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  • Vol. 26, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2001
  • pp: 581–583

Holographic reflection gratings in azobenzene polymers

H. J. Eichler, S. Orlic, R. Schulz, and J. Rübner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 26, Issue 9, pp. 581-583 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.26.000581


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Abstract

Writing and reading of reflection gratings in films of an azo side-group polymer are reported. The gratings were induced holographically by use of an argon-ion laser at 488 nm. The measured diffraction efficiency was in the range 2–10%. To estimate the scattering of the reflected light within the material, we further characterized the gratings by calculating a characteristic transmission. A distinct minimum for this transmission was observed, which was redshifted farther from the writing wavelength for gratings written in 50-µm polymer samples.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(090.7330) Holography : Volume gratings
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(160.5470) Materials : Polymers

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H. J. Eichler, S. Orlic, R. Schulz, and J. Rübner, "Holographic reflection gratings in azobenzene polymers," Opt. Lett. 26, 581-583 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-26-9-581


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