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Optical characterization of azo dye-based electro-optic polymer films
Author(s): Paul M. Ferm; Keith A. Horn; Karl W. Beeson; Michael J. McFarland; David R. Schwind; James T. Yardley
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Paper Abstract

We have investigated the photochemistry and optical properties of an azo dye-based electro- optic (EO) copolymer, methacrylate-bound Disperse Red 1/methylmethacrylate (MA1). We present a complete picture of the optical properties of the copolymer at wavelengths ranging from 200 nm to 1800 nm with detection sensitivity over 6 orders of magnitude. We describe intrinsic measurements of absorption loss and also describe how temperature and radiation affect absorption loss. Photochemical investigations reveal details concerning photodelineation of waveguides in MA1. Irreversible photodegradation of the azo chromophore proceeds with both visible and ultra-violet radiation and a quantum yield of 2 X 10-5 is found for 475 nm radiation in MA1.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 January 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2042, Photopolymers and Applications in Holography, Optical Data Storage, Optical Sensors, and Interconnects, (20 January 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.166318
Show Author Affiliations
Paul M. Ferm, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
Keith A. Horn, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
Karl W. Beeson, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
Michael J. McFarland, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
David R. Schwind, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)
James T. Yardley, AlliedSignal Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2042:
Photopolymers and Applications in Holography, Optical Data Storage, Optical Sensors, and Interconnects
Roger A. Lessard, Editor(s)

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