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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 22 — Aug. 1, 2001
  • pp: 3677–3683

Zero-birefringence polymer by the anisotropic molecule dope method

Akihiro Tagaya, Shuichi Iwata, Eriko Kawanami, Hisashi Tsukahara, and Yasuhiro Koike  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 22, pp. 3677-3683 (2001)

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We propose using the anisotropic molecule dope method for synthesizing a zero-birefringence polymer that showed no orientational birefringence at any orientation degree of polymer chains. In this method a rodlike molecule with polarizability anisotropy was chosen to compensate orientational birefringence. The zero-birefringence polymer was synthesized by doping of 3-wt.% trans-stilbene as an anisotropic molecule into poly(methyl methacrylate). The zero-birefringence at the 590-nm wavelength in the drawn film and the injection-molded plate made from the zero-birefringence polymer was confirmed by the rotating parallel nicols method. Furthermore, high transparency (37.2 dB/km) of the zero-birefringence polymer at the 633-nm wavelength was confirmed by the light-scattering measurement.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

Original Manuscript: September 11, 2000
Revised Manuscript: April 24, 2001
Published: August 1, 2001

Akihiro Tagaya, Shuichi Iwata, Eriko Kawanami, Hisashi Tsukahara, and Yasuhiro Koike, "Zero-birefringence polymer by the anisotropic molecule dope method," Appl. Opt. 40, 3677-3683 (2001)

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