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Photo-oriented polymerization in hybrid glass waveguides
Author(s): Kalaichelvi Saravanamuttu; Mark P. Andrews
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Paper Abstract

The unique ways in which sol-gel derived silicate networks, that contain photosensitive methacrylate substituents, respond to light are described. Visible laser light in a hybrid acrylate-silica glass waveguide leads to photo initiated polymerization of the monomer. Polymerization proceeds with a high degree of spatial localization to create an 'optical fiber on a chip'. Photo transformations in the matrix are monitored by in situ waveguide Raman spectroscopy. Photo-orientation of the acrylate polymerization is controlled by the polarization sates of the guided wave. In this way, birefringence axes are reversibly written in the fiber.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2000
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3943, Sol-Gel Optics V, (2 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.384323
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Kalaichelvi Saravanamuttu, McGill Univ. (Canada)
Mark P. Andrews, McGill Univ. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3943:
Sol-Gel Optics V
Bruce S. Dunn; Edward J. A. Pope; Helmut K. Schmidt; Masayuki Yamane, Editor(s)

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