Abstract

The photodegradation of the azobenzene chromophore DR1 {4-[<i>N</i>-ethyl-<i>N</i>-(2-hydroxyethyl)amino]-4<sup>′</sup>-nitroazobenzene]} incorporated as a side chain or as a guest in a poly(methyl) methacrylate host has been evaluated as a function of wavelength, temperature, and the atmospheric environment. The effects of these variables on the lifetime of DR1-based electro-optic devices is quantified.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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