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1 November 1996 Photothermal beam deflection techniques: useful tools for integrated optics
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Photothermal beam deflection spectroscopy (PTBDS) is used together with waveguide loss measurements to distinguish between intrinsic, absorptive and scattering losses in polymeric waveguide materials. Overtones of vibrational modes of organic waveguide materials in the near infrared spectral regime can be distinguished very precisely with PTBDS. In an example of different polythiophens, we demonstrate the influence of the sidechains (CH2- and CH3-vibrations) and the conformation of the mainchain on the absorption spectrum in the spectral regime of optical telecommunications. The photothermal beam deflection method is also used for imaging waveguide structures and to investigate order parameters of dyes within a polymeric matrix.
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Silvia Mittler-Neher and Heiko Einsiedel "Photothermal beam deflection techniques: useful tools for integrated optics", Proc. SPIE 2852, Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic Materials IX, (1 November 1996);

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