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Photochromic polymers as a versatile tool for devices based on switchable absorption and other optical properties
Author(s): Chiara Bertarelli; Rossella Castagna; Giorgio Pariani; Andrea Bianco
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Paper Abstract

Photochromic polymer materials with large modulation of properties enable the production of functional optical devices. The light-triggered change in color has been exploited to develop multi-object focal plane masks for astronomical instrumentation and holographic optical elements for interferometric optical testing. Modulation of properties other than color (i.e. refractive index, light emission or Raman scattering) opens the way to many other applications into technology, such as rewritable optical memories, switchable organic lasers, etc. In this background, examples from molecular design to devices are highlighted.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8113, Linear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials XI, 81130S (7 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.894040
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Chiara Bertarelli, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italy)
Rossella Castagna, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italy)
Giorgio Pariani, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)
Andrea Bianco, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8113:
Linear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials XI
Jean-Michel Nunzi; Rachel Jakubiak; Theodore G. Goodson; Manfred Eich, Editor(s)

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