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Effective volume holographic structures based on organic-inorganic photopolymer nanocomposites

: Sakhno, O.V.; Goldenberg, L.M.; Stumpe, J.; Smirnova, T.N.


Journal of Optics. A 11 (2009), No.2, Art. 024013, 13 pp.
ISSN: 1464-4258
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IAP ()

We demonstrate a practical approach for the development of a broad range of nanocomposites based on acrylate polymers and organically capped inorganic nanoparticles (NPs). The submicrometer scale volume patterning of the nanocomposites using holographic photopolymerization was investigated. The specific adjustment of both the material parameters (core-shell of the NP, monomer mixture, concentrations) and the patterning conditions led to materials that were suitable for the fabrication of effective optical diffractive elements and specific functional microdevices with light-emissive and nonlinear optical (NLO) properties. The nanocomposite preparation and properties, their holographic performance and some examples of functional polymer-NP structures are reported.