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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 3 — Feb. 10, 2014
  • pp: 3228–3233

Formation of self-trapping waveguides in bulk PMMA media doped with Phenanthrenequinone

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

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 3228-3233 (2014)

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Experimental and theoretical investigations of light self-trapping waveguides in a bulk polymeric medium based on polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) with photosensitive phenanthrenequinone (PQ)-molecules are examined. Self-channeling was generated for the first time in this nonlinear bulk PQ-PMMA media with a thickness up to several millimeters and 0.1 mol. % PQ-concentration. The experimental formation of volume waveguide structures with a length of 2 - 3 cm at different laser wavelengths (405 nm, 488 nm, and 514.5 nm) was demonstrated. The calculations based on a model for the laser beam propagation in the bulk PQ-PMMA medium with competitive nonlinearities are in a good agreement with the experiments.

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OCIS Codes
(090.2900) Holography : Optical storage materials
(160.5320) Materials : Photorefractive materials
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: November 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 13, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 14, 2014
Published: February 4, 2014

E. Tolstik, O. Romanov, V. Matusevich, A. Tolstik, and R. Kowarschik, "Formation of self-trapping waveguides in bulk PMMA media doped with Phenanthrenequinone," Opt. Express 22, 3228-3233 (2014)

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