Sum frequency generation from langmuir-blodgett multilayer films on metal and dielectric substrates

Jasper Holman, Paul B. Davies, Takuma Nishida, Shen Ye, David J. Neivandt

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Sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectra of cadmium arachidate multilayer films adsorbed on a substrate with high nonresonant susceptibility, i.e., gold, and on a low nonresonant susceptibility substrate, i.e., fused quartz, have been investigated in the C-H stretching region in air. The films were formed by Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) deposition and their spectra recorded using SFG spectrometers employing both 532-nm nanosecond and 800-nm femtosecond lasers, with counter-propagating and co-propagating beam geometries, respectively. Both kinds of substrate were rendered hydrophobic by coating them with per-deuterated octadecanethiol (gold) or per-deuterated cadmium arachidate (fused quartz) monolayers. Single per-protonated arachidate layers in otherwise per-deuterated 10-layer films were used to show that the SFG resonances arise only from the topmost and lowermost layers in a LB film comprised of an even number of per-protonated layers, although the SFG spectra from the two hydrophobic substrates are different from each other. The differences in the spectra from the same ten-layer per-protonated films deposited on the two types of hydrophobic substrate have been explained in terms of a simple model that accounts for resonant and nonresonant contributions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18723-18732
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Oct 13
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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