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Photosensitive polysilane thin films for write-as-needed optical devices
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Paper Abstract

The use of photosensitive materials for the development of integrated, refractive-index structures supporting telecom, remote sensing, and varied optical beam manipulation applications is well established. Our investigations of photosensitive phenomena in polysilanes, however, have been motivated by the desire to configure, or program, the photonic device function immediately prior to use. Such an operational mode imposes requirements on wavelength sensitivity, incident fluence and environmental conditions that are not typical of more conventional applications of photosensitive material. The present paper focuses on our efforts to understand and manipulate photosensitivity in polysilane thin films under different excitation wavelengths, local atmospheric compositions and thermal history in this context. We find that the photoresponse can be influenced through the control of such optical exposure conditions, thereby influencing the magnitude of the photoinduced refractive-index change attained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6287, Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing II, 628706 (1 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.683677
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K. Simmons-Potter, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
B. G. Potter Jr., Univ. of Arizona (United States)
G. M. Jamison, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
W. J. Thomes Jr., Sandia National Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6287:
Optical Technologies for Arming, Safing, Fuzing, and Firing II
William J. Thomes Jr.; Fred M. Dickey, Editor(s)

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