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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2005
  • pp: 1986–1988

Multistate polarization addressing using a single beam in an azo polymer film

S. Ahmadi Kandjani, R. Barille, S. Dabos-Seignon, J.-M. Nunzi, E. Ortyl, and S. Kucharski  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 15, pp. 1986-1988 (2005)

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Peculiar light-matter interactions can break the rule that a single beam polarization can address only two states in an optical memory device. Multistate storage of a single beam polarization is achieved using self-induced surface diffraction gratings in a photoactive polymer material. The grating orientation follows the incident light beam's polarization direction. The permanent self-induced surface relief grating can be read out in real time using the same laser beam.

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OCIS Codes
(210.0210) Optical data storage : Optical data storage
(310.3840) Thin films : Materials and process characterization

S. Ahmadi Kandjani, R. Barille, S. Dabos-Seignon, J.-M. Nunzi, E. Ortyl, and S. Kucharski, "Multistate polarization addressing using a single beam in an azo polymer film," Opt. Lett. 30, 1986-1988 (2005)

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