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Solution phase-assisted reorientation of chromophores
Author(s): Benjamin C. Olbricht; Stephen Kozacik; David L. K. Eng; Michael Roman; Dennis W. Prather
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Paper Abstract

Organic electro-optic materials, or "EO polymers," offer much higher nonlinearities than traditional crystalline materials, making these materials ideal for next generation electro-optic modulators. These materials require an additional processing step known as poling, which reorients the chromophores through the application of a high electric field. This effort will focus on corona poling, where a gas is ionized and the electric field across the sample is applied through the relocation of charged ions. The proposed technique avoids the need to raise the temperature of the material by applying the electric field while the material is deposited in solution phase. This process can overcome the thermal stability tradeoff in many organic electro-optic materials, and preliminary results indicate this process results in an enhancement in the electro-optic activity of the material.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8258, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices XIV, 82580T (22 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.909371
Show Author Affiliations
Benjamin C. Olbricht, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
Stephen Kozacik, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
David L. K. Eng, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
Michael Roman, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
Dennis W. Prather, Univ. of Delaware (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8258:
Organic Photonic Materials and Devices XIV
Christopher Tabor; François Kajzar; Toshikuni Kaino; Yasuhiro Koike, Editor(s)

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