Linear optical properties of polydiacetylene para-toluene sulfonate thin films

Andreas Feldner, Werner Reichstein, Thomas Vogtmann, Markus Schwoerer, Lars Friedrich, Tomáš Pliška, Mingguo Liu, George I. Stegeman, Seung Han Park

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We report measurements of the dispersion in the linear optical properties (linear absorption coefficient and refractive index) of polydiacetylene para-toluene sulfonate (PDA-PTS) single crystal waveguide films prepared by thermal polymerization of the monomer free floating in solution and subsequent attachment of the film to the substrate. A maximum absorption coefficient >105 cm-1 at a wavelength of 620 nm is measured for polarization parallel to the polymer chains, in agreement with previous measurements. The refractive index parallel to the polymer axis is significantly lower in these thin films as compared to bulk PDA-PTS crystals, whereas the index perpendicular to the chains is comparable to that of bulk crystals. Sellmeier parameters describing the dispersion of the refractive index in the near-infrared spectral range are given.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-209
Number of pages5
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Aug

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Funding Information:
Work in Germany was funded by the German Department for Education, Science, Research and Technology (project no. 03N1021D2). The work at CREOL was funded by the National Science Foundation. The authors wish to acknowledge Markus Abplanalp of the Institute of Quantum Electronics, ETH Zürich, for the AFM measurements.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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