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Technique of multilayer to improve holographic performance of photopolymer for high density data memory
Author(s): Heng Wang; Enzhu Hou; Shifeng Xu; Dan Xu
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Paper Abstract

Recently growing interest has been focused on photopolymers for their advantages in holographic storage memory. For large memory capacity, one of the basic requirements is that the recording material thickness must be 500 μm or thicker. Nevertheless, the attenuation of the light in depth due to absorption limits the effective optical thickness inside material, which reduces the holographic performance of photopolymer. In this work, the influence of the effective optical thickness of photopolymer on its holographic characteristic was studied theoretically and experimentally. To overcome the attenuation of gratings for a better uniformity, a technique of multi-layer was introduced, by adjusting concentrations of dye along the depth of photopolymer to compensate the attenuation of recording light due to absorption. Multi-layer photopolymers based on PVA/AA with thicknesses more than 500 μm were designed, fabricated, and characterized experimentally, exhibiting better Bragg selectivity. The attenuation of gratings was suppressed, and the effective optical thickness was enhanced. More holograms were stored in multi-layer material by angular multiplexing, and the cumulative grating strength was enhanced, leading towards larger holographic storage capacity. Also, with the theoretical simulation on the distributions of the gratings inside the material, the improvement of multi-layer technique in holographic performance is shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9686, 8th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, 96860G (25 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2240293
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Heng Wang, Shenyang Aerospace Univ. (China)
Enzhu Hou, Shenyang Aerospace Univ. (China)
Shifeng Xu, Shenyang Aerospace Univ. (China)
Dan Xu, Shenyang Aerospace Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9686:
8th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Optoelectronic Materials and Devices
Yadong Jiang; Bernard Kippelen; Junsheng Yu, Editor(s)

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