Rapid Communications

Applied Physics B

, Volume 54, Issue 5, pp 486-489

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Photoassisted poling of azo dye doped polymeric films at room temperature

  • Z. SekkatAffiliated withInstit d'Optique Théorique et Appliquée
  • , M. DumontAffiliated withInstit d'Optique Théorique et Appliquée

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The reversible cis-trans photoisomerization of disperse red 1 (DR1) in PMMA thin films has been demonstrated to be strongly polarization sensitive [1]. In this communication two mechanisms are identified: the angular hole burning and the angular redistribution of molecules. It is shown that, in the presence of a DC electric field, the redistribution is not centrosymmetric and produces a poling of the film. The evolution of the second-order nonlinear susceptibility, χ(2), is monitored by measuring the electro-optic effect by attenuated total reflection and by second-harmonic generation.


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