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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 2008
  • pp: 5074–5077

Time-resolved studies of photoinduced birefringence in azobenzene dye-doped polymer films

ChuanXiang Sheng, Robert A. Norwood, Jiafu Wang, Jayan Thomas, Yinglan Wu, Zhiping Zheng, N. Tabirian, Diane M. Steeves, Brian R. Kimball, and N. Peyghambarian  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 28, pp. 5074-5077 (2008)

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We measured transient photoinduced birefringence ( δ n ) in various azobenzene dye films by pumping with a nanosecond pulse at 532 nm and probing at 633 nm . The switch-on times for the photoinduced birefringence range from nanoseconds to milliseconds and are systematically related with the lowest optical transition energies for those films. Moreover, our results suggest that the transient photoinduced birefringence measurement is a convenient way to determine the relative energies of π π * and n π * states in azo-based materials.

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OCIS Codes
(210.4810) Optical data storage : Optical storage-recording materials
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence

ToC Category:
Optical Data Storage

Original Manuscript: June 26, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 15, 2008
Published: September 23, 2008

ChuanXiang Sheng, Robert A. Norwood, Jiafu Wang, Jayan Thomas, Yinglan Wu, Zhiping Zheng, N. Tabirian, Diane M. Steeves, Brian R. Kimball, and N. Peyghambarian, "Time-resolved studies of photoinduced birefringence in azobenzene dye-doped polymer films," Appl. Opt. 47, 5074-5077 (2008)

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