A New Imaginary Term in the 2nd Order Nonlinear Susceptibility from Charged Interfaces

07 April 2021, Version 1
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Non-resonant second harmonic generation phase and amplitude measurements obtained from the silica:water interface at varying pH and 0.5 M ionic strength point to the existence of a nonlinear susceptibility term, which we call , that is associated with a 90° phase shift. Including this contribution in a model for the total effective second-order nonlinear susceptibility produces reasonable point estimates for interfacial potentials and second-order nonlinear susceptibilities when . A model without this term and containing only traditional and terms cannot recapitulate the experimental data. The new model also provides a demonstrated utility for distinguishing apparent differences in the second-order nonlinear susceptibility when the electrolyte is NaCl vs MgSO4, pointing to the possibility of using HD-SHG to investigate ion-specificity in interfacial processes.


Charged interfaces
Second Harmonic Generation
third-order spectroscopy
surface potential
Second-Order Nonlinear Optics


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