We study the optically induced growth and interaction of self-written waveguides in a photopolymerizable resin. We investigate experimentally how the interaction depends on the mutual coherence and the relative power of the input beams and suggest an improved analytical model that describes the growth of single waveguides and the main features of their interaction in photosensitive materials.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
(190.4710) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities in organic materials
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects
(220.4000) Optical design and fabrication : Microstructure fabrication
(250.5460) Optoelectronics : Polymer waveguides
Satoru Shoji, Satoshi Kawata, Andrey A. Sukhorukov, and Yuri S. Kivshar, "Self-written waveguides in photopolymerizable resins," Opt. Lett. 27, 185-187 (2002)