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Optimization of holographic polymer-dispersed liquid crystals using siloxane-containing materials
Author(s): Yeong Hee Cho; Nam Kim; Yusuke Kawakami
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Paper Abstract

Optimization of performance of holographic gratings was investigated by changing the chemical structures of photopolymerizable monomers, the LC content, and recording beam intensity, which strongly related to the control of kinetics of polymerization and phase separation of LCs. High diffraction efficiency was obtained using 3-acryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (APTMS) and 2-[(3,4-epoxycyclohexyl)ethyl]trimethoxysilane (ECTMS) as siloxane-containing reactive diluent by inducing a fast and good phase separation originated from the incompatible and flexible properties of siloxane chain even at a very low LC concentration (10~25wt%), in contrast to the case using diluent without siloxane component, like N-vinylpyrrolidinone. The phase-separated morphologies of gratings, such as spacing and surface topology, were observed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Very regular and smooth morphologies were observed for the formed holographic gratings with APTMS and various amounts of LC.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5636, Holography, Diffractive Optics, and Applications II, (7 February 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.571078
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Yeong Hee Cho, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)
Nam Kim, Chungbuk National Univ. (South Korea)
Yusuke Kawakami, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5636:
Holography, Diffractive Optics, and Applications II
Yunlong Sheng; Dahsiung Hsu; Chongxiu Yu; Byoungho Lee, Editor(s)

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