The permanent all-optical poling of an azo-aromatic acrylic copolymer is experimentally demonstrated by seeding preparation in a backward phase-conjugation geometry. The microscopic mechanism involves an orientational hole burning followed by orientational redistribution caused by trans-to-cis isomerization of the azo-dye chromophores. The characteristic kinetics of growth and decay of the noncentrosymmetry grating is monitored by second-harmonic generation.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 6, 1993
Published: June 15, 1993
F. Charra, F. Kajzar, J. M. Nunzi, P. Raimond, and E. Idiart, "Light-induced second-harmonic generation in azo-dye polymers," Opt. Lett. 18, 941-943 (1993)