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Using the spin-unrestricted hybrid density functional theory method, we have investigated the intermolecular interaction effects on the longitudinal static second hyperpolarizability (γ) of open-shell singlet slipped-stack dimers composed of singlet diradical square planar nickel complexes involving o-semiquinonato type ligands, Ni(o-C6H4X2) 2 (where X = O, NH, S, Se, PH). For comparison, we have also examined the γ values of a closed-shell singlet slipped-stack dimer composed of closed-shell monomers Ni[o-C6H4S(NH2)] 2. It is found that for interplanar distance ranging between 3.0 and 5.0 Å the slipped-stack dimers with intermediate monomer diradical characters exhibit larger γ values per monomer (αdimer/2) than those with large monomer diradical characters or than the closed-shell dimer. These results extend the domain of validity of the relationship found between γ and the diradical character for individual molecules. It also turns out that the ratio R = (γdimer/2) /γmonomer increases upon decreasing the interplanar distance and that this increase is larger for intermediate diradical character than for the other cases. These phenomena have been analyzed by considering the γ density distributions of the dimers, demonstrating a significant field-induced third-order charge transfer between the monomers in the case of intermediate diradical character. The present results indicate that open-shell singlet slipped-stack aggregates composed of monomers with intermediate diradical characters constitute another mean for achieving highly efficient and tunable third-order nonlinear optical materials.
1/09/09 → 31/08/14