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Investigation of polymerization rate in an acrylamide-based photopolymer using Raman spectroscopy
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Paper Abstract

Diffusion models predict that polymerization and diffusion rates are the key factors that control the dynamics and the final properties of a holographic grating recorded in a photopolymerizable material. Diffusion rates during the initial phase of the holographic recording have already been studied and reported. We now report the investigation of the polymerization rate in an acrylamide-based photopolymer using Raman spectroscopy. The polymerization rate constant was estimated by monitoring the intensity of the characteristic Raman peaks at 1284 cm-1 corresponding to the bending mode of CH vinyl bond in acrylamide and 1609 cm-1 corresponding to the carbon-carbon double bond (C=C) in acrylamide as a function of illumination time. The dependence of the residual monomer concentration on the exposure time was fitted using a mono exponential fitting function. The value of the polymerization constant was estimated to be 0.043 s-1(mW/cm2)-0.5 for this formulation. A comparison with some other photopolymer systems reported in the literature reveals that the acrylamide-based photopolymer system is characterized by a relatively fast polymerization rate constant. The results from the present study give significant information for better understanding of the process of holographic recording in acrylamide-based photopolymer system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5826, Opto-Ireland 2005: Optical Sensing and Spectroscopy, (3 June 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.605416
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Raghavendra Jallapuram, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
Izabela Naydenova, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
Hugh J. Byrne, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
Suzanne Martin, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
Robert G. Howard, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
Vincent Toal, Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5826:
Opto-Ireland 2005: Optical Sensing and Spectroscopy
Gerard D. O'Sullivan; Brian D. MacCraith; Hugh James Byrne; Enda McGlynn; Alan G. Ryder, Editor(s)

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