Equipment for Processing and Characterizing Polymers
Final rept 1 Apr 97-1 Apr 98
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA ORLANDO CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN ELECTRO-OPTICS AND LASERS
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Equipment for processing and characterizing polymers was purchased with this DURIP equipment grant. Three items were purchased. The Reactive Ion Etching Unit RIE was purchased as an add-on to an existing instrument and the installation was completed in March 98. It will be used for making ridge waveguides in polymers. The high temperature poling station that was purchased is now being used by three separate researchers to pole a variety of polymers for parametric mixing devices. The single crystal growing apparatus was installed almost immediately and has been very successful in making state-of-the-art single crystal polydiacetylene PTS crystals. It has been demonstrated that these crystals have damage thresholds of 400 GWsq cm for 100 femtosecond pulses in the communications band at 1550 nm. In these crystals, the strongest reported multi-photon absorption ever, three and four photon, has been observed. Single crystal films for waveguiding have been grown and slab and channel waveguides in PTS have been demonstrated.
- Polymer Chemistry
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy