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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2011
  • pp: 1389–1391

Voltage-controlled compression for period tuning of optical surface relief gratings

Matthias Kollosche, Sebastian Döring, Joachim Stumpe, and Guggi Kofod  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 8, pp. 1389-1391 (2011)

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This Letter reports on new methods and a consistent model for voltage tunable optical transmission gratings. Elastomeric gratings were molded from holographically written surface relief gratings in an azobenzene sol-gel material. These were placed on top of a transparent electroactive elastomeric substrate. Two different electro-active substrate elastomers were employed, with a large range of prestretches. A novel finite-deformation theory was found to match the device response excellently, without fitting parameters. The results clearly show that the grating underwent pure-shear deformation, and more surprisingly, that the mechanical properties of the electro-active substrate did not affect device actuation.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(090.1970) Holography : Diffractive optics
(230.1950) Optical devices : Diffraction gratings
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(250.2080) Optoelectronics : Polymer active devices

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: February 7, 2011
Revised Manuscript: February 23, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 15, 2011
Published: April 12, 2011

Matthias Kollosche, Sebastian Döring, Joachim Stumpe, and Guggi Kofod, "Voltage-controlled compression for period tuning of optical surface relief gratings," Opt. Lett. 36, 1389-1391 (2011)

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