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14 September 2006 Polyimides with attached chromophores for improved performance in electro-optical devices
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A method of chemical synthesis that allows for the facile attachment of a wide variety of chemical compounds, including highly active nonlinear optical chromophores, to polyimides has been developed recently at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division. The synthesis of these compounds is presented, along with a discussion of their relevant physical and chemical properties, alone and in comparison to equivalent guest/host materials. Examples of attached chromophores include the well-known Disperse Red 1, along with high-activity chromophores of more recent interest such as FTC and CLD. The synthesis of structures that contain both attached chromophores and chemical functionalities that enable thermal cross-linking of the polyimides is also discussed.
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Andrew J. Guenthner, Michael E. Wright, Stephen Fallis, Geoffrey A. Lindsay, Brian J. Petteys, Gregory R. Yandek, De-Yu Zang, Mohan Sanghadasa, and Paul R. Ashley "Polyimides with attached chromophores for improved performance in electro-optical devices", Proc. SPIE 6331, Linear and Nonlinear Optics of Organic Materials VI, 63310M (14 September 2006);

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