. Therefore, a detailed quantitative understanding is a necessary condition for any analysis of adsorbate-induced SHG signals, since adsorbates can modify the surface electronic properties considerably. Our results furthermore indicate that the use of isotropic Fresnel coefficients to model the SHG-active electric fields is inadequate for a complete quantitative analysis.

  9. Frequency-resolved optical gating with the use of second-harmonic generation

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    DeLong, K.W.; Trebino, R. ); Hunter, J.; White, W.E. )

    1994-11-01

    We discuss the use of second-harmonic generation (SHG) as the nonlinearity in the technique of frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) for measuring the full intensity and phase evolution of an arbitrary ultrashort pulse. FROG that uses a third-order nonlinearity in the polarization-gate geometry has proved extremely successful, and the algorithm required for extraction of the intensity and the phase from the experimental data is quite robust. However, for pulse intensities less than [similar to] 1 MW, third-order nonlinearities generate insufficient signal strength, and therefore SHG FROG appears necessary. We discuss the theoretical, algorithmic, and experimental considerations of SHG FROG in detail. SHG FROG has an ambiguity in the direction of time, and its traces are somewhat unintuitive. Also, previously published algorithms are generally ineffective at extracting the intensity and the phase of an arbitrary laser pulse from the SHG FROG trace. We present an improved pulse-retrieval algorithm, based on the method of generalized projections, that is far superior to the previously published algorithms, although it is still not so robust as the polarization-gate algorithm. We discuss experimental sources of error such as pump depletion and group-velocity mismatch. We also present several experimental examples of pulses measured with SHG FROG and show that the derived intensities and phases are in agreement with more conventional diagnostic techniques, and we demonstrate the high-dynamic-range capability of SHG FROG. We conclude that, despite the above drawbacks, SHG FROG should be useful in measuring low-energy pulses.

  10. Determination of Multivalent Protein–Ligand Binding Kinetics by Second-Harmonic Correlation Spectroscopy

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    2015-01-01

    Binding kinetics of the multivalent proteins peanut agglutinin (PnA) and cholera toxin B subunit (CTB) to a GM1-doped 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DOPC) lipid bilayer were investigated by both second-harmonic correlation spectroscopy (SHCS) and a traditional equilibrium binding isotherm. Adsorption and desorption rates, as well as binding affinity and binding free energy, for three bulk protein concentrations were determined by SHCS. For PnA binding to GM1, the measured adsorption rate decreased with increasing bulk PnA concentration from (3.7 ± 0.3) × 106 M–1·s–1 at 0.43 μM PnA to (1.1 ± 0.1) × 105 M–1·s–1 at 12 μM PnA. CTB–GM1 exhibited a similar trend, decreasing from (1.0 ± 0.1) × 109 M–1·s–1 at 0.5 nM CTB to (3.5 ± 0.2) × 106 M–1·s–1 at 240 nM CTB. The measured desorption rates in both studies did not exhibit any dependence on initial protein concentration. As such, 0.43 μM PnA and 0.5 nM CTB had the strongest measured binding affinities, (3.7 ± 0.8) × 109 M–1 and (2.8 ± 0.5) × 1013 M–1, respectively. Analysis of the binding isotherm data suggests there is electrostatic repulsion between protein molecules when PnA binds GM1, while CTB–GM1 demonstrates positive ligand–ligand cooperativity. This study provides additional insight into the complex interactions between multivalent proteins and their ligands and showcases SHCS for examining these complex yet technologically important protein–ligand complexes used in biosensors, immunoassays, and other biomedical diagnostics. PMID:25314127

  11. Hyperglycemia-Induced Abnormalities in Rat and Human Corneas: The Potential of Second Harmonic Generation Microscopy

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    Latour, Gaël; Kowalczuk, Laura; Savoldelli, Michèle; Bourges, Jean-Louis; Plamann, Karsten; Behar-Cohen, Francine; Schanne-Klein, Marie-Claire

    2012-01-01

    Background Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) microscopy recently appeared as an efficient optical imaging technique to probe unstained collagen-rich tissues like cornea. Moreover, corneal remodeling occurs in many diseases and precise characterization requires overcoming the limitations of conventional techniques. In this work, we focus on diabetes, which affects hundreds of million people worldwide and most often leads to diabetic retinopathy, with no early diagnostic tool. This study then aims to establish the potential of SHG microscopy for in situ detection and characterization of hyperglycemia-induced abnormalities in the Descemet’s membrane, in the posterior cornea. Methodology/Principal Findings We studied corneas from age-matched control and Goto-Kakizaki rats, a spontaneous model of type 2 diabetes, and corneas from human donors with type 2 diabetes and without any diabetes. SHG imaging was compared to confocal microscopy, to histology characterization using conventional staining and transmitted light microscopy and to transmission electron microscopy. SHG imaging revealed collagen deposits in the Descemet’s membrane of unstained corneas in a unique way compared to these gold standard techniques in ophthalmology. It provided background-free images of the three-dimensional interwoven distribution of the collagen deposits, with improved contrast compared to confocal microscopy. It also provided structural capability in intact corneas because of its high specificity to fibrillar collagen, with substantially larger field of view than transmission electron microscopy. Moreover, in vivo SHG imaging was demonstrated in Goto-Kakizaki rats. Conclusions/Significance Our study shows unambiguously the high potential of SHG microscopy for three-dimensional characterization of structural abnormalities in unstained corneas. Furthermore, our demonstration of in vivo SHG imaging opens the way to long-term dynamical studies. This method should be easily generalized to

  12. Quadrupolar second-harmonic generation by helical beams and vectorial vortices with radial or azimuthal polarization

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    Mandujano, Miguel G.; Maytorena, Jesús A.

    2013-08-01

    We study the optical second-harmonic radiation (SHG) generated by scattering from a homogeneous centrosymmetric thin composite material illuminated by higher-order Gaussian laser beams. The induced second-order source polarization is taken as of quadrupolar type (E·∇)E, which depends on the inhomogeneity of the incident electric field E. This nonlinear source has the same form as that responsible of the SH signal observed in a composite made of Si nanocrystals embedded uniformly in a SiO2 matrix and that calculated for a thin disordered array of nanospheres. We calculate the SH radiation angular patterns generated by several incident combinations of spatial modes and states of polarizations. In particular, excitation with radially and azimuthally polarized doughnut modes and helical beams carrying orbital angular momentum with linear or circular polarization are considered. We found that this quadrupolar SHG depends sensitively on the transverse structure and polarization of the driving field. The response to ∇E introduces a factor E(E·K) in the Fourier component of the SH scattering amplitude, absent in electric-dipole-allowed SHG, that can give additional nodal lines or rings in the SH angular patterns, changes of the state of polarization, or additional azimuthal phases in the harmonic radiation. For circularly polarized beams with helical phase wave front, we found a selection rule according to which the nonlinear scattering of an optical vortex with charge lω and spin σ=±1 induces a SH vortex field with a spin-dependent charge doubling l2ω=2lω+σ. These features may be useful to identify SHG processes of quadrupolar nature and suggest a way to produce scattered SH radiation with a desired angular pattern and state of polarization.

  13. Second Harmonic Super-resolution Microscopy for Quantification of mRNA at Single Copy Sensitivity

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    2015-01-01

    Cell-specific information on the quantity and localization of key mRNAs at single copy sensitivity in single cells is critical for evaluating basic cellular process, disease risk, and efficacy of therapy. Quantification of overexpressed mRNAs beyond the diffraction limit is constrained by the optical property of the probes and microscopy techniques. In this report, nanosized barium titanium oxide (BaTiO3, BTO) crystals were utilized as probes for mRNA quantification by a second harmonic super-resolution microscopy (SHaSM). The SHaSM was able to detect a single copy of the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (Her2) mRNA at a resolution of 55.6 nm with the ability to resolve multiple mRNA copies in a diffraction-limited spot. Her2 mRNA per cell was counted in SK-BR-3, MCF-7, and HeLa cell lines as 595 ± 79.1, 38.9 ± 8.26, and 1.5 ± 2.8, respectively. Our single-cell quantification results were validated with the fluorescence in situ hybridization studies and quantitative PCR, showing better specificity and selectivity over current single-molecule approaches for transcript detection. The SHaSM is expected to have an upper limit of resolving ∼104 transcripts in a single cell with the ability to monitor intracellular transcriptional dynamics at video rate. The developed approach has strong potential in clinical research and in the early diagnosis of life-threatening diseases such as cancer. PMID:25494326

  14. Spectroscopic studies of magnesium plasma produced by fundamental and second harmonics of Nd:YAG laser

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    Haq, S. U. Ahmat, L.; Mumtaz, M.; Nadeem, A.; Shakeel, Hira; Mahmood, S.

    2015-08-15

    In the present experimental work, laser induced magnesium plasma has been characterized using plasma parameters. The plasma has been generated by the fundamental (1064 nm) and second harmonics (532 nm) of Nd:YAG laser. The plasma parameters such as electron temperature and electron number density have been extracted using Boltzmann plot method and Stark broadened line profile, respectively. The laser irradiance dependence and spatial behavior of electron temperature and number density in laser induced magnesium plasma have been studied. The electron temperature as a function of laser irradiance (0.5 to 6.5 GW/cm{sup 2}) ranges from (9.16–10.37) × 10{sup 3 }K and (8.5–10.1)× 10{sup 3 }K, and electron number density from (0.99–1.08) × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −3} and (1.04–1.22) × 10{sup 16}cm{sup −3} for 1064 and 532 nm, respectively. These parameters exhibit fast increase at low laser irradiance and slow increase at high irradiance. The spatial distribution of electron temperature and electron number density shows same decreasing trend up to 2.25 mm from the target surface. The electron temperature and number density decrease from (9.5–8.6) × 10{sup 3 }K, (1.27–1.15) × 10{sup 16}cm{sup −3} and (10.56–8.85)× 10{sup 3 }K, (1.08–0.99) × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −3} for 532 nm and 1064 nm laser ablation wavelengths, respectively.

  15. Second Harmonic Generation Confocal Microscopy of Collagen Type I from Rat Tendon Cryosections

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    Theodossiou, Theodossis A.; Thrasivoulou, Christopher; Ekwobi, Chidi; Becker, David L.

    2006-01-01

    We performed second harmonic generation (SHG) imaging of collagen in rat-tendon cryosections, using femtosecond laser scanning confocal microscopy, both in backscattering and transmission geometries. SHG transmission images of collagen fibers were spatially resolved due to a coherent, directional SHG component. This effect was enhanced with the use of an index-matching fluid (ni = 1.52). The average SHG intensity oscillated with wavelength in the backscattered geometry (isotropic SHG component), whereas the spectral profile was consistent with quasi-phase-matching conditions in transmission geometry (forward propagating, coherent SHG component) around 440 nm (λp = 880 nm). Collagen type I from bovine Achilles tendon was imaged for SHG in the backscattered geometry and its first-order effective nonlinear coefficient was determined (\\documentclass[10pt]{article} \\usepackage{amsmath} \\usepackage{wasysym} \\usepackage{amsfonts} \\usepackage{amssymb} \\usepackage{amsbsy} \\usepackage{mathrsfs} \\pagestyle{empty} \\oddsidemargin -1.0in \\begin{document} \\begin{equation*}{\\vert}d_{{\\mathrm{eff}}}{\\vert}\\approx 0.085({\\pm}0.025){\\times}10^{-12}{\\mathrm{mV}}^{-1}\\end{equation*}\\end{document}) by comparison to samples of inorganic materials with known effective nonlinear coefficients (LiNbO3 and LiIO3). The SHG spectral response of collagen type I from bovine Achilles tendon matched that of the rat-tendon cryosections in backscattered geometry. Collagen types I, II, and VI powders (nonfibrous) did not show any detectable SHG, indicating a lack of noncentrosymmetric crystalline structure at the molecular level. The various stages of collagen thermal denaturation were investigated in rat-tendon cryosections using SHG and bright-field imaging. Thermal denaturation resulted in the gradual destruction of the SHG signal. PMID:17130233

  16. Second-harmonic generation reveals a relationship between metastatic potential and collagen fiber structure

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    Burke, Kathleen A.; Dawes, Ryan P.; Cheema, Mehar K.; Perry, Seth; Brown, Edward

    2014-02-01

    Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) of collagen signals allows for the analysis of collagen structural changes throughout metastatic progression. The directionality of coherent SHG signals, measured through the ratio of the forward-propagating to backward propagating signal (F/B ratio), is affected by fibril diameter, spacing, and order versus disorder of fibril packing within a fiber. As tumors interact with their microenvironment and metastasize, it causes changes in these parameters, and concurrent changes in the F/B ratio. Specifically, the F/B ratio of breast tumors that are highly metastatic to the lymph nodes is significantly higher than those in tumors with restricted lymph node involvement. We utilized in vitro analysis of tumor cell motility through collagen gels of different microstructures, and hence different F/B ratios, to explore the relationship between collagen microstructures and metastatic capabilities of the tumor. By manipulating environmental factors of fibrillogenesis and biochemical factors of fiber composition we created methods of varying the average F/B ratio of the gel, with significant changes in fiber structure occurring as a result of alterations in incubation temperature and increasing type III collagen presence. A migration assay was performed using simultaneous SHG and fluorescent imaging to measure average penetration depth of human tumor cells into the gels of significantly different F/B ratios, with preliminary data demonstrating that cells penetrate deeper into gels of higher F/B ratio caused by lower type III collagen concentration. Determining the role of collagen structure in tumor cell motility will aid in the future prediction metastatic capabilities of a primary tumor.

  17. Second harmonic generation in a KNbO3 nanorod and its detection by using a near-field scanning optical microscope

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    Park, D. J.; Kang, P. G.; Jung, J. H.; Lee, H. H.; Choi, S. B.

    2016-04-01

    We report on an observation of second harmonic generation in an individual KNbO3 nanorod by using a near-field scanning optical microscope. The second harmonic is successfully generated by irradiating with a femtosecond laser having center wavelengths of 1200, 1100, and 972 nm. Such a second harmonic yield shows a clear dependence on the incident laser polarization, where maximum yield is obtained when the incident laser polarization is parallel to the long axis of an individual nanorod. A spatially-resolved second harmonic image shows a bright spot at the edge of the nanorod, which is attributed to the elaborated intensity of both fundamental laser light and second harmonic light inside the nanowire owing to cavity-mode formation.

  18. Longitudinal painting with large amplitude second harmonic rf voltages in the rapid cycling synchrotron of the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex

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    Tamura, Fumihiko; Yamamoto, Masanobu; Yoshii, Masahito; Ohmori, Chihiro; Nomura, Masahiro; Schnase, Alexander; Toda, Makoto; Suzuki, Hiromitsu; Shimada, Taihei; Hara, Keigo; Hasegawa, Katsushi

    2009-04-01

    In the rapid cycling synchrotron (RCS) of the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC), the longitudinal painting is important to alleviate the space-charge effects. It is known that the momentum offset injection and applying the second harmonic rf voltage improves the bunching factor, which is defined as the ratio of average and peak current. Our simulation studies show that the large-amplitude second harmonic, 80% to the fundamental, is optimum, and the second harmonic phase sweep improves the bunching factor at the beginning of the injection period. We performed the beam tests of longitudinal painting in the J-PARC RCS. We proved that the longitudinal painting with the 80% second harmonic, the momentum offset of -0.2%, and the second harmonic phase sweep improved bunching factors significantly.

  19. Nonlinear Optical Studies of Self-Assembled Monolayers (SAM) Silica-SAM-Water Interface Probed With Second Harmonic Generation

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    James, Kenneth

    2010-03-01

    Second harmonic generation (SHG) is a successful and widely used technique for the study of surfaces and surface phenomena. We present a novel technique using second harmonic generation from oriented water molecules in the Gouy-Chapman diffuse layer at the alkylsiloxane and biomolecular self assembled monolayer (SAM) interface with water to measure distance between the solid surface and the average location of the oriented water in the diffuse layer. Distances of one nanometer can be distinguished. This in situ probe is applicable for organic adsorbates which in general will push the diffuse layer away from the solid surface. The organic layer thickness can be used to obtain the adsorption fraction. From this and an understanding of the likely chemistry, the orientation of the molecules can be inferred. We have demonstrated this technique on three molecular systems: hydrophobic self assembled monolayers of methoxysilane molecules of varying hydrocarbon chain length, self assembled monolayers of streptavidin glycoproteins and the combined streptavidin-biotinylated antibody monolayer.

  20. Time-resolved electric-field-induced second harmonic: simultaneous measurement of first and second molecular hyperpolarizabilities

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    Meshulam, G.; Kotler, Z.; Berkovic, G.

    2002-07-01

    The standard electric-field-induced second-harmonic (EFISH) technique for measurement of the first hyperpolarizability (bgr;) of nonlinear optical molecules is limited by the fact that the second hyperpolarizability (gamma) also contributes to the second-harmonic signal from which beta is deduced. We present a modified time-resolved EFISH in which the first and the second hyperpolarizabilities can be determined separately and accurately in the same experiment. We studied para-nitro aniline dissolved in a highly viscous solvent, glycerol, under conditions whereby the electric field was applied faster than the characteristic time for molecular rotation. This technique enabled the gamma contribution to the signal to be resolved separately from the beta contribution. The results confirm that for this molecule gamma contributes only approx10% of the total EFISH hyperpolarizability.