Thermo-optic controllable hybrid photonic polymers containing inorganic nanoparticles

Yu Kurata, Okihiro Sugihara, Toshikuni Kaino, Kyoji Komatsu, Nobuyuki Kambe

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In order to control thermo-optic (T-O) coefficient of polymer materials, a hybrid polymer system with inorganic nanoparticles was examined. Because polymer materials have high T-O coefficient with low refractive index and inorganic materials have low T-O coefficient with high refractive index, we hybridized these materials. For that, surface-treated inorganic nanoparticles were dispersed into epoxy polymers to make homogeneous composites. Thus, by increasing inorganic nanoparticle contents, the refractive index of the hybrid polymer was changed, and its T-O coefficient was well controlled.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2377-2381
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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