Acrylate oligomer-based photopolymers for optical storage applications

M. L. Schilling*, V. L. Colvin, L. Dhar, A. L. Harris, F. C. Schilling, H. E. Katz, T. Wysocki, A. Hale, L. L. Blyler, C. Boyd

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Photopolymers are attractive candidates for high-density holographic data storage because of their high sensitivity and refractive index contrast. We have incorporated several high-index organic monomers into high optical quality acrylate oligomer-based formulations. Using reactivity ratios, reaction kinetics, and component refractive indices as guidelines, a 6-fold increase in Δn has been achieved compared to an initial all-acrylate formulation. Samples prepared from these formulations have been used to write and read >200 high-quality holograms in a given volume of material. This is the first time a photopolymeric medium has successfully been used to multiplex this number of holograms. Using these resins, a protocol for the evaluation of photopolymers as holographic media has been developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-254
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Chemistry


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