A volume holographic sol-gel material with large enhancement of dynamic range by incorporation of high refractive index species

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Improved performance of volume holographic sol-gel materials-refractive index modulations in the 10^2 range, diffraction efficiencies near 100 %, and low levels of noise scattering-are reported that arise from the incorporation of Zr-based high refractive index species capable of diffusing from dark to bright fringes of the interference pattern (see figure).
© 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. This work was supported by MEC under the projects MAT2003-02718 and TIC2002-1846, and by CM under the project S0505/PPQ-0316. We gratefully acknowledge Carmen Munuera and Prof. Carmen Ocal for technical assistance and discussions concerning STM.
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