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An all-optical protocol to determine the molecular origin of radiation damage/enhancement in electro-optic polymeric materials
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Paper Abstract

Previous studies on the radiation effects upon polymer and polymer-based photonic materials suggest that the radiation resistance of the material is heavily dependent on the choice of polymer-host and guest-chromophore. To date, the best results have been achieved with electro optic polymeric materials based on CLD1 doped in APC, which has resulted in improved performance at the device level upon gamma-ray irradiation at moderate doses. However, the physical mechanisms are yet not fully understood. In this paper, we introduce an all-optical (linear and nonlinear) characterization protocol that is aimed to elucidate the mechanisms of the radiation damage/enhancement of electro-optic polymeric materials. This protocol is used to quantify the damage/enhancement effects upon irradiation in terms of the relevant physical parameters on a collection of electro-optic polymeric thin film samples.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8519, Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments VI, 85190C (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.929297
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Javier Pérez-Moreno, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Skidmore College (United States)
Stijn Van Cleuvenbergen, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Maarten Vanbel, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Koen Clays, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
Edward W. Taylor, International Photonics Consultants, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8519:
Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments VI
Edward W. Taylor; David A. Cardimona; Javier Pérez-Moreno; Nathan J. Dawson, Editor(s)

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