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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2006
  • pp: 1468–1470

Electro-optical microscopy: mapping nonlinear polymer films with micrometric resolution

Timothée Toury, Sophie Brasselet, and Joseph Zyss  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 10, pp. 1468-1470 (2006)

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The first demonstration, to the best of our knowledge, of electro-optical microscopy is presented and applied to a polymer-based optical device. A confocal transmission microscope with interferometric homodyne detection is implemented to measure Pockels phase shifts with micrometric spatial resolution and an accuracy level down to 4 × 10 7 rad . This technique is applied to poled polymer films in which noncentrosymmetric molecular orientation is preliminarily achieved in the sample plane between transverse planar electrodes. The electro-optic mapping of this structure exhibits nonuniform and asymmetric patterns of the nonlinear response that are characteristic of the poling spatial inhomogeneity as confirmed by second-harmonic generation microscopy.

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OCIS Codes
(180.3170) Microscopy : Interference microscopy
(190.4400) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, materials
(250.2080) Optoelectronics : Polymer active devices

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Original Manuscript: January 3, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: February 3, 2006

Timothée Toury, Sophie Brasselet, and Joseph Zyss, "Electro-optical microscopy: mapping nonlinear polymer films with micrometric resolution," Opt. Lett. 31, 1468-1470 (2006)

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