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Sample records for selective optical films

  1. Spatially selective optical tuning of quantum dot thin film luminescence.

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    Chen, Jixin; Chan, Yang-Hsiang; Yang, Tinglu; Wark, Stacey E; Son, Dong Hee; Batteas, James D

    2009-12-30

    Photolithographically generated patterns have been created on immobilized CdSe QD thin films by fine-tuning their optical properties (intensity and emission wavelength) postsynthetically. These optically modified QDs show enhanced selectivity for binding of different ligands, affording the ability to fabricate optically reconfigurable surfaces for display or sensing applications. The patterns may be readily generated with any typical optical lithographic approach. PMID:20028145

  2. Cadmium stannate selective optical films for solar energy applications

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    Haacke, G.

    1975-01-01

    Efforts concentrated on reducing the electrical sheet resistance of sputtered cadmium stannate films, installing and testing equipment for spray coating experiments, and sputter deposition of thin cadmium sulfide layers onto cadmium stannate electrodes. In addition, single crystal silicon wafers were coated with cadmium stannate. Work also continued on the development of the backwall CdS solar cell.

  3. Optical properties of vanadium-doped ZnTe thin cermet films for selective surface applications

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    Hossain, M. S.; Islam, R.; Khan, K. A.

    2007-06-01

    ZnTe:V thin cermet films (containing 0 to 10wt% V in ZnTe matrix) were prepared onto glass substrate by e-beam evaporation in vacuum at ~10 -6 torr. The deposition rate of the films was at about 2.05 nms -1. The effects of various deposition conditions on the electrical and optical properties of the cermet films have been studied in detail. The structure analysis of the film was performed by X-ray diffraction technique and it was found that the films are amorphous in nature. The optical properties of both the as-deposited and annealed films were studied in the wavelength range 300<λ<2500 nm, respectively. The special feature of transmittance spectra is that as the doping vanadium is increased to a concentration of 2.5wt% V, the transmittance value is increased in the entire visible & infra-red up to λ=1600 nm and beyond that concentration value, the transmittance is decreased. Similar behavior has also been observed in annealed films. For both types of cermet sample, the values of Urbach tail, optical band gap, refractive index and dielectric constants were evaluated for different compositions and thicknesses, respectively. Evaluation of these parameters may help in view of their technological applications in selective surface as well as in optoelectronic devices.

  4. Diffractive optics with high Bragg selectivity: volume holographic optical elements in Bayfol® HX photopolymer film

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    Bruder, Friedrich-Karl; Fäcke, Thomas; Hagen, Rainer; Hönel, Dennis; Orselli, Enrico; Rewitz, Christian; Rölle, Thomas; Walze, Günther

    2015-09-01

    For a long time volume Holographic Optical Elements (vHOE) have been discussed as an alternative, but were hampered by a lack of suitable materials. They provide several benefits over surface corrugated diffractive optical element like high diffraction efficiency due to their ability to reconstruct a single diffraction order, freedom of optical design by freely setting the replay angles and adjusting their bandwidth by a selection of the vHOE's thickness. Additional interesting features are related to their high Bragg selectivity providing transparent films for off-Bragg illumination. In this paper we report on our newly developed photopolymer film technology (Bayfol® HX) that uniquely requires no post processing after holographic exposure. We explain the governing non-local polymerization driven diffusion process leading to an active mass transport triggered by constructive interference. Key aspects of the recording process and their impact on index modulation formation is discussed. The influence on photopolymer film thickness on the bandwidth is shown. A comparison between coupled wave theory (CWT) simulation and experimental results is given. There are two basic recording geometries: reflection and transmission vHOEs. We explain consequences of how to record them properly and discuss in more detail the special challenges in transmission hologram recording. Here beam ratio and customization of photopolymer film properties can be applied most beneficially to achieve highest diffraction efficiency.

  5. Selective inorganic thin films

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    Phillips, M.L.F.; Weisenbach, L.A.; Anderson, M.T.

    1995-05-01

    This project is developing inorganic thin films as membranes for gas separation applications, and as discriminating coatings for liquid-phase chemical sensors. Our goal is to synthesize these coatings with tailored porosity and surface chemistry on porous substrates and on acoustic and optical sensors. Molecular sieve films offer the possibility of performing separations involving hydrogen, air, and natural gas constituents at elevated temperatures with very high separation factors. We are focusing on improving permeability and molecular sieve properties of crystalline zeolitic membranes made by hydrothermally reacting layered multicomponent sol-gel films deposited on mesoporous substrates. We also used acoustic plate mode (APM) oscillator and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) sensor elements as substrates for sol-gel films, and have both used these modified sensors to determine physical properties of the films and have determined the sensitivity and selectivity of these sensors to aqueous chemical species.

  6. Fluoride-selective optical sensor based on aluminum(III)-octaethylporphyrin in thin polymeric film: further characterization and practical application.

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    Badr, Ibrahim H A; Meyerhoff, Mark E

    2005-10-15

    More detailed analytical studies of a new fluoride-selective optical sensor based on the use of aluminum(III)-octaethylporphyrin and a lipophilic pH indicator (4',5'-dibromofluorescein octadecyl ester; ETH-7075) within a thin plasticized poly(vinyl chloride) film are reported. The sensor exhibits extraordinary optical selectivity for fluoride over a wide range of other anions, including anions with far more positive free energies of hydration (e.g., perchlorate, thiocyanate, nitrate, etc.). UV-visible spectrophotometric studies of the sensing films indicate that fluoride interacts with the Al(III) center of the porphyrin structure, yielding both a change in the Soret band lambda(max) of the porphyrin and a change in the protonation state of the pH indicator within the film. The same change in spectral properties of the metalloporphyrin occurs in the absence of added pH indicator or with added tetraphenylborate derivative anionic sites, but optical responses to fluoride in these cases are shown to be irreversible. The presence of the pH indicator and the simultaneous fluoride/proton coextraction equilibrium chemistry is shown to greatly enhance the reversibility of fluoride binding to the Al(III) porphyrin. Optical response toward fluoride can be observed in the range of 0.1 microM-1.6 mM. Optical selectivity coefficients of <10(-6) for common anions (e.g., sulfate, chloride, nitrate, etc.) and <10(-4) for perchlorate and thiocyanate are obtained. Measurements of fluoride in drinking water via the new optical sensor are shown to correlate well with values obtained for the same samples using a classical LaF3-based fluoride ion-selective electrode method. PMID:16223262

  7. Fluoride Selective Optical Sensor Based on Aluminum(III)-Octaethylporphyrin in Thin Polymeric Film: Further Characterization and Practical Application

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    Badr, Ibrahim H. A.; Meyerhoff, Mark E.

    2008-01-01

    More detailed analytical studies of a new fluoride selective optical sensor based on the use of aluminum(III)-octaethylporphyrin and a lipophilic pH indicator (4′,5′-dibromofluorescein octadecyl ester; ETH-7075) within a thin plasticized poly(vinyl chloride) film are reported. The sensor exhibits extraordinary optical selectivity for fluoride over a wide range of other anions, including anions with far more positive free energies of hydration (e.g., perchlorate, thiocyanate, nitrate, etc.). UV-VIS spectrophotometric studies of the sensing films indicate that fluoride interacts with the Al(III) center of the porphyrin structure, yielding both a change in the Soret band λmax of the porphyrin as well as a change in the protonation state of the pH indicator within the film. The same change in spectral properties of the metalloporphyrin occurs in the absence of added pH indicator or with added tetraphenylborate derivative anionic sites, but optical responses to fluoride in these cases are shown to be irreversible. The presence of the pH indicator and the simultaneous fluoride/proton coextraction equilibrium chemistry is shown to greatly enhance the reversibility of fluoride binding to the Al(III) porphyrin. Optical response toward fluoride can be observed in the range of 0.1 μM to 1.6 mM. Optical selectivity coefficients of < 10−6 for common anions (e.g., sulfate, chloride, nitrate etc.) and < 10−4 for perchlorate and thiocyanate are obtained. Measurements of fluoride in drinking water via the new optical sensor are shown to correlate well with values obtained for the same samples using a classical LaF3 based fluoride ion-selective electrode method. PMID:16223262

  8. Optical properties and solar selectivity of metal-insulator composite films

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    Craighead, H. G.

    1980-03-01

    The results of an experimental study of metal-insulator composite films are described. A description of the entire process of sample production, characterization, experimental examination and ultimate demonstration of an application is included. The problem considered was to measure the optical constants of metal insulator-composite materials and check the applicability of effective medium-composite materials and check the applicability of effective medium theories in predicting their optical properties. With this knowledge, there was also the goal of designing and fabricating efficient and durable solar photothermal absorber surfaces. The method used for controlled coevaporation of microscopically segregated metal-insulator composites is described. With this technique many different composites were produced; the most notable ones were Ni/Al2O3, Au/Al2O3, Au/MgO, Ag/MgO and Pt/Al2O3.

  9. Nonlinear optical thin films

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    Leslie, Thomas M.

    1993-01-01

    A focused approach to development and evaluation of organic polymer films for use in optoelectronics is presented. The issues and challenges that are addressed include: (1) material synthesis, purification, and the tailoring of the material properties; (2) deposition of uniform thin films by a variety of methods; (3) characterization of material physical properties (thermal, electrical, optical, and electro-optical); and (4) device fabrication and testing. Photonic materials, devices, and systems were identified as critical technology areas by the Department of Commerce and the Department of Defense. This approach offers strong integration of basic material issues through engineering applications by the development of materials that can be exploited as the active unit in a variety of polymeric thin film devices. Improved materials were developed with unprecedented purity and stability. The absorptive properties can be tailored and controlled to provide significant improvement in propagation losses and nonlinear performance. Furthermore, the materials were incorporated into polymers that are highly compatible with fabrication and patterning processes for integrated optical devices and circuits. By simultaneously addressing the issues of materials development and characterization, keeping device design and fabrication in mind, many obstacles were overcome for implementation of these polymeric materials and devices into systems. We intend to considerably improve the upper use temperature, poling stability, and compatibility with silicon based devices. The principal device application that was targeted is a linear electro-optic modulation etalon. Organic polymers need to be properly designed and coupled with existing integrated circuit technology to create new photonic devices for optical communication, image processing, other laser applications such as harmonic generation, and eventually optical computing. The progression from microscopic sample to a suitable film

  10. Selective growth of ZnO thin film nanostructures: Structure, morphology and tunable optical properties

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    Krishnakanth, Katturi Naga; Rajesh, Desapogu; Sunandana, C. S.

    2016-05-01

    The ZnO nanostructures (spherical, rod shape) have been successfully fabricated via a thermal evaporation followed by dip coating method. The pure, doped ZnO thin films were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and UV-Vis spectroscopy, respectively. A possible growth mechanism of the spherical, rod shape ZnO nanostructures are discussed. XRD patterns revealed that all films consist of pure ZnO phase and were well crystallized with preferential orientation towards (002) direction. Doping by PVA, PVA+Cu has effective role in the enhancement of the crystalline quality and increases in the band gap.

  11. Thin-film optical initiator

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    Erickson, Kenneth L.

    2001-01-01

    A thin-film optical initiator having an inert, transparent substrate, a reactive thin film, which can be either an explosive or a pyrotechnic, and a reflective thin film. The resultant thin-film optical initiator system also comprises a fiber-optic cable connected to a low-energy laser source, an output charge, and an initiator housing. The reactive thin film, which may contain very thin embedded layers or be a co-deposit of a light-absorbing material such as carbon, absorbs the incident laser light, is volumetrically heated, and explodes against the output charge, imparting about 5 to 20 times more energy than in the incident laser pulse.

  12. Selective inorganic thin films

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    Phillips, M.L.F.; Pohl, P.I.; Brinker, C.J.

    1997-04-01

    Separating light gases using membranes is a technology area for which there exists opportunities for significant energy savings. Examples of industrial needs for gas separation include hydrogen recovery, natural gas purification, and dehydration. A membrane capable of separating H{sub 2} from other gases at high temperatures could recover hydrogen from refinery waste streams, and facilitate catalytic dehydrogenation and the water gas shift (CO + H{sub 2}O {yields} H{sub 2} + CO{sub 2}) reaction. Natural gas purification requires separating CH{sub 4} from mixtures with CO{sub 2}, H{sub 2}S, H{sub 2}O, and higher alkanes. A dehydrating membrane would remove water vapor from gas streams in which water is a byproduct or a contaminant, such as refrigeration systems. Molecular sieve films offer the possibility of performing separations involving hydrogen, natural gas constituents, and water vapor at elevated temperatures with very high separation factors. It is in applications such as these that the authors expect inorganic molecular sieve membranes to compete most effectively with current gas separation technologies. Cryogenic separations are very energy intensive. Polymer membranes do not have the thermal stability appropriate for high temperature hydrogen recovery, and tend to swell in the presence of hydrocarbon natural gas constituents. The authors goal is to develop a family of microporous oxide films that offer permeability and selectivity exceeding those of polymer membranes, allowing gas membranes to compete with cryogenic and adsorption technologies for large-scale gas separation applications.

  13. Optical Characterization of Molecular Contaminant Films

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    Visentine, James T.

    2007-01-01

    A semi-empirical method of optical characterization of thin contaminant films on surfaces of optical components has been conceived. The method was originally intended for application to films that become photochemically deposited on such optical components as science windows, lenses, prisms, thinfilm radiators, and glass solar-cell covers aboard spacecraft and satellites in orbit. The method should also be applicable, with suitable modifications, to thin optical films (whether deposited deliberately or formed as contaminants) on optical components used on Earth in the computer microchip laser communications and thin-film industries. The method is expected to satisfy the need for a means of understanding and predicting the reductions in spectral transmittance caused by contaminant films and the consequent deterioration of performances of sensitive optical systems. After further development, this method could become part of the basis of a method of designing optical systems to minimize or compensate for the deleterious effects of contaminant films. In the original outer-space application, these deleterious effects are especially pronounced because after photochemical deposition, the films become darkened by further exposure to solar vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation. In this method, thin contaminant films are theoretically modeled as thin optical films, characterized by known or assumed values of thickness, index of refraction, and absorption coefficient, that form on the outer surfaces of the original antireflection coating on affected optical components. The assumed values are adjusted as needed to make actual spectral transmittance values approximate observed ones as closely as possible and to correlate these values with amounts of VUV radiation to which the optical components have been exposed. In an initial study, the method was applied in correlating measured changes in transmittance of high-purity fused silica photochemically coated with silicone films of

  14. Optical limiting by chemically enhanced bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Song, Q. Wang; Zhang, Chungping; Gross, Richard; Birge, Robert

    1993-05-01

    Measurements of effective nonlinearity of a chemically enhanced bacteriorhodopsin film are presented, using 2-scan method. Optical limiting properties and the film's nonlinear transmission properties of the film are also studied.

  15. Optical properties and solar selectivity of coevaporated Co-Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ composite films

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    Niklasson, G.A.; Granqvist, C.G.

    1984-05-01

    Co-Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ composite films were produced by electron-beam coevaporation in a system with elaborate process control. The deposits were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy, electron diffraction, Auger electron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering, field ion microscopy, mechanical stylus measurements, and electrical dc and ac measurements. A uniform separated-grain structure with regular hcp Co particles embedded in Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ was found for Co contents (f/sub Co/s') up to approx.30 vol %. The complex dielectric permeability epsilon-bar was evaluated in the 0.3< or approx. =lambda< or approx. =40-..mu..m wavelength range for samples with 0.11< or approx. = f/sub Co/ < or approx. =0.60 by carefully selected combinations of spectrophotometric transmittance and reflectance data. Numerical accuracy and internal consistency were investigated. Effective medium theories for epsilon-bar were derived by applying classical scattering theory to spherical random unit cells defined so as to properly represent a number of typical microgeometries. The formulations due to Maxwell Garnett, Bruggeman, and others were thus rederived in a unified way. Large-size limits of validity and extensions to nonspherical particles were treated. It was found that the Maxwell Garnett theory could reproduce the experimental epsilon-bar's in detail at low f/sub Co/ provided that some Co was taken to be dispersed in the insulating matrix. At larger f/sub Co/'s we found discrepancies which are likely to be due mainly to dipole-dipole coupling among adjacent particles.

  16. Optical circular dichroism of vacuum-deposited film stacks

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    Fan, B.; Vithana, H. K. M.; Kralik, J. C.; Faris, S. M.

    1998-02-01

    We report on optical circular dichroism of chiral multilayer SiO x films obtained by a novel vacuum deposition technique. The film layers were deposited at an oblique incidence angle to render them optically anisotropic, and were stacked such that the optic axes of the layers spiral in a helical fashion about the substrate normal. The resulting film stacks display both wavelength and polarization selectivity, in analogy with organic cholesteric liquid crystals aligned in the planar texture. Reflectance spectra of two films of opposite chirality are presented. Both film stacks are tuned to reflect in the visible and were prepared using obliquely deposited SiO x. Calculated spectra using a Berreman's 4×4 matrix approach agree well with the experimental findings. It is concluded that vacuum-deposited chiral film stacks hold promise for use as high-efficiency polarizers and other novel optical components.

  17. Disposable nitrate-selective optical sensor based on fluorescent dye

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    A simple, disposable thin-film optical nitrate sensor was developed. The sensor was fabricated by applying a nitrate-selective polymer membrane on the surface of a thin polyester film. The membrane was composed of polyvinylchloride (PVC), plasticizer, fluorescent dye, and nitrate-selective ionophore...

  18. Determination of glucose using a coupled-enzymatic reaction with new fluoride selective optical sensing polymeric film coated in microtiter plate wells

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    Abd-Rabboh, Hisham S. M.; Meyerhoff, Mark E.

    2007-01-01

    The determination of glucose in beverages is demonstrated using newly developed fluoride selective optical sensing polymeric film that contains aluminum (III) octaethylporphyrin (Al[OEP]) ionophore and the chromoionophore ETH7075 cast at the bottom of wells of a 96-well polypropylene microtiter plate. The method uses a dual enzymatic reaction involving glucose oxidase enzyme (GOD) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP), along with an organofluoro-substrate (4-fluorophenol) as the source of fluoride ions. The concentration of fluoride ions after enzymatic reaction is directly proportional to the glucose level in the sample. The method has a detection limit of 0.8 mmol L−1, a linear range of 0.9– 40 mmol L−1 and a sensitivity of 0.125 absorbance unit/decade of glucose concentration. Glucose levels in several beverage samples determined using the proposed method correlate well with a reference spectrophotometric enzyme method based on detection of hydrogen peroxide using bromopyrogallol red dye (BPR). The new method can also be used to determine H2O2 concentrations in the 0.1 - 50 mmol L−1 range using a single enzymatic reaction involving H2O2 oxidation of 4-fluorophenol catalyzed by HRP. The methodology could potentially be used to detect a wide range of substrates for which selective oxidase enzymes exist (to generate H2O2), with the high throughput of simple microtiter plate detection scheme. PMID:18480896

  19. Thin-film optical shutter

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    Matlow, S. L.

    1981-02-01

    The ideal solution to the excessive solar gain problem is an optical shutter, a device which switches from being highly transmissive to solar radiation to being highly reflective to solar radiation when a critical temperature is reached in the enclosure. The switching occurs because one or more materials in the device undergo a phase transition at the critical temperature. A specific embodiment of macroconjugated macromolecules, the poly (p-phenylene)'s, was chosen as the one most likely to meet all of the requirements of the thin film optical shutter project (TFOS). The reason for this choice is explored. In order to be able to make meaningful calculations of the thermodynamic and optical properties of the poly (p-phenylene)'s a quantum mechanical method, the equilibrium bond length (EBL) theory, was developed. Some results of EBL theory are included.

  20. Polarization selecting Optical Element using a Porro Prism Incorporating a thin film Polarizer in a single element

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    Hendrix, James lee

    2000-01-28

    A Porro prism and a light polarizer are combined in a single optical element termed a Hendrix Prism. The design provides retro-reflection of incoming light of a predetermined polarization in a direction anti-parallel to the direction of light incidence, while reflecting undesired light, i.e., that having a polarization orthogonal to the predetermined polarization, from the surface of the light polarizer. The undesired light is reflected in a direction that does not interfere with the intended operation of the device in which the Hendrix Prism is installed yet provides feedback to the system in which it is used.

  1. Polarization selecting optical element using a porro prism incorporating a thin film polarizer in a single element

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    Hendrix, James Lee

    2001-05-08

    A Porro prism and a light polarizer are combined in a single optical element termed a Hendrix Prism. The design provides retro-reflection of incoming light of a predetermined polarization in a direction anti-parallel to the direction of light incidence, while reflecting undesired light, i.e., that having a polarization orthogonal to the predetermined polarization, from the surface of the light polarizer. The undesired light is reflected in a direction that does not interfere with the intended operation of the device in which the Hendrix Prism is installed yet provides feedback to the system in which it is used.

  2. Specific optical rotation indicatrices of chitosan films

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    Rudenko, Darya A.; Shipovskaya, Anna B.

    2016-04-01

    The optical activity of chitosan films in the forms of polysalt (chitosan acetate) and polybase was studied. The specific optical rotation [α] of all our films was negative. The absolute values of [α] of polybasic chitosan films was by an order of magnitude higher than that for polysalt films. A dependence of [α] on the orientation angle of the sample relative to the direction of the polarization vector of the incident light beam in the plane perpendicular to this beam was established. Specific optical rotation indicatrices of the chitosan films of both chemical forms were plotted.

  3. Transparency Film for Demonstration of Biaxial Optics.

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    Camp, Paul R.

    1994-01-01

    Explains why transparency film demonstrates biaxial optical properties. Provides detailed descriptions of the procedure and equipment needed for large-scale optics demonstrations of the polarization interference pattern produced by biaxial crystals. (DDR)

  4. Model selection for radiochromic film dosimetry

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    Méndez, I.

    2015-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to find the most accurate model for radiochromic film dosimetry by comparing different channel independent perturbation models. A model selection approach based on (algorithmic) information theory was followed, and the results were validated using gamma-index analysis on a set of benchmark test cases. Several questions were addressed: (a) whether incorporating the information of the non-irradiated film, by scanning prior to irradiation, improves the results; (b) whether lateral corrections are necessary when using multichannel models; (c) whether multichannel dosimetry produces better results than single-channel dosimetry; (d) which multichannel perturbation model provides more accurate film doses. It was found that scanning prior to irradiation and applying lateral corrections improved the accuracy of the results. For some perturbation models, increasing the number of color channels did not result in more accurate film doses. Employing Truncated Normal perturbations was found to provide better results than using Micke-Mayer perturbation models. Among the models being compared, the triple-channel model with Truncated Normal perturbations, net optical density as the response and subject to the application of lateral corrections was found to be the most accurate model. The scope of this study was circumscribed by the limits under which the models were tested. In this study, the films were irradiated with megavoltage radiotherapy beams, with doses from about 20-600 cGy, entire (8 inch  × 10 inch) films were scanned, the functional form of the sensitometric curves was a polynomial and the different lots were calibrated using the plane-based method.

  5. Iodobismuthate-selective film electrode

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    Rakhman'ko, E.M.

    1986-02-01

    In preparing ion-selective electrodes (ISEs) for use in determining bismuth, the authors used the singly charged complex BiI/sub 4/. The authors report on the investigation of the electrochemical properties of an iodobismuthate film ISE and demonstrated the feasibility of using this electrode in the analysis of bismuth-containing solutions. Sulfates of bismuth, nickel, copper, tin, cadmium, and iron, as well as potassium iodide and thiocyanate and lead acetate, sodium hypophosphate, and perchlorate, and sodium tetraphenylborate were used. An ion-selective film electrode was developed, reversible with respect to BiI/sub 4/ ions. Depending on the concentration of the KI background solution, the Bi(III) detection limit is in the range from 3.2.10/sup -7/M. The electrode has been used in determining bismuth by direct potentiometry and by potentiometric titration. It has been shown that bismuth can be determined on a background of a 30-fold quantity of tin without preliminary separation.

  6. Raman and optical spectroscopy of eumelanin films

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    Capozzi, V.; Perna, G.; Gallone, A.; Biagi, P. F.; Carmone, P.; Fratello, A.; Guida, G.; Zanna, P.; Cicero, R.

    2005-06-01

    Melanin obtained from the liver of Rana esculenta L., was isolated from melanosomes and deposited as thin film on quartz substrate, in order to perform Raman, absorption and photoluminescence measurements at room temperature. The Raman spectrum was analysed by considering the contribution of the vibrational modes from different functional groups of the melanin structure. The absorption and photoluminescence measurements support the model that melanin consists of nano-aggregates of oligomeric structures rather than extended heteropolymer. An optical gap value of about 0.6 eV was estimated by considering the Tauc model. The largest size group of clusters mainly contribute to determine the optical gap value, whereas the PL emission is due to groups of clusters which are selectively pumped.

  7. Optical switching with a thermochromic film

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    Men, Liqiu; Chen, Qiying

    2007-02-01

    In this article, optical switching effect of a thermochromic thin film is reported. The transmittance of the film increased from 0.64 at 120°C to 0.96 at 200°C indicating strong temperature dependence for its optical properties. The temperature dependence of the optical properties was found to be reversible during the heating and cooling processes. The possibility to reduce the size of the laser beam with the nonlinear optical switching effect of the thermochromic film is discussed.

  8. Films Containing Optically Nonlinear Diacetylene Monomer

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    Paley, Mark S.; Mcmanus, Samuel P.; Frazier, Donald O.

    1993-01-01

    Solid films exhibiting nonlinear optical properties prepared as mixtures of poly(methyl methacrylate) with various amounts of diacetylene monomer called "compound 1" in article, "Synthesizing Diacetylenes With Nonlinear Optical Properties" (MFS-26186). Useful as phase-conjugate mirrors in laser-beam communications and as optical switches in optical computers. This particular diacetylene monomer exhibits strong third-order nonlinear optical properties, both in pure form and in solution.

  9. Optically variable films, pigments, and inks

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    Phillips, Roger W.

    1990-12-01

    Optically variable thin film coatings have been prepared on rolls of polyester film by depositing thin multi-layers in a vacuum roll coater. Such coatings can be removed from the polyester film and ground into optically variable pigments for printing inks. Various printing inks including gravure, flexographic, and Intaglio inks have been prepared from these pigments, and printed images using these inks have been obtained from commercial printing presses. These optically variable systems have been used on various security documents to prevent counterfeiting with color copiers. Unique colors, color shifting effects, and other optical properties have been obtained by combining non-optically variable pigment and dyes with this light interference pigment. The merits of this new ink relative to other optically variable systems are color uniformity, print quality, its ready use on existing printing presses, and high security.

  10. Tear film measurement by optical reflectometry technique.

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    Lu, Hui; Wang, Michael R; Wang, Jianhua; Shen, Meixiao

    2014-02-01

    Evaluation of tear film is performed by an optical reflectometer system with alignment guided by a galvanometer scanner. The reflectometer system utilizes optical fibers to deliver illumination light to the tear film and collect the film reflectance as a function of wavelength. Film thickness is determined by best fitting the reflectance-wavelength curve. The spectral reflectance acquisition time is 15 ms, fast enough for detecting film thickness changes. Fast beam alignment of 1 s is achieved by the galvanometer scanner. The reflectometer was first used to evaluate artificial tear film on a model eye with and without a contact lens. The film thickness and thinning rate have been successfully quantified with the minimum measured thickness of about 0.3 μm. Tear films in human eyes, with and without a contact lens, have also been evaluated. A high-contrast spectral reflectance signal from the precontact lens tear film is clearly observed, and the thinning dynamics have been easily recorded from 3.69 to 1.31 μm with lipid layer thickness variation in the range of 41 to 67 nm. The accuracy of the measurement is better than ±0.58% of the film thickness at an estimated tear film refractive index error of ±0.001. The fiber-based reflectometer system is compact and easy to handle. PMID:24500519

  11. Optical limiting by chemically enhanced bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Song, Q. W.; Zhang, Chungping; Gross, Richard; Birge, Robert

    1993-05-01

    The optical limiting properties of a thin film (about 150 microns) of chemically enhanced bacteriorhodopsin under CW laser illumination is investigated. The effective nonlinearity n2 of the film is measured with the z-scan method. Anomalous absorption at different wavelengths as a function of illumination intensity is observed.

  12. Thin film ferroelectric electro-optic memory

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    Thakoor, Sarita (Inventor); Thakoor, Anilkumar P. (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    An electrically programmable, optically readable data or memory cell is configured from a thin film of ferroelectric material, such as PZT, sandwiched between a transparent top electrode and a bottom electrode. The output photoresponse, which may be a photocurrent or photo-emf, is a function of the product of the remanent polarization from a previously applied polarization voltage and the incident light intensity. The cell is useful for analog and digital data storage as well as opto-electric computing. The optical read operation is non-destructive of the remanent polarization. The cell provides a method for computing the product of stored data and incident optical data by applying an electrical signal to store data by polarizing the thin film ferroelectric material, and then applying an intensity modulated optical signal incident onto the thin film material to generate a photoresponse therein related to the product of the electrical and optical signals.

  13. Optical information storage in PLZT thin films

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    Land, C.E.

    1989-01-01

    The feasibility of storing and reading high density optical information in lead zirconate titanate (PZT) and in lead lanthanum zirconate titanate (PLZT) thin films depends on both the longitudinal electrooptic coefficients and the photosensitivities of the films. This paper describes the methods used to measure both the longitudinal electrooptic effects and the photosensitivities of the thin films. The results of these measurements were used to evaluate a longitudinal quadratic electrooptic R coefficient, a linear electrooptic r/sub c/ coefficient and the wavelength dependence of the photosensitivity of a composition of PZT polycrystalline thin film. The longitudinal electrooptic R and r/sub c/ coefficients are about an order of magnitude less than the transverse R and R/sub c/ coefficients of the bulk ceramics of similar compositions. This is attributed to clamping of the film by the rigid substrate. The large birefringence after poling (>10/sup /minus/2/) suggests that the optic axes of the films are preferentially oriented normal to the film surface. The techniques used for evaluating the photosensitivities of the thin films are based on measuring the photocurrent generated rather than the reduction in coercive voltage (used previously for bulk ceramics) when the film is exposed to light. The thin film photosensitivities appear to be about three orders of magnitude higher than those of bulk ceramics of similar compositions. 14 refs., 12 figs., 1 tab.

  14. Optical Properties of Thin Film Molecular Mixtures

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    Jaworske, Donald A.; Shumway, Dean A.; Lyons, Valerie (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Thin films composed of molecular mixtures of metal and dielectric are being considered for use as solar selective coatings for a variety of space power applications. By controlling the degree of molecular mixing, the solar selective coatings can be tailored to have the combined properties of high solar absorptance, alpha, and low infrared emittance, epsilon. On orbit, these combined properties would simultaneously maximize the amount of solar energy captured by the coating and minimize the amount of thermal energy radiated. Mini-satellites equipped with solar collectors coated with these cermet coatings may utilize the captured heat energy to power a heat engine to generate electricity, or to power a thermal bus that directs heat to remote regions of the spacecraft. Early work in this area identified the theoretical boundary conditions needed to operate a Carnot cycle in space, including the need for a solar concentrator, a solar selective coating at the heat inlet of the engine, and a radiator. A solar concentrator that can concentrate sunlight by a factor of 100 is ideal. At lower values, the temperature of the solar absorbing surface becomes too low for efficient heat engine operation, and at higher values, cavity type heat receivers become attractive. In designing the solar selective coating, the wavelength region yielding high solar absorptance must be separated from the wavelength region yielding low infrared emittance by establishing a sharp transition in optical properties. In particular, a sharp transition in reflectance is desired in the infrared to achieve the desired optical performance. For a heat engine operating at 450C, a sharp transition at 1.8 micrometers is desired. The radiator completes the heat flow through the Carnot cycle. Additional work has been done supporting the use of molecular mixtures for terrestrial applications. Sputter deposition provides a means to apply coatings to the tubes that carry a working fluid at the focus of trough

  15. Microstructure Related Properties of Optical Thin Films.

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    Wharton, John James, Jr.

    Both the optical and physical properties of thin film optical interference coatings depend upon the microstructure of the deposited films. This microstructure is strongly columnar with voids between the columns. Computer simulations of the film growth process indicate that the two most important factors responsible for this columnar growth are a limited mobility of the condensing molecules and self-shadowing by molecules already deposited. During the vacuum deposition of thin films, the microstructure can be influenced by many parameters, such as substrate temperature and vacuum pressure. By controlling these parameters and introducing additional ones, thin film coatings can be improved. In this research, ultraviolet irradiation and ion bombardment were examined as additional parameters. Past studies have shown that post-deposition ultraviolet irradiation can be used to relieve stress and reduce absorption in the far ultraviolet of silicon dioxide films. Ion bombardment has been used to reduce stress, improve packing density, and increase resistance to moisture penetration. Three refractory oxide materials commonly used in thin film coatings were studied; they are silicon dioxide, titanium dioxide, and zirconium dioxide. Both single-layer films and narrowband filters made of these materials were examined. A 1000-watt mercury-xenon lamp was used to provide ultraviolet irradiation. An inverted magnetron ion source was used to produce argon and oxygen ions. Ultraviolet irradiation was found to reduce the absorption and slightly increase the index of refraction in zirconium oxide films. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that ultraviolet irradiation caused titanium oxide films to become more amorphous; their absorption in the ultraviolet was slightly reduced. No changes were noted in film durability. Ion bombardment enhanced the tetragonal (lll) peak of zirconium oxide but increased the absorption of both zirconium oxide and titanium oxide films. The titanium oxide

  16. Optical Properties of Thin Film Molecular Mixtures

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    Jaworske, Donald A.; Shumway, Dean A.

    2003-01-01

    Thin films composed of molecular mixtures of metal and dielectric are being considered for use as solar selective coatings for a variety of space power applications. By controlling the degree of molecular mixing, the solar selective coatings can be tailored to have the combined properties of high solar absorptance, , and low infrared emittance, . On orbit, these combined properties would simultaneously maximize the amount of solar energy captured by the coating and minimize the amount of thermal energy radiated. Mini-satellites equipped with solar collectors coated with these cermet coatings may utilize the captured heat energy to power a heat engine to generate electricity, or to power a thermal bus that directs heat to remote regions of the spacecraft. Early work in this area identified the theoretical boundary conditions needed to operate a Carnot cycle in space, including the need for a solar concentrator, a solar selective coating at the heat inlet of the engine, and a radiator.1 A solar concentrator that can concentrate sunlight by a factor of 100 is ideal. At lower values, the temperature of the solar absorbing surface becomes too low for efficient heat engine operation, and at higher values, cavity type heat receivers become attractive. In designing the solar selective coating, the wavelength region yielding high solar absorptance must be separated from the wavelength region yielding low infrared emittance by establishing a sharp transition in optical properties. In particular, a sharp transition in reflectance is desired in the infrared to achieve the desired optical performance. For a heat engine operating at 450 C, a sharp transition at 1.8 micrometers is desired.2 The radiator completes the heat flow through the Carnot cycle.

  17. Anisotropic optical film embedded with cellulose nanowhisker.

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    Kim, Dah Hee; Song, Young Seok

    2015-10-01

    We investigated anisotropic optical behaviors of composite films embedded with CNWs. To control the orientation of CNWs, elongation was applied to the composite film. Morphological and mechanical analyses of the specimens were carried out to examine the influence of the applied extension. The CNWs were found to be aligned in the elongated direction, yielding remarkable anisotropic microstructure and optical properties. As the applied elongation and CNW loading increased, the resulting degree of polarization and birefringence increased due to increased interactions between the embedded particles. This study suggests a way to prepare an anisotropic optical component with nanoparticles of which the microstructures, such as orientation and filler content, can be controlled. PMID:26076646

  18. Optical and Nonlinear Optical Response of Light Sensor Thin Films

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    Liu, Huimin; Rua, Armando; Vasquez, Omar; Vikhnin, Valentin S.; Fernandez, Felix E.; Fonseca, Luis F.; Resto, Oscar; Weisz, Svi Z.

    2005-01-01

    For potential ultrafast optical sensor application, both VO2 thin films and nanocomposite crystal-Si enriched SiO2 thin films grown on fused quartz substrates were successfully prepared using pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and RF co-sputtering techniques. In photoluminescence (PL) measurement c-Si/SiO2 film contains nanoparticles of crystal Si exhibits strong red emission with the band maximum ranging from 580 to 750 nm. With ultrashort pulsed laser excitation all films show extremely intense and ultrafast nonlinear optical (NLO) response. The recorded holography from all these thin films in a degenerate-four-wave-mixing configuration shows extremely large third-order response. For VO2 thin films, an optically induced semiconductor-to-metal phase transition (PT) immediately occurred upon laser excitation. it accompanied. It turns out that the fast excited state dynamics was responsible to the induced PT. For c-Si/SiO2 film, its NLO response comes from the contribution of charge carriers created by laser excitation in conduction band of the c-Si nanoparticles. It was verified by introducing Eu3+ which is often used as a probe sensing the environment variations. It turns out that the entire excited state dynamical process associated with the creation, movement and trapping of the charge carriers has a characteristic 500 ps duration.

  19. Direct-patterned optical waveguides on amorphous silicon films

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    Vernon, Steve; Bond, Tiziana C.; Bond, Steven W.; Pocha, Michael D.; Hau-Riege, Stefan

    2005-08-02

    An optical waveguide structure is formed by embedding a core material within a medium of lower refractive index, i.e. the cladding. The optical index of refraction of amorphous silicon (a-Si) and polycrystalline silicon (p-Si), in the wavelength range between about 1.2 and about 1.6 micrometers, differ by up to about 20%, with the amorphous phase having the larger index. Spatially selective laser crystallization of amorphous silicon provides a mechanism for controlling the spatial variation of the refractive index and for surrounding the amorphous regions with crystalline material. In cases where an amorphous silicon film is interposed between layers of low refractive index, for example, a structure comprised of a SiO.sub.2 substrate, a Si film and an SiO.sub.2 film, the formation of guided wave structures is particularly simple.

  20. Optical properties of a photopolymer film for digital holographic storage

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    Shin, Changwon; Kim, Junghoi; Kim, Nam; Lee, Hyojin; Kim, Eunkyoung

    2005-09-01

    Tir- and mono functional monomers were dispersed in a solution of polysulfone in organic solvent containing a photo initiator and other additives. New photopolymer film was prepared by dispersing acrylic monomer in a polysulfone matrix. The Polysulfone was adopted as a binder since it affords transparent thick films with low dimensional changes during holographic recording. Optical property of the photopolymer showed high diffraction efficiency (>90%) under an optimized optical condition at 532nm laser. The angular selectivity for angular multiplexing page oriented holographic memories (POHMs), the maximum diffraction efficiency of the material during holographic recording, the diffraction efficiency of the films as a function of an incident angle of two beams, exposure energy for saturation of the holographic material and application for holographic data storage will be discussed.

  1. Thin-film optical shutter. Final report

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    Matlow, S.L.

    1981-02-01

    A specific embodiment of macroconjugated macromolecules, the poly (p-phenylene)'s, has been chosen as the one most likely to meet all of the requirements of the Thin Film Optical Shutter project (TFOS). The reason for this choice is included. In order to be able to make meaningful calculations of the thermodynamic and optical properties of the poly (p-phenylene)'s a new quantum mechanical method was developed - Equilibrium Bond Length (EBL) Theory. Some results of EBL Theory are included.

  2. Nonlinear Optical Image Processing with Bacteriorhodopsin Films

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    Downie, John D.; Deiss, Ron (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    The transmission properties of some bacteriorhodopsin film spatial light modulators are uniquely suited to allow nonlinear optical image processing operations to be applied to images with multiplicative noise characteristics. A logarithmic amplitude transmission feature of the film permits the conversion of multiplicative noise to additive noise, which may then be linearly filtered out in the Fourier plane of the transformed image. The bacteriorhodopsin film displays the logarithmic amplitude response for write beam intensities spanning a dynamic range greater than 2.0 orders of magnitude. We present experimental results demonstrating the principle and capability for several different image and noise situations, including deterministic noise and speckle. Using the bacteriorhodopsin film, we successfully filter out image noise from the transformed image that cannot be removed from the original image.

  3. Optical Properties of Nanoporous Germanium Thin Films.

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    Cavalcoli, Daniela; Impellizzeri, Giuliana; Romano, Lucia; Miritello, Maria; Grimaldi, Maria Grazia; Fraboni, Beatrice

    2015-08-12

    In the present article we report enhanced light absorption, tunable size-dependent blue shift, and efficient electron-hole pairs generation in Ge nanoporous films (np-Ge) grown on Si. The Ge films are grown by sputtering and molecular beam epitaxy; subsequently, the nanoporous structure is obtained by Ge+ self-implantation. We show, by surface photovoltage spectroscopy measurements, blue shift of the optical energy gap and strong signal enhancement effects in the np-Ge films. The blue shift is related to quantum confinement effects at the wall separating the pore in the structure, the signal enhancement to multiple light-scattering events, which result in enhanced absorption. All these characteristics are highly stable with time. These findings demonstrate that nanoporous Ge films can be very promising for photovoltaic applications. PMID:26177652

  4. Thin Hydrogel Films for Optical Biosensor Applications

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    Mateescu, Anca; Wang, Yi; Dostalek, Jakub; Jonas, Ulrich

    2012-01-01

    Hydrogel materials consisting of water-swollen polymer networks exhibit a large number of specific properties highly attractive for a variety of optical biosensor applications. This properties profile embraces the aqueous swelling medium as the basis of biocompatibility, non-fouling behavior, and being not cell toxic, while providing high optical quality and transparency. The present review focuses on some of the most interesting aspects of surface-attached hydrogel films as active binding matrices in optical biosensors based on surface plasmon resonance and optical waveguide mode spectroscopy. In particular, the chemical nature, specific properties, and applications of such hydrogel surface architectures for highly sensitive affinity biosensors based on evanescent wave optics are discussed. The specific class of responsive hydrogel systems, which can change their physical state in response to externally applied stimuli, have found large interest as sophisticated materials that provide a complex behavior to hydrogel-based sensing devices. PMID:24957962

  5. Surface analysis of the selective excimer laser patterning of a thin PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films

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    Schaubroeck, David; De Smet, Jelle; Willems, Wouter; Cools, Pieter; De Geyter, Nathalie; Morent, Rino; De Smet, Herbert; Van Steenbeerge, Geert

    2016-07-01

    Fast patterning of highly conductive polymers like PEDOT:PSS (poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene): polystyrene sulfonate) with lasers can contribute to the development of industrial production of liquid crystal displays on polymer foils. In this article, the selective UV laser patterning of a PEDOT:PSS film on flexible polymer films is investigated. Based on their optical properties, three polymer films are investigated: polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and cellulose triacetate (TAC). Ablation parameters for a 110 nm PEDOT:PSS film on these polymer films are optimized. A detailed study of the crater depth, topography and surface composition are provided using optical profilometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The electrical insulation of the lines is measured and correlated to the crater analyses for different laser settings. Finally, potential ablation parameters for each of the polymer films are derived.

  6. Polydiacetylene thin films for nonlinear optical applications

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    Paley, Mark S.

    1993-01-01

    One very promising class of organic compounds for nonlinear optical (NLO) applications are polydiacetylenes, which are novel in that they are highly conjugated polymers which can also be crystalline. Polydiacetylenes offer several advantages over other organic materials: because of their highly conjugated electronic structures, they are capable of possessing large optical nonlinearities with fast response times; because they are crystalline, they can be highly ordered, which is essential for optimizing their NLO properties; and, last, because they are polymeric, they can be formed as thin films, which are useful for device fabrication. We have actively been carrying out ground-based research on several compounds of interest.

  7. Flexible parylene-film optical waveguide arrays

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    Yamagiwa, S.; Ishida, M.; Kawano, T.

    2015-08-01

    Modulation of neuronal activities by light [e.g., laser or light-emitting diode] using optogenetics is a powerful tool for studies on neuronal functions in a brain. Herein, flexible thin-film optical waveguide arrays based on a highly biocompatible material of parylene are reported. Parylene-C and -N thin layers with the different refractive indices form the clad and the core of the waveguide, respectively, and neural recording microelectrodes are integrated to record optical stimuli and electrical recordings simultaneously using the same alignment. Both theoretical and experimental investigations confirm that light intensities of more than 90% can propagate in a bent waveguide with a curvature radius of >5 mm. The proposed flexible thin-film waveguide arrays with microelectrodes can be used for numerous spherical bio-tissues, including brain and spinal cord samples.

  8. Mixed metal films with switchable optical properties

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    Richardson, T. J.; Slack, J. L.; Farangis, B.; Rubin, M. D.

    2002-02-01

    Thin, Pd-capped metallic films containing magnesium and first-row transition metals (Mn, Fe, Co) switch reversibly from their initial reflecting state to visually transparent states when exposed to gaseous hydrogen or following cathodic polarization in an alkaline electrolyte. Reversion to the reflecting state is achieved by exposure to air or by anodic polarization. The films were prepared by cosputtering from one magnesium target and one manganese, iron, or cobalt target. Both the dynamic optical switching range and the speed of the transition depend on the magnesium-transition metal ratio. Infrared spectra of films in the transparent, hydrided (deuterided) states support the presence of the intermetallic hydride phases Mg3MnH7, Mg2FeH6, and Mg2CoH5.

  9. Emittance Theory for Thin Film Selective Emitter

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    Chubb, Donald L.; Lowe, Roland A.; Good, Brian S.

    1994-01-01

    Thin films of high temperature garnet materials such as yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) doped with rare earths are currently being investigated as selective emitters. This paper presents a radiative transfer analysis of the thin film emitter. From this analysis the emitter efficiency and power density are calculated. Results based on measured extinction coefficients for erbium-YAG and holmium-YAG are presented. These results indicated that emitter efficiencies of 50 percent and power densities of several watts/sq cm are attainable at moderate temperatures (less than 1750 K).

  10. Optical storage characters of bacteriorhodopsin molecule film

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    Chen, Feng; Yang, Qing; Wu, Hongcai; Hou, Xun

    2002-04-01

    The photochromic retinal protein bacteriorhodopsin (BR) is found in the cell membrane of Halobacterium salinarium. It is the key protein for photosynthetic growth of H.salinarium. BR shows an exceptional stability towards chemical, thermal, and photochemical degradation. The photochromic properties of Bacteriorhodopsin provide the possibility of application in optical information storage. Photoexcition of the O-state of BR, which has an all-trans confirmation, leads to a state with 9-cis configuration, which is thermally stable. The 9-cis containing photoproduct of the O-state was named P-state. It absorbs at 490 nm and can be photochemically reconverted to the initial state. We propose a system of optical information storage in a BR polymer film, which is a reversible optical data recording material and can be rewritten over 106 times without degradation of the film. A three-wavelength EDRAW (Erase Direct Read After Write) experiment was performed. The photoexcited P(490) state shows a permanent storage property confirmed by our contrast ratio experiments. The result of long-term information storage in BR films more than 1 year is obtained.

  11. Thermal conductivities of thin, sputtered optical films

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    Henager, C.H. Jr.; Pawlewicz, W.T.

    1991-05-01

    The normal component of the thin film thermal conductivity has been measured for the first time for several advanced sputtered optical materials. Included are data for single layers of boron nitride (BN), aluminum nitride (AIN), silicon aluminum nitride (Si-Al-N), silicon aluminum oxynitride (Si-Al-O-N), silicon carbide (SiC), and for dielectric-enhanced metal reflectors of the form Al(SiO{sub 2}/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}){sup n} and Al(Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/AIN){sup n}. Sputtered films of more conventional materials like SiO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}, Ti, and Si have also been measured. The data show that thin film thermal conductivities are typically 10 to 100 times lower than conductivities for the same materials in bulk form. Structural disorder in the amorphous or very fine-grained films appears to account for most of the conductivity difference. Conclusive evidence for a film/substrate interface contribution is presented.

  12. Electrical and optical properties of carbon films

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    Kulkarni, Pranita

    Carbon and carbon-based materials, including graphite, diamond, and other thin-film structures, are being intensively researched for a wide range of electronic applications. A variety of graphitic, nano-structured carbon materials can be synthesized that have current or potential applications as thin-film transistors, photovoltaics, and supercapacitors. Diamond has been pursued for many years for electronics that can be used in extreme conditions, such as high temperature, high power, high frequency, and radiation environments. In this research study, electronic properties of diamond and graphitic films with crystallite or grain sizes in the nanometer range were investigated. The nano-structured graphitic carbon films were grown using a previously developed method based on the pyrolysis of poly(acrylonitrile) and poly(n-butyl acrylate) block copolymers (PAN-b-PBA). An important characteristic of these films is that the morphology (and therefore other properties) can be controlled by the compositions and processing of the starting block copolymers. Spherical, cylindrical, lamellar, and branched morphologies have been fabricated. The crystallite sizes, optical absorption, and morphology of PAN-b-PBA (containing 17.8% PAN) pyrolyzed between 400 and 600°C were determined and were compared to those derived by pyrolysis of PAN homopolymers at the same temperatures. Hall-effect measurements on pyrolyzed PAN-b-PBA films with spherical, cylindrical, and branched morphologies and homopolymer PAN films pyrolyzed at the same temperatures revealed that both PAN-b-PBA with different morphologies and PAN homopolymer-derived films had n-type conductivity; differences in carrier concentration and mobility values were correlated with the morphological differences of the films. Optical absorption measurements in the ultra-violet through visible wavelength range were also conducted on these films; measurements of the pseudo band-gaps and absorption coefficients were correlated with

  13. Theoretical characteristics of optical polarizing films using oblique metal island films with distributed island shape

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    Baba, Kazutaka; Kakinuma, Yu

    2008-02-01

    An oblique metal island (OMI) film is composed of prolate metal nanoclusters inclining to one side. The OMI film has large optical anisotropy as the resonance wavelengths for the polarization along the shorter and longer axes of the prolate metal nanoclusters are different from each other. Therefore, the multiplayer of the OMI layers and thin glass layer could be used as an optical polarizing film. In previous works, we have investigated the optical polarizing films using ideal OMI films with uniform aspect ratio of islands for simplification. However, in the OMI films fabricated by using a conventional vacuum evaporation system, the aspect ratio is not uniform. In this paper, we describe the optical polarizing film using the OMI films with distributed island shape. We have calculated the optical characteristics of the OMI films with distributed island shape by assuming that the distribution of aspect ratio of islands is expressed by use of the log-normal function. As the variance of aspect ratio is large, the resonance characteristics become broad. Therefore, it seems that the OMI films with distributed island shape are useful for the wideband optical polarizing films for visible region. By using the OMI films with distributed island shape, we have designed wideband optical polarizing films for 400 - 500 nm by using aluminum and for 620 - 760 nm by using silver as metals. The extinction ratios of designed optical polarizing films are greater than 20 dB.

  14. Optical bistability with film-coupled metasurfaces.

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    Huang, Zhiqin; Baron, Alexandre; Larouche, Stéphane; Argyropoulos, Christos; Smith, David R

    2015-12-01

    Metasurfaces comprising arrays of film-coupled, nanopatch antennas are a promising platform for low-energy, all-optical switches. The large field enhancements that can be achieved in the dielectric spacer region between the nanopatch and the metallic substrate can substantially enhance optical nonlinear processes. Here we consider a dielectric material that exhibits an optical Kerr effect as the spacer layer and numerically calculate the optical bistability of a metasurface using the finite element method (FEM). We expect the proposed method to be highly accurate compared with other numerical approaches, such as those based on graphical post-processing techniques, because it self-consistently solves for both the spatial field distribution and the intensity-dependent refractive index distribution of the spacer layer. This method offers an alternative approach to finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) modeling. We use this numerical tool to design a metasurface optical switch and our optimized design exhibits exceptionally low switching intensity of 33  kW/cm2, corresponding to switching energy on the order of tens of attojoules per resonator, a value much smaller than those found for most devices reported in the literature. We propose our method as a tool for designing all-optical switches and modulators. PMID:26625070

  15. Permanent laser conditioning of thin film optical materials

    DOEpatents

    Wolfe, C. Robert; Kozlowski, Mark R.; Campbell, John H.; Staggs, Michael; Rainer, Frank

    1995-01-01

    The invention comprises a method for producing optical thin films with a high laser damage threshold and the resulting thin films. The laser damage threshold of the thin films is permanently increased by irradiating the thin films with a fluence below an unconditioned laser damage threshold.

  16. Permanent laser conditioning of thin film optical materials

    DOEpatents

    Wolfe, C.R.; Kozlowski, M.R.; Campbell, J.H.; Staggs, M.; Rainer, F.

    1995-12-05

    The invention comprises a method for producing optical thin films with a high laser damage threshold and the resulting thin films. The laser damage threshold of the thin films is permanently increased by irradiating the thin films with a fluence below an unconditioned laser damage threshold. 9 figs.

  17. Multiplexed Holographic Optical Data Storage In Thick Bacteriorhodopsin Films

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    Downie, John D.; Timucin, Dogan A.; Gary, Charles K.; Ozcan, Meric; Smithey, Daniel T.; Crew, Marshall

    1998-01-01

    The optical data storage capacity of photochromic bacteriorhodopsin films is investigated by means of theoretical calculations, numerical simulations, and experimental measurements on sequential recording of angularly multiplexed diffraction gratings inside a thick D85N BR film.

  18. Optical activity of chitosan films with induced anisotropy

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    Gegel, Natalia O.; Shipovskaya, Anna B.

    2016-04-01

    The optical anisotropy and optical activity of salt and basic chitosan films, both initial and modified in formic acid vapor were studied. The modification of such films was found to be accompanied by induced time-stable optical anisotropy, by varying the values of specific optical rotation [α] and an inversion of the sign of [α]. The angular dependences (indicatrices) of the specific optical rotation of films on the orientation angle of the sample relative to the direction of the polarization vector of the incident light beam in a plane perpendicular to the beam were obtained. The indicatrices of the initial chitosan films have an almost symmetrical character while those of the films modified in formic acid vapor are irregular. It is concluded of the formation of a vitrified cholesteric mesophase in the chitosan films with induced optical anisotropy.

  19. Optical thin film metrology for optoelectronics

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    Petrik, Peter

    2012-12-01

    The manufacturing of optoelectronic thin films is of key importance, because it underpins a significant number of industries. The aim of the European joint research project for optoelectronic thin film characterization (IND07) in the European Metrology Research Programme of EURAMET is to develop optical and X-ray metrologies for the assessment of quality as well as key parameters of relevant materials and layer systems. This work is intended to be a step towards the establishment of validated reference metrologies for the reliable characterization, and the development of calibrated reference samples with well-defined and controlled parameters. In a recent comprehensive study (including XPS, AES, GD-OES, GD-MS, SNMS, SIMS, Raman, SE, RBS, ERDA, GIXRD), Abou-Ras et al. (Microscopy and Microanalysis 17 [2011] 728) demonstrated that most characterization techniques have limitations and bottle-necks, and the agreement of the measurement results in terms of accurate, absolute values is not as perfect as one would expect. This paper focuses on optical characterization techniques, laying emphasis on hardware and model development, which determine the kind and number of parameters that can be measured, as well as their accuracy. Some examples will be discussed including optical techniques and materials for photovoltaics, biosensors and waveguides.

  20. Optical Image Contrast Reversal Using Bacteriorhodopsin Films

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    Wang, Ying-Li; Yao, Bao-Li; Menke, Neimule; Zheng, Yuan; Lei, Ming; Chen, Guo-Fu

    2005-05-01

    The implementation of image contrast reversal by using a photochromic material of Bacteriorhodopsin (BR) films is demonstrated with two methods based on the optical properties of BR. One is based on the absorption difference between the B and M states. Images recorded by green light can be contrast reversed readout by violet light. The other is based on the photoinduced anisotropy of BR when it is excited by linear polarization light. By placing the BR film between two crossed polarizers (i.e. a polarizer and an analyser), the difference of polarization states of the recorded area and the unrecorded area can be detected, and thus different contrast images can be obtained by rotating the polarization axis of the analyser.

  1. 36 CFR 704.1 - Films selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry.

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    2013-07-01

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  2. 36 CFR 704.1 - Films selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry.

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  3. 36 CFR 704.1 - Films selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry.

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  4. 36 CFR 704.1 - Films selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry.

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  6. Optical conductivity of topological insulator thin films

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    Li, L. L.; Xu, W.; Peeters, F. M.

    2015-05-07

    We present a detailed theoretical study on the optoelectronic properties of topological insulator thin film (TITFs). The k·p approach is employed to calculate the energy spectra and wave functions for both the bulk and surface states in the TITF. With these obtained results, the optical conductivities induced by different electronic transitions among the bulk and surface states are evaluated using the energy-balance equation derived from the Boltzmann equation. We find that for Bi{sub 2}Se{sub 3}-based TITFs, three characteristic regimes for the optical absorption can be observed. (i) In the low radiation frequency regime (photon energy ℏω<200 meV), the free-carrier absorption takes place due to intraband electronic transitions. An optical absorption window can be observed. (ii) In the intermediate radiation frequency regime (200<ℏω<300 meV), the optical absorption is induced mainly by interband electronic transitions from surface states in the valance band to surface states in the conduction band and an universal value σ{sub 0}=e{sup 2}/(8ℏ) for the optical conductivity can be obtained. (iii) In the high radiation frequency regime (ℏω>300 meV), the optical absorption can be achieved via interband electronic transitions from bulk and surface states in the valance band to bulk and surface states in the conduction band. A strong absorption peak can be observed. These interesting findings indicate that optical measurements can be applied to identify the energy regimes of bulk and surface states in the TITF.

  7. Robust, Thin Optical Films for Extreme Environments

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2006-01-01

    The environment of space presents scientists and engineers with the challenges of a harsh, unforgiving laboratory in which to conduct their scientific research. Solar astronomy and X-ray astronomy are two of the more challenging areas into which NASA scientists delve, as the optics for this high-tech work must be extremely sensitive and accurate, yet also be able to withstand the battering dished out by radiation, extreme temperature swings, and flying debris. Recent NASA work on this rugged equipment has led to the development of a strong, thin film for both space and laboratory use.

  8. Nonlinear optics of astaxanthin thin films

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    Esser, A.; Fisch, Herbert; Haas, Karl-Heinz; Haedicke, E.; Paust, J.; Schrof, Wolfgang; Ticktin, Anton

    1993-02-01

    Carotinoids exhibit large nonlinear optical properties due to their extended (pi) -electron system. Compared to other polyenes which show a broad distribution of conjugation lengths, carotinoids exhibit a well defined molecular structure, i.e. a well defined conjugation length. Therefore the carotinoid molecules can serve as model compounds to study the relationship between structure and nonlinear optical properties. In this paper the synthesis of four astaxanthins with C-numbers ranging from 30 to 60, their preparation into thin films, wavelength dispersive Third Harmonic Generation (THG) measurements and some molecular modelling calculations will be presented. Resonant (chi) (3) values reach 1.2(DOT)10-10 esu for C60 astaxanthin. In the nonresonant regime a figure of merit (chi) (3)/(alpha) of several 10-13 esu-cm is demonstrated.

  9. Passive optical element with selective angular reflection

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    Tremblay, C.; Rheault, F.; Boulay, R.; Tremblay, R.

    1987-02-01

    This work is related to the development of passive selective transmission materials that will contribute to regularize the solar thermal gain. We propose an original solution to the problem of seasonal control of energetic input into buildings through windows. A passive optical element with selective angular reflection is used to solve this problem. This optical element allows sunlight to enter windows during the fall and winter, whereas, owing to the different astronomical path of the sun, it stops and rejects direct sunlight by means of the optical effect called total internal reflection (TIR) during the central spring-Summer period. The purpose of this paper is to describe the optical element in some detail, to develop the principal design equations, and give the results of the optimization of optical and geometrical parameters.

  10. Optical noise suppression device and method. [laser light exposing film

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    Horner, J. L. (Inventor)

    1976-01-01

    A device and method is disclosed for suppression of optical noise in an optical spatial filtering system using highly coherent light. In the disclosed embodiment, input photographic film to be processed in the system, and output photographic film to be exposed, are each mounted on lateral translation devices. During application of the coherent light for exposure of the output film, the two translation devices are moved in synchronism by a motor-driven gear and linkage assembly. The ratio of the resulting output film translation to the input film translation is equal to the magnification of the optical data processing system. The noise pattern associated with the lenses and other elements in the optical processing system remains stationary while the image-producing light moves laterally through the pattern with the output film, thus averaging out the noise effect at the output film.

  11. Thermally induced optical nonlinearity during transient heating of thin films

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    Chen, G. ); Tien, C.L. )

    1994-05-01

    This work studies the temperature field and the optical response of weakly absorbing thin films with thermally induced optical nonlinearity during picosecond to nanosecond pulsed-laser heating. A one-dimensional model is presented that examines the effects of the temperature dependent optical constants and the nonuniform absorption caused by interference. The energy equation is solved numerically, coupled with the matrix method in optical multilayer theory. Both cadmium sulfide (CdS) thin films and a zinc selenide (ZnSe) interference filter are considered. The computational results compare favorably with available experimental data on the ZnSe interference filter. This study shows that the transient temperature distributions in the films are highly nonuniform. Such nonuniformity yields Airy's formulae for calculating the thin-film reflectance and transmittance inapplicable. Applications of the work include optical bistability, localized change of the film structure, and measurement of the thermal diffusivity of thin films. 31 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  12. Optical response of YBCO thin films and weak-links

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    Osterman, D.P.; Drake, R.; Patt, R.; Track, E.K.; Radparvar, M.; Faris, S.M.

    1989-03-01

    The authors have fabricated films of the high temperature superconductor YBCO and measured their response to optical and infrared radiation. This response to light is manifested by a change in the current-voltage characteristics of YBCO weak-links. They find the change to dependent upon film quality, operating point, light chopping frequency, and temperature. Depending on the type of anneal, the superconducting films exhibit metallic or semiconducting resistivity behavior above T/sub c/. The optical responsivity of semiconducting films is larger than that of metallic films. By further annealing, semiconducting films could be converted into metallic films with a concurrent decrease in their optical reponsivity. Some of the measurements have been performed with the films immersed in superfluid helium to allow the separation of non-equilibrium effects from the equilibrium bolometric response.

  13. Preparation of polymeric diacetylene thin films for nonlinear optical applications

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    Frazier, Donald O. (Inventor); Mcmanus, Samuel P. (Inventor); Paley, Mark S. (Inventor); Donovan, David N. (Inventor)

    1995-01-01

    A method for producing polymeric diacetylene thin films having desirable nonlinear optical characteristics has been achieved by producing amorphous diacetylene polymeric films by simultaneous polymerization of diacetylene monomers in solution and deposition of polymerized diacetylenes on to the surface of a transparent substrate through which ultraviolet light has been transmitted. These amorphous polydiacetylene films produced by photo-deposition from solution possess very high optical quality and exhibit large third order nonlinear optical susceptibilities, such properties being suitable for nonlinear optical devices such as waveguides and integrated optics.

  14. Optical method for the determination of stress in thin films

    DOEpatents

    Maris, H.J.

    1999-01-26

    A method and optical system is disclosed for measuring an amount of stress in a film layer disposed over a substrate. The method includes steps of: (A) applying a sequence of optical pump pulses to the film layer, individual ones of said optical pump pulses inducing a propagating strain pulse in the film layer, and for each of the optical pump pulses, applying at least one optical probe pulse, the optical probe pulses being applied with different time delays after the application of the corresponding optical probe pulses; (B) detecting variations in an intensity of a reflection of portions of the optical probe pulses, the variations being due at least in part to the propagation of the strain pulse in the film layer; (C) determining, from the detected intensity variations, a sound velocity in the film layer; and (D) calculating, using the determined sound velocity, the amount of stress in the film layer. In one embodiment of this invention the step of detecting measures a period of an oscillation in the intensity of the reflection of portions of the optical probe pulses, while in another embodiment the step of detecting measures a change in intensity of the reflection of portions of the optical probe pulses and determines a time at which the propagating strain pulse reflects from a boundary of the film layer. 16 figs.

  15. Optical method for the determination of stress in thin films

    DOEpatents

    Maris, Humphrey J.

    1999-01-01

    A method and optical system is disclosed for measuring an amount of stress in a film layer disposed over a substrate. The method includes steps of: (A) applying a sequence of optical pump pulses to the film layer, individual ones of said optical pump pulses inducing a propagating strain pulse in the film layer, and for each of the optical pump pulses, applying at least one optical probe pulse, the optical probe pulses being applied with different time delays after the application of the corresponding optical probe pulses; (B) detecting variations in an intensity of a reflection of portions of the optical probe pulses, the variations being due at least in part to the propagation of the strain pulse in the film layer; (C) determining, from the detected intensity variations, a sound velocity in the film layer; and (D) calculating, using the determined sound velocity, the amount of stress in the film layer. In one embodiment of this invention the step of detecting measures a period of an oscillation in the intensity of the reflection of portions of the optical probe pulses, while in another embodiment the step of detecting measures a change in intensity of the reflection of portions of the optical probe pulses and determines a time at which the propagating strain pulse reflects from a boundary of the film layer.

  16. Nonlinear optical microscopy for imaging thin films and surfaces

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    Smilowitz, L.B.; McBranch, D.W.; Robinson, J.M.

    1995-03-01

    We have used the inherent surface sensitivity of second harmonic generation to develop an instrument for nonlinear optical microscopy of surfaces and interfaces. We have demonstrated the use of several nonlinear optical responses for imaging thin films. The second harmonic response of a thin film of C{sub 60} has been used to image patterned films. Two photon absorption light induced fluorescence has been used to image patterned thin films of Rhodamine 6G. Applications of nonlinear optical microscopy include the imaging of charge injection and photoinduced charge transfer between layers in semiconductor heterojunction devices as well as across membranes in biological systems.

  17. The Effect of Radiation on Selected Photographic Film

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    Slater, Richard; Kinard, John; Firsov, Ivan

    2000-01-01

    We conducted this film test to evaluate several manufacturers' photographic films for their ability to acquire imagery on the International Space Station. We selected 25 motion picture, photographic slide, and negative films from three different film manufacturers. We based this selection on the fact that their films ranked highest in other similar film tests, and on their general acceptance by the international community. This test differed from previous tests because the entire evaluation process leading up to the final selection was based on information derived after the original flight film was scanned to a digital file. Previously conducted tests were evaluated entirely based on 8 x 10s that were produced from the film either directly or through the internegative process. This new evaluation procedure provided accurate quantitative data on granularity and contrast from the digital data. This test did not try to define which film was best visually. This is too often based on personal preference. However, the test results did group the films by good, marginal, and unacceptable. We developed, and included in this report, a template containing quantitative, graphical, and visual information for each film. These templates should be sufficient for comparing the different films tested and subsequently selecting a film or films to be used for experiments and general documentation on the International Space Station.

  18. Anomalous magneto-optical response of black phosphorus thin films

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    Zhou, Xiaoying; Lou, Wen-Kai; Zhai, Feng; Chang, Kai

    2015-10-01

    We theoretically investigate the Landau levels (LLs) and magneto-optical conductivity (MOC) of black phosphorus thin films under a perpendicular magnetic field based on an effective k .p Hamiltonian and linear-response theory. We obtain the analytical expression for LLs, which agrees well with the numerical calculations, and find that the LLs sublinearly depend on the magnetic field and LL index. By using the Kubo formula, we evaluate the longitudinal and Hall optical conductivities as functions of the photon energy and the magnetic field. The analytical optical transition matrix elements reveal unusual selection rules for the interband (intraband) optical transitions between the LLs Δ n =0 ,±2 (±1 ,±3 ). The MOC shows strongly anisotropic behaviors of the band structure. For the interband transition, the MOC for linearly polarized light along the armchair direction is three orders of magnitude larger than that along the zigzag direction. Interestingly, we find a beating pattern in the interband MOC due to the interference among the three kinds of optical transitions. For the intraband transition, the MOC can be used to determine the band parameters such as the effective masses and the interband coupling at zero magnetic field. Our results about the MOC can also be applied to the monolayer black phosphorus.

  19. The properties of RE-TM magneto-optical films

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    Lee, Z. Y.; Miao, X. S.; Zhu, P.; Hu, Y. S.; Wan, D. F.; Dai, D. W.; Chen, S. B.; Lin, G. Q.

    1992-09-01

    In this paper, the magnetic, magneto-optical and galvonomagnetic properties, and their temperature dependence for LRE-TM SmCo, SmCoDy and HRE-TM TbFeCo magneto-optical films as high density recording media prepared by rf magnetron sputtering or evaporation are reported. By adding Dy to SmCo thin film, the SmCoDy thin film is more suitable for magneto-optical recording, its domain size being below 0.63 μm. The Kerr enhancement and corrosion protective effects of AIN and AlSiN for optimum design of the multi-layer structure of magneto-optical disk are described. The instruments of measuring the magneto-optical Kerr effect and magneto-optical recording domain characteristics of thin films are reviewed.

  20. Novel optical sensing film based on a functional nonwoven nanofibre mat for an easy, fast and highly selective and sensitive detection of tryptamine in beer.

    PubMed

    Ramon-Marquez, Teresa; Medina-Castillo, Antonio L; Fernandez-Gutierrez, Alberto; Fernandez-Sanchez, Jorge F

    2016-05-15

    In this paper, the combination of Solid Surface-Room Temperature Phosphorescence (SS-RTP) and nanotechnology has led to a new approach in the detection of biogenic amines in complex matrices. This novel approach allows, for the first time, the direct determination of the concentration of tryptamine in beers. The novelty of the proposed optical sensor resides in its simplicity, rapidity, absence of complex chromatographic separation, sample clean-up, preconcentration, and derivatization protocols. Therefore, this novel methodology simplifies and reduces considerably the time and cost of the analysis, resolving the two major problems of the determination of tryptamine in beer up to now: low sensitivity and matrix effects. The proposed sensor is based on a novel white, uncharged, and non-luminescent functional nonwoven nanofibre mat (Tiss®-Link) formed by hydrophilic nanofibres of 300 nm of diameter functionalized with a high concentration of active vinyl groups (330 µmol g(-1)). It is used to carry out a kinetically controlled covalent immobilisation of tryptamine via Michael type-reaction. The transduction of the sensor is phosphorescence; the covalently immobilized tryptamine is quantified by SS-RTP, obtaining a detection limit of 6 ng mL(-1) with short response times (15 min). The applicability of the sensor was demonstrated by analysing tryptamine in 10 different varieties of beers, obtaining recovery percentages close to 100%. PMID:26761616

  1. The optical properties of YBCO thin films

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    Wallace, Roger James

    We present strong evidence that there is no specific mid- infrared absorption band in YBCO and a generalised Drude model can be used to explain all of the observed features in the optical spectrum. A high vacuum, low temperature ATR experiment has been used to excite surface plasmons (SPP) on YBCO thin films at different temperatures. We have found that the SPP resonance condition varies systematically with temperature. The temperature dependent dielectric function and optical conductivity of YBCO at 2984nm have been determined. We have shown that the renal and imaginary dielectric function of YBCO, ~ɛ= ɛ1 + iɛ2, at 2984nm, are linearly dependent on temperature: ɛ1(T) = -52 + 0.008T and ɛ1(T) = 4 + 0.1T. We have calculated the optical conductivity, σ(T), and the normal reflectance, ℜ(T): σ(T) = 196 + 4.9T and ℜ(T) = 0.99-7.4 × 10-4T, where temperature is in kelvin and the conductivity is in Ω-1 cm-1. A generalised Drude model has been used to analyse our results. The generalised Drude memory function, M = 1//tau + i/omega/lambda, has been calculated as a function of temperature. The parameters 1/τ and λ can be approximated by 1/τ(T) = 50 + 6.6T and 1 + λ(T) ≅ 1.48 - 0.003T +.35 × 10-5T. These expressions are valid between 100K and 300K. An optical technique for determining the thickness of YBCO thin films has been developed. It has been used in an investigation of laser ablated plasmas. We have observed that the limit of material in the plasma plume is not the same as the limit of the luminosity of the plume. The angular distribution of material can be modelled by a cos n/Theta function over much of the range but a combined cos n/Theta + cos m/Theta function is required to describe the distribution near the visible tip of the plume.

  2. Theoretical characteristics of optical polarizing films using oblique metal island films

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    Baba, Kazutaka

    2006-02-01

    An ultra-thin optical polarizing film using oblique metal island (OMI) film has been investigated theoretically. The polarizing film consists of a periodic multilayer of the OMI layers and glass layers. The OMI films are composed of prolate metal nanoclusters (I.E., islands) inclining to one side. The MOI films exhibit resonance-type absportion in visible and bear-infrared region and large optical anisotropy as the resonance wavelengths for the polarization along the shorter and longer axes of the prolate metal nanoclusters are different from each other. Therefore, the multilayer using the OMI films can be used as an optical polarizing film at the resonance wavelength. The resonance wavelength depends on the aspect ratio of the prolate islands, distance between the centers of the islands, and choice of the metal. The extinction ratio and insertion loss increase with the number of the OMI layer. In this paper we show the theoretical characteristics of the polarizing films composed of the OMI layers with idea and homogeneous film structure. We have successfully designed the optical polarizing film for the wavelength of 720 nm by choosing silver as metal. The extinction ration and insertion loss of the designed polarizing film are evaluated as 30 dB and 0.03 dB, respectively. The thickness of the polarizing film is calculated as 1800 nm. When aluminum is used as the metal, the polarizing films for the shorter wavelength can be designed.

  3. Optical selection and collection of DNA fragments

    DOEpatents

    Roslaniec, Mary C.; Martin, John C.; Jett, James H.; Cram, L. Scott

    1998-01-01

    Optical selection and collection of DNA fragments. The present invention includes the optical selection and collection of large (>.mu.g) quantities of clonable, chromosome-specific DNA from a sample of chromosomes. Chromosome selection is based on selective, irreversible photoinactivation of unwanted chromosomal DNA. Although more general procedures may be envisioned, the invention is demonstrated by processing chromosomes in a conventional flow cytometry apparatus, but where no droplets are generated. All chromosomes in the sample are first stained with at least one fluorescent analytic dye and bonded to a photochemically active species which can render chromosomal DNA unclonable if activated. After passing through analyzing light beam(s), unwanted chromosomes are irradiated using light which is absorbed by the photochemically active species, thereby causing photoinactivation. As desired chromosomes pass this photoinactivation point, the inactivating light source is deflected by an optical modulator; hence, desired chromosomes are not photoinactivated and remain clonable. The selection and photoinactivation processes take place on a microsecond timescale. By eliminating droplet formation, chromosome selection rates 50 times greater than those possible with conventional chromosome sorters may be obtained. Thus, usable quantities of clonable DNA from any source thereof may be collected.

  4. Frequency Selective Volumes for Optical Spatial Filters

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    E Topsakal; JL Volakis

    2004-04-15

    A new model is proposed for modeling metallic losses at optical frequencies and is used in the analysis of Frequency Selective Surfaces (FSSs) and Volumes (FSVs). Conventional methods for simulating metallic losses are also outlined and a comparison with those models is given for a patch FSS. Measured data for a slot-ring FSS are also given for model validation.

  5. Optically tunable chiral nematic mesoporous cellulose films.

    PubMed

    Schlesinger, Maik; Hamad, Wadood Y; MacLachlan, Mark J

    2015-06-21

    Demand for sustainable functional materials has never been larger. The introduction of functionality into pure cellulose might be one step forward in this field as it is one of the most abundant natural biopolymers. In this paper, we demonstrate a straightforward and scalable way to produce iridescent, mesoporous cellulose membranes with tunable colors and porosity. Concomitant assembly of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) and condensation of silica precursors results in CNC-silica composites with chiral nematic structures and tunable optical properties. Removal of the stabilizing silica matrix by alkaline or acid treatment gives access to novel chiral nematic mesoporous cellulose (CNMC) films. Importantly, the optical properties and the mesoporosity can be controlled by either varying the silica-to-CNC ratio, or by varying the substrate used during the evaporation-induced self-assembly process. In order to introduce additional functionality, CNMC has been used to stabilize gold nanoparticles with three different concentrations by wet impregnation. These materials are stable in water and can potentially function in sensors, tissue engineering or functional membranes. PMID:25972020

  6. An optical filter with angular selectivity of the light transmission

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    Zakirullin, Rustam S.

    2015-09-01

    Features of the application of a novel optical filter with angular selectivity of the light transmission to architectural glazing are considered. The filter consists of a sheet transparent substrate with thin-film grating layers on both surfaces. The gratings formed by directionally transmissive strips, alternating with absorptive, reflective, or scattering strips. Their relative position on the input and output surfaces provides angular selectivity of the directional light transmission - as the incidence angle changes, the proportion of radiation that passes through both gratings of the filter also changes. Chromogenic materials currently used in the laminated smart windows, providing control over the intensity and spectrum of the transmitted solar radiation, cannot achieve the selective regulation on the ranges of incidence angles. Such a regulation requires the use of additional daylight-redirecting devices, especially blinds, to dynamically adapt to the position of the sun. The grating optical filter provides angular selectivity of the light transmission of a window without such devices. The features of using this filter in the single and double glazed windows are described. A graphic analytical calculation method is proposed for estimating the effect of geometrical and optical parameters of the filter on the angular characteristics of the light transmission. An algorithm to optimize filtering solar radiation taking into account the geographical coordinates of terrain, time of day and year and the orientation of the window to the cardinal is set. An algorithm to calculating geometrical parameters of the filter with pre-specified characteristics of the light transmission is obtained.

  7. A new optically transparent silicon containing polyimide film

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    Kumar, D.; Gupta, A.D.

    1995-12-31

    A new optically transparent, heat-resistant, flexible silicon containing polyimide (PI)(SIDA-BAPB) film has been developed. It was characterized by UV-Visible, FT-IR, differential scanning calorimetery (DSC), thermomechanical analysis (TMA) and thermogravimetric (TGA) analysis. The developed film showed high optical transparency in the 350-600 nm range of electromagnetic spectrum. The DSC analysis of the film showed glass transition temperature (T{sub g}) at 200{degrees}C. The dynamic thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) demonstrated its polymer decomposition temperature at 425{degrees}C. The char yield of the amorphous film in nitrogen at 800{degrees}C was 61%.

  8. Oriented niobate ferroelectric thin films for electrical and optical devices

    DOEpatents

    Wessels, Bruce W.; Nystrom, Michael J.

    2001-01-01

    Sr.sub.x Ba.sub.1-x Nb.sub.2 O.sub.6, where x is greater than 0.25 and less than 0.75, and KNbO.sub.3 ferroelectric thin films metalorganic chemical vapor deposited on amorphous or cyrstalline substrate surfaces to provide a crystal axis of the film exhibiting a high dielectric susceptibility, electro-optic coefficient, and/or nonlinear optic coefficient oriented preferentially in a direction relative to a crystalline or amorphous substrate surface. Such films can be used in electronic, electro-optic, and frequency doubling components.

  9. Iron nanoparticles embedded in carbon films: structural and optical properties

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    Mashayekhi, Fatemeh; Shafiekhani, Azizollah; Sebt, Seyed Ali

    2016-06-01

    In the present work amorphous hydrogenated carbon films with sputtered iron nanoparticles (Fe NPs @ a-C:H) were deposited by co-deposition of RF-sputtering and RF-plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition methods using acetylene gas and iron target on quartz and silicon substrates. Samples were prepared in different initial pressures and during constant deposition time. The crystalline structure of Fe NPs @ a-C:H was studied using X-ray diffraction and selected area electron diffraction patterns. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis presents that increasing the initial pressure decreases the atomic ratio of Fe/C and the sp3-hybridized carbon content in prepared samples. The transmission electron microscope image shows the encapsulated Fe NPs in carbon films. The optical properties and localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of samples were studied using UV-visible spectrophotometry, which is shown that increasing of Fe content decreases the intensity of LSPR peak and increases the optical band gap.

  10. A selective optical sensor based on [9]mercuracarborand-3, a new type of ionophore with a chloride complexing cavity

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    Badr, I. H.; Johnson, R. D.; Diaz, M.; Hawthorne, M. F.; Bachas, L. G.; Daunert, S. (Principal Investigator)

    2000-01-01

    A highly selective optical sensor for chloride, based on the multidentate Lewis acid ionophore [9]mercuracarborand-3, is described herein. This sensor is constructed by embedding the mercuracarborand ionophore, a suitable pH-sensitive lipophilic dye, and lipophilic cationic sites in a plasticized polymeric membrane. The multiple complementary interactions offered by the preorganized complexing cavity of [9]mercuracarborand-3 is shown to control the anion selectivity pattern of the optical film. The film exhibits a significantly enhanced selectivity for chloride over a variety of lipophilic anions such as perchlorate, nitrate, salicylate, and thiocyanate. Furthermore, the optical selectivity coefficients obtained for chloride over other biologically relevant anions are shown to meet the selectivity requirements for the determination of chloride in physiological fluids, unlike previously reported chloride optical sensors. In addition, the optical film responds to chloride reversibly over a wide dynamic range (16 microM-136 mM) with fast response and recovery times.

  11. Selecting Films for Primary EMH Children. Observational Report No. 743.

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    Green, Melvena L.

    A study was made to determine the reliability of subjective adult judgement in the selection of films for primary educable mentally handicapped (EMH) children. A selection of five films, all prerated according to standardized techniques and designated appropriate for primary level students, were presented for viewing by a primary class of…

  12. The effect of film thickness on the optical absorption edge and optical constants of the Cr(III) organic thin films

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    Yakuphanoglu, F.; Sekerci, M.; Balaban, A.

    2005-05-01

    The effect of film thickness on optical properties of the Cr(III) complex having 2-pyridincarbaldehye thiosemicarbazone thin films was investigated. The analyses of the optical absorption data revealed existence of direct and indirect transitions in the optical band gap. The optical constants (refractive index and dielectric constant) of the thin films were determined. The thickness of the films causes important changes in refractive index and real part-imaginary parts of the dielectric constant. The most significant result of the present study is to indicate that thickness of the film can be used to modify in the optical band gaps and optical constant of the thin films.

  13. Structural and optical properties of molybdenum trioxide thin films

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    Bhatia, Shally; Khanna, Atul

    2015-06-24

    Thermal evaporation technique was used to prepare thin films of MoO{sub 3}. X-ray diffraction measurements found that as-deposited films of MoO{sub 3} were amorphous which crystallized to orthorhombic phase on annealing at 623K for 1h in air. The optical band gap of the films decreases from 3.1eV to 1.7eV upon crystallization. Short range structure of the as deposited films and annealed films were studied by Raman spectroscopy and it consisted of MoO{sub 6} units.

  14. Enhanced optical constants of nanocrystalline yttrium oxide thin films

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    Ramana, C. V.; Mudavakkat, V. H.; Bharathi, K. Kamala; Atuchin, V. V.; Pokrovsky, L. D.; Kruchinin, V. N.

    2011-01-17

    Yttrium oxide (Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) films with an average crystallite-size (L) ranging from 5 to 40 nm were grown by sputter-deposition onto Si(100) substrates. The optical properties of grown Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} films were evaluated using spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements. The size-effects were significant on the optical constants and their dispersion profiles of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} films. A significant enhancement in the index of refraction (n) is observed in well-defined Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystalline films compared to that of amorphous Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}. A direct, linear L-n relationship found for Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} films suggests that tuning optical properties for desired applications can be achieved by controlling the size at the nanoscale dimensions.

  15. Design of wideband optical polarizing films for visible region using oblique metal island films

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    Baba, Kazutaka; Kakinuma, Yu

    2007-02-01

    Wideband optical polarizing films using oblique metal island (OMI) films composed of prolate metal nanoclusters (i.e., islands) inclining to one side has been investigated theoretically. The OMI films exhibit resonance-type absorption in visible region and large optical anisotropy as the resonance wavelengths for the polarization along the shorter and longer axes of the prolate metal nanoclusters are different from each other. In the previous work (OPTO 2006), we proposed an optical polarizing film consisting of the multilayer of the OMI layers and thin glass layers. The proposed optical polarizing films have high heat resistivity in comparison with commercially available polarizing films consisting of dichromatic polymer film as those are made of glass and metal. In this work, we have theoretically investigated wideband optical polarizing films for visible region useful for liquid crystal displays and projectors. Aluminum (Al) is chosen as metal since the Al OMI films have shorter resonance wavelengths from larger plasma frequency of Al. As the resonance wavelength depends not only on the choice of metal but also on the aspect ratio of the prolate islands, the resonance wavelength region of the multilayer consisting of different types of OMI layers with various aspect ratios of islands could be expanded. We have successfully designed the optical polarizing films for shorter wavelength region of 350 - 550 nm by using 7 types of Al OMI layer. The extinction ratio of designed optical polarizing films is greater than 20 dB and insertion loss is less than 0.5 dB. We have also designed the polarizing films for longer wavelength rerion of 600 - 730 nm by using Ag as metal.

  16. Optical sensors and multisensor arrays containing thin film electroluminescent devices

    DOEpatents

    Aylott, Jonathan W.; Chen-Esterlit, Zoe; Friedl, Jon H.; Kopelman, Raoul; Savvateev, Vadim N.; Shinar, Joseph

    2001-12-18

    Optical sensor, probe and array devices for detecting chemical biological, and physical analytes. The devices include an analyte-sensitive layer optically coupled to a thin film electroluminescent layer which activates the analyte-sensitive layer to provide an optical response. The optical response varies depending upon the presence of an analyte and is detected by a photodetector and analyzed to determine the properties of the analyte.

  17. Optical reflectivity improvement by upgrading metallic glass film quality

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    Wang, W. H.; Hsu, J. H.; Huang, J. C.

    2013-10-14

    The effects of atomic-defect and free-volume amounts of metallic glassy film on the optical reflectivity and mechanical properties of the sputtered metallic glass thin films are explored. With a lower Ar working pressure and the proper post-annealing at temperatures slightly lower than the glass-transition temperature T{sub g}, film free volumes and defects would reduce, resulting in better atomic bonding and higher film hardness/modulus, which in turn leads to lower electric resistivity and higher optical reflectivity. Annealing above T{sub g} would induce crystalline structure which would lead to competition with the optical transition of the Drude free electrons and hinder the optical reflectivity in the visible range.

  18. Texture evolution and infrared optical properties of praseodymium fluoride films

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    Su, Wei-Tao; Li, Bin; Liu, Ding-Quan; Zhang, Feng-Shan

    2007-10-01

    Praseodymium fluoride (PrF3) thin films were deposited on Ge(1 1 1) and zinc selenide substrates by molybdenum boat evaporation method. The crystal structures of thin film were characterized using XRD technique and the texture coefficients were calculated. The texture of praseodymium fluoride films changes from (3 0 2) to (1 1 0) texture when the temperature increases from 100 °C to 250 °C. Drastic tensile stress makes all the films covered by a network of fine cracks with width of nanometer-scale. The infrared transmission spectrum was measured to investigate the optical properties for all the films. The optical constants of praseodymium fluoride film were determined by using Lorentz oscillator model in the range from 8000 cm-1 to 500 cm-1.

  19. Thick optical films for the conduction of optical and infrared radiation

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    Bain, C.N.; Gordon, B.A.; Knasel, T.M.; Malinowski, R.L.

    1981-01-01

    Experimental results are presented for the characteristics of thick optical films, which can be used to direct and conduct optical and IR radiation, for the case of light concentration onto solar cells. Incident light is trapped within a thin, flat sheet of transparent material by a diffuse selective surface on the back of the transparent layer, and so directed that total internal reflection occurs, with some of the captured light finding its way back to the photovoltaic cells attached to the back of the layer. A Monte Carlo computer model is used to analyze this system, whose achievable gain depends on layer thickness, trapping material refraction index, and solar cell shape and size. Results indicate that gains of a factor of two in power output are obtainable for the case of sparsely-packed solar cell arrays and lower factors for more densely-packed arrays.

  20. Extraordinary optical transmission in nanopatterned ultrathin metal films without holes.

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    Peer, Akshit; Biswas, Rana

    2016-02-28

    We experimentally and theoretically demonstrate that a continuous gold film on a periodically textured substrate exhibits extraordinary optical transmission, even though no holes were etched in the film. Our film synthesis started by nanoimprinting a periodic array of nanocups with a period of ∼750 nm on a polystyrene film over a glass substrate. A thin non-conformal gold film was sputter-deposited on the polystyrene by angle-directed deposition. The gold film was continuous with spatial thickness variation, the film being thinnest at the bottom of the nanocup. Measurements revealed an extraordinary transmission peak at a wavelength just smaller than the period, with an enhancement of ∼2.5 compared to the classically expected value. Scattering matrix simulations model well the transmission and reflectance measurements when an ultrathin gold layer (∼5 nm), smaller than the skin depth is retained at the bottom of the nanocups. Electric field intensities are enhanced by >100 within the nanocup, and ∼40 in the ultrathin gold layer causing transmission through it. We show a wavelength red-shift of ∼30 nm in the extraordinary transmission peak when the nanocups are coated with a thin film of a few nanometers, which can be utilized for biosensing. The continuous corrugated metal films are far simpler structures to observe extraordinary transmission, circumventing the difficult process of etching the metal film. Such continuous metal films with ultrathin regions are simple platforms for non-linear optics, plasmonics, and biological and chemical sensing. PMID:26853881

  1. Extraordinary optical transmission in nanopatterned ultrathin metal films without holes

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    Peer, Akshit; Biswas, Rana

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we experimentally and theoretically demonstrate that a continuous gold film on a periodically textured substrate exhibits extraordinary optical transmission, even though no holes were etched in the film. Our film synthesis started by nanoimprinting a periodic array of nanocups with a period of ~750 nm on a polystyrene film over a glass substrate. A thin non-conformal gold film was sputter-deposited on the polystyrene by angle-directed deposition. The gold film was continuous with spatial thickness variation, the film being thinnest at the bottom of the nanocup. Measurements revealed an extraordinary transmission peak at a wavelength just smaller thanmore » the period, with an enhancement of ~2.5 compared to the classically expected value. Scattering matrix simulations model well the transmission and reflectance measurements when an ultrathin gold layer (~5 nm), smaller than the skin depth is retained at the bottom of the nanocups. Electric field intensities are enhanced by >100 within the nanocup, and ~40 in the ultrathin gold layer causing transmission through it. We show a wavelength red-shift of ~30 nm in the extraordinary transmission peak when the nanocups are coated with a thin film of a few nanometers, which can be utilized for biosensing. The continuous corrugated metal films are far simpler structures to observe extraordinary transmission, circumventing the difficult process of etching the metal film. Such continuous metal films with ultrathin regions are simple platforms for non-linear optics, plasmonics, and biological and chemical sensing.« less

  2. Magneto-optic investigation of MnBi films.

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    Lewicki, G.; Guisinger, J. E.

    1973-01-01

    Another variation in the preparation of MnBi films from double layers of the constituents is reported. The dependence of Faraday and Kerr rotations on both composition and film thickness in these films suggests a model wherein a reacted double layer is made up of four separate layers. The variance in magneto-optic constants of MnBi reported here and previously is resolved in terms of this model.

  3. Enhancement of photoinduced anisotropy and all-optical switching in Bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Wu, Pengfei; Rao, D. V. G. L. N.; Kimball, B. R.; Nakashima, M.; DeCristofano, B. S.

    2002-11-01

    Large enhancement of photoanisotropic effects is demonstrated in thin films of the biomaterial Bacteriorhodopsin by using two exciting beams of orthogonal polarization. The mechanism of the enhancement originates from optimization of direction-selected photoisomerization of the biomaterial controlled by the polarized exciting beams. The technique is applied for achieving an all-optical switch with the additional feature of output sign control.

  4. Power selective optical filter devices and optical systems using same

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    Koplow, Jeffrey P

    2014-10-07

    In an embodiment, a power selective optical filter device includes an input polarizer for selectively transmitting an input signal. The device includes a wave-plate structure positioned to receive the input signal, which includes at least one substantially zero-order, zero-wave plate. The zero-order, zero-wave plate is configured to alter a polarization state of the input signal passing in a manner that depends on the power of the input signal. The zero-order, zero-wave plate includes an entry and exit wave plate each having a fast axis, with the fast axes oriented substantially perpendicular to each other. Each entry wave plate is oriented relative to a transmission axis of the input polarizer at a respective angle. An output polarizer is positioned to receive a signal output from the wave-plate structure and selectively transmits the signal based on the polarization state.

  5. Integrated optical components in thin films of polymers

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    Sarkisov, Sergey; Abdeldayem, Hossin; Venkateswarlu, Putcha; Teague, Zedric

    1995-01-01

    The results will be reported on the study of integrated optical components based on nonlinear optical polymeric films. Polymers poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and polyimide (PI) doped with organic laser dyes 4-dicyanomethylene-2-methyl-6-p dimethylaminostyryl-4H pyran (DCM) and 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 - pentamethyl-2,6 -diethyl-pyrromethene -BF2-complex (Pyrommethene 567, PM-567) were selected as materials for light guiding films. Additionally, UV polymerized polydiacetylene (PDA) on glass substrate was used as a waveguide material. Optical waveguides were fabricated using spin coating of preoxidized silicon wafers (1.5 micrometer silicon oxide layer) with organic dye/polymer solution followed by soft baking. the modes in slab waveguides were studied using prism coupling techniques. Measured values of mode coupling angles in multimode waveguides were used to calculate film thickness and refractive index for different polarizations. Refractive index anisotropy was found in PDA waveguide. The optimal conditions of spin coating for single mode waveguide fabrication were estimated. Propagation losses were measured by collecting the light scattered from the trace of a propagating mode either by scanning photo detector or by CCD camera. Different types of light coupling techniques were used including end-dire coupling, prism and grating coupling. Mechanical printing technique was developed for coupling grating fabrication resulting in gratings with 4% diffraction efficiency. The gratings demonstrated good stability with diffraction efficiency relaxation rate 2.4 dB/hour at a temperature approximately 15-20 C below glass transition point. Dye doped waveguides were transversally pumped with frequency doubled Nd:YAG Q-switched laser producing intensive light emission with apparent 6 kW/sq cm pump threshold and spectrum narrowing near 617 nm peak in the case of DCM doped waveguide. PM-567 doped waveguide pumped with CW Ar(+) laser (514 nm wavelength) far below threshold (0.1 W

  6. Optical characterization of sputtered carbon films

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    Ager, J.W. III.

    1992-05-01

    Spattered carbon films are widely used as protective overcoats for thin film disk media. Raman spectroscopy is nondestructive and relatively rapid and is well suited for the characterization of carbon films. Specific features in the Raman spectra are empirically correlated with the rates of specific types of mechanical wear for both hydrogenated and unhydrogenated films. This observation is interpreted in terms of a random covalent network, in which the mechanical performance of the film is determined by the nature of the bonding that links sp{sup 2}-bonded domains.

  7. Sensitometric responses of selected medical radiographic films.

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    Kofler, J M; Gray, J E

    1991-12-01

    Radiographic films produce different densities and contrast when processor changes occur, and the magnitude and rate of change vary with film type. The ability to detect and interpret the clinical importance of film density changes may depend on the method of sensitometry used. The characteristics of several medical radiographic films and various sensitometers were examined under three sensitometric variations and five processing variations. Of all variations used, only exposure with a single-versus a double-sided sensitometer caused a film type to have a marked different response. The results indicate that mismatching the sensitometer spectral output with the spectral sensitivity of the film in most cases does not affect the density changes of the film. The fact that a few films may be sensitive to differences in spectral content of the exposing light and dual- versus single-sided exposure and that only a limited number of film types were tested, however, leads to the prudent conclusion that the exposure conditions for quality control purposes should match clinical exposure conditions as closely as possible. PMID:1947114

  8. Optical properties of Li-doped ZnO films

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    Valentini, Antonio; Quaranta, Fabio; Vasanelli, Lorenzo; Piccolo, R.

    1991-03-01

    The difficulty to achieve a refractive index matching between active substrate and active layer grown on, is one of the main problem in integrated optical devices based on gallium arsenide, because of its high refractive index value. One possible solution could be an active layer whose refractive index is variable during the grown. Zinc oxide is a very interesting material because of its electro-optic and acousto- optic properties. It has a low cost and can be prepared by a variety of techniques. In this paper deposition of lithium doped zinc oxide films by reactive sputtering has been investigated in order to study the dependence of optical properties on lithium content and deposition parameters. A ZnO:Li target was used. The film depositions were performed varying the oxygen content in sputtering gas. For comparison undoped ZnO films were also prepared. We have performed optical and electrical measurement on films relating the results to Li contents and O/Zn ratio obtained by nuclear reaction and Rutherford backscattering measurements respectively. The film analysis has shown that dopant concentration is mainly controlled by gas mixture. The optical properties are dependent on deposition conditions. Optical waveguides have been prepared and characterized. The results are presented and discussed.

  9. Oriented niobate ferroelectric thin films for electrical and optical devices and method of making such films

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    Wessels, Bruce W.; Nystrom, Michael J.

    1998-01-01

    Sr.sub.x Ba.sub.1-x Nb.sub.2 O.sub.6, where x is greater than 0.25 and less than 0.75, and KNbO.sub.3 ferroelectric thin films metalorganic chemical vapor deposited on amorphous or crystalline substrate surfaces to provide a crystal axis of the film exhibiting a high dielectric susceptibility, electro-optic coefficient, and/or nonlinear optic coefficient oriented preferentially in a direction relative to a crystalline or amorphous substrate surface. Such films can be used in electronic, electro-optic, and frequency doubling components.

  10. Oriented niobate ferroelectric thin films for electrical and optical devices and method of making such films

    DOEpatents

    Wessels, B.W.; Nystrom, M.J.

    1998-05-19

    Sr{sub x}Ba{sub 1{minus}x}Nb{sub 2}O{sub 6}, where x is greater than 0.25 and less than 0.75, and KNbO{sub 3} ferroelectric thin films metalorganic chemical vapor deposited on amorphous or crystalline substrate surfaces to provide a crystal axis of the film exhibiting a high dielectric susceptibility, electro-optic coefficient, and/or nonlinear optic coefficient oriented preferentially in a direction relative to a crystalline or amorphous substrate surface are disclosed. Such films can be used in electronic, electro-optic, and frequency doubling components. 8 figs.

  11. A New Optical Film with Antismudge Function and High Durability

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    Lee, Jun Hee; Kim, Kyeong Jin; Park, Mi Kyung; Kim, Hyoung Jun; Jeon, Il; Choi, Sang-Ho; Kim, Jin Ho; Choi, Hyun Chul; Shin, Hyun Ho

    2009-12-01

    We describe a new surface treatment to obtain optical films for liquid crystal display (LCD) applications. The films consist of a phase-separated layer including a fluorine-containing (FC) compound and a widely used polymer resin for providing a hard coating after surface treatment of the optical film. The major features of the resulting configuration are high durability with a good hardness of above 4H and a surface that allows oily contaminants such as ink and fingerprints to be easily removed by gentle dry wiping, owing to the antismudge function of the FC compound with a low surface energy.

  12. Guide to Selected Student Film Awards.

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    Barley, Steven D.

    Students who are beginning to use film as a medium of expression are sometimes more highly motivated to achieve excellence if they know channels through which they can seek acclaim for their films. Listed here are three highly accessible competitive events through which acclaim may be sought. Each event is described briefly, offering information…

  13. Optical properties of epitaxial YAG:Yb films

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    Ubizskii, S. B.; Matkovskii, A. O.; Melnyk, S. S.; Syvorotka, I. M.; Müller, V.; Peters, V.; Petermann, K.; Beyertt, A.; Giesen, A.

    2004-03-01

    This work deals with the investigation of the optical properties of epitaxial YAG:Yb films and their suitability as gain media for thin disk lasers. Epitaxial films of YAG:Yb were grown by the liquid phase epitaxy method in air on the (111)-oriented YAG substrates. The thickness of the grown layers was from 30 to 260 m. The melt composition was varied to obtain the desired doping level from 10 to 15% and to optimize the optical properties. The best epitaxial films were colourless and had an Yb3+ luminescence lifetime of more than 950 s, which is very close to the intrinsic lifetime of the Yb ions in the bulk YAG single crystals. These films were tested in a thin disk laser setup with 24 absorption passes of the 940 nm pumping beam. The maximum output power at 1.03 m wavelength in CW operation reached more than 60 W and the optical efficiency was close to 30%.

  14. Fibre Optic Sensors for Selected Wastewater Characteristics

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    Chong, Su Sin; Abdul Aziz, A. R.; Harun, Sulaiman W.

    2013-01-01

    Demand for online and real-time measurements techniques to meet environmental regulation and treatment compliance are increasing. However the conventional techniques, which involve scheduled sampling and chemical analysis can be expensive and time consuming. Therefore cheaper and faster alternatives to monitor wastewater characteristics are required as alternatives to conventional methods. This paper reviews existing conventional techniques and optical and fibre optic sensors to determine selected wastewater characteristics which are colour, Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) and Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD). The review confirms that with appropriate configuration, calibration and fibre features the parameters can be determined with accuracy comparable to conventional method. With more research in this area, the potential for using FOS for online and real-time measurement of more wastewater parameters for various types of industrial effluent are promising. PMID:23881131

  15. Magnetic and optical properties of nanocorrugated Co films

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    Sapozhnikov, M. V.; Gusev, S. A.; Rogov, V. V.; Ermolaeva, O. L.; Troitskii, B. B.; Khokhlova, L. V.; Smirnov, D. A.

    2010-03-22

    Nanostructured Co films were prepared on the top of a polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) colloidal crystals by magnetron sputtering. Optical reflectance spectra were studied in the range of near UV, IR, and visible light for p- and s-polarizations. Valleys were observed in the spectra and their positions scaled with the PMMA sphere diameter. Both the surface plasmon resonance and the dipole resonance of single Co nanocaps should be considered to explain the obtained results. Magneto-optic measurements showed the qualitative change of the magnetization curve and the enhancement of magneto-optic rotation at wavelength lambda=632 nm in comparison with the control Co film.

  16. Diffractive Optical Elements based in Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) films

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    Sparvoli, M. Marina; Mansano, Ronaldo D.

    2008-04-01

    In this work was developed a Diffractive Optical Elements (DOEs) based in amorphous hydrogenated carbon (Diamond Like Carbon) films. DOEs can be built in large scale with high reproducibility and eliminating almost stages used in optical elements tradicional fabrication, as abrasion and burnishing. These devices had been built by the etching of DLC deposited by sputtering process. The characterizations of these devices are realized by optical analyzes with a 633 nm HeNe laser. The DLC films roughness and etch rate after process were measured by high step meter.

  17. All-optical control of ferromagnetic thin films and nanostructures.

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    Lambert, C-H; Mangin, S; Varaprasad, B S D Ch S; Takahashi, Y K; Hehn, M; Cinchetti, M; Malinowski, G; Hono, K; Fainman, Y; Aeschlimann, M; Fullerton, E E

    2014-09-12

    The interplay of light and magnetism allowed light to be used as a probe of magnetic materials. Now the focus has shifted to use polarized light to alter or manipulate magnetism. Here, we demonstrate optical control of ferromagnetic materials ranging from magnetic thin films to multilayers and even granular films being explored for ultra-high-density magnetic recording. Our finding shows that optical control of magnetic materials is a much more general phenomenon than previously assumed and may have a major impact on data memory and storage industries through the integration of optical control of ferromagnetic bits. PMID:25147280

  18. Geometric optics of gold nanoparticle-polydimethylsiloxane thin films

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    Dunklin, Jeremy R.; Forcherio, Gregory T.; Roper, D. Keith

    2014-09-01

    Interest in the optical properties of plasmonic nanoparticles embedded in transparent polymers is expanding due to potential uses in sustainability, biomedicine, and manufacturing. Geometric optics of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) thin films containing uniformly or asymmetrically distributed polydisperse reduced gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) or uniformly distributed monodisperse solution synthesized AuNPs were recently evaluated using a compact linear algebraic sum. Algebraic calculation of geometric transmission, reflection, and attenuation for AuNP-PDMS films provides a simple, workable alternative to effective medium approximations, computationally expensive methods, and fitting of experimental data. Generally, transmission and reflection increased with AuNP isotropy and particle density, as displayed on a novel ternary diagram. Irregular AuNP morphology and size distribution caused optical attenuation from polydisperse films to increase in proportion to log10 increases in gold content, resulting in lower attenuation per gold mass when compared to monodisperse AuNPs. Uniform monodisperse AuNP-PDMS films attenuated light in proportion to gold content, with films attenuating 0.15 fractional units per 0.1 mass-percent AuNPs. Thin layers of concentrated AuNPs attenuated light more efficiently. A 25 micron thick layer of 1.2 mass-percent AuNPs attenuated 0.5 fractional units, the same number as a 130 micron thick 0.6 mass-percent film. Measured optical responses from asymmetric AuNP-PDMS films with an adjacent back-reflector and pairs of uniformly distributed films were predictable within 0.04 units of linear algebraic estimates based on geometric optics. This approach allows for the summative optical responses of a sequence of 2D elements comprising a 3D assembly to be analyzed.

  19. Optical response and activity of ultrathin films of topological insulators

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    Parhizgar, Fariborz; Moghaddam, Ali G.; Asgari, Reza

    2015-07-01

    We investigate the optical properties of ultrathin film of a topological insulator in the presence of an in-plane magnetic field. We show that due to the combination of the overlap between the surface states of the two layers and the magnetic field, the optical conductivity can show strong anisotropy. This leads to the effective optical activity of the ultrathin film by influencing the circularly polarized incident light. Intriguingly, for a range of magnetic fields, the reflected and transmitted lights exhibit elliptic character. Even for certain values almost linear polarizations are obtained, indicating that the thin film can act as a polaroid in reflection. All these features are discussed in the context of the time-reversal symmetry breaking as one of the key ingredients for the optical activity.

  20. Optical coherence tomography as film thickness measurement technique

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    Manallah, Aissa; Bouafia, Mohamed; Meguellati, Said

    2015-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a powerful optical method, noninvasive and noncontact diagnostic method. Although it is usually used for medical examinations, particularly in ocular exploration; it can also be used in optical metrology as measure technique. In this work, we use OCT to measure thicknesses of films. In OCT, depth profiles are constructed by measuring the time delay of back reflected light by interferometry measurements. Frequency in k-space is proportional to optical path difference. Then the reflectivity profile is obtained by a Fourier transformation, and the difference between two successive peaks of the resulting spectrum gives the film thickness. Several films, food-type, of different thicknesses were investigated and the results were very accurate.

  1. Oxidation resistance of Pb-Te-Se optical recording film

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    Terao, Motoyasu; Horigome, Shinkichi; Shigematsu, Kazuo; Miyauchi, Yasushi; Nakazawa, Masatoshi

    1987-08-01

    The dependence of oxidation resistance of metal-Te-Se optical recording films on film composition is investigated, as well as the effects of oxidation on laser beam recorded hole shape. The films are deposited by vacuum evaporation on substrates with a glass/UV light curing resin/cellulose nitrate structure. The role of Se in the film is to inhibit the oxidation. With at least 14% Se addition, film oxidation is completely inhibited even at 60 °C, relative humidity 95%. Depth profiles of elements in the recording films are analyzed by Auger electron and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to clarify the mechanisms of oxidation inhibition by Se addition. A selenium condensed layer is found at the inner part of an oxidized surface layer. The surface Te oxide layer and the Se-rich layer should inhibit the film inside from oxidizing. The role of the metallic elements In, Pb, Sn, Bi, and Sb in the film is to inhibit cracking and to decrease noise in reproduced signals by decreasing the size of crystal grains. Lead is found to be the best among these metallic elements, because the recorded hole shape is clean even when recorded after 15 days accelerated oxidation at 60 °C, relative humidity 95%. A very long storage life is expected for the Pb-Te-Se optical recording film.

  2. Plasmonic transparent conducting metal oxide nanoparticles and nanoparticle films for optical sensing applications

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    Ohodnicki, Paul R; Wang, Congjun; Andio, Mark

    2013-07-31

    The ability to monitor gas species selectively, sensitively, and reliably in extreme temperatures and harsh conditions is critically important for more efficient energy production using conventional fossil energy based production technologies, enabling advanced technologies for fossil based power plants of the future, and improving efficiency in domestic manufacturing industries. Optical waveguide based sensing platforms have become increasingly important but a need exists for materials that exhibit useful changes in optical properties in response to changing gas atmospheres at high temperatures. In this manuscript, the onset of a near-IR absorption associated with an increase in free carrier density in doped metal oxide nanoparticles to form so-called conducting metal oxides is discussed in the context of results obtained for undoped and Al-doped ZnO nanoparticle based films. Detailed film characterization results are presented along with measured changes in optical absorption resulting from various high temperature treatments in a range of gas atmospheres. Optical property changes are also discussed in the context of a simple model for optical absorption in conducting metal oxide nanoparticles and thin films. The combination of experimental results and theoretical modeling presented here suggests that such materials have potential for high temperature optical gas sensing applications. Simulated sensing experiments were performed at 500 °C and a useful, rapid, and reproducible near-IR optical sensing response to H{sub 2} confirms that this class of materials shows great promise for optical gas sensing.

  3. An Extension of Thin Film Optics

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    Apell, P.

    1985-10-01

    The classical McIntyre formula for p-polarized light incident on a thin film on a substrate is extended in general terms to include a realistic description of the interfaces and the possible excitation of plasma waves in the film. An earlier extension is critized and criteria are given for when the classical result is applicable.

  4. Nanocrystalline diamond films: new material for IR optics

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    Konov, Vitali I.; Obraztsova, E. D.; Pimenov, Sergej M.; Ralchenko, Victor G.; Smolin, Andrey A.; Khomich, A. V.; Polyakov, Vladimir I.; Rukovishnikov, A. I.; Perov, Polievet I.; Loubnin, E. N.

    1995-07-01

    Thin nanocrystalline diamond films promising for IR optical applications were grown on Si substrates from methane-hydrogen gas mixture in a DC arc plasma CVD reactor. Three stages for the synthesis of the highly smooth noncrystalline diamond films are important: (i) substrate pretreatment with ultrafine diamond powder, (ii) excimer laser irradiation of seeded substrates, and (iii) two-step deposition process. A correlation between optical properties of the films and growth conditions has been established by means of Raman spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry and optical transmission spectroscopy techniques. Surface roughness, which was Ra equals 8 - 40 nm for the 1 micrometers thick films, significantly decreased the transmission in the visible because of light scattering, but it had a negligible effect in the IR range. The films are transparent in the IR and have optical constants n equals 2.34-2.36 and k equals 0.005- 0.03. The hydrogen incorporation in the films in amounts up to 1.5% have been deduced from intensity of C-H absorption band around 2900 cm(superscript -1.

  5. Optical characterization of SiO2 thin films using universal dispersion model over wide spectral range

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    Franta, Daniel; Nečas, David; Ohlídal, Ivan; Giglia, Angelo

    2016-04-01

    Vacuum evaporated SiO2 thin films are very important in a design and manufacturing of optical devices produced in optics industry. In this contribution a reliable and precise optical characterization of such SiO2 thin films is performed using the combined method of spectrophotometry at normal incidence and variable-angle spectroscopic ellipsometry applied over spectral range from far IR to extreme UV (0.01-45 eV). This method uses the Universal Dispersion Model based on parametrization of the joint density of states and structural model comprising film defects such as nanometric boundary roughness, inhomogeneity and area non-uniformity. The optical characterization over the wide spectral range provides not only the spectral dependencies of the optical constants of the films within the wide range but, more significantly, it enables their correct and precise determination within the spectral range of interest, i.e. the range of their transparency. Furthermore, measurements in the ranges of film absorption, i. e. phonon excitations in IR and electron excitations in UV, reveal information about the material structure. The results of the optical characterization of the SiO2 thin films prepared on silicon single crystal substrates under various technological conditions are presented in detail for two selected samples. Beside film thicknesses and values of dispersion parameters and spectral dependencies of the optical constants of the SiO2 films, the characterization also enables quantification of film defects and their parameters are presented as well. The results concerning the optical constants of SiO2 films are compared with silica optical constants determined in our earlier studies.

  6. Evaluation of Selected Solid Lubricating Films

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    Miyoshi, Kazuhisa

    2001-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to examine the friction and wear properties of bonded molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), magnetron-sputtered MoS2, ion-plated silver, ion-plated lead, magnetron-sputtered diamondlike carbon (MS DLC), and plasma-assisted, chemical-vapor-deposited DLC (PACVD DLC) films in sliding contact with 6-mm-diameter AISI 440C stainless steel balls. Unidirectional ball-on-disk sliding friction experiments were conducted with a load of 5.9 N and a sliding velocity of 0.2 m/s at room temperature in three environments: ultrahigh vacuum (vacuum pressure, 7 x 10(exp -7) Pa), humid air (relative humidity, approx. 20 percent), and dry nitrogen (relative humidity, less than 1 percent). The main criteria for judging the performance of the solid lubricating films were coefficient of friction and wear rate, which had to be less than 0.3 and on the order of 10(exp -6) cubic mm/N(dot)m or less, respectively. The bonded MoS2 and magnetron-sputtered MoS2 films met the criteria in all three environments. The ion-plated lead and silver films met the criteria only in ultrahigh vacuum but failed in humid air and in dry nitrogen. The MS DLC and PACVD DLC films met the requirements in humid air and dry nitrogen but failed in ultrahigh vacuum.

  7. Durability Evaluation of Selected Solid Lubricating Films

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    Miyoshi, Kazuhisa

    2001-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to examine the coefficients of friction, wear rates, and durability of bonded molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), magnetron-sputtered MoS2, ion-plated silver, ion-plated lead, magnetron-sputtered diamondlike carbon (MS DLC), and plasma-assisted, chemical-vapor-deposited DLC (PACVD DLC) films in sliding contact with 6-mm-diameter AISI 440C stainless steel balls. Unidirectional ball-on-disk sliding friction experiments were conducted with a load of 5.9 N and a sliding velocity of 0.2 m/s at room temperature in three environments: ultrahigh vacuum (vacuum pressure, 7 x 10(exp -7) Pa), humid air (relative humidity, approx. 20 percent), and dry nitrogen (relative humidity, less than 1 percent). The main criteria for judging the performance of the solid lubricating films were coefficient of friction and wear rate, which had to be less than 0.3 and on the order of 10(exp -6) cu mm/N.m or less, respectively. The bonded MoS2 and magnetron-sputtered MoS2 films met the criteria in all three environments. The ion-plated lead and silver films met the criteria only in ultrahigh vacuum but failed in humid air and in dry nitrogen. The MS DLC and PACVD DLC films met the requirements in humid air and dry nitrogen but failed in ultrahigh vacuum.

  8. Determination of optical and microstructural parameters of ceria films

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    Oh, Tae-Sik; Tokpanov, Yury S.; Hao, Yong; Jung, WooChul; Haile, Sossina M.

    2012-11-01

    Light-matter interactions are of tremendous importance in a wide range of fields from solar energy conversion to photonics. Here the optical dispersion behavior of undoped and 20 mol. % Sm doped ceria thin films, both dense and porous, were evaluated by UV-Vis optical transmission measurements, with the objective of determining both intrinsic and microstructural properties of the films. Films, ranging from 14 to 2300 nm in thickness, were grown on single crystal YSZ(100) and MgO(100) using pulsed laser deposition (both dense and porous films) and chemical vapor deposition (porous films only). The transmittance spectra were analyzed using an in-house developed methodology combining full spectrum fitting and envelope treatment. The index of refraction of ceria was found to fall between 2.65 at a wavelength of 400 nm and 2.25 at 800 nm, typical of literature values, and was relatively unchanged by doping. Reliable determination of film thickness, porosity, and roughness was possible for films with thickness ranging from 500 to 2500 nm. Physically meaningful microstructural parameters were extracted even for films so thin as to show no interference fringes at all.

  9. Effect of Temperature Gradient on Thick Film Selective Emitter Emittance

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    Chubb, Donald L.; Good, Brian S.; Clark, Eric B.; Chen, Zheng

    1997-01-01

    A temperature gradient across a thick (greater than or equal to .1 mm) film selective emitter will produce a significant reduction in the spectral emittance from the no temperature gradient case. Thick film selective emitters of rare earth doped host materials such as yttrium-aluminum-garnet (YAG) are examples where temperature gradient effects are important. In this paper a model is developed for the spectral emittance assuming a linear temperature gradient across the film. Results of the model indicate that temperature gradients will result in reductions the order of 20% or more in the spectral emittance.

  10. Extraordinary optical transmission in nanopatterned ultrathin metal films without holes

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    Peer, Akshit; Biswas, Rana

    2016-02-01

    We experimentally and theoretically demonstrate that a continuous gold film on a periodically textured substrate exhibits extraordinary optical transmission, even though no holes were etched in the film. Our film synthesis started by nanoimprinting a periodic array of nanocups with a period of ~750 nm on a polystyrene film over a glass substrate. A thin non-conformal gold film was sputter-deposited on the polystyrene by angle-directed deposition. The gold film was continuous with spatial thickness variation, the film being thinnest at the bottom of the nanocup. Measurements revealed an extraordinary transmission peak at a wavelength just smaller than the period, with an enhancement of ~2.5 compared to the classically expected value. Scattering matrix simulations model well the transmission and reflectance measurements when an ultrathin gold layer (~5 nm), smaller than the skin depth is retained at the bottom of the nanocups. Electric field intensities are enhanced by >100 within the nanocup, and ~40 in the ultrathin gold layer causing transmission through it. We show a wavelength red-shift of ~30 nm in the extraordinary transmission peak when the nanocups are coated with a thin film of a few nanometers, which can be utilized for biosensing. The continuous corrugated metal films are far simpler structures to observe extraordinary transmission, circumventing the difficult process of etching the metal film. Such continuous metal films with ultrathin regions are simple platforms for non-linear optics, plasmonics, and biological and chemical sensing.We experimentally and theoretically demonstrate that a continuous gold film on a periodically textured substrate exhibits extraordinary optical transmission, even though no holes were etched in the film. Our film synthesis started by nanoimprinting a periodic array of nanocups with a period of ~750 nm on a polystyrene film over a glass substrate. A thin non-conformal gold film was sputter-deposited on the polystyrene by

  11. Investigation of optical properties of epitaxial yttrium iron garnet films

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    Paranin, V. D.

    2016-04-01

    In work we investigated yttrium iron garnet epitaxial films with a thickness of 10 µm and 55 µm which were grown on the surface of garnet substrate. Using the polarizing microscopy method the branching domain structure of films was shown with the period of domains 21.5 µm and 42.5 µm. Disappearance of domains at presence of an external magnetic field up to 100 Oe was noted. The optical transmission of films for the polarized beam of HeNe laser is investigated and zero diffraction order and odd diffraction rings orders were shown. Interconnection of the period of chaotically oriented domains with angles of axially symmetric diffraction rings orders was shown. Diffraction patterns at various longitudinal magnetic fields are investigated. Disappearance of odd diffraction orders and increasing in intensity of zero diffraction order were fixed. Optical transmission of epitaxial films was measured in range of 500 - 900 nm.

  12. Magneto-optic constants of hcp and fcc Co films

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    Osgood, R.M. III,; Riggs, K.T.; Johnson, A.E.; Mattson, J.E.; Sowers, C.H.; Bader, S.D.

    1997-08-01

    We tabulate the wavelength dependence of the complex magneto-optic constants for epitaxial fcc (001) and hcp (1{bar 1}00) Co films with the magnetization along two different in-plane crystallographic directions. The magneto-optic constants of epitaxial hcp Co films are strongly dependent on crystallographic direction for the same sample, while those of epitaxial fcc Co films are not, as anticipated from the trends in the magnetic anisotropy due to the spin-orbit interaction. Our results for (i) the anisotropic magneto-optic constants, (ii) the magnetic anisotropy, and (iii) the indices of refraction, are compared to other studies of Co. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  13. Optical switch based on nanocrystalline VOx thin film

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    Chen, Xiqu; Dai, Jun

    2009-11-01

    An optical switch is fabricated based on nanocrystalline vanadium oxide (VOx) thin film using micromachining technology. An "on" state with semiconducting phase to an "off" state with metallic phase is controlled by applying a DC power to Aurum electrodes of the optical switch. The optical switching performance for the fabricated device is investigated at optical communication wavelength of 1.55μm. The heater power requires to achieve switching action is about 15mW. The testing results show that the extinction ratio and switching response time are 14dB and 2ms, respectively.

  14. Optical Spectra of Melanin Films Extracted from Rana esculenta L.

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    Perna, G.; Gallone, A.; Capozzi, V.; Biagi, P. F.; Fratello, A.; Guida, G.; Zanna, P.; Argenzio, E.; Cicero, R.

    2005-01-01

    The melanin pigment extracted from the liver of Rana esculenta L. has been deposited as thin film on quartz substrate. The Raman spectra, as well as optical absorption and photoluminescence measurements have been investigated. The results show that the melanin can be described as a network of clusters having different size. The larger size clusters determine the absorption edge of the film and the smaller size ones are mainly involved in the radiative emission process.

  15. Selected Instrumentation Films, 1969-1970.

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    Simmons, Raymond L., Ed.

    This list of currently available films and filmstrips pertinent to instrumentation has been compiled from information solicited from many government and private sources. The 1969 compilation has been organized into the following eight categories: (1) principles of measurement and basic measurements; (2) analysis instrumentation; (3) automation and…

  16. Films on the Future: A Selective Listing.

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    Martin, Marie

    This annotated list of films focuses on fourteen subject areas: 1) Atomic Energy/Fuel/Power; 2) Automation/Computer/Data Processing; 3) Biochemical Research/Behavioral Sciences; 4) Communications/Transportation; 5) Concepts; 6) Ecology/Pollution/Weather Modification; 7) Education; 8) Food/Population Control; 9) Ocean/Ocean Sciences; 10)…

  17. Method to adjust multilayer film stress induced deformation of optics

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    Spiller, Eberhard A.; Mirkarimi, Paul B.; Montcalm, Claude; Bajt, Sasa; Folta, James A.

    2000-01-01

    Stress compensating systems that reduces/compensates stress in a multilayer without loss in reflectivity, while reducing total film thickness compared to the earlier buffer-layer approach. The stress free multilayer systems contain multilayer systems with two different material combinations of opposite stress, where both systems give good reflectivity at the design wavelengths. The main advantage of the multilayer system design is that stress reduction does not require the deposition of any additional layers, as in the buffer layer approach. If the optical performance of the two systems at the design wavelength differ, the system with the poorer performance is deposited first, and then the system with better performance last, thus forming the top of the multilayer system. The components for the stress reducing layer are chosen among materials that have opposite stress to that of the preferred multilayer reflecting stack and simultaneously have optical constants that allow one to get good reflectivity at the design wavelength. For a wavelength of 13.4 nm, the wavelength presently used for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, Si and Be have practically the same optical constants, but the Mo/Si multilayer has opposite stress than the Mo/Be multilayer. Multilayer systems of these materials have practically identical reflectivity curves. For example, stress free multilayers can be formed on a substrate using Mo/Be multilayers in the bottom of the stack and Mo/Si multilayers at the top of the stack, with the switch-over point selected to obtain zero stress. In this multilayer system, the switch-over point is at about the half point of the total thickness of the stack, and for the Mo/Be--Mo/Si system, there may be 25 deposition periods Mo/Be to 20 deposition periods Mo/Si.

  18. Fiber-Optic Sensor Would Monitor Growth of Polymer Film

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    Beamesderfer, Michael

    2005-01-01

    A proposed optoelectronic sensor system would measure the increase in thickness of a film of parylene (a thermoplastic polymer made from para-xylene) during growth of the film in a vapor deposition process. By enabling real-time monitoring of film thickness, the system would make it possible to identify process conditions favorable for growth and to tailor the final thickness of the film with greater precision than is now possible. The heart of the sensor would be a pair of fiber-optic Fabry-Perot interferometers, depicted schematically in the figure. (In principle, a single such interferometer would suffice. The proposal calls for the use of two interferometers for protective redundancy and increased accuracy.) Each interferometer would include a light source, a fiber-optic coupler, and photodetectors in a control box outside the deposition chamber. A single-mode optical fiber for each interferometer would run from inside the control box to a fused-silica faceplate in a sensor head. The sensory tips of the optical fibers would be polished flush with the free surface of the faceplate. In preparation for use, the sensor head would be mounted with a hermetic seal in a feed-through port in the deposition chamber, such that free face of the faceplate and the sensory tips of the optical fibers would be exposed to the deposition environment. During operation, light would travel along each optical fiber from the control box to the sensor head. A small portion of the light would be reflected toward the control box from the end face of each fiber. Once growth of the parylene film started, a small portion of the light would also be reflected toward the control box from the outer surface of the film. In the control box, the two reflected portions of the light beam would interfere in one of the photodetectors. The difference between the phases of the interfering reflected portions of the light beam would vary in proportion to the increasing thickness of the film and the known

  19. Dynamic thermal profiling in magneto-optic recording thin films

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    Schultz, M.D.; Freedman, J.M.; Weng, R.S.; Kryder, M.K. )

    1991-04-15

    The thermal behavior of magneto-optic thin films is critical to their performance. The determination of thermal profiles which result in magneto-optic thin films when they are being written has up to now been limited to theoretical calculations occasionally matched against the thresholds for writing domains into the films. Such switching temperature'' experimental data is of limited use due to the dependence of magnetic domain shape, size, and placement on much more than just a simple isotherm location. Through the use of a high-speed (10-ns time resolution) observation system developed for examining dynamic magnetic processes in magneto-optic materials, the thermal profiles created in these films were observed as the profiles developed during the application of laser heating pulses. Images of the profiles caused by both static and scanning laser pulses are shown. Comparison of static pulse data with theoretical computations indicates that the thermal conductivity of these magneto-optic films is approximately an order of magnitude below the bulk value.

  20. Reactive Evaporation And Plasma Processes For Thin Film Optical Coatings

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    Ebert, Johannes

    1989-02-01

    Bombardment of growing films with reactive particles has developed into a powerful technology over the last 3o years. Compared to normal evaporation methods, important improvements are: better adhesion between film and substrate, high film density, fast coating rate and stoichiometric layers with low optical losses. Although the techniques used to achieve the desired properties vary quite dramatically from high pressure plasma processing to bombardment with monoenergetic ion beams in ultra high vacuum environment, from particles with nearly thermal to some keV energy and from discharge currents of some μA to more than 1oo A in industrial applications, the ion-surface interaction, which causes the modification of the films, is the basic of all reactive deposition processes. The purpose of this paper is to review plasma processes for the production of optical coatings including ion assisted deposition, ion plating and ion cluster beam deposition, comparing the structural and optical properties of the films. Some applications of reactive evaporation presented in the following papers demonstrate the potential use of reactive evaporation and plasma processes for solving optical problems.

  1. Optical and magnetic properties of hexagonal arrays of subwavelength holes in optically thin cobalt films.

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    Ctistis, G; Papaioannou, E; Patoka, P; Gutek, J; Fumagalli, P; Giersig, M

    2009-01-01

    In this study, we present our experimental results on the optical, magnetic, as well as magneto-optic properties of hexagonal arrays of subwavelength holes in optically thin cobalt films. Different meshes were used with hole diameters ranging between 220 and 330 nm while the interhole distance has been kept constant at 470 nm. The hole pattern modifies completely the magnetic behavior of the cobalt films; it gives rise to an increase of the coercive field of the in-plane magnetization with increasing hole diameter and to the appearance of out-of-plane magnetization components. Magneto-optic measurements show a spectacular magneto-optic response at wavelengths where surface plasmon-polaritons are supported by the structure as deduced in optical measurements. The experiments demonstrate the ability to artificially control the magnetic and thus the magneto-optic properties in hole array structures. PMID:19072720

  2. Selectiveness of laser processing due to energy coupling localization: case of thin film solar cell scribing

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    Račiukaitis, G.; Grubinskas, S.; Gečys, P.; Gedvilas, M.

    2013-07-01

    Selectiveness of the laser processing is the top-most important for applications of the processing technology in thin-film electronics, including photovoltaics. Coupling of laser energy in multilayered thin-film structures, depending on photo-physical properties of the layers and laser wavelength was investigated experimentally and theoretically. Energy coupling within thin films highly depends on the film structure. The finite element and two-temperature models were applied to simulate the energy and temperature distributions inside the stack of different layers of a thin-film solar cell during a picosecond laser irradiation. Reaction of the films to the laser irradiation was conditioned by optical properties of the layers at the wavelength of laser radiation. Simulation results are consistent with the experimental data achieved in laser scribing of copper-indium-gallium diselenide (CIGS) solar cells on a flexible polymer substrate using picosecond-pulsed lasers. Selection of the right laser wavelength (1064 nm or 1572 nm) enabled keeping the energy coupling in a well-defined volume at the interlayer interface. High absorption at inner interface of the layers triggered localized temperature increase. Transient stress caused by the rapid temperature rise facilitating peeling of the films rather than evaporation. Ultra-short pulses ensured high energy input rate into absorbing material permitting peeling of the layers with no influence on the remaining material.

  3. Diamond/AlN Thin Films for Optical Applications

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    Knoebber, F.; Bludau, O.; Williams, O. A.; Sah, R. E.; Kirste, L.; Baeumler, M.; Nebel, C. E.; Ambacher, O.; Cimalla, V.; Lebedev, V.; Leopold, S.; Paetz, D.

    2010-11-01

    In this work we report on membranes made of nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) and AlN for the use in tunable micro-optics. For the growth of the AlN and NCD thin films, magnetron sputtering and chemical vapor deposition techniques have been used, respectively. A chemical-mechanical polishing process of NCD layers has been introduced, which is crucial for the growth of c-oriented, fiber textured AlN films. AlN layers deposited on as grown and polished nanocrystalline diamond along with free standing membranes have been compared by studying microstructure, surface morphology, piezoelectrical response as well as optical properties.

  4. Hypersonic film cooling effectiveness and aero-optical effects

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    Swigart, R. J.; Shih, W. C. L.; Wang, J. H.; Snow, R.; Trolier, J. W.

    A correlation parameter for film-cooling efficiency has been developed that removes the low-energy outer-flow restriction on which earlier parameters were based. The parameter is shown to collapse a large body of film-cooling efficiency data over a broad range of coolant-injectant and external-flow conditions embodying all speed ranges. The validity and accuracy of the parameter is independently validated using state-of-the-art CFD techniques. The correlation is extremely useful for the design of film-cooling systems, and should be applicable to a broad range of film-cooling applications. Computational algorithms for calculating film-cooling flow-field-induced boresight error and image-blur aerooptical effects are presented. These algorithms should be extremely useful for the prediction of flow-field effects on optical sensor performance.

  5. A facile process to prepare copper oxide thin films as solar selective absorbers

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    Xiao, Xiudi; Miao, Lei; Xu, Gang; Lu, Limei; Su, Zhanmin; Wang, Ning; Tanemura, Sakae

    2011-10-01

    Copper oxide thin films as solar selective absorbers were conveniently prepared by one-step chemical conversion method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-vis-NIR spectra and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra were employed to characterize the composition, structure and optical properties of thin films. The results indicated that the composition, structure and optical properties of thin films were greatly influenced by reaction temperature, time and concentration of NaOH. When reaction temperature was fixed at 40 °C, the as-prepared films consist of pure cubic Cu 2O. The surface morphology of thin films was changed from square-like structure (reaction time ≤ 25 min) to porous belt-like structure (reaction time ≥ 30 min) with the elongation of reaction time. While for thin films prepared at 60 °C and 80 °C, single Cu 2O was observed after 5 min reaction. When reaction time is longer than 5 min, CuO appears and the content of CuO is increasing with the elongation of reaction time. With the increase of reaction temperature, the belt-like structure was easily formed for 60 °C/10 min and 80 °C/5 min. Decreasing concentration of NaOH also could result in the formation of CuO and porous belt-like structure. Simultaneously, the film thickness is increasing with the increase of reaction time, temperature and concentration. Films containing CuO with belt-like structure exhibited high absorptance (>0.9), and the emissivity of films increased with elongation of reaction time. Combination of the composition, structure and optical properties, it can be deduced that the porous belt-like structure like as a light trap can greatly enhance absorbance ( α), while the composition, thickness and roughness of thin films can greatly influence the emissivity ( ɛ). The highest photo-thermal conversion efficiency was up to 0.86 ( α/ ɛ = 0.94/0.08) for thin films prepared at 80 °C/5 min, which proved that the CuO x thin films can be served as

  6. Tunable thin-film optical filters for hyperspectral microscopy

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    Favreau, Peter F.; Rich, Thomas C.; Prabhat, Prashant; Leavesley, Silas J.

    2013-02-01

    Hyperspectral imaging was originally developed for use in remote sensing applications. More recently, it has been applied to biological imaging systems, such as fluorescence microscopes. The ability to distinguish molecules based on spectral differences has been especially advantageous for identifying fluorophores in highly autofluorescent tissues. A key component of hyperspectral imaging systems is wavelength filtering. Each filtering technology used for hyperspectral imaging has corresponding advantages and disadvantages. Recently, a new optical filtering technology has been developed that uses multi-layered thin-film optical filters that can be rotated, with respect to incident light, to control the center wavelength of the pass-band. Compared to the majority of tunable filter technologies, these filters have superior optical performance including greater than 90% transmission, steep spectral edges and high out-of-band blocking. Hence, tunable thin-film optical filters present optical characteristics that may make them well-suited for many biological spectral imaging applications. An array of tunable thin-film filters was implemented on an inverted fluorescence microscope (TE 2000, Nikon Instruments) to cover the full visible wavelength range. Images of a previously published model, GFP-expressing endothelial cells in the lung, were acquired using a charge-coupled device camera (Rolera EM-C2, Q-Imaging). This model sample presents fluorescently-labeled cells in a highly autofluorescent environment. Linear unmixing of hyperspectral images indicates that thin-film tunable filters provide equivalent spectral discrimination to our previous acousto-optic tunable filter-based approach, with increased signal-to-noise characteristics. Hence, tunable multi-layered thin film optical filters may provide greatly improved spectral filtering characteristics and therefore enable wider acceptance of hyperspectral widefield microscopy.

  7. Optical Properties of Scalable Nano-Mesh Films

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    Alvine, Kyle; Bernacki, Bruce; Bennett, Wendy; Schemer-Kohrn, Alan

    2015-03-01

    We describe here the optical properties of a scalable nano-mesh film both experimentally measured and calculated by FDTD numerical modeling. Typically, applications for optically responsive nano-plasmonic or photonic films are limited by virtue of tractable fabrication techniques to several hundred microns or a few millimeters in size. The films described here have been demonstrated over an extent of several inches and could be readily scaled to larger sizes. The films are comprised of a quasi-regular periodic array of nanoscale holes in a metallic film. The nanostructure is fabricated in a scalable fashion in a multi-step fashion via sputtering on a nanoscale template created by nanoparticle self-assembly. Both the numerical modeling and experimentally measured scattering demonstrate that these films are highly resonant with the resonance location in the visible or near infrared and set by the hole size and pattern geometry. Such films can also be readily be made on flexible substrates if desired. Potential applications include new proposed photonic thermal management coatings or plasmoelectric devices.

  8. Optical Properties of Magnetron sputtered Nickel Thin Films

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    Twagirayezu, Fidele; Geerts, Wilhelmus J.; Cui, Yubo

    2015-03-01

    The study of optical properties of Nickel (Ni) is important, given the pivotal role it plays in the semiconductor and nano-electronics technology. Ni films were made by DC and RF magnetron sputtering in an ATC Orion sputtering system of AJA on various substrates. The optical properties were studied ex situ by variable angle spectroscopic (220-1000 nm) ellipsometry at room temperature. The data were modeled and analyzed using the Woollam CompleteEase Software fitting ellipsometric and transmission data. Films sputtered at low pressure have optical properties similar to that of Palik. Films sputtered at higher pressure however have a lower refraction index and extinction coefficient. It is expected from our results that the density of the sputtered films can be determined from the ellipsometric quantities. Our experiments also revealed that Ni is susceptible to a slow oxidation changing its optical properties over the course of several weeks. The optical properties of the native oxide differ from those of reactive sputtered NiO similar as found by. Furthermore the oxidation process of our samples is characterized by at least two different time constants.

  9. Optical method for the determination of grain orientation in films

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    Maris, Humphrey J.

    2001-01-01

    A method for the determination of grain orientation in a film sample is provided comprising the steps of measuring a first transient optical response of the film and determining the contribution to the transient optical response arising from a change in the energy distribution of the electrons in the sample, determining the contribution to the transient optical response arising from a propagating strain pulse within the sample, and determining the contribution to the transient optical response arising from a change in sample temperature of the sample. The grain orientation of the sample may be determined using the contributions to the transient optical response arising from the change in the energy distribution of the electrons, the propagating strain pulse, and the change in sample temperature. Additionally, a method for determination of the thickness of a film sample is provided. The grain orientation of the sample is first determined. The grain orientation, together with the velocity of sound and a propagation time of a strain pulse through the sample are then used to determine the thickness of the film sample.

  10. Optical method for the determination of grain orientation in films

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    Maris, Humphrey J.

    2003-05-13

    A method for the determination of grain orientation in a film sample is provided comprising the steps of measuring a first transient optical response of the film and determining the contribution to the transient optical response arising from a change in the energy distribution of the electrons in the sample, determining the contribution to the transient optical response arising from a propagating strain pulse within the sample, and determining the contribution to the transient optical response arising from a change in sample temperature of the sample. The grain orientation of the sample may be determined using the contributions to the transient optical response arising from the change in the energy distribution of the electrons, the propagating strain pulse, and the change in sample temperature. Additionally, a method for determination of the thickness of a film sample is provided. The grain orientation of the sample is first determined. The grain orientation, together with the velocity of sound and a propagation time of a strain pulse through the sample are then used to determine the thickness of the film sample.

  11. Study on the effect of process conditions on the thermo-optic coefficient of amorphous silicon films

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    Zhou, Xiang; Liu, Shuang; Tang, Haihua; Zhong, Zhiyong; Liu, Yong

    2016-05-01

    A thermo-optical coefficient (TOC) test platform based on FILMeasure-20 was designed and the thermal coefficient of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) thin films material at 1330 nm was tested. a-Si:H were deposited on the quartz glass using a plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system. Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) was used to characterize the infrared spectral feature of films. The hydrogen content of films was influenced by different radio frequency (RF) power and deposition pressure conditions according to the FTIR spectra and theoretical analysis, and the thermo-optic effect of a-Si:H varied with temperature characteristics. Experimental results indicated that selecting the appropriate process conditions to prepare a-Si:H films can effectively increase or avoid the impact of thermo-optical effect on the optical devices.

  12. Bacteriorhodopsin films for optical signal processing and data storage

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    Walkup, John F. (Principal Investigator); Mehrl, David J. (Principal Investigator)

    1996-01-01

    This report summarizes the research results obtained on NASA Ames Grant NAG 2-878 entitled 'Investigations of Bacteriorhodopsin Films for Optical Signal Processing and Data Storage.' Specifically we performed research, at Texas Tech University, on applications of Bacteriorhodopisin film to both (1) dynamic spatial filtering and (2) holographic data storage. In addition, measurements of the noise properties of an acousto-optical matrix-vestor multiplier built for NASA Ames by Photonic Systems Inc. were performed at NASA Ames' Photonics Laboratory. This research resulted in two papers presented at major optical data processing conferences and a journal paper which is to appear in APPLIED OPTICS. A new proposal for additional BR research has recently been submitted to NASA Ames Research Center.

  13. Optical and morphological properties of sol gel derived titanium dioxide films

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    Sharma, A. B.; Sharma, S. K.; M, Vishwas; Rao, K. Narasimha

    2015-08-28

    Titanium oxide (Titania) thin films were synthesized on different substrates via the sol-gel dip-coating method using alkoxide solution. Some selected samples were also prepared with different percentage of Lead (Pb). The influence of Pb addition in precursor sol on the optical properties of titanium dioxide thin films was studied. The optical transmittance in the visible region has increased with increase in weight percentage of lead. The refractive index was slightly decreased with Pb addition. Crystallization of these coatings was achieved through thermal annealing at temperatures above 400 °C. The structural properties and surface morphology of the crystallized coatings were studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy. Increase in average grain size from 250 nm to 350 nm with increase in Pb concentration is observed. Films were appeared to more coarse with increase in Pb addition. An increase in Pb addition resulted increase in average roughness from 12 nm to 25 nm.

  14. Potassium Titanyl Phosphate Thin Films for Optical Waveguide Applications.

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    Hagerman, Michael Eugene

    1995-11-01

    Optical waveguides based on thin films have a high potential for photonic device applications in laser technology, signal processing, optical computing and image manipulation. Moreover, thin films offer a practical alternative to single crystals for integrated optical applications because of their enhanced design flexibility. Owing to the volatility of potassium and phosphorus oxides at high temperature, attempts to synthesize thin films of potassium titanyl phosphate (KTiOPO_4, or KTP) by magnetron sputtering prior to this thesis work were unsuccessful. A principal goal of our work has been the application of an enhanced understanding of the KTP structure field with specific focus on the relevant defect chemistry, structure and defect-processing property relationships, and waveguide technology, as they relate to thin film fabrication and the development of novel nonlinear optical (NLO) photonic devices. The high temperature decomposition of KTP has been examined in detail along with strategies to promote densification of KTP ceramic which serves as the source material for the pulsed laser ablation thin film fabrication technique. KTP thin films have been successfully fabricated for the first time by pulsed excimer laser deposition on a variety of substrates including sapphire, silicon, and fused quartz. It is suggested that the success of this fabrication process relies on the application of an understanding of the complex chemistry of this remarkable material and the transient congruent process generated by the pulsed UV laser beam. The properties of the deposited films, such as the chemical stoichiometry, surface morphology, crystallinity, and NLO response, have been extensively characterized. The second order electric susceptibility, chi^{(2)}, of a textured film on fused silica was determined to be approximately 16 times the magnitude of quartz, or {1over3 } of the largest component in single crystal KTP. Endfire coupling was demonstrated with planar KTP

  15. Real time chemical detection using species selective thin films and waveguide Zeeman interferometry

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    Grace, K.M.; Shrouf, K.; Honkanen, S.

    1998-12-01

    The authors present a chemical sensor scheme based on selective sensing surfaces and highly sensitive integrated optical transduction methods. Using self-assembly techniques, species selective thin-films are covalently attached to the surface of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} channel waveguides to produce robust sensor elements. Exposure to targeted analytes results in the selective absorption of these molecules onto the waveguide surface causing a change in the effective index of the guided modes. These relative changes in effective index between TE and TM modes are precisely measured using Zeeman interferometry. Measurements demonstrate reversible, real time sensing of volatile organic compounds at ppm levels.

  16. Growth and nonlinear optical characterization of organic single crystal films

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    Zhou, Ligui

    1997-12-01

    Organic single crystal films are important for various future applications in photonics and integrated optics. The conventional method for inorganic crystal growth is not suitable for organic materials, and the high temperature melting method is not good for most organic materials due to decomposition problems. We developed a new method-modified shear method-to grow large area organic single crystal thin films which have exceptional nonlinear optical properties and high quality surfaces. Several organic materials (NPP, PNP and DAST) were synthesized and purified before the thin film crystal growth. Organic single crystal thin films were grown from saturated organic solutions using modified shear method. The area of single crystal films were about 1.5 cm2 for PNP, 1 cm2 for NPP and 5 mm2 for DAST. The thickness of the thin films which could be controlled by the applied pressure ranged from 1μm to 10 μm. The single crystal thin films of organic materials were characterized by polarized microscopy, x-ray diffraction, polarized UV-Visible and polarized micro-FTIR spectroscopy. Polarized microscopy showed uniform birefringence and complete extinction with the rotation of the single crystal thin films under crossed- polarization, which indicated high quality single crystals with no scattering. The surface orientation of single crystal thin films was characterized by x-ray diffraction. The molecular orientation within the crystal was further studied by the polarized UV-Visible and Polarized micro-FTIR techniques combined with the x-ray and polarized microscopy results. A Nd:YAG laser with 35 picosecond pulses at 1064nm wavelength was employed to perform the nonlinear optical characterization of the organic single crystal thin films. Two measurement techniques were used to study the crystal films: second harmonic generation (SHG) and electro-optic (EO) effect. SHG results showed that the nonlinear optical coefficient of NPP was 18 times that of LiNbO3, a standard

  17. Investigation of optical loss mechanisms in oxide thin films

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    Chow, A.F.; Kingon, A.I.; Auciello, O.; Poker, D.B.

    1995-05-01

    KNbO{sub 3}, K(Ta,Nb)O{sub 3}, KTaO{sub 3}, and Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} thin films have been grown by ion-beam sputter deposition. KNbO{sub 3} has excellent nonlinear properties for second harmonic generation; however, high optical losses are still characteristic of these films. Several loss mechanisms, such as, high angle grain boundaries, twin domains, interface and surface scattering, and oxygen vacancies can all contribute to the high losses. In order to isolate the various mechanisms, amorphous Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} films, epitaxial cubic KTaO{sub 3} and tetragonal K(Ta,Nb)O{sub 3} films were grown on MgO and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrates subjected to post-deposition annealing treatments and various oxygen pressure conditions. The optical losses and refractive indices were observed to differ depending on the substrate surface and annealing treatments. Resonant scattering experiments were performed to analyze the oxygen composition. The optical properties of these oxide thin film systems are reported and the breakdown of the loss mechanisms is addressed.

  18. Optical and structural properties of sputtered CdS films for thin film solar cell applications

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    Kim, Donguk; Park, Young; Kim, Minha; Choi, Youngkwan; Park, Yong Seob; Lee, Jaehyoeng

    2015-09-15

    Graphical abstract: Photo current–voltage curves (a) and the quantum efficiency (QE) (b) for the solar cell with CdS film grown at 300 °C. - Highlights: • CdS thin films were grown by a RF magnetron sputtering method. • Influence of growth temperature on the properties of CdS films was investigated. • At higher T{sub g}, the crystallinity of the films improved and the grains enlarged. • CdS/CdTe solar cells with efficiencies of 9.41% were prepared at 300 °C. - Abstract: CdS thin films were prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputtering at various temperatures. The effects of growth temperature on crystallinity, surface morphology and optical properties of the films were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Raman spectra, UV–visible spectrophotometry, and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. As the growth temperature was increased, the crystallinity of the sputtered CdS films was improved and the grains were enlarged. The characteristics of CdS/CdTe thin film solar cell appeared to be significantly influenced by the growth temperature of the CdS films. Thin film CdS/CdTe solar cells with efficiencies of 9.41% were prepared at a growth temperature of 300 °C.

  19. OPTICAL AND ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES OF DOPED POLY-3-OCTYLTHIOPHENE FILMS

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    Results of optical absorption and electrical conductivity measurements of solution-doped poly-3-octylthiophene (P3OT) films were studied. hloroform solutions of P3OT were doped with the organic electron-acceptors, 2,3-dichloro-5,6-dicyano-1,4-benzoquinone and 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoqu...

  20. Optical Thin Film Modeling: Using FTG's FilmStar Software

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    Freese, Scott

    2009-01-01

    Every material has basic optical properties that define its interaction with light: The index of refraction (n) and extinction coefficient (k) vary for the material as a function of the wavelength of the incident light. Also significant are the phase velocity and polarization of the incident light These inherent properties allow for the accurate modeling of light s behavior upon contact with a surface: Reflectance, Transmittance, Absorptance.

  1. Optical properties of hydroxyethyl cellulose film treated with nitrogen plasma

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    Mahmoud, K. H.

    2016-03-01

    Hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) film has been prepared by casting technique. The prepared sample has been treated with nitrogen plasma at different exposure times. The optical absorption was recorded at room temperature in the wavelength range of 200-800 nm. Absorbance fitting procedure curves revealed a direct allowed transition with optical band gap, Eopt, of 4.9 eV for pristine film, and this value decreases to 4.30 eV for 20 min plasma treatment time. The band tail values (Ee) were found to be increased under plasma time treatment from 1.74 eV in case of the pristine film to 2.20 eV for 20 min. The dispersion of refractive index and complex dielectric constants under plasma treatment was also studied. Variation of color parameters under effect of the plasma treatment is analyzed in the framework of CIE L*U*V* color space.

  2. Optical Logarithmic Transformation of Speckle Images with Bacteriorhodopsin Films

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    Downie, John D.

    1995-01-01

    The application of logarithmic transformations to speckle images is sometimes desirable in converting the speckle noise distribution into an additive, constant-variance noise distribution. The optical transmission properties of some bacteriorhodopsin films are well suited to implement such a transformation optically in a parallel fashion. I present experimental results of the optical conversion of a speckle image into a transformed image with signal-independent noise statistics, using the real-time photochromic properties of bacteriorhodopsin. The original and transformed noise statistics are confirmed by histogram analysis.

  3. Annealing Effects on Structure and Optical Properties of Diamond-Like Carbon Films Containing Silver

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    Meškinis, Šarūnas; Čiegis, Arvydas; Vasiliauskas, Andrius; Šlapikas, Kęstutis; Gudaitis, Rimantas; Yaremchuk, Iryna; Fitio, Volodymyr; Bobitski, Yaroslav; Tamulevičius, Sigitas

    2016-03-01

    In the present study, diamond-like carbon films with embedded Ag nanoparticles (DLC:Ag) were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering. Structure of the films was investigated by Raman scattering spectroscopy. Atomic force microscopy was used to define thickness of DLC:Ag films as well as to study the surface morphology and size distribution of Ag nanoparticles. Optical absorbance and reflectance spectra of the films were studied in the 180-1100-nm range. Air annealing effects on structure and optical properties of the DLC:Ag were investigated. Annealing temperatures were varied in the 180-400 °C range. Changes of size and shape of the Ag nanoclusters took place due to agglomeration. It was found that air annealing of DLC:Ag films can result in graphitization following destruction of the DLC matrix. Additional activation of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effect in DLC:Ag films can be achieved by properly selecting annealing conditions. Annealing resulted in blueshift as well as significant narrowing of the plasmonic absorbance and reflectance peaks. Moreover, quadrupole surface plasmon resonance peaks appeared. Modeling of absorption spectra of the nanoclusters depending on the shape and surrounding media has been carried out.

  4. Annealing Effects on Structure and Optical Properties of Diamond-Like Carbon Films Containing Silver.

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    Meškinis, Šarūnas; Čiegis, Arvydas; Vasiliauskas, Andrius; Šlapikas, Kęstutis; Gudaitis, Rimantas; Yaremchuk, Iryna; Fitio, Volodymyr; Bobitski, Yaroslav; Tamulevičius, Sigitas

    2016-12-01

    In the present study, diamond-like carbon films with embedded Ag nanoparticles (DLC:Ag) were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering. Structure of the films was investigated by Raman scattering spectroscopy. Atomic force microscopy was used to define thickness of DLC:Ag films as well as to study the surface morphology and size distribution of Ag nanoparticles. Optical absorbance and reflectance spectra of the films were studied in the 180-1100-nm range. Air annealing effects on structure and optical properties of the DLC:Ag were investigated. Annealing temperatures were varied in the 180-400 °C range. Changes of size and shape of the Ag nanoclusters took place due to agglomeration. It was found that air annealing of DLC:Ag films can result in graphitization following destruction of the DLC matrix. Additional activation of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effect in DLC:Ag films can be achieved by properly selecting annealing conditions. Annealing resulted in blueshift as well as significant narrowing of the plasmonic absorbance and reflectance peaks. Moreover, quadrupole surface plasmon resonance peaks appeared. Modeling of absorption spectra of the nanoclusters depending on the shape and surrounding media has been carried out. PMID:26979724

  5. Film Selection in a Cinematherapy Intervention with Preadolescents Experiencing Parental Divorce

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    Marsick, Emily

    2010-01-01

    Film selection and children's reactions to films are discussed in this article based on a qualitative multiple-case study with three preadolescent-aged children experiencing parental divorce. Six films were selected based on recommended films in cinematherapy. Although many films have been recommended for cinematherapy, multiple participants'…

  6. Electrical and Optical Properties of Organic Thin Films

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    Buckner, Spencer Lewis

    The purpose of this research was to examine the applicability of organic thin films as electrical insulators in metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) and metal-insulator -metal (MIM) devices and an anti-reflective (A-R) coatings for solar cells. Films of anthracene, stearic acid and diacetylene alcohol were examined for their electrical and optical properties. Two techniques were used to deposit the films for these studies. Thermal evaporation in vacuum was used to deposit aluminum as electrodes and contacts in MIS and MIM devices. The organic films were deposited by either thermal evaporation or the Langmuir-Blodgett (L-B) dipping technique. Several vacuum systems and an L-B trough were fabricated for these studies and their design and construction are outlined. Several types of measurements were used to examine the properties of the organic films. Optical reflectance measurements of the diacetylene alcohol and stearic acid, both deposited by the L-B technique, on commercial silicon solar cells were used to study the potential use of these types of films as A-R and protective coatings. Electrical breakdown studies of the MIM devices were conducted to determine the maximum electric fields the insulators could withstand without destruction. Capacitance versus voltage (C-V) measurements of the organic films in MIS devices were used to determine surface defect densities at the semicondcutor/insulator interface. For each type of measurements made on the devices, theories are outlined to analyze the data obtained. The optical reflectance data are analyzed using standard electromagnetic theory. The electrical breakdown data are examined using the theories of Forlani and Minnaja (F-M) and Klein. The C-V data are examined using several different theories to determine charge and defect densities and to analyze the effects of thermal stressing and annealing. Finally, conclusions are drawn as to the applicability of these types of organic materials as insulators and coatings

  7. Large Optical Nonlinearity Induced by Singlet Fission in Pentacene Films

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    Liu, Yunlong; Zhang, Chunfeng; Xiao, Min

    2015-03-01

    By creating two triplet excitons from one photo-excited singlet exciton, singlet fission in organic semiconductors has drawn tremendous attention for its potential application in boosting the efficiency of solar conversion. Here, we show that this carrier-multiplication effect can be used to dramatically improve the nonlinear optical response in organic materials. With the technique of dual-wavelength optical Kerr effect (OKE), we have observed large optical nonlinearity with a magnitude of χ (3) up to 10-9 esu in pentacene films, which is further shown to be a result of singlet fission as demonstrated by the detailed temporal dynamics and wavelength dependence experiment. Through the use of optical heterodyne detected OKE experiment, we have determined both the sign and value of Reχ (3) of the pentacene film. Such efficient third order nonlinear optical response has been successfully applied to demonstrate the all-optical switching. The results observed in this work indicate that the singlet fission could be served as an effective strategy to promote the optical nonlinearity in organic molecule systems. This work is supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (2013CB932903 and 2012CB921801, MOST), the National Science Foundation of China (91233103, 61108001, 11227406 and 11321063).

  8. Nanostructuring thin polymer films with optical near fields.

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    Martín-Fabiani, Ignacio; Siegel, Jan; Riedel, Stephen; Boneberg, Johannes; Ezquerra, Tiberio A; Nogales, Aurora

    2013-11-13

    In the present work, we report on the application of optical near fields to nanostructuring of poly(trimethylene terephthalate) (PTT) thin films. By exposure to a single ultraviolet nanosecond laser pulse, the spatial intensity modulation of the near-field distribution created by a silica microsphere is imprinted into the films. Setting different angles of incidence of the laser, elliptical or circular periodic ring patterns can be produced with periods as small as half the laser wavelength used. These highly complex patterns show optical and topographical contrast and can be characterized by optical microscopy (OM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). We demonstrate the key role of the laser wavelength and coherence length in achieving smooth, extended patterns in PTT by using excimer laser (193 nm) and Nd:YAG laser (266 nm) pulses. Reference experiments performed in Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) demonstrate that nanopatterning in PTT is triggered by ablation as opposed to GST, in which nanopatterning originates from laser-induced phase change, accompanied by a small topographical contrast. The experiments presented in this work demonstrate the suitability of optical near fields for structuring polymer films, opening up new possibilities for nanopatterning and paving the way for potential applications where optical near fields and polymer nanostructures are involved. PMID:24127989

  9. Optical properties of thin In-Sn oxide films

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    Christian, K. D. J.; Shatynski, S. R.

    Indium-tin oxide (ITO) films were produced by evaporating an alloy of In-5wt%Sn in vacuum (1 × 10 -7 Torr) or in an oxygen partial pressure of 1 × 10 -4 Torr on soda-lime glass. After evaporation, these films were annealed in air at 95°C for 22 h. The films were examined using a ratio recording spectrophotometer to determine the transmission of both the visible and infra-red radiation. Further analysis of the samples was performed using SEM and EDAX analysis. Excellent optical properties were obtained for ITO films on soda-lime glass by evaporating 250 Å of In-5wt%Sn in an oxygen environment of 1 × 10 -4 Torr on a substrate held at 50°C and annealing at 95°C for 22 h.

  10. Selective SERS Sensing Modulated by Functionalized Mesoporous Films.

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    López-Puente, Vanesa; Angelomé, Paula C; Soler-Illia, Galo J A A; Liz-Marzán, Luis M

    2015-11-25

    A hybrid material comprising metal nanoparticles embedded in functionalized mesoporous thin films was constructed, and its use as a selective SERS-based sensor was demonstrated. The presence of specific functional groups in the pore network allows control over the surface chemistry of the pores, tuning the selectivity for specific molecules. Amino-functionalized hybrid mesoporous thin films were used in a proof of concept experiment, to discern the presence of methylene blue (MB) in mixtures with acid blue (AB), with no need for any sample pretreatment step. Selective detection of MB was possible through entrapment of AB in the mesoporous matrix, based on its high affinity for amino groups. The sensor selectivity can be tuned by varying the solution pH, rendering a pH responsive surface and thus, selective SERS-based sensing. The developed sensors allow specific detection of molecules in complex matrixes. PMID:26536368

  11. Thermochromic Materials Research For Optical Switching Films

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    Jorgenson, G. V.; Lee, J. C.

    1985-12-01

    A dual-ion-beam-sputtering (DIBS) deposition system is used to deposit doped vanadium dioxide (V1-xMx02), where M is a dopant that decreases the transition temperature (Tt) from that of stoichiometric V02. The objective is to synthesize a material that will passively switch between a heat- transmitting-and a heat-reflecting-state at specific design temperatures. The technique is reactive ion beam sputtering of vanadium and a dopant (separate beams) in a well controlled atmosphere of Ar with a partial pressure of O2. The films are deposited at elevated temperature (>700K) onto glass and sapphire substrates for spectrophotometric evaluation above and below Tt. The longer range goals of this research are to develop the material for: (1) thin film application to building glazings and (2) pigments for opaque wall coatings. The glazings will transmit and the walls will absorb solar energy when the V1-xMxO2 temperature (T) is low (TTt, both glazings and walls will reflect the solar infrared.

  12. Thermal stability, optical property, and morphology of flexible organoclay films.

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    Shin, Jieun; Chang, Jin-Hae

    2011-07-01

    Novel organo-saponite (organo-SPT) films with excellent thermal stability and optical property were synthesized by solution casting. Na ion-exchanged saponite (pristine SPT), hexadecylammonium ion-exchanged SPT (C16-SPT), hexadecyltriphenyl phosphonium ion-exchanged SPT (C16PPh3-SPT), and tetraphenyl phosphonium ion-exchanged SPT (PPh4-SPT) were used to prepare clay films. We examined the relationship between the structures and properties of the various SPT films. SPT films were examined by means of wide-angle X-ray diffraction (XRD), electronic microscopy (FE-SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis.) spectrometer. On the basis of these analyses, we sought to improve both the thermal stability and the optical properties. Clay films composed of C16PPh3-SPT and PPh4-SPT were found to be more thermally stable than those composed of pristine SPT or C16-SPT. On the other hand, the transmittance was not significantly affected by variations in the organo-SPT material. PMID:22121657

  13. Low earth orbit environmental effects on osmium and related optical thin-film coatings

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    Gull, T. R.; Herzig, H.; Osantowski, J. F.; Toft, A. R.

    1985-01-01

    A number of samples of optical thin film materials were flown on Shuttle flight STS-8 as part of an experiment to evaluate their interaction with residual atomic oxygen in low earth orbit. Osmium was selected because of its usefulness as a reflective optical coating for far-UV instruments and for confirmation of results from previous Shuttle flights in which such coatings disappeared. Reflectance data and photographic evidence are presented to support the hypothesis that the osmium disappearance is due to reaction with oxygen to form a volatile oxide. Platinum and iridium, which were included for comparison, fared much better.

  14. Metal nanoparticles enhanced optical absorption in thin film solar cells

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    Xie, Wanlu; Liu, Fang; Qu, Di; Xu, Qi; Huang, Yidong

    2011-12-01

    The plasmonic enhanced absorption for thin film solar cells with silver nanoparticles (NPs) deposited on top of the amorphous silicon film (a-Si:H) solar cells and embedded inside the active layer of organic solar cells (OSCs) has been simulated and analyzed. Obvious optical absorption enhancement is obtained not only at vertical incidence but also at oblique incidence. By properly adjusting the period and size of NPs, an increased absorption enhancement of about 120% and 140% is obtained for a-Si:H solar cells and OSCs, respectively.

  15. Structural, electrical, electronic and optical properties of melanin films.

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    Abbas, M; D'Amico, F; Morresi, L; Pinto, N; Ficcadenti, M; Natali, R; Ottaviano, L; Passacantando, M; Cuccioloni, M; Angeletti, M; Gunnella, R

    2009-03-01

    We present thick, uniform and rather flat melanin films obtained using spray deposition. The morphology of the films was investigated using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Temperature-dependent electrical resistance of melanin thin films evidenced a semiconductor-like character and a hysteretic behavior linked to an irreversible process of water molecule desorption from the melanin film. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) was carried out to analyze the role of the functional groups in the primary and secondary structure of the macromolecule, showing that the contribution of the 5,6-dihydroxyindole-2-carboxylic acid (DHICA) subunit to the molecule is about 35%. Comparison of the optical absorption of the thick (800nm) and thin (80nm) films showed a spectral change when the thickness increases. From in vacuum photoconductivity (PC) measured at controlled temperatures, we suggest that the melanin films exhibit a possible charge transport mechanism by means of delocalized pi states along the stacked planar secondary structure. PMID:19190947

  16. Optically transparent carbon nanotube film electrode for thin layer spectroelectrochemistry.

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    Wang, Tingting; Zhao, Daoli; Alvarez, Noe; Shanov, Vesselin N; Heineman, William R

    2015-10-01

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) film was evaluated as an optically transparent electrode (OTE) for thin layer spectroelectrochemistry. Chemically inert CNT arrays were synthesized by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) using thin films of Fe and Co as catalysts. Vertically aligned CNT arrays were drawn onto a quartz slide to form CNT films that constituted the OTE. Adequate conductivity and transparency make this material a good OTE for spectroelectrochemistry. These properties could be varied by the number of layers of CNTs used to form the OTE. Detection in the UV/near UV region down to 200 nm can be achieved using these transparent CNT films on quartz. The OTE was characterized by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and thin layer spectroelectrochemistry. Ferricyanide, tris(2,2'-bipyridine) ruthenium(II) chloride, and cytochrome c were used as representative redox probes for thin layer spectroelectrochemistry using the CNT film OTE, and the results correlated well with their known properties. Direct electron transfer of cytochrome c was achieved on the CNT film electrode. PMID:26291731

  17. Ferromagnetic resonance of patterned chromium dioxide thin films grown by selective area chemical vapour deposition

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    Durrant, C. J.; Jokubaitis, M.; Yu, W.; Mohamad, H.; Shelford, L. R.; Keatley, P. S.; Xiao, Gang; Hicken, R. J.

    2015-05-01

    A selective area chemical vapour deposition technique has been used to fabricate continuous and patterned epitaxial CrO2 thin films on (100)-oriented TiO2 substrates. Precessional magnetization dynamics were stimulated both electrically and optically, and probed by means of time-resolved Kerr microscopy and vector network analyser ferromagnetic resonance techniques. The dependence of the precession frequency and the effective damping parameter upon the static applied magnetic field were investigated. All films exhibited a large in-plane uniaxial anisotropy. The effective damping parameter was found to exhibit strong field dependence in the vicinity of the hard axis saturation field. However, continuous and patterned films were found to possess generally similar dynamic properties, confirming the suitability of the deposition technique for fabrication of future spintronic devices.

  18. Optical limiting effects in nanostructured silicon carbide thin films

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    Borshch, A A; Starkov, V N; Volkov, V I; Rudenko, V I; Boyarchuk, A Yu; Semenov, A V

    2013-12-31

    We present the results of experiments on the interaction of nanosecond laser radiation at 532 and 1064 nm with nanostructured silicon carbide thin films of different polytypes. We have found the effect of optical intensity limiting at both wavelengths. The intensity of optical limiting at λ = 532 nm (I{sub cl} ∼ 10{sup 6} W cm{sup -2}) is shown to be an order of magnitude less than that at λ = 1064 nm (I{sub cl} ∼ 10{sup 7} W cm{sup -2}). We discuss the nature of the nonlinearity, leading to the optical limiting effect. We have proposed a method for determining the amount of linear and two-photon absorption in material media. (nonlinear optical phenomena)

  19. Experimental study on optical fiber bundle hydrogen sensor based on palladium-silver optical thin film

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    Cui, Lu-jun; Shang, Hui-chao; Zhang, Gang; Li, Yong; Zhao, Ze-xiang

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, a 20 nm palladium-silver (Pd/Ag) ultrathin optical film is used for hydrogen gas sensing. The mole ratio of the two metals is controlled at Pd:Ag=3:1. In the direct current (DC) sputtering machine, the optical thin film is evaporated on the optical glass. Compared with pure palladium, the Pd/Ag alloy can increase the life and the stability of the sensing film. Optimum sputtering parameters for Pd/Ag alloy are presented in this paper, and the effects of different experimental conditions for hydrogen sensor are investigated, including the temperature effect, humidity effect and cross sensitivity of hydrogen sensor for different gases. The experiment results indicate that the hydrogen sensor based on Pd/Ag optical thin film exhibits good sensing characteristics. The existing of CO and water in hydrogen increases the response time and decreases the response amplitude of optical fiber bundle hydrogen sensor. The experiment results show that the increasing temperature can eliminate the effect and shorten hydrogen sensor response time effectively.

  20. Vitrified chiral-nematic liquid crystalline films for selective reflection and circular polarization

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    Katsis, D.; Chen, P.H.M.; Mastrangelo, J.C.; Chen, S.H.; Blanton, T.N.

    1999-06-01

    Nematic and left-handed chiral-nematic liquid crystals comprising methoxybiphenylbenzoate and (S)-(-)-1-phenylethylamine pendants to a cyclohexane core were synthesized and characterized. Although pristine samples were found to be polycrystalline, thermal quenching following heating to and annealing at elevated temperatures permitted the molecular orders characteristic of liquid crystalline mesomorphism to be frozen in the glassy state. Left at room temperature for 6 months, the vitrified liquid crystalline films showed no evidence of recrystallization. An orientational order parameter of 0.65 was determined with linear dichroism of a vitrified nematic film doped with Exalite 428 at a mole fraction of 0.0025. Birefringence dispersion of a blank vitrified nematic film was determined using a phase-difference method complemented by Abbe refractometry. A series of vitrified chiral-nematic films were prepared to demonstrate selective reflection and circular polarization with a spectral region tunable from blue to the infrared region by varying the chemical composition. The experimentally measured circular polarization spectra were found to agree with the Good-Karali theory in which all four system parameters were determined a priori: optical birefringence, average refractive index, selective reflection wavelength, and film thickness.

  1. Optical properties of vanadium dioxide thin film in nanoparticle structure

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    Fang, Baoying; Li, Yi; Tong, Guoxiang; Wang, Xiaohua; Yan, Meng; Liang, Qian; Wang, Feng; Qin, Yuan; Ding, Jie; Chen, Shaojuan; Chen, Jiankun; Zheng, Hongzhu; Yuan, Wenrui

    2015-09-01

    The thermo-optic effect and infrared optical properties of VO2 nanoparticles were studied to obtain an optical material with special property that can be used in smart windows. The reflectance and transmittance spectra of the VO2 nanoparticles with different duty cycles at different temperatures were simulated with a specific dispersion relation. Vanadium metal nanoparticles were deposited on glass substrate by magnetic reactive sputtering with porous alumina template (AAO) mask, and the VO2 nanoparticles were prepared by thermal oxidation. The nanostructure and optical properties of the VO2 nanoparticles were characterized by atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and spectrophotometry. The method of preparation of the sample is economical and the phase transition temperature is observed to drop to 43 °C. The transmission at 1700 nm exhibits a variation of 29% between the metallic and semiconducting states. The VO2 nanoparticles exhibit a significant thermochromic property. The transmittance of the VO2 nanoparticles is improved compared with the VO2 film. The decrease in phase transition temperature and the enhancement of optical properties demonstrate that VO2 film in nanoparticle structure is a viable candidate material for smart windows.

  2. Giant optical activity of sugar in thin soap films.

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    Emile, Janine; Emile, Olivier; Ghoufi, Aziz; Moréac, Alain; Casanova, Federico; Ding, Minxia; Houizot, Patrick

    2013-10-15

    We report on enhanced experimental optical activity measurements of thin soap films in the presence of sugar. This unusual optical activity is linked to the intramolecular chiral conformation of the glucose molecules at the air/liquid interface. Choosing sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) as a model surfactant and glucose as model sugar, favorable interactions between the anionic group -OSO3(-)- and the glucose molecules are highlighted. This induces an interfacial anchoring of glucose molecules leading to a perturbing influence of the asymmetric chiral environment. PMID:23932406

  3. Magneto-optical observation of dynamic relaxation in ? thin films

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    Koblischka, M. R.; Johansen, T. H.; Bratsberg, H.; P, L.; Shen, Y.; Vase, P.

    1997-12-01

    Using magneto-optical visualization of the flux in superconductors, the dependence of the flux distributions on the rate of sweep of the external magnetic field 0953-8984/9/49/010/img8 (`dynamic relaxation') is directly observed for 0953-8984/9/49/010/img9 thin films patterned into small rectangles. The differences in the flux patterns are clearly detectable especially when the sample is not fully penetrated. Various ways of analysing the flux patterns in order to determine the dynamic relaxation rate Q quantitatively from the magneto-optical images are discussed.

  4. Dissolution dynamics of thin films measured by optical reflectance

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    Punckt, Christian; Aksay, Ilhan A.

    2009-12-01

    Measuring the dissolution dynamics of thin films in situ both with spatial and temporal resolution can be a challenging task. Available methods such as scanning electrochemical microscopy rely on scanning the specimen and are intrinsically slow. We developed a characterization technique employing only an optical microscope, a digital charge coupled device camera, and a computer for image processing. It is capable of detecting dissolution rates of the order of nm/min and has a spatial and temporal resolution which is limited by the imaging and recording setup. We demonstrate the capabilities of our method by analyzing the electrochemical dissolution of copper thin films on gold substrates in a mild hydrochloric acid solution. Due to its simplicity, our technique can be implemented in any laboratory and can be applied to a variety of systems such as thin film sensors or passive coatings.

  5. Thin Film Metal Coated Fiber Optic Hydrophone Probe

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    Gopinath, R.; Arora, P.; Gandhi, G.; Daryoush, A.S.; El-Sherif, M.; Lewin, P.A.

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this work was to improve on sensitivity performance of fiber sensor employed as Fiber Optic Hydrophone Probe (FOHP) by nano-scale thin film gold coating. The fiber is designed to provide a uniform and spatial averaging free response up to 100 MHz by etching down to an active diameter of about 9 μm. The sensitivity performance of straight cleaved (i.e. full size core and cladding) uncoated, tapered uncoated and tapered thin film gold coated fiber sensors were compared in the frequency range of 1.5 MHz to 20 MHz in the presence of acoustic pressure amplitude levels of up to 6 MPa. An unprecedented voltage sensitivity of −245 dB re 1V/uPa (560 mV/ MPa) was measured for thin film gold coated FOHP by optimizing the gold coating thickness. PMID:19881652

  6. High-contrast, all-optical switching in bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Banyal, Ravinder Kumar; Raghavendra Prasad, B.

    2005-09-01

    We report experiments with nonlinear-absorption-based, high-contrast, all-optical switching in photochromic bacteriorhodopsin (BR) films. The switching action is accomplished by control of the transmission of a weak probe beam through a BR sample with the help of strong pump beam illumination at 532 nm wavelength. We found that the switching properties of BR films depend on several experimentally controllable parameters such as probe wavelength, pump beam intensity, and excitation rate. A comparative study of the switching behavior and other parameters of practical use was carried out at three probe wavelengths (543, 594, and 633 nm) and various beam powers and pump excitation rates. The results are presented for commercially available wild-type and D96N variant BR films.

  7. High-contrast, all-optical switching in bacteriorhodopsin films.

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    Banyal, Ravinder Kumar; Prasad, B Raghavendra

    2005-09-10

    We report experiments with nonlinear-absorption-based, high-contrast, all-optical switching in photochromic bacteriorhodopsin (BR) films. The switching action is accomplished by control of the transmission of a weak probe beam through a BR sample with the help of strong pump beam illumination at 532 nm wavelength. We found that the switching properties of BR films depend on several experimentally controllable parameters such as probe wavelength, pump beam intensity, and excitation rate. A comparative study of the switching behavior and other parameters of practical use was carried out at three probe wavelengths (543, 594, and 633 nm) and various beam powers and pump excitation rates. The results are presented for commercially available wild-type and D96N variant BR films. PMID:16161665

  8. Nonlinear optical properties of calcium barium niobate epitaxial thin films.

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    Bancelin, Stéphane; Vigne, Sébastien; Hossain, Nadir; Chaker, Mohammed; Légaré, François

    2016-07-25

    We investigate the potential of epitaxial calcium barium niobate (CBN) thin film grown by pulsed laser deposition for optical frequency conversion. Using second harmonic generation (SHG), we analyze the polarization response of the generated signal to determine the ratios d15 / d32 and d33 / d32 of the three independent components of the second-order nonlinear susceptibility tensor in CBN thin film. In addition, a detailed comparison to the signal intensity obtained in a y-cut quartz allows us to measure the absolute value of these components in CBN thin film: d15 = 5 ± 2 pm / V, d32 = 3.1 ± 0.6 pm / V and d33 = 9 ± 2 pm / V. PMID:27464195

  9. Structural Inhomogeneity and Anisotropy in Optical Filters and Thin Films; Applications to Optical Storage Media.

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    Balasubramanian, Kunjithapatham

    Optical filters and thin film optical devices play an important role in Science and Industry. Several significant applications have emerged in optics, microelectronics and computer technology. In this work, we study some aspects of their design and applications. One class of optical fibers, known as Christiansen filters, are based on scattering phenomena in suspensions of solid particles in a liquid medium. Some new scattering filters in the visible and the near UV regions and their performance characteristics are reported here. Feasibility to fabricate such optical filters in solid matrix form is established. Some applications of these scattering filters are discussed. After an introduction to the optics of homogeneous and isotropic thin films, I discuss the general design of anisotropic thin film media and a scheme implemented to calculate their performance. Optical anisotropy, produced by the growth-induced columnar microstructure in thin films and its effects on the performance of optical filters are studied. Large shifts in the peak wavelength of a typical narrow band filter are predicted. Magneto-optical (MO) thin film media of great importance to erasable optical data storage technology are studied. An approximate technique based on a 2 x 2 matrix formalism is developed to calculate the normal incidence performance of these media. To investigate anisotropic effects, to incorporate more than one magnetic film with arbitrary orientations of magnetization, and to study oblique incidence performance, a completely general 4 x 4 matrix technique is implemented in a computer program. Effects of substrate/superstrate birefringence in the read-out signal of MO media are investigated. Several optimizing design criteria, particularly, the effectiveness in employing appropriate metal or dielectric reflector layers are studied. The influence of the plasma edge of metals in enhancing the polar Kerr rotation of MO media is discussed with illustrations. A contour plot of

  10. Selective thermal emission from thin-film metasurfaces

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    Streyer, W.; Law, S.; Mason, J.; Adams, D. C.; Rooney, G.; Jacobs, T.; Wasserman, D.

    2013-09-01

    The mid-infrared (mid-IR), as the spectral range where all finite temperature biological and mechanical objects emit thermal radiation, and where numerous molecular species have strong vibrational absorption resonances, is of significant importance for both security and sensing applications. The design of materials with engineered absorption resonances, which by Kirchoff's Law, should give strongly selective emission at the design resonance upon thermal excitation, allows for the control of the spectral character of the material's thermal emission. Designed as a thin film coating, these structures can be applied to grey-body emitters to shift the grey-body thermal emission into predetermined spectral bands, altering their appearance on a thermal imaging system. Here we demonstrate strongly selective mid-infrared absorption and thermal emission from three classes of subwavelength thin-film materials. First, we demonstrate selective thermal emission from patterned, commerciallyavailable steel films, via selective out-coupling of thermally-excited surface modes. Subsequently, we show nearperfect absorption (and strongly selective thermal emission) for wavelengths between 5 - 9μm with patterned metal-dielectric-metal structures. Finally, we demonstrate strong absorption from large area, unpatterned, thinfilm high-index dielectric coatings on highly-doped Si substrates, tunable across the mid-IR (5 - 12μm). Our results are compared to numerical simulations, as well as analytical models, with good agreement between experiments and models.

  11. Environmental and Thermo-Mechanical Stability of Thin Films for Optical Applications

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    Mao, Yalan

    1990-01-01

    We have selected two materials to study the stability of thin-films: (1) TbFe, a candidate material for optical data storage, for environmental stability study; (2) ZrO _2, a dielectric material for optical coatings, for thermo-mechanical stability study. In the research on TbFe sputtered films, we applied surface plasma resonance as a vehicle to study the optical constants of a single layer TbFe film and to study the instability of a multilayer system of TbFe, with protective layer Al_2O_3 and coupling layer MgF_2 (structure: glass/MgF_2/TbFe/Al_2 O_3/air), as a function of time. The results show that with our multilayer system there was only slight environmental instability during the first day and the system stabilized there after. However the TbFe film did exhibit some oxidation on exposure to 200^circC for two hours. Water, which may penetrate into the MgF_2 layer from the side may accelerate the oxidation. It is therefore necessary to have side protection and to avoid long period exposure to high temperature. In the research on ZrO_2 evaporated films, with and without ion-assisted deposition (IAD), we performed interferometry in a vacuum oven to study total stress of films as a function of temperature. On thermal cycling, all the plots of stress versus temperature for IAD and non-IAD films exhibit hysteresis. In order to understand the hysteresis, we studied microstructure and water effects. The results show that the likely mechanisms are water desorption, recrystallization and phase transformation and we believe that a combination of all three occurred. Our results also show that ion assisted deposition (increasing deposition temperature tends to give more tensile stress) and high deposition temperature (increasing deposition temperature tends to give less tensile stress) gave more stable films both thermo-mechanically and optically. It is well known that the thermal stress is due to thermal expansion coefficient mismatch between substrate and film. But if

  12. Systems Issues Pertaining to Holographic Optical Data Storage in Thick Bacteriorhodopsin Films

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    Downie, John D.; Timucin, Dogan A.; Gary, Charles K.; Oezcan, Meric; Smithey, Daniel T.; Crew, Marshall; Lau, Sonie (Technical Monitor)

    1998-01-01

    The optical data storage capacity and raw bit-error-rate achievable with thick photochromic bacteriorhodopsin (BR) films are investigated for sequential recording and read- out of angularly- and shift-multiplexed digital holograms inside a thick blue-membrane D85N BR film. We address the determination of an exposure schedule that produces equal diffraction efficiencies among each of the multiplexed holograms. This exposure schedule is determined by numerical simulations of the holographic recording process within the BR material, and maximizes the total grating strength. We also experimentally measure the shift selectivity and compare the results to theoretical predictions. Finally, we evaluate the bit-error-rate of a single hologram, and of multiple holograms stored within the film.

  13. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic and Polymeric Thin Film Materials of Potential for Microgravity Processing Studies

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    Abdeldayem, Hossin; Frazier, Donald O.; Paley, Mark S.; Penn, Benjamin; Witherow, William K.; Bank, Curtis; Shields, Angela; Hicks, Rosline; Ashley, Paul R.

    1996-01-01

    In this paper, we will take a closer look at the state of the art of polydiacetylene, and metal-free phthalocyanine films, in view of the microgravity impact on their optical properties, their nonlinear optical properties and their potential advantages for integrated optics. These materials have many attractive features with regard to their use in integrated optical circuits and optical switching. Thin films of these materials processed in microgravity environment show enhanced optical quality and better molecular alignment than those processed in unit gravity. Our studies of these materials indicate that microgravity can play a major role in integrated optics technology. Polydiacetylene films are produced by UV irradiation of monomer solution through an optical window. This novel technique of forming polydiacetylene thin films has been modified for constructing sophisticated micro-structure integrated optical patterns using a pre-programmed UV-Laser beam. Wave guiding through these thin films by the prism coupler technique has been demonstrated. The third order nonlinear parameters of these films have been evaluated. Metal-free phthalocyanine films of good optical quality are processed in our laboratories by vapor deposition technique. Initial studies on these films indicate that they have excellent chemical, laser, and environmental stability. They have large nonlinear optical parameters and show intrinsic optical bistability. This bistability is essential for optical logic gates and optical switching applications. Waveguiding and device making investigations of these materials are underway.

  14. Reflective optical bi-stability of antiferromagnetic films

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    Bai, J.; Fu, S. F.; Zhou, S.; Wang, X. Z.

    2011-10-01

    We investigate one magnetically nonlinear response of antiferromagnetic (AF) films to incident electromagnetic waves, or the reflective optical bi-stability (ROB). Such geometry is used, where the AF anisotropy axis and external static magnetic field both are parallel to the film surfaces and normal to the incident plane. For TE incident waves with the electric component transverse to the incident plane, the ROB of the AF film with the absorption is calculated, but the case of TM incident waves is neglected since no magnetic nonlinearity is induced in this geometry. The bi-stability is completely different in the two resonant-frequency vicinities. Two kinds of bi-stability are found in the higher vicinity, and their features versus incident power are opposite. We also find that there are critical incident angle and critical film thickness for the existence of bi-stability. The bi-stability disappears when the film thickness or incident angle exceeds its critical value. Because the properties of bi-stable reflection sensitively depend on the external field and the incident angle, this bi-stability can be easily modulated by means of changing these quantities.

  15. Thin-film perovskites-ferroelectric materials for integrated optics

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    Walker, F.J. |; McKee, R.A.

    1995-12-31

    Optical guided wave (OGW) devices, based on LiNbO{sub 3} or GaAs. are commercially available products with established markets and applications. While LiNbO{sub 3} presently dominates the commercial applications, there are several drivers for the development of improved electro-optic (EO) materials. If the appropriate crystal quality could be obtained for thin-film BaTiO{sub 3} supported on MgO for example, or for an integrated BaTiO{sub 3}/Mg0 structure on silicon or GaAs, then the optimum OGW device structure might be realized. We report on our results for the growth of optical quality, epitaxial BaTiO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3} on single-crystal MgO substrates using source shuttering molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) techniques. We also discuss how these materials can be integrated onto silicon. Our MBE studies show that, for this important class of perovskite oxides, heteroepitaxy between the perovskites and alkaline earth oxides is dominated by interfacial electrostatics at the first atomic layers. We have been able to demonstrate that a layer-by-layer energy minimization associated with interfacial electrostatics leads to the growth of high quality thin films of these materials. We have fabricated waveguides from these materials, and the optical clarity and loss coefficients have been characterized and found to be comparable to in-diffused waveguide structures typically represented by Ti drifted LiNbO{sub 3}.

  16. Large optical nonlinearity induced by singlet fission in pentacene films.

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    Liu, Yunlong; Zhang, Chunfeng; Wang, Rui; Zhang, Bo; Tan, Zhanao; Wang, Xiaoyong; Xiao, Min

    2015-05-18

    By creating two triplet excitons from one photo-excited singlet exciton, singlet fission in organic semiconductors has drawn tremendous attention for its potential applications in boosting the efficiency of solar conversion. Here, we show that this carrier-multiplication effect can also be used to dramatically improve the nonlinear optical response in organic materials. We have observed large optical nonlinearity with a magnitude of χ((3)) up to 10(-9) esu in pentacene films, which is further shown to be a result of singlet fission by monitoring the temporal dynamics. The potential application of such efficient nonlinear optical response has been demonstrated with a singlet-fission-induced polarization rotation. PMID:25845461

  17. Electrical, Electrochemical, and Optical Characterization of Ceria Films

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    Oh, Tae-Sik

    Acceptor-doped ceria has been recognized as a promising intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell electrode/electrolyte material. For practical implementation of ceria as a fuel cell electrolyte and for designing model experiments for electrochemical activity, it is necessary to fabricate thin films of ceria. Here, metal-organic chemical vapor deposition was carried out in a homemade reactor to grow ceria films for further electrical, electrochemical, and optical characterization. Doped/undoped ceria films are grown on single crystalline oxide wafers with/without Pt line pattern or Pt solid layer. Deposition conditions were varied to see the effect on the resultant film property. Recently, proton conduction in nanograined polycrystalline pellets of ceria drew much interest. Thickness-mode (through-plane, z-direction) electrical measurements were made to confirm the existence of proton conductivity and investigate the nature of the conduction pathway: exposed grain surfaces and parallel grain boundaries. Columnar structure presumably favors proton conduction, and we have found measurable proton conductivity enhancement. Electrochemical property of gas-columnar ceria interface on the hydrogen electrooxidation is studied by AC impedance spectroscopy. Isothermal gas composition dependence of the electrode resistance was studied to elucidate Sm doping level effect and microstructure effect. Significantly, preferred orientation is shown to affect the gas dependence and performance of the fuel cell anode. A hypothesis is proposed to explain the origin of this behavior. Lastly, an optical transmittance based methodology was developed to obtain reference refractive index and microstructural parameters (thickness, roughness, porosity) of ceria films via subsequent fitting procedure.

  18. Monitoring of diisopropyl fluorophosphate hydrolysis by fluoride-selective polymeric films using absorbance spectroscopy.

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    Ramanathan, Madhumati; Wang, Lin; Wild, James R; Meyerhoff, Mark E; Meyeroff, Mark E; Simonian, Aleksandr L

    2010-05-14

    In this study, a novel system for the detection and quantification of organofluorophosphonates (OFP) has been developed by using an optical sensing polymeric membrane to detect the fluoride ions produced upon OFP hydrolysis. Diisopropyl fluorophosphate (DFP), a structural analogue of type G chemical warfare agents such as Sarin (GB) and Soman (GD), is used as the surrogate target analyte. An optical sensing fluoride ion selective polymeric film was formulated from plasticized PVC containing aluminum(III) octaethyl porphyrin and ETH 7075 chromoionophore (Al[OEP]-ETH 7075). Selected formulations were used to detect the fluoride ions produced by the catalytic hydrolysis of DFP by the enzyme organophosphate hydrolase (OPH, EC 3.1.8.1). The changes in absorbance that corresponded to the deprotonated state of chromoionophore within the film results from simultaneous coextraction of fluoride and protons as DFP hydrolysis takes place in the solution phase in contact with the film. The developed sensing system demonstrates excellent sensitivity for concentrations as low as 0.1microM DFP. PMID:20441875

  19. Monitoring of Diisopropyl Fluorophosphate Hydrolysis by Fluoride-Selective Polymeric Films Using Absorbance Spectroscopy

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    Ramanathan, Madhumati; Wang, Lin; Wild, James R.; Meyeroff, Mark E.; Simonian, Aleksandr L.

    2012-01-01

    In this study, a novel system for the detection and quantification of organofluorophosphonates (OFP) has been developed by using an optical sensing polymeric membrane to detect the fluoride ions produced upon OFP hydrolysis. Diisopropyl fluorophosphate (DFP), a structural analogue of Type G Chemical Warfare Agents such as Sarin (GB) and Soman (GD), is used as the surrogate target analyte. An optical sensing fluoride-ion-selective polymeric film was formulated from plasticized PVC containing aluminum(III) octaethylporphyrin and ETH 7075 chromoionophore (Al[OEP]-ETH 7075). Selected formulations were used to detect the fluoride ions produced by the catalytic hydrolysis of DFP by the enzyme organophosphate hydrolase (OPH, EC 3.1.8.1). The changes in absorbance that corresponded to the deprotonated state of chromoionophore within the film results from simultaneous co-extraction of fluoride and protons as DFP hydrolysis takes place in the solution phase in contact with the film. The developed sensing system demonstrates excellent sensitivity for concentrations as low as 0.1 µM DFP. PMID:20441875

  20. Radiative Performance of Rare Earth Garnet Thin Film Selective Emitters

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    Lowe, Roland A.; Chubb, Donald L.; Good, Brian S.

    1994-01-01

    In this paper we present the first emitter efficiency results for the thin film 40 percent Er-1.5 percent Ho YAG (Yttrium Aluminum Garnet, Y3Al5O12) and 25 percent Ho YAG selective emitter at 1500 K with a platinum substrate. Spectral emittance and emissive power measurements were made (1.2 less than lambda less than 3.2 microns). Emitter efficiency and power density are significantly improved with the addition of multiple rare earth dopants. Predicted efficiency results are presented for an optimized (equal power density in the Er, (4)I(sub 15/2)-(4)I(sub 13/2) at 1.5 microns, and Ho, (5)I(sub 7)-(5)I(sub 8) at 2.0 micron emission bands) Er-Ho YAG thin film selective emitter.

  1. Optical pulse synthesis using brillouin selective sideband amplification

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    Yao, X. Steve (Inventor)

    2002-01-01

    Techniques for producing optical pulses based on Brillouin selective sideband amplification by using a common modulation control signal to modulate both a signal beam to produce multiple sideband signals and a single pump beam to produce multiple pump beams.

  2. Selective optical coatings for solar collectors

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    Lowery, J. R.

    1980-01-01

    For best performance, energy-absorbing surface of solar collector should be characterized by high ratio of solar absorptance to thermal emitance. Report on optical characteristics of several chemical treatments and electrodeposited coatings for metal solar-absorbing surfaces should interest designers and users of solar-energy systems. Moisture resistance of some coatings is also reported.

  3. Optical variability of X-ray-selected QSOs

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    Pica, Andrew J.; Webb, James R.; Smith, Alex G.; Leacock, Robert J.; Bitran, Mauricio

    1987-08-01

    Photometric data for ten X-ray-selected quasistellar objects have been obtained from archival records of the Rosemary Hill Observatory. Reliable magnitudes were obtained for seven of the ten sources and six displayed optical variations significant at the 95 percent confidence level or greater. One source appeared to exhibit optically violent behavior. Light curves and photographic magnitudes are presented and discussed.

  4. Optical variability of X-ray-selected QSOs

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    Pica, A.J.; Webb, J.R.; Smith, A.G.; Leacock, R.J.; Bitran, M.

    1987-08-01

    Photometric data for ten X-ray-selected quasistellar objects have been obtained from archival records of the Rosemary Hill Observatory. Reliable magnitudes were obtained for seven of the ten sources and six displayed optical variations significant at the 95 percent confidence level or greater. One source appeared to exhibit optically violent behavior. Light curves and photographic magnitudes are presented and discussed. 22 references.

  5. Selective permeation of hydrogen gas using cellulose nanofibril film.

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    Fukuzumi, Hayaka; Fujisawa, Shuji; Saito, Tsuguyuki; Isogai, Akira

    2013-05-13

    Biobased membranes that can selectively permeate hydrogen gas have been developed from aqueous dispersions of 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl (TEMPO)-oxidized cellulose nanofibrils (TOCN) prepared from wood cellulose: TOCN-coated plastic films and self-standing TOCN films. Compared with TOCNs with sodium, lithium, potassium, and cesium carboxylate groups, TOCN with free carboxyl groups (TOCN-COOH) had much high and selective H2 gas permeation performance. Because permeabilities of H2, N2, O2, and CO2 gases through the membranes primarily depended on their kinetic diameters, the gas permeation behavior of the various TOCNs can be explained in terms of a diffusion mechanism. Thus, the selective H2 gas permeability for TOCN-COOH was probably due to a larger average size in free volume holes present between nanofibrils in the layer and film than those of other TOCNs with metal carboxylate groups. The obtained results indicate that TOCN-COOH membranes are applicable as biobased H2 gas separation membranes in fuel cell electric power generation systems. PMID:23594396

  6. Enhanced optical discrimination system based on switchable retroreflective films

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    Schultz, Phillip; Heikenfeld, Jason

    2016-04-01

    Reported herein is the design, characterization, and demonstration of a laser interrogation and response optical discrimination system based on large-area corner-cube retroreflective films. The switchable retroreflective films use light-scattering liquid crystal to modulate retroreflected intensity. The system can operate with multiple wavelengths (visible to infrared) and includes variable divergence optics for irradiance adjustments and ease of system alignment. The electronic receiver and switchable retroreflector offer low-power operation (<4 mW standby) on coin cell batteries with rapid interrogation to retroreflected signal reception response times (<15 ms). The entire switchable retroreflector film is <1 mm thick and is flexible for optimal placement and increased angular response. The system was demonstrated in high ambient lighting conditions (daylight, 18k lux) with a visible 10-mW output 635-nm source out to a distance of 400 m (naked eye detection). Nighttime demonstrations were performed using a 1.5-mW, 850-nm infrared laser diode out to a distance of 400 m using a night vision camera. This system could have tagging and conspicuity applications in commercial or military settings.

  7. Optical characterization of contaminant film. [long duration exposure facility

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    Blakkolb, Brian K.; Yaung, James Y.; Kosic, Tom; Bowen, Howard

    1992-01-01

    The so called 'nicotine stain' documented at many locations on the Long Duration Exposure Facility is still unexplained as to the exact origin and mechanism of deposition, although enough is known to have some understanding of the conditions coincident for the formation of the deposits. Direct and scattered atomic oxygen flux, and solar ultraviolet radiation interacting with materials outgassing products have all been implicated in the formation of the dark brown contamination deposits. The nicotine stain represents a potential of performance degradation for spacecraft designed for long term operation in low Earth orbit and therefore, a need exists to characterize this form of spacecraft self contamination and quantify the impact on thermal/optical systems. Optical property measurements in the spectral range of 2 to 10 microns were performed on specimens of the contaminated film. Reflectance measurements of the contaminant film as deposited on the surface and as free standing films are presented along with transmission spectra for the bulk material. Thickness measurements along with micrographic examination of the cross section of the deposit reveal the layered structure of the deposit which further implicates solar illumination as a factor in the deposition mechanism.

  8. Optical frequency tripling with improved suppression and sideband selection.

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    Thakur, Manoj P; Medeiros, Maria C R; Laurêncio, Paula; Mitchell, John E

    2011-12-12

    A novel optical dispersion tolerant millimetre-wave radio-over-fibre system using optical frequency tripling technique with enhanced and selectable sideband suppression is demonstrated. The implementation utilises cascaded optical modulators to achieve either an optical single sideband (OSSB) or double sideband-suppressed carrier (DSB-SC) signal with high sideband suppression. Our analysis and simulation results indicate that the achievable suppression ratio of this configuration is only limited by other system factors such as optical noise and drifting of the operational conditions. The OSSB transmission system performance is assessed experimentally by the transport of 4 WiMax channels modulating a 10 GHz optical upconverted RF carrier as well as for optical frequency doubling and tripling. The 10 GHz and tripled carrier at 30 GHz are dispersion tolerant resulting both in an average relative constellation error (RCE) of -28.7 dB after 40 km of fibre. PMID:22274056

  9. Optical spectroscopy of single crystals and nanoscale films of pentacene

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    He, Rui

    Growing interest in organic molecular semiconductors is stimulated by their promising applications in flexible devices. Transistors based on pentacene have reached device mobilities comparable to amorphous Si. This creates incentives for fundamental studies of organic molecular crystals and nanoscale structures. The research presented in this dissertation demonstrates optical spectroscopy venues for studies of organic molecular semiconductors. Pentacene single crystals and nanoscale films, reaching sub-monolayer thickness, are probed by photoluminescence and resonance Raman spectroscopies. The studies of single crystals reveal new physics linked to intrinsic and extrinsic excitations and provide benchmarks for evaluating the results in nanoscale films. By studying single crystals with different degrees of purities, I identified extrinsic luminescence bands in high quality crystals. Large resonance enhancements of Raman intensities occur when photon energies overlap intrinsic luminescence bands of free and self-trapped excitons. A four-step Raman scattering mechanism is proposed to describe the resonance processes with the self-trapped state. Photoluminescence spectra of discontinuous clusters and ultra-thin films with few monolayers in thickness reveal two fundamental excitations that are assigned to Davydov doublets of the lowest singlet exciton. The observations suggest that pentacene nanoscale films develop a structure with two molecules per unit cell. Pentacene monolayers deposited on substrates functionalized with the polymer of poly alpha-methylstyrene exhibit great lateral uniformity. These monolayers display sharp and intense free exciton luminescence bands which offer giant resonance enhancements of Raman scattering intensities. The enhancements enable the first observations of low-lying lattice modes from pentacene monolayers. The lattice modes show characteristic changes when the number of layers is increased. The low-lying lattice modes reveal inter

  10. Sensing property of thin film optical waveguide sensor based on PVC copolymer

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    Kim, Kyungho; Minamitani, Haruyuki; Matsumoto, Kunihiro; Kang, Shin-Won

    1998-01-01

    In this report, an active PVC thin film waveguide sensor which can select a specific ion and measure its concentrations is proposed. In order to investigate the applicability of this sensor, we measured calcium ion. The waveguide layer was fabricated with plasticized poly (vinyl chloride) (PVC) co-polymer matrix containing a neutral ionophore for calcium dioctyl phthalate, and chromoionophore, which plays important roles both in incident light propagation and in selective ion sensing. For this purpose, we applied the sensor to the sample solution whose CaCl2 was gradually altered. In this study, we found that this thin film waveguide possessed good light propagation. In addition, it showed enough chemical reaction to Ca2+ to select Ca2+ and to measure its concentration. These findings suggested that the proposed active PVC optical thin film waveguide sensor was very effective in selecting Ca2+ and measuring its concentration. Also, it will be expected that this sensor is applicable to various ions other than Ca2+.

  11. Optical study of thin-film photovoltaic cells with apparent optical path length

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    Cho, Changsoon; Jeong, Seonju; Lee, Jung-Yong

    2016-09-01

    Extending the insufficient optical path length (OPL) in thin-film photovoltaic cells (PVs) is the key to achieving a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) in devices. Here, we introduce the apparent OPL (AOPL) as a figure of merit for light absorbing capability in thin-film PVs. The optical characteristics such as the structural effects and angular responses in thin-film PVs were analyzed in terms of the AOPL. Although the Lambertian scattering surface yields a broadband absorption enhancement in thin-film PVs, the enhancement is not as effective as in thick-film PVs. On the other hand, nanophotonic schemes are introduced as an approach to increasing the single-pass AOPL by inducing surface plasmon resonance. The scheme using periodic metal gratings is proved to increase the AOPL in a narrow wavelength range and specific polarization, overcoming the Yablonovitch limit. The AOPL calculation can be also adopted in the experimental analysis and a maximum AOPL of 4.15d (where d is the active layer thickness) is exhibited in the absorption band edge region of PTB7:PC70BM-based polymer PVs.

  12. Optical properties of pentacene clusters and ultra-thin films (*)

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    He, Rui; Tassi, Nancy G.; Pinczuk, Aron

    2005-03-01

    Photoluminescene spectra of pentacene clusters and films of few monolayer in thickness reveal two fundamental excitations that are assigned to the Davydov doublets of the lowest singlet exciton. While the energy splittings of the doublets have minor dependence on cluster thickness, their bandwidths become narrower as the pentacene clusters grow larger and into continuous ultra-thin films. The marked similarity of these Davydov doublets to those in optical absorption spectra of thicker pentacene films and crystals suggests a similarity in molecular arrangements. Luminescence of self-trapped excitons is quenched in the few monolayer clusters and ultra-thin films. Asymmetric 0-0 and 1-0 resonance Raman scattering excitation profiles are observed in these samples. (*) Supported primarily by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Initiative of the NSF under NSF Award Number CHE- 0117752 and by the NYSTAR, and by a research grant of the W. M. Keck Foundation. We thank I. Dujovne and C. F. Hirjibehedin for their helpful discussions.

  13. Optical reflectance in free-standing smectic films

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    Śliwa, Izabela

    2016-03-01

    We have carried out a numerical study of the structural, thermodynamic and optical properties of the partially fluorinated 5-n-alkyl-2-(4-n-(perfluoroalkyl-metheleneoxy)phenyl) free-standing smectic film in air under the action of the external electric field E. Calculations, based upon the extended McMillan‧s mean-field theory with anisotropic forces, show a stepwise reduction of the value of the Helmholtz free energy and the reflectivity of the partially fluorinated smectic film in air, as the temperature is raised above the bulk smectic-A-isotropic transition value. It has been shown, by solving the self-consistent nonlinear equations for the orientational and translational order parameters, that the electric field E may not only affect the layer-thinning transition sequences, but also change the first multilayer jump in the film thickness, whereas practically does not affect the reflectivity of the partially fluorinated smectic film in air. The partially fluorinated LC compounds reveal a compression of a smectic layer spacing during the layer-thinning transitions which is supported by the negative values of the thermal expansion coefficient.

  14. All-optical nonlinear holographic correlation using bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Thoma, Ralph; Dratz, Michael; Hampp, Norbert

    1995-05-01

    Films made of the halobacterial photochrome bacteriorhodopsin (BR) can be used in a number of holographic real-time applications. Their application as active material in a dual-axis joint- Fourier-transform (DAJFT) real-time correlator was shown recently. The BR films have a strong nonlinear intensity dependence on the light-induced absorption and refractive-index changes. Therefore the holographic diffraction efficiency also shows a nonlinear dependence on the writing intensity. We investigate the effect of this nonlinearity on the result of the correlation process in a bacteriorhodopsin-based DAJFT correlator. Numerical models supporting the experimental observations are presented. It was found that the BR film combines the holographic function for most objects with that of a spatial bandpass filter, whose center frequency is tuned by the writing intensity. This results in smaller peak widths and a suppression of the sidelobes. BR films allow the application of this nonlinear behavior in real time to the all-optical correlation process.

  15. Temperature dependent optical properties of pentacene films on zinc oxide

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    Helzel, J.; Jankowski, S.; El Helou, M.; Witte, G.; Heimbrodt, W.

    2011-11-21

    The optical transitions of pentacene films deposited on ZnO have been studied by absorption spectroscopy as a function of temperature in the range of room temperature down to 10 K. The pentacene films were prepared with thicknesses of 10 nm, 20 nm, and 100 nm on the ZnO-O(000-1) surface by molecular beam deposition. A unique temperature dependence has been observed for the two Davydov components of the excitons for different film thicknesses. At room temperature, the energetic positions of the respective absorption bands are the same for all films, whereas the positions differ more than 20 meV at 10 K caused by the very different expansion coefficients of pentacene and ZnO. Although the pentacene is just bonded via van der Waals interaction to the ZnO substrate, the very first pentacene monolayer (adlayer) is forced to keep the initial position on the ZnO surface and suffering, therefore, a substantial tensile strain. For all the subsequent pentacene monolayers, the strain is reduced step by step resulting electronically in a strong potential gradient at the interface.

  16. Rewritable Optical Storage with a Spiropyran Doped Liquid Crystal Polymer Film.

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    Petriashvili, Gia; De Santo, Maria Penelope; Devadze, Lali; Zurabishvili, Tsisana; Sepashvili, Nino; Gary, Ramla; Barberi, Riccardo

    2016-03-01

    Rewritable optical storage has been obtained in a spiropyran doped liquid crystal polymer films. Pictures can be recorded on films upon irradiation with UV light passing through a grayscale mask and they can be rapidly erased using visible light. Films present improved photosensitivity and optical contrast, good resistance to photofatigue, and high spatial resolution. These photochromic films work as a multifunctional, dynamic photosensitive material with a real-time image recording feature. PMID:26864876

  17. Organic crystalline films for optical applications and related methods of fabrication

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    Leyderman, Alexander (Inventor); Cui, Yunlong (Inventor)

    2003-01-01

    The present invention provides organic single crystal films of less than 20 .mu.m, and devices and methods of making such films. The crystal films are useful in electro-optical applications and can be provided as part of an electro-optical device which provides strength, durability, and relative ease of manipulation of the mono-crystalline films during and after crystal growth.

  18. Optical properties of dielectric thin films including quantum dots

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    Flory, F.; Chen, Y. J.; Lee, C. C.; Escoubas, L.; Simon, J. J.; Torchio, P.; Le Rouzo, J.; Vedraine, S.; Derbal-Habak, Hassina; Ackermann, Jorg; Shupyk, Ivan; Didane, Yahia

    2010-08-01

    Depending on the minimum size of their micro/nano structure, thin films can exhibit very different behaviors and optical properties. From optical waveguides down to artificial anisotropy, through diffractive optics and photonic crystals, the application changes when decreasing the minimum feature size. Rigorous electromagnetic theory can be used to model most of the components but when the size is of a few nanometers, quantum theory has also to be used. These materials including quantum structures are of particular interest for other applications, in particular for solar cells, because of their luminescent and electronic properties. We show that the properties of electrons in multiple quantum wells can be easily modeled with a formalism similar to that used for multilayer waveguides. The effects of different parameters, in particular coupling between wells and well thickness dispersion, on possible discrete energy levels or energy band of electrons and on electron wave functions is given. When such quantum confinement appears the spectral absorption and the extinction coefficient dispersion with wavelength is modified. The dispersion of the real part of the refractive index can then be deduced from the Kramers- Krönig relations. Associated with homogenization theory this approach gives a new model of refractive index for thin films including quantum dots. Absorption spectra of samples composed of ZnO quantum dots in PMMA layers are in preparation are given.

  19. Polarization-selective optical transmission through a plasmonic metasurface

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    Pelzman, Charles; Cho, Sang-Yeon

    2015-06-22

    We present the design, fabrication, and experimental characterization of a nanoslit-based metasurface that offers polarization-selective optical transmission for advanced imaging applications. The metasurface consists of an array of meta-atoms, constructed with two orthogonally coupled subwavelength apertures. Highly enhanced optical transmission was achieved by selective excitation of surface plasmon waves on the metasurface. By rotating the orientation of the linearly polarized incident beam, switching of enhanced optical transmission bands through the metasurface was experimentally demonstrated. This demonstration is a significant step towards developing advanced multispectral imaging devices.

  20. Polarization-selective optical transmission through a plasmonic metasurface

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    Pelzman, Charles; Cho, Sang-Yeon

    2015-01-01

    We present the design, fabrication, and experimental characterization of a nanoslit-based metasurface that offers polarization-selective optical transmission for advanced imaging applications. The metasurface consists of an array of meta-atoms, constructed with two orthogonally coupled subwavelength apertures. Highly enhanced optical transmission was achieved by selective excitation of surface plasmon waves on the metasurface. By rotating the orientation of the linearly polarized incident beam, switching of enhanced optical transmission bands through the metasurface was experimentally demonstrated. This demonstration is a significant step towards developing advanced multispectral imaging devices. PMID:26180264

  1. Hybrid enabled thin film metrology using XPS and optical

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    Vaid, Alok; Iddawela, Givantha; Mahendrakar, Sridhar; Lenahan, Michael; Hossain, Mainul; Timoney, Padraig; Bello, Abner F.; Bozdog, Cornel; Pois, Heath; Lee, Wei Ti; Klare, Mark; Kwan, Michael; Kang, Byung Cheol; Isbester, Paul; Sendelbach, Matthew; Yellai, Naren; Dasari, Prasad; Larson, Tom

    2016-03-01

    Complexity of process steps integration and material systems for next-generation technology nodes is reaching unprecedented levels, the appetite for higher sampling rates is on the rise, while the process window continues to shrink. Current thickness metrology specifications reach as low as 0.1A for total error budget - breathing new life into an old paradigm with lower visibility for past few metrology nodes: accuracy. Furthermore, for advance nodes there is growing demand to measure film thickness and composition on devices/product instead of surrogate planar simpler pads. Here we extend our earlier work in Hybrid Metrology to the combination of X-Ray based reference technologies (high performance) with optical high volume manufacturing (HVM) workhorse metrology (high throughput). Our stated goal is: put more "eyes" on the wafer (higher sampling) and enable move to films on pattern structure (control what matters). Examples of 1X front-end applications are used to setup and validate the benefits.

  2. Optical absorption of thin film on a Lambertian reflector substrate

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    Sheng, P.

    1984-05-01

    A formula is derived for calculating the optical absorption of thin films deposited on a Lambertian reflector substrate. It is shown that compared with the case of flat reflecting substrate, the incoherent absorption is enhanced by a factor of m x epsilon (1) in the weak absorption limit, where epsilon (1) is the real part of the film dielectric constant and m near two is a slightly varying function of epsilon (1). For a 0.5-micron a-SiH(x) (bandgap 1.7 eV) solar cell with a Lambertian reflector substrate, the total absorption in terms of the short-circuit current is calculated to be 18.63 mA/sq cm.

  3. Silicon-integrated thin-film structure for electro-optic applications

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    McKee, Rodney A.; Walker, Frederick Joseph

    2000-01-01

    A crystalline thin-film structure suited for use in any of an number of electro-optic applications, such as a phase modulator or a component of an interferometer, includes a semiconductor substrate of silicon and a ferroelectric, optically-clear thin film of the perovskite BaTiO.sub.3 overlying the surface of the silicon substrate. The BaTiO.sub.3 thin film is characterized in that substantially all of the dipole moments associated with the ferroelectric film are arranged substantially parallel to the surface of the substrate to enhance the electro-optic qualities of the film.

  4. Chemical and optical properties of thermally evaporated manganese oxide thin films

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    Al-Kuhaili, M. F.

    2006-09-15

    Manganese oxide thin films were deposited using thermal evaporation from a tungsten boat. Films were deposited under an oxygen atmosphere, and the effects of thickness, substrate temperature, and deposition rate on their properties were investigated. The chemical properties of the films were studied using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and x-ray fluorescence. The optical properties were determined from normal-incidence transmittance and reflectance. Based on the chemical and optical characterizations, the optimum conditions for the deposition of the films were investigated. Subsequently, the optical properties (refractive index, extinction coefficient, and band gap) of these films were determined.

  5. X-ray properties of optically selected QSOs

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    Avni, Y.; Tananbaum, H.

    1986-01-01

    The dependence of the X-ray-to-optical luminosity ratio on optical luminosity and redshift for optically selected QSOs is studied, largely on the basis of two, complete, magnitude-limited samples (Bright Quasar Survey /1983/ and Braccesi Faint /1984/) which were observed with the Einstein Observatory. Heterogeneous samples are established as adequate for the study of that dependence. Optimal choices for increasing the size of the data set for such a study are pointed out. The previous results of Avni and Tananbaum for alpha sub 0, x(z, L sub opt) are confirmed and strengthened, and the numerical sensitivity to changes in the values of q sub 0 and of the optical spectral index is evaluated. It is shown that the large majority, probably all, of optically selected QSOs are X-ray loud; no more than a few percent can be X-ray quiet. Thus X-ray emission appears to be a universal property of QSOs. It is shown that comparisons of optically selected QSOs with X-ray selected QSOs are numerically sensitive to the details of the input ingredients. A residual discrepancy of about a factor of 2 between calculated and observed X-ray number counts is found. Directions for further research that are important for understanding the full bivariate optical-X-ray evolution and luminosity function for QSOs are discussed.

  6. X ray, extreme and far ultraviolet optical thin films for space applications

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    Zukic, Muamer; Torr, Douglas G.; Kim, Jongmin

    1993-01-01

    Far and extreme ultraviolet optical thin film filters find many uses in space astronomy, space astrophysics, and space aeronomy. Spacebased spectrographs are used for studying emission and absorption features of the earth, planets, sun, stars, and the interstellar medium. Most of these spectrographs use transmission or reflection filters. This requirement has prompted a search for selective filtering coatings with high throughput in the FUV and EUV spectral region. Important progress toward the development of thin film filters with improved efficiency and stability has been made in recent years. The goal for this field is the minimization of absorption to get high throughput and enhancement of wavelength selection. The Optical Aeronomy Laboratory (OAL) at the University of Alabama in Huntsville has recently developed the technology to determine optical constants of bulk and film materials for wavelengths extending from x-rays (0.1 nm) to the FUV (200 nm), and several materials have been identified that were used for designs of various optical devices which previously have been restricted to space application in the visible and near infrared. A new design concept called the Pi-multilayer was introduced and applied to the design of optical coatings for wavelengths extending from x-rays to the FUV. Section 3 of this report explains the Pi-multilayer approach and demonstrates its application for the design and fabrication of the FUV coatings. Two layer Pi-stacks have been utilized for the design of reflection filters in the EUV wavelength range from 70 - 100 nm. In order to eliminate losses due to the low reflection of the imaging optics and increase throughput and out-of-band rejection of the EUV instrumentation we introduced a self-filtering camera concept. In the FUV region, MgF2 and LiF crystals are known to be birefringent. Transmission polarizers and quarterwave retarders made of MgF2 or LiF crystals are commercially available but the performances are poor. New

  7. Optically Pumped NMR Studies of Mechanically Induced Strain in GaAs Films

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    Bowers, Clifford; Wood, Ryan; Tokarski, John, III; McCarthy, Lauren; Saha, Dipta; Stanton, Christopher; Moreno, Jesus

    2015-03-01

    We present a new methodology for measuring strain in semiconductor films based on optically pumped NMR (OPNMR). Single crystals of GaAs were epoxy bonded to Si wafers at 100 °C. The GaAs is then variably thinned by selective chemical etching. Upon cooling, biaxial tensile strains are induced in the GaAs films since the coefficient of thermal expansion in GaAs is different than in the Si support. OPNMR experiments were carried out at 6-10 K. The OPNMR spectra are selective to nuclei within a photon penetration depth from the surface. When mounted on a 0.635 mm thick Si support, the strain, which is proportional to the observed quadrupole splitting, is found to decrease with increasing thickness of the GaAs films and appears to approach a residual value. When the same GaAs film is mounted on a thicker 5mm Si block, the strain increased. To explain the observations, we consider effects of dislocation relaxation of strain and bending of the composite. The interface strain extracted from the measurements is 5.5 × 10-4, in good agreement with the value estimated using the differential thermal contraction of Si and GaAs. The strain resolution of the technique is about 10-5 in GaAs.

  8. Depth selective acousto-optic flow measurement

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    Tsalach, Adi; Schiffer, Zeev; Ratner, Eliahu; Breskin, Ilan; Zeitak, Reuven; Shechter, Revital; Balberg, Michal

    2015-01-01

    Optical based methods for non-invasive measurement of regional blood flow tend to incorrectly assess cerebral blood flow, due to contribution of extra-cerebral tissues to the obtained signal. We demonstrate that spectral analysis of phase-coded light signals, tagged by specific ultrasound patterns, enables differentiation of flow patterns at different depths. Validation of the model is conducted by Monte Carlo simulation. In-vitro experiments demonstrate good agreement with the simulations' results and provide a solid validation to depth discrimination ability. These results suggest that signal contamination originating from extra-cerebral tissue may be eliminated using spectral analysis of ultrasonically tagged light. PMID:26713201

  9. Manipulation of Light with Magneto-optic Stripe Domain Films

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    Torok, E. J.; Hewitt, F. G.; Drawczak, J. A.; Nelson, G. L.

    1981-01-01

    Magnetic diffraction grating materials, being developed to provide a simple means of deflecting light in a two dimensional, solid state fashion are discussed. The most promising material, for several applications, appears to be bismuth substituted iron garnet films in epitaxial form. Calculations indicate that deflection efficiency greater than 60% is possible in the near infrared region of the spectrum. Within the field of view of the deflector, measurements predict that 105 resolvable spots can be expected. Applications include: (1) general purpose deflection of free laser light, (2) image processing of extended sources such as transparencies, (3) programmable lensing, and (4) fiber optic matrix switching.

  10. Optical multilayer films based on an amorphous fluoropolymer

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    Chow, R.; Loomis, G.E.; Ward, R.L.

    1996-01-01

    Multilayered coatings were made by physical vapor deposition (PVD) of a perfluorinated amorphous polymer, Teflon AF2400, and with other optical materials. A high reflector for 1064 nm light was made with ZnS and AF2400. An all-organic 1064 nm reflector was made from AF2400 and polyethylene. Oxide (HfO{sub 2} and SiO{sub 2}) compatibility with AF2400 was also tested. The multilayer morphologies were influenced by coating stress and unintentional temperature rises from the PVD process. Analysis by liquid nuclear magnetic resonance of the thin films showed slight compositional variations between the coating and starting materials of perfluorinated amorphous polymers.

  11. Optical logic operations using photoinduced anisotropy in bacteriorhodopsin films

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    Joseph, Joby; Aranda, Francisco J.; Rao, Devulapalli V. G. L. N.; Akkara, Joseph A.; DeCristofano, Barry S.

    1997-10-01

    We constructed an optical system for performing 2D logic operations. We demonstrated the logic operations of OR, NOR, XOR, AND. The photoinduced dichroism of Bacteriorhodopsin (bR) is the physical mechanism exploited in the optical system. In its normal state with no light illumination a bR doped polymer film is isotropic with random distribution of bR molecules. When excited by linearly polarized light, only those bR molecules whose transition dipole moments for absorption lie in or near the direction of the electric field ar bleached at the actinic light wavelength due to the B to M transition. If a probe beam is incident in the regions illuminated by the actinic light it will no longer be interacting with an isotropic film. The film is now anisotropic and dichroic. Due to dichroism the actinic light illumination produces an angular rotation of the plane of polarization of the probe beam. In the experiments the bR film is kept between two crossed polarizers to get zero output from the probe beam at a screen when no actinic light is incident on the bR film. The two polarizers and the screen are kept in the path of the probe beam. There are two actinic light beams that induce dichroism and they are made orthogonally polarized with respect to each other by the use of a polarization rotator. The polarization rotator can be arranged so that their polarizations are made parallel for some of the logic operations. The plane of polarization of these two actinic beams are at 45 degrees to the pane of polarization of the probe beam. The combination of rotation of the analyzer and the polarization rotation of one of the actinic beams allows for many logic operations to be performed. No interference recordings are involved in the experiments and hence vibration isolation systems are not required. A coherent source is not a requirement either since a white light source with an appropriate wavelength filter can induce photoanisotropy in the bR film.

  12. High resolution selective multilayer laser processing by nanosecond laser ablation of metal nanoparticle films

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    Ko, Seung H.; Pan Heng; Hwang, David J.; Chung, Jaewon; Ryu, Sangil; Grigoropoulos, Costas P.; Poulikakos, Dimos

    2007-11-01

    Ablation of gold nanoparticle films on polymer was explored using a nanosecond pulsed laser, with the goal to achieve feature size reduction and functionality not amenable with inkjet printing. The ablation threshold fluence for the unsintered nanoparticle deposit was at least ten times lower than the reported threshold for the bulk film. This could be explained by the combined effects of melting temperature depression, lower conductive heat transfer loss, strong absorption of the incident laser beam, and the relatively weak bonding between nanoparticles. The ablation physics were verified by the nanoparticle sintering characterization, ablation threshold measurement, time resolved ablation plume shadowgraphs, analysis of ablation ejecta, and the measurement and calculation of optical properties. High resolution and clean feature fabrication with small energy and selective multilayer processing are demonstrated.

  13. Optical control of multi-stage thin film solar cell production

    DOEpatents

    Li, Jian; Levi, Dean H.; Contreras, Miguel A.; Scharf, John

    2016-05-17

    Embodiments include methods of depositing and controlling the deposition of a film in multiple stages. The disclosed deposition and deposition control methods include the optical monitoring of a deposition matrix to determine a time when at least one transition point occurs. In certain embodiments, the transition point or transition points are a stoichiometry point. Methods may also include controlling the length of time in which material is deposited during a deposition stage or controlling the amount of the first, second or subsequent materials deposited during any deposition stage in response to a determination of the time when a selected transition point occurs.

  14. Optically selective, acoustically resonant gas detecting transducer

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    Dimeff, J. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    A gas analyzer is disclosed which responds to the resonant absorption or emission spectrum of a specific gas by producing an acoustic resonance in a chamber containing a sample of that gas, and which measures the amount of that emission or absorption by measuring the strength of that acoustic resonance, e.g., the maximum periodic pressure, velocity or density achieved. In the preferred embodiment, a light beam is modulated periodically at the acoustical resonance frequency of a closed chamber which contains an optically dense sample of the gas of interest. Periodic heating of the absorbing gas by the light beam causes a cyclic expansion, movement, and pressure within the gas. An amplitude is reached where the increased losses were the cyclic radiation energy received. A transducing system is inclined for converting the pressure variations of the resonant gas into electronic readout signals.

  15. Optical characterization of deposited ITO thin films on glass and PET substrates

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    Elmas, Saliha; Korkmaz, Şadan; Pat, Suat

    2013-07-01

    This work focuses on fabrication, characterization and understanding some physical properties of transparent and conductive ITO thin films. ITO thin films were deposited onto glass and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates by thermionic vacuum arc (TVA) technique. TVA is a different technology for thin film deposition. Thicknesses and refractive indices of the ITO thin films have been determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) technique using Cauchy model for fitting. SE is a novel, nondestructive and powerful technique to investigate the optical characteristics of materials. Especially thickness and optical constants are measuring this device. Transmittances, reflectance of ITO coated samples were measured by UV-vis spectrophotometer and interferometer, respectively. The optical method was used to determine the band gaps of ITO thin films. Surface morphologies of produced films were characterized by atomic force microscope (AFM) for surface topography and roughness of ITO thin films. Resistivity measurements show that produced films show semiconductor properties.

  16. Correlated electron perovskite films for optical sensing applications

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    Schultz, Andrew M.; Brown, Thomas D.; Ohodnicki, Paul R.

    2015-10-01

    Advanced power generation technologies including solid oxide fuel cells require advancements in sensor technologies for efficient operation. Gas sensors for SOFC anode streams must be stable in high temperature and under reducing atmospheres. Optical sensing technologies offer the potential for good stability and sensing response under harsh conditions but are relatively new as compared to alternative sensing approaches and require significant developments in underlying device and enabling materials technology. In this paper, the near infrared optical sensing response of La0.8Sr0.2MnO3, a representative correlated perovskite material, is presented. Hydrogen sensing performance was measured in laboratory scale sensing experiments in the range of 1-4% hydrogen. The effect of oxygen on sensor recovery behavior was also examined. The films show a large, recoverable response to the introduction of hydrogen to the gas stream. The results presented here suggest this unique class of materials is a strong candidate for future sensor development efforts targeted at optical sensor applications but also requires additional fundamental research to understand the mechanistic origin of observed optical sensing responses.

  17. Nanocomposite thin films exhibiting high mechanical and optical flexibility

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    Druffel, Thad; Buazza, Omar; Lattis, Matt; Farmer, Scott

    2008-08-01

    Nanocomposites are created by doping host polymers with nanoparticles that typically have higher or lower refractive indices. The ability to tailor the mechanical and optical performance of these composites has led to their increased use in transparent materials. Nanocomposites maintain the elastic properties of the binding polymers and exhibit infinite refractive index tunability between the limits of the system. These unique properties provide distinct benefits for multilayer, thin-film optical filters. Because the nanoparticles are dispersed in a fluid or bound in a polymer matrix in use, toxicity risks that may be associated with raw particles are reduced. Using a stable dispersion of titanium dioxide nanoparticles and a UV curable monomer, we were able to design and produce several quarter-wave filters that demonstrate control of the height and width of the passband through adjustment of the organic/inorganic ratio and layer count. The volume loading of the metal oxides can be adjusted from zero to near the theoretical packing density of spheres, allowing refractive index to be controlled over a large range. Because metal oxide particles exhibit high UV absorption, these additives provide UV protection to the host polymer and the filter's substrate. Additionally, significant improvements in abrasion resistance are often observed in films loaded with nanoparticles at the concentrations of interest.

  18. Optical Properties of ZnO-Alloyed Nanocrystalline Films

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    Che, Hui; Huso, Jesse; Morrison, John L.; Thapa, Dinesh; Huso, Michelle; Yeh, Wei Jiang; Tarun, M. C.; McCluskey, M. D.; Bergman, Leah

    2012-01-01

    ZnO is emore » merging as one of the materials of choice for UV applications. It has a deep excitonic energy level and a direct bandgap of ~3.4 eV. Alloying ZnO with certain atomic constituents adds new optical and electronic functionalities to ZnO. This paper presents research on M g x Z n 1 − x O and Z n S 1 − x O x nanocrystalline flexible films, which enable tunable optical properties in the deep-UV and in the visible range. The ZnO and Mg 0 .3 Zn 0 .7 O films were found to have bandgaps at 3.35 and 4.02 eV, respectively. The photoluminescence of the Mg 0 .3 Zn 0 .7 O exhibited a bandedge emission at 3.95 eV, and at lower energy 3.38 eV due to the limited solubility inherent to these alloys. ZnS 0 .76 O 0 .24 and ZnS 0 .16 O 0 .84 were found to have bandgaps at 3.21 and 2.65 eV, respectively. The effect of nitrogen doping on ZnS 0 .16 O 0 .84 is discussed in terms of the highly lattice mismatched nature of these alloys and the resulting valence-band modification.« less

  19. Optical studies on electron beam evaporated Lithium Triborate films

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    Mohandoss, R.; Dhanuskodi, S.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2012-10-01

    Lithium triborate (LB3) has numerous applications in scintillator for neutron detection, laser weapon and communication. LB3 films have been prepared by electron beam evaporation technique under a pressure of 1 × 10-5 mbar on glass substrate at 323 K for 4 min. The crystallographic orientations and the lattice parameters (a = 8.55 (2); b = 5.09 (2); c = 7.39 (2) Å) were determined by powder XRD indicating the (1 1 1) preferential orientation of the film. The lower cut off wavelength at 325 nm with 75% transparency was measured from the UV-vis spectrum. The optical constants extinction coefficient (K), reflectance (R), the linear refractive index (1.34) and the optical energy band gap (˜4.0 eV) were estimated. The photoluminescence spectrum shows the emission peak in the visible region with low concentration of oxygen defects. LB3 is found to be second harmonic generation (SHG) active using a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm, 9 ns, 10 Hz). The nonlinear refractive index (n2 ˜ 10-16 cm2/W) and nonlinear absorption coefficient (β ˜ 10-2 cm/W) reveal (Z-scan technique) that the material has negative nonlinearity and self-focusing nature.

  20. Optical studies on electron beam evaporated lithium triborate films.

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    Mohandoss, R; Dhanuskodi, S; Sanjeeviraja, C

    2012-10-01

    Lithium triborate (LB3) has numerous applications in scintillator for neutron detection, laser weapon and communication. LB3 films have been prepared by electron beam evaporation technique under a pressure of 1×10(-5) mbar on glass substrate at 323 K for 4 min. The crystallographic orientations and the lattice parameters (a=8.55 (2); b=5.09 (2); c=7.39 (2)Å) were determined by powder XRD indicating the (111) preferential orientation of the film. The lower cut off wavelength at 325 nm with 75% transparency was measured from the UV-vis spectrum. The optical constants extinction coefficient (K), reflectance (R), the linear refractive index (1.34) and the optical energy band gap (~4.0 eV) were estimated. The photoluminescence spectrum shows the emission peak in the visible region with low concentration of oxygen defects. LB3 is found to be second harmonic generation (SHG) active using a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (1064 nm, 9 ns, 10 Hz). The nonlinear refractive index (n(2)~10(-16) cm(2)/W) and nonlinear absorption coefficient (β~10(-2) cm/W) reveal (Z-scan technique) that the material has negative nonlinearity and self-focusing nature. PMID:22925906

  1. Optically Thin Metallic Films for High-Radiative-Efficiency Plasmonics.

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    Yang, Yi; Zhen, Bo; Hsu, Chia Wei; Miller, Owen D; Joannopoulos, John D; Soljačić, Marin

    2016-07-13

    Plasmonics enables deep-subwavelength concentration of light and has become important for fundamental studies as well as real-life applications. Two major existing platforms of plasmonics are metallic nanoparticles and metallic films. Metallic nanoparticles allow efficient coupling to far field radiation, yet their synthesis typically leads to poor material quality. Metallic films offer substantially higher quality materials, but their coupling to radiation is typically jeopardized due to the large momentum mismatch with free space. Here, we propose and theoretically investigate optically thin metallic films as an ideal platform for high-radiative-efficiency plasmonics. For far-field scattering, adding a thin high-quality metallic substrate enables a higher quality factor while maintaining the localization and tunability that the nanoparticle provides. For near-field spontaneous emission, a thin metallic substrate, of high quality or not, greatly improves the field overlap between the emitter environment and propagating surface plasmons, enabling high-Purcell (total enhancement >10(4)), high-quantum-yield (>50%) spontaneous emission, even as the gap size vanishes (3-5 nm). The enhancement has almost spatially independent efficiency and does not suffer from quenching effects that commonly exist in previous structures. PMID:27244596

  2. Optical and electrical properties of SnO2 thin films after ultra-short pulsed laser annealing

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    Scorticati, D.; Illiberi, A.; Römer, G. R. B. E.; Bor, T.; Ogieglo, W.; Klein Gunnewiek, M.; Lenkferink, A.; Otto, C.; Skolski, J. Z. P.; Grob, F.; de Lange, D. F.; Huis in't Veld, A. J.

    2013-09-01

    Ultra-short pulsed laser sources, with pulse durations in the ps and fs regime, are commonly exploited for cold ablation. However, operating ultra-short pulsed laser sources at fluence levels well below the ablation threshold allows for fast and selective thermal processing. The latter is especially advantageous for the processing of thin films. A precise control of the heat affected zone, as small as tens of nanometers, depending on the material and laser conditions, can be achieved. It enables the treatment of the upper section of thin films with negligible effects on the bulk of the film and no thermal damage of sensitive substrates below. By applying picosecond laser pulses, the optical and electrical properties of 900 nm thick SnO2 films, grown by an industrial CVD process on borofloat®-glass, were modified. The treated films showed a higher transmittance of light in the visible and near infra-red range, as well as a slightly increased electrical sheet resistance. Changes in optical properties are attributed to thermal annealing, as well as to the occurrence of Laser- Induced Periodic Surface Structures (LIPSSs) superimposed on the surface of the SnO2 film. The small increase of electrical resistance is attributed to the generation of laser induced defects introduced during the fast heating-quenching cycle of the film. These results can be used to further improve the performance of SnO2-based electrodes for solar cells and/or electronic devices.

  3. RESEARCH ON THE ELECTRONIC AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF POLYMER AND OTHER ORGANIC MOLECULAR THIN FILMS

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    ALEXEI G. VITUKHNOVSKY; IGOR I. SOBELMAN - RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

    1995-09-06

    Optical properties of highly ordered films of poly(p-phenylene) (PPP) on different substrates, thin films of mixtures of conjugated polymers, of fullerene and its composition with polymers, molecular J-aggregates of cyanine dyes in frozen matrices have been studied within the framework of the Agreement. Procedures of preparation of high-quality vacuum deposited PPP films on different substrates (ITO, Si, GaAs and etc.) were developed. Using time-correlated single photon counting technique and fluorescence spectroscopy the high quality of PPP films has been confirmed. Dependence of structure and optical properties on the conditions of preparation were investigated. The fluorescence lifetime and spectra of highly oriented vacuum deposited PPP films were studied as a function of the degree of polymerization. It was shown for the first time that the maximum fluorescence quantum yield is achieved for the chain length approximately equal to 35 monomer units. The selective excitation of luminescence of thin films of PPP was performed in the temperature range from 5 to 300 K. The total intensity of luminescence monotonically decreases with decreasing temperature. Conditions of preparation of highly cristallyne fullerene C{sub 60} films by the method of vacuum deposition were found. Composites of C{sub 60} with conjugated polymers PPV and polyacetylene (PA) were prepared. The results on fluorescence quenching, IR and resonant Raman spectroscopy are consistent with earlier reported ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer from PPV to C{sub 60} and show that the electron transfer is absent in the case of the PA-C{sub 60} composition. Strong quenching of PPV fluorescence was observed in the PPV-PA blends. The electron transfer from PPV to PA can be considered as one of the possible mechanisms of this quenching. The dynamics of photoexcitations in different types of J-aggregates of the carbocyanine dye was studied at different temperatures in frozen matrices. The optical

  4. Phase-selective vanadium dioxide (VO2) nanostructured thin films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Masina, B. N.; Lafane, S.; Wu, L.; Akande, A. A.; Mwakikunga, B.; Abdelli-Messaci, S.; Kerdja, T.; Forbes, A.

    2015-10-01

    Thin films of monoclinic nanostructured vanadium dioxide are notoriously difficult to produce in a selective manner. To date, post-annealing, after pulsed laser deposition (PLD), has been used to revert the crystal phase or to remove impurities, and non-glass substrates have been employed, thus reducing the efficacy of the transparency switching. Here, we overcome these limitations in PLD by optimizing a laser-ablation and deposition process through optical imaging of the laser-induced plasma. We report high quality monoclinic rutile-type vanadium dioxide (VO2) (M1) nanoparticles without post-annealing, and on a glass substrate. Our samples demonstrate a reversible metal-to-insulator transition at ˜43 °C, without any doping, paving the way to switchable transparency in optical materials at room temperature.

  5. Phase-selective vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) nanostructured thin films by pulsed laser deposition

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    Masina, B. N. E-mail: slafane@cdta.dz; Lafane, S. E-mail: slafane@cdta.dz; Abdelli-Messaci, S.; Kerdja, T.; Wu, L.; Akande, A. A.; Mwakikunga, B.

    2015-10-28

    Thin films of monoclinic nanostructured vanadium dioxide are notoriously difficult to produce in a selective manner. To date, post-annealing, after pulsed laser deposition (PLD), has been used to revert the crystal phase or to remove impurities, and non-glass substrates have been employed, thus reducing the efficacy of the transparency switching. Here, we overcome these limitations in PLD by optimizing a laser-ablation and deposition process through optical imaging of the laser-induced plasma. We report high quality monoclinic rutile-type vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) (M1) nanoparticles without post-annealing, and on a glass substrate. Our samples demonstrate a reversible metal-to-insulator transition at ∼43 °C, without any doping, paving the way to switchable transparency in optical materials at room temperature.

  6. Mid-infrared resonant ablation for selective patterning of thin organic films

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    Naithani, Sanjeev; Duterte, Charles; Levichkova, Marieta; Grisard, Arnaud; Schaubroeck, David; Lallier, Eric; Hernandez, Yves; Walzer, Karsten; Van Steenberge, Geert

    2014-05-01

    The fast growing market of organic electronics, including organic photovoltaics (OPV), stimulates the development of versatile technologies for structuring thin-film materials. Ultraviolet lasers have proven their full potential for patterning single organic layers, but in a multilayer organic device the obtained layer selectivity is limited as all organic layers show high UV absorption. In this paper, we introduce mid-infrared (IR) resonant ablation as an alternative approach, in which a short pulse mid-infrared laser can be wavelength tuned to one of the molecular vibrational transitions of the organic material to be ablated. As a result, the technique is selective in respect of processing a diversity of organics, which usually have different infrared absorption bands. Mid-IR resonant ablation is demonstrated for a variety of organic thin films, employing both nanosecond (15 ns) and picosecond (250 ps) laser pulses tunable between 3 and 4 microns. The nanosecond experimental set-up is based on a commercial laser at 1064 nm pumping a singly resonant Optical Parametric Oscillator (OPO) built around a Periodically-Poled Lithium Niobate (PPLN) crystal with several Quasi-Phase Matching (QPM) periods, delivering more than 0.3 W of mid-IR power, corresponding to 15 μJ pulses. The picosecond laser set-up is based on Optical Parametric Amplification (OPA) in a similar crystal, allowing for a comparison between both pulse length regimes. The wavelength of the mid-infrared laser can be tuned to one of the molecular vibrational transitions of the organic material to be ablated. For that reason, the IR absorption spectra of the organic materials used in a typical OPV device were characterized in the wavelength region that can be reached by the laser setups. Focus was on OPV substrate materials, transparent conductive materials, hole transport materials, and absorber materials. The process has been successfully demonstrated for selective thin film patterning, and the

  7. Optical Film for LED with Triangular-Pyramidal Array Using Size-Reducible Embossing Method

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    Liu, C. F.; Pan, C. T.; Liu, K. H.; Chen, Y. C.; Chen, J. L.; Huang, J. C.

    2011-12-01

    This study presents a modified hot-embossing process to fabricate micro-triangular-pyramidal array (MTPA). First, a tungsten (W) steel mold (as the first mold) is manufactured by precision machining including optical projection grinding, lapping, and polishing processes. The dimension of a triangular pyramid with acute angle of 85° on the W-steel mold is about 300 μm in width and 139 μm in height. The pitch between two triangular-pyramidal tips is about 170 μm. Then, only the portion of the tip area of the triangular-pyramidal patterns is transferred on bulk metallic glass (BMG, Mg58Cu31Y11) using this modified multi-step hot-embossing method to reduce the pattern size. With a position-adjustable mechanism, size-reduced concaved-shaped MTPA can be selectively formed, used as the secondary mold. In this way, not only can the size of triangular-pyramidal patterns on W-steel mold be reduced down on BMG, but also the tool arc between each triangular-pyramid on W-steel mold caused by machine tool can be eliminated. This is based on the fact that amorphous glass alloys contain no dislocation that can be responsible for yielding in crystalline materials. Thus, BMG is expected to be strong and hard enough to be used as a mold material. Then the secondary mold is used to emboss convex-shaped MTPA on PolymethylMethacrylate (PMMA) optical film. Experiments with different embossing times and embossing pressures are conducted and discussed. Large-sized triangular-pyramidal array on the W-steel mold has been successfully and selectively miniaturized on BMG, and then transferred on PMMA. Finally, this optical film of PMMA with MTPA is packaged on light-emitting diode (LED) to improve its lighting uniformity and luminance. In comparison with commercial 3M™ optical film (3M™ Vikuiti™ TBEF2-T-65i), the film with MTPA shows a good optical performance.

  8. Holographic polarization-selective elements in optical network applications

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    Huang, Yang-Tung; Lin, Meng-Fu; Deng, Jiun-Shjou; Fan, Kai-Ting; Chen, Mu-Jung

    1996-09-01

    Highly polarization-selective holographic elements can be achieved with suitable designs. The presented holographic polarization-selective elements are compact and light- weight, and the feature of normally incident and output coupling provide better flexibility and easier alignment for system applications. With suitable designs and arrangements, these elements can be combined to implement star couplers to distribute equal optical power from each input channel to all output channels. In addition, based on our holographic polarization-selective elements with electro-optic halfwave plates, holographic polarization-dependent and polarization- independent optical switches are introduced. The structures to use these switches in various compact 3D multistage interconnection networks for reconfigurable interconnections and in self-healing rings for network service restoration are presented.

  9. Influence of substrate temperature on structural and optical properties of bismuth oxide thin films deposited by close-spaced vacuum sublimation

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    Ivashchenko, M. M.; Buryk, I. P.; Latyshev, V. M.; Stepanenko, A. O.; Levchenko, K. S.

    2015-12-01

    Bi2O3 thin films were deposited on ultrasonically-cleaned glass and mica substrates by close-spaced vacuum sublimation technique. Films surface morphology was studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Structural study based on the transmission-electron microscopy (TEM) and selected-area electron diffraction (SAED) analysis has been shown that deposited films were polycrystalline with face-centered cubic structure. Optical study was carried out by spectral photometry analysis in the wavelengths range λ = 320-900 nm using the optical transmittance and absorbance measurements. For determination optical band gap Eg the Tauc plot was used and the band gap energy Eg is determined in the range of 3.50-3.62 eV, respectively. Fourier-transform infra-red (FTIR) analysis shown that obtained films are well-crystalline and have a good optical quality.

  10. Black tungsten selective optical coatings for photothermal solar energy conversion

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    Gesheva, K. A.; Gogova, D. S.; Stoyanov, G.

    1992-08-01

    By pyrolytic decomposition of W(CO)6 in the presence of an oxygen bleed black tungsten solar selective coatings have been deposited on different substrates - quartz, silicon and stainless steel. Quartz substrates were used to check the opacity of the films deposited; the silicon substrates were used to study the possibility of obtaining low-resistance material when fully annealed and the steel substrates to study the properties of the films on substrates suitable for a large scale application. The films were obtained at a temperature of 400°C and further partially annealed in a reducing atmosphere. The dependence of the structure and chemical composition on the annealing temperature was studied, as well as reflectance measurements in the visible and in the infrared region.