[en] Polarized-light-induced birefringence has been investigated in copolymers of [-(N-carbazolyl)alkyl methacrylate] and [2,5-dimethylphenyl-[(4-nitrophenyl)azo]phenoxyalkyl methacrylate]. Optical properties of the side-chain copolymers have been compared with materials in which the azo-dye was merely dispersed in a poly[-(N-carbazolyl)alkyl methacrylate] matrix. Increasing the temperature of the film has a dramatic depressive effect on the maximum of photo-induced orientation near and above the glass transition temperature (Tg) region, while its effect was restricted under this temperature. Kinetics of the photo-orientation and the thermal relaxation as a function of temperature have been analysed by a biexponential model based on two rate constants. The universal Williams-Landel-Ferry (WLF) theory has been used to correlate the writing process and relaxation relative time constants with the relative temperature, i.e. T-Tg . The validity of this model for the studied materials leads to the assumption that photo-orientation and relaxation processes are mainly dependent on the free volume in the polymer matrix. This hypothesis has been assessed in the case of [11-(N-carbazolyl)undecyl methacrylate]-based materials.
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