Advanced Materials

Polyelectrolyte glasses with linear and nonlinear optical properties



Communication: Polyelectrolyte glasses, composed of cationic polymers and anionic dyes have several advantages over traditionally prepared intrinsicly dyed optical glasses for linear-(LO) and nonlinear optical (NLO) applications. Very high dye concentrations canb e achieved, homogeneous distribution of the dye results in high-quality glasses, a large variety of LO- and NLO-active counterieons are available, and the glasses are easily processed. The preparation and testing of the new materials is described.