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Recent progress in developing highly efficient nonlinear optical chromophores and side-chain dendronized polymers for electro-optics
Author(s): Jingdong Luo; Sen Liu; Marnie Haller; Hongxiang Li; Tae-Dong Kim; Kyoung-Soo Kim; Hong-Zhi Tang; Seok-Ho Kang; Sei-Hum Jang; Hong Ma; Larry Raymond Dalton; Alex K. Y. Jen
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Paper Abstract

Recent progress in developing high-performance nonlinear optical chromophores and polymers for electro-optics is reviewed. Using the single-mode focused microwave irradiation, a diversified family of 2,5-dihydrofuran derivatives has been synthesized as a new class of tunable electron acceptors. Very large r33 values (128 and 116 pm/V at 1.3 μm) have been demonstrated by doping one of the 2-dicyanomethylen-3-cyano-4,5,-dimethyl-5-trifluoromethyl-2,5-dihydrofuran (CF3-TCF)-based chromophores in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and a high Tg polyquinoline (PQ-100), respectively. An excellent long-term temporal stability at 85°C has also been maintained in the PQ system. Two side-chain dendronized NLO polymers have been synthesized. Using a mild, simple, and generally applicable post-functionalization method, highly polarizable chromophores with dendritic modification has been covalently attached to side chains of poly(4-hydroxystryene). This approach provides the combined advantages of achieving better poling efficiency through the dendritic effect and shortening the development time required for E-O dendrimer synthesis. Systematic property comparison between these polymers and other conventional NLO polymers, such as guest-host and simple side-chain polymers, has been performed. Exceptionally high poling efficiency (a very large E-O coefficient of 97 pm/V at 1.3 μm) and good temporal stability at room temperature were dmeonstrated in this dendronized side-chain polymer system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4991, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices V, (14 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.475459
Show Author Affiliations
Jingdong Luo, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Sen Liu, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Marnie Haller, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Hongxiang Li, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Tae-Dong Kim, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Kyoung-Soo Kim, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Hong-Zhi Tang, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Seok-Ho Kang, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Sei-Hum Jang, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Hong Ma, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Larry Raymond Dalton, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Alex K. Y. Jen, Univ. of Washington (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4991:
Organic Photonic Materials and Devices V
James G. Grote; Toshikuni Kaino, Editor(s)

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