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  1. Morphology and Optical Properties of Zinc Oxide Films Grown on Metal Coated Glass Substrates by Aqueous Chemical Growth

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    Bakar, M. A.; Hamid, M. A. A.; Jalar, A.; Shamsudin, R.

    2013-04-01

    Zinc oxide films were deposited on three different metal coated substrates (gold, nickel and platinum) by aqueous chemical growth method. This paper discusses the effect of metal coated substrates on the morphology and optical properties of grown ZnO films. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM) and UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) were employed to characterize the samples. All the as-deposited ZnO films exhibit crystalline hexagonal wurzite structure. The crystallite size of the ZnO films were in the range of 29 to 32 nm. FESEM micrographs revealed hexagonal rod, oval-like and flower-like ZnO structures formed on all metal coated substrates. The Pt coated film contains higher density hexagonal rod as compared to others metal coated substrate. Most probably the Pt lattice parameter is the nearest to ZnO compared to nickel and gold. The optical band gap energy, Eg of ZnO films were estimated to be 3.30 eV which is near to bulk Eg, 3.37 eV. This indicates that the ZnO grown by aqueous chemical growth is able to produce similar quality properties to other conventional method either films or bulk size.

  2. Large-Area Optical Coatings with Uniform Thickness Grown by Surface Chemical Reactions for High-Power Laser Applications

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    Zaitsu, Shin-ichi; Motokoshi, Shinji; Jitsuno, Takahisa; Nakatsuka, Masahiro; Yamanaka, Tatsuhiko

    2002-01-01

    We prepared optical thin films using an atomic layer deposition (ALD) procedure in order to apply this coating method to optical components for high-power and large-scale lasers. Film thickness shows a proportional relationship to the number of operation cycles even in the case of room-temperature growth, and the distribution is uniform with a thickness error of less than 1% over an area of 240 mm diameter. We examined the laser damage thresholds of the films with 1 ns laser pulses at 1.064 μm. The highest thresholds (TiO2: 5 J/cm2, Al2O3: 5.2 J/cm2) are obtained in the amorphous films grown at low growth temperatures (25-50°C). Results from the analysis of film structure and composition, and measurement of optical absorption reveal that the decrease in laser damage threshold as the growth temperature rises is caused by the crystallization of films.

  3. Studies on the effect of polymer coating on solution grown hygroscopic non-linear optical single crystal of L-lysine monohydrochloride.

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    Rani, Neelam; Vijayan, N; Maurya, K K; Haranath, D; Saini, Parveen; Rathi, Brijesh; Wahab, M A; Bhagavanarayana, G

    2012-11-01

    Nonlinear optical single crystals are getting attention because of its enormous applications in the area of fiber optic communication and optical signal processing. In this article, we are reporting the single crystal growth of l-lysine monohydrochloride by slow evaporation solution growth technique, by using double distilled water as the solvent. We found that the grown single crystal is bulk in size and fairly transparent. But after a period of time, due to its hygroscopic nature, the transparency is completely vanished and became opaque. Then we have attempted to coat the poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) polymer on the surface of l-lysine monohydrochloride (l-LMHCL) single crystal by dip coating method. This polymer coating is giving resistance to hygroscopic nature and also acting as thin protective covering layer without affecting the other properties. Then we have systematically studied the different properties of bare, polymer coated and hygroscopic l-LMCHL single crystals. Its crystalline perfection was examined by high resolution X-ray diffractometer and found major differences in crystalline quality. Its structural and optical behavior was assessed by powder X-ray diffraction, UV-vis and luminescence analyses.

  4. Optical coating in space

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    Bunner, A. N.

    1983-01-01

    A technological appraisal of the steps required to approach the goal of in-situ optical coating, cleaning and re-coating the optical elements of a remote telescope in space is reported. Emphasis is placed on the high ultraviolet throughput that a telescope using bare aluminum mirrors would offer. A preliminary design is suggested for an Orbital Coating Laboratory to answer basic technical questions.

  5. Multilayer optical dielectric coating

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    Emmett, John L.

    1990-01-01

    A highly damage resistant, multilayer, optical reflective coating includes alternating layers of doped and undoped dielectric material. The doping levels are low enough that there are no distinct interfaces between the doped and undoped layers so that the coating has properties nearly identical to the undoped material. The coating is fabricated at high temperature with plasma-assisted chemical vapor deposition techniques to eliminate defects, reduce energy-absorption sites, and maintain proper chemical stoichiometry. A number of differently-doped layer pairs, each layer having a thickness equal to one-quarter of a predetermined wavelength in the material are combined to form a narrowband reflective coating for a predetermined wavelength. Broadband reflectors are made by using a number of narrowband reflectors, each covering a portion of the broadband.

  6. Effects of Precursor Concentration on Structural and Optical Properties of ZnO Thin Films Grown on Muscovite Mica Substrates by Sol-Gel Spin-Coating.

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    Kim, Younggyu; Leem, Jae-Young

    2016-05-01

    The structural and optical properties of the ZnO thin films grown on mica substrates for different precursor concentrations were investigated. The surface morphologies of all the samples indicated that they consisted of granular structures with spherical nano-sized crystallites. The thickness of the ZnO thin films increased significantly and the optical band gap exhibited a blue shift with an increase in the precursor concentration. It is remarkable that the highest I(NBE)/I(DLE) ratio was observed for the ZnO thin film with 0.8 M precursor concentration, even though cracks formed on the surface of this film.

  7. Metasurface optical antireflection coating

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    Zhang, Boyang; Hendrickson, Joshua; Nader, Nima; Chen, Hou -Tong; Guo, Junpeng

    2014-12-15

    Light reflection at the boundary of two different media is one of the fundamental phenomena in optics, and reduction of reflection is highly desirable in many optical systems. Traditionally, optical antireflection has been accomplished using single- or multiple-layer dielectric films and graded index surface structures in various wavelength ranges. However, these approaches either impose strict requirements on the refractive index matching and film thickness, or involve complicated fabrication processes and non-planar surfaces that are challenging for device integration. Here, we demonstrate an antireflection coating strategy, both experimentally and numerically, by using metasurfaces with designer optical properties in the mid-wave infrared. Our results show that the metasurface antireflection is capable of eliminating reflection and enhancing transmission over a broad spectral band and a wide incidence angle range. The demonstrated antireflection technique has no requirement on the choice of materials and is scalable to other wavelengths.

  8. Metasurface optical antireflection coating

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    Zhang, Boyang; Hendrickson, Joshua; Nader, Nima; ...

    2014-12-15

    Light reflection at the boundary of two different media is one of the fundamental phenomena in optics, and reduction of reflection is highly desirable in many optical systems. Traditionally, optical antireflection has been accomplished using single- or multiple-layer dielectric films and graded index surface structures in various wavelength ranges. However, these approaches either impose strict requirements on the refractive index matching and film thickness, or involve complicated fabrication processes and non-planar surfaces that are challenging for device integration. Here, we demonstrate an antireflection coating strategy, both experimentally and numerically, by using metasurfaces with designer optical properties in the mid-wave infrared.more » Our results show that the metasurface antireflection is capable of eliminating reflection and enhancing transmission over a broad spectral band and a wide incidence angle range. The demonstrated antireflection technique has no requirement on the choice of materials and is scalable to other wavelengths.« less

  9. The effect of ALD-grown Al2O3 on the refractive index sensitivity of CVD gold-coated optical fiber sensors

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    Mandia, David J.; Zhou, Wenjun; Ward, Matthew J.; Joress, Howie; Sims, Jeffrey J.; Giorgi, Javier B.; Albert, Jacques; Barry, Seán T.

    2015-10-01

    The combined effect of nanoscale dielectric and metallic layers prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on the refractometric properties of tilted optical fiber Bragg gratings (TFBG) is studied. A high index intermediate layer made up of either 50 nm or 100 nm layers of Al2O3 (refractive index near 1.62) was deposited by ALD and followed by thin gold layers (30-65 nm) deposited from a known single-source gold (I) iminopyrrolidinate CVD precursor. The fabricated devices were immersed in different surrounding refractive indices (SRI) and the spectral transmission response of the TFBGs was measured. Preliminary results indicate that the addition of the dielectric Al2O3 pre-coating enhances the SRI sensitivity by up to 75% but this enhancement is highly dependent on the polarization and dielectric thickness. In fact, the sensitivity decreases by up to 50% for certain cases. These effects are discussed with support from TFBG simulations and models, by quantifying the penetration of the evanescently coupled light out of the fiber through the various coating layers. Additional characterization studies have been carried out on these samples to further correlate the optical behaviour of the coated TFBGs with the physical properties of the gold and Al2O3 layers, using atomic force microscopy x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and an ensemble of other optical and x-ray absorption spectroscopy techniques. The purity, roughness, and morphology of gold thin films deposited by CVD onto the dielectric-TFBG surface are also provided.

  10. The effect of ALD-grown Al₂O₃ on the refractive index sensitivity of CVD gold-coated optical fiber sensors.

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    Mandia, David J; Zhou, Wenjun; Ward, Matthew J; Joress, Howie; Sims, Jeffrey J; Giorgi, Javier B; Albert, Jacques; Barry, Seán T

    2015-10-30

    The combined effect of nanoscale dielectric and metallic layers prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on the refractometric properties of tilted optical fiber Bragg gratings (TFBG) is studied. A high index intermediate layer made up of either 50 nm or 100 nm layers of Al2O3 (refractive index near 1.62) was deposited by ALD and followed by thin gold layers (30-65 nm) deposited from a known single-source gold (I) iminopyrrolidinate CVD precursor. The fabricated devices were immersed in different surrounding refractive indices (SRI) and the spectral transmission response of the TFBGs was measured. Preliminary results indicate that the addition of the dielectric Al2O3 pre-coating enhances the SRI sensitivity by up to 75% but this enhancement is highly dependent on the polarization and dielectric thickness. In fact, the sensitivity decreases by up to 50% for certain cases. These effects are discussed with support from TFBG simulations and models, by quantifying the penetration of the evanescently coupled light out of the fiber through the various coating layers. Additional characterization studies have been carried out on these samples to further correlate the optical behaviour of the coated TFBGs with the physical properties of the gold and Al2O3 layers, using atomic force microscopy x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and an ensemble of other optical and x-ray absorption spectroscopy techniques. The purity, roughness, and morphology of gold thin films deposited by CVD onto the dielectric-TFBG surface are also provided.

  11. Colorimetry in optical coating

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    Oleari, Claudio

    2005-09-01

    Generally, the colour of the non-luminous objects in nature is due to absorption, diffusion and refraction of light. The colour of the optical coatings, as that of some kind of bird feathers, soap bubbles, butterfly wings, some insects, etc. is due to interference and therefore is named interference colour. This kind of colour belongs to the gonio-apparent or special-effect colours. Generally, industrial colorimetry does not deal with interference colour and the usual colorimetric instruments are inadequate to measure it. Only recently, with the new mica-pigment coatings, colorimetry is considering the measurement of the interference colour and new multiangle spectrophotometers are produced. This work is a general introduction to the ground of colorimetry and, at the end, deals with interference colours. A short overview is given of the Physiological Optics and of the Colorimetric Standards of the "Commission International de l'Eclairage" (CIE): particularly, Psychophysical Colorimetry, Psychometrical Colorimetry and Measurement Geometries are summarised. The colorimetry of gonio-apparent colours is considered. For a complete and detailed optical characterisation of interference colour the measurement of bidirectional transmittance and reflectance is needed. Particularly, basic elements for the colorimetric analysis of the interface between isotropic non-absorbing media and for thin monolayers are given.

  12. Pedestal substrate for coated optics

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    Hale, Layton C.; Malsbury, Terry N.; Patterson, Steven R.

    2001-01-01

    A pedestal optical substrate that simultaneously provides high substrate dynamic stiffness, provides low surface figure sensitivity to mechanical mounting hardware inputs, and constrains surface figure changes caused by optical coatings to be primarily spherical in nature. The pedestal optical substrate includes a disk-like optic or substrate section having a top surface that is coated, a disk-like base section that provides location at which the substrate can be mounted, and a connecting cylindrical section between the base and optics or substrate sections. The connecting cylindrical section may be attached via three spaced legs or members. However, the pedestal optical substrate can be manufactured from a solid piece of material to form a monolith, thus avoiding joints between the sections, or the disk-like base can be formed separately and connected to the connecting section. By way of example, the pedestal optical substrate may be utilized in the fabrication of optics for an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography imaging system, or in any optical system requiring coated optics and substrates with reduced sensitivity to mechanical mounts.

  13. Nanocomposite multilayer optically variable coatings

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    Lu, Junxia; Lai, Zhenquan; Wei, Jiandong; Zhang, Huilin; Deng, Zhongsheng; Zhang, Qinyuan; Wang, Jue

    2000-11-01

    The optically variable coatings can prevent counterfeiting of value documents. The cost of these coatings deposited by physical technology is very high. The sol-gel technology has the feature of a relatively lower cost and can be used to produce thin films with low refractive. We studied the optically variable coatings by the nano-composite technology (i.e., compound method of sol-gel technology and physical technology). The degree of color shift of some film structures with the viewing angle, including PET (substrate)/Cr/SiO2/Al and PET(sub.)/Cr/resin/Al etc., was calculated according to the color perception of human eyes. And the coatings produced were measured with the spectrometer.

  14. Mixed oxide coatings for optics.

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    Stenzel, Olaf; Wilbrandt, Steffen; Schürmann, Mark; Kaiser, Norbert; Ehlers, Henrik; Mende, Mathias; Ristau, Detlev; Bruns, Stefan; Vergöhl, Michael; Stolze, Markus; Held, Mario; Niederwald, Hansjörg; Koch, Thomas; Riggers, Werner; Burdack, Peer; Mark, Günter; Schäfer, Rolf; Mewes, Stefan; Bischoff, Martin; Arntzen, Markus; Eisenkrämer, Frank; Lappschies, Marc; Jakobs, Stefan; Koch, Stephan; Baumgarten, Beate; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2011-03-20

    Material mixtures offer new possibilities for synthesizing coating materials with tailored optical and mechanical properties. We present experimental results on mixtures of HfO2, ZrO2, and Al2O3, pursuing applications in UV coating technology, while the mixtures are prepared by magnetron sputtering, ion beam sputtering, plasma ion-assisted deposition (PIAD), and electron beam evaporation without assistance. The properties investigated include the refractive index, optical gap, thermal shift, and mechanical stress. The first high reflectors for UV applications have been deposited by PIAD.

  15. Optically enhanced SnO{sub 2}/CdSe core/shell nanostructures grown by sol-gel spin coating method

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    Kumar, Vijay Goswami, Y. C.; Rajaram, P.

    2015-08-28

    Synthesis of SnO{sub 2}/CdSe metal oxide/ chalcogenide nanostructures on glass micro slides using ultrasonic sol-gel process followed by spin coating has been reported. Stannous chloride, cadmium chloride and selenium dioxide compounds were used for Sn, Cd and Se precursors respectively. Ethylene glycol was used as complexing agent. The samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, AFM and UV-spectrophotometer. All the peaks shown in diffractograms are identified for SnO{sub 2}. Peak broadening observed in core shell due to stress behavior of CdSe lattice. Scanning electron microscope and AFM exhibits the conversion of cluster in to nanorods structures forms. Atomic force microscope shows the structures in nanorods form and a roughness reduced 1.5194 nm by the deposition of CdSe. Uv Visible spectra shows a new absorption edge in the visible region make them useful for optoelectronic applications.

  16. Optical interference coatings for optics and photonics [Invited].

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    Lee, Cheng-Chung

    2013-01-01

    Optical interference coatings play as an important role in the progress in optics and photonics. In this article we give a minireview of the evolution of optical interference coatings from the theory, the design, to the manufacture. Some interesting but challenging topics for the future are also discussed.

  17. Protective, Sacrificial Coats On Optical Surfaces

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    Babel, Henry W.; Hasegawa, Mark M.; Jones, Cherie A.

    1994-01-01

    Clear, easily cleaned sacrificial coats of polytetrafluoroethylene, polyurethane, silicone, or other low-outgassing organic films help maintain optical properties of surfaces of radiators, solar panels, and other components. Contamination removed by erosion of coats. Applied by conventional spraying or other techniques. Originally coats intended to protect surfaces of radiators on spacecraft in low orbit around the Earth. On Earth, used to protect optical surfaces against damage during manufacture or protect and facilitate cleaning of optical surfaces particularly delicate or otherwise not cleaned easily.

  18. Optical coatings for metamaterials (Conference Presentation)

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    Jen, Yi-Jun

    2016-09-01

    Optical coatings have been referred as thin films that create interference effect to change optical properties of substrates. The most common applications of optical thin films are anti-reflection coatings, high reflective coatings, beamsplitter coatings, and bandpass filter coatings. In the recent development of metamaterials, the optical coatings also play a critical role in design, fabrication and measurement. In fabrication, glancing angle deposition has been applied to grow slanted metal nanorod arrays. The associated longitudinal plasmon and transverse plasmon modes under linear polarized illuminations are induced and generate anisotropic refractive index and extinction coefficient. Strong birefringence of a silver nanorod array reveals positive and negative real refractive indices exist for two orthogonal linear polarization states. Recently, negative index materials and hyperbolic metamaterials are realized as multilayers comprising subwavelength-scale metal and dielectric films alternatively. From the view of optical coatings, the design of optical edge filters can be applied to arrange the metal-dielectric multilayer as a symmetrical film sack to perform equivalent complex admittance and refractive index. On the other hand, the traditional admittance diagram used in design of antireflection and bandpass filters can be applied to induce the transmission of a negative index multilayer. The admittance loci of metal films are designed to be huge contours in the admittance diagram to reduce the energy loss in metal films. Five-layered symmetrical film stack and seven-layered symmetrical film stack are shown here to present as new bandpass filters with negative real refractive indices.

  19. Surface figure control for coated optics

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    Ray-Chaudhuri, Avijit K.; Spence, Paul A.; Kanouff, Michael P.

    2001-01-01

    A pedestal optical substrate that simultaneously provides high substrate dynamic stiffness, provides low surface figure sensitivity to mechanical mounting hardware inputs, and constrains surface figure changes caused by optical coatings to be primarily spherical in nature. The pedestal optical substrate includes a disk-like optic or substrate section having a top surface that is coated, a disk-like base section that provides location at which the substrate can be mounted, and a connecting cylindrical section between the base and optics or substrate sections. The optic section has an optical section thickness.sup.2 /optical section diameter ratio of between about 5 to 10 mm, and a thickness variation between front and back surfaces of less than about 10%. The connecting cylindrical section may be attached via three spaced legs or members. However, the pedestal optical substrate can be manufactured from a solid piece of material to form a monolith, thus avoiding joints between the sections, or the disk-like base can be formed separately and connected to the connecting section. By way of example, the pedestal optical substrate may be utilized in the fabrication of optics for an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography imaging system, or in any optical system requiring coated optics and substrates with reduced sensitivity to mechanical mounts.

  20. Polyimide-coated embedded optical fiber sensors

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    Nath, Dilip K.; Nelson, Gary W.; Griffin, Stephen E.; Harrington, C. T.; He, Yi-Fei; Reinhart, Lawrence J.; Paine, D. C.; Morse, Theodore F.

    1991-10-01

    The present paper describes the behavior of embedded optical sensor fibers in a high- temperature PEEK (polyether ether ketone) carbon fiber composite. Sheets of this material, 200 micrometers thick, were layered in alternating directions for the carbon fibers. Typically, 16 sheets were used to form 3' X 6' or 3' X 8' panels by placing the optical fibers in the middle of the `prepreg' sheets, which were then heated to the processing temperature, and subjected to a pressure of 300 psi during the cool-down phase. Since the ordinary polymeric coatings of optical fibers cannot survive the 380 degree(s)C to 400 degree(s)C processing temperature of PEEK impregnated fiber composites, all of the optical sensor fibers tested were polyimide coated. The optical, mechanical, and thermal properties are reported and it is concluded that polyimide coated fibers can withstand PEEK processing conditions.

  1. Interferometric nanoporous anodic alumina photonic coatings for optical sensing

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    Chen, Yuting; Santos, Abel; Wang, Ye; Kumeria, Tushar; Wang, Changhai; Li, Junsheng; Losic, Dusan

    2015-04-01

    Herein, we present a systematic study on the development, optical optimization and sensing applicability of colored photonic coatings based on nanoporous anodic alumina films grown on aluminum substrates. These optical nanostructures, so-called distributed Bragg reflectors (NAA-DBRs), are fabricated by galvanostatic pulse anodization process, in which the current density is altered in a periodic manner in order to engineer the effective medium of the resulting photonic coatings. As-prepared NAA-DBR photonic coatings present brilliant interference colors on the surface of aluminum, which can be tuned at will within the UV-visible spectrum by means of the anodization profile. A broad library of NAA-DBR colors is produced by means of different anodization profiles. Then, the effective medium of these NAA-DBR photonic coatings is systematically assessed in terms of optical sensitivity, low limit of detection and linearity by reflectometric interference spectroscopy (RIfS) in order to optimize their nanoporous structure toward optical sensors with enhanced sensing performance. Finally, we demonstrate the applicability of these photonic nanostructures as optical platforms by selectively detecting gold(iii) ions in aqueous solutions. The obtained results reveal that optimized NAA-DBR photonic coatings can achieve an outstanding sensing performance for gold(iii) ions, with a sensitivity of 22.16 nm μM-1, a low limit of detection of 0.156 μM (i.e. 30.7 ppb) and excellent linearity within the working range (0.9983).Herein, we present a systematic study on the development, optical optimization and sensing applicability of colored photonic coatings based on nanoporous anodic alumina films grown on aluminum substrates. These optical nanostructures, so-called distributed Bragg reflectors (NAA-DBRs), are fabricated by galvanostatic pulse anodization process, in which the current density is altered in a periodic manner in order to engineer the effective medium of the resulting

  2. Optics and multilayer coatings for EUVL systems

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    Soufli, R; Bajt, S; Hudyma, R M; Taylor, J S

    2008-03-21

    EUV lithography (EUVL) employs illumination wavelengths around 13.5 nm, and in many aspects it is considered an extension of optical lithography, which is used for the high-volume manufacturing (HVM) of today's microprocessors. The EUV wavelength of illumination dictates the use of reflective optical elements (mirrors) as opposed to the refractive lenses used in conventional lithographic systems. Thus, EUVL tools are based on all-reflective concepts: they use multilayer (ML) coated optics for their illumination and projection systems, and they have a ML-coated reflective mask.

  3. Defect-related properties of optical coatings

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    Cheng, Xinbin; Wang, Zhanshan

    2014-02-01

    Defects in optical coatings are a major factor degrading their performance. Based on the nature of defects, we classified them into two categories: visible defects and non-visible defects. Visible defects result from the replication of substrate imperfections or particulates within the coatings by subsequent layers and can increase scattering loss, produce critical errors in extreme ultraviolet lithography, weaken mechanical and environmental stability, and reduce laser damage resistance. Non-visible defects mainly involve a decrease in laser damage resistance but typically have no influence on other properties of optical coatings. In the case of widely used HfO2/SiO2 dielectric coatings, metallic Hf nano-clusters, off-stoichiometric HfO2 nano-clusters, or areas of high-density electronic defects have been postulated as possible sources for non-visible defects. The emphasis of this review is devoted to discussing localized defect-driven laser-induced damage (LID) in optical coatings used for nanosecond-scale pulsed laser applications, but consideration is also given to other properties of optical coatings such as scattering, environmental stability, etc. The low densities and diverse properties of defects make the systematic study of LID initiating from localized defects time-consuming and very challenging. Experimental and theoretical studies of localized defect-driven LID using artificial defects whose properties can be well controlled are highlighted.

  4. Characterization of 1064nm laser-induced damage on antireflection coatings grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Liu, Zhichao; Wei, Yaowei; Chen, Songlin; Luo, Jin; Ma, Ping

    2011-12-01

    Damage tests were carried out to measure the laser resistance of Al2O3/TiO2 and Al2O3/HfO2 antireflection coatings at 1064nm grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The S-on-1 and R-on-1 damage results are given. It's interesting to find that ALD coatings damage performance seems closed to those grown by conventional e-beam evaporation process. For Al2O3/TiO2 coatings, the grown temperature will impact the damage resistance of thin films. Crystallization of TiO2 layer at higher temperature could play an importance role as absorption defects that reduced the LIDT of coatings. In addition, it is found that using inorganic compound instead of organic compound as precursors for ALD process can effective prevent residual carbon in films and will increase the LIDT of coatings.

  5. The early days of optical coatings

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    Macleod, Angus

    1999-12-01

    The history of optical coatings is a long one with many observations and publications but little industrial activity until a period of explosive growth began in the 1940s. The trigger was World War II and the need on all sides for improved optical instruments ranging from binoculars to periscopes and bombsights, but it is certain that the growth would have occurred, perhaps a year or two later, even without the war. After the war the growth continued, partly because of military needs, but much more because of other factors such as the continuing growth in general optics, the enormous expansion of the chemical industry and its need for infrared and visible analytical tools, the need for narrowband contrast enhancing filters in astronomy, and then, very significantly, the laser. Nowadays, optical coatings are indispensible features of virtually all optical systems.

  6. Figure correction of multilayer coated optics

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    Chapman; Henry N. , Taylor; John S.

    2010-02-16

    A process is provided for producing near-perfect optical surfaces, for EUV and soft-x-ray optics. The method involves polishing or otherwise figuring the multilayer coating that has been deposited on an optical substrate, in order to correct for errors in the figure of the substrate and coating. A method such as ion-beam milling is used to remove material from the multilayer coating by an amount that varies in a specified way across the substrate. The phase of the EUV light that is reflected from the multilayer will be affected by the amount of multilayer material removed, but this effect will be reduced by a factor of 1-n as compared with height variations of the substrate, where n is the average refractive index of the multilayer.

  7. High performance fluoride optical coatings for DUV optics

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    Zhang, Lichao; Cai, Xikun

    2014-08-01

    In deep ultraviolet region that typical applications are used on the ArF wavelength, coated optics should meet stringent requirements of optical systems. To meet these requirements, systematical researches are carried out on fabrication and characterization methods of fluoride coatings. First, by optimizing of deposition processes, dense coatings with the refractive index of ~1.7 for LaF3 and ~1.4 for MgF2, together with extinction coefficients of ~2×10-4 on 193nm were realized. The transmission of AR coating for 193nm achieved by using optimized deposition techniques is 99.8%. Second, a method of designing shadowing masks was developed to solve the problem of correcting coating thickness distributions for complex DUV systems. By using the method, the thickness distribution error specification of 3% PV has been achieved on substrates with ~300mm diameters and large curvatures. Finally, the laser calorimetry method is used to evaluate the laser radiation stability of fluoride coatings. It is turned out that the damage coefficients of fluoride coatings, which are defined as the values of unrecoverable increase of the absorption during the laser irradiation process, are much lower than that of fused silica substrates. The above progresses could further support the realization of high performance DUV optical systems.

  8. Optical coating technology for the EUV

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    Osantowski, J. F.; Keski-Kuha, R. A. M.; Herzig, H.; Toft, A. R.; Gum, J. S.; Fleetwood, C. M.

    1991-01-01

    Advances in optical coating and materials technology are one of the key motivators for the development of missions such as the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer recently selected by NASA for an Explorer class mission in the mid 1990's. The performance of a range of candidate coatings are reviewed for normal-incidence and glancing-incidence applications, and attention is given to strengths and problem areas for their use in space. The importance of recent developments in multilayer films, chemical-vapor deposited SiC (CVD-SiC) mirrors, and SiC films are discussed in the context of EUV instrumentation design. For example, the choice of optical coatings is a design driver for the selection of the average glancing angle for the FUSE telescope, and impacts efficiency, short-wavelength cut-off, and physical size.

  9. Ultrasonic characterization of thermally grown oxide in thermal barrier coating by reflection coefficient amplitude spectrum.

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    Ma, Zhiyuan; Zhao, Yang; Luo, Zhongbing; Lin, Li

    2014-04-01

    The thermally grown oxide (TGO) growth at the interface of ceramic coating/bond coating in thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) was evaluated by ultrasonic reflection coefficient amplitude spectrum (URCAS). A theoretical analysis was performed about the influence of acoustic impedance match relationship between the ceramic coating and its adjacent media on URCAS. The immersion ultrasonic narrow pulse echo method was carried out on the TBC specimen before and after oxidation under 1050°C×1h for 15cycles. The resonant peaks of URCAS obtained before and after oxidation showed that TGO which generated between the ceramic coating and bond coating due to the oxidation, changed the acoustic impedance match between the ceramic coating and its adjacent media. This method is able to nondestructively characterize the generation of TGO in TBCs, and is important to practical engineering application.

  10. The optical properties of hygroscopic soot aggregates with water coating

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    Wu, Yu; Cheng, Tianhai; Zheng, Lijuan

    2014-05-01

    Anthropogenic aerosols, such as soot, have modified the Earth's radiation balance by scattering and absorbing solar and long-wave radiative transmission, which have largely influenced the global climate change since the industrial era. Based on transmission electron microscope images (TEM), soot particles are shown as the complex, fractal-like aggregate structures. In humid atmospheric environments, these soot aggregates tend to acquire a water coating, which introduces further complexity to the problem of determining the optical properties of the aggregates. The hygroscopic growth of soot aggregates is important for the aging of these absorbing aerosols, which can significantly influence the optical properties of these kinds of soot particles. In this paper, according to the specific volume fractions of soot core in the water coated soot particle, the monomers of fractal soot aggregates are modeled as semi-external mixtures (physical contact) with constant radius of soot core and variable size of water coating. The single scattering properties of these hygroscopic soot particles, such as scattering matrices, the cross sections of extinction, absorption and scattering, single scattering albedo (SSA), and asymmetry parameter (ASY), are calculated using the numerically exact superposition T-matrix method. The morphological effects are compared with different monomer numbers and fractal dimensions of the soot aggregates, as well as different size of water coating for these concentric spherical monomers. The results have shown that SSA, cross sections of extinction and absorption are increased for soot aggregates with thicker weakly absorbing coating on the monomers. It is found that the SSA of aged soot aggregates with hygroscopic grown are remarkably (~50% for volume fraction of soot aggregates is 0.5, at 0.670μm) larger than fresh soot particles without the consideration of water coating, due to the size of water coating and the morphological features, such as the

  11. Coated fiber tips for optical instrumentation

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    Barton, John B.; Chanda, Sheetal; Locknar, Sarah A.; Carver, Gary E.

    2016-03-01

    Compact optical systems can be fabricated by integrating coatings on fiber tips. Examples include fiber lasers, fiber interferometers, fiber Raman probes, fiber based spectrometers, and anti-reflected endoscopes. These interference filters are applied to exposed tips - either connectorized or cleaved. Coatings can also be immersed within glass by depositing on one tip and connecting to another uncoated tip. This paper addresses a fiber spectrometer for multispectral imaging - useful in several fields including biomedical scanning, flow cytometry, and remote sensing. Our spectrometer integrates serial arrays of reflecting fiber tips, delay lines between these elements, and a single element detector.

  12. New Challenges in Optical Coating Design

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    Stenzel, Olaf

    Modern mathematical algorithms allow to theoretically generate thin film designs that fit nearly any reasonable specification. Nevertheless, as practice has shown, the gap between calculated and technologically achievable characteristics may be significant, so that the search for qualitatively new design and production tools is still in progress and represents one of the most complex challenges in thin optical coating theory and technology today. Such new design challenges include the incorporation of gradient index layers into classical designs, the design of rugate filters, or novel filter concepts that are based on resonant grating waveguide structures. Moreover, the development of novel composite coating materials is expected to facilitate the optimisation of future designs.

  13. Laser Window Materials and Optical Coating Science

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    1977-08-01

    10 Torr pressure , is presently the favored alternative RAP agent. Comparison studies of optical coatings prepared under conventional high...In principle , the uncoated surface heat also contributes to the first and second slopes but in practice, as discussed in the results in Sec. Ill...jim), CO (5.3 jim), and CO2 (9.27 and 10.6 fi.m). The window materials that are under investigation include selected alkali halides and

  14. Optical Diagnostics for Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Eldridge, J. I.; Spuckler, C. M.; Bencic, T. J.; Martin, R. E.

    2004-01-01

    The translucent nature of ceramic oxide thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) provides an opportunity to employ optical probes to monitor temperature gradients and buried damage propagation within the coating. An important advantage of noncontact optical diagnostics is that they are amendable to health monitoring of TBCs in service. In this paper, two optical diagnostic approaches, operating in different wavelength regimes, are discussed. The first approach is the use of mid-infrared reflectance (MIR) to monitor the progression of TBC delamination produced by thermal cycling. This approach takes advantage of the maximum transparency of the TBCs at mid-infrared wavelengths, in particular, between 3 and 5 microns. Recent progress in extending the MIR method to a more practical visual inspection tool will be presented. A second approach, using visible wavelengths, is the embedding of thermographic phosphors within the TBC to add sensing functions to the coating that can provide depth-selective information about temperature gradients and TBC integrity. Emphasis will be given to the use of fluorescence decay time measurements to provide temperature readings from a thermographic phosphor layer residing beneath the TBC.

  15. Optical Society of America's 2007 Topical Meeting on Optical Interference Coatings: overview.

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    Kaiser, Norbert; Stolz, Christopher J

    2008-05-01

    The Optical Society of America's Topical Meeting on Optical Interference Coatings convenes every three years to survey and capture advancements in the broad area of optical coatings. This meeting serves as a focal point for global technical interchange in the field of optical interference coatings. It includes papers on research, development, and applications of optical coatings, such as fundamental and theoretical contributions in the field as well as practical techniques and applications.

  16. Homogeneity of material and optical properties in HEM grown sapphire

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    Stout, M.; Hibbard, D.

    2015-09-01

    Sapphire crystal boules, approximately 34 cm in diameter and 22 cm tall, grown by the Heat Exchanger Method (HEM) are currently being sliced, ground and polished for use as window substrates in a variety of aerospace applications. As the need for larger volumes of higher quality material increases, it is necessary to evaluate and understand the homogeneity of optical and material properties within sapphire boules to ensure the needs of the industry can be met. The optical homogeneity throughout the full useable thickness of a representative sapphire boule was evaluated by measuring the transmitted wavefront error of multiple thin slices. This approach allowed the creation of a full-volume three-dimensional homogeneity map. Additionally, the uniformity of other critical characteristics of the material was evaluated at multiple locations within a boule. Specific properties investigated were equibiaxial flexural strength, index of refraction, Knoop hardness, coefficient of thermal expansion and modulus of elasticity. The results of those evaluations will be reported.

  17. High-temperature polyimide coating for optical fibres

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    Semjonov, S L; Dianov, E M; Sapozhnikov, D A; Erin, D Yu; Zabegaeva, O N; Kushtavkina, I A; Vygodskii, Ya S; Nishchev, K N

    2015-04-30

    We present our first results on the fabrication of new, high-performance polyimide coatings. The key components of the coatings are polyimides containing various cardo and/or fluoroalkylene groups, which allows the coatings to retain their high-temperature stability and facilitates the storage of the starting polymer and the optical fibre coating process owing to the good solubility of such copolymers in many organic solvents. Annealing for 30 s, 1 h and 24 h at temperatures of 430, 350 and 300 °C, respectively, reduces the strength of optical fibres having such coating by no more than 10%. (optical fibres)

  18. Optical reflector coatings for astronomical applications from EUV to IR

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    Schürmann, Mark; Jobst, Paul Johannes; Yulin, Sergiy; Feigl, Torsten; Heiße, Hanno; Wilbrandt, Steffen; Stenzel, Olaf; Gebhardt, Andreas; Risse, Stefan; Kaiser, Norbert

    2012-09-01

    Optical coatings are an integral part of superior optical components. Astronomical applications (ground- and space-based) place especially high demands on these coatings, not only with regard to their optical performance but also to their mechanical and environmental stability, their thermal properties, and their radiation resistance. This article presents a short overview of several coating solutions developed in recent years at Fraunhofer IOF in order to meet the challenging demands of astronomical applications. The focus is placed on high reflective coatings for different wavelength regions including coatings for the VUV range below 100nm, coatings for the DUV wavelength range above 100nm and VIS/NIR/IR coatings. Further, amorphous silicon layers will be introduced which can be polished to very low roughness values and therefore can act as polishing layer for the manufacture of ultraprecise optical components from metal substrates.

  19. Design and testing of AR coatings for MEGARA optics

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    Ortiz, R.; Carrasco, E.; Páez, G.; Pompa, O.; Sanchez-Blanco, E.; Gil de Paz, A.; Gallego, J.; Iglesias-Páramo, J.

    2016-08-01

    We present the antireflection coatings of the optical elements of MEGARA, the new integral field and multi-object spectrograph for the Gran Telescopio Canarias. We describe the methodology for optimizing the solutions. We also present the results of the final deposited coatings. The main optics require broadband coatings in the range from 370 nm to 980 nm for different materials with a mean R<1.3% at specific angles of incidence in each surface. For each material a specific arrangement of thicknesses of the same eight layers were produced and tested. For the spectrograph pupil elements four layer coatings were designed and produced R<0.3%. The design of main optics and pupil elements coatings have been shared between INAOE and CIO. The coating depositions have been performed at CIO in the Integrity 39 Denton Vacuum Deposition System. The main optics final coatings fulfill MEGARA requirements.

  20. Maintaining high-Q in an optical microresonator coated with high-aspect-ratio gold nanorods

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    Ganta, D.; Dale, E. B.; Rosenberger, A. T.

    2013-10-01

    We report methods to coat fused-silica microresonators with solution-grown high-aspect-ratio (AR) gold nanorods (NRs). Microresonators coated using our method maintain an optical quality factor (Q) greater than 107 after coating. The more successful method involves silanization of the surface of the microresonator with 3-mercaptopropylmethyldimethoxysilane (MPMDMS), to enable the adhesion of gold NRs. The high-AR NR-coated microresonator combines the field enhancement of localized surface plasmon resonances with the cavity-enhanced evanescent components of high-Q whispering-gallery modes, making it useful for plasmonic sensing applications in the infrared. By coating with NRs having a different aspect ratio, the enhancement regime can be selected within a wide range of wavelengths.

  1. Diamondlike carbon protective coatings for optical windows

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    Swec, Diane M.; Mirtich, Michael J.

    1989-01-01

    Diamondlike carbon (DLC) films were deposited on infrared transmitting optical windows and were evaluated as protective coatings for these windows exposed to particle and rain erosion. The DLC films were deposited on zinc selenide (ZnSe) and zinc sulfide (ZnS) by three different ion beam methods: (1) sputter deposition from a carbon target using an 8-cm argon ion source; (2) direct deposition by a 30-cm hollow cathode ion source with hydrocarbon gas in argon; and (3) dual beam direct deposition by the 30-cm hollow cathode ion source and an 8-cm argon ion source. In an attempt to improve the adherence of the DLC films on ZnSc and ZnS, ion beam cleaning, ion implantation with helium and neon ions, or sputter deposition of a thin, ion beam intermediate coating was employed prior to deposition of the DLC film. The protection that the DLC films afforded the windows from particle and rain erosion was evaluated, along with the hydrogen content, adherence, intrinsic stress, and infrared transmittance of the films. Because of the elevated stress levels in the ion beam sputtered DLC films and in those ion beam deposited with butane, films thicker than 0.1 micron and with good adherence on ZnS and ZnSe could not be generated. An intermediate coating of germanium successfully allowed the DLC films to remain adherent to the optical windows and caused only negligible reduction in the specular transmittance of the ZnS and ZnSe at 10 microns.

  2. Method for forming hermetic coatings for optical fibers

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    Michalske, Terry A.; Rye, Robert R.; Smith, William L.

    1993-01-01

    A method for forming hermetic coatings on optical fibers by hot filament assisted chemical vapor deposition advantageously produces a desirable coating while maintaining the pristine strength of the pristine fiber. The hermetic coatings may be formed from a variety of substances, such as, for example, boron nitride and carbon.

  3. Simple method for measuring reflectance of optical coatings

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    Wen Gui Wang; Yi Sheng Chen

    1995-12-31

    The quality of optical coatings has an important effect on the performance of optical instrument. The last few years, the requirements for super low loss dielectric mirror coatings used in low gain laser systems such as free electron laser and the ring laser etc., have given an impetus to the development of the technology of precise reflectance measurement of optical coatings. A reliable and workable technique is to measure the light intensity decay time of optical resonant cavity. This paper describes a measuring method which is dependent on direct measurement of the light intensity decay time of a resonant cavity comprised of low loss optical components. According to the evolution of a luminous flux stored inside the cavity, this method guarantees not only a quick and precise reflectance measurements of low loss highly reflecting mirror coatings but also transmittance measurements of low loss antireflection coatings and is especially effective with super los loss highly reflecting mirror. From the round-trip path length of the cavity and the speed of light, the light intensity exponential decay time of an optical cavity is easy to obtain and the cavity losses can be deduced. An optical reflectance of low loss highly mirror coatings and antireflection coatings is precisely measured as well. This is highly significant for the discrimination of the coating surface characteristics, the improvement of the performance of optical instrument and the development of high technology.

  4. James Webb Space Telescope Optical Telescope Element Mirror Coatings

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    Keski-Kuha, Ritva A.; Bowers, Charles W.; Quijada, Manuel A.; Heaney, James B.; Gallagher, Benjamin; McKay, Andrew; Stevenson, Ian

    2012-01-01

    James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Optical Telescope Element (OTE) mirror coating program has been completed. The science goals of the JWST mission require a uniform, low stress, durable optical coating with high reflectivity over the JWST spectral region. The coating has to be environmentally stable, radiation resistant and compatible with the cryogenic operating environment. The large size, 1.52 m point to point, light weight, beryllium primary mirror (PM) segments and flawless coating process during the flight mirror coating program that consisted coating of 21 flight mirrors were among many technical challenges. This paper provides an overview of the JWST telescope mirror coating program. The paper summarizes the coating development program and performance of the flight mirrors.

  5. Optical interference coatings for improved luminaire performance. Final report

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    Rubins, H.L.

    1981-01-01

    An interior broadbeam HID uplight and an upstream roadway luminaire were developed to demonstrate that optical coated luminaire components can improve the visual effectiveness and energy efficiency of a lighting system. Optical coated reflectors and flat lens covers were very effective in the development of new improved lighting techniques. The coatings reduce reflection and transmission losses, opening the door to new design options for improving lighting performance and saving energy.

  6. Metal-Coated Optical Fibers for High Temperature Applications

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    Zeakes, Jason; Murphy, Kent; Claus, Richard; Greene, Jonathan; Tran, Tuan

    1996-01-01

    This poster will highlight on-going research at the Virginia Tech Fiber & Electro-Optics Research Center (FEORC) in the area of thin films on optical fibers. Topics will include the sputter deposition of metals and metal; alloys onto optical fiber and fiber optic sensors for innovative applications. Specific information will be available on thin film fiber optic hydrogen sensors, corrosion sensors, and metal-coated optical fiber for high temperature aerospace applications.

  7. Self-cleaning antireflective optical coatings.

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    Guldin, Stefan; Kohn, Peter; Stefik, Morgan; Song, Juho; Divitini, Giorgio; Ecarla, Fanny; Ducati, Caterina; Wiesner, Ulrich; Steiner, Ullrich

    2013-01-01

    Low-cost antireflection coatings (ARCs) on large optical surfaces are an ingredient-technology for high-performance solar cells. While nanoporous thin films that meet the zero-reflectance conditions on transparent substrates can be cheaply manufactured, their suitability for outdoor applications is limited by the lack of robustness and cleanability. Here, we present a simple method for the manufacture of robust self-cleaning ARCs. Our strategy relies on the self-assembly of a block-copolymer in combination with silica-based sol-gel chemistry and preformed TiO2 nanocrystals. The spontaneous dense packing of copolymer micelles followed by a condensation reaction results in an inverse opal-type silica morphology that is loaded with TiO2 photocatalytic hot-spots. The very low volume fraction of the inorganic network allows the optimization of the antireflecting properties of the porous ARC despite the high refractive index of the embedded photocatalytic TiO2 nanocrystals. The resulting ARCs combine high optical and self-cleaning performance and can be deposited onto flexible plastic substrates.

  8. Study of influence of the fiber optic coatings parameters on optical acoustic sensitivity

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    Lavrov, V. S.; Kulikov, A. V.; Plotnikov, M. U.; Efimov, M. E.; Varzhel, S. V.

    2016-08-01

    The paper presents the optical fiber acoustic sensitivity dependence on the coating parameters and the thickness of coating layer. A comparison of data obtained from the theoretical research and experimental estimates of real samples sensitivity in air and water.

  9. Effect of coated urea on cadmium accumulation in Oryza sativa L. grown in contaminated soil.

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    Xu, Chao; Wu, Zisong; Zhu, Qihong; Zhu, Hanhua; Zhang, Yangzhu; Huang, Daoyou

    2015-11-01

    Experiments were conducted to determine the effects of three types of coated urea on the accumulation of cadmium (Cd) in rice (Oryza sativa L.) grown in contaminated soil. Pot-culture experiments were conducted in a greenhouse from July to November 2012 on the rice cultivar "Hua Hang Si Miao" in Guangzhou (China). The experimental design was completely randomized with four treatments and three replications. The treatments were control (CK) (N 0 mg/kg), prilled urea (PU) (N 200 mg/kg), polymer-coated urea (PCU) (N 200 mg/kg), and sulfur-coated urea (SCU) (N 200 mg/kg). Our results indicated that applications of PCU and SCU slightly increased the dry weight of rice grains. The application of SCU significantly decreased the CaCl2 and toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP)-extractable Cd concentrations by 15.4 and 56.1%, respectively. Sequential extractions showed that PCU and SCU applications led to a significant decrease in Cd in the exchangeable fraction and an increase in the bound iron (Fe) and manganese (Mn) oxides fractions. Cd concentrations in grains treated with PCU were reduced by 11.7%, whereas SCU significantly reduced Cd concentrations by 29.1%. SCU reduced Cd transfer from the straws to the grain. Our results demonstrated that PCU and SCU may be effective in mitigating Cd accumulation in rice grown in acidic Cd-contaminated soil, especially in plants receiving SCU.

  10. Second NATO Workshop on Passive Infrared Optical Materials and Coatings

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    1987-12-01

    conductivity Scale -up has been achieved and pieces suggest that susceptibility to thermal several meters square have been grown. A shock may limit the...using a Vicker’s indenter. KIc values. Disc specimens are impacted by was found to increase with increasing jet (or drops) of known size and ve ...coat and substrate, ities are used to yield a threshold ve - rcspectively, d is the coating thickness, locity of about 135 m s- 1 for damage in :nd -the

  11. A novel processing of carbon nanotubes grown on molecular sieve coated porous ceramics

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    Mazumder, Sangram; Sarkar, Naboneeta; Park, Jung Gyu; Zhao, Wei; Kim, Sukyoung; Kim, Ik Jin

    2015-08-01

    The present study focuses on the growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on Fe-containing zeolites coated porous ceramics by implementing three different and independent techniques, successively. Direct foaming-derived porous ceramics were subjected to hydrothermal reaction for on-site growth of NaA zeolites within it. The porous ceramics-zeolite composite was subjected to ion-exchange reaction to obtain the catalyst for CNT synthesis. Multi-walled CNTs (MWCNTs) were grown by catalytic chemical vapour deposition (CCVD) process using acetylene as carbon source. Microstructural, thermogravimetric and spectroscopic analyses showed distinctive differences in terms of hollow structural feature, yield and crystallinity of the MWCNTs with different reaction temperatures.

  12. Interference Lithography for Optical Devices and Coatings

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    2010-01-01

    fabricate self- healing coatings that use water from the environment to catalyze polymerization. Polymerization induced phase separation was used to... catalyzed by moisture in air; if the indices of the two polymers are matched, the coatings turn transparent after healing. Interference lithography...self- healing coatings that use water from the environment to catalyze polymerization. Polymerization induced phase separation was used to sequester

  13. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of the growth kinetics of biomimetically grown hydroxyapatite thin-film coatings

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    McLeod, K.; Kumar, S.; Dutta, N. K.; Smart, R. St. C.; Voelcker, N. H.; Anderson, G. I.

    2010-09-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) thin-film coatings grown biomimetically using simulated body fluid (SBF) are desirable for a range of applications such as improved fixation of fine- and complex-shaped orthopedic and dental implants, tissue engineering scaffolds and localized and sustained drug delivery. There is a dearth of knowledge on two key aspects of SBF-grown HA coatings: (i) the growth kinetics over short deposition periods, hours rather than weeks; and (ii) possible difference between the coatings deposited with and without periodic SBF replenishment. A study centred on these aspects is reported. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has been used to study the growth kinetics of SBF-grown HA coatings for deposition periods ranging from 0.5 h to 21 days. The coatings were deposited with and without periodic replenishment of SBF. The XPS studies revealed that: (i) a continuous, stable HA coating fully covered the titanium substrate after a growth period of 13 h without SBF replenishment; (ii) thicker HA coatings about 1 μm in thickness resulted after a growth period of 21 days, both with and without SBF replenishment; and (iii) the Ca/P ratio at the surface of the HA coating was significantly lower than that in its bulk. No significant difference between HA grown with and without periodic replenishment of SBF was found. The coatings were determined to be carbonated, a characteristic desirable for improved implant fixation. The atomic force and scanning electron microscopies results suggested that heterogeneous nucleation and growth are the primary deposition mode for these coatings. Primary osteoblast cell studies demonstrated the biocompatibility of these coatings, i.e., osteoblast colony coverage of approximately 80%, similar to the control substrate (tissue culture polystyrene).

  14. Fiber optic ultrasound transducers with carbon/PDMS composite coatings

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    Mosse, Charles A.; Colchester, Richard J.; Bhachu, Davinder S.; Zhang, Edward Z.; Papakonstantinou, Ioannis; Desjardins, Adrien E.

    2014-03-01

    Novel ultrasound transducers were created with a composite of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) that was dip coated onto the end faces of optical fibers. The CNTs were functionalized with oleylamine to allow for their dissolution in xylene, a solvent of PDMS. Ultrasound pulses were generated by illuminating the composite coating with pulsed laser light. At distances of 2 to 16 mm from the end faces, ultrasound pressures ranged from 0.81 to 0.07 MPa and from 0.27 to 0.03 MPa with 105 and 200 μm core fibers, respectively. Using an optical fiber hydrophone positioned adjacent to the coated 200 µm core optical fiber, ultrasound reflectance measurements were obtained from the outer surface of a sheep heart ventricle. The results of this study suggest that ultrasound transducers that comprise optical fibers with CNT-PDMS composite coatings may be suitable for miniature medical imaging probes.

  15. Optical monitoring for power law fluids during spin coating.

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    Jardim, P L G; Michels, A F; Horowitz, F

    2012-01-30

    Optical monitoring is applied, in situ and in real time, to non-newtonian, power law fluids in the spin coating process. An analytical exact solution is presented for thickness evolution that well fits to most measurement data. As result, typical rheological parameters are obtained for several CMC (carboximetilcelullose) concentrations and rotation speeds. Optical monitoring thus precisely indicates applicability of the model to power law fluids under spin coating.

  16. Advanced optical coatings for astronomical instrumentation

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    Pradal, Fabien; Leplan, Hervé; Vayssade, Hervé; Geyl, Roland

    2016-07-01

    Recently Safran Reosc worked and progressed on various thin film technology for: Large mirrors with low stress and stable coatings. Large lens elements with strong curvature and precise layer specifications. Large filters with high spectral response uniformity specifications. IR coatings with low stress and excellent resistance to cryogenic environment for NIR to LWIR domains. Pixelated coatings. Results will be presented and discussed on the basis of several examples.

  17. Optical Diagnostics of Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Majewski, Mark Steven

    The high temperature properties of ceramic materials make them suitable for the extreme environments of gas combustion powered turbines. They are instrumental in providing thermal insulation for the metallic turbine components from the combustion products. Also, the addition of specific rare earth elements to ceramics creates materials with temperature diagnostic applications. Laser based methods have been applied to these ceramic coatings to predict their remaining thermal insulation service life and to explore their high temperature diagnostic capabilities. A method for cleaning thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) contaminated during engine operation has been developed using laser ablation. Surface contamination on the turbine blades hinders nondestructive remaining life prediction using photo luminescence piezospectroscopy (PLPS). Real time monitoring of the removed material is employed to prevent damage to the underlying coating. This method relies on laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to compute the cross correlation coefficient between the spectral emissions of a sample TBC that is contaminated and a reference clean TBC. It is possible to remove targeted contaminants and cease ablation when the top surface of the TBC has been reached. In collaboration with this work, Kelley's thesis [1] presents microscopy images and PLPS measurements indicating the integrity of the TBC has been maintained during the removal of surface contaminants. Thermographic phosphors (TGP) have optical emission properties when excited by a laser that are temperature dependent. These spectral and temporal properties have been investigated and utilized for temperature measurement schemes by many previous researchers. The compounds presented in this dissertation consist of various rare earth (Lanthanide) elements doped into a host crystal lattice. As the temperature of the lattice changes, both the time scale for vibrational quenching and the distribution of energy among atomic energy

  18. Optical interference coating design contest 2016: a dispersive mirror and coating uniformity challenge.

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    Kruschwitz, Jennifer D T; Pervak, Vladimir; Keck, Jason; Bolshakov, Ilya; Gerig, Zachary; Lemarchand, Fabien; Sato, Kageyuki; Southwell, William; Sugiura, Muneo; Trubetskov, Michael; Yuan, Wenjia

    2017-02-01

    A dispersive mirror and a coating uniformity challenge were the topics of the design contest held in conjunction with the 2016 Optical Interference Coatings topical meeting of The Optical Society (OSA). A total of 18 designers from China, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States submitted 38 total designs for problems A and B. Michael Trubetskov submitted the winning designs for all four design challenges. The design problems and the submitted solutions are described and evaluated.

  19. Microbubble generation using fiber optic tips coated with nanoparticles.

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    Pimentel-Domínguez, Reinher; Hernández-Cordero, Juan; Zenit, Roberto

    2012-04-09

    We show that fiber optic tips can be used as microbubble generators in liquid media. Using standard single-mode silica fibers incorporating nanoparticles (carbon nanoparticles and metallic powders), bubbles can be generated with low optical powers owing to the enhanced photothermal effects of the coating materials. We provide details about the hydrodynamic effects generated in the vicinity of the fiber tip during the coating process, bubble generation and growth. Flow visualization techniques show that thermal effects lead to bubble formation on the tip of the fibers, and coating optimization is crucial for optimal performance of the probes.

  20. Electron Emission Observations from As-Grown and Vacuum-Coated Chemical Vapor Deposited Diamond

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    Lamouri, A.; Wang, Yaxin; Mearini, G. T.; Krainsky, I. L.; Dayton, J. A., Jr.; Mueller,W.

    1996-01-01

    Field emission has been observed from chemical vapor deposited diamond grown on Mo and Si substrates. Emission was observed at fields as low as 20 kV/cm. The samples were tested in the as-grown form, and after coating with thin films of Au, CsI, and Ni. The emission current was typically maximum at the onset of the applied field, but was unstable, and decreased rapidly with time from the as-grown films. Thin Au layers, approximately 15 nm thick, vacuum deposited onto the diamond samples significantly improved the stability of the emission current at values approximately equal to those from uncoated samples at the onset of the applied field. Thin layers of CsI, approximately 5 nm thick, were also observed to improve the stability of the emission current but at values less than those from the uncoated samples at the onset of the applied field. While Au and CsI improved the stability of the emission, Ni was observed to have no effect.

  1. Optical enhancing durable anti-reflective coating

    DOEpatents

    Maghsoodi, Sina; Varadarajan, Aravamuthan; Movassat, Meisam

    2016-07-05

    Disclosed herein are polysilsesquioxane based anti-reflective coating (ARC) compositions, methods of preparation, and methods of deposition on a substrate. In embodiments, the polysilsesquioxane of this disclosure is prepared in a two-step process of acid catalyzed hydrolysis of organoalkoxysilane followed by addition of tetralkoxysilane that generates silicone polymers with >40 mol % silanol based on Si-NMR. These high silanol siloxane polymers are stable and have a long shelf-life in the polar organic solvents at room temperature. Also disclosed are low refractive index ARC made from these compositions with and without additives such as porogens, templates, Si--OH condensation catalyst and/or nanofillers. Also disclosed are methods and apparatus for applying coatings to flat substrates including substrate pre-treatment processes, coating processes including flow coating and roll coating, and coating curing processes including skin-curing using hot-air knives. Also disclosed are coating compositions and formulations for highly tunable, durable, highly abrasion-resistant functionalized anti-reflective coatings.

  2. Optically transparent, scratch-resistant, diamond-like carbon coatings

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    He, Xiao-Ming; Lee, Deok-Hyung; Nastasi, Michael A.; Walter, Kevin C.; Tuszewski, Michel G.

    2003-06-03

    A plasma-based method for the deposition of diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings is described. The process uses a radio-frequency inductively coupled discharge to generate a plasma at relatively low gas pressures. The deposition process is environmentally friendly and scaleable to large areas, and components that have geometrically complicated surfaces can be processed. The method has been used to deposit adherent 100-400 nm thick DLC coatings on metals, glass, and polymers. These coatings are between three and four times harder than steel and are therefore scratch resistant, and transparent to visible light. Boron and silicon doping of the DLC coatings have produced coatings having improved optical properties and lower coating stress levels, but with slightly lower hardness.

  3. Coating Procedure of Subaru Telescope Optics

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    Hayashi, Saeko S.; Kamata, Yukiko; Kanzawa, Tomio; Miyashiti, Akihiko; Nakagiri, Masao; Nishimura, Tetsuo; Noguchi, Takeshi; Okita, Kiichi; Oshima, Norio; Sasaki, Goro; Torii, Yasuo; Yutani, Masami; Ishikawa, Tsuyoshi

    For coating large mirrors of Subaru Telescope, we employ conventional evaporation scheme because it is known for uniform coverage. We will report installation and the performance verification of the coating facility of Subaru telescope. The coating facility consists of a washing tower for stripping the old coating from the primary mirror, a large evaporation coating chamber, two trolleys for the primary mirror, and a scissors-like primary mirror lifter. Tests with large coating chamber at Mauna Kea, as well as with smaller chamber at Mitaka, will be discussed. To supply a large number of filaments with uniform quality, our practical solution is to pre-wet the filaments and keep them in a controlled environment before the evaporation. In the initial test, aluminum film over the large area exceeded the number targeted for the thickness and yet the uniformity turned out to be better than the specification. Reflectivity of the fresh surface was over 90% at visible wavelength. In September 1997, we re-aluminized 1.6m infrared simulator at Mitaka for the first time using pre-wetted filaments. The result verified our coating procedures for the secondary mirror in late 1997 and the 8.3m primary mirror in early in 1998.

  4. Laser Damage in Thin Film Optical Coatings

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    1992-07-01

    OTHER RELEVANT ISSUES The damage thresholds of refractory oxides used as AR coatings for alexandrite laser rods were determined and measured by...used and a limited number of TiO 2/SiO2 coatings were put on alexandrite substrates. Single layer AR coatings of MgF2 and NaAIF 6 were also tested for...measurements were made using an alexandrite laser at a wavelength of 790 nm. with a pulse duration of 200 nsec at 30Hz for 2 seconds. The near spot

  5. Anti-biofouling coatings for optical fiber sensors

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    Mignani, Anna G.; Bizzarri, P.; Driver, M.; Palmer, R.; Liefeith, K.; Hildebrand, G.; Dakin, John P.

    2002-02-01

    One of the most serious problems relevant to the use of optical fiber sensors in real-world environments is surface fouling, that is, the cumulative build-up of undesirable material on the working surface of a sensor. This paper present the results of anti-biofouling tests on coated fiber optic probes for reflectance spectroscopy in blood- simulating foul media, namely Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) and Fibrinogen. The anti-biofouling coating, a proprietary invention of Biocompatibles Ltd., was a cross-linkable Phosphorylcholine (PC) polymer with Silane functionality, to improve adhesion to silica-containing substrates. All tests in BSA and Fibrinogen showed that PC-1036 coating was efficient in avoiding the build-up of biological material. In fact, optical signal variations of un-coated probes showed fluctuations in the 6-20% range, while coated probes exhibited a nearly-stable optical signal. These results were also confirmed by a microscopic check, which showed adhesions of biological material to un-coated probes.

  6. Optically transparent, superhydrophobic methyltrimethoxysilane based silica coatings without silylating reagent

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    Kavale, Mahendra S.; Mahadik, D. B.; Parale, V. G.; Wagh, P. B.; Gupta, Satish C.; Rao, A. Venkateswara; Barshilia, Harish C.

    2011-10-01

    The superhydrophobic surfaces have drawn lot of interest, in both academic and industries because of optically transparent, adherent and self-cleaning behavior. Surface chemical composition and morphology plays an important role in determining the superhydrophobic nature of coating surface. Such concert of non-wettability can be achieved, using surface modifying reagents or co-precursor method in sol-gel process. Attempts have been made to increase the hydrophobicity and optical transparency of methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) based silica coatings using polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) instead of formal routes like surface modification using silylating reagents. The optically transparent, superhydrophobic uniform coatings were obtained by simple dip coating method. The molar ratio of MTMS:MeOH:H 2O was kept constant at 1:5.63:1.58, respectively with 0.5 M NH 4F as a catalyst and the weight percent of PMMA varied from 1 to 8. The hydrophobicity of silica coatings was analyzed by FTIR and contact angle measurements. These substrates exhibited 91% optical transmittance as compared to glass and water drop contact angle as high as 171 ± 1°. The effect of humidity on hydrophobic nature of coating has been studied by exposing these films at relative humidity of 90% at constant temperature of 30 °C for a period of 45 days. The micro-structural studies carried out by transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

  7. Moisture-resistant coatings for optical components

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    Hollahan, J. R.; Wydeven, T.; Johnson, C. C.

    1973-01-01

    Plasma polymerization technique is used to apply thin, adherent, hydrophobic coatings from chlorotrifluoroethylene monomer. Apparently much of the chlorine contained in original monomer is lost during polymerization, and characteristic C-Cl absorption in infrared region is essentially absent.

  8. Highly enhanced and temporally stable field emission from MWCNTs grown on aluminum coated silicon substrate

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    Sreekanth, M.; Ghosh, S. Patra, R.; Srivastava, P.

    2015-06-15

    In this work, a detailed field emission study of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) grown on Si and Al coated Si substrates is reported. Morphological and microstructural studies of the films show higher entanglement of CNTs in the case of CNT/Si film as compared to CNT/Al/Si film. Raman studies show that the defect mediated peak (D) is substantially suppressed as compared to graphitic peak (G) resulting in significant reduction in I{sub D}/I{sub G} value in CNT/Al/Si film. Field emission (FE) current density of CNT/Al/Si film (∼25 mA/cm{sup 2}) is significantly higher as compared to that of CNT/Si film (∼1.6 mA/cm{sup 2}). A substantial improvement in temporal stability is also observed in CNT/Al/Si film. This enhancement in field emission current is attributed to strong adhesion between substrate and CNTs, low work function, high local field enhancement factor at the CNT tips and less entanglement of CNTs grown on Al/Si. The temporally stable CNT/Al/Si cold cathode can be a potential candidate to replace conventional electron sources in prototype devices.

  9. Plasmon enhanced optical tweezers with gold-coated black silicon

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    Kotsifaki, D. G.; Kandyla, M.; Lagoudakis, P. G.

    2016-05-01

    Plasmonic optical tweezers are a ubiquitous tool for the precise manipulation of nanoparticles and biomolecules at low photon flux, while femtosecond-laser optical tweezers can probe the nonlinear optical properties of the trapped species with applications in biological diagnostics. In order to adopt plasmonic optical tweezers in real-world applications, it is essential to develop large-scale fabrication processes without compromising the trapping efficiency. Here, we develop a novel platform for continuous wave (CW) and femtosecond plasmonic optical tweezers, based on gold-coated black silicon. In contrast with traditional lithographic methods, the fabrication method relies on simple, single-step, maskless tabletop laser processing of silicon in water that facilitates scalability. Gold-coated black silicon supports repeatable trapping efficiencies comparable to the highest ones reported to date. From a more fundamental aspect, a plasmon-mediated efficiency enhancement is a resonant effect, and therefore, dependent on the wavelength of the trapping beam. Surprisingly, a wavelength characterization of plasmon-enhanced trapping efficiencies has evaded the literature. Here, we exploit the repeatability of the recorded trapping efficiency, offered by the gold-coated black silicon platform, and perform a wavelength-dependent characterization of the trapping process, revealing the resonant character of the trapping efficiency maxima. Gold-coated black silicon is a promising platform for large-scale parallel trapping applications that will broaden the range of optical manipulation in nanoengineering, biology, and the study of collective biophotonic effects.

  10. Plasmon enhanced optical tweezers with gold-coated black silicon

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    Kotsifaki, D. G.; Kandyla, M.; Lagoudakis, P. G.

    2016-01-01

    Plasmonic optical tweezers are a ubiquitous tool for the precise manipulation of nanoparticles and biomolecules at low photon flux, while femtosecond-laser optical tweezers can probe the nonlinear optical properties of the trapped species with applications in biological diagnostics. In order to adopt plasmonic optical tweezers in real-world applications, it is essential to develop large-scale fabrication processes without compromising the trapping efficiency. Here, we develop a novel platform for continuous wave (CW) and femtosecond plasmonic optical tweezers, based on gold-coated black silicon. In contrast with traditional lithographic methods, the fabrication method relies on simple, single-step, maskless tabletop laser processing of silicon in water that facilitates scalability. Gold-coated black silicon supports repeatable trapping efficiencies comparable to the highest ones reported to date. From a more fundamental aspect, a plasmon-mediated efficiency enhancement is a resonant effect, and therefore, dependent on the wavelength of the trapping beam. Surprisingly, a wavelength characterization of plasmon-enhanced trapping efficiencies has evaded the literature. Here, we exploit the repeatability of the recorded trapping efficiency, offered by the gold-coated black silicon platform, and perform a wavelength-dependent characterization of the trapping process, revealing the resonant character of the trapping efficiency maxima. Gold-coated black silicon is a promising platform for large-scale parallel trapping applications that will broaden the range of optical manipulation in nanoengineering, biology, and the study of collective biophotonic effects. PMID:27195446

  11. Sol-gel optical coatings for lasers, 3

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    Floch, H.G.; Belleville, P.F.; Priotton, J.J.; Pegon, P.M.; Dijonneau, C.S.; Guerain, J.

    1995-12-01

    The planned megajoule-class neodymium-glass laser system will be the world`s largest. The proposed CEL-V design, based on the use of 240 beams, will use 50--150 times more optical material than did Phebus. Almost 10,000 m{sup 2} of coated area are required for optical coatings; this is a factor of almost 500 increase over Phebus. Lens, flashlamp, blastshield, harmonic converter, debris shield, window and cavity-end mirror coatings by the sol-gel process represent >96% of the entire coated area. The remaining <4% are high-rejection-ratio polarizers, pick-off cavity mirrors and transport mirrors. Cost estimates show that, for coating deposition, the sol-gel technique provides considerable saving compared to the more conventional e-beam deposition technique. Highly reflective and polarizing sol-gel-derived optical coatings have been prepared and tested for the proposed French megajoule neodymium-glass laser. Laser damage studies are reported here.

  12. Knowledge-based optical coatings design and manufacturing

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    Guenther, Karl H.; Gonzalez, Avelino J.; Yoo, Hoi J.

    1990-12-01

    The theory of thin film optics is well developed for the spectral analysis of a given optical coating. The inverse synthesis - designing an optical coating for a certain spectral performance - is more complicated. Usually a multitude of theoretical designs is feasible because most design problems are over-determined with the number of layers possible with three variables each (n, k, t). The expertise of a good thin film designer comes in at this point with a mostly intuitive selection of certain designs based on previous experience and current manufacturing capabilities. Manufacturing a designed coating poses yet another subset of multiple solutions, as thin if in deposition technology has evolved over the years with a vast variety of different processes. The abundance of published literature may often be more confusing than helpful to the practicing thin film engineer, even if he has time and opportunity to read it. The choice of the right process is also severely limited by the given manufacturing hardware and cost considerations which may not easily allow for the adaption of a new manufacturing approach, even if it promises to be better technically (it ought to be also cheaper). On the user end of the thin film coating business, the typical optical designer or engineer who needs an optical coating may have limited or no knowledge at all about the theoretical and manufacturing criteria for the optimum selection of what he needs. This can be sensed frequently by overly tight tolerances and requirements for optical performance which sometimes stretch the limits of mother nature. We introduce here a know1edge-based system (KBS) intended to assist expert designers and manufacturers in their task of maximizing results and minimizing errors, trial runs, and unproductive time. It will help the experts to manipulate parameters which are largely determined through heuristic reasoning by employing artificial intelligence techniques. In a later state, the KBS will include a

  13. Coating Thin Mirror Segments for Lightweight X-ray Optics

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    Chan, Kai-Wing; Sharpe, Marton V.; Zhang, William; Kolosc, Linette; Hong, Melinda; McClelland, Ryan; Hohl, Bruce R.; Saha, Timo; Mazzarellam, James

    2013-01-01

    Next generations lightweight, high resolution, high throughput optics for x-ray astronomy requires integration of very thin mirror segments into a lightweight telescope housing without distortion. Thin glass substrates with linear dimension of 200 mm and thickness as small as 0.4 mm can now be fabricated to a precision of a few arc-seconds for grazing incidence optics. Subsequent implementation requires a distortion-free deposition of metals such as iridium or platinum. These depositions, however, generally have high coating stresses that cause mirror distortion. In this paper, we discuss the coating stress on these thin glass mirrors and the effort to eliminate their induced distortion. It is shown that balancing the coating distortion either by coating films with tensile and compressive stresses, or on both sides of the mirrors is not sufficient. Heating the mirror in a moderately high temperature turns out to relax the coated films reasonably well to a precision of about a second of arc and therefore provide a practical solution to the coating problem.

  14. Optical properties of dielectric plates coated with gapped graphene

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    Klimchitskaya, G. L.; Mostepanenko, V. M.

    2017-01-01

    The optical properties of dielectric plates coated with gapped graphene are investigated on the basis of first principles of quantum electrodynamics. The reflection coefficients and reflectivities of graphene-coated plates are expressed in terms of the polarization tensor of gapped graphene and the dielectric permittivity of plate material. Simple approximate expressions for the required combinations of components of the polarization tensor applicable in the wide frequency region, where the presence of a gap influences the optical properties, are found. Numerical computations of the reflectivities of graphene-coated SiO 2 plates are performed for different values of the mass-gap parameter at different temperatures. It is shown that with an increasing gap width the reflectivity of a graphene-coated plate at the normal incidence decreases by up to a factor of 8 depending on the values of frequency and mass-gap parameter. The angle dependences of reflectivities for both polarizations of the incident electromagnetic waves have been computed for Si and SiO 2 plates coated with gapped graphene. We demonstrate that the TM reflectivity has a minimum value at some angle of incidence depending on the mass-gap parameter, frequency and temperature, whereas the TE reflectivity depends on the angle of incidence monotonously. However, for the graphene coatings with a nonzero mass-gap parameter the reflected light cannot be fully polarized. Possible applications of the obtained results are discussed.

  15. Optical Property Evaluation of Next Generation Thermal Control Coatings

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    Jaworske, Donald A.; Deshpande, Mukund S.; Pierson, Edward A.

    2010-01-01

    Next generation white thermal control coatings were developed via the Small Business Innovative Research program utilizing lithium silicate chemistry as a binder. Doping of the binder with additives yielded a powder that was plasma spray capable and that could be applied to light weight polymers and carbon-carbon composite surfaces. The plasma sprayed coating had acceptable beginning-of-life and end-of-live optical properties, as indicated by a successful 1.5 year exposure to the space environment in low Earth orbit. Recent studies also showed the coating to be durable to simulated space environments consisting of 1 keV and 10 keV electrons, 4.5 MeV electrons, and thermal cycling. Large scale deposition was demonstrated on a polymer matrix composite radiator panel, leading to the selection of the coating for use on the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission.

  16. 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

  17. Oleophobic optical coating deposited by magnetron PVD

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    Bernt, D.; Ponomarenko, V.; Pisarev, A.

    2016-09-01

    Thin oxinitride films of Zn-Sn-O-N and Si-Al-O-N were deposited on glass by reactive magnetron sputtering at various nitrogen-to-oxygen ratios. Nitrogen added to oxygen led to decrease of the surface roughness and increase of oleophobic properties studied by the oil-drop test. The best oleophobity was obtained for Zn-Sn-O-N oxinitride at Zn:Sn=1:1 and N:O=1:2. Improved oleophobic properties were also demonstrated if the oxinitride film was deposited on top of the multilayer coating as the final step in the industrial cycle of production of energy efficient glass.

  18. Quantitative Topographical Characterization of Thermally Sprayed Coatings by Optical Microscopy

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    Schwaller, P.; Züst, R.; Michler, J.

    2009-03-01

    Topography measurements and roughness calculations for different rough surfaces (Rugotest surface comparator and thermally sprayed coatings) are presented. The surfaces are measured with a novel quantitative topography measurement technique based on optical stereomicroscopy and a comparison is made with established scanning stylus and optical profilometers. The results show that for most cases the different methods yield similar results. Stereomicroscopy is therefore a valuable method for topographical investigations in both quality control and research. On the other hand, the method based on optical microscopy demands a careful optimization of the experimental settings like the magnification and the illumination to achieve satisfactory results.

  19. Optical tissue phantoms based on spin coating method

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    Park, Jihoon; Ha, Myungjin; Yu, Sung Kon; Radfar, Edalat; Jun, Eunkwon; Lee, Nara; Jung, Byungjo

    2015-03-01

    Fabrication of optical tissue phantom (OTP) simulating whole skin structure has been regarded as laborious and time consuming work. This study fabricated multilayer OTP optically and structurally simulating epidermis-dermis structure including blood vessel. Spin coating method was used to produce thin layer mimicking epidermal layer, then optimized for reference epoxy and silicone matrix. Adequacy of both materials in phantom fabrication was considered by comparison the fabrication results. In addition similarities between OTP and biological tissue in optical property and thickness was measured to evaluate this fabrication process.

  20. Extraordinary optical transmission through metal-coated colloidal monolayers

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    Landström, L.; Brodoceanu, D.; Piglmayer, K.; Bäuerle, D.

    2006-09-01

    Extraordinary optical transmission through metal-coated close-packed monolayers has been observed. The monolayers consist of silica (a-SiO2) or polystyrene microspheres that form two-dimensional close-packed lattices by self-assembly. Metal layers of Ag, Au and Ni with different thicknesses (larger than the skin depth) were evaporated onto such lattices by means of standard techniques. The optical transmission spectra investigated between 300 and 2500 nm show pronounced peaks that scale with the diameter and the optical properties of the composite slabs. The enhanced transmission observed is most likely mediated via plasmons.

  1. Diamondlike Carbon Coatings for Optical Systems

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1989-02-01

    Measurements ... ............ ... 48 3.3.1 Ultraviolet-Visible ( UV -Vis) Dual Beam Spectrometer ......................... 48 3.3.2 Optical Measurements 300 to 850...measured from UV -VIS absorption measurements on samples deposited on glass slides, the optical energy gap was about 0.2 eV for the 500-watt sample...10.5 100 70 6.1 1 APR 88,Comments Excellent film (greenish dark silver color) (masked) 871-374 4746 600 9.6E-5 1000 10.5 100 70 6.1 c 1APR 88 1

  2. Mechanical properties of polyimide coated optical fibers at elevated temperatures

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    Huang, Lei; Dyer, Robert S.; Lago, Ralph J.; Stolov, Andrei A.; Li, Jie

    2016-03-01

    High temperature mechanical strength and reliability of optical fibers have become important subjects as optical fibers are increasingly used for harsher environments. Theories and models of fiber mechanical properties established for traditional telecommunications applications may need to be validated for applications at elevated temperatures. In this paper, we describe the test setup for high temperature tensile strength of fiber and report initial results of dynamic tensile strength of polyimide coated optical fiber at 300 and 350ºC for different heating time intervals. The results are compared with room temperature strength data, data available in the literature, and our earlier work on thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) weight loss of the polyimide coating and the observations on surface morphology at elevated temperatures. Interesting observations are discussed and possible explanations are proposed.

  3. Composition for forming an optically transparent, superhydrophobic coating

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    Simpson, John T.; Lewis, Linda A.

    2015-12-29

    A composition for producing an optically clear, well bonded superhydrophobic coating includes a plurality of hydrophobic particles comprising an average particle size of about 200 nm or less, a binder at a binder concentration of from about 0.1 wt. % to about 0.5 wt. %, and a solvent. The hydrophobic particles may be present in the composition at a particle concentration of from about 0.1 wt. % to about 1 wt. %. An optically transparent, superhydrophobic surface includes a substrate, a plurality of hydrophobic particles having an average particle size of about 200 nm or less dispersed over the substrate, and a discontinuous binder layer bonding the hydrophobic particles to the substrate, where the hydrophobic particles and the binder layer form an optically transparent, superhydrophobic coating.

  4. Ion Assisted Deposition of Optical Coatings.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1986-08-01

    comparable to the value of 2.15 for e-team evaporated Ta205 reported by Herrmann. 49 Demiryont, Sites and Geib reported a value of 2.18 for ion-beam...243 (1982). 156 15. H. Demiryont, J. R. Sites and Kent Geib , "Effects of oxygen content on the optical properties of tantalum oxide films deposited by

  5. Nanocrystallized Cu2Se grown on electroless Cu coated p-type Si using electrochemical atomic layer deposition

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    Zhang, Lu; He, Wenya; Chen, Xiang-yu; Du, Yi; Zhang, Xin; Shen, Yehua; Yang, Fengchun

    2015-01-01

    Cuprous selenide (Cu2Se) nanocrystalline thin films are grown onto electroless Cu coating on p-Si (100) substrates using electrochemical atomic layer deposition (EC-ALD), which includes alternate electrodeposition of Cu and Se atomic layers. The obtained films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electronic microscopy (FE-SEM), FTIR, and open-circuit potential (OCP) studies. The results show the higher quality and good photoelectric properties of the Cu2Se film, suggesting that the combination of electroless coating and EC-ALD is an ideal method for deposition of compound semiconductor films on p-Si.

  6. Vacuum deposited optical coatings experiment (AO 138-4)

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    Charlier, Jean

    1991-01-01

    The aim of this experiment was to test the optical behavior of 20 components and coatings subjected to space exposure. Most of them are commonly used for their reflective or transmittive properties in spaceborne optics. They consist in several kind of metallic and dielectric mirrors designed for the 0.12 to 10 microns spectrum, UV, and NIR bandpass filters, visible, and IR antireflecting coatings, visible/IR dichroic beam splitters, and visible beam splitter. The coatings were deposited on various substrates such as glasses, germanium, magnesium fluoride, quartz, zinc selenide, and kanigened aluminum. Several coating materials were used such as Al, Ag, Au, MgF2, LaF3, ThF3, ThF4, SiO2, TiO2, ZrO2, Al2O3, MgO, Ge, and ZnSe. Five samples of each component were manufactured. Two flight samples were mounted in such a way that one was directly exposed to space and the other looking backwards. The same arrangement was used for the spare samples stored on ground in a box identical to the flight one and they were kept under vacuum during the LDEF mission. Finally, one set of reference components was stocked in a sealed box under a dry nitrogen atmosphere. By comparing the preflight and postflight optical performances of the five samples of each component, it is possible to detect the degradations due to the space exposure.

  7. Organic small molecule-based optical coatings

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    Schulz, U.; Präfke, C.; Munzert, P.; Kaiser, N.

    2011-09-01

    A small molecule is a low molecular weight organic compound which is by definition not a polymer. Therefore, physical vapor deposition by evaporation as common for inorganic oxides is often possible. Organic layers can be useful as components of interference stacks for different functions. A number of organic compounds have interesting UV absorption characteristics and can be used to protect UV-sensitive polymers such as polycarbonate. In addition, organic layers can be applied to generate nanostructured thin films with a very low effective refractive index, as shown recently for polymers. A structured organic single layer can be applied as an antireflective (AR) coating for a glass lens. The applicability of several small molecule compounds will be discussed in this paper.

  8. Performance-limiting factors in optical coatings

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    MacLeod, H. A.

    1981-01-01

    A qualitative analysis is given to the problem of the shortfalls of thin film performance below the theoretical potential. The ideal performance is described, that is, what designers could achieve if layers could be deposited with the ideal properties of homogeneous, parallel-sided slabs of bulk-like material. Losses as low as 1 dB/km are achievable in bulk materials, but are not a representative loss in thin films. Moisture and other contaminants can be adsorbed onto the thin film surface, and capillary action can cause all the void space in the film to fill with water. Moisture helps reduce durability by lowering the surface energy, and it increases the likelihood of adhesion failures. For high intensity coatings, the main cause of performance below ideal is long and short pulse laser damage.

  9. Optical coherence tomography for evaluation of enamel and protective coatings.

    PubMed

    Alsayed, Ehab Z; Hariri, Ilnaz; Sadr, Alireza; Nakashima, Syozi; Bakhsh, Turki A; Shimada, Yasushi; Sumi, Yasunori; Tagami, Junji

    2015-01-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an interferometric imaging technique. This study aimed to employ OCT to evaluate four different resin-based materials including a coating containing glass-ionomer filler and calcium, a giomer, and two fluoride-releasing self-etch resins. The coating and its underlying and adjacent enamel were monitored using swept-source OCT (center wavelength: 1330 nm) at baseline, after 5,000 thermal cycles, and after 1, 4 and 7 days of demineralization (pH 4.5). The coatings showed different thicknesses (60-250 micrometers) and various levels of structural and interfacial integrity. OCT could detect a demineralization inhibition zone adjacent to the edge of the fluoride- and calcium-releasing material. Localized demineralization was occasionally observed under thinner coatings. Protection of susceptible enamel surfaces by thin resin-based bioactive coatings provides protection from demineralization. OCT can be used to non-destructively monitor the integrity of such coatings, as well as enamel changes beneath and adjacent to them.

  10. Optical Society of America's 2010 Topical Meeting on Optical Interference Coatings: introduction by the feature editors.

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    Stolz, Christopher J; Tilsch, Markus K; Ristau, Detlev

    2011-03-20

    This Applied Optics feature issue is dedicated to the eleventh topical meeting on Optical Interference Coatings held on 6-11 June 2010 in Tucson, Arizona, USA. This topical conference is held in a three year rotation with conferences in Europe and Asia and is a premier opportunity to discuss advances in research and development within the field of optical interference coatings. Papers from this meeting cover a broad range of topics ranging from deposition processes, thin film design, materials, metrology, and a wide array of practical applications.

  11. The Optical Society's 2016 topical meeting on optical interference coatings: introduction.

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    Ristau, Detlev; Li, Li; Sargent, Robert; Sytchkova, Anna

    2017-02-01

    This feature issue of Applied Optics is dedicated to the 13th Topical Meeting on Optical Interference Coatings, which was held June 19-24, 2016, in Tucson, Arizona, USA. The conference, taking place every three years, is a focal point for global technical interchange in the field of optical interference coatings and provides premier opportunities for people working in the field to present their new advances in research and development. Papers presented at the meeting covered a broad range of topics, including fundamental research on coating design theory, new materials, and deposition and characterization technologies, as well as the vast and growing number of applications in electronic displays, communication, optical instruments, high power and ultra-fast lasers, solar cells, space missions, gravitational wave detection, and many others.

  12. Absorptance Measurements of Optical Coatings - A Round Robin

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    Chow, R; Taylor, J R; Wu, Z L; Boccara, C A; Broulik, U; Commandre, M; DiJon, J; Fleig, C; Giesen, A; Fan, Z X; Kuo, P K; Lalezari, R; Moncur, K; Obramski, H-J; Reicher, D; Ristau, D; Roche, P; Steiger, B; Thomsen, M; von Gunten, M

    2000-10-26

    An international round robin study was conducted on the absorption measurement of laser-quality coatings. Sets of optically coated samples were made by a ''reactive DC magnetron'' sputtering and an ion beam sputtering deposition process. The sample set included a high reflector at 514 nm and a high reflector for the near infrared (1030 to 1318 nm), single layers of silicon dioxide, tantalum pentoxide, and hafnium dioxide. For calibration purposes, a sample metalized with hafnium and an uncoated, superpolished fused silica substrate were also included. The set was sent to laboratory groups for absorptance measurement of these coatings. Whenever possible, each group was to measure a common, central area and another area specifically assigned to the respective group. Specific test protocols were also suggested in regards to the laser exposure time, power density, and surface preparation.

  13. Nanoporous Aluminum Oxide Membranes Coated with Atomic Layer Deposition-Grown Titanium Dioxide for Biomedical Applications: An In Vitro Evaluation.

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    Petrochenko, Peter E; Kumar, Girish; Fu, Wujun; Zhang, Qin; Zheng, Jiwen; Liang, Chengdu; Goering, Peter L; Narayan, Roger J

    2015-12-01

    The surface topographies of nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) membranes have been shown to modulate cell response in orthopedic and skin wound repair applications. In this study, we: (1) demonstrate an improved atomic layer deposition (ALD) method for coating the porous structures of 20, 100, and 200 nm pore diameter AAO with nanometer-thick layers of TiO2 and (2) evaluate the effects of uncoated AAO and TiO2-coated AAO on cellular responses. The TiO2 coatings were deposited on the AAO membranes without compromising the openings of the nanoscale pores. The 20 nm TiO2-coated membranes showed the highest amount of initial protein adsorption via the micro bicinchoninic acid (micro-BCA) assay; all of the TiO2-coated membranes showed slightly higher protein adsorption than the uncoated control materials. Cell viability, proliferation, and inflammatory responses on the TiO2-coated AAO membranes showed no adverse outcomes. For all of the tested surfaces, normal increases in proliferation (DNA content) of L929 fibroblasts were observed over from 4 hours to 72 hours. No increases in TNF-alpha production were seen in RAW 264.7 macrophages grown on TiO2-coated AAO membranes compared to uncoated AAO membranes and tissue culture polystyrene (TCPS) surfaces. Both uncoated AAO membranes and TiO2-coated AAO membranes showed no significant effects on cell growth and inflammatory responses. The results suggest that TiO2-coated AAO may serve as a reasonable prototype material for the development of nanostructured wound repair devices and orthopedic implants.

  14. An amorphous fluoropolymer: Next generation optical coating candidate

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    Chow, R.; Loomis, G.E.; Spragge, M.K.; Lindsey, E.L.; Rainer, F.; Ward, R.L.; Kozlowski, M.R.

    1994-05-01

    Anti-reflective (AR) and high reflector (HR) optical coatings were made by physical vapor deposition (PVD) of Teflon AF2400, a perfluorinated amorphous polymer. The AR had the highest laser damage thresholds recorded for PVD coatings at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory damage facility. The HR was a multilayer of ZnS and AF2400. The bandwidth was 550 mn, centered at 1064 mn. Single layers of Teflon AF2400 deposited by PVD were characterized optically. The refractive index could be intentionally reduced below the bulk value by varying either deposition rate or substrate temperature. Scanning electron microscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance observations indicated that morphological changes caused the variations in the refractive index rather than compositional changes.

  15. Damage precursor measurements on UV-optical coatings

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    Ettrich, K.; Blaschke, H.; Welsch, E.

    1995-12-31

    For application in UV thin film optics the thermal contribution to the laser-induced optical breakdown was investigated utilizing time-resolved photothermal probe beam deflection (MIRAGE) technique. The potentiality of this method for the determination of both the subdamage range and the onset of single-shot-damage of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/SiO{sub 2} and LaF{sub 3}/MgF{sub 2} high-reflective coatings by using the thermal branch of the MIRAGE technique could be demonstrated. Examining the dielectric mirrors by 248 nm KrF laser irradiation, distinct damage precursor features were found. Thus, the physical origin of the UV pulsed radiation breakdown in HR coatings can be elucidated.

  16. Optical, mechanical and thermal characterization of l-threonine single crystals grown in dimethyl urea solution

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    Shanthi, A.; Krishnan, C.; Selvarajan, P.

    2013-09-01

    An organic material of a noncentrosymmetric l-threonine single crystal was grown in a dimethyl urea solution using the slow evaporation method. The grown crystal was transparent and colorless, with a size of about 20 × 7 × 4 mm3, obtained within a period of 10 days. The grown crystal was subjected to various studies, such as x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), microhardness, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) transmittance, thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis (TGA/DTA) and second harmonic generation (SHG). l-threonine crystals grown in a dimethyl urea solution show relative SHG efficiency of 0.92 times that of potassium dihydrogen phosphate. The functional groups of the crystals have been confirmed by FTIR analysis. The mechanical strength of the crystal was estimated by the Vickers hardness test. The lattice parameters of the grown crystal were determined by single crystal XRD and powder XRD studies, and the diffraction peaks were indexed. A UV-Vis spectrum was recorded in the wavelength range of 200-1100 nm to find the suitability of the crystal for nonlinear optical applications. The thermal stability of l-threonine crystal grown in dimethyl urea was checked using the TGA/DTA analysis.

  17. Reflective Coating for Lightweight X-Ray Optics

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    Chan, Kai-Wing; Zhang, William W.; Windt, David; Hong, Mao-Ling; Saha, Timo; McClelland, Ryan; Sharpe, Marton; Dwivedi, Vivek H.

    2012-01-01

    X-ray reflective coating for next generation's lightweight, high resolution, optics for astronomy requires thin-film deposition that is precisely fine-tuned so that it will not distort the thin sub-mm substrates. Film of very low stress is required. Alternatively, mirror distortion can be cancelled by precisely balancing the deformation from multiple films. We will present results on metallic film deposition for the lightweight optics under development. These efforts include: low-stress deposition by magnetron sputtering and atomic layer deposition of the metals, balancing of gross deformation with two-layer depositions of opposite stresses and with depositions on both sides of the thin mirrors.

  18. Residual stress and dislocations density in silicon ribbons grown via optical zone melting

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    Augusto, A.; Pera, D.; Choi, H. J.; Bellanger, P.; Brito, M. C.; Maia Alves, J.; Vallêra, A. M.; Buonassisi, T.; Serra, J. M.

    2013-02-01

    We investigate the relationships between growth rate, time-temperature profile, residual stress, dislocation density, and electrical performance of silicon ribbons grown via optical zone melting. The time-temperature profiles of ribbons grown at different velocities were investigated using direct measurements and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling. Residual stresses up to 20 MPa were measured using infrared birefringence imaging. The effect of crystallization speed on dislocation density and residual stress is discussed from the context of thermal stresses during growth. More broadly, we demonstrate the usefulness of combining spatially resolved stress and microstructure measurements with CFD simulations toward optimizing kerfless silicon wafer quality.

  19. Sol-gel optical coatings for lasers, 2

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    Floch, H.G.; Belleville, P.F.; Priotton, J.J.; Pegon, P.M.; Dijonneau, C.S.; Guerain, J.

    1995-11-01

    There are three basic types of antireflective (AR) coatings. The first is a single-layer coating in which the coating index is equal to the square root of the index of the substrate, assuming air is the external medium. The second type is a system of two or more layers of different indexes. The third type is a graded-index system, where the index is uniformly and continuously graded from the substrate to the external medium. Low reflection ranges from narrow for the single-layer to broad for the graded-layer and multilayered with a large number of layers. Four types of sol-gel AR coatings have been developed at CEL-V. They are based on single-layer or multilayer designs. They consist mainly of amorphous silica in the polymeric and/or colloidal state, combined in certain cases with other metallic oxides, binders, fillers, hydrophobic and lubricating agents, and adhesion promoters. These antireflective sol-gel-derived optical coatings have been prepared and tested for the proposed French megajoule neodymium-glass laser.

  20. Influences of oil-contamination on LIDT and optical properties in dielectric coatings

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    Murakami, H.; Jitsuno, T.; Motokoshi, S.; Sato, E.; Mikami, K.; Kato, K.; Kawasaki, T.; Nakata, Y.; Sarukura, N.; Shinizu, T.; Shiraga, H.; Miyanaga, N.; Azechi, H.

    2012-11-01

    Laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) in optical coating is very sensitive to organic contaminations accumulated in coating layers during storage and using condition. The sources of contamination are commonly exists, and optical coatings are easily contaminated regardless to the environment pressure, LIDT at ns region decreased largely by contamination, but LIDT at ps seems insensitive. In this study, we have investigated the influence of contamination of optical coating on LIDT and other optical properties. We examined several kinds of coating to clarify the sensitivity to the contamination. Degradations of LIDT were commonly observed in e-beam deposition, IAD and IBS. Some coatings changed spectral characteristics by contamination, and other coatings did not change. Some samples were contaminated as received condition, and some were very clean. Furthermore, we have investigated the characteristics of LIDT in dielectric coatings under the controlled contamination. LIDT of coating drops to 1/2 in the saturated toluene vapor at room temperature.

  1. Gold Coating of Fiber Tips in Near-Field Scanning Optical Microscopy

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    Vikram, Chandra S.; Witherow, William K.

    2000-01-01

    We report what is believed to be the first experimental demonstration of gold coating by a chemical baking process on tapered fiber tips used in near-field scanning optical microscopy. Many tips can be simultaneously coated.

  2. Strong nonlinear optical enhancement in MBE-grown Bi 1-xSb x

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    Youngdale, E. R.; Meyer, J. R.; Hoffman, C. A.; Bartoli, F. J.; Partin, D. L.; Thrush, C. M.; Heremans, J. P.

    1991-05-01

    We report an experimental study of the linear and nonlinear optical properties of Bi 1-xSb x alloy layers grown by MBE. Non-degenerate four-wave mixing experiments at CO 2 laser wavelengths yield a large third-order nonlinear susceptibility (χ (3)≈3.5 × 10 -4 esu). Furthermore, due to the high reflectivity of the Bi 1-xSb x films at both the air and substrate interfaces, the etalon formed can enhance the nonlinear optical signal by over an order of magnitude.

  3. Optical characterization of synthetic faceted gem materials grown from hydrothermal solutions

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    Lu, Taijin; Shigley, James E.

    1998-10-01

    Various non-destructive optical characterization techniques have been used to characterize and identify synthetic gem materials grown from hydrothermal solutions, to include ruby, sapphire, emerald, amethyst and ametrine (amethyst-citrine), from their natural counterparts. The ability to observe internal features, such as inclusions, dislocations, twins, color bands, and growth zoning in gem materials is strongly dependent on the observation techniques and conditions, since faceted gemstones have many polished surfaces which can reflect and scatter light in various directions which can make observation difficult. However, diagnostic gemological properties of these faceted synthetic gem materials can be obtained by choosing effective optical characterization methods, and by modifying optical instruments. Examples of some of the distinctive features of synthetic amethyst, ametrine, pink quartz, ruby and emerald are presented to illustrate means of optical characterization of gemstones. The ability to observe defects by light scattering techniques is discussed.

  4. Optical absorption enhancement in 3D nanofibers coated on polymer substrate for photovoltaic devices.

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    Kiani, Amirkianoosh; Venkatakrishnan, Krishnan; Tan, Bo

    2015-06-01

    Recent research in the field of photovoltaics has shown that polymer solar cells have great potential to provide low-cost, lightweight and flexible electronic devices to harvest solar energy. In this paper, we propose a new method for the generation of three-dimensional nanofibers coated on polymer substrate induced by femtosecond laser pulses. In this new method, a thin layer of polymer is irradiated by megahertz femtosecond laser pulses under ambient conditions, and a thin fibrous layer is generated on top of the polymer substrate. This method is single step; no additional materials are added, and the layers of the three-dimensional (3D) polymer nanofibrous structures are grown on top of the substrate after laser irradiation. Light spectroscopy results show significant enhancement of light absorption in the generated 3D nanofibrous layers of polymer. Finally, we suggest how to maximize the light trapping and optical absorption of the generated nanofiber cells by optimizing the laser parameters.

  5. Impact of low temperature annealing on structural, optical, electrical and morphological properties of ZnO thin films grown by RF sputtering for photovoltaic applications

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    Purohit, Anuradha; Chander, S.; Sharma, Anshu; Nehra, S. P.; Dhaka, M. S.

    2015-11-01

    This paper presents effect of low temperature annealing on the physical properties of ZnO thin films for photovoltaic applications. The thin films of thickness 50 nm were grown on glass and indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates employing radio frequency magnetron sputtering technique followed by thermal annealing within low temperature range 150-450 °C. These as-grown and annealed films were subjected to the X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis spectrophotometer, source meter and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for structural, optical, electrical and surface morphological analysis respectively. The compositional analysis of the as-grown ZnO film was also carried out using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The XRD patterns reveal that the films have wurtzite structure of hexagonal phase with preferred orientation (1 0 0) and polycrystalline in nature. The crystallographic and optical parameters are calculated and discussed in detail. The optical band gap was found in the range 3.30-3.52 eV and observed to decrease with annealing temperature except 150 °C. The current-voltage characteristics show that the films exhibit approximately ohmic behavior. The SEM studies show that the films are uniform, homogeneous and free from crystal defects and voids. The experimental results reveal that ZnO thin films may be used as alternative materials for eco-friendly buffer layer to the thin film solar cell applications.

  6. Buckling conditions for a dual-coated optical fiber

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    Suhir, Ephraim

    2013-03-01

    The elastic stability (buckling) condition for a short dual-coated optical-fiber experiencing mechanical and/or thermally induced compression is established based on the developed analytical (mathematical) predictive model. The problem is reduced to a situation when a cantilever beam of finite length is supported by a continuous elastic foundation and is subjected to a compressive force applied to the beam's free end. Easy-to-use practical guidelines and a simple diagram are suggested for choosing the adequate length of the fiber and/or its flexural rigidity and/or the characteristics of the coating materials, so that the fiber remains elastically stable. The developed model can be used also in the design and reliability evaluations of composites, including nano-composites, and in flexible (large area) photonics when high-modulus and lowexpansion fibers are embedded into a high-modulus-and-low-expansion matrix and experience axial compression at low temperature conditions.

  7. Optical Coherence Tomography and Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography in Monitoring Coats' Disease

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    Hautz, Wojciech; Kocyła-Karczmarewicz, Beata

    2017-01-01

    Purpose. The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) in monitoring pediatric patients with Coats' disease. Material and Methods. This retrospective study included 9 Caucasian patients receiving treatment for Coats' disease at the Children's Memorial Health Institute Ophthalmology Department between December 2014 and May 2016. The course of the disease was monitored with OCTA in combination with OCT and fluorescein angiography (FA). Results. OCT B-scans obtained in all patients correlated with FA findings. Reliable OCTA images were obtained in 8 patients. In one patient, numerous artifacts due to poor visual acuity and retinal detachment confounded the interpretation of findings. Conclusions. OCTA and OCT, in combination with FA, are useful in Coats' disease diagnostics and treatment monitoring. As noninvasive methods, OCT and OCTA may be performed more often than FA, which enable precise monitoring of the disease and making decisions as to its further treatment. PMID:28377823

  8. Photo-induced reduction of graphene oxide coating on optical waveguide and consequent optical intermodulation

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    Chong, W. Y.; Lim, W. H.; Yap, Y. K.; Lai, C. K.; De La Rue, R. M.; Ahmad, H.

    2016-01-01

    Increased absorption of transverse-magnetic (TM) - polarised light by a graphene-oxide (GO) coated polymer waveguide has been observed in the presence of transverse-electric (TE) - polarised light. The GO-coated waveguide exhibits very strong photo-absorption of TE-polarised light - and acts as a TM-pass waveguide polariser. The absorbed TE-polarised light causes a significant temperature increase in the GO film and induces thermal reduction of the GO, resulting in an increase in optical-frequency conductivity and consequently increased optical propagation loss. This behaviour in a GO-coated waveguide gives the action of an inverted optical switch/modulator. By varying the incident TE-polarised light power, a maximum modulation efficiency of 72% was measured, with application of an incident optical power level of 57 mW. The GO-coated waveguide was able to respond clearly to modulated TE-polarised light with a pulse duration of as little as 100 μs. In addition, no wavelength dependence was observed in the response of either the modulation (TE-polarised light) or the signal (TM-polarised light). PMID:27034015

  9. Optical fiducial timing system for X-ray streak cameras with aluminum coated optical fiber ends

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    Nilson, David G.; Campbell, E. Michael; MacGowan, Brian J.; Medecki, Hector

    1988-01-01

    An optical fiducial timing system is provided for use with interdependent groups of X-ray streak cameras (18). The aluminum coated (80) ends of optical fibers (78) are positioned with the photocathodes (20, 60, 70) of the X-ray streak cameras (18). The other ends of the optical fibers (78) are placed together in a bundled array (90). A fiducial optical signal (96), that is comprised of 2.omega. or 1.omega. laser light, after introduction to the bundled array (90), travels to the aluminum coated (82) optical fiber ends and ejects quantities of electrons (84) that are recorded on the data recording media (52) of the X-ray streak cameras (18). Since both 2.omega. and 1.omega. laser light can travel long distances in optical fiber with only a slight attenuation, the initial arial power density of the fiducial optical signal (96) is well below the damage threshold of the fused silica or other material that comprises the optical fibers (78, 90). Thus the fiducial timing system can be repeatably used over long durations of time.

  10. The first aluminum coating of the 3700mm primary mirror of the Devasthal Optical Telescope

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    Bheemireddy, Krishna Reddy; Gopinathan, Maheswar; Pant, Jayshreekar; Omar, Amitesh; Kumar, Brijesh; Uddin, Wahab; Kumar, Nirmal

    2016-07-01

    Initially the primary mirror of the 3.6m Devasthal Optical Telescope is uncoated polished zerodur glass supplied by Lytkarino Optical Glass Factory, Russia/Advanced Mechanical and Optical Systems, Belgium. In order to do the aluminium coating on the primary mirror the coating plant including washing unit is installed near the telescope (extension building of telescope) by Hind High Vacuum (HHV) Bangalore, India. Magnetron sputtering technique is used for the coating. Several coating trials are done before the primary mirror coating; samples are tested for reflectivity, uniformity, adhesivity and finally commissioned. The primary mirror is cleaned, coated by ARIES. We present here a brief description of the coating plant installation, Mirror cleaning and coating procedures and the testing results of the samples.

  11. Fabrication of optical element from unidirectional grown imidazole-imidazolium picrate monohydrate (IIP) organic crystals for nonlinear optical applications

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    Vivek, P.; Murugakoothan, P.

    2014-12-01

    Nonlinear optical bulk single crystal of Imidazole-imidazolium picrate monohydrate (IIP) has been grown by Sankaranarayanan-Ramasamy (SR) method using acetonitrile as solvent. First time we report the bulk growth of IIP crystal by SR method. The transparent IIP single crystal of maximum diameter 21 mm and length 46 mm was obtained by employing SR method. The grown crystal was subjected to high resolution X-ray diffraction, UV-vis-NIR transmittance, refractive index, hardness, dielectric and laser damage threshold studies. The crystalline perfection of the grown crystal was analyzed using HRXRD. Cut off wavelength and optical transmission window of the crystal was assessed by UV-vis-NIR and the refractive index of the crystal was found. The mechanical property of the crystal was estimated by Vicker's hardness test. The dielectric property of the crystal was measured as a function of frequency. The laser damage threshold value was determined. The particle size dependent second harmonic generation efficiency for IIP was evaluated with standard reference material potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) by Kurtz-Perry powder method using Nd:YAG laser, which established the existence of phase matching. The second harmonic generation (SHG) of IIP crystal was investigated by the SHG Maker fringes technique. The mechanism of growth is revealed by carrying out chemical etching using acetonitrile as etchant.

  12. Optical properties of black carbon aggregates with non-absorptive coating

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    Liu, Chao; Li, Ji; Yin, Yan; Zhu, Bin; Feng, Qian

    2017-01-01

    This study develops an idealized model to account for the effects of non-absorptive coating on the optical properties of black carbon (BC) aggregates. The classic fractal aggregate is applied to represent realistic BC particles, and the coating is assumed to be spherical. To accelerate the single-scattering simulation, BC monomers that were overlapped with coating sphere (not those completely inside the coating) are slightly moved to avoid overlapping. The multiple-sphere T-matrix method (MSTM) becomes applicable to calculate the optical properties of inhomogeneous particles with any coating amount, and is generally two orders of magnitude faster than the discrete-dipole approximation for particles we considered. Furthermore, the simple spherical coating is found to have similar effects on the optical properties to those based on more complicated coating structure. With the simple particle model and the efficient MSTM, it becomes possible to consider the influence of coating with much more details. The non-absorptive coating of BC aggregates can significantly enhance BC extinction and absorption, which is consistent with previous studies. The absorption of coated aggregates can be over two times stronger than that of BC particles without coating. Besides the coating volume, the relative position between the mass centers of BC aggregate and coating also plays an important role on the optical properties, and should obviously be considered in further studies.

  13. Characterization of GaAlAs optical waveguide heterostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Radens, C. J.; Jackson, H. E.; Boyd, J. T.; Bhasin, K. B.; Pouch, J. J.

    1988-01-01

    Multiple-layer GaAlAs optical waveguide heterostructures have been grown by MBE. These samples were designed to operate at 840 nm with negligible coupling of guided light to the absorbing GaAs substrate. The Al concentration was 13 percent for the guiding layer and was 16 percent for the cladding layers. The process for growing waveguide layers was calibrated primarily by high-energy electron diffraction, with the optical quality confirmed by photoluminescence measurements. Channel waveguide structures having widths of 5 microns were etched in a low-pressure magnetically confined multipolar plasma reactor. The resulting waveguide structures were characterized by Raman spectroscopy, ellipsometry, AES, and optical-waveguide loss measurements.

  14. Optical Diagnostics for High-Temperature Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Eldridge, Jeffrey I.

    2009-01-01

    Thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) are typically composed of translucent ceramic oxides that provide thermal protection for metallic components exposed to high-temperature environments, such as in jet turbine engines. Taking advantage of the translucent nature of TBCs, optical diagnostics have been developed that can provide an informed assessment of TBC health that will allow mitigating action to be taken before TBC degradation threatens performance or safety. In particular, rare-earth-doped luminescent sublayers have been integrated into the TBC structure to produce luminescence that monitors TBC erosion, delamination, and temperature gradients. Erosion monitoring of TBC-coated specimens is demonstrated by utilizing visible luminescence that is excited from a sublayer that is exposed by erosion. TBC delamination monitoring is achieved in TBCs with a base rare-earth-doped luminescent sublayer by the reflectance-enhanced increase in luminescence produced in regions containing buried delamination cracks. TBC temperature monitoring is demonstrated using the temperature-dependent decay time for luminescence originating from the specific coating depth associated with a rare-earth-doped luminescent sublayer. The design and implementation of these TBCs with integrated luminescent sublayers is discussed, including co-doping strategies to produce more penetrating near-infrared luminescence. It is demonstrated that integration of the rare-earth-doped sublayers is achieved with no reduction in TBC life. In addition, results for multilayer TBCs designed to also perform as radiation barriers are also presented.

  15. Microstructure, mechanical and optical properties of TiAlON coatings sputter-deposited with varying oxygen partial pressures

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    Schalk, Nina; Thierry Simonet Fotso, J. F.; Holec, David; Fian, Alexander; Jakopic, Georg; Terziyska, Velislava L.; Daniel, Rostislav; Mitterer, Christian

    2016-01-01

    Due to their excellent mechanical and optical properties as well as chemical stability, the synthesis of transition metal oxynitride thin films has attracted growing interest in the last years. Within this work, the evolution of the structure and properties of TiAlON coatings over a wide compositional range, from the nitride to the oxide side, was investigated. The coatings were grown on Si substrates in a laboratory-scale unbalanced magnetron dc sputtering system from powder metallurgical TiAl targets with an Al/Ti atomic ratio of 60/40, using a constant level of nitrogen with rising oxygen partial pressure. Coating composition and microstructure were investigated by energy- and wavelength-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Furthermore, the mechanical and optical properties were evaluated using nanoindentation and spectroscopic ellipsometry, respectively. Oxygen concentrations of up to 49 at.% within the films could be obtained, at the expense of the nitrogen content. The oxygen-free coating exhibited a single-phase fcc-Ti1-x Al x N structure. With increasing oxygen content the structure remained fcc-Ti1-x Al x N based, but additional fractions of amorphous oxides were formed. The structural evolution was corroborated by ab initio calculations. Decreasing coating hardness could be observed with increasing oxygen concentration. The refraction index and extinction coefficient were lower for coatings with higher oxygen content, but the behavior of the optical properties remained Ti1-x Al x N-like over the investigated spectral range.

  16. On the dielectric and optical properties of surface-anchored metal-organic frameworks: A study on epitaxially grown thin films

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    Redel, Engelbert; Wang, Zhengbang; Walheim, Stefan; Liu, Jinxuan; Gliemann, Hartmut; Wöll, Christof

    2013-08-01

    We determine the optical constants of two highly porous, crystalline metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Since it is problematic to determine the optical constants for the standard powder modification of these porous solids, we instead use surface-anchored metal-organic frameworks (SURMOFs). These MOF thin films are grown using liquid phase epitaxy (LPE) on modified silicon substrates. The produced SURMOF thin films exhibit good optical properties; these porous coatings are smooth as well as crack-free, they do not scatter visible light, and they have a homogenous interference color over the entire sample. Therefore, spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) can be used in a straightforward fashion to determine the corresponding SURMOF optical properties. After careful removal of the solvent molecules used in the fabrication process as well as the residual water adsorbed in the voids of this highly porous solid, we determine an optical constant of n = 1.39 at a wavelength of 750 nm for HKUST-1 (stands for Hong Kong University of Science and Technology-1; and was first discovered there) or [Cu3(BTC)2]. After exposing these SURMOF thin films to moisture/EtOH atmosphere, the refractive index (n) increases to n = 1.55-1.6. This dependence of the optical properties on water/EtOH adsorption demonstrates the potential of such SURMOF materials for optical sensing.

  17. Figuring large optics at the sub-nanometer level: compensation for coating and gravity distortions.

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    Gensemer, Stephen; Gross, Mark

    2015-11-30

    Large, precision optics can now be manufactured with surface figures specified at the sub-nanometer level. However, coatings and gravity deform large optics, and there are limits to what can be corrected by clever compensation. Instead, deformations caused by stress from optical mounts and deposited coatings must be incorporated into the optical design. We demonstrate compensation of coating stress on a 370mm substrate to λ/200 by a process of coating and annealing. We also model the same process and identify the leading effects that must be anticipated in fabrication of optics for future gravitational wave detectors and other applications of large, precisely figured optics, and identify the limitations inherent in using coatings to compensate for these deformations.

  18. Optical Properties of a Quantum Dot-Ring System Grown Using Droplet Epitaxy.

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    Linares-García, Gabriel; Meza-Montes, Lilia; Stinaff, Eric; Alsolamy, S M; Ware, M E; Mazur, Y I; Wang, Z M; Lee, Jihoon; Salamo, G J

    2016-12-01

    Electronic and optical properties of InAs/GaAs nanostructures grown by the droplet epitaxy method are studied. Carrier states were determined by k · p theory including effects of strain and In gradient concentration for a model geometry. Wavefunctions are highly localized in the dots. Coulomb and exchange interactions are studied and we found the system is in the strong confinement regime. Microphotoluminescence spectra and lifetimes were calculated and compared with measurements performed on a set of quantum rings in a single sample. Some features of spectra are in good agreement.

  19. Optical and electrical properties of Titania thin films doped with In3+ and grown by sol-gel process.

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    Rodolfo Palomino Merino, Martín; Lozada Morales, Rosendo; Xoxocotzi Aguilar, Reyna; Díaz Furlong, Alfonso

    2004-03-01

    Using the sol-gel process were prepared Titania (TiO2) thin films formed on glass substrates by dip-coating method. The samples were grown starting from Titanium Isopropoxide and changing the concentration of In3+ ions from Indium Nitrate. The results of the characterization of the samples by UV-VIS spectroscopy , IR , thermopotency and conductivity will be reported.

  20. Large area Germanium Tin nanometer optical film coatings on highly flexible aluminum substrates

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    Jin, Lichuan; Zhang, Dainan; Zhang, Huaiwu; Fang, Jue; Liao, Yulong; Zhou, Tingchuan; Liu, Cheng; Zhong, Zhiyong; Harris, Vincent G.

    2016-01-01

    Germanium Tin (GeSn) films have drawn great interest for their visible and near-infrared optoelectronics properties. Here, we demonstrate large area Germanium Tin nanometer thin films grown on highly flexible aluminum foil substrates using low-temperature molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Ultra-thin (10–180 nm) GeSn film-coated aluminum foils display a wide color spectra with an absorption wavelength ranging from 400–1800 nm due to its strong optical interference effect. The light absorption ratio for nanometer GeSn/Al foil heterostructures can be enhanced up to 85%. Moreover, the structure exhibits excellent mechanical flexibility and can be cut or bent into many shapes, which facilitates a wide range of flexible photonics. Micro-Raman studies reveal a large tensile strain change with GeSn thickness, which arises from lattice deformations. In particular, nano-sized Sn-enriched GeSn dots appeared in the GeSn coatings that had a thickness greater than 50 nm, which induced an additional light absorption depression around 13.89 μm wavelength. These findings are promising for practical flexible photovoltaic and photodetector applications ranging from the visible to near-infrared wavelengths. PMID:27667259

  1. Large area Germanium Tin nanometer optical film coatings on highly flexible aluminum substrates

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    Jin, Lichuan; Zhang, Dainan; Zhang, Huaiwu; Fang, Jue; Liao, Yulong; Zhou, Tingchuan; Liu, Cheng; Zhong, Zhiyong; Harris, Vincent G.

    2016-09-01

    Germanium Tin (GeSn) films have drawn great interest for their visible and near-infrared optoelectronics properties. Here, we demonstrate large area Germanium Tin nanometer thin films grown on highly flexible aluminum foil substrates using low-temperature molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Ultra-thin (10–180 nm) GeSn film-coated aluminum foils display a wide color spectra with an absorption wavelength ranging from 400–1800 nm due to its strong optical interference effect. The light absorption ratio for nanometer GeSn/Al foil heterostructures can be enhanced up to 85%. Moreover, the structure exhibits excellent mechanical flexibility and can be cut or bent into many shapes, which facilitates a wide range of flexible photonics. Micro-Raman studies reveal a large tensile strain change with GeSn thickness, which arises from lattice deformations. In particular, nano-sized Sn-enriched GeSn dots appeared in the GeSn coatings that had a thickness greater than 50 nm, which induced an additional light absorption depression around 13.89 μm wavelength. These findings are promising for practical flexible photovoltaic and photodetector applications ranging from the visible to near-infrared wavelengths.

  2. Large area Germanium Tin nanometer optical film coatings on highly flexible aluminum substrates.

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    Jin, Lichuan; Zhang, Dainan; Zhang, Huaiwu; Fang, Jue; Liao, Yulong; Zhou, Tingchuan; Liu, Cheng; Zhong, Zhiyong; Harris, Vincent G

    2016-09-26

    Germanium Tin (GeSn) films have drawn great interest for their visible and near-infrared optoelectronics properties. Here, we demonstrate large area Germanium Tin nanometer thin films grown on highly flexible aluminum foil substrates using low-temperature molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Ultra-thin (10-180 nm) GeSn film-coated aluminum foils display a wide color spectra with an absorption wavelength ranging from 400-1800 nm due to its strong optical interference effect. The light absorption ratio for nanometer GeSn/Al foil heterostructures can be enhanced up to 85%. Moreover, the structure exhibits excellent mechanical flexibility and can be cut or bent into many shapes, which facilitates a wide range of flexible photonics. Micro-Raman studies reveal a large tensile strain change with GeSn thickness, which arises from lattice deformations. In particular, nano-sized Sn-enriched GeSn dots appeared in the GeSn coatings that had a thickness greater than 50 nm, which induced an additional light absorption depression around 13.89 μm wavelength. These findings are promising for practical flexible photovoltaic and photodetector applications ranging from the visible to near-infrared wavelengths.

  3. Structural and optical investigations on seed layer assisted hydrothermally grown ZnO nanorods on flat and textured substrates

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    Rayerfrancis, Arokiyadoss; Balaji Bhargav, P.; Ahmed, Nafis; Balaji, C.; Dhara, Sandip

    2016-12-01

    In this article we report the synthesis of vertically aligned ZnO nanorods on plain as well as textured fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrate using hydrothermal method. Prior to hydrothermal method, AZO seed layer of thickness 5, 10 and 15 nm were deposited on the chosen substrates by DC magnetron sputtering. The as-grown nanorods were annealed at 450 °C for 3 h to improve the crystallinity. Morphology and structure of the nanorods was observed by field emission scanning electron microscopy. The formation of wurtzite structure was confirmed through x-ray diffraction studies. The optical mode of ZnO, E2 (high) at 434 cm-1 present in the samples was confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. The seed layer assisted growth of ZnO nanorods were defect free, which is confirmed from the photoluminescence spectra, and the intensity of band to band emission is much greater than the emission from the defects at the deep level.

  4. Thermochromic vanadium dioxide smart coatings grown on Kapton substrates by reactive pulsed laser deposition

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    Soltani, M.; Chaker, M.; Haddad, E.; Kruzelesky, R. V.

    2006-05-15

    Thermochromic undoped and metal (Ti and W)-doped VO{sub 2} smart coatings were achieved on Kapton HN by reactive pulsed laser deposition. The optimization of the deposition was conducted with Si (100) substrates. The coatings were deposited at relatively low deposition temperatures (250, 300, and 350 deg. C), which are compatible with the characteristics of Kapton. The stoichiometry of the VO{sub 2}-coated Kapton was confirmed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis of the vanadium and oxygen bands. Moreover, the single phase VO{sub 2} was confirmed by x-ray diffraction of VO{sub 2}/Si synthesized at 300 deg. C. Unlike VO{sub 2}/Kapton, the VO{sub 2}/Si exhibited the well-known semiconductor-to-metallic transition, as shown by the temperature dependence of the infrared transmittance. This coating exhibited a similar transition temperature to that of VO{sub 2} single crystal ({approx_equal}68 deg. C), but a small transmittance switching (about 7%) at 2.5 {mu}m. The temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity of all coatings on Kapton was investigated by means of the standard four-point probe technique. The resistivity decreased with increasing temperature. No abrupt semiconductor-to-metallic transition was observed either for undoped or for metal-doped VO{sub 2} coatings. It was found that Ti and W dopants have an antagonistic effect on the resistivity. The resistivity was enhanced by the Ti dopant, whereas it was decreased for W-doped VO{sub 2} coatings. These results show that the tunability of the resistivity can be tailored either by controlling the deposition temperature or by adjusting the concentration of Ti and W dopants. In addition, at room temperature a much higher temperature coefficient of resistance of -3.29%/ deg. C was achieved in W(0.5%)-doped VO{sub 2}/Kapton. Finally, these VO{sub 2} smart coatings are promising materials for the IR sensing and sunshield applications.

  5. Nonlinear optical properties of molecular beam epitaxy grown Bi1 - xSbx

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    Youngdale, E. R.; Meyer, J. R.; Hoffman, C. A.; Bartoli, F. J.; Partin, D. L.; Thrush, C. M.; Heremans, J. P.

    1990-07-01

    We discuss the first investigation of Bi1-xSbx as an infrared nonlinear optical material. Nondegenerate four-wave mixing experiments at CO2 laser wavelengths yield a large nonlinearity (χ(3)≊3×10-4 esu) which does not saturate at power densities up to 0.5 MW/cm2. Both the ambient and substrate interfaces of the film are highly reflective and the étalon they form is found to have a large effect on the transmission and reflectivity spectra of the as-grown films. This suggests the possibility that constructive interference of the film's internal optical fields could be used to considerably enhance the nonlinear signal.

  6. Oriented ZnO nanorods grown on a porous polyaniline film as a novel coating for solid-phase microextraction.

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    Zeng, Jingbin; Zhao, Cuiying; Chong, Fayun; Cao, Yingying; Subhan, Fazle; Wang, Qianru; Yu, Jianfeng; Zhang, Maosheng; Luo, Liwen; Ren, Wei; Chen, Xi; Yan, Zifeng

    2013-12-06

    In this work, oriented ZnO nanorods (ZNRs) were in situ hydrothermally grown on a porous polyaniline (PANI) film to function as a solid-phase microextraction (SPME) coating. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) study revealed that the majority of oriented ZNRs grew from pores of PANI matrix, which protected the ZNRs from easily peeling off during operation. Furthermore, in this process, a thin layer of PANI was found to cover the ZNRs, which can enlarge the effective surface area of the composite coating. This ZNRs/PANI composite coating combined the merits of both ZNRs and PANI and, thus, has several advantages over that of sole PANI film and ZNRs coating such as improved extraction efficiency for benzene homologues, enhanced mechanical stability and longer service life (over 150 cycles of SPME-GC operation). Coupled with gas chromatography-flame ionization detector (GC-FID), the optimized SPME-GC-FID method was used for the analysis of six benzene homologues in water samples. The calibration curves were linear from 1 to 1000μgL(-1) for each analyte, and the limits of detection were between 0.001 and 0.024μgL(-1). Single fiber repeatability and fiber-to-fiber reproducibility were in the range of 1.3-6.8% and 5.3-11.2%, respectively. The spiked recoveries at 100 and 5μgL(-1) for three environmental water samples were in the range of 79.8-115.4% and 73.7-117.4%, respectively.

  7. Optical Sensitivity Gain in Silica-Coated Plasmonic Nanostructures.

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    Floris, Francesco; Figus, Cristiana; Fornasari, Lucia; Patrini, Maddalena; Pellacani, Paola; Marchesini, Gerardo; Valsesia, Andrea; Artizzu, Flavia; Marongiu, Daniela; Saba, Michele; Mura, Andrea; Bongiovanni, Giovanni; Marabelli, Franco; Quochi, Francesco

    2014-09-04

    Ultrathin films of silica realized by sol-gel synthesis and dip-coating techniques were successfully applied to predefined metal/polymer plasmonic nanostructures to spectrally tune their resonance modes and to increase their sensitivity to local refractive index changes. Plasmon resonance spectral shifts up to 100 nm with slope efficiencies of ∼8 nm/nm for increasing layer thickness were attained. In the ultrathin layer regime (<10 nm), which could be reached by suitable dilution of the silica precursors and optimization of the deposition speed, the sensitivity of the main plasmonic resonance to refractive index changes in aqueous solution could be increased by over 50% with respect to the bare plasmonic chip. Numerical simulations supported experimental data and unveiled the mechanism responsible for the optical sensitivity gain, proving an effective tool in the design of high-performance plasmonic sensors.

  8. Infrared optical coatings for the EarthCARE Multispectral Imager.

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    Hawkins, Gary; Woods, David; Sherwood, Richard; Djotni, Karim

    2014-10-20

    The Earth Cloud, Aerosol and Radiation Explorer mission (EarthCARE) Multispectral Imager (MSI) is a radiometric instrument designed to provide the imaging of the atmospheric cloud cover and the cloud top surface temperature from a sun-synchronous low Earth orbit. The MSI forms part of a suite of four instruments destined to support the European Space Agency Living Planet mission on-board the EarthCARE satellite payload to be launched in 2016, whose synergy will be used to construct three-dimensional scenes, textures, and temperatures of atmospheric clouds and aerosols. The MSI instrument contains seven channels: four solar channels to measure visible and short-wave infrared wavelengths, and three channels to measure infrared thermal emission. In this paper, we describe the optical layout of the infrared instrument channels, thin-film multilayer designs, the coating deposition method, and the spectral system throughput for the bandpass interference filters, dichroic beam splitters, lenses, and mirror coatings to discriminate wavelengths at 8.8, 10.8, and 12.0 μm. The rationale for the selection of thin-film materials, spectral measurement technique, and environmental testing performance are also presented.

  9. Growth-induced optical anisotropy of epitaxial garnet films grown on (110)-oriented substrates

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    Kitamura, K.; Iyi, N.; Kimura, S.; Chevrier, F.; Devignes, J. M.; Le Gall, H.

    1986-08-01

    Garnet films of nominal composition (Y,Nd)3Ga5O12, were grown on (110) 1°-off Gd3Ga5O12 substrates for investigation of their growth-induced optical anisotropy. Optical birefringence and directions of the electric vectors of polarized rays passing through the films were measured under a polarizing microscope using a Brace-Köhler compensator. The growth-induced anisotropy of these films optically exhibited orthorhombic characteristics with the X, Y, and Z optic elasticity axes coinciding with the [001], [110], and [1¯10] directions, respectively. The crystallographic data obtained by means of single-crystal diffractometry suggested that the cubic crystal system of the garnet film was distorted, though very slightly, to an orthorhombic one with a,b, and c axes that coincided, respectively, with the [1¯10],[001], and [110] of the original cubic cell. In addition, by annealing at 1150 °C, this distortion disappeared and the crystal system reverted to cubic.

  10. Optical excitation of Er centers in GaN epilayers grown by MOCVD

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    George, D. K.; Hawkins, M. D.; Jiang, H. X.; Lin, J. Y.; Zavada, J. M.; Vinh, N. Q.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper we present results of photoluminescence (PL), photoluminescence excitation (PLE), and time resolved PL spectroscopy of the 4I13/2 → 4I15/2 transition in Er optical centers in GaN epilayers grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. Under resonance excitation via the higher-lying inner 4f shell transitions and band-to-band excitation of the semiconductor host, the PL and PLE spectra reveal an existence of two types of Er optical centers from isolated and the defect-related Er centers in GaN epilayers. These centers have different PL spectra, local defect environments, decay dynamics, and excitation cross-sections. The isolated Er optical center, which can be excited by either excitation mechanism, has the same decay dynamics, but possesses a much higher cross-section under band-to-band excitation. In contrast, the defect-related Er center can only be observed through band-to-band excitation but has the largest crosssection. Our results indicate pathways for efficient optical excitation of Er-doped GaN semiconductors.

  11. Correlation of Predicted and Observed Optical Properties of Multilayer Thermal Control Coatings

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    Jaworske, Donald A.

    1998-01-01

    Thermal control coatings on spacecraft will be increasingly important, as spacecraft grow smaller and more compact. New thermal control coatings will be needed to meet the demanding requirements of next generation spacecraft. Computer programs are now available to design optical coatings and one such program was used to design several thermal control coatings consisting of alternating layers of WO3 and SiO2. The coatings were subsequently manufactured with electron beam evaporation and characterized with both optical and thermal techniques. Optical data were collected in both the visible region of the spectrum and the infrared. Predictions of solar absorptance and infrared emittance were successfully correlated to the observed thermal control properties. Functional performance of the coatings was verified in a bench top thermal vacuum chamber.

  12. Hybrid glass coatings for optical fibers: effect of coating thickness on strength and dynamic fatigue characteristics of silica fibers

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    Wojcik, A. B.; Matthewson, M. J.; Castelino, K. T.; Wojcik, J.; Walewski, A.

    2006-04-01

    Specialty optical fibers operating in harsh aerospace environments are typically exposed to high temperatures and elevated humidity. This calls for better performing protective coatings. Recently developed sol-gel derived inorganicorganic hybrid materials called hybrid glass offered improved protective performance as compared to standard dual polymer coated fibers [1]. In this paper we examine the effectiveness of online UV curing for the protective ability of hybrid glass coatings. For this purpose two types of UV-curable hybrid glass candidates representing two different concentrations of acrylate groups were applied online to silica fibers as single and dual coats. Samples of fibers were collected and subjected to dynamic fatigue testing by two-point bending. The stress corrosion parameter, n, as well as the strength of the fibers were determined. Both the strength and n were higher for fibers with two layers of coating as compared to single coatings even when the thickness of both one and two layer coatings was the same. This may be caused by the greater degree of cross linking of the inorganic component when the coating is exposed twice to the heat generated in the UV chamber. Coating materials with reduced acrylate group content had higher values of the fatigue parameter n but at the same time reduced strength.

  13. Improved antireflection coated microspheres for biological applications of optical tweezers

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    Ferro, Valentina; Sonnberger, Aaron; Abdosamadi, Mohammad K.; McDonald, Craig; Schäffer, Erik; McGloin, David

    2016-09-01

    The success of optical tweezers in cellular biology1 is in part due to the wide range of forces that can be applied, from femto- to hundreds of pico-Newtons; nevertheless extending the range of applicable forces to the nanoNewton regime opens access to a new set of phenomena that currently lie beyond optical manipulation. A successful approach to overcome the conventional limits on trapping forces involves the optimization of the trapped probes. Jannasch et al.2 demonstrated that an anti-reflective shell of nanoporous titanium dioxide (aTiO2, nshell = 1.75) on a core particle made out of titanium dioxide in the anatase phase (cTiO2, ncore = 2.3) results in trappable microspheres capable to reach forces above 1 nN. Here we present how the technique can be further improved by coating the high refractive index microspheres with an additional anti-reflective shell made out of silica (SiO2). This external shell not only improves the trap stability for microspheres of different sizes, but also enables the use of functionalization techniques already established for commercial silica beads in biological experiments. We are also investigating the use of these new microspheres as probes to measure adhesion forces between intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) and lymphocyte function-associated antigen 1 (LFA-1) in effector T-Cells and will present preliminary results comparing standard and high-index beads.

  14. Process for producing a well-adhered durable optical coating on an optical plastic substrate. [abrasion resistant polymethyl methacrylate lenses

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    Kubacki, R. M. (Inventor)

    1978-01-01

    A low temperature plasma polymerization process is described for applying an optical plastic substrate, such as a polymethyl methacrylate lens, with a single layer abrasive resistant coating to improve the durability of the plastic.

  15. Effect of coating on the strain transfer of optical fiber sensors.

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    Her, Shiuh-Chuan; Huang, Chih-Ying

    2011-01-01

    Optical fiber strain sensors with light weight, small dimensions and immunity to electromagnetic interference are widely used in structural health monitoring devices. As a sensor, it is expected that the strains between the optical fiber and host structure are the same. However, due to the shear deformation of the protective coating, the optical fiber strain is different from that of host structure. To improve the measurement accuracy, the strain measured by the optical fiber needs to be modified to reflect the influence of the coating. In this investigation, a theoretical model of the strain transferred from the host material to the optical fiber is developed to evaluate the interaction between the host material and coating. The theoretical predictions are validated with a numerical analysis using the finite element method. Experimental tests are performed to reveal the differential strains between the optical fiber strain sensor and test specimen. The Mach-Zehnder interferometric type fiber-optic sensor is adopted to measure the strain. Experimental results show that the strain measured at the optical fiber is lower than the true strain in the test specimen. The percentage of strain in the test specimen actually transferred to the optical fiber is dependent on the bonded length of the optical fiber and the protective coating. The general trend of the strain transformation obtained from both experimental tests and theoretical predictions shows that the longer the bonded length and the stiffer the coating the more strain is transferred to the optical fiber.

  16. Atom probe tomography of a Ti-Si-Al-C-N coating grown on a cemented carbide substrate.

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    Thuvander, M; Östberg, G; Ahlgren, M; Falk, L K L

    2015-12-01

    The elemental distribution within a Ti-Si-Al-C-N coating grown by physical vapour deposition on a Cr-doped WC-Co cemented carbide substrate has been investigated by atom probe tomography. Special attention was paid to the coating/substrate interface region. The results indicated a diffusion of substrate binder phase elements into the Ti-N adhesion layer. The composition of this layer, and the Ti-Al-N interlayer present between the adhesion layer and the main Ti-Si-Al-C-N layer, appeared to be sub-stoichiometric. The analysis of the interlayer showed the presence of internal surfaces, possibly grain boundaries, depleted in Al. The composition of the main Ti-Al-Si-C-N layer varied periodically in the growth direction; layers enriched in Ti appeared with a periodicity of around 30 nm. Laser pulsing resulted in a good mass resolution that made it possible to distinguish between N(+) and Si(2+) at 14 Da.

  17. Optical property degradation of anodic coatings in the Space Station low earth orbit

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    David, Kaia E.; Babel, Hank W.

    1992-01-01

    The anodic coatings and optical properties to be used for passive thermal control of the SSF are studied. Particular attention is given to the beginning-of-life optical properties for aluminum alloys suitable for structural and radiator applications, the statistical variation in the beginning-of-life properties, and estimates of the end-of-life properties of the alloys based on ultraviolet radiation testing and flight test results. It is concluded that anodic coatings can be used for thermal control of long life, low earth orbit spacecraft. Some use restrictions are defined for specific cases. Anodic coatings have been selected as baseline thermal control coating for large portions of the SSF.

  18. Optical properties of nanostructured TiO2 thin films and their application as antireflection coatings on infrared detectors.

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    Jayasinghe, R C; Perera, A G U; Zhu, H; Zhao, Y

    2012-10-15

    Oblique-angle deposited titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) nanorods have attracted much attention as good antireflection (AR) coating material due to their low n profile. Therefore, it is necessary to better understand the optical properties of these nanorods. TiO(2) nanorods grown on glass and Si substrates were characterized in the visible (0.4-0.8 μm) and infrared (2-12 μm) regions to extract their complex n profiles empirically. Application of these nanorods in multilayer AR coatings on infrared detectors is also discussed. Optimization of graded index profile of these AR coatings in the broad infrared region (2-12 μm) even at oblique angles of incidence is discussed. The effective coupling between the incoming light and multiple nanorod layers for reducing the reflection is obtained by optimizing the effect from Fabry-Perot oscillations. An optimized five-layer AR coating on GaN shows the reflectance less than 3.3% for normal incidence and 10.5% at 60° across the whole 2-8 μm spectral range.

  19. Geometrical characteristics and damage morphology of nodules grown from artificial seeds in multilayer coating.

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    Shan, Yongguang; He, Hongbo; Wei, Chaoyang; Li, Shuhong; Zhou, Ming; Li, Dawei; Zhao, Yuan'an

    2010-08-01

    Nodules have been planted in an HfO(2)/SiO(2) multilayer system with absorptive gold nanoparticle seeds located on the surface of a substrate. The topography of nodules was scanned by an atomic force microscope and imaged by a scanning electron microscope. The underlying characteristics of nodules were revealed by a focused ion beam. The cross-sectional profiles reveal that nodules grown from small seeds have a continuous boundary and better mechanical stability. A laser-induced damage test shows that nodules decrease the laser-induced damage threshold by up to 3 times. The damage pits are exclusively caused by nodular ejection and triggered by the absorptive seeds. The distribution of electric field and average temperature rise in the nodules were analyzed. Theoretical results met experimental results very well. The strong absorptive seed and microlens effect of the nodule play important roles in laser-induced damage of a planted nodule.

  20. Structural and optical characterization and scintillator application of hydrothermal-grown ZnO microrods

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    Empizo, Melvin John F.; Santos-Putungan, Alexandra B.; Yamanoi, Kohei; Salazar, Hernanie T.; Anguluan, Eloise P.; Mori, Kazuyuki; Arita, Ren; Minami, Yuki; Luong, Mui Viet; Shimizu, Toshihiko; Estacio, Elmer S.; Somintac, Armando S.; Salvador, Arnel A.; Sarmago, Roland V.; Fukuda, Tsuguo; Sarukura, Nobuhiko

    2017-03-01

    ZnO microrods are fabricated by a simple hydrothermal growth route using zinc acetate dihydrate [Zn(CH3COO)2·2H2O] and hexamethylenetetramine [(CH2)6N4] aqueous solutions. The as-prepared microrods exhibit uniform dimensions, well-faceted surfaces, and hexagonal crystal structure. The microrods also have an intense ultraviolet (UV) emission at 392 nm with an average lifetime of 80 ps. No peaks are observed at the visible wavelengths that can be attributed to defect-related emissions. With excellent structural and optical properties and with loose adhesion to their substrates, the ZnO microrods can be isolated, harvested, and manipulated and can be integrated as building blocks of a microstructured scintillator screen. The proposed scintillator screen possibly offers efficient and precise detection with high resolution. Hydrothermal-grown ZnO microrods then hold a promise towards radiation detector innovation and integrated optoelectronic microsystems.

  1. Optical and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline ZrC thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Craciun, D.; Socol, G.; Lambers, E.; McCumiskey, E. J.; Taylor, C. R.; Martin, C.; Argibay, Nicolas; Craciun, V.; Tanner, D. B.

    2015-01-17

    Thin ZrC films (<500 nm) were grown on (100) Si substrates at a substrate temperature of 500 °C by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique using a KrF excimer laser under different CH4 pressures. Glancing incidence X-ray diffraction showed that films were nanocrystalline, while X-ray reflectivity studies found out films were very dense and exhibited a smooth surface morphology. Optical spectroscopy data shows that the films have high reflectivity (>90%) in the infrared region, characteristic of metallic behavior. Nanoindentation results indicated that films deposited under lower CH4 pressures exhibited slightly higher nanohardness and Young modulus values than films deposited under higher pressures. As a result, tribological characterization revealed that these films exhibited relatively high wear resistance and steady-state friction coefficients on the order of μ = 0.4.

  2. Structural and optical characterizations of InPBi thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy.

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    Gu, Yi; Wang, Kai; Zhou, Haifei; Li, Yaoyao; Cao, Chunfang; Zhang, Liyao; Zhang, Yonggang; Gong, Qian; Wang, Shumin

    2014-01-13

    InPBi thin films have been grown on InP by gas source molecular beam epitaxy. A maximum Bi composition of 2.4% is determined by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. X-ray diffraction measurements show good structural quality for Bi composition up to 1.4% and a partially relaxed structure for higher Bi contents. The bandgap was measured by optical absorption, and the bandgap reduction caused by the Bi incorporation was estimated to be about 56 meV/Bi%. Strong and broad photoluminescence signals were observed at room temperature for samples with xBi < 2.4%. The PL peak position varies from 1.4 to 1.9 μm, far below the measured InPBi bandgap.

  3. Optical properties of single wurtzite/zinc-blende ZnSe nanowires grown at low temperature

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    Zannier, V.; Cremel, T.; Kheng, K.; Artioli, A.; Ferrand, D.; Grillo, V.

    2015-09-07

    ZnSe nanowires with a dominant wurtzite structure have been grown at low temperature (300 °C) by molecular beam epitaxy assisted by solid Au nanoparticles. The nanowires emission is polarized perpendicularly to their axis in agreement with the wurtzite selection rules. Alternations of wurtzite and zinc-blende regions have been observed by transmission electron microscopy, and their impact on the nanowires optical properties has been studied by microphotoluminescence. The nanowires show a dominant intense near-band-edge emission as well as the ZnSe wurtzite free exciton line. A type II band alignment between zinc-blende and wurtzite ZnSe is evidenced by time-resolved photoluminescence. From this measurement, we deduce values for the conduction and valence band offsets of 98 and 50 meV, respectively.

  4. Optical properties of InP doping superlattices grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Gal, M.; Viner, J. M.; Taylor, P. C.; Yaun, J. S.; Stringfellow, G. B.

    1987-04-01

    Photoluminescence (PL), time-resolved PL, and photoreflectance spectroscopy are applied to InP doping superlattices grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition. It is observed that the emission peak and line shape depend on the optical excitation intensity; the peak of the CW PL spectrum increases in energy with the intensity of the pumping light; the highest energy peak is at 888 nm; and the time-resolved PL exhibits long decay times. The energy separation of the quantized subbands is studied by measuring the PR spectra of two samples. The measurements reveal that PR line shapes are explained by photomodulation of the subbands in the conduction band; these line shapes account for the dependence of the spectrum on the power of the exciting light and on the layer thickness.

  5. Optical Properties of ZnO Soccer-Ball Structures Grown by Vapor Phase Transport

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    Nam, Giwoong; Lee, Sang-heon; Kim, Soaram; Kim, Min Su; Kim, Do Yeob; Gug Yim, Kwang; Lee, Dong-Yul; Kim, Jin Soo; Kim, Jong Su; Son, Jeong-Sik; Kim, Sung-O.; Jung, Jae Hak; Leem, Jae-Young

    2012-02-01

    ZnO soccer balls were grown on an Au-catalyzed Si(100) substrate by vapor phase transport (VPT) with a mixture of zinc oxide and graphite powders. Temperature-dependent PL was carried out to investigate the mechanism governing the quenching behavior of the PL spectra. From the PL spectra of the ZnO soccer balls at 10 K, several PL peaks were observed at 3.365, 3.318, 3.249, and 3.183 eV corresponding to excitons bound to neutral donors (DoX), a donor-acceptor pair (DAP), first-order longitudinal optical phonon replica of donor-acceptor pair (DAP-1LO), and DAP-2LO, respectively. The mixed system composed of the free exciton (FX) and DoX and the DAP radiative lifetimes were estimated with a theoretical relation between the lifetime and the spectral width. The exciton radiative lifetimes were observed to increase linearly with temperature.

  6. Optical and mechanical properties of nanocrystalline ZrC thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Craciun, D.; Socol, G.; Lambers, E.; ...

    2015-01-17

    Thin ZrC films (<500 nm) were grown on (100) Si substrates at a substrate temperature of 500 °C by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique using a KrF excimer laser under different CH4 pressures. Glancing incidence X-ray diffraction showed that films were nanocrystalline, while X-ray reflectivity studies found out films were very dense and exhibited a smooth surface morphology. Optical spectroscopy data shows that the films have high reflectivity (>90%) in the infrared region, characteristic of metallic behavior. Nanoindentation results indicated that films deposited under lower CH4 pressures exhibited slightly higher nanohardness and Young modulus values than films deposited undermore » higher pressures. As a result, tribological characterization revealed that these films exhibited relatively high wear resistance and steady-state friction coefficients on the order of μ = 0.4.« less

  7. High-temperature sapphire optical sensor fiber coatings

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    Desu, Seshu B.; Claus, Richard O.; Raheem, Ruby; Murphy, Kent A.

    1990-10-01

    the filter. These modes may be attributed to a number of material degradation mechanisms, such as thermal shock, oxidation corrosion of the material, mechanical loads, or phase changes in the filter material. Development of high temperature optical fiber (sapphire) sensors embedded in the CXF filters would be very valuable for both monitoring the integrity of the filter during its use and understanding the mechanisms of degradation such that durable filter development will be facilitated. Since the filter operating environment is very harsh, the high temperature sapphire optical fibers need to be protected and for some sensing techniques the fiber must also be coated with low refractive index film (cladding). The objective of the present study is to identify materials and develop process technologies for the application of claddings and protective coatings that are stable and compatible with sapphire fibers at both high temperatures and pressures.

  8. Parasitic oscillation suppression in solid state lasers using optical coatings

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    Honea, Eric C.; Beach, Raymond J.

    2005-06-07

    A laser gain medium having a layered coating on at least certain surfaces of the laser gain medium. The layered coating having a reflective inner material and an absorptive scattering outside material.

  9. Optical investigations on Tb3+ doped L-Histidine hydrochloride mono hydrate single crystals grown by low temperature solution techniques

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    Rajyalakshmi, S.; Ramachandra Rao, K.; Brahmaji, B.; Samatha, K.; Visweswara Rao, T. K.; Bhagavannarayana, G.

    2016-04-01

    The potential nonlinear optical material of Terbium (Tb3+) ion doped L-Histidine hydrochloride monohydrate (LHHC) single crystals were successfully grown. Tb3+:LHHC crystals of 7 mm × 5 mm × 3 mm and 59 mm length and 15 mm diameter have been grown by the slow solvent evaporation and Sankaranarayanan-Ramasamy (SR) techniques respectively. The grown crystals were characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis to confirm the crystalline structure and morphology. High resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) studies revealed that the SR grown sample shows relatively good crystalline nature with 9″ full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) for the diffraction curve. Functional groups were identified by Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR). The optical transparency and band gaps of grown crystals were measured by UV-Vis spectroscopy. Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG/DTA) studies reveal that the crystal was thermally stable up to 155 °C in SR grown crystal. Surface morphology of the growth plane was observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The incorporation of Tb ion was estimated by EDAX. The frequency-dependent dielectric properties of the crystals were carried out for different temperatures. Vickers hardness study carried out on (1 0 0) face at room temperature shows increased hardness of the SR method grown crystal. Second harmonic generation efficiency of SEST and SR grown crystals are 3.2 and 3.5 times greater than that of pure KDP. The Photoluminescence (PL) studies of Tb3+ ions result from the radiative intra-configurational f-f transitions that occur from the 5D4 excited state to the 7Fj (j = 6, 5, 4, 3) ground states. The decay curve of the 5D4 level of emission was observed with a long life time of 319.2041 μs for the SR grown Tb3+:LHHC crystal.

  10. Characterisation of coated aerosols using optical tweezers and neutron reflectometry

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    Jones, S. H.; Ward, A.; King, M. D.

    2013-12-01

    Thin organic films are believed to form naturally on the surface of aerosols [1,2] and influence aerosol properties. Cloud condensation nuclei formation and chemical reactions such as aerosol oxidation are effected by the presence of thin films [3]. There is a requirement to characterise the physical properties of both the core aerosol and its organic film in order to fully understand the contribution of coated aerosols to the indirect effect. Two complementary techniques have been used to study the oxidation of thin organic films on the surface of aerosols; laser optical tweezers and neutron reflectometry. Micron sized polystyrene beads coated in oleic acid have been trapped in air using two counter propagating laser beams. Polystyrene beads are used as a proxy for solid aerosol. The trapped aerosol is illuminated with a white LED over a broadband wavelength range and the scattered light collected to produce a Mie spectrum [4]. Analysis of the Mie spectrum results in determination of the core polystyrene bead radius, the oleic acid film thickness and refractive index dispersion of the core and shell [5]. A flow of ozone gas can then be introduced into the aerosol environment to oxidise the thin film of oleic acid and the reaction followed by monitoring the changes in the Mie spectrum. The results demonstrate complete removal of the oleic acid film. We conclude that the use of a counter propagating optical trap combined with white light Mie spectroscopy can be used to study a range of organic films on different types of aerosols and their oxidation reactions. Neutron reflectometry has been used as a complementary technique to study the oxidation of monolayer films at the air-water interface in order to gain information on reaction kinetics. The oxidation of an oleic acid film at the air-water interface by the common tropospheric oxidant ozone has been studied using a Langmuir trough. Results indicate complete removal of the oleic acid film with ozone in agreement

  11. Moisture resistant and anti-reflection optical coatings produced by plasma polymerization of organic compounds

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    Hollahan, J. R.; Wydeven, T.

    1975-01-01

    The need for protective coatings on critical optical surfaces, such as halide crystal windows or lenses used in spectroscopy, has long been recognized. It has been demonstrated that thin, one micron, organic coatings produced by polymerization of flourinated monomers in low temperature gas discharge (plasma) exhibit very high degrees of moisture resistence, e.g., hundreds of hours protection for cesium iodide vs. minutes before degradation sets in for untreated surfaces. The index of refraction of these coatings is intermediate between that of the halide substrate and air, a condition for anti-reflection, another desirable property of optical coatings. Thus, the organic coatings not only offer protection, but improved transmittance as well. The polymer coating is non-absorbing over the range 0.4 to 40 microns with an exception at 8.0 microns, the expected absorption for C-F bonds.

  12. Nanoparticle coated optical fibers for single microbubble generation

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    Pimentel-Domínguez, Reinher; Hernández-Cordero, Juan

    2011-09-01

    The study of bubbles and bubbly flows is important in various fields such as physics, chemistry, medicine, geophysics, and even the food industry. A wide variety of mechanical and acoustic techniques have been reported for bubble generation. Although a single bubble may be generated with these techniques, controlling the size and the mean lifetime of the bubble remains a difficult task. Most of the optical methods for generation of microbubbles involve high-power pulsed laser sources focused in absorbing media such as liquids or particle solutions. With these techniques, single micron-sized bubbles can be generated with typical mean lifetimes ranging from nano to microseconds. The main problem with these bubbles is their abrupt implosion: this produces a shock wave that can potentially produce damages on the surroundings. These effects have to be carefully controlled in biological applications and in laser surgery, but thus far, not many options are available to effectively control micron-size bubble growth. In this paper, we present a new technique to generate microbubbles in non-absorbing liquids. In contrast to previous reports, the proposed technique uses low-power and a CW radiation from a laser diode. The laser light is guided through an optical fiber whose output end has been coated with nanostructures. Upon immersing the tip of the fiber in ethanol or water, micron-size bubbles can be readily generated. With this technique, bubble growth can be controlled through adjustments on the laser power. We have obtained micron-sized bubbles with mean lifetimes in the range of seconds. Furthermore, the generated bubbles do not implode, as verified with a high-speed camera and flow visualization techniques.

  13. Repair of a mirror coating on a large optic for high laser-damage applications using ion milling and over-coating methods

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    Field, Ella S.; Bellum, John C.; Kletecka, Damon E.

    2014-10-01

    When an optical coating is damaged, deposited incorrectly, or is otherwise unsuitable, the conventional method to restore the optic often entails repolishing the optic surface, which can incur a large cost and long lead time. We propose three alternative options to repolishing, including (i) burying the unsuitable coating under another optical coating, (ii) using ion milling to etch the unsuitable coating completely from the optic surface, and then recoating the optic, and (iii) using ion milling to etch through a number of unsuitable layers, leaving the rest of the coating intact, and then recoating the layers that were etched. Repairs were made on test optics with dielectric mirror coatings according to the above three options. The mirror coatings to be repaired were quarter wave stacks of HfO2 and SiO2 layers for high reflection at 1054 nm at 45° incidence in P-polarization. One of the coating layers was purposely deposited incorrectly as Hf metal instead of HfO2 to evaluate the ability of each repair method to restore the coating's high laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) of 64 J/cm2. The repaired coating with the highest resistance to laser-induced damage was achieved using repair method (ii) with an LIDT of 49 - 61 J/cm2.

  14. Low temperature-grown GaAs carrier lifetime evaluation by double optical pump terahertz time-domain emission spectroscopy.

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    Mag-Usara, Valynn Katrine; Funkner, Stefan; Niehues, Gudrun; Prieto, Elizabeth Ann; Balgos, Maria Herminia; Somintac, Armando; Estacio, Elmer; Salvador, Arnel; Yamamoto, Kohji; Hase, Muneaki; Tani, Masahiko

    2016-11-14

    We present the use of a "double optical pump" technique in terahertz time-domain emission spectroscopy as an alternative method to investigate the lifetime of photo-excited carriers in semiconductors. Compared to the commonly employed optical pump-probe transient photo-reflectance, this non-contact and room temperature characterization technique allows relative ease in achieving optical alignment. The technique was implemented to evaluate the carrier lifetime in low temperature-grown gallium arsenide (LT-GaAs). The carrier lifetime values deduced from "double optical pump" THz emission decay curves show good agreement with data obtained from standard transient photo-reflectance measurements on the same LT-GaAs samples grown at 250 °C and 310 °C.

  15. Nanomechanical characterization of alumina coatings grown on FeCrAl alloy by thermal oxidation.

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    Frutos, E; González-Carrasco, J L; Polcar, T

    2016-04-01

    This work studies the feasibility of using repetitive-nano-impact tests with a cube-corner tip and low loads for obtaining quantitative fracture toughness values in thin and brittle coatings. For this purpose, it will be assumed that the impacts are able to produce a cracking, similar to the pattern developed for the classical fracture toughness tests in bulk materials, and therefore, from the crack developed in the repetitive impacts it will be possible to evaluate the suitability of the classical indentation models (Anstins and Laugier) for measuring fracture toughness. However, the length of this crack has to be lower than 10% of the total coating thickness to avoid substrate contributions. For this reason, and in order to ensure a small plastic region localized at the origin of the crack tip, low load values (or small distance between the indenter tip and the surface) have to be used. In order to demonstrate the validity of this technique, repetitive-nano-impact will be done in a fine and dense oxide layer (α-Al2O3), which has been developed on the top of oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) FeCrAl alloys (PM 2000) by thermal oxidation at elevated temperatures. Moreover, it will be shown how it is possible to know with each new impact the crack geometry evolution from Palmqvist crack to half-penny crack, being able to study the proper evolution of the different values of fracture toughness in terms of both indentation models and as a function of the strain rate, ε̇, decreasing. Thereby, fracture toughness values for α-Al2O3 layer decrease from ~4.40MPam , for high ϵ̇ value (10(3)s(-1)), to ~3.21MPam, for quasi-static ϵ̇ value (10(-3)s(-1)). On the other hand, ϵ̇ a new process to obtain fracture toughness values will be analysed, when the classical indentation models are not met. These values are typically found in the literature for bulk α-Al2O3, demonstrating the use of repetitive-nano-impact tests which not only provide qualitative information about

  16. Optically and biologically active mussel protein-coated double-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Jung, Yong Chae; Muramatsu, Hiroyuki; Fujisawa, Kazunori; Kim, Jin Hee; Hayashi, Takuya; Kim, Yoong Ahm; Endo, Morinobu; Terrones, Mauricio; Dresselhaus, Mildred S

    2011-12-02

    A method of dispersing strongly bundled double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWNTs) via a homogeneous coating of mussel protein in an aqueous solution is presented. Optical activity, mechanical strength, as well as electrical conductivity coming from the nanotubes and the versatile biological activity from the mussel protein make mussel-coated DWNTs promising as a multifunctional scaffold and for anti-fouling materials.

  17. Label-free optical detection of cells grown in 3D silicon microstructures.

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    Merlo, Sabina; Carpignano, Francesca; Silva, Gloria; Aredia, Francesca; Scovassi, A Ivana; Mazzini, Giuliano; Surdo, Salvatore; Barillaro, Giuseppe

    2013-08-21

    We demonstrate high aspect-ratio photonic crystals that could serve as three-dimensional (3D) microincubators for cell culture and also provide label-free optical detection of the cells. The investigated microstructures, fabricated by electrochemical micromachining of standard silicon wafers, consist of periodic arrays of silicon walls separated by narrow deeply etched air-gaps (50 μm high and 5 μm wide) and feature the typical spectral properties of photonic crystals in the wavelength range 1.0-1.7 μm: their spectral reflectivity is characterized by wavelength regions where reflectivity is high (photonic bandgaps), separated by narrow wavelength regions where reflectivity is very low. In this work, we show that the presence of cells, grown inside the gaps, strongly affects light propagation across the photonic crystal and, therefore, its spectral reflectivity. Exploiting a label-free optical detection method, based on a fiberoptic setup, we are able to probe the extension of cells adherent to the vertical silicon walls with a non-invasive direct testing. In particular, the intensity ratio at two wavelengths is the experimental parameter that can be well correlated to the cell spreading on the silicon wall inside the gaps.

  18. Fe(C)-coated optical fiber sensors for corrosion alarm monitoring

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    Hu, Wenbin; Gao, Min; Zheng, Xing; Zhu, Cheng; Guo, Donglai; Yang, Minghong

    2015-07-01

    Steel corrosion in concrete leads to severe destructions of the civil engineering structures. The detecting of the early corrosion is especially essential for steel-based structures. This paper summarized a series research works on optical fibre corrosion sensors, based on Fe(C)-coated Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) and Fe-coated optical fibre polarizer. Three types of optical fibre sensors are presented. Type 1 and type 2, Fe-C coated FBG sensor and Fe coated etched FBG sensor, are both based on Fe(C)-coated FBG. The volume expansion and the RI variation of the coating lead to the FBG central wavelength shift respectively. By monitoring the wavelength shift, the corrosion status is evaluated and monitored. Type 3, Fe-coated optical fibre polarizer, is fabricated by side-polishing a single mode optical fibre and depositing a Fe-film on the polished side-face. The birefringence characteristics of the sensor will be reduced after being corroded, which is used for the corrosion status indicating. The fabrication processes of the three types of sensors are introduced. By investigating the experimental results of corrosion test in NaCl solution, the performance of the sensors are discussed. The experimental results show that the proposed sensors are proved to be sensible of early corrosion.

  19. Repair of a Mirror Coating on a Large Optic for High Laser Damage Applications using Ion Milling and Over-Coating Methods.

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    Field, Ella Suzanne; Bellum, John Curtis; Kletecka, Damon E.

    2016-06-01

    When an optical coating is damaged, deposited incorrectly, or is otherwise unsuitable, the conventional method to restore the optic often entails repolishing the optic surface, which can incur a large cost and long lead time. We propose three alternative options to repolishing, including (i) burying the unsuitable coating under another optical coating, (ii) using ion milling to etch the unsuitable coating completely from the optic surface, and then recoating the optic, and (iii) using ion milling to etch through a number of unsuitable layers, leaving the rest of the coating intact, and then recoating the layers that were etched. Repairsmore » were made on test optics with dielectric mirror coatings according to the above three options. The mirror coatings to be repaired were quarter wave stacks of HfO2 and SiO2 layers for high reflection at 1054 nm at 45° incidence in P-polarization. One of the coating layers was purposely deposited incorrectly as Hf metal instead of HfO2 to evaluate the ability of each repair method to restore the coating’s high laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) of 64.0 J/cm2. Finally, the repaired coating with the highest resistance to laser-induced damage was achieved using repair method (ii) with an LIDT of 49.0 – 61.0 J/cm2.« less

  20. Repair of a Mirror Coating on a Large Optic for High Laser Damage Applications using Ion Milling and Over-Coating Methods.

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    Field, Ella Suzanne; Bellum, John Curtis; Kletecka, Damon E.

    2016-06-01

    When an optical coating is damaged, deposited incorrectly, or is otherwise unsuitable, the conventional method to restore the optic often entails repolishing the optic surface, which can incur a large cost and long lead time. We propose three alternative options to repolishing, including (i) burying the unsuitable coating under another optical coating, (ii) using ion milling to etch the unsuitable coating completely from the optic surface, and then recoating the optic, and (iii) using ion milling to etch through a number of unsuitable layers, leaving the rest of the coating intact, and then recoating the layers that were etched. Repairs were made on test optics with dielectric mirror coatings according to the above three options. The mirror coatings to be repaired were quarter wave stacks of HfO2 and SiO2 layers for high reflection at 1054 nm at 45° incidence in P-polarization. One of the coating layers was purposely deposited incorrectly as Hf metal instead of HfO2 to evaluate the ability of each repair method to restore the coating’s high laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) of 64.0 J/cm2. Finally, the repaired coating with the highest resistance to laser-induced damage was achieved using repair method (ii) with an LIDT of 49.0 – 61.0 J/cm2.

  1. Microwave transitions and nonlinear magneto-optical rotation in anti-relaxation-coated cells

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    Budker, D.; Hollberg, L.; Kitching, J.; Kimball, D.F.; Pustelny, S.; Yashchuk, V.V.

    2005-01-01

    Using laser optical pumping, widths and frequency shifts are determined for microwave transitions between ground-state hyperfine components of {sup 85}Rb and {sup 87}Rb atoms contained in vapor cells with alkane antirelaxation coatings. The results are compared with data on Zeeman relaxation obtained in nonlinear magneto-optical rotation experiments, a comparison important for quantitative understanding of spin-relaxation mechanisms in coated cells. By comparing cells manufactured over a 40-year period we demonstrate the long-term stability of coated cells, an important property for atomic clocks and magnetometers.

  2. Study on structural and optical properties of TiO2 ALD coated silicon nanostructures

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    Pavlenko, Mykola; Myndrul, Valerii; Iatsunskyi, Igor; Jurga, Stefan; Smyntyna, Valentyn

    2016-04-01

    Structural and optical properties of TiO2 ALD coated silicon nanostructures were investigated. The morphology and chemical composition of TiO2 coated silicon nanopillars and porous silicon were studied by using methods of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Optical characteristics were studied using measurements of reflectance and luminescence spectra. Detailed analysis of morphological features and photoluminescence mechanisms were provided. Peculiarities of reflectance spectra were discussed. It was shown the possible application of these structures as antireflectance coatings.

  3. Microwave transitions and nonlinear magneto-optical rotation in anti-relaxation-coated cells

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    Budker, Dmitry; Hollberg. Leo; Kimball, Derek F.; Kitching J.; Pustelny Szymon; Yashchuk, Valeriy V.

    2004-08-12

    Using laser optical pumping, widths and frequency shifts are determined for microwave transitions between ground-state hyperfine components of {sup 85}Rb and {sup 87}Rb atoms contained in vapor cells with alkane anti-relaxation coatings. The results are compared with data on Zeeman relaxation obtained in nonlinear magneto-optical rotation (NMOR) experiments, a comparison important for quantitative understanding of spin-relaxation mechanisms in coated cells. By comparing cells manufactured over a forty-year period we demonstrate the long-term stability of coated cells, an important property for atomic clocks and magnetometers.

  4. Investigation of microwave transitions and nonlinear magneto-optical rotation in anti-relaxation-coated cells

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    Budker, D.; Hollberg, L.; Kimball, D.F.; Kitching, J.; Pustclny, S.; Robinson, H.G.; Yashchuk, V.V.

    2004-06-04

    Using laser optical pumping, widths and frequency shifts are determined for microwave transitions between the components of the ground-state hyperfine structure for {sup 85}Rb and {sup 87}Rb atoms contained in vapor cells with alkane anti-relaxation coatings. The results are compared with data on Zeeman relaxation obtained in nonlinear magneto-optical rotation (NMOR) experiments, a comparison important for quantitative understanding of spin-relaxation mechanisms in coated cells. By comparing cells manufactured over a forty-year period we demonstrate the long-term stability of coated cells, which may be useful for atomic clocks and magnetometers.

  5. Formation process of Si3N4 particles on surface of Si ingots grown using silica crucibles with Si3N4 coating by noncontact crucible method

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    Nakajima, Kazuo; Morishita, Kohei; Murai, Ryota; Usami, Noritaka

    2014-03-01

    A noncontact crucible method was used to investigate the process by which a Si3N4 coating material forms Si3N4 particles or precipitates on the surface of Si melts and ingots. Si ingots were grown using crucibles with and without a mixture of α- and β-Si3N4 particles. The oxygen and nitrogen concentrations in the ingots were measured by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry analysis. The nitrogen concentration in the ingots grown using crucibles with a Si3N4 coating was significantly higher than that in ingots grown using crucibles without a Si3N4 coating because the nitrogen from the Si3N4 coating material dissolved into the Si melt. From orientation image maps analyzed using electron backscattering diffraction patterns of SixNy particles on the surface of the ingots, it was clarified that most of the SixNy particles were β-Si3N4. This was also confirmed by X-ray diffraction measurements. The Si3N4 particles on the surface of the ingots had several morphologies such as needle-like, columnar, leaf-like, and hexagonal structures. There were two cases in which floating Si3N4 particles were formed on the surface of the Si melts, i.e., the removal and dissolution of the Si3N4 coating material. The removed or dissolved Si3N4 coating materials, which consisted of a mixture of α- and β-Si3N4 particles, are considered to have finally changed into β-Si3N4 in the form of transformers or precipitates on the surface of the Si melt, and these β-Si3N4 particles became attached to the surface of the ingots.

  6. Deep-ultraviolet antireflective coating with improved conformality, optical density, and etch rate

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    Guerrero, Douglas J.; Meador, James D.; Xu, Gu; Suzuki, Hitoshi; Sone, Yasuhisa; Krishnamurthy, Vandana N.; Claypool, James B.; Lamb, James E., III

    1998-06-01

    A new bottom antireflective coating (BARC) for 248 nm lithography is described. The new coating has an optical density of approximately 10/micrometers (k equals 0.41 and n equals 1.482) and plasma etches at rates higher than that of DUV resists depending on the etch conditions. Coating conformality is superior to older generation BARCs, also contributing to improved etch dynamics. Excellent 0.25 micrometers features have been obtained with ESCAP, Acetal and t-BOC type photoresists. The new BARC is spin coated from safe solvents and is spin bowl compatible with EBR and photoresist solvents.

  7. Low temperature and UV curable sol-gel coatings for long lasting optical fiber biosensors

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    Otaduy, D.; Villar, A.; Gomez-Herrero, E.; Goitandia, A. M.; Gorritxategi, E.; Quintana, I.

    2010-04-01

    The use of optical fibers as sensing element is increasing in clinical, pharmaceutical and industrial applications. Excellent light delivery, long interaction length, low cost and ability not only to excite the target molecules but also to capture the emitted light from the targets are the hallmarks of optical fiber as biosensors. In biosensors based on fiber optics the interaction with the analyte can occur within an element of the optical fiber. One of the techniques for this kind of biosensors is to remove the fiber optic cladding and substitute it for biological coatings that will interact with the parameter to sensorize. The deposition of these layers can be made by sol-gel technology. The sol-gel technology is being increasingly used mainly due to the high versatility to tailor their optical features. Incorporation of suitable chemical and biochemical sensing agents have allowed determining pH, gases, and biochemical species, among others. Nonetheless, the relatively high processing temperatures and short lifetime values mean severe drawbacks for a successful exploitation of sol-gel based coated optical fibres. With regard to the latter, herein we present the design, preparation and characterization of novel sol-gel coated optical fibres. Low temperature and UV curable coating formulations were optimized to achieve a good adhesion and optical performance. The UV photopolymerizable formulation was comprised by glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GLYMO), Tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and an initiator. While the thermoset coating was prepared by using 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane, GLYMO, and TEOS as main reagents. Both curable sol-gel coated fibres were analysed by FTIR, SEM and optical characterization. Furthermore, in the present work a new technique for silica cladding removal has been developed by ultra-short pulses laser processing, getting good dimensional accuracy and surface integrity.

  8. Tuning physical and optical properties of ZnO nanowire arrays grown on cotton fibers.

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    Athauda, Thushara J; Hari, Parameswar; Ozer, Ruya R

    2013-07-10

    This article reports the first systematic study on the quantitative relationship between the process parameters of solution concentration ratio, structure, and physical and optical properties of ZnO nanowires grown on cotton surfaces. To develop a fundamental understanding concerning the process-structure-activity relations, we grew a series of well-defined, radially oriented, highly dense, and uniform single-crystalline ZnO nanorods and nanoneedles on cotton surfaces by a simple and inexpensive two-step optimized hydrothermal process at a relatively low temperature. This process involves seed treatment of a cotton substrate with ZnO nanocrystals that will serve as the nucleation sites for subsequent anisotropic growth of single crystalline ZnO nanowires. All of the ZnO nanowires exhibit wurtzite crystal structure oriented along the c-axis. For investigating structure-controlled properties, seed-to-growth solutions concentrations ratio ([S]/[G]) of the synthesis process was varied over six different values. Superhydrophobicity was achieved for all morphologies after 1-dodecanethiol modification, which was highly durable after prolonged UV irradiation. Durability of the ZnO materials under laundry condition was also verified. Variation of the [S]/[G] ratio resulted in a morphological transform from nanorods to needle-like structures in conjunction with a drastic change in the physical and optical properties of the ZnO modified cotton surfaces. Higher [S]/[G] ratios yielded formation of ZnO nanoneedles with high degree of crystallinity and higher aspect ratio compared to nanorods. Increasing [S]/[G] ratio resulted in the amount of ZnO grown on the cotton surface to drop significantly, which also caused a decrease in the surface hydrophobicity and UV absorption. In addition, room temperature photoluminescence measurements revealed that the band gap of ZnO widened and the structural defects were reduced as the morphology changed from nanorods to nanoneedles. A similar

  9. Structural Properties of Potexvirus Coat Proteins Detected by Optical Methods.

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    Semenyuk, P I; Karpova, O V; Ksenofontov, A L; Kalinina, N O; Dobrov, E N; Makarov, V V

    2016-12-01

    It has been shown by X-ray analysis that cores of coat proteins (CPs) from three potexviruses, flexible helical RNA-containing plant viruses, have similar α-helical structure. However, this similarity cannot explain structural lability of potexvirus virions, which is believed to determine their biological activity. Here, we used circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy in the far UV region to compare optical properties of CPs from three potexviruses with the same morphology and similar structure. CPs from Alternanthera mosaic virus (AltMV), potato aucuba mosaic virus (PAMV), and potato virus X (PVX) have been studied in a free state and in virions. The CD spectrum of AltMV virions was similar to the previously obtained CD spectrum of papaya mosaic virus (PapMV) virions, but differed significantly from the CD spectrum of PAMV virions. The CD spectrum of PAMV virions resembled in its basic characteristics the CD spectrum of PVX virions characterized by molar ellipticity that is abnormally low for α-helical proteins. Homology modeling of the CP structures in AltMV, PAMV, and PVX virions was based on the known high-resolution structures of CPs from papaya mosaic virus and bamboo mosaic virus and confirmed that the structures of the CP cores in all three viruses were nearly identical. Comparison of amino acid sequences of different potexvirus CPs and prediction of unstructured regions in these proteins revealed a possible correlation between specific features in the virion CD spectra and the presence of disordered N-terminal segments in the CPs.

  10. Optical polarization characteristics of m-plane GaN/AlGaN quantum well structures grown on m-plane SiC substrate

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    Park, Seoung-Hwan; Ahn, Doyeol

    2015-12-01

    Optical polarization characteristics of m-plane GaN/AlGaN QW structures grown on m-plane SiC substrate were theoretically investigated using the multiband effective-mass theory. The QW structure grown on SiC substrate shows much larger in-plane optical polarization than that grown on GaN substrate. This is attributed to the fact that the QW structure grown on SiC substrate has larger y‧-polarized optical emission and smaller x‧-polarized optical emission than the QW structure grown on GaN substrate. Also, the magnitude of the optical polarization is found to depend on the carrier density and decrease gradually with increasing carrier density. This can be explained by the fact that, with increasing k∥, the x‧-polarized matrix element increases while the y‧-polarized matrix element rapidly decreases.

  11. The effect of time on optical coating mechanical loss and implications for LIGO-India

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    Kinley-Hanlon, Maya; Fair, Hannah M.; Jiffar, Isaac; Newport, Jonathan; Gitelman, Louis; Harry, Gregory; Billingsley, Garilynn; Penn, Steve

    2016-07-01

    We report on the persistence of mechanical loss with time of ion beam sputtered dielectric coatings made from alternating layers of Ta2O5 and SiO2 deposited onto fused silica substrates. From this, we predict the coating thermal noise in gravitational wave interferometers, after the coated optics have been stored for years. We measured the modal mechanical quality factor, Q, of two coated fused silica samples in 2015. These samples also had their modal Q's measured in 2002. We conclude that storing the coated silica disks for 13 years does not change their mechanical loss and thus the storage of Advanced LIGO gravitational wave detector optics until their future installation in India will not degrade their achievable thermal noise.

  12. Optical properties of strain-free AlN nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Si substrates

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    Wang, Q.; Zhao, S.; Connie, A. T.; Shih, I.; Mi, Z.; Gonzalez, T.; Andrews, M. P.; Du, X. Z.; Lin, J. Y.; Jiang, H. X.

    2014-06-02

    The optical properties of catalyst-free AlN nanowires grown on Si substrates by molecular beam epitaxy were investigated. Such nanowires are nearly free of strain, with strong free exciton emission measured at room temperature. The photoluminescence intensity is significantly enhanced, compared to previously reported AlN epilayer. Moreover, the presence of phonon replicas with an energy separation of ∼100 meV was identified to be associated with the surface-optical phonon rather than the commonly reported longitudinal-optical phonon, which is further supported by the micro-Raman scattering experiments.

  13. Mid-infrared to ultraviolet optical properties of InSb grown on GaAs by molecular beam epitaxy

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    D'Costa, Vijay Richard Yeo, Yee-Chia; Tan, Kian Hua; Jia, Bo Wen; Yoon, Soon Fatt

    2015-06-14

    Spectroscopic ellipsometry was used to investigate the optical properties of an InSb film grown on a GaAs (100) substrate, and to compare the optical properties of InSb film with those of bulk InSb. The film was grown by molecular beam epitaxy under conditions intended to form 90° misfit dislocations at the InSb-GaAs interface. The complex dielectric function obtained in a wide spectroscopic range from 0.06–4.6 eV shows the critical point transitions E{sub 0}, E{sub 1}, E{sub 1} + Δ{sub 1}, E{sub 0}{sup ′}, and E{sub 2}. The amplitudes, energy transitions, broadenings, and phase angles have been determined using a derivative analysis. Comparing film and bulk critical point results reveal that the epitaxial film is nearly relaxed and has bulk-like optical characteristics.

  14. How smooth chemistry allows high-power laser optical coating preparation

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    Belleville, Philippe F.; Prene, Philippe; Bonnin, Claude; Beaurain, Laurence; Montouillout, Yves; Lavastre, Eric

    2004-02-01

    For fifty years, a considerable effort has been and is still being directed to the production of optical coatings using liquid deposition route. Sol-Gel is a chemical process widely used for oxide material preparation. Based on smooth chemistry (low temperature conditions), sol-gel allows nanoparticle and polymeric material synthesis dispersed in appropriate liquid medium. The process investigated at CEA (French Commission for Atomic Energy) is strongly developed to afford coatings onto mineral or metallic substrates using colloidal oxide-based and/or inorganic-organic hybrid materials. Such a chemical process is sufficiently adjustable to develop purpose-built materials and coatings for high power laser optical components, taking into account the high laser damage threshold requirement. Because the CEA megajoule-class pulsed laser is needing 7,000-m2 of coated area onto 10,000 large-sized optical components, we have developed to date, several optical coating procedures, each optical thin film being prepared from a specific material and deposition process. First need to fulfil was the antireflective (AR) coating required for transparent optics and used to increase laser light transmission and to suppress damaging residual reflection. The as-developed AR-coatings were made of nanosized particle-containing fragile single layer or abrasion-resistant polymeric-based broadband layer stack. For used on highly-reflective (HR) component, a specific unstressed multilayer coating has been developed and deposited onto deformable adaptative end-cavity mirror substrate. This HR-coating is made of quaterwave stack of colloidal-based low index and hybrid high index thin films. Using such materials, first high ratio polarizing sol-gel coatings have been also produced. Apart optical coating preparation, sol-gel chemistry has been used to develop an hybrid dense protective thin film to enhance durability of oxidation-sensitive silver cavity reflectors. Each coating material

  15. Spacecraft materials guide. [including: encapsulants and conformal coatings; optical materials; lubrication; and, bonding and joining processes

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    Staugaitis, C. L. (Editor)

    1975-01-01

    Materials which have demonstrated their suitability for space application are summarized. Common, recurring problems in encapsulants and conformal coatings, optical materials, lubrication, and bonding and joining are noted. The subjects discussed include: low density and syntactic foams, electrical encapsulants; optical glasses, interference filter, mirrors; oils, greases, lamillar lubricants; and, soldering and brazing processes.

  16. Multilayer coated optics for an alpha-class extreme ultraviolet lithography system

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    Folta, J A; Grabner, R F; Hudyma, R M; Montcalm, C; Schmidt, M A; Spiller, E; Walton, C C; Wedowski, M

    1999-08-25

    We present the results of coating the first set of optical elements for an alpha-class extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) lithography system, the Engineering Test Stand (ETS). The optics were coated with Mo/Si multilayer mirrors using an upgraded DC-magnetron sputtering system. Characterization of the near-normal incidence EUV reflectance was performed using synchrotron radiation from the Advanced Light Source at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Stringent requirements were met for these multilayer coatings in terms of reflectance, wavelength matching among the different optics, and thickness control across the diameter of each individual optic. Reflectances above 65% were achieved at 13.35 nm at near-normal angles of incidence. The run-to-run reproducibility of the reflectance peak wavelength was maintained to within 0.4%, providing the required wavelength matching among the seven multilayer-coated optics. The thickness uniformity (or gradient) was controlled to within {+-}0.25% peak-to-valley (P-V) for the condenser optics and {+-}0.1% P-V for the four projection optics, exceeding the prescribed specification for the optics of the ETS.

  17. Structural and optical properties of GaAsSb QW heterostructures grown by laser deposition

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    Zvonkov, B. N.; Vikhrova, O. V. Dorokhin, M. V.; Kalentyeva, I. L.; Morozov, S. V.; Kryzhkov, D. I.; Yunin, P. A.

    2015-01-15

    The possibility of using the laser deposition method to grow crystalline light-emitting structures with GaAsSb/GaAs quantum wells (QWs) is experimentally demonstrated for the first time. The growth temperature of the GaAs{sub 1−x}Sb{sub x} layers is varied within the range 450–550°C; according to X-ray diffraction analyses, the content of antimony reaches x{sub Sb} ≈ 0.37 at a growth temperature of 450°C. Low-temperature (4 K) photoluminescence spectroscopy demonstrates the presence of a peak associated with the GaAsSb/GaAs QW at around 1.3 μm at the minimum laser-light pumping level. The optimal growth temperature T{sub g} = 500°C and arsine flow rate P{sub A} = 2.2 × 10{sup −8} mol/s at which the best emission properties of QWs with x{sub Sb} ∼ 0.17–0.25 are observed at temperatures of 77 and 300 K are determined. It is shown that GaAsSb/GaAs QWs with similar parameters (width and composition) grown by laser deposition at 500°C and metal-organic vapor-phase epitaxy at 580°C have comparable optical quality.

  18. Optical waveguide loss minimized into gallium nitride based structures grown by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy

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    Stolz, A.; Cho, E.; Dogheche, E.; Androussi, Y.; Troadec, D.; Pavlidis, D.; Decoster, D.

    2011-04-01

    The waveguide properties are reported for wide bandgap gallium nitride (GaN) structures grown by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy on sapphire using a AlN/GaN short period-superlattice (SPS) buffer layer system. A detailed optical characterization of GaN structures has been performed using the prism coupling technique in order to evaluate its properties and, in particular, the refractive index dispersion and the propagation loss. In order to identify the structural defects in the samples, we performed transmission electron microscopy analysis. The results suggest that AlN/GaN SPS plays a role in acting as a barrier to the propagation of threading dislocations in the active GaN epilayer; above this defective region, the dislocations density is remarkably reduced. The waveguide losses were reduced to a value around 0.65dB/cm at 1.55 μm, corresponding to the best value reported so far for a GaN-based waveguide.

  19. Hard protective waterproof coating for high-power laser optical elements.

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    Murahara, Masataka; Sato, Nobuhiro; Ikadai, Akimitsu

    2005-12-15

    We developed a new method for making a waterproof coating by photooxidation of silicone oil. The silicone oil was spin coated onto the surfaces of optical elements, i.e., a plastic lens, a laser mirror, and a nonlinear optical crystal, and then irradiated with a xenon excimer lamp in air, which transformed the organic silicone oil into an amorphous glass film. This technique has enabled an optical thin film to transmit ultraviolet rays of wavelengths below 200 nm and to exhibit the characteristics of homogeneity, high density, and resistance to environmental effects and to corrosion by water, and a Mohs scale value of 5.

  20. Manufacturing and coating of optical components for the EnMAP hyperspectral imager

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    Schürmann, M.; Gäbler, D.; Schlegel, R.; Schwinde, S.; Peschel, T.; Damm, C.; Jende, R.; Kinast, J.; Müller, S.; Beier, M.; Risse, S.; Sang, B.; Glier, M.; Bittner, H.; Erhard, M.

    2016-07-01

    The optical system of the hyperspectral imager of the Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program (EnMAP) consists of a three-mirror anastigmat (TMA) and two independent spectrometers working in the VNIR and SWIR spectral range, respectively. The VNIR spectrometer includes a spherical NiP coated Al6061 mirror that has been ultra-precisely diamond turned and finally coated with protected silver as well as four curved fused silica (FS) and flint glass (SF6) prisms, respectively, each with broadband antireflection (AR) coating, while the backs of the two outer prisms are coated with a high-reflective coating. For AR coating, plasma ion assisted deposition (PIAD) has been used; the high-reflective enhanced Ag-coating on the backside has been deposited by magnetron sputtering. The SWIR spectrometer contains four plane and spherical gold-coated mirrors, respectively, and two curved FS prisms with a broadband antireflection coating. Details about the ultra-precise manufacturing of metal mirrors and prisms as well as their coating are presented in this work.

  1. Optical Gratings Coated with Thin Si3N4 Layer for Efficient Immunosensing by Optical Waveguide Lightmode Spectroscopy.

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    Diéguez, Lorena; Caballero, David; Calderer, Josep; Moreno, Mauricio; Martínez, Elena; Samitier, Josep

    2012-04-10

    New silicon nitride coated optical gratings were tested by means of Optical Waveguide Lightmode Spectroscopy (OWLS). A thin layer of 10 nm of transparent silicon nitride was deposited on commercial optical gratings by means of sputtering. The quality of the layer was tested by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. As a proof of concept, the sensors were successfully tested with OWLS by monitoring the concentration dependence on the detection of an antibody-protein pair. The potential of the Si3N4 as functional layer in a real-time biosensor opens new ways for the integration of optical waveguides with microelectronics.

  2. Anti-Reflective and Waterproof Hard Coating for High Power Laser Optical Elements

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    Murahara, Masataka; Yabe, Takashi; Uchida, Shigeaki; Yoshida, Kunio; Okamoto, Yoshiaki

    2006-05-01

    A hard coating method of single crystalline porous silica film is widely used for high power laser optical elements in the air. However, there is no protective hard coating method for the elements to survive high power laser irradiance while in the water. We, thus, developed a new method for a waterproof coating with photo-oxidation of silicone oil. The silicone oil was spin-coated onto the surface of optical elements, and then irradiated with a xenon excimer lamp in the air. In this treatment, a protective coating for plastic lenses, mirrors, and nonlinear optical crystals, which are highly deliquescent, was developed by taking advantage of the phenomenon in which organic silicone oil is transformed to inorganic amorphous glass by a process of photo-oxidation. This technique has enabled an optical thin coating film to transmit ultraviolet rays of wavelengths under 200 nm and possess the characteristics of homogeneity, high density, resistance to environment, anti-reflectiveness, resistance to water, and Mohs' scale of 5, which is comparable to apatite. This allows us to cool a slab laser head and use as a mirror for underwater laser welding.

  3. MFI-type zeolite functional liquid phase sensor coated on the optical fiber end-face

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    Hu, Yaoxin; Sidiroglou, Fotios; Hill, Matthew R.; Collins, Stephen F.; Duke, Mikel

    2012-02-01

    Optical fibers are a unique medium to coat with functional sensor materials that change in refractive index upon adsorption/interaction with specific compounds. In this work, we demonstrate a simple technique to coat the end face of an optical fiber with the microporous MFI-type zeolite. The exposure of the zeolite films from air to water or to aqueous solutions of ethanol and isopropanol causes a distinct change in the film's refractive index. This change was then detected using a simple fiber optic refractive index sensor by monitoring the signal intensity reflected back from the coated fiber endface and as the zeolite is transferred between air, water and solutions containing ethanol and isopropanol. The zeolite coating was developed using the in-situ templated growth technique to grow the zeolite crystals on the cleaved endface of an optical fiber. Effective coating was achieved when the fiber was oriented horizontally in the hydrothermal reactor. The zeolite coated end face reflected less energy in water, at 0.0201 μW, and exhibited almost no change (~2% increase) with increasing ethanol concentration, but exhibited a 135% increase in reflected energy, i.e. 0.048 μW, in 100% ethanol. The zeolite therefore gave the sensor alcohol selectivity. Further work is exploring applicability for liquid phase chemical and water quality analysis.

  4. Growth and optical properties of AlN homoepitaxial layers grown by ammonia-source molecular beam epitaxy

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    Iwata, Shiro; Nanjo, Yoshiyuki; Okuno, Toshihiro; Kurai, Satoshi; Taguchi, Tsunemasa

    2007-04-01

    We have performed the homoepitaxial growth of high-crystalline quality Aluminium nitride (AlN) epilayers by the ammonia-gas source (GS) molecular-beam epitaxy method using the hydride vapor-phase epitaxy (HVPE) grown AlN thin layers as substrates. Surface morphologies and step-bunching structures of the homoepitaxially grown AlN epilayers were evaluated using in situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) patterns and scanning probe microscopy. It is noted that the step height of several monolayers was achieved on the surface of homoepitaxial layers. The homoepitaxial AlN thin films had the same or improved crystalline quality compared with the HVPE-grown AlN layers from X-ray rocking curve measurements, and its optical properties were investigated using cathodoluminescence measurements. Excitonic emission, which originates from the A free-exciton transition, was clearly observed in the present high-quality homoepitaxial AlN epilayers.

  5. Anisotropy of the optical and magneto-optical response of Au/Co/Au/Cu multilayers grown on vicinal Si (111) surfaces

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    Cheikh-Rouhou, W.; Sampaio, L. C.; Bartenlian, B.; Beauvillain, P.; Brun, A.; Ferré, J.; Georges, P.; Jamet, J.-P.; Mathet, V.; Stupakewicz, A.

    2002-05-01

    The optical and magneto-optical second harmonic reflectivity response of Au/Co/Au/Cu multilayers grown on vicinal Si (111) substrates has been studied. These azimuthal optical non-linear experiments check the uniaxial character of the crystallinity of the Au buffer layer and the magnetic behavior of the ultrathin Co films in the metallic multilayer. They clearly show the strong dependence of the growth parameters and the misorientation of the vicinal surface on the SHG reflectivity signals. This uniaxial behavior is also correlated to linear MOKE experiments on the magnetic anisotropy with an easy magnetization axis parallel to the step edges.

  6. Sputter-Coated Microparticle Additives for Tailored Optical Properties

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    2016-09-01

    hour at best). The microspheres coated in this work will be incorporated into a polymer matrix for composite and large-area coating applications ...5e. TASK NUMBER 5f. WORK UNIT NUMBER 7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) US Army Research Laboratory ATTN: RDRL-WMM-A...Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005-5069 8. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION REPORT NUMBER ARL-TR-7808 9. SPONSORING/MONITORING AGENCY NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES

  7. Electro-Optically Pumped Catalytic Coatings for Hydrolysis And Sensing

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    2008-12-01

    periodic treatment also restores the coating to its initial physical characteristics. In particular, we discuss a mixed oxide photocatalyst coating...oxynitrides as compared to the redox potentials for reactions (1) and (2). For these to occur, the conduction band for any suitable photocatalyst ...particle size of the photocatalyst becomes smaller, the probability increases that an exciton can reach the mate- rial surface before recombination

  8. Simultaneous electrical and optical readout of graphene-coated high Q silicon nitride resonators

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    Adiga, V. P.; De Alba, R.; Storch, I. R.; Yu, P. A.; Ilic, B.; Barton, R. A.; Lee, S.; Hone, J.; McEuen, P. L.; Parpia, J. M.; Craighead, H. G.

    2013-09-01

    Resonant mechanics of high quality factor (Q) graphene coated silicon nitride devices have been explored using optical and electrical transduction schemes. With the addition of the graphene layer, we retain the desirable mechanical properties of silicon nitride but utilize the electrical and optical properties of graphene to transduce and tune the resonant motion by both optical and electrical means. By positioning the graphene-on-silicon-nitride drums in a tunable optical cavity, we observe position dependent damping and resonant frequency control of the devices due to optical absorption by graphene.

  9. Optically transparent and environmentally durable superhydrophobic coating based on functionalized SiO2 nanoparticles

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    Schaeffer, Daniel A.; Polizos, Georgios; Smith, D. Barton; ...

    2015-01-09

    Optical surfaces such as mirrors and windows that are exposed to outdoor environmental conditions are susceptible to dust buildup and water condensation. The application of transparent superhydrophobic coatings on optical surfaces can improve outdoor performance via a self-cleaning effect similar to the Lotus effect. The contact angle (CA) of water droplets on a typical hydrophobic flat surface varies from 100° to 120°. Adding roughness or microtexture to a hydrophobic surface leads to an enhancement of hydrophobicity and the CA can be increased to a value in the range of 16≥0° to 175°. This result is remarkable because such behavior cannotmore » be explained using surface chemistry alone. When surface features are on the order of 100 nm or smaller, surfaces exhibit superhydrophobic behavior and maintain their optical transparency. In this work we discuss our results on transparent superhydrophobic coatings that can be applied across large surface areas. We have used functionalized silica nanoparticles to coat various optical elements and have measured the contact angle and optical transmission between 190 to 1100 nm on these elements. The functionalized silica nanoparticles were dissolved in a solution of the solvents isopropyl alcohol and 4-chlorobenzotrifluoride (PCBTF) and a proprietary ceramic binder (Cerakote ). Finally, this solution was spin-coated onto a variety of test glass substrates, and following a curing period of about 30 minutes, these coatings exhibited superhydrophobic behavior with a static CA ≥160°.« less

  10. Optically transparent and environmentally durable superhydrophobic coating based on functionalized SiO2 nanoparticles

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    Schaeffer, Daniel A.; Polizos, Georgios; Barton Smith, D.; Lee, Dominic F.; Hunter, Scott R.; Datskos, Panos G.

    2015-02-01

    Optical surfaces such as mirrors and windows that are exposed to outdoor environmental conditions are susceptible to dust buildup and water condensation. The application of transparent superhydrophobic coatings on optical surfaces can improve outdoor performance via a ‘self-cleaning’ effect similar to the Lotus effect. The contact angle (CA) of water droplets on a typical hydrophobic flat surface varies from 100° to 120°. Adding roughness or microtexture to a hydrophobic surface leads to an enhancement of hydrophobicity and the CA can be increased to a value in the range of 160°-175°. This result is remarkable because such behavior cannot be explained using surface chemistry alone. When surface features are on the order of 100 nm or smaller, they exhibit superhydrophobic behavior and maintain their optical transparency. In this work we discuss our results on transparent superhydrophobic coatings that can be applied across large surface areas. We have used functionalized silica nanoparticles to coat various optical elements and have measured the CA and optical transmission between 190 and 1100 nm on these elements. The functionalized silica nanoparticles were dissolved in a solution of the solvents, while the binder used was a polyurethane clearcoat. This solution was spin-coated onto a variety of test glass substrates, and following a curing period of about 30 min, these coatings exhibited superhydrophobic behavior with a static CA ≥ 160°.

  11. Optically transparent and environmentally durable superhydrophobic coating based on functionalized SiO₂ nanoparticles.

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    Schaeffer, Daniel A; Polizos, Georgios; Smith, D Barton; Lee, Dominic F; Hunter, Scott R; Datskos, Panos G

    2015-02-06

    Optical surfaces such as mirrors and windows that are exposed to outdoor environmental conditions are susceptible to dust buildup and water condensation. The application of transparent superhydrophobic coatings on optical surfaces can improve outdoor performance via a 'self-cleaning' effect similar to the Lotus effect. The contact angle (CA) of water droplets on a typical hydrophobic flat surface varies from 100° to 120°. Adding roughness or microtexture to a hydrophobic surface leads to an enhancement of hydrophobicity and the CA can be increased to a value in the range of 160°-175°. This result is remarkable because such behavior cannot be explained using surface chemistry alone. When surface features are on the order of 100 nm or smaller, they exhibit superhydrophobic behavior and maintain their optical transparency. In this work we discuss our results on transparent superhydrophobic coatings that can be applied across large surface areas. We have used functionalized silica nanoparticles to coat various optical elements and have measured the CA and optical transmission between 190 and 1100 nm on these elements. The functionalized silica nanoparticles were dissolved in a solution of the solvents, while the binder used was a polyurethane clearcoat. This solution was spin-coated onto a variety of test glass substrates, and following a curing period of about 30 min, these coatings exhibited superhydrophobic behavior with a static CA ≥ 160°.

  12. Stimulated emission and optical gain in AlGaN heterostructures grown on bulk AlN substrates

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    Guo, Wei Bryan, Zachary; Kirste, Ronny; Bryan, Isaac; Hussey, Lindsay; Bobea, Milena; Haidet, Brian; Collazo, Ramón; Sitar, Zlatko; Xie, Jinqiao; Mita, Seiji; Gerhold, Michael

    2014-03-14

    Optical gain spectra for ∼250 nm stimulated emission were compared in three different AlGaN-based structures grown on single crystalline AlN substrates: a single AlGaN film, a double heterostructure (DH), and a Multiple Quantum Well (MQW) structure; respective threshold pumping power densities of 700, 250, and 150 kW/cm{sup 2} were observed. Above threshold, the emission was transverse-electric polarized and as narrow as 1.8 nm without a cavity. The DH and MQW structures showed gain values of 50–60 cm{sup −1} when pumped at 1 MW/cm{sup 2}. The results demonstrated the excellent optical quality of the AlGaN-based heterostructures grown on AlN substrates and their potential for realizing electrically pumped sub-280 nm laser diodes.

  13. Computational manufacturing of optical interference coatings: method, simulation results, and comparison with experiment.

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    Friedrich, Karen; Wilbrandt, Steffen; Stenzel, Olaf; Kaiser, Norbert; Hoffmann, Karl Heinz

    2010-06-01

    Virtual deposition runs have been performed to estimate the production yield of selected oxide optical interference coatings when plasma ion-assisted deposition with an advanced plasma source is applied. Thereby, deposition of each layer can be terminated either by broadband optical monitoring or quartz crystal monitoring. Numerous deposition runs of single-layer coatings have been performed to investigate the reproducibility of coating properties and to quantify deposition errors for the simulation. Variations of the following parameters are considered in the simulation: refractive index, extinction coefficient, and film thickness. The refractive index and the extinction coefficient are simulated in terms of the oscillator model. The parameters are varied using an apodized normal distribution with known mean value and standard deviation. Simulation of variations in the film thickness is performed specific to the selected monitoring strategy. Several deposition runs of the selected oxide interference coatings have been performed to verify the simulation results by experimental data.

  14. In-Line Monitoring of a Pharmaceutical Pan Coating Process by Optical Coherence Tomography.

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    Markl, Daniel; Hannesschläger, Günther; Sacher, Stephan; Leitner, Michael; Buchsbaum, Andreas; Pescod, Russel; Baele, Thomas; Khinast, Johannes G

    2015-08-01

    This work demonstrates a new in-line measurement technique for monitoring the coating growth of randomly moving tablets in a pan coating process. In-line quality control is performed by an optical coherence tomography (OCT) sensor allowing nondestructive and contact-free acquisition of cross-section images of film coatings in real time. The coating thickness can be determined directly from these OCT images and no chemometric calibration models are required for quantification. Coating thickness measurements are extracted from the images by a fully automated algorithm. Results of the in-line measurements are validated using off-line OCT images, thickness calculations from tablet dimension measurements, and weight gain measurements. Validation measurements are performed on sample tablets periodically removed from the process during production. Reproducibility of the results is demonstrated by three batches produced under the same process conditions. OCT enables a multiple direct measurement of the coating thickness on individual tablets rather than providing the average coating thickness of a large number of tablets. This gives substantially more information about the coating quality, that is, intra- and intertablet coating variability, than standard quality control methods.

  15. Quantifying Pharmaceutical Film Coating with Optical Coherence Tomography and Terahertz Pulsed Imaging: An Evaluation.

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    Lin, Hungyen; Dong, Yue; Shen, Yaochun; Zeitler, J Axel

    2015-10-01

    Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) has recently attracted a lot of interest in the pharmaceutical industry as a fast and non-destructive modality for quantification of thin film coatings that cannot easily be resolved with other techniques. Because of the relative infancy of this technique, much of the research to date has focused on developing the in-line measurement technique for assessing film coating thickness. To better assess OCT for pharmaceutical coating quantification, this paper evaluates tablets with a range of film coating thickness measured using OCT and terahertz pulsed imaging (TPI) in an off-line setting. In order to facilitate automated coating quantification for film coating thickness in the range of 30-200 μm, an algorithm that uses wavelet denoising and a tailored peak finding method is proposed to analyse each of the acquired A-scan. Results obtained from running the algorithm reveal an increasing disparity between the TPI and OCT measured intra-tablet variability when film coating thickness exceeds 100 μm. The finding further confirms that OCT is a suitable modality for characterising pharmaceutical dosage forms with thin film coatings, whereas TPI is well suited for thick coatings.

  16. X-ray reflection efficiency of nickel-coated quartz optical flats

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    Reynolds, J. M.; Fields, S. A.; Wilson, R. M.

    1973-01-01

    The reflection efficiency of quartz optical flats vacuum coated with 1000-A nickel was evaluated. Of the three vacuum coated samples tested, two had been contaminated during the firing of the Lunar Module Reaction Control System in the vacuum chamber. Measurements were made for 1.54-, 1.79-, and 2.29-A incident radiation. The reflection efficiency of the contaminated samples was reduced by as much as 50 percent for some angles of incidence.

  17. Combined laser calorimetry and photothermal technique for absorption measurement of optical coatings

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    Li Bincheng; Blaschke, Holger; Ristau, Detlev

    2006-08-10

    To the best of our knowledge, a combined sensitive technique employing both laser calorimetry and a surface thermal lens scheme for measuring absorption values of optical coatings is presented for the first time. Laser calorimetric and pulsed surface thermal lens signals are simultaneously obtained with a highly reflecting UV coating sample irradiated at 193 nm. The advantages and potential applications of the combined technique and the experimental factors limiting the measurement sensitivity are discussed.

  18. Combined laser calorimetry and photothermal technique for absorption measurement of optical coatings.

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    Li, Bincheng; Blaschke, Holger; Ristau, Detlev

    2006-08-10

    To the best of our knowledge, a combined sensitive technique employing both laser calorimetry and a surface thermal lens scheme for measuring absorption values of optical coatings is presented for the first time. Laser calorimetric and pulsed surface thermal lens signals are simultaneously obtained with a highly reflecting UV coating sample irradiated at 193 nm. The advantages and potential applications of the combined technique and the experimental factors limiting the measurement sensitivity are discussed.

  19. Multilayer coatings for optics in the extreme ultraviolet

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    Larruquert, Juan I.; Vidal-Dasilva, Manuela; García-Cortés, Sergio; Rodríguez-de Marcos, Luis; Fernández-Perea, Mónica; Aznárez, José A.; Méndez, José A.

    2011-02-01

    The strong absorption of materials in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) above ~50 nm has precluded the development of efficient coatings. The development of novel coatings with improved EUV performance is presented. An extensive research was performed on the search and characterization of new materials with low absorption or high reflectance. Lanthanide series was found to be a source of materials with relatively low absorption in this range, where most materials in nature present a strong absorption. Other materials, such as SiO and B, have been found to have interesting properties for applications on EUV coatings. As a result, novel multilayers based on Yb, Al, and SiO have been developed with narrowband performance in the 50-92 nm range. In some cases, the difficulty of developing narrowband coatings in the EUV can be overcome by designing multilayers that address specific purposes, such as maximizing and/or minimizing the reflectance at two or more wavelengths or bands. In this direction, we are working towards the development of coatings that combine a relatively high reflectance in a desired EUV band with a low reflectance in another band, for applications in which the presence of the latter radiation may mask a weak EUV radiation source.

  20. Zirconia-coated carbonyl-iron-particle-based magnetorheological fluid for polishing optical glasses and ceramics

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    Shafrir, Shai N.; Romanofsky, Henry J.; Skarlinski, Michael; Wang, Mimi; Miao, Chunlin; Salzman, Sivan; Chartier, Taylor; Mici, Joni; Lambropoulos, John C.; Shen Rui; Yang Hong; Jacobs, Stephen D.

    2009-12-10

    We report on magnetorheological finishing (MRF) spotting experiments performed on glasses and ceramics using a zirconia-coated carbonyl-iron (CI)-particle-based magnetorheological (MR) fluid. The zirconia-coated magnetic CI particles were prepared via sol-gel synthesis in kilogram quantities. The coating layer was {approx}50-100 nm thick, faceted in surface structure, and well adhered. Coated particles showed long-term stability against aqueous corrosion. ''Free'' nanocrystalline zirconia polishing abrasives were cogenerated in the coating process, resulting in an abrasive-charged powder for MRF. A viable MR fluid was prepared simply by adding water. Spot polishing tests were performed on a variety of optical glasses and ceramics over a period of nearly three weeks with no signs of MR fluid degradation or corrosion. Stable material removal rates and smooth surfaces inside spots were obtained.

  1. J-Black: a stray light coating for optical and infrared systems

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    Waddell, Patrick; Black, David S.

    2016-07-01

    A new stray light coating, called J-Black, has been developed for NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The coating is a layered composition of Nextel-Suede 3101 primers and top coats and silicon carbide grit. J-Black has been applied to large areas of the SOFIA airborne telescope and is currently operating within the open cavity environment of the Boeing 747. Over a series of discrete filter bands, from 0.4 to 21 microns, J-Black optical and infrared reflectivity performance is compared with other available coatings. Measured total reflectance values are less than 2% at the longest wavelengths, including at high incidence angles. Detailed surface structure characteristics are also compared via electron and ion microscopy. Environmental tests applicable for aerospace applications are presented, as well as the detailed steps required to apply the coating.

  2. Design of antireflective nanostructures and optical coatings for next-generation multijunction photovoltaic devices.

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    Perl, Emmett E; McMahon, William E; Bowers, John E; Friedman, Daniel J

    2014-08-25

    The successful development of multijunction photovoltaic devices with four or more subcells has placed additional importance on the design of high-quality broadband antireflection coatings. Antireflective nanostructures have shown promise for reducing reflection loss compared to the best thin-film interference coatings. However, material constraints make nanostructures difficult to integrate without introducing additional absorption or electrical losses. In this work, we compare the performance of various nanostructure configurations with that of an optimized multilayer antireflection coating. Transmission into a four-junction solar cell is computed for each antireflective design, and the corresponding cell efficiency is calculated. We find that the best performance is achieved with a hybrid configuration that combines nanostructures with a multilayer thin-film optical coating. This approach increases transmitted power into the top subcell by 1.3% over an optimal thin-film coating, corresponding to an increase of approximately 0.8% in the modeled cell efficiency.

  3. Audio-band coating thermal noise measurement for Advanced LIGO with a multimode optical resonator

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    Gras, S.; Yu, H.; Yam, W.; Martynov, D.; Evans, M.

    2017-01-01

    In modern high precision optical instruments, such as in gravitational wave detectors or frequency references, thermally induced fluctuations in the reflective coatings can be a limiting noise source. This noise, known as coating thermal noise, can be reduced by choosing materials with low mechanical loss. Examination of new materials becomes a necessity in order to further minimize the coating thermal noise and thus improve sensitivity of next generation instruments. We present a novel approach to directly measure coating thermal noise using a high finesse folded cavity in which multiple Hermite-Gaussian modes coresonate. This method is used to probe surface fluctuations on the order 10-17 m /√{Hz } in the frequency range 30-400 Hz. We applied this technique to measure thermal noise and loss angle of the coating used in Advanced LIGO.

  4. Numerical methods for the design of gradient-index optical coatings.

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    Anzengruber, Stephan W; Klann, Esther; Ramlau, Ronny; Tonova, Diana

    2012-12-01

    We formulate the problem of designing gradient-index optical coatings as the task of solving a system of operator equations. We use iterative numerical procedures known from the theory of inverse problems to solve it with respect to the coating refractive index profile and thickness. The mathematical derivations necessary for the application of the procedures are presented, and different numerical methods (Landweber, Newton, and Gauss-Newton methods, Tikhonov minimization with surrogate functionals) are implemented. Procedures for the transformation of the gradient coating designs into quasi-gradient ones (i.e., multilayer stacks of homogeneous layers with different refractive indices) are also developed. The design algorithms work with physically available coating materials that could be produced with the modern coating technologies.

  5. Study on Thermochromic VO2 Films Grown on ZnO-Coated Glass Substrates for “Smart Windows”

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    Kato, Kazuhiro; Song, Pung Keun; Odaka, Hidehumi; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2003-10-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is one of the most attractive thermochromic materials, which show large changes in optical and electrical properties at the transition temperature (Tt) close to the atmospheric temperature (approximately 340 K). We already reported for VO2 deposition by rf magnetron sputtering using V2O3 or V2O5 targets that VO2 films thicker than 400 nm showed high thermochromic performance, whereas the VO2 films thinner than 200 nm did not show such performance because of their poor crystallinity and off-stoichiometry. In this study, very thin thermochromic VO2 films with thicknesses of about 50 nm were successfully deposited using highly < 001>-preferred oriented ZnO polycrystalline films as a buffer layer between the VO2 film and glass substrate (VO2/ZnO/glass) because of the heteroepitaxial growth of VO2 polycrystalline films. W-doped VO2 films were also deposited on the ZnO-coated glass substrates (ZnO/glass) by cosputtering. It was confirmed that W doping for thin VO2 films deposited on the ZnO/glass can decrease Tt systematically. Such very thin VO2 films should have high potential for application in “smart windows”.

  6. Development of surface thermal lensing technique in absorption and defect analyses of optical coatings

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    He, Hongbo; Li, Xia; Fan, Shuhai; Shao, Jianda; Zhao, Yuanan; Fan, Zhengxiu

    2005-12-01

    Absorption is one of the main factors which cause damage to optical coatings, under the radiation of high power lasers. Surface thermal lensing (STL) technique was developed into a practical high-sensitivity apparatus for the weak absorption analysis of optical coatings. A 20 W continuous-wave 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser and a 30 mW He-Ne laser were employed as pump source and probe source, respectively. Low noise photoelectrical components and an SR830 DSP lock-in amplifier were used for photo-thermal deformation signal detection. In order to improve sensitivity, the configuration of the apparatus was optimized through choosing appropriate parameters, that including pump beam spot size, chopper frequency, detection distance, waist radius and position of probe beam. Coating samples were mounted on an x-y stage which was driven by high precision stepper motors. Different processes of absorption measurements, including single spot, linear scan and 2-dimension area scan, could be performed manually or automatically under the control of PC program. Various optical coatings were prepared by both electron beam evaporation and ion beam sputtering deposition. High sensitivity was obtained and low to 10 ppb absorption could be measured by surface thermal lensing technique. And a spatial resolution of 25 micron was proved according to the area scanning which traced out the profile of photo-thermal defects inside optical coatings. The system was employed in the analyses of optical absorption, absorption uniformity and defect distribution, and revealed the relationship between laser-induced damage and absorption of optical coatings.

  7. 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.

  8. Large-area sol-gel optical coatings for the Megajoule Laser prototype

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    Pegon, Philippe M.; Germain, Chantal V.; Rorato, Yannick R.; Belleville, Philippe F.; Lavastre, Eric

    2004-02-01

    In the field of thin film coatings, sol-gel (SG) process is an alternative to the conventional Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) techniques. Sol-gel process is particularly competitive on large-area or fragile substates by taking advantage of various liquid phase deposition techniques performed at room temperature and atmospheric pressure, coupled with the versatility of organo-metallic chemistry. Developed by the French Commission for Atomic Energy (CEA) since 1985 for its former high-power lasers generation, optimized sol-gel coatings proved also very resistant to laser energy. In 1998, THALES Angenieux (TAGX) was selected by CEA to provide all the sol-gel coatings dedicated to the French Laser MegaJoule (LMJ) prototype, named Ligne d'Integration Laser (LIL). In cooperation with Saint-Etienne Pole Optique et Vision (POV), TAGX initiated the building of a sol-gel technological platform (SGPF) aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of production of optical and functional coatings on large area substrates. A technology transfer was performed by CEA (Le Ripault) to TAGX focusing on the manufacture mainly of single-layer antireflective coatings (SLAR), but also of multi-layer AR-coatings and of multi-layered highly reflective (HR)-coatings. Since beginning of 2001 and using SGPF equipments, TAGX successfully coated within specificaitons and schedule most of the 300 optics required for LIL activation. After this 2 years 1/2 production campaign in pre-industrial conditions, we can now analyse the advantages of each deposition technique used, the repeatability of the several processes, and the performance of the various coatings.

  9. Behavior of optical thin-film materials and coatings under proton and gamma irradiation.

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    Di Sarcina, Ilaria; Grilli, Maria Luisa; Menchini, Francesca; Piegari, Angela; Scaglione, Salvatore; Sytchkova, Anna; Zola, Danilo

    2014-02-01

    Optical materials and coatings are exposed to the flux of energetic particles when used in either space applications or nuclear energy plants. The study of their behavior in such an environment is important to avoid failure of the optical components during their operation. The optical performance of several thin-film materials ((HfO2, Ta2O5, Nb2O5, TiO2, SiO2) and coatings, under irradiation with high-dose gamma rays (5.8 MGy) and exposure to low-energy (60 keV) protons, has been investigated. Some variations of optical properties have been detected in silicon oxide after irradiation, while the other materials are stable in such conditions.

  10. Diode laser 87Rb optical pumping in an evacuated wall-coated cell

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    Lee, W. K.; Robinson, H. G.; Johnson, C. E.

    1984-01-01

    The evacuated wall coated sealed cell coupled with diode laser optical pumping offers a number of attractive potential advantages for use in Rb or Cs atomic frequency standards. An investigation of systematic effects is required to explore possible limitations of the technique. The use of diode laser optical pumping of 87 Rb in an evacuated wall coated sealed cell is presented. Experimental results/discussion to be presented include the signal strength and line broadening of the 0 - 0 hyperfine resonance as a function of light intensity for the D1 optical transitions (F - F prime) - (2 1 prime) and (2 - 2 prime), shift of the 0 - 0 hyperfine frequency as a function of laser intensity and de-tuning from optical resonance, and diode laser frequency stabilization techniques.

  11. Defect-induced optical absorption and photoluminescence of Verneuil-grown SrTiO 3 crystal

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    Mochizuki, Shosuke; Fujishiro, Fumito; Ishiwata, Ken'ichiro; Shibata, Kohei

    2006-04-01

    In order to clarify the mechanism of the photoluminescence (PL) and other photo-induced effects observed for Verneuil-grown SrTiO 3 crystal, a nominally pure dark-blue as-grown crystal, which has high DC conductivity (σ≃10 Ω cm) and high dielectric constant ( ε>10 at 1 kHz) at room temperature, was prepared and annealed at 973 K in a 90% Ar-10% H 2 mixture gas stream. The optical density (OD) and PL spectra were studied at the different stages of the annealing. In addition to the band gap absorption, at least eight intense optical absorptions due to crystal defects are observed around about 2.9, 2.4, 2.2, 2.1, 1.7, 0.82 and 0.27 eV for the as-grown crystal. With progressing annealing, these absorptions became weak and the crystal became a colorless-transparent insulator. We have found a reasonable connection between the OD spectra and the PL ones.

  12. Optical anisotropy in self-assembled InAs nanostructures grown on GaAs high index substrate

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    Bennour, M.; Saidi, F.; Bouzaïene, L.; Sfaxi, L.; Maaref, H.

    2012-01-01

    We present a study of the optical properties of InAs self-assembled nanostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs(11N)A substrates (N = 3–5). Photoluminescence (PL) measurements revealed good optical properties of InAs quantum dots (QDs) grown on GaAs(115)A compared to those grown on GaAs(113)A and (114)A orientations substrate. An additional peak localized at 1.39 eV has been shown on PL spectra of both GaAs(114)A and (113)A samples. This peak persists even at lower power density. Supporting on the polarized photoluminescence characterization, we have attributed this additional peak to the quantum strings (QSTs) emission. A theoretical study based on the resolution of the three dimensional Schrödinger equation, using the finite element method, including strain and piezoelectric-field effect was adopted to distinguish the observed photoluminescence emission peaks. The mechanism of QDs and QSTs formation on such a high index GaAs substrates was explained in terms of piezoelectric driven atoms and the equilibrium surfaces at edges. PMID:22396623

  13. Optical DLTS for the study of recombination centers in GaAsN grown by chemical beam epitaxy

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    Kowaki, Hiroyuki; Lee, Kan-Hua; Kojima, Takuto; Inagaki, Makoto; Ikeda, Kazuma; Bouzazi, Boussairi; Kojima, Nobuaki; Ohshita, Yoshio; Yamaguchi, Masafumi; Ekins-Daukes, N. J.

    2013-09-01

    New broad DLTS peak signals in GaAsN solar cell, grown by chemical beam epitaxy, were obtained using the combination of optical-irradiation and conventional Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS). Those broad peak signals cannot be detected by conventional DLTS method in the dark. The broad peak signals were overlapped with three deep level states at least and showed the increase of DLTS peak intensity. However, the other deep level state (EV+0.60eV) showed no significant change of DLTS peak signals in the dark and optical excitation. The condition of minority carrier injection by optical irradiation indicated that the mechanism of carrier capture and emission at some deep centers had been changed.

  14. Surface properties of hard protective coatings studied by optical techniques

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    Jaglarz, Janusz; Wolska, N.; Mitura, K.; Duraj, R.; Marszalek, K. W.; El Kouari, Y.

    2016-06-01

    The paper describes optical study of SiC, C and NiC layers deposited on Si substrates by double beam ion sputtering (DBIS) method. The following optical methods: ellipsometry, bidirectional reflection distribution function (BRDF) and total integrated scattering (TIS) studies have been applied. The obtained results allowed us to determine the refractive indices, extinction coefficients and the roughness parameters of DBIS films. Also surface profiles of optical constants determined from scanning ellipsometric measurements have been presented. The power spectral density functions (PSD) of surface roughness for studied samples have been determined. The influence of the deposition technology on film topography has been discussed.

  15. Fabrication, Testing, Coating and Alignment of Fast Segmented Optics

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    2006-05-25

    mirror segment, a 100 mm thick Zerodur mirror blank was purchased from Schott. Figure 2 shows the segment and its support for polishing and testing in...Polishing large off-axis segments of fast primary mirrors 2. Testing large segments in an off-axis geometry 3. Alignment of multiple segments of a large... mirror 4. Coatings that reflect high-intensity light without distorting the substrate These technologies are critical because of several unique

  16. Coatings for SiO2 optical fibers

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    Covino-Hrbacek, Josephine

    1993-11-01

    A chemical coating consisting of a mixture of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), Al(OC4H9)3, LiOH, Ti(OC3H7)4, Zr()2C5H7)4, HNO3 for pH control, and glycerol is introduced which produces an environmentally protective barrier resistant to cracking or crazing to a glass fiber to which it is applied by the SOL-GEL process.

  17. Characterizing environmental effects on visible and UV reflectance of ALD-coated optics

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    Carter, Christian; Moore, Christopher S.; Hennessy, John; Jewell, April D.; Nikzad, Shouleh; France, Kevin

    2016-09-01

    Numerous atomic and molecular transitions that provide important diagnostics for astrophysical research exist in the Lyman-ultraviolet (LUV; 91.2 - 121.6 nm) and far-ultraviolet (FUV; 121.6 - 200 nm) bandpasses. Future astronomy and planetary science missions require the development of mirror coatings with improved reflectance between 90 - 200 nm which maintain optical performance in visible and IR wavelengths (320 - 2000 nm). Towards this end, we have developed an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process for optical coatings to enhance the efficiency of future space observatories. We measured the reflectance from 115-826 nm of sample optics, consisting of silicon wafers coated with lithium fluoride films deposited via ALD. We also measured the reflectance of sample optics stored in various environments, and characterized the effect of storage environment on visible and UV optical performance over week-long time scales. Minimal change in optical performance was observed for wavelengths between 200 and 800 nm, regardless of storage environment.

  18. Electrical and Optical Studies of Defect Structure of HgCdTe Films Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Świątek, Z.; Ozga, P.; Izhnin, I. I.; Fitsych, E. I.; Voitsekhovskii, A. V.; Korotaev, A. G.; Mynbaev, K. D.; Varavin, V. S.; Dvoretsky, S. A.; Mikhailov, N. N.; Yakushev, M. V.; Bonchyk, A. Yu.; Savytsky, H. V.

    2016-07-01

    Electrical and optical studies of defect structure of HgCdTe films grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) are performed. It is shown that the peculiarity of these films is the presence of neutral defects formed at the growth stage and inherent to the material grown by MBE. It is assumed that these neutral defects are the Te nanocomplexes. Under ion milling, they are activated by mercury interstitials and form the donor centers with the concentration of 1017 cm-3, which makes it possible to detect such defects by measurements of electrical parameters of the material. Under doping of HgCdTe with arsenic using high temperature cracking, the As2 dimers are present in the arsenic flow and block the neutral Te nanocomplexes to form donor As2Te3 complexes. The results of electrical studies are compared with the results of studies carried out by micro-Raman spectroscopy.

  19. Influence of lithium coating on the optics of Doppler backscatter system

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    Zhang, X. H.; Liu, A. D. Zhou, C.; Hu, J. Q.; Wang, M. Y.; Yu, C. X.; Liu, W. D.; Li, H.; Lan, T.; Xie, J. L.

    2015-10-15

    This paper presents the first investigation of the effect of lithium coating on the optics of Doppler backscattering. A liquid lithium limiter has been applied in the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), and a Doppler backscattering has been installed in the EAST. A parabolic mirror and a flat mirror located in the vacuum vessel are polluted by lithium. An identical optical system of the Doppler backscattering is set up in laboratory. The power distributions of the emission beam after the two mirrors with and without lithium coating (cleaned before and after), are measured at three different distances under four incident frequencies. The results demonstrate that the influence of the lithium coating on the power distributions are very slight, and the Doppler backscattering can work normally under the dosage of lithium during the 2014 EAST campaign.

  20. Optical coherence tomography complemented by hyperspectral imaging for the study of protective wood coatings

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    Dingemans, L. M.; Papadakis, V. M.; Liu, P.; Adam, A. J. L.; Groves, R. M.

    2015-06-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a contactless and non-destructive testing (NDT) technique based on low-coherence interferometry. It has recently become a popular NDT-tool for evaluating cultural heritage. In this study, protective coatings on wood and their penetration into the wood structure were measured with a customized infrared fiber optic OCT instrument. In order to enhance the understanding of the OCT measurements of coatings on real wooden samples, an optimization of the measuring and analyzing methodology was performed by developing an averaging approach and by post-processing the data. The collected information was complemented by data obtained with hyperspectral imaging to allow data from local OCT A-scans to be used in mapping the coating thicknesses over larger areas.

  1. Fluoride antireflection coatings for deep ultraviolet optics deposited by ion-beam sputtering.

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    Yoshida, Toshiya; Nishimoto, Keiji; Sekine, Keiichi; Etoh, Kazuyuki

    2006-03-01

    Optically high quality coatings of fluoride materials are required in deep ultraviolet (DUV) lithography. We have applied ion-beam sputtering (IBS) to obtain fluoride films with smooth surfaces. The extinction coefficients were of the order of 10(-4) at the wavelength of 193 nm due to the reduction of their absorption loss. The transmittance of the MgF2/GdF3 antireflection coating was as high as 99.7% at the wavelength of 193 nm. The surfaces of the IBS deposited films were so smooth that the surface roughness of the A1F3/GdF3 film was comparable with that of the CaF2 substrate. The MgF2/GdF3 coating fulfilled the temperature and humidity requirements of military specification. Thus, the IBS deposited fluoride films are promising candidate for use in the DUV lithography optics.

  2. Evaluation of diamond coatings on optical fibre sensors for biological use.

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    Neto, V F; Santos, J A; Alberto, N J; Pinto, J L; Nogueira, R N; Grácio, J

    2011-06-01

    The inscription of a Fibre Bragg Grating (FBG) in optical fibres allows them to be used as sensors, being capable of decoding small variations of strain; temperature; pressure; loading; bending; or even refractive index, by means of a shift in the reflected wavelength. Nevertheless, broadening their sensitivity and operation range would be desirable. This may be achieved by appropriated fibre coating. Diamond possesses a set of extreme properties, such as high thermal conductivity, hardness and resistance to hazard environments. Furthermore, it is known for its excellent biocompatible response, so it may be suitable to be used as a coating material for biological sensors. In this paper, the results of the optimization process of diamond coatings on optical fibre sensors is presented, considering their potential use for practical biological purposes.

  3. Study on the Sensing Coating of the Optical Fibre CO2 Sensor

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    Wysokiński, Karol; Napierała, Marek; Stańczyk, Tomasz; Lipiński, Stanisław; Nasiłowski, Tomasz

    2015-01-01

    Optical fibre carbon dioxide (CO2) sensors are reported in this article. The principle of operation of the sensors relies on the absorption of light transmitted through the fibre by a silica gel coating containing active dyes, including methyl red, thymol blue and phenol red. Stability of the sensor has been investigated for the first time for an absorption based CO2 optical fiber sensor. Influence of the silica gel coating thickness on the sensitivity and response time has also been studied. The impact of temperature and humidity on the sensor performance has been examined too. Response times of reported sensors are very short and reach 2–3 s, whereas the sensitivity of the sensor ranges from 3 to 10 for different coating thicknesses. Reported parameters make the sensor suitable for indoor and industrial use. PMID:26694412

  4. In-situ grown MgO-ZnO ceramic coating with high thermal emittance on Mg alloy by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Li, Hang; Lu, Songtao; Qin, Wei; Wu, Xiaohong

    2017-07-01

    Intense solar radiation and internal heat generation determine the equilibrium temperature of an in-orbit spacecraft. Thermal control coatings with low solar absorptance and high thermal emittance effectively maintain the thermal equilibrium within safe operating limits for exposed, miniaturized and highly integrated components. A novel ceramic coating with high thermal emittance and good adhesion was directly prepared on the Mg substrate using an economical process of controlled plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) in the electrolyte containing ZnSO4. XRD and XPS results showed that this coating was mainly composed of the MgO phase as well as an unusual ZnO crystalline phase. The adhesive strength between the coating and substrate determined by a pull-off test revealed an excellent adhesion. Thermal and optical properties test revealed that the coating exhibited a high infrared emittance of 0.88 (2-16 μm) and low solar absorptance of 0.35 (200-2500 nm). The result indicated that the formation of ZnO during the PEO process played an important role in the improvement of the coating emittance. The process developed provides a simple surface method for improving the thermal emittance of Mg alloy, which presents a promising application prospect in the thermal management of the spacecraft.

  5. Multienergy gold ion implantation for enhancing the field electron emission characteristics of heterogranular structured diamond films grown on Au-coated Si substrates

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    Sankaran, K. J.; Manoharan, D.; Sundaravel, B.; Lin, I. N.

    2016-09-01

    Multienergy Au-ion implantation enhanced the electrical conductivity of heterogranular structured diamond films grown on Au-coated Si substrates to a high level of 5076.0 (Ω cm)-1 and improved the field electron emission (FEE) characteristics of the films to low turn-on field of 1.6 V/μm, high current density of 5.4 mA/cm2 (@ 2.65 V/μm), and high lifetime stability of 1825 min. The catalytic induction of nanographitic phases in the films due to Au-ion implantation and the formation of diamond-to-Si eutectic interface layer due to Au-coating on Si together encouraged the efficient conducting channels for electron transport, thereby improved the FEE characteristics of the films.

  6. Nanometre optical coatings based on strong interference effects in highly absorbing media.

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    Kats, Mikhail A; Blanchard, Romain; Genevet, Patrice; Capasso, Federico

    2013-01-01

    Optical coatings, which consist of one or more films of dielectric or metallic materials, are widely used in applications ranging from mirrors to eyeglasses and photography lenses. Many conventional dielectric coatings rely on Fabry-Perot-type interference, involving multiple optical passes through transparent layers with thicknesses of the order of the wavelength to achieve functionalities such as anti-reflection, high-reflection and dichroism. Highly absorbing dielectrics are typically not used because it is generally accepted that light propagation through such media destroys interference effects. We show that under appropriate conditions interference can instead persist in ultrathin, highly absorbing films of a few to tens of nanometres in thickness, and demonstrate a new type of optical coating comprising such a film on a metallic substrate, which selectively absorbs various frequency ranges of the incident light. These coatings have a low sensitivity to the angle of incidence and require minimal amounts of absorbing material that can be as thin as 5-20 nm for visible light. This technology has the potential for a variety of applications from ultrathin photodetectors and solar cells to optical filters, to labelling, and even the visual arts and jewellery.

  7. Nanometre optical coatings based on strong interference effects in highly absorbing media

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    Kats, Mikhail A.; Blanchard, Romain; Genevet, Patrice; Capasso, Federico

    2013-01-01

    Optical coatings, which consist of one or more films of dielectric or metallic materials, are widely used in applications ranging from mirrors to eyeglasses and photography lenses. Many conventional dielectric coatings rely on Fabry-Perot-type interference, involving multiple optical passes through transparent layers with thicknesses of the order of the wavelength to achieve functionalities such as anti-reflection, high-reflection and dichroism. Highly absorbing dielectrics are typically not used because it is generally accepted that light propagation through such media destroys interference effects. We show that under appropriate conditions interference can instead persist in ultrathin, highly absorbing films of a few to tens of nanometres in thickness, and demonstrate a new type of optical coating comprising such a film on a metallic substrate, which selectively absorbs various frequency ranges of the incident light. These coatings have a low sensitivity to the angle of incidence and require minimal amounts of absorbing material that can be as thin as 5-20 nm for visible light. This technology has the potential for a variety of applications from ultrathin photodetectors and solar cells to optical filters, to labelling, and even the visual arts and jewellery.

  8. Structural and optical properties of copper-coated substrates for solar thermal absorbers

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    Pratesi, Stefano; De Lucia, Maurizio; Meucci, Marco; Sani, Elisa

    2016-10-01

    Spectral selectivity, i.e. merging a high absorbance at sunlight wavelengths to a low emittance at the wavelengths of thermal spectrum, is a key characteristics for materials to be used for solar thermal receivers. It is known that spectrally selective absorbers can raise the receiver efficiency for all solar thermal technologies. Tubular sunlight receivers for parabolic trough collector (PTC) systems can be improved by the use of spectrally selective coatings. Their absorbance is increased by deposing black films, while the thermal emittance is minimized by the use of properly-prepared substrates. In this work we describe the intermediate step in the fabrication of black-chrome coated solar absorbers, namely the fabrication and characterization of copper coatings on previously nickel-plated stainless steel substrates. We investigate the copper surface features and optical properties, correlating them to the coating thickness and to the deposition process, in the perspective to assess optimal conditions for solar absorber applications.

  9. Anomalous thickness-dependent optical energy gap of ALD-grown ultra-thin CuO films

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    Tripathi, T. S.; Terasaki, I.; Karppinen, M.

    2016-11-01

    Usually an inverse square relation between the optical energy gap and the size of crystallites is observed for semiconducting materials due to the strong quantum localization effect. Coulomb attraction that may lead to a proportional dependence is often ignored or considered less important to the optical energy gap when the crystallite size or the thickness of a thin film changes. Here we report a proportional dependence between the optical energy gap and the thickness of ALD-grown CuO thin films due to a strong Coulomb attraction. The ultrathin films deposited in the thickness range of 9-81 nm show a p-type semiconducting behavior when analyzed by Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity measurements. The indirect optical energy gap nature of the films is verified from UV-vis spectrophotometric measurements. A progressive increase in the indirect optical energy gap from 1.06 to 1.24 eV is observed with the increase in the thickness of the films. The data are analyzed in the presence of Coulomb attractions using the Brus model. The optical energy gap when plotted against the cubic root of the thickness of the films shows a linear dependence.

  10. Optical parameters of Al-doped ZnO nanorod array thin films grown via the hydrothermal method.

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    Kim, Soaram; Kim, Min Su; Nam, Giwoong; Park, Hyunggil; Yoon, Hyunsik; Leem, Jae-Young

    2013-09-01

    ZnO seed layers were deposited onto a quartz substrate using the sol--gel method, and Al-doped ZnO (AZO) nanorod array thin films with different Al concentrations that ranged from 0 to 2.0 at. % were grown on the ZnO seed layers via the hydrothermal method. Optical parameters, including the optical band gap, the absorption coefficient, the Urbach energy, the refractive index, the dispersion parameter, and the optical conductivity, were studied to investigate the effects of Al doping on the optical properties of AZO nanorod array thin films. The optical band gaps of the ZnO and AZO nanorod array thin films were 3.206 at 0 at.%, 3.214 at 0.5 at.%, 3.226 at 1.5 at.%, and 3.268 at 2.0 at.%. The Urbach energy gradually decreased from 126 meV (0 at.%) to 70 meV (2.0 at.%) as the Al concentration was increased. The dispersion energy, the single-oscillator energy, the average oscillator wavelength, the average oscillator strength, the refractive index, and the optical conductivity of the AZO nanorod array thin films were all affected by Al doping.

  11. Characterization of ZnO thin films grown on different p-Si substrate elaborated by solgel spin-coating method

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    Chebil, W.; Fouzri, A.; Fargi, A.; Azeza, B.; Zaaboub, Z.; and others

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • High quality ZnO thin films grown on different p-Si substrates were successful obtained by sol–gel process. • PL measurement revealed that ZnO thin film grown on porous Si has the better optical quality. • I–V characteristics for all heterojunctions exhibit successful diode formation. • The diode ZnO/PSi shows a better photovoltaic effect under illumination with a maximum {sub Voc} of 0.2 V. - Abstract: In this study, ZnO thin films are deposited by sol–gel technique on p-type crystalline silicon (Si) with [100] orientation, etched silicon and porous silicon. The structural analyses showed that the obtained thin films were polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure and preferentially oriented along the c-axis direction. Morphological study revealed the presence of rounded and facetted grains irregularly distributed on the surface of all samples. PL spectra at room temperature revealed that ZnO thin film grown on porous Si has a strong UV emission with low defects in the visible region comparing with ZnO grown on plat Si and etched Si surface. The heterojunction parameters were evaluated from the (I–V) under dark and illumination at room temperature. The ideality factor, barrier height and series resistance of heterojunction grown on different p-Si substrates are determined by using different methods. Best electrical properties are obtained for ZnO layer deposited on porous silicon.

  12. Double-layer optical fiber coating analysis in MHD flow of an elastico-viscous fluid using wet-on-wet coating process

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    Khan, Zeeshan; Islam, Saeed; Shah, Rehan Ali; Khan, Muhammad Altaf; Bonyah, Ebenezer; Jan, Bilal; Khan, Aurangzeb

    Modern optical fibers require a double-layer coating on the glass fiber in order to provide protection from signal attenuation and mechanical damage. The most important plastic resins used in wires and optical fibers are plastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and low and high density polyethylene (LDPE/HDPE), nylon and Polysulfone. One of the most important things which affect the final product after processing is the design of the coating die. In the present study, double-layer optical fiber coating is performed using melt polymer satisfying Oldroyd 8-constant fluid model in a pressure type die with the effect of magneto-hydrodynamic (MHD). Wet-on-wet coating process is applied for double-layer optical fiber coating. The coating process in the coating die is modeled as a simple two-layer Couette flow of two immiscible fluids in an annulus with an assigned pressure gradient. Based on the assumptions of fully developed laminar and MHD flow, the Oldroyd 8-constant model of non-Newtonian fluid of two immiscible resin layers is modeled. The governing nonlinear equations are solved analytically by the new technique of Optimal Homotopy Asymptotic Method (OHAM). The convergence of the series solution is established. The results are also verified by the Adomian Decomposition Method (ADM). The effect of important parameters such as magnetic parameter Mi , the dilatant constant α , the Pseodoplastic constant β , the radii ratio δ , the pressure gradient Ω , the speed of fiber optics V , and the viscosity ratio κ on the velocity profiles, thickness of coated fiber optics, volume flow rate, and shear stress on the fiber optics are investigated. At the end the result of the present work is also compared with the experimental results already available in the literature by taking non-Newtonian parameters tends to zero.

  13. Coatings.

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    Anderson, Dennis G.

    1989-01-01

    This review covers analytical techniques applicable to the examination of coatings, raw materials, and substrates upon which coatings are placed. Techniques include chemical and electrochemical methods, chromatography, spectroscopy, thermal analysis, microscopy, and miscellaneous techniques. (MVL)

  14. Optical, electrical and surface characterization of mercuric iodide platelets grown in the HgI{sub 2}-HI-H{sub 2}O system

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    Fornaro, L.; Chen, H.; Chattopadhyay, K.; Chen, K.T.; Burger, A.

    1998-12-31

    The optical, electrical and surface properties of mercuric iodide platelets grown from solution in a HgI{sub 2}-HI-H{sub 2}O system were investigated by comparing them with Physical Vapor Transport (PVT) grown crystals. The absence of bulk imperfections and the uniformity of the as-grown surfaces and the KI solution etched surfaces were confirmed by optical microscopy. The as-grown surface uniformity is higher for solution grown crystals than that of PVT crystals, since the platelets do not have to be cleaved or polished. AFM studies show that the roughness for the cleaved, aged and etched surfaces were 0.06 nm, 0.48 nm and 0.3 nm respectively. Low temperature photoluminescence properties were measured for the two kinds of crystals and will be discussed. However, I-V curves give higher current density and lower apparent resistivity values for the solution grown than for PVT grown crystals. Correlations between optical and surface quality as well as the electrical properties of the crystals grown from both solution and PVT methods are also discussed.

  15. Characterization of the optical properties of hydrophobic coatings and realization of high performance AR coatings with dust- and water-repellent properties

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    Bruynooghe, S.; Spinzig, S.; Fliedner, M.; Hsu, G. J.

    2008-09-01

    Hydrophobic coatings enable the manufacture of easy-to-clean surfaces having dust- and water-repellent properties. In this work, a hydrophobic coating is deposited as a top layer on an antireflective (AR) multilayer system comprising a MgF2 upper layer to produce low reflectance optical surfaces at a normal incident angle in the visible spectrum with dust- and water-repellent properties for applications in precision optics. We report on the preparation and characterization of the optical properties of hydrophobic coatings deposited using a vacuum evaporation process and a commercially available water repellent substance. By means of a grazing incidence X-ray reflectometer it is shown that the hydrophobic coating can be considered, from an optical point of view, as two adjacent thin layers having specific thicknesses and densities. In fact, the hydrophobic layer is one monolayer comprising molecular chains with anchoring groups responsible for the chemical bond with the substrate material and functional groups responsible for the water- and oil-repellent properties. Optical constants are determined using a spectroscopic ellipsometer and are taken into account in the final multilayer system design. High performance AR coatings having an average reflectance of 0.14% at 7° incident angle in the 400-680nm spectral range together with a pleasing purple-red reflex color are produced. Coated lenses exhibit an excellent abrasion resistance, environmental stability, resistance to cleaning agents, homogeneity and water repellence with contact angles against water higher than 110°.

  16. Dynamic Response of Tapered Optical Multimode Fiber Coated with Carbon Nanotubes for Ethanol Sensing Application

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    Shabaneh, Arafat; Girei, Saad; Arasu, Punitha; Mahdi, Mohd; Rashid, Suraya; Paiman, Suriati; Yaacob, Mohd

    2015-01-01

    Ethanol is a highly combustible chemical universally designed for biomedical applications. In this paper, optical sensing performance of tapered multimode fiber tip coated with carbon nanotube (CNT) thin film towards aqueous ethanol with different concentrations is investigated. The tapered optical multimode fiber tip is coated with CNT using drop-casting technique and is annealed at 70 °C to enhance the binding of the nanomaterial to the silica fiber tip. The optical fiber tip and the CNT sensing layer are micro-characterized using FESEM and Raman spectroscopy techniques. When the developed sensor was exposed to different concentrations of ethanol (5% to 80%), the sensor reflectance reduced proportionally. The developed sensors showed high sensitivity, repeatability and fast responses (<55 s) towards ethanol. PMID:25946634

  17. Optical Fiber Relative Humidity Sensor Based on a FBG with a Di-Ureasil Coating

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    Correia, Sandra F. H.; Antunes, Paulo; Pecoraro, Edison; Lima, Patrícia P.; Varum, Humberto; Carlos, Luis D.; Ferreira, Rute A. S.; André, Paulo S.

    2012-01-01

    In this work we proposed a relative humidity (RH) sensor based on a Bragg grating written in an optical fiber, associated with a coating of organo-silica hybrid material prepared by the sol-gel method. The organo-silica-based coating has a strong adhesion to the optical fiber and its expansion is reversibly affected by the change in the RH values (15.0–95.0%) of the surrounding environment, allowing an increased sensitivity (22.2 pm/%RH) and durability due to the presence of a siliceous-based inorganic component. The developed sensor was tested in a real structure health monitoring essay, in which the RH inside two concrete blocks with different porosity values was measured over 1 year. The results demonstrated the potential of the proposed optical sensor in the monitoring of civil engineering structures. PMID:23012521

  18. Structural and optical properties of cobalt slanted nanopillars conformally coated with few-layer graphene

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    Wilson, Peter M.; Lipatov, Alexey; Schmidt, Daniel; Schubert, Eva; Schubert, Mathias; Hofmann, Tino E-mail: thofmann@engr.unl.edu; Sinitskii, Alexander E-mail: thofmann@engr.unl.edu

    2015-06-08

    Optical characterization of anisotropic multicomponent nanostructures is generally not a trivial task, since the relation between a material's structural properties and its permittivity tensor is nonlinear. In this regard, an array of slanted cobalt nanopillars that are conformally coated with few-layer graphene is a particularly challenging object for optical characterization, as it has a complex anisotropic geometry and comprises several materials with different topologies and filling fractions. Normally, a detailed characterization of such complex nanostructures would require a combination of several microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. In this letter, we demonstrate that the important structural parameters of these graphene-coated sculptured thin films can be determined using a fast and simple generalized spectroscopic ellipsometry test combined with an anisotropic Bruggeman effective medium approximation. The graphene coverage as well as structural parameters of nanostructured thin films agree excellently with electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy observations. The demonstrated optical approach may also be applied to the characterization of other nanostructured materials.

  19. Dynamic response of tapered optical multimode fiber coated with carbon nanotubes for ethanol sensing application.

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    Shabaneh, Arafat; Girei, Saad; Arasu, Punitha; Mahdi, Mohd; Rashid, Suraya; Paiman, Suriati; Yaacob, Mohd

    2015-05-04

    Ethanol is a highly combustible chemical universally designed for biomedical applications. In this paper, optical sensing performance of tapered multimode fiber tip coated with carbon nanotube (CNT) thin film towards aqueous ethanol with different concentrations is investigated. The tapered optical multimode fiber tip is coated with CNT using drop-casting technique and is annealed at 70 °C to enhance the binding of the nanomaterial to the silica fiber tip. The optical fiber tip and the CNT sensing layer are micro-characterized using FESEM and Raman spectroscopy techniques. When the developed sensor was exposed to different concentrations of ethanol (5% to 80%), the sensor reflectance reduced proportionally. The developed sensors showed high sensitivity, repeatability and fast responses (<55 s) towards ethanol.

  20. Optical characteristics of ZnO single crystal grown by the hydrothermal method

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    Chen, G. Z.; Yin, J. G. E-mail: yjg@siom.ac.cn; Zhang, L. H.; Zhang, P. X.; Wang, X. Y.; Liu, Y. C.; Zhang, C. L.; Gu, S. L.; Hang, Y.

    2015-12-15

    ZnO single crystals have been grown by the hydrothermal method. Raman scattering and Photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL) have been used to study samples of ZnO that were unannealed or annealed in different ambient gases. It is suggested that the green emission may originate from defects related to copper in our samples.

  1. Broad range tuning of structural and optical properties of Zn x Mg1-x O nanostructures grown by vapor transport method

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    Vanjaria, Jignesh V.; Azhar, Ebraheem Ali; Yu, Hongbin

    2016-11-01

    One-dimensional (1D) Zn x Mg1-x O nanomaterials have drawn global attention due to their remarkable chemical and physical properties, and their diverse current and future technological applications. In this work, 1D ZnMgO nanostructures with different magnesium concentrations and different morphologies were grown directly on zinc oxide-coated silicon substrates by thermal evaporation of zinc oxide, magnesium boride and graphite powders. Highly well-defined Mg-rich ZnMgO nanorods with a rock salt structure and Zn-rich ZnMgO nanostructures with a wurtzite structure have been deposited individually by careful optimization of the source mixture and process parameters. Structural and optical properties of the deposited products were studied by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy. Cathodoluminescence measurements demonstrate strong dominant peaks at 3.3 eV in Mg poor ZnMgO nanostructures and 4.8 eV in Mg rich nanostructures implying that the ZnMgO nanostructures can be used for the fabrication of deep UV optoelectronic devices. A mechanism for the formation and achieved diverse morphology of the ZnMgO nanostructures was proposed based on the characterization results.

  2. YBCO Coated Conductor with an Integrated Optical Fiber Sensor

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    Sathyamurthy, Srivatsan; Rupich, Marty; Schwartz, Justin

    2016-03-31

    The primary objectives of the Phase I Project was to develop a proof-of-principle for a concept of integrating an optical fiber sensor into the laminated 2G wire, there by producing a functionalized 2G wire with self-monitoring capabilities

  3. Ex vivo optical characterization of in vivo grown tissues on dummy sensor implants using double integrating spheres measurement

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    Sharma, Sandeep; Goodarzi, Mohammad; Aernouts, Ben; Gellynck, Karolien; Vlaminck, Lieven; Bockstaele, Ronny; Cornelissen, Maria; Ramon, Herman; Saeys, Wouter

    2014-05-01

    Near infrared spectroscopy offers a promising technological platform for continuous glucose monitoring in the human body. NIR measurements can be performed in vivo with an implantable single-chip based optical NIR sensor. However, the application of NIR spectroscopy for accurate estimation of the analyte concentration in highly scattering biological systems still remains a challenge. For instance, a thin tissue layer may grow in the optical path of the sensor. As most biological tissues allow only a small fraction of the collimated light to pass, this might result in a large reduction of the light throughput. To quantify the effect of presence of a thin tissue layer in the optical path, the bulk optical properties of tissue samples grown on sensor dummies which had been implanted for several months in goats were characterized using Double Integrating Spheres and unscattered transmittance measurements. The measured values of diffuse reflectance, diffuse transmittance and collimated transmittance were used as input to Inverse Adding-Doubling algorithm to estimate the bulk optical properties of the samples. The estimates of absorption and scattering coefficients were then used to calculate the light attenuation through a thin tissue layer. Based on the lower reduction in unscattered transmittance and higher absorptivity of glucose molecules, the measurement in the combination band was found to be the better option for the implantable sensor. As the tissues were found to be highly forward scattering with very low unscattered transmittance, the diffuse transmittance measurement based sensor configuration was recommended for the implantable glucose sensor.

  4. Optical Properties of Thermal Control Coatings After Weathering, Simulated Ascent Heating, and Simulated Space Radiation Exposure

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    Jaworske, Donald A.; Tuan, George C.; Westheimer, David T.; Peters, Wanda C.; Kauder, Lonny R.

    2008-01-01

    Spacecraft radiators reject heat to their surroundings and coatings play an important role in this heat rejection. The coatings provide the combined optical properties of low solar absorptance and high infrared emittance. The coatings are applied to the radiator panel in a number of ways, including conventional spraying, plasma spraying, or as an applique. Not designed for a terrestrial weathering environment, the durability of spacecraft paints, coatings, and appliques upon exposure to weathering and subsequent exposure to ascent heating, solar wind, and ultraviolet radiation was studied. In addition to traditional aluminum panels, new isocyanate ester composite panels were exposed for a total of 90 days at the Atmospheric Exposure Site of Kennedy Space Center's (KSC) Beach Corrosion Facility for the purpose of identifying their durability to weathering. Selected panel coupons were subsequently exposed to simulated ascent heating, solar wind, and vacuum ultraviolet (UV) radiation to identify the effect of a simulated space environment on as-weathered surfaces. Optical properties and adhesion testing were used to document the durability of the paints, coatings, and appliques.

  5. Selection of Optical Cavity Surface Coatings for 1micron Laser Based Missions

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    Hedgeland, Randy J.; Straka, Sharon; Matsumura, Mark; Hammerbacher, Joseph

    2004-01-01

    The particulate surface cleanliness level on several coatings for aluminum and beryllium substrates were examined for use in the optical cavities of high pulse energy Nd:YAG Q-switched, diode-pumped lasers for space flight applications. Because of the high intensity of the lasers, any contaminants in the laser beam path could damage optical coatings and limit the instrument mission objectives at the operating wavelength of 1 micron (micrometer). Our goal was to achieve an EST-STD-CC1246D Level 100 particulate distribution or better to ensure particulate redistribution during launch would not adversely affect the performance objectives. Tapelifts were performed to quantify the amount of particles using in-house developed procedures. The primary candidate coatings included chromate conversion coating aluminum (Al), uncoated Al electroless Nickel (Ni) on Al, Ni-gold (Au) on Al, anodized Al, and gold (Au)/Ni on Beryllium (Be). The results indicate that there were advantages in Ni and Au coating applications for the two major substrates, Al and Be, when considering applications that need to meet launch environments.

  6. Silicone rubber-coated highly sensitive optical fiber sensor for temperature measurement

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    Bhardwaj, Vanita; Gangwar, Rahul Kumar; Singh, Vinod Kumar

    2016-12-01

    A silicone rubber-coated Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) is proposed and applied to temperature measurement. The MZI is fabricated by splicing single mode fiber between a short section of no-core fiber (NCF) and the ultra-abrupt taper region. The sensing length of MZI is coated with liquid silicone rubber to enhance the temperature sensitivity. Here, NCF is used to excite the higher order cladding mode, the ultra-abrupt taper region acts as a optical fiber coupler, and the silicone rubber coating on sensing length is used as solid cladding material instead of liquid. The enhancement of the sensitivity of a device is due to the high refractive index (1.42) and thermo-optic coefficient (-1.4×10-4/°C) of silicone rubber as compared to liquid cladding temperature sensors. The experiment was performed for both coated and uncoated MZI and the results were compared. The MZI exhibits a high temperature sensitivity of 253.75 and 121.26 pm/°C for coated and uncoated sensing probes, respectively, in the temperature range from 30°C to 75°C.

  7. Method for reducing the effect of environmental contamination of Sol-gel optical coatings

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    Burnham, A. K.; Ertel, J. R.; Frieders, S. C.; Thomas, I. M.

    1998-07-28

    AR coatings prepared from colloidal suspensions of silica have a large surface area because of their porosity. The surface is quite polar and readily absorbs vapor contamination to the detriment of the optical performance and the laser damage threshold. This effect is particularly bad in ''dirty'' vacuum systems such as target chambers. The polar surface is due to residual Si-OH and Si-ethoxyl groups formed as a result of the method of preparation of the coating suspension. We have now found that these groups can be removed by further treatment of the coating after preparation. This involves two steps, the first being exposure to ammonia and water vapor which hydrolyzes the ethoxyl groups to hydroxyl groups with the formation of more Si-OH groups. Some of these react further by self condensation to Si-0-Si linkages. The remaining Si-OH groups are removed in the second step by reaction with hexamethyl-disilazane (HMDS) which converts them to trimethylsilyl groups. The latter are completely non-polar and substantially eliminate vapor absorption. We have carried out a series of tests involving exposure of treated and untreated coatings to various types of vapor contamination and followed the degree of contamination by the reduction in optical transmission. In all cases the treated coatings showed a significant reduction in transmission loss. These tests also provide guidance as to which materials are acceptable for use.

  8. Silver nanowire/optical adhesive coatings as transparent electrodes for flexible electronics.

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    Miller, Michael S; O'Kane, Jessica C; Niec, Adrian; Carmichael, R Stephen; Carmichael, Tricia Breen

    2013-10-23

    We present new flexible, transparent, and conductive coatings composed of an annealed silver nanowire network embedded in a polyurethane optical adhesive. These coatings can be applied to rigid glass substrates as well as to flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic and elastomeric polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates to produce highly flexible transparent conductive electrodes. The coatings are as conductive and transparent as indium tin oxide (ITO) films on glass, but they remain conductive at high bending strains and are more durable to marring and scratching than ITO. Coatings on PDMS withstand up to 76% tensile strain and 250 bending cycles of 15% strain with a negligible increase in electrical resistance. Since the silver nanowire network is embedded at the surface of the optical adhesive, these coatings also provide a smooth surface (root mean squared surface roughness<10 nm), making them suitable as transparent conducting electrodes in flexible light-emitting electrochemical cells. These devices continue to emit light even while being bent to radii as low as 1.5 mm and perform as well as unstrained devices after 20 bending cycles of 25% tensile strain.

  9. Structural and electrical characterization of NbO2 vertical devices grown on TiN coated SiO2/Si substrate

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    Joshi, Toyanath; Borisov, Pavel; Lederman, David

    Due to its relatively high MIT temperature (1081 K) and current-controlled negative differential resistance, NbO2 is a robust candidate for memory devices and electrical switching applications. In this work, we present in-depth analysis of NbO2 thin film vertical devices grown on TiN coated SiO2/Si substrates using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Two of the films grown in 1 mTorr and 10 mTorr O2/Ar (~7% O2) mixed growth pressures were studied. The formation of NbO2 phase was confirmed by Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffractometry (GIXRD), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and current vs. voltage measurements. A probe station tip (tip size ~2 μm) or conductive AFM tip was used as a top and TiN bottom layer was used as a bottom contact. Device conductivity showed film thickness and contact size dependence. Current pulse measurements, performed in response to applied triangular voltage pulses, showed a non-linear threshold switching behavior for voltage pulse durations of ~100 ns and above. Self-sustained current oscillations were analyzed in terms of defect density presented in the film. Supported by FAME (sponsored by MARCO and DARPA, Contract 2013-MA-2382), WV Higher Education Policy Commission Grant (HEPC.dsr.12.29), and WVU SRF. We also thank S. Kramer from Micron for providing the TiN-coated Si substrates.

  10. Damage to coated ZnSe optical components by high-power CO2 laser radiation

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    Haas, C. R.; Kreutz, Ernst-Wolfgang; Wesner, David A.

    1994-07-01

    Coated ZnSe optical components are irradiated with high-power, pulsed CO2 laser radiation ((lambda equals 10.6 micrometers , pulse length approximately 100 ns) at fluences up to 210 J/cm2. The components are characterized at various stages of irradiation by thermography, optical microscopy, stylus profilometry, and surface chemical analysis (x-ray photoemission and Auger electron spectroscopy). During irradiation no temperature in the component surface is observed. Two types of coating damage occur within the irradiated area of the component: a breaking apart of the ZnSe overlayer of the coating system over relatively large areas, and the formation of isolate craters of diameter approximately 30 - 50 micrometers extending in depth approximately 3 micrometers through the coating system down to the ZnSe substrate. Chemically, the irradiated area is characterized by an oxidation of both Zn and Se and an increase in the stoichiometric ratio of Zn to Se. These effects are especially pronounced at the crater defects, and are attributed to localized optical absorption, leading to thermal stress and chemical reactions of Zn and Se with atmospheric or adsorbed water and/or oxygen.

  11. Optically active vacancies in GaN grown on Si substrates probed using a monoenergetic positron beam

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    Uedono, Akira Zhang, Yang; Yoshihara, Nakaaki; Fujishima, Tatsuya; Palacios, Tomás; Cao, Yu; Laboutin, Oleg; Johnson, Wayne; Ishibashi, Shoji; Sumiya, Masatomo

    2014-02-24

    Native defects in GaN layers grown on Si substrates by metal organic chemical vapor deposition have been studied using a monoenergetic positron beam. Measurements of Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation for GaN layers showed that optically active vacancy-type defects were formed in the layers. Charge transition of the defects due to electron capture was found to occur when the layers were irradiated by photons with energy above 2.71 eV. The concentration of such defects increased after 600–800 °C annealing, but the defects have not been annealed out even at 1000 °C. They were identified as Ga-vacancy-type defects, such as complexes between Ga vacancies and carbon impurities, and the relationship between their charge transition and optical properties were discussed.

  12. Optically active vacancies in GaN grown on Si substrates probed using a monoenergetic positron beam

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    Uedono, Akira; Fujishima, Tatsuya; Cao, Yu; Zhang, Yang; Yoshihara, Nakaaki; Ishibashi, Shoji; Sumiya, Masatomo; Laboutin, Oleg; Johnson, Wayne; Palacios, Tomás

    2014-02-01

    Native defects in GaN layers grown on Si substrates by metal organic chemical vapor deposition have been studied using a monoenergetic positron beam. Measurements of Doppler broadening spectra of the annihilation radiation for GaN layers showed that optically active vacancy-type defects were formed in the layers. Charge transition of the defects due to electron capture was found to occur when the layers were irradiated by photons with energy above 2.71 eV. The concentration of such defects increased after 600-800 °C annealing, but the defects have not been annealed out even at 1000 °C. They were identified as Ga-vacancy-type defects, such as complexes between Ga vacancies and carbon impurities, and the relationship between their charge transition and optical properties were discussed.

  13. Structural and optical characterization of ZrO2 thin films grown on silicon and quartz substrates

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    Hojabri, Alireza

    2016-09-01

    Zirconium oxide thin films were grown successfully by thermal annealing of zirconium thin films deposited on quartz and silicon substrates by direct current magnetron sputtering technique. The structural and optical properties in relation to thermal annealing times were investigated. The X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that structure of films changes from amorphous to crystalline by increase of annealing times in range 60-240 min. The composition of films was determined by Rutherford back scattering spectroscopy. Atomic force microscopy results exhibited that surface morphology and roughness of films depend on the annealing time. The refractive index of the films was calculated using Swanepoel's method. The optical band gap energy of annealed films decreased from 5.50 to 5.34 eV with increasing thermal annealing time.

  14. Robust optical properties of sandwiched lateral composition modulation GaInP structure grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Park, Kwangwook; Kang, Seokjin; Ravindran, Sooraj; Min, Jung-Wook; Hwang, Hyeong-Yong; Jho, Young-Dahl; Lee, Yong Tak

    2016-12-26

    Double-hetero structure lateral composition modulated (LCM) GaInP and sandwiched LCM GaInP having the same active layer thickness were grown and their optical properties were compared. Sandwiched LCM GaInP showed robust optical properties due to periodic potential nature of the LCM structure, and the periodicity was undistorted even for thickness far beyond the critical layer thickness. A thick LCM GaInP structure with undistorted potential that could preserve the properties of native LCM structure was possible by stacking thin LCM GaInP structures interspaced with strain compensating GaInP layers. The sandwiched structure could be beneficial in realizing the LCM structure embedded high efficiency solar cells.

  15. Electric, dielectric and optical properties of Ga2O3 grown by metal organic chemical vapour deposition

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    Paskaleva, A.; Spassov, D.; Terziyska, P.

    2017-01-01

    Thin film (15-130 nm) of gallium oxide were grown by the industry relevant metal organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) technique on p-type Si to check the possibility for integration of newly rediscovered wide bandgap material with the Si technology. Electric, dielectric and optical properties were studied and analyzed. To perform electrical characterization, Ga2O3 films were integrated into Al/Ga2O3/p-Si metal–oxide–semiconductor (MOS) capacitors. Relative dielectric permittivity, flat-band voltage shift and effective oxide charge density were obtained from C-V measurements. Spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements reveal that Ga2O3 deposited by MOCVD is a direct bandgap material with a large optical bandgap of about 5.1 eV. Both ellipsometrical and electrical results show formation of a thick interfacial SiO2.

  16. Design of a superluminal ring laser gyroscope using multilayer optical coatings with huge group delay.

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    Qu, Tianliang; Yang, Kaiyong; Han, Xiang; Wu, Suyong; Huang, Yun; Luo, Hui

    2014-11-18

    We propose and analyze a superluminal ring laser gyroscope (RLG) using multilayer optical coatings with huge group delay (GD). This GD assisted superluminal RLG can measure the absolute rotation with a giant sensitivity-enhancement factor of ~10(3); while, the broadband FWHM of the enhancement factor can reach 20 MHz. This superluminal RLG is based on a traditional RLG with minimal re-engineering, and beneficial for miniaturization according to theoretical calculation. The idea of using GD coatings as a fast-light medium will shed lights on the design and application of fast-light sensors.

  17. Thermal and optical analysis of selective absorber coatings based on soot for applications in solar cookers

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    Servín, H.; Peña, M.; Sobral, H.; González, M.

    2017-01-01

    The thermal and optical properties of selective absorber coatings of a solar cooker have been investigated. Coatings have been prepared using soot from pine resin, wood stove and sugarcane, previously separated by size. Results show that the cooking power and the overall efficiency of these pots are higher than others painted with black primer. Besides, by using an integrating sphere, the diffuse reflectance of absorbers has been obtained. Lower values of the reflectance have been measured for the pots covered with soot, showing a high correlation with the results achieved from the thermal tests, considering the measurement errors.

  18. Design of a superluminal ring laser gyroscope using multilayer optical coatings with huge group delay

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    Qu, Tianliang; Yang, Kaiyong; Han, Xiang; Wu, Suyong; Huang, Yun; Luo, Hui

    2014-01-01

    We propose and analyze a superluminal ring laser gyroscope (RLG) using multilayer optical coatings with huge group delay (GD). This GD assisted superluminal RLG can measure the absolute rotation with a giant sensitivity-enhancement factor of ~103; while, the broadband FWHM of the enhancement factor can reach 20 MHz. This superluminal RLG is based on a traditional RLG with minimal re-engineering, and beneficial for miniaturization according to theoretical calculation. The idea of using GD coatings as a fast-light medium will shed lights on the design and application of fast-light sensors. PMID:25403698

  19. On-line defect detection of aluminum coating using fiber optic sensor

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    Patil, Supriya S.; Shaligram, A. D.

    2015-03-01

    Aluminum metallization using the sprayed coating for exhaust mild steel (MS) pipes of tractors is a standard practice for avoiding rusting. Patches of thin metal coats are prone to rusting and are thus considered as defects in the surface coating. This paper reports a novel configuration of the fiber optic sensor for on-line checking the aluminum metallization uniformity and hence for defect detection. An optimally chosen high bright 440 nm BLUE LED (light-emitting diode) launches light into a transmitting fiber inclined at the angle of 60° to the surface under inspection placed adequately. The reflected light is transported by a receiving fiber to a blue enhanced photo detector. The metallization thickness on the coated surface results in visually observable variation in the gray shades. The coated pipe is spirally inspected by a combination of linear and rotary motions. The sensor output is the signal conditioned and monitored with RISHUBH DAS. Experimental results show the good repeatability in the defect detection and coating non-uniformity measurement.

  20. Mechanical and optical characterization of tungsten oxynitride (W-O-N) nano-coatings

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    Nunez, Oscar Roberto

    Aation and cation doping of transition metal oxides has recently gained attention as a viable option to design materials for application in solar energy conversion, photo-catalysis, transparent electrodes, photo-electrochemical cells, electrochromics and flat panel displays in optoelectronics. Specifically, nitrogen doped tungsten oxide (WO3) has gained much attention for its ability to facilitate optical property tuning while also demonstrating enhanced photo-catalytic and photochemical properties. The effect of nitrogen chemistry and mechanics on the optical and mechanical properties of tungsten oxynitride (W-O-N) nano-coatings is studied in detail in this work. The W-O-N coatings were deposited by direct current (DC) sputtering to a thickness of ˜100 nm and the structural, compositional, optical and mechanical properties were characterized in order to gain a deeper understanding of the effects of nitrogen incorporation and chemical composition. All the W-O-N coatings fabricated under variable nitrogen gas flow rate were amorphous. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) measurements revealed that nitrogen incorporation is effective only for a nitrogen gas flow rates ?9 sccm. Optical characterization using ultraviolet-visible-near infrared (UV-VIS-NIR) spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) indicate that the nitrogen incorporation induced effects on the optical parameters is significant. The band gap (Eg) values decreased from ˜2.99 eV to ˜1.89 eV indicating a transition from insulating WO3 to metallic-like W-N phase. Nano-mechanical characterization using indentation revealed a corresponding change in mechanical properties; maximum values of 4.46 GPa and 98.5 GPa were noted for hardness and Young?s modulus, respectively. The results demonstrate a clear relationship between the mechanical, physical and optical properties of amorphous W-O-N nano-coatings. The correlation presented in this thesis could

  1. Experimental demonstration of a Fresnel-reflection based optical fiber biosensor coated with polyelectrolyte multilayers

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    Yu, Wenjie; Lang, Tingting

    2014-11-01

    We report that the end facet of an optical fiber can be coated with polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEM) of polycation (diallyldimethyl ammonium chloride) and polyanion (styrenesulfonate sodium salt) (PDDA+PSS)n (n is the number of bilayers), which functions effectively as a Fresnel-reflection based biosensor. The experimental setup includes a broadband light source, a 3dB coupler, and an optical spectrum analyzer. Biotin and streptavidin are deposited onto the multilayers-coated end facet sequentially. The light intensity change due to variation of external refractive index is monitored. When the concentrations of streptavidin changes from 0.1mg/ml to 1mg/ml, a linear relationship between the concentration of streptavidin and the reflected optical power at the wavelength of 1530nm is observed. The sensitivity increases from -1.6262×10-3 dB/ppm to -4.7852 ×10-3 dB/ppm, when the number of PEM increases from 1 to 2. Then we confirm the optimized numbers of bilayers of PEM are 5 through experiment. Selectivity and repeatability of our proposed optical fiber biosensor are verified. When bovine serum albumin (BSA) is added instead of streptavidin, the obtained spectra overlaps with that of biotin's. The final end facet coated with PEM and biotin-streptavidin can be cleaned using microwave vibration or aqua regia. The microwave vibration method is utilized due to security concern. The optical spectra changes back to the initial one of the optical fiber in air. In conclusion, a Fresnel-reflection based optical fiber biosensor with good sensitivity, selectivity and repeatability is proposed. This biosensor has the advantages of simple structure, low cost and reliability.

  2. Nonlinear optical studies of inorganic nanoparticles-polymer nanocomposite coatings fabricated by electron beam curing

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    Misra, Nilanjal; Rapolu, Mounika; Venugopal Rao, S.; Varshney, Lalit; Kumar, Virendra

    2016-05-01

    The optical nonlinearity of metal nanoparticles in dielectrics is of special interest because of their high polarizability and ultrafast response that can be utilized in potential device applications. In this study nanocomposite thin films containing in situ generated Ag nanoparticles dispersed in an aliphatic urethane acrylate (AUA) matrix were synthesized using electron beam curing technique, in presence of an optimized concentration of diluent Trimethylolpropanetriacrylate (TMPTA). The metal nanocomposite films were characterized using UV-visible spectrophotometry, transmission electron microscope (TEM) and field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) techniques. Ag nanoparticle impregnated films demonstrated an absorption peak at ∼420 nm whose intensity increased with increase in the Ag concentration. The optical limiting property of the coatings was tested using a nanosecond Nd-YAG laser operated at third harmonic wavelength of 355 nm. For a 25 ns pulse and 10 Hz cycle, Ag-polymer coatings showed good optical limiting property and the threshold fluence for optical limiting was found to be ∼3.8×10-2 J/cm2 while the transmission decreased to 82%. The nonlinear optical coefficients were also determined using the standard Z-scan technique with picosecond (∼2 ps, 1 kHz) and femtosecond (∼150 fs, 100 MHz) pulses. Open aperture Z-scan data clearly suggested two-photon absorption as the dominant nonlinear absorption mechanism. Our detailed studies suggest these composites are potential candidates for optical limiting applications.

  3. Mirrors for High Resolution X-Ray Optics---Figure Preserving IR/PT Coating

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    Chan, Kai-Wing; Olsen, Lawrence; Sharpe, Marton; Numata, Ai; McClelland, Ryan; Saha, Timo; Zhang, Will

    2016-01-01

    Coating stress of 10 - 20 nm of Ir is sufficiently high to distort the figure of arc-second thin lightweight mirrors. For iridium: --Stress sigma 4 GPa for 15 nm film implies 60 Nm integrated stress-- Need less than 3 N/m (or stress less than 200 MPa) for sub-arcsecond optics. Basic Approaches for Mitigation. A. Annealing the film-- Glass can be heat up to 400 C without distortion. Silicon is even more resistant.-- It was found that recovery is limited by residual thermal stress from taking the mirror down from high T. B. Coating bi-layer films with compressive stress with tensile stress. C. Front-and-back coating with magnetron sputtering or atomic layer deposition-- Sputtering involve spanning of substrates. Geometric difference in setup (convexness/concaveness of curved mirrors) does not permit precise front-and-back matching-- Atomic layer deposition can provide a uniform deposition front and back simultaneously.

  4. Injection moulding of optical functional micro structures using laser structured, PVD-coated mould inserts

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    Hopmann, Ch.; Weber, M.; Schöngart, M.; Schäfer, C.; Bobzin, K.; Bagcivan, N.; Brögelmann, T.; Theiß, S.; Münstermann, T.; Steger, M.

    2015-05-01

    Micro structured optical plastics components are intensively used i. e. in consumer electronics, for optical sensors in metrology, innovative LED-lighting or laser technology. Injection moulding has proven to be successful for the large-scale production of those parts. However, the production of those parts still causes difficulties due to challenges in the moulding and demoulding of plastics parts created with laser structured mould inserts. A complete moulding of the structures often leads to increased demoulding forces, which then cause a breaking of the structures and a clogging of the mould. An innovative approach is to combine PVD-coated (physical vapour deposition), laser structured inserts and a variothermal moulding process to create functional mic8iüro structures in a one-step process. Therefore, a PVD-coating is applied after the laser structuring process in order to improve the wear resistance and the anti-adhesive properties against the plastics melt. In a series of moulding trials with polycarbonate (PC) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) using different coated moulds, the mould temperature during injection was varied in the range of the glass transition and the melt temperature of the polymers. Subsequently, the surface topography of the moulded parts is evaluated by digital 3D laser-scanning microscopy. The influence of the moulding parameters and the coating of the mould insert on the moulding accuracy and the demoulding behaviour are being analysed. It is shown that micro structures created by ultra-short pulse laser ablation can be successfully replicated in a variothermal moulding process. Due to the mould coating, significant improvements could be achieved in producing micro structured optical plastics components.

  5. Injection moulding of optical functional micro structures using laser structured, PVD-coated mould inserts

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    Hopmann, Ch.; Weber, M.; Schöngart, M.; Schäfer, C.; Bobzin, K.; Bagcivan, N.; Brögelmann, T.; Theiß, S.; Münstermann, T.; Steger, M.

    2015-05-22

    Micro structured optical plastics components are intensively used i. e. in consumer electronics, for optical sensors in metrology, innovative LED-lighting or laser technology. Injection moulding has proven to be successful for the large-scale production of those parts. However, the production of those parts still causes difficulties due to challenges in the moulding and demoulding of plastics parts created with laser structured mould inserts. A complete moulding of the structures often leads to increased demoulding forces, which then cause a breaking of the structures and a clogging of the mould. An innovative approach is to combine PVD-coated (physical vapour deposition), laser structured inserts and a variothermal moulding process to create functional mic8iüro structures in a one-step process. Therefore, a PVD-coating is applied after the laser structuring process in order to improve the wear resistance and the anti-adhesive properties against the plastics melt. In a series of moulding trials with polycarbonate (PC) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) using different coated moulds, the mould temperature during injection was varied in the range of the glass transition and the melt temperature of the polymers. Subsequently, the surface topography of the moulded parts is evaluated by digital 3D laser-scanning microscopy. The influence of the moulding parameters and the coating of the mould insert on the moulding accuracy and the demoulding behaviour are being analysed. It is shown that micro structures created by ultra-short pulse laser ablation can be successfully replicated in a variothermal moulding process. Due to the mould coating, significant improvements could be achieved in producing micro structured optical plastics components.

  6. Optical design of COATLI: an all-sky robotic optical imager with 0.3 arcsec image quality

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    Fuentes-Fernández, Jorge; Cuevas, Salvador; Watson, Alan M.; Chapa, Oscar

    2016-08-01

    COATLI is a new instrument and telescope that will provide 0.3 arcsec FWHM images from 550 to 920 nm over a large fraction of the sky. It consists of a robotic 50-cm telescope with a diffraction-limited imager. The imager has a steering mirror for fast guiding, a blue channel using a EMCCD from 400 to 550 nm to measure image motion, a red channel using a standard CCD from 550 to 920 nm, and an active optics system based on a deformable mirror to compensate static aberrations in the red channel. Since the telescope is small, fast guiding will provide diffraction-limited image quality in the red channel over a large fraction of the sky, even in relatively poor seeing. COATLI will be installed at the Observatorio Astronomico Nacional in Baja California, Mexico, in September 2016 and will operate initially with a simple interim imager. The definitive COATLI instrument will be installed in 2017. In this paper, we present some of the details of the optical design of the instrument.

  7. Graphene coated fiber optic surface plasmon resonance biosensor for the DNA hybridization detection: Simulation analysis

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    Shushama, Kamrun Nahar; Rana, Md. Masud; Inum, Reefat; Hossain, Md. Biplob

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, a graphene coated optical fiber surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensor is presented for the detection of DNA Hybridization. For the proposed sensor, a four layer model (fiber core /metal /sensing layer /sample) where a sheet of graphene (biomolecular recognition elements (BRE)) acting as a sensing layer is coated around the gold film because graphene enhances the sensitivity of fiber optic SPR biosensor. Numerical analysis shows the variation of resonance wavelength and spectrum of transmitted power for mismatched DNA strands and for complementary DNA strands. For mismatched DNA strands variation is negligible whereas for complementary DNA strands is considerably countable. Proposed sensor successfully distinguishes hybridization and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) by observing the variation level of resonance wavelength and spectrum of transmitted power.

  8. Measurement of adhesive forces between bacteria and protein-coated surfaces using optical tweezers

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    Simpson, Kathryn H.; Bowden, Gabriela; Hook, Magnus; Anvari, Bahman

    2002-05-01

    Bacterial adhesion is a primary cause of failure in implanted medical devices. Bacteria commonly found in device-related infections, such as S. aureus, have multiple cell surface adhesins which mediate specific adhesion to molecules found in extracellular matrix and blood plasma. Adhesins recognizing fibrinogen, fibronectin, collagen, and elastin molecules have been isolated in S. aureus. We have used optical tweezers to measure the adhesive force between a single bacterium and a protein-coated surface. Various concentrations of fibronectin, fibrinogen, or whole plasma were immobilized onto 10-micrometers diameter polystyrene microspheres. We optically trapped a bacterium with a titanium-sapphire laser tuned to 830 nm and contacted the cell with a coated bead. We determined the minimum force necessary to separate the cell and bead. For beads coated with fibronectin and fibrinogen, detachment force values occurred as approximate integer multiples of an estimated single bond detachment force. With plasma-coated beads, only cells lacking the fibrinogen adhesin could be detached; therefore, we believe that either this adhesin is prevalent on wilde-type cells, or it is preferentially adsorbed onto the beads. Additionally, the whole plasma detachment forces appeared random; therefore, we believe that many adhesins participate in boding to plasma.

  9. Optical properties of PbS/CdS superlattices grown by pulsed laser evaporation

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    Musikhin, Sergey F.; Bakueva, Ludmila G.; Il'in, Vladimir I.; Rabizo, Oleg V.; Sharonova, Larissa V.

    1994-06-01

    PbS/CdS superlattices have been grown on BaF 2, CaF 2, Si and glass subtrates. Each specimen contained 10 to 23 pairs of the PbS/CdS layers. Absorption spectra of the structures have shown specific steps. The energy distribution of the steps has been analysed using models of Tipe-I and Tipe-II superlattices. Experimental results have been shown to follow the theoretical values of the steps for Tipe-II superlattices. This gives a foundation for classifying PbS/CdS superlattices as Tipe-II.

  10. Fabrication of double layer optical tissue phantom by spin coating method: mimicking epidermal and dermal layer

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    Park, Jihoon; Bae, Yunjin; Bae, Youngwoo; Kang, Heesung; Lee, Kyoung-Joung; Jung, Byungjo

    2013-02-01

    Methodologies to fabricate a solid optical tissue phantom (OTP) mimicking epidermal thin-layer have been developed for in vitro human skin experiment. However, there are cumbersome and time-consuming efforts in fabrication process such as a custom-made casting and calculation of solvent volume before curing process. In a previous study, we introduced a new methodology based on spin coating method (SCM) which is utilized to fabricate a thin-layer OTP analogous to epidermal thickness. In this study, a double layer solid OTP which has epidermal and dermal layers was fabricated to mimic the morphological and optical similarity of human tissue. The structural characteristic and optical properties of fabricated double layer OTP were measured using optical coherence tomography and inverse adding doubling algorithms, respectively. It is expected that the new methodology based on the SCM may be usefully used in the fabrication of double layer OTP.

  11. Protective coating and hyperthermal atomic oxygen texturing of optical fibers used for blood glucose monitoring

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    Banks, Bruce A. (Inventor)

    2008-01-01

    Disclosed is a method of producing cones and pillars on polymethylmethacralate (PMMA) optical fibers for glucose monitoring. The method, in one embodiment, consists of using electron beam evaporation to deposit a non-contiguous thin film of aluminum on the distal ends of the PMMA fibers. The partial coverage of aluminum on the fibers is randomly, but rather uniformly distributed across the end of the optical fibers. After the aluminum deposition, the ends of the fibers are then exposed to hyperthermal atomic oxygen, which oxidizes the areas that are not protected by aluminum. The resulting PMMA fibers have a greatly increased surface area and the cones or pillars are sufficiently close together that the cellular components in blood are excluded from passing into the valleys between the cones and pillars. The optical fibers are then coated with appropriated surface chemistry so that they can optically sense the glucose level in the blood sample than that with conventional glucose monitoring.

  12. Optical coatings of variable refractive index and high laser-resistance from physical-vapor-deposited perfluorinated amorphous polymer

    DOEpatents

    Chow, Robert; Loomis, Gary E.; Thomas, Ian M.

    1999-01-01

    Variable index optical single-layers, optical multilayer, and laser-resistant coatings were made from a perfluorinated amorphous polymer material by physical vapor deposition. This was accomplished by physically vapor depositing a polymer material, such as bulk Teflon AF2400, for example, to form thin layers that have a very low refractive index (.about.1.10-1.31) and are highly transparent from the ultra-violet through the near infrared regime, and maintain the low refractive index of the bulk material. The refractive index can be varied by simply varying one process parameter, either the deposition rate or the substrate temperature. The thus forming coatings may be utilized in anti-reflectors and graded anti-reflection coatings, as well as in optical layers for laser-resistant coatings at optical wavelengths of less than about 2000 nm.

  13. Optical coatings of variable refractive index and high laser-resistance from physical-vapor-deposited perfluorinated amorphous polymer

    DOEpatents

    Chow, R.; Loomis, G.E.; Thomas, I.M.

    1999-03-16

    Variable index optical single-layers, optical multilayer, and laser-resistant coatings were made from a perfluorinated amorphous polymer material by physical vapor deposition. This was accomplished by physically vapor depositing a polymer material, such as bulk Teflon AF2400, for example, to form thin layers that have a very low refractive index (ca. 1.10--1.31) and are highly transparent from the ultra-violet through the near infrared regime, and maintain the low refractive index of the bulk material. The refractive index can be varied by simply varying one process parameter, either the deposition rate or the substrate temperature. The thus forming coatings may be utilized in anti-reflectors and graded anti-reflection coatings, as well as in optical layers for laser-resistant coatings at optical wavelengths of less than about 2000 nm. 2 figs.

  14. Optical spectroscopy of arsenic- and silver-containing sol-gel coatings

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    García, M. A.; Paje, S. E.; Llopis, J.; Villegas, M. A.; Fernández Navarro, J. M.

    1999-05-01

    Sol-gel silica coatings doped with 1 mol% silver and/or 1 mol% arsenic oxide have been investigated by photoluminescence (PL) and optical absorption (OA) spectroscopy. The presence of Ag+ ions in the silica host has been monitored by recording a luminescence peak located between 320 and 330 nm upon excitation with 228 nm light, whereas the formation of small particles of metallic silver has been assessed by recording the absorption band centred at about 405 nm. The luminescence peak has been related to the d10icons/Journals/Common/leftrightarrow" ALT="leftrightarrow" ALIGN="TOP"/>d9 s parity-forbidden transitions in Ag+, which are partially allowed by odd-phonon assistance. On the other hand, the absorption peak at about 405 nm arises from the well known surface-plasmon resonance of silver particles. Coating densification under various atmospheres gives rise to significant effects on the PL and OA spectra. Results indicate that, after coating densification in air, most of the silver appears as Ag+ ions, in contrast to coating densification under a 90% N2-10% H2 atmosphere, which favours the formation of small particles of metallic silver. The presence of arsenic oxide in the silver coatings densified in air has been found to improve the stabilization of Ag+ ions, so that partially prevents the formation of colloidal silver under reducing atmospheres.

  15. Effects of dicarboxylic acid coating on the optical properties of soot.

    PubMed

    Xue, Huaxin; Khalizov, Alexei F; Wang, Lin; Zheng, Jun; Zhang, Renyi

    2009-09-28

    Soot is a major component of atmospheric aerosols responsible for absorption of visible solar radiation. Internal mixing of soot with transparent materials can enhance its ability to absorb and scatter light, resulting in a larger role of soot in climate forcing. We have investigated the absorption and scattering of visible light (532 nm) by soot aerosol internally mixed with succinic and glutaric acids using a combination of a cavity ring-down spectrometer and an integrating nephelometer. The measurements were performed for flame-generated soot aerosol with well-characterized morphology and mixing state in the particle size range from 155 to 320 nm. Thin coatings of dicarboxylic acids on soot aggregates (with a mass fraction of 0.1-0.4) enhance significantly light scattering (up to 3.8 fold) and slightly light absorption (less than 1.2 fold). Cycling the coated soot aerosol through high relative humidity (humidified to 90% RH and then dried to 5% RH) promotes further increase in light absorption and scattering for soot internally mixed with glutaric acid, but not for soot mixed with succinic acid. The larger effect of glutaric acid on light absorption and scattering is caused by the irreversible restructuring of soot aggregates induced by the coating material. Our results indicate that the enhancement in the optical properties of soot by transparent coatings is strongly related to the ability of the coating materials to change the morphology of soot aggregates.

  16. Comparisons between laser damage and optical electric field behaviors for hafnia/silica antireflection coatings

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    Bellum, John; Kletecka, Damon; Rambo, Patrick; Smith, Ian; Schwarz, Jens; Atherton, Briggs

    2011-03-20

    We compare designs and laser-induced damage thresholds (LIDTs) of hafnia/silica antireflection (AR) coatings for 1054 nm or dual 527 nm/1054 nm wavelengths and 0 deg. to 45 deg. angles of incidence (AOIs). For a 527 nm/1054 nm, 0 deg. AOI AR coating, LIDTs from three runs arbitrarily selected over three years are {approx}20 J/cm{sup 2} or higher at 1054 nm and <10 J/cm{sup 2} at 527 nm. Calculated optical electric field intensities within the coating show two intensity peaks for 527 nm but not for 1054 nm, correlating with the lower (higher) LIDTs at 527 nm (1054 nm). For 1054 nm AR coatings at 45 deg. and 32 deg. AOIs and S and P polarizations (Spol and Ppol), LIDTs are high for Spol (>35 J/cm{sup 2}) but not as high for Ppol (>30 J/cm{sup 2} at 32 deg. AOI; {approx}15 J/cm{sup 2} at 45 deg. AOI). Field intensities show that Ppol discontinuities at media interfaces correlate with the lower Ppol LIDTs at these AOIs. For Side 1 and Side 2 dual 527 nm/1054 nm AR coatings of a diagnostic beam splitter at 22.5 deg. AOI, Spol and Ppol LIDTs (>10 J/cm{sup 2} at 527 nm; >35 J/cm{sup 2} at 1054 nm) are consistent with Spol and Ppol intensity behaviors.

  17. Optical Emission Spectroscopy in PECVD Helps Modulate Key Features in Biofunctional Coatings for Medical Implants

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    Santos, Miguel; Michael, Praveesuda; Filipe, Elysse; Wise, Steven; Bilek, Marcela; University of Sydney Collaboration

    2015-09-01

    We explore the use of optical emission spectroscopy (OES) diagnostic tools as a process feedback control strategy in plasma-assisted deposition of biofunctional coatings. Hydrogenated carbon nitride coatings are deposited on medical-grade metallic substrates using radio-frequency (rf) discharges sustained in C2H2/N2/Ar gaseous mixtures. The discharge is generated by capacitively coupling the rf power (supplied at f = 13.56 MHz) to the plasma and the substrates are electrically biased using a pulse generator to provide microsecond square profiled pulses at voltages in the range |Vbias| = 250 V - 1000 V. Nitrogen content and CN bonding configurations in the coatings follow similar trends to those of CN radicals and nitrogen molecular ions in the discharge. OES is used as a non-intrusive diagnostic technique to identify a suitable window of process parameters and ultimately achieve biofunctional interfaces compatible with current clinical demands. Importantly, we demonstrate that key features of the coatings can be modulated and made suitable for blood and/or tissue contacting medical implants, such as coronary stents and orthopaedic implants. The coatings are mechanically robust, inherently non-thrombogenic and can be readily modified, enabling an easy functionalization through the immobilization of biological molecules in a bioactive conformation.

  18. Study on growth, structural, optical, thermal and mechanical properties of organic single crystal ethyl p-amino benzoate (EPAB) grown using vertical Bridgman technique

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    Muthuraja, A.; Kalainathan, S.

    2017-02-01

    Ethyl p-aminobenzoate (EPAB) single crystal was grown using vertical Bridgman technique (VBT). The crystal system of grown crystal was identified, and lattice parameters have been measured from the powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD). The optical transparency of EPAB single crystal was 55%, and the cut-off wavelength was found to be 337 nm. The thermal stability of EPAB single crystal was analyzed by thermogravimetric analysis. Etching studie were carried out for the grown crystal using different solvents, and etch pit density (EPD) was calculated and compared. Vickers microhardness (Hv) measurements revealed that EPAB belongs to the category of soft material. The dielectric studies reveal that the dielectric constant and dielectric loss of grown crystal decreases with increasing frequency for various temperatures. The third-order nonlinear optical property of EPAB was investigated and compared with other organic crystals. The evaluation of third-order optical properties such as nonlinear refractive index (n2), nonlinear absorption (β) and third-order nonlinear susceptibility (χ3) have found to be in the range of 10-11 m2/W, 10-4 m/W and 10-5 esu respectively. The Laser damage threshold energy of EPAB was measured using Nd: YAG laser. The blue emission of the grown crystal was identified by photoluminescence (PL) spectra measurements. The second harmonic generation (SHG) for the grown EPAB crystal was confirmed by Kurtz powder technique.

  19. Studies on the growth aspects, structural, thermal, dielectric and third order nonlinear optical properties of solution grown 4-methylpyridinium p-nitrophenolate single crystal

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    Devi, S. Reena; Kalaiyarasi, S.; Zahid, I. MD.; Kumar, R. Mohan

    2016-11-01

    An ionic organic optical crystal of 4-methylpyridinium p-nitrophenolate was grown from methanol by slow evaporation method at ambient temperature. Powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction studies revealed the crystal system and its crystalline perfection. The rocking curve recorded from HRXRD study confirmed the crystal quality. FTIR spectral analysis confirmed the functional groups present in the title compound. UV-visible spectral study revealed the optical window and band gap of grown crystal. The thermal, electrical and surface laser damage threshold properties of harvested crystal were examined by using TGA/DTA, LCR/Impedance Analyzer and Nd:YAG laser system respectively. The third order nonlinear optical property of grown crystal was elucidated by Z-scan technique.

  20. Evolution of microstructure and related optical properties of ZnO grown by atomic layer deposition

    PubMed Central

    Abou Chaaya, Adib; Alute, Zanda; Erts, Donats; Zalesskaya, Anastasiya; Kovalevskis, Kristaps; Rouessac, Vincent; Smyntyna, Valentyn; Miele, Philippe

    2013-01-01

    Summary A study of transmittance and photoluminescence spectra on the growth of oxygen-rich ultra-thin ZnO films prepared by atomic layer deposition is reported. The structural transition from an amorphous to a polycrystalline state is observed upon increasing the thickness. The unusual behavior of the energy gap with thickness reflected by optical properties is attributed to the improvement of the crystalline structure resulting from a decreasing concentration of point defects at the growth of grains. The spectra of UV and visible photoluminescence emissions correspond to transitions near the band-edge and defect-related transitions. Additional emissions were observed from band-tail states near the edge. A high oxygen ratio and variable optical properties could be attractive for an application of atomic layer deposition (ALD) deposited ultrathin ZnO films in optical sensors and biosensors. PMID:24205465

  1. Piezoelectric InAs (211)B quantum dots grown by molecular beam epitaxy: Structural and optical properties

    SciTech Connect

    Dialynas, G. E.; Kalliakos, S.; Xenogianni, C.; Androulidaki, M.; Kehagias, T.; Komninou, P.; Savvidis, P. G.; Pelekanos, N. T.; Hatzopoulos, Z.

    2010-11-15

    The structural and optical properties of piezoelectric (211)B InAs nanostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy are systematically investigated as a function of the various growth parameters. Depending on the specific growth conditions, we show that the InAs nanostructures take the form of a quantum dot (QD) or a quantum dash, their height ranges between 2 and 20 nm, and their density varies from a few times 10{sup 8} cm{sup -2} all the way up to a few times 10{sup 10} cm{sup -2}. The (211)B QDs are characterized by large aspect ratios, which are compatible with a truncated pyramid morphology. By analyzing the QD emission spectrum, we conclude that only small size QDs, with heights less than 3 nm, are optically active. This is consistent with high resolution transmission electron microscopy observations showing that large QDs contain misfit dislocations, whereas small QDs are dislocation-free. The formation of a two-dimensional wetting layer is observed optically, and its thickness is determined to be between 0.30 and 0.39 nm. Finally, the large blueshift in the QD emission observed with increasing excitation power represents a clear evidence of the strong built-in piezoelectric field present in these dots.

  2. Optical anisotropies of Si grown on step-graded SiGe(110) layers

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    Balderas-Navarro, R. E.; Lastras-Martínez, L. F.; Arimoto, K.; Castro-García, R.; Villalobos-Aguilar, O.; Lastras-Martínez, A.; Nakagawa, K.; Sawano, K.; Shiraki, Y.; Usami, N.; Nakajima, K.

    2010-03-01

    Macroreflectance and microreflectance difference spectroscopies have been used to measure the strain induced optical anisotropies of semiconductor structures comprised of strained Si(110) thin films deposited on top of step-graded SiGe virtual substrates. The stress relaxation mechanism mainly occurs by the introduction of microtwin formation, whose fluctuation depends strongly on growth conditions. Correlations of such optical diagnostics with x-ray diffraction measurements and atomic force microscopy images, allow for the in situ study of the strain within both the top Si layer and the SiGe underneath with an spatial resolution of at least 5 μm.

  3. Electrical and optical properties of VO2 thin films grown on various sapphire substrates by using RF sputtering deposition

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    Jung, Dae Ho; So, Hyeon Seob; Ko, Kun Hee; Park, Jun Woo; Lee, Hosun; Nguyen, Trang Thi Thu; Yoon, Seokhyun

    2016-12-01

    VO2 thin films were grown on a-, c-, m-, and r-plane sapphire and SiO2/Si substrates under identical conditions by using RF sputtering deposition from a VO2 target. The structural and the morphological properties of all VO2 films were investigated. The grain sizes of the VO2 films varied between 268 nm and 355 nm depending on the substrate's orientation. The electrical and the optical properties of all VO2 thin films were examined in detail. The metal-insulator transition temperature (TMI) varied with the substrate's orientation. The (200)/(bar 211 )-oriented VO2 films on the a-plane sapphire showed the lowest TMI of about 329.3 K (56.3 °C) while the (020)/(002)-VO2 films on the c-plane sapphire displayed the highest TMI of about 339.6 K (66.6 °C). The VO2 films showed reversible changes in the resistivity as large as 1.19 × 105 and a hysteresis of 2 K upon traversing the transition temperature. The variations observed in the TMI with respect to the substrate's orientation were due to changes in the lattice strain and the grain size distribution. Raman spectroscopy showed that metal (rutile) - insulator (monoclinic) transitions occurred via the M2 phase for VO2 films on the c-plane substrate rather than the direct M1 to rutile transition. The shifts in the phonon frequencies of the VO2 film grown on various sapphire substrates were explained in terms of the strain along the V-V atomic bond direction (cR). Our work shows a possible correlation between the transition parameters ( e.g., TMI, sharpness, and hysteresis width) and the width ( σ) of the grain size distribution. It also shows a possible correlation between the TMI and the resistivities at the insulating and the metallic phases for VO2 films grown on various sapphire substrates.

  4. Zinc oxide coated optical fiber long period gratings for sensing of volatile organic compounds

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    Coelho, L.; Viegas, D.; Santos, J. L.; Martins de Almeida, José Manuel Marques

    2016-04-01

    The detection of volatile organic compounds is accomplished with a sensing device based on a long period fiber grating (LPFG) coated with a zinc oxide (ZnO) thin layer with self-temperature compensation. The ZnO coating structure was produced onto the cladding of the fiber by thermal oxidation of a metallic Zn thin film. The morphological characterization of ZnO thin films, grown at the same time on silicon substrates, was performed using X-ray diffraction, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Scanning Electron Microscope which shows very good agreement. LPFGs with 290 nm thick ZnO coating were fabricated and characterized for the detection of ethanol and hexane in vapor phase. For ethanol a sensitivity of 0.99 nm / g.m-3 was achieved when using the wavelength shift interrogation mode, while for hexane a much lower sensitivity of 0.003 nm / g.m-3 was measured, indicating a semi-selectivity of the sensor with a spectral resolution better than 3.2 g.m-3.

  5. Optical Properties of LiNbO3 Single Crystal Grown by Czochralski Method

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    Sahar, M. R.; Naim, N. M.; Hamzah, K.

    2011-03-01

    Pure LiNbO3 single crystal was grown by Czochralski method using Automatic Diameter Control—Crystal Growth System (ADC-CGS). The transmission spectrum was determined by using Infrared Spectroscopy while the refractive index was determined using UV-Vis spectroscopy via the Sellmeier equation. The density was also measured using the Archimedes principle. It was found that the peak for the absorption vibrational spectrum for LiNbO3 crystal occurs at 801 cm-1, 672 cm-1, 639 cm-1 and 435 cm-1. The refractive index, ne was found to be 2.480 and the crystal density was around 4.64 g/cm3.

  6. Bandedge optical properties of MBE grown GaAsBi films measured by photoluminescence and photothermal deflection spectroscopy

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    Beaudoin, M.; Lewis, R. B.; Andrews, J. J.; Bahrami-Yekta, V.; Masnadi-Shirazi, M.; O'Leary, S. K.; Tiedje, T.

    2015-09-01

    The bandedge optical properties of GaAsBi films, as thick as 470 nm, with Bi content varying from 0.7% Bi to 2.8% Bi grown by molecular beam epitaxy on GaAs substrates are measured by photoluminescence (PL) and photothermal deflection spectroscopy (PDS). The PDS spectra were fit with a modified Fernelius model which takes into account multiple reflections within the GaAsBi layer and GaAs substrate. Three undoped samples and two samples that are degenerately doped with silicon are studied. The undoped samples show a clear Urbach absorption edge with a composition dependent bandgap that decreases by 56 meV/% Bi and a composition independent Urbach slope parameter of 25 meV due to absorption by Bi cluster states near the valence band. The doped samples show a long absorption tail possibly due to absorption by gap states and free carriers in addition to a Burstein-Moss bandgap shift. PL of the undoped samples shows a lower energy emission peak due to defects not observed in the usually available thin samples (50 nm or less) grown under similar conditions.

  7. Structural, Optical, and Electrical Characterization of Monoclinic β-Ga2O3 Grown by MOVPE on Sapphire Substrates

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    Tadjer, Marko J.; Mastro, Michael A.; Mahadik, Nadeemullah A.; Currie, Marc; Wheeler, Virginia D.; Freitas, Jaime A.; Greenlee, Jordan D.; Hite, Jennifer K.; Hobart, Karl D.; Eddy, Charles R.; Kub, Fritz J.

    2016-04-01

    Epitaxial growth of monoclinic β-Ga2O3 on a-plane and c-plane sapphire substrates by metalorganic vapor-phase epitaxy (MOVPE) is reported. Crystalline phase, growth rate (˜150 nm/h), and energy gap (˜4.7 eV) were determined by x-ray diffraction and optical reflectance measurements. Film density of ˜5.6 g/cm3 measured by x-ray reflectivity suggests the presence of vacancies, and the O-rich growth regime implies the presence of Ga vacancies in the films. O/Ga ratio of 1.13, as measured by XPS for Ga2O3 grown on c-plane Al2O3, suggests that, near the surface, the film is O-deficient. Atomic force microscopy revealed smoother, smaller grain size when films were grown on c-plane Al2O3. Raman spectroscopy suggested inclusions of α-Ga2O3, likely present at the sapphire interface due to growth on nonnative substrate. Samples of β-Ga2O3 were selectively implanted with Si in the source/drain regions and subsequently annealed at 1000°C for 10 min. Normally-off transistors (V T ≅ 4.7 V) with 20-nm-thick Al2O3 gate oxide were fabricated, and a maximum drain-source current of 4.8 nA was measured.

  8. Influence of Te doping on the dielectric and optical properties of InBi crystals grown by directional freezing

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    Ajayakumar, C. J.; Kunjomana, A. G.

    2014-05-01

    Stoichiometric pure and tellurium (Te) doped indium bismuthide (InBi) were grown using the directional freezing technique in a fabricated furnace. The X-ray diffraction profiles identified the crystallinity and phase composition. The surface topographical features were observed by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The energy dispersive analysis by X-rays was performed to identify the atomic proportion of elements. Studies on the temperature dependence of dielectric constant ( ɛ), loss tangent (tan δ), and AC conductivity ( σ ac) reveal the existence of a ferroelectric phase transition in the doped material at 403 K. When InBi is doped with tellurium (4.04 at%), a band gap of 0.20 eV can be achieved, and this is confirmed using Fourier transform infrared studies. The results thus show the conversion of semimetallic InBi to a semiconductor with the optical properties suitable for use in infrared detectors.

  9. Effects of nitrogen on the growth and optical properties of ZnO thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Cui, J. B.; Thomas, M. A.; Soo, Y. C.; Kandel, H.; Chen, T. P.

    2009-08-01

    ZnO thin films were grown using pulsed laser deposition by ablating a Zn target in various mixtures of O2 and N2. The presence of N2 during deposition was found to affect the growth of the ZnO thin films and their optical properties. Small N2 concentrations during growth led to strong acceptor-related photoluminescence (PL), while larger concentrations affected both the intensity and temperature dependence of the emission peaks. In addition, the PL properties of the annealed ZnO thin films are associated with the N2 concentration during their growth. The possible role of nitrogen in ZnO growth and annealing is discussed.

  10. Study of optical and structural properties of CZTS thin films grown by co-evaporation and spray pyrolysis

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    Moreno, R.; Ramirez, E. A.; Gordillo Guzmán, G.

    2016-02-01

    Results regarding optical and structural properties of Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) thin films prepared by co-evaporation using a novel procedure are compared with those obtained with CZTS films grown using a solution based route. The lattice strain ε and crystallite size D of CZTS films prepared by co-evaporation and by spray pyrolysis were estimated through X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements using Williamson-Hall-isotropic strain model. The results of estimated average crystallite size of CZTS films by Scherrer and Williamson-Hall plot methods were compared with AFM (atomic force microscopy) measurements. It was found that the average crystallite size measured by Williamson-Hall plot methods agree quite well with AFM results. Further, information regarding the influence of preparation method on both, crystalline phases and the formation of structural defects was achieved through Raman and Urbach energy measurements.

  11. Superconductivity in epitaxially grown self-assembled indium islands: progress towards hybrid superconductor/semiconductor optical sources

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    Gehl, Michael; Gibson, Ricky; Zandbergen, Sander; Keiffer, Patrick; Sears, Jasmine; Khitrova, Galina

    2016-02-01

    Currently, superconducting qubits lead the way in potential candidates for quantum computing. This is a result of the robust nature of superconductivity and the non-linear Josephson effect which make possible many types of qubits. At the same time, transferring quantum information over long distances typically relies on the use of photons as the elementary qubit. Converting between stationary electronic qubits in superconducting systems and traveling photonic qubits is a challenging yet necessary goal for the interface of quantum computing and communication. The most promising path to achieving this goal appears to be the integration of superconductivity with optically active semiconductors, with quantum information being transferred between the two by means of the superconducting proximity effect. Obtaining good interfaces between superconductor and semiconductor is the next obvious step for improving these hybrid systems. As a result, we report on our observation of superconductivity in self-assembled indium structures grown epitaxially on the surface of semiconductor material.

  12. Structural, morphological and optical characterizations of ZnO:Al thin films grown on silicon substrates by pulsed laser deposition

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    Alyamani, A.; Sayari, A.; Albadri, A.; Albrithen, H.; El Mir, L.

    2016-09-01

    The pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique is used to grow Al-doped ZnO (AZO) thin films at 500 ° C on silicon substrates under vacuum or oxygen gas background from ablating AZO nanoparticle targets synthesized via the sol-gel process. The structural, morphological and optical properties were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) techniques. XRD and TEM images show that AZO powder has a wurtzite-type structure and is composed of small prismatic-like shape nanoparticles with an average size of 30nm. The structural properties of the AZO films grown under oxygen show no significant changes compared to those of the film grown under vacuum. However, the optical properties show a dependence on the growth conditions of the AZO films. Highly c -axis-oriented AZO thin films were obtained with grain size ˜ 15 nm. The stress in the AZO films is tensile as measured from the c -parameter. The dielectric function, the refractive index and the extinction coefficient as a function of the photon energy for the AZO films were determined by using spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements in the photon energy region from 1 to 6eV. The band gap energy was observed to slightly decrease in the presence of the O2 gas background and this may be attributed to the stress. The surface and volume energy loss functions are calculated and exhibit different behaviors in the energy range 1-6eV. Refractive indices of 1.9-2.1 in the visible region were obtained for the AZO films. Also, the electronic carrier concentration appears to be related to the presence of O2 during the growth process.

  13. Performance of multilayer optical coatings under long-term 532nm laser exposure

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    Poulios, D.; Konoplev, O.; Chiragh, F.; Vasilyev, A.; Stephen, M.; Strickler, K.

    2013-11-01

    The effects of long-term exposure to high intensity 532 nm radiation on various dielectric-coated optics are studied. To investigate potential photodarkening effects on optical surfaces, an accelerated life test platform was constructed where optics were exposed to 532 nm radiation from a short-pulse, high repetition rate fiber amplifier at total doses up to 1 trillion shots. The first run of trillion-shot tests were conducted on e-beam deposited and ion beam sputtering (IBS) coated high reflecting mirrors with onsurface intensities ranging from 1.0-1.4 GW/cm2. It was found that the e-beam coated mirrors failed catastrophically at less than 150 billion shots, while the IBS coated mirror was able to complete the trillionshot test with no measurable loss of reflectivity. Profiling the IBS mirror surface with a high-resolution white light interferometer post-irradiation revealed a ~10 nm high photocontamination deposit at the irradiation site that closely matched the intensity profile of the laser spot. Trillion-shot surface exposure tests were also conducted at multiple surface sites of an LBO frequency doubling crystal at ~1.5 GW/cm2 at multiple surface sites. The transmitted power and on-surface beam size were monitored throughout the tests, and periodic measurements of the beam quality and waist location of the transmitted light were also made using an M2 meter. No changes in transmitted power or M2 were observed in any of the tests, but 3D surface profiling revealed laser-induced contamination deposits at each site tested.

  14. Structural, optical, and electrical-transport properties of Al-P-O inorganic layer coated on flexible stainless steel substrate

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    Kim, Moojin; Min, Jinhyuk; Kwak, Yongsu; Kim, Doori; Kim, Kyoung-Bo; Song, Jonghyun

    2017-03-01

    We coated inorganic layer containing oxygen, aluminium, phosphorus, and negligible sodium (APO) on stainless steel (STS) by using slot-die coating method and studied its application prospects as a substrate for flexible devices. The APO layer was compositionally uniform in overall area with an amorphous crystal structure. Surface morphology characterization of STS exhibited an improved flatness after the APO layer coating process. The optical property characterization of the APO film carried out by measuring optical reflectance spectrum and refractive index. We also investigated the electrical-transport mechanism in the APO layer. These experimental observations imply the possibility of potential application of APO-STS as a substrate for flexible devices.

  15. TiO2 nanoparticle thin film-coated optical fiber Fabry-Perot sensor.

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    Jiang, Mingshun; Li, Qiu-Shun; Wang, Jun-Nan; Jin, Zhongwei; Sui, Qingmei; Ma, Yaohong; Shi, Jianguo; Zhang, Faye; Jia, Lei; Yao, Wei-Guo; Dong, Wen-Fei

    2013-02-11

    In this paper, a novel TiO(2) nanoparticle thin film coated optical fiber Fabry-Perot (F-P) sensor had been developed for refractive index (RI) sensing by monitoring the shifts of the fringe contrast in the reflectance spectra. Using in situ liquid phase deposition approach, the TiO(2) nanoparticle thin film could be formed on the fiber surface in a controlled fashion. The optical properties of as-prepared F-P sensors were investigated both theoretically and experimentally. The results indicated that the RI sensitivity of F-P sensors could be effectively improved after the deposition of nanoparticle thin-films. It was about 69.38 dB/RIU, which was 2.6 times higher than that of uncoated one. The linear RI measurement range was also extended from 1.333~1.457 to 1.333~1.8423. More importantly, its optical properties exhibited the unique temperature-independent performance. Therefore, owing to these special optical properties, the TiO(2) nanoparticle thin film coated F-P sensors have great potentials in medical diagnostics, food quality testing, environmental monitoring, biohazard detection and homeland security, even at elevated temperature.

  16. NiCoO2 flowers grown on the aligned-flakes coated Ni foam for application in hybrid energy storage

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    Xu, Xiaoyang; Zhao, Huilin; Zhou, JingKuo; Xue, Ruinan; Gao, Jianping

    2016-10-01

    Many NiCoO2 flowers with an average diameter of about 4 μm were grown on the NiCoO2 flakes coated Ni foam (denoted as NiCoO2/Ni foam) through a simple hydrothermal method and confirmed by scanning and transmission electron microscopies, X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectrum measurements. The NiCoO2/Ni foam with high specific area and porosity was directly used as the working electrode without any binders. The measured specific capacitance of NiCoO2 grown on Ni foam is 756 F/g at 0.75 A/g using a three-electrode setup in 1 M KOH. Considering the high capacity of NiCoO2 and the good stability of rGO, the NiCoO2/Ni foam//rGO hybrid supercapacitor combining NiCoO2/Ni foam and rGO shows very good properties, such as high specific capacitance (82 F/g at 2 A/g based on the total mass of active materials), high energy density (25.7 Wh/kg at 1500 W/kg based on the total mass of active materials), good stability (about 90% capacitance retention after 2000-cycle at 100 mV/s), and low charge ion transfer resistance.

  17. Optical studies of MBE-grown InN nanocolumns: Evidence of surface electron accumulation

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    Segura-Ruiz, J.; Garro, N.; Cantarero, A.; Denker, C.; Malindretos, J.; Rizzi, A.

    2009-03-01

    Vertically self-aligned InN nanocolumns have been investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy, Raman scattering, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Different nanocolumn morphologies corresponding to different molecular beam epitaxy growth conditions have been studied. Raman spectra revealed strain-free nanocolumns with high crystalline quality for the full set of samples studied. Longitudinal optical modes both uncoupled and coupled to an electron plasma coexist in the Raman spectra pointing to the existence of two distinctive regions in the nanocolumn: a surface layer of degenerated electrons and a nondegenerated inner core. The characteristics of the low-temperature photoluminescence and its dependence on temperature and excitation power can be explained by a model considering localized holes recombining with degenerated electrons close to the nonpolar surface. The differences observed in the optical response of different samples showing similar crystalline quality have been attributed to the variation in the electron accumulation layer with the growth conditions.

  18. Solution processable broadband transparent mixed metal oxide nanofilm optical coatings via substrate diffusion doping

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    Glynn, Colm; Aureau, Damien; Collins, Gillian; O'Hanlon, Sally; Etcheberry, Arnaud; O'Dwyer, Colm

    2015-11-01

    Devices composed of transparent materials, particularly those utilizing metal oxides, are of significant interest due to increased demand from industry for higher fidelity transparent thin film transistors, photovoltaics and a myriad of other optoelectronic devices and optics that require more cost-effective and simplified processing techniques for functional oxides and coatings. Here, we report a facile solution processed technique for the formation of a transparent thin film through an inter-diffusion process involving substrate dopant species at a range of low annealing temperatures compatible with processing conditions required by many state-of-the-art devices. The inter-diffusion process facilitates the movement of Si, Na and O species from the substrate into the as-deposited vanadium oxide thin film forming a composite fully transparent V0.0352O0.547Si0.4078Na0.01. Thin film X-ray diffraction and Raman scattering spectroscopy show the crystalline component of the structure to be α-NaVO3 within a glassy matrix. This optical coating exhibits high broadband transparency, exceeding 90-97% absolute transmission across the UV-to-NIR spectral range, while having low roughness and free of surface defects and pinholes. The production of transparent films for advanced optoelectronic devices, optical coatings, and low- or high-k oxides is important for planar or complex shaped optics or surfaces. It provides opportunities for doping metal oxides to ternary, quaternary or other mixed metal oxides on glass, encapsulants or other substrates that facilitate diffusional movement of dopant species.Devices composed of transparent materials, particularly those utilizing metal oxides, are of significant interest due to increased demand from industry for higher fidelity transparent thin film transistors, photovoltaics and a myriad of other optoelectronic devices and optics that require more cost-effective and simplified processing techniques for functional oxides and coatings

  19. Structural and optical properties of silicon nanocrystals grown by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition.

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    Prakash, G V; Daldosso, N; Degoli, E; Iacona, F; Cazzanelli, M; Gaburro, Z; Pucker, G; Dalba, P; Rocca, F; Ceretta Moreira, E; Franzò, G; Pacifici, D; Priolo, F; Arcangeli, C; Filonov, A B; Ossicini, S; Pavesi, L

    2001-06-01

    Silicon nanocrystals (Si-nc) embedded in SiO2 matrix have been prepared by high temperature thermal annealing (1000-1250 degrees C) of substoichiometric SiOx films deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). Different techniques have been used to examine the optical and structural properties of Si-nc. Transmission electron microscopy analysis shows the formation of nanocrystals whose sizes are dependent on annealing conditions and deposition parameters. The spectral positions of room temperature photoluminescence are systematically blue shifted with reduction in the size of Si-nc obtained by decreasing the annealing temperature or the Si content during the PECVD deposition. A similar trend has been found in optical absorption measurements. X-ray absorption fine structure measurements indicate the presence of an intermediate region between the Si-nc and the SiO2 matrix that participates in the light emission process. Theoretical observations reported here support these findings. All these efforts allow us to study the link between dimensionality, optical properties, and the local environment of Si-nc and the surrounding SiO2 matrix.

  20. The Electric, Magnetic, and Optical Characterization of Permalloy Oxide Grown by Dual-Ion Beam Sputtering

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    Compton, Maclyn; Leblanc, Elizabeth; Geerts, Wilhelmus; Simpson, Nelson; Robinson, Michael

    2014-03-01

    Permalloy (Ni80Fe20) is a commonly used soft magnetic material in magnetic reading heads. Its magnetic properties do not depend on stress, a parameter difficult to control in thin film devices. Permalloy Oxide (PyO) on the other hand, has a high resistivity (>4 .103 Ω cm), is anti-ferromagnetic and has recently been shown to strongly enhance the performance of lateral spin valve devices. Historically, the oxidation of permalloy has been seen as a defect that should be avoided by appropriate encapsulation and very little is known on its electric and optical properties. We deposited thin PyO films by Dual Ion Beam Sputtering (DIBS) at room temperature on various substrates. Van der Pauw and Hall measurements were carried out from 77K to 400K and at magnetic fields up to 9T in order to determine its electronic bandgap, resistivity, free carrier concentration, and its mobility. The dielectric properties and defects were studied using a CV-setup and an impedance analyzer. Magnetic measurements were conducted on a Quantum Design PPMS VSM to determine the state of oxidation. Optical properties were measured by a M2000 Woollam variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometer. These properties were used to determine film thickness, bandgap and the optical constants of PyO. The authors would like to thank Research Corporation for financial support.

  1. Solution processable broadband transparent mixed metal oxide nanofilm optical coatings via substrate diffusion doping.

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    Glynn, Colm; Aureau, Damien; Collins, Gillian; O'Hanlon, Sally; Etcheberry, Arnaud; O'Dwyer, Colm

    2015-12-21

    Devices composed of transparent materials, particularly those utilizing metal oxides, are of significant interest due to increased demand from industry for higher fidelity transparent thin film transistors, photovoltaics and a myriad of other optoelectronic devices and optics that require more cost-effective and simplified processing techniques for functional oxides and coatings. Here, we report a facile solution processed technique for the formation of a transparent thin film through an inter-diffusion process involving substrate dopant species at a range of low annealing temperatures compatible with processing conditions required by many state-of-the-art devices. The inter-diffusion process facilitates the movement of Si, Na and O species from the substrate into the as-deposited vanadium oxide thin film forming a composite fully transparent V0.0352O0.547Si0.4078Na0.01. Thin film X-ray diffraction and Raman scattering spectroscopy show the crystalline component of the structure to be α-NaVO3 within a glassy matrix. This optical coating exhibits high broadband transparency, exceeding 90-97% absolute transmission across the UV-to-NIR spectral range, while having low roughness and free of surface defects and pinholes. The production of transparent films for advanced optoelectronic devices, optical coatings, and low- or high-k oxides is important for planar or complex shaped optics or surfaces. It provides opportunities for doping metal oxides to ternary, quaternary or other mixed metal oxides on glass, encapsulants or other substrates that facilitate diffusional movement of dopant species.

  2. Upregulation of cell proliferation via Shc and ERK1/2 MAPK signaling in SaOS-2 osteoblasts grown on magnesium alloy surface coating with tricalcium phosphate.

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    Jiang, Tianlong; Guo, Lei; Ni, Shenghui; Zhao, Yuyan

    2015-04-01

    Magnesium (Mg) alloys have been demonstrated to be viable orthopedic implants because of mechanical and biocompatible properties similar to natural bone. In order to improve its osteogenic properties, a porous β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) was coated on the Mg-3AI-1Zn alloy by alkali-heat treatment technique. The human bone-derived cells (SaOS-2) were cultured on (β-TCP)-Mg-3AI-1Zn in vitro, and the osteoblast response, the morphology and the elements on this alloy surface were investigated. Also, the regulation of key intracellular signalling proteins was investigated in the SaOS-2 cells cultured on alloy surface. The results from scanning electron microscope and immunofluorescence staining demonstrated that (β-TCP)-Mg-3AI-1Zn induced significant osteogenesis. SaOS-2 cell proliferation was improved by β-TCP coating. Moreover, the (β-TCP)-Mg-3AI-1Zn surface induced activation of key intracellular signalling proteins in SaOS-2 cells. We observed an enhanced activation of Src homology and collagen (Shc), a common point of integration between bone morphogenetic protein 2, and the Ras/mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway. ERK1/2 MAP kinase activation was also upregulated, suggesting a role in mediating osteoblastic cell interactions with biomaterials. The signalling pathway involving c-fos (member of the activated protein-1) was also shown to be upregulated in osteoblasts cultured on the (β-TCP)-Mg-3AI-1Zn. These results suggest that β-TCP coating may contribute to successful osteoblast function on Mg alloy surface. (β-TCP)-Mg-3AI-1Zn may upregulate cell proliferation via Shc and ERK1/2 MAPK signaling in SaOS-2 osteoblasts grown on Mg alloy surface.

  3. Optical breathing of nano-porous antireflective coatings through adsorption and desorption of water

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    Nielsen, Karsten H.; Kittel, Thomas; Wondraczek, Katrin; Wondraczek, Lothar

    2014-10-01

    We report on the direct consequences of reversible water adsorption on the optical performance of silica-based nanoporous antireflective (AR) coatings as they are applied on glass in photovoltaic and solar thermal energy conversion systems. In situ UV-VIS transmission spectroscopy and path length measurements through high-resolution interferometric microscopy were conducted on model films during exposure to different levels of humidity and temperature. We show that water adsorption in the pores of the film results in a notable increase of the effective refractive index of the coating. As a consequence, the AR effect is strongly reduced. The temperature regime in which the major part of the water can be driven-out rapidly lies in the range of 55°C and 135°C. Such thermal desorption was found to increase the overall transmission of a coated glass by ~ 1%-point. As the activation energy of isothermal desorption, we find a value of about 18 kJ/mol. Within the experimental range of our data, the sorption and desorption process is fully reversible, resulting in optical breathing of the film. Nanoporous AR films with closed pore structure or high hydrophobicity may be of advantage for maintaining AR performance under air exposure.

  4. Optical properties of plasmon-resonant bare and silica-coated nanostars used for cell imaging.

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    Bibikova, Olga; Popov, Alexey; Bykov, Alexander; Prilepskii, Artur; Kinnunen, Matti; Kordas, Krisztian; Bogatyrev, Vladimir; Khlebtsov, Nikolai; Vainio, Seppo; Tuchin, Valery

    2015-07-01

    We synthesized and characterized gold nanostars and their silica-coated derivatives with 7- to 50-nm shell thicknesses as contrast agents for optical imaging. The scattering and absorption coefficients of the nanoparticles (NPs) were estimated by means of collimated transmittance and diffuse reflectance/transmittance analyses. The contrasting properties of the nanostructures were studied in optical coherence tomography glass capillary imaging. The silica-coated nanostars with the thickest shell have higher scattering ability in comparison with bare nanostars. Viability assays confirmed weak in vitro toxicity of nanostructures at up to ∼200-μg/mL concentrations. We showed real-time visualization of nanostars in both agarose and cultured cells by analyzing the backscattering signal using a conventional laser confocal microscope. The signal intensity detected from the silica-coated NPs was almost 1.5 times higher in comparison with bare nanostars. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that conventional laser confocal microscopy was applied in combined scattering and transmitted light modes to detect the backscattered signal of gold nanostars, which is useful for direct monitoring of the uptake, translocation, and accumulation of NPs in living cells.

  5. Optical properties of plasmon-resonant bare and silica-coated nanostars used for cell imaging

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    Bibikova, Olga; Popov, Alexey; Bykov, Alexander; Prilepskii, Artur; Kinnunen, Matti; Kordas, Krisztian; Bogatyrev, Vladimir; Khlebtsov, Nikolai; Vainio, Seppo; Tuchin, Valery

    2015-07-01

    We synthesized and characterized gold nanostars and their silica-coated derivatives with 7- to 50-nm shell thicknesses as contrast agents for optical imaging. The scattering and absorption coefficients of the nanoparticles (NPs) were estimated by means of collimated transmittance and diffuse reflectance/transmittance analyses. The contrasting properties of the nanostructures were studied in optical coherence tomography glass capillary imaging. The silica-coated nanostars with the thickest shell have higher scattering ability in comparison with bare nanostars. Viability assays confirmed weak in vitro toxicity of nanostructures at up to ˜200-μg/mL concentrations. We showed real-time visualization of nanostars in both agarose and cultured cells by analyzing the backscattering signal using a conventional laser confocal microscope. The signal intensity detected from the silica-coated NPs was almost 1.5 times higher in comparison with bare nanostars. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that conventional laser confocal microscopy was applied in combined scattering and transmitted light modes to detect the backscattered signal of gold nanostars, which is useful for direct monitoring of the uptake, translocation, and accumulation of NPs in living cells.

  6. Models for the optical simulations of fractal aggregated soot particles thinly coated with non-absorbing aerosols

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    Wu, Yu; Cheng, Tianhai; Zheng, Lijuan; Chen, Hao

    2016-10-01

    Light absorption enhancement of aged soot aerosols is highly sensitive to the morphologies and mixing states of soot aggregates and their non-absorbing coatings, such as organic materials. The quantification of these effects on the optical properties of thinly coated soot aerosols is simulated using an effective model with fixed volume fractions. Fractal aggregated soot was simulated using the diffusion limited aggregation (DLA) algorithm and discretized into soot dipoles. The dipoles of non-absorbing aerosols, whose number was fixed by the volume fraction, were further generated from the neighboring random edge dipoles. Their optical properties were calculated using the discrete dipole approximation (DDA) method and were compared with other commonly used models. The optical properties of thinly coated soot calculated using the fixed volume fraction model are close to (less than ~10% difference) the results of the fixed coating thickness model, except their asymmetry parameters (up to ~25% difference). In the optical simulations of thinly coated soot aerosols, this relative difference of asymmetry parameters and phase functions between these realistic models may be notable. The realizations of the fixed volume fraction model may introduce smaller variation of optical results than those of the fixed coating thickness model. Moreover, the core-shell monomers model and homogeneous aggregated spheres model with the Maxwell-Garnett (MG) theory may underestimate (up to ~20%) the cross sections of thinly coated soot aggregates. The single core-shell sphere model may largely overestimate (up to ~150%) the cross sections and single scattering albedo of thinly coated soot aggregates, and it underestimated (up to ~60%) their asymmetry parameters. It is suggested that the widely used single core-shell sphere approximation may not be suitable for the single scattering calculations of thinly coated soot aerosols.

  7. Comparative investigation of hydrogen bonding in silicon based PECVD grown dielectrics for optical waveguides

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    Ay, F.; Aydinli, A.

    2004-06-01

    Silicon oxide, silicon nitride and silicon oxynitride layers were grown by a PECVD technique. The resulting refractive indices of the layers varied between 1.47 and 1.93. The compositional properties of the layers were analyzed by FTIR and ATR infrared spectroscopy techniques. Comparative investigation of bonding structures for the three different layers was performed. Special attention was given to analyze N-H bond stretching absorption at 3300-3400 cm -1. Quantitative results for hydrogen related bonding concentrations are presented based on IR analysis. An annealing study was performed in order to reduce or eliminate this bonding types. For the annealed samples the N-H bond concentration was strongly reduced as verified by FTIR transmittance and ATR spectroscopic methods. A correlation between the N-H concentration and absorption loss was verified for silicon oxynitride slab waveguides. Moreover, a single mode waveguide with silicon oxynitride core layer was fabricated. Its absorption and insertion loss values were determined by butt-coupling method, resulting in low loss waveguides.

  8. Tailoring the optical and hydrophobic property of zinc oxide nanorod by coating with amorphous graphene

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    Pahari, D.; Das, N. S.; Das, B.; Chattopadhyay, K. K.; Banerjee, D.

    2016-09-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods were synthesized at room temperature on potassium permanganate activated silicon and glass substrate by simple chemical method using zinc acetate as precursor. To modify the surface energy of the as prepared ZnO thin films the samples were coated with amorphous graphene (a-G) synthesized by un-zipping of chemically synthesized amorphous carbon nanotubes (a-CNTs). All the pure and coated samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscope, Raman spectroscopy, and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy. The roughness analysis of the as prepared samples was done by atomic force microscopic analysis. The detail optical properties of all the samples were studied with the help of a UV-Visible spectrophotometer. The surface energy of the as prepared pure and coated samples was calculated by measuring the contact angle of two different liquids. It is seen that the water repellence of ZnO nanorods got increased after they are being coated with a-Gs. Also even after UV irradiation the contact angle remain same unlike the case for the uncoated sample where the contact angle gets decreased significantly after UV irradiation. Existing Cassie-Wenzel model has been employed along with the Owen's approach to determine the different components of surface energy.

  9. Ultrafast all-optical switching based on indium gallium arsenic phosphide grown by helium plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Qian, Li

    We present the first experimental study of the optical properties of HELP InGaAsP (InGaAsP grown by He-plasma- assisted molecular beam epitaxy) relevant to all-optical switching, and the first demonstration of picosecond switching using this material. We observed an optical response time of 15 ps, a nonlinear index change as large as 0.077, a sharp absorption band edge, and a small absorption tail in HELP InGaAsP. The unique coexistence of ultrafast response, large interband nonlinearity, and small band-tail absorption, never before reported, makes HELP InGaAsP particularly suitable for ultrafast all-optical switching. Additionally, faster response (subpicosecond) was achieved by doping the material with beryllium, and moderate doping (up to ~1018 cm-3) did not significantly alter the absorption edge. We systematically studied the response time variations with doping concentration, annealing temperature, carrier density, and wavelength. We conclude that, (a)Be doping reduces the response time by compensating for donor-like mid-gap states, thus increasing the electron trap concentration; (b)annealing removes defects responsible for fast carrier trapping; (c)the response time increases with carrier density due to limited trap states; (d)the response time varies with wavelength due to difference in electron and hole trapping cross-sections, which were determined based on experimental results and a phenomenological two-trap- level rate equation model. We investigated two types of HELP-InGaAsP-based all- optical switching devices, the nonlinear directional coupler (NLDC) and the asymmetric Fabry-Pérot (AFP) switch. Based on numerical modelling and waveguide loss measurements, we conclude that, while HELP-InGaAsP-based passive NLDCs are in principle viable, practical devices will tend to require high switching energy, and will likely experience low contrast and high insertion loss. We demonstrated that AFP devices will outperform NLDCs in contrast ratio, throughput

  10. Impact of extended defects on optical properties of (1-101)GaN grown on patterned Si

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    Okur, S.; Izyumskaya, N.; Zhang, F.; Avrutin, V.; Metzner, S.; Karbaum, C.; Bertram, F.; Christen, J.; Morkoç, H.; Özgür, Ü.

    2014-03-01

    The optical quality of semipolar (1 101)GaN layers was explored by time- and polarization-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy. High intensity bandedge emission was observed in +c-wing regions of the stripes as a result of better structural quality, while -c-wing regions were found to be of poorer optical quality due to basal plane and prismatic stacking faults (BSFs and PSFs) in addition to a high density of TDs. The high optical quality region formed on the +cwings was evidenced also from the much slower biexponential PL decays (0.22 ns and 1.70 ns) and an order of magnitude smaller amplitude ratio of the fast decay (nonradiative origin) to the slow decay component (radiative origin) compared to the -c-wing regions. In regard to defect-related emission, decay times for the BSF and PSF emission lines at 25 K (~ 0.80 ns and ~ 3.5 ns, respectively) were independent of the excitation density within the range employed (5 - 420 W/cm2), and much longer than that for the donor bound excitons (0.13 ns at 5 W/cm2 and 0.22 ns at 420 W/cm2). It was also found that the emission from BSFs had lower polarization degree (0.22) than that from donor bound excitons (0.35). The diminution of the polarization degree when photogenerated carriers recombine within the BSFs is another indication of the negative effects of stacking faults on the optical quality of the semipolar (1101)GaN. In addition, spatial distribution of defects in semipolar (1101)-oriented InGaN active region layers grown on stripe patterned Si substrates was investigated using near-field scanning optical microscopy. The optical quality of -c- wing regions was found to be worse compared to +c-wing regions due to the presence of higher density of stacking faults and threading dislocations. The emission from the +c-wings was very bright and relatively uniform across the sample, which is indicative of a homogeneous In distribution.

  11. Structural and optical characteristics of the hexagonal ZnO films grown on cubic MgO (001) substrates.

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    Shen, Xiangqian; Zhou, Hua; Li, Yaping; Kang, Junyong; Zheng, Jin-Cheng; Ke, Shanming; Wang, Qingkang; Wang, Hui-Qiong

    2016-11-01

    In this Letter, we report on the structural and optical characteristics of ZnO films with a wurtzite structure grown on MgO (001) substrates with cubic structures. The ZnO films were prepared through the molecular beam epitaxy method, and growth orientation transformation from [0001] to [10-10] direction was observed with the change of growth temperature and thickness. The x-ray diffraction pole figures and in situ RHEED patterns demonstrated that the rotational relationship among grains within the ZnO films appeared in a typical two-fold rotation of about 30° for the [0001] growth orientation and four-fold rotation of about 30° or 60° for the [10-10] growth orientation, respectively. Last, we investigated their optical properties through measuring the transmission and photoluminescence spectra of the ZnO films, which showed the bulk-like bandgap feature of the ZnO films in spite of the existing growth orientation transformation.

  12. Substrate dependent structural, optical and electrical properties of ZnS thin films grown by RF sputtering

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    Pathak, Trilok K.; Kumar, Vinod; Purohit, L. P.; Swart, H. C.; Kroon, R. E.

    2016-10-01

    Zinc sulphide (ZnS) films are of great importance for applications in various optoelectronic devices. ZnS thin films were grown on glass, indium tin oxide (ITO) and Corning glass substrates by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering at a temperature of 373 K and a comparative study of the structural, optical and electrical properties was performed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, optical and current-voltage (I-V) measurements. The XRD patterns showed that the sputtered thin films exhibited good crystallinity with the (111) peak around 2θ=28.3° indicating preferential orientation of the cubic structure. The maximum strain and most densely packed grains were obtained for the Corning glass substrate. The transmittance spectra of the films were measured in the wavelength range from 200 to 800 nm, showing that the films are about 77% transparent in the visible region. A slight change of 3.50 eV to 3.54 eV was found for the bandgap of the films deposited on different substrates. The ZnS thin films deposited on Corning glass show better crystallinity, morphology and I-V characteristics than that deposited on ordinary glass and ITO substrates.

  13. Stoichiometric YFe2O4-δ single crystals grown by the optical floating zone method

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    Mueller, Thomas; Groot, Joost de; Strempfer, Jörg; Angst, Manuel

    2015-10-01

    We report the growth, by the optical floating zone method of YFe2O4-δ single crystals, showing for the first time the same magnetization as highly stoichiometric (δ = 0.00) powder samples and sharp superstructure reflections in single crystal X-ray diffraction. The latter can be attributed to three dimensional long-range charge ordering. Resonant X-ray diffraction at the Fe K-edge with full linear polarization analysis was used for the investigation of the possibility of orbital order.

  14. Optical properties of hydrogenated amorphous carbon films grown from methane plasma

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    Pouch, J. J.; Alterovitz, S. A.; Warner, J. D.; Liu, D. C.; Lanford, W. A.

    1985-01-01

    A 30 kHz ac glow discharge formed from methane gas was used to grow carbon films on InP substrates. Both the growth rate, and the realitive Ar ion sputtering rate at 3 keV varied monotonically with deposition power. Results from the N-15 nuclear reaction profile experiments indicated a slight drop in the hydrogen concentration as more energy was dissipated in the ac discharge. Values for the index of refraction and extinction coefficient ranged from 1.721 to 1.910 and 0 to -0.188, respectively. Optical bandgaps as high as 2.34 eV were determined.

  15. Templated growth of PFO-DBT nanorod bundles by spin coating: effect of spin coating rate on the morphological, structural, and optical properties.

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    Fakir, Muhamad Saipul; Supangat, Azzuliani; Sulaiman, Khaulah

    2014-01-01

    In this study, the spin coating of template-assisted method is used to synthesize poly[2,7-(9,9-dioctylfluorene)-alt-4,7-bis(thiophen-2-yl)benzo-2,1,3-thiadiazole] (PFO-DBT) nanorod bundles. The morphological, structural, and optical properties of PFO-DBT nanorod bundles are enhanced by varying the spin coating rate (100, 500, and 1,000 rpm) of the common spin coater. The denser morphological distributions of PFO-DBT nanorod bundles are favorably yielded at the low spin coating rate of 100 rpm, while at high spin coating rate, it is shown otherwise. The auspicious morphologies of highly dense PFO-DBT nanorod bundles are supported by the augmented absorption and photoluminescence.

  16. Synthesis and optical characteristics of yttrium-doped zinc oxide nanorod arrays grown by hydrothermal method.

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    Park, Hyunggil; Kim, Younggyu; Ji, Iksoo; Lee, Sang-Heon; Kim, Jin Soo; Kim, Jin Soo; Leem, Jae-Young

    2014-11-01

    Yttrium-doped ZnO (YZO) nanorods were synthesized by hydrothermal growth on a quartz substrate with various post-annealing temperatures. To investigate the effects of post-annealing on the optical properties and parameters of the nanorods, X-ray diffractometry (XRD), photoluminescence (PL) measurement, and ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectroscopy were used. From the XRD investigation, the full width at half maximum (FWHM) and the dislocation density of the nanorods was found to increase with an increase in the post-annealing temperature. In the PL spectra, the intensity of the near band edge (NBE) emission peak in the UV region also increases with an increase in the temperature of post-annealing. The deep level emission (DLE) peak in the visible region changes with various post-annealing temperatures, and its intensity increases remarkably with post-annealing at 800 degrees C. In this paper, changes in the optical parameters of the nanorods caused by variation in the behavior of Y during post-annealing was investigated, with properties such as absorption coefficients, refractive indices, and dispersion parameters being obtained from transmittance and reflectance analysis.

  17. Local field-induced optical properties of Ag-coated CdS quantum dots.

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    Je, Koo-Chul; Ju, Honglyoul; Treguer, Mona; Cardinal, Thierry; Park, Seung-Han

    2006-08-21

    Local field-induced optical properties of Ag-coated CdS quantum dot structures are investigated. We experimentally observe a clear exciton peak due to the quantum confinement effect in uncoated CdS quantum dots, and surface plasmon resonance and red-shifted exciton peak in Ag-coated CdS composite quantum dot structures. We have calculated the Stark shift of the exciton peak as a function of the local field for different silver thicknesses and various sizes of quantum dots based on the effective-mass Hamiltonian using the numerical-matrix-diagonalization method. Our theoretical calculations strongly indicate that the exciton peak is red-shifted in the metal-semiconductor composite quantum dots due to a strong local field, i.e., the quantum confined Stark effect.

  18. Sensitive and absolute absorption measurements in optical materials and coatings by laser-induced deflection technique

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    Mühlig, Christian; Bublitz, Simon

    2012-12-01

    The laser-induced deflection (LID) technique, a photo-thermal deflection setup with transversal pump-probe-beam arrangement, is applied for sensitive and absolute absorption measurements of optical materials and coatings. Different LID concepts for bulk and transparent coating absorption measurements, respectively, are explained, focusing on providing accurate absorption data with only one measurement and one sample. Furthermore, a new sandwich concept is introduced that allows transferring the LID technique to very small sample geometries and to significantly increase the sensitivity for materials with weak photo-thermal responses. For each of the different concepts, a representative application example is given. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of the calibration procedure for providing absolute absorption data. The validity of an electrical calibration procedure for the LID setup is proven using specially engineered surface absorbing samples. The electrical calibration procedure is then applied to evaluate two other approaches that use either doped samples or highly absorptive reference samples.

  19. Optical properties of LFZ grown β-Ga2O3:Eu3+ fibres

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    Santos, N. F.; Rodrigues, J.; Fernandes, A. J. S.; Alves, L. C.; Alves, E.; Costa, F. M.; Monteiro, T.

    2012-09-01

    Due to their relevance for electronic and optoelectronic applications, transparent conductive oxides (TCO) have been extensively studied in the last decades. Among them, monoclinic β-Ga2O3 is well known by its large direct bandgap of ˜4.9 eV being considered a deep UV TCO suitable for operation in short wavelength optoelectronic devices. The wide bandgap of β-Ga2O3 is also appropriate for the incorporation of several electronic energy levels such as those associated with the intra-4fn configuration of rare earth ions. Among these, Eu3+ ions (4f6) are widely used as a red emitting probes both in organic and inorganic compounds. In this work, undoped and Eu2O3 doped (0.1 and 3.0 mol%) Ga2O3 crystalline fibres were grown by the laser floating zone approach. All fibres were found to stabilize in the monoclinic β-Ga2O3 structure while for the heavily doped fibres the X-ray diffraction patterns show, in addition a cubic europium gallium garnet phase, Eu3Ga5O12. The spectroscopic properties of the undoped and Eu doped fibres were analysed by Raman spectroscopy, low temperature photoluminescence (PL) and photoluminescence excitation (PLE). The Eu3+ luminescence is mainly originated in the garnet, from where different europium site locations can be inferred. The spectral analysis indicates that at least one of the centres corresponds to Eu3+ ions in dodecahedral site symmetry. For the lightly doped samples, the spectral shape and intensity ratio of the 5D0 → 7FJ transitions is totally different from those on Eu3Ga5O12, suggesting that the emitting ions are placed in low symmetry sites in the β-Ga2O3 host.

  20. Active control of the optical properties of nanoscale coatings using 'smart' nanoparticles

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    Cortie, Michael B.; Barnett, Michael; Ford, Michael J.

    2007-09-01

    Coatings that can self-modulate their optical properties as a function of an external stimulus are of significant technological interest. In this regard, the possibilities for thermo- or electrochromic materials such as VO II and WO 3 are already comparatively well-known. Here, however, we explore a new kind of 'smart' coating, based on the active control of a plasmon resonance in nanoparticles. One possible system is based on the modulation of the plasmon resonance of a precious metal nanorod or nanosphere by an active dielectric shell. The active dielectric undergoes an insulator-to-metal transition on increase of temperature which modulates the plasmon resonance of the underlying precious metal nanoparticle, thereby changing the wavelength at which its optical extinction is maximum. In the case of nanorods, the absorption maximum of the longitudinal plasmon is particularly sensitive to the aspect ratio of the nanoparticle and the dielectric properties of the environment, and may be readily tuned across the visible and near-infrared portions of the spectrum. In addition, nanoparticles of certain thermochromic dielectrics, such as VO II, are expected to have a plasmon resonance of their own which can be switched on or off by control of the temperature. We consider some of the possibilities, using both the discrete dipole approximation and the exact analytical solution due to Mie to calculate the optical properties.

  1. OMEGA: A NEW COLD X-RAY SIMULATION FACILITY FOR THE EVALUATION OF OPTICAL COATINGS

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    Fisher, J H; Newlander, C D; Fournier, K B; Beutler, D E; Coverdale, C A; May, M J; Tobin, M; Davis, J F; Shiekh, D

    2007-04-27

    We report on recent progress for the development of a new cold X-ray optical test capability using the Omega Facility located at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester. These tests were done on the 30 kJ OMEGA laser at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. We conducted a six-shot series called OMEGA II on 14 July 2006 in one eight-hour day (supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency). The initial testing was performed using simple protected gold optical coatings on fused silica substrates. PUFFTFT analyses were completed and the specimen's thermal lateral stress and transverse stress conditions were calculated and interpreted. No major anomalies were detected. Comparison of the pre- and posttest reflective measurements coupled with the TFCALC analyses proved invaluable in guiding the analyses and interpreting the observed damage. The Omega facility is a high quality facility for performing evaluation of optical coatings and coupons and provides experience for the development of future National Ignition Facility (NIF) testing.

  2. Coated photodiode technique for the determination of the optical constants of reactive elements: La and Tb

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    Seely, John F.; Uspenskii, Yurii A.; Kjornrattanawanich, Benjawan; Windt, David L.

    2006-08-01

    A novel technique, utilizing thin films with protective capping layers deposited onto silicon photodiode substrates, has been developed to accurately determine the optical constants of reactive elements such as the rare earths and transition metals. Depositing protected layers on photodiode substrates has three primary advantages over the study of the transmittance of free-standing films and the angle-dependent reflectance of coatings on mirror substrates. First, it is easy to deposit a thin protective capping layer that prevents oxidation or contamination of the underlying reactive layer. Second, very thin layers of materials that have intrinsically low transmittance can be studied. Third, the optical constants are determined from the bulk properties of the protected layer and are not influenced by reflectance from the top surface that can be affected by oxidation or contamination. These and other benefits of this technique will be discussed, and results for La and Tb will be presented. The determined optical constants are significantly different from the CXRO and other tabulated values. The rare earth (lanthanide) elements with atomic numbers 57-71 have 5d or 4f open shells, and this open shell structure results in transmission windows in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength range >45 nm where materials typically have low transmittance. These transmission windows make possible the fabrication of a new class of multilayer interference coatings, based on rare earth elements, with relatively high peak reflectances and narrow reflectance profiles, both important factors for the imaging of solar and laboratory radiation sources with multilayer telescopes.

  3. Optical measurements of dynamic adhesive forces between bacteria and protein-coated surfaces

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    Simpson, Kathryn H.; Bowden, Gabriela; Hook, Magnus; Anvari, Bahman

    2003-06-01

    Bacterial adhesion to host tissue is an initial step in the infectious process. Staphylococcus aureus, a major human pathogen, has covalently anchored cell surface adhesins called microbial surface components recognizing adhesive matrix molecules (MSCRAMMs) which mediate specific adhesion to extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules. Understanding MSCRAMM binding is potentially useful in developing effective antibacterial drugs. In this study, optical tweezers were used in conjunction with a quadrant photodetector to measure adhesive forces between MSCRAMMs and surfaces coated with the ECM molecule fibronectin. Using a piezoelectrically driven stage, a fibronectin-coated microsphere adherent to a coverslip was brought into contact with a cell optically trapped at 830 nm. The microsphere was subsequently moved away from the cell, and a quadrant photodiode monitored the cell displacement from the trap center during the detachment process. The photodetector voltage signals were subsequently converted into the adhesive forces between MSCRAMMs and fibronectin based on a calibration using Stoke"s law for viscous drag. Optical detection of the trapped bead displacement allowed us to study both the dynamics of the detachment process and observe the effects of various loading rates. This technique can be extended to identify the contributions of various MSCRAMM domains to adhesion in order to develop new methods of treating infections.

  4. Morphology control and optical properties of SiGe nanostructures grown on glass substrate

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    2012-01-01

    With the rapid progress of nanotechnology, nanostructures with different morphologies have been realized, which may be very promising to enhance the performance of semiconductor devices. In this study, SiGe nanostructures with several kinds of configurations have been synthesized through a chemical vapor deposition process. By controlling growth conditions, different SiGe nanostructures can be easily tuned. Structures and compositions of the nanostructures were determined by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The optical properties of various SiGe nanostructures revealed some dependence with their morphologies, which may be suitable for solar cell applications. The control of the SiGe morphology on nanoscale provides a convenient route to produce diverse SiGe nanostructures and creates new opportunities to realize the integration of future devices. PMID:22369313

  5. Morphology control and optical properties of SiGe nanostructures grown on glass substrate

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    Chang, Hsu-Kai; Lee, Si-Chen

    2012-02-01

    With the rapid progress of nanotechnology, nanostructures with different morphologies have been realized, which may be very promising to enhance the performance of semiconductor devices. In this study, SiGe nanostructures with several kinds of configurations have been synthesized through a chemical vapor deposition process. By controlling growth conditions, different SiGe nanostructures can be easily tuned. Structures and compositions of the nanostructures were determined by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The optical properties of various SiGe nanostructures revealed some dependence with their morphologies, which may be suitable for solar cell applications. The control of the SiGe morphology on nanoscale provides a convenient route to produce diverse SiGe nanostructures and creates new opportunities to realize the integration of future devices.

  6. Low-loss as-grown germanosilicate layers for optical waveguides

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    Ay, Feridun; Aydinli, Atilla; Agan, Sedat

    2003-12-01

    We report on systematic growth and characterization of low-loss germanosilicate layers for use in optical waveguide technology. The films were deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition technique using silane, germane, and nitrous oxide as precursor gases. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy was used to monitor the compositional properties of the samples. It was found that addition of germane leads to decreasing of N-H- and O-H-related bonds. The propagation loss values of the planar waveguides were correlated with the decrease in the hydrogen-related bonds of the as-deposited waveguides and resulted in very low values, eliminating the need for high-temperature annealing as is usually done.

  7. Comparisons between laser damage and optical electric field behaviors for hafnia/silica antireflection coatings.

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    Bellum, John; Kletecka, Damon; Rambo, Patrick; Smith, Ian; Schwarz, Jens; Atherton, Briggs

    2011-03-20

    We compare designs and laser-induced damage thresholds (LIDTs) of hafnia/silica antireflection (AR) coatings for 1054 nm or dual 527 nm/1054 nm wavelengths and 0° to 45° angles of incidence (AOIs). For a 527 nm/1054 nm, 0° AOI AR coating, LIDTs from three runs arbitrarily selected over three years are ∼20 J/cm2 or higher at 1054 nm and <10 J/cm2 at 527 nm. Calculated optical electric field intensities within the coating show two intensity peaks for 527 nm but not for 1054 nm, correlating with the lower (higher) LIDTs at 527 nm (1054 nm). For 1054 nm AR coatings at 45° and 32° AOIs and S and P polarizations (Spol and Ppol), LIDTs are high for Spol (>35 J/cm2) but not as high for Ppol (>30 J/cm2 at 32° AOI; ∼15 J/cm2 at 45° AOI). Field intensities show that Ppol discontinuities at media interfaces correlate with the lower Ppol LIDTs at these AOIs. For Side 1 and Side 2 dual 527 nm/1054 nm AR coatings of a diagnostic beam splitter at 22.5° AOI, Spol and Ppol LIDTs (>10 J/cm2 at 527 nm; >35 J/cm2 at 1054 nm) are consistent with Spol and Ppol intensity behaviors.

  8. Impact of non-integer planetary revolutions on the distribution of evaporated optical coatings

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    Oliver, J. B.

    2017-02-08

    Planetary substrate rotation for optical-coating deposition is evaluated based on initial and final positions for a given layer with different numbers of revolutions and various deposition-source locations. The influence of partial revolutions of the rotation system is analyzed relative to the total number of planetary revolutions in that layer to determine the relative impact on film thickness and uniformity. Furthermore, guidance is provided on the necessary planetary revolutions that should take place in each layer versus the expected error level in the layer thickness for the modeled system.

  9. VUV and XUV reflectance of optically coated mirrors for selection of high harmonics.

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    Larsen, K A; Cryan, J P; Shivaram, N; Champenois, E G; Wright, T W; Ray, D; Kostko, O; Ahmed, M; Belkacem, A; Slaughter, D S

    2016-08-08

    We report the reflectance, ~1° from normal incidence, of six different mirrors as a function of photon energy, using monochromatic vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and extreme ultraviolet (XUV) radiation with energies between 7.5 eV and 24.5 eV. The mirrors examined included both single and multilayer optical coatings, as well as an uncoated substrate. We discuss the performance of each mirror, paying particular attention to the potential application of suppression and selection of high-order harmonics of a Ti:sapphire laser.

  10. Analysis of a planetary-rotation system for evaporated optical coatings

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    Oliver, J. B.

    2016-01-01

    The impact of planetary-design considerations for optical coating deposition is analyzed, including the ideal number of planets, variations in system performance, and the deviation of planet motion from the ideal. System capacity is maximized for four planets, although substrate size can significantly influence this result. Guidance is provided in the design of high-performance deposition systems based on the relative impact of different error modes. As a result, errors in planet mounting such that the planet surface is not perpendicular to its axis of rotation are particularly problematic, suggesting planetary design modifications would be appropriate.

  11. Optically transparent and environmentally durable superhydrophobic coating based on functionalized SiO2 nanoparticles

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    Schaeffer, Daniel A.; Polizos, Georgios; Smith, D. Barton; Lee, Dominic F.; Hunter, Scott R.; Datskos, Panos G.

    2015-01-09

    Optical surfaces such as mirrors and windows that are exposed to outdoor environmental conditions are susceptible to dust buildup and water condensation. The application of transparent superhydrophobic coatings on optical surfaces can improve outdoor performance via a self-cleaning effect similar to the Lotus effect. The contact angle (CA) of water droplets on a typical hydrophobic flat surface varies from 100° to 120°. Adding roughness or microtexture to a hydrophobic surface leads to an enhancement of hydrophobicity and the CA can be increased to a value in the range of 16≥0° to 175°. This result is remarkable because such behavior cannot be explained using surface chemistry alone. When surface features are on the order of 100 nm or smaller, surfaces exhibit superhydrophobic behavior and maintain their optical transparency. In this work we discuss our results on transparent superhydrophobic coatings that can be applied across large surface areas. We have used functionalized silica nanoparticles to coat various optical elements and have measured the contact angle and optical transmission between 190 to 1100 nm on these elements. The functionalized silica nanoparticles were dissolved in a solution of the solvents isopropyl alcohol and 4-chlorobenzotrifluoride (PCBTF) and a proprietary ceramic binder (Cerakote ). Finally, this solution was spin-coated onto a variety of test glass substrates, and following a curing period of about 30 minutes, these coatings exhibited superhydrophobic behavior with a static CA ≥160°.

  12. Optical and electrical characterization of CIGS thin films grown by electrodeposition route

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    Adel, Chihi; Fethi, Boujmil Mohamed; Brahim, Bessais

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was handled to study the electrochemical attitude of quaternary alloy Cu (In, Ga) Se2/Na2SO4 electrolyte interface. Subsequently, an annealing treatment was performed at various temperatures (250-400 °C). The material features of Cu (In, Ga) Se2 films are controlled by the percentage of gallium content. XRD studies showed three favorite orientations along the (112), (220), and (116) planes for all samples. The morphological and chemical composition studies exhibited Ga/(Ga + In) ratio ranging from 0.27 to 0.32, and RMS surface roughness was in the range 54.2-77.8 nm, respectively. The optical band gap energy of the CIGS alloys can be strongly controlled by adjusting gallium and indium concentrations. EIS measurement has been modeled by using an equivalent circuit. Mott-Schottky plot illustrates p-type conductivity of CIGS film with a carrier concentration around 1016 cm-3, a flat band potential V fb ranging from -0.68 to -0.57 V, and depletion layer thickness rises from 0.24 to 0.36 μm.

  13. Ultra-high mobility transparent organic thin film transistors grown by an off-centre spin-coating method.

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    Yuan, Yongbo; Giri, Gaurav; Ayzner, Alexander L; Zoombelt, Arjan P; Mannsfeld, Stefan C B; Chen, Jihua; Nordlund, Dennis; Toney, Michael F; Huang, Jinsong; Bao, Zhenan

    2014-01-01

    Organic semiconductors with higher carrier mobility and better transparency have been actively pursued for numerous applications, such as flat-panel display backplane and sensor arrays. The carrier mobility is an important figure of merit and is sensitively influenced by the crystallinity and the molecular arrangement in a crystal lattice. Here we describe the growth of a highly aligned meta-stable structure of 2,7-dioctyl[1]benzothieno[3,2-b][1]benzothiophene (C8-BTBT) from a blended solution of C8-BTBT and polystyrene by using a novel off-centre spin-coating method. Combined with a vertical phase separation of the blend, the highly aligned, meta-stable C8-BTBT films provide a significantly increased thin film transistor hole mobility up to 43 cm(2) Vs(-1) (25 cm(2) Vs(-1) on average), which is the highest value reported to date for all organic molecules. The resulting transistors show high transparency of >90% over the visible spectrum, indicating their potential for transparent, high-performance organic electronics.

  14. Palladium coated ball lens for optical fibre refractometry based hydrogen sensing

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    Chowdhury, Sahar A.; Correia, Ricardo; Francis, Daniel; Brooks, Simon J.; Jones, Ben J. S.; Thompson, Alexander W. J.; Hodgkinson, Jane; Tatam, Ralph P.

    2014-05-01

    An optical fibre refractometer using a ball lens as a sensor head has been developed and characterised. Light from a superluminescent diode is directed to an optical fibre sensor head and the intensity of the returned beam gives a measure of the refractive index of the medium at the ball lens fibre tip. A second beam is used to reference the intensity measurements. The system is capable of detecting changes in refractive index with a resolution of 0.003 RIU. The ball lenses have been coated with an 80nm thick layer of palladium and the potential use of this system as a micromirror hydrogen sensor is demonstrated. This technique offers a simple sensor head arrangement, with a large signal sampling area compared with that of a bare fibre.

  15. Fabrication of various optical tissue phantoms by the spin-coating method

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    Park, Jihoon; Ha, Myungjin; Yu, Sungkon; Jung, Byungjo

    2016-06-01

    Although numerous studies have been performed to fabricate various optical tissue phantom (OTP) models, the fabrication of OTPs that simulate skin layers is laborious and time-consuming owing to the intricate characteristics of skin tissue. This study presents various OTP models that optically and structurally simulate the epidermis-dermis skin layer. The spin-coating method was employed to reproduce a uniform thin layer that mimics the epidermis layer, and the fabrication parameters were optimized for epoxy and silicone reference materials. Various OTP models simulating blood vessels and hyperpigmentation lesions were fabricated using the two reference materials to determine their feasibility. The suitability of each of the two reference materials for OTP fabrication was qualitatively evaluated by comparing the quality of the OTP models.

  16. Space-exposure effects on optical-baffle coatings at far-infrared wavelengths

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    Blue, M. D.; Perkowitz, S.

    1992-01-01

    Reflectance of six optical-black coatings was remeasured over the near-infrared to the far-infrared region after nearly six years in space aboard the Long Duration Exposure Facility satellite. Measurements were made at room temperature and at cryogenic temperatures. The most notable effect was a general decrease in reflectance for typical samples at all wavelengths. Analysis indicates that this decrease is caused by an increase in absorption resulting from an increase in the imaginary part of the index of refraction, and not by a change in thickness, or increased surface roughness giving rise to increased scattering. These results suggest that such optical-baffle materials will provide enhanced performance as a result of aging in the space environment.

  17. Optical properties and structure of HfO2 thin films grown by high pressure reactive sputtering

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    Martínez, F. L.; Toledano-Luque, M.; Gandía, J. J.; Cárabe, J.; Bohne, W.; Röhrich, J.; Strub, E.; Mártil, I.

    2007-09-01

    Thin films of hafnium oxide (HfO2) have been grown by high pressure reactive sputtering on transparent quartz substrates (UV-grade silica) and silicon wafers. Deposition conditions were adjusted to obtain polycrystalline as well as amorphous films. Optical properties of the films deposited on the silica substrates were investigated by transmittance and reflectance spectroscopy in the ultraviolet, visible and near infrared range. A numerical analysis method that takes into account the different surface roughness of the polycrystalline and amorphous films was applied to calculate the optical constants (refractive index and absorption coefficient). Amorphous films were found to have a higher refractive index and a lower transparency than polycrystalline films. This is attributed to a higher density of the amorphous samples, which was confirmed by atomic density measurements performed by heavy-ion elastic recoil detection analysis. The absorption coefficient gave an excellent fit to the Tauc law (indirect gap), which allowed a band gap value of 5.54 eV to be obtained. The structure of the films (amorphous or polycrystalline) was found to have no significant influence on the nature of the band gap. The Tauc plots also give information about the structure of the films, because the slope of the plot (the Tauc parameter) is related to the degree of order in the bond network. The amorphous samples had a larger value of the Tauc parameter, i.e. more order than the polycrystalline samples. This is indicative of a uniform bond network with percolation of the bond chains, in contrast to the randomly oriented polycrystalline grains separated by grain boundaries.

  18. Ammonia sensing using lossy mode resonances in a tapered optical fibre coated with porphyrin-incorporated titanium dioxide

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    Tiwari, Divya; Mullaney, Kevin; Korposh, Serhiy; James, Stephen W.; Lee, Seung-Woo; Tatam, Ralph P.

    2016-05-01

    The development of an ammonia sensor, formed by the deposition of a functionalised titanium dioxide film onto a tapered optical fibre is presented. The titanium dioxide coating allows the coupling of light from the fundamental core mode to a lossy mode supported by the coating, thus creating lossy mode resonance (LMR) in the transmission spectrum. The porphyrin compound that was used to functionalise the coating was removed from the titanium dioxide coating upon exposure to ammonia, causing a change in the refractive index of the coating and a concomitant shift in the central wavelength of the lossy mode resonance. Concentrations of ammonia as small as 1ppm was detected with a response time of less than 1min.

  19. Intrinsic spin dynamics in optically excited nanoscale magnetic tunnel junction arrays restored by dielectric coating

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    Jaris, M.; Yahagi, Y.; Mahato, B. K.; Dhuey, S.; Cabrini, S.; Nikitin, V.; Stout, J.; Hawkins, A. R.; Schmidt, H.

    2016-11-01

    We report the all-optical observation of intrinsic spin dynamics and extraction of magnetic material parameters from arrays of sub-100 nm spin-transfer torque magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM) devices with a CoFeB/MgO interface. To this end, the interference of surface acoustic waves with time-resolved magneto-optic signals via magneto-elastic coupling was suppressed using a dielectric coating. The efficacy of this method is demonstrated experimentally and via modeling on a nickel nanomagnet array. The magnetization dynamics for both coated nickel and STT-MRAM arrays shows a restored field-dependent Kittel mode from which the effective damping can be extracted. We observe an increased low-field damping due to extrinsic contributions from magnetic inhomogeneities and variations in the nanomagnet shape, while the intrinsic Gilbert damping remains unaffected by patterning. The data are in excellent agreement with a local resonance model and have direct implications for the design of STT-MRAM devices as well as other nanoscale spintronic technologies.

  20. Optical and electrical properties of high-quality Ti2O3 epitaxial film grown on sapphire substrate

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    Fan, Haibo; Wang, Mingzi; Yang, Zhou; Ren, Xianpei; Yin, Mingli; Liu, Shengzhong

    2016-11-01

    Epitaxial film of Ti2O3 with high crystalline quality was grown on Al2O3 substrate by pulsed laser deposition process using a powder-pressed TiO2 target in active O2 flow. X-ray diffraction clearly reveals the (0006) crystalline Ti2O3 orientation and its (10overline{1} 0)_{{{{Ti}}_{ 2} {{O}}_{ 3} }} ||(10overline{1} 0)_{{sapphire}} in-plane epitaxial relationship with the substrate. Scanning electron microscopy images show that the film grew uniformly on the substrate with a Volmer-Weber mode. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction further confirm the high crystalline quality of the film. Transmittance spectrum shows that the Ti2O3 film is highly transparent in 400-800 nm with the optical band gap estimated to be 3.53 eV by Tauc plot. The temperature-dependent Hall effect measurement indicates that the Ti2O3 film appears to be n-type semiconductor with carrier concentration, mobility, and resistivity showing typical temperature-dependent behavior. The donor ionization energy was estimated to be 83.6 meV by linear relationship of conductivity versus temperature.

  1. Electrical and optical properties of Y-doped indium zinc oxide films grown by RF magnetron sputtering.

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    Lee, Young-Jun; Kim, Joo-Hyung; Oh, Byeong-Yun; Kim, Kwang-Young

    2013-09-01

    Y2O3-doped IZO (YIZO) films was investigated in order to control the carrier concentration of semiconducting IZO layer. Stoichiometric thin YIZO films were deposited on glass substrates by RF magnetron sputtering method using indium zinc oxide (IZO) including 50 wt.% ZnO and Y2O3 targets. During the deposition of YIZO films, the working pressure was fixed at 0.17 Pa and the deposition temperature was kept at room temperature while the oxygen partial pressure (P(O2)) was changed to find the optimal film condition. In order to check the PO2 effect on structural, electrical and optical properties of the grown YIZO layer on glass, X-ray diffraction (XRD) was employed to analyze the structure of YIZO films and the electrical properties were characterized by Hall measurements using the Van der Pauw geometry at room temperature. From the measured XRD patterns, exhibiting crystalline peak of the YIZO film deposited under PO2 condition is revealed while amorphous phase structure is only observed from the YIZO film deposited under pure Ar gas condition. As the O2 contents in gas increase, the resistivity of YIZO film also drastically increases, whereas the carrier concentration of the YIZO films sharply decreases with mobility.

  2. Structural, electrical, and optical characterization of coalescent p-n GaN nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Kolkovsky, Vl.; Zytkiewicz, Z. R.; Sobanska, M.; Klosek, K.; Korona, K. P.

    2015-12-14

    The electrical, structural, and optical properties of coalescent p-n GaN nanowires (NWs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Si (111) substrate are investigated. From photoluminescence measurements the full width at half maximum of bound exciton peaks AX and DA is found as 1.3 and 1.2 meV, respectively. These values are lower than those reported previously in the literature. The current-voltage characteristics show the rectification ratio of about 10{sup 2} and the leakage current of about 10{sup −4} A/cm{sup 2} at room temperature. We demonstrate that the thermionic mechanism is not dominant in these samples and spatial inhomogeneties and tunneling processes through a ∼2 nm thick SiN{sub x} layer between GaN and Si could be responsible for deviation from the ideal diode behavior. The free carrier concentration in GaN NWs determined by capacitance-voltage measurements is about 4 × 10{sup 15 }cm{sup −3}. Two deep levels (H190 and E250) are found in the structures. We attribute H190 to an extended defect located at the interface between the substrate and the SiN{sub x} interlayer or near the sidewalls at the bottom of the NWs, whereas E250 is tentatively assigned to a gallium-vacancy- or nitrogen interstitials-related defect.

  3. Structural, electrical, and optical characterization of coalescent p-n GaN nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Kolkovsky, Vl.; Zytkiewicz, Z. R.; Korona, K. P.; Sobanska, M.; Klosek, K.

    2015-12-01

    The electrical, structural, and optical properties of coalescent p-n GaN nanowires (NWs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Si (111) substrate are investigated. From photoluminescence measurements the full width at half maximum of bound exciton peaks AX and DA is found as 1.3 and 1.2 meV, respectively. These values are lower than those reported previously in the literature. The current-voltage characteristics show the rectification ratio of about 102 and the leakage current of about 10-4 A/cm2 at room temperature. We demonstrate that the thermionic mechanism is not dominant in these samples and spatial inhomogeneties and tunneling processes through a ˜2 nm thick SiNx layer between GaN and Si could be responsible for deviation from the ideal diode behavior. The free carrier concentration in GaN NWs determined by capacitance-voltage measurements is about 4 × 1015 cm-3. Two deep levels (H190 and E250) are found in the structures. We attribute H190 to an extended defect located at the interface between the substrate and the SiNx interlayer or near the sidewalls at the bottom of the NWs, whereas E250 is tentatively assigned to a gallium-vacancy- or nitrogen interstitials-related defect.

  4. Investigation on structural, optical and electrical properties of Cp2Mg flow varied p-GaN grown by MOCVD

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    Surender, S.; Pradeep, S.; Ramesh, R.; Baskar, K.

    2016-05-01

    In this work the effect of different concentration of Magnesium doped GaN (p-GaN) were systematically studied. The p-GaN epilayers were grown on c-plane sapphire substrate by horizontal flow Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) with various flow rates of 100 sccm to 300 sccm using bis-(cyclopentadienyl) - magnesium (Cp2Mg) precursor. The samples were subjected to structural, optical, morphological and electrical studies using High Resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD), room temperature photoluminescence (PL), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Hall measurement respectively. Results indicated that the Mg doped GaN of 200 sccm Cp2Mg has the root mean square (rms) roughness of about 0.3 nm for a scan area of 5×5 µm2 which has good two dimensional growth. Moreover, Hall measurements results shows that (200 sccm Cp2Mg) Mg-doped GaN possess the highest hole concentration of 5.4×1017cm-3 and resistivity of 1.7 Ωcm at room temperature.

  5. Superconductivity in epitaxially grown self-assembled indium islands: progress towards hybrid superconductor/semiconductor optical sources

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    Gehl, Michael; Gibson, Ricky; Zandbergen, Sander; ...

    2016-02-01

    Currently, superconducting qubits lead the way in potential candidates for quantum computing. This is a result of the robust nature of superconductivity and the non-linear Josephson effect which make possible many types of qubits. At the same time, transferring quantum information over long distances typically relies on the use of photons as the elementary qubit. Converting between stationary electronic qubits in superconducting systems and traveling photonic qubits is a challenging yet necessary goal for the interface of quantum computing and communication. The most promising path to achieving this goal appears to be the integration of superconductivity with optically active semiconductors,more » with quantum information being transferred between the two by means of the superconducting proximity effect. Obtaining good interfaces between superconductor and semiconductor is the next obvious step for improving these hybrid systems. As a result, we report on our observation of superconductivity in self-assembled indium structures grown epitaxially on the surface of semiconductor material.« less

  6. Electronic excitation induced structural and optical modifications in InGaN/GaN quantum well structures grown by MOCVD

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    Prabakaran, K.; Ramesh, R.; Jayasakthi, M.; Surender, S.; Pradeep, S.; Balaji, M.; Asokan, K.; Baskar, K.

    2017-03-01

    The present study focuses on the electronic excitation induced structural and optical properties of InGaN/GaN quantum well (QW) structures grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition technique. These excitations were produced using Au7+ ion irradiation with 100 MeV energy. The X-ray rocking curves intensity and full width at half-maximum values corresponding to the planes of (0 0 0 2) and (1 0 -1 5) of the irradiated QW structures show the modifications in the screw and edge-type dislocation densities vary with the ion fluences. The structural characteristics using the reciprocal space mapping indicate the intermixing effects in InGaN/GaN QW structures. Atomic force microscopy images confirmed the presence of nanostructures and the surface modification due to heavy ion irradiation. The irradiated QW structures exhibited degraded photoluminescence intensity and a subsequent decrease in the yellow luminescence band intensity with the fluences of 1 × 1011 and 5 × 1012 ions/cm2 compared to the pristine QW structures.

  7. Accurate calculation and Matlab based fast realization of merit function's Hesse matrix for the design of multilayer optical coating

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    Wu, Su-Yong; Long, Xing-Wu; Yang, Kai-Yong

    2009-09-01

    To improve the current status of home multilayer optical coating design with low speed and poor efficiency when a large layer number occurs, the accurate calculation and fast realization of merit function’s gradient and Hesse matrix is pointed out. Based on the matrix method to calculate the spectral properties of multilayer optical coating, an analytic model is established theoretically. And the corresponding accurate and fast computation is successfully achieved by programming with Matlab. Theoretical and simulated results indicate that this model is mathematically strict and accurate, and its maximal precision can reach floating-point operations in the computer, with short time and fast speed. Thus it is very suitable to improve the optimal search speed and efficiency of local optimization methods based on the derivatives of merit function. It has outstanding performance in multilayer optical coating design with a large layer number.

  8. Disposable Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-Coated Fused Silica Optical Fibers for Sampling Pheromones of Moths

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    Lievers, Rik; Groot, Astrid T.

    2016-01-01

    In the past decades, the sex pheromone composition in female moths has been analyzed by different methods, ranging from volatile collections to gland extractions, which all have some disadvantage: volatile collections can generally only be conducted on (small) groups of females to detect the minor pheromone compounds, whereas gland extractions are destructive. Direct-contact SPME overcomes some of these disadvantages, but is expensive, the SPME fiber coating can be damaged due to repeated usage, and samples need to be analyzed relatively quickly after sampling. In this study, we assessed the suitability of cheap and disposable fused silica optical fibers coated with 100 μm polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) by sampling the pheromone of two noctuid moths, Heliothis virescens and Heliothis subflexa. By rubbing the disposable PDMS fibers over the pheromone glands of females that had called for at least 15 minutes and subsequently extracting the PDMS fibers in hexane, we collected all known pheromone compounds, and we found a strong positive correlation for most pheromone compounds between the disposable PDMS fiber rubs and the corresponding gland extracts of the same females. When comparing this method to volatile collections and the corresponding gland extracts, we generally found comparable percentages between the three techniques, with some differences that likely stem from the chemical properties of the individual pheromone compounds. Hexane extraction of cheap, disposable, PDMS coated fused silica optical fibers allows for sampling large quantities of individual females in a short time, eliminates the need for immediate sample analysis, and enables to use the same sample for multiple chemical analyses. PMID:27533064

  9. Mirror coating and cleaning methodology to maintain the optical performance of the GTC telescope

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    Abril-Abril, M.; Nuñez-Castaín, A.; Rodríguez-García, L. A.; Cabrera-Lavers, A.

    2016-07-01

    This paper describes the strategy to optimize GTC telescope's optical performance in terms of reflectivity and scattering by means of a suitable combination of mirror coating, CO2 and in-situ cleaning. According to our experience, a monthly CO2 cleaning was established, except during sporadic dust episodes, when a shorter weekly period is much more appropriate. Trends of the main optical parameters were recorded and analyzed to identify possible causes for the variation of the mirrors performance. As the total reflectivity stems from the combination of three optical surfaces, we set thresholds for the individual components and used these to select the mirrors that have to be replaced and cleaned. We also compared historical data about total reflectivity with optical OSIRIS zeropoints evolution and established a nonlinear relation, that is applicable in the periods where direct measurements on the mirror surface are not feasible. In this line, we are working on an innovative method to estimate the reflectivity for a segmented mirror based on the zeropoints measurement for the individual segments obtained by un-stacking the primary mirror under a controlled pattern.

  10. Enhanced all-optical modulation in a graphene-coated fibre with low insertion loss

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    Zhang, Haojie; Healy, Noel; Shen, Li; Huang, Chung Che; Hewak, Daniel W.; Peacock, Anna C.

    2016-01-01

    Graphene is a highly versatile two-dimensional material platform that offers exceptional optical and electrical properties. Of these, its dynamic conductivity and low effective carrier mass are of particular interest for optoelectronic applications as they underpin the material’s broadband nonlinear optical absorption and ultra-fast carrier mobility, respectively. In this paper, we utilize these phenomena to demonstrate a high-speed, in-fibre optical modulator developed on a side-polished optical fibre platform. An especially low insertion loss (<1 dB) was achieved by polishing the fibre to a near atomically smooth surface (<1 nm RMS), which minimized scattering and ensured excellent contact between the graphene film and the fibre. In order to enhance the light-matter interaction, the graphene film is coated with a high index polyvinyl butyral layer, which has the added advantage of acting as a barrier to the surrounding environment. Using this innovative approach, we have fabricated a robust and stable all-fibre device with an extinction ratio as high as 9 dB and operation bandwidth of 0.5 THz. These results represent a key step towards the integration of low-dimensional materials within standard telecoms networks. PMID:27001353

  11. Optical characterization and modelling of paint top-coatings for low-emittance applications

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    Wäckelgård, Ewa; Svedung, Harald

    2016-09-01

    The study reports on characterization of low-infrared-emittance paint top-coatings for interior building applications in which the thermal radiation becomes important in comparison with thermal conductance. The top-coating that consist of a binder with aluminium flakes has been optically characterized in the infrared wavelength range in order to determine single flake and binder emittance from reflectance measurements. The single flake emittance was found to be 0.12 for non-leafing cornflake. The absorption coefficient that determines the binder emittance as a function of binder thickness was 0.060 [μm]-2 and 0.085 [μm]-2 for Lumiflon and polyester respectively. These results were used as parameters in a simple model of the flake-binder top-coating to investigate how the emittance of the top-coating was influence by the two components and compared with a state-of-art low-emittance commercial paint. It was found from the modelling that replacing the polyester binder with Lumiflon reduces the infrared emittance (at room temperature) from 0.36 to 0.30. Increasing flake reflectance from 0.88 to 0.96 and at the same time reduce flake thickness from 2 to 1 μm gives an emittance of 0.20. However, the real samples prepared with Lumiflon showed a severe degradation caused by the flakes floating up closer to the surface which indicates a viscosity problem that needs to be solved for practical use. Thinner flakes with higher reflectance can be found if vacuum metallised pigments are used instead of ball-milled.

  12. Cu2ZnSnS4 Films Grown on Flexible Substrates by Dip Coating Using a Methanol-Based Solution: Electronic Properties and Devices

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    Rakhshani, A. E.; Thomas, S.

    2015-12-01

    The deposition of device quality Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) films on flexible substrates by simple and cost-effective techniques is of great interest for solar cell applications. In this work, CZTS films were deposited on lightweight flexible substrates by successive dip coating using a nontoxic, methanol-based precursor solution. The films were characterized by x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray analysis, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, optical transmission spectroscopy, photocurrent spectroscopy and admittance spectroscopy. The films prepared by this technique have direct band gaps of 1.5-1.6 eV, a p-type resistivity of ~1 Ω cm, an acceptor concentration of ~1017 cm-3 and structural and morphological properties that are suitable for device applications. Four defect levels with activation energies of 5.4 meV, 18.8 meV, 70 meV, and 221 meV were detected in the films. All but the shallowest defect level were attributed to the native VCu, CuZn, and VSn acceptor-type defects. For further assessment of the films, Schottky barrier and heterojunction diodes were fabricated and characterized. The results signified that the device quality CZTS films can be synthesized by the dip-coating method used in this study.

  13. Optical characterization of the oceanic unicellular cyanobacterium Synechococcus grown under a day-night cycle in natural irradiance

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    Stramski, Dariusz; Shalapyonok, Alexi; Reynolds, Rick A.

    1995-01-01

    The optical properties of the ocenanic cyanobacterium Synechococcus (clone WH8103) were examined in a nutrient-replete laboratory culture grown under a day-night cycle in natural irradiance. Measurements of the spectral absorption and beam attenuation coefficients, the size distribution of cells in suspension, and microscopic analysis of samples were made at intervals of 2-4 hours for 2 days. These measurements were used to calculate the optical properties at the level of a single 'mean' cell representative of the acutal population, specifically, the optical cross sections for spectral absorption bar-(sigma(sub a)), scattering bar-sigma(sub b))(lambda), and attentuation bar-(sigma(sub c))(lambda). In addition, concurrent determinations of chlorophyll a and particulate organic carbon allowed calculation of the Chl a- and C-specific optical coefficients. The refractive index of cells was derived from the observed data using a theory of light absorption and scattering by homogeneous spheres. Low irradiance because of cloudy skies resulted in slow division rates of cells in the culture. The percentage of dividing cells was unusually high (greater than 30%) throughout the experiment. The optical cross sections varied greatly over a day-night cycle, with a minimum near dawn or midmorning and maximum near dusk. During daylight hours, bar-(sigma(sub b)) and bar-(sigma(sub c)) can increase more than twofold and bar-(sigma(sub a) by as much as 45%. The real part of the refractive index n increaed during the day; changes in n had equal or greater effect than the varying size distribution on changes in bar-(sigma(sub c)) and bar-(sigma(sub b)). The contribution of changes in n to the increase of bar-(sigma(sub c))(660) during daylight hours was 65.7% and 45.1% on day 1 and 2, respectively. During the dark period, when bar-(sigma(sub c))(660) decreased by a factor of 2.9, the effect of decreasing n was dominant (86.3%). With the exception of a few hours during the second light

  14. Study on third order nonlinear optical properties of a metal organic complex-Monothiourea-cadmium Sulphate Dihydrate single crystals grown in silica gel

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    Sivanandan, T.; Kalainathan, S.

    2015-04-01

    The third order nonlinear optical properties of Monothiourea-cadmium Sulphate Dihydrate crystal were measured using a He-Ne laser (λ=632.8 nm) by a Z-scan technique. The magnitude of nonlinear refractive index (n2) and nonlinear absorption coefficient was found to be 4.4769×10-11 m2/W and 1.233×10-2 m/W respectively. The third order non-linear optical susceptibility χ(3) was found to be in the order of 3.6533×10-2 esu. The negative sign of non-linear refractive index shows the self-defocusing nature of the gel grown crystal. The second-order molecular hyperpolarizability γ of the grown crystal is 1.2822×10-33 esu. Laser damage threshold was measured by using an Nd: YAG laser (1064 nm). Photoconductivity studies of the gel grown crystal revealed that the crystal possesses positive photoconducting nature. The results obtained from Z-scan, laser damage threshold and photoconducting studies reveal that the crystal can be a possible candidate material for photonics device, optical switches, and optical power limiting application.

  15. Comparison of defects responsible for nanosecond laser-induced damage and ablation in common high index optical coatings

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    Xu, Yejia; Abdulameer, Mohammed R.; Emmert, Luke A.; Day, Travis; Patel, Dinesh; Menoni, Carmen S.; Rudolph, Wolfgang

    2017-01-01

    Spatiotemporally resolved optical laser-induced damage is an experimental technique used to study nanosecond laser damage and initiation of ablation in dielectric metal-oxide films used for optical coatings. It measures the fluence (intensity) at the initiation of damage during a single laser pulse. The technique was applied to coatings of HfO2, Sc2O3, and Ta2O5, which were prepared by ion-beam sputtering, and HfO2 which was prepared by electron-beam evaporation. Using the data obtained, we were able to retrieve the defect density distributions of these films without a priori assumptions about their functional form.

  16. Studies on optical, mechanical and transport properties of NLO active L-alanine formate single crystal grown by modified Sankaranarayanan Ramasamy (SR) method

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    Justin Raj, C.; Dinakaran, S.; Krishnan, S.; Milton Boaz, B.; Robert, R.; Jerome Das, S.

    2008-04-01

    Bulk single crystals of L-alanine formate of 10 mm diameter and 50 mm length have been grown with an aid of modified Sankaranarayanan-Ramasamy (SR) uniaxial crystal growth method within a period of ten days. The optical properties of the grown crystal were calculated from UV transmission spectral analysis. The second harmonic generation efficiency of the grown crystal was confirmed by Kurtz powder test. In order to determine the mechanical strength of the crystal, Vicker's microhardness test was carried along the growth plane (0 0 1). Dielectric studies reveal that both dielectric constant and dielectric loss decreases with increase in frequency. Photoconductivity study confirms the negative photoconducting nature of the crystal.

  17. 1550 nm modulating retroreflector based on coated nanoparticles for free-space optical communication.

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    Rosenkrantz, Etai; Arnon, Shlomi

    2015-06-10

    Nowadays, there is a renaissance in the field of space exploration. Current and future missions depend on astronauts and a swarm of robots for reconnaissance. In order to reduce the power consumption, weight, and size of the robots, an asymmetric communication system may be used. This is achieved by installing modulating retroreflectors (MRRs) on one side of the link and an interrogating laser on the other side. In this paper, we theoretically study an innovative device that can serve as an MRR in the infrared range of the spectrum. The device is based on a ferroelectric PZT thin film containing TiO2 coated Ag nanoparticles, which exhibit strong plasmonic resonance in the infrared range. After intensive analyses, which included calculations and simulations, we were able to design the device to operate at the 1550 nm wavelength. This is of great importance since the design of devices operating at 1550 nm as this wavelength is a mature technology widely used in free-space optics. Hence, this MRR can serve in asymmetric communication links relying on 1550 nm transmissions, which are also eye-safe. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time coated metal nanoparticles have been proposed to modulate light in the infrared region. The performance of this device is unique, reaching a 17.5 dB modulation contrast with only a ±2 V operating voltage. This modulator may also be used for terrestrial communication such as fiber optics and optical interconnects in future data centers.

  18. Reflective and antireflective coatings for the optical chain of the ASTRI SST-2M prototype

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    Bonnoli, Giacomo; Canestrari, Rodolfo; Catalano, Osvaldo; Pareschi, Giovanni; Perri, Luca; Stringhetti, Luca

    2013-09-01

    ASTRI is a Flagship Project of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, led by the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics, INAF. One of the main aims of the ASTRI Project is the design, construction and on-field verification of a dual mirror (2M) end-to-end prototype for the Small Size Telescope (SST) envisaged to become part of the Cherenkov Telescope Array. The ASTRI SST-2M prototype is designed according to the Schwarzschild-Couder optical scheme, and adopts a camera based on Silicon Photo Multipliers (SiPM); it will be assembled at the INAF astronomical site of Serra La Nave on mount Etna (Catania, Italy) in the second half of 2014, and will start scientific validation phase soon after. With its 4m wide primary dish, the telescope will be sensitive to multi-TeV Very High Energy (VHE) gamma rays up to 100 TeV and above, with a point spread function of ~2 arcminutes and a wide (semiaperture 4.8°) corrected field of view. The peculiarities of the optical design and of the SiPM bandpass pushed towards specifically optimized choices in terms of reflective coatings for both the primary and the secondary mirror. Fully dielectric multi-layer coatings have been developed and tested as an option for the primary mirror, aiming to filter out the large Night Sky Background contamination at wavelengths λ>~700 nm. On the other hand, for the large monolithic secondary mirror a simpler design with quartz-overcoated aluminium has been optimized for incidences far from normality. The conformation of the ASTRI camera in turn pushed towards the design of a reimaging system based on thin pyramidal light guides, that could be optionally integrated in the focal surface, aiming to increase the fill factor. An anti-reflective coating optimized for a wide range of incident angles faraway from normality was specifically developed to enhance the UV-optical transparency of these elements. The issues, strategy, simulations and experimental results are thoroughly

  19. Optical, electrical, and X-ray-structural studies on Verneuil-grown SrTiO 3 single crystal: Annealing study

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    Mochizuki, S.; Fujishiro, F.; Shibata, K.; Ogi, A.; Konya, T.; Inaba, K.

    2007-12-01

    In order to clarify crystal defect effects on the physical phenomena observed for a SrTiO 3 single crystal grown by Verneuil method, the optical density and photoluminescence spectra, complex impedance spectra, and crystal structure were fully studied for the as-grown crystal boule. The as-grown crystal boule consists of a shell (which is colorless transparent and electrically good insulator) and a core (which is dark blue and has a high electrical conductivity (>10 -3 Ω -1cm -1), and a colossal static dielectric constant (>10 6) at room temperature). The as-grown single crystal was then annealed at 973 K in an Ar-H 2 gas stream. With the progressing of annealing, the as-grown single crystal becomes colorless-transparent insulator and the static dielectric constant decreases down to approximately 300 at room temperature. The X-ray crystallographic studies indicate that the crystallinity is almost independent of the annealing, while the dielectric property is considerably affected by the annealing. A model on the basis of a (Ti 3+-oxygen vacancy) complex defect is proposed for explaining the observed properties of SrTiO 3.

  20. Structural and optical properties of AgAlTe{sub 2} layers grown on sapphire substrates by closed space sublimation method

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    Uruno, A. Usui, A.; Kobayashi, M.

    2014-11-14

    AgAlTe{sub 2} layers were grown on a- and c-plane sapphire substrates using a closed space sublimation method. Grown layers were confirmed to be single phase layers of AgAlTe{sub 2} by X-ray diffraction. AgAlTe{sub 2} layers were grown to have a strong preference for the (112) orientation on both kinds of substrates. The variation in the orientation of grown layers was analyzed in detail using the X-ray diffraction pole figure measurement, which revealed that the AgAlTe{sub 2} had a preferential epitaxial relationship with the c-plane sapphire substrate. The atomic arrangement between the (112) AgAlTe{sub 2} layer and sapphire substrates was compared. It was considered that the high order of the lattice arrangement symmetry probably effectively accommodated the lattice mismatch. The optical properties of the grown layer were also evaluated by transmittance measurements. The bandgap energy was found to be around 2.3 eV, which was in agreement with the theoretical bandgap energy of AgAlTe{sub 2}.

  1. Indium-Tin-Oxide coated optical fibers for temperature-viscosity sensing applications in synthetic lubricant oils

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    Sanchez, P.; Mendizabal, D.; R. Zamarreño, C.; Arregui, F. J.; Matias, I. R.

    2015-09-01

    In this work, is presented the fabrication and characterization of optical fiber refractometer based on lossy mode resonances (LMR). Indium-Tin-Oxide (ITO) thin films deposited on optical fibers are used as the LMR supporting coatings. These resonances shift to the red as a function of the external refractive index. The refractometer has been used to characterize temperature variations related to the viscosity of synthetic industrial gear lubricant.

  2. Structural and optical properties of InGaN--GaN nanowire heterostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Limbach, F.; Gotschke, T.; Stoica, T.; ...

    2011-01-01

    InGaN/GaN nanowire (NW) heterostructures grown by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy were studied in comparison to their GaN and InGaN counterparts. The InGaN/GaN heterostructure NWs are composed of a GaN NW, a thin InGaN shell, and a multifaceted InGaN cap wrapping the top part of the GaN NW. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images taken from different parts of a InGaN/GaN NW show a wurtzite structure of the GaN core and the epitaxial InGaN shell around it, while additional crystallographic domains are observed whithin the InGaN cap region. Large changes in the lattice parameter along the wire, from pure GaNmore » to higher In concentration demonstrate the successful growth of a complex InGaN/GaN NW heterostructure. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of these heterostructure NW ensembles show rather broad and intense emission peak at 2.1 eV. However, μ-PL spectra measured on single NWs reveal a reduced broadening of the visible luminescence. The analysis of the longitudinal optical phonon Raman peak position and its shape reveal a variation in the In content between 20% and 30%, in agreement with the values estimated by PL and HRTEM investigations. The reported studies are important for understanding of the growth and properties of NW heterostructures suitable for applications in optoelectronics and photovoltaics.« less

  3. Structural and optical properties of InGaN--GaN nanowire heterostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Limbach, F.; Gotschke, T.; Stoica, T.; Calarco, R.; Sutter, E.; Ciston, J.; Cusco, R.; Artus, L.; Kremling, S.; Hofling, S.; Worschech, L.; Grutzmacher, D.

    2011-01-01

    InGaN/GaN nanowire (NW) heterostructures grown by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy were studied in comparison to their GaN and InGaN counterparts. The InGaN/GaN heterostructure NWs are composed of a GaN NW, a thin InGaN shell, and a multifaceted InGaN cap wrapping the top part of the GaN NW. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images taken from different parts of a InGaN/GaN NW show a wurtzite structure of the GaN core and the epitaxial InGaN shell around it, while additional crystallographic domains are observed whithin the InGaN cap region. Large changes in the lattice parameter along the wire, from pure GaN to higher In concentration demonstrate the successful growth of a complex InGaN/GaN NW heterostructure. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of these heterostructure NW ensembles show rather broad and intense emission peak at 2.1 eV. However, μ-PL spectra measured on single NWs reveal a reduced broadening of the visible luminescence. The analysis of the longitudinal optical phonon Raman peak position and its shape reveal a variation in the In content between 20% and 30%, in agreement with the values estimated by PL and HRTEM investigations. The reported studies are important for understanding of the growth and properties of NW heterostructures suitable for applications in optoelectronics and photovoltaics.

  4. Structural and optical properties of InGaN-GaN nanowire heterostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Limbach, F.; Gotschke, T.; Stoica, T.; Calarco, R.; Sutter, E.; Ciston, J.; Cusco, R.; Artus, L.; Kremling, S.; Höfling, S.; Worschech, L.; Grützmacher, D.

    2011-01-01

    InGaN/GaN nanowire (NW) heterostructures grown by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy were studied in comparison to their GaN and InGaN counterparts. The InGaN/GaN heterostructure NWs are composed of a GaN NW, a thin InGaN shell, and a multifaceted InGaN cap wrapping the top part of the GaN NW. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images taken from different parts of a InGaN/GaN NW show a wurtzite structure of the GaN core and the epitaxial InGaN shell around it, while additional crystallographic domains are observed whithin the InGaN cap region. Large changes in the lattice parameter along the wire, from pure GaN to higher In concentration demonstrate the successful growth of a complex InGaN/GaN NW heterostructure. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of these heterostructure NW ensembles show rather broad and intense emission peak at 2.1 eV. However, μ-PL spectra measured on single NWs reveal a reduced broadening of the visible luminescence. The analysis of the longitudinal optical phonon Raman peak position and its shape reveal a variation in the In content between 20% and 30%, in agreement with the values estimated by PL and HRTEM investigations. The reported studies are important for understanding of the growth and properties of NW heterostructures suitable for applications in optoelectronics and photovoltaics.

  5. Research on the reflection coating at three wavelengths for primary reflector of the optical antenna in the laser communication systems

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    Liu, Huasong; Liu, Muxiao; Wang, Zhanshan; Ji, Yiqin; Lu, Jiangtao

    2011-02-01

    Primary reflector of the optical antenna is a key component in the space laser communication systems, and multi-wavelengths laser need to be worked in the common aperture. Reflection coating is designed for the primary reflector of a laser communication system, which can work at three wavelengths (633nm, 808nm, 1550nm), the designed target reflectance are R633nm>=50%, R808nm>=99% and R1550nm>=99% at angle of incidence from 0 to 20 deg. We selected Ta2O5 and SiO2 as the high refractive index and low refractive index coating materials, analyzed the impact on the reflection coating of the systemic errors and random errors, and determined the manufacture error of the coater system which can't greater than 1%. The Ion beam sputtering deposition technique was used to manufacture reflection coating for three-wavelengths and a LAMBDA900 spectrophotometer was used to analysis the reflectance at three wavelengths which achieved the design requirements. Finally we give the origin of manufacture error source for this high reflection coating. The reflection coating component was successfully used in the primary reflector of the optical antenna of the laser communication systems.

  6. Research on the reflection coating at three wavelengths for primary reflector of the optical antenna in the laser communication systems

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    Liu, Huasong; Liu, Muxiao; Wang, Zhanshan; Ji, Yiqin; Lu, Jiangtao

    2010-10-01

    Primary reflector of the optical antenna is a key component in the space laser communication systems, and multi-wavelengths laser need to be worked in the common aperture. Reflection coating is designed for the primary reflector of a laser communication system, which can work at three wavelengths (633nm, 808nm, 1550nm), the designed target reflectance are R633nm>=50%, R808nm>=99% and R1550nm>=99% at angle of incidence from 0 to 20 deg. We selected Ta2O5 and SiO2 as the high refractive index and low refractive index coating materials, analyzed the impact on the reflection coating of the systemic errors and random errors, and determined the manufacture error of the coater system which can't greater than 1%. The Ion beam sputtering deposition technique was used to manufacture reflection coating for three-wavelengths and a LAMBDA900 spectrophotometer was used to analysis the reflectance at three wavelengths which achieved the design requirements. Finally we give the origin of manufacture error source for this high reflection coating. The reflection coating component was successfully used in the primary reflector of the optical antenna of the laser communication systems.

  7. Influence of high-temperature AlN intermediate layer on the optical properties of MOCVD grown AlGaN films

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    Xie, Deng; Qiu, Zhi Ren; Liu, Yao; Talwar, Devki N.; Wan, Lingyu; Zhang, Xiong; Mei, Ting; Ferguson, Ian T.; Feng, Zhe Chuan

    2017-02-01

    By combining spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) and optical transmission (OT) characterization methods we have systematically investigated the influence of AlN intermediate layer and AlN transition layer on the optical properties of AlGaN epilayers grown on sapphire by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) method. Most dielectric functions of III-nitrides obtained by different research groups show significant band-tail absorption—which is not anticipated for such a direct band gap material. The dielectric functions are studied for a series of AlGaN/AlN/Al2O3 structures, with a four-layer model taking into account both high temperature grown AlN layer and low temperature grown AlN layer. The results obtained by fitting the optical parameters to experimental data show that the band-tail absorption should originate from the transition layer. AlGaN film without high temperature AlN epilayer exhibited a redshift of band gap around 0.24 eV.

  8. Comparative optical study of epitaxial InGaAs quantum rods grown with As{sub 2} and As{sub 4} sources

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    Nedzinskas, Ramūnas; Čechavičius, Bronislovas; Kavaliauskas, Julius; Karpus, Vytautas; Valušis, Gintaras; Li, Lianhe; Khanna, Suraj P.; Linfield, Edmund H.

    2013-12-04

    Photoreflectance and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopies are used to examine the optical properties and electronic structure of InGaAs quantum rods (QRs), embedded within InGaAs quantum well (QW). The nanostructures studied were grown by molecular beam epitaxy using As{sub 2} or As{sub 4} sources. The impact of As source on spectral features associated with interband optical transitions in the QRs and the surrounding QW are demonstrated. A red shift of the QR- and a blue shift of the QW-related optical transitions, along with a significant increase in PL intensity, have been observed if an As{sub 4} source is used. The changes in optical properties are attributed mainly to carrier confinement effects caused by variation of In content contrast between the QR material and the surrounding well.

  9. Linear and quadratic magneto-optical Kerr effect investigation of Co2Mn1.30Si0.84 epitaxially grown on MgO

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    Liu, Jihong; Qiao, Shuang; Wang, Shufang; Fu, Guangsheng

    2017-01-01

    We investigated the magneto-optical properties of a L21 ordered nonstoichiometric Co2Mn1.30Si0.84 film epitaxially grown on a MgO-buffered MgO (001) single-crystal substrate. Longitudinal magneto-optical Kerr effects (LMOKE) and rotating magneto-optical Kerr effect (ROT-MOKE) measurements suggest that the film exhibits a cubic magnetic anisotropy with the extracted cubic anisotropy constant of KC = 6.7 ×104 erg / cm3 . Orientation-dependent ROT-MOKE suggest that the quadratic magneto-optical Kerr effects (QMOKE) components also show fourfold symmetry with a modest amplitude of 3 mdeg, which is in accordance with complex Kerr angle expression for cubic symmetry systems. Our results suggest that ROT-MOKE is not only an efficient method to determine magnetic anisotropy parameters but also a good method to extract QMOKE components.

  10. Optical instrument for measurement of vaginal coating thickness by drug delivery formulations

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    Henderson, Marcus H.; Peters, Jennifer J.; Walmer, David K.; Couchman, Grace M.; Katz, David F.

    2005-03-01

    An optical device has been developed for imaging the human vaginal epithelial surfaces, and quantitatively measuring distributions of coating thickness of drug delivery formulations - such as gels - applied for prophylaxis, contraception or therapy. The device consists of a rigid endoscope contained within a 27-mm-diam hollow, polished-transparent polycarbonate tube (150 mm long) with a hemispherical cap. Illumination is from a xenon arc. The device is inserted into, and remains stationary within the vagina. A custom gearing mechanism moves the endoscope relative to the tube, so that it views epithelial surfaces immediately apposing its outer surface (i.e., 150 mm long by 360 deg. azimuthal angle). Thus, with the tube fixed relative to the vagina, the endoscope sites local regions at distinct and measurable locations that span the vaginal epithelium. The returning light path is split between a video camera and photomultiplier. Excitation and emission filters in the light path enable measurement of fluorescence of the sited region. Thus, the instrument captures video images simultaneously with photometric measurement of fluorescence of each video field [{approx}10 mm diameter; formulations are labeled with 0.1% w/w United States Pharmacoepia (USP) injectable sodium fluorescein]. Position, time and fluorescence measurements are continuously displayed (on video) and recorded (to a computer database). The photomultiplier output is digitized to quantify fluorescence of the endoscope field of view. Quantification of the thickness of formulation coating of a surface sited by the device is achieved due to the linear relationship between thickness and fluorescence intensity for biologically relevant thin layers (of the order of 0.5 mm). Summary measures of coating have been developed, focusing upon extent, location and uniformity. The device has begun to be applied in human studies of model formulations for prophylaxis against infection with HIV and other sexually

  11. Optical instrument for measurement of vaginal coating thickness by drug delivery formulations

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    Henderson, Marcus H.; Peters, Jennifer J.; Walmer, David K.; Couchman, Grace M.; Katz, David F.

    2005-03-01

    An optical device has been developed for imaging the human vaginal epithelial surfaces, and quantitatively measuring distributions of coating thickness of drug delivery formulations—such as gels—applied for prophylaxis, contraception or therapy. The device consists of a rigid endoscope contained within a 27-mm-diam hollow, polished-transparent polycarbonate tube (150mm long) with a hemispherical cap. Illumination is from a xenon arc. The device is inserted into, and remains stationary within the vagina. A custom gearing mechanism moves the endoscope relative to the tube, so that it views epithelial surfaces immediately apposing its outer surface (i.e., 150mm long by 360° azimuthal angle). Thus, with the tube fixed relative to the vagina, the endoscope sites local regions at distinct and measurable locations that span the vaginal epithelium. The returning light path is split between a video camera and photomultiplier. Excitation and emission filters in the light path enable measurement of fluorescence of the sited region. Thus, the instrument captures video images simultaneously with photometric measurement of fluorescence of each video field [˜10mm diameter; formulations are labeled with 0.1%w/w United States Pharmacoepia (USP) injectable sodium fluorescein]. Position, time and fluorescence measurements are continuously displayed (on video) and recorded (to a computer database). The photomultiplier output is digitized to quantify fluorescence of the endoscope field of view. Quantification of the thickness of formulation coating of a surface sited by the device is achieved due to the linear relationship between thickness and fluorescence intensity for biologically relevant thin layers (of the order of 0.5mm). Summary measures of coating have been developed, focusing upon extent, location and uniformity. The device has begun to be applied in human studies of model formulations for prophylaxis against infection with HIV and other sexually transmitted pathogens.

  12. Microstructure and Optical Properties of SS/Mo/Al2O3 Spectrally Selective Solar Absorber Coating

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    Gao, Xiang-Hu; Guo, Zhi-Ming; Geng, Qing-Fen; Ma, Peng-Jun; Liu, Gang

    2017-01-01

    Surface-textured Mo thin film is fabricated by magnetron sputtering through the adjustment of deposition parameters, which exhibits a high absorptance of 0.80 and a low emittance of 0.09. The single-layer Mo deposited on stainless steel (SS) is characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), ultra-high resolution scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscope and optical measurement. The controlled surface roughness combined with larger aspect ratio contributes much to the high absorptance and low emittance. Based on the SS/Mo coating, a spectrally selective coating (SS/Mo/Al2O3) is designed and fabricated. The coating shows an amorphous structure and exhibits an absorptance of 0.90 and an emittance of 0.08. Tauc-Lorentz and Drude free-electron models are used to modeling the optical properties of Al2O3 and Mo layers by phase-modulated spectroscopic ellipsometry.

  13. Microstructure and Optical Properties of SS/Mo/Al2O3 Spectrally Selective Solar Absorber Coating

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    Gao, Xiang-Hu; Guo, Zhi-Ming; Geng, Qing-Fen; Ma, Peng-Jun; Liu, Gang

    2016-11-01

    Surface-textured Mo thin film is fabricated by magnetron sputtering through the adjustment of deposition parameters, which exhibits a high absorptance of 0.80 and a low emittance of 0.09. The single-layer Mo deposited on stainless steel (SS) is characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), ultra-high resolution scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscope and optical measurement. The controlled surface roughness combined with larger aspect ratio contributes much to the high absorptance and low emittance. Based on the SS/Mo coating, a spectrally selective coating (SS/Mo/Al2O3) is designed and fabricated. The coating shows an amorphous structure and exhibits an absorptance of 0.90 and an emittance of 0.08. Tauc-Lorentz and Drude free-electron models are used to modeling the optical properties of Al2O3 and Mo layers by phase-modulated spectroscopic ellipsometry.

  14. The ion beam sputtering facility at KURRI: Coatings for advanced neutron optical devices

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    Hino, Masahiro; Oda, Tatsuro; Kitaguchi, Masaaki; Yamada, Norifumi L.; Tasaki, Seiji; Kawabata, Yuji

    2015-10-01

    We describe a film coating facility for the development of multilayer mirrors for use in neutron optical devices that handle slow neutron beams. Recently, we succeeded in fabricating a large neutron supermirror with high reflectivity using an ion beam sputtering system (KUR-IBS), as well as all neutron supermirrors in two neutron guide tubes at BL06 at J-PARC/MLF. We also realized a large flexible self-standing m=5 NiC/Ti supermirror and very small d-spacing (d=1.65 nm) multilayer sheets. In this paper, we present an overview of the performance and utility of non-magnetic neutron multilayer mirrors fabricated with the KUR-IBS

  15. Dip coated nickel zinc oxide thin films: Structural, optical and magnetic investigations

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    Kayani, Zohra Nazir; Kiran, Faiza; Riaz, Saira; Zia, Rehana; Naseem, Shahzad

    2015-01-01

    Dip-coating technique was used to deposit NiZnO thin films on glass substrates at varying withdrawal speed in the range of 150-350 mm/s and annealed at 500 °C for 4 h. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed that the deposited NiZnO thin films have a pure wurtzite structure without any significant change in the structure caused by substituting Zn ion with Ni ion. Crystallite size increased from 248 to 497 nm with increase in withdrawal speed. Vibrating Sample magnetometer (VSM) results indicated that NiZnO thin films exhibit ferromagnetic properties. Increase in saturation magnetization with increase in withdrawal speed is observed. Evaluated optical band gap of the films reduced from 3.18 eV to 2.50 eV with the increase in withdrawal speed of the substrate.

  16. Twenty-Layer Optical Disc Fabricated by Web Coating and Lamination

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    Mikami, Tatsuo; Mochizuki, Hidehiro; Sasaki, Toshio; Kitahara, Toshiyuki; Tsuyama, Hiroaki; Inoue, Kenichirou; Ito, Masaharu

    2013-09-01

    We developed a new fabrication method for multilayer optical discs for the high-throughput production of such discs. We used web coating and lamination to prepare a stacked unit. The stacked unit was a layered structure consisting of a recording layer, a UV resin layer, a recording layer, and a pressure-sensitive adhesive layer. We obtained a 20-layer disc simply by laminating the stacked units 10 times. The transmittance of the 20 recording layers was 87% owing to the high transparency of the two-photon recording material. A scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image of the disc showed a clear multilayer structure. The recording layers of the disc were recorded using a pulse laser without interlayer cross write. The thickness variation of the transparent part of the disc was within +/-2 µm, and the tilt angles of the disc satisfied the Blu-ray disc (BD) specifications.

  17. Optical coating performance for heat reflectors of JWST-ISIM electronic component

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    Quijada, Manuel A.; Bousquet, Robert; Garrison, Matt; Perrygo, Chuck; Threat, Felix; Rashford, Robert

    2008-07-01

    The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) consists of an infrared-optimized Optical Telescope Element (OTE) that is cooled down to 40 degrees Kelvin. A second adjacent component to the OTE is the Integrated Science Instrument Module, or ISIM. This module includes the electronic compartment, which provides the mounting surfaces and ambient thermally controlled environment for the instrument control electronics. Dissipating the 200 watts generated from the ISIM structure away from the OTE is of paramount importance so that the spacecraft's own heat does not interfere with the infrared light detected from distant cosmic sources. This technical challenge is overcome by a thermal subsystem unit that provides passive cooling to the ISIM control electronics. The proposed design of this thermal radiator consists of a lightweight structure made out of composite materials and low-emittance metal coatings. In this paper, we will present characterizations of the coating emittance, bidirectional reflectance, and mechanical structure design that will affect the performance of this passive cooling reflector.

  18. Optical Coating Performance and Thermal Structure Design for Heat Reflectors of JWST Electronic Control Unit

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    Quijada, Manuel A.; Threat, Felix; Garrison, Matt; Perrygo, Chuck; Bousquet, Robert; Rashford, Robert

    2008-01-01

    The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) consists of an infrared-optimized Optical Telescope Element (OTE) that is cooled down to 40 degrees Kelvin. A second adjacent component to the OTE is the Integrated Science Instrument Module, or ISIM. This module includes the electronic compartment, which provides the mounting surfaces and ambient thermally controlled environment for the instrument control electronics. Dissipating the 200 watts generated from the ISIM structure away from the OTE is of paramount importance so that the spacecraft's own heat does not interfere with the infrared light detected from distant cosmic sources. This technical challenge is overcome by a thermal subsystem unit that provides passive cooling to the ISIM control electronics. The proposed design of this thermal radiator consists of a lightweight structure made out of composite materials and low-emittance metal coatings. In this paper, we will present characterizations of the coating emittance, bidirectional reflectance, and mechanical structure design that will affect the performance of this passive cooling system.

  19. Process optimization for a 3D optical coupler and waveguide fabrication on a single substrate using buffer coat material

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    Summitt, Chris; Wang, Sunglin; Johnson, Lee; Zaverton, Melissa; Ge, Tao; Milster, Tom; Takashima, Yuzuru

    2015-03-01

    We have developed a hybrid lithography process necessary to fabricate a vertical optical coupler and an array of waveguide structures using the same buffer coat material on a single substrate. A virtual vernier scale built into the process enables precise alignment of both structures.

  20. Characterization of nodular and thermal defects in hafnia/silica multilayer coatings using optical, photothermal, and atomic force microscopy

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    Stolz, C.J.; Yoshiyama, J.M.; Salleo, A.; Wu, Z.L.; Green, J.; Krupka, R.

    1997-12-24

    Multilayer coatings manufactured from metallic hafnium and silica sources by reactive electron beam deposition, are being developed for high fluence optics in a fusion laser with a wavelength of 1053 nm and a 3 ns pulse length. Damage threshold studies have revealed a correlation between laser damage and nodular defects, but interestingly laser damage is also present in nodule-free regions. Photothermal studies of optical coatings reveal the existence of defects with strong optical absorption in nodule-free regions of the coating. A variety of microscopic techniques were employed to characterize the effects for a better understanding of the thermal properties of nodular defects and role of thermal defects in laser damage. Photothermal microscopy, utilizing the surface thermal lensing technique, was used to map the thermal characteristics of 3 mm x 3 mm areas of the coatings. High resolution subaperture scans, with a 1 pm step size and a 3 um pump beam diameter, W= conducted on the defects to characterize their photothermal properties. Optical and atomic force microscopy was used to visually identify defects and characterize their topography. The defects were then irradiated to determine the role of nodular and thermal defects in limiting the damage threshold of the multilayer.

  1. Hierarchical heterostructures of MnO2 nanosheets or nanorods grown on Au-coated Co3O4 porous nanowalls for high-performance pseudocapacitance

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    Li, Wenyao; Li, Gao; Sun, Jianqing; Zou, Rujia; Xu, Kaibing; Sun, Yangang; Chen, Zhigang; Yang, Jianmao; Hu, Junqing

    2013-03-01

    The rational design and fabrication of more multi-component (material-combination) 3D hierarchical heterostructures for high-performance pseudocapacitor applications still remains a challenge. Herein, we have designed and synthesized a 3D hierarchical heterostructure of MnO2 nanosheets or nanorods grown on an Au-coated Co3O4 porous nanowall array, resembling a sandwich configuration of Co3O4@Au@MnO2, by a facial and controllable electrochemical deposition process. Due to their unique self-assembling architecture and characteristics including porous Co3O4 nanowalls, ultrathin MnO2 nanosheets, and a high conductivity Au layer sandwiched between them, each component provides a much-needed critical function for the efficient use of metal oxides for energy storage. The synthesized 3D hierarchical heterostructures exhibited favorable electrochemical performances, such as a high specific capacitances of 851.4 F g-1 at 10 mV s-1 and 1532.4 F g-1 at 1 A g-1, good rate performance and an excellent long-term cycling stability (almost no degradation after 5000 cycles), which are better than those of the reported Co3O4 or MnO2 based electrode materials, and thus could be considered as perspective materials for high-performance electrochemical capacitors.The rational design and fabrication of more multi-component (material-combination) 3D hierarchical heterostructures for high-performance pseudocapacitor applications still remains a challenge. Herein, we have designed and synthesized a 3D hierarchical heterostructure of MnO2 nanosheets or nanorods grown on an Au-coated Co3O4 porous nanowall array, resembling a sandwich configuration of Co3O4@Au@MnO2, by a facial and controllable electrochemical deposition process. Due to their unique self-assembling architecture and characteristics including porous Co3O4 nanowalls, ultrathin MnO2 nanosheets, and a high conductivity Au layer sandwiched between them, each component provides a much-needed critical function for the efficient use of

  2. Heterostructure of ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials with magneto-optic and electro-optic effects

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    Zou, Yingyin Kevin (Inventor); Jiang, Hua (Inventor); Li, Kewen Kevin (Inventor); Guo, Xiaomei (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    A heterostructure of multiferroics or magnetoelectrics (ME) was disclosed. The film has both ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties, as well as magneto-optic (MO) and electro-optic (EO) properties. Oxide buffer layers were employed to allow grown a cracking-free heterostructure a solution coating method.

  3. Molecular imprinted polymer-coated optical fiber sensor for the identification of low molecular weight molecules.

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    Lépinay, Sandrine; Ianoul, Anatoli; Albert, Jacques

    2014-10-01

    A biomimetic optical probe for detecting low molecular weight molecules (maltol, 3-hydroxy-2-methyl-4H-pyran-4-one, molecular weight of 126.11 g/mol), was designed, fabricated, and characterized. The sensor couples a molecular imprinted polymer (MIP) and the Bragg grating refractometry technology into an optical fiber. The probe is fabricated first by inscribing tilted grating planes in the core of the fiber, and then by photopolymerization to immobilize a maltol imprinted MIP on the fiber cladding surface over the Bragg grating. The sensor response to the presence of maltol in different media is obtained by spectral interrogation of the fiber transmission signal. The results showed that the limit of detection of the sensor reached 1 ng/mL in pure water with a sensitivity of 6.3 × 10(8)pm/M. The selectivity of the sensor against other compounds and its reusability were also studied experimentally. Finally, the unambiguous detection of concentrations as little as 10nM of maltol in complex media (real food samples) by the MIP-coated tilted fiber Bragg grating sensor was demonstrated.

  4. Online single particle measurements of black carbon coatings, structure and optical properties

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    Allan, James; Liu, Dantong; Taylor, Jonathan; Flynn, Michael; Williams, Paul; Morgan, William; Whitehead, James; Alfarra, Rami; McFiggans, Gordon; Coe, Hugh

    2016-04-01

    The impacts of black carbon on meteorology and climate remain a major source of uncertainty, owing in part to the complex relationship between the bulk composition of the particulates and their optical properties. A particular complication stems from how light interacts with particles in response to the microphysical configuration and any 'coatings', i.e. non-black carbon material that is either co-emitted or subsequently obtained through atmospheric processing. This may cause the particle to more efficiently absorb or scatter light and may even change the sign of its radiative forcing potential. While much insight has been gained through measurements of bulk aerosol properties, either while suspended or after collection on a filter or impactor substrate, this does not provide a complete picture and thus may not adequately constrain the system. Here we present an overview of recent work to better constrain the properties of black carbon using online, in situ measurements of single particles, primarily using a Single Particle Soot Photometer (SP2). We have developed novel methods of inverting the data produced and combining the different metrics derived so as to give the most effective insights into black carbon sources, processes and properties. We have also used this measurement in conjunction with other instruments (sometimes in series) and used the data to challenge many commonly used models of optical properties such as core-shell Mie, Rayleigh-Debeye-Gans and effective medium. This work has been carried out in a variety of atmospheric environments and with laboratory-produced soots, e.g. from a diesel engine rig. Highlights include the finding that with real-world atmospheric aerosols, bulk optical measurements may be insufficient to derive brown carbon parameters without detailed morphological data. We also show that the enhancement of absorption for both ambient and laboratory generated particles only occurs after the coating mass fraction reaches a certain

  5. Investigation of optical property in LiInSe2 single crystal grown by Bridgman Stockbarger method using stepper translations for mid IR laser application

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    Magesh, M.; Arunkumar, A.; Vijayakumar, P.; Anandha Babu, G.; Ramasamy, P.

    2014-03-01

    LiInSe2 polycrystalline material was synthesized in a horizontal muffle furnace with the help of a mechanical motor. LiInSe2 single crystal has successfully been grown by modified Bridgman furnace using stepper translation. The grown crystal was subjected to various characterizations such as Powder X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Single crystal X-ray Diffraction, High Resolution X-ray Diffraction (HRXRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Ultraviolet-Visible-Near Infrared spectroscopy (UV-Vis-NIR), Photoluminescence and Micro Raman spectroscopy. The grown LiInSe2 crystal was confirmed by single crystal and powder X-ray diffraction analyses. The FTIR transmission of grown LiInSe2 single crystal was found to be around 80% which is being used in the field of mid Infrared laser, Lidar sensor, and optical parametric conversion. The band gap energy 1.85 eV was calculated from absorption spectrum. The cut off wave length is 617 nm for LiInSe2. The photoluminescence spectrum was observed around 598 nm at ambient temperature, corresponding energy is 2.07 eV. The structural and compositional uniformities of LiInSe2 were studied using micro-Raman scattering spectroscopy at room temperature. The insignificant change in the Full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the Г1 (W1) measured at different regions of the crystal further reveals that the composition throughout its length is fairly uniform.

  6. Effect of ZnO seed layer on the morphology and optical properties of ZnO nanorods grown on GaN buffer layers

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    Nandi, R. Mohan, S. Major, S. S.; Srinivasa, R. S.

    2014-04-24

    ZnO nanorods were grown by chemical bath deposition on sputtered, polycrystalline GaN buffer layers with and without ZnO seed layer. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction show that the ZnO nanorods on GaN buffer layers are not vertically well aligned. Photoluminescence spectrum of ZnO nanorods grown on GaN buffer layer, however exhibits a much stronger near-band-edge emission and negligible defect emission, compared to the nanorods grown on ZnO buffer layer. These features are attributed to gallium incorporation at the ZnO-GaN interface. The introduction of a thin (25 nm) ZnO seed layer on GaN buffer layer significantly improves the morphology and vertical alignment of ZnO-NRs without sacrificing the high optical quality of ZnO nanorods on GaN buffer layer. The presence of a thick (200 nm) ZnO seed layer completely masks the effect of the underlying GaN buffer layer on the morphology and optical properties of nanorods.

  7. Investigating the relationship between material properties and laser-induced damage threshold of dielectric optical coatings at 1064 nm

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    Bassiri, Riccardo; Clark, Caspar; Martin, Iain W.; Markosyan, Ashot; Murray, Peter G.; Tessmer, Joseph; Rowan, Sheila; Fejer, Martin M.

    2015-11-01

    The Laser Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT) and material properties of various multi-layer amorphous dielectric optical coatings, including Nb2O5, Ta2O5, SiO2, TiO2, ZrO2, AlN, SiN, LiF and ZnSe, have been studied. The coatings were produced by ion assisted electron beam and thermal evaporation; and RF and DC magnetron sputtering at Helia Photonics Ltd, Livingston, UK. The coatings were characterized by optical absorption measurements at 1064 nm by Photothermal Common-path Interferometry (PCI). Surface roughness and damage pits were analyzed using atomic force microscopy. LIDT measurements were carried out at 1064 nm, with a pulse duration of 9.6 ns and repetition rate of 100 Hz, in both 1000-on-1 and 1-on-1 regimes. The relationship between optical absorption, LIDT and post-deposition heat-treatment is discussed, along with analysis of the surface morphology of the LIDT damage sites showing both coating and substrate failure.

  8. 2-1/2-D electromagnetic modeling of nodular defects in high-power multilayer optical coatings

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    Molau, N.E.; Brand, H.R.; Kozlowski, M.R.; Shang, C.C.

    1996-07-01

    Advances in the design and production of high damage threshold optical coatings for use in mirrors and polarizers have been driven by the design requirements of high-power laser systems such as the proposed 1.8-MJ National Ignition Facility (NIF) and the prototype 12- kJ Beamlet laser system. The present design of the NIF will include 192 polarizers and more than 1100 mirrors. Currently, the material system of choice for high-power multilayer optical coatings with high damage threshold applications near 1.06 {mu}m are e-beam deposited HfO{sub 2}/Si0{sub 2} coatings. However, the optical performance and laser damage thresholds of these coatings are limited by micron-scale defects and insufficient control over layer thickness. In this report, we will discuss the results of our 2-1/2-D finite-element time- domain (FDTD) EM modeling effort for rotationally-symmetric nodular defects in multilayer dielectric HR coatings. We have added a new diagnostic to the 2-1/2-D FDTD EM code, AMOS, that enables us to calculate the peak steady-state electric fields throughout a 2-D planar region containing a 2-D r-z cross-section of the axisymmetric nodular defect and surrounding multilayer dielectric stack. We have also generated a series of design curves to identify the range of loss tangents for Si0{sub 2} and HfO{sub 2} consistent with the experimentally determined power loss of the HR coatings. In addition, we have developed several methods to provide coupling between the EM results and the thermal-mechanical simulation effort.

  9. A study of neutron and gamma radiation effects on transmission of various types of glasses, optical coatings, cemented optics and fiber

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    Javed Akhtar, S. M.; Ashraf, Mohammad; Khan, Shaukat Hameed

    2007-08-01

    A study of radiation effects on various types of glasses, dielectric optical coatings, cemented optics and fiber was undertaken with a view to select them for extreme radiation environments. Samples were exposed to different radiation doses in the Pakistan Research Reactor-I (PARR-I) for neutron and Cobalt 60 source for gamma irradiation. Transmissions were measured before and after irradiation. The dielectric coatings were subjected to additional tests (adhesion, abrasion and humidity, etc.) as per MIL-M-13508C and MIL-C-675C. All 15 glasses studied showed varying amounts of transmission loss as expected, with negligible degradation for three types. Recovery of transmissions with time/ageing was also studied, with more or less complete recovery with temperature annealing. A faster bleaching of darkened/brown glasses was achieved by using UV lamps or UV laser. The dielectric coatings (HR, AR) and one of the two commercial optical cements showed excellent resistance to neutrons and gamma radiations, and could be good candidates for the fabrication and utilization of optical components in extreme radiation environments. The data allowed several Chinese glasses to be studied for the first time.

  10. Strip Coating Metrology on Large Scale Telescope Optics: Scalable Cost Saving Preventative Maintenance with First Contact Polymer

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    Hamilton, J.

    2012-09-01

    Protection and cleaning of precision optical surfaces on large scale astronomical instruments has entered a new era. First surface mirrors have been restored to "like-new" condition avoiding the expense and downtime of recoating. Nearly 10 years of testing and evaluation at a variety of sites including optics at Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Canada France Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) and the W.M Keck Telescope on Mauna Kea, have yielded impressive results: restored reflectivity, no residue, insitu cleaning and better coating performance when used as a precleaner when coating. Metrology and research in our labs has resulted in these novel, commercially available polymeric stripcoatings that are applied as a liquid and subsequently peeled off the substrate as a solid film. These designer polymer solutions safely clean and protect a wide variety of nanostructured surfaces and leave the surface almost atomically clean. Contaminant removal was monitored by a variety of techniques including Reflectivity, Nomarski, Atomic Force and Scanning Electron Microscopy as well as XPS. In addition, data demonstrates that the material safely removes particulate contamination and finger oils from nanostructures such as the 300nm wide lines on diffraction gratings and similar submicron features on Si wafers. High power laser damage testing found no residue on the optical surfaces following dried film removal and YAG laser damage thresholds after cleaning on coated BK7 of 15J/cm2 at 20ns and 20Hz were unchanged. Additionally to these adhesion tunable polymer systems, nanotube and graphene doped, ESD free polymer strip coatings for surface protection, nanoreplication, cleaning and dust mitigation have also been developed. Our coatings have been successfully used on diverse surfaces like high power laser optics, the Hope Diamond in Washington DC, CCD s for the 520 megapixel Dark Energy Survey Camera being built at Fermilab and lithographically fabbed detector surfaces for the Cryogenic Dark

  11. Soft x-ray response of the x-ray CCD camera directly coated with optical blocking layer

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    Ikeda, S.; Kohmura, T.; Kawai, K.; Kaneko, K.; watanabe, T.; Tsunemi, H.; Hayashida, K.; Anabuki, N.; Nakajima, H.; Ueda, S.; Tsuru, T. G.; Dotani, T.; Ozaki, M.; Matsuta, K.; Fujinaga, T.; Kitamoto, S.; Murakami, H.; Hiraga, J.; Mori, K.; ASTRO-H SXI Team

    2012-03-01

    We have developed the back-illuminated X-ray CCD camera (BI-CCD) to observe Xray in space. The X-ray CCD has a sensitivity not only for in X-ray but also in both Optical and UV light, X-ray CCD has to equip a filter to cut off optical light as well as UV light. The X-ray Imaging Spectrometer (XIS) onboard Suzaku satellite equipped with a thin film (OBF: Optical Blocking Filter) to cut off optical light and UV light. OBF is always in danger tearing by the acousmato or vibration during the launch, and it is difficult to handle on the ground because of its thickness. Instead of OBF, we have newly developed and produced OBL (Optical Blocking Layer), which is directly coating on the X-ray CCD surface.

  12. Automating quality assurance of digital linear accelerators using a radioluminescent phosphor coated phantom and optical imaging

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    Jenkins, Cesare H.; Naczynski, Dominik J.; Yu, Shu-Jung S.; Yang, Yong; Xing, Lei

    2016-09-01

    Performing mechanical and geometric quality assurance (QA) tests for medical linear accelerators (LINAC) is a predominantly manual process that consumes significant time and resources. In order to alleviate this burden this study proposes a novel strategy to automate the process of performing these tests. The autonomous QA system consists of three parts: (1) a customized phantom coated with radioluminescent material; (2) an optical imaging system capable of visualizing the incidence of the radiation beam, light field or lasers on the phantom; and (3) software to process the captured signals. The radioluminescent phantom, which enables visualization of the radiation beam on the same surface as the light field and lasers, is placed on the couch and imaged while a predefined treatment plan is delivered from the LINAC. The captured images are then processed to self-calibrate the system and perform measurements for evaluating light field/radiation coincidence, jaw position indicators, cross-hair centering, treatment couch position indicators and localizing laser alignment. System accuracy is probed by intentionally introducing errors and by comparing with current clinical methods. The accuracy of self-calibration is evaluated by examining measurement repeatability under fixed and variable phantom setups. The integrated system was able to automatically collect, analyze and report the results for the mechanical alignment tests specified by TG-142. The average difference between introduced and measured errors was 0.13 mm. The system was shown to be consistent with current techniques. Measurement variability increased slightly from 0.1 mm to 0.2 mm when the phantom setup was varied, but no significant difference in the mean measurement value was detected. Total measurement time was less than 10 minutes for all tests as a result of automation. The system’s unique features of a phosphor-coated phantom and fully automated, operator independent self-calibration offer the

  13. Rapid localized heating of graphene coating on a silicon mold by induction for precision molding of polymer optics.

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    Zhang, Lin; Zhou, Wenchen; Yi, Allen Y

    2017-04-01

    In compression molding of polymer optical components with micro/nanoscale surface features, rapid heating of the mold surface is critical for the implementation of this technology for large-scale applications. In this Letter, a novel method of a localized rapid heating process is reported. This process is based on induction heating of a thin conductive coating deposited on a silicon mold. Since the graphene coating is very thin (∼45  nm), a high heating rate of 10∼20°C/s can be achieved by employing a 1200 W 30 kHz electrical power unit. Under this condition, the graphene-coated surface and the polymer substrate can be heated above the polymer's glass transition temperature within 30 s and subsequently cooled down to room temperature within several tens of seconds after molding, resulting in an overall thermal cycle of about 3 min or shorter. The feasibility of this process was validated by fabrication of optical gratings, micropillar matrices, and microlens arrays on polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) substrates with very high precision. The uniformity and surface geometries of the replicated optical elements are evaluated using an optical profilometer, a diffraction test setup, and a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor built with a molded PMMA microlens array. Compared with the conventional bulk heating molding process, this novel rapid localized induction heating process could improve replication efficiency with better geometrical fidelity.

  14. The impact of different cleaning processes on the laser damage threshold of antireflection coatings for Z-Backlighter optics at Sandia National Laboratories

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    Field, Ella; Bellum, John; Kletecka, Damon

    2014-09-01

    The Z-Backlighter lasers at Sandia National Laboratories are kilojoule class, pulsed systems operating with ns pulse lengths at 527 nm and ns and sub-ps pulse lengths at 1054 nm (www.z-beamlet.sandia.gov), and are linked to the most powerful and energetic x-ray source in the world, the Z-Accelerator (http://www.sandia.gov/z-machine/). An important Z-Backlighter optic is a flat, fused silica optic measuring 32.5 cm × 32.5 cm × 1 cm with an antireflection (AR) coating on both sides. It is used as a debris shield to protect other Z-Backlighter laser optics from high-velocity particles released by the experiments conducted in the Z-Accelerator. Each experiment conducted in the Z-Accelerator releases enough debris to cloud the surface of a debris shield, which means that a debris shield cannot be used for more than one experiment. Every year, the large optics coating facility [1] at Sandia provides AR coatings for approximately 50 debris shields, in addition to AR coatings for numerous other meter-class Z-Backlighter lenses and windows. As with all Z-Backlighter optical coatings, these AR coatings must have a high laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) in order to withstand the powerful Z-Backlighter laser fluences. Achieving a good LIDT depends not only on the coating deposition processes but also on the polishing and cleaning processes used to prepare the coated and uncoated surfaces [2]. We spend a lot of time, both before and after the coatings have been deposited, manually cleaning the optics, including the debris shields, even though they are an expendable type of optic. Therefore, in this study we have tested new cleaning methods in addition to our current method to determine their impact on the LIDT of AR coatings, and conclude whether a shorter-duration or less labor-intensive cleaning process would suffice.

  15. Low Temperature Grown and Highly Non-Stoichiometric GaAs and Related Materials

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1994-08-03

    39841983). excess Vca present in the material. This model is 5. R. Coates and E.W.J. Mitchell, Ad’. in Phvs. 24, 593419754. general and could be...Schottky barrier height 21. R. Coates and E.W. J. Mitchell, J. Phys. C: Solid State Phys. modification,17 and use in the base of AlGaAs/GaAs 5, L113 (1972...external electro-optic sampling probe. The annealing, for the samples grown at the lower tem- detectors, which did not have anti-reflection coatings

  16. Estimation of the end-of-life optical properties of Z-93 thermal control coating for the Space Station Freedom

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    Hasegawa, Mark M.; Babel, Hank W.

    1992-01-01

    This paper describes an approach to estimating the 30-year end-of-life optical properties of Z-93 white, thermal control coating on the Space Station Freedom. Estimations of the 30-year end-of-life properties of thermal control coatings are necessary for sizing the thermal radiators. The available flight and ground data and computer generated contamination models are used to predict the effects of ground handling, exposure to UV radiation, and on-orbit contamination on the optical properties of Z-93. The solar absorptance for portions of the thermal control system radiator surfaces is predicted to change from 0.15 to 0.36 after 30 years of low earth orbit environmental exposure. The infrared emittance is predicted to change from 0.92 to 0.90.

  17. Optical Interference Coatings Design Contest 2013: angle-independent color mirror and shortwave infrared/midwave infrared dichroic beam splitter.

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    Hendrix, Karen; Kruschwitz, Jennifer D T; Keck, Jason

    2014-02-01

    An angle-independent color mirror and an infrared dichroic beam splitter were the subjects of a design contest held in conjunction with the 2013 Optical Interference Coatings topical meeting of the Optical Society of America. A total of 17 designers submitted 63 designs, 22 for Problem A and 41 for Problem B. The submissions were created through a wide spectrum of design approaches and optimization strategies. Michael Trubetskov and Weidong Shen won the first contest by submitting color mirror designs with a zero color difference (ΔE00) between normal incidence and all other incidence angles up to 60° as well as the thinnest design. Michael Trubetskov also won the second contest by submitting beam-splitter designs that met the required transmission while having the lowest mechanical coating stress and thinnest design. Fabien Lemarchand received the second-place finish for the beam-splitter design. The submitted designs are described and evaluated.

  18. Nanoimprint of large-area optical gratings on a conventional photoresist using a teflon-coated nanoimprint mold

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    Jugessur, A. S.; Zhang, A.; Lyu, Y.

    2016-03-01

    Nanoimprint Lithography is a promising high-throughput technology for the fabrication of optical nanostructures over large areas in the centimeter range. However, there are limitations (cost, proprietary and tool specific) of the commercial transfer resist. In this work, the photo-resist AZ1518 is investigated as a viable nanoimprint resist mask with a tefloncoated silicon mold. The results are comparable with a commercial nanoimprint resist. To our knowledge, the application of a conventional photoresist as the nanoimprint mask with teflon-coated mold is novel, providing a critical solution for cost-effective, flexible and high-throughput fabrication of optical nanostructures over large areas. Periodic gratings with lateral width of 100 nm and 200 nm pitch have been fabricated using this approach. The nanoimprint process parameters (pressure and temperature) are optimized to improve the release of the mold from the resist. In addition, the Teflon-coated mold improves the release process to avoid tearing of the mask.

  19. Developing materials for depositing the coatings of optical items of lasers for the visible and near-IR regions

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    Zinchenko, V. F.; Efryushina, N. P.; Kocherba, G. I.; Gal'Kevich, E. P.; Sobol', V. P.; Gorshteĭn, B. A.

    2006-12-01

    This paper discusses the problem of predicting and creating materials based on the oxides of metals for interference coatings of laser optics. It is shown that the energy parameter of metal-oxygen bonds plays a role in forming the strength characteristics of oxide layers. The fact of partial thermal dissociation of oxide materials during vacuum evaporation is established by the methods of diffuse reflection spectroscopy and x-ray phase analysis. The use of rare-earth oxides as additives promotes the compositional stabilization of the materials. The refractive index of the layers lies within the limits 2.0-2.3, while the scattering coefficient is 0.05-0.17%. It is shown that the optical parameters of the coatings can be further improved by optimizing the conditions under which they are deposited and the composition of the materials.

  20. GeO2-SiO2-chitosan-medium-coated hollow optical fiber for cell immobilization.

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    Zhong, Nian-Bing; Zhu, Xun; Liao, Qiang; Wang, Yong-Zhong; Chen, Rong

    2013-08-15

    A GeO(2)-SiO(2)-chitosan-medium (GSCM)-coated hollow optical fiber (HOF) is proposed. The HOF consists of three parts: the fiber core (air), cladding (SiO(2)), and coating (GSCM), which shows the highest refractive index of the three. The HOF's luminescence properties and surface morphology are investigated. Their adsorption capacity for Rhodopseudomonas palustris CQK 01 is also assayed. We discovered that when the amount of 2GeO(2)-SiO(2) sol dopant is 0.9 mass percent, the HOF exhibits the highest luminous intensity and uniform light distribution, and the adsorption capacity for the cell is 3.2 times higher than that of a normal solid optical fiber.

  1. Optical properties and tunable laser action of Verneuil-grown single crystals of Al2O3:Ti3+

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    Moncorge, R.; Boulon, G.; Vivien, D.; Lejus, A. M.; Collongues, R.

    1988-06-01

    Using the Verneuil technique, the authors have grown large single crystals of Al2O3:Ti3+ having concentrations up to 0.15 percent. Laser action was observed in this material, tunable over the range 700-810 nm. Losses in the 800-nm region are less than 0.03/cm (below the detection limit in the measurements).

  2. Optical method and apparatus for detection of defects and microstructural changes in ceramics and ceramic coatings

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    Ellingson, William A.; Todd, Judith A.; Sun, Jiangang

    2001-01-01

    Apparatus detects defects and microstructural changes in hard translucent materials such as ceramic bulk compositions and ceramic coatings such as after use under load conditions. The beam from a tunable laser is directed onto the sample under study and light reflected by the sample is directed to two detectors, with light scattered with a small scatter angle directed to a first detector and light scattered with a larger scatter angle directed to a second detector for monitoring the scattering surface. The sum and ratio of the two detector outputs respectively provide a gray-scale, or "sum" image, and an indication of the lateral spread of the subsurface scatter, or "ratio" image. This two detector system allows for very high speed crack detection for on-line, real-time inspection of damage in ceramic components. Statistical image processing using a digital image processing approach allows for the quantative discrimination of the presence and distribution of small flaws in a sample while improving detection reliability. The tunable laser allows for the penetration of the sample to detect defects from the sample's surface to the laser's maximum depth of penetration. A layered optical fiber directs the incoming laser beam to the sample and transmits each scattered signal to a respective one of the two detectors.

  3. Fibre optic chemical sensor based on graphene oxide-coated long period grating

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    Liu, Chen; Cai, Qi; Sun, Zhongyuan; Xu, Baojian; Zhao, Jianlong; Zhang, Lin; Chen, Xianfeng

    2016-05-01

    In this work, a graphene oxide-coated long period fibre grating (GO-LPG) is proposed for chemical sensing application. Graphene oxide (GO) has been deposited on the surface of long period grating to form a sensing layer which significantly enhances the interaction between LPG propagating light and the surrounding-medium. The sensing mechanism of GO-LPG relies on the change of grating resonance intensity against surrounding-medium refractive index (SRI). The proposed GO-LPG has been used to measure the concentrations of sugar aqueous solutions. The refractive index sensitivities with 99.5 dB/RIU in low refractive index region (1.33-1.35) and 320.6 dB/RIU in high index region (1.42-1.44) have been achieved, showing an enhancement by a factor of 3.2 and 6.8 for low and high index regions, respectively. The proposed GO-LPG can be further extended to the development of optical biochemical sensor with advantages of high sensitivity, real-time and label-free sensing.

  4. Structural and optical characterisation of tin dioxide thin films by sol-gel dip coating technique

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    Lekshmy, S. Sujatha; Berlin, I. John; Maneeshya, L. V.; Anitha; Joy, K.

    2015-02-01

    Tin oxide (SnO2) thin films were deposited on quartz substrates using sol-gel dip coating technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern indicated that the film annealed in air at 350°C was amorphous in nature, whereas, the films annealed in oxygen atmosphere at 350°C showed crystalline phase. The films were further annealed in oxygen atmosphere at 450°C and 550°C. All the diffraction peaks can be indexed to the tetragonal phase of SnO2 The surface morphology (SEM) showed that surface of all films were continuous and without micro cracks. The Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDXS) spectra indicated an increase in the concentration of oxygen content with increase in annealing temperature. The energy band gap value for the film annealed in air was 3.88 eV. The optical band gap increased to 4.05 eV when annealed in O2 atmosphere. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed the presence of emission peaks in UV region and visible region of the electromagnetic spectra. Transparent oxide semiconductor SnO2 film finds potential application as an active channel layer for transparent thin film transistor.

  5. High Sensitivity Refractometer Based on TiO₂-Coated Adiabatic Tapered Optical Fiber via ALD Technology.

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    Zhu, Shan; Pang, Fufei; Huang, Sujuan; Zou, Fang; Guo, Qiang; Wen, Jianxiang; Wang, Tingyun

    2016-08-15

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology is introduced to fabricate a high sensitivity refractometer based on an adiabatic tapered optical fiber. Different thicknesses of titanium dioxide (TiO₂) nanofilm were coated around the tapered fiber precisely and uniformly under different deposition cycles. Attributed to the higher refractive index of the TiO₂ nanofilm compared to that of silica, an asymmetric Fabry-Perot (F-P) resonator could be constructed along the fiber taper. The central wavelength of the F-P resonator could be controlled by adjusting the thickness of the TiO₂ nanofilm. Such a F-P resonator is sensitive to changes in the surrounding refractive index (SRI), which is utilized to realize a high sensitivity refractometer. The refractometer developed by depositing 50.9-nm-thickness TiO₂ on the tapered fiber shows SRI sensitivity as high as 7096 nm/RIU in the SRI range of 1.3373-1.3500. Due to TiO₂'s advantages of high refractive index, lack of toxicity, and good biocompatibility, this refractometer is expected to have wide applications in the biochemical sensing field.

  6. Microscopic characteristics of the Ag(111)/ZnO(0001) interface present in optical coatings

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    Lin, Zheshuai; Bristowe, Paul D.

    2007-05-01

    A first-principles computational method is used to investigate the microscopic properties of the Ag(111)/ZnO(0001) interface that is often present in optical coatings designed for solar-control windows. The mechanical stability of the interface is important and therefore the ideal work of separation has been calculated for several structural variants of the interface which have different lattice mismatches and in-plane orientations. The process by which silver atoms are deposited, cluster, and form layers on the ZnO(0001) surface has also been studied. It is found that interfaces with the O-terminated ZnO surface are stronger than those with the Zn-terminated surface. In addition, incoherent interfaces with small lattice mismatch and minimal strain are preferred. In particular, the large period (9×8) Ag/ZnO coincidence superstructure (0.1% mismatch) is found to have a significantly higher work of separation than the coherent (1×1) interface (11% mismatch). A rotated variant of the interface (2×√3) R30 (2.6% mismatch) has a work of separation that is comparable with the coincidence superstructure. Both the (9×8) and (2×√3) R30 Ag/ZnO interfaces have been observed in deposition experiments and which one is seen depends on the ambient conditions and strain state of the interface. The calculated works of separation are consistent with measured works of adhesion obtained from cantilever beam experiments.

  7. A fiber optic biosensor for the detection of cholesterol levels based on chitosan coated long period grating

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    Mathews, C. Bobby; Libish, T. M.; Kaushalkumar, B.; Vivek, V.; Prabhu, Radhakrishna; Radhakrishnan, P.

    2016-01-01

    A fiber optic sensor for the measurement of total cholesterol is designed and developed. The developed chitosan coated long period grating (LPG) sensor shows a sensitivity of 5.025×106 pm·mL/g in the measurement range of the sensor. The sensor also shows a linear response in the measured range of cholesterol levels, which is highly desirable for exploitation as a commercial cholesterol sensor.

  8. Dependence of laser radiation intensity on the elastic deformation of a revolving optical disk with a reflective coating

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    Gladyshev, V. O.; Portnov, D. I.

    2016-12-01

    The physical mechanism of alteration of intensity of linearly polarized monochromatic electromagnetic radiation with λ = 630 nm in a revolving dielectric disk with a mirror coating is examined. The effect is induced by elastic deformation due to the revolution and by thermoelastic deformation of the optically transparent disk. These deformations result in birefringence, the polarization plane rotation, and a 30-40% change in the intensity of reflected radiation.

  9. All-optical switching with bacteriorhodopsin protein coated microcavities and its application to low power computing circuits

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    Roy, Sukhdev; Prasad, Mohit; Topolancik, Juraj; Vollmer, Frank

    2010-03-01

    We show all-optical switching of an input infrared laser beam at 1310 nm by controlling the photoinduced retinal isomerization to tune the resonances in a silica microsphere coated with three bacteriorhodopsin (BR) protein monolayers. The all-optical tunable resonant coupler re-routes the infrared beam between two tapered fibers in 50 μs using a low power (<200 μW) green (532 nm) and blue (405 nm) pump beams. The basic switching configuration has been used to design all-optical computing circuits, namely, half and full adder/subtractor, de-multiplexer, multiplexer, and an arithmetic unit. The design requires 2n-1 switches to realize n bit computation. The designs combine the exceptional sensitivities of BR and high-Q microcavities and the versatile tree architecture for realizing low power circuits and networks (approximately mW power budget). The combined advantages of high Q-factor, tunability, compactness, and low power control signals, with the flexibility of cascading switches to form circuits, and reversibility and reconfigurability to realize arithmetic and logic functions, makes the designs promising for practical applications. The designs are general and can be implemented (i) in both fiber-optic and integrated optic formats, (ii) with any other coated photosensitive material, or (iii) any externally controlled microresonator switch.

  10. Experimental observations on the response of 1(st) and 2(nd) order fibre optic long period grating coupling bands to the deposition of nanostructured coatings.

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    James, Stephen W; Cheung, C S; Tatam, Ralph P

    2007-10-01

    The sensitivity of attenuation bands corresponding to the 2(nd) order coupling to cladding modes by a fibre optic long period grating (LPG) to the deposition of nanostructured coatings is investigated and compared with that of the 1(st) order coupling. The experimental observations support previously reported theoretical descriptions of LPGs with nanoscale coatings.

  11. High-compactness coating grown by plasma electrolytic oxidation on AZ31 magnesium alloy in the solution of silicate-borax

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    Shen, M. J.; Wang, X. J.; Zhang, M. F.

    2012-10-01

    A ceramic coating was formed on the surface of AZ31 magnesium alloy by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) in the silicate solution with and without borax doped. The composition, morphology, elements and roughness as well as mechanical property of the coating were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and reciprocal-sliding tribometer. The results show that the PEO coating is mainly composed of magnesia. When using borax dope, boron element is permeating into the coating and the boron containing phase exist in the form of amorphous. In addition, the microhardness and compactness of the PEO coating are improved significantly due to doped borax.

  12. 1.55 {mu}m GaAs/GaNAsSb/GaAs optical waveguides grown by radio frequency nitrogen plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Tan, K. H.; Yoon, S. F.; Loke, W. K.; Wicaksono, S.; Xu, Z.; Ng, T. K.; Lew, K. L.; Saadsaoud, N.; Zegaoui, M.; Decoster, D.; Chazelas, J.

    2008-03-17

    We demonstrate a 1.55 {mu}m GaAs/GaNAsSb/GaAs optical waveguide grown by molecular beam epitaxy as an alternative to the AlGaAs/GaAs system. The 0.4-{mu}m-thick GaNAsSb guiding layer contains {approx}3.5% of N and 9% of Sb, resulting in optical band gap of 0.88 eV. The refractive index of the GaNAsSb layer was measured from 800 to 1700 nm. The GaNAsSb layer has a refractive index value of 3.42 at 1.55 {mu}m wavelength. The propagation loss measured using the Fabry-Perot resonance method was found to be affected by nitrogen-related defect absorption.

  13. Spatially correlated structural and optical characterization of a single InGaAs quantum well fin selectively grown on Si by microscopy and cathodoluminescence techniques

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    David, S.; Roque, J.; Rochat, N.; Bernier, N.; Piot, L.; Alcotte, R.; Cerba, T.; Martin, M.; Moeyaert, J.; Bogumilowizc, Y.; Arnaud, S.; Bertin, F.; Bassani, F.; Baron, T.

    2016-05-01

    Structural and optical properties of InGaAs quantum well fins (QWFs) selectively grown on Si using the aspect ratio trapping (ART) method in 200 nm deep SiO2 trenches are studied. A new method combining cathodoluminescence, transmission electron microscopy, and precession electron diffraction techniques is developed to spatially correlate the presence of defects and/or strain with the light emission properties of a single InGaAs QWF. Luminescence losses and energy shifts observed at the nanoscale along InGaAs QWF are correlated with structural defects. We show that strain distortions measured around threading dislocations delimit both high and low luminescent areas. We also show that trapped dislocations on SiO2 sidewalls can also result in additional distortions. Both behaviors affect optical properties of QWF at the nanoscale. Our study highlights the need to improve the ART growth method to allow integration of new efficient III-V optoelectronic components on Si.

  14. Structural, optical, thermal, mechanical and dielectrical characterizations of γ-glycine crystals grown in strontium chloride solution

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    Helina, B.; Selvarajan, P.; Rose, A. S. J. Lucia

    2012-05-01

    γ-glycine (GG) was synthesized from α-glycine in an aqueous solution of strontium chloride. A solubility study of the synthesized GG sample was conducted at various temperatures ranging from 30 to 55 °C. The saturated solution of GG was prepared using solubility data, and single crystals of GG were grown over a period of three weeks by the slow evaporation method at room temperature. The grown GG crystals were characterized by single-crystal x-ray diffraction analysis, UV-visible transmittance studies, thermogravimetric/differential thermal analysis studies, dielectric studies and Fourier transform infrared studies. The mechanical behavior of the crystals was assessed by Vickers microhardness measurements. The second-harmonic generation efficiency of the sample was measured using a Nd:YAG laser and the value was observed to be larger than that of potassium dihydrogen orthophosphate (KDP).

  15. Influence of growth temperature on electrical, optical, and plasmonic properties of aluminum:zinc oxide films grown by radio frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Dondapati, Hareesh; Santiago, Kevin; Pradhan, A. K.

    2013-10-14

    We have investigated the responsible mechanism for the observation of metallic conductivity at room temperature and metal-semiconductor transition (MST) at lower temperatures for aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) films. AZO films were grown on glass substrates by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering with varying substrate temperatures (T{sub s}). The films were found to be crystalline with the electrical resistivity close to 1.1 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm and transmittance more than 85% in the visible region. The saturated optical band gap of 3.76 eV was observed for the sample grown at T{sub s} of 400 °C, however, a slight decrease in the bandgap was noticed above 400 °C, which can be explained by Burstein–Moss effect. Temperature dependent resistivity measurements of these highly conducting and transparent films showed a MST at ∼110 K. The observed metal-like and metal-semiconductor transitions are explained by taking into account the Mott phase transition and localization effects due to defects. All AZO films demonstrate crossover in permittivity from positive to negative and low loss in the near-infrared region, illustrating its applications for plasmonic metamaterials, including waveguides for near infrared telecommunication region. Based on the results presented in this study, the low electrical resistivity and high optical transmittance of AZO films suggested a possibility for the application in the flexible electronic devices, such as transparent conducting oxide film on LEDs, solar cells, and touch panels.

  16. Influence of growth temperature on electrical, optical, and plasmonic properties of aluminum:zinc oxide films grown by radio frequency magnetron sputtering

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    Dondapati, Hareesh; Santiago, Kevin; Pradhan, A. K.

    2013-10-01

    We have investigated the responsible mechanism for the observation of metallic conductivity at room temperature and metal-semiconductor transition (MST) at lower temperatures for aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) films. AZO films were grown on glass substrates by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering with varying substrate temperatures (Ts). The films were found to be crystalline with the electrical resistivity close to 1.1 × 10-3 Ω cm and transmittance more than 85% in the visible region. The saturated optical band gap of 3.76 eV was observed for the sample grown at Ts of 400 °C, however, a slight decrease in the bandgap was noticed above 400 °C, which can be explained by Burstein-Moss effect. Temperature dependent resistivity measurements of these highly conducting and transparent films showed a MST at ˜110 K. The observed metal-like and metal-semiconductor transitions are explained by taking into account the Mott phase transition and localization effects due to defects. All AZO films demonstrate crossover in permittivity from positive to negative and low loss in the near-infrared region, illustrating its applications for plasmonic metamaterials, including waveguides for near infrared telecommunication region. Based on the results presented in this study, the low electrical resistivity and high optical transmittance of AZO films suggested a possibility for the application in the flexible electronic devices, such as transparent conducting oxide film on LEDs, solar cells, and touch panels.

  17. Anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11–22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using double AlN buffer layers

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    Zhao, Guijuan; Wang, Lianshan; Yang, Shaoyan; Li, Huijie; Wei, Hongyuan; Han, Dongyue; Wang, Zhanguo

    2016-01-01

    We report the anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11–22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using a three-step growth method which consisted of a low temperature AlN buffer layer, followed by a high temperature AlN buffer layer and GaN growth. By introducing double AlN buffer layers, we substantially improve the crystal and optical qualities of semi-polar (11–22) GaN, and significantly reduce the density of stacking faults and dislocations. The high resolution x-ray diffraction measurement revealed that the in-plane anisotropic structural characteristics of GaN layer are azimuthal dependent. Transmission electron microscopy analysis showed that the majority of dislocations in the GaN epitaxial layer grown on m-sapphire are the mixed-type and the orientation of GaN layer was rotated 58.4° against the substrate. The room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed the PL intensity and wavelength have polarization dependence along parallel and perpendicular to the [1–100] axis (polarization degrees ~ 0.63). The realization of a high polarization semi-polar GaN would be useful to achieve III-nitride based lighting emission device for displays and backlighting. PMID:26861595

  18. Optical and surface characterization of amorphous boron nitride thin films for use as blood compatible coatings

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    Lousinian, S.; Kalfagiannis, N.; Logothetidis, S.

    2009-10-01

    The aim of this work is the investigation of the haemocompatibility properties of homogeneous and amorphous boron nitride (a-BN) thin films, through the adsorption of two basic blood plasma proteins, human serum albumin (HSA) and fibrinogen (Fib). The a-BN thin films were grown onto c-Si(100) substrates under different values of substrate bias voltage, employing the radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering technique. For the consideration of the optical, compositional and structural properties of the films, Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (SE) in the Vis-UV spectral region was used, while for the study of surface topography and surface charge distribution as well as of the wetting properties of the a-BN thin films, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Electric Force Microscopy (EFM) and Contact Angle measurements were additionally employed. The properties of the thin films were correlated with their haemocompatibility, through the estimation of the ratio of HSA/Fib surface concentration. The sp 3 content of the samples does not seem to correlate with the haemocompatibility of the a-BN thin films. However, the surface properties determine the thrombogenicity potential of the studied samples. More precisely, the a-BN films with a less negatively charged surface exhibit the smallest possibility of clot formation, possibly due to the interactions between the charged chains of the Fib molecules and the a-BN surface, while slight changes in the surface roughness do not affect their haemocompatibility properties. The wetting properties determine the thickness of the adsorbed Fib as well as the ratio of HSA/Fib surface concentration.

  19. Electrochromic nanostructures grown on a silicon nanowire template.

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    Kim, Yuna; Baek, Jehoon; Kim, Myoung-Ha; Choi, Heon-Jin; Kim, Eunkyoung

    2008-09-01

    Vertically grown Si nanowires were prepared as a nanotemplate for conducting polymers. Electrochromic (EC) PEDOT (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)) layer was successfully grown on Si nanowires by electrochemical polymerization method to form PEDOT nanowires having average wall thickness of approximately 60 nm. As-prepared conductive nanowire electrode was applied to a low voltage working EC device by fabricating an all solid state EC device. The EC properties of the device were enhanced in the nanowire structure, showing reversible fast optical transition by applying +/-2 V. The response time (t(R)) of the EC device from the PEDOT grown on Si nanowires was approximately 0.7 s, which was much faster than that from PEDOT film coated on ITO glass electrochemically (t(R)=1.9 s).

  20. Characteristic study on volatile organic compounds optical fiber sensor with zeolite thin film-coated spherical end

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    Wu, Binqing; Zhao, Chunliu; Kang, Juan; Wang, Dongning

    2017-03-01

    In this paper, characteristic of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) optical fiber sensor with zeolite thin film-coated spherical end were investigated detailedly. The zeolite film and spherical end constituted an arc-shaped inline Fabry-Perot (F-P) cavity, and VOCs were measured by monitoring the wavelength shift of F-P interference which induced by the VOCs molecule adsorption of the zeolite film. The responses of the optical fiber sensor for monitoring isopropanol and formaldehyde were observed and especially observing the response of the optical fiber sensor in the mixed VOCs state. Experimental results show that the sensitivities of the optical fiber sensor for monitoring isopropanol and formaldehyde are 281.9 pm/ppm and 4.99 pm/ppm, respectively. The optical fiber sensor is more suitable for isopropanol measurement than formaldehyde. In the mixed VOCs state, the characteristic of the optical fiber sensor for isopropanol measurement is slightly changed when the air chamber is mixed with low concentration of formaldehyde, but the optical fiber sensor is still effective for isopropanol measurement.

  1. Investigation of non-quarter wave design on multilayer optical thin film coatings from a heat transfer point of view

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    Ocak, Mustafa; Sert, Cüneyt; Okutucu, Tuba Ö.

    2013-11-01

    In this study multilayer thin film optical coatings, which are indispensable parts of optical systems are investigated from a heat transfer point of view. Laser irradiation induced temperature distribution on a multilayer coating stack is obtained by discretizing the heat diffusion equation using the finite volume method. In order to obtain mathematical representation of the energy flow and Electric Field Intensity (EFI) through the stack, Maxwell equations are solved by using the commercial software MacLeod®. Laser energy, which is absorbed by the multilayer stack in terms of heat, is calculated as a function of space and time by using the computed EFI, coating materials' optical properties and Gaussian laser beam parameters. Computed heat load is used in the finite volume solver ANSYS FLUENT® through a user defined function. Temperature distribution on a 19 layer HR multilayer coating stack irradiated by 1064 nm laser beam are obtained for both quarter wave and non-quarter wave designed configurations. Results of numerical simulations show that maximum temperature rise is seen in the first high index layer for quarter wave design (QWD). In addition to that, high temperatures are also seen in film/film interfaces, which is associated to both EFI distribution on the stack and wide differences in material properties between high and low index film layers. Non-quarter wave design (NQWD) is seen to be successful in decreasing temperatures at high index layers and at film/film interfaces. But it also changes the EFI distribution inside the multilayer stack, increasing absorbed laser energy and resulting in higher temperatures at modified low index layers.

  2. Optical Coating Performance for Heat Reflectors of the JWST-ISIM Electronic Component

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    Rashford, Robert A.; Perrygo, Charles M.; Garrison, Matthew B.; White, Bryant K.; Threat, Felix T.; Quijada, Manuel A.; Jeans, James W.; Huber, Frank K.; Bousquet, Robert R.; Shaw, Dave

    2011-01-01

    A document discusses a thermal radiator design consisting of lightweight composite materials and low-emittance metal coatings for use on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) structure. The structure will have a Thermal Subsystem unit to provide passive cooling to the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) control electronics. The ISIM, in the JWST observatory, is the platform that provides the mounting surfaces for the instrument control electronics. Dissipating the control electronic generated-heat away from JWST is of paramount importance so that the spacecraft s own heat does not interfere with the infrared-light gathering of distant cosmic sources. The need to have lateral control in the emission direction of the IEC (ISIM Electronics Compartment) radiators led to the development of a directional baffle design that uses multiple curved mirrorlike surfaces. This concept started out from the so-called Winston non-imaging optical concentrators that use opposing parabolic reflector surfaces, where each parabola has its focus at the opposite edge of the exit aperture. For this reason they are often known as compound parabolic concentrators or CPCs. This radiator system with the circular section was chosen for the IEC reflectors because it offers two advantages over other designs. The first is that the area of the reflector strips for a given radiator area is less, which results in a lower mass baffle assembly. Secondly, the fraction of energy emitted by the radiator strips and subsequently reflected by the baffle is less. These fewer reflections reduced the amount of energy that is absorbed and eventually re-emitted, typically in a direction outside the design emission range angle. A baffle frame holds the mirrors in position above a radiator panel on the IEC. Together, these will direct the majority of the heat from the IEC above the sunshield away towards empty space.

  3. Azo-derivatives thin films grown by matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation for non-linear optical applications

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    Constantinescu, C.; Matei, A.; Ionita, I.; Ion, V.; Marascu, V.; Dinescu, M.; Vasiliu, C.; Emandi, A.

    2014-05-01

    Azo-dye compounds, in bulk or as thin films, are extensively studied due to their particular optical properties. These properties include non-linear interaction, e.g. two-photon absorption, optical limiting and all-optical poling, with potential applications in optoelectronics and sensors development. Herein, we report on the deposition of pyrazolone derivatives, namely 1-phenyl-3-methyl-4-(1‧-azo-2‧-sodium carboxylate)-pyrazole-5-one thin films, for applications in second harmonic generation. Matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation was employed for layers growth, using a Nd:YAG device operating at 266 nm (4ω). The structure and surface morphology of the deposited films were examined by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Spectroscopic-ellipsometry was employed to investigate thin film optical properties. Significant second harmonic generation capabilities of the compound were pointed out by using a femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser.

  4. Optical Microbubble Resonators with High Refractive Index Inner Coating for Bio-Sensing Applications: An Analytical Approach

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    Barucci, Andrea; Berneschi, Simone; Giannetti, Ambra; Baldini, Francesco; Cosci, Alessandro; Pelli, Stefano; Farnesi, Daniele; Righini, Giancarlo C.; Soria, Silvia; Nunzi Conti, Gualtiero

    2016-01-01

    The design of Whispering Gallery Mode Resonators (WGMRs) used as an optical transducer for biosensing represents the first and crucial step towards the optimization of the final device performance in terms of sensitivity and Limit of Detection (LoD). Here, we propose an analytical method for the design of an optical microbubble resonator (OMBR)-based biosensor. In order to enhance the OMBR sensing performance, we consider a polymeric layer of high refractive index as an inner coating for the OMBR. The effect of this layer and other optical/geometrical parameters on the mode field distribution, sensitivity and LoD of the OMBR is assessed and discussed, both for transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) polarization. The obtained results do provide physical insights for the development of OMBR-based biosensor. PMID:27898015

  5. Observation of Biological Tissues Using Common Path Optical Coherence Tomography with Gold Coated Conical Tip Lens Fiber

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    Taguchi, K.; Sugiyama, J.; Totsuka, M.; Imanaka, S.

    2012-03-01

    In this paper, we proposed a high lateral resolution common-path Fourier domain optical coherence tomography(OCT) system with the use of a chemically etched single mode fiber. In our experiments, single mode optical fiber for 1310nm was used for preparing the tapered tips. Our system used a conical microlens that was chemically etched by selective chemical etching technique using an etching solution of buffered hydrofluoric acid (BHF). From experimental results, we verified that our proposed optical coherence tomography system could operate as a common-path Fourier domain OCT system and conical tip lens fiber was very useful for a high lateral resolution common-path Fourier domain OCT system. Furthermore, we could observe a surface of paramecium bursaria and symbiotic chlorella in the paramecium bursaria using gold coated conical-tip fiber in the water.

  6. Dependence of optical properties of composite materials with nanosize oxide coatings on the properties of film-forming sols: II. Effect of the sol component concentration

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    Shemanin, V. G.; Atkarskaya, A. B.

    2015-07-01

    We consider the effect of the component structure of a sol on optical characteristics (microscopic structure, refractive index and thickness of coating, reflectance, transmittance, and optical loss in composites of the type of a glass substrate + a nanosize oxide coating of the CuO-TiO2 system) of composite materials with nanosize coatings, which are obtained in accordance with the sol-gel technology. It is shown that the chemical composition of precursors considerably affects the maturing of alcosols, the structure of coatings, and optical characteristics of composites. It is proposed that the dispersed phase represented by nanotubes facilitates a closer packing of particles into a layer as compared to the pseudospherical phase.

  7. A Flexible Optical pH Sensor Based on Polysulfone Membranes Coated with pH-Responsive Polyaniline Nanofibers

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    Abu-Thabit, Nedal; Umar, Yunusa; Ratemi, Elaref; Ahmad, Ayman; Ahmad Abuilaiwi, Faraj

    2016-01-01

    A new optical pH sensor based on polysulfone (PSU) and polyaniline (PANI) was developed. A transparent and flexible PSU membrane was employed as a support. The electrically conductive and pH-responsive PANI was deposited onto the membrane surface by in situ chemical oxidative polymerization (COP). The absorption spectra of the PANI-coated PSU membranes exhibited sensitivity to pH changes in the range of 4–12, which allowed for designing a dual wavelength pH optical sensor. The performance of the membranes was assessed by measuring their response starting from high pH and going down to low pH, and vice versa. It was found that it is necessary to precondition the sensor layers before each measurement due to the slight hysteresis observed during forward and backward pH titrations. PSU membranes with polyaniline coating thicknesses in the range of ≈100–200 nm exhibited fast response times of <4 s, which are attributed to the porous, rough and nanofibrillar morphology of the polyaniline coating. The fabricated pH sensor was characterized by a sigmoidal response (R2 = 0.997) which allows for pH determination over a wide dynamic range. All membranes were stable for a period of more than six months when stored in 1 M HCl solution. The reproducibility of the fabricated optical pH sensors was found to be <0.02 absorption units after one month storage in 1 M HCl solution. The performance of the optical pH sensor was tested and the obtained pH values were compared with the results obtained using a pH meter device. PMID:27355953

  8. Evaluation of Underwater Adhesives and Friction Coatings for In Situ Attachment of Fiber Optic Sensor System for Subsea Applications

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    Tang, Henry H.; Le, Suy Q.; Orndoff, Evelyne S.; Smith, Frederick D.; Tapia, Alma S.; Brower, David V.

    2012-01-01

    Integrity and performance monitoring of subsea pipelines and structures provides critical information for managing offshore oil and gas production operation and preventing environmentally damaging and costly catastrophic failure. Currently pipeline monitoring devices require ground assembly and installation prior to the underwater deployment of the pipeline. A monitoring device that could be installed in situ on the operating underwater structures could enhance the productivity and improve the safety of current offshore operation. Through a Space Act Agreement (SAA) between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Astro Technology, Inc. (ATI), JSC provides technical expertise and testing facilities to support the development of fiber optic sensor technologies by ATI. This paper details the first collaboration effort between NASA JSC and ATI in evaluating underwater applicable adhesives and friction coatings for attaching fiber optic sensor system to subsea pipeline. A market survey was conducted to examine different commercial ]off ]the ]shelf (COTS) underwater adhesive systems and to select adhesive candidates for testing and evaluation. Four COTS epoxy based underwater adhesives were selected and evaluated. The adhesives were applied and cured in simulated seawater conditions and then evaluated for application characteristics and adhesive strength. The adhesive that demonstrated the best underwater application characteristics and highest adhesive strength were identified for further evaluation in developing an attachment system that could be deployed in the harsh subsea environment. Various friction coatings were also tested in this study to measure their shear strengths for a mechanical clamping design concept for attaching fiber optic sensor system. A COTS carbide alloy coating was found to increase the shear strength of metal to metal clamping interface by up to 46 percent. This study provides valuable data for

  9. Systems design of COATLI: an all-sky robotic optical imager with 0.3 arcsec image quality

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    Cuevas, Salvador; Langarica, Rosalia; Watson, Alan M.; Fuentes-Fernández, Jorge; Ángeles, Fernando; Farah, Alejandro S.; Figueroa, Liliana; Becerra-Godínez, Rosa L.; Chapa, Oscar; Román-Zúñiga, Carlos G.; Quiróz, Fernando; Tejada, Carlos; Álvarez-Núñez, Luis C.; Ruz, Jaime; Tinoco, Silvio J.

    2016-08-01

    COATLI is a new instrument and telescope that will provide 0.3 arcsec FWHM images from 550 to 920 nm over a large fraction of the sky. It consists of a robotic 50-cm telescope with a diffraction-limited imager. The imager has a steering mirror for fast guiding, a blue channel using an EMCCD from 400 to 550 nm to measure image motion, a red channel using a standard CCD from 550 to 920 nm, and an active optics system based on a deformable mirror to compensate static aberrations in the red channel. Since the telescope is small, fast guiding will provide diffraction-limited image quality in the red channel over a large fraction of the sky, even in relatively poor seeing. The COATLI telescope will be installed at the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional in Sierra San Pedro Mártir, Baja California, México, in 2016 and will initially operate with a simple interim imager. The definitive COATLI instrument will be installed in 2017. In this work we present the general optomechanical and control electronics design of COATLI.

  10. Multispectral optical enhanced transmission of a continuous metal film coated with a plasmonic core-shell nanoparticle array

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    Liu, Gui-qiang; Hu, Ying; Liu, Zheng-qi; Cai, Zheng-jie; Zhang, Xiang-nan; Chen, Yuan-hao; Huang, Kuan

    2014-04-01

    We propose and show multispectral optical enhanced transmission in the visible and near-infrared region in a continuous metal film coated with a two-dimensional (2D) hexagonal non-close-packed plasmonic array. The plasmonic array consists of metal/dielectric multilayer core-shell nanoparticles. The excitation of near-field plasmon resonance coupling between adjacent core-shell nanoparticles, plasmon resonance coupling between adjacent metal layers in the nanoparticle, and surface plasmon (SP) waves on the metal film are mainly responsible for the multispectral optical enhanced transmission behavior. The multispectral optical enhanced transmission response could be highly modified in the wavelength range, transparent bandwidth and transmission intensity by varying the geometry parameters including the gap distance between adjacent plasmonic nanoparticles, the size of metal core and the thickness of dielectric layer between the metal layers. In addition, the number of optical enhanced transmission bands increases with the number of metal layers in the plasmonic nanoparticle. The proposed structure shows many merits such as the deep sub-wavelength size, multispectral optical enhanced transmission bands as well as fully retained electric and mechanical properties of the natural metal. These merits may provide promising applications for highly integrated optoelectronic devices including plasmonic filters, nanoscale multiplexers, and nonlinear optics.

  11. Optical properties of plasma ion-assisted deposition silicon coatings: application to the manufacture of blocking filters for the near-infrared region.

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    Bruynooghe, Stephane

    2008-05-01

    I report on the preparation and characterization of optical constants of silicon coatings deposited by an electron beam gun with plasma ion-assisted deposition. With the fabrication of long-wave-pass filters the reliability of the optical constants is assured.

  12. Optical, structural, and transport properties of indium nitride, indium gallium nitride alloys grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Khan, Neelam

    InGaN based, blue and green light emitting diodes (LEDs) have been successfully produced over the past decade. But the progress of these LEDs is often limited by the fundamental problems of InGaN such as differences in lattice constants, thermal expansion coefficients and physical properties between InN and GaN. This difficulty could be addressed by studying pure InN and InxGa 1-xN alloys. In this context Ga-rich InxGa1-xN (x ≤ 0.4) epilayers were grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements showed InxGa1-xN films with x= 0.37 had single phase. Phase separation occurred for x ˜ 0.4. To understand the issue of phase separation in Ga-rich InxGa 1-xN, studies on growth of pure InN and In-rich InxGa 1-xN alloys were carried out. InN and In-rich InxGa1-xN (x ˜ 0.97-0.40) epilayers were grown on AlN/Al2O3 templates. A Hall mobility of 1400 cm2/Vs with a carrier concentration of 7x1018cm -3 was observed for InN epilayers grown on AlN templates. Photoluminescence (PL) emission spectra revealed a band to band emission peak at ˜0.75 eV for InN. This peak shifted to 1.15 eV when In content was varied from 1.0 to 0.63 in In-rich InxGa1-xN epilayers. After growth parameter optimization of In-rich InxGa1-xN alloys with (x = 0.97-0.40) were successfully grown without phase separation. Effects of Mg doping on the PL properties of InN epilayers grown on GaN/Al 2O3 templates were investigated. An emission line at ˜ 0.76 eV, which was absent in undoped InN epilayers and was about 60 meV below the band edge emission peak at ˜ 0.82 eV, was observed to be the dominant emission in Mg-doped InN epilayers. PL peak position and the temperature dependent emission intensity corroborated each other and suggested that Mg acceptor level in InN is about 60 meV above the valance band maximum. Strain effects on the emission properties of InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells (MQWs) were studied using a single blue LED wafer possessing a continuous

  13. Fiber optic probes based on silver-only coated hollow glass waveguides for ionizing beam radiation dosimetry

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    Darafsheh, Arash; Liu, Haoyang; Melzer, Jeffrey E.; Taleei, Reza; Harrington, James A.; Kassaee, Alireza; Zhu, Timothy C.; Finlay, Jarod C.

    2016-03-01

    Čerenkov contamination is a significant issue in radiation detection by fiber-coupled scintillators. To enhance the scintillation signal transmission while minimizing Čerenkov contamination, we designed a fiber probe using a silver-only coated hollow waveguide (HWG). The HWG tip with inserted scintillator, embedded in tissue mimicking phantoms, was irradiated with clinical electron and photon beams. Optical spectra of irradiated tips were taken using a fiber spectrometer, and the signal was deconvolved with a linear fitting algorithm. The resultant decomposed spectra of the scintillator with and without Čerenkov correction were in good agreement with measurements performed by an electron diode and ion chamber for electron and photon beam dosimetry, respectively, indicating the minimal effect of Čerenkov contamination. Compared with a silver/dielectric coated HWG fiber dosimeter design we observed higher signal transmission in our design based on the use of silver-only HWG.

  14. Fiber optic hot-wire flowmeter based on a metallic coated hybrid long period grating/fiber Bragg grating structure.

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    Caldas, Paulo; Jorge, Pedro A S; Rego, Gaspar; Frazão, Orlando; Santos, José Luís; Ferreira, Luís Alberto; Araújo, Francisco

    2011-06-10

    In this work an all-optical hot-wire flowmeter based on a silver coated fiber combining a long period grating and a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) structure is proposed. Light from a pump laser at 1480  nm propagating down the fiber is coupled by the long period grating into the fiber cladding and is absorbed by the silver coating deposited on the fiber surface over the Bragg grating structure. This absorption acts like a hot wire raising the fiber temperature locally, which is effectively detected by the FBG resonance shift. The temperature increase depends on the flow speed of the surrounding air, which has the effect of cooling the fiber. It is demonstrated that the Bragg wavelength shift can be related to the flow speed. A flow speed resolution of 0.08  m/s is achieved using this new configuration.

  15. Correlation Between Microstructure and Optical Properties of Cu (In0.7, Ga0.3) Se2 Grown by Electrodeposition Technique

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    Chihi, Adel; Bessais, Brahim

    2017-01-01

    Polycrystalline thin films Cu (In0.7, Ga0.3) Se2 (CIGSe) were grown on copper foils at various cathodic potentials by using an electrodeposition technique. Scanning electron microscopy showed that the average diameter of CIGSe grains increase from 0.1 μm to 1 μm when the cathodic potential decreases. The structure and surface morphology were investigated by x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy (AFM) techniques. This structure study shows that the thin films were well crystallized in a chalcopyrite structure without unwanted secondary phases with a preferred orientation along (112) plane. Energy-dispersive x-ray analyses confirms the existence of CIGSe single phase on a copper substrate. AFM analysis indicated that the root mean square roughness decreases from 64.28 to 27.42 when the potential deposition increases from -0.95 V to -0.77 V. Using Raman scattering spectroscopy, the A1 optical phonon mode was observed in 173 cm-1 and two other weak peaks were detected at 214 cm-1 and 225 cm-1 associated with the B2 and E modes of the CIGSe phase. Through spectroscopy ellipsometry analysis, a three-layer optical model was exploited to derive the optical properties and layer thickness of the CIGSe film by least-squares fitting the measured variation in polarization light versus the obtained microstructure.

  16. Optical properties of tumor tissues grown on the chorioallantoic membrane of chicken eggs: tumor model to assay of tumor response to photodynamic therapy

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    Honda, Norihiro; Kariyama, Yoichiro; Hazama, Hisanao; Ishii, Takuya; Kitajima, Yuya; Inoue, Katsushi; Ishizuka, Masahiro; Tanaka, Tohru; Awazu, Kunio

    2015-12-01

    Herein, the optical adequacy of a tumor model prepared with tumor cells grown on the chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) of a chicken egg is evaluated as an alternative to the mouse tumor model to assess the optimal irradiation conditions in photodynamic therapy (PDT). The optical properties of CAM and mouse tumor tissues were measured with a double integrating sphere and the inverse Monte Carlo technique in the 350- to 1000-nm wavelength range. The hemoglobin and water absorption bands observed in the CAM tumor tissue (10 eggs and 10 tumors) are equal to that of the mouse tumor tissue (8 animals and 8 tumors). The optical intersubject variability of the CAM tumor tissues meets or exceeds that of the mouse tumor tissues, and the reduced scattering coefficient spectra of CAM tumor tissues can be equated with those of mouse tumor tissues. These results confirm that the CAM tumor model is a viable alternative to the mouse tumor model, especially for deriving optimal irradiation conditions in PDT.

  17. Response Characterization of a Fiber Optic Sensor Array with Dye-Coated Planar Waveguide for Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds

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    Lee, Jae-Sung; Yoon, Na-Rae; Kang, Byoung-Ho; Lee, Sang-Won; Gopalan, Sai-Anand; Jeong, Hyun-Min; Lee, Seung-Ha; Kwon, Dae-Hyuk; Kang, Shin-Won

    2014-01-01

    We have developed a multi-array side-polished optical-fiber gas sensor for the detection of volatile organic compound (VOC) gases. The side-polished optical-fiber coupled with a polymer planar waveguide (PWG) provides high sensitivity to alterations in refractive index. The PWG was fabricated by coating a solvatochromic dye with poly(vinylpyrrolidone). To confirm the effectiveness of the sensor, five different sensing membranes were fabricated by coating the side-polished optical-fiber using the solvatochromic dyes Reinhardt's dye, Nile red, 4-aminophthalimide, 4-amino-N-methylphthalimide, and 4-(dimethylamino)cinnamaldehyde, which have different polarities that cause changes in the effective refractive index of the sensing membrane owing to evanescent field coupling. The fabricated gas detection system was tested with five types of VOC gases, namely acetic acid, benzene, dimethylamine, ethanol, and toluene at concentrations of 1, 2,…,10 ppb. Second-regression and principal component analyses showed that the response properties of the proposed VOC gas sensor were linearly shifted bathochromically, and each gas showed different response characteristics. PMID:24988381

  18. Chemically grown vertically aligned 1D ZnO nanorods with CdS coating for efficient quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSC): a controlled synthesis route.

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    Mali, Sawanta S; Kim, Hyungjin; Patil, Pramod S; Hong, Chang Kook

    2013-12-28

    In the present article, vertically aligned ZnO nanorod arrays were synthesized by an aqueous chemical growth (ACG) route on a fluoride doped tin oxide (FTO) coated glass substrate. These nanorods were further sensitized with cadmium sulfide (CdS) quantum dots (QDs) by a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique. The synthesized CdS coated ZnO nanorods were characterized for their structural and morphological properties with X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). Finally, prepared CdS coated 1D ZnO photoelectrodes were tested for their photoelectrochemical performance. Our results show that the sample deposited after 40 SILAR cycles shows 5.61 mA cm(-2) short current density (JSC) with η = 1.61% power conversion efficiency.

  19. Laboratory Measurements of the Effect of Sulfuric and Organic Acid Coatings on the Optical Properties of Carbon Soot Aerosols

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    Xue, H.; Khalizov, A.; Zhang, R.

    2008-12-01

    Aerosol particles perturb the Earth-atmosphere radiative balance through scattering and absorption of the solar energy. Soot or black carbon, produced during combustion of fossil fuels and biofuels, is the major component responsible for light absorption by aerosol particles. The variation in the reported mass-specific absorption cross-sections (MAC) of fresh soot and increased light absorption by aged soot aerosols internally mixed with non-absorbing materials are the major factors leading to large uncertainties in the evaluation of the aerosol optical effects. We have investigated the optical properties of submicron carbon soot aerosols during simulated atmospheric processing with sulfuric acid and dicarboxylic organic acids. Internally mixed soot particles with known size, morphology, and the mixing state were produced by exposing the size-classified, flame-generated soot to sulfuric acid and organic acid vapor. Light extinction and scattering by fresh and internally mixed soot were measured at 532 nm wavelength using a cavity ring-down spectrometer and an integrating nephelometer, respectively; light absorption was derived as the difference between extinction and scattering. Mass-specific absorption cross-sections for fresh and internally mixed soot aggregates were calculated using the measured effective densities of soot cores. The optical properties of fresh soot were independent of the relative humidity (RH). Internally mixed soot exhibited significant enhancement in light absorption and scattering, increasing with the mass fraction of the coating material and RH. Sulfuric acid was found to cause greater enhancement in soot optical properties than organic acids. The higher absorption and scattering resulted in the increased single scattering albedo of coated soot aerosol. The measurements indicate that the irreversible restructuring of soot aggregates to more compact globules is a major contributor to the enhanced optical properties of internally mixed soot.

  20. Impact of different cleaning processes on the laser damage threshold of antireflection coatings for Z-Backlighter optics at Sandia National Laboratories

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    Field, Ella; Bellum, John; Kletecka, Damon

    2014-12-01

    We have examined how three different cleaning processes affect the laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) of antireflection coatings for large dimension, Z-Backlighter laser optics at Sandia National Laboratories. Laser damage thresholds were measured after the coatings were created, and again 4 months later to determine which cleaning processes were most effective. Coatings that received cleaning exhibited the highest LIDTs compared to coatings that were not cleaned. In some cases, there is nearly a twofold increase in the LIDT between the cleaned and uncleaned coatings (19.4 J/cm2 compared to 39.1 J/cm2). Higher LIDTs were realized after 4 months of aging. The most effective cleaning process involved washing the coated surface with mild detergent, and then soaking the optic in a mixture of ethyl alcohol and deionized water. Also, the laser damage results indicate that the presence of nonpropagating (NP) damage sites dominates the LIDTs of almost every optic, despite the cleaning process used. NP damage sites can be attributed to defects such as nodules in the coating or surface contamination, which suggests that pursuing further improvements to the deposition or cleaning processes are worthwhile to achieve even higher LIDTs.

  1. Reversible Change in Electrical and Optical Properties in Epitaxially Grown Al-Doped ZnO Thin Films

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    Noh, J. H.; Jung, H. S.; Lee, J. K.; Kim, J. Y; Cho, C. M.; An, J.; Hong, K. S.

    2008-01-01

    Aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO) films were epitaxially grown on sapphire (0001) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. As-deposited AZO films had a low resistivity of 8.01 x 10{sup -4} {Omega} cm. However, after annealing at 450 C in air, the electrical resistivity of the AZO films increased to 1.97 x 10{sup -1} {Omega} cm because of a decrease in the carrier concentration. Subsequent annealing of the air-annealed AZO films in H{sub 2} recovered the electrical conductivity of the AZO films. In addition, the conductivity change was reversible upon repeated air and H{sub 2} annealing. A photoluminescence study showed that oxygen interstitial (O{sub i}) is a critical material parameter allowing for the reversible control of the electrical conducting properties of AZO films.

  2. Optical quality improvement of MOVPE grown GaAlAs/GaAs double heterostructures on silicon substrates

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    Draïdia, N.; Azoulay, R.; Dugrand, L.; Papadopoulo, A. C.; Gao, Y.; Sermage, B.; Ossart, P.; Meddeb, J.

    1991-01-01

    We report a study of metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy (MOVPE) grown GaAlAs/GaAs double heterostructures on Si substrates. The main part of this work deals with the influence of post growth annealing conditions on cathodoluminescence (CL) efficiency, defect reduction, Si distribution over the structure, and interfaces state. It has been found by 300 K cathodoluminescence measurements that treatment at high temperature up to 900°C reduces defect and deep level transitions giving rise to larger zones of high near band edge (NBE) emission luminescence in contrast to those observed on unannealed samples. Such improvement has been confirmed by transmission electron microscopy and luminescence decay measurements. Carrier life times as 6 ns have been measured indicating a ten fold increase after annealing.

  3. Optical and electrical properties of titanium dioxide films with a high magnitude dielectric constant grown on p-Si by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition at low temperature

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    Kim, T. W.; Jung, M.; Kim, H. J.; Park, T. H.; Yoon, Y. S.; Kang, W. N.; Yom, S. S.; Na, H. K.

    1994-03-01

    Metalorganic chemical vapor deposition of titanium dioxide (TiO2) on p-Si(100) using titanium isopropoxide and nitrous oxide via pyrolysis at relatively low (˜500 °C) temperature was performed to produce high quality TiO2/p-Si interfaces and to fabricate TiO2 insulator gates with a dielectric constant of high magnitude. Scanning electron microscopy shows that the surfaces of the TiO2 films have very smooth morphologies. From the x-ray diffraction analysis, the grown layer was found to be a polycrystalline film. Raman spectroscopy showed the optical phonon modes of a TiO2 thin film. The stoichiometry of the TiO2 film was investigated by Auger electron spectroscopy. Room-temperature current-voltage and capacitance-voltage measurements clearly revealed metal-insulator-semiconductor behavior for the samples of the Ag/TiO2/p-Si. The interface state density at the TiO2/p-Si interface was approximately high 1011 eV-1 cm-2 at the middle of the Si energy gap, and the dielectric constant determined from the capacitance-voltage measurements was as large as 73. These results indicate the TiO2 layers grown at relatively low temperature can be used for high density dynamic memory.

  4. Effects of Sb incorporation in GaAsSb-capping layer on the optical properties of InAs/GaAs QDs grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Salhi, A.; Alshaibani, S.; Alhamdan, M.; Albrithen, H.; Alyamani, A.; El-Desouki, M.

    2017-01-01

    We have investigated the effect of antimony incorporation in GaAsSb as a capping layer on the optical properties of InAs quantum dots grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction (HRXRD), photoluminescence (PL) and power dependent PL at 77 K and 300 K have been used for the characterization of the grown samples. Our analysis showed that the emission wavelength increases with Sb content and reaches ∼1.5 μm for Sb concentration of 22%. To achieve this wavelength, a reduction of the growth temperature of the GaAsSb layer from 500 °C to 440 °C was necessary. The wavelength increase is accompanied by a transition from a type I to type II band alignment and a broadening of the PL spectrum to a value of ∼237 nm for an excitation power of 100 mW. This broadening is attributed to the QD size inhomogeneity increase and Sb atoms redistribution during the in-situ annealing during the growth of the barriers at elevated temperature. Our results show the potential of the InAs/GaAsSb system in the development of broadband light sources and super-luminescent light emitting diodes in 1.2-1.5 μm wavelength range.

  5. Optically pumped 1.3  μm room-temperature InAs quantum-dot micro-disk lasers directly grown on (001) silicon.

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    Wan, Yating; Li, Qiang; Liu, Alan Y; Gossard, Arthur C; Bowers, John E; Hu, Evelyn L; Lau, Kei May

    2016-04-01

    Direct integration of high-performance laser diodes on silicon will dramatically transform the world of photonics, expediting the progress toward low-cost and compact photonic integrated circuits (PICs) on the mainstream silicon platform. Here, we report, to the best of our knowledge, the first 1.3 μm room-temperature continuous-wave InAs quantum-dot micro-disk lasers epitaxially grown on industrial-compatible Si (001) substrates without offcut. The lasing threshold is as low as hundreds of microwatts, similar to the thresholds of identical lasers grown on a GaAs substrate. The heteroepitaxial structure employed here does not require the use of an absorptive germanium buffer and/or dislocation filter layers, both of which impede the efficient coupling of light from the laser active regions to silicon waveguides. This allows for full compatibility with the extensive silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology. The large-area virtual GaAs (on Si) substrates can be directly adopted in various mature in-plane laser configurations, both optically and electrically. Thus, this demonstration represents a major advancement toward the commercial success of fully integrated silicon photonics.

  6. Optical properties of rutile and anatase phases of TiO2 thin films grown by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Naik, V. M.; Haddad, D.; Naik, R.; Benci, J.; Auner, G. W.

    2002-03-01

    There has been a great interest in preparing both rutile (R) and anatase (A) forms of TiO2 films for various optical, electrical, photocatalysis, photovoltaics, and biosensor applications. The R-TiO2 is superior in optical properties and thermodynamically more stable than A-TiO_2. However, the latter has attracted much attention recently as the most promising photocatalytic material. In general, the formation of R-phase of TiO2 films requires a higher substrate temperature (> 300 ^circC), whereas a lower substrate temperature results in either A-phase or an amorphous structure. In the present work, we have prepared A- and R-TiO2 films ( ~ 500 nm thick) on unheated glass substrates by RF magnetron sputtering by controlling the total pressure of sputtering gases (Ar + O_2). The crystal structures of the films were confirmed by x-ray diffraction and Raman scattering. The analysis of optical transmission and reflection data measured in the UV-Visible region (175 nm- 2500 nm) show an optical bandgap of ~ 3.1 eV (direct) for R-phase, and ~ 3.2 eV (indirect) for A-phase of TiO2 films.

  7. Structural and optical properties of the In(x)Ga(1-x)As nanowires grown on SiO2 via vapor-liquid-solid method.

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    Shin, Hyun Wook; Shin, Jae Cheol; Kim, Do Yang; Choi, Won Jun; Choe, Jeong-Woo

    2014-08-01

    We report the crystal growth of the In(x)Ga(1-x)As nanowires (NWs) on SiO2 substrate using metal organic chemical vapor deposition. Au nanoparticles which are disintegrated from thin Au film have been used as a catalyst for the vapor-liquid-solid growth. Electron microscopy characterization is performed to investigate the structural properties of the In(x)Ga(1-x)As NW. The In(x)Ga(1-x)As NW grown under an optimal condition has a single-crystal wurtzite structure without any misfit dislocation or stacking fault. Strong room temperature photoluminescence peaks are observed from In(x)Ga(1-x)As NWs passivated by GaAs. Very low light reflectance is measured at the NW surface in the wavelength range from 250 to 1200 nm. The single crystal In(x)Ga(1-x)As NWs are applicable to the various electrical and optical devices.

  8. Optical properties of Si-doped and Be-doped InAlAs lattice-matched to InP grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Lumb, M. P.; Yakes, M. K.; González, M.; Tischler, J. G.; Walters, R. J.

    2013-09-01

    In this paper, we determine the optical constants and carrier mobilities of Si-doped and Be-doped InAlAs lattice matched to InP. The samples were grown using molecular beam epitaxy and characterized using Hall measurements, variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry, and room temperature photoluminescence spectroscopy. A Moss-Burstein shift in the fundamental absorption edge was observed in both Si-doped and Be-doped materials. We fitted a multiple-oscillator, critical point model to the dielectric function of the materials extracted using the spectroscopic ellipsometry. The tabulated input parameters of this model allow for accurate calculations of the dielectric function of doped InAlAs to be made, which is useful information for simulating a variety of InP-based optoelectronic devices.

  9. Shift of optical absorption edge in SnO2 films with high concentrations of nitrogen grown by chemical vapor deposition

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    Jiang, Jie; Lu, Yinmei; Meyer, Bruno K.; Hofmann, Detlev M.; Eickhoff, Martin

    2016-06-01

    The optical and electrical properties of n-type SnO2 films with high concentrations of nitrogen (SnO2:N) grown by chemical vapor deposition are studied. The carrier concentration increases from 4.1 × 1018 to 3.9 × 1019 cm-3 and the absorption edge shifts from 4.26 to 4.08 eV with increasing NH3 flow rate. Typical Urbach tails were observed from the absorption spectra and the Urbach energy increases from 0.321 to 0.526 eV with increasing NH3 flow rate. An "effective" absorption edge of about 4.61 eV was obtained for all investigated samples from fitting the extrapolations of the Urbach tails. Burstein-Moss effect, electron-impurity, and electron-electron interactions are shown to play a minor role for the shift of the absorption edges in SnO2:N thin films.

  10. Dual-polarity GaN micropillars grown by metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy: Cross-correlation between structural and optical properties

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    Coulon, P. M.; Mexis, M.; Teisseire, M.; Vennéguès, P.; Leroux, M.; Zuniga-Perez, J.; Jublot, M.

    2014-04-21

    Self-assembled catalyst-free GaN micropillars grown on (0001) sapphire substrates by metal organic vapor phase epitaxy are investigated. Transmission electron microscopy, as well as KOH etching, shows the systematic presence of two domains of opposite polarity within each single micropillar. The analysis of the initial growth stages indicates that such double polarity originates at the micropillar/substrate interface, i.e., during the micropillar nucleation, and it propagates along the micropillar. Furthermore, dislocations are also generated at the wire/substrate interface, but bend after several hundreds of nanometers. This leads to micropillars several tens of micrometers in length that are dislocation-free. Spatially resolved cathodoluminescence and microphotoluminescence show large differences in the optical properties of each polarity domain, suggesting unequal impurity/dopant/vacancy incorporation depending on the polarity.

  11. Optical study of a-plane InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells with different well widths grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition

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    Ko, T. S.; Lu, T. C.; Wang, T. C.; Chen, J. R.; Gao, R. C.; Lo, M. H.; Kuo, H. C.; Wang, S. C.; Shen, J. L.

    2008-11-01

    a-plane InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells of different widths ranging from 3 to 12 nm grown on r-plane sapphire by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition were investigated. The peak emission intensity of the photoluminescence (PL) reveals a decreasing trend as the well width increases from 3 to 12 nm. Low temperature (9 K) time-resolved PL (TRPL) study shows that the sample with 3-nm-thick wells has the best optical property with a fastest exciton decay time of 0.57 ns. The results of cathodoluminescence and micro-PL scanning images for samples of different well widths further verify that the more uniform and stronger luminescence intensity distribution are observed for the samples of thinner quantum wells. In addition, more effective capturing of excitons due to larger localization energy Eloc and shorter radiative lifetime of localized excitons are observed in thinner well width samples in the temperature dependent TRPL.

  12. Alkali resistant optical coatings for alkali lasers and methods of production thereof

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    Soules, Thomas F; Beach, Raymond J; Mitchell, Scott C

    2014-11-18

    In one embodiment, a multilayer dielectric coating for use in an alkali laser includes two or more alternating layers of high and low refractive index materials, wherein an innermost layer includes a thicker, >500 nm, and dense, >97% of theoretical, layer of at least one of: alumina, zirconia, and hafnia for protecting subsequent layers of the two or more alternating layers of high and low index dielectric materials from alkali attack. In another embodiment, a method for forming an alkali resistant coating includes forming a first oxide material above a substrate and forming a second oxide material above the first oxide material to form a multilayer dielectric coating, wherein the second oxide material is on a side of the multilayer dielectric coating for contacting an alkali.

  13. Polarization compensating protective coatings for TPF-Coronagraph optics to control contrast degrading cross polarization leakage

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    Balasubramanian, Kunjithapatham; Hoppe, Daniel J.; Mouroulis, Pantazis Z.; Marchen, Luis F.; Shaklan, Stuart B.

    2005-01-01

    We describe here the design approaches and performance analysis of the OTA in the wavelength band of interest. Coronagraph performance at 600nm wavelength based on a particular coating and occulting focal plane mask is also presented.

  14. Investigation of durability of optical coatings in highly purified tritium gas

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    Fischer, S.; Schoenung, K.; Bornschein, B.; Rolli, R.; Schaefer, V.; Sturm, M.

    2015-03-15

    Anti-reflection coated windows are part of Raman spectroscopy systems for tritium analytics in the KATRIN experiment and fusion-related applications. Damages of such windows were observed after three months of expo-sure to highly purified tritium gas in the LOOPINO facility. In this work, the origin of the damages was investigated, identified and eliminated. Coating samples manufactured by various physical vapor deposition methods have been tested for durability by exposure to pure tritium gas and subsequent visual inspection. Electron beam deposited coatings showed indications for damage after 17 days of tritium exposure in contrast to samples manufactured by ion assisted deposition or sputtering. An improved coating layout of the sample cell is presented for reliable long-term monitoring of tritium gas using Raman spectroscopy. (authors)

  15. Magneto-optic evaluation of antiferromagnetic α-Fe2O3 nanoparticles coated on a quartz substrate

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    Balasubramanian, Srinath; Panmand, Rajendra; Kumar, Ganapathy; Mahajan, Satish M.; Kale, Bharat B.

    2016-03-01

    This paper presents a prima facie study of the magneto-optic response of antiferromagnetic α-Fe2O3 nanoparticles coated on a quartz substrate investigated by MOKE. The concentrations of the iron oxide nanoparticles in the films were varied from 8.6% to 21.5% and showed a linear increase in film thicknesses. As the concentration of the iron oxide nanoparticles were increased, the samples changed from a net-like morphology to a crystalline morphology. Magnetization reversals in the lower concentration samples were asymmetric with the reversals for the ascending and descending branch of the hysteresis loop occurring on the same side. The asymmetry in the magnetization reversal was attributed to the angle between the antiferromagnetic easy axis and the external magnetic field. With increase in concentration, an improvement in the magneto-optic response was observed with the magnetization reversal occurring via coherent rotation for both ascending and descending branches of the hysteresis loop. The changes in the magneto-optic behavior for the samples with higher concentrations is attributed to the strong exchange interactions and changes in the shape of the nanoparticles. Sensitivity studies performed on the samples showed an increased magneto-optic sensitivity to changes in magnetic field for samples of higher concentration. The high sensitivity of these samples could be exploited in magneto-optic sensors. Nanoparticles on a quartz substrate could find applications in bio-medicine due to their bio-compatibility.

  16. Temperature-induced changes in optical properties of thin film TiO2-Al2O3 bi-layer structures grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Ali, Rizwan; Saleem, Muhammad Rizwan; Honkanen, Seppo

    2016-02-01

    We investigate the optical properties and corresponding temperature-induced changes in highly uniform thin amorphous films and their bi-layer stacks grown by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). The environmentally driven conditions such as temperature, humidity and pressure have a significant influence on optical properties of homogeneous and heterogeneous bi-layer stacked structures of TiO2-Al2O3 and subsequently affect the specific sensitive nature of optical signals from nano-optical devices. Owing to the super hydrophilic behavior and inhibited surface defects in the form of hydrogenated species, the thermo-optic coefficient (TOC) of ~ 100 nm thick ALD-TiO2 films vary significantly with temperature, which can be used for sensing applications. On the other hand, the TOC of ~ 100 nm thick ALD-Al2O3 amorphous films show a differing behavior with temperature. In this work, we report on reduction of surface defects in ALD-TiO2 films by depositing a number of ultra-thin ALD-Al2O3 films to act as impermeable barrier layers. The designed and fabricated heterostructures of ALD-TiO2/Al2O3 films with varying ALD-Al2O3 thicknesses are exploited to stabilize the central resonance peak of Resonant Waveguide Gratings (RWGs) in thermal environments. The temperature-dependent optical constants of ALD-TiO2/Al2O3 bi-layer films are measured by a variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometer (VASE), covering a wide spectral range 380 <= λ <= 1800 nm at a temperature range from 25 to 105 °C. The Cauchy model is used to design and retrieve refractive indices at these temperatures, measured with three angles of incidence (59°, 67°, and 75°). The optical constants of 100 nm thick ALD-TiO2 and various combinational thicknesses of ALD-Al2O3 films are used to predict TOCs using a polynomial fitting algorithm.

  17. Optical and electrical properties of Mg-doped AlN nanowires grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Connie, Ashfiqua Tahseen; Zhao, Songrui; Sadaf, Sharif Md.; Shih, Ishiang; Mi, Zetian; Du, Xiaozhang; Lin, Jingyu; Jiang, Hongxing

    2015-05-25

    In this paper, the optical and electrical properties of Mg-doped AlN nanowires are discussed. At room temperature, with the increase of Mg-doping concentration, the Mg-acceptor energy level related optical transition can be clearly measured, which is separated about 0.6 eV from the band-edge transition, consistent with the Mg activation energy in AlN. The electrical conduction measurements indicate an activation energy of 23 meV at 300 K–450 K temperature range, which is significantly smaller than the Mg-ionization energy in AlN, suggesting the p-type conduction being mostly related to hopping conduction. The free hole concentration of AlN:Mg nanowires is estimated to be on the order of 10{sup 16 }cm{sup −3}, or higher.

  18. Multilayer graphene stacks grown by different methods-thickness measurements by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and optical transmission

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    Tokarczyk, M. Kowalski, G.; Kępa, H.; Grodecki, K.; Drabińska, A.; Strupiński, W.

    2013-12-15

    X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and Optical absorption estimates of the thickness of graphene multi layer stacks (number of graphene layers) are presented for three different growth techniques. The objective of this work was focused on comparison and reconciliation of the two already widely used methods for thickness estimates (Raman and Absorption) with the calibration of the X-ray method as far as Scherer constant K is concerned and X-ray based Wagner-Aqua extrapolation method.

  19. Optical properties of nanocrystalline Y2O3 thin films grown on quartz substrates by electron beam deposition

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    Wiktorczyk, Tadeusz; Biegański, Piotr; Serafińczuk, Jarosław

    2016-09-01

    Yttrium oxide thin films of a thickness 221-341 nm were formed onto quartz substrates by reactive physical vapor deposition in an oxygen atmosphere. An electron beam gun was applied as a deposition source. The effect of substrate temperature during film deposition (in the range of 323-673 K) on film structure, surface morphology and optical properties was investigated. The surface morphology studies (with atomic force microscopy and diffuse spectra reflectivity) show that the film surface was relatively smooth with RMS surface roughness in the range of 1.7-3.8 nm. XRD analysis has revealed that all diffraction lines belong to a cubic Y2O3 structure. The films consisted of small nanocrystals. Their average grain size increases from 1.6 nm to 22 nm, with substrate temperature rising from 323 K to 673 K. Optical examinations of transmittance and reflectance were performed in the spectral range of 0.2-2.5 μm. Optical constants and their dispersion curves were determined. Values of the refractive index of the films were in the range of n = 1.79-1.90 (at 0.55 μm) for substrate temperature during film deposition of 323-673 K. The changes in the refractive index upon substrate temperature correspond very well with the increase in the nanocrystals grain diameter and with film porosity.

  20. Structural and optical characterization of GaAs nano-crystals selectively grown on Si nano-tips by MOVPE

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    Skibitzki, Oliver; Prieto, Ivan; Kozak, Roksolana; Capellini, Giovanni; Zaumseil, Peter; Arroyo Rojas Dasilva, Yadira; Rossell, Marta D.; Erni, Rolf; von Känel, Hans; Schroeder, Thomas

    2017-03-01

    We present the nanoheteroepitaxial growth of gallium arsenide (GaAs) on nano-patterned silicon (Si) (001) substrates fabricated using a CMOS technology compatible process. The selective growth of GaAs nano-crystals (NCs) was achieved at 570 °C by MOVPE. A detailed structure and defect characterization study of the grown nano-heterostructures was performed using scanning transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, micro-Raman, and micro-photoluminescence (μ-PL) spectroscopy. The results show single-crystalline, nearly relaxed GaAs NCs on top of slightly, by the SiO2-mask compressively strained Si nano-tips (NTs). Given the limited contact area, GaAs/Si nanostructures benefit from limited intermixing in contrast to planar GaAs films on Si. Even though a few growth defects (e.g. stacking faults, micro/nano-twins, etc) especially located at the GaAs/Si interface region were detected, the nanoheterostructures show intensive light emission, as investigated by μ-PL spectroscopy. Achieving well-ordered high quality GaAs NCs on Si NTs may provide opportunities for superior electronic, photonic, or photovoltaic device performances integrated on the silicon technology platform.

  1. Structural and optical characterization of GaAs nano-crystals selectively grown on Si nano-tips by MOVPE.

    PubMed

    Skibitzki, Oliver; Prieto, Ivan; Kozak, Roksolana; Capellini, Giovanni; Zaumseil, Peter; Arroyo Rojas Dasilva, Yadira; Rossell, Marta D; Erni, Rolf; von Känel, Hans; Schroeder, Thomas

    2017-03-01

    We present the nanoheteroepitaxial growth of gallium arsenide (GaAs) on nano-patterned silicon (Si) (001) substrates fabricated using a CMOS technology compatible process. The selective growth of GaAs nano-crystals (NCs) was achieved at 570 °C by MOVPE. A detailed structure and defect characterization study of the grown nano-heterostructures was performed using scanning transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, micro-Raman, and micro-photoluminescence (μ-PL) spectroscopy. The results show single-crystalline, nearly relaxed GaAs NCs on top of slightly, by the SiO2-mask compressively strained Si nano-tips (NTs). Given the limited contact area, GaAs/Si nanostructures benefit from limited intermixing in contrast to planar GaAs films on Si. Even though a few growth defects (e.g. stacking faults, micro/nano-twins, etc) especially located at the GaAs/Si interface region were detected, the nanoheterostructures show intensive light emission, as investigated by μ-PL spectroscopy. Achieving well-ordered high quality GaAs NCs on Si NTs may provide opportunities for superior electronic, photonic, or photovoltaic device performances integrated on the silicon technology platform.

  2. Optical properties and structural characteristics of ZnMgO grown by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy

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    Wassner, Thomas A.; Laumer, Bernhard; Maier, Stefan; Stutzmann, Martin; Laufer, Andreas; Meyer, Bruno K.; Eickhoff, Martin

    2009-01-15

    Wurtzite Zn{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}O thin films with Mg contents between x=0 and x=0.37 were grown on c-plane sapphire substrates by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy using a MgO/ZnMgO buffer layer. The a-lattice parameter is independent from the Mg concentration, whereas the c-lattice parameter decreases from 5.20 A for x=0 to 5.17 A for x=0.37, indicating pseudomorphic growth. The near band edge photoluminescence shows a blueshift with increasing Mg concentration to an emission energy of 4.11 eV for x=0.37. Simultaneously, the energetic position of the deep defect luminescence shows a linear shift from 2.2 to 2.8 eV. Low temperature transmission measurements reveal strong excitonic features for the investigated composition range and alloy broadening effects for higher Mg contents. The Stokes shift as well as the Urbach energy is increased to values of up to 125 and 54 meV for x=0.37, respectively, indicating exciton localization due to alloy fluctuations.

  3. Effect of substrate temperature on structural and optical properties of ZnO nanostructures grown by thermal evaporation method

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    Tu, Nguyen; Trung, Do Quang; Kien, N. D. T.; Huy, P. T.; Nguyen, D. H.

    2017-01-01

    In this study, ZnO nanostructures were synthesized on SiO2/Si substrate by thermal evaporation method. The dependence of the crystalline phase, morphologies and chemical composition of the samples grown at different substrate temperatures were systematically studied. The XRD, Raman spectra, FTIR spectra and XPS results reveal the existence of Zn2SiO4 phase, beside the ZnO phase. The Zn2SiO4 phase dominates at high substrate temperature and vise versa. Under UV excitation at room temperature, the samples show three distinct emission bands namely UV ( 380 nm), green ( 525 nm), and NIR (730 nm). The increase of the PL intensity of the NIR emission with increasing substrate temperature, indicates the relation between this emission and the higher Zn2SiO4 phase content in the samples. Origin of the rarely observed NIR emission band is attributed to the energy transition from non-bridging oxygen hole centers of SiO2 to the Zni and Vo states of Zn2SiO4.

  4. Non-Radiation Cellular Thermometry based on Interfacial Thermally Induced Phase Transformation in Polymer Coating of Optical Microfiber.

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    Huang, Yunyun; Guo, Tuan; Tian, Zhuang; Yu, Bo; Ding, Mingfei; Li, Xiangping; Guan, BaiOu

    2017-02-22

    A non-radiation based approach based on thermoresponsive polyer coated silica microfibers has been developed. A highly thermoresponsive and bio-compatible pNIPAM was surface functionlized to conjugate to the tapered silica microfiber with waist diameter of 7.5 μm. The interfacial phase transtition of coating triggered by the LCST cause a drastic molecular morphological change in body temperature range of 35-42 oC. This surface morphological change strongly modulates optical path difference between the high order and fundamental mode propagating in the microfiber due to the evanescent-field interaction, and therefore shifts the intermodal interference fringe. Owing to the non-radiation based nature, the thermoresponsive polymer coated microfiber enables an improved thermal sensitivity of 18.7 nm/oC and hence a high temperature resolution of milli-degree. Furthermore, the micrometer sized footprint enables its easy implantation in human organs for cellular thermometry and the potential of in-vivo applications.

  5. Optical detection of glucose and glycated hemoglobin using etched fiber Bragg gratings coated with functionalized reduced graphene oxide.

    PubMed

    Sridevi, S; Vasu, K S; Sampath, S; Asokan, S; Sood, A K

    2016-07-01

    An enhanced optical detection of D-glucose and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c ) has been established in this study using etched fiber Bragg gratings (eFBG) coated with aminophenylboronic acid (APBA)-functionalized reduced graphene oxide (RGO). The read out, namely the shift in Bragg wavelength (ΔλB ) is highly sensitive to changes that occur due to the adsorption of glucose (or HbA1c ) molecules on the eFBG sensor coated with APBA-RGO complex through a five-membered cyclic ester bond formation between glucose and APBA molecules. A limit of detection of 1 nM is achieved with a linear range of detection from 1 nM to 10 mM in the case of D-glucose detection experiments. For HbA1c , a linear range of detection varying from 86 nM to 0.23 mM is achieved. The observation of only 4 pm (picometer) change in ΔλB even for the 10 mM lactose solution confirms the specificity of the APBA-RGO complex coated eFBG sensors to glucose molecules.

  6. Design of a compact waveguide optical isolator based on multimode interferometers using magneto-optical oxide thin films grown on silicon-on-insulator substrates.

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    Shui, Keyi; Nie, Lixia; Zhang, Yan; Peng, Bo; Xie, Jianliang; Deng, Longjiang; Bi, Lei

    2016-06-13

    We report the design of a waveguide optical isolator based on multimode interferometer (MMI) structure using silicon on insulator (SOI) and deposited magneto-optical (MO) thin films. The optical isolator is based on a vertical 1 × 2 SOI MMI utilizing the nonreciprocal phase shift (NRPS) difference of different TM modes of the MO garnet thin film/SOI waveguide. By constructing a silicon/MO thin film/silicon structure, we demonstrate that the NRPS of the fundamental and first order TM modes can show opposite signs for certain device dimensions, therefore significantly reduce the device length. For a 310.42 μm long device, 20 dB isolation bandwidth larger than 1.6 nm with total insertion loss of 0.817 dB is achieved at 1550 nm wavelength. The fabrication tolerances and materials losses are also discussed to satisfy the state-of-the-art fabrication technology and material properties.

  7. Real-time optical wireless transmissions of digital TV signals using white InGaN LEDs grown with an asymmetric quantum barrier.

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    Tsai, Chia-Lung; Chen, Yen-Jen

    2015-10-19

    The feasibility of using InGaN LEDs grown with asymmetric barrier layer (ABL) as transmitters in visible light communications is investigated experimentally. Compared with normal LEDs, the improvement in the spontaneous emission rate due to enhanced carrier localization and better uniformity of carrier distribution in ABL-containing MQWs leads to the fabricated LEDs can exhibit a 32.6% (@ 350 mA) increase in emission intensity and a 10.5% increase in modulation bandwidth. After eliminating the slow-responding phosphorescent components emitting from the phosphor-converted white LEDs, an open eye-diagram at 180 Mb/s is demonstrated over a distance of 100 cm in directed line-of-sight optical links. With the use of proposed LEDs, real-time transmissions of digital TV signals over a moderate distance (~100 cm) in free space is shown to be available in a 150 Mbit/s white LED-based optical link with conventional on-off keying modulation.

  8. Optical properties of epitaxial BiFeO3 thin film grown on SrRuO3-buffered SrTiO3 substrate.

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    Xu, Ji-Ping; Zhang, Rong-Jun; Chen, Zhi-Hui; Wang, Zi-Yi; Zhang, Fan; Yu, Xiang; Jiang, An-Quan; Zheng, Yu-Xiang; Wang, Song-You; Chen, Liang-Yao

    2014-01-01

    The BiFeO3 (BFO) thin film was deposited by pulsed-laser deposition on SrRuO3 (SRO)-buffered (111) SrTiO3 (STO) substrate. X-ray diffraction pattern reveals a well-grown epitaxial BFO thin film. Atomic force microscopy study indicates that the BFO film is rather dense with a smooth surface. The ellipsometric spectra of the STO substrate, the SRO buffer layer, and the BFO thin film were measured, respectively, in the photon energy range 1.55 to 5.40 eV. Following the dielectric functions of STO and SRO, the ones of BFO described by the Lorentz model are received by fitting the spectra data to a five-medium optical model consisting of a semi-infinite STO substrate/SRO layer/BFO film/surface roughness/air ambient structure. The thickness and the optical constants of the BFO film are obtained. Then a direct bandgap is calculated at 2.68 eV, which is believed to be influenced by near-bandgap transitions. Compared to BFO films on other substrates, the dependence of the bandgap for the BFO thin film on in-plane compressive strain from epitaxial structure is received. Moreover, the bandgap and the transition revealed by the Lorentz model also provide a ground for the assessment of the bandgap for BFO single crystals.

  9. Impact of different cleaning processes on the laser damage threshold of antireflection coatings for Z-Backlighter optics at Sandia National Laboratories

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    Field, Ella; Bellum, John; Kletecka, Damon

    2014-11-06

    We have examined how different cleaning processes affect the laser-induced damage threshold of antireflection coatings for large dimension, Z-Backlighter laser optics at Sandia National Laboratories. Laser damage thresholds were measured after the coatings were created, and again 4 months later to determine which cleaning processes were most effective. There is a nearly twofold increase in laser-induced damage threshold between the antireflection coatings that were cleaned and those that were not cleaned. Aging of the coatings after 4 months resulted in even higher laser-induced damage thresholds. Also, the laser-induced damage threshold results revealed that every antireflection coating had a high defectmore » density, despite the cleaning process used, which indicates that improvements to either the cleaning or deposition processes should provide even higher laser-induced damage thresholds.« less

  10. Impact of different cleaning processes on the laser damage threshold of antireflection coatings for Z-Backlighter optics at Sandia National Laboratories

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    Field, Ella; Bellum, John; Kletecka, Damon

    2014-11-06

    We have examined how different cleaning processes affect the laser-induced damage threshold of antireflection coatings for large dimension, Z-Backlighter laser optics at Sandia National Laboratories. Laser damage thresholds were measured after the coatings were created, and again 4 months later to determine which cleaning processes were most effective. There is a nearly twofold increase in laser-induced damage threshold between the antireflection coatings that were cleaned and those that were not cleaned. Aging of the coatings after 4 months resulted in even higher laser-induced damage thresholds. Also, the laser-induced damage threshold results revealed that every antireflection coating had a high defect density, despite the cleaning process used, which indicates that improvements to either the cleaning or deposition processes should provide even higher laser-induced damage thresholds.

  11. Sensitivity control of optical fiber biosensors utilizing turnaround point long period gratings with self-assembled polymer coatings

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    Gifford, Erika; Wang, Z.; Ramachandran, S.; Heflin, J. R.

    2007-09-01

    Ionic self-assembled multilayers (ISAMs) adsorbed on long period fiber gratings (LPGs) can serve as an inexpensive, robust, portable, biosensor platform. The ISAM technique is a layer-by-layer deposition technique that creates thin films on the nanoscale level. The combination of ISAMs with LPGs yields exceptional sensitivity of the optical fiber transmission spectrum. We have shown theoretically that the resonant wavelength shift for a thin-film coated LPG can be caused by the variation of the film's refractive index and/or the variation of the thickness of the film. We have experimentally demonstrated that the deposition of nm-thick ISAM films on LPGs induces shifts in the resonant wavelength of > 1.6 nm per nm of thin film. It has also been shown that the sensitivity of the LPG to the thickness of the ISAM film increases with increased film thickness. We have further demonstrated that ISAM-coated LPGs can function effectively as biosensors by using the biotin-streptavidin system and by using the Bacillus anthracis (Anthrax) antibody- PA (Protective Antigen) system. Experiments have been successfully performed in both air and solution, which illustrates the versatility of the biosensor. The results confirm that ISAM-LPGs yield a reusable, thermally-stable, and robust platform for designing and building efficient optical biosensors.

  12. On-Line Sensor Systems for Monitoring the Cure of Coatings on Glass Optical Fibers and Assemblies

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    J.F. McClelland; R.W. Jones

    2003-10-01

    Glass fiber technology, which enables light transmission and communication over great distances, was developed in the U.S. and has evolved into a major industry in this country. Continuous innovation is required to maintain the leadership position that the U.S. enjoys in glass optical fiber technology. This project addressed a key quality assurance aspect of glass optical fiber and cable assembly production-namely, assuring full cure of the polymer coating that protects the fiber from physical damage and moisture degradation. Properly cured coatings are imperative for the cable-assembly industry because they provide protection from the environment and assure both mechanical strength and long-term performance of the cable assembly, The industry loses approximately 5% of its production due to under-cured fiber. This loss amounts to roughly $70,000,000 per year. The standard procedure in the industry is to spot check cables after production because no on-line method has been available to continuously monitor cure during either the glass-fiber drawing process, which operates at high speeds of roughly 1 kilometer per minute, or the cable-assembly process. Many kilometers of out-of-specification material can therefore be produced before tests catch the flaw. This project strove to eliminate this delay.

  13. Structural, optical and electrical properties of delafossite CuGaO2 films grown by sol-gel method

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    Han, M. J.; Huang, T.; Zhang, J. Z.; Li, Y. W.; Hu, Z. G.

    2013-12-01

    Transparent p-type conductive CuGaO2 films have been fabricated on sapphire substrates by sol-gel method. The stable sol solution for CuGaO2 were formed by copper(II) acetate monohydrate and gallium(III) nitrate hydrate, and the c-axis orientation of CuGaO2 films were strengthened with increasing annealing temperature. The pure phase CuGaO2 film was obtained at 900°C for 30 min in N2 atmosphere, and its microstructure, compositions, optical and electrical properties were analyzed. It was found that the sol-gel derived CuGaO2 films show a high optical transparency (60-80%) in the visible region, the direct and indirect band gaps were approximately 3.56 and 3.24 eV, respectively. It shows a crossover from the thermal activation behavior to that of three-dimensional variable range hopping from the temperature-dependent electrical conductivity at about 160 K.

  14. Control of Phase, Structural and Optical Properties of Tin Sulfide Nanostructured Thin Films Grown via Chemical Bath Deposition

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    Mahdi, Mohamed S.; Ibrahim, K.; Hmood, Arshad; Ahmed, Naser M.; Mustafa, Falah I.

    2017-02-01

    In this study, nanostructured tin sulfide (SnS) thin films were synthesized on glass substrates by means of low-cost chemical bath deposition using non-toxic trisodium citrate (TSC) as complexing agent. The influence of varying molar concentration of TSC (0.15-0.21 M) on the tin sulfide phases was investigated. The structural, morphological and optical properties of the films were studied using x-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Raman spectroscopy and optical absorption spectroscopy. The XRD patterns confirmed an orthorhombic polycrystalline structure of the as-prepared SnS thin films. The values of average crystalline size and texture coefficient of the major XRD peak increased with increasing TSC concentration. The FESEM micrographs revealed that the synthesized thin films are characterized by a flake-stack structure. The Raman spectra of the films showed the presence of a Sn2S3 peak, which gradually declined in intensity until almost disappearing as the TSC concentration increased from 0.15 M to 0.21 M. The direct energy band gaps estimated from ultraviolet-visible-near-infrared absorption spectra also varied between 1.64 eV to 1.1 eV with increasing TSC concentration from 0.15 M to 0.21 M. The results indicate the crucial role of TSC in the synthesis of SnS nanostructured thin films.

  15. Electrical and optical properties of Ti doped ZnO films grown on glass substrate by atomic layer deposition

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    Wan, Zhixin; Kwack, Won-Sub; Lee, Woo-Jae; Jang, Seung-II; Kim, Hye-Ri; Kim, Jin-Woong; Jung, Kang-Won; Min, Won-Ja; Yu, Kyu-Sang; Park, Sung-Hun; Yun, Eun-Young; Kim, Jin-Hyock; Kwon, Se-Hun

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • Ti doped ZnO films were prepared on Corning XG glass substrate by ALD. • The electrical properties and optical properties were systematically investigated. • An optimized Ti doped ZnO films had low resistivity and excellent optical transmittance. - Abstract: Titanium doped zinc oxide (Ti doped ZnO) films were prepared by atomic layer deposition methods at a deposition temperature of 200 °C. The Ti content in Ti doped ZnO films was varied from 5.08 at.% to 15.02 at.%. X-ray diffraction results indicated that the crystallinity of the Ti doped ZnO films had degraded with increasing Ti content. Transmission electron microscopy was used to investigate the microstructural evolution of the Ti doped ZnO films, showing that both the grain size and crystallinity reduced with increasing Ti content. The electrical resistivity of the Ti doped ZnO films showed a minimum value of 1.6 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm with the Ti content of 6.20 at.%. Furthermore, the Ti doped ZnO films exhibited excellent transmittance.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of a stable, label-free optical biosensor from TiO2-coated porous silicon.

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    Li, Jianlin; Sailor, Michael J

    2014-05-15

    A nanoscale layer of TiO2 is coated on the inner pore walls of a porous silicon (PSi) film by room-temperature infiltration of a TiO2 sol-gel precursor and firing at 500 °C. The PSi:TiO2 composite films are characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectral analysis (EDS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and reflective interferometric Fourier transform spectroscopy (RIFTS). The analysis indicates that TiO2 conformally coats the inner pore surfaces of the PSi film. The film displays greater aqueous stability in the pH range 2-12 relative to a PSi:SiO2 surface. A label-free optical interference immunosensor based on the TiO2-coated PSi film is demonstrated by real-time monitoring of the physical adsorption of protein A, followed by the specific binding of rabbit anti-sheep immunoglobulin (IgG) and then specific capture of sheep IgG. The time to achieve equilibrium for the physical adsorption of protein A on the surface of TiO2-coated PSi film is significantly greater than that of PSi film. The specificity of the protein A and rabbit anti-sheep IgG construct on the sensor is confirmed by tests with non-binding chicken IgG. The sensitivity of the immunosensor is shown to be 8210 ± 170 nm/refractive index unit (RIU).

  17. Fabrication and performance study of electro-optical modulator and third order nonlinearity using unidirectional method (Sankaranarayanan-Ramasamy) grown Imidazolium L-Tartrate <0 1 0> single crystal

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    Elavarasu, N.; Karuppusamy, S.; Muralidharan, S.; Anantharaja, M.; Gopalakrishnan, R.

    2015-08-01

    The results of electro-optical modulator and third order nonlinearity of an organic single crystal of Imidazolium L-tartrate (IMLT) <0 1 0> grown by unidirectional growth method of Sankaranarayanan-Ramasamy (SR) are discussed for the first time in literature. The grown IMLT seed crystals were characterized by single crystal XRD and the lattice parameters were confirmed. The UV-Visible transmittance analysis shows that SR method grown IMLT single crystal possesses good transmittance in the entire visible region with a low cut-off wavelength at 240 nm. The mechanical study on the (0 1 0) plane of the IMLT single crystal analyzed by Vickers microhardness tester reveals the moderate hardness of the material. Photoconductivity studies on pure IMLT single crystal enumerated the positive photoconducting nature. Refractive index of the IMLT single crystal was determined by Brewster angle method. Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) efficiency of IMLT is 4.3 times greater than the standard Potassium Dihydrogen Phosphate (KDP) crystal. Nonlinear refractive index (n2), nonlinear absorption coefficient (β) and third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility χ(3) were evaluated using Z-scan method. The half wave voltage and electro-optical coefficient of IMLT crystal were determined using polarimetric technique. The electro-optical coefficient (r12) of IMLT is found to be greater than that of KDP crystal which represents the suitability of IMLT crystal to design the electro-optical modulator with low half wave voltage for nonlinear optical applications.

  18. Aluminum mirror coatings for UVOIR telescope optics including the far UV

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    Balasubramanian, Kunjithapatham; Hennessy, John; Raouf, Nasrat; Nikzad, Shouleh; Ayala, Michael; Shaklan, Stuart; Scowen, Paul; Del Hoyo, Javier; Quijada, Manuel

    2015-09-01

    NASA Cosmic Origins (COR) Program identified the development of high reflectivity mirror coatings for large astronomical telescopes particularly for the far ultra violet (FUV) part of the spectrum as a key technology requiring significant materials research and process development. In this paper we describe the challenges and accomplishments in producing stable high reflectance aluminum mirror coatings with conventional evaporation and advanced Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) techniques. We present the current status of process development with reflectance of ~ 55 to 80% in the FUV achieved with little or no degradation over a year.

  19. COATLI: an all-sky robotic optical imager with 0.3 arcsec image quality

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    Watson, Alan M.; Cuevas Cardona, Salvador; Alvarez Nuñez, Luis C.; Ángeles, Fernando; Becerra-Godínez, Rosa L.; Chapa, Oscar; Farah, Alejandro S.; Fuentes-Fernández, Jorge; Figueroa, Liliana; Langarica Lebre, Rosalía.; Quiróz, Fernando; Román-Zúñiga, Carlos G.; Ruíz-Diáz-Soto, Jaime; Tejada, Carlos; Tinoco, Silvio J.

    2016-08-01

    COATLI will provide 0.3 arcsec FWHM images from 550 to 900 nm over a large fraction of the sky. It consists of a robotic 50-cm telescope with a diffraction-limited fast-guiding imager. Since the telescope is small, fast guiding will provide diffraction-limited image quality over a field of at least 1 arcmin and with coverage of a large fraction of the sky, even in relatively poor seeing. The COATLI telescope will be installed at the at the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional in Sierra San Pedro Mártir, México, during 2016 and the diffraction-limited imager will follow in 2017.

  20. Self-Cleaning Coatings and Materials for Decontaminating Field-Deployable Land and Water-Based Optical Systems

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    Ryan, Robert; Underwood, Lauren; Holekamp, Kara; May, George; Spiering, Bruce; Davis, Bruce

    2011-01-01

    This technology exploits the organic decomposition capability and hydrophilic properties of the photocatalytic material titanium dioxide (TiO2), a nontoxic and non-hazardous substance, to address contamination and biofouling issues in field-deployed optical sensor systems. Specifically, this technology incorporates TiO2 coatings and materials applied to, or integrated as a part of, the optical surfaces of sensors and calibration sources, including lenses, windows, and mirrors that are used in remote, unattended, ground-based (land or maritime) optical sensor systems. Current methods used to address contamination or biofouling of these optical surfaces in deployed systems are costly, toxic, labor intensive, and non-preventative. By implementing this novel technology, many of these negative aspects can be reduced. The functionality of this innovative self-cleaning solution to address the problem of contamination or biofouling depends on the availability of a sufficient light source with the appropriate spectral properties, which can be attained naturally via sunlight or supplemented using artificial illumination such as UV LEDs (light emitting diodes). In land-based or above-water systems, the TiO2 optical surface is exposed to sunlight, which catalyzes the photocatalytic reaction, facilitating both the decomposition of inorganic and organic compounds, and the activation of superhydrophilic properties. Since underwater optical surfaces are submerged and have limited sunlight exposure, supplementary UV light sources would be required to activate the TiO2 on these optical surfaces. Nighttime operation of land-based or above-water systems would require this addition as well. For most superhydrophilic self-cleaning purposes, a rainwater wash will suffice; however, for some applications an attached rainwater collector/ dispenser or other fresh water dispensing system may be required to wash the optical surface and initiate the removal of contaminates. Deployment of this

  1. FEL (Free Electron Laser) Optics Coating Test Program (Design Phase of Sample Introduction Chamber)

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    1986-02-01

    steel and coating the holder bases with MOS2 . The pointed tip of the pick-up head guides it into the threaded socket in the sample holder despite...pressure in section (b) is given predominantly by the outgassing rate and the pumping rate. Using the post bakeout rate of stainless steel at 2x10 - 12

  2. High resolution fiber optic surface plasmon resonance sensors with single-sided gold coatings.

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    Feng, Dingyi; Zhou, Wenjun; Qiao, Xueguang; Albert, Jacques

    2016-07-25

    The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) performance of gold coated tilted fiber Bragg gratings (TFBG) at near infrared wavelengths is evaluated as a function of the angle between the tilt plane orientation and the direction of single- and double-sided, nominally 50 nm-thick gold metal depositions. Scanning electron microscope images show that the coating are highly non-uniform around the fiber circumference, varying between near zero and 50 nm. In spite of these variations, the experimental results show that the spectral signature of the TFBG-SPR sensors is similar to that of simulations based on perfectly uniform coatings, provided that the depositions are suitably oriented along the tilt plane direction. Furthermore, it is shown that even a (properly oriented) single-sided coating (over only half of the fiber circumference) is sufficient to provide a theoretically perfect SPR response with a bandwidth under 5 nm, and 90% attenuation. Finally, using a pair of adjacent TFBG resonances within the SPR response envelope, a power detection scheme is used to demonstrate a limit of detection of 3 × 10-6 refractive index units.

  3. Optical and structural properties of polycrystalline CVD diamond films grown on fused silica optical fibres pre-treated by high-power sonication seeding

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    Bogdanowicz, R.; Śmietana, M.; Gnyba, M.; Gołunski, Ł.; Ryl, J.; Gardas, M.

    2014-09-01

    In this paper, the growth of polycrystalline chemical vapour deposition (CVD) diamond thin films on fused silica optical fibres has been investigated. The research results show that the effective substrate seeding process can lower defect nucleation, and it simultaneously increases surface encapsulation. However, the growth process on glass requires high seeding density. The effects of suspension type and ultrasonic power were the specific objects of investigation. In order to increase the diamond density, glass substrates were seeded using a high-power sonication process. The highest applied power of sonotrode reached 72 W during the performed experiments. The two, most common diamond seeding suspensions were used, i.e. detonation nanodiamond dispersed in (a) dimethyl sulfoxide and (b) deionised water. The CVD diamond nucleation and growth processes were performed using microwave plasma assisted chemical vapour deposition system. Next, the seeding efficiency was determined and compared using the numerical analysis of scanning electron microscopy images. The molecular composition of nucleated diamond was examined with micro-Raman spectroscopy. The sp3/sp2 band ratio was calculated using Raman spectra deconvolution method. Thickness, roughness, and optical properties of the nanodiamond films in UV-vis wavelength range were investigated by means of spectroscopic ellipsometry. It has been demonstrated that the high-power sonication process can improve the seeding efficiency on glass substrates. However, it can also cause significant erosion defects at the fibre surface. We believe that the proposed growth method can be effectively applied to manufacture the novel optical fibre sensors. Due to high chemical and mechanical resistance of CVD diamond films, deposition of such films on the sensors is highly desirable. This method enables omitting the deposition of an additional adhesion interlayer at the glass-nanocrystalline interface, and thus potentially increases

  4. Remote quantitative temperature and thickness measurements of plasma-deposited titanium nitride thin coatings on steel using a laser interferometric thermoreflectance optical thermometer

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    Liu Yue; Mandelis, Andreas; Choy, Mervyn; Wang, Chinhua; Segal, Lee

    2005-08-15

    An optical thermometer based on the principle of laser thermoreflectance has been introduced to monitor the surface temperature of thin coatings on steel parts undergoing an industrial titanium nitride (TiN) alloy deposition process. To study the feasibility of the optical thermometer, various thermo-optical parameters of TiN affected by the deposition process have been investigated; namely, the reflectance-temperature relation, the thermoreflectance coefficient, and the coating thickness dependence of thermoreflectance and of total reflectance. A theory of interferometric thermoreflectance has been introduced to model the total reflectance variations during the coating process. An inverse reflectance-temperature relation for the TiN-D2 steel substrate system has been found and a first-order Taylor series expansion used to model thermoreflectance has been shown to yield a thermoreflectance coefficient which is independent of temperature. Both results are in quantitative agreement with the Drude-Zener theory of conductors and semi-conductors. An empirical formula has been derived to effectively model the experimental thermoreflectance coefficient dependence of the TiN-D2 steel system on TiN coating thickness, in qualitative agreement with scattering mechanisms of the Boltzmann transport theory in conductors and semiconductors. The good agreement of theoretical interferometric thermoreflectance simulations with in situ measurements during a specific industrial TiN sputter-coating growth process and the independence of the thermoreflectance and thin-coating-thickness reflectance coefficients from temperature show the potential of using this nonintrusive noncontacting technique as an optical thermometer to determine surface temperatures of physically inaccessible samples undergoing industrial coating deposition processes.

  5. Tile Lazor Code: Temperature Transients In Coated-Uncoated Cooled And Uncooled Laser Optics

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    Palmer, J. R.

    1988-06-01

    Lazar 'Lnc. has recently put on the market a new set of desk top Codes suitable for the Macintosh Plusnt that will allow the optical designer, systems analyst, or anyone that may be interested in the temperature transient when a reflective optical element is subjected to either continuous wave or repetitive pulsed laser radiation.

  6. Optical, Electrical, and Morphological Effects of Yttrium Doping of Cadmium Oxide Thin Films Grown by Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis

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    Tombak, Ahmet; Baturay, Silan; Kilicoglu, Tahsin; Ocak, Yusuf Selim

    2016-11-01

    CdO films doped with Y concentrations of 0%, 1%, 2%, and 3% were deposited onto soda lime glass using ultrasonic spray pyrolysis. The effect of the doping level on the structural, morphological, optical, and electrical properties of the films was characterized. X-ray diffraction analysis was used to establish that all of the samples were polycrystalline and to determine the structural parameters, i.e., lattice spacing (d), phases and associated (hkl) planes, grain size (D), and dislocation density (δ). The films possessed high conductivity and carrier concentration, showing n-type semiconducting behavior. The films were almost transparent over the range from 600 nm to 1100 nm. The energy bandgap was 2.43 eV, 2.53 eV, 2.68 eV, and 2.70 eV for Y doping of 0%, 1%, 2%, and 3%, respectively. The refractive index and extinction coefficient of the films over the range from 700 nm to 1100 nm were determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry. Atomic force microscopy revealed the effect of Y doping on the surface morphology of the CdO films.

  7. Optical properties of TiO2 thin film grown on quartz substrate by sol-gel method

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    Tian, Jianjun; Deng, Hongmei; Sun, Lin; Kong, Hui; Yang, Pingxiong; Chu, Junhao

    2011-11-01

    TiO2 film was deposited on quartz substrate by sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction analysis and Raman scattering measurement indicate that the TiO2 film is the pure rutile phase structure. From photoluminescence spectra, it is found that the TiO2 film shows a near-infrared luminescence band centered at about 832 nm, and two visible luminescence bands centered at about 426 nm and 524 nm, respectively. The refractive index n, extinct coefficient k, optical band gap EOBG and thickness d of TiO2 film were extracted by fitting transmission spectra with the Adachi's dielectric function model and a three-phase layered model. It is found that n value increases and then decreases with increasing wavelength, while k decreases continuously. The thickness of TiO2 film is about 297 nm. EOBG value is about 3.72eV and larger than that attained by Tauc's law, which is about 3.28eV.

  8. Optical properties of TiO2 thin film grown on quartz substrate by sol-gel method

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    Tian, Jianjun; Deng, Hongmei; Sun, Lin; Kong, Hui; Yang, Pingxiong; Chu, Junhao

    2012-02-01

    TiO2 film was deposited on quartz substrate by sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction analysis and Raman scattering measurement indicate that the TiO2 film is the pure rutile phase structure. From photoluminescence spectra, it is found that the TiO2 film shows a near-infrared luminescence band centered at about 832 nm, and two visible luminescence bands centered at about 426 nm and 524 nm, respectively. The refractive index n, extinct coefficient k, optical band gap EOBG and thickness d of TiO2 film were extracted by fitting transmission spectra with the Adachi's dielectric function model and a three-phase layered model. It is found that n value increases and then decreases with increasing wavelength, while k decreases continuously. The thickness of TiO2 film is about 297 nm. EOBG value is about 3.72eV and larger than that attained by Tauc's law, which is about 3.28eV.

  9. Structural and optical properties of La-doped BaSnO3 thin films grown by PLD

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    James, K. K.; Krishnaprasad, P. S.; Hasna, K.; Jayaraj, M. K.

    2015-01-01

    In this study the structural and optical properties of lanthanum-doped BaSnO3 powder samples and thin films deposited on fused silica were investigaed using laser ablation. Under an oxygen pressure of 5×10-4 mbar, phase pure BaSnO3 films with a lattice constant of 0.417 nm and grain size of 21 nm were prepared at 630 °C. The band gap of BaSnO3 powder sample and thin films was calculated to be 3.36 eV and 3.67 eV, respectively. There was a progressive increase in conductivity for thin films of BaSnO3 doped with 0~7 at% of La. The highest conductivity, 9 Scm-1, was obtained for 7 at% La-doped BaSnO3. Carrier concentration, obtained from Burstein-Moss (B-M) shift, nearly matches the measured values except for 3 at% and 10 at% La-doped BaSnO3 thin films.

  10. Optical, Electrical, and Morphological Effects of Yttrium Doping of Cadmium Oxide Thin Films Grown by Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis

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    Tombak, Ahmet; Baturay, Silan; Kilicoglu, Tahsin; Ocak, Yusuf Selim

    2017-04-01

    CdO films doped with Y concentrations of 0%, 1%, 2%, and 3% were deposited onto soda lime glass using ultrasonic spray pyrolysis. The effect of the doping level on the structural, morphological, optical, and electrical properties of the films was characterized. X-ray diffraction analysis was used to establish that all of the samples were polycrystalline and to determine the structural parameters, i.e., lattice spacing ( d), phases and associated ( hkl) planes, grain size ( D), and dislocation density ( δ). The films possessed high conductivity and carrier concentration, showing n-type semiconducting behavior. The films were almost transparent over the range from 600 nm to 1100 nm. The energy bandgap was 2.43 eV, 2.53 eV, 2.68 eV, and 2.70 eV for Y doping of 0%, 1%, 2%, and 3%, respectively. The refractive index and extinction coefficient of the films over the range from 700 nm to 1100 nm were determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry. Atomic force microscopy revealed the effect of Y doping on the surface morphology of the CdO films.

  11. Plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition of low- loss as-grown germanosilicate layers for optical waveguides

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    Ay, Feridun; Agan, Sedat; Aydinli, Atilla

    2004-08-01

    We report on systematic growth and characterization of low-loss germanosilicate layers for use in optical waveguides. Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) technique was used to grow the films using silane, germane and nitrous oxide as precursor gases. Chemical composition was monitored by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. N-H bond concentration of the films decreased from 0.43x1022 cm-3 down to below 0.06x1022 cm-3, by a factor of seven as the GeH4 flow rate increased from 0 to 70 sccm. A simultaneous decrease of O-H related bonds was also observed by a factor of 10 in the same germane flow range. The measured TE rate increased from 5 to 50 sccm, respectively. In contrast, the propagation loss values for TE polarization at λ=632.8 nm were found to increase from are 0.20 +/- 0.02 to 6.46 +/- 0.04 dB/cm as the germane flow rate increased from 5 to 50 sccm, respectively. In contrast, the propagation loss values for TE polarization at λ=1550 nm were found to decrease from 0.32 +/- 0.03 down to 0.14 +/- 0.06 dB/cm for the same samples leading to the lowest values reported so far in the literature, eliminating the need for high temperature annealing as is usually done for these materials to be used in waveguide devices.

  12. Sustained high-yield production of recombinant proteins in transiently transfected COS-7 cells grown on trimethylamine-coated (hillex) microcarrier beads.

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    Knibbs, Randall N; Dame, Michael; Allen, Melissa R; Ding, Yunhong; Hillegas, William J; Varani, James; Stoolman, Lloyd M

    2003-01-01

    The present study shows that COS-7 cells transiently transfected and maintained on positively charged (trimethylamine-coated) microcarrier beads synthesize recombinant protein at higher levels and for longer periods of time than cells transfected and maintained on polystyrene flasks in monolayer culture. Sustained, high-level synthesis was observed with secreted chimeric proteins (murine E-selectin- and P-selectin-human IgM chimeras) and a secreted hematopoietic growth factor (granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor). Studies with green fluorescent protein indicated that the transfected cells attached more firmly to the trimethylamine-coated microcarriers than to polystyrene flasks. After 10-14 days in culture, most of the transfected cells detached from the surface of the polystyrene flasks, whereas most transfected cells remained attached to the microcarriers. The transiently transfected microcarrier cultures produced higher levels of protein per transfected cell due to this prolonged attachment. The prolonged attachment and higher output of transfected cells on microcarriers resulted in a 5-fold increase in protein production from a single transfection over two weeks. Thus, microcarrier-based transient transfection yields quantities of recombinant proteins with a significant savings of time and reagents over monolayer culture.

  13. Optical sensor for dual sensing of oxygen and carbon dioxide based on sensing films coated on filter paper.

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    Chu, Cheng-Shane; Syu, Jhih-Jheng

    2017-02-01

    An optical sensor for the dual sensing of oxygen (O2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) based on sensing films coated on filter paper is proposed. Ethyl cellulose (EC) doped with platinum(II) meso-tetrakis(pentafluorophenyl)porphyrin (PtTFPP) and 7-amino-4-trifluoromethyl coumarin serve as the oxygen sensing material and reference blue emission dye for the pH indicator, respectively. The CO2 sensing layer includes the pH-sensitive fluorescent indicator 1-hydroxy-3,6,8-pyrenetrisulfonic acid trisodium salt immobilized within the EC. The O2- and CO2-sensitive materials can both be excited with a 405 nm LED, and the two emission wavelengths can be detected separately. The experimental result reveals that the optical O2 and CO2 sensors have sensitivities of IN2 /I100%O2 =22.8 and IN2 /I100%CO2 =3.6, respectively. The response times of the optical O2 sensor were 15 s upon switching from nitrogen to O2 and 41 s when moving from O2 to nitrogen (N2). The response times of the optical CO2 sensor were 7 s upon switching from 100% N2 to 100% CO2 and 39 s when moving from 100% CO2 to 100% N2. The proposed optical dual sensor can be used for the simultaneous sensing of O2 and CO2 concentrations in environmental applications.

  14. Optical sensor based on hybrid FBG/titanium dioxide coated LPFG for monitoring organic solvents in edible oils.

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    Coelho, Luís; Viegas, Diana; Santos, José Luís; de Almeida, José Manuel Marques Martins

    2016-01-01

    A hybrid optical sensing scheme based on a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) combined with a titanium dioxide coated long period fiber grating (LPFG) for monitoring organic solvents in high refractive index edible oils is reported. In order to investigate and optimize the sensor performance, two different FBG/LPFG interrogation systems were investigated. The readout of the sensor was implemented using either the wavelength shift of the LPFG resonance dip or the variation in the optical power level of the reflected/transmitted light at the FBG wavelength peak, which in turn depends on the wavelength position of the LPFG resonance. Hexane concentrations up to 20%V/V, corresponding to the refractive index range from 1.451 to 1.467, were considered. For the transmission mode of operation, sensitivities of 1.41 nm/%V/V and 0.11 dB/%V/V, with resolutions of 0.58%V/V and 0.29%V/V, were achieved when using the LPFG wavelength shift and the FBG transmitted optical power, respectively. For the FBG reflection mode of operation, a sensitivity of 0.07 dB/%V/V and a resolution better than 0.16%V/V were estimated.

  15. Optical characterizations of doped silicon nanocrystals grown by co-implantation of Si and dopants in SiO₂

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    Frégnaux, M.; Khelifi, R.; Muller, D.; Mathiot, D.

    2014-10-14

    Co-implantation, with overlapping implantation projected ranges, of Si and doping species (P, As, and B) followed by a thermal annealing step is a viable route to form doped Si nanocrystals (NCs) embedded in silica (SiO₂). In this paper, we investigate optical characterizations of both doped and un-doped Si-NCs prepared by this method. The effective NC presence in the oxide layer and their crystallinity is verified by Raman spectrometry. Photoluminescence (PL) and PL excitation measurements reveal quantum confinement effects and a gradual PL quenching with increasing dopant concentrations. In un-doped NC, the measured Stokes shift remains constant and its value ~0.2 eV is almost twice the Si–O vibration energy. This suggests that a possible radiative recombination path is a fundamental transition assisted by a local phonon. PL lifetime investigations show that PL time-decays follow a stretched exponential. Using a statistical model for luminescence quenching, a typical NC diameter close to 2 nm is obtained for As- and P-doped samples, consistent with our previous atomic probe tomography (APT) analyses. APT also demonstrated that n-type dopant (P and As) are efficiently introduced in the NC core, whereas p-type dopant (B) are located at the NC/SiO₂ interface. This last observation could explain the failure of the luminescence-quenching model to determine NC size in B-doped samples. All together, these experimental observations question on possible different carrier recombination paths in P or As doped NC compared to B one's.

  16. Versatile technique to functionalize optical microfibers via a modified sol-gel dip-coating method.

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    Xu, Z Y; Li, Y H; Wang, L J

    2014-01-01

    We present a convenient and versatile technique to functionalize microfibers by depositing sol-gel jackets via a modified dip-coating method. This was elucidated by gain-functionalizing microfibers with erbium-ytterbium codoped silica sol-gel jackets. For a 4.5-cm-long coated microfiber, an internal gain of 1.8 dB and a net gain of 0.8 dB for a 1550 nm signal were observed, when combing together the gain of the doped jackets and low loss of microfibers. With benefits of convenience and versatility, this technique can be used for functionalizing microfibers with jackets showing gains in other spectral ranges, high nonlinearity, high sensitivity, and many other functions.

  17. Effects of different plasma species (atomic N, metastable N2*, and ions) on the optical properties of dilute nitride materials grown by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy

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    Oye, Michael M.; Mattord, Terry J.; Hallock, Gary A.; Bank, Seth R.; Wistey, Mark A.; Reifsnider, Jason M.; Ptak, Aaron J.; Yuen, Homan B.; Harris, James S.; Holmes, Archie L.

    2007-11-01

    This letter studies the effects of atomic N, metastable N2*, and ionic species on the optical properties of dilute nitride materials. Ga0.8In0.2N0.01As0.99 was grown using a 1% N2 in Ar gas mix from an Applied-Epi Unibulb™ rf plasma source. Isonitrogen samples with and without ions were studied using various plasma operating conditions. Optical emission spectrometry was used to characterize relative proportions of different active nitrogen plasma species (atomic N and metastable N2*). Samples grown without ions and with a higher proportion of atomic N resulted in the best overall material quality, although this improvement was observed at high annealing temperatures. At lower annealing temperatures, increased blueshifts were observed for samples grown with a higher proportion of atomic N; however, there was no noticeable influence of ions on blueshift regardless of whether atomic N or metastable N2* was the dominant species present in the plasma. The key implication of this work is that it helps to elucidate a possible reason for some of the contradictory reports in the literature. The ions are not solely responsible for the commonly reported "plasma damage." Furthermore, we demonstrate herein that atomic N and metastable N2* each have different effects on the optical properties of dilute nitride materials grown by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy.

  18. Magnesium-Aluminum-Zirconium Oxide Amorphous Ternary Composite: A Dense and Stable Optical Coating

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    Sahoo, N. K.; Shapiro, A. P.

    1998-01-01

    In the present work, the process parameter dependent optical and structural properties of MgO-Al(2)O(3)-ZrO(2) ternary mixed-composite material have been investigated. Optical properties were derived from spectrophotometric measurements. The surface morphology, grain size distributions, crystallographic phases and process dependent material composition of films have been investigated through the use of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction analysis and Energy Dispersive X- ray (EDX) analysis. EDX analysis made evident the correlation between the optical constants and the process dependent compositions in the films. It is possible to achieve environmentally stable amorphous films with high packing density under certain optimized process conditions.

  19. In situ removal of carbon contamination from a chromium-coated mirror: ideal optics to suppress higher-order harmonics in the carbon K-edge region.

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    Toyoshima, Akio; Kikuchi, Takashi; Tanaka, Hirokazu; Mase, Kazuhiko; Amemiya, Kenta

    2015-11-01

    Carbon-free chromium-coated optics are ideal in the carbon K-edge region (280-330 eV) because the reflectivity of first-order light is larger than that of gold-coated optics while the second-order harmonics (560-660 eV) are significantly suppressed by chromium L-edge and oxygen K-edge absorption. Here, chromium-, gold- and nickel-coated mirrors have been adopted in the vacuum ultraviolet and soft X-ray branch beamline BL-13B at the Photon Factory in Tsukuba, Japan. Carbon contamination on the chromium-coated mirror was almost completely removed by exposure to oxygen at a pressure of 8 × 10(-2) Pa for 1 h under irradiation of non-monochromated synchrotron radiation. The pressure in the chamber recovered to the order of 10(-7) Pa within a few hours. The reflectivity of the chromium-coated mirror of the second-order harmonics in the carbon K-edge region (560-660 eV) was found to be a factor of 0.1-0.48 smaller than that of the gold-coated mirror.

  20. Optical properties of uniform, porous, amorphous Ta2O5 coatings on silica: temperature effects

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    Anghinolfi, L.; Prato, M.; Chtanov, A.; Gross, M.; Chincarini, A.; Neri, M.; Gemme, G.; Canepa, M.

    2013-11-01

    We present spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) results, in the 0.75-5 eV spectral range, obtained on highly uniform Ta2O5 coatings deposited on high-quality silica substrates by ion sputtering. The study was motivated mainly by issues related to the exploitation of Ta2O5-SiO2 λ/4 multilayers in detectors of gravitational waves. Two sets of samples with nominal thicknesses of 40 and 500 nm were considered. A sub-set of samples was treated with post-growth annealing in air for several hours at temperatures Tann up to 600 °C. The SE data were complemented with photothermal common-path interferometry measurements at 1064 nm providing data about absorption losses in the 1-4 ppm range. SE data, taken at room temperature, were analysed by exploiting three different three-phase (substrate/film/surface) models (Cody-Lorentz, Tauc-Lorentz and Herzinger-Johs) of the fundamental absorption edge. Following the literature (Stenzel 2009 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 42 055312) the simulations exploited a graded nano-porosity inside the coating, testing both the shape and composition of the pores. The best simulation of data was obtained using the Cody-Lorentz approach and a quasi-uniform density (6-7.5%) of empty spherical pores, slowly degrading from the substrate/film interface towards the film/ambient interface. A comparison with the literature indicated a high stoichiometric quality of the coatings. The analysis of samples annealed to increasingly higher Tann showed (i) a slight blue-shift of the energy gap (ii) an increase in the pore volume fraction, (iii) an increase (1-2%) in the coating thickness, (iv) a small (less than 1%) reduction in the index of refraction in the transparency region and (v) a limited increase in absorption losses. These findings were interpreted in terms of a release of the compressive strain inherent to the deposition process.