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Physics Research International
Volume 2012, Article ID 803439, 16 pages
Review Article

A Review of the Optimisation of Photopolymer Materials for Holographic Data Storage

1School of Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering, College of Engineering and Architecture, Communications and Optoelectronic Research Centre, The SFI-Strategic Research Cluster in Solar Energy Conversion, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
2Department of Computer Science, National University of Ireland Maynooth, Maynooth Co. Kildare, Ireland

Received 25 April 2012; Accepted 4 May 2012

Academic Editor: Sergi Gallego

Copyright © 2012 Jinxin Guo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Photopolymers are very interesting as optically sensitive recording media due to the fact that they are inexpensive, self-processing materials with the ability to capture low-loss, high-fidelity volume recordings of 3D illuminating patterns. We have prepared this paper in part in order to enable the recognition of outstanding issues, which limit in particular the data storage capacity in holographic data storage media. In an attempt to further develop the data storage capacity and quality of the information stored, that is, the material sensitivity and resolution, a deeper understanding of such materials in order to improve them has become ever more crucial. In this paper a brief review of the optimisation of photopolymer materials for holographic data storage (HDS) applications is described. The key contributions of each work examined and many of the suggestions made for the improvement of the different photopolymer material discussed are presented.