Melting-Induced Enhancement of the Second-Harmonic Generation from Metal Nanoparticles

A. M. Malvezzi, M. Allione, M. Patrini, A. Stella, P. Cheyssac, R. Kofman

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We report on the generation of second-harmonic signals by irradiating monolayers of high purity Ga nanoparticles, embedded in a [Formula presented] matrix, with femtosecond laser pulses at 800 nm. A remarkable melting-induced enhancement of the second-harmonic generation is observed in correspondence of the phase transition. In addition, the hysteresis cycle of nonlinear transmittance is shown to be amplified a factor of 80–100 with respect to the linear response and interpreted in the framework of a nonlinear effective-medium model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Physics and Astronomy


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