Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals Science and Technology Section A: Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals

Defeating tradeoffs for nonlinear optical materials

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In order to be useful for electro-optic devices, nonlinear optical chromophores must be thermally stable, highly transparent, and have large hyperpolarizabilities. Although these qualities are to some extent mutually exclusive, a small group of chromophores has been prepared that meets the various criteria for applicability.