9 June 2006 Light intensity dependent optical rotation in azobenzene polymers
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Proceedings Volume 6252, Holography 2005: International Conference on Holography, Optical Recording, and Processing of Information; 625212 (2006) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.677029
Event: Holography 2005: International Conference on Holography, Optical Recording, and Processing of Information, 2005, Varna, Bulgaria
Abstract
We investigate the self-induced rotation of the azimuth of light polarization ellipse in azobenzene polymers. It is initiated by the photoreorientation and ordering of the azobenzenes on illumination with elliptically polarized light resulting in the appearance of an optical axis whose direction is gradually rotated along the depth of the film. A macroscopic chiral structure is created with a pitch depending on light ellipticity and the photobirefringence ▵n in the successive layers of the film. In this work we make use of the fact that at elevated temperatures ▵n is very sensitive to light intensity. In our acrylic amorphous azobenzene polymer at temperatures 50-65°C the saturated values of ▵n are much higher for low intensity of the exciting light than for higher intensity. In this temperature range the polarization azimuth of monochromatic blue light with different intensity is rotated to a different angle after passing through the polymer film. This effect can be used for passive elements rotating the polarization azimuth depending on light intensity and for the formation of light beams with a space-variant polarization state.
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M. Ivanov, M. Ivanov, D. Ilieva, D. Ilieva, T. Petrova, T. Petrova, V. Dragostinova, V. Dragostinova, T. Todorov, T. Todorov, L. Nikolova, L. Nikolova, } "Light intensity dependent optical rotation in azobenzene polymers", Proc. SPIE 6252, Holography 2005: International Conference on Holography, Optical Recording, and Processing of Information, 625212 (9 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.677029; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.677029
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