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Published March 11, 1991 | public
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New Polymeric Materials with Cubic Optical Nonlinearities Derived from Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization


Partially substituted derivatives of polyacetylene are synthesized via the ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of cyclooctatetraene (COT) and its derivatives. Certain poly-COT derivatives afford soluble, highly conjugated poly acetylenes. These materials exhibit large third-order optical nonlinearities and low scattering losses.

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© 1991 American Chemical Society. Received August 2, 1990. Published in print 11 March 1991. The research described in this paper was performed, in part, by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology as part of its Center for Space Microelectronics Technology which is supported by the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, Innovative Science and Technology Office through an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). RHG acknowledges financial support from the Office of Naval Research. SRM thanks the National Research Council and NASA for a Resident Research Associateship at JPL. EJG thanks IBM for a research fellowship. CBG thanks the JPL for a research fellowship. The authors thank Dr. L. Khundkar, B. G. Tiemann and K. J. Perry for technical assistance.

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