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Azo-dye hybrid sol-gel glass composites for optoelectronics
Author(s): J. A. Gurney; Ignacio Vargas-Baca; Andrew P. Brown; Mark P. Andrews; S. Iraj Najafi
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Paper Abstract

We have prepared a hybrid organic-inorganic glass composite incorporating an aminosulfone dye via the sol-gel process. The dye was functionalized with alkoxysilane moieties to anchor it covalently into the silicate network. Co-condensation with the organically modified silicon alkoxide methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS), gave transparent high-quality films that could be deposited up to 10 microns thick in one step. We discuss the structure and second-order nonlinear properties of these materials. For a poled and cured sample containing 0.5% (w/w) of the NLO dye, the magnitude of the electro-optic coefficient r13 is 2.2 plus or minus 0.4 pm/V.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3469, Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials for Photonics, (6 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.312915
Show Author Affiliations
J. A. Gurney, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Ignacio Vargas-Baca, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Andrew P. Brown, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (Canada)
Mark P. Andrews, McGill Univ. (Canada)
S. Iraj Najafi, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3469:
Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials for Photonics
Liliane G. Hubert-Pfalzgraf; S. Iraj Najafi, Editor(s)

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