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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 14 — May. 10, 2000
  • pp: 2353–2358

Effect of film thickness on the performance of photopolymers as holographic recording materials

Joel E. Boyd, Timothy J. Trentler, Rajeev K. Wahi, Yadira I. Vega-Cantu, and Vicki L. Colvin  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 14, pp. 2353-2358 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.39.002353


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Abstract

An important issue in developing applications for photopolymers in holography is the effect of film thickness on recording properties. Now it is possible to create these samples with a much wider range of thickness (d = 20–1400 µm) than was previously available. We exploit these recent advances in photopolymer processing to systematically evaluate how the dynamic range of a photopolymer depends on its thickness. The results illustrate that sample performance increases linearly with thickness as predicted by standard models of volume holography. However, above a critical thickness sample performance degrades, and the angular response of recorded plane-wave holograms shows evidence of grating curvature. These distortions are likely the result of photopolymer shrinkage, which in thicker samples occurs in a nonuniform fashion. This problem limits the performance of these photopolymers and is likely to be an issue for any photopolymer that undergoes comparable polymerization shrinkage.

© 2000 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(210.0210) Optical data storage : Optical data storage

History
Original Manuscript: September 7, 1999
Revised Manuscript: January 21, 2000
Published: May 10, 2000

Citation
Joel E. Boyd, Timothy J. Trentler, Rajeev K. Wahi, Yadira I. Vega-Cantu, and Vicki L. Colvin, "Effect of film thickness on the performance of photopolymers as holographic recording materials," Appl. Opt. 39, 2353-2358 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-39-14-2353


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