High-performance PVK-based photorefractive polymers

Klaus Meerholz, Boris L. Volodin, Bernard Kippelen, Nasser Peyghambarian

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Photorefractive materials have many potential photonic applications, including dynamic holographic storage and image processing. Recently, the new class of photorefractive polymers has emerged, offering wide structural flexibility, easy processability, and low cost. Progress in this field has led to nearly 100% diffraction efficiency for the readout of a hologram stored in the material and to extremely large net gain coefficients of more than 200 cm-1. These excellent properties result from refractive index modulations as large as Δn ≈ 10-2 which could be generated in these materials with low- power lasers, such as HeNe laser or laser diodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsStephen Ducharme, Paul M. Borsenberger
PublisherSociety of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0819418854
StatePublished - 1995
EventXerographic Photoreceptors and Photorefractive Polymers - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Jul 10 1995Jul 11 1995

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherXerographic Photoreceptors and Photorefractive Polymers
CitySan Diego, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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