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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2013
  • pp: 95–104

Modeling of the induced refractive index kinetics in photo-thermo-refractive glass

Julien Lumeau and Leonid B. Glebov  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 95-104 (2013)

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Photo-thermo-refractive (PTR) glass is a photosensitive multi-component silicate glass that exhibits refractive index change after successive UV-exposure and thermal treatment. The refractive index change was demonstrated to be associated with the precipitation of NaF nano-crystals in the glass matrix. This paper presents a systematic study of the dependence of the refractive index change on dosage of UV-exposure and thermal treatment duration and temperature in already UV-exposed and nucleated samples. It is shown using Avrami plots that the refractive index change in PTR glass is determined by a diffusion-controlled growth of particles from pre-existing nuclei while all coefficients have exponential dependence on temperature (Boltzmann law). The developed model, which includes both photo-chemistry and crystallization processes, allow describing the refractive index change dependence on dosage for a wide range of thermal treatment duration and temperature and an accuracy better than 10%.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(350.5130) Other areas of optics : Photochemistry
(160.5335) Materials : Photosensitive materials

ToC Category:
Glass and Other Amorphous Materials

Original Manuscript: October 16, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 17, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 17, 2012
Published: December 19, 2012

Julien Lumeau and Leonid B. Glebov, "Modeling of the induced refractive index kinetics in photo-thermo-refractive glass," Opt. Mater. Express 3, 95-104 (2013)

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