Polymers as Multi-Role Materials for Photonics Technology
Photonics has been labeled by many as the leading technology for the 21st century. Polymers have emerged as an important class of materials which will play multiroles such as laser light source, passive optical interconnects, optical signal processing and optical data storage devices for photonics. In this paper a brief background will be presented on polymer’s multirole in photonics with a special emphasis on nonlinear optical processes, the latter providing many of the operational functions for the photonic technology. New applications such as polymer lasers, polymer amplifiers and optical circuitry are discussed. Applications of polymers and composites in three dimensional holographic data storage are also covered. Particularly interesting new media for optical data storage are photorefractive polymers. The photorefractive polymeric systems utilize the combined action of photoconductivity and nonlinear optical effect. The development of photorefractive polymers in our laboratory is discussed.
KeywordsChannel Waveguide Nonlinear Optical Response Optical Data Storage Nonlinear Optical Effect Nonlinear Optical Process
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