Temperature-dependent light intensity controlled optical switching in azobenzene polymers

Ivanov, M.; Ilieva, D.; Minchev, G.; Petrova, Ts.; Dragostinova, V.; Todorov, T.; Nikolova, L.
May 2005
Applied Physics Letters;5/2/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 18, p181902
Academic Journal
We have investigated the dependence of the photoinduced birefringence in a low-molecular azopolymer on the exciting light intensity at elevated temperatures. We have found that in the temperature range 44–56 °C the stationary photobirefringence is higher for a low pump intensity(1 mW) than for a higher intensity (20 mW). At some fixed temperatures, the difference between the two values of the birefringence is as high as 0.07. By alternating the light intensity, the anisotropic phase shift in the polymer films can be switched repeatedly between two values differing by more than 130 deg. This can be used for light-intensity controlled optical switching.


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