Time-resolved linear and nonlinear optical responses were investigated in an organic supramolecular ferroelectric material composed of protonated 2,3-di(2-pyridinyl)pyrazine (H-dppz) and deprotonated chloranilic acid (Hca). We irradiated nanosecond laser pulses (λ = 532 nm) on the crystal, pumped the intramolecular excitation of the Hca molecule, and observed a clear redshift of the molecular vibrational modes of C=O and C-O- just after the photoexcitation. Each softened mode gradually relaxed on different time scales, indicating that the electrons of the Hca molecules were redistributed after the photoexcitation. By the same excitation, a large suppression of the second-harmonic (SH) intensity was observed, driven by the macroscopic disordering of the transferred protons. The decay time of the SH intensity was longer than those of the vibrational modes, suggesting that the microscopic vibrations and macroscopic ferroelectricity have dynamics on different time scales.
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