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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1456–1464

Enhanced nonlinearity by H-bonded polymer–dye complex in liquid crystal for holographic gratings

Elena Ouskova, Andrii Pshenychnyi, Antoni Sánchez-Ferrer, Dariia Lysenko, Jaana Vapaavuori, and Matti Kaivola  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 31, Issue 7, pp. 1456-1464 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.31.001456


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Abstract

We have studied a new heterogeneous liquid-crystalline material where H-bonded polymer–azo-dye complexes are used as dopants to the liquid crystal (LC) bulk at a very low concentration. Double enhancement of the holographic gratings’ diffraction efficiency occurred in the complex-doped LC compared to dye-doped LC. The grating formation/relaxation processes in complex-doped LC showed anomalies that were explained by the presence of polymer with H bonds. The gratings appeared to be formed due to a change of both the absorption coefficient and refractive index. Using such complexes as dopants gives perspectives for tuning and control of the LC properties, and for possible optical applications.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4710) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities in organic materials
(160.5335) Materials : Photosensitive materials

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 24, 2014
Revised Manuscript: May 2, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 3, 2014
Published: June 5, 2014

Citation
Elena Ouskova, Andrii Pshenychnyi, Antoni Sánchez-Ferrer, Dariia Lysenko, Jaana Vapaavuori, and Matti Kaivola, "Enhanced nonlinearity by H-bonded polymer–dye complex in liquid crystal for holographic gratings," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 31, 1456-1464 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-31-7-1456


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