Thin films of a benzylic amide [2] catenane as a novel versatile photonic material

Torsten Gase*, Daniela Grando, Pierre Alain Chollet, Francois Kajzar, Andre Lorin, David A. Leigh, David Tetard

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Benzylic amide catenanes are constituted of interlocked rings which can rotate one through the other in dependence on the local environment, thus opening the perspective of developing switchable materials. We investigated the linear and nonlinear optical properties of catenane films formed by vacuum evaporation with spectroscopic and guided wave techniques. The nonlinear optical response is comparable to that of carbon disulphide what is interesting in view of the large transparency window of the material and its processability in good optical quality films.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-496
Number of pages6
JournalMolecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals Science and Technology Section B: Nonlinear Optics
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1998 4th International Conference on Organic Nonlinear Optics (ICONO'4) - The 8th IKETANI Conference - Chitose, Jpn
Duration: 12 Oct 199815 Oct 1998


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