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23 April 2019 Study of the imaging characteristics of holographic waveguides
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In this work we study and characterize and holographic waveguide system composed of two volume diffraction gratings, which act as optical couplers and a glass substrate that acts as a waveguide. The features such us high diffraction efficiencies and Bragg angle selectivity exhibited by volume diffraction gratings allow the appropriated adjustment of the incident light to be diffracted in the direction of total reflection condition inside the glass substrate with high efficiency. In this work the holographic waveguide is recorded on different photopolymer materials, which optimization is controlled to obtain high spatial frequencies and stable fringes. The effect of the shrinkage of the holograms after recording in the quality of the image obtained from the optical waveguide is also studied. To perform the experiments two kind of photopolymers were studied: a nanoparticle-(thiol-ene) polymer composite, NPC, and a penta/hexa-acrylate based polymer with dispersed nematic liquid crystal molecules, PDLC. The holographic characteristics such as diffraction efficiency or wavelength selectivity obtained with the waveguides recorded on the different photopolymers were also studied and compared.
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Sergio Bleda, Cristian Neipp, Jorge Frances, Mariela Alvarez, Andres Marquez, Sergi Gallego, Inmaculada Pascual, and Augusto Beléndez "Study of the imaging characteristics of holographic waveguides", Proc. SPIE 11030, Holography: Advances and Modern Trends VI, 1103013 (23 April 2019); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2522167
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