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Thermally sensitized optical recording in azobenzene polymers
Author(s): Detelina Ilieva; M. Ivanov; Tsveta Petrova; Violeta Dragostinova; Georgy Minchev; Todor Todorov; L. Nikolova
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Paper Abstract

Optical storage in azobenzene-containing polymers is based on the alignment of the polymer chains initiated by the reorientation and ordering of the azobenzene groups. This process requires considerably high recording energies. We investigate photoinduced birefringence in two types of acrylic cyan-azo polymers - one amorphous and one liquid crystalline. We show that for both types the light energy required for the recording can be reduced by an order of magnitude if the photoalignment is done at elevated temperatures. The optimal temperatures depend on the polymer. In our case they are 52-55°C for the liquid-crystalline polymer and 50-60°C for the amorphous polymer. At these temperatures birefringence as high as 0.07 can be obtained at light intensities 30-40mW/cm2 for about 100s and these values are retained after cooling the polymer films.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 2006
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6252, Holography 2005: International Conference on Holography, Optical Recording, and Processing of Information, 62520L (9 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.676854
Show Author Affiliations
Detelina Ilieva, Central Lab. of Optical Storage and Processing of Information (Bulgaria)
M. Ivanov, Central Lab. of Optical Storage and Processing of Information (Bulgaria)
Tsveta Petrova, Central Lab. of Optical Storage and Processing of Information (Bulgaria)
Violeta Dragostinova, Central Lab. of Optical Storage and Processing of Information (Bulgaria)
Georgy Minchev, Central Lab. of Optical Storage and Processing of Information (Bulgaria)
Todor Todorov, Central Lab. of Optical Storage and Processing of Information (Bulgaria)
L. Nikolova, Central Lab. of Optical Storage and Processing of Information (Bulgaria)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6252:
Holography 2005: International Conference on Holography, Optical Recording, and Processing of Information
Yury Denisyuk; Ventseslav Sainov; Elena Stoykova, Editor(s)

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