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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 2 — Jan. 24, 2005
  • pp: 505–510

Encoding multipolar polarization patterns by optical poling in polymers: towards nonlinear optical memories

Sébastien Bidault, Jérôme Gouya, Sophie Brasselet, and Joseph Zyss  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 2, pp. 505-510 (2005)

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We demonstrate spatially resolved polarization encoding of nonlinear information by all-optical poling of photoisomerizable and nonlinear molecules in polymer films. The second harmonic generation (SHG) polarization responses of the photo-induced patterns are imaged by a nonlinear microscope with 2µm lateral resolution. The strong SHG dependence to the poling fields polarizations is applied to information encoding, with a potential in high density optical data storage. In addition, the imprinted local nonlinear susceptibilities of multipolar symmetries cannot be deciphered by more traditional one-photon holography techniques.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4710) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities in organic materials
(210.4810) Optical data storage : Optical storage-recording materials

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: December 1, 2004
Revised Manuscript: January 12, 2005
Published: January 24, 2005

Sébastien Bidault, Jérôme Gouya, Sophie Brasselet, and Joseph Zyss, "Encoding multipolar polarization patterns by optical poling in polymers: towards nonlinear optical memories," Opt. Express 13, 505-510 (2005)

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