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  • Vol. 43, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 2004
  • pp: 2125–2129

Silica-nanoparticle-dispersed methacrylate photopolymers with net diffraction efficiency near 100%

Naoaki Suzuki and Yasuo Tomita  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 10, pp. 2125-2129 (2004)

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We demonstrate volume holographic recording in silica-nanoparticle-dispersed methacrylate photopolymers with reduced scattering loss as low as 2%. This is made possible by use of 13-nm silica nanoparticles. As a result a net diffraction efficiency near 100% is achieved for a transmission volume hologram of 45-μm thickness. Grating buildup dynamics are measured for various nanoparticle concentrations, and the effects of nanoparticle size on refractive-index modulation and polymerization shrinkage are also evaluated.

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OCIS Codes
(090.2900) Holography : Optical storage materials
(090.7330) Holography : Volume gratings
(160.4890) Materials : Organic materials
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(160.6030) Materials : Silica
(210.2860) Optical data storage : Holographic and volume memories
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

Original Manuscript: October 3, 2003
Revised Manuscript: January 7, 2004
Published: April 1, 2004

Naoaki Suzuki and Yasuo Tomita, "Silica-nanoparticle-dispersed methacrylate photopolymers with net diffraction efficiency near 100%," Appl. Opt. 43, 2125-2129 (2004)

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