Journal of Molecular Modeling

, Volume 17, Issue 9, pp 2183–2189 | Cite as

Third-order nonlinear optical materials: practical issues and theoretical challenges

  • Marek SamoćEmail author
Original Paper


The renewed interest in all-optical switching has led to more detailed experimental investigations of nonlinear optical properties of materials within wide wavelength ranges. The objectives of these studies are discussed here in the context of the availability of suitable computational data that might be compared with the results of the experimental research. It is concluded that the currently available data are insufficient and should be augmented to provide better guidance for experimental work.


All-optical switching Cubic hyperpolarizability Nonlinear refraction Third-order optical nonlinearity 



This work has been performed within a project "Organometallics for Nanophotonics" funded under the Foundation for Polish Science Welcome programme.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Physical and Theoretical ChemistryWroclaw University of TechnologyWroclawPoland

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