Magneto-optically active organic compounds are of great technological interest. In contrast to inorganic materials, used
in most current applications, organic materials have the advantages of fast response times, easy processing, low cost and
abundant resources of starting materials available. Conjugated organic molecules or polymers have been reported to be
eligible candidates for exhibiting magneto-optical responses. As part of an ongoing search in our group for efficient
magneto-optical materials, eight organic conjugated dyes were screened for their Faraday rotation responses. Based on
the obtained preliminary results, it is expected that planar, efficiently pi- conjugated molecules have a higher chance for
exhibiting significant magneto-optical responses. Further research will be undertaken to confirm this hypothesis.© (2012) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.