Trithiocarbonate-mediated free-radical photopolymerization: Improved uniformity in hologram recording

Lucas J. Tucker, Michael B. Sponsler

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A holographic material based on a photopolymerizable nematic acrylate was improved by the addition of the trithiocarbonate, EtO2CCH 2SC(S)SCH2CO2Et, increasing uniformity and reproducibility in the formation of electrically switchable holographic gratings. Diffraction efficiencies as high as 34%, the thingrating theoretical maximum, were achieved at large (10-14 μm) grating spacings. Improved diffraction efficiency was seen over a range of grating spacings (0.35-10 μm). The exposure window for grating formation was increased by an order of magnitude, resulting in much improved reproducibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6973-6976
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number27
StatePublished - Sep 20 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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