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A novel approach to achieve highly efficient nonlinear optical polymers from guest-host systems
Author(s): Tae-Dong Kim; Jae-Wook Kang; Jingdong Luo; Baoquan Chen; Jae-Won Ka; Sei-Hum Jang; Neil Tucker; Zhengwei Shi; Marnie Haller; Steven Hau; Alex K.-Y. Jen
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Paper Abstract

A series of side-chain electrooptic (E-O) polymers have been prepared by Diels-Alder reaction in a solid state and characterized for their nonlinear optical properties. A synthesized chromophore were easily attached to a pendent anthracenyl moiety functionalized on the poly(methylmethacrylate-co-anthrylmethylmethacrylate) thermally in the bulk films during the poling process without compromising E-O performances. We have also controlled a chromophore concentration to determine its critical loading density at which chromophore-chromophore electrostatic interaction occurs in the polymer matrix. The highest E-O coefficient was 110 pm/V for the 34 wt% of the doped chromophore in the polymer at the wavelength of 1.3 μm. A high loading density of chromophore was obtained without observing a severe phase separation in the polymer matrix by an AFM morphology study. This novel approach provides to demonstrate a strategy for developing highly efficient E-O materials with the full potential of a chromophore.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5935, Linear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials V, 593505 (30 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.621324
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Tae-Dong Kim, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Jae-Wook Kang, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Jingdong Luo, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Baoquan Chen, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Jae-Won Ka, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Sei-Hum Jang, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Neil Tucker, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Zhengwei Shi, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Marnie Haller, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Steven Hau, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Alex K.-Y. Jen, Univ. of Washington (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5935:
Linear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials V
Manfred Eich, Editor(s)

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