Non-Bragg orders in dynamic self-diffraction on thick phase gratings in a photorefractive polymer

B. L. Volodin, B. Kippelen, K. Meerholz, N. V. Kukhtarev, H. J. Caulfield, N. Peyghambarian

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Abstract

We demonstrate that recording thick holographic phase gratings in photorefractive polymers can lead not only to very efficient Bragg diffraction but also to rather strong diffraction into non-Bragg orders. We show that this effect has features drastically different from those of Raman-Nath diffraction on thin gratings. We compare the experimental results with a model based on the theory of dynamic self-diffraction in a photorefractive medium. Applications of this effect in devices for optical image processing are proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-521
Number of pages3
JournalOptics letters
Volume21
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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