Substituted Rigid Rod-Like Polymers—Building Blocks for Photonic Devices**


  • Dr. Dieter Neher

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    1. Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschune Postfach 3148. D-55021 Mainz (Germany)
    • Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschune Postfach 3148. D-55021 Mainz (Germany)
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    • Dieter Neher received his Ph.D. in physics in 1989 from the University of Mainz for work involving the experimental investigation of the electronic structure of, and order in, ultrathin organic films by nonlinear optical spectroscopy. From 1990 to 1992 he was a research associate with Prof. G. Stegeman at the Optical Sciences Center, Tucson, Arizona and at the Center for Research in Electrooptics and Lasers, Orlando, Florida. In 1992 he agian joined the group of Prof. G. Wegner at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz. His main research interests are the optical and nonlinear spectroscopy of thin organic films, orientational dynamics, and charge transport phenomena in polymeric materials, including the photoconductivity and light-emitting properties of supramolecular assemblies.

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    I am very grateful to all my co-workers collaborators at the MPI fiir Polymcrforschung (Mainz) and at CREOL. (Orlando): Dr. M. Schulze. H.-J. Winkelhahn. Dr. C. Heldmann. Dr. T. Servay. Dr. C.-S. Kang. Dr. L. Kalyoda, Dr. R. Back. Dr. F. Embs and Dr. M. Cha. I am particularly grateful to Prof. G. Wegner (MPI-P) for many fruitful discussions and his encouragement. I also would like to express sincere thanks to Prof. G. Stegeman (CREOL) for his support and for teaching me the secrets of nonlinear optics. This work was in part supported by the German Ministry of Science and Technology, project 03 M 4046.


Substituted rigid rod-like polymers (RRPs) can be exploited to control the microscopic order in, and the fabrication of, devices with potential uses in photonics. The supermolecular structures formed by these interesting materials (e.g. see Figure) are considered, attention being focused on the correlation between structural properties and macroscopic properties such as nonlinear susceptibilities

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