We used intensity-dependent prism coupling of poly[2-methoxy-5-(2<sup>′</sup>-ethylhexyloxy)-1, 4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV) waveguides to measure the nonlinear absorption coefficients and nonlinear refractive indices of these waveguides in the range 700–1200 nm. The material’s strong nonlinearity combined with low linear waveguide losses (<1 dB/cm) led to promising figures of merit and have made it attractive for use in all-optical switching applications at wavelengths of >1150 nm.
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Kaloian Koynov, Nicolai Goutev, Fitri Fitrilawati, Ayi Bahtiar, Andreas Best, Christoph Bubeck, and Hans-Heinrich Hörhold, "Nonlinear prism coupling of waveguides of the conjugated polymer MEH-PPV and their figures of merit for all-optical switching," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 895-901 (2002)