Off-resonance and non-resonant dispersion of Kerr nonlinearity for symmetric molecules [Invited]. Academic Article uri icon


  • The exact formula is derived from the "sum over states" (SOS) quantum mechanical model for the frequency dispersion of the nonlinear refractive index coefficient n for centrosymmetric molecules in the off-resonance and non-resonant regimes. This expression is characterized by interference between terms from two-photon transitions from the ground state to the even-symmetry excited states and one-photon transitions between the ground state and odd-symmetry excited states. When contributions from the two-photon terms exceed those from the one-photon terms, the non-resonant intensity-dependent refractive index n>0, and vice versa. Examples of the frequency dispersion for the three-level SOS model are given. Comparison is made with other existing theories.

published proceedings

  • Opt Express

author list (cited authors)

  • Stegeman, G., Kuzyk, M. G., Papazoglou, D. G., & Tzortzakis, S.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Stegeman, George||Kuzyk, Mark G||Papazoglou, Dimitris G||Tzortzakis, Stelios

publication date

  • November 2011