Abstract

Writing and reading of reflection gratings in films of an azo side-group polymer are reported. The gratings were induced holographically by use of an argon-ion laser at 488  nm. The measured diffraction efficiency was in the range 2–10%. To estimate the scattering of the reflected light within the material, we further characterized the gratings by calculating a characteristic transmission. A distinct minimum for this transmission was observed, which was redshifted farther from the writing wavelength for gratings written in 50μm polymer samples.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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