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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 3 — Jan. 31, 2011
  • pp: 2739–2747

Broadening of the light self-trapping due to thermal defocusing in PQ-PMMA polymeric layers

E. Tolstik, O. Kashin, V. Matusevich, and R. Kowarschik  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 3, pp. 2739-2747 (2011)

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The channel formation by the self-trapping of a (1 + 1)D beam in polymeric media based on a polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) matrix containing phenanthrenequinone (PQ) molecules is predicted theoretically and observed experimentally for the first time. Particular attention is paid to the effect of thermal beam expansion, which in conjunction with the photorefractive nonlinearity of the medium results in the possibility to control optically the geometrical parameters of the generated channel.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2900) Materials : Optical storage materials
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.4870) Nonlinear optics : Photothermal effects

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Original Manuscript: October 26, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 13, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: December 22, 2010
Published: January 28, 2011

E. Tolstik, O. Kashin, V. Matusevich, and R. Kowarschik, "Broadening of the light self-trapping due to thermal defocusing in PQ-PMMA polymeric layers," Opt. Express 19, 2739-2747 (2011)

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