Photoconducting polymers for photorefractive 3D display applications

Jayan Thomas, Cory W. Christenson, Pierre Alexandre Blanche, Michiharu Yamamoto, Robert A. Norwood, Nasser Peyghambarian

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Photorefractive composites derived from photoconducting polymers offer the advantage of dynamically recording holograms without the need for processing of any kind. Thus, they are the material of choice for many cutting edge applications, such as updatable 3D displays and imaging through a scattering medium. This article reviews the basic properties of photorefractive polymer systems and the inherent advantages that have attracted much attention. The chemistry and physics relevant for the design of the high-performance guest-host composite are discussed and recent advances emphasized. In particular, a charge transporting polymer with high mobility and historyindependent response times is highlighted, as well as polymer systems useful for holographic displays and the material considerations necessary to develop high-speed, large-sensitivity composites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-429
Number of pages14
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 8 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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