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Current status and future of photorefractive polymers for photonic applications
Author(s): Bernard Kippelen; Nasser Peyghambarian
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Paper Abstract

Photorefractive polymer are emerging as promising photonic materials for a variety of applications including holographic storage, real-time optical processing, imaging, nondestructive testing, and phase conjugation. These materials combine the low cost and ease of processing of polymers with the highly sensitive optical encoding mechanism of photorefractive materials in general. This paper will introduce the basic concepts of photorefractivity, organic nonlinear optical materials, and amorphous organic photoconductors. Then we will review the physics and the chemistiy of photorefractive polymers and give a survey of different classes of materials that have been proposed during the relatively short history of organic photorefractive materials. Finally, we will discuss some of the potential and future challenges of these materials in the context of photonic applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 1997
PDF: 31 pages
Proc. SPIE 10290, Sol-Gel and Polymer Photonic Devices: A Critical Review, 102900G (29 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279823
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Bernard Kippelen, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Nasser Peyghambarian, Optical Sciences Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10290:
Sol-Gel and Polymer Photonic Devices: A Critical Review
Mark P. Andrews; S. Iraj Najafi, Editor(s)

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