Optical writing and subsequent reading of information on thin films of azobenzene side-chain polymethacrylates on the 100-nm scale are demonstrated by near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) with polarization control. Polarized blue light at 488 nm coupled to the NSOM aperture probe activates trans-cis-trans isomerization cycles of the side chains, causing their alignment and thus locally inducing optical birefringence. Red light at 690 nm with modulated polarization is coupled to the same aperture and used to detect optical anisotropy on the local scale. Lines of width on the 100-nm scale were optically inscribed and detected even with no concurrent topographic modification.

Optical nanowriting on azobenzene side-chain polymethacrylate thin films by near-field scanning optical microscopy

PARDI, LUCIO;ALLEGRINI, MARIA;
2003

Abstract

Optical writing and subsequent reading of information on thin films of azobenzene side-chain polymethacrylates on the 100-nm scale are demonstrated by near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) with polarization control. Polarized blue light at 488 nm coupled to the NSOM aperture probe activates trans-cis-trans isomerization cycles of the side chains, causing their alignment and thus locally inducing optical birefringence. Red light at 690 nm with modulated polarization is coupled to the same aperture and used to detect optical anisotropy on the local scale. Lines of width on the 100-nm scale were optically inscribed and detected even with no concurrent topographic modification.
V., Likodimos; M., Labardi; Pardi, Lucio; Allegrini, Maria; M., Giordano; A., Arena; S., Patane'
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