Knowledge Base for the Design, Synthesis, and Processing of Maximum Performance NLO Polymers.
Final rept. 1 Mar 94-30 Apr 97,
NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON IL
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This project consists of a collaborative synthetic, processing, physical characterization, and theoretical program aimed at the rational design, construction, evaluation, and fundamental understanding of new types of maximum-performance moleculepolymer-based materials exhibiting high second-order x2 optical nonlinearities. Areas of emphasis include poled chromophore-functionalized glassy polymers, poled chromophore-embedded crosslinkable matrices, chromophoric self-assembled superlattices, the theoretical design and analysis of novel chromophores and chromophore environments, theoretical studies of poling dynamics, studies of optical damage phenomena, and fabrication of new types of NLO waveguides. Each research component of this highly interactive effort builds upon work already in progress as well as upon strong on-going collaborations in laser optics and quantum theory.
- Polymer Chemistry