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Space-charge field in polymeric photorefractive material
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Paper Abstract

We proposed a method for measuring the magnitude of the space-charge field of the polymeric photorefractive materials. In the case of polymeric photorefractive material with low glass transition temperature, optically anisotropic chromophores are known to be reoriented under space-charge field. Simply by adding a pair of crossed polarizers unit to a conventional degenerated four wave mixing setup, we could measure the birefringence of the photorefractive materials induced by a newly formed space-charge field. Since the birefringence of a given material is governed by the applied electric field, the space-charge field can be determined from the variation of birefringence using the oriented gas model. We investigated the dependence of the grating formation on temperature in photorefractive polymeric composite, especially the index contrast of the grating. The diffraction efficiency of the photorefractive polymeric composite decreased with increasing the temperature, and it could be explained with the magnitude of space-charge field and the electro-optic behavior at various temperatures.

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Date Published: 8 December 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5216, Organic Holographic Materials and Applications, (8 December 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.509592
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Won-Jae Joo, Hanyang Univ. (South Korea)
Nakjoong Kim, Hanyang Univ. (South Korea)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5216:
Organic Holographic Materials and Applications
Klaus Meerholz, Editor(s)

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