8 May 2015 Advances in photo-thermo-refractive glass composition modifications
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The novel photo-thermo-refractive (PTR) glass developed in ITMO University is a very promising optical material for photonic and plasmonic applications. In this paper authors represent study of tin influence on photo thermo inducted crystallization process and make a comparison of the optical and holographic properties of the new and classic composition of glass. Also during this work was made overall optimization of chemical composition namely was optimized concentration of halides, fluorides, bromides which are responsible for crystalline phase properties. Ions of antimony, which playing key role in catching and transferring electrons emitted during the UV exposure and subsequent heating. Also was lowered the concentration of stray impurity ions which a capable to catch photo-electrons. Optical spectra show that new composition of PTR glass has no absorption band in visible range caused by metal nano particles of silver. That allows recording of pure phase holograms in wide spectral range. Furthermore new PTR glass allows receiving refractive index modulation up to 1500 ppm. And the UV exposures needed to achieve maximum changes in refraction index are 6-7 times lower than in classic glass.
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S. A. Ivanov, S. A. Ivanov, A. I. Ignatiev, A. I. Ignatiev, N. V. Nikonorov, N. V. Nikonorov, "Advances in photo-thermo-refractive glass composition modifications", Proc. SPIE 9508, Holography: Advances and Modern Trends IV, 95080E (8 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2178651; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2178651

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