Abstract

Peculiar light–matter interactions can break the rule that a single beam polarization can address only two states in an optical memory device. Multistate storage of a single beam polarization is achieved using self-induced surface diffraction gratings in a photoactive polymer material. The grating orientation follows the incident light beam’s polarization direction. The permanent self-induced surface relief grating can be read out in real time using the same laser beam.

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S. Ahmadi Kandjani, R. Barille, S. Dabos-Seignon, J.-M. Nunzi, E. Ortyl, and S. Kucharski, "Multistate polarization addressing using one single beam in an azo polymer film: erratum," Opt. Lett. 31, 1923-1923 (2006)
https://www.osapublishing.org/ol/abstract.cfm?uri=ol-31-12-1923

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