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Issue 25, 2010
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Supramolecular bisazopolymers exhibiting enhanced photoinduced birefringence and enhanced stability of birefringence for four-dimensional optical recording

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Abstract

Extremely stable, high-density information storage media were prepared by the connection of two azobenzene groups via hydrogen bonding to form supramolecular bisazopolymers. The supramolecular bisazopolymers contain 4-((4-hydroxyphenyl)diazenyl)benzonitrile (AzoCN) as a hydrogen bonding donor and poly(6-(4-(pyridin-4-yldiazenyl)phenoxy)hexyl methacrylate) (pAzopy) as a hydrogen bonding acceptor. High quality films of the supramolecular bisazopolymers pAzopy/(AzoCN)x (x = 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0) with different molar ratios of donor/acceptor were prepared by spin-casting. The supramolecular bisazopolymers spontaneously form lamellar structures with a periodic thickness of 7.1 nm. These samples exhibit optically induced birefringence. The birefringence and proportion of remnant birefringence increase from 0.0265 to 0.1 and 50.5% to 108%, respectively, as the content of AzoCN in the samples increases, which indicates a larger proportion of AzoCN enhances both the birefringence and its stability. We also use an azopolymer without pyridine groups (pAzoCH3) and AzoCN to do a control experiment, which shows that pAzoCH3/(AzoCN)1.0 do not show significant enhanced birefringence and its stability. The enhancements in pAzopy/(AzoCN)x are because of the unique structure of the supramolecular bisazopolymers. A new laser direct writing system has been developed for optical recording on the azopolymers. The pAzopy/(AzoCN)1.0 film is significantly better at image recording than the pAzopy film, because the optically recorded images on the pAzopy/(AzoCN)1.0 film are very clear after storage for four months whereas the optically recorded images on the pAzopy one disappear after just one day. Four-dimensional optical recording has been achieved by integrating the polarization and the intensity of the laser and the two dimensions of a plane. An information density of about 0.93 Gbit cm−2 could be optically recorded on the pAzopy/(AzoCN)1.0 film, which is about 20 times the information density of a normal DVD.

Graphical abstract: Supramolecular bisazopolymers exhibiting enhanced photoinduced birefringence and enhanced stability of birefringence for four-dimensional optical recording

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Submitted
05 Jan 2010
Accepted
14 Apr 2010
First published
26 May 2010

J. Mater. Chem., 2010,20, 5202-5209
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Supramolecular bisazopolymers exhibiting enhanced photoinduced birefringence and enhanced stability of birefringence for four-dimensional optical recording

S. Wu, S. Duan, Z. Lei, W. Su, Z. Zhang, K. Wang and Q. Zhang, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 5202
DOI: 10.1039/C000073F

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