POLYMERS Vol.59@No.5 May 2010
POLYMERS@Vol.59@No.5
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COVER STORY
Polymer Photonics
Polymers have become indispensable in the manufacturing of cost-effective passive optical elements and devices, such as lenses, optical fibers, compensation films, etc. On the other hand, applications of polymeric materials to active photonics devices are still rare. However, polymers hold a great promise for applications in active devices given their advantages of, e.g., ultra-fast optical response of conjugated -electron systems, easy processability, or low production costs. A wide range of available synthetic methods, in addition to a diversity of chemical structures and physical properties occurring naturally in polymers, could prove a strong advantage as well. In particular, the recent progress in the field of polymer photonics based on nonlinear optical phenomena raises expectations that active polymer devices might become available in a near future. This special issue presents the latest development in the field and provides an overview of research directions with a potential for a breakthrough towards practical applications.
iEditors:KIKUCHI, UENO, TANIGUCHI,VACHA, and HIGUCHIj
Commentary
Photoactive Polymer Renaissance Toshikuni KAINO
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Hot Topics
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Growing Polymers: A Personal Account
The Potential Applications of Complex Fluids Tatsushi ISOJIIMA

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Dig for Your Fortune! Daisuke TAKEUCHI

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COVER STORY: Highlight Reviews
Electro-Optic Polymer for Ultra-Fast Optical Modulation Shiyoshi YOKOYAMA, Xianqing PIAO, and Akira OTOMO

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Electro-Optic Polymer Modulators Yasufumi ENAMI

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Development of Optical and Photonics Devices by Use of Nano Structure Controlled Materials Toshiyuki WATANABE

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Progress towards an In-Vehicle Optical Network and Polymer Optical Device Application Manabu KAGAMI

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Glossary for Highlight Reviews
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COVER STORY:Topics and Products
Long Length and Fine Pitch Optical Waveguide Made by Photo-Addressing Method Makoto FUJIWARA
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Photorefractive Materials Takeo SASAKI
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Fabrication of Photonic Crystals Using Block Copolymers Shigeru OKAMOTO
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Flexible Organic Electronic and Optical Integrated Devices Yutaka OHMORI
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Polymer Colloidal Photonic Crystal Laser Seiichi FURUMI
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Front-Line Polymer Science
Recent Development in Functional Electrospun Nanofibers Hiroyoshi KAWAKAMI
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Messages: “Work and Life”
Girls, Be Ambitious ! Harumi KASAMATSU
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Difference in Women Research Activities between China and Japan Guanghui MA
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Messages from SPSJ
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