All Optical Determination of Microscopic and Macroscopic Structure of Chiral, Polar Microcrystals from Achiral, Nonpolar Molecules
2012-06-07T00:00:00Z (GMT) by
Organic microcrystals obtained from an octupolar molecule are studied by polarized nonlinear optical microscopy. While two-photon fluorescence microscopy is employed to verify the monocrystallinity of the analyzed domains, second-harmonic generation microscopy allowed determination of the point group symmetry of the crystallites. This combined analysis revealed that the achiral, octupolar molecules form chiral and polar conglomerate structures; the former are confirmed by circular dichroism spectroscopy. We additionally present a convenient and straightforward image analysis protocol, based on polarization dependent second-harmonic generation microscopy. This allows assessing the local organization and homogeneity of crystalline structures, which is highly relevant for technological applications, with high resolution and sensitivity.
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