Polymers 2011, 3(3), 1310-1324; doi:10.3390/polym3031310
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Simplified Reflection Fabry-Perot Method for Determination of Electro-Optic Coefficients of Poled Polymer Thin Films

1 Laboratory for Physical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20740, USA 2 Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98198, USA
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Received: 15 July 2011; in revised form: 12 August 2011 / Accepted: 16 August 2011 / Published: 18 August 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymers for Optical Applications)
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Abstract: We report a simplified reflection mode Fabry-Perot interferometry method for determination of electro-optic (EO) coefficients of poled polymer thin films. Rather than fitting the detailed shape of the Fabry-Perot resonance curve, our simplification involves a technique to experimentally determine the voltage-induced shift in the angular position of the resonance minimum. Rigorous analysis based on optical properties of individual layers of the multilayer structure is not necessary in the data analysis. Although angle scans are involved, the experimental setup does not require a θ-2θ rotation stage and the simplified analysis is an advantage for polymer synthetic efforts requiring quick and reliable screening of new materials. Numerical and experimental results show that our proposed method can determine EO coefficients to within an error of ~8% if poled values for the refractive indices are used.
Keywords: electro-optic polymer; characterization; Fabry-Perot; nonlinear optics

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Park, D.H.; Luo, J.; Jen, A.-Y.; Herman, W.N. Simplified Reflection Fabry-Perot Method for Determination of Electro-Optic Coefficients of Poled Polymer Thin Films. Polymers 2011, 3, 1310-1324.

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Park DH, Luo J, Jen A-Y, Herman WN. Simplified Reflection Fabry-Perot Method for Determination of Electro-Optic Coefficients of Poled Polymer Thin Films. Polymers. 2011; 3(3):1310-1324.

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Park, Dong Hun; Luo, Jingdong; Jen, Alex K.-Y.; Herman, Warren N. 2011. "Simplified Reflection Fabry-Perot Method for Determination of Electro-Optic Coefficients of Poled Polymer Thin Films." Polymers 3, no. 3: 1310-1324.

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