Abbreviated Journal Title
Opt. Mater. Express
PHOTOTHERMOREFRACTIVE GLASS; PHOTOSENSITIVE GLASS; BRAGG GRATINGS; NUCLEATION; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary; Optics
Photo-thermo-refractive (PTR) glass is a photosensitive multi-component silicate glass that exhibits refractive index change after successive UV-exposure and thermal treatment. The refractive index change was demonstrated to be associated with the precipitation of NaF nano-crystals in the glass matrix. This paper presents a systematic study of the dependence of the refractive index change on dosage of UV-exposure and thermal treatment duration and temperature in already UV-exposed and nucleated samples. It is shown using Avrami plots that the refractive index change in PTR glass is determined by a diffusion-controlled growth of particles from pre-existing nuclei while all coefficients have exponential dependence on temperature (Boltzmann law). The developed model, which includes both photo-chemistry and crystallization processes, allow describing the refractive index change dependence on dosage for a wide range of thermal treatment duration and temperature and an accuracy better than 10%.
Optical Materials Express
Lumeau, Julien and Glebov, Leonid B., "Modeling of the induced refractive index kinetics in photo-thermo-refractive glass" (2013). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 4346.