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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 353061, 5 pages
Research Article

Participation of the Third Order Optical Nonlinearities in Nanostructured Silver Doped Zinc Oxide Thin Solid Films

1Sección de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigación, ESIME-Z, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, 07738 México, DF, Mexico
2Escuela Superior de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica Unidad Ticomán, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, 07340 México, DF, Mexico
3ESIQIE, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, 07738 México, DF, Mexico
4Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica, CINVESTAV IPN-SEES, A. P. 14740, 07000 México, DF, Mexico
5Centro de Investigación en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada Unidad Querétaro, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, 76090 Santiago de Querétaro, QRO, Mexico

Received 9 October 2012; Accepted 19 November 2012

Academic Editor: Masayuki Nogami

Copyright © 2012 C. Torres-Torres et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We report the transmittance modulation of optical signals in a nanocomposite integrated by two different silver doped zinc oxide thin solid films. An ultrasonic spray pyrolysis approach was employed for the preparation of the samples. Measurements of the third-order nonlinear optical response at a nonresonant 532 nm wavelength of excitation were performed using a vectorial two-wave mixing. It seems that the separated contribution of the optical nonlinearity associated with each film noticeable differs in the resulting nonlinear effects with respect to the additive response exhibited by the bilayer system. An enhancement of the optical Kerr nonlinearity is predicted for prime number arrays of the studied nanoclusters in a two-wave interaction. We consider that the nanostructured morphology of the thin solid films originates a strong modification of the third-order optical phenomena exhibited by multilayer films based on zinc oxide.