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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

| OPTICAL PHYSICS

  • Vol. 8, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1991
  • pp: 2311–2317

Electro-optic coefficients in electric-field-poled polymer waveguides

S. Herminghaus, Barton A. Smith, and J. D. Swalen  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 8, Issue 11, pp. 2311-2317 (1991)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.8.002311


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Abstract

Planar waveguides were made from a linear epoxy copolymer of bisphenol-A diglycidyl ether and amino-nitro-tolane. The refractive indices, nTM and nTE, and the electro-optic coefficients, r33 and r13, of the poled nonlinear-optical polymer films were determined by measurements of the waveguide modes of these films at a wavelength of 632.8 nm, and the results are reported for both electrode and corona poling. The ratio of the second-order susceptibilities was found to exceed significantly the theoretically expected value of 3. The restricted motion of the nonlinear chromophores during poling provides a possible explanation of this discrepancy. Introducing a restriction parameter ν (0 ≤ ν ≤ 1), we develop a simple model that can account for electro-optic coefficient ratios ranging from 3 to 6.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: January 15, 1991
Revised Manuscript: April 3, 1991
Published: November 1, 1991

Citation
S. Herminghaus, Barton A. Smith, and J. D. Swalen, "Electro-optic coefficients in electric-field-poled polymer waveguides," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 8, 2311-2317 (1991)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-8-11-2311

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