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8 June 2005 Control and measurement of the physical properties in acrylamide based photopolymer materials
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Recent improvements in holographic materials have led to advances in a variety of applications, including data storage and interferometry. To further increase the possibility of commercial applications in these areas it is necessary to have available an inexpensive, self-processing, environmentally stable material that has a good spatial frequency response. One promising type of material is Acrylamide-based photopolymer recording materials. The material can be made self-processing and can be sensitised to different recording wavelengths using different photosensitive dyes. The self-processing capability of this material simplifies the recording and testing processes and enables holographic interferometry to be carried out without the need for complex realignment procedures. Although this material has a lot of advantages over others it has significant disadvantages such as its spatial frequency response range (500-2500 lines/mm). Therefore, it is of ever-increasing importance to resolve uncertainties regarding optical and material properties, i.e. the refractive index and the diffusion constants. Using experimental diffraction efficiency measurements, a value for the refractive index modulation can be obtained. Then carrying out analysis using the Polymerisation Driven Diffusion model (PDD) values for the diffusion coefficients of various materials in the grating layer can be found. Applying the Lorentz-Lorenz relation, refractive index variations within the material can be more fully understood. With the resulting improved understanding it will be possible to improve the characteristics of photopolymer materials by altering the chemical composition, for example by controlling the crosslinker concentration or through the careful use of inhibitor and/or retarders to control the polymer chain growth.
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Ciara E. Close, Michael R. Gleeson, Feidhlim T. O'Neill, John V. Kelly, and John T. Sheridan "Control and measurement of the physical properties in acrylamide based photopolymer materials", Proc. SPIE 5827, Opto-Ireland 2005: Photonic Engineering, (8 June 2005);

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