Midinfrared third-harmonic generation from macroscopically aligned ultralong single-wall carbon nanotubes Academic Article uri icon


  • We report the observation of strong third-harmonic generation from a macroscopic array of aligned ultralong single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with intense midinfrared radiation. Through power-dependent experiments, we determined the absolute value of the third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility (3) of our SWCNT film to be 5.5310-12 esu, three orders of magnitude larger than that of the fused silica reference we used. Taking account of the filling factor of 8.75% for our SWCNT film, we estimate a (3) of 6.3210-11 esu for a fully dense film. Furthermore, through polarization-dependent experiments, we extracted all the nonzero elements of the (3) tensor, determining the magnitude of the weaker tensor elements to be 1/6 of that of the dominant zzzz(3) component. 2013 American Physical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Morris, D. T., Pint, C. L., Arvidson, R. S., Luettge, A., Hauge, R. H., Belyanin, A. A., Woods, G. L., & Kono, J.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Morris, DT||Pint, CL||Arvidson, RS||Lüttge, A||Hauge, RH||Belyanin, AA||Woods, GL||Kono, J

publication date

  • April 2013