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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 1984
  • pp: 4309–4312

Polarization holography. 1: A new high-efficiency organic material with reversible photoinduced birefringence

T. Todorov, L. Nikolova, and N. Tomova  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 23, Issue 23, pp. 4309-4312 (1984)

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A new organic material for polarization holographic recording—azo-dye methyl-orange, introduced in poly-vinyl alcohol (PVA)—is fabricated and investigated. It possesses all the good characteristics of the known polarization-sensitive materials—high sensitivity, reversibility, etc.—but excels them substantially in the magnitude of the photoinduced birefringence: δn > 10−3. This makes possible the recording of reversible polarization gratings with diffraction efficiency over 30%. Depending on the conditions of production and subsequent mechanical and thermal treatments the layers of methyl orange/PVA may also have intrinsic birefringence. In this paper the results of experimental investigations into the properties of this new material are reported.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: July 13, 1984
Published: December 1, 1984

T. Todorov, L. Nikolova, and N. Tomova, "Polarization holography. 1: A new high-efficiency organic material with reversible photoinduced birefringence," Appl. Opt. 23, 4309-4312 (1984)

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