Linear polymers for nonlinear optics. 2. Synthesis and electrooptical properties of polymers bearing pendant chromophores with methylsulfonyl electron-acceptor groups

Douglas R. Robello, Phat T. Dao, James Phelan, Joseph Revelli, Jay S. Schildkraut, Michael Scozzafava, Abraham Ulman, Craig S. Willand

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Several acrylic polymers bearing pendant stilbene or azobenzene chromophores containing 4′-dialkylamino electron donors and 4-methylsulfonyl electron acceptors have been synthesized. These amorphous polymers exhibited good film-forming abilities, moderately high glass transition temperatures, and excellent optical clarity. Film samples of the polymers were poled in electric fields and demonstrated large, stable second-order nonlinear optical properties. Electrooptic coefficients at 632 nm were measured using ellipsometry. To demonstrate their utility in electrooptical devices, the title polymers were fabricated into low-loss waveguides, and Mach-Zehnder interferometers were constructed. Electrooptic coefficients as high as 12 pm/V were measured at 860 nm with these prototypical devices. Comparisons between experimental and predicted electrooptic coefficients are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-435
Number of pages11
JournalChemistry of Materials
Volume4
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992

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Bearings (structural)
Nonlinear optics
Chromophores
Polymers
Electrooptical effects
Electrons
Electrooptical devices
Electric losses
Stilbenes
Mach-Zehnder interferometers
Azobenzene
Ellipsometry
Acrylics
Optical properties
Electric fields

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  • Materials Chemistry

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Robello, D. R., Dao, P. T., Phelan, J., Revelli, J., Schildkraut, J. S., Scozzafava, M., ... Willand, C. S. (1992). Linear polymers for nonlinear optics. 2. Synthesis and electrooptical properties of polymers bearing pendant chromophores with methylsulfonyl electron-acceptor groups. Chemistry of Materials, 4(2), 425-435.

Linear polymers for nonlinear optics. 2. Synthesis and electrooptical properties of polymers bearing pendant chromophores with methylsulfonyl electron-acceptor groups. / Robello, Douglas R.; Dao, Phat T.; Phelan, James; Revelli, Joseph; Schildkraut, Jay S.; Scozzafava, Michael; Ulman, Abraham; Willand, Craig S.

In: Chemistry of Materials, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1992, p. 425-435.

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Robello, Douglas R. ; Dao, Phat T. ; Phelan, James ; Revelli, Joseph ; Schildkraut, Jay S. ; Scozzafava, Michael ; Ulman, Abraham ; Willand, Craig S. / Linear polymers for nonlinear optics. 2. Synthesis and electrooptical properties of polymers bearing pendant chromophores with methylsulfonyl electron-acceptor groups. In: Chemistry of Materials. 1992 ; Vol. 4, No. 2. pp. 425-435.
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