Nonlinear optical properties of polychlorotriphenylmethyl radicals: a computational study

Claudia Cardoso, Bruce Forbes Milne, Fernando Nogueira

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The special interest in molecular design for the development of novel second-order nonlinear optical (SONLO) materials is driven by their potential applications in new optoelectronic technologies. Various strategies are currently employed to enhance the molecular SONLO activity, and studies revealed that species having open-shell electronic states exhibit larger β values than analogous closed-shell systems. Their open-shell electronic structure leads to accessible low-lying charge transfer electronic states which enhance the β values with respect to their closed-shell counterparts. We present the results of a Density Functional Theory calculations of a series of substituted polychlorinated triphenylmethyl radicals. This family of radicals has been measured by Ratera et al using Hyper-Rayleigh Scattering and showed to have enhanced β values. The present study compares results obtained within LDA and several hybrid functionals, namely long-range corrected functionals. The effect of solvents was also considered through the use of the polarizable continuum model.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAPS March Meeting Abstracts 2011
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011

Publication series

NameAPS Meeting Abstracts

Bibliographical note

Session W11: Electronic Structure: Thermodynamics and Optical Properties
11:15 AM–2:03 PM, Thursday, March 24, 2011
Room: D222


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