Nonlinear optical dynamics in nonideal gases of interacting colloidal nanoparticles

R. El-Ganainy, D. N. Christodoulides, E. M. Wright, W. M. Lee, K. Dholakia

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We show that many-body effects in stabilized nanocolloidal suspensions can have a profound effect on their optical nonlinearity. By considering the screened Coulomb repulsions between nanoparticles, we find that the nonlinear optical behavior of these colloids can range from polynomial to exponential depending on their composition and chemistry. The dynamics and stability properties of optical beams propagating in such nonideal gas environments of interacting colloidal particles are investigated. Our analysis provides a theoretical foundation for understanding the recently observed super-Kerr nonlinear optical response of such systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number053805
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Nov 3

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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