Stochastic model for photoinduced surface relief grating formation through molecular transport in polymer films

Juan, M. L.; Plain, J.; Bachelot, R.; Royer, P.; Gray, S. K.; Wiederrecht, G. P.
October 2008
Applied Physics Letters;10/13/2008, Vol. 93 Issue 15, p153304
Academic Journal
We use a stochastic model to study photoinduced surface relief grating (SRG) formation due to molecular transport in azobenzene polymer films. The model is shown to reproduce the essential experimental features of SRG formation. In particular, it predicts SRG formation under both p and s polarizations, and the double peaked topographies that can occur at early times of the process. The evolving molecular positions and orientations during exposure are also followed, providing a useful mechanistic picture of SRG dynamics.


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