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  1. 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. PMID:22902930

  2. Synthesis and optical properties of zinc oxide nanoparticles grown on Sn-coated silicon substrate by thermal evaporation method

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    Somvanshi, Divya; Jit, S.

    2013-01-01

    The Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles have been grown on n type silicon substrate using tin (Sn) metal as seed layer by a low cost thermal evaporation method. SEM images show that the ZnO nanoparticles have been uniformely grown on the whole substrate surface relatively perpendicular to the substrate. The Photoluminescence (PL) spectrum consists of strong UV emission at wavelength of 355 nm along with a broad near band edge (NBE) emission covering a wide range of wavelength from 370 to 550 nm. This broadening region exhibits blue, violet and green emission due to the presence of native defects such as zinc interstitial (Zni), oxygen vacancy (VO) and oxygen interstitial (Oi) in the band gap of ZnO. Raman spectroscopy shows the existence of E2 mode at 437 cm-1 which confirms the pure wurtzite hexagonal phase of ZnO. The optical and structural properties of ZnO nanoparticles could be explored for blue-violet light emitting diodes (LEDs) and gas sensing applications.

  3. Coatings For Plastic Optics

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    Schaffer, Robert W.

    1983-11-01

    Over the past decade there has been a tremendous surge of interest in the use of plastic optical elements to supplement or replace glass optics. While the technology of molding and polishing plastic optics has been the chief interest, there has been increasing need for precision coatings for these elements. In some instances these coatings are as critical as the elements themselves. In this paper we will describe the difficulties incurred in coating plastic and some of the many coatings presently available today despite the difficulties encountered. We will then cover the durability aspects of these coatings and lastly, point out some areas to consider when evaluating using plastic instead of glass.

  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. Structural and optical properties of TiO2 thin films grown by sol-gel dip coating process

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    Bouachiba, Y.; Bouabellou, A.; Hanini, F.; Kermiche, F.; Taabouche, A.; Boukheddaden, K.

    2014-01-01

    The mono and bi-layer TiO2 thin films have been prepared by sol-gel method on glass. X-Ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry and m-lines spectroscopy techniques have been used to characterize the TiO2 films. The mono-layer film is found to be amorphous, while the bi-layer film shows the presence of anatase phase. The bi-layer film exhibits more homogeneous surface with less roughness. The thickness effect on the refractive index, extinction ceofficient, packing density and optical band gap is analysed. The waveguiding measurements of the bi-layer film exhibit single-guided TE0 and TM0 polarized modes from which we can measure the refractive index and the film thickness.

  6. 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.

  7. 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. PMID:27483897

  8. 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.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. Metasurface optical antireflection coating

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

    2014-12-01

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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. PMID:26437035

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Coating processes for plastic optics

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    Schulz, Ulrike

    2014-02-01

    Transparent plastics have been used for optical applications with growing demand. This development is accompanied by a desire for extended surface functionalities. Most important optical surface function is antireflection (AR), which is performed mainly by applying plasma-assisted processes. Critical considerations for coating polymers include interaction with emission from plasma and thermal stress. State-of-the-art vacuum processes for coating on plastic, as well as new results of research and development in the fields of AR design and AR structures will be introduced and discussed.

  16. Structural, optical, and electrical properties of Cu2O nanocubes grown on indium-tin-oxide-coated glass substrates by using seed-layer-free electrochemical deposition method

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    No, Young Soo; Oh, Do Hyon; Kim, Su Yeon; Yoo, Keon-Ho; Kim, Tae Whan

    2012-07-01

    Electrochemical deposition was employed to fabricate Cu2O nanocubes on indium-tin-oxide (ITO)-coated glass substrates at 75 °C without using any template, catalyst, or seed layer. Scanning electron microscopy images showed that the Cu2O nanocubes with a nanoscale size were uniformly formed on ITO-coated glass substrates. X-ray patterns of the Cu2O nanocubes exhibited the dominant peaks corresponding to the Cu2O cubic structures. The current-voltage curves of an Au/n-type Al-doped ZnO/p-type Cu2O nanocube/ITO device clearly showed current rectifying behavior with a turn-on voltage of 3.6 V.

  17. Optical coatings for document security.

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    Phillips, R W; Bleikolm, A F

    1996-10-01

    Optical coatings that shift color with viewing angle have been adapted into optically variable foils, pigments, and inks to prevent color copying by color copiers, printers, cameras, or lithographic reproduction. Metal-dielectric multilayer thin-film structures have large color shifts with angle, high chroma, a large color gamut, and light fastness that make them uniquely suited for security inks. World currencies are now protected by these structures.

  18. Conformable coating of SiO2 on hydrothermally grown ZnO nanorods

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    Chu, B. H.; Leu, L. C.; Chang, C. Y.; Lugo, F.; Norton, D.; Lele, T.; Keselowsky, B.; Pearton, S. J.; Ren, F.

    2008-12-01

    Coating silicon dioxide on hydrothermally grown ZnO nanorods is demonstrated using a low temperature plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system. Wurtzite structured ZnO nanorods were prepared by spin coating ZnO nanocrystals onto plastics or glass substrates. Then, the nanorods were subsequently grown in a zinc nitrate solution. SiO2 was deposited by PECVD at 50 °C. No current could be measured through the patterned metal dots on the SiO2 coated sample, which indicates that SiO2 was covered seamlessly across the entire substrate. Photoluminescence measurements indicated that the SiO2 layer covering the nanorods did not alter the optical properties of the ZnO.

  19. 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.

  20. Optical trapping of coated microspheres.

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    Bormuth, Volker; Jannasch, Anita; Ander, Marcel; van Kats, Carlos M; van Blaaderen, Alfons; Howard, Jonathon; Schäffer, Erik

    2008-09-01

    In an optical trap, micron-sized dielectric particles are held by a tightly focused laser beam. The optical force on the particle is composed of an attractive gradient force and a destabilizing scattering force. We hypothesized that using anti-reflection-coated microspheres would reduce scattering and lead to stronger trapping. We found that homogeneous silica and polystyrene microspheres had a sharp maximum trap stiffness at a diameter of around 800 nm--the trapping laser wavelength in water--and that a silica coating on a polystyrene microsphere was a substantial improvement for larger diameters. In addition, we noticed that homogeneous spheres of a correct size demonstrated anti-reflective properties. Our results quantitatively agreed with Mie scattering calculations and serve as a proof of principle. We used a DNA stretching experiment to confirm the large linear range in detection and force of the coated microspheres and performed a high-force motor protein assay. These measurements show that the surfaces of the coated microspheres are compatible with biophysical assays.

  1. 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.

  2. Selective optical coatings for solar collectors

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    Lowery, J. R.

    1980-01-01

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

  3. 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.

  4. Automated optical microscopy of coated particle fuel

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    Kercher, Andrew K; Hunn, John D; Price, Jeffery R; Pappano, Peter J

    2008-01-01

    Fundamental technological advances have occurred during the 20 year hiatus in US research on coated particle nuclear fuel. As part of the recent US Department of Energy s Advanced Gas Reactor Fuel Development and Qualification program, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has utilized advancements in computer automation, digital imaging, and image analysis to modernize US optical microscopy techniques for coated particle nuclear fuel. Automated optical microscopy has enabled detailed and objective analysis of individual particles (hundreds of measurements per particle) and of large sample sizes that far exceed the capabilities of conventional manual microscopy methods (analysis of 1500-5000 particles is common). Demonstrative examples of the capabilities of this automated optical microscopy are given for: (a) shadow imaging of kernels, coated fuel particles, and graphite matrix overcoated particles and (b) cross-sectional analysis of coated fuel particles to determine layer thicknesses.

  5. 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.

  6. Removal Of Optical Coatings Without Polishing

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    Gourley, Helen

    1980-11-01

    A process for removing antireflection, mirror and polarizer coatings has been developed at ILC, based on work begun by LLL (Applied Optics Vol. 17, No. 12, 15 June 1978 - "Notes on Optical Coating Removal", N.J. Brown). Because of the danger (personnel hazard) involved in the hydrofluoric acid process, we employed an ammonium bifluoride solution, combined with various polishing components. The substrates, generally BK7, are fairly soft and also sensitive to chemical action. Therefore we have limited our polishing materials to aluminum oxide powder graded at 0.1 pm or smaller. For some coatings, no polishing material is used, as the ammonium bifluoride solution is adequate to remove the coating. The resulting clean surface is washed and neutralized, and is then ready for recoating.

  7. 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.

  8. Embedded Optical Sensors for Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    David R. Clarke

    2006-07-31

    The third year of this program on developing embedded optical sensors for thermal barrier coatings has been devoted to two principal topics: (i) continuing the assessment of the long-term, thermal cycle stability of the Eu{sup 3+} doped 8YSZ temperature sensor coatings, and (ii) improving the fiber-optic based luminescence detector system. Following the earlier, preliminary findings, it has been found that not only is the luminescence from the sensors not affected by prolonged thermal cycling, even after 195 hours at 1425 C, but the variation in luminescence lifetime with temperature remains unchanged. As the temperature of 1425 C is much higher than present engines attain or even planned in the foreseeable future, our findings indicate that the Eu{sup 3+} doped thermal barrier coating sensors are very robust and have the potential of being stable throughout the life of coatings. Investigation of Eu{sup 3+} doped coatings prepared by plasma-spraying exhibited the same luminescence characteristics as those prepared by electron-beam evaporation. This is of major significance since thermal barrier coatings can be prepared by both process technologies. A fiber-optic based luminescence system has been constructed in which the hottest section of fiber operates to at least 1250 C.

  9. 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.

  10. The Discovery Channel Telescope optical coating system

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    Marshall, Heather K.; Ash, Gary S.; Parsley, William F.

    2010-07-01

    The Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) is a project of Lowell Observatory, undertaken with support from Discovery Communications, Inc., to design and construct a 4-meter class telescope and support facility on a site approximately 40 miles southeast of Flagstaff, AZ. Lowell Observatory contracted with Dynavac of Hingham, MA to design and build an optical coating system for the DCT optics. The DCT Optical Coating System includes a mechanical roughing pump, two high-vacuum cryogenic pumps, a Meissner trap, evaporative filament aluminum deposition system, LabView software and PLC-based control system, and all ancillary support equipment. The system was installed at the site and acceptance testing was completed in October 2009. The Optical Coating System achieved near perfect reflectivity performance, thickness uniformity of 1000 angstroms +/-10%, and adhesion conforming to MIL-F-48616, Section 4.6.8.1. This paper discusses the design and analysis of the coating system, the process of transportation and assembly as well as testing results.

  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. 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.

  13. Optical coatings deposited by reactive ion plating.

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    Waldorf, A J; Dobrowolski, J A; Sullivan, B T; Plante, L M

    1993-10-01

    The effect of different reactive ion-plating process parameters on the transmittance and the reflectance of single layers of HfO(2), Ta(2)O(5), and SiO(2) are investigated. The optical constants obtained for these three as-deposited materials are presented. Laser-damage threshold trends are examined on single- and double-layer coatings at 1064 nm and on high-reflectance coatings for 248 nm. Single- and double-cavity filters are constructed for the UV (< 1-nm bandwidth) and near-infrared (50-nm bandwidth) regions, respectively. After the filters are postannealed in air at 375 °C for several hours, a shift in the peak wavelengths is observed along with a substantial increase in the peak transmittance. As expected, no significant wavelength shifts result from changes in the humidity of the ambient atmosphere.

  14. Narrow size distributed Ag nanoparticles grown by spin coating and thermal reduction: effect of processing parameters

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    Ansari, A. A.; Sartale, S. D.

    2016-08-01

    A simple method to grow uniform sized Ag nanoparticles with narrow size distribution on flat support (glass and Si substrates) via spin coating of Ag+ ions (AgNO3) solution followed by thermal reduction in H2 is presented. These grown nanoparticles can be used as model catalytic system to study size dependent oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity. Ag nanoparticles formation was confirmed by local surface plasmon resonance and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. Influences of process parameters (revolution per minute (rpm), ramp and salt concentration) on grown Ag nanoparticles size, density and size uniformity are studied. With increase in rpm and ramp the size decreases and the particle number density increases, whereas the size dispersion improves. The catalytic activity of the grown Ag particles for ORR is studied and it is found that the catalytic performance is dependent on the size as well as the number density of the grown Ag nanoparticles.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Optical bistability in a nonlinear-shell-coated metallic nanoparticle

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    Chen, Hongli; Zhang, Youming; Zhang, Baile; Gao, Lei

    2016-01-01

    We provide a self-consistent mean field approximation in the framework of Mie scattering theory to study the optical bistability of a metallic nanoparticle coated with a nonlinear shell. We demonstrate that the nanoparticle coated with a weakly nonlinear shell exhibits optical bistability in a broad range of incident optical intensity. This optical bistability critically relies on the geometry of the shell-coated nanoparticle, especially the fractional volume of the metallic core. The incident wavelength can also affect the optical bistability. Through an optimization-like process, we find a design with broader bistable region and lower threshold field by adjusting the size of the nonlinear shell, the fractional volume of the metallic core, and the incident wavelength. These results may find potential applications in optical bistable devices such as all-optical switches, optical transistors and optical memories. PMID:26907967

  20. High-density, uniform gallium nitride nanorods grown on Au-coated silicon substrate

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    Cao, Chuanbao; Xiang, Xu; Zhu, Hesun

    2005-01-01

    High-density GaN nanorods with uniform diameters and lengths were successfully grown on Au-coated silicon substrate. The diameters were in the range of 50-80 nm, and the lengths ranged from 1 to 2 μm. A significant feature is that each nanorod was attached with nanoparticle at its very end, which is consistent with the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth mechanism. It was also found that the as-grown final product is strongly dependent on the thickness of the Au thin film coated on the silicon substrate. According to the experimental results, we proposed that the catalytic activity of gold is determined by the size of Au particles, and just very small Au clusters exhibit effective reactivity in the growth of GaN one-dimensional nanostructures.

  1. 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.

  2. Control of Pythium root rot on hydroponically grown cucumbers with silver-coated cloth.

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    Zhao, Z H; Kusakari, S; Okada, K; Miyazaki, A; Osaka, T

    2000-07-01

    Silver-coated cloth (SCC) effectively controlled root rot that was caused by Pythium aphanidermatum in hydroponically grown cucumber plants. The presence of SCC in the hydroponic solution reduced the root rot from 100% to 10% 20 days after inoculation with zoospores of P. aphanidermatum. It was suggested that the inhibition of SCC was caused not only by the silver ion dissolved from SCC, but also by the metallic silver and silver compounds formed on the surface of the root.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Optical properties of metal oxynitride thin films grown with atmospheric plasma deposition

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    Hovish, Michael Q.; Dauskardt, Reinhold H.

    2016-10-01

    Thin films of tantalum oxynitride (TaO x N y ) and titanium oxynitride (TiO x N y ) are deposited using atmospheric plasma deposition and a suite of optical properties are reported. Tantalum and titanium ethoxide are introduced into the afterglow of a radio-frequency capacitively coupled plasma, facilitating the growth of oxynitride films on silicon and polycarbonate at temperatures below 180 °C. The plasma power and nitrogen flow within the plasma are varied between 60 and 120 W and between 0.1 and 0.3 LPM respectively. We use spectroscopic ellipsometry to show that the optical properties of the metal oxynitride films grown in this study are comparable to those synthesized with sol-gel methods. Measurement of both the extinction coefficient and the transmission on polycarbonate substrates indicates good transparency in the visible wavelengths of light. Additionally, the refractive index increases when increasing the number of reactive nitrogen species within the discharge. We use x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to correlate the higher indexes observed at large secondary gas flows to the presence of metal oxynitride bonding. Single layer anti-reflection coatings are deposited on silicon, with a five-fold and seven-fold reduction in reflection for TaO x N y and TiO x N y coatings, respectively. In total, we have found that the modulation of nitrogen concentration within the plasma discharge results in good control over optical constants. In addition, we observe similarities between films deposited with atmospheric plasma and those reported for sol-gel, indicating an alternative processing route where solution chemistries are currently applied.

  6. 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.

  7. Multiple analysis of an unknown optical multilayer coating

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    Dobrowolski, J.A.; Ho, F.C.; Waldorf, A.; Mitchell, D.F.; Costich, V.R.; Vincent, S.; Thoeni, W.; Casparis, E.; Pfefferkorn, R.; Bartella, J.

    1985-08-15

    Results are given of the analysis at five different laboratories of an unknown optical multilayer coating. In all, eleven different analytical and laboratory techniques were applied to the problem. The multilayer nominally consisted of three dielectric and two metallic layers. It was demonstrated convincingly that with present day techniques it is possible to determine the basic structure of such a coating.

  8. 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

  9. 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

    A DC magnetron sputtering system has been used to actively coat optical fibers with hermetic metal coatings during the fiber draw process. Thin films of Inconel 625 have been deposited on optical fibers and annealed in air at 2000 F. Scanning electron microscopy and Auger electron microscopy have been used to investigate the morphology and composition of the films prior to and following thermal cycling. Issues to be addressed include film adhesion, other coating materials, and a discussion of additional applications for this novel technology.

  10. 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.

  11. Performance of protective polymeric coatings for nonlinear optical materials

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    Marshall, K.L.; Schmid, A.W.; Smith, D.J.; Bevin, A.A.; Guardalben, M.J.; Jacobs, S.D.

    1988-09-01

    KDP, KD*P, and LiNbO/sub 3/, three nonlinear optical materials that have been difficult to coat, are treated with polymeric surface layers. These layers hermetically seal the hygroscopic crystal surfaces. Their optical properties, thermal compatibility, high-power laser damage behavior, abrasive resistance, and suitability for overcoating with traditional, dielectric antireflection multilayers are reported.

  12. 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.

  13. Space environmental effects on coated optics

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    Donovan, T. M.; Bennett, J. M.; Gyetvay, S. R.

    1991-01-01

    Several multilayer coated mirror designs developed for potential space applications were tested on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) along with single layer witness coatings deposited on fused silica and a coated CaF2 window. Performance requirements included high mirror reflectivity, low absorption, low scatter, environmental durability, and radiation hardness. The designs were selected in screening tests using combined electron, proton, and simulated solar UV radiation. The purpose of the space test was to validate the above test results and determine the effects of atomic oxygen and contamination on mirror performance.

  14. 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).

  15. Ion assisted deposition of optical coatings. Doctoral thesis

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    McNally, J.J.

    1986-08-01

    The effects on the properties of Ta/sub 2/O/sub 5/, Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, SiO/sub 2/ and HfO/sub 2/ single- and multi-layer optical coatings deposited using ion-assisted deposition (IAD) were investigated. IAD is a novel deposition technique which utilizes a separate ion source to direct a beam of ions at the growing film. A Kaufman ion source was used to provide a monoenergetic, neutralized beam of oxygen ions independent of the material evaporation process. The optical and physical properties, as well as laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) values, were studied for coatings bombarded with 200, 300, 500 and 1000 eV oxygen ions at values of current density from 0 to 200 microAmp/sq cm. IAD was successfully applied to deposit coatings at low temperature on heavy metal fluoride (HMF) glass substrates. The coatings deposited using IAD were hard and dense. The IAD coatings improved the durability and abrasion resistance of the HMF glass substrates. The results of this investigation show that IAD can be used to improve the optical and physical properties of optical coatings.

  16. 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

  17. Hydrophobic and oleophobic coating technologies for polymer optics

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    Fiore, Daniel; Wilson, Brian

    2012-10-01

    With the array of thin-film coated polymer based optics currently in use within the optoelectronic and photonic industries the need for finger print reducing coatings has drastically increased. Due to the peak-to-valley micro structure of thinfilms fingerprint oils and other airborne particulate are prone to create disruptive optical interference within films, which negate their overall effectiveness in transmitting light and or data. Our approach in combating this issue is a deposition process that is capable of being deposited on numerous injection-molded and cast sheet polymer formulations to help reduce the appearance of fingerprint oils on optically and cosmetically critical components. In many cases, such vacuum-applied coatings improve the optical performance of polymers by improving the visual acuity of the display through the drastic reduction of fingerprint oils and airborne particulate. This presentation will focus on the full spectrum of thin-film coatings that are currently being deployed to polymer optics in order to combat smudging and fingerprints on polymer optics and displays.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Hydrogen sensing with optical microfibers coated with Pd/Au nanoparticles

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    Monzón-Hernández, David; Luna-Moreno, Donato; Martínez-Escobar, Dalia; Villatoro, Joel

    2010-10-01

    Optical microfibers decorated with PdAu nanoparticles are proposed for fast hydrogen sensing. The microfibers were obtained by simply tapering conventional telecommunications fiber down to dimensions comparable to the wavelength of the guided light. A few millimeters of the microfiber were coated with a PdAu layer in island form by depositing the layer at low evaporation rate (0.1 Å/s). Then the islands were grown with a thermal annealing process until composite nanoparticles were formed. The PdAu nanoparticles deposited on the optical microfibers experience optical and physical changes when they exposed to hydrogen. This gives rise to reversible transmission changes with an unusual pulsed like behavior which is attributed to scattering of the guided light. The devices are promising for detecting low concentrations of hydrogen (up to 8%) at room temperature with response and recovery times on the order of seconds.

  1. Improved Method for Laser Damage Testing Coated Optics

    SciTech Connect

    Borden, M R; Folta, J A; Stolz, C J; Taylor, J R; Wolfe, J E; Griffin, A J; Thomas, M D

    2005-10-25

    The damage test procedure for qualifying a coating run of anti-reflection coated optics consists of scanning a pulsed 1064 nm laser over a 1 cm x 1 cm area on a test sample to illuminate approximately 2400 sites. Scans are repeated at 3 J/cm{sup 2} increments until the fluence specification for the optic is reached. In the past, initiation of 1 or more damage sites was classified as a failed coating run, requiring the production optics in the corresponding coating lot be reworked and recoated. Recent laser damage growth tests of 300 repetitive pulses performed on numerous damage sites revealed that all were stable up to 20 J/cm{sup 2}. Therefore the acceptance criteria has been modified to allow a moderate number of damage sites, as long as they are smaller than the allowed dig size and are stable (do not grow). Consequently many coating runs that previously would have been rejected are now accepted, resulting in higher yield, lower cost, and improved delivery schedule. The new test also provides assurance that initiated damage sites are stable during long term operation.

  2. 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.

  3. Starting designs for the computer optimization of optical coatings

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    Baumeister, Philip

    1995-08-01

    Several generic starting designs are used for the computer optimization of multilayer optical coatings. The first is a stack of many thin layers. Another, which is applicable to the needle-layer optimization method, is at least one thick layer. Examples include the following metallic reflector, dark mirror, and total internal reflection with prescribed differential phase shift.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Functionalized sol-gel coatings for optical applications.

    PubMed

    Pénard, Anne-Laure; Gacoin, Thierry; Boilot, Jean-Pierre

    2007-09-01

    Sol-gel processing is well-known to be a powerful technique for designing materials for optical applications. Here, some recent applications of functionalized sol-gel coatings in optics are briefly reviewed. Lanthanide-doped oxide nanocrystals form a new promising class of nanophosphors allowing the easy sol-gel preparation of transparent and luminescent films for the development of light-emitting devices. Recent experiments on organized mesoporous films show their potential applications in optics, such as stable low-index layers in interferential antireflective devices or as silica binders in TiO 2-photocatalytic devices. PMID:17330964

  7. 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.

  8. Optical Coatings and Thermal Noise in Precision Measurement

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    Harry, Gregory; Bodiya, Timothy P.; DeSalvo, Riccardo

    2012-01-01

    1. Theory of thermal noise in optical mirrors Y. Levin; 2. Coating technology S. Chao; 3. Compendium of thermal noises in optical mirrors V. B. Braginsky, M. L. Gorodetsky and S. P. Vyatchanin; 4. Coating thermal noise I. Martin and S. Reid; 5. Direct measurements of coating thermal noise K. Numata; 6. Methods of improving thermal noise S. Ballmer and K. Somiya; 7. Substrate thermal noise S. Rowan and I. Martin; 8. Cryogenics K. Numata and K. Yamamoto; 9. Thermo-optic noise M. Evans and G. Ogin; 10. Absorption and thermal issues P. Willems, D. Ottaway and P. Beyersdorf; 11. Optical scatter J. R. Smith and M. E. Zucker; 12. Reflectivity and thickness optimisation I. M. Pinto, M. Principe and R. DeSalvo; 13. Beam shaping A. Freise; 14. Gravitational wave detection D. Ottaway and S. D. Penn; 15. High-precision laser stabilisation via optical cavities M. J. Martin and J. Ye; 16. Quantum optomechanics G. D. Cole and M. Aspelmeyer; 17. Cavity quantum electrodynamics T. E. Northup.

  9. Automated system for laser damage testing of coated optics

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    Ness, Dale C.; Streater, Alan D.

    2005-12-01

    Research Electro-Optics Inc. (REO) has recently developed a new laser damage testing facility for the purpose of optimizing process parameters for fabrication and coating of high-damage optics. It also enables full or sample qualification of optics with laser damage specifications. The fully automated laser damage testing system uses microscope photography for detection of damage and a 3 ns pulse length 1064 nm laser for irradiation of the sample. It can test and statistically analyze damage events from a large number of shots, enabling large area testing for low probability events. The system measures and maps sizes and locations of damage sites down to a few microns in diameter. The results are not subject to variations due to the human operator. For coatings deposited by ion beam sputtering, small defects (less than 20 microns) are found to be most prevalent at the fluences specified for small optics for the National Ignition Facility. The ability to measure and characterize small defects has improved REO's ability to optimize their processes for making coated optics with high damage thresholds. In addition to qualifying particular parts, the periodic testing also assures that equipment and processes remain optimized.

  10. 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.

  11. High-performance broadband optical coatings on InGaN/GaN solar cells for multijunction device integration

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    Young, N. G. Farrell, R. M.; Iza, M.; Speck, J. S.; Perl, E. E.; Keller, S.; Bowers, J. E.; Nakamura, S.; DenBaars, S. P.

    2014-04-21

    We demonstrate InGaN/GaN multiple quantum well solar cells grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition on a bulk (0001) substrate with high-performance broadband optical coatings to improve light absorption. A front-side anti-reflective coating and a back-side dichroic mirror were designed to minimize front surface reflections across a broad spectral range and maximize rear surface reflections only in the spectral range absorbed by the InGaN, making the cells suitable for multijunction solar cell integration. Application of optical coatings increased the peak external quantum efficiency by 56% (relative) and conversion efficiency by 37.5% (relative) under 1 sun AM0 equivalent illumination.

  12. Carbon nanotubes coated fiber optic ammonia gas sensor

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    Manivannan, S.; Shobin, L. R.; Saranya, A. M.; Renganathan, B.; Sastikumar, D.; Park, Kyu Chang

    2011-01-01

    We report, intrinsic fiber optic carbon nanotubes coated sensor for the detection of ammonia gas at room temperature. Multimode step index polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) optical fiber passive cladding is partly replaced by an active coating of single and multi-walled carbon nanotubes following the dip coating technique and the reaction with ammonia is studied by measuring the change in output intensity from the optical fiber under various ammonia gas concentrations in the range 0-500 ppm in step of 50 ppm. The sensitivity is calculated for different wavelengths in the range 200-1100 nm both for single and multi-walled carbon nanotubes coated fiber. Higher sensitivities are obtained as 0.26 counts/ppm and 0.31 counts/ppm for single-walled (average diameter 1.3 nm, 30 wt.% purity) and multi-walled (average diameter 10-15 nm, 95 wt.% purity) carbon nanotubes respectively. The role of diameter and purity of carbon nanotubes towards the ammonia sensing is studied and the results are discussed.

  13. Gold coated nano gratings for atom optics

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    Lonij, Vincent; Perreault, John; Kornilov, Oleg; Cronin, Alex

    2007-06-01

    The Van der Waals (VdW) interaction between neutral atoms is important to the dynamics of mechanical systems on nanometer scales. We used diffraction of sodium atoms from nano gratings to measure the Van der Waals potentials for atoms and different surfaces with improved precision. Atoms passing through the grating acquire an additional phase shift due to the attractive potential between the atoms and the grating bars, causing the diffraction pattern to be modified [1]. Previous measurements reported the VdW coefficient for sodium atoms and a silicon-nitride(SiNx) surface [2]. In our experiment we used a SiNx grating coated with a 2 nm layer of gold and we were able to measure a 40% increase in the VdW coefficient due to the gold. We also improved precision by combing results from the sodium diffraction experiment with results from a diffraction experiment with helium atoms on the same gratings. [1] R. E. Grisenti, W. Schollkopf, J. P. Toennies, G. C. Hegerfeldt, and T. Kohler. Phys. Rev. Lett., 83(9):1755, 1999. [2] J. D. Perreault, A. D. Cronin, and T. A. Savas. Phys. Rev. A, 71(5):053612, 2005.

  14. Optical Coatings For Energy Efficiency And Solar Applications: Some Recent Developments

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    Granqvist, C. G.

    1983-11-01

    A brief survey is given of some recent trends and developments in the field of optical coatings for energy efficiency and solar applications. The discussion is focused on spectrally selective coatings and embraces transparent heat-mirrors, surfaces for selective absorption of solar energy, coatings for passive cooling by selective infraredemission, and optical switching coatings. A number of examples of coatings for different purposes are treated; most of these are taken from recent work performed at Chalmers University of Technology.

  15. Absorptance Measurements of Optical Coatings - A Round Robin

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  16. Electroless silver as an optical coating in an operational environment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nahrstedt, D.; Glesne, T.; McNally, J.; Kenemuth, J.; Magrath, B.

    1996-07-01

    Long-term, independent experiments show a high degradation rate and short lifetime for electroless silver as a mirror coating operating at visible wavelengths in an observatory environment. Acid formed by water vapor mixing with sulfur in volcanic dust diffuses through pinholes in the coating generated during deposition. This causes internal corrosion and delamination after only 3-4 months. In addition, a layer of silver sulfide results in tarnish, which reduces reflectance. Rates of sulfidation and internal corrosion are shown to depend on the concentration of sulfur and the exposure rate. Comparisons of performance, lifetime, and the application process are made with bare aluminum and two variations of enhanced silver. metal coatings, optical filters.

  17. Damage precursor measurements on UV-optical coatings

    SciTech Connect

    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.

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

    PubMed

    Liu, Zhichao; Chen, Songlin; Ma, Ping; Wei, Yaowei; Zheng, Yi; Pan, Feng; Liu, Hao; Tang, Gengyu

    2012-01-16

    Damage tests are carried out at 1064nm to measure the laser resistance of TiO(2)/Al(2)O(3) and HfO(2)/Al(2)O(3) antireflection coatings grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The damage results are determined by S-on-1 and R-on-1 tests. Interestingly, the damage performance of ALD coatings is similar to those grown by conventional e-beam evaporation process. A decline law of damage resistance under multiple irradiations is revealed. The influence of growth temperature on damage performance has been investigated. Result shows that the crystallization of TiO(2) layer at higher temperature could lead to numerous absorption defects that reduce the laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT). In addition, it has been found that using inorganic compound instead of organic compound as precursors for ALD process maybe effectively prevent carbon impurities in films and will increase the LIDT obviously.

  19. 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.

  20. Long-duration orbital effects on optical coating materials

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Herzig, Howard; Toft, Albert R.; Fleetwood, Charles M., Jr.

    1993-01-01

    We flew specimens of eight different optical coating materials in low earth orbit as part of the Long Duration Exposure Facility manifest to determine their ability to withstand exposure to the residual atomic 0 and other environmental effects at those altitudes. We included samples of Al, Au, Ir, Os, Pt, Al + MgF2, Al + SiO(x), and chemical-vapor-deposited SiC, representing reflective optical applications from the vacuum ultraviolet through the visible portions of the spectrum. We found that the majority of the materials suffered sufficient reflectance degradation to warrant careful consideration in the design of future space-flight instrumentation.

  1. Replication of optical microlens array using photoresist coated molds.

    PubMed

    Chakrabarti, M; Dam-Hansen, C; Stubager, J; Pedersen, T F; Pedersen, H C

    2016-05-01

    A cost reduced method of producing injection molding tools is reported and demonstrated for the fabrication of optical microlens arrays. A standard computer-numerical-control (CNC) milling machine was used to make a rough mold in steel. Surface treatment of the steel mold by spray coating with photoresist is used to smooth the mold surface providing good optical quality. The tool and process are demonstrated for the fabrication of an ø50 mm beam homogenizer for a color mixing LED light engine. The acceptance angle of the microlens array is optimized, in order to maximize the optical efficiency from the light engine. Polymer injection molded microlens arrays were produced from both the rough and coated molds and have been characterized for lenslet parameters, surface quality, light scattering, and acceptance angle. The surface roughness (Ra) is improved approximately by a factor of two after the coating process and the light scattering is reduced so that the molded microlens array can be used for the color mixing application. The measured accepted angle of the microlens array is 40° which is in agreement with simulations. PMID:27137566

  2. Replication of optical microlens array using photoresist coated molds.

    PubMed

    Chakrabarti, M; Dam-Hansen, C; Stubager, J; Pedersen, T F; Pedersen, H C

    2016-05-01

    A cost reduced method of producing injection molding tools is reported and demonstrated for the fabrication of optical microlens arrays. A standard computer-numerical-control (CNC) milling machine was used to make a rough mold in steel. Surface treatment of the steel mold by spray coating with photoresist is used to smooth the mold surface providing good optical quality. The tool and process are demonstrated for the fabrication of an ø50 mm beam homogenizer for a color mixing LED light engine. The acceptance angle of the microlens array is optimized, in order to maximize the optical efficiency from the light engine. Polymer injection molded microlens arrays were produced from both the rough and coated molds and have been characterized for lenslet parameters, surface quality, light scattering, and acceptance angle. The surface roughness (Ra) is improved approximately by a factor of two after the coating process and the light scattering is reduced so that the molded microlens array can be used for the color mixing application. The measured accepted angle of the microlens array is 40° which is in agreement with simulations.

  3. Characterization of wear damage in coatings by optical profilometry

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dallaire, S.; Dufour, M.; Gauthier, B.

    1993-12-01

    The accurate determination of the volume loss of plasma- sprayed coatings submitted to abrasive and erosive wear and the visualization of wear track or crater profiles are of major concern when ranking coatings, developing wear- resistant coatings, or identifying the mechanism responsible for failure. The determination of the volume loss by liquid displacement measurements is impractical when the size of coated pieces is large and the volume loss is small. For evaluating coating damage and directly measuring the volume loss, a three- dimensional surface mapping method is proposed. The three- dimensional image of the worn surface is obtained by a laser triangulation method. The experimental setup is basically composed of an illuminating source and a detecting device. The light source is focused on the sample surface, and the reflected light is then collected on a network of charge couple detectors linked to a computer. Because the spot location on the network is a direct function of the measured height, a three- dimensional image can be obtained after scanning the entire damaged surface so that the volume loss can be calculated easily. Intensity- coded depth images of the worn surface and computerized cross sections of the damaged area can also be obtained. Inspection of coatings damaged by abrasion wear or slurry erosion by optical profilometry reveals that the volume loss measurements by this technique are very accurate as opposed to the volume measured by liquid displacement methods or calculated from weight loss measurements. Moreover, intensity- coded depth images of worn surfaces and computerized cross sections of damaged areas provide relevant information about the coating performance or defects resulting from the deposition process.

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

    PubMed

    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. PMID:26510320

  5. Nanoporous aluminum oxide membranes coated with atomic layer deposition-grown titanium dioxide for biomedical applications: An in vitro evaluation

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

    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 amountmore » of initial protein adsorption via the micro bicinchoninic acid (micro-BOA) 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 (TOPS) surfaces. Both uncoated AAO membranes and TiO2-coated AAO membranes showed no significant effects on cell growth and inflammatory responses. In conclusion, 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.« less

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

    PubMed

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. Easy and safe coated optical fiber direct connection without handling bare optical fiber

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Saito, Kotaro; Kihara, Mitsuru; Shimizu, Tomoya; Kurashima, Toshio

    2015-06-01

    We propose a novel field installable splicing technique for the direct connection of 250 μm diameter coated optical fiber that does not require bare optical fiber to be handled. Our proposed technique can realize a low insertion loss over a wide field installation temperature range of -10-40 °C. The keys to coated optical fiber direct connection are a cleaving technique and a technique for removing coated optical fiber. As the cleaving technique, we employed a method where the fiber is stretched and then a blade is pushed perpendicularly against the stretched fiber. As a result we confirmed that fiber endfaces cleaved at -10-40 °C were all mirror endfaces. With the removal technique, the coating is removed inside the connecting component by incorporating a circular cone shaped coating removal part. A mechanical splice based on these techniques successfully achieved a low insertion loss of less than 0.11 dB and a return loss of more than 50 dB at -10, 20, and 40 °C. In addition, the temperature cycle characteristics were stable over a wide temperature range of -40-75 °C.

  9. Electrochemical detection of uric acid using ruthenium-dioxide-coated carbon nanotube directly grown onto Si wafer

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Shih, Yi-Ting; Lee, Kuei-Yi; Lin, Chung-Kuang

    2015-12-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) directly grown onto a Si substrate by thermal chemical vapor deposition were used in uric acid (UA) detection. The process is simple and formation is easy without the need for additional chemical treatments. However, CNTs lack selectivity and sensitivity to UA. To enhance the electrochemical analysis, ruthenium oxide was used as a catalytic mediator in the modification of electrodes. The electrochemical results show that RuO2 nanostructures coated onto CNTs can strengthen the UA signal. The peak currents of RuO2 nanostructures coated onto CNTs linearly increase with increasing UA concentration, meaning that they can work as electrodes for UA detection. The lowest detection limit and highest sensitivity were 55 nM and 4.36 µA/µM, respectively. Moreover, the characteristics of RuO2 nanostructures coated onto CNTs were examined by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy.

  10. Monitoring and measuring corrosion under coating by optical interferometry

    SciTech Connect

    Habib, K.; Al-Sabti, F.

    1996-10-01

    In a previous study, a mathematical model relating surface and bulk behaviors of metals in aqueous solution has been developed. The model was established based on principles of holographic interferometry for measuring microsurface dissolution, i.e. mass loss, and on those of electrochemistry for measuring the bulk electronic current, i.e. corrosion current. In the present work, an optical corrosion-meter was built based on the above model. The corrosion meter consists of an electrochemical cell in which coated metallic samples are tested in aqueous solutions. Furthermore, the corrosion meter has a holographic camera with a thermoplastic film for in situ processing holograms in order to obtain real time-holographic interferograms of the sample in the electrochemical cell. During experiments, the samples remain in aqueous solution without any physical contact. In the meantime, corrosion data can be obtained from the interpretation of the interferograms of the sample as a function of the elapsed time of the experiments. Also, the open circuit potential of the sample is measured with respect to the interferometric data. Consequently, corrosion current density of epoxy coated aluminum, stainless steel, and low carbon steel in 1M KCl, 1M NaCl, and 1M NaOH solutions were obtained by using the optical corrosion-meter. A comparison between the corrosion data of the different alloys showed that the corrosion current density of the coated stainless steel in 1 M NaCi is nearly three fold higher than that of the coated carbon steel in 1 M NaOH. In contrast, the coated aluminum sample shows no sign of corrosion in 1M KCl.

  11. Diamond-like carbon protective coatings for optical windows

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    Swec, Diane M.; Mirtich, Michael J.

    1989-09-01

    Two of the materials most often used as optical windows due to their high transmittance at infrared wavelengths are zinc selenide (ZnSe) and zinc sulfide (ZnS). However, these materials are soft and often degrade when subjected to a particle-impacting environment. Diamondlike carbon (DLC) films have the potential to protect optical windows, such as ZnSe and ZnS, from rain and particle erosion as well as chemical attack. Diamondlike carbon films were deposited on ZnSe and ZnS, and have been evaluated as protective coatings for the optical windows exposed to particle and rain erosion. The DLC films were deposited on the windows using three different ion beam methods. One method was sputter deposition, while the other two methods used a 30 cm hollow cathode ion source with hydrocarbon/argon gas to directly deposit the DLC films. In an attempt to improve the adherence of the DLC films on ZnSe and ZnS, techniques such as ion beam cleaning, ion implantation using helium and neon ions, and thin ion beam sputter deposited intermediate coatings were employed prior to deposition of the film and were also evaluated. The protection the DLC films afforded the windows was quantitatively determined by exposing the surfaces to 27-μm-diam A1203 particles in a microsandblaster. A Perkin-Elmer IR spectrophotometer was then utilized to indicated the change in specular transmittance between 2.5 and 50 μm as a result of the erosion. The DLC coated windows were also subjected to water droplets at 400 mph for exposure times up to 15 minutes. These samples were qualitatively evaluated by optically viewing the surfaces. The DLC films were also evaluated for adherence, intrinsic stress, and infrared transmittance.

  12. Spectral, optical and mechanical studies on L-histidine hydrochloride monohydrate (LHC) single crystals grown by unidirectional growth technique

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    Robert, R.; Justin Raj, C.; Krishnan, S.; Uthrakumar, R.; Dinakaran, S.; Jerome Das, S.

    2010-08-01

    Single crystals of nonlinear optical L-histidine hydrochloride monohydrate (LHC) were grown in an aqueous solution by the unidirectional crystal growth method within a period of 45 days along (1 0 1) plane. The grown crystals were subjected to single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis to confirm their orthorhombic structure having space group P2 12 12 1. Values of several physical parameters were determined for the grown crystal. Optical transmission studies revealed very low absorption and band gap energy was calculated for the LHC crystals. Further, some optical constant were also determined for the grown crystals. Anisotropy in Vicker's microhardness led to the assessment of fracture toughness, brittleness index and yield strength for the synthesized crystals. Nonlinear optical studies were carried out for the grown crystal and second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency was found to be three times that of KDP crystals.

  13. Topical Meeting on Optical Interference Coatings (OIC'2001): manufacturing problem

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    Dobrowolski, J. A.; Browning, Stephen; Jacobson, Michael; Nadal, Maria

    2002-06-01

    Measurements are presented of the experimental filters submitted to the first optical thin-film manufacturing problem posed in conjunction with the Topical Meeting on Optical Interference Coatings, in which the object was to produce multilayers with spectral transmittance and reflectance curves that were as close as possible to the target values that were specified in the 400- to 600-nm spectral region. No limit was set on the overall thickness of the solutions or the number of layers used in their construction. The participants were free to use the coating materials of their choice. Six different groups submitted a total of 11 different filters for evaluation. Three different physical vapor deposition processes were used for the manufacture of the coatings: magnetron sputtering, ion-beam sputtering, and plasma-ion-assisted, electron-beam gun evaporation. The solutions ranged in metric thickness from 758 to 4226 nm and consisted of between 8 and 27 layers. For all but two of the samples submitted, the average rms departure of the measured transmittances and reflectances from the target values in the spectral region of interest was between 0.98% and 1.55%.

  14. 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.

  15. Optical, structural and microhardness properties of KDP crystals grown from urea-doped solutions

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    Pritula, I. Kosinova, A.; Kolybayeva, M.; Puzikov, V.; Bondarenko, S.; Tkachenko, V.; Tsurikov, V.; Fesenko, O.

    2008-10-02

    Potassium dihydrophosphate single crystals were grown from aqueous solutions onto a point seed using temperature reduction method by doping with different molar values of urea. The characterization of the grown crystals was made by visible and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Vicker's hardness studies, X-ray powder diffraction, non-linear optical and laser damage threshold measurements. By comparing these crystals with the ones grown from the pure solution, it is shown that 0.2-2.0 M of the urea additive enhances the laser damage threshold and the second harmonic efficiency more than by 25 and 20%, respectively. By means of the Bond method using a multipurpose three-crystal X-ray diffractometer it is shown that the presence of urea additive increases the crystal lattice parameter c of the grown crystals, whereas the lattice parameter a is by an order less sensitive to the changing urea concentration in the solution. The Vicker's hardness studies at room temperature carried out on (1 0 0) and (0 0 1) crystallographic planes show an increased hardness of the doped crystals (grown in the presence of urea additive) on the plane (0 0 1) in comparison with that of pure potassium dihydrophosphate crystal.

  16. Progress toward light weight high angular resolution multilayer coated optics

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    Ulmer, M.P.; Graham, M.E.; Vaynman, S.; Echt, J.; Farber, M.; Ehlert, S.; Varlese, S.

    2008-11-18

    We have been working on 3 separate projects that together will give us the ability to make 1 arc second, light weight Wolter I optics that work above 40 keV. The three separate tasks are: (a) plasma spraying of metal-coated micro-balloons; (b) coating of the inside of Wolter I mirrors, (c) actuator designs for improving figure quality. We give a progress report on our work on all three areas. In summary, for future space missions it will be desirable for them to be affordable by reducing mass, keeping the focal length manageable, and yet having high figure quality. The avenues we have described above are straight forward paths to achieving this goal, but a great deal of work needs to be done to take us from the concept stage to a functional system.

  17. 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.

    2016-04-01

    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).

  18. 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

    2016-04-01

    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).

  19. 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

  20. 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. PMID:26072881

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Improved release coatings for electroformed x-ray optics

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    Romaine, S.; Boike, J.; Bruni, R.; Engelhaupt, D.; Gorenstein, P.; Ramsey, B.

    2011-09-01

    X-ray astronomy grazing incidence telescopes use the principle of nested shells to maximize the collecting area. Some of the more recent missions, such as XMM-Newton [1], have used an electroformed nickel replication (ENR) process [2] to fabricate the mirror shells. Upcoming missions, such as Spectrum-Röntgen-Gamma [3] and Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager [4], also use the electroforming process to fabricate nested shell grazing incidence X-ray telescopes. We present recent results on fabrication of replicas with multilayer coatings from Wolter-1 mandrels using a new hardcoat release material to simplify and improve this electroforming process.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

    PubMed

    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. PMID:26698746

  11. Optical properties of microstructured surface-grown and transferred organic nanofibers

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    Kjelstrup-Hansen, Jakob; Tavares, Luciana; de Oliveira Hansen, Roana Melina; Liu, Xuhai; Bordo, Kirill; Rubahn, Horst-Günter

    2011-01-01

    Specially designed surface micro- and nanostructures allow one to steer the bottom up self-organized growth of crystalline nanoaggregates from wide bandgap organic molecules, which possess extraordinary optoelectronic properties. Polarized light-emitting para-hexaphenylene nanofiber arrays exemplify such ``self-growing'' nanophotonic devices. The methodology behind this growth is an alternative to transfer of nanofiber arrays from specific growth substrates onto device platforms. We compared the optical properties of transferred and in situ grown nanofibers in terms of polarization function and emission homogeneity and also studied the temperature dependence of the emission spectra of transferred nanofiber arrays. Both types of nanofibers show the same spatial emission characteristics along their long axes and also the same polarization ratio. However, in nanofiber arrays, the polarization ratio decreases in the case of structured surface-grown nanofibers since the mutual orientation of the nanofibers is less perfect than for transferred fibers.

  12. Nanocrystal coated beads for optical coding and whispering gallery modes

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    Allen, Claudine Nì; Lequeux, Nicolas; Chassenieux, Christophe; Cyr, Guillaume; Tessier, Gilles; Dubertret, Benoit

    2007-06-01

    Semiconductor quantum dot nanocrystals (QDs) have unique optical properties such as size tunable photoluminescence (PL) wavelength and a chemically functionalized sufrace. Our CdSe/ZnS quantum dot nanocrystals have been made water-soluble by encapsulation in a micelle of positively charged amphiphilic copolymers. Layer-by-layer deposition of these QDs was done on sub-micrometer silica beads as well as magnetic and polymeric micro-sized beads. The negative surface charge of these various beads allowed successive stacking of cationic polyethylnimine, anionic polyacrylic acid sodium salt and the cationic encapsulated QDs. Multiple QD layers can be added by repeating the stacking process. The PL spectral of green QDs is moduoated by whispering galley mode resonances when the QDs arecoating a singe 3 μm bead. Depending on the quality factor of this microsphere, it can also be possible to detect perturbations caused by sufficient adsorption of biomolecules or even living microorganisms on a bead's surface by observing spectral shifts of the resonances. If different colorsof QDs are used to coat smaller beads where the modes are not spectrally resolved, an optical coating system can be devised base on the relative emission intensity for each color. The uniformity of a bead ensemble coded with 2 QD colors has been invesetigated, revealing a ~20% relataive standard deviation for various intensity levels. Better control of photobleaching through QD passivation reduced this number to ~8%, which would allow us to differentiate up to 2.6x10 10 optical codes on our setup. Labelling large amount of molecules in solution, e.g. DNA sequences, then becomes possible with an appropriate biofunctionalization of bead surfaces.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Optical characteristics of C{sub 60} single crystals grown in microgravity conditions

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    Steinman, E.A.; Avdeev, S.V.; Efimov, V.B.

    2000-05-01

    This work is devoted to the growing and characterization of perfect C{sub 60} single crystals with the aim of further understanding of the physical properties of this material related to the low energy excited states which determine in a considerable degree its electronic properties, which, in turn, are important for its possible application. Here the authors present several characterization techniques based on optical properties of C{sub 60} crystals and the first results of the investigation of the C{sub 60} samples grown at the orbital space station MIR.

  17. Micron-sized [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester crystals grown by dip coating in solvent vapour atmosphere: interfaces for organic photovoltaics.

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    Dabirian, R; Feng, X; Ortolani, L; Liscio, A; Morandi, V; Müllen, K; Samorì, P; Palermo, V

    2010-05-01

    We have devised a novel dip coating procedure to form highly crystalline and macroscopic pi-conjugated architectures on solid surfaces. We have employed this approach to a technologically relevant system, i.e. the electron-acceptor [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester molecule (PCBM), which is the most commonly used electron-acceptor in organic photovoltaics. Highly ordered, hexagonal shaped crystals of PCBM, ranging between 1 to 80 mum in diameter and from 20 to 500 nm in thickness, have been grown by dip coating the substrates into a solution containing the fullerene derivative. These crystals have been found to possess a monocrystalline character, to exhibit a hexagonal symmetry and to display micron sized molecularly flat terraces. The crystals have been prepared on a wide variety of surfaces such as SiO(x), silanized SiO(x), Au, graphite, amorphous carbon-copper grids and ITO. Their multiscale characterization has been performed by atomic force microscopy (AFM), Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM).To test the stability of these electron accepting PCBM crystals, they have been coated with a complementary, electron donor hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (HBC) derivative by solution processing from acetone and chloroform-methanol blends. The HBC self assembles in a well-defined network of nanofibers on the PCBM substrate, and the two materials can be clearly resolved by AFM and KPFM.Due to its structural precision on the macroscopic scale, the PCBM crystals appear as ideal interface to perform fundamental photophysical studies in electron-acceptor and -donor blends, as well as workbench for unravelling the architecture vs. function relationship in organic solar cells prototypes.

  18. 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.

  19. 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. PMID:25402784

  20. Optical inspection of coated-particle nuclear fuel

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    Price, Jeffery R.; Hunn, John D.

    2004-05-01

    In this paper, we describe the inspection of coated particle nuclear fuel using optical microscopy. Each ideally spherical particle possesses four coating layers surrounding a fuel kernel. Kernels are designed with diameters of either 350 or 500 microns and the other four layers, from the kernel outward, are 100, 45, 35, and 45 microns, respectively. The inspection of the particles is undertaken in two phases. In the first phase, multiple particles are imaged via back-lighting in a single 3900 x 3090 image at a resolution of about 1.12 pixels/micron. The distance transform, watershed segmentation, edge detection, and the Kasa circle fitting algorithm are employed to compute total outer diameters only. In the second inspection phase, the particles are embedded in an epoxy and cleaved (via polishing) to reveal the cross-section structure of all layers simultaneously. These cleaved particles are imaged individually at a resolution of about 2.27 pixels/micron. We first find points on the kernel boundary and then employ the Kasa algorithm to estimate the overall particle center. We then find boundary points between the remaining layers along rays emanating from the particle center. Kernel and layer boundaries are detected using a novel segmentation approach. From these boundary points, we compute and store layer thickness data.

  1. Contamination of drinking water by coliforms from biofilms grown on rubber-coated valves.

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    Kilb, Beate; Lange, Bernd; Schaule, Gabriela; Flemming, Hans-Curt; Wingender, Jost

    2003-10-01

    In water samples from drinking water distribution systems, coliform bacteria (predominantly Citrobacter species) were repeatedly detected. Disinfection and flushing of the systems did not erase the problem. The pattern of the coliform occurrences indicated contamination originating from biofilms. After inspection of internal surfaces of the systems, no significant biofilm growth was observed on pipe surfaces, but in a number of cases, visible biofilms were detected on rubber-coated valves which harboured the same coliform species as those found in the drinking water samples. In these cases, the rubber-coated valves seemed to act as point sources for the contamination of water.

  2. Optical properties of ZnxMg1-xSe/GaAs heterojunctions grown by MBE

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    Bala, Waclaw; Glowacki, Grzegorz; Gapinski, Adam

    1997-06-01

    This works focuses on the study of optical properties of ZnxMg1-xSe epilayers grown by molecular beam epitaxy on n-type (001) GaAs substrates. Luminescence, reflectivity and Raman spectroscopy are studied. Photoluminescence spectra of the samples are dominated by blue emission bands, which can be associated with radiative recombination of free excitons. The reflectivity spectra were used to investigate the refractive index value and the thickness of the layers. Moreover the temperature dependence of the band-gap energy of ZnxMg1-xSe epilayers was determined. Using Raman spectroscopy we can obtain information about two kinds of longitudinal optical phonon modes observed at room temperature, whose frequencies and intensities depend characteristically on Mg content.

  3. Optical and structural properties of InN grown by HPCVD

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    Buegler, M.; Alevli, M.; Atalay, R.; Durkaya, G.; Senevirathna, I.; Jamil, M.; Ferguson, I.; Dietz, N.

    2009-08-01

    The optical and structural properties of InN layers grown by 'High Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition' (HPCVD) using a pulsed precursor approach have been studied. The study focuses on the effect of ammonia precursor exposure time and magnitude on the InN layer quality. The samples have been analyzed by X-ray diffraction, Raman scattering, infra red reflectance spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. Raman measurements and X-ray diffraction showed the grown layers to be single phase InN of high crystalline quality. The E2(high) Raman mode showed FWHM's as small as 9.2 cm-1. The FWHM's of the InN(0002) X-ray Bragg reflex in the 2Θ-Ω- scans were around 350 arcsec, with rocking curve values as low as 1152 arcsec Photoluminescence features have been observed down to 0.7 eV, where the low energy cutoff might be due to the detector limitation. The analysis of the IR reflectance spectra shows that the free carrier concentrations are as low as as 3.3•1018 cm-3 for InN layers grown on sapphire substrates.

  4. Compatibility study of plasma grown alumina coating with Pb-17Li under static conditions

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    Jamnapara, Nirav I.; Sarada Sree, A.; Rajendra Kumar, E.; Mukherjee, S.; Khanna, A. S.

    2014-12-01

    A novel plasma assisted tempering process has been developed to generate a stable α-Al2O3 + FeAl coating on P91 steels. Hot dip aluminized P91 samples had been subjected to normalizing treatment in muffle furnace at 980 °C for 20 min followed by a glow discharge oxygen plasma assisted tempering treatment at 750 °C for 1 h. The plasma processing led to the formation of a stable α-Al2O3 coating, while thermal tempering in muffle furnace led to formation of θ-Al2O3 coating. Both the thermal and plasma tempered samples with alumina coating along with bare P91 samples were subjected to compatibility tests with Pb-17Li under static conditions at 550 °C for 1000 h. The extent of degradation of the samples was measured by weight loss method, X-ray diffraction and a cross-sectional examination with elemental studies using energy dispersive X-ray analysis. Plasma processed samples did not reveal any weight loss while thermally treated samples with metastable θ-Al2O3 indicated 0.23 mg/cm2 weight loss and bare P91 steels indicated a weight loss of 7.3 mg/cm2.

  5. Surface optical phonons in GaAs nanowires grown by Ga-assisted chemical beam epitaxy

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    García Núñez, C. Braña, A. F.; Pau, J. L.; Ghita, D.; García, B. J.; Shen, G.; Wilbert, D. S.; Kim, S. M.; Kung, P.

    2014-01-21

    Surface optical (SO) phonons were studied by Raman spectroscopy in GaAs nanowires (NWs) grown by Ga-assisted chemical beam epitaxy on oxidized Si(111) substrates. NW diameters and lengths ranging between 40 and 65 nm and between 0.3 and 1.3 μm, respectively, were observed under different growth conditions. The analysis of the Raman peak shape associated to either longitudinal or surface optical modes gave important information about the crystal quality of grown NWs. Phonon confinement model was used to calculate the density of defects as a function of the NW diameter resulting in values between 0.02 and 0.03 defects/nm, indicating the high uniformity obtained on NWs cross section size during growth. SO mode shows frequency downshifting as NW diameter decreases, this shift being sensitive to NW sidewall oxidation. The wavevector necessary to activate SO phonon was used to estimate the NW facet roughness responsible for SO shift.

  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

    2013-12-01

    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. CRC handbook of laser science and technology. Volume 5. Optical materials. Part 3. Applications, coatings, and fabrication

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    Weber, M.J.

    1987-01-01

    This book describes the uses, coatings, and fabrication of laser materials. Topics considered include: optical waveguide materials; optical storage materials; holographic recording materials; phase conjunction materials; holographic recording materials; phase conjunction materials; laser crystals; laser glasses; quantum counter materials; thin films and coatings; multilayer dielectric coatings; graded-index surfaces and films; optical materials fabrication; fabrication techniques; fabrication procedures for specific materials.

  8. 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.

  9. Non-Newtonian flow effects during spin coating large-area optical coatings with colloidal suspensions

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    Britten, Jerald A.; Thomas, Ian M.

    1992-01-01

    Multilayer sol-gel optical high reflectors with greater than 99% reflection have been prepared on substrates up to 20 cm in diameter by spin coating silica/alumina colloidal suspensions. These coatings are radially nonuniform, owing to the extensive shear-thinning rheology of the high-index alumina suspension. To a large degree the film thickness nonuniformity can be compensated for by the reflection bandwidth. The rheological properties of the alumina suspension under steady shear have been measured. The low-shear reduced viscosity and the shear-thinning time constant are shown to vary exponentially with φ2, where φ is the solids volume fraction. At φ=0.1 the sol has effectively gelled. A model for spincoating with a non-Newtonian fluid has been developed that uses the Carreau rheology model to fit the measured viscometric data. Modeling and experimental results show that as long as these non-Newtonian effects are sufficiently large (as in this case) the radial film uniformity is determined only by these parameters and cannot be significantly influenced by spin rate, initial solids fraction, or any other parameters under the control of the operator. However, most of the film thickness variation occurs in the first 1-2 cm from the substrate center, leaving the remainder almost uniform. Therefore the degree of nonuniformity does not appreciably increase with increasing substrate size.

  10. Non-Newtonian flow effects during spin coating large-area optical coatings with colloidal suspensions

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    Britten, J.A.; Thomas, I.M. )

    1992-01-15

    Multilayer sol-gel optical high reflectors with greater than 99% reflection have been prepared on substrates up to 20 cm in diameter by spin coating silica/alumina colloidal suspensions. These coatings are radially nonuniform, owing to the extensive shear-thinning rheology of the high-index alumina suspension. To a large degree the film thickness nonuniformity can be compensated for by the reflection bandwidth. The rheological properties of the alumina suspension under steady shear have been measured. The low-shear reduced viscosity and the shear-thinning time constant are shown to vary exponentially with {phi}{sup 2}, where {phi} is the solids volume fraction. At {phi}=0.1 the sol has effectively gelled. A model for spincoating with a non-Newtonian fluid has been developed that uses the Carreau rheology model to fit the measured viscometric data. Modeling and experimental results show that as long as these non-Newtonian effects are sufficiently large (as in this case) the radial film uniformity is determined only by these parameters and cannot be significantly influenced by spin rate, initial solids fraction, or any other parameters under the control of the operator. However, most of the film thickness variation occurs in the first 1--2 cm from the substrate center, leaving the remainder almost uniform. Therefore the degree of nonuniformity does not appreciably increase with increasing substrate size.

  11. 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.

  12. Enhanced osteogenesis on titanium implants by UVB photofunctionalization of hydrothermally grown TiO₂ coatings.

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    Lorenzetti, Martina; Dakischew, Olga; Trinkaus, Katja; Lips, Katrin Susanne; Schnettler, Reinhard; Kobe, Spomenka; Novak, Saša

    2015-07-01

    Even though Ti-based implants are the most used materials for hard tissue replacement, they may present lack of osseointegration on the long term, due to their inertness. Hydrothermal treatment (HT) is a useful technique for the synthesis of firmly attached, highly crystalline coatings made of anatase titanium dioxide (TiO2), providing favorable nanoroughness and higher exposed surface area, as well as greater hydrophilicity, compared to the native amorphous oxide on pristine titanium. The hydrophilicity drops even more by photofunctionalization of the nanostructured TiO2-anatase coatings under UV light. Human mesenchymal stem cells exhibited a good response to the combination of the positive surface characteristics, especially in respect to the UVB pre-irradiation. The results showed that the cells were not harmed in terms of viability; even more, they were encouraged to differentiate in osteoblasts and to become osteogenically active, as confirmed by the calcium ion uptake and the formation of well-mineralized, bone-like nodule structures. In addition, the enrichment of hydroxyl groups on the HT-surfaces by UVB photofunctionalization accelerated the cell differentiation process and greatly improved the osteogenesis in comparison with the nonirradiated samples. The optimal surface characteristics of the HT-anatase coatings as well as the high potentiality of the photo-induced hydrophilicity, which was reached during a relatively short pre-irradiation time (5 h) with UVB light, can be correlated with better osseointegration ability in vivo; among the samples, the superior biological behavior of the roughest and most hydrophilic HT coating makes it a good candidate for further studies and applications.

  13. Low-power optically addressed spatial light modulators using MBE-grown III-V structures

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    Maserjian, Joseph L.; Larsson, Anders G.

    1991-12-01

    Device approaches are investigated for O-SLMs based on MBE engineered III-V materials and structures. Strong photo-optic effects can be achieved in periodically (delta) -doped multiple quantum well (MQW) structures. The doping-defined barriers serve to separate and delay recombination of the photo-generated electron-hole pairs. One can use this photo-effect to change the internal field across the MQWs giving rise to quantum-confined Stark shift. Alternately, the photo-generated electrons can be used to occupy the quantum wells, which in turn causes exciton quenching and a shift of the absorption edge. Recent work has shown that both of these predicted photo-optic effects can indeed be achieved in such MBE engineered structures. However, these enhanced effects are still insufficient for high contrast modulation with only single or double pass absorption through active layers of practical thickness. We use the asymmetric Fabry-Perot cavity approach which permits extinction of light due to interference of light reflected from the front and back surfaces of the cavity. Modulation of the absorption in the active cavity layers unbalances the cavity and 'turns on' the reflected output signal, thereby allowing large contrast ratios. This approach is realized with an all-MBE- grown structure consisting of a GaAs/AlAs quarter-wave stack reflector grown over the GaAs substrate as the high reflectance mirror (approximately equals 0.98) and the GaAs surface as the low reflectance mirror (approximately equals 0.3). We use for our active cavities InGaAs/GaAs MQWs separated by npn (delta) -doped GaAs barriers to achieve sensitive photo-optic effect due to exciton quenching. High contrast modulation (> 60:1) is achieved with the Fabry-Perot structures using low power (< 100 mW/cm2) InGaAs/GaAS quantum well lasers for a write signal.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  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. 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.

  18. Magneto-optical properties of Bi-substituted GdIG films grown by LPE

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    Ohno, H.; Sasaki, T.; Imamura, M.

    1987-02-01

    Reduction of optical absorption as the amount of Bi in Bi-substituted films is increased is discussed. The amount of Bi in the films grown was controlled by adjusting the supercooling temperature of the solvent, the ratio of PbO to Bi/sub 2/O/sub 3/ in the solvent, the substrate rotation speed and other parameters. Variation in Bi content with respect to Bi-YIG was found at substrate rotation speeds of 84 rpm and 170 rpm. The measurements of the absorption characteristics of Bi-GdIG and Bi-GdGaIG films grown on a GGG substrate indicated that they included a Bi quantity of approximately 0.8 with respect to the Bi-GdIG. A figure of merit of 6.7 deg/dB was obtained for a 21.2 ..mu..m thick Bi-GdIG film at a wavelength of 0.76 ..mu..m.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  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 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. High-efficiency sol-gel antireflection coatings for astronomical optics

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    Stilburn, James R.

    2000-08-01

    The antireflective properties of silica sol-gel coatings have been known for some time, and such coatings have bene used to reduce losses in the optical elements of high- powered lasers used in fusion experiments. Research at DAO has developed the technology to the pont where optical elements in three 4-meter class telescopes at CFHT, KPNO, and CTIO have benefitted from coatings made form high- efficiency sol-gel films. The process is attractive because it is simple to apply, is inexpensive, and is as effective as multi-layer vacuum-deposited coatings which it can replace. A description is given of the basic chemistry involved and the techniques used to apply the coatings. Techniques used to improve the durability of the films by hardening and waterproofing are described, as well as a two- layer coating in combination with magnesium fluoride.

  5. 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 HfO2/SiO2 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.

  6. 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. PMID:20676185

  7. Low-temperature-grown InGaAs quantum wells for optical device applications

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    Juodawlkis, Paul William

    1999-11-01

    The large optical absorption and carrier-induced nonlinearities of semiconductor materials are useful for optical signal processing applications. For absorptive devices operating at ultrafast data rates (>100 Gb/s) or high optical intensities, it is necessary to reduce the intrinsic photo-excited carrier removal time. One method of achieving this reduction is to increase the nonradiative recombination rate through the controlled introduction of defects. In this thesis, we explore the use of low-temperature molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE) to introduce nonradiative recombination centers into InGaAs-based quantum-wells (QWs). The objectives of the thesis are: (i)to improve the understanding of the optoelectronic properties of low-temperature-grown (LTG) InGaAs/InAlAs QWs, and (ii)to assess the feasibility of using these materials for optical device applications in the 1.5-μm wavelength region. Time-resolved differential transmission measurements reveal that the nonlinear absorption recovery time in InGaAs/InAlAs QWs can be reduced from >100 ps to 0.6 ps through the combination of low-temperature growth (~250°C) and beryllium (Be) doping. The bandedge absorption slope and the nonlinear absorption cross- section are only diminished by factors of 2 to 3 relative to QWs grown at standard temperature (~500°C). The Be doping dependence of the recovery time and the residual electron density in the LTG-QWs can be mainly attributed to impurity-related compensation. Be doping also maintains the ultrafast recovery following thermal anneal. The recovery response results from fast electron- trapping followed by slow (>100 ps) trapped- electron/free-hole recombination. Detailed simulations of the nonlinear absorption saturation and recovery processes agree quantitatively with measured data and substantiate the importance of the photo-excitation wavelength on the observed recovery response. The absorption saturation model includes the competition between band-filling and band

  8. 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.

  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. Foreign body in ocular coats causing a pseudo optic nerve head shadow.

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    Takkar, Brijesh; Kumar, Vinod; Agrawal, Renu; Ravani, Raghav; Azad, Shorya

    2015-01-01

    Small intraocular foreign body in the outer coats of the eye may be wrongly interpreted as optic nerve head on ultrasound imaging. Such errors can be avoided by performing multiple sonography scans in different axes.

  11. Future trends in optical coatings for high-power laser applications

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    Kozlowski, M.R.; Thomas, I.M.

    1994-07-01

    Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) research has historically been a driver in the development of high performance, high damage threshold optical coatings. This is particularly the case now as the ICF community develops plans for a proposed 1.8 mega-joule solid state (Nd{sup +3}-phosphate glass) laser system. The new system, the National Ignition Facility, is possible in part due to advances in optical coatings technology including the laser-conditioning of multilayer dielectrics and broadened applications for room-temperature deposited coatings. Sol-gel AR coatings are the standard for large, high-power laser optics and sol-gel HR coatings are being developed. For mirror and polarizer coatings, e-beam-deposited dielectric continue to provide the highest damage threshold coatings, but their laser damage thresholds and optical performance are limited by {mu}m-scale defects and poor control over layer thickness, respectively. More energetic deposition techniques such as IAD and IBS, now popular in the commercial market, offer both advantages and disadvantages in this high-damage-threshold coatings market.

  12. 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.

  13. Electrical and optical properties of Fe doped AlGaN grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Polyakov, A. Y.; Smirnov, N. B.; Govorkov, A. V.; Kozhukhova, E. A.; Dabiran, A. M.; Chow, P. P.; Wowchak, A. M.; Pearton, S. J.

    2010-01-15

    Electrical and optical properties of AlGaN grown by molecular beam epitaxy were studied in the Al composition range 15%-45%. Undoped films were semi-insulating, with the Fermi level pinned near E{sub c}-0.6-0.7 eV. Si doping to (5-7)x10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} rendered the 15% Al films conducting n-type, but a large portion of the donors were relatively deep (activation energy 95 meV), with a 0.15 eV barrier for capture of electrons giving rise to strong persistent photoconductivity (PPC) effects. The optical threshold of this effect was {approx}1 eV. Doping with Fe to a concentration of {approx}10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} led to decrease in concentration of uncompensated donors, suggesting compensation by Fe acceptors. Addition of Fe strongly suppressed the formation of PPC-active centers in favor of ordinary shallow donors. For higher Al compositions, Si doping of (5-7)x10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} did not lead to n-type conductivity. Fe doping shifted the bandedge luminescence by 25-50 meV depending on Al composition. The dominant defect band in microcathodoluminescence spectra was the blue band near 3 eV, with the energy weakly dependent on composition.

  14. 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

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

    PubMed

    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. Optical and mechanical studies on unidirectional grown tri-nitrophenol methyl p-hydroxybenzoate bulk single crystal

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    Uthrakumar, R.; Vesta, C.; Robert, R.; Mangalam, G.; Jerome Das, S.

    2010-10-01

    The bulk single crystal of tri-nitrophenol methyl p-hydroxybenzoate (TNMPHB) of length 90 mm and diameter 12 mm was obtained by employing unidirectional growth technique. Single crystal X-ray diffraction studies and powder XRD analysis have been carried out to confirm the identity of the crystal. The optical band gap of the grown crystal was calculated to be 4.91 eV from UV transmission spectrum. The mechanical strength of the grown crystal has been studied using Vicker's microhardness tester. Low dielectric loss shows that the grown crystal contains lesser defects authenticating the suitability of the crystal towards device applications. The surface morphology studies have been carried out on the grown crystal.

  17. Effect of metal coating in all-fiber acousto-optic tunable filter using torsional wave.

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    Song, Du-Ri; Jun, Chang Su; Do Lim, Sun; Kim, Byoung Yoon

    2014-12-15

    Torsional mode acousto-optic tunable filter (AOTF) is demonstrated using a metal-coated birefringent optical fiber for an improved robustness. The changes in acoustic and optical properties of a metal-coated birefringent optical fiber induced by the thin metal coating were analyzed experimentally and theoretically. The filter wavelength shift is successfully explained as a result of combined effect of acoustic wavelength change and optical birefringence change. We also demonstrated a small form-factor configuration by coiling the fiber with 6 cm diameter without performance degradation. The center wavelength of the filter can be tuned >35 nm by changing the applied frequency, and the coupling efficiency is higher than 92% with <5 nm 3-dB bandwidth. PMID:25607036

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  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. Optical modeling of black chrome solar-selective coatings

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    Sweet, J.N.; Pettit, R.B.

    1982-07-01

    Various investigations of coating microstructure are reviewed and the results of these studies are used to develop a picture of the microstructure of black chrome films plated from the Harshaw Chromonyx bath. In this model, the black chrome film is composed of roughly spherical particles which may tend to cluster together. These particles in turn are composed of small crystallites of metallic chrome and various oxides of chrome. The film void volume fraction appears to be greater than or equal to 0.6. The microstructural picture has been idealized to facilitate calculations of the spectral reflectance for films deposited onto nickel substrates and for freestanding or stripped films. In the idealized model, the metallic chromium is assumed to be in the form of spherical crystallites with concentric shells of Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/ and the crystallite volume fraction is assumed to increase with depth into the film. Various experimental data are utilized to define film thickness, average volume fraction of Cr + Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/, and volume ratio of Cr to Cr + Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/. Both the Maxwell-Garnett (MG) and the Bruggeman effective medium theories for the dielectric constant of a composite media are reviewed. The extension of the MG theory to high inclusion volume fractions is discussed. Various forms of the MG theory and the Bruggeman theory are then utilized in reflectance calculations for both regular and stripped films.The results indicate that the MG formalism provides the best overall description of the optical response of black chrome films. Both model and experiment show that the solar absorptance initially decreases slowly as the amount of Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/ increases; however a rapid decrease occurs when the Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/ content passes 70 vol %.

  4. In situ hydrothermal grown silicalite-1 coating for solid-phase microextraction.

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    Fu, Heyun; Zhu, Dongqiang

    2012-03-01

    A novel fiber coated with silicalite-1 for solid-phase microextraction (SPME) was prepared by in situ hydrothermal growth method. Six substituted benzenes (nitrobenzene, p-dichlorobenzene, m-dichlorobenzene, 1,3,5-trichlorobenzene, p-chloronitrobenzene, and m-chloronitrobenzene) were employed as model analytes. The fiber exhibited high thermal stability (little weight loss up to 600 °C) and high chemical stability (no loss of function after sequential immersion in 0.1 M HCl, 0.01 M NaOH, methanol, and n-hexane each for at least 4 h). Compared with commercial fibers, 3-6 times higher extraction efficiencies were shown on the fiber for mono- and p-substituted benzenes. Under the preoptimized conditions, the fiber afforded satisfactory enhancement factors (517-1292), wide linear ranges (more than 2 orders of magnitude), low limits of detection (0.001-0.130 μg/L), and acceptable repeatability (<9.6%) and reproducibility (<8.8%). Furthermore, the fiber offered distinct shape-selectivity attributed to the uniform molecular-scale pore structure of silicalite-1. The ratios of extraction were approximately 70 between p-dichlorobenzene and 1,3,5-trichlorobenzene, 30 between p-chloronitrobenzene and m-chloronitrobenzene, and 3 between p-dichlorobenzene and m-dichlorobenzene. After pore narrowing by surface modification with SiCl(4), the selectivity for p-dichlorobenzene over m-dichlorobenzene was further enhanced by another 10 times. Finally, the fiber was successfully applied to analysis of a real water sample.

  5. Soft-x-ray hollow fiber optics with inner metal coating

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    Matsuura, Yuji; Oyama, Tadaaki; Miyagi, Mitsunobu

    2005-10-10

    A glass capillary with an inner metal coating is proposed to be used as soft-x-ray fiber optics in medical applications. Based on the results of theoretical calculations, nickel was chosen as the coating material for x rays radiated from a conventional x-ray tube. A nickel-coated capillary was fabricated by electroless deposition, and focusing and collimating effects were observed from measurements of the transmission efficiency of soft x rays. The transmission of a nickel-coated capillary with an inner diameter of 0.53 mm and a length of 300 mm was 10%, which is approximately double that of an uncoated glass capillary.

  6. 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.

  7. Optical and environmentally protective coatings for potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) harmonic converter crystals

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    Thomas, I.M.

    1991-06-24

    Potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) crystals have been used as harmonic converters on the Nova laser at LLNL for over six years. All crystals were coated with a single layer, quarterwave AR coating of porous silica with a refractive index of 1.22. This was prepared by a sol-gel process and was applied from a colloidal suspension by spin coating at room temperature. A few crystals were also coated with a methyl silicone coating prior to the application of the AR coating for environmental protection. The initial optical performance of all crystals was very good but there has been some deterioration over the years because of environmental and laser damage degradation. The deterioration in the silicone samples was, however, much less than the others. We are now in the process of replacing all ten KDP arrays with new crystals and will apply the silicone undercoat to all samples. Recently we have been evaluating a new perfluorinated organic polymer coating which has a refractive index of 1.29. This material is soluble in fluorinated solvents and can be applied by dip coating from solution at room temperature. We hope that this can provide environmental protection when applied to KDP and also act as an AR coating at the same time. The optical performance is not as good as our porous silica because of the higher index; about 0.3% reflection per surface is obtained. 4 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  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. 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

  10. In-plane diffraction loss free optical cavity using coated optical fiber and silicon micromachined spherical mirror

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    Sabry, Yasser; Bourouina, Tarik; Saadany, Bassam; Khalil, Diaa

    2013-03-01

    Light trapping in optical cavities has many applications in optical telecommunications, biomedical optics, atomic studies, and chemical analysis. Efficient optical coupling in these cavities is an important engineering problem that affects greatly the cavity performance. One interesting way to form an optical cavity, while simultaneously connected to the rest of the optical systems, is to use an optical fiber surface as one of the cavity mirrors while the second mirror is fabricated by MEMS technology. In this way, cavity tuning with a MEMS actuator is a simple achievable task with low cost in mass production. The main problem in this solution is the high diffraction loss associated with the small spot size at the output of the standard single-mode fiber (SMF). Diffraction loss in the cavity is usually overcome by using an expensive lensed fiber or by inserting a coated lens in the cavity leading to a long cavity with small free spectral range (FSR). In this work, we report a Fabry-Perot cavity formed by a multilayer-coated cleaved-surface SMF inserted into a grove while facing a spherical micromirror; both are fabricated by silicon micromachining. The light is trapped inside the cavity while propagating in-plane of the wafer substrate. The light is injected in and collected from a Corning SMF-28 optical fiber with a coated surface reflectivity of about 98% at 1330 nm (O-band). The silicon mirror surface is aluminum metalized with a reflectivity of about 92%. The measured cavity has a line width of 0.45 nm around 1330 nm with a FSR of 26 nm. The obtained results indicate an almost diffraction-loss free optical cavity with a quality factor close to 3000, limited by the optical surfaces reflectivity that can be improved in future by an optimized mirror fabrication process and better matching of the fiber multilayer coating.

  11. 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.

  12. Integration of an organic photodetector onto a plastic optical fiber by means of spray coating technique.

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    Binda, Maddalena; Natali, Dario; Iacchetti, Antonio; Sampietro, Marco

    2013-08-21

    A working prototype of integrated fiber/receiver system for optical data transmission is realized. The prototype is made by directly depositing an organic photodetector onto a plastic optical fiber. For the deposition of the organic layers, spray coating is successfully exploited. Operation over four orders of magnitude range of light intensities as well as photoresponse to pulsed stimulation are demonstrated.

  13. 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.

  14. Optical simulations for fractional fluorine terminated coatings on nanoimprint lithography masks

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    Seidel, Thomas E.; Goldberg, Alexander; Halls, Mathew D.

    2015-10-01

    Simulations of the optical intensity within Nano Imprint Lithography (NIL) mask features have been made for patterned quartz masks having ultrathin film coatings with different indices of refraction. Fractionally fluorine terminated surfaces, previously proposed for improving the yield of NIL processes, are briefly reviewed. Optical intensity solutions within the feature were obtained using Panoramictech Maxwell solver software for variances in the optical constants of the coating films, aspect ratio, feature size, and wavelength.. The coated masks have conformal surface, higher index of refraction under-layer coating and a fractional terminated fluorine hydrocarbon (FHC) monomolecular layer. The values of optical constants for the FHC layers are unknown, so a range of ad-hoc values were simulated. Optical constants for quartz mask and Al2O3, TiO2 and Si under-layer films are taken from the literature. Wavelengths were varied from 193nm to 365nm. The question of photo-dissociation of the FHC layer for higher energy photons is addressed from first principles, with the result that the F-terminated layers are stable at higher wavelengths. Preliminary simulations for features filled with resist over various substrates are dependent on the antireflection character of the underlying film system. The optical intensity is generally increased within the simulated mask feature when coated with a higher index/FHC films relative to the uncoated reference quartz mask for ~5nm physical feature sizes.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

    2012-01-01

    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. PMID:25585707

  17. 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.

  18. A wideband optical monitor for a planetary-rotation coating-system

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    Campanelli, M.B.; Smith, D.J.

    1998-12-01

    A substrate-specific, through-planet, wideband optical coating monitor is being developed to increase production yield and the understanding of physical vapor deposition (PVD) coatings fabricated in the Optical Manufacturing Laboratory at the University of Rochester`s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. In-situ wideband optical monitoring of planetary rotation systems allows direct monitoring of large, expensive substrates with complex layering schemes. The optical monitor discussed here is under development for coating several large (e.g., 80.7 x 41.7 x 9.0 cm) polarizers for the National Ignition Facility. Wideband optical monitoring of the production substrates is used in concert with an array of crystal monitors for process control, film parameter evaluation, and error detection with associated design reoptimization. The geometry of a planetary rotation system, which produces good uniformity across large substrates, makes optical monitoring more difficult. Triggering and timing techniques for data acquisition become key to the process because the optical coating is available only intermittently for monitoring. Failure to properly consider the effects of the system dynamics during data retrieval and processing may result in significant decreases in the spectral data`s reliability. Improved data accuracy allows better determination of film thicknesses, indices, and inhomogeneities and enables in-situ error detection for design reoptimization.

  19. Effective refractive indices of three-phase optical coatings

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    Ma, Yushieh; Varadan, Vijay K.; Varadan, Vasundara V.

    1991-11-01

    To obtain the effective refractive indices of three-phase coating materials, in which multiple scattering can also occur between the two different discrete phases, a multiple scattering formalism for two-phase systems is modified to include the third phase. Numerical results for different refractive indices of various arrangements are presented for a paint coating in which some of the TiO2 pigment particles are replaced by microbubbles.

  20. Improving a high-resolution fiber-optic interferometer through deposition of a TiO2 reflective coating by simple dip-coating.

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    Subba-Rao, Venkatesh; Sudakar, Chandran; Esmacher, Jason; Pantea, Mircea; Naik, Ratna; Hoffmann, Peter M

    2009-11-01

    Fiber-optic based interferometers are used to detect small displacements, down to the subnanometer range. Coating the end of the optical fiber with a partially reflecting thin film greatly improves the resolution of interferometers by increasing the multiple reflections between the fiber end and the measured object. In this work, we present a quick and easy thin film deposition technique to coat the end of a single optical fiber by dip-coating a metal-organic precursor, which is then decomposed in a propane flame. The coated fiber was tested for morphology and usefulness for interferometric application. We found that this coating technique is much faster and easier than conventional thin coating techniques, and yields results that are comparable or better than can be achieved with sputtering or thermal evaporation. PMID:19947754

  1. 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

    2015-02-01

    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°.

  2. 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°.

  3. 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 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

  4. 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

    2015-02-01

    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°. PMID:25573924

  5. Evaporated Hafnia/Silicon Dioxide Optical Coatings and Modifications for High-Power Laser Applications

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    Oliver, James B.

    Evaporated optical coatings fabricated from hafnium dioxide and silicon dioxide are the standard approach for high-peak-power laser components due to the high laser damage resistance of such coatings and the ability to deposit on large-aperture substrates. The tensile film stresses of such coatings may lead to failure, however, particularly in low-relative-humidity purged or vacuum use environments. Careful control of thin-film stresses is essential to maintain high-quality surface flatness of the coated components and preserve the optical performance of the laser system. This work explores changes in the deposition process for hafnia/silica multilayer coatings in order to preserve or ideally improve the laser damage thresholds while limiting the mechanical stress in the film. Changes in the evaporation process, including deposition rate, chamber pressure, temperature, and optical coating design, were studied to evaluate their influence on the performance of the coating. Process changes were expanded to include the use of energetic plasma-assisted deposition as well as the incorporation of aluminum oxide to further alter the thin-film stress. The state of the thin-film stress, laser damage thresholds, and photometric performance of the optical coating were evaluated throughout this effort. Modifications to the evaporated electron-beam deposition process parameters of hafnium dioxide and silicon dioxide were insufficient to provide a near-neutral film stress. However, the use of plasma-assisted deposition and the inclusion of aluminum oxide layers both provided the means to deposit optical coatings with near-neutral or slightly-compressive film stresses and high-laser-damage thresholds. Plasma-assisted coatings were demonstrated with laser damage thresholds of greater than 20 J/cm2 at 1053 nm, using a 1 ns pulse, while maintaining compressive film stresses of 10-50 MPa. Coatings incorporating alumina layers altered the film stress by limiting the diffusion of water

  6. Solar energy absorption characteristics and the effects of heat on the optical properties of several coatings

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    Lowery, J. R.

    1981-01-01

    The solar energy absorption characteristics of several high temperature coatings were determined and effects of heat on these coatings were evaluated. Included in the investigation were an electroplated alloy of black chrome and vanadium, electroplated black chrome, and chemically colored 316 stainless steel. Each of the coatings possessed good selective solar energy absorption properties at laboratory ambient temperature. Measured at a temperature of 700 K (800 F), the emittances of black chrome, black chrome vanadium, and colored stainless steel were 0.11, 0.61, and 0.15, respectively. Black chrome and black chrome vanadium did not degrade optically in the presence of high heat (811 K (1000 F)). Chemically colored stainless steel showed slight optical degradation when exposed to moderately high heat (616 K (650 F)0, but showed more severe degradation at exposure temperatures beyond this level. Each of the coatings showed good corrosion resistance to a salt spray environment.

  7. Nanoporous aluminum oxide membranes coated with atomic layer deposition-grown titanium dioxide for biomedical applications: An in vitro evaluation

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    Kumar, Girish; Fu, Wujun; Zhang, Qin Fen; 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-BOA) 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 (TOPS) surfaces. Both uncoated AAO membranes and TiO2-coated AAO membranes showed no significant effects on cell growth and inflammatory responses. In conclusion, 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

    2015-01-01

    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. © 2015 The Authors. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association J Pharm Sci 104:3377–3385, 2015 PMID:26284354

  10. 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. PMID:26045441

  11. Improvement of linewidth control with antireflective coating in optical lithography

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    Lin, Yi-Ching; Purdes, Andrew J.; Saller, Steve A.; Hunter, William R.

    1984-02-01

    Antireflective (AR) coating less than 5000 Å has been investigated to eliminate the light reflection from layers under resist and to reduce the linewidth variation over topographical features. Theoretical calculations based on simulation results using the sample program indicate that more than 50% of the variations at the step crossover can be reduced by eliminating the standing wave effects for a step of height less than 0.8 μm. Several types of AR coating, including TiW, V, polysilicon films, and spun-on layer incorporated with an absorbing dye will be presented and compared. The exposure latitude can be widely extended by the AR coating. Both the standing wave effect and the linewidth change with respect to variation in exposure dose can also be reduced significantly. With the spun-on AR coating, which can be applied, patterned, developed, and stripped with the photoresist, the only steps added to the standard photoresist process are coating and baking the AR layer. Using a 10 : 1 reduction GCA Mann stepper to expose, linewidth variation of the order of 0.3 μm (total range) for 1.2-μm-thick aluminum over 0.5-μm steps, resulting from polysilicon gate patterning, has been demonstrated. There is no adverse undercutting due to the AR layer during the resist development and plasma aluminum etch. This simple and convenient technique can be effectively applied to wafers with topographical steps less than 0.8-μm height.

  12. Adhesion enhancement of indium tin oxide (ITO) coated quartz optical fibers

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    Wang, Yihua; Liu, Jing; Wu, Xu; Yang, Bin

    2014-07-01

    Transparent conductive indium tin oxide (ITO) film was prepared on optical fiber through a multi-step sol-gel process. The influence of annealing temperature on the adhesion of ITO coated optical fibers was studied. Different surface treatments were applied to improve the adhesion between ITO film and quartz optical fiber. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), UV-vis spectrophotometer and Avometer were used to characterize the morphology, crystal structure and photo-electric properties. A thermal shock test was used to evaluate the adhesion. The result shows that the adhesion between ITO film and quartz optical fiber can be strongly influenced by the annealing process, and optimal adhesion can be acquired when annealing temperature is 500 °C. Surface treatments of ultrasonic cleaning and the application of surface-active agent have effectively enhanced the adhesion and photo-electric properties of indium tin oxide film coated quartz optical fiber.

  13. High-rate deposition of optical coatings by closed-field magnetron sputtering

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    Gibson, D. R.; Brinkley, I.; Waddell, E. M.; Walls, J. M.

    2005-09-01

    "Closed field" magnetron (CFM) sputtering offers a flexible and high throughput deposition process for optical coatings and thin films required in a wide range of optical applications. CFM sputtering uses two or more different metal targets to deposit multilayers comprising a wide range of dielectrics, metals and conductive oxides. Moreover, CFM provides a room temperature deposition process with high ion current density, low bias voltage and reactive oxidation in the entire volume around the rotating substrate drum carrier, thereby producing films over a large surface area at high deposition rate with excellent and reproducible optical properties. Machines based on the Closed Field are scaleable to meet a range of batch and in-line size requirements. Typically, thin film thickness control to <+/-1% is accomplished simply using time. Fine layer thickness control and deposition of graded index layers is also assisted with a specially designed rotating shutter mechanism. The CFM configuration also allows plasma treatment of surfaces prior to deposition, allowing optimisation of coating adhesion to substrates such as plastics. This paper presents data on optical, durability and environmental properties for CFM deposited optical coatings, including anti-reflection, IR blocker and colour control and thermal control filters, graded coatings, as well as conductive transparent oxides such as indium tin oxide. Benefits of the CFM sputter process for a range of optical applications are described.

  14. Detection of microscopic defects in optical fiber coatings using angle-resolved skew rays.

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    Chen, George Y; Monro, Tanya M; Lancaster, David G

    2016-09-01

    Microscopic defects in optical fiber coatings can be an impending catastrophe for high-power fiber laser and telecommunications systems and are difficult to detect with conventional methods. We demonstrate a highly sensitive interrogation technique that can readily identify faults such as microscopic nicks, scrapes, low-quality recoatings, and internal defects in fibers and their coatings, based on skew ray excitation and angle-resolved analysis.

  15. 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.

  16. Detection of microscopic defects in optical fiber coatings using angle-resolved skew rays.

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    Chen, George Y; Monro, Tanya M; Lancaster, David G

    2016-09-01

    Microscopic defects in optical fiber coatings can be an impending catastrophe for high-power fiber laser and telecommunications systems and are difficult to detect with conventional methods. We demonstrate a highly sensitive interrogation technique that can readily identify faults such as microscopic nicks, scrapes, low-quality recoatings, and internal defects in fibers and their coatings, based on skew ray excitation and angle-resolved analysis. PMID:27607966

  17. Design of optical coatings for three or more separated spectral regions

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    Dobrowolski, J. A.; Li, L.

    1995-06-01

    A method was described previously that permits the systematic design of optical multilayer coatings with arbitrary spectral characteristics defined for two widely separated spectral regions. It is shown here that this method, based on the use of buffer layers, can be adapted to permit the specification of performance in more than two wavelength ranges. Examples are given of coatings designed for three and four spectral regions. The limitations of the method are discussed.

  18. 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.

  19. Morphology and Optical Properties of Bare and Silica Coated Hybrid Silver Nanoparticles.

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    Ghimire, Sushant; Lebek, Werner; Godehardt, Reinhold; Lee, Wan In; Adhikari, Rameshwar

    2016-05-01

    Owing to their wide applications in the field of optoelectronics, photonics, catalysis, and medicine; plasmonic metal nanoparticles are attaining considerable interest nowadays. The optical properties of these metal nanoparticles depend upon their size, shape, and surrounding medium. The present work studies the morphology and optical properties of bare silver nanoparticles and silica coated hybrid silver nanoparticles. Aqueous phase mediated synthesis and water-in-oil microemulsion mediated synthesis are two different wet chemical routes employed for nanosynthesis. Direct coating of silica is performed in water-in-oil microemulsion on pre-synthesized silver nanoparticles using tetraethyl orthosilicate as silica precursor. This study shows that using different wet chemical routes the size of the synthesized nanoparticles could be tuned. In addition, using reverse micelles as nanoreactors, the thickness of the silica shell around the core silver nanoparticles could be significantly controlled. Further, the optical properties of silver nanoparticles could be adjusted through the size and the surface coating. PMID:27483900

  20. Strength degradation of silica optical fibers: Chemical kinetics and coating effects

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    Shiue, Yunn-Shin

    1998-08-01

    In order to improve the mechanical reliability of optical fibers, it is necessary to fully understand the mechanisms of strength degradation, then apply the concept to practical applications. In this thesis, the kinetics of the stress activated reaction between water and silica optical fiber was studied, and the kinetics models were used for estimating the mechanical reliability of optical fibers for a biomedical application. Aluminum-coated silica fibers were investigated to understand the strength degradation mechanisms of the hermetically coated fused silica fibers. A new theory of the apparent activation energy for the reaction between silica glass fiber and water was proposed considering the activation entropy and the pOH effects. The modified fatigue parameters associated with the kinetics models were suggested. Static and dynamic fatigue experiments have been performed and the data verified the predictions on the reaction between silica fiber and water. The surface and interfacial properties of the aluminum coated fibers with different strengths were studied. The operating conditions during coating were suggested as the cause of the strength variability of the aluminum coated fibers by influencing the coating adhesions.

  1. Electroless silver as an optical coating in an operational environment.

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    Nahrstedt, D; Glesne, T; McNally, J; Kenemuth, J; Magrath, B

    1996-07-01

    Long-term, independent experiments show a high degradation rate and short lifetime for electroless silver as a mirror coating operating at visible wavelengths in an observatory environment. Acid formed by water vapor mixing with sulfur in volcanic dust diffuses through pinholes in the coating generated during deposition. This causes internal corrosion and delamination after only 3-4 months. In addition, a layer of silver sulfide results in tarnish, which reduces reflectance. Rates of sulfidation and internal corrosion are shown to depend on the concentration of sulfur and the exposure rate. Comparisons of performance, lifetime, and the application process are made with bare aluminum and two variations of enhanced silver.

  2. Near-infrared spectroscopy for monitoring water permeability of optical coatings on plastics.

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    Schulz, U; Kaiser, N

    1997-02-01

    Near-infrared spectroscopy has been applied to determine the water content of plastic lenses. An analytical method is presented for monitoring the water permeability of thin layers on plastic optics by utilizing the reversible moisture absorption of organic polymers. As an example, scratch-resistant and antireflective layers on poly[diethylenglycol-bis(allylcarbonate)] lenses are investigated. The measurements demonstrate the relatively high water barrier of coatings deposited by plasma-ion-assisted deposition compared with classical physical vapor deposition coatings and polysiloxane dip coatings.

  3. Role of deposition time on structural, optical and electrical properties of In-rich Cu-In-S spinel films grown by electrodeposition technique

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    Gannouni, M.; Ben Assaker, I.; Chtourou, R.

    2013-09-01

    CuIn5S8 spinel films were grown at different deposition times onto (ITO)-coated glass substrates using a one-step electrodeposition route of In-rich Cu-In-S system. A contribution to the knowledge of thickness (or deposition time) dependence of structural, morphological, optical, and electrical properties of CuIn5S8 thin film is reported. According to these studies, when the deposition time is extended beyond 10 min, X-ray diffraction pattern has indicated a growth mode along the (3 1 1) plane which is consistent with the CuIn5S8 cubic spinel structure. XRD peaks broaden and shift depending on film thicknesses which are presumably due to strain and size effect. From AFM analysis, nucleus density, size, roughness, as well as film thickness have increased with increasing deposition time from 1 to 30 min. Through optical measurements, both values of transmittance and band gap have decreased respectively from approximately (˜77%) to (˜40%) and from 2.75 eV to 1.53 eV with the increase of deposition time. The film deposited at 15 min shows a minimum electrical resistivity of about 3.12 × 10-3 Ω cm. It is also reported that by controlling the electrodeposition time, n-type or p-type conductivity of CuIn5S8 could be adjusted.

  4. High-sensitivity DNA biosensor based on optical fiber taper interferometer coated with conjugated polymer tentacle.

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    Huang, Yunyun; Tian, Zhuang; Sun, Li-Peng; Sun, Dandan; Li, Jie; Ran, Yang; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2015-10-19

    A sensitive bio-probe to in situ detect unlabeled single-stranded DNA targets based on optical microfiber taper interferometer coated by a high ordered pore arrays conjugated polymer has been presented. The polymer coating serves as tentacles to catch single-stranded DNA molecules by π-π conjugated interaction and varies the surface refractive index of the optical microfiber. The microfiber taper interferometer translates the refractive index information into wavelength shift of the interference fringe. The sensor exhibits DNA concentration sensitivity of 2.393 nm/log M and the lowest detection ability of 10(-10) M or even lower.

  5. High-sensitivity DNA biosensor based on optical fiber taper interferometer coated with conjugated polymer tentacle.

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    Huang, Yunyun; Tian, Zhuang; Sun, Li-Peng; Sun, Dandan; Li, Jie; Ran, Yang; Guan, Bai-Ou

    2015-10-19

    A sensitive bio-probe to in situ detect unlabeled single-stranded DNA targets based on optical microfiber taper interferometer coated by a high ordered pore arrays conjugated polymer has been presented. The polymer coating serves as tentacles to catch single-stranded DNA molecules by π-π conjugated interaction and varies the surface refractive index of the optical microfiber. The microfiber taper interferometer translates the refractive index information into wavelength shift of the interference fringe. The sensor exhibits DNA concentration sensitivity of 2.393 nm/log M and the lowest detection ability of 10(-10) M or even lower. PMID:26480357

  6. Effect of optical coating and surface treatments on mechanical loss in fused silica

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    Gretarsson, Andri M.; Harry, Gregory M.; Penn, Steven D.; Saulson, Peter R.; Schiller, John J.; Startin, William J.

    2000-06-01

    We report on the mechanical loss in fused silica samples with various surface treatments and compare them with samples having an optical coating. Mild surface treatments such as washing in detergent or acetone were not found to affect the mechanical loss of flame-drawn fused silica fibers stored in air. However, mechanical contact (with steel calipers) significantly increased the loss. The application of a high-reflective optical coating of the type used for the LIGO test masses was found to greatly increase the mechanical loss of commercially polished fused silica microscope slides. We discuss the implications for the noise budget of interferometers. .

  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. Antireflective coatings on optical fibers for high-power solid state lasers

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    Dieckmann, Manfred; Willamowski, Uwe; Ristau, Detlev; Welling, Herbert; Steiger, Bernhard; Franke, J.; Wolf, Reinhard

    1993-06-01

    This paper presents investigations to improve the quality of high power antireflective coatings for optical fibers used in material processing with Nd:YAG lasers. The coatings were produced by electron-beam deposition and ion-beam-sputtering on step-index, multimode fibers with a core diameter of 1000 micrometers . The reflection losses, the absorption, and the laser-induced damage thresholds of these coatings were determined. Hafnia, tantala, and silica were selected as deposition materials for the AR-coatings. For measuring the reflection losses of the coated fiber surfaces, a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser was used. Absorption measurements were performed by photothermal displacement spectroscopy, a surface sensitive technique which makes scanning of the fiber surface possible. These data were compared to calorimetric values determined from quartz substrates which were deposited in the same coating run. The R-on-1 damage thresholds of the coated fibers were measured using a two- stage single-mode Nd:YAG laser with a pulse duration of 12 ns. A four-stage cw system with 1.2 kW output power and a pulsed Nd:YAG slab laser were used to evaluate the performance of the coated fibers.

  9. Molecular structure and optical properties of PTFE-based nanocomposite polymer-metal coatings

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    Rahachou, A. V.; Rogachev, A. A.; Yarmolenko, M. A.; Xiao-Hong, Jiang; Bo, Liu Zhu

    2012-01-01

    The molecular organization of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) thin coatings with incorporated Ag, Cu, and Mo nanoparticles that are deposited from an active gas component has been studied. Polyethylene terephtalate film coated by aluminium served as a substrate. The active gas component was produced by electron beam dispersion of original components in vacuum. The effect of metal particle size and its nature on the molecular structure of coatings have been investigated. Dichroism of thin nanocomposite coatings has been examined by polarized Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy using an attenuated total reflection unit. The morphology of the coatings has been analyzed by transmission (TEM), atomic-force (AFM), and scanning electron (SEM) microscopy. It is found that introduction of a metal (Ag or Cu) yields oriented layers at a lesser efficient thickness of a coating. The surface plasmon resonance of such structures was studied by measuring optical absorption of the coatings in the ultraviolet and visible ranges. The results show that the composite coatings containing Ag clusters are diameter less than 30 nm and absorb within the short-wave range from 400 to 550 nm.

  10. Improvement of the optical transmission of an eroded soda lime glass by PVB and PES coatings

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    Bouaouadja, N.; Bousbaa, C.; Mahdaoui, T.; Laouamri, H.; Madjoubi, M. A.

    2009-11-01

    The aim of this work is to improve the optical transmission of a soda lime glass eroded by sandblasting by using polyvinyl butyrate (PVB) and polyester (PES) coatings. Various damage states were obtained in laboratory by varying the projected erodent sand mass (Mp=10-200 g). Transparent layers of PVB and PES were deposited on damaged surfaces. Uncoated eroded glass samples have their optical transmission T strongly deteriorated with the increase of sand mass. It decreases to 27% for a mass of 200 g. The use of the PVB and PES coatings on damaged surface ameliorate substantially the optical transmission. For the extreme case (Mp=200 g), the two deposited layers improve respectively to 87% and 81% with the PVB and the PES films. After a subsequent sandblasting damage on the covered glasses, the evaluation of the optical transmission shows that it only decreases to intermediate values (57% for PVB and 50% for PES).

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. The role of formation of continues thermally grown oxide layer on the nanostructured NiCrAlY bond coat during thermal exposure in air

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    Daroonparvar, Mohammadreza; Hussain, Mohammad Sakhawat; Yajid, Muhammad Azizi Mat

    2012-11-01

    In recent years, the life expectancy of thermal barrier coatings is expected to be improved by applying the nanostructured NiCrAlY bond coat. The present paper reviews the main technique used in the synthesis of nano-crystalline NiCrAlY powders using a planetary ball mill and investigates the microstructural evolution of thermally grown oxide (TGO) layer on the conventional and nanostructured atmospheric plasma sprayed (APS) NiCrAlY coatings in thermal barrier coating (TBC) systems during oxidation. Microstructural characterization showed that the growth of Ni(Cr,Al)2O4 (as spinel) and NiO on the surface of Al2O3 layer (as pure TGO) in nano TBC system was much lower compared to that of normal TBC system during thermal exposure at 1150 °C. These two oxides play a detrimental role in causing crack nucleation and growth, reducing the life of the TBC in air. This microstructure optimization of TGO layer is primarily associated with the formation of a continuous, dense, uniform Al2O3 layer (at first 24 h of isothermal oxidation at 1000 °C) over the nanostructured NiCrAlY coating.

  15. Optical and electrical properties of ZnO nanowires grown on aluminium foil by non-catalytic thermal evaporation

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    Umar, Ahmad; Kim, Byoung-Kye; Kim, Ju-Jin; Hahn, Y. B.

    2007-05-01

    Well-crystallized ZnO nanowires were grown in large quantity on aluminium foil, by a non-catalytic thermal evaporation method using metallic zinc powder in the presence of oxygen at low temperature. Detailed structural and optical characterizations confirmed that the as-grown nanowires were highly crystalline, possessed a wurtzite hexagonal phase, had grown along the c-axis direction and exhibited excellent optical properties. The electrical characteristics of an individual nanowire were observed in air and vacuum by fabricating field-effect transistor (FET) devices. The transistors turned on typically between -5 and 0 V in ambient air. However, a large threshold voltage (Vth) shift, ~5 V, towards negative gate bias was observed in high vacuum. The shift of Vth is believed to be related to the charge transfer from the ZnO nanowire surface to the physically adsorbed OH or oxygen. Moreover, the fabricated FETs show a high conductivity ON/OFF ratio of about ~102 with ultraviolet (UV) light and hence provide an effective way to use these devices in nanoscale UV detectors and optoelectronic switches.

  16. The effect of ionic species on pH dependent response of silica coated optical fibers

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    Elwood, Jacqueline; Ohodnicki, Paul R.

    2016-05-01

    Optical fiber pH sensors functionalized with a gold nanoparticle (AuNP)/porous silica film were developed. The transmission of light through the fiber is affected by the change in the refractive index of the porous silica-based nanocomposite coated film as ionic species are concentrated into the coating film when the silica surface becomes negatively charged with increasing pH. To investigate the dependence of the response on the ionic species in solution, we report the optical response of Au/silica film coated fibers in a variety of salt solutions. The response is indeed sensitive to different ionic species in solution. The details of the response are likely also sensitive to the microstructure of the porous silica-based sensing layer.

  17. 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

  18. 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

    2015-10-01

    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.

  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. 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.

    2015-10-01

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

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

    2016-11-30

    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.

  7. 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)

  8. A direct comparison of CVD-grown and exfoliated MoS2 using optical spectroscopy

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    Plechinger, G.; Mann, J.; Preciado, E.; Barroso, D.; Nguyen, A.; Eroms, J.; Schüller, C.; Bartels, L.; Korn, T.

    2014-06-01

    MoS2 is a highly interesting material, which exhibits a crossover from an indirect band gap in the bulk crystal to a direct gap for single layers. Here, we perform a direct comparison between large-area MoS2 films grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and MoS2 flakes prepared by mechanical exfoliation from mineral bulk crystal. Raman spectroscopy measurements show differences between the in-plane and out-of-plane phonon mode positions in CVD-grown and exfoliated MoS2. Photoluminescence (PL) mapping reveals large regions in the CVD-grown films that emit strong PL at room-temperature, and low-temperature PL scans demonstrate a large spectral shift of the A exciton emission as a function of position. Polarization-resolved PL measurements under near-resonant excitation conditions show a strong circular polarization of the PL, corresponding to a valley polarization.

  9. Closed field magnetron sputtering: new generation sputtering process for optical coatings

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    Gibson, D. R.; Brinkley, I.; Waddell, E. M.; Walls, J. M.

    2008-09-01

    "Closed field" magnetron (CFM) sputtering offers a flexible and high throughput deposition process for optical coatings and thin films. CFM sputtering uses two or more different metal targets to deposit multilayers comprising a wide range of dielectrics, metals and conductive oxides. Moreover, CFM provides a room temperature deposition process with high ion current density, low bias voltage and reactive oxidation in the entire volume around the rotating substrate drum carrier, thereby producing films over a large surface area at high deposition rate with excellent and reproducible optical properties. Machines based on the Closed Field are scaleable to meet a range of batch and in-line size requirements. Typically, thin film thickness control to <+/-1% is accomplished simply using time, although optical monitoring can be used for more demanding applications. Fine layer thickness control and deposition of graded index layers is also assisted with a specially designed rotating shutter mechanism. This paper presents data on optical properties for CFM deposited optical coatings, including anti-reflection, thermal control filters, graded coatings, narrowband filters as well as conductive transparent oxides such as indium tin oxide and carbide films. Benefits of the CFM sputter process are described.

  10. Deposition of multilayer optical coatings using closed-field magnetron sputtering

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    Gibson, D. R.; Brinkley, I.; Hall, G. W.; Waddell, E. M.; Walls, J. M.

    2006-08-01

    "Closed field" magnetron (CFM) sputtering offers a flexible and high throughput deposition process for optical coatings and thin films required in display technologies. CFM sputtering uses two or more different metal targets to deposit multilayers comprising a wide range of dielectrics, metals and conductive oxides. Moreover, CFM provides a room temperature deposition process with high ion current density, low bias voltage and reactive oxidation in the entire volume around the rotating substrate drum carrier, thereby producing films over a large surface area at high deposition rate with excellent and reproducible optical properties. Machines based on the Closed Field are scaleable to meet a range of batch and in-line size requirements. Typically, thin film thickness control to < +/-1% is accomplished simply using time, although optical monitoring can be used for more demanding applications. Fine layer thickness control and deposition of graded index layers is also assisted with a specially designed rotating shutter mechanism. This paper presents data on optical properties for CFM deposited optical coatings, including anti-reflection, IR blocker and colour control and thermal control filters, graded coatings, narrowband filters as well as conductive transparent oxides such as indium tin oxide. Benefits of the CFM sputter process are described.

  11. Optical and X-ray studies of MOCVD-grown InGaN epilayers with low indium concentration

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    Park, Gil; Hwang, Seon-Ju; Shee, Sang-Kee; Sugahara, Tomoya; Lam, Jack; Gainer, Gordon; Song, Jin-Joo; Sakai, S.

    2001-03-01

    Optical and X-ray studies of MOCVD-grown InGaN epilayers with low indium concentration G. H. Park, S. J. Hwang, S. K. Shee, T. Sugahara, J. B. Lam, G. H. Gainer and J. J. Song, Center for Laser and Photonics Research and Department of Physics, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA; S. Sakai, Electrical and Electronic Department, University of Tokushima, Tokushima, Japan. In_xGa_1-xN epilayers with low indium concentration (x < 5%) were grown by low pressure metalorganic chemical vapor deposition on (0001) sapphire. These samples were characterized by optical techniques and high-resolution X-ray diffraction. Photoluminescence (PL) and stimulated emission (SE) were measured. The PL intensity of the InGaN epilayers is much higher than that of GaN, even for very small indium concentrations. The PL peaks show the S-shaped temperature dependence, and the stimulated emission threshold is also temperature dependent. The PL and SE also vary greatly with indium concentration. These observations indicate that the way indium incorporates into GaN varies with In concentration. The structural characteristics will be discussed in light of their possible relation to the optical characteristics. This work is supported by ONR, BMDO, and AFOSR.

  12. Au nanocrystals grown on a better-defined one-dimensional tobacco mosaic virus coated protein template genetically modified by a hexahistidine tag

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    Liu, Nan; Wang, Chong; Zhang, Wei; Luo, Zhaopeng; Tian, Dandan; Zhai, Niu; Zhang, Hongfei; Li, Zhonghao; Jiang, Xingyi; Tang, Gangling; Hu, Qingyuan

    2012-08-01

    In this paper, tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) coated protein (CP) was genetically modified by introducing a hexahistidine tag into it for a well-defined one-dimensional template, on which Au nanocrystals (NCs) were grown. The results showed that genetic modification could not only ameliorate the one-dimensional structure of the template, but also improve the growth density of Au NCs on the template. This indicated that genetic modification could be an effective method to modulate the structure of the TMVCP template-based nanocomposites allowing for a broader application of them.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  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. Internal excitation and superfocusing of surface plasmon polaritons on a silver-coated optical fiber tip

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    Ding, W.; Andrews, S. R.; Maier, S. A.

    2007-06-15

    We have theoretically studied the conversion of radially polarized waveguide modes of a tapered optical fiber into surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) propagating at the outer surface of an apertureless silver-coated optical tip. Optimization of this process is important in exploiting SPP superfocusing in scanning near-field optical microscopy without the need for external illumination. Our approach is based on analyzing the evolution of the local modal index as a function of the fiber radius. The influence of mode projection, intermodal coupling, and metal dissipation are treated analytically, while a numerical finite integration technique is used to model radiation coupling. The results identify and quantify the mode conversion processes that need to be taken into account. We estimate that at least 10% of the modal energy in an uncoated fiber taper can be fed into the superfocusing mode at a silver-coated tip.

  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. Fiber optics structural mechanics and nanotechnology based new generation of fiber coatings

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    Suhir, E.

    2006-02-01

    This paper consists of two parts - review and extension. The review part deals with typical fiber optics structures (bare, single- and dual-coated fibers; fibers experiencing low temperature micro-bending; fibers soldered into ferrules or adhesively bonded into capillaries; role of the non-linear stress-strain relationship, etc.) subjected to thermally induced and/or mechanical loading in bending, tension, compression, or to various combinations of such loadings. The emphasis is on the state-of-the-art in the area of optical fiber coatings and the functional (optical), mechanical and environmental problems that occur in polymer-coated or metallized fibers. The solutions to the examined problems are obtained using analytical methods (predictive models) of structural mechanics. The review is based primarily on the author's research conducted at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, during his eighteen years tenure with this company. The extension part addresses a new generation of optical fiber coatings and deals with the application of a newly developed (by the ERS/Siloptix Co.) nano-particle material (NPM) that is used as an attractive substitute for the existing optical fiber coatings. This NPM-based coating has all the merits of polymer and metal coatings, but is free of their shortcomings. The developed material is an unconventional inhomogeneous "smart" composite material, which is equivalent to a homogeneous material with the following major properties: low Young's modulus, immunity to corrosion, good-to-excellent adhesion to adjacent material(s), non-volatile, stable properties at temperature extremes (from -220°C to +350°C), very long (practically infinite) lifetime, "active" hydrophobicity - the material provides a moisture barrier (to both water and water vapor), and, if necessary, can even "wick" moisture away from the contact surface; ability for "self-healing" and "healing": the NPM is able to restore its own dimensions, when damaged, and is able to

  20. 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.

  1. Optical investigation of InAs quantum dashes grown on InP(0 0 1) vicinal substrate

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    Besahraoui, F.; Bouslama, M.; Saidi, F.; Bouzaiene, L.; Hadj Alouane, M. H.; Maaref, H.; Chauvin, N.; Gendry, M.; Lounis, Z.; Ghaffour, M.

    2014-01-01

    We investigate with photoluminescence (PL) measurements the optoelectronic properties of self-organized InAs quantum dots (QDs) grown on nominal InP(0 0 1) substrate. InAs/InP(0 0 1) QDs are grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) method with optimized conditions in Stranski-Krastanov regime. A lateral coupling behavior was shown by photoluminescence spectroscopy. This phenomena is considered as a degradation source of the optoelectronic properties of InAs/InP(0 0 1) QDs used in lasers applications. In order to overcome this disadvantage behavior, we have studied the optical properties of InAs quantum islands (QIs) grown on vicinal InP(0 0 1) with 2° off miscut angle toward the [1 1 0] direction. From Polarized Photoluminescence (PPL) measurements, we have deduced that InAs quantum nanostructures have quantum dashes (QDas) form elongated in [1-10] direction. From excitation density PL measurements, we have evidenced that the different observed PL peaks are attributed to the emission of InAs QDas of different size. The lateral coupling behavior is completely eliminated in the case of this sample. The temperature-dependent PL measurements show a good thermal stability and an emission wavelength at room temperature around 1.55 μm of the vicinal sample. All these properties prove that this sample possess favorable characteristics for microlasers based devices functioning at room temperature and for optical telecommunication with long range weapon. The broad emission range observed at 300 K of the vicinal sample gives the possibility to use it as an active zone in solar cells and in infrared photodectectors of high optical gain and excellent sensitivity on a wide energy range.

  2. Effect of surface coating and organic matter on the uptake of CeO2 NPs by corn plants grown in soil: Insight into the uptake mechanism

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    Zhao, Lijuan; Peralta-Videa, Jose R.; Varela-Ramirez, Armando; Castillo-Michel, Hiram; Li, Chunqiang; Zhang, Jianying; Aguilera, Renato J.; Keller, Arturo A.; Gardea-Torresdey, Jorge L.

    2015-01-01

    Little is known about the fate, transport, and bioavailability of CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) in soil. Moreover, there are no reports on the effect of surface coating upon NPs uptake by plants. In this study, Zea mays plants were grown for one month in unenriched and organic soils treated with coated and uncoated CeO2 NPs. In addition, plants were exposed to fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC)-stained CeO2 NPs and analyzed in a confocal microscope. In organic soil, roots from uncoated and coated NPs at 100, 200, 400, and 800 mg kg−1 had 40, 80, 130, and 260% and 10, 70, 90, and 40% more Ce, respectively, compared to roots from unenriched soil. Conversely, shoots of plants from unenriched soil had significantly more Ce compared with shoots from organic soil. Confocal fluorescence images showed FITC-stained CeO2 NP aggregates in cell walls of epidermis and cortex, suggesting apoplastic pathway. The μXRF results revealed the presence of CeO2 NP aggregates within vascular tissues. To the authors knowledge this is the first report on the effects of surface coating and organic matter on Ce uptake from CeO2 NPs and upon the mechanisms of CeO2 NPs uptake by higher plants PMID:22633924

  3. 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.

  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. High Performance Optical Coatings Utilizing Tailored Refractive Index Nanoporous Thin Films

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    Poxson, David J.

    Refractive index is perhaps the most important quantity in optics. It is particularly relevant in the field of optical coatings, where the refractive index appears in virtually every optics equation as a figure of merit. Recently it has been demonstrated through control of the deposition angle during oblique-angle electron-beam deposition, nanoporous films of virtually any desired porosity may be accurately deposited. As the porosity of a nanoporous film directly relates to its effective refractive index, the refractive index value of a film may be tailored to any value between that of the bulk material and close to that of air. These two characteristics, namely; (i) tailored-refractive index and (ii) very low-refractive index values close to that of air, offer significant advantages in the design and optical performance in all optical coating applications. In this dissertation we explore optical coating applications whose performance can be greatly enhanced by utilization of a tailored- and low-refractive index nanoporous material system. One such important application is in the design and fabrication of broadband, omnidirectional antireflection (AR) coatings on solar cell devices. To harness the full spectrum of solar energy, Fresnel reflections at the surface of a photovoltaic cell must be reduced as much as possible over the relevant solar wavelength range and over a wide range of incident angles. However, the development of AR coatings embodying omni-directionality over a wide range of wavelengths is challenging. By utilizing the tailored- and low-refractive index properties of the nanoporous material system, in conjunction with a computational genetic algorithm and a predictive quantitative model for the porosity of such nanoporous films, truly optimized AR coatings can be designed and fabricated on solar cells. Here we show that these optimized AR structures demonstrate significant improvement to overall device efficiency. Traditionally, nanoporous films

  7. 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.

  8. The microstructure, optical and electrical property of CdZnTe thick films grown from a CSS method

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    Zhang, Yuelu; Wang, Linjun; Xu, Run; Huang, Jian; Meng, Hua; Tao, Jun; Zhang, Jijun; Min, Jiahua; Shen, Yue

    2015-12-01

    Polycrystalline CdZnTe thick films with an average grain size of 30 μm and thickness of 270 μm were successfully grown on SnO2:F (FTO)-coated glass substrates by close-spaced sublimation method. Electrical properties and UV response of CdZnTe thick films after Br-MeOH etching and ZnCl2 annealing treatment were investigated. By means of the photo-current measurements, the value of mobility-lifetime (μτ) products for CdZnTe films were firstly reported. The results showed that Br-MeOH etching significantly improved UV detection sensitivity of CdZnTe thick films, and made the surface distribution of UV sensitivity more homogeneous. It was also found that a ZnCl2 annealing process did not improve the electrical properties.

  9. 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.

  10. Bilayer metallic nanofilms as broadband antireflection coatings in terahertz optical systems.

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    Lai, Wei En; Zhang, Huai Wu; Zhu, Yao Hua; Wen, Qi Ye; Du, Wei Wei; Tang, Xiao Li

    2014-02-10

    We present the potential of ultrathin bilayer metallic nanofilms for use as broadband antireflection coatings in the terahertz frequency range. The metallic layers are modeled using a wave-impedance matching approach. The experimental and theoretical results are in good agreement. Further, a novel method using our broadband antireflection coatings is proposed to eliminate unwanted reflections that interfere with the important reflection from the sample in terahertz reflection measurement. The proposed method significantly improves the calculation of the optical properties of liquid and biological samples.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Determination of magneto-optical quality and refractive index of bismuth germanium oxide single crystals grown by Czochralski technique

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    Lazarević, Z. Ž.; Mihailović, P.; Kostić, S.; Romčević, M. J.; Mitrić, M.; Petričević, S.; Radunović, J.; Petrović-Damjanović, M.; Gilić, M.; Romčević, N. Ž.

    2012-09-01

    Bi12GeO20 single crystals were grown by the Czochralski technique. The critical diameter and the critical rate of rotation were calculated. Suitable polishing and etching solutions were determined. As a result of our experiments, the pale yellow and black single crystals were produced. The structure of the Bi12GeO20 has been investigated by X-ray diffraction, Raman and IR spectroscopy. The atomic ratio Bi/Ge was determined for the both crystals. The refractive indexes of both Bi12GeO20 crystals were determined by the spectroscopic ellipsometry method. Important properties of Bi12GeO20 for sensing applications, optical activity, Faraday rotation and absorption were measured and magneto optical quality was calculated and compared.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Ultra low absorption glasses and optical coatings for reduced thermal focus shift in high power optics

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    Carpenter, D. T.; Wood, C. S.; Lyngnes, O.; Traggis, N. G.

    2012-03-01

    High average laser power is required for industrial applications such as laser cutting and welding. However, system performance is often limited by the achievable beam quality and focal length stability, both of which are degraded by absorption in the transmissive components of the system. We explore in detail the behavior of uncoated and AR-coated surfaces of Suprasil 3001, Corning 7980, and Spectrosil 2000 fused silica with respect to both surface and bulk absorption in order to separate substrate effects from coating effects. Ion-beam sputtered AR coatings are shown to contribute < 0.3 ppm of absorption per coated surface regardless of substrate material, potentially allowing design flexibility in the selection of substrate materials at the system level.

  1. Optical fiber nanotips coated with molecular beacons for DNA detection.

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    Giannetti, Ambra; Barucci, Andrea; Cosi, Franco; Pelli, Stefano; Tombelli, Sara; Trono, Cosimo; Baldini, Francesco

    2015-04-24

    Optical fiber sensors, thanks to their compactness, fast response and real-time measurements, have a large impact in the fields of life science research, drug discovery and medical diagnostics. In recent years, advances in nanotechnology have resulted in the development of nanotools, capable of entering the single cell, resulting in new nanobiosensors useful for the detection of biomolecules inside living cells. In this paper, we provide an application of a nanotip coupled with molecular beacons (MBs) for the detection of DNA. The MBs were characterized by hybridization studies with a complementary target to prove their functionality both free in solution and immobilized onto a solid support. The solid support chosen as substrate for the immobilization of the MBs was a 30 nm tapered tip of an optical fiber, fabricated by chemical etching. With this set-up promising results were obtained and a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.57 nM was reached, opening up the possibility of using the proposed nanotip to detect mRNAs inside the cytoplasm of living cells.

  2. Optically Induced Oscillations of Chromium Coated Silicon Microstructures

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    Pitcher, Robert John

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. This thesis reports the effects of chromium layers on the vibrational properties of silicon microengineered structures designed as pressure sensors. Both excitation and interrogation have been achieved by optical means. Particular attention has been paid to the optically induced vibrational amplitude, Q factor and phase angle between the motion of the resonator and the incident pulsed laser light used to excite the resonator. Two silicon structures have been investigated: bridges fabricated at Birmingham University and extensively characterised by researchers at Strathclyde University, and devices fabricated at STC Technology Ltd. in Harlow. For both structures the addition of chromium layers onto the surface has had the effect of increasing the value of the amplitude divided by the Q factor. This increase occurs after a layer of chromium of about 15 nm thickness has already been deposited onto the silicon. It has also been found that the value of the Q factor of the resonators has decreased with the addition of chromium layers. The phase angle of the motion has also been found to be sensitive to the thickness of the chromium layer. This angle has been observed to increase from approximately zero for bare silicon to about 40^circ for a few hundred Angstroms, returning towards zero phase for chromium layers of comparable thickness to the silicon thickness.

  3. Optical Fiber Nanotips Coated with Molecular Beacons for DNA Detection

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    Giannetti, Ambra; Barucci, Andrea; Cosi, Franco; Pelli, Stefano; Tombelli, Sara; Trono, Cosimo; Baldini, Francesco

    2015-01-01

    Optical fiber sensors, thanks to their compactness, fast response and real-time measurements, have a large impact in the fields of life science research, drug discovery and medical diagnostics. In recent years, advances in nanotechnology have resulted in the development of nanotools, capable of entering the single cell, resulting in new nanobiosensors useful for the detection of biomolecules inside living cells. In this paper, we provide an application of a nanotip coupled with molecular beacons (MBs) for the detection of DNA. The MBs were characterized by hybridization studies with a complementary target to prove their functionality both free in solution and immobilized onto a solid support. The solid support chosen as substrate for the immobilization of the MBs was a 30 nm tapered tip of an optical fiber, fabricated by chemical etching. With this set-up promising results were obtained and a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.57 nM was reached, opening up the possibility of using the proposed nanotip to detect mRNAs inside the cytoplasm of living cells. PMID:25919369

  4. Optical properties of Ge nanowires grown on Si(100) and (111) substrates: Nanowire-substrate heterointerfaces

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    Kamenev, B. V.; Sharma, V.; Tsybeskov, L.; Kamins, T. I.

    2005-11-01

    The cover picture of the present issue of physica status solidi (a) contains two scanning electron micrographs showing approximately 40 nm diameter Ge nanowires grown by the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) technique on Si(100) (upper right figure) and Si(111) (lower left figure) substrates, respectively. The figures are provided by the authors T. I. Kamins (Hewlett-Packard Laboratories) and L. Tsybeskov (New Jersey Institute of Technology).

  5. 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.

  6. Polishing characteristics of optical glass using PMMA-coated carbonyl-iron-based magnetorheological fluid

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    Lee, J. W.; Hong, K. P.; Cho, M. W.; Kwon, S. H.; Choi, H. J.

    2015-06-01

    Soft magnetic carbonyl iron (CI) particles for magnetorheological (MR) polishing encounter corrosion problems as a result of their oxidation, leading to unpredictable polishing results. To overcome this issue, CI particles have been coated with either polymer or inorganic materials for improved MR polishing. In this study, CI particles were coated with poly(methyl methacrylate) to achieve improved MR polishing and anti-corrosion protection. In addition to an analysis of their rheological properties, a series of MR polishing experiments were performed to investigate the material removal rate and surface roughness for BK7 optical glass by changing experimental parameters, such as the wheel rotating speed and magnetic field intensity. A very fine surface roughness (Ra = 0.86 nm for PMMA coated CI/Ra = 0.92 nm for pristine CI) was obtained at a wheel speed of 1256 mm s-1 and a magnetic field intensity of 15.92 kA m-1.

  7. Phosphide-based materials as hard optical coatings

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    Lewis, Keith L.; Savage, James A.

    1990-08-01

    A requirement exists for more durable windows for airborne applications to improve their survivability under highly erosive conditions. A range of materials show potential including nitrides, phosphides, carbides and diamond. This paper will address the phosphide materials system and review the various possibilities available. Materials such as gallium phosphide show promise for use In the infrared on the basis of their behaviour in bulk form, with significant lattice absorption bands only apparent at wavelengths beyond l2jnn. Other known phosphides include those of Al, B, Si, Mg, In, Zn, Cd, Rb, Ir, Ni, Go, Y, Sc, Ti, Nb, Mo, W, Th as well as several of the rare earth elements. Ternary systen have also been examined, largely as bulk materials. Recently the potential of phosphide materials for infra-red applications has been highlighted by the deinstration of high durability in amorphous coatings of boron phosphide deposited by plasma assisted chemcal vapour deposition. The levels of durability obtained have exceeded those characteristic of diamond-like carbon, whilst allowing simultaneous transmission of both IR bands and the important 1.O6im wavelength. Here there is significant evidence of the role of non-stoichiometry, with P/B ratios of as high as 7 being typical. Some forms of amorphous phosphorus itself have been known to demonstrate remarkable stability, with samples remaining atomically clean in dry air for significant periods of time. Various other forms of high phosphorus polyphosphides are known, such as those containing alkali metals in a bridging configuration between phosphorus skeletons. These can be produced as thin films and exhibit high levels of stability and adhesion.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Passive multispectral imaging polarimeter for remote atmospheric and surface studies: design based on optical coatings.

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    Pellicori, Samuel F; Burke, Elliot

    2016-02-20

    The passive imaging polarimeter architecture is based on optical coatings and thereby avoids the complexities of current systems that use rotating polarizers, phase-modulating retarders, and birefringent elements. Coatings on stationary elements separate spectral regions and their polarized components to simultaneously produce images of the Stokes linear polarization intensities in fields of view (FOVs) ≥30°. Wavelength and FOV coverages are limited only by the telescope and relay optics employed. The images are collected in identical spectral passbands that can extend from UV to shortwave IR. An example relevant to remote sensing in the 360-900 nm range is given. An on-board calibration and stability monitor is included. PMID:26906581

  11. Diamondlike carbon as a moisture barrier and antireflecting coating on optical materials

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    Woollam, John A.; De, Bhola N.; Chen, L. Y.; Pouch, John J.; Alterovitz, Samuel A.

    1990-01-01

    Diamondlike carbon (DLC) is amorphous, hard, semitransparent, and is under consideration for use as a coating material for infrared optics. DLC is also designated as a-C:H to indicate its amorphous nature as well as to indicate the presence of large (20 to 55 percent) amounts of hydrogen in the film. Two important questions arise with respect to use of DLC in infrared optics. Will the lack of grain boundaries help to keep moisture from penetrating the film. Secondly, application as an antireflection coating places restrictions on the allowed values of the index of refraction of the film relative to the particular substrate material being used. Will DLC have the correct index range. These two questions are addressed in this paper.

  12. Advantages and challenges of optical coating production with indirect monochromatic monitoring.

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    Zhang, Jinlong; Cao, Chong; Tikhonravov, Alexander V; Trubetskov, Michael K; Gorokh, Artur; Cheng, Xinbin; Wang, Zhanshan

    2015-04-10

    In this paper, we present our recent studies on raising the quality of optical coating production with an indirect monochromatic monitoring system. Preproduction error analysis and computational manufacturing are used to estimate potential advantages of application of indirect optical monitoring. It is then demonstrated that a key issue for realization of this advantage is accurate specification of tooling factors for layer thicknesses on test glasses. The tooling factors are precalibrated using single layer depositions and then are corrected using results of reverse engineering for the first production run. It is found that a gradual variation of tooling factors of low index layers is the main error factor in the first deposition run. Finally, we redeposit our coating with a modified monitoring strategy, taking into account this factor. The new experimental results show excellent correspondence with the theoretical spectral performance.

  13. Measurement of thermo-optic properties of thin film dielectric coatings

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    Ogin, Gregory H.

    We have carried out an experiment to test the theory of the thermo-optic response of a dielectric stack mirror coating and to measure parameters of interest in calculating thermo-optic noise. Specifically, we measured the coefficient of thermal expansion and the change of index of refraction with temperature (dn/dT ) for thin film silica (SiO2) and tantala (Ta2O5) in mirror coatings. These measurements were achieved by driving thermal fluctuations in such mirrors in one arm of a small Michelson interferometer. We report on the results of that experiment along with its potential implications for future gravitational wave detectors, and suggest next steps for this important line of investigation.

  14. In situ 3D characterization of historical coatings and wood using multimodal nonlinear optical microscopy.

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    Latour, Gaël; Echard, Jean-Philippe; Didier, Marie; Schanne-Klein, Marie-Claire

    2012-10-22

    We demonstrate multimodal nonlinear optical imaging of historical artifacts by combining Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) and Two-Photon Excited Fluorescence (2PEF) microscopies. We first identify the nonlinear optical response of materials commonly encountered in coatings of cultural heritage artifacts by analyzing one- and multi-layered model samples. We observe 2PEF signals from cochineal lake and sandarac and show that pigments and varnish films can be discriminated by exploiting their different emission spectral ranges as in luminescence linear spectroscopy. We then demonstrate SHG imaging of a filler, plaster, composed of bassanite particles which exhibit a non centrosymmetric crystal structure. We also show that SHG/2PEF imaging enables the visualization of wood microstructure through typically 60 µm-thick coatings by revealing crystalline cellulose (SHG signal) and lignin (2PEF signal) in the wood cell walls. Finally, in situ multimodal nonlinear imaging is demonstrated in a historical violin. SHG/2PEF imaging thus appears as a promising non-destructive and contactless tool for in situ 3D investigation of historical coatings and more generally for wood characterization and coating analysis at micrometer scale. PMID:23187225

  15. High power coatings for line beam laser optics of up to 2-meter in length

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    Mende, Mathias; Kohlhaas, Jürgen; Ebert, Wolfgang

    2016-03-01

    Laser material processing plays an important role in the fabrication of the crucial parts for state-of-the-art smartphones and tablets. With industrial line beam systems a line shaped beam with a length above one meter and an average power of several thousand watts can be realized. To ensure excellent long axis beam homogeneity, demanding specifications regarding the substrate surface form tolerances and the coating uniformity have to be achieved for each line beam optic. In addition, a high laser damage threshold and a low defect density are required for the coatings. In order to meet these requirements, the MAXIMA ion beam sputtering machine was developed and built by LASEROPTIK. This contribution describes the functional principle of MAXIMA deposition machine, which adapts the ion beam sputtering technology with its highest coating quality to the field of large area deposition. Furthermore, recent developments regarding the process control by optical broadband monitoring are discussed. Finally experimental results on different thin film characteristics as for example the coating uniformity, the microstructure and the laser damage resistance of multilayers are presented.

  16. 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.

  17. Thin film NiTi coatings on optical fiber Bragg sensors

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    Mohanchandra, K. P.; Karnani, S.; Emmons, M. C.; Carman, G. P.; Richards, W. L.

    2008-07-21

    This paper describes the sputter deposition and characterization of nickel titanium (NiTi) thin film shape memory alloy onto the surface of an optical fiber Bragg grating. The NiTi coating uniformity, crystallinity, and transformation temperatures are measured using scanning electron microscope, x-ray diffraction, and differential scanning calorimeter, respectively. The strain in the optical fiber is measured using centroid calculation of wavelength shifts. Results show distinct and abrupt changes in the optical fiber signal with the four related transformation temperatures represented by the austenite-martensite forward and reverse phase transformations. These tests demonstrate a coupling present between optical energy and thermal energy, i.e., a modified multiferroic material.

  18. Transient response of nonlinear magneto-optic rotation in a paraffin-coated Rb vapor cell

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    Momeen, M. Ummal; Rangarajan, G.; Natarajan, Vasant

    2010-01-01

    We study resonant nonlinear magneto-optic rotation (NMOR) in a paraffin-coated Rb vapor cell as the magnetic field is swept. At low sweep rates, the nonlinear rotation appears as a narrow resonance signal with a linewidth of about “300 μG” (2π×420 Hz). At high sweep rates, the signal shows transient response with an oscillatory decay. The decay time constant is of order 100 ms. The behavior is different for transitions starting from the lower or the upper hyperfine level of the ground state because of optical pumping effects.

  19. Activation of cell signaling via optical manipulation of gold-coated liposomes encapsulating signaling molecules

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    Orsinger, Gabriel V.; Leung, Sarah J.; Romanowski, Marek

    2013-02-01

    Many diseases involve changes in cell signaling cascades, as seen commonly in drug resistant cancers. To better understand these intricate signaling events in diseased cells and tissues, experimental methods of probing cellular communication at a single to multi-cell level are required. We recently introduced a general platform for activation of selected signaling pathways by optically controlled delivery and release of water soluble factors using gold-coated liposomes. In the example presented here, we encapsulated inositol trisphosphate (IP3), a ubiquitous intracellular secondary messenger involved in GPCR and Akt signaling cascades, within 100 nm gold-coated liposomes. The high polarizability of the liposome's unique gold pseudo-shell allows stable optical trapping for subcellular manipulation in the presence of cells. We take this optical manipulation further by optically injecting IP3-containing liposomes into the cytosol of a single cell to initiate localized cell signaling. Upon optical injection of liposomal IP3 into a single ovarian carcinoma cell, we observed localized activation as reported by changes in Indo-1 fluorescence intensity. With established gap junctions between the injected cell and neighboring cells, we monitored propagation of this signaling to and through nearby cells.

  20. Embedding properties of optical fibers integrated into ceramic coatings obtained by wire flame thermal spray

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    Duo, Yi; Costil, Sophie; Pfeiffer, Pierre; Serio, Bruno

    2015-03-01

    The elaboration of smart materials with optical fiber sensors embedded into several dissimilar layers is capable of monitoring various system parameters inside the layered structure without damaging the host structure itself. This work mainly concentrates on the thermal elaboration process used to embed optical fibers into ceramic coating layers and their characterization. A new mechanical holder is first proposed in order to maintain the optical fiber during the thermal spray process and protect it from the strong atmospheric turbulence caused by the heat flux. Wire flame thermal spray where particles are propelled on the substrate at a temperature of more than 2000 °C is chosen as the elaboration process and the favorable elaboration conditions are evaluated. The microscopic characteristics of both the surface and cross-section of the embedding structure are evaluated, and the mechanical adhesion strength of the embedded optical fiber is then measured and discussed. The results show that the optical fiber remains undamaged after the thermal spray process and keeps perfect adhesion with the ceramic coating, making the former a competitive method to elaborate the embedded hybrid structure.

  1. Reduced graphene oxide coated optical fiber for methanol and ethanol vapor detection at room temperature

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    Kavinkumar, T.; Sastikumar, D.; Manivannan, S.

    2014-10-01

    Successful isolation of single layer of graphene from graphite by mechanical exfoliation method, attracted a great attention due to its unique structural, optical, mechanical and electronic properties. This makes the graphene as a promising material in many possible applications such as energy-storage, sensing, electronic, optical devices and polymer composite materials. High quality of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) material was prepared by chemical reduction method at 100°C. The structural and optical properties of the rGO sheets were characterized by FT-IR, micro Raman, powder XRD and UV-vis-NIR techniques. FT-IR reveals the absence of oxygen functional groups on rGO due to the reduction process. Powder XRD shows the broad peak at 2θ=24.3° corresponding to interlayer spacing 3.66Å which is smaller than the graphene oxide (GO). UV-vis-NIR of rGO displays the absorption peak at 271 nm indicates the reduction of GO and the restoration of C=C bonds in the rGO sheets. The cladding removed and rGO coated poly-methyl methacrylate (PMMA) optical fiber is used for methanol and ethanol vapors detection in the concentration ranging from 0 to 500 ppm at room temperature. The spectral characteristics along with output intensity modulation of cladding removed and rGO coated fiber optic sensor reveal the potential of methanol and ethanol vapor sensing properties.

  2. Dual-Clad (Coat) Pure Silica Optical Fibers For Biosensors/Endoscopes

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    Skutnik, Bolesh J.; Clarkin, James P.; Hille, Ronald E.

    1989-06-01

    The whole field of biosensing has been enhanced by the development of optical fibers CIA. They provide a means of activating the sensors and of carrying the sensor's signal back to the monitoring system. The small dimensions and flexibility of the fibers allow the development of the miniaturized sensor packages capable of introduction into a patient's vascular system. In a similar fashion optical fibers have revolutionized endoscopic techniques. Smaller, more flexible probes are permitting longer pathlengths and easier, less intrusive inspection of internal body areas. Standard fibers provide lighting while special optical fibers or bundles provide viewing capability. During the next decade real time sensing in vivo together with various endoscopic and laser techniques will provide doctors and patients with many new and delicate alternative procedures to common surgery. Not only will trauma be minimized, but with better and quicker knowledge of the patient's blood gas levels and other body conditions, doctors will be able to efficiently correct for unforeseen difficulties while controlling the known problems effectively. In both these application areas, the optimum fibers will need to have large numerical apertures (NA) to improve the sensing efficiency or the lighting efficiency and they must be sturdy/reliable as well as flexible. This places stringent requirements on the optical and mechanical porperties of the fibers. This paper describes a new type of fiber, Dual-Clad (Coat), High NA, Hard Clad Silica (HCS*) Fibers, which have the required optical and mechanical porperties for these application areas and very high core/clad/coat ratios.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of replicated and lacquer-coated grazing incidence optics for X-ray astronomy

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    Ulmer, Melville P.; Haidle, R.; Altkorn, R.; Georgopoulos, P.; Rodricks, B.; Takacs, P. Z.

    1991-01-01

    The fabrication and testing of electroformed replica Wolter I optics made from gold-coated lacquered mandrels are discussed. Also discussed is the testing of gold- and palladium-coated lacquered test flats. X-ray (5 keV for Wolter I mirror and 8-40 keV for test flats) and optical (NCP-1000 profiler) measurements were used to evaluate the mirrors.

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

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

    2013-01-01

    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.

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

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    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

  9. 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.

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

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    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.

  11. Deeply-etched micromirror with vertical slit and metallic coating enabling transmission-type optical MEMS filters

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    Othman, Muhammad A.; Sabry, Yasser M.; Sadek, Mohamed; Nassar, Ismail M.; Khalil, Diaa A.

    2016-03-01

    In this work we report a novel optical MEMS deeply-etched mirror with metallic coating and vertical slot, where the later allows reflection and transmission by the micromirror. The micromirror as well as fiber grooves are fabricated using deep reactive ion etching technology, where the optical axis is in-plane and the components are self-aligned. The etching depth is 150 μm chosen to improve the micromirror optical throughput. The vertical optical structure is Al metal coated using the shadow mask technique. A fiber-coupled Fabry-Pérot filter is successfully realized using the fabricated structure. Experimental measurements were obtained based on a dielectric-coated optical fiber inserted into a fiber groove facing the slotted micromirror. A versatile performance in terms of the free spectral range and 3-dB bandwidth is achieved.

  12. 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.

  13. 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. PMID:23481766

  14. Mechanical characteristics of optical coatings prepared by various techniques: a comparative study.

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    Klemberg-Sapieha, Jolanta E; Oberste-Berghaus, Jörg; Martinu, Ludvik; Blacker, Richard; Stevenson, Ian; Sadkhin, George; Morton, Dale; McEldowney, Scott; Klinger, Robert; Martin, Phil J; Court, Nadia; Dligatch, Svetlana; Gross, Mark; Netterfield, Roger P

    2004-05-01

    Good performance of optical coatings depends on the appropriate combination of optical and mechanical properties. Therefore, successful applications require good understanding of the relationship between optical microstructural and mechanical characteristics and film stability. In addition, there is a lack of standard mechanical tests that allow one to compare film properties measured in different laboratories. We give an overview of the methodology of mechanical measurements suitable for optical coatings; this includes depth-sensing indentation, scratch resistance, friction, abrasion and wear testing, and stress and adhesion evaluation. We used the techniques mentioned above in the same laboratory to systematically compare the mechanical behavior of frequently used high- and low-index materials, namely, TiO2, Ta2O5, and SiO2, prepared by different complementary techniques. They include ion-beam-assisted deposition by electron-beam evaporation, magnetron sputtering, dual-ion-beam sputtering, plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition, and filtered cathodic arc deposition. The mechanical properties are correlated with the film microstructure that is inherently related to energetic conditions during film growth.

  15. Effect of Capping on Electrical and Optical Properties of GaN Layers Grown by HVPE

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    Reshchikov, M. A.; Usikov, A.; Helava, H.; Makarov, Yu.; Puzyk, M. V.; Papchenko, B. P.

    2016-04-01

    Gallium nitride, grown by hydride vapor phase epitaxy and capped with a thin AlGaN layer, was studied by photoluminescence (PL) methods. The concentration of free electrons in GaN was found from the time-resolved PL data, and the concentrations of point defects were estimated from the steady-state PL measurements. The intensity of PL from GaN decreases moderately after capping it with Si-doped AlGaN, and it decreases dramatically after capping with Mg-doped AlGaN. At the same time, the concentration of free electrons and the concentrations of main radiative defects in GaN are not affected by the AlGaN capping. We demonstrate that PL is a powerful tool for nondestructive characterization of semiconductor layers buried under overlying device structures.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Grain structure and growth of dispersed phase BN-AlN coatings grown via chemical vapor deposition

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    Freeman, G.B.; Lackey, W.J.; Hanigofsky, J.A. . Georgia Technology Research Inst.); Lee, Woo Y. ); More, K.L. )

    1990-01-01

    This paper discusses the variation in microstructures encountered during the separate depositions of boron nitride (BN) and aluminium nitride (AlN) as well as during the codeposition of BN-AlN dispersed phase ceramic coatings. This combination was chosen in order to take advantage of the self lubricating properties of hexagonal BN along with the hard, erosion resistance of AlN. Films were characterized using scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and x-ray diffraction (XRD). A range of coating microstructures are possible depending on the conditions of deposition. The best films produced, in terms of hardness, density, and tenacity, were a fine mixture of turbostratic BN and preferentially oriented A1N whiskers aligned with the whisker axis perpendicular to the substrate surface as seen by both electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. 4 refs., 9 figs., 1 tab.

  20. 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.

  1. Core and shell sizing of small silver-coated nanospheres by optical extinction spectroscopy.

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    Schinca, D C; Scaffardi, L B

    2008-12-10

    Silver metal nanoparticles (Nps) are extensively used in different areas of research and technology due to their interesting optical, thermal and electric properties, especially for bare core and core-shell nanostructures with sizes smaller than 10 nm. Since these properties are core-shell size-dependent, size measurement is important in manipulating their potential functionalization and applications. Bare and coated small silver Nps fabricated by physical and chemical methods present specific characteristics in their extinction spectra that are potentially useful for sizing purposes. This work presents a novel procedure to size mean core radius smaller than 10 nm and mean shell thickness of silver core-shell Nps based on a comparative study of the characteristics in their optical extinction spectra in different media as a function of core radii, shell thickness and coating refractive index. From the regularities derived from these relationships, it can be concluded that plasmon full width at half-maximum (FWHM) is sensitive to core size but not to coating thickness, while plasmon resonance wavelength (PRW) is related to shell thickness and mostly independent of core radius. These facts, which allow sizing simultaneously both mean core radius and shell thickness, can also be used to size bare silver Nps as a special case of core-shell Nps with zero shell thickness. The proposed method was applied to size experimental samples and the results show good agreement with conventional TEM microscopy.

  2. 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

    2014-01-01

    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. PMID:25307536

  3. Temperature driven evolution of thermal, electrical, and optical properties of Ti–Al–N coatings

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    Rachbauer, Richard; Gengler, Jamie J.; Voevodin, Andrey A.; Resch, Katharina; Mayrhofer, Paul H.

    2012-01-01

    Monolithic single phase cubic (c) Ti1−xAlxN thin films are used in various industrial applications due to their high thermal stability, which beneficially effects lifetime and performance of cutting and milling tools, but also find increasing utilization in electronic and optical devices. The present study elucidates the temperature-driven evolution of heat conductivity, electrical resistivity and optical reflectance from room temperature up to 1400 °C and links them to structural and chemical changes in Ti1−xAlxN coatings. It is shown that various decomposition phenomena, involving recovery and spinodal decomposition (known to account for the age hardening phenomenon in c-Ti1−xAlxN), as well as the cubic to wurtzite phase transformation of spinodally formed AlN-enriched domains, effectively increase the thermal conductivity of the coatings from ∼3.8 W m−1 K−1 by a factor of three, while the electrical resistivity is reduced by one order of magnitude. A change in the coating color from metallic grey after deposition to reddish-golden after annealing to 1400 °C is related to the film structure and discussed in terms of film reflectivity. PMID:23482424

  4. 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

    2014-10-13

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. Magneto-optical magnetometry of individual 30 nm cobalt nanowires grown by electron beam induced deposition

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    Nikulina, E.; Idigoras, O.; Berger, A.; Vavassori, P.; Chuvilin, A.

    2012-04-02

    We show that magnetometry measurements based upon the magneto-optical Kerr effect and high resolution optical microscopy can be used as a noninvasive probe of magnetization reversal for individual nano-structures. Our measurements demonstrate single pass hysteresis loop measurements for sample sizes down to 30 nm width. A quantitative signal-to-noise ratio evaluation shows that our approach achieves an at least 3-fold improvement in sensitivity if compared to focused laser based nano-magnetometry. An analysis of the physical limits of our detection scheme enables us to estimate that measurements for structures with single digit nm widths and magnetic moments of 10{sup -16} Am{sup 2} are feasible.

  7. 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.

  8. Thermomechanical model to assess stresses developed during elevated-temperature cleaning of coated optics.

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    Liddell, H P H; Lambropoulos, J C; Jacobs, S D

    2014-09-10

    A thermomechanical model is developed to estimate the stress response of an oxide coating to elevated-temperature chemical cleaning. Using a hafnia-silica multilayer dielectric pulse compressor grating as a case study, we demonstrate that substrate thickness can strongly affect the thermal stress response of the thin-film coating. As a result, coatings on large, thick substrates may be susceptible to modes of stress-induced failure (crazing or delamination) not seen in small parts. We compare the stress response of meter-scale optics to the behavior of small-scale test or "witness" samples, which are expected to be representative of their full-size counterparts. The effects of materials selection, solution temperature, and heating/cooling rates are explored. Extending the model to other situations, thermal stress results are surveyed for various combinations of commonly used materials. Seven oxide coatings (hafnia, silica, tantala, niobia, alumina, and multilayers of hafnia-silica and alumina-silica) and three glass substrates (BK7, borosilicate float glass, and fused silica) are examined to highlight some interesting results.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. High optical quality polycrystalline indium phosphide grown on metal substrates by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Zheng, Maxwell; Yu, Zhibin; Joon Seok, Tae; Chen, Yu-Ze; Kapadia, Rehan; Takei, Kuniharu; Aloni, Shaul; Ager, Joel W.; Wu, Ming; Chueh, Yu-Lun; Javey, Ali

    2012-06-01

    III-V semiconductor solar cells have demonstrated the highest power conversion efficiencies to date. However, the cost of III-V solar cells has historically been too high to be practical outside of specialty applications. This stems from the cost of raw materials, need for a lattice-matched substrate for single-crystal growth, and complex epitaxial growth processes. To address these challenges, here, we explore the direct non-epitaxial growth of thin poly-crystalline films of III-Vs on metal substrates by using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. This method minimizes the amount of raw material used while utilizing a low cost substrate. Specifically, we focus on InP which is known to have a low surface recombination velocity of carriers, thereby, making it an ideal candidate for efficient poly-crystalline cells where surface/interface properties at the grain boundaries are critical. The grown InP films are 1-3 μm thick and are composed of micron-sized grains that generally extend from the surface to the Mo substrate. They exhibit similar photoluminescence peak widths and positions as single-crystalline InP, as well as excellent crystallinity as examined through TEM and XRD analyses. This work presents poly-InP as a promising absorber layer for future photovoltaics.

  13. Graphene grown on stainless steel as a high-performance and ecofriendly anti-corrosion coating for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell bipolar plates

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    Pu, Nen-Wen; Shi, Gia-Nan; Liu, Yih-Ming; Sun, Xueliang; Chang, Jeng-Kuei; Sun, Chia-Liang; Ger, Ming-Der; Chen, Chun-Yu; Wang, Po-Chiang; Peng, You-Yu; Wu, Chia-Hung; Lawes, Stephen

    2015-05-01

    In this study, the growth of graphene by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on SUS304 stainless steel and on a catalyzing Ni/SUS304 double-layered structure was investigated. The results indicated that a thin and multilayered graphene film can be continuously grown across the metal grain boundaries of the Ni/SUS304 stainless steel and significantly enhance its corrosion resistance. A 3.5 wt% saline polarization test demonstrated that the corrosion currents in graphene-covered SUS304 were improved fivefold relative to the corrosion currents in non-graphene-covered SUS304. In addition to enhancing the corrosion resistance of stainless steel, a graphene coating also ameliorates another shortcoming of stainless steel in a corrosive environment: the formation of a passive oxidation layer on the stainless steel surface that decreases conductivity. After a corrosion test, the graphene-covered stainless steel continued to exhibit not only an excellent low interfacial contact resistance (ICR) of 36 mΩ cm2 but also outstanding drainage characteristics. The above results suggest that an extremely thin, lightweight protective coating of graphene on stainless steel can act as the next-generation bipolar plates of fuel cells.

  14. Intensity-modulated relative humidity sensing with polyvinyl alcohol coating and optical fiber gratings.

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    Yang, Jingyi; Dong, Xinyong; Ni, Kai; Chan, Chi Chu; Shun, Perry Ping

    2015-04-01

    A relative humidity (RH) sensor in reflection mode is proposed and experimentally demonstrated by using a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-coated tilted-fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) cascaded by a reflection-band-matched chirped-fiber Bragg grating (CFBG). The sensing principle is based on the RH-dependent refractive index of the PVA coating, which modulates the transmission function of the TFBG. The CFBG is properly designed to reflect a broadband of light spectrally suited at the cladding mode resonance region of the TFBG, thus the reflected optical signal passes through and is modulated by the TFBG again. As a result, RH measurements with enhanced sensitivity of ∼1.80  μW/%RH are realized and demodulated in the range from 20% RH to 85% RH. PMID:25967167

  15. Conformal Cu2S-coated Cu2O nanostructures grown by ion exchange reaction and their photoelectrochemical properties

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    Minguez-Bacho, Ignacio; Courté, Marc; Fan, Hong Jin; Fichou, Denis

    2015-05-01

    Cuprous oxide Cu2O is a promising p-type semiconductor for photoelectrochemical (PEC) solar hydrogen generation because it has a suitable bandgap (Eg = 2.0-2.2 eV) and a band alignment adapted to water reduction. In addition, metallic Cu is earth-abundant thus making Cu2O a low-cost material. However, the reduction potential of Cu2O into metallic Cu (0.47 V versus RHE) is lower than that of water which induces a severe instability under irradiation in a PEC cell. Therefore, our recent efforts focused on the growth of a protective overlayer on top of Cu2O in order to stabilize Cu2O when used as a photocathode in an aqueous electrolyte. Among potential protective materials cuprous sulphide Cu2S is another p-type semiconductor with a 1.2 eV bandgap and an appropriate energy level alignment with Cu2O that would allow electrons flowing to the interface. We present here an original and simple method aimed at protecting a compact layer (CL) or nanowires (NWs) of Cu2O with a Cu2S coating. Our method is based on the ions exchange reaction (IER) of O2- into S2- at the surface of Cu2O itself in a solution-containing Na2S as the sulphur source. The local surface IER implies the formation of a conformal and uniform coating independently on the starting Cu2O morphology, CLs or NWs. As expected, coating Cu2O photocathodes by a conformal Cu2S layer improves their stability and PEC performances.

  16. Conformal Cu2S-coated Cu2O nanostructures grown by ion exchange reaction and their photoelectrochemical properties.

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    Minguez-Bacho, Ignacio; Courté, Marc; Fan, Hong Jin; Fichou, Denis

    2015-05-01

    Cuprous oxide Cu2O is a promising p-type semiconductor for photoelectrochemical (PEC) solar hydrogen generation because it has a suitable bandgap (Eg = 2.0-2.2 eV) and a band alignment adapted to water reduction. In addition, metallic Cu is earth-abundant thus making Cu2O a low-cost material. However, the reduction potential of Cu2O into metallic Cu (0.47 V versus RHE) is lower than that of water which induces a severe instability under irradiation in a PEC cell. Therefore, our recent efforts focused on the growth of a protective overlayer on top of Cu2O in order to stabilize Cu2O when used as a photocathode in an aqueous electrolyte. Among potential protective materials cuprous sulphide Cu2S is another p-type semiconductor with a 1.2 eV bandgap and an appropriate energy level alignment with Cu2O that would allow electrons flowing to the interface. We present here an original and simple method aimed at protecting a compact layer (CL) or nanowires (NWs) of Cu2O with a Cu2S coating. Our method is based on the ions exchange reaction (IER) of O(2-) into S(2-) at the surface of Cu2O itself in a solution-containing Na2S as the sulphur source. The local surface IER implies the formation of a conformal and uniform coating independently on the starting Cu2O morphology, CLs or NWs. As expected, coating Cu2O photocathodes by a conformal Cu2S layer improves their stability and PEC performances. PMID:25865464

  17. 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.

  18. Coupling semiconductor lasers into single-mode optical fibers by use of tips grown by photopolymerization.

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    Bachelot, Renaud; Fares, Abdesslame; Fikri, Radouane; Barchiesi, Dominique; Lerondel, Gilles; Royer, Pascal

    2004-09-01

    We show that a polymer tip, integrated by free-radical photopolymerization at the end of a telecommunication optical fiber, allows high-efficiency coupling between the fiber and an infrared laser diode. A coupling efficiency of 70% (1.5-dB loss) was achieved. We obtained this result by controlling the radius of curvature of the tip, the origin of which is discussed in terms of the photochemical influence of oxygen during tip formation. The experimental data were found to be in agreement with results of electromagnetic calculations based on the finite-element method.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  4. Structural, optical and ferroelectric behavior of hydrothermally grown ZnO nanostructures

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    Chand, Prakash; Gaur, Anurag; Kumar, Ashavani

    2013-12-01

    In the present study, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures have been synthesized at 100 °C for different aging periods, 1, 24, 48 and 96 h by hydrothermal method. Structural, optical and ferroelectric properties were investigated using X-ray diffractometer, field emission scanning electron microscope, Transmission electron microscope, photoluminescence, UV-visible, Raman spectroscopy and P-E loop tracer. The X-ray diffractometer pattern indicates the pure phase formation of ZnO without any impurity for the samples synthesized from 1 to 96 h aging periods, respectively. Field emission scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope analysis also shows that the average diameter and length of these nanorods increases with increasing the aging periods. Moreover Raman and Photoluminescence spectrum also confirm the wurtzite phase formation of ZnO. The optical band gaps calculated through UV-visible spectroscopy are found to decrease from 3.81 to 3.45 eV with increase in aging periods, 1-96 h, respectively. Further, improved ferroelectric behavior has been observed for 48 and 96 h aged samples.

  5. 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.

  6. High quality (InNb)0.1Ti0.9O2 single crystal grown using optical floating zone method

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    Liu, Ziyi; Song, Yongli; Wang, Xianjie; Su, Yantao; Liu, Zhiguo; Sui, Yu

    2016-07-01

    A crack-free (InNb)0.1Ti0.9O2 single crystal of 4 mm in diameter and 30 mm in length was successfully grown by the optical floating zone method. The polycrystalline feed and seed rods for growing the (InNb)0.1Ti0.9O2 single crystal were prepared by solid-state reaction method. The oxygen partial pressure significantly affected the crystal quality of the material. As shown in reflecting polarizing microphotographs, crystals grown in air have fewer grain boundaries than those grown in pure oxygen; some air-grown crystals are completely free of grain boundaries. Compared to pure TiO2 crystal, the (Nb+In) co-doped TiO2 crystal required a lower growth rate of 5 mm/h to ensure high quality.

  7. Characterisation of an electrical heating method for metallic-coated optical fibres for distributed sensing applications

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    Lu, Xin; Soto, Marcelo A.; Thévenaz, Luc

    2016-05-01

    In several applications a temperature contrast between the sensing fibre and the environment is required to detect changes in the environmental heat capacity. For this purpose the process of electrical heating in metallic-coated fibres is theoretically analysed and modelled in steady-state conditions based on the thermal energy generated by resistive heating and the losses induced by convection and radiation. The impact of ambient temperature and pressure is investigated. The proposed model for the thermal exchange is experimentally validated using a high-resolution Brillouin distributed fibre sensor, which is used to measure the longitudinal profile of the temperature reached by electrical heating along an Alcoated optical fibre.

  8. 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.

  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

    2016-08-01

    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. 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

    2016-08-01

    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. PMID:27505785

  11. Optical Properties of Oxygen Plasma-Treated Carbon Nanowalls Grown on Glass Substrates.

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    Jung, Yong Ho; Choi, Won Seok

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we investigated the effect of oxygen (02) plasma treatment on a synthesized carbon nanowall (CNW). A microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system was facilitated to grow CNWs on a glass, using a mixture of CH4 and H2 gases. First, the CNWs were post-plasma-treated for different treatment durations, and then their optical properties were analyzed. In addition, the cross-sectional and planar images of the CNWs were examined via field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) depending on the different post-plasma-treatment durations. Then the structural characteristics were analyzed via Raman spectroscopy, and the changes in the light transmittance depending on the O2 plasma treatment durations were analyzed using UV-Vis spectroscopy. The effects of the post-plasma treatments on the synthesized CNWs were evaluated. The results confirmed that O2 gas is effective for plasma etching of CNWs. PMID:27483919

  12. Synthesis, optical and structural properties of quantum-wells crystals grown into porous alumina

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    Zaghdoudi, W.; Dammak, T.; ElHouichet, H.; Chtourou, R.

    2014-07-01

    In this work, we present the confinement effect of the incorporation of perovskite compounds (C12H25-NH3)2PbI4 quantum wells into different porous anodic aluminum oxide (PAA) matrix via a chemical route. The detailed structure and optical property of the quantum wells in PAA were characterized by FT-IR, UV-Vis absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The surface topography for the two used PAA matrix has been studied using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The pores diameters (pores spacing) for the two matrix are 15 (35 nm) and 45 (82 nm). UV-visible and photoluminescence spectroscopy of (C12H25-NH3)2PbI4/PAA exhibits a clear blue shift of the fundamental excitonic transition. This effect is attributed to the confinement of the exciton mode in the pore of the PAA matrix.

  13. A new facility for manufacturing and testing very large narrow bandpass filters and other high performance optical coatings

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    Mooney, Thomas; Pawlewicz, Walter; Merrill, Michael; Leclerc, David; Hurd, Kerry

    2014-07-01

    Optical coatings are key elements of any optical system. They can reduce surface reflection loss, isolate spectral bands, re-direct the light path and split light beams by wavelength. For decades, astronomers have made use of these special characteristics embodied in Anti-Reflection (AR) coatings, Band Pass (BP) filters, mirrors and Dichroic Beamsplitters (DBS). In the last several years, a need has arisen for much larger high performance filters and coatings. This is being driven by the ever increasing size of new and planned telescopes with their correspondingly larger focal planes. Typical Broadband filters require modest wavelength uniformity and can be produced in legacy (existing) coating chambers, even in fairly large formats. However, some new instruments require narrow BP (NBP) filters of 60 cm or greater diameter in order to perform efficiently. Some planned systems will even require filters in the 75 cm diameter range. The implications for coating such large, very expensive optics are that the equipment must not only accommodate a large optic, but the process must achieve excellent uniformity over broad areas. It must also exhibit excellent performance, reproducibility and reliability in depositions consisting of well over one hundred layers and many hours duration. And finally, the spectral performance must be verifiable, not through an indirect method, but directly of the science optic itself. To address these challenges, Materion designed, built, tested and put into production a purposebuilt laboratory. This paper will describe in detail the elements of the lab creation and initial achievements.

  14. 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°.

  15. Structural, optical and electrical properties of chemically grown Pb 1- xFe xSe nanoparticle thin films

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    Bhardwaj, Asha; Varadarajan, E.; Srivastava, P.; Sehgal, H. K.

    2008-04-01

    Single phase Pb 1- xFe xSe ( 0.00≤x≤0.07) thin films, with typical rocksalt structure, are grown by the chemical bath deposition method. An additional segregated phase of Fe 2O 3 is observed in the x≥0.08 films. The average grain size in the films grown at a fixed bath temperature (Tb) is observed to remain constant with increase in Fe concentration from x=0.00 to x=0.07. A decrease in Tb, for fixed x, results in a decrease in grain size in the films. The Tb induced decrease in grain size is seen to result in an increase of direct optical band gap (Eg) in films with the same x. In the typical case of x=0.06 films, decrease in grain size from 9 nm to 3 nm due to change in Tb from 85 to 55 ∘C, results in an increase in Eg from 2.09 eV to 2.89 eV. The blue shift is attributed to enhanced quantum confinement in the nanograins. However, at a fixed Tb, while grain size remains constant with increase in x, Eg is observed to decrease. Eg is seen to decrease from 2.20 to 1.84 eV with change in x from 0.02 to 0.07 in Tb of 85 ∘C films. This decrease is attributed to tailoring of Eg due to alloying between PbSe (Ebulk=0.28 eV) and FeSe (Ebulk=0.14 eV) in the single-phase nanoparticle films of Pb 1- xFe xSe. Resistivity decreases while Hall mobility increases with the increase in x ( 0.00≤x≤0.06) in the films.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Optical properties of ordered carbon nanotube arrays grown in porous anodic alumina templates.

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    Zuidema, John; Ruan, Xiulin; Fisher, Timothy S

    2013-09-23

    We have synthesized ordered carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays in porous anodic alumina (PAA) matrix, and have characterized their total optical reflectance and bi-directional reflectance distribution function after each processing step of the microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition process (MPCVD). For a PAA sample without CNT growth, the reflectance shows an oscillating pattern with wavelength that agrees reasonably with a multilayer model. During the MPCVD process, heating the sample significantly reduces the reflectance by 30-40%, the plasma treatment reduces the reflectance by another 5-10%, and the CNT growth further reduces the reflectance by 2-3%. After an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process, the reflectance increases to the embedded CNT arrays. After etching and exposure of CNT tips, the reflectance almost returns to the original pattern with slightly higher reflectance. Bi-directional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) measurements show that the CNT-PAA surface is quite specular as indicated by a large lobe at the specular angle, while the secondary lobe can be attributed to surface roughness. PMID:24104097

  19. Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy of CdSe/ZnS quantum dot optical bioimaging probes with ultra-thin biocompatible coatings

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    Murcia, Michael J.; Shaw, David L.; Long, Eric C.; Naumann, Christoph A.

    2008-01-01

    The current study reports on the colloidal stabilities and emission properties of CdSe/ZnS quantum dot (QD) optical probes capped with a variety of thin, hydrophilic surface coatings as studied using confocal fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. These coatings are based on mercaptoethanol, mercaptopropionic acid (with and without conjugated aminoethoxyethanol), lipopolymers (DSPE-PEG2000), cysteine (Cys), and a variety of Xaa-Cys dipeptides. The study shows that several types of QDs with thin hydrophilic coatings can be designed that combine good colloidal stability and excellent emission properties (brightness). Furthermore, there is a general correlation between colloidal stability and brightness. The experiments reported herein illustrate that QDs with multiple types of thin coatings can be created for optical imaging applications in a biological environment while also maintaining a size below 10 nm. PMID:19572039

  20. Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy of CdSe/ZnS quantum dot optical bioimaging probes with ultra-thin biocompatible coatings.

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    Murcia, Michael J; Shaw, David L; Long, Eric C; Naumann, Christoph A

    2008-04-01

    The current study reports on the colloidal stabilities and emission properties of CdSe/ZnS quantum dot (QD) optical probes capped with a variety of thin, hydrophilic surface coatings as studied using confocal fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. These coatings are based on mercaptoethanol, mercaptopropionic acid (with and without conjugated aminoethoxyethanol), lipopolymers (DSPE-PEG2000), cysteine (Cys), and a variety of Xaa-Cys dipeptides. The study shows that several types of QDs with thin hydrophilic coatings can be designed that combine good colloidal stability and excellent emission properties (brightness). Furthermore, there is a general correlation between colloidal stability and brightness. The experiments reported herein illustrate that QDs with multiple types of thin coatings can be created for optical imaging applications in a biological environment while also maintaining a size below 10 nm.

  1. Lithium niobate nanoparticle-coated Y-coupler optical fiber for enhanced electro-optic sensitivity.

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    Rao, Ch N; Sagar, S B; Harshitha, N G; Aepuru, Radhamanohar; Premkumar, S; Panda, H S; Choubey, R K; Kale, S N

    2015-02-15

    Single crystals of lithium niobate (LiNbO3), possessing high birefringence and anisotropic properties have been explored, for a long time, to harness their excellent electro-optic properties. However, their nanoforms are comparatively less explored. In this context, dielectric constant and polarization (P) versus electric-field (E) characteristics of LiNbO3 nanomaterials have been studied. A nonideal P-E loop and a dielectric constant of 20 at the onset of 1 kHz were seen. The electro-optic sensitivity was found to be 4 times as compared to the bulk LiNbO3 crystals. The results are attributed to oxygen vacancies, antisite defects, and grain boundary effects in an already congruent structural matrix of LiNbO3. PMID:25680132

  2. Practical magnetron sputtering system for the deposition of optical multilayer coatings.

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    Dobrowolski, J A; Pekelsky, J R; Pelletier, R; Ranger, M; Sullivan, B T; Waldorf, A J

    1992-07-01

    A magnetron sputtering system is described in which, at any one time, as many as four different 15-cm x 46-cm rectangular planar magnetron targets can be mounted vertically in the deposition chamber. These can be attached to either dc or rf power supplies for direct or reactive deposition of metal, metal oxide, or nitride films. Typical target materials include Ag, Al, C, Mo, Nb, Ni, Si, W, and Zr. Good uniformity can be obtained on stationary substrates, although better results are possible with oscillating substrates. The refractive indices are given for several useful oxide materials. The materials and thicknesses of the individual layers that comprise an optical multilayer system are entered into a computer that subsequently controls the deposition parameters, the substrate motion, and the deposition time. After a relatively simple calibration process, coatings that consist of between 20 and 60 layers can be produced to within an accuracy of 1% or 2%. A wideband optical monitor is available for checking the performance of the multilayer system during its deposition. Several examples of multilayer coatings that were prepared on this equipment are given.

  3. pH-indicators doped polysaccharide LbL coatings for hazardous gases optical sensing.

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    Mironenko, A Yu; Sergeev, A A; Voznesenskiy, S S; Marinin, D V; Bratskaya, S Yu

    2013-01-30

    Sensitive layer-by-layer (LbL) coatings for optical detection of gaseous NH(3) and HCl were prepared by self-assembly of oppositely charged polysaccharides (chitosan and λ-carrageenan) followed by doping LbLs with pH-sensitive dyes - bromothymol blue (BTB) and Congo red (CR). It has been shown that CR, being an amphoteric dye, diffuses into LbL films regardless of the charge of the outermost polyelectrolyte layer, and the dye loading increases linearly with the LbL film thickness, whereas BTB diffuses into LbL films only when the outermost layer is positively charged, and linearity between dye loading and film thickness holds only up to 8-12 double layers (DLs) deposited. Formation of dye-doped LbL coatings at the surface of K(+)/Na(+) ion-exchanged glass has allowed fabrication of composite optical waveguide (OWG) gas sensor for detection of ammonia and hydrochloric acid vapors. The response time of BTB-doped composite OWG for ammonia detection was below 1s, and the detection limit was below 1 ppm. CR-doped OWG sensors have shown high sensitivity to HCl vapor but slow relaxation time (up to several hours for 12 DL LbL films).

  4. 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.

  5. 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

    2016-03-22

    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.

  6. Engineering optical properties of gold-coated nanoporous anodic alumina for biosensing

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    Hernández-Eguía, Laura P.; Ferré-Borrull, Josep; Macias, Gerard; Pallarès, Josep; Marsal, Lluís F.

    2014-08-01

    The effect in the Fabry-Pérot optical interferences of nanoporous anodic alumina films coated with gold is studied as a function of the porosity and of the gold thickness by means of reflectance spectroscopy. Samples with porosities between 14 and 70% and gold thicknesses (10 and 20 nm) were considered. The sputtering of gold on the nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) films results in an increase of the fringe intensity of the oscillations in the spectra resulting from Fabry-Pérot interferences in the porous layer, with a reduction in the maximum reflectance in the UV-visible region. For the thicker gold layer, sharp valleys appear in the near-infrared (IR) range that can be useful for accurate spectral shift measurements in optical biosensing. A theoretical model for the optical behavior has also been proposed. The model shows a very good agreement with the experimental measurements, what makes it useful for design and optimization of devices based on this material. This material capability is enormous for using it as an accurate and sensitive optical sensor, since gold owns a well-known surface chemistry with certain molecules, most of them biomolecules.

  7. Magnetic and optical manipulation of spherical metal-coated Janus particles

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    Jenness, Nathan J.; Erb, Randall M.; Yellen, Benjamin B.; Clark, Robert L.

    2010-08-01

    Spherical colloids with asymmetric surface properties, e.g., 'Janus' particles with two unique faces, are an emerging class of materials that can provide mechanisms for controlling colloidal particle dynamics. Several reports in the literature detail the fabrication of Janus particles as well as their behavior under the influence of external electric, magnetic and optical fields. Here we present an in depth study of the magnetic and optical properties of 10 μm spherical metal-coated Janus particles, and we demonstrate new mechanisms to control their assembly, transport, and achieve total positional and orientational control at the single particle level. Through the application of external magnetic fields Janus particles formed kinked-chain assemblies. Janus particles can also be transported in rotating magnetic field via hydrodynamic surface effects. Optical fields can control the rotation and clustering of Janus particles at low laser power, but not at higher powers due to the formation of cavitation bubbles and large scattering forces. The unique magnetic and optical properties of Janus particles were leveraged to engineer 'dot' Janus particles that can be utilized to achieve near holonomic control of a single colloid in an optomagnetic trap.

  8. 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

  9. 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 cm2 Vs-1 (25 cm2 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. An amorphous-to-crystalline phase transition within thin silicon films grown by ultra-high-vacuum evaporation and its impact on the optical response

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    Orapunt, Farida; Tay, Li-Lin; Lockwood, David J.; Baribeau, Jean-Marc; Noël, Mario; Zwinkels, Joanne C.; O'Leary, Stephen K.

    2016-02-01

    A number of thin silicon films are deposited on crystalline silicon, native oxidized crystalline silicon, and optical quality fused quartz substrates through the use of ultra-high-vacuum evaporation at growth temperatures ranging from 98 to 572 °C. An analysis of their grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and Raman spectra indicates that a phase transition, from amorphous-to-crystalline, occurs as the growth temperature is increased. Through a peak decomposition process, applied to the Raman spectroscopy results, the crystalline volume fractions associated with these samples are plotted as a function of the growth temperature for the different substrates considered. It is noted that the samples grown on the crystalline silicon substrates have the lowest crystallanity onset temperature, whereas those grown on the optical quality fused quartz substrates have the highest crystallanity onset temperature; the samples grown on the native oxidized crystalline silicon substrates have a crystallanity onset temperature between these two limits. These resultant dependencies on the growth temperature provide a quantitative means of characterizing the amorphous-to-crystalline phase transition within these thin silicon films. It is noted that the thin silicon film grown on an optical quality fused quartz substrate at 572 °C, possessing an 83% crystalline volume fraction, exhibits an optical absorption spectrum which is quite distinct from that associated with the other thin silicon films. We suggest that this is due to the onset of sufficient long-range order in the film for wave-vector conservation to apply, at least partially. Finally, we use a semi-classical optical absorption analysis to study how this phase transition, from amorphous-to-crystalline, impacts the spectral dependence of the optical absorption coefficient.

  13. 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.

  14. Chemical composition, morphology and optical properties of zinc sulfide coatings deposited by low-energy electron beam evaporation

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    Ragachev, A. V.; Yarmolenko, M. A.; Rogachev, A. A.; Gorbachev, D. L.; Zhou, Bing

    2014-06-01

    The research determines the features of formation, morphology, chemical composition and optical properties of the coatings deposited by the method, proposed for the first time, of the exposure of mechanical mixture of zinc and sulfur powders to low-energy electron beam evaporation. The findings show that the deposited coatings are characterized by high chemical and structural homogeneity in thickness. The study considers the influence of substrate temperature and thickness of the deposited layer on the morphology and the width of the formed ZnS thin layers band gap. Also was shown the possibility to form ZnS coatings with this method using the mixture of zinc and copper sulfide powders.

  15. Through the optical combiner monitoring in remote fiber laser welding of zinc coated steels

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    Colombo, Daniele; Colosimo, Bianca M.; Previtali, Barbara; Bassan, Daniele; Lai, Manuel; Masotti, Giovanni

    2012-03-01

    Thanks to the recent affirmation of the active fiber lasers, remote laser welding of zinc coated steels is under investigation with a particular emphasis on the overlap joint geometry. Due to the high power and high beam quality offered by these lasers, the remote laser welding process has become more practicable. However laser welding of lap zinc coated steels is still problematic because of the violent vaporisation of zinc. The presence of a gap between the plates allowing vapour degassing has been proven to avoid defects due to zinc vaporization. On the other hand variation in the gap value can lead to the welding defect formation. Therefore constant gap values should be ensured and deviation from the reference gap value has to be monitored during the execution of the welding process. Furthermore, the on-line monitoring of the gap values between the plates can be helpful for the on-line quality control of the welding process. The paper proposes a new monitoring solution for the measurement of the gap in remote fiber laser welding of overlapped zinc coated steels. In this solution, referred as Through the Optical Combiner Monitoring (TOCM) , the optical emissions from the welding process are directly observed through the optical combiner of the fiber laser source with spectroscopic equipment. The TOCM solution presented in the paper is integrated in an IPG YLS 3000 fiber laser source whose beam is deflected and focused by means of an El.En. ScanFiber scanning system with an equivalent focal length of 300 mm. After the definition of the right welding process conditions, spectroscopic tests are exploited to evaluate the optical emission from the welding plasma/plume. Acquired spectra are then analysed with multivariate data analysis approach in order to ensure gap monitoring. Results showed that with the proposed method it is possible to evaluate not only the gap between the plates but also the location inside the weld at which the variation occurs. Furthermore

  16. Optical properties of C-doped bulk GaN wafers grown by halide vapor phase epitaxy

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    Khromov, S.; Hemmingsson, C.; Monemar, B.; Hultman, L.; Pozina, G.

    2014-12-14

    Freestanding bulk C-doped GaN wafers grown by halide vapor phase epitaxy are studied by optical spectroscopy and electron microscopy. Significant changes of the near band gap (NBG) emission as well as an enhancement of yellow luminescence have been found with increasing C doping from 5 × 10{sup 16} cm{sup −3} to 6 × 10{sup 17} cm{sup −3}. Cathodoluminescence mapping reveals hexagonal domain structures (pits) with high oxygen concentrations formed during the growth. NBG emission within the pits even at high C concentration is dominated by a rather broad line at ∼3.47 eV typical for n-type GaN. In the area without pits, quenching of the donor bound exciton (DBE) spectrum at moderate C doping levels of 1–2 × 10{sup 17} cm{sup −3} is observed along with the appearance of two acceptor bound exciton lines typical for Mg-doped GaN. The DBE ionization due to local electric fields in compensated GaN may explain the transformation of the NBG emission.

  17. 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,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

  18. 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.

  19. Improving optical performance of GaN nanowires grown by selective area growth homoepitaxy: Influence of substrate and nanowire dimensions

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    Aseev, P.; Gačević, Ž.; Torres-Pardo, A.; González-Calbet, J. M.; Calleja, E.

    2016-06-01

    Series of GaN nanowires (NW) with controlled diameters (160-500 nm) and heights (420-1100 nm) were homoepitaxially grown on three different templates: GaN/Si(111), GaN/AlN/Si(111), and GaN/sapphire(0001). Transmission electron microscopy reveals a strong influence of the NW diameter on dislocation filtering effect, whereas photoluminescence measurements further relate this effect to the GaN NWs near-bandgap emission efficiency. Although the templates' quality has some effects on the GaN NWs optical and structural properties, the NW diameter reduction drives the dislocation filtering effect to the point where a poor GaN template quality becomes negligible. Thus, by a proper optimization of the homoepitaxial GaN NWs growth, the propagation of dislocations into the NWs can be greatly prevented, leading to an exceptional crystal quality and a total dominance of the near-bandgap emission over sub-bandgap, defect-related lines, such as basal stacking faults and so called unknown exciton (UX) emission. In addition, a correlation between the presence of polarity inversion domain boundaries and the UX emission lines around 3.45 eV is established.

  20. 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.

  1. 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. PMID:26192828

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Effect of annealing temperature on the morphology and optical properties of PMMA films by spin-coating method

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    Aadila, A.; Afaah, A. N.; Asib, N. A. M.; Mohamed, R.; Rusop, M.; Khusaimi, Z.

    2016-07-01

    Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) films were deposited on glass substrate by sol-gel spin-coating method. The films were annealed for 10 minutes in furnace at different annealing temperature of room temperature, 50, 100, 150 and 200 °C. The effect of annealing temperatures to the surface and optical properties of PMMA films spin-coated on the substrate were investigated by Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) and Ultraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis) Spectroscopy. It was observed in AFM analysis all the annealed films show excellent smooth surface with zero roughness. All the samples demonstrate a high transmittance of 80% in UV region as shown in UV-Vis measurement. Highly transparent films indicate the films are good optical properties and could be applied in various optical applications and also in non-linear optics.

  6. 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

  7. Mechanical behavior of silica optical fibers coated with low-index low-surface energy perfluorinated polymer

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    Wojcik, Anna B.; Matthewson, M. John; Klein, Lisa C.; Foy, Paul R.; Snitzer, Elias; Wong, Ka Pak

    1996-01-01

    Two formulations based on perfluorinated polymer were prepared for use as UV-curable optical cladding for silica fibers. In the first formulation an adhesion promoting agent based on fluoroacrylate resin was synthesized and mixed with the experimental product Defensa 7702++ in order to promote wetting and chemical adhesion to the silica fibers. In the second formulation, wetting and physical adhesion between the liquid coating and the silica fibers were achieved by increasing the viscosity of the starting coating by addition of unsaturated perfluorinated polymer into Defensa. Both formulations were used as primary coatings on dual coated silica optical fibers. The mechanical behavior of the formulations was characterized by the strip test, the pull-out test and zero stress aging in 90 degrees Celsius pH 7 buffer. The results show that both formulations exhibit better wetting-adhesion characteristics than unmodified starting coating and that the strength degradation during zero- stress aging was lower for the fiber coated with the formulation of higher viscosity.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. Fiber optic relative humidity sensor based on the tilted fiber Bragg grating coated with graphene oxide

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    Wang, Youqing; Shen, Changyu; Lou, Weimin; Shentu, Fengying; Zhong, Chuan; Dong, Xinyong; Tong, Limin

    2016-07-01

    A fiber optic relative humidity (RH) sensor based on the tilted fiber Bragg grating (TFBG) coated with graphene oxide (GO) film was presented. Amplitudes of the cladding mode resonances of the TFGB varies with the water sorption and desorption processes of the GO film, because of the strong interactions between the excited backward propagating cladding modes and the GO film. By detecting the transmission intensity changes of the cladding mode resonant dips at the wavelength of 1557 nm, the maximum sensitivity of 0.129 dB/%RH with a linear correlation coefficient of 99% under the RH range of 10-80% was obtained. The Bragg mode of TFBG can be used as power or wavelength references, since it is inherently insensitive to RH changes. In addition, the proposed humidity sensor shows a good performance in repeatability and stability.

  11. 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

  12. Modeling the behavior of optical coatings in x-ray environments

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    Rhoades, C.E. Jr. ); Triplett, J.R. )

    1991-02-15

    Calculation of heating caused by the deposition of x rays in thin-film optical coatings is complicated because the mean free path of photo- and autoionization electrons is comparable to the thin-film thickness and thus electron deposition cannot be considered local. This paper describes the modeling in the computer code XRTH of (a) x-ray deposition and transport, (b) electron production, deposition, and transport, and (c) thermal conduction and transport. X-ray transport is handled by multigroup discrete ordinates, electron transport is done by the method of characteristics, applied to the two-term spherical harmonics expansion approximation ({ital P}{sub 1}) to the Spencer--Lewis transport equation, and thermal transport is computed by a Richardson extrapolation of a backward Euler solution to the heat conduction equation. Results of a few test cases and comparisons with other computer codes are presented.

  13. 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}.

  14. 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.

  15. Optical Properties of Cu-Doped ZnO Films Prepared by Cu Solution Coating.

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    Allabergenov, Bunyod; Chung, Seok-Hwan; Kim, Sungjin; Choi, Byeongdae

    2015-10-01

    This work demonstrates the fabrication of Cu-doped ZnO films by Cu solution coating method. Cu ink was spin coated on ZnO thin films prepared by e-beam deposition. After curing and annealing at high temperatures, structural, morphological and optical properties of the films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and spectrofluorometer, respectively. The XRD results showed that ZnO films formed polycrystalline with a hexagonal wurtzite structure, and the grain size increased with increasing the annealing temperature from 500 to 850 °C. The changes in lattice parameters were caused by grain size, strain, and residual stress. Morphological analysis have revealed that the Cu-doped ZnO film after annealing at 500 °C has flat surface with uniformly distributed grain size, which became porous after higher temperature annealing process. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and photoluminescence spectras have shown the presence of Zn, Cu, and O elements, and combined violet, blue, green and weak red emissions between 350 and 650 nm in the ZnO films, respectively.

  16. 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.

  17. Dielectric function and optical properties of Al-rich AlInN alloys pseudomorphically grown on GaN

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    Sakalauskas, E.; Behmenburg, H.; Hums, C.; Schley, P.; Rossbach, G.; Giesen, C.; Heuken, M.; Kalisch, H.; Jansen, R. H.; Bläsing, J.; Dadgar, A.; Krost, A.; Goldhahn, R.

    2010-09-01

    A detailed discussion of the optical properties of Al-rich Al1-xInxN alloy films is presented. The (0 0 0 1)-oriented layers with In contents between x = 0.143 and x = 0.242 were grown by metal-organic vapour phase epitaxy on thick GaN buffers. Sapphire or Si(1 1 1) served as the substrate. High-resolution x-ray diffraction revealed pseudomorphic growth of the nearly lattice-matched alloys; the data analysis yielded the composition as well as the in-plain strain. The complex dielectric function (DF) between 1 and 10 eV was determined from spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements. The sharp onset of the imaginary part of the DF defines the direct absorption edge, while clearly visible features in the high-photon energy range of the DF, attributed to critical points (CPs) of the band structure, indicate promising crystalline quality of the AlInN layers. It is demonstrated that the experimental data can be well reproduced by an analytical DF model. The extracted characteristic transition energies are used to determine the bowing parameters for all CPs of the band structure. In particular, strain and the high exciton binding energies for the Al-rich alloys are taken into account in order to assess the splitting between the valence band with \\Gamma^v_9 symmetry and the \\Gamma^c_7 conduction band at the centre of the Brillouin zone. Finally, the compositional dependence of the high-frequency dielectric constants is reported.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.; et al

    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

  20. Preventing and reversing vacuum-induced optical losses in high-finesse tantalum (V) oxide mirror coatings.

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    Gangloff, Dorian; Shi, Molu; Wu, Tailin; Bylinskii, Alexei; Braverman, Boris; Gutierrez, Michael; Nichols, Rosanna; Li, Junru; Aichholz, Kai; Cetina, Marko; Karpa, Leon; Jelenković, Branislav; Chuang, Isaac; Vuletić, Vladan

    2015-07-13

    High-finesse optical cavities placed under vacuum are foundational platforms in quantum information science with photons and atoms. We study the vacuum-induced degradation of high-finesse optical cavities with mirror coatings composed of SiO₂-Ta₂O₅ dielectric stacks, and present methods to protect these coatings and to recover their initial low loss levels. For separate coatings with reflectivities centered at 370 nm and 422 nm, a vacuum-induced continuous increase in optical loss occurs if the surface-layer coating is made of Ta₂O₅, while it does not occur if it is made of SiO₂. The incurred optical loss can be reversed by filling the vacuum chamber with oxygen at atmospheric pressure, and the recovery rate can be strongly accelerated by continuous laser illumination at 422 nm. Both the degradation and the recovery processes depend strongly on temperature. We find that a 1 nm-thick layer of SiO₂ passivating the Ta₂O₅ surface layer is sufficient to reduce the degradation rate by more than a factor of 10, strongly supporting surface oxygen depletion as the primary degradation mechanism. PMID:26191861

  1. Characterization of nodular and thermal defects in hafnia/silica multilayer coatings using optical, photothermal, and atomic force microscopy

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    Stolz, Christopher J.; Yoshiyama, J. M.; Salleo, Alberto; Wu, Zhouling; Green, John; Krupka, Rene

    1998-04-01

    Multilayer coatings manufactured from metallic hafnium and silica sources by reactive electron beam deposition, are being developed for high fluence optics in a fusion lasers 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 defects 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 micrometers step size and a 3 micrometers pump beam diameter, were 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.

  2. Optical devices based on dye-coated superconductor junctions: An example of a composite molecule-superconductor device

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    Zhao, J.; Jurbergs, D.; Yamazi, B.; McDevitt, J.T.

    1992-03-25

    High-temperature superconductors provide new opportunities as materials used in the construction of hybrid molecule-superconductor components. Here, the authors describe fabrication methods for and operation of optical sensors based on molecular dye-coated superconductor junctions. Devices prepared from yttrium barium cuprates and using octaethylporphyrin, phthalocyanine, and rhodamine 6G as dyes have been prepared. 9 refs., 1 fig.

  3. Characterization of nodular and thermal defects in hafnia/silica multilayer coatings using optical, photothermal, and atomic force microscopy

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  4. Effects of hydrogen on the optical properties of ZnCdO/ZnO quantum wells grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Buyanova, I. A.; Wang, X. J.; Chen, W. M.; Pozina, G.; Lim, W.; Norton, D. P.; Pearton, S. J.; Osinsky, A.; Dong, J. W.; Hertog, B.

    2008-06-30

    Temperature-dependent cw- and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL), as well as optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) measurements are employed to evaluate effects of deuterium (2H) doping on optical properties of ZnCdO/ZnO quantum well structures grown by molecular beam epitaxy. It is shown that incorporation of {sup 2}H from a remote plasma causes a substantial improvement in radiative efficiency of the investigated structures. Based on transient PL measurements, the observed improvements are attributed to efficient passivation by hydrogen of competing nonradiative recombination centers via defects. This conclusion is confirmed from the ODMR studies.

  5. Thermally detected optical absorption, reflectance and photo-reflectance of In(As,P)/InP quantum wells grown by gas source molecular beam epitaxy

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    Disseix, P.; Payen, C.; Leymarie, J.; Vasson, A.; Mollot, F.

    2001-06-01

    This work reports a consistent optical study of a series of In(As,P)/InP strained quantum wells (QWs) grown by gas source molecular beam epitaxy (GSMBE). Thermally detected optical absorption (TDOA), reflectance (R) and photo-reflectance (PR) measurements have been performed in order to determine all the exciton energies. Envelope function calculations are used to interpret the experimental data. The fit of the optical transition energies leads to an accurate determination of the structural and optical material parameters. The arsenic concentration inside the wells is evaluated and the conduction band offset ratio ( Qc=0.70) as well as the bowing parameter of In(As,P) ( b=0.14 eV) are determined. This study provides also useful information about the nanometer-scale P-As interface mixing.

  6. Thermally detected optical absorption, reflectance, and photoreflectance of In(As,P)/InP quantum wells grown by gas source molecular beam epitaxy

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    Disseix, P.; Payen, C.; Leymarie, J.; Vasson, A.; Mollot, F.

    2000-10-01

    This work reports an extensive optical study of a series of In(As,P)/InP strained quantum wells grown by gas source molecular beam epitaxy with various thicknesses and compositions. Thermally detected optical absorption, reflectance, and photoreflectance measurements have been performed in order to determine all the exciton energies. An envelope function model including band nonparabolicity, intervalence band coupling, and also possible group V element exchange at the interfaces, is used to interpret the experimental data. The fit of the optical transition energies leads to an accurate determination of the crucial structural and optical parameters. The arsenic concentration inside the wells is evaluated and the conduction band offset ratio (Qc=0.70) as well as the bowing parameter of In(As,P) (C=0.14 eV) are determined. These studies also provide useful information about the nanometer-scale P-As interface mixing.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Mechanical Properties of Laser-jetted SAC305 Solder on Coated Optical Surfaces

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    Mäusezahl, Max; Hornaff, Marcel; Burkhardt, Thomas; Beckert, Erik

    Micro-optical packaging methods using laser-based Solderjet Bumping are a versatile alternative to established adhesive bonding, featuring the advantages of metallic solder in optical systems. Yet, aging properties have often been studied only for certain use cases. To examine application independent, long-term material properties of SAC305, square substrates of two widely used soda-lime glasses and the ceramic Al2O3 have been coated with a thin metallic layer system to be receptive for metallic solder. Using Solderjet Bumping, SAC305 balls of 400 μm diameter have been processed with different parameters to form an array of solder bumps on each substrate. While aging for two months at elevated temperature and for over a year at room temperature, shear strengths and failure modes of the individual bumps have been measured and compared. The results show that the mechanical stability of such bumps will stabilize on a level known from research by the electronics industry while observing a considerable dependency on the used substrate material.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Design and implementation of an x-ray reflectometer system for testing x-ray optics coatings

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    Gurgew, Danielle N.; Broadway, David; Gubarev, Mikhail; Ramsey, Brian

    2015-09-01

    We have developed an X-ray reflectometer (XRR) system for the characterization of various soft and hard X-ray optic coatings being developed at Marshall Space Flight Center. The XRR system generates X-ray radiation with a highoutput Rigaku rotating anode source (RAS), operational at a voltage range of 5 - 35 kV, a current range of 10-150 mA. A series of precision slits, adjustable down to approximately 25 micrometers, positioned in the beam path limit the extent of the x-ray beam and control the resolution of the XRR measurement while a goniometer consisting of two precision rotary stages controls the angular position of the coating sample and X-ray detector with respect to the beam. With the high count rate capability of the RAS, a very-high-speed silicon drift detector, the Amptek Fast Silicon Drift Detector (SDD), is implemented to achieve good count rate efficiency and improve reflectivity measurements of coatings at larger graze angles. The coating sample can be adjusted using a series of linear and tipping stages to perfectly align the center of the sample with the center of the incident X-ray beam. These stages in conjunction with the goniometer components are integrated through original control software resulting in full automation of the XRR system. We will show some initial XRR measurements of both single and multilayer coatings made with this system. These results and future measurements are used to characterize potential X-ray optic coatings culminating in the production of highly reflective coatings operational at a large range of X-ray energies.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. Optical quality improvement of InGaAs/AlAs/AlAsSb coupled double quantum wells grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Kasai, J.; Mozume, T.; Yoshida, H.; Simoyama, T.; Gopal, A. V.; Ishikawa, H.

    2004-02-01

    We have grown InGaAs/AlAs/AlAsSb coupled double quantum wells (C-DQWs) with AlAs diffusion-stopping layers by molecular beam epitaxy. An obtained sample had many cross-hatched lines, suggesting relatively poor structural quality. Optical measurements, however, revealed that the optical quality of the C-DQWs was greatly improved compared to earlier C-DQWs without AlAs diffusion-stopping layers. The intersubband absorption saturation intensity in the present C-DQW sample was extremely low, measuring 34 fJ/m2 at the optical communication wavelength of 1.62 m, while ultrafast response times of about 600 fs were maintained.

  20. Growth of Spin-Coated ZnO Films Using Diethylzinc Solution

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    Yoshino, Kenji; Shinmiya, Masato; Kamiya, Naomi; Kosaka, Junko; Oshima, Minoru; Takemoto, Yujin; Toyota, Kouji; Inaba, Koichiro; Haga, Ken-ichi; Tokudome, Koichi

    2011-10-01

    Nondoped ZnO films on a glass substrate have been successfully grown by conventional spin coating at room temperature using a diethylzinc-based solution. The samples have an optical transmittance of more than 80%, and a smooth surface determined from optical transmittance and scanning electron microscopy, respectively.

  1. 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.

  2. In situ annealing enhancement of the optical properties and laser device performance of InAs quantum dots grown on Si substrates.

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    Orchard, Jonathan R; Shutts, Samuel; Sobiesierski, Angela; Wu, Jiang; Tang, Mingchu; Chen, Siming; Jiang, Qi; Elliott, Stella; Beanland, Richard; Liu, Huiyun; Smowton, Peter M; Mowbray, David J

    2016-03-21

    The addition of elevated temperature steps (annealing) during the growth of InAs/GaAs quantum dot (QD) structures on Si substrates results in significant improvements in their structural and optical properties and laser device performance. This is shown to result from an increased efficacy of the dislocation filter layers (DFLs); reducing the density of dislocations that arise at the Si/III-V interface which reach the active region. The addition of two annealing steps gives a greater than three reduction in the room temperature threshold current of a 1.3 μm emitting QD laser on Si. The active region of structures grown on Si have a room temperature residual tensile strain of 0.17%, consistent with cool down from the growth temperature and the different Si and GaAs thermal expansion coefficients. This strain limits the amount of III-V material that can be grown before relaxation occurs. PMID:27136813

  3. Structural and optical properties of lanthanide oxides grown by atomic layer deposition (Ln = Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb).

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    Hansen, Per-Anders; Fjellvåg, Helmer; Finstad, Terje; Nilsen, Ola

    2013-08-14

    Ln2O3 thin films with optically active f-electrons (Ln = Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb) have been grown on Si(100) and soda lime glass substrates by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using Ln(thd)3 (Hthd = 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-3,5-heptanedione) and ozone as precursors. The temperature range for depositions was 200-400 °C. Growth rates were measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry and a region with a constant growth rate (ALD window) was found for Ln = Ho and Tm. All the compounds are grown as amorphous films at low temperatures, whereas crystalline films (cubic C-Ln2O3) are obtained above a certain temperature ranging from 300 to 250 °C for Nd2O3 to Yb2O3, respectively. AFM studies show that the films were smooth (rms < 1 nm) except for depositions at the highest temperatures. The refractive index was measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry and was found to depend on the deposition temperature. Optical absorption measurements show that the absorption from the f-f transitions depends strongly on the crystallinity of the material. The clear correlation between the degree of crystallinity, optical absorptions and refractive indices is discussed.

  4. Influence of ion-assisted deposition on laser-induced damage threshold and microstructure of optical coatings

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    Abromavicius, G.; Buzelis, R.; Drazdys, R.; Grigonis, R.; Melninkaitis, A.; Miksys, D.; Rakickas, T.; Sirutkaitis, V.; Skrebutenas, A.; Juskenas, R.; Selskis, A.

    2005-12-01

    High density, improved adhesion and environmental stability are the main features of dielectric optical coatings produced using ion-assisted deposition (IAD) technology. However, investigations of resistance of IAD coatings to intensive laser radiation show controversial results. A series of experiments were done to examine the influence of ion gun operation on the transmittance of fused silica substrates. It was shown that operation of ion source introduced extinction in UV spectral range. Optical properties of single hafnia layers and multilayer dielectric mirrors deposited using conventional e-beam evaporation and different modes of IAD were investigated. Microstructural analysis using X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements and AFM scanning of coated areas was carried out. Single hafnia layers deposited using high energy ion assistance had more amorphous structure with smaller crystallites of monoclinic phase. High reflection UV mirrors deposited using high energy ion assistance had slightly higher mean refractive indices of hafnia, higher extinction than conventional e-beam deposition, but demonstrated slightly higher laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) values measured at 355 nm. Deposition using the lowest energy ions produced the most porous coatings with the best LIDT of 7.7 J/cm2.

  5. Laser damage resistance of optical coatings in the sub-ps regime: limitations and improvement of damage threshold

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    Gallais, L.

    2016-04-01

    We introduce the topic of short-pulse laser damage in optical coatings in order to understand the intrinsic limitations depending on the application, and the possibility of laser damage resistance improvement. Firstly we describe the physical process of a high intensity femtosecond laser pulse interaction with an optical coating and how this interaction can lead to a damage of the film. Then we present the main facts about laser damage resistance of coatings that are relevant for applications and related to the previously described processes: the dependence of the Laser-Induced Damage Threshold (LIDT) of coating materials with bandgap, the decrease of LIDT with the pulse number, the wavelength and pulse duration dependence, etc... We also discuss on the question of the role of macroscopic defects on damage initiation in this regime and damage growth under multiple irradiation. Eventually different strategies to improve the laser damage resistance will be discussed: engineering of the electric field distribution in the stack, fabrication of mixture materials with enhanced LIDT, mitigation of defects.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Spectrophotometric bench dedicated to the characterization of micro-patterned optical coatings

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    Sorce, Stéphane; Abel-Tiberini, Laetitia; Lequime, Michel

    2011-10-01

    Characterization of the spectral transmission of micro-patterned optical coatings requires accurate and highly localized measurement means. However, the capabilities of commercial equipments are generally limited, and either they do not provide sufficient spatial and spectral resolution, or they modify the spectral transmittance properties of the sample by using a large half angle illuminating light cone. In this work, we propose a new approach based on the recording, using a high performance photodiode array camera, of monochromatic magnified images of the sample illuminated by a filtered and fiber-coupled super-continuum laser source. In such case, the spatial resolution is directly given by the size of the individual CCD pixels and by the magnification of the imaging objective, while the spectral resolution is defined by the slit width of the filtering monochromator. This paper will give a detailed description of the main features of this spectrophotometric bench, and will demonstrate its ability to record the spectral transmittance of patterned samples with micrometer spatial resolution and sub-nanometer spectral resolution in the visible and near infrared ranges.

  9. The influence of CH x coating on the optical properties of porous silicon

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    Benzekkour, N.; Gabouze, N.; Ferdjani, K.; Sam, S.; Henda, K.

    2007-04-01

    In this work, we report a study on the influence of CH x thickness layer on optical properties of CH x/PS/Si structures. The hydrocarbon groups were deposited by plasma of methane-argon mixture. The properties of these structures are investigated by photoluminescence (PL), reflection and spectral response measurements from where a different behavior depending on CH x layer thickness has been observed. The entire total reflection spectrum is modulated by Fabry-Pérot fringes that are a result of thin film interference. As the CH x layer thickness increases, the amplitude of the interferences decreases and a positive shift of the maximum peak is observed. The PL spectra from CH x/PS samples with two CH x layer thicknesses show more intense luminescence than that observed from PS sample and the existence of an optimum thickness CH x that gives the maximum PL intensity. The spectral response spectra show the presence of an intense peak at 450 nm. Finally, the results point out the importance of CH x coating in optoelectronic applications.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:27537885

  12. Integration of an intensity-modulated optical fiber temperature sensor into ceramic coating obtained by wire flame thermal spray

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    Yi, Duo; Pfeiffer, Pierre; Serio, Bruno; Costil, Sophie

    2015-05-01

    Temperature sensing is one of the key requirements for Structure Health Monitoring (SHM) in various applications. The intensity modulated optical fiber sensors are excellent candidate for this area of applications due to their relatively low cost, simple structure and diversity of applications. This work relates mainly to the feasibility evaluation of embedding optical fiber sensor into ceramic coating obtained by thermal spray process and the thermal response of the embedded sensor. The sensor principle and the specimen configuration are firstly presented, a 3D model is then built up in order to evaluate the effects of temperature variation on deformations of the optical fiber sensor which finally lead to the variation of optical intensity. First results of thermal response are discussed.

  13. Optical fiber embedding in thermal spray coating promises new smart materials design able to operate under harsh environment

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    Duo, Yi; Costil, Sophie; Pfeiffer, Pierre; Serio, Bruno

    2014-05-01

    The in-situ detection of temperature or stresses produced by the thermal spraying process is important for both the optimization of the elaboration conditions and the subsequent service monitoring of these systems. Optical fiber sensors are excellent candidates for this area of application since they can be embedded into the layers of several dissimilar materials of smart structures. This work relates mainly to the process of embedding optical fibers into ceramic coatings and to the characteristics of the embedded fiber. Firstly, thermal flame spraying is chosen as the elaboration process. Next, a thermal model is proposed in order to evaluate the thermal strain variation with the temperature during the elaboration process in the structure. Finally, a microscopic observation of the embedded optical fiber in the ceramic coating is reported, the mechanical adhesion strength of the embedded fiber is evaluated and the results of the optical attenuation change during the elaboration process are given. They show that no significant fluctuation of the optical power transmitted in the fiber is observed.

  14. Research of advanced optical coupler coating technology on extending lifetime of high power laser

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    Xu, Cheng-lin; Si, Xu; Mu, Wei; Ma, Yun-liang; Xiao, Chun

    2015-10-01

    We studied the coating technology, research shows that: to coat the internal structure of coupler we need to consider both intensity problem and heat dissipation problem. For instance: thicker coating will increase the coupler's resistance to stress and resistance to water vapor, but we will prefer a thinner coating because it is easier to let the light pass though and generate less heat. We've tried a number of different coating materials, and analyzed the adhesion during its curing process. Finally, according to the experimental results, we believe that cooling capacity needs to be first considered. Recent experimental results show that we can use advanced coupler coating technology to extend the working life of the coupler. At the end of paper, we provide a coating example and show its real contribution to the working life.

  15. Annealing effect on the optical response and interdiffusion of n-ZnO/p-Si (111) heterojunction grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Ku, Ching-Shun; Cheng, Ching-Yuan; Huang, Jheng-Ming; Lin, Chih-Ming; Lee, Hsin-Yi

    2010-11-01

    Optical and structural properties of n-ZnO films grown on a p-Si (111) substrate by atomic layer deposition were observed using in situ synchrotron x-ray diffraction during annealing. The photoluminescence showed a complicated photon response with increasing annealing temperature. In situ x-ray diffraction indicated the growth of grains for an annealing temperature from 500 to 800 deg. C with the orientation altering from polycrystalline to preferential (200). Measurements with a time-of-flight secondary-ion mass spectrometer indicated that the outgassing of hydrogen atoms and ZnO/Si interdiffusion behavior were correlated with the intensity and position of emissions in photoluminescence spectra.

  16. A disposable evanescent wave fiber optic sensor coated with a molecularly imprinted polymer as a selective fluorescence probe.

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    Ton, Xuan-Anh; Acha, Victor; Bonomi, Paolo; Tse Sum Bui, Bernadette; Haupt, Karsten

    2015-02-15

    We have developed a disposable evanescent wave fiber optic sensor by coating a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) containing a fluorescent signaling group on a 4-cm long polystyrene optical waveguide. The MIP is composed of a naphthalimide-based fluorescent monomer, which shows fluorescence enhancement upon binding with carboxyl-containing molecules. The herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid and the mycotoxin citrinin were used as model analytes. The coating of the MIP was either performed ex-situ, by dip-coating the fiber with MIP particles synthesized beforehand, or in-situ by evanescent-wave photopolymerization on the fiber. The sensing element was interrogated with a fiber-coupled spectrofluorimeter. The fiber optic sensor detects targets in the low nM range and exhibits specific and selective recognition over structural analogs and non-related carboxyl-containing molecules. This technology can be extended to other carboxyl-containing analytes, and to a broader spectrum of targets using different fluorescent monomers.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Composition and optical properties of dilute-Sb GaN1-xSbx highly mismatched alloys grown by MBE

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    Shaw, M.; Yu, K. M.; Ting, M.; Powell, R. E. L.; Sarney, W. L.; Svensson, S. P.; Kent, A. J.; Walukiewicz, W.; Foxon, C. T.; Novikov, S. V.; Martin, R. W.

    2014-11-01

    In this work the compositional and optical characterization of three series of dilute-Sb GaN1 - xSbx alloys grown with various Sb flux, under N and Ga-rich conditions, are presented. Using wavelength dispersive x-ray microanalysis and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy it is found that the N-rich samples (Ga flux < 2.3 × 10-7 Torr) incorporate a higher magnitude of GaSb than the Ga-rich samples (Ga flux > 2.3 × 10-7 Torr) under the same growth conditions. The optical properties of the Ga-rich samples are measured using room temperature cathodoluminescence (CL), photoluminescence (PL) and absorption measurements. A broad luminescence peak is observed around 2.2 eV. The nature and properties of this peak are considered, as is the suitability of these dilute-Sb alloys for use in solar energy conversion devices.

  20. Computational Analysis of the Optical and Charge Transport Properties of Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis-Grown Zinc Oxide/Graphene Hybrid Structures.

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    Ali, Amgad Ahmed; Hashim, Abdul Manaf

    2016-12-01

    We demonstrate a systematic computational analysis of the measured optical and charge transport properties of the spray pyrolysis-grown ZnO nanostructures, i.e. nanosphere clusters (NSCs), nanorods (NRs) and nanowires (NWs) for the first time. The calculated absorbance spectra based on the time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) shows very close similarity with the measured behaviours under UV light. The atomic models and energy level diagrams for the grown nanostructures were developed and discussed to explain the structural defects and band gap. The induced stresses in the lattices of ZnO NSCs that formed during the pyrolysis process seem to cause the narrowing of the gap between the energy levels. ZnO NWs and NRs show homogeneous distribution of the LUMO and HOMO orbitals all over the entire heterostructure. Such distribution contributes to the reduction of the band gap down to 2.8 eV, which has been confirmed to be in a good agreement with the experimental results. ZnO NWs and NRs exhibited better emission behaviours under the UV excitation as compared to ZnO NSCs and thin film as their visible range emissions are strongly quenched. Based on the electrochemical impedance measurement, the electrical models and electrostatic potential maps were developed to calculate the electron lifetime and to explain the mobility or diffusion behaviours in the grown nanostructure, respectively. PMID:27173675

  1. Computational Analysis of the Optical and Charge Transport Properties of Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis-Grown Zinc Oxide/Graphene Hybrid Structures

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    Ali, Amgad Ahmed; Hashim, Abdul Manaf

    2016-05-01

    We demonstrate a systematic computational analysis of the measured optical and charge transport properties of the spray pyrolysis-grown ZnO nanostructures, i.e. nanosphere clusters (NSCs), nanorods (NRs) and nanowires (NWs) for the first time. The calculated absorbance spectra based on the time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) shows very close similarity with the measured behaviours under UV light. The atomic models and energy level diagrams for the grown nanostructures were developed and discussed to explain the structural defects and band gap. The induced stresses in the lattices of ZnO NSCs that formed during the pyrolysis process seem to cause the narrowing of the gap between the energy levels. ZnO NWs and NRs show homogeneous distribution of the LUMO and HOMO orbitals all over the entire heterostructure. Such distribution contributes to the reduction of the band gap down to 2.8 eV, which has been confirmed to be in a good agreement with the experimental results. ZnO NWs and NRs exhibited better emission behaviours under the UV excitation as compared to ZnO NSCs and thin film as their visible range emissions are strongly quenched. Based on the electrochemical impedance measurement, the electrical models and electrostatic potential maps were developed to calculate the electron lifetime and to explain the mobility or diffusion behaviours in the grown nanostructure, respectively.

  2. 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.

  3. Optical measurements of trap state density and minority carrier lifetime in GaAs heterostructures grown at varying rates

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    Haughn, Chelsea; Schmieder, Kenneth; Zide, Joshua; Barnett, Allen; Ebert, Chris; Opila, Robert; Doty, Matthew

    2013-03-01

    Semiconductor growth rates are a critical factor for production costs and can have a significant impact on electrical properties. We use time resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) to characterize the effective lifetime of carriers in gallium arsenide - indium gallium phosphide (GaAs/InGaP) double heterostructures grown at varying rates. We measure the PL decay time as a function of laser fluence and extract an approximate trap state density by fitting this data with the Shockely-Read-Hall model of carrier recombination. Using the approximate trap densities, we then calculate minority carrier lifetimes for a range of doping conditions. The results suggest that the increased density of trap states associated with a two-fold increase in growth rate are less limiting to carrier lifetime than doping at the levels required for devices. The techniques and analysis developed here can be applied for rapid, non-destructive quantification of trap state densities in materials grown under varying conditions.

  4. Improvement of growth rate and optical performances of rapidly grown KDP crystal by adding cyclohexane diamine tetraacetic acid in growth solution

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    Zhu, Shengjun; Wang, Shenglai; Ding, Jianxu; Liu, Guangxia; Liu, Wenjie; Liu, Lin; Wang, Duanliang; Li, Weidong; Gu, Qingtian; Xu, Xinguang

    2014-02-01

    A series of potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) crystals were grown by “point seed” rapid growth technique from solutions with different concentrations of cyclohexane diamine tetraacetic acid (CDTA). Effects of CDTA on rapid growth and optical performances of KDP crystals were investigated. The measurement result of laser polarization interference showed that, with increasing the concentration of CDTA in solution, the growth critical supersaturation for the (100) face of KDP crystals decreased continuously, while the growth rate for the (100) face of KDP crystals first increased and then decreased, passing through a maximum. The addition of an appropriate amount of CDTA enhanced the solution stability, increased the UV transmittance and the laser damage threshold, and mitigated the light scattering of these as-grown KDP crystals. However, excess addition of CDTA had adverse effects. The effects of CDTA on the rapid growth and optical properties of KDP crystals are discussed in terms of the chelation of CDTA with impurity metal ions and adsorption of CDTA molecules onto the faces of KDP crystals.

  5. 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

    2016-02-10

    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.

  6. 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

  7. Structural and optical properties of ZnO nanorods on Mg0.2Zn0.8O seed layers grown by hydrothermal method.

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    Kim, Min Su; Kim, Do Yeob; Kim, Sung-O; Leem, Jae-Young

    2013-05-01

    ZnO nanorods were grown on the Mg0.2Zn0.8O seed layers with different thickness by hydrothermal method. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and photoluminescence (PL) were carried out to investigate the effects of the Mg0.2Zn0.8O seed layer thickness on the structural and the optical properties of the ZnO nanorods. The residual stress in the Mg0.2Zn0.8O seed layers was depended on the thickness while the texture coefficient of the Mg0.2Zn0.8O seed layers was not affected significantly. The smaller full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the ZnO (002) diffraction and near-band-edge emission (NBE) peak and the larger average grain size were observed from the ZnO nanorods grown on the Mg0.2Zn0.8O seed layers with 5 layers (thickness of 350 nm), which indicate the enhancement the structural and the optical properties of the ZnO nanorods.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

    2016-06-27

    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.

  15. Development of Polymer-Coated Glass Slides as Optical Oligonucleotide Microarrays

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    Pourjahed, Atefeh; Rabiee, Mohammad; Tahriri, Mohammadreza

    2013-01-01

    Background The microarray technology is in needed of cost-effective, low background noise and stable substrates for successful hybridization and analysis. Methods In this research, we developed a three-dimentional stable and mechanically reliable microarray substrates by coating of two polymeric layers on standard microscope glass slides. For fabrication of these substrates, a thin film of oxidized agarose was prepared on the Poly-L-Lysine (PLL) coated glass slides. Unmodified oligonucleotide probes were spotted and immobilized on these double layered thin films by adsorption on the porous structure of the agarose film. Some of the aldehyde groups of the activated agarose linked covalently to PLL amine groups; on the other side, they bound to amino groups of adsorbed tail of biomolecules. These linkages were fixed by UV irradiation at 254 nm using a CL-1000 UV. These prepared substrates were compared to only agarose-coated and PLL-coated slides Results Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) results demonstrated that agarose provided three-dimensional surface which had higher loading and bindig capacity for biomolecules than PLL-coated surface which had two-dimensional surface. The nano-indentation tests demonstrated the prepared double coating was more reliable and flexible for mechanical robotic spotting. In addition, the repeated indentation on different substrates showed uniformity of coatings. The stability of novel coating was sufficient for hybridization process. The signal-to-noise ratio in hybridization reactions performed on the agarose-PLL coated substrates increased two fold and four fold compared to agarose and PLL coated substrates, respectively. Conclusion Finally, the agarose-PLL microarrays had the highest signal (2920) and lowest background signal (205) in hybridization, suggesting that the prepared slides are suitable in analyzing wide concentration range of analytes. PMID:24285999

  16. Vertically aligned ZnO nanorods of high crystalline and optical quality grown by dc reactive sputtering

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    Nandi, R.; Appani, Shravan K.; Major, S. S.

    2016-09-01

    ZnO nanorods were grown on Si and quartz substrates by direct current reactive magnetron sputtering of metallic zinc target in argon–oxygen ambient, without the use of any seed layer or catalyst. A combination of top-down and cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy studies have shown that the substrate temperature critically controls the growth behavior and morphology of ZnO films, eventually resulting in the growth of well aligned and separated ZnO nanorods at substrate temperature of ∼750 °C. High resolution x-ray diffraction studies of ZnO nanorods grown at 750 °C have shown that the nanorods are highly c-axis oriented and vertically aligned perpendicular to both Si and quartz substrates, and display small values of tilt and micro-strain, particularly in the case of Si substrate (1.26° and 4 × 10‑4, respectively). Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy of ZnO nanorods demonstrates their single-crystalline nature and growth along [0002] direction. Room temperature photoluminescence spectra of ZnO nanorods display extremely high near-band-edge emission and weak defect emission due to point defects, compared to that of the ZnO films grown at lower substrate temperatures. The drastic enhancement of near-band-edge emission of ZnO nanorods (over two orders of magnitude) and strong suppression of defect emission are attributed to their high crystalline quality and absence of interface defects due to lateral coalescence.

  17. Vertically aligned ZnO nanorods of high crystalline and optical quality grown by dc reactive sputtering

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    Nandi, R.; Appani, Shravan K.; Major, S. S.

    2016-09-01

    ZnO nanorods were grown on Si and quartz substrates by direct current reactive magnetron sputtering of metallic zinc target in argon-oxygen ambient, without the use of any seed layer or catalyst. A combination of top-down and cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy studies have shown that the substrate temperature critically controls the growth behavior and morphology of ZnO films, eventually resulting in the growth of well aligned and separated ZnO nanorods at substrate temperature of ˜750 °C. High resolution x-ray diffraction studies of ZnO nanorods grown at 750 °C have shown that the nanorods are highly c-axis oriented and vertically aligned perpendicular to both Si and quartz substrates, and display small values of tilt and micro-strain, particularly in the case of Si substrate (1.26° and 4 × 10-4, respectively). Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy of ZnO nanorods demonstrates their single-crystalline nature and growth along [0002] direction. Room temperature photoluminescence spectra of ZnO nanorods display extremely high near-band-edge emission and weak defect emission due to point defects, compared to that of the ZnO films grown at lower substrate temperatures. The drastic enhancement of near-band-edge emission of ZnO nanorods (over two orders of magnitude) and strong suppression of defect emission are attributed to their high crystalline quality and absence of interface defects due to lateral coalescence.

  18. 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. PMID:21673779

  19. Optical system to extract reflection coefficients and optical admittances of a thin film stack and its application in coating monitoring

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    Lee, Cheng-Chung; Wu, Kai; Chen, Yu-Jen; Kuo, Chien-Cheng

    2011-10-01

    An optical system to extract the reflection coefficient and optical admittance of film stack is presented. Both reflection phase and reflection magnitude intensity from the tested film stack were measured under normal incidence of the light. Two dimensional refractive index and thickness distribution of each layer in multilayer thin films can be obtained by the analysis of the reflection coefficients or optical admittance of multi-wavelengths. A novel monitoring method for the thin film deposition using the reflection coefficient and optical admittance loci as the thickness grows is also proposed to achieve better performance in this article.

  20. An Efficient Covalent Coating on Glass Slides for Preparation of Optical Oligonucleotide Microarrays

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    Pourjahed, Atefeh; Rabiee, Mohammad; Tahriri, Mohammadreza

    2013-01-01

    Objective(s): Microarrays are potential analyzing tools for genomics and proteomics researches, which is in needed of suitable substrate for coating and also hybridization of biomolecules. Materials and Methods: In this research, a thin film of oxidized agarose was prepared on the glass slides which previously coated with poly-L-lysine (PLL). Some of the aldehyde groups of the activated agarose linked covalently to PLL amine groups; also bound to the amino groups of biomolecules. These linkages were fixed by UV irradiation. The prepared substrates were compared to only agarose-coated and PLL-coated slides. Results: Results on atomic force microscope (AFM) demonstrated that agarose provided three-dimensional surface which had higher loading and bindig capacity for biomolecules than PLL-coated surface which had two-dimensional surface. In addition, the signal-to-noise ratio in hybridization reactions performed on the agarose-PLL coated substrates increased two fold and four fold compared to agarose and PLL coated substrates, respectively. Conclusion: The agarose-PLL microarrays had the highest signal (2546) and lowest background signal (205) in hybridization, suggesting that the prepared slides are suitable in analyzing wide concentration range of analytes. PMID:24570832

  1. 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

    2014-07-01

    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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Resistive and New Optical Switching Memory Characteristics Using Thermally Grown Ge0.2Se0.8 Film in Cu/GeSex/W Structure

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    Jana, Debanjan; Chakrabarti, Somsubhra; Rahaman, Sheikh Ziaur; Maikap, Siddheswar

    2015-10-01

    It is known that conductive-bridge resistive-random-access-memory (CBRAM) device is very important for future high-density nonvolatile memory as well as logic application. Even though the CBRAM devices using different materials, structures, and switching performance have been reported in Nanoscale Res. Lett., 2015, however, optical switching characteristics by using thermally grown Ge0.2Se0.8 film in Cu/GeSex/W structure are reported for the first time in this study. The Cu/GeSex/W memory devices have low current compliances (CCs) ranging from 1 nA to 500 μA with low voltage of ±1.2 V, high resistance ratio of approximately 103, stable endurance of >200 cycles, and good data retention of >7 × 103 s at 85 °C. Multi-steps of RESET phenomena and evolution of Cu filaments' shape under CCs ranging from 1 nA to 500 μA have been discussed. Under external white-light illumination with an intensity of 2.68 mW/cm2 (wavelength ranges from 390 to 700 nm), memory device shows optical switching with long read pulse endurance of >105 cycles. This CBRAM device has optically programmed and electrically erased, which can open up a new area of research field for future application.

  5. Effect of wettability on surface morphologies and optical properties of Ag thin films grown on glass and polymer substrates by thermal evaporation

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    Lv, Jing

    2013-05-01

    A series of Ag films with different thicknesses were deposited on BK-7 glass, PET and PC substrates under identical conditions by thermal evaporation. The effect of the wettability on the morphology and optical properties of Ag/glass and Ag/polymer films was studied by atomic force microscopy and spectrophotometry. The experimental results show that the wettability of Ag grains with polymer is stronger than with glass, which results in the aggregation of bigger grains in initial layer. During deposition the interaction of interlayer plays an important role for the formation of the surface morphology. The strong wettability activates the nonlinear optical properties of Ag grains grown on polymer substrates, which result in the strong absorbance in short wavelength. The effect of the bare substrate on the transmittance of Ag films is more obvious than the reflectance. With the increasing of the thickness, the effect of the wettability on the morphology and optical properties of Ag films decline. In this experiment when the thickness is above 50 nm, the effect almost vanished.

  6. 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

    2016-09-01

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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)

  11. 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.

  12. High efficiency antireflection coating in MWIR region (3.6-4.9 μm) simultaneously effective for Germanium and Silicon optics

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    Bhatt, Meenakshi; Nautiyal, B. B.; Bandyopadhyay, P. K.

    2010-01-01

    Antireflection coatings have critical importance in thermal imaging system working in MWIR region (3-5 μm) since optics of high refractive index materials are used. Germanium (Ge) and Silicon (Si) optics are used extensively in the MWIR thermal systems. In this paper a study has been carried out on the design and fabrication of multi-substrate antireflection coating effective for Germanium and Silicon optics in MWIR (3.6-4.9 μm) region. The wave band 3.6-4.9 μm is chosen for the reported work because detector system used in MWIR region has a band selection filter effective in the same wavelength region and atmospheric transmission window in MWIR region is effective in 3-5 μm spectral band. Comprehensive search method was used to design the multilayer stack on the substrate. The coating materials used in the design were Germanium (Ge), Hafnium oxide (HfO 2) and Y-Ba-Fluoride (IR-F625). The fabrication of coating was made in a coating plant fitted with Cryo pump system and residual gas analyzer (RGA). The evaporation was carried out at high vacuum (2-6 × 10 -6 mbar) with the help of electron beam gun system and layer thicknesses were measured with crystal monitor. The result achieved for the antireflection coating was 98.5% average transmission in 3.6-4.9 μm band for Germanium and Silicon optics. This work will be helpful in reducing the plant operation time, material and power consumption, as two different kinds of optics are simultaneously coated in a single coating cycle.

  13. Investigation of the structural, electrical, and optical properties of MnAl2Se4 layers grown using the hot-wall deposition technique

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    You, S. H.; Hong, K. J.; Jeong, J. W.; Jeong, T. S.; Youn, C. J.; Moon, J. D.

    2016-08-01

    MnAl2Se4 layers were grown using the hot-wall deposition technique with an attached reservoir tail. Precise control of the vapor pressure in the reservoir was thought to play an important role in the grown of a stoichiometric layer. From the relation between the reciprocal temperature and the carrier concentration, we extracted the dominant trap level as 96.1 meV in the high-temperature region and 13.9 meV in the middle-temperature region. Thus, from a log-log plot between the mobility and the temperature, the mobility showed the different temperature-dependent decreases of the mobility at temperatures above 100 K: T -1/2 in the temperature range of 100 < T < 225 K and T -3/2 in the temperature of T > 225 K. The mobility decreased in proportion to T 1 in the low-temperature range of T < 100 K. By analyzing the optical absorption results, the bandgap variation matched E g ( T) = E g (0) - 3.19 × 10-3 T 2/( T + 488) well, where E g (0) is estimated to be 3.5616 eV. Consequently, low-temperature growth of MnAl2Se4 layers was achieved by using the hot-wall deposition technique.

  14. Optical properties of In{sub x}Ga{sub 1{minus}x}N alloys grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Shan, W.; Walukiewicz, W.; Haller, E.E.; Little, B.D.; Song, J.J.; McCluskey, M.D.; Johnson, N.M.; Feng, Z.C.; Schurman, M.; Stall, R.A.

    1998-10-01

    We present the results of optical studies of the properties of In{sub x}Ga{sub 1{minus}x}N epitaxial layers (0{lt}x{lt}0.2) grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. The effects of alloying on the fundamental band gap of In{sub x}Ga{sub 1{minus}x}N were investigated using a variety of spectroscopic techniques. The fundamental band-gap energies of the In{sub x}Ga{sub 1{minus}x}N alloys were determined using photomodulation spectroscopy measurements and the variation of the fundamental band gap was measured as a function of temperature. The effects of pressure on the band gap for In{sub x}Ga{sub 1{minus}x}N samples with different alloy concentrations were examined by studying the shift of photoluminescence (PL) emission lines using the diamond-anvil pressure-cell technique. The results show that PL originates from effective-mass conduction-band states. Anomalous temperature dependence of the PL peak shift and linewidth as well as the Stokes shift between photoreflectance and PL lines is explained by composition fluctuations in as-grown InGaN alloys. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  15. Improvements in Optical Properties of Semipolar r-Plane GaN Films Grown Using Atomically Flat ZnO Substrates and Room-Temperature Epitaxial Buffer Layers

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    Kobayashi, Atsushi; Kawano, Satoshi; Ueno, Kohei; Ohta, Jitsuo; Fujioka, Hiroshi

    2010-10-01

    We have investigated the structural and optical properties of semipolar r-plane GaN{1102} films grown on nearly-lattice-matched ZnO substrates with room-temperature (RT) epitaxial GaN buffer layers, putting special emphasis on the effect of surface treatment of the ZnO substrates. The full-width at half-maximum values of X-ray rocking curves for 1-µm-thick r-plane GaN layers grown at 700 °C on these RT-buffer layers, as measured using various X-ray incidence geometries, are in a range from 313 to 598 arcsec. Photoluminescence peaks attributable to structural defects in the r-plane GaN films have been shown to be reduced, and the near-band-edge emission has been enhanced by approximately 5 times by the use of atomically-flat r-plane ZnO substrates prepared by high-temperature annealing in air inside a box made of ZnO.

  16. Growth of MgF2 optical crystals and their ionic conductivity in the as-grown state and after partial pyrohydrolysis

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    Karimov, D. N.; Sorokin, N. I.; Chernov, S. P.; Sobolev, B. P.

    2014-11-01

    MgF2 single crystals have been grown from melt by the Bridgman technique in a fluorinating atmosphere. To control the presence of oxygen impurity, it was first suggested to measure the ionic conductivity in MgF2 crystals by impedance spectroscopy. The characteristics of ionic conductivity of " as grown" (i.e., without thermal treatment) crystals and crystals obtained by commercial vacuum technology practically coincide: the volume conductivity σv = 1.4 × 10-7 S/cm at 773 K and the ion-transport activation energy E a = 1.40 ± 0.05 eV. Annealing MgF2 crystals during electrophysical studies upon heating from 293 to 823 K in vacuum (residual pressure ˜1 Pa) for 4 h led to their partial pyrohydrolisis. The influence of this thermal treatment of MgF2 crystals on their optical transmission is studied in the wavelength range of 115-300 nm.

  17. 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. PMID:27192313

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Structure and optical properties of pulsed sputter deposited CrxOy/Cr/Cr2O3 solar selective coatings

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    Barshilia, Harish C.; Selvakumar, N.; Rajam, K. S.; Biswas, A.

    2008-01-01

    Spectrally selective CrxOy/Cr/Cr2O3 multilayer absorber coatings were deposited on copper (Cu) substrates using a pulsed sputtering system. The Cr targets were sputtered using asymmetric bipolar-pulsed dc generators in Ar +O2 and Ar plasmas to deposit a CrxOy (bottomlayer)/Cr/Cr2O3 (top layer) coating. The compositions and thicknesses of the individual component layers have been optimized to achieve high absorptance (0.899-0.912) and low emittance (0.05-0.06). The x-ray diffraction data in thin film mode showed that the CrxOy/Cr/Cr2O3 coating consists of an amorphous phase; the Raman data of the coating, however, showed the presence of A1g and Eg modes, characteristic of Cr2O3. The x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data from near-surface region of the absorber suggested that the chemical state of Cr was in the form of Cr3+ and no phases of CrO2 and CrO3 were present. The experimental spectroscopic ellipsometric data have been fitted with theoretical models to derive the dispersion of the optical constants (n and k). The optical constants of the three layers indicate that the bottom two layers are the main absorber layers and the top Cr2O3 layer, which has higher oxygen content, acts as an antireflection coating. In order to study the thermal stability of the CrxOy/Cr /Cr2O3 coatings, they were subjected to heat treatment (in air and vacuum) at different temperatures and durations. The coating deposited on Cu substrates exhibited high solar selectivity (α/ɛ) of 0.895/0.06 even after heat treatment in air up to 300°C for 2h. At higher temperatures, the solar selectivity decreased significantly (e.g., α /ɛ=0.855/0.24 at 350°C in air), which is attributed to oxidation of Cr crystallites, increased surface roughness, and formation of CuO. The formation of CuO and the increase in Cr3+ vacancies due to the outward diffusion of Cr at higher annealing temperatures were confirmed by XPS. In the case of vacuum annealing, for temperatures greater than 500°C the

  1. In vivo Raman measurement of levofloxacin lactate in blood using a nanoparticle-coated optical fiber probe.

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    Liu, Shupeng; Rong, Ming; Zhang, Heng; Chen, Na; Pang, Fufei; Chen, Zhenyi; Wang, Tingyun; Yan, Jianshe

    2016-03-01

    Monitoring drug concentrations in vivo is very useful for adjusting a drug dosage during treatment and for drug research. Specifically, cutting-edge "on-line" drug research relies on knowing how drugs are metabolized or how they interact with the blood in real-time. Thus, this study explored performing in vivo Raman measurements of the model drug levofloxacin lactate in the blood using a nanoparticle-coated optical fiber probe (optical fiber nano-probe). The results show that we were able to measure real-time changes in the blood concentration of levofloxacin lactate, suggesting that this technique could be helpful for performing drug analyses and drug monitoring in a clinical setting without repeatedly withdrawing blood from patients.

  2. In vivo Raman measurement of levofloxacin lactate in blood using a nanoparticle-coated optical fiber probe

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    Liu, Shupeng; Rong, Ming; Zhang, Heng; Chen, Na; Pang, Fufei; Chen, Zhenyi; Wang, Tingyun; Yan, Jianshe

    2016-01-01

    Monitoring drug concentrations in vivo is very useful for adjusting a drug dosage during treatment and for drug research. Specifically, cutting-edge “on-line” drug research relies on knowing how drugs are metabolized or how they interact with the blood in real-time. Thus, this study explored performing in vivo Raman measurements of the model drug levofloxacin lactate in the blood using a nanoparticle-coated optical fiber probe (optical fiber nano-probe). The results show that we were able to measure real-time changes in the blood concentration of levofloxacin lactate, suggesting that this technique could be helpful for performing drug analyses and drug monitoring in a clinical setting without repeatedly withdrawing blood from patients. PMID:27231590

  3. 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.

  4. Impact of ALD grown passivation layers on silicon nitride based integrated optic devices for very-near-infrared wavelengths.

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    Khanna, Amit; Subramanian, Ananth Z; Häyrinen, Markus; Selvaraja, Shankar; Verheyen, Peter; Van Thourhout, Dries; Honkanen, Seppo; Lipsanen, Harri; Baets, Roel

    2014-03-10

    A CMOS compatible post-processing method to reduce optical losses in silicon nitride (Si(3)N(4)) integrated optical waveguides is demonstrated. Using thin layer atomic layer deposition (ALD) of aluminum oxide (Al(2)O(3)) we demonstrate that surface roughness can be reduced. A 40 nm thick Al(2)O(3) layer is deposited by ALD over Si(3)N(4) based strip waveguides and its influence on the surface roughness and the waveguide loss is studied. As a result, an improvement in the waveguide loss, from very high loss (60 dB/cm) to low-loss regime (~5 dB/cm) is reported for a 220 nm x 500 nm Si(3)N(4) wire at 900 nm wavelength. This opens prospects to implement very low loss waveguides.

  5. A glass-coated tungsten microelectrode enclosing optical fibers for optogenetic exploration in primate deep brain structures.

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    Tamura, Keita; Ohashi, Yohei; Tsubota, Tadashi; Takeuchi, Daigo; Hirabayashi, Toshiyuki; Yaguchi, Masae; Matsuyama, Makoto; Sekine, Takeru; Miyashita, Yasushi

    2012-10-15

    The optogenetic approach to primate brain circuitry has unparalleled potential for uncovering genetically and temporally resolved neuronal mechanisms of higher brain functions. In order to optogenetically investigate the large and complex primate brain, an optical-/electrical probe, or "optrode", must be inserted deeply, which requires the optrode to be not only long and stiff, but also sharp and smooth to reduce possible tissue damage. This study presents a tungsten microelectrode-based optrode that encloses optical fibers within its insulation glass. Optical fibers and a tungsten wire were tightly bound to each other and integrally coated with a smooth, thin layer of glass. This design satisfied the structural requirements for use in deep brain structures. The performance of the optrode was then examined in the thalamus of the rat and macaque monkeys which were injected with lentiviral vectors carrying the channelrhodopsin-2-enhanced yellow fluorescent protein (ChR2-EYFP) transgene. With fluorescence measurements via the optical fiber, ChR2-EYFP expression was detected clearly in vivo, which was confirmed by histological analysis in the rat. With photostimulation and extracellular recording, photo-responsive single-unit activities were isolated in the monkeys. The depth distribution of these units and the peak of the EYFP fluorescence profile overlapped consistently with each other. Thus, by developing a new probe, optogenetic methodology was successfully applied to a primate subcortical structure. This smooth glass-coated optrode is a promising tool for chronic in vivo experiments with various research targets including deep brain structures in behaving monkeys. PMID:22971353

  6. 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.

  7. Optical detection of glucose and glycated hemoglobin using etched fiber Bragg gratings coated with functionalized reduced graphene oxide.

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    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.

  8. Optical detection of glucose and glycated hemoglobin using etched fiber Bragg gratings coated with functionalized reduced graphene oxide.

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    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. PMID:26266873

  9. 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. PMID:27410305

  10. Optically pumped distributed feedback dye lasing with slide-coated TiO₂ inverse-opal slab as Bragg reflector.

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    Han, Sung Gu; Lim, Jongchul; Shin, Jinsub; Lee, Sung-Min; Park, Taiho; Yoon, Jongseung; Woo, Kyoungja; Lee, Hyunjung; Lee, Wonmok

    2014-08-15

    We demonstrate an optical amplification of organic dye within a TiO2 inverse-opal (IO) distributed feedback (DFB) reflector prepared by a slide-coating method. Highly reflective TiO2 IO film was fabricated by slide coating the binary aqueous dispersions of polystyrene microspheres and charge-stabilized TiO2 nanoparticles on a glass slide and subsequently removing the polymer-opal template. TiO2 IO film was infiltrated, in turn, with the solutions of DCM, a fluorescent dye in various solvents with different indices of refraction. Optical pumping by frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser resulted in amplified spontaneous emission in each dye solution. In accordance with the semi-empirical simulation by the FDTD method, DCM in ethanol showed the best emission/stopband matching for the TiO2 IO film used in this study. Therefore, photo excitation of a DCM/ethanol cavity showed a single-mode DFB lasing at 640 nm wavelength at moderate pump energy. PMID:25121863

  11. Optically pumped distributed feedback dye lasing with slide-coated TiO₂ inverse-opal slab as Bragg reflector.

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    Han, Sung Gu; Lim, Jongchul; Shin, Jinsub; Lee, Sung-Min; Park, Taiho; Yoon, Jongseung; Woo, Kyoungja; Lee, Hyunjung; Lee, Wonmok

    2014-08-15

    We demonstrate an optical amplification of organic dye within a TiO2 inverse-opal (IO) distributed feedback (DFB) reflector prepared by a slide-coating method. Highly reflective TiO2 IO film was fabricated by slide coating the binary aqueous dispersions of polystyrene microspheres and charge-stabilized TiO2 nanoparticles on a glass slide and subsequently removing the polymer-opal template. TiO2 IO film was infiltrated, in turn, with the solutions of DCM, a fluorescent dye in various solvents with different indices of refraction. Optical pumping by frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser resulted in amplified spontaneous emission in each dye solution. In accordance with the semi-empirical simulation by the FDTD method, DCM in ethanol showed the best emission/stopband matching for the TiO2 IO film used in this study. Therefore, photo excitation of a DCM/ethanol cavity showed a single-mode DFB lasing at 640 nm wavelength at moderate pump energy.

  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. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Fiber optic hydrogen sensor based on an etched Bragg grating coated with palladium.

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    Coelho, L; de Almeida, J M M M; Santos, J L; Viegas, D

    2015-12-10

    A study of a sensor for hydrogen (H2) detection based on fiber Bragg gratings coated with palladium (Pd) with self-temperature compensation is presented. The cladding around the gratings was reduced down to 50 μm diameter by a chemical etching process. One of the gratings was left uncoated, and the other was coated with 150 nm of Pd. It was observed that palladium hydride has unstable behavior in environments with high humidity level. A simple solution to overcome this problem based on a Teflon tape is presented. The sensing device studied was able to respond to H2 concentrations in the range 0%-1% v/v at room temperature and atmospheric pressure, achieving sensitivities larger than 20 pm/% v/v. Considering H2 concentrations in nitrogen up to 1%, the performance of the sensing head was characterized for different thicknesses of Pd coating ranging from 50 to 200 nm.

  18. Fiber optic hydrogen sensor based on an etched Bragg grating coated with palladium.

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    Coelho, L; de Almeida, J M M M; Santos, J L; Viegas, D

    2015-12-10

    A study of a sensor for hydrogen (H2) detection based on fiber Bragg gratings coated with palladium (Pd) with self-temperature compensation is presented. The cladding around the gratings was reduced down to 50 μm diameter by a chemical etching process. One of the gratings was left uncoated, and the other was coated with 150 nm of Pd. It was observed that palladium hydride has unstable behavior in environments with high humidity level. A simple solution to overcome this problem based on a Teflon tape is presented. The sensing device studied was able to respond to H2 concentrations in the range 0%-1% v/v at room temperature and atmospheric pressure, achieving sensitivities larger than 20 pm/% v/v. Considering H2 concentrations in nitrogen up to 1%, the performance of the sensing head was characterized for different thicknesses of Pd coating ranging from 50 to 200 nm. PMID:26836856

  19. Analysis of surface plasmon resonance based bimetal coated tapered fiber optic sensor with enhanced sensitivity through radially polarized light

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    Goswami, Nabamita; Chauhan, Kamlesh Kumar; Saha, Ardhendu

    2016-11-01

    The presented proposal of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) configuration with tapered fiber structure and radially polarized light beam is a new and different analysis towards the sensitivity enhancement in the field of SPR based fiber optic sensors. Here the taper waist region of optical fiber having diameter around 330 μm is deposited with 40 nm thin Ag layer, 10 nm thin Au layer and the sensing layer with refractive index 1.333-1.353 respectively for achieving the bimetal coated taper fiber optic sensor with SPR configuration. The cylindrical symmetry and special radial field distribution of radially polarized light make its more interesting SPR study and leads to the enhanced excitation of surface plasmon wave. This results 10 times better sensitivity of fiber optic sensor output response as compared to p-polarized light beam with wavelength interrogation technique and 2.307 times better sensitivity with intensity interrogation technique. Also including the temperature effect in proposed taper bimetallic structure, this sensitivity analysis provides an evidence, for exploring a new idea towards the enhanced excitation of SPR which expedites the new avenues in the field of sensor applications with radially polarized light.

  20. 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).

  1. Anisotropic optical polarization dependence on internal strain in AlGaN epilayer grown on Al x Ga1-x N templates

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    Long, Hanling; Wu, Feng; Zhang, Jun; Wang, Shuai; Chen, Jingwen; Zhao, Chong; Feng, Zhe Chuan; Xu, Jintong; Li, Xiangyang; Dai, Jiangnan; Chen, Changqing

    2016-10-01

    Anisotropic optical polarization of AlGaN has been one of the major challenges responsible for the poor efficiency of AlGaN-based ultraviolet light emitting diodes (UV LEDs). In this work, we experimentally investigated the effect of internal strain on the optical polarization of AlGaN epilayers which were pseudomorphically grown on Al x Ga1-x N templates with Al composition changing from 0.1 to 0.42. High-resolution x-ray diffraction and reciprocal space mapping were conducted to determine the crystal quality and strain status. Polarization-dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurement was performed to study the degree of polarization (DOP) of light emission from lateral facet of the AlGaN epilayer. The result showed that the DOP increased from  -0.69 to  -0.24 with the in-plane strain changing from tensile status (1.19%) to compressive status (-0.70%) and it exhibited a strong dependence of the DOP on the strain. These results demonstrated that the compressive in-plane strain could facilitate TE mode emission from AlGaN, which providing a potential way to enhance the surface light emission of AlGaN-based UV LEDs via strain management of the active region.

  2. 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.

  3. AgGaSe2 thin films grown by chemical close-spaced vapor transport for photovoltaic applications: structural, compositional and optical properties.

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    Merschjann, C; Mews, M; Mete, T; Karkatzinou, A; Rusu, M; Korzun, B V; Schorr, S; Schubert-Bischoff, P; Seeger, S; Schedel-Niedrig, Th; Lux-Steiner, M-Ch

    2012-05-01

    Thin films of chalcopyrite AgGaSe(2) have been successfully grown on glass and glass/molybdenum substrates using the technique of chemical close-spaced vapor transport. The high crystallinity of the samples is confirmed by grazing-incidence x-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and optical transmission/reflection spectroscopy. Here, two of the three expected direct optical bandgaps are found at 1.77(2) and 1.88(6) eV at 300 K. The lowest bandgap energy at 4 K is estimated to be 1.82(3) eV. Photoluminescence spectroscopy has further revealed the nature of the point defects within the AgGaSe(2), showing evidence for the existence of very shallow acceptor levels of 5(1) and 10(1) meV, and thus suggesting the AgGaSe(2) phase itself to exhibit a p-type conductivity. At the same time, electrical characterization by Hall, Seebeck and four-point-probe measurements indicate properties of a compensated semiconductor. The electrical properties of the investigated thin films are mainly influenced by the presence of Ag(2)Se and Ga(2)O(3) nanometer-scaled surface layers, as well as by Ag(2)Se inclusions in the bulk and Ag clusters at the layers' rear side. PMID:22469870

  4. 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. PMID:26480463

  5. Structural and optical properties of low temperature grown AlN films on sapphire using helicon sputtering system

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    Chen, Meei-Ru; Chen, Hou-Guang; Kao, Hui-Ling Wu, Ming-Guei; Tzou, An-Jye; Chen, Jyh Shin; Chou, Hsiung

    2015-05-15

    AlN thin films have been deposited directly on c-plane sapphire substrates at low temperatures by a helicon sputtering system. The structural quality of AlN epitaxial films was characterized by x-ray diffractometry and transmission electron microscopy. The films exhibit smooth surface with root-mean-square roughness as small as 0.7 nm evaluated by atomic force microscope. The optical transmittance spectra show a steep absorption edge at the wavelength of 200 nm and a high transmittance of over 80% in the visible range. The band-edge transition (6.30 eV) of AlN film was observed in the cathodoluminescence spectrum recorded at 11 K. The spectral response of metal–semiconductor–metal photodetectors constructed with AlN/sapphire reveals the peak responsivity at 200 nm and a UV/visible rejection ratio of about two orders of magnitude. The results of this low temperature deposition suggest the feasibility of the epitaxial growth of AlN on sapphire substrates and the incorporation of the AlN films in the surface acoustic wave devices and the optical devices at deep ultraviolet region.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. Effects of long term space environment exposure on optical substrates and coatings (S0050-2)

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    Harvey, Keith; Mustico, Arthur; Vallimont, John

    1993-01-01

    Eastman Kodak Company included twelve substrate and coating samples on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) structure. There were three Fused Silica and three Ultra Low Expansion (ULE) uncoated glass samples, two ULE samples with a high reflectance silver coating, two Fused Silica samples with an antireflectance coating, and two Fused silica samples with a solar rejection coating. A set of duplicate control samples was also manufactured and stored in a controlled environment for comparison purposes. Kodak's samples were included as a subset of the Georgia Institute of Technology tray, which was located on row 5-E, tray S0050-2. This placed the samples on the trailing edge of the structure, which protected them from the effects of atomic oxygen bombardment. An evaluation of the flight samples for effects from the 5 year mission showed that a contaminant was deposited on the samples, a micrometeoroid impact occurred on one of the samples, and the radiation darkening which was expected for the glass did not occur. The results are listed in more detail.

  9. Effects of long term space environment exposure on optical substrates and coatings

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    Vallimont, John; Brandt, E. Steven; Havey, Keith; Mustico, Arthur

    1995-01-01

    At the time of our Second LDEF Post-Retrieval Symposium report, we had completed cleaning and measuring the post flight spectral performance of all of the samples except for the fused silica substrate with an antireflection (SiO2/TiO2) coating. As was documented in that report, after cleaning, all of the samples returned to their original pre-flight performance, with the exception of the fused silica anti-reflectance coated sample, which had significant degraded performance. All normal methods of removing the contaminant from the surface of this sample failed except for oxygen plasma etch. At the time of the previous report, we had only exposed the sample to three hours of plasma etch. We have since continued the plasma etch for a total of 32 hours, after which time, the transmission of the sample almost reached its pre-flight values. The peak areas of the transmission curves remained shifted approximately 150 nm. Of interest is the fact that the control samples, which hadn't flown, did not exhibit any spectral shifting. In summary, after the 6 yr exposure to the space environment, all of the coatings and substrates returned to their pre-flight performance after cleaning, with the exception of the antireflection coated fused silica sample. On this sample, the spectral transmission curves shifted approximately 150 nm.

  10. Fabrication and optical properties of sol-gel-derived interference coating for high power laser applications

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    Zhang, Qinyuan; Pita, Kantisara; Xu, Chang-Qing; Que, Wenxiu; Hinooda, S.; Thilakan, Periyasamy

    2001-10-01

    A single layer sol-gel derived TiO2 thin films and 6 periods SiO2/TiO2 multilayer coating were designed and prepared on GaAs substrates as anti-reflection coating or near-IR-reflective coating for high power semiconductor laser applications. Crack free TiO2 thin films having thickness of 80-150 nm, and refractive indices of 1.8-2.1 have been obtained by simply sol-gel method upon heating at different temperatures. The obtained TiO2 thin films on GaAs substrates have shown reflectance of coating.

  11. 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. PMID:27464098

  12. Integration of Cu-coated single-mode optical fiber into carbon/PEEK composite for distributed structural health monitoring based on Rayleigh backscatter reflectometry

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    Steffen, Milan; Schukar, Marcus

    2013-05-01

    In this paper a technique for integrating copper coated silica optical fibers into AS-4/PEEK composite for Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is presented. The integration steps are described in detail. X-ray and microscopic images indicate a successfully integrated optical fiber which does not seem to affect the fiber/matrix distribution around it. Optical backscatter reflectometry shows losses of approximately 2dBm-1 along the integrated parts of the optical fiber due to temperature induced shrinkage of the composite.

  13. Optical properties of InGaPN epilayer with low nitrogen content grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    Kim, Kang Min; Nonoguchi, Shogo; Krishnamurthy, Daivasigamani; Emura, Shuichi; Hasegawa, Shigehiko; Asahi, Hajime

    2012-09-15

    The effect of nitrogen concentration on the optical properties of InGaP(N) epilayer was investigated. The temperature dependence of the photoluminescence (PL) peak energy of InGaPN (N = 1%) epilayer around room temperature was found to be almost one-half of that of InGaP epilayer. The incorporation of N causes the reduction of the coupling constant for the electron-phonon interaction, leading to the reduced temperature dependence of the PL peak shift. Thermal activation energy, which is deduced from the Arrhenius plot of PL intensity, was decreased by N incorporation. The reduced PL quenching is discussed in terms of the changes in the band alignment at the InGaPN/GaAs heterointerface by the increase in the N concentration.

  14. Nano-indentation of single-layer optical oxide thin films grown by electron-beam deposition

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    Mehrotra, K.; Oliver, J. B.; Lambropoulos, J. C.

    2015-01-01

    Mechanical characterization of optical oxide thin films is performed using nano-indentation, and the results are explained based on the deposition conditions used. These oxide films are generally deposited to have a porous microstructure that optimizes laser induced damage thresholds, but changes in deposition conditions lead to varying degrees of porosity, density, and possibly the microstructure of the thin film. This can directly explain the differences in the mechanical properties of the film studied here and those reported in literature. Of the four single-layer thin films tested, alumina was observed to demonstrate the highest values of nano-indentation hardness and elastic modulus. This is likely a result of the dense microstructure of the thin film arising from the particular deposition conditions used.

  15. Compound semiconductor native oxide-based technologies for optical and electrical devices grown on gallium arsenide substrates using MOCVD

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    Holmes, Adrian Lawrence

    1999-11-01

    The beginning of the modern microelectronics industry can be traced back to an invention made in 1947 when Bardeen and Brattain created the first semiconductor switch, called a transistor. Several other important discoveries followed; however, two of the more significant were (i) the development of the first planar process using silicon dioxide (SiO2) as a mask for diffusions into silicon by Frosch in 1955, and (ii) the subsequent integration of several transistors in tiny circuits by Kilby in 1958. Due to the superior quality of the SiO2-silicon interface, Si-based metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) transistors have primarily been used in integrated circuits. Until recently, compound semiconductors did not have a native oxide of sufficient quality to create similar MOS transistors. In 1990, research performed by Professor Holonyak and his group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has led to a high-quality, stable, and insulating native oxide created from aluminum-containing compound semiconductor alloys. This study investigates native oxide films that are formed by the thermal oxidation of AlAs and InAlP epitaxial layers grown lattice-matched on GaAs substrates using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The primary goal is to evaluate how these native oxides can help form novel device structures and transistors. To qualify the material properties of these native oxide films, we have used several characterization techniques including photoluminescence, cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Additionally, we have performed leakage current and capacitance-voltage measurements to evaluate the electrical characteristics of the native oxide-semiconductor interface. The kinetics of the thermal oxidation process for both the surface oxidation of InAlP and lateral oxidation of AlAs are studied and contrasted. Aided by this knowledge, we have created a sealed

  16. 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.

  17. Pulsing frequency induced change in optical constants and dispersion energy parameters of WO3 films grown by pulsed direct current magnetron sputtering

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    Punitha, K.; Sivakumar, R.; Sanjeeviraja, C.

    2014-03-01

    In this work, we present the pulsing frequency induced change in the structural, optical, vibrational, and luminescence properties of tungsten oxide (WO3) thin films deposited on microscopic glass and fluorine doped tin oxide (SnO2:F) coated glass substrates by pulsed dc magnetron sputtering technique. The WO3 films deposited on SnO2:F substrate belongs to monoclinic phase. The pulsing frequency has a significant influence on the preferred orientation and crystallinity of WO3 film. The maximum optical transmittance of 85% was observed for the film and the slight shift in transmission threshold towards higher wavelength region with increasing pulsing frequency revealed the systematic reduction in optical energy band gap (3.78 to 3.13 eV) of the films. The refractive index (n) of films are found to decrease (1.832 to 1.333 at 550 nm) with increasing pulsing frequency and the average value of extinction coefficient (k) is in the order of 10-3. It was observed that the dispersion data obeyed the single oscillator of the Wemple-Didomenico model, from which the dispersion energy (Ed) parameters, dielectric constants, plasma frequency, oscillator strength, and oscillator energy (Eo) of WO3 films were calculated and reported for the first time due to variation in pulsing frequency during deposition by pulsed dc magnetron sputtering. The Eo is change between 6.30 and 3.88 eV, while the Ed varies from 25.81 to 7.88 eV, with pulsing frequency. The Raman peak observed at 1095 cm-1 attributes the presence of W-O symmetric stretching vibration. The slight shift in photoluminescence band is attributed to the difference in excitons transition. We have made an attempt to discuss and correlate these results with the light of possible mechanisms underlying the phenomena.

  18. Depth profiling of the microwave surface resistance of high-J C GdBa2Cu3O7-δ coated conductors grown using the RCE-DR process

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    Yang, Woo, II; Jung, Ho Sang; Lee, Jae-Hun; Lee, Hunju; Moon, Seung-Hyun; Lee, Jung-Woo; Yoo, Sang-Im; Lee, Sang Young

    2016-10-01

    We study depth profiling of the microwave surface resistance (R S) of GdBa2Cu3O7-δ (GdBCO) coated conductors (CCs) grown using the reactive co-evaporation by deposition and reaction (RCE-DR) method, a method enabling extremely high deposition rate. GdBCO CCs with the critical current (I C) of more than 790 A cm-1 at 77 K in self-field are used for the study. The R S of the GdBCO CCs is measured at temperatures of 10-80 K using a 8.5 GHz TE011-mode rutile resonator, which is compared with that of YBa2Cu3O7-δ films and GdBCO films epitaxially grown on single crystal substrates. It turns out that there is significant inhomogeneity in the R S over the thickness of the GdBCO layer, with the R S value of the top part at 30 K being almost two times higher than the corresponding one of the bottom part. A transmission electron microscopy study reveals that Gd2O3 grains coexist with GdBCO grains with the average Gd2O3 grain sizes being ˜150 nm at the top and ˜100 nm at the bottom of the GdBCO layer. We relate the inhomogeneity in the R S of the GdBCO layer with the positional dependence of the Gd2O3 grain size, for which effects of the dielectric losses from the Gd2O3 grains on the measured R S of the GdBCO layer are considered. Our results imply that the critical current density, another important transport property of superconductors, could be inhomogeneous over the thickness of the GdBCO layer grown using the RCE-DR method.

  19. Optical ammonia gas sensor based on a porous silicon rugate filter coated with polymer-supported dye.

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    Shang, Yunling; Wang, Xiaobo; Xu, Erchao; Tong, Changlun; Wu, Jianmin

    2011-01-24

    An ammonia gas sensor chip was prepared by coating an electrochemically-etched porous Si rugate filter with a chitosan film that is crosslinked by glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS). The bromothylmol blue (BTB), a pH indicator, was loaded in the film as ammonia-sensing molecules. White light reflected from the porous Si has a narrow bandwidth spectrum with a peak at 610 nm. Monitoring reflective optical intensity at the peak position allows for direct, real-time observation of changes in the concentration of ammonia gas in air samples. The reflective optical intensity decreased linearly with increasing concentrations of ammonia gas over the range of 0-100 ppm. The lowest detection limit was 0.5 ppm for ammonia gas. At optimum conditions, the full response time of the ammonia gas sensor was less than 15s. The sensor chip also exhibited a good long-term stability over 1 year. Therefore, the simple sensor design has potential application in miniaturized optical measurement for online ammonia gas detection.

  20. 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.