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Multilayered optically activated devices based on organic third-order nonlinear optical materials
Author(s): David A. Swanson; Joseph C. Altman; Brian J. Sullivan; Ronnie C. Spitzer; Glenn A. Hansen; Richard J. Stone
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Paper Abstract

A novel passive optical device type is described yielding enhanced reflectance with increasing optical intensity at visible wavelengths. The device is a multilayered thin film Bragg structure, consisting of alternating layers of a transparent polymer and a transparent polymer doped with organic nonlinear optical (NLO) materials. The device operates through the intensity dependent charge of the optical index of refraction of the NLO material. Multilayer optical thin film computer codes were developed and used in the design, modeling, and fabrication of this device. The Bragg structure transmits under low intensity conditions and changes to a reflector with increasing intensity. Present devices were fabricated with poly- (methylmethacrylate) PMMA and PMMA doped with silicon naphthalocyanine (SiNc), an off- resonant electronic third-order organic NLO material. Intensity dependent increases in reflectivity were measured on picosecond time scales with fractional reflectance changes greater than 40% being observed. Along with the device performance results, characterization efforts on the NLO materials are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1560, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials IV, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.50739
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David A. Swanson, Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. (United States)
Joseph C. Altman, Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. (United States)
Brian J. Sullivan, Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. (United States)
Ronnie C. Spitzer, Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. (United States)
Glenn A. Hansen, Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. (United States)
Richard J. Stone, Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1560:
Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials IV
Kenneth D. Singer, Editor(s)

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