We consider the irreversible photobleaching of guest–host polymer combinations, those of benzocyclobutene and perfluorocyclobutene doped with 4-(dicyanomethylene)-2-methyl-6-(<i>p</i>-dimethyl aminostyryl)-4H-pyran. The time evolution of the absorption spectrum bleached by the 514-nm line of an Ar<sup>+</sup>-ion laser can be described by a change in amplitudes of the observed Gaussian-shaped absorption features as a function of the applied photobleaching dose. A phenomenological model that describes this time evolution compares favorably with the experimental data. A discussion of the reasons that so simple a model may be applicable to polymer systems doped with stilbenelike dyes is made.
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(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(130.3130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics materials
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Ed McKenna, Jiuzhi Xue, Angelo Verdoni, Mike Yetzbacher, Regis Fan, and Alan Mickelson, "Kinetic model of irreversible photobleaching of dye-doped polymer waveguide materials," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 21, 1294-1301 (2004)