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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 6 — Mar. 20, 2006
  • pp: 2203–2210

Photopolymers as vectorial sensors of the electric field

T. Grosjean and D. Courjon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 6, pp. 2203-2210 (2006)

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We propose to use radially, azimuthally and circularly polarized Bessel beams as inhomogeneous illuminating system to unambiguously analyze the vectorial optical response of azo-dye polymers. It is shown that the well-known sensitivity of azo-dye molecules to polarization direction gives rise to surface deformations which are proportional to the longitudinal electric-field component. This property opens a large field of applications in the vectorial analysis of light fields, especially for nano-optics/nanophotonics.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4630) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical inspection
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(350.6670) Other areas of optics : Surface photochemistry

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Original Manuscript: December 15, 2005
Revised Manuscript: March 13, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 13, 2006
Published: March 20, 2006

T. Grosjean and D. Courjon, "Photopolymers as vectorial sensors of the electric field," Opt. Express 14, 2203-2210 (2006)

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