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New materials for integrated optics based on functionalized photopolymers
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Paper Abstract

Organic materials are of increasing interest for optical devices, especially in applications based on quadratic optical non linearities. In this context, we have studied photopolymerizable mixtures doped with non linear optical push-pull chromophores. The doped photopolymerizable films are poled with a static electric field and polymerized with a spatially controled irradiation in order to freeze the orientation of the chromophores in the desired areas only. The temporal stability of the chromophore orientation is checked by second harmonic measurements. The photopolymerizable system was chosen by taking into account the possibilities of microstructuration under visible illumination. This property was demonstrated by recording permanent thick phase gratings. Simultaneously, optimization of the polymer matrix from the viewpoint of chemical composition, conditioning and functionalization of the chromophore was performed in order to improve the stability of the chromophore orientation. Formulating of the material requires a fair knowledge of the coupling between photochemical conversion, mass transport, stiffening of the polymer matrix. Photostructuration together with stable non linear optical properties allows now to consider realistic applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4924, Holography, Diffractive Optics, and Applications, (30 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.481512
Show Author Affiliations
Christiane Carre Morlet-Savary, CNRS-Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Mulhouse (France)
Fabrice Gillot, CNRS-Institut de Physique et Chimie des Materiaux de Strasbourg (France)
Loic Mager, CNRS-Institut de Physique et Chimie des Materiaux de Strasbourg (France)
Alain F. Fort, CNRS-Institut de Physique et Chimie des Materiaux de Strasbourg (France)
Stephane Mery, CNRS-Institut de Physique et Chimie des Materiaux de Strasbourg (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4924:
Holography, Diffractive Optics, and Applications
Dahsiung Hsu; Jiabi Chen; Yunlong Sheng, Editor(s)

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