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  • Vol. 39, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2000
  • pp: 2499–2506

Waveguide photodegradation of nonlinear optical organic chromophores in polymeric films

Yitao Ren, Marek Szablewski, and Graham H. Cross  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 39, Issue 15, pp. 2499-2506 (2000)

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Waveguide photodegradation studies have been carried out to investigate the photostabilities of a series of nonlinear optical chromophores doped into poly(methyl methacrylate) waveguide films. The films were exposed to optical wavelengths lying either within these materials’ main absorption bands or in the near-infrared region. Degradation studies were carried out in air, vacuum, and nitrogen environments at room temperature. Experimental results indicate that the principal photodegradation mechanism in operation is photo-oxidation. A simple analytical model indicated the relative sensitivity to photo-oxidation of the materials studied.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(160.4890) Materials : Organic materials
(310.2790) Thin films : Guided waves
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(350.5130) Other areas of optics : Photochemistry

Original Manuscript: September 24, 1999
Revised Manuscript: February 17, 2000
Published: May 20, 2000

Yitao Ren, Marek Szablewski, and Graham H. Cross, "Waveguide photodegradation of nonlinear optical organic chromophores in polymeric films," Appl. Opt. 39, 2499-2506 (2000)

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