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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 21 — Oct. 12, 2009
  • pp: 18581–18589

Reversible giant photocontraction in chalcogenide glass

Laurent Calvez, Zhiyong Yang, and Pierre Lucas  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 21, pp. 18581-18589 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.018581


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Abstract

It is shown that chalcogenide glasses with suitably underconstrained network can undergo reversible giant photocontractions up to a micron depth. These effects result from the combination of two attributes particular to these glasses, (i) the high photosensitivity characteristic of low coordination floppy networks and (ii) the wide window of structural configuration characteristic of fragile glass former. Interestingly these effects are reversible and subsequent irradiation with high intensity results in giant photoexpansion in the same glass. The combination of subsequent photocontraction and photoexpansion on the same glass surface has good potential for the design of complex optical elements.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2750) Materials : Glass and other amorphous materials
(160.5335) Materials : Photosensitive materials

ToC Category:
Materials

History
Original Manuscript: August 4, 2009
Revised Manuscript: September 17, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: September 27, 2009
Published: September 30, 2009

Citation
Laurent Calvez, Zhiyong Yang, and Pierre Lucas, "Reversible giant photocontraction in chalcogenide glass," Opt. Express 17, 18581-18589 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-21-18581


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