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Third Order Optical Nonlinearity of Silver Nanoparticles Prepared by Chemical Reduction Method

Author: Hussein T. Salloom
Journal: Al-Nahrain Journal of Science مجلة النهرين للعلوم ISSN: (print)26635453,(online)26635461 Year: 2017 Volume: 20 Issue: 3 Pages: 99-104
Publisher: Al-Nahrain University جامعة النهرين


In this study, silver colloidal nanoparticles have been prepared by chemical reduction of silver nitrate by trisodium citrate as a reduction agent. The adding time of the reduction agent was held constant while the time of stirring was varied. The resulting silver nanoparticles were characterized by UV-VIS absorption spectroscopy. The non-linear refractive index and absorption coefficient of silver nanoparticles were investigated using a single beam z-scan technique. The excitation source was a continuous wave (CW) of 532 nm diode laser with a beam power of 40 mW. All investigated samples showed negative and large thermally-induced non-linear refractive indices. Other nonlinear optical parameters (i.e.β,χ_r^((3)),χ_i^((3))) were also calculated. Our measurements confirm that the non-linear parameters are caused by self-defocusing process making them potential candidates for nonlinear optical devices.

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