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Recent advances in photorefractive polymers
Author(s): Jayan Thomas; C. W. Christenson; B. Lynn; P.-A. Blanche; R. Voorakaranam; R. A. Norwood; M. Yamamoto; N. Peyghambarian
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Paper Abstract

Photorefractive composites derived from conducting polymers offer the advantage of dynamically recording holograms without the need for processing of any kind. Thus, they are the material of choice for many cutting edge applications, such as updatable three-dimensional (3D) displays and 3D telepresence. Using photorefractive polymers, 3D images or holograms can be seen with the unassisted eye and are very similar to how humans see the actual environment surrounding them. Absence of a large-area and dynamically updatable holographic recording medium has prevented realization of the concept. The development of a novel nonlinear optical chromophore doped photoconductive polymer composite as the recording medium for a refreshable holographic display is discussed. Further improvements in the polymer composites could bring applications in telemedicine, advertising, updatable 3D maps and entertainment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8113, Linear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials XI, 811302 (17 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.897093
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Jayan Thomas, College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
C. W. Christenson, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
B. Lynn, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
P.-A. Blanche, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
R. Voorakaranam, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
R. A. Norwood, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
M. Yamamoto, Nitto Denko Technical Corp. (United States)
N. Peyghambarian, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)


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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