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Enhanced Electrooptic Activity of Nlo Polymers Via the Use of Conductive Polymers

  • J. G. Grote (a1), J. P. Drummond (a1), J. S. Zetts (a1), R. L. Nelson (a1), F. K. Hopkins (a1), C. Zhang (a2), L. R. Dalton (a2) and W. H. Steier (a2)...

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We have demonstrated a 3 to 13 times increase in the effective electro-optic (EO) coefficient of electrode poled nonlinear optical polymers using a conductive polymer cladding, compared to using passive polymer claddings. We have also demonstrated the lowest poling voltage to date, 300 V, for a 2 μm thick NLO polymer film. Since the cladding material is more conductive than the core material, the majority of the applied poling voltage is dropped across the core, realizing a higher EO coefficient than for conventional devices using passive polymer claddings and has the potential for in-situ poling. These results show promise for shorter, lower operating voltage devices.

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Enhanced Electrooptic Activity of Nlo Polymers Via the Use of Conductive Polymers

  • J. G. Grote (a1), J. P. Drummond (a1), J. S. Zetts (a1), R. L. Nelson (a1), F. K. Hopkins (a1), C. Zhang (a2), L. R. Dalton (a2) and W. H. Steier (a2)...

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