Recent advances in photorefractive polymers

Jayan Thomas, C. W. Christenson, B. Lynn, P. A. Blanche, R. Voorakaranam, R. A. Norwood, M. Yamamoto, N. Peyghambarian

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Photorefractive composites derived from conducting 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 three-dimensional (3D) displays and 3D telepresence. Using photorefractive polymers, 3D images or holograms can be seen with the unassisted eye and are very similar to how humans see the actual environment surrounding them. Absence of a large-area and dynamically updatable holographic recording medium has prevented realization of the concept. The development of a novel nonlinear optical chromophore doped photoconductive polymer composite as the recording medium for a refreshable holographic display is discussed. Further improvements in the polymer composites could bring applications in telemedicine, advertising, updatable 3D maps and entertainment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLinear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials XI
StatePublished - 2011
EventLinear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials XI - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 21 2011Aug 22 2011

Publication series

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


OtherLinear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials XI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • 3D display
  • High diffraction efficiency materials
  • Holography
  • Nonlinear materials
  • Photorefractive polymers

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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