Highly efficient formation of holographic gratings in polymer liquid crystals

Kunihiko Okano, Atsushi Shishido, Osamu Tsutsumi, Takeshi Shiono, Tomiki Ikeda

研究成果: Conference article査読

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We studied the formation of gratings by means of the photoinduced alignment change of polymer liquid crystals (PLCs) in a glassy state. To obtain high diffraction efficiency (η), we prepared a novel PLC containing an azobenzene group directly connected with a tolane moiety (3AT) which has large birefringence (Δn). It was found that the value of birefringence in 3AT was extremely high (Δn = 0.39). When two s-polarized writing beams (Ar+ laser, 488 nm) were interfered on the surface of the 3AT film in the glassy state, multiple diffraction beams were observed immediately, resulting from the grating formation. We explored the effect of light intensity on the grating formation and the relation between the alignment change and η. The value of η showed a maximum when the change in photoinduced alignment was almost completed. Furthermore the value of η was relatively high (η = 20%) even though the alignment change of mesogens was small.

ジャーナルProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
出版ステータスPublished - 2004
イベントLiquid Crystals VII - San Diego, CA, United States
継続期間: 2003 8月 52003 8月 7

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 電子材料、光学材料、および磁性材料
  • 凝縮系物理学
  • コンピュータ サイエンスの応用
  • 応用数学
  • 電子工学および電気工学


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