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Nonlinear optical and electro-optic properties of organic-inorganic hybrid sol-gels doped with chromophores
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Paper Abstract

We report a systematic investigation on organic-inorganic hybrid sol-gels doped with nonlinear optical chromophores. The host is based on photosensitive sol-gels prepared from precursor of 3-(methacryloxy)propyl trimethoxysilane-zirconium (or aluminum) oxide (MAPTMS-Zr(Al)) hybrid system. The chromophores are incorporated into the hybrid sol-gels as both guest and side-chain. Second harmonic generation experiment has been conducted to optimize the poling parameters for the active sol-gel films and examine the stability of the second-order nonlinear optical coefficients. Electro-optic channel waveguides have been fabricated by direct ultra-violet (UV) exposure, direct blue laser writing, and reverse-mesa methods. Electro-optic effect of the waveguides is measured at 1550 nm. All the results show that the hybrid sol-gels are promising media for electro-optic devices for integrated optics in both performance and fabrication flexibility.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5935, Linear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials V, 593508 (30 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.620084
Show Author Affiliations
Hongxi Zhang, College of Optical Sciences, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Haiyong Gan, College of Optical Sciences, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Dong Lu, College of Optical Sciences, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Mahmoud Fallahi, College of Optical Sciences, Univ. of Arizona (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5935:
Linear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials V
Manfred Eich, Editor(s)

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