First-order Nonlinear Optical Response of C2Bn-2H n-1X (n = 14-17; X = H, Li, Na, K, F, Cl, Br) Carboranes: Insights from DFT and TD-DFT Calculations

Document Type : Regular Article


1 Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran

2 Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Shahid Chamran University, Ahvaz, Iran


Density functional theory (DFT) and time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations were employed to investigate the electronic and nonlinear optical properties of some substituted C2Bn −2Hn (n = 14 −17) carboranes. Li, Na, K, F, Cl, Br are used as substituents. The carboranes substituted with alkali metal show considerably large first hyperpolarizability values than those of un-substituted ones. NLO response of the halogen-substituted systems is slightly enhanced. The well-known two-level model theory is investigated through TD-DFT approach to understand the origin of NLO response. This study indicates that alkali-metal substituted carboranes may be appropriate for nonlinear optical (NLO) applications.