The photopolymerization diffusion models give accurate comprehension of the mechanism of hologram formation inside photopolymer materials. Although several models have been proposed, these models share the common assumption that there is an interplay between the processes of monomer polymerization and monomer diffusion. Nevertheless, most of the studies to check the validity of the theoretical models have been done by using photopolymers of the DuPont™ type, or photopolymer materials with values of the monomer diffusion time similar to those of the DuPont material. We check the applicability of a modified diffusion-based model to a polyvinyl alcohol–acrylamide photopolymer. This material has the property of longer diffusion times for the monomer to travel from the unexposed to the exposed zones than in the case of other polymeric materials. Some interesting effects are observed and theoretically treated by using the modified first-harmonic diffusion-based model we propose.
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