We present a new kind of UV-cured holographic grating that consists of polymer slices alternated with pure nematic films. By preventing the appearance of the nematic phase during the curing process, it is possible to avoid the formation of liquid-crystal droplets and obtain a sharp and uniform morphology, which reduces scattering losses and increases diffraction efficiency.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(090.2900) Holography : Optical storage materials
(090.7330) Holography : Volume gratings
(130.0250) Integrated optics : Optoelectronics
Roberto Caputo, Luciano De Sio, Alessandro Veltri, Cesare Umeton, and Andrey V. Sukhov, "Development of a new kind of switchable holographic grating made of liquid-crystal films separated by slices of polymeric material," Opt. Lett. 29, 1261-1263 (2004)