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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2002
  • pp: 1157–1161

Permanent polarization gratings in photosensitive Langmuir–Blodgett films for polarimetric applications

Gabriella Cipparrone, Alfredo Mazzulla, and Lev M. Blinov  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 19, Issue 5, pp. 1157-1161 (2002)

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The study of a diffractive device for polarimetric applications is reported. The device consists of a diffraction grating recorded by two interfering opposite circularly polarized beams and is based on a Langmuir–Blodgett film of an azo-compound material. This material provides long-time stability and high photoinduced birefringence that makes the grating highly diffraction efficient. We show how polarization gratings permanently stored in these films are suitable for applications as photopolarimeter components.

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OCIS Codes
(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(160.2900) Materials : Optical storage materials
(210.0210) Optical data storage : Optical data storage

Gabriella Cipparrone, Alfredo Mazzulla, and Lev M. Blinov, "Permanent polarization gratings in photosensitive Langmuir–Blodgett films for polarimetric applications," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 1157-1161 (2002)

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