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Zamboni, R., Taliani, C., Ruani, G. et al. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Two Thiophene-Based Polyconjugated Systems: Photoinduced Absorption and Third Harmonic Generation Spectroscopy. MRS Online Proceedings Library 173, 613–618 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1557/PROC-173-613