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Ageing of the nonlinear optical susceptibility in soft matter

, , , , and . Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 19 (20): 205129 (2007)

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We investigate the nonlinear optics response of a colloidal dispersion undergoing dynamics slowing down with age, by using Z -scan and dynamic light scattering measurements. We study the high optical nonlinearity of an organic dye (rhodamine B) dispersed in a water--clay (laponite) suspension. We consider different clay concentrations (2.0--2.6 wt%) experiencing dynamics arrest. We find that (i) the concentration dependent exponential growth of both mean relaxation time and nonlinear absorption coefficient can be individually scaled to a master curve and (ii) the scaling times are the same for the two physical quantities. These findings indicate that the optical nonlinear susceptibility exhibits the same ageing universal scaling behaviour, typical of disordered out of equilibrium systems.

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