χ(3) — Effects in Polymer Waveguides

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Kerr-like polymers can be used for all-optical switching in waveguides. χ(3) for the conjugated polymer MP-PPV has been determined (2.7 · 10−11 e.s.u.) by prism coupling into the nonlinear waveguide. As an example for all-optical switching in waveguides, the beam-scanner has been realized with a grating coupler in a nonlinear polymer waveguide made from azo-dye doped poly-methyl methacrylate (PMMA). Material trade-offs for opto-optical switching in waveguides are discussed and the currently known nonlinear polymers are evaluated due to their applicability.


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© B. G. Teubner Verlagsgesellschaft Leipzig 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Applied PhysicsFriedrich-Schiller-University JenaGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Physical High TechJenaGermany

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