Polarisation-sensitive optical elements in azobenzene polyesters and peptides

P.S. Ramanujam, Carsten Dam-Hansen, Rolf Henrik Berg, Søren Hvilsted, L. Nikolova

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In this article, we describe fabrication of polarisation holographic optical elements in azobenzene polyesters. Both liquid crystalline and amorphous side-chain polyesters have been utilised. Diffractive optical elements such as lenses and gratings that are sensitive to the polarisation of the incident light have been fabricated with polarisation holography. Computer-generated optical elements and patterns have also been written with a single polarised laser beam. Recording of polarisation defects enabling easy visualisation is also shown to be feasible in azobenzene polyesters.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptics and Lasers in Engineering
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)912-925
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Polarisation defects
  • Computer-generated holograms
  • Holographic optical elements
  • Surface relief
  • Azobenzene polymer


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