Spectrochimica acta. Part A, Molecular and biomolecular spectroscopy

A series of stilbazolium salts with A-π-A model and their third-order nonlinear optical response in the near-IR region.

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A series of water-soluble stilbazolium salts with A-π-A (A: Acceptor) model have been synthesized and fully characterized. The results obtained from absorption spectra and TD-DFT computational studies show that there is a relative strong intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) transition from pyridine unit to pyridine cation of the stilbazolium salts. Furthermore, it is found that the three stilbazolium salts (T1, T2, T3) show the strong two-photon absorption (2PA) response in the near-infrared (IR) region by Z-scan technique using femtosecond laser. And the stilbazolium salt T3 shows the largest two-photon absorption cross-section and third-order nonlinear optical (NLO) coefficient χ((3)) at 730nm, indicating the different terminal substituent group of the pyridinium plays a vital role in third-order NLO behavior.