The wavelength dependence of the one-photon absorption–induced photodegradation rate has been measured from the visible to the near IR for a variety of electro-optic chromophore-doped polymers. Systematic behavior is identified. The lifetime of the electro-optic activity is found to increase exponentially over 4–6 orders of magnitude for wavelengths ranging from peak of absorption, typically in the visible, to ∼1000 nm. Many popular chromophores developed for electro-optics over the past 10 years are compared.
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Adriana Galvan-Gonzalez, Michael Canva, George I. Stegeman, Robert Twieg, Kwok Pong Chan, Tony C. Kowalczyk, Xuan Q. Zhang, Hilary S. Lackritz, Seth Marder, and Sankaran Thayumanavan, "Systematic behavior of electro-optic chromophore photostability," Opt. Lett. 25, 332-334 (2000)