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  1. Enhanced acousto-optic properties in layered media

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    Smith, M. J. A.; de Sterke, C. Martijn; Wolff, C.; Lapine, M.; Poulton, C. G.

    2017-08-01

    We present a rigorous procedure for evaluating the photoelastic coefficients of a layered medium in which the periodicity is smaller than the wavelengths of all optical and acoustic fields. Analytical expressions are given for the coefficients of a composite material comprising thin layers of optically isotropic materials. These photoelastic coefficients include artificial contributions that are unique to structured media and arise from the optical and mechanical contrast between the constituents. Using numerical examples, we demonstrate that the acousto-optic properties of layered structures can be enhanced beyond those of the constituent materials. Furthermore, we show that the acousto-optic response can be tuned as desired.

  2. Metallic Nanoparticle Block Copoloymer Vesicles with Enhanced Optical Properties

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    Martinez-Hurtado, Juan Leonardo

    2011-01-01

    The fabrication and characterization of template silver nanoshell structures and the encapsulation of gold nanoparticles using biocompatible poly(oxyethylene)-poly(butylene) diblock co-polymer vesicles is described in this work. These vesicles have a narrow diameter size distribution around 200 nm. Silver nanoparticles (ϕ = 1–10 nm) functionalized with decanethiol were successfully entrapped in the hydrophobic membrane and non-functionalized gold nanoparticles (ϕ = 3.0–5.5 nm) were encapsulated in the vesicle core. Transmission Electron Microscopy confirms the localisation of the particles; silver functionalized nanoparticles appear to thicken the vesicle membrane as shown with TEM image analysis. The enhancement of the optical properties is confirmed using transmission spectrophotometry; the 430 nm plasmon resonance peak of the silver nanoparticles was replaced by a broader extinction spectrum to beyond 700 nm (O.D. = 0.8). For a number density of 4.8 × 1012 mL−1 the scattering cross section was calculated to be 0.92 × 10−4 μm2 with a scattering coefficient of 0.44 mm−1. The measurements indicate scattering cross section of 3.8 × 10−5 μm2, attenuation coefficient of 0.18 mm−1 and extinction efficiency equal to 1.2 × 10−3. Stable and biocompatible block co-polymer vesicles can potentially be used as plasmon-resonant optical contrast agents for biomedical applications.

  3. Dendritic optical antennas: scattering properties and fluorescence enhancement.

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    Guo, Ke; Antoncecchi, Alessandro; Zheng, Xuezhi; Sallam, Mai; Soliman, Ezzeldin A; Vandenbosch, Guy A E; Moshchalkov, Victor V; Koenderink, A Femius

    2017-07-24

    With the development of nanotechnologies, researchers have brought the concept of antenna to the optical regime for manipulation of nano-scaled light matter interactions. Most optical nanoantennas optimize optical function, but are not electrically connected. In order to realize functions that require electrical addressing, optical nanoantennas that are electrically continuous are desirable. In this article, we study the optical response of a type of electrically connected nanoantennas, which we propose to call "dendritic" antennas. While they are connected, they follow similar antenna hybridization trends to unconnected plasmon phased array antennas. The optical resonances supported by this type of nanoantennas are mapped both experimentally and theoretically to unravel their optical response. Photoluminescence measurements indicate a potential Purcell enhancement of more than a factor of 58.

  4. Measurement of aerosol optical properties by cw cavity enhanced spectroscopy

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    Jie, Guo; Ye, Shan-Shan; Yang, Xiao; Han, Ye-Xing; Tang, Huai-Wu; Yu, Zhi-Wei

    2016-10-01

    The CAPS (Cavity Attenuated Phase shift Spectroscopy) system, which detects the extinction coefficients within a 10 nm bandpass centered at 532 nm, comprises a green LED with center wavelength in 532nm, a resonant optical cavity (36 cm length), a Photo Multiplier Tube detector, and a lock in amplifier. The square wave modulated light from the LED passes through the optical cavity and is detected as a distorted waveform which is characterized by a phase shift with respect to the initial modulation. Extinction coefficients are determined from changes in the phase shift of the distorted waveform of the square wave modulated LED light that is transmitted through the optical cavity. The performance of the CAPS system was evaluated by using measurements of the stability and response of the system. The minima ( 0.1 Mm-1) in the Allan plots show the optimum average time ( 100s) for optimum detection performance of the CAPS system. In the paper, it illustrates that extinction coefficient was correlated with PM2.5 mass (0.91). These figures indicate that this method has the potential to become one of the most sensitive on-line analytical techniques for extinction coefficient detection. This work aims to provide an initial validation of the CAPS extinction monitor in laboratory and field environments. Our initial results presented in this paper show that the CAPS extinction monitor is capable of providing state-of-the-art performance while dramatically reducing the complexity of optical instrumentation for directly measuring the extinction coefficients.

  5. Enhanced magnetic-field-induced optical properties of nanostructured magnetic fluids by doping nematic liquid crystals

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    Wang, Xiang; Pu, Shengli; Ji, Hongzhu; Yu, Guojun

    2012-05-01

    Ferronematic materials composed of 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl nematic liquid crystal and oil-based Fe3O4 magnetic fluid were prepared using ultrasonic agitation. The birefringence (Δ n) and figure of merit of optical properties ( Q = Δ n/α, where α is the extinction coefficient) of pure magnetic fluids and the as-prepared ferronematic materials were examined and compared. The figure of merit of optical properties weighs the birefringence and extinction of the materials and is more appropriate to evaluate their optical properties. Similar magnetic-field- and magnetic-particle-concentration-dependent properties of birefringence and figure of merit of optical properties were obtained for the pure magnetic fluids and the ferronematic materials. For the ferronematic materials, the values of Q increase with the volume fractions of nematic liquid crystal under certain fixed field strength and are larger than those of their corresponding pure magnetic fluids at high field region. In addition, the enhancement of Q value increases monotonously with the magnetic field and becomes remarkable when the applied magnetic field is beyond 50 mT. The maximum relative enhanced value of Q R exceeds 6.8% in our experiments. The results of this work may conduce to extend the pragmatic applications of nanostructured magnetic fluids in optical field.

  6. Enhanced magnetic-field-induced optical properties of nanostructured magnetic fluids by doping nematic liquid crystals.

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    Wang, Xiang; Pu, Shengli; Ji, Hongzhu; Yu, Guojun

    2012-05-15

    Ferronematic materials composed of 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl nematic liquid crystal and oil-based Fe3O4 magnetic fluid were prepared using ultrasonic agitation. The birefringence (Δn) and figure of merit of optical properties (Q = Δn/α, where α is the extinction coefficient) of pure magnetic fluids and the as-prepared ferronematic materials were examined and compared. The figure of merit of optical properties weighs the birefringence and extinction of the materials and is more appropriate to evaluate their optical properties. Similar magnetic-field- and magnetic-particle-concentration-dependent properties of birefringence and figure of merit of optical properties were obtained for the pure magnetic fluids and the ferronematic materials. For the ferronematic materials, the values of Q increase with the volume fractions of nematic liquid crystal under certain fixed field strength and are larger than those of their corresponding pure magnetic fluids at high field region. In addition, the enhancement of Q value increases monotonously with the magnetic field and becomes remarkable when the applied magnetic field is beyond 50 mT. The maximum relative enhanced value of QR exceeds 6.8% in our experiments. The results of this work may conduce to extend the pragmatic applications of nanostructured magnetic fluids in optical field.

  7. Synthesis and enhanced nonlinear optical properties of graphene/CdS organic glass

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    Ouyang, Qiuyun; Yu, Hailong; Xu, Zheng; Zhang, Yue; Li, Chunyan; Qi, Lihong; Chen, Yujin

    2013-01-01

    Graphene/CdS (G/CdS) nanocomposite was first fabricated by a hydrothermal method. G/CdS nanocomposite was then dispersed in polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) for preparation of organic glass by a casting method. The G/CdS/PMMA organic glass exhibits enhanced nonlinear optical (NLO) properties compared to G/PMMA and CdS/PMMA organic glass. Moreover, NLO properties of the G/CdS/PMMA organic glass can be controlled by adjusting the addition amount of G/CdS nanocomposite in PMMA. Our results demonstrate that the G/CdS/PMMA organic glass is very promising for optical devices, such as optical limiters and optical switch.

  8. Estimating aerosol light-scattering enhancement from dry aerosol optical properties at different sites

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    Titos, Gloria; Jefferson, Anne; Sheridan, Patrick; Andrews, Elisabeth; Lyamani, Hassan; Ogren, John; Alados-Arboledas, Lucas

    2014-05-01

    Microphysical and optical properties of aerosol particles are strongly dependent on the relative humidity (RH). Knowledge of the effect of RH on aerosol optical properties is of great importance for climate forcing calculations and for comparison of in-situ measurements with satellite and remote sensing retrievals. The scattering enhancement factor, f(RH), is defined as the ratio of the scattering coefficient at a high and reference RH. Predictive capability of f(RH) for use in climate models would be enhanced if other aerosol parameters could be used as proxies to estimate hygroscopic growth. Toward this goal, we explore the relationship between aerosol light-scattering enhancement and dry aerosol optical properties such as the single scattering albedo (SSA) and the scattering Ångström exponent (SAE) at multiple sites around the world. The measurements used in this study were conducted by the US Department of Energy at sites where different aerosol types predominate (pristine marine, polluted marine, dust dominated, agricultural and forest environments, among others). In all cases, the scattering enhancement decreases as the SSA decreases, that is, as the contribution of absorbing particles increases. On the other hand, for marine influenced environments the scattering enhancement clearly increases as the contribution of coarse particles increases (SAE decreases), evidence of the influence of hygroscopic coarse sea salt particles. For other aerosol types the relationship between f(RH) and SAE is not so straightforward. Combining all datasets, f(RH) was found to exponentially increase with SSA with a high correlation coefficient.

  9. Optical Property Enhancement and Durability Evaluation of Heat Receiver Aperture Shield Materials

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    deGroh, Kim K.; Jaworske, Donald A.; Smith, Daniela C.

    1998-01-01

    Under the Solar Dynamic Flight Demonstration (SDFD) program, NASA Lewis Research Center worked with AlliedSignal Aerospace, the heat receiver contractor, on the development, characterization and durability testing of refractory metals to obtain appropriate optical and thermal properties for the SDFD heat receiver aperture shield. Molybdenum and tungsten foils were grit-blasted using silicon carbide or alumina grit under various grit-blasting conditions for optical property enhancement. Black rhenium coated tungsten foil was also evaluated. Tungsten, black rhenium-coated tungsten, and grit-blasted tungsten screens of various mesh sizes were placed over the pristine and grit-blasted foils for optical property characterization. Grit-blasting was found to be effective in decreasing the specular reflectance and the absorptance/emittance ratio of the refractory foils. The placement of a screen further enhanced these optical properties, with a grit-blasted screen over a grit-blasted foil producing the best results. Based on the optical property enhancement results, samples were tested for atomic oxygen and vacuum heat treatment durability. Grit-blasted (Al2O3 grit) 2 mil tungsten foil was chosen for the exterior layer of the SDFD heat receiver aperture shield. A 0.007 in. wire diameter, 20 x 20 mesh tungsten screen was chosen to cover the tungsten foil. Based on these test results, a heat receiver aperture shield test unit has been built with the screen covered grit-blast tungsten foil exterior layers. The aperture shield was tested and verified the thermal and structural durability of the outer foil layers during an off-pointing period.

  10. Anisotropic Effective Mass, Optical Property, and Enhanced Band Gap in BN/Phosphorene/BN Heterostructures.

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    Hu, Tao; Hong, Jisang

    2015-10-28

    Phosphorene is receiving great research interests because of its peculiar physical properties. Nonetheless, the phosphorus has a trouble of degradation due to oxidation. Hereby, we propose that the electrical and optical anisotropic properties can be preserved by encapsulating into hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN). We found that the h-BN contributed to enhancing the band gap of the phosphorene layer. Comparing the band gap of the pristine phosphorene layer, the band gap of the phosphorene/BN(1ML) system was enhanced by 0.15 eV. It was further enhanced by 0.31 eV in the BN(1ML)/phosphorene/BN(1ML) trilayer structure. However, the band gap was not further enhanced when we increased the thickness of the h-BN layers even up to 4 MLs. Interestingly, the anisotropic effective mass and optical property were still preserved in BN/phosphorene/BN heterostructures. Overall, we predict that the capping of phosphorene by the h-BN layers can be an excellent solution to protect the intrinsic properties of the phosphorene.

  11. Optical Properties and Radiation-Enhanced Evaporation of Nanofluid Fuels Containing Carbon-Based Nanostructures

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    2012-05-29

    Optical Properties and Radiation-Enhanced Evaporation of Nanofluid Fuels Containing Carbon-Based Nanostructures Yanan Gan and Li Qiao* School of...evaporation characteristics of nanofluid fuels with stable suspension of carbon-based nanostructures under radiation absorption in the ultraviolet...visible range. The results show that the evaporation rates of the ethanol-based nanofluids containing multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) or carbon

  12. Aerosol optical properties measurement by recently developed cavity-enhanced aerosol single scattering albedometer

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    Zhao, Weixiong; Xu, Xuezhe; Zhang, Qilei; Fang, Bo; Qian, Xiaodong; Chen, Weidong; Gao, Xiaoming; Zhang, Weijun

    2015-04-01

    Development of appropriate and well-adapted measurement technologies for real-time in-situ measurement of aerosol optical properties is an important step towards a more accurate and quantitative understanding of aerosol impacts on climate and the environment. Aerosol single scattering albedo (SSA, ω), the ratio between the scattering (αscat) and extinction (αext) coefficients, is an important optical parameter that governs the relative strength of the aerosol scattering and absorption capacity. Since the aerosol extinction coefficient is the sum of the absorption and scattering coefficients, a commonly used method for the determination of SSA is to separately measure two of the three optical parameters - absorption, scattering and extinction coefficients - with different instruments. However, as this method involves still different instruments for separate measurements of extinction and absorption coefficients under different sampling conditions, it might cause potential errors in the determination of SSA value, because aerosol optical properties are very sensitive to the sampling conditions such as temperature and relative humidity (RH). In this paper, we report on the development of a cavity-enhanced aerosol single scattering albedometer incorporating incoherent broad-band cavity-enhanced spectroscopy (IBBCEAS) and an integrating sphere (IS) for direct in-situ measurement of aerosol scattering and extinction coefficients on the exact same sample volume. The cavity-enhanced albedometer holds great promise for high-sensitivity and high-precision measurement of ambient aerosol scattering and extinction coefficients (hence absorption coefficient and SSA determination) and for absorbing trace gas concentration. In addition, simultaneous measurements of aerosol scattering and extinction coefficients enable a potential application for the retrieval of particle number size distribution and for faster retrieval of aerosols' complex RI. The albedometer was deployed to

  13. Enhanced optical properties of germanate and tellurite glasses containing metal or semiconductor nanoparticles.

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    de Araujo, Cid Bartolomeu; Silvério da Silva, Diego; Alves de Assumpção, Thiago Alexandre; Kassab, Luciana Reyes Pires; Mariano da Silva, Davinson

    2013-01-01

    Germanium- and tellurium-based glasses have been largely studied due to their recognized potential for photonics. In this paper, we review our recent studies that include the investigation of the Stokes and anti-Stokes photoluminescence (PL) in different glass systems containing metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles (NPs). In the case of the samples with metallic NPs, the enhanced PL was attributed to the increased local field on the rare-earth ions located in the proximity of the NPs and/or the energy transfer from the metallic NPs to the rare-earth ions. For the glasses containing silicon NPs, the PL enhancement was mainly due to the energy transfer from the NPs to the Er(3+) ions. The nonlinear (NL) optical properties of PbO-GeO2 films containing gold NPs were also investigated. The experiments in the pico- and subpicosecond regimes revealed enhanced values of the NL refractive indices and large NL absorption coefficients in comparison with the films without gold NPs. The reported experiments demonstrate that germanate and tellurite glasses, having appropriate rare-earth ions doping and NPs concentration, are strong candidates for PL-based devices, all-optical switches, and optical limiting.

  14. Enhanced Optical Properties of Germanate and Tellurite Glasses Containing Metal or Semiconductor Nanoparticles

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    de Araujo, Cid Bartolomeu; Silvério da Silva, Diego; Alves de Assumpção, Thiago Alexandre; Kassab, Luciana Reyes Pires; Mariano da Silva, Davinson

    2013-01-01

    Germanium- and tellurium-based glasses have been largely studied due to their recognized potential for photonics. In this paper, we review our recent studies that include the investigation of the Stokes and anti-Stokes photoluminescence (PL) in different glass systems containing metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles (NPs). In the case of the samples with metallic NPs, the enhanced PL was attributed to the increased local field on the rare-earth ions located in the proximity of the NPs and/or the energy transfer from the metallic NPs to the rare-earth ions. For the glasses containing silicon NPs, the PL enhancement was mainly due to the energy transfer from the NPs to the Er3+ ions. The nonlinear (NL) optical properties of PbO-GeO2 films containing gold NPs were also investigated. The experiments in the pico- and subpicosecond regimes revealed enhanced values of the NL refractive indices and large NL absorption coefficients in comparison with the films without gold NPs. The reported experiments demonstrate that germanate and tellurite glasses, having appropriate rare-earth ions doping and NPs concentration, are strong candidates for PL-based devices, all-optical switches, and optical limiting. PMID:23710138

  15. Host-Guest Carbon Dots for Enhanced Optical Properties and Beyond

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    Sun, Ya-Ping; Wang, Ping; Lu, Zhuomin; Yang, Fan; Meziani, Mohammed J.; LeCroy, Gregory E.; Liu, Yun; Qian, Haijun

    2015-01-01

    Carbon dots, generally small carbon nanoparticles with various forms of surface passivation, have achieved the performance level of semiconductor quantum dots in the green spectral region, but their absorption and fluorescence in red/near-IR are relatively weaker. Conceptually similar to endofullerenes, host-guest carbon dots were designed and prepared with red/near-IR dyes encapsulated as guest in the carbon nanoparticle core. Beyond the desired enhancement in optical properties, the host-guest configuration may significantly broaden the field of carbon dots. PMID:26196598

  16. Plasmonic Enhancement of Optical Properties by Isolated and Coupled Metal Nanoparticles

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    Sun, Greg; Khurgin, Jacob B.

    2012-12-01

    In this chapter we present a simple and comprehensive explanation of the mechanisms that can so dramatically modify the optical properties of atoms, molecules, or other quantum-size objects placed in the vicinity of metal nanoparticles. We develop a simple model that describes surface plasmon modes supported by the metal nanoparticles and describes them using just three key parameters -- effective volume, Q-factor, and radiative decay rate. We subsequently apply this model to the tasks of estimating the enhancement of optical radiation, electroluminescence, and photoluminescence absorbed or emitted by the optically active objects in the presence of an isolated single nanoparticle. Using the example of gold nanospheres embedded in GaN dielectric, we show that enhancement for each case depends strongly on the nanoparticle size enabling optimization for each combination of absorption cross section, original radiative efficiency, and separation between the object and metal sphere. We then expand the model for single metal nanoparticles to coupled metal nanostructures. We show that complex structures can be treated as coupled multipole modes with highest enhancements obtained due to the superposition of these modes mainly in small particles. This model allows for optimization of the structures for the largest possible field enhancements, which depends on the quality factor Q of the metal and can be as high as Q2 for two spherical particles. The "hot spot" can occur either in the nano-gaps between the particles or near the smaller particles. We trace the optimal field enhancement mechanism to the fact that the extended dipole modes of larger particles act as the efficient antennas while the modes in the gaps or near the smaller particles act as the compact sub-wavelength cavities. The physically-transparent, comprehensive analytical approach developed in this chapter not only offers a quick route for optimization but also can be conveniently extended to incorporate large

  17. Enhanced optical and electrical properties of PEDOT:PSS/Gold nanocomposite system

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    Thappily, Praveen; Shiju, K.

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, we report modification of the electrical and optical properties of widely used transparent conducting polymer, PEDOT:PSS by the incorporation of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) synthesized using aloe barbadensis leaf extract as reducing agent. The variation of workfunction of the PEDOT:PSS with Au Nanoparticles content is investigated and it has been seen that the work function of PEDOT:PSS can be tuned by incorporating nanoparticles. Further the optical absorption of the composite is found to be increasing considerably in the visible region. It has been demonstrated that there exists an optimum weight percentage of Au NPs for the composite formation with highest workfunction and enhanced light absorption in the visible region than pristine PEDOT:PSS.

  18. Enhanced nonlinear optical properties of oxygen deficient lead-niobium-germanate film glasses

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    Gonzalo, J.; Fernandez, H.; Solis, J.; Munoz-Martin, D.; Fernandez-Navarro, J. M.; Afonso, C. N.; Fierro, J. L. G.

    2007-06-01

    The third order nonlinear optical properties of oxygen deficient lead-niobium-germanate film glasses with heavy metal contents beyond that of the bulk glass formation region have been investigated. Values of the nonlinear third order optical susceptibility up to /χ(3)/≈1.8×10-11esu have been measured by degenerate four wave mixing at 800nm in films having large heavy metal fractions (0.93). The fast buildup and decay times (≈130fs) of the nonlinear response confirm its nonresonant character. The partial reduction of Nb5+ to Nb4+ evidenced by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, which is associated with the oxygen deficiency, appears to be responsible for the strong enhancement of /χ(3)/.

  19. Selection of the intrinsic polarization properties of animal optical materials creates enhanced structural reflectivity and camouflage

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    Feller, Kathryn D.; Jordan, Thomas M.

    2017-01-01

    Many animals use structural coloration to create bright and conspicuous visual signals. Selection of the size and shape of the optical structures animals use defines both the colour and intensity of the light reflected. The material used to create these reflectors is also important; however, animals are restricted to a limited number of materials: commonly chitin, guanine and the protein, reflectin. In this work we highlight that a particular set of material properties can also be under selection in order to increase the optical functionality of structural reflectors. Specifically, polarization properties, such as birefringence (the difference between the refractive indices of a material) and chirality (which relates to molecular asymmetry) are both under selection to create enhanced structural reflectivity. We demonstrate that the structural coloration of the gold beetle Chrysina resplendens and silvery reflective sides of the Atlantic herring, Clupea harengus are two examples of this phenomenon. Importantly, these polarization properties are not selected to control the polarization of the reflected light as a source of visual information per se. Instead, by creating higher levels of reflectivity than are otherwise possible, such internal polarization properties improve intensity-matching camouflage. This article is part of the themed issue ‘Animal coloration: production, perception, function and application’. PMID:28533453

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

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

    2001-06-01

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

  1. Enhanced nonlinear optical absorption and optical limiting properties of superparamagnetic spinel zinc ferrite decorated reduced graphene oxide nanostructures

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    Saravanan, M.; T. C., Sabari Girisun

    2017-01-01

    Nonlinear absorption and optical limiting properties of ZnFe2O4-rGO magnetic nanostructures was investigated by the Z-scan technique using Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (5 ns, 532 nm, 10 Hz) as an excitation source. Excited state absorption was the dominant process responsible for the observed nonlinearity in ZnFe2O4 decorated rGO which arises due to photo-generated charge carriers in the conduction band of zinc ferrite and increases in defects at the surface of rGO due to the incorporation of ZnFe2O4. The magnitude of the nonlinear absorption co-efficient was found to be in the order of 10-10 m/W. A noteworthy enhancement in the third-order NLO properties in ZnFe2O4-(15 wt%) rGO with those of individual counter parts and well known graphene composites was reported. Role of induced defects states (sp3) arising from the functionalization of rGO in the enhancement of NLO response was explained through Raman studies. Earlier incorporation and distribution of ZnFe2O4 upon GO through one-step hydrothermal method was analyzed by XRD and FTIR. Formation of (nanospheres/nanospindles) ZnFe2O4 along with reduction of graphene oxide was confirmed through TEM analysis. VSM studies showed zinc ferrite decorated rGO posseses superparamagnetic behavior. The tuning of nonlinear optical and magnetic behavior with variation in the content of spinel ferrites upon reduced graphene oxide provides an easy way to attain tunable properties which are exceedingly required in both optoelectronics and photothermal therapy applications.

  2. Enhanced water vapor in Asian dust layer: Entrainment processes and implication for aerosol optical properties

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    Yoon, Soon-Chang; Kim, Sang-Woo; Kim, Jiyoung; Sohn, Byung-Ju; Jefferson, Anne; Choi, Suk-Jin; Cha, Dong-Hyun; Lee, Dong-Kyou; Anderson, Theodore L.; Doherty, Sarah J.; Weber, Rodney J.

    The entrainment process of water vapor into the dust layer during Asian dust events and the effect of water vapor associated with the Asian dust layer (ADL) on aerosol hygroscopic properties are investigated. The entrainment processes of water vapor into the ADL is examined by using a PSU/NCAR MM5 together with the backward trajectory model, radiosonde data, and remotely sensed aerosol vertical distribution data. Two dust events in the spring of 1998 and 2001 are examined in detail. The results reveal that the water vapor mixing ratio (WVMR) derived by the MM5 fits in well with the WVMR observed by radiosonde, and is well coincident with the aerosol extinction coefficient ( σep) measured by the micro-pulse lidar. The temporal evolution of the vertical distributions of WVMR and σep exhibited similar features. On the basis of a well simulation of the enhanced water vapor within the dust layer by the MM5, we trace the dust storms to examine the entrainment mechanism. The enhancement of WVMR within the ADL was initiated over the mountainous areas. The relatively moist air mass in the well-developed mixing layer over the mountainous areas is advected upward from the boundary layer by an ascending motion. However, a large portion of the water vapor within the ADL is enhanced over the edge of a highland and the plains in China. This is well supported by the simulated WVMR and the wind vectors. Aircraft-based in situ measurements of the chemical and optical properties of aerosol enable a quantitative estimation of the effect of the enhanced WVMR on the aerosol hygroscopic properties. The submicron aerosol accompanied by the dust storm caused an increase of aerosol scattering through water uptakes during the transport. This increase could be explained by the chemical fact that water-soluble submicron pollution aerosols are enriched in the ADL.

  3. Diatom frustules decorated with zinc oxide nanoparticles for enhanced optical properties

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    Lamastra, F. R.; Grilli, M. L.; Leahu, G.; Belardini, A.; Li Voti, R.; Sibilia, C.; Salvatori, D.; Cacciotti, I.; Nanni, F.

    2017-09-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were synthesized on diatomite (DE) surface by a low temperature sol gel technique, starting from zinc acetate dihydrate (Zn(CH3COO)2 · 2H2O) solution in water/ethyl alcohol, in presence of triethanolamine (TEA) with functions of Zn2+ chelating agent, catalyst and mediator of nanoparticle growth on DE surface. Microstructural features were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. ZnO crystalline nanoparticles, well distributed both on the surface and into the porous architecture of diatomite, were obtained just after the synthesis carried out at 80 °C without the need of calcination treatments. The optical properties of ZnO/DE hybrid powders were measured for the first time by means of photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS). A new method to retrieve both the optical absorption and scattering coefficients from PAS is here discussed for powder aggregates. The fingerprint of the zinc oxide nanoparticles has been highlighted in the Mie scattering resonance in the UV-Vis range, and in the enhancement of the optical absorption with respect to diatomite.

  4. Diatom frustules decorated with zinc oxide nanoparticles for enhanced optical properties.

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    Lamastra, F R; Grilli, M L; Leahu, G; Belardini, A; Voti, R Li; Sibilia, C; Salvatori, D; Cacciotti, I; Nanni, F

    2017-09-15

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were synthesized on diatomite (DE) surface by a low temperature sol gel technique, starting from zinc acetate dihydrate (Zn(CH3COO)2 · 2H2O) solution in water/ethyl alcohol, in presence of triethanolamine (TEA) with functions of Zn(2+) chelating agent, catalyst and mediator of nanoparticle growth on DE surface. Microstructural features were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. ZnO crystalline nanoparticles, well distributed both on the surface and into the porous architecture of diatomite, were obtained just after the synthesis carried out at 80 °C without the need of calcination treatments. The optical properties of ZnO/DE hybrid powders were measured for the first time by means of photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS). A new method to retrieve both the optical absorption and scattering coefficients from PAS is here discussed for powder aggregates. The fingerprint of the zinc oxide nanoparticles has been highlighted in the Mie scattering resonance in the UV-Vis range, and in the enhancement of the optical absorption with respect to diatomite.

  5. Polyaniline/carbon nanotube/CdS quantum dot composites with enhanced optical and electrical properties

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    Goswami, Mrinmoy; Ghosh, Ranajit; Maruyama, Takahiro; Meikap, Ajit Kumar

    2016-02-01

    A new kind of polyaniline/carbon nanotube/CdS quantum dot composites have been developed via in-situ polymerization of aniline monomer in the presence of dispersed CdS quantum dots (size: 2.7-4.8 nm) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT), which exhibits enhanced optical and electrical properties. The existences of 1st order, 2nd order, and 3rd order longitudinal optical phonon modes, strongly indicate the high quality of synthesized CdS quantum dots. The occurrence of red shift of free exciton energy in photoluminescence is due to size dependent quantum confinement effect of CdS. The conductivity of the composites (for example PANI/CNT/CdS (2 wt.% CdS)) is increased by about 7 of magnitude compared to that of pure PANI indicating a charge transfer between CNT and polymer via CdS quantum dots. This advanced material has a great potential for high-performance of electro-optical applications.

  6. Enhanced optical properties due to indium incorporation in zinc oxide nanowires

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    Farid, S.; Mukherjee, S.; Sarkar, K.; Mazouchi, M.; Stroscio, M. A.; Dutta, M.

    2016-01-11

    Indium-doped zinc oxide nanowires grown by vapor-liquid-solid technique with 1.6 at. % indium content show intense room temperature photoluminescence (PL) that is red shifted to 20 meV from band edge. We report on a combination of nanowires and nanobelts-like structures with enhanced optical properties after indium doping. The near band edge emission shift gives an estimate for the carrier density as high as 5.5 × 10{sup 19 }cm{sup −3} for doped nanowires according to Mott's critical density theory. Quenching of the visible green peak is seen for doped nanostructures indicating lesser oxygen vacancies and improved quality. PL and transmission electron microscopy measurements confirm indium doping into the ZnO lattice, whereas temperature dependent PL data give an estimation of the donor and acceptor binding energies that agrees well with indium doped nanowires. This provides a non-destructive technique to estimate doping for 1D structures as compared to the traditional FET approach. Furthermore, these indium doped nanowires can be a potential candidate for transparent conducting oxides applications and spintronic devices with controlled growth mechanism.

  7. Enhanced electrical and optical properties of CdS:Na thin films by photochemical deposition

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    Kumar, V. Nirmal; Suriakarthick, R.; Gopalakrishnan, R.; Hayakawa, Y.

    2017-06-01

    CdS:Na thin film was deposited on a glass substrate by photochemical deposition from aqueous solution contained CdSO4.5H2O and Na2S2O3 as cation and anion sources, respectively. The anion source Na2S2O3 served as Na dopant source. The deposited film exhibited cubic phase of CdS and incorporation of Na was revealed from X-ray diffraction study. The incorporation of Na in CdS changed the surface morphology from spherical to nano rods. CdS:Na thin film showed blue shift in its absorption spectrum which was more desirable for transmitting higher energy photons (visible region) in thin film solar cells. The Raman analysis confirmed 1 LO and 2 LO process at 297 and 593 cm-1, respectively. The carrier concentration of CdS increased with the inclusion of Na and its resistivity value decreased. Both the electrical and optical properties of CdS were enhanced in CdS:Na thin films which was desirable as a window layer material for photovoltaic application.

  8. Synergistically Enhanced Optical Limiting Property of Graphene Oxide Hybrid Materials Functionalized with Pt Complexes.

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    Liu, Rui; Hu, Jinyang; Zhu, Senqiang; Lu, Jiapeng; Zhu, Hongjun

    2017-09-27

    Recently, graphene-based materials have become well-known nonlinear optical materials for the potential application of laser protection. Two new graphene oxide-platinum  complex (GO-Pt) hybrid materials (GO-Pt-1, GO-Pt-2) have been fabricated through covalent modification and electrostatic adsorption of different Pt complexes with GO. The structural and photophysical properties of the resultant hybrid materials were studied. The nonlinear optical properties and optical power limiting (OPL) performance of Pt complexes, GO, and GO-Pt hybrid materials were investigated by using Z-scan measurements at 532 nm. At the same transmittance, the results illustrate that functionalization of GO makes GO-Pt hybrid materials possess better nonlinear optical properties and OPL performance than individual Pt complexes and GO due to a combination of nonlinear scattering, nonlinear absorption, and photoinduced electron and energy transfer between GO and Pt complex moieties. Furthermore, the nonlinear optics and OPL performance of GO-Pt-2 are better than those of GO-Pt-1, due to not only the excellent optical limiting of Pt-2 and more molecules per area of GO but also the way of combination of Pt-2 and GO.

  9. Enhancement of surface plasmon resonances on the nonlinear optical properties in a GaAs quantum dot

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    Jiang, Xiancong; Guo, Kangxian; Liu, Guanghui; Yang, Tao; Yang, Yanlian

    2017-05-01

    In this paper, the nonlinear optical properties of a metallic nanoparticle (MNP)-semiconductor quantum dot (SQD) hybrid nanosystem with the hybrid exciton effect have been studied. Considering the influence of quantum-size effect to the dielectric function of MNP, the quantum corrected dielectric function was applied to our calculation. By using the compact-density-matrix method, the interaction between MNP and SQD has been studied theoretically. The results show that the surface plasmon resonances (SPRs) of MNP enhance indeed the nonlinear optical properties of SQD. Further more, the enhancement depends on two factors: (a) the center-to-center 7distance between MNP and SQD; (b) the radius ratio between MNP and SQD.

  10. Enhancement of nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of indigo through modification of auxiliary donor, donor and acceptor.

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    Mahmood, Asif; Abdullah, Muhammad Imran; Khan, Salah Ud-Din

    2015-03-15

    In this study, indigo based dyes with high non-linear optical response have been investigated. Density functional theory (DFT) was used to study non-linear optical properties of indigo and newly designed dyes (IM-Dye-0, IM-Dye-1, IM-Dye-2 and IM-Dye-3). The time dependant density functional theory (TDDFT) was used to calculate the excitation energies. The HOMO-LUMO energy gaps of newly designed dyes were smaller as compare with indigo dye. Absorption maxima of newly designed dyes strongly red shifted as compare with indigo dye. High non-linear optical (NLO) response of newly designed dyes revealed that these materials would be excellent for NLO applications. This theoretical approach of designing will pave the way for experimentalists to synthesize high response NLO compound. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Enhanced microscopic nonlinear optical properties of novel Y-type chromophores with dual electron donor groups

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    Tang, Xiang; Pan, Lin; Jia, Kun; Tang, Xianzhong

    2016-03-01

    In this Letter, novel Y-type chromophores with dual electron donor groups, containing either styryl or azobenzene based π-conjugated bridge structures, were synthesized and their chemical structures, molecular configuration, microscopic optical properties as well as thermal properties were systematically characterized. The experimental results indicated that eight times increasing of second-order molecular hyperpolarizability as well as 50-100 nm blue shift of maximum absorption band for azobenzene based chromophore were observed by introducing Y-type dual electron donor groups, which was derived from the highly efficient 'total charge transfer' in this kind of chromophore as confirmed by the density functional theory calculation.

  12. Facile assembly of tetragonal Pt clusters on graphene oxide for enhanced nonlinear optical properties

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    Zheng, Chan; Li, Yubing; Huang, Li; Li, Wei; Chen, Wenzhe

    2015-11-01

    A facile method to assemble tetragonal Pt clusters on the surface of graphene oxide (Pt-cluster/GO) using anatase TiO2 as a template is proposed. The morphology and structure of Pt-cluster/GO were investigated, revealing that tetragonal Pt clusters with a diameter of 20-50 nm composed of 2-3 nm Pt nanoparticles (NPs) were homogenously decorated on the surface of GO. The nonlinear optical properties were characterized by the open-aperture Z-scan technique in the nanosecond regime using a laser with wavelength of 532 nm. The as-prepared Pt-cluster/GO hybrid was found to show strong optical limiting (OL) effects for nanosecond laser pulses at 532 nm, and the OL performance is superior to that of carbon nanotubes, a benchmark optical limiter. Furthermore, the Z-scan results showed that the OL performance of the Pt-cluster/GO hybrid is superior to that of GO and the Pt-NP/GO hybrid. The OL behavior of the metal/GO composite nanostructure can be effectively tailored by altering the aggregation means of metal NPs. Scattering measurements suggested that nonlinear scattering (NLS) played an important role in the observed OL behavior in the Pt-cluster/GO hybrid. The OL properties of the Pt-cluster/GO hybrid are attributed to the reverse saturable absorption in the GO sheet and NLS in the metal NPs.

  13. Enhanced optical properties in inclined GaAs nanowire arrays for high-efficiency solar cells

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    Wang, Yile; Zhang, Xu; Sun, Xiaohong; Qi, Yongle; Wang, Zhen; Wang, Hua

    2016-11-01

    The inclined Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) nanowire arrays (NWAs) as light absorbing structures for solar photovoltaics are proposed. The influence of geometric parameters on the optical absorption properties is systematically investigated, and the optimal geometric parameters of the proposed structure are determined by using rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA) and the finite element method. It is found that the absorption efficiency of the optimized structure can be improved significantly compared with vertical NWAs and thin film layer structure. The optimized structure yields a photocurrent of 30.3 mA/cm2, which is much higher than that of vertical NWAs and thin film layer with the same geometric configurations.

  14. Zn1-xCoxO nanoparticles: Synthesis and study of enhanced optical and structural properties

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    Ahad, Abdul; Majid, Suhail; Rahman, F.

    2016-05-01

    We have synthesized the Zn1-xCoxO (x= 0, 0.01, 0.03 and 0.05) using Sol-gel method. The structural properties were characterized using X-ray diffraction. Optical properties were characterized using UV-VIS and FT-IR spectroscopy. The lattice parameters were refined using Reitveld refinement which also reveals that all the peaks in XRD patterns were indexed in the wurtzite type hexagonal structure with space group P 63 mc. The FT-IR spectra confirmed the presence of functional groups and chemical bonding. The band gap of each sample was calculated by adopting Kubelka-Munk transformed reflectance spectra and effect of doping on band gap is also studied.

  15. Nanoporous thermochromic VO(2) films with low optical constants, enhanced luminous transmittance and thermochromic properties.

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    Kang, Litao; Gao, Yanfeng; Luo, Hongjie; Chen, Zhang; Du, Jin; Zhang, Zongtao

    2011-02-01

    Nanoporous thermochromic VO(2) films with low optical constants and tunable thicknesses have been prepared by polymer-assisted deposition. The film porosity and thickness change the interference relationship of light reflected from the film-substrate and the air-film interfaces, strongly influencing the optical properties of these VO(2) films. Our optimized single-layered VO(2) films exhibit high integrated luminous transmittance (T(lum,l) = 43.3%, T(lum,h) = 39.9%) and solar modulation (ΔT(sol) = 14.1%, from T(sol,l) = 42.9% to T(sol,h) = 28.8%), which are comparable to those of five-layered TiO(2)/VO(2)/TiO(2)/VO(2)/TiO(2) films (T(lum,l) = 45%, T(lum,h) = 42% and ΔT(sol) = 12%, from T(sol,l) = 52% to T(sol,h) = 40%, from Phys. Status Solidi A2009, 206, 2155-2160.). Optical calculations suggest that the performance could be further improved by increasing the porosity.

  16. GLOSSARY OF OPTICAL PROPERTIES

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    A glossary of optical property indexing terms used by the Electronic Property Information Center is presented. Twenty eight primary optical property...descriptors and over 180 related terms are carefully defined. A detailed list of property cross references provides a complete index to the glossary .

  17. Layer-to-layer compression and enhanced optical properties of few-layer graphene nanosheet induced by ion irradiation

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    Shang, Zhen; Tan, Yang; Zhou, Shengqiang; Chen, Feng

    2016-08-01

    We report on the first experimental study of the layer-to-layer compression and enhanced optical properties of few-layer graphene nanosheet by applying ion irradiation. The deformation of graphene layers is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. It is observed that after the irradiation of energetic ion beams, the space between separate graphene layers is reduced due to layer-to-layer compression, resulting in tighter contact of the graphene sheet with the surface of the substrate. This processing enables enhanced interaction of the graphene with the evanescent-field wave near the surface, which induces reinforced polarization-dependent light absorption of the graphene. Utilizing the ion-bombarded graphene nanosheets as saturable absorbers, we have realized efficient Q-switched waveguide lasing with enhanced performance through the interaction of the graphene and evanescent field.

  18. Enhancing micro-electromechanical and tuning optical properties in Nd-doped BIT thin film

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    Zhang, Yunjie; Chen, Changle; Wang, Jing; Luo, Bingcheng; Duan, Mengmeng; Jin, Kexin

    2016-03-01

    Bi4Ti3O12 (BIT) and Bi3.25Nd0.75Ti3O12 (BNT) thin films were deposited on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si (100) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. The surface morphologies, ferroelectric domain structures and polarization switching were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM). The phase and amplitude images of PFM show that the BIT and BNT thin films have clear domain structures. Comparison of the surface morphologies and domain structures indicates that the grain boundaries limit the shape of domain and affect the domain structure. The micro-electromechanical performance was characterized by the effective piezoelectric coefficient d33,f of the thin films. The result shows that the maximum effective d33,f value (100 pm/V) of BNT thin film is larger than that of BIT thin film (30 pm/V). This can be ascribed to BNT thin film with a preferred growth direction of a-axis, resulting in effective enhancement of d33,f. Besides, all the thin films exhibit good optical transmittance in the range of 500-800 nm and the optical band gaps increase from 3.43 eV to 3.52 eV due to Nd doping.

  19. Enhanced magneto-optical properties of semiconductor EuS nanocrystals assisted by surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles.

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    Kawashima, Akira; Nakanishi, Takayuki; Shibayama, Tamaki; Watanabe, Seiichi; Fujita, Koji; Tanaka, Katsuhisa; Koizumi, Hitoshi; Fushimi, Koji; Hasegawa, Yasuchika

    2013-10-18

    Remarkable magneto-optical properties of a new isolator material, that is, europium sulfide nanocrystals with gold (EuS-Au nanosystem), has been demonstrated for a future photo-information technology. Attachment of gold particles that exhibit surface plasmon resonance leads to amplification of the magneto-optical properties of the EuS nanocrystals. To construct the EuS-Au nanosystems, cubic EuS and spherical Au nanocrystals have been joined by a variety of organic linkers, that is, 1,2-ethanedithiol (EDT), 1,6-hexanedithiol (HDT), 1,10-decanedithiol (DDT), 1,4-bisethanethionaphthalene (NpEDT), or 1,4-bisdecanethionaphthalene (NpDDT) . Formation of these systems was observed by XRD, TEM, and absorption spectra measurements. The magneto-optical properties of the EuS-Au nanosystem have been characterized by using Faraday rotation spectroscopy. The Faraday rotation angle of the EuS-Au nanosystem is dependent on the Au particle size and interparticle distance between EuS and Au nanocrystals. Enhancement of the Faraday rotation of EuS-Au nanosystems was observed. The spin configuration in the excited state of the EuS-Au nanosystem was also investigated using photo-assisted electron paramagnetic resonance.

  20. Optical properties of stanene

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    Pratap Chaudhary, Raghvendra; Saxena, Sumit; Shukla, Shobha

    2016-12-01

    Successful synthesis of graphene has created a runaway effect in the exploration of other similar two-dimensional materials. These materials are important as they provide large surface areas and have led to the exploration of new physical phenomena. Even though graphene has exotic electronic properties, its spin-orbit coupling is very weak. Tin, being one of the heaviest elements in this group, is expected to have enhanced spin-orbit coupling in addition to other exotic properties of graphene. Here we report optical signatures of free standing stanene obtained using UV-vis absorption spectroscopy. Raman measurements were performed on a transmission electron microscope (TEM) grid. Interlayer spacing, phonon frequencies and the imaginary part of the complex dielectric function obtained using first principles methods are in good agreement with the experimental data. Occurrence of parallel bands suggests the possibility of the presence of excitonic effects in stanene.

  1. Enhanced optical properties of chemical vapor deposited single crystal diamond by low-pressure/high-temperature annealing.

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    Meng, Yu-fei; Yan, Chih-shiue; Lai, Joseph; Krasnicki, Szczesny; Shu, Haiyun; Yu, Thomas; Liang, Qi; Mao, Ho-kwang; Hemley, Russell J

    2008-11-18

    Single crystal diamond produced by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) at very high growth rates (up to 150 microm/h) has been successfully annealed without graphitization at temperatures up to 2200 degrees C and pressures <300 torr. Crystals were annealed in a hydrogen environment by using microwave plasma techniques for periods of time ranging from a fraction of minute to a few hours. This low-pressure/high-temperature (LPHT) annealing enhances the optical properties of this high-growth rate CVD single crystal diamond. Significant decreases are observed in UV, visible, and infrared absorption and photoluminescence spectra. The decrease in optical absorption after the LPHT annealing arises from the changes in defect structure associated with hydrogen incorporation during CVD growth. There is a decrease in sharp line spectral features indicating a reduction in nitrogen-vacancy-hydrogen (NVH(-)) defects. These measurements indicate an increase in relative concentration of nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in nitrogen-containing LPHT-annealed diamond as compared with as-grown CVD material. The large overall changes in optical properties and the specific types of alterations in defect structure induced by this facile LPHT processing of high-growth rate single-crystal CVD diamond will be useful in the creation of diamond for a variety of scientific and technological applications.

  2. Enhanced Optical Properties of Chemical Vapor Deposited Single Crystal Diamond by Low-Pressure/High-Temperature Annealing

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    Meng, Y.; Yan, C; Lai, Y; Krasnicki, S; Shu, H; Yu, T; Liang, Q; Mao, H; Hemley, R

    2008-01-01

    Single crystal diamond produced by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) at very high growth rates (up to 150 em/h) has been successfully annealed without graphitization at temperatures up to 2200 C and pressures <300 torr. Crystals were annealed in a hydrogen environment by using microwave plasma techniques for periods of time ranging from a fraction of minute to a few hours. This low-pressure/high-temperature (LPHT) annealing enhances the optical properties of this high-growth rate CVD single crystal diamond. Significant decreases are observed in UV, visible, and infrared absorption and photoluminescence spectra. The decrease in optical absorption after the LPHT annealing arises from the changes in defect structure associated with hydrogen incorporation during CVD growth. There is a decrease in sharp line spectral features indicating a reduction in nitrogen-vacancy-hydrogen (NVH-) defects. These measurements indicate an increase in relative concentration of nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in nitrogen-containing LPHT-annealed diamond as compared with as-grown CVD material. The large overall changes in optical properties and the specific types of alterations in defect structure induced by this facile LPHT processing of high-growth rate single-crystal CVD diamond will be useful in the creation of diamond for a variety of scientific and technological applications.

  3. Boron nitride nanowalls: low-temperature plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition synthesis and optical properties.

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    Merenkov, Ivan S; Kosinova, Marina L; Maximovskii, Eugene A

    2017-05-05

    Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) nanowalls (BNNWs) were synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) from a borazine (B3N3H6) and ammonia (NH3) gas mixture at a low temperature range of 400 °C-600 °C on GaAs(100) substrates. The effect of the synthesis temperature on the structure and surface morphology of h-BN films was investigated. The length and thickness of the h-BN nanowalls were in the ranges of 50-200 nm and 15-30 nm, respectively. Transmission electron microscope images showed the obtained BNNWs were composed of layered non-equiaxed h-BN nanocrystallites 5-10 nm in size. The parallel-aligned h-BN layers as an interfacial layer were observed between the film and GaAs(100) substrate. BNNWs demonstrate strong blue light emission, high transparency (>90%) both in visible and infrared spectral regions and are promising for optical applications. The present results enable a convenient growth of BNNWs at low temperatures.

  4. Boron nitride nanowalls: low-temperature plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition synthesis and optical properties

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    Merenkov, Ivan S.; Kosinova, Marina L.; Maximovskii, Eugene A.

    2017-05-01

    Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) nanowalls (BNNWs) were synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) from a borazine (B3N3H6) and ammonia (NH3) gas mixture at a low temperature range of 400 °C-600 °C on GaAs(100) substrates. The effect of the synthesis temperature on the structure and surface morphology of h-BN films was investigated. The length and thickness of the h-BN nanowalls were in the ranges of 50-200 nm and 15-30 nm, respectively. Transmission electron microscope images showed the obtained BNNWs were composed of layered non-equiaxed h-BN nanocrystallites 5-10 nm in size. The parallel-aligned h-BN layers as an interfacial layer were observed between the film and GaAs(100) substrate. BNNWs demonstrate strong blue light emission, high transparency (>90%) both in visible and infrared spectral regions and are promising for optical applications. The present results enable a convenient growth of BNNWs at low temperatures.

  5. Differently environment stable bio-silver nanoparticles: study on their optical enhancing and antibacterial properties.

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    Balachandran, Yekkuni L; Girija, Shanmugam; Selvakumar, Rajendran; Tongpim, Saowanit; Gutleb, Arno C; Suriyanarayanan, Sarvajeyakesavalu

    2013-01-01

    Generally, limited research is extended in studying stability and applicational properties of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) synthesized by adopting 'green chemistry' protocol. In this work, we report on the synthesis of stable Ag NPs using plant-derived materials such as leaf extract of Neem (Azadirachta indica) and biopolymer pectin from apple peel. In addition, the applicational properties of Ag NPs such as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and antibacterial efficiencies were also investigated. As-synthesized nanoparticles (NPs) were characterized using various instrumentation techniques. Both the plant materials (leaf extract and biopolymer) favored the synthesis of well-defined NPs capped with biomaterials. The NPs were spherical in shape with an average particle size between 14-27 nm. These bio-NPs exhibited colloidal stability in most of the suspended solutions such as water, electrolyte solutions (NaCl; NaNO3), biological solution (bovine serum albumin), and in different pH solutions (pH 7; 9) for a reasonable time period of 120 hrs. Both the bio-NPs were observed to be SERS active through displaying intrinsic SERS signals of the Raman probe molecule (Nile blue A). The NPs were effective against the Escherichia coli bacterium when tested in nutrient broth and agar medium. Scanning and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (SEM and HRTEM) images confirmed cellular membrane damage of nanoparticle treated E. coli cells. These environmental friendly template Ag NPs can be used as an antimicrobial agent and also for SERS based analytical applications.

  6. Grain optical properties

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    Hanner, Martha

    1988-01-01

    The optical properties of small grains provide the link between the infrared observations presented in Chapter 1 and the dust composition described in Chapter 3. In this session, the optical properties were discussed from the viewpoint of modeling the emission from the dust coma and the scattering in order to draw inference about the dust size distribution and composition. The optical properties are applied to the analysis of the infrared data in several ways, and these different uses should be kept in mind when judging the validity of the methods for applying optical constants to real grains.

  7. Ethylenediamine-modified graphene oxide covalently functionalized with a tetracarboxylic Zn(ii) phthalocyanine hybrid for enhanced nonlinear optical properties.

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    Li, Zongle; He, Chunying; Wang, Zhao; Gao, Yachen; Dong, Yongli; Zhao, Cheng; Chen, Zhimin; Wu, Yiqun; Song, Weina

    2016-07-06

    Tetracarboxylic Zn(ii) phthalocyanine-amino functionalized graphene oxide (ZnPcC4-NGO) hybrid materials have been prepared by a covalent functionalization method. The characterizations indicate that the amino-functionalization of GO has an important influence on the structure and photophysical properties of the ZnPcC4-NGO hybrid. The ZnPcC4-NGO hybrid exhibits enhanced photo-induced electron transfer or energy transfer (PET/ET), compared to the ZnPcC4 covalent functionalized GO (ZnPcC4-GO), owing to the presence of the extended sp(2) carbon configurations, along with the partial reduction of the NGO nanosheets and the introduction of electron-donating ethylenediamine. The nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of the hybrids were investigated using the Z-scan technique at 532 nm with 4 ns laser pulses. The results show that the efficient covalent functionalization and partial reduction of NGO cause the ZnPcC4-NGO hybrid to possess evidently larger NLO properties than the individual NGO, ZnPcC4 and the ZnPcC4-GO hybrid. The enhanced NLO performance can be attributed to the increased excited state absorption from the extended sp(2) carbon configurations of the NGO moiety, reverse saturable absorption arising from ZnPcC4 moiety, and the contribution of the efficient PET/ET process between the ZnPcC4 and NGO moieties in the hybrid.

  8. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Enhanced nonlinear optical absorption of Au/SiO2 nano-composite thin films

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    Zhao, Cui-Hua; Zhang, Bo-Ping; Shang, Peng-Peng

    2009-12-01

    Nano metal-particle dispersed glasses are the attractive candidates for nonlinear optical material applications. Au/SiO2 nano-composite thin films with 3 vol% to 65 vol% Au are prepared by inductively coupled plasma sputtering. Au particles as perfect spheres with diameters between 10 nm and 30 nm are uniformly dispersed in the SiO2 matrix. Optical absorption peaks due to the surface plasmon resonance of Au particles are observed. The absorption property is enhanced with the increase of Au content, showing a maximum value in the films with 37 vol% Au. The absorption curves of the Au/SiO2 thin films with 3 vol% to 37 vol% Au accord well with the theoretical optical absorption spectra obtained from Mie resonance theory. Increasing Au content over 37 vol% results in the partial connection of Au particles, whereby the intensity of the absorption peak is weakened and ultimately replaced by the optical absorption of the bulk. The band gap decreases with Au content increasing from 3 vol% to 37 vol% but increases as Au content further increases.

  9. Enhanced gas sensing correlated with structural and optical properties of Cs-loaded SnO2 nanofilms

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    Elia Raine, P. J.; Arun George, P.; Balasundaram, O. N.; Varghese, T.

    2016-09-01

    The Cs-loaded SnO2 thin films were prepared by the spray pyrolysis technique and were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, impedance spectroscopy and conductometric method. Investigations based on the structural, optical and electrical properties confirm an enhanced gas sensing potential of cesium-loaded tin oxide films. It is found that the tin oxide thin film doped with 4% Cs with a mean grain size of 20 nm at a deposition temperature of 350 ° C show a maximum sensor response of 97.5% for LPG consistently. It is also observed that the sensor response of Cs-doped SnO2 thin films depends on the dopant concentration and the deposition temperature of the film.

  10. Nonlinear optical properties and surface-plasmon enhanced optical limiting in Ag-Cu nanoclusters co-doped in SiO2 Sol-Gel films

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    Kiran, P. Prem; Shivakiran Bhaktha, B. N.; Rao, D. Narayana; De, Goutam

    2004-12-01

    The nonlinear optical properties and the role of the surface-plasmon resonance (SPR) on optical limiting (OL) properties of Ag -Cu nanoclusters co-doped in SiO2 matrix prepared using the sol-gel technique with a Cu /Ag molar ratio of 1, 2 and 3, respectively, are presented. The studies were made using the second harmonic of high-power nanosecond and picosecond Nd :YAG lasers. These films show a self-defocusing nonlinearity with both nanosecond and picosecond pulses and a good nonlinear absorption behavior with the nanosecond pulse excitation. The nonlinear refractive index decreased with decreasing particle size, whereas the nonlinear absorption increased with an increase in Cu concentration. The observed nonlinear absorption is explained by taking into account the cumulative effect of both the intraband and interband mechanisms. The excitation near the SPR of Cu resulted in an enhanced OL behavior with increasing Cu concentration. No such concentration dependence is observed when the excitation is near the SPR of Ag, however, the limiting threshold is reduced approximately 10-17 times. Excitation at wavelengths far below the SPR of Ag and Cu has not shown any OL behavior. The major contribution toward OL is observed to be from the interband absorption and from a possible energy transfer within the higher unoccupied states of Cu and Ag. Although nonlinear scattering is observed at higher intensities, its contribution is found to be much less than that of the nonlinear absorption assisted by an energy transfer.

  11. Enhanced structural and optical properties of the polyaniline-calcium tungstate (PANI-CaWO4 nanocomposite for electronics applications

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    Sabu, N. Aloysius; Francis, Xavier; Anjaly, Jose; Sankararaman, S.; Varghese, Thomas

    2017-06-01

    In this article, we report the synthesis and characterization of polyaniline-calcium tungstate nanocomposite, a novel material for potential applications. The PANI-CaWO4 nanocomposite was prepared by in situ oxidative polymerization of aniline in the presence of CaWO4 nanoparticles dispersed in ethanol. Investigations using X-ray diffraction, Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy, UV-visible, photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopy confirmed the formation of the nanocomposite of PANI with CaWO4 nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy revealed almost uniform distribution of CaWO4 nanoparticles in the polyaniline matrix. These studies also confirmed electronic structure modification as a result of incorporating CaWO4 nanoparticles in PANI. Composite formation resulted in large decrease in the optical band gap and enhanced photoluminescence. The augmented structural, optical and photoluminescence properties of the PANI-CaWO4 nanocomposite can be used to explore potential applications in micro- and optoelectronics. This is the first report presenting synthesis and characterization of the PANI-CaWO4 nanocomposite.

  12. Plasma-enhanced microwave solid-state synthesis of cadmium sulfide: reaction mechanism and optical properties.

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    Du, Ke-zhao; Chaturvedi, Apoorva; Wang, Xing-zhi; Zhao, Yi; Zhang, Ke-ke; Iqbal Bakti Utama, M; Hu, Peng; Jiang, Hui; Xiong, Qi-hua; Kloc, Christian

    2015-08-14

    CdS synthesis by plasma-enhanced microwave physical vapor transport (PMPVT) has been developed in this work. The photoluminescence (PL), absorbance, Raman spectra and the mechanism of CdS crystal growth have been investigated. Furthermore, plasma-enhanced microwave chemical vapour transport (PMCVT) synthesis of CdS with additional chemical transport agents has been explored. In addition, other II-VI chalcogenides were also synthesized by PMPVT.

  13. Enhancement of nonlinear optical and temperature dependent dielectric properties of Ce:BaTiO3 nano and submicron particles

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    Senthilkumar, P.; Dhanuskodi, S.; Thomas, Anitta Rose; Philip, Reji

    2017-08-01

    The solgel synthesized Ce: BaTiO3 (BT) particles are crystallized in tetragonal structure and the expansion of lattice along a-axis is ensured from the Rietveld refined XRD spectra. FTIR shows that the increase of force constant from 199.97 to 213.13 N m-1 is owing to an effective incorporation of heavier atomic mass of Ce in BT lattice. HRTEM reflects the discontinuous atomic planes in the form of Ti vacancies which is supported by EDS measurement. The modification of optical band structure of BT with Ce ions is validated through several absorption and defect emission bands. Energy dependent second harmonic generation is carried out to confirm the non saturated signal, thermal stability and maximum intensity 2483 counts attained for 2 mol% Ce at 200 mJ. Optical limiting characteristics of the samples is analysed at 532 nm using 5 ns laser pulses of energy 50, 100 and 150 µJ. The nonlinear absorption coefficient (β) is found to be enhanced upon Ce doping. Lower optical limiting thresholds of 2.8 and 3.3 J cm-2 are obtained in the case of 1 and 4 mol% Ce samples respectively. Dielectric properties in a broad temperature range (40-500 °C) and frequency (100 Hz-5 MHz) have been investigated in detail. The dielectric constant is increased from 1926 to 3750 on Ce doping and there are two semicircles in the Cole-Cole plot at 500 °C due to grain and grain boundaries and corresponding equivalent circuit model is proposed.

  14. Optical adhesive property study

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    Sundvold, P.D.

    1996-01-01

    Tests were performed to characterize the mechanical and thermal properties of selected optical adhesives to identify the most likely candidate which could survive the operating environment of the Direct Optical Initiation (DOI) program. The DOI system consists of a high power laser and an optical module used to split the beam into a number of channels to initiate the system. The DOI requirements are for a high shock environment which current military optical systems do not operate. Five candidate adhesives were selected and evaluated using standardized test methods to determine the adhesives` physical properties. EC2216, manufactured by 3M, was selected as the baseline candidate adhesive based on the test results of the physical properties.

  15. Nonlinear-optical properties of α-diiminedithiolatonickel(II) complexes enhanced by electron-withdrawing carboxyl groups.

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    Pilia, Luca; Pizzotti, Maddalena; Tessore, Francesca; Robertson, Neil

    2014-05-05

    We report the synthesis, characterization, nonlinear-optical (NLO) properties, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations for three nickel diiminedithiolate complexes [Ni(4,4'-R2carboxy-bpy)(L)] [R = methyl, L = 1,2-benzenedithiolate (bdt), 1; R = ethyl, L = 5,6-dihydro-1,4-dithine-2,3-dithiolate (dddt), 2; R = ethyl, L = 1-(N-methylindol-5-yl)ethene-1,2-dithiolate (mi-5edt), 3]. The crystal structure of 1 shows a square-planar coordination for the nickel ion and bond distances consistent with a diiminedithiolate description for the complex. For all complexes, the cyclic voltammetry measurements show two reversible reduction processes (-1.353/-1.380 V and -0798/-0.830 V, respectively) and an anodic wave (+0.372/+0.601 V). The UV-vis spectra present a band around 600-700 nm (ε = 4880-6000 dm(3) mol(-1) cm(-1)) mainly attributed to a charge-transfer highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO)-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) transition, which shows a large negative solvatochromic shift, characteristic of push-pull complexes, and is responsible for the NLO properties of these molecules. The charge-transfer character of this electronic transition is confirmed by DFT calculations, with the HOMO mainly centered on the dithiolate moiety and the LUMO on the bpy ligand, with important contribution given by the carboxyl groups (≈13%). Small contributions from the nickel(II) ion are present in both of the frontier orbitals. The carboxyl groups enhance the optical properties of this class of complexes, confirmed by comparison with the corresponding unsubstituted compounds. The second-order NLO properties have been measured by an electric-field-induced second-harmonic-generation technique using a 10(-3) M solution in N,N-dimethylformamide and working with a 1.907 μm incident wavelength, giving for μβ1.907 (μβ0) values of -1095 (-581), -2760 (-954), and -1650 (-618) × 10(-48) esu for 1-3, respectively. These values are among the highest in the class of

  16. Nonlinear optical properties of composite materials

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    Haus, Joseph W.; Inguva, Ramarao

    1991-01-01

    The optical properties of a new class of composite nonlinear materials composed of coated grains, such as cadmium sulfide with a silver coating, are examined. These materials exhibit intrinsic optical bistability and resonantly enhanced conjugate reflectivity. The threshold for intrinsic optical bistability is low enough for practical applications in optical communications and optical computing. Some problems associated with the fabrication of these materials are addressed. Based on preliminary results, switching times are expected to be in the subpicosecond range.

  17. Enhanced optical property in quaternary GaInAsSb/AlGaAsSb quantum wells

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    Lin, Chien-Hung Lee, Chien-Ping

    2014-10-21

    High quality GaInAsSb/AlGaAsSb quantum wells (QWs) have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy using proper interface treatments. By controlling the group-V elements at interfaces, we obtained excellent optical quality QWs, which were free from undesired localized trap states, which may otherwise severely affect the exciton recombination. Strong and highly efficient exciton emissions up to room temperature with a wavelength of 2.2 μm were observed. A comprehensive investigation on the QW quality was carried out using temperature dependent and power dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The PL emission intensity remains nearly constant at low temperatures and is free from the PL quenching from the defect induced localized states. The temperature dependent emission energy had a bulk-like behavior, indicating high quality well/barrier interfaces. Because of the uniformity of the QWs and smooth interfaces, the low temperature limit of inhomogeneous line width broadening is as small as 5 meV.

  18. Full Solution-Processed Synthesis and Mechanisms of a Recyclable and Bifunctional Au/ZnO Plasmonic Platform for Enhanced UV/Vis Photocatalysis and Optical Properties.

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    Hang, Da-Ren; Islam, Sk Emdadul; Chen, Chun-Hu; Sharma, Krishna Hari

    2016-10-10

    The synthesis of noble metal/semiconductor hybrid nanostructures for enhanced catalytic or superior optical properties has attracted a lot of attention in recent years. In this study, a facile and all-solution-processed synthetic route was employed to demonstrate an Au/ZnO platform with plasmonic-enhanced UV/Vis catalytic properties while retaining strengthened luminescent properties. The visible-light response of photocatalysis is supported by localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) excitations while the enhanced performance under UV is aided by charge separation and strong absorption. The enhancement in optical properties is mainly due to local field enhancement effect and coupling between exciton and LSPR. Luminescent characteristics are investigated and discussed in detail. Recyclability tests showed that the Au/ZnO substrate is reusable by cleaning and has a long shelf life. Our result suggests that plasmonic enhancement of photocatalytic performance is not necessarily a trade-off for enhanced near-band-edge emission in Au/ZnO. This approach may give rise to a new class of versatile platforms for use in novel multifunctional and integrated devices.

  19. Formation of oxygen vacancies and Ti3+ state in TiO2 thin film and enhanced optical properties by air plasma treatment

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    Bharti, Bandna; Kumar, Santosh; Lee, Heung-No; Kumar, Rajesh

    2016-01-01

    This is the first time we report that simply air plasma treatment can also enhances the optical absorbance and absorption region of titanium oxide (TiO2) films, while keeping them transparent. TiO2 thin films having moderate doping of Fe and Co exhibit significant enhancement in the aforementioned optical properties upon air plasma treatment. The moderate doping could facilitate the formation of charge trap centers or avoid the formation of charge recombination centers. Variation in surface species viz. Ti3+, Ti4+, O2−, oxygen vacancies, OH group and optical properties was studied using X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The air plasma treatment caused enhanced optical absorbance and optical absorption region as revealed by the formation of Ti3+ and oxygen vacancies in the band gap of TiO2 films. The samples were treated in plasma with varying treatment time from 0 to 60 seconds. With the increasing treatment time, Ti3+ and oxygen vacancies increased in the Fe and Co doped TiO2 films leading to increased absorbance; however, the increase in optical absorption region/red shift (from 3.22 to 3.00 eV) was observed in Fe doped TiO2 films, on the contrary Co doped TiO2 films exhibited blue shift (from 3.36 to 3.62 eV) due to Burstein Moss shift. PMID:27572095

  20. Formation of oxygen vacancies and Ti(3+) state in TiO2 thin film and enhanced optical properties by air plasma treatment.

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    Bharti, Bandna; Kumar, Santosh; Lee, Heung-No; Kumar, Rajesh

    2016-08-30

    This is the first time we report that simply air plasma treatment can also enhances the optical absorbance and absorption region of titanium oxide (TiO2) films, while keeping them transparent. TiO2 thin films having moderate doping of Fe and Co exhibit significant enhancement in the aforementioned optical properties upon air plasma treatment. The moderate doping could facilitate the formation of charge trap centers or avoid the formation of charge recombination centers. Variation in surface species viz. Ti(3+), Ti(4+), O(2-), oxygen vacancies, OH group and optical properties was studied using X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The air plasma treatment caused enhanced optical absorbance and optical absorption region as revealed by the formation of Ti(3+) and oxygen vacancies in the band gap of TiO2 films. The samples were treated in plasma with varying treatment time from 0 to 60 seconds. With the increasing treatment time, Ti(3+) and oxygen vacancies increased in the Fe and Co doped TiO2 films leading to increased absorbance; however, the increase in optical absorption region/red shift (from 3.22 to 3.00 eV) was observed in Fe doped TiO2 films, on the contrary Co doped TiO2 films exhibited blue shift (from 3.36 to 3.62 eV) due to Burstein Moss shift.

  1. Formation of oxygen vacancies and Ti3+ state in TiO2 thin film and enhanced optical properties by air plasma treatment

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    Bharti, Bandna; Kumar, Santosh; Lee, Heung-No; Kumar, Rajesh

    2016-08-01

    This is the first time we report that simply air plasma treatment can also enhances the optical absorbance and absorption region of titanium oxide (TiO2) films, while keeping them transparent. TiO2 thin films having moderate doping of Fe and Co exhibit significant enhancement in the aforementioned optical properties upon air plasma treatment. The moderate doping could facilitate the formation of charge trap centers or avoid the formation of charge recombination centers. Variation in surface species viz. Ti3+, Ti4+, O2‑, oxygen vacancies, OH group and optical properties was studied using X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The air plasma treatment caused enhanced optical absorbance and optical absorption region as revealed by the formation of Ti3+ and oxygen vacancies in the band gap of TiO2 films. The samples were treated in plasma with varying treatment time from 0 to 60 seconds. With the increasing treatment time, Ti3+ and oxygen vacancies increased in the Fe and Co doped TiO2 films leading to increased absorbance; however, the increase in optical absorption region/red shift (from 3.22 to 3.00 eV) was observed in Fe doped TiO2 films, on the contrary Co doped TiO2 films exhibited blue shift (from 3.36 to 3.62 eV) due to Burstein Moss shift.

  2. Efficient Donor Impurities in ZnO Nanorods by Polyethylene Glycol for Enhanced Optical and Glutamate Sensing Properties

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    Elhag, Sami; Khun, Kimleang; Khranovskyy, Volodymyr; Liu, Xianjie; Willander, Magnus; Nur, Omer

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we show that the possibility of using polyethylene glycol (EG) as a hydrogen source and it is used to assist the hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO nanorods (ZNRs). EG doping in ZNRs has been found to significantly improve their optical and chemical sensing characteristics toward glutamate. The EG was found to have no role on the structural properties of the ZNRs. However, the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) suggests that the EG could induce donor impurities effect in ZnO. Photoluminescence (PL) and UV-Vis. spectra demonstrated this doping effect. Mott-Schottky analysis at the ZNRs/electrolyte interface was used to investigate the charge density for the doped ZNRs and showed comparable dependence on the used amount of EG. Moreover, the doped ZNRs were used in potentiometric measurements for glutamate for a range from 10−6 M to 10−3 M and the potential response of the sensor electrode was linear with a slope of 91.15 mV/decade. The wide range and high sensitivity of the modified ZNRs based glutamate biosensor is attributed to the doping effect on the ZNRs that is dictated by the EG along with the high surface area-to-volume ratio. The findings in the present study suggest new avenues to control the growth of n-ZnO nanostructures and enhance the performance of their sensing devices. PMID:26861342

  3. Sn-doped ZnO nanocrystalline thin films with enhanced linear and nonlinear optical properties for optoelectronic applications

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    Ganesh, V.; Yahia, I. S.; AlFaify, S.; Shkir, Mohd.

    2017-01-01

    In the current work, nanocrystalline undoped and Sn doped ZnO thin films with different doping concentrations (1, 3, 5, 7 at%) have been deposited on glass substrate by low cost spin coating technique. The strong effect of Sn doping on structural, morphological, optical, nonlinear properties have been observed. X-ray diffraction study revealed that all the thin films are preferentially grown along (002) plane. The crystallite size is found to be increased with increasing the concentration of Sn, similar behavior was observed by atomic force microscopy analysis. Optical study shows that the prepared thin films are highly transparent. The direct optical band gap was calculate and found to be 3.16, 3.20, 3.22, 3.34, 3.18 eV for pure and doped films respectively. The refractive index, linear susceptibility, nonlinear absorption coefficient, nonlinear susceptibility and nonlinear refractive index were calculated. Furthermore, the third order nonlinear optical properties are investigated using Z-scan technique and their values are found to be -3.75×10-8 cm2/W, -3.76×10-3 cm/W and 0.65×10-3 esu for 7% Sn doped ZnO, respectively. There is a good correlation between theoretical and experimental third order nonlinear properties and higher values shows that the deposited films are may be applied in nonlinear optical applications.

  4. Optical properties of chitin: surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates based on antireflection structures on cicada wings

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    Stoddart, P. R.; Cadusch, P. J.; Boyce, T. M.; Erasmus, R. M.; Comins, J. D.

    2006-02-01

    The transparent wings of some cicada species present ordered arrays of papillary structures with a spacing of approximately 200 nm. These structures serve an antireflection function, with optical transmission peaking at a value of approximately 98% and rising above 90% over a broad band from 450 to 2500 nm. The dimensions of the papillae are comparable to the roughness scale of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates. SERS measurements performed on silver- and gold-coated wings display enhancement factors of approximately 106 with no apparent background contribution from the wing.

  5. Nanoplasmonics: Enhancement of optical radiation

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    Alzaim, Safa

    The way a fluorophore behaves in free space is very different from the way that it behaves in the presence of a metal nanosphere. This change is because the fluorophore, in its excited state, interacts with the free electrons in the metal. The charge density of the free electrons oscillate as surface plasmons, and when an electric field is applied, the surface plasmons couple to the field to produce surface plasmon polaritons. The resulting resonance modifies the optical properties of the fluorophore. The behaviors of nanoplasmonics systems derive from the interaction of light with conduction electrons, which means that understanding nanoplasmonics requires understanding the Drude Model and Maxwell's Equations. The Drude Model gives a basis for understanding free electron behavior, in order to investigate the dielectric function and electrodynamics in the context of a nanoplasmonic system. Thisstudy offers a mathematical model for the enhancement of the fluorescence in the presence of a silver nanosphere.

  6. Enhanced radiation resistant fiber optics

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    Lyons, P.B.; Looney, L.D.

    1993-11-30

    A process for producing an optical fiber having enhanced radiation resistance is provided, the process including maintaining an optical fiber within a hydrogen-containing atmosphere for sufficient time to yield a hydrogen-permeated optical fiber having an elevated internal hydrogen concentration, and irradiating the hydrogen-permeated optical fiber at a time while the optical fiber has an elevated internal hydrogen concentration with a source of ionizing radiation. The radiation source is typically a cobalt-60 source and the fiber is pre-irradiated with a dose level up to about 1000 kilorads of radiation. 4 figures.

  7. Enhanced radiation resistant fiber optics

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    Lyons, Peter B.; Looney, Larry D.

    1993-01-01

    A process for producing an optical fiber having enhanced radiation resitance is provided, the process including maintaining an optical fiber within a hydrogen-containing atmosphere for sufficient time to yield a hydrogen-permeated optical fiber having an elevated internal hydrogen concentration, and irradiating the hydrogen-permeated optical fiber at a time while the optical fiber has an elevated internal hydrogen concentration with a source of ionizing radiation. The radiation source is typically a cobalt-60 source and the fiber is pre-irradiated with a dose level up to about 1000 kilorads of radiation.

  8. Radio frequency sputtered Al:ZnO-Ag transparent conductor: A plasmonic nanostructure with enhanced optical and electrical properties

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    Sytchkova, Anna; Luisa Grilli, Maria; Rinaldi, Antonio; Vedraine, Sylvain; Torchio, Philippe; Piegari, Angela; Flory, François

    2013-09-01

    Optimization of metal-based transparent conductors (MTCs) made of silver and aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO) prepared by radio-frequency (r.f.) sputtering has been carried out through tuning of metal film properties. The influence of morphology and related plasmonic features of AZO/Ag/AZO MTCs on their optical and electrical performance is demonstrated and it is shown that the nominal thickness of the silver layer itself is not the most crucial value determining the MTC performance. The MTC performance has been optimized by a search of deposition conditions ensuring fractal-type metal layer formation up to a certain coalescence state that enables full gaining from silver optical properties, including its plasmonic features. For 150 W- and 200 W-deposited silver, MTCs with maximum transmittance as high as 83.6% have been obtained. These coatings have a figure of merit as good as 0.01 Ω-1 and a remarkably wide spectral transparency region: transmittance higher than 70% down to 1200 nm for 200W-samples. Modelling of the MTC coatings is proposed additionally, based on variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometric measurements, which takes into account the variation of the optical properties of silver when deposited in various conditions and embedded in a semiconductor stack.

  9. The role of iodine treatment in enhancing the optical and structural properties of stretched nylon 6 fibres

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    Shabana, H. M.

    2006-07-01

    Stretched nylon 6 fibres are treated with iodine at 50 °C at different time intervals. The effects of the treatment on the optical and structural parameters are investigated. Using the double-beam Pluta polarizing interference microscope, the interference patterns are recorded for the investigated samples and used for calculating the refractive indices, birefringence and other optical properties. The refractive indices and the birefringence values are directly proportional to the time of iodine evaporation. The iodine treatment increases the isotropic refractive index, mean polarizability per unit volume, surface reflectivity and orientation function, while decreasing the orientation angle (θ). The angle (θm) between the chain axis and the dipole moment seems to be constant. The investigated parameters show remarkable variation for the uniaxially drawn fibres to draw ratios (3 and 3.5). Moreover, the iodinated undrawn and drawn samples reveal an increase in the magnitude of the investigated parameters compared with those only annealed at the same conditions of temperature and time. The obtained results indicate that the iodine treatment modifies the nylon 6 fibre structure and consequently the optical properties, which may be useful for different industrial purposes.

  10. Optical properties of flyash

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    Self, S.A.

    1990-10-01

    The general aims of this research are to provide a fundamental scientific basis for the physical understanding and reliable calculation of radiative heat transfer in coal combustion systems, particularly as it is influenced by the presence of inorganic constituents deriving from the mineral matter in coal. Work is organized under four tasks: Characterization of Flyash: The chemical composition and size distribution of representative flyashes are being measured by appropriate microanalytical techniques; Measurements of the Optical Constants of Slags: Measurements of the infrared optical constants (i.e., the complex reflective index m = n {minus} ik) of synthetic slags are being made as a function of wavelength and temperature for controlled compositions. Particular attention will be given to the contribution of the Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} content and its valence state. The data is being reduced to yield formulae giving the complex refractive index over relevant ranges of wavelength and temperatures, as a function of the relevant metal oxide constituents; Sample Calculations of the Radiant Properties of Flyash Dispersions: This component comprises various calculations to guide and evaluate the experimental work under the other three tasks; and Measurement of the Radiant Properties of Flyash Dispersions: This bench-scale experiment is planned to compare the measured radiant properties of a dispersion of well-characterized ash with computations based on data developed under the first two tasks. Progress is described in all areas. 10 refs., 20 figs., 5 tabs.

  11. Electronic structures and enhanced optical properties of blue phosphorene/transition metal dichalcogenides van der Waals heterostructures

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    Peng, Qiong; Wang, Zhenyu; Sa, Baisheng; Wu, Bo; Sun, Zhimei

    2016-08-01

    As a fast emerging topic, van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures have been proposed to modify two-dimensional layered materials with desired properties, thus greatly extending the applications of these materials. In this work, the stacking characteristics, electronic structures, band edge alignments, charge density distributions and optical properties of blue phosphorene/transition metal dichalcogenides (BlueP/TMDs) vdW heterostructures were systematically studied based on vdW corrected density functional theory. Interestingly, the valence band maximum and conduction band minimum are located in different parts of BlueP/MoSe2, BlueP/WS2 and BlueP/WSe2 heterostructures. The MoSe2, WS2 or WSe2 layer can be used as the electron donor and the BlueP layer can be used as the electron acceptor. We further found that the optical properties under visible-light irradiation of BlueP/TMDs vdW heterostructures are significantly improved. In particular, the predicted upper limit energy conversion efficiencies of BlueP/MoS2 and BlueP/MoSe2 heterostructures reach as large as 1.16% and 0.98%, respectively, suggesting their potential applications in efficient thin-film solar cells and optoelectronic devices.

  12. Electronic structures and enhanced optical properties of blue phosphorene/transition metal dichalcogenides van der Waals heterostructures.

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    Peng, Qiong; Wang, Zhenyu; Sa, Baisheng; Wu, Bo; Sun, Zhimei

    2016-08-24

    As a fast emerging topic, van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures have been proposed to modify two-dimensional layered materials with desired properties, thus greatly extending the applications of these materials. In this work, the stacking characteristics, electronic structures, band edge alignments, charge density distributions and optical properties of blue phosphorene/transition metal dichalcogenides (BlueP/TMDs) vdW heterostructures were systematically studied based on vdW corrected density functional theory. Interestingly, the valence band maximum and conduction band minimum are located in different parts of BlueP/MoSe2, BlueP/WS2 and BlueP/WSe2 heterostructures. The MoSe2, WS2 or WSe2 layer can be used as the electron donor and the BlueP layer can be used as the electron acceptor. We further found that the optical properties under visible-light irradiation of BlueP/TMDs vdW heterostructures are significantly improved. In particular, the predicted upper limit energy conversion efficiencies of BlueP/MoS2 and BlueP/MoSe2 heterostructures reach as large as 1.16% and 0.98%, respectively, suggesting their potential applications in efficient thin-film solar cells and optoelectronic devices.

  13. Electronic structures and enhanced optical properties of blue phosphorene/transition metal dichalcogenides van der Waals heterostructures

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    Peng, Qiong; Wang, Zhenyu; Sa, Baisheng; Wu, Bo; Sun, Zhimei

    2016-01-01

    As a fast emerging topic, van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures have been proposed to modify two-dimensional layered materials with desired properties, thus greatly extending the applications of these materials. In this work, the stacking characteristics, electronic structures, band edge alignments, charge density distributions and optical properties of blue phosphorene/transition metal dichalcogenides (BlueP/TMDs) vdW heterostructures were systematically studied based on vdW corrected density functional theory. Interestingly, the valence band maximum and conduction band minimum are located in different parts of BlueP/MoSe2, BlueP/WS2 and BlueP/WSe2 heterostructures. The MoSe2, WS2 or WSe2 layer can be used as the electron donor and the BlueP layer can be used as the electron acceptor. We further found that the optical properties under visible-light irradiation of BlueP/TMDs vdW heterostructures are significantly improved. In particular, the predicted upper limit energy conversion efficiencies of BlueP/MoS2 and BlueP/MoSe2 heterostructures reach as large as 1.16% and 0.98%, respectively, suggesting their potential applications in efficient thin-film solar cells and optoelectronic devices. PMID:27553787

  14. Enhancement of crystallinity and optical properties of bilayer TiO2/ZnO thin films prepared by atomic layer deposition.

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    Hussin, Rosniza; Choy, Kwang-Leong; Hou, Xianghui

    2011-09-01

    Bilayer and multilayer thin films are becoming increasingly important in the development of faster, smaller and more efficient electronic and optoelectronic devices. One of the motivations of applying bilayer or multilayer structures is to modify the optical properties of materials. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a variant of Chemical Vapour Deposition that can produce uniform and conformal thin films with well controlled nanostructures. In this study, we have demonstrated new findings of the use of ALD fabricated bilayer TiO2/ZnO thin films with enhanced crystallinity and optical properties. TiO2 films have been deposited at 300 degrees C for 1000 (51 nm in thickness) or 3000 (161 nm in thickness) deposition cycles onto glass and Si substrates. ZnO films are subsequently deposited on the TiO2 layers at 280 degrees C for 500 deposition cycles (55 nm). The crystallinity and optical properties of the TiO2/ZnO thin films have been analysed by X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, UV-Vis spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy. XRD diffraction pattern confirmed the presence of ZnO with wutrtize crystal structure and TiO2 with anatase structure. It shows that the crystallinity of the TiO2 films has been improved with the deposition of ZnO. The intensity of UV luminescence has increased by almost 30% for TiO2/ZnO bilayer as compared to the single layer TiO2. The possible mechanism for the enhancement of the optical properties of bilayer TiO2/ZnO thin films will be discussed.

  15. Soot Optical Property Study

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    Aung, K. T.; Hassan, M. I.; Krishnan, S. S.; Lin, K.-C.; Xu, F.; Faeth, G. M.; Urban, D. L. (Technical Monitor); Yuan, Z.-G. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Recent past studies of soot reaction processes in laminar premixed and nonpremixed flames generally have used the intrusive technique of thermophoretic sampling and analysis by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to observe soot structure and obtain important fundamental information about soot particle properties, such as soot primary particle diameters, the rate of change of soot primary particle diameter as a function of time (or rate of soot surface growth or oxidation), the amount of soot particle reactive surface area per unit volume, the number of primary soot particles per unit volume, and the rate of formation of primary soot particles (or the rate of soot primary particle nucleation). Given the soot volume per unit volume of the flame (or the soot volume fraction), all these properties are readily found from a measurement of the soot primary particle diameter (which usually is nearly a constant for each location within a laminar flame). This approach is not possible within freely propagating flames, however, because soot properties at given positions in such flames vary relatively rapidly as a function of time in the soot formation and oxidation regions compared to the relatively lengthy sampling times needed to accumulate adequate soot samples and to minimize effects of soot collected on the sampling grid as it moves to and from the sampling position through other portions of the flame. Thus, nonintrusive optical methods must be used to find the soot primary particle diameters needed to define the soot surface reaction properties mentioned earlier. Unfortunately, approximate nonintrusive methods used during early studies of soot reaction properties in flames, found from laser scattering and absorption measurements analyzed assuming either Rayleigh scattering or Mie scattering from polydisperse effective soot particles having the same mass of soot as individual soot aggregates, have not been found to be an effective way to estimate the soot surface

  16. Finding consistency between different views of the absorption enhancement of black carbon: An observationally constrained hybrid model to support a transition in optical properties with mass fraction

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    Coe, H.; Allan, J. D.; Whitehead, J.; Alfarra, M. R. R.; Villegas, E.; Kong, S.; Williams, P. I.; Ting, Y. C.; Haslett, S.; Taylor, J.; Morgan, W.; McFiggans, G.; Spracklen, D. V.; Reddington, C.

    2015-12-01

    The mixing state of black carbon is uncertain yet has a significant influence on the efficiency with which a particle absorbs light. In turn, this may make a significant contribution to the uncertainty in global model predictions of the black carbon radiative budget. Previous modelling studies that have represented this mixing state using a core-shell approach have shown that aged black carbon particles may be considerably enhanced compared to freshly emitted black carbon due to the addition of co-emitted, weakly absorbing species. However, recent field results have demonstrated that any enhancement of absorption is minor in the ambient atmosphere. Resolving these differences in absorption efficiency is important as they will have a major impact on the extent to which black carbon heats the atmospheric column. We have made morphology-independent measurements of refractory black carbon mass and associated weakly absorbing material in single particles from laboratory-generated diesel soot and black carbon particles in ambient air influenced by traffic and wood burning sources and related these to the optical properties of the particles. We compared our calculated optical properties with optical models that use varying mixing state assumptions and by characterising the behaviour in terms of the relative amounts of weakly absorbing material and black carbon in a particle we show a sharp transition in mixing occurs. We show that the majority of black carbon particles from traffic-dominated sources can be treated as externally mixed and show no absorption enhancement, whereas models assuming internal mixing tend to give the best estimate of the absorption enhancement of thickly coated black carbon particles from biofuel or biomass burning. This approach reconciles the differences in absorption enhancement previously observed and offers a systematic way of treating the differences in behaviour observed.

  17. Optical properties of flyash

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    Self, S.A.

    1991-11-01

    This is the sixteenth quarterly report under DOE contract No. DE-AC22-87PC 79903 entitled Optical Properties of Flyash.'' Tasks 1 and 2 of this program were funded from September 15, 1987. Tasks 3 and 4 were funded from September 15, 1988. The general aims of this research are to provide a fundamental scientific basis for the physical understanding and reliable calculation of radiative heat transfer in coal combustion systems, particularly as it is influenced by the presence of inorganic constituents deriving from the mineral matter in coal. Some preliminary work in this area has been carried out at Stanford in the past several years with NSF support. The present program will greatly enlarge the scope of this work.

  18. Revealing nanoscale optical properties and morphology in perfluoropentacene films by confocal and tip-enhanced near-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy.

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    Wang, Xiao; Broch, Katharina; Schreiber, Frank; Meixner, Alfred J; Zhang, Dai

    2016-06-21

    Combining high resolution optical microscopy and spectroscopy, we propose a novel, generally applicable and highly sensitive method for determining the local morphology in organic semiconductor thin films (e.g. perfluoropentacene (PFP)). An azimuthally or radially polarized doughnut mode (APDM or RPDM) laser beam is focused by a high numerical aperture parabolic-mirror to excite a diffraction limited volume of the PFP film with an electric field polarized either exclusively in-plane or dominantly out-of-plane (relative to the substrate). We find two distinct morphologies of thin PFP films: molecular aggregates and crystalline terraces. The well-defined dipole emission patterns observed from the molecular aggregates strongly suggest the presence of localized excitations. For both laser modes, we observe that for the PFP aggregates, the photoluminescence (PL) emission from the main electronic transition is blue-shifted by about 10 meV, as compared to that from the molecular terraces. For the C-C bending modes, the B3g at 1581 cm(-1) (ν1) and the Ag at 1316 cm(-1) (ν0), we observe a decrease of the intensity ratio (Iν1/Iν0) from 0.6 (terrace) to 0.15 (aggregate). Furthermore, the intensity ratios (IAPDM/IRPDM) of ν1 excited by different polarizations increase from 0.12 (terrace) to 0.73 (aggregate). These results indicate that the PFP molecules orient rather parallel to the substrate in the aggregates, whilst more upright in the terraces. Benefiting from the nanometer scale optical resolution offered by the tip-enhanced near-field optical method, we observe clear optical contrasts between the molecular aggregate and the terrace as well as individual layers within a terrace. Tip-enhanced optical spectra locally taken from the molecular terrace and the aggregate show similar blue-shift of the main PL peak and change in the Raman intensity with different polarizations as from the far-field assemble-measurements, which further confirms the different molecular

  19. Synthesis and characterization of electrospun PVdF-HFP/silane-functionalized ZrO2 hybrid nanofiber electrolyte with enhanced optical and electrochemical properties

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    Puguan, John Marc C.; Chung, Wook-Jin; Kim, Hern

    2016-12-01

    A facile method to produce a hybrid of organic-inorganic nanofiber electrolyte via electrospinning is hereby presented. The incorporation of functionalized zirconium oxide (ZrO2) nanoparticles into poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP) and complexed with lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate (LiCF3SO3) provided an enhanced optical transmissivity and ionic conductivity. The dependence of the nanofiber's morphology, optical and electrochemical properties on the various ZrO2 loading was studied. Results show that while nanofiller content was increased, the diameter of the nanofibers was reduced. The improved bulk ionic conductivity of the nanofiber electrolyte was at 1.96 × 10-5 S cm-1. Owing to the enhanced dispersibility of the 3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate (MPS) functionalized ZrO2, the optical transmissivity of the nanofiber electrolyte was improved significantly. This new nanofiber composite electrolyte membrane with further development has the potential to be next generation electrolyte for energy efficient windows like electrochromic devices.

  20. The electronic structure changes and the origin of the enhanced optical properties in N-doped anatase TiO{sub 2}—A theoretical revisit

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    Kuo, Chin-Lung Chen, Wei-Guang; Chen, Tzu-Ying

    2014-09-07

    We have investigated the electronic structure changes and the origin of the enhanced optical properties of N-doped anatase TiO{sub 2} using first-principles density-functional theory calculations. To determine the band gap variations induced by N-doping, we developed a new approach to locate the effective valence band maximum (VBM) by characterizing the degree of localization of the N-induced states in the band structures of various N-doped TiO{sub 2} systems. Our calculations show that the band gap variations are largely affected by the local bonding structures and doping concentration of the substitutional N atoms. As the N content is up to certain level, some local bonding structures can indeed cause band gap reduction due to the formation of band-like delocalized states above the VBM of TiO{sub 2}, while other local bonding configurations may simply form localized impurity states in the band gap. Accordingly, the N-induced localized and delocalized electronic states can exist simultaneously to contribute to the enhanced optical properties of anatase TiO{sub 2}. Our computational approach also provides a new way to investigate the band gap engineering of other wide band gap semiconductor material systems.

  1. Optical properties of flyash

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    Self, S.A.

    1989-07-01

    The purpose of this task is to validate the whole approach adopted in this program. Specifically, this bench-scale experiment is intended to compare the measured optical/radiative properties of a dispersion of well characterized ash with those calculated on the basis of the known size/composition distribution using the correlation formulae relating the composition and complex refractive index resulting from measurements on bulk samples of synthetic slag. Considerable thought has been given to the various possible approaches to satisfying the objectives of this task. Several experiments were done to guide our design of an apparatus for measuring the scattering and absorption properties of dispersions of flyash. As a result of these experiments, and from extensive prior experience in connection with research on electrostatic precipitation, it has been determined that there is no satisfactory way to satisfy the aims of this task using a gaseous dispersion of flyash because it is not possible to adequately disperse and deagglomerate flyash into a gas stream. Unless the ash is adequately dispersed, as it exists in the radiant boiler of a pulverized coal-fired combustion system, one cannot expect calculations, based on Mie calculations for a dispersion of spheres to properly agree with laboratory measurements. For these reasons, our design efforts are based on making measurements on a dispersion of flyash in liquid, for which our experience shows we can obtain stable, well-deagglomerated dispersions of ash. Because there is not single liquid which is adequately transparent over the wavelength range 1--12 {mu}m, we plan to use a combination of three liquids, C Cl{sub 4}, C S{sub 2} and bromoform to cover the full range. Windows of BaF{sub 2} will be used to contain the liquid suspension in an absorption/scattering cell.

  2. Large-scale fabrication of linear low density polyethylene/layered double hydroxides composite films with enhanced heat retention, thermal, mechanical, optical and water vapor barrier properties

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    Xie, Jiazhuo; Zhang, Kun; Zhao, Qinghua; Wang, Qingguo; Xu, Jing

    2016-11-01

    Novel LDH intercalated with organic aliphatic long-chain anion was large-scale synthesized innovatively by high-energy ball milling in one pot. The linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE)/layered double hydroxides (LDH) composite films with enhanced heat retention, thermal, mechanical, optical and water vapor barrier properties were fabricated by melt blending and blowing process. FT IR, XRD, SEM results show that LDH particles were dispersed uniformly in the LLDPE composite films. Particularly, LLDPE composite film with 1% LDH exhibited the optimal performance among all the composite films with a 60.36% enhancement in the water vapor barrier property and a 45.73 °C increase in the temperature of maximum mass loss rate compared with pure LLDPE film. Furthermore, the improved infrared absorbance (1180-914 cm-1) of LLDPE/LDH films revealed the significant enhancement of heat retention. Therefore, this study prompts the application of LLDPE/LDH films as agricultural films with superior heat retention.

  3. Optical antenna enhanced spontaneous emission.

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    Eggleston, Michael S; Messer, Kevin; Zhang, Liming; Yablonovitch, Eli; Wu, Ming C

    2015-02-10

    Atoms and molecules are too small to act as efficient antennas for their own emission wavelengths. By providing an external optical antenna, the balance can be shifted; spontaneous emission could become faster than stimulated emission, which is handicapped by practically achievable pump intensities. In our experiments, InGaAsP nanorods emitting at ∼ 200 THz optical frequency show a spontaneous emission intensity enhancement of 35 × corresponding to a spontaneous emission rate speedup ∼ 115 ×, for antenna gap spacing, d = 40 nm. Classical antenna theory predicts ∼ 2,500 × spontaneous emission speedup at d ∼ 10 nm, proportional to 1/d(2). Unfortunately, at d < 10 nm, antenna efficiency drops below 50%, owing to optical spreading resistance, exacerbated by the anomalous skin effect (electron surface collisions). Quantum dipole oscillations in the emitter excited state produce an optical ac equivalent circuit current, I(o) = qω|x(o)|/d, feeding the antenna-enhanced spontaneous emission, where q|x(o)| is the dipole matrix element. Despite the quantum-mechanical origin of the drive current, antenna theory makes no reference to the Purcell effect nor to local density of states models. Moreover, plasmonic effects are minor at 200 THz, producing only a small shift of antenna resonance frequency.

  4. Optical antenna enhanced spontaneous emission

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    Eggleston, Michael S.; Messer, Kevin; Zhang, Liming; Yablonovitch, Eli; Wu, Ming C.

    2015-01-01

    Atoms and molecules are too small to act as efficient antennas for their own emission wavelengths. By providing an external optical antenna, the balance can be shifted; spontaneous emission could become faster than stimulated emission, which is handicapped by practically achievable pump intensities. In our experiments, InGaAsP nanorods emitting at ∼200 THz optical frequency show a spontaneous emission intensity enhancement of 35× corresponding to a spontaneous emission rate speedup ∼115×, for antenna gap spacing, d = 40 nm. Classical antenna theory predicts ∼2,500× spontaneous emission speedup at d ∼ 10 nm, proportional to 1/d2. Unfortunately, at d < 10 nm, antenna efficiency drops below 50%, owing to optical spreading resistance, exacerbated by the anomalous skin effect (electron surface collisions). Quantum dipole oscillations in the emitter excited state produce an optical ac equivalent circuit current, Io = qω|xo|/d, feeding the antenna-enhanced spontaneous emission, where q|xo| is the dipole matrix element. Despite the quantum-mechanical origin of the drive current, antenna theory makes no reference to the Purcell effect nor to local density of states models. Moreover, plasmonic effects are minor at 200 THz, producing only a small shift of antenna resonance frequency. PMID:25624503

  5. Optical antenna enhanced spontaneous emission

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    Eggleston, Michael S.; Messer, Kevin; Zhang, Liming; ...

    2015-01-26

    Atoms and molecules are too small to act as efficient antennas for their own emission wavelengths. By providing an external optical antenna, the balance can be shifted; spontaneous emission could become faster than stimulated emission, which is handicapped by practically achievable pump intensities. In our experiments, InGaAsP nanorods emitting at ~200 THz optical frequency show a spontaneous emission intensity enhancement of 35 × corresponding to a spontaneous emission rate speedup ~115 ×, for antenna gap spacing, d = 40 nm. Classical antenna theory predicts ~2,500 × spontaneous emission speedup at d ~10 nm, proportional to 1/d2. Unfortunately, at d optical spreading resistance, exacerbated by the anomalous skin effect (electron surface collisions). Quantum dipole oscillations in the emitter excited state produce an optical ac equivalent circuit current, I(o) = qω|x(o)|/d, feeding the antenna-enhanced spontaneous emission, where q|x(o)| is the dipole matrix element. Despite the quantum-mechanical origin of the drive current, antenna theory makes no reference to the Purcell effect nor to local density of states models. Additionally, plasmonic effects are minor at 200 THz, producing only a small shift of antenna resonance frequency.« less

  6. Acousto-Optic and Linear Electro-Optic Properties of Organic Polymeric Materials

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    1989-04-27

    Naval Research Laboratory Washington, DC 20375-5000 NRL Memorandum Report 6454 od I3 Acousto - Optic and Linear Electro-Optic Properties of Organic...PROGRAM P1RC;EC7 ASK Arlington, VA 22217-5000 ELEMENT NO NO1 I1I TITLE (Include Security Classification) Acousto - Optic and Linear Electro-Optic...briefly discussing the important molecular properties for enhanced acousto ~ optic and electro-Ooptic ef fects and then relating these to "current

  7. Optical, redox, and DNA-binding properties of phenanthridinium chromophores: elucidating the role of the phenyl substituent for fluorescence enhancement of ethidium in the presence of DNA.

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    Prunkl, Christa; Pichlmaier, Markus; Winter, Rainer; Kharlanov, Vladimir; Rettig, Wolfgang; Wagenknecht, Hans-Achim

    2010-03-15

    The phenanthridinium chromophores 5-ethyl-6-phenylphenanthridinium (1), 5-ethyl-6-methylphenanthridinium (2), 3,8-diamino-5-ethyl-6-methylphenanthridinium (3), and 3,8-diamino-5-ethyl-6-(4-N,N-diethylaminophenyl)phenanthridinium (4) were characterized by their optical and redox properties. All dyes were applied in titration experiments with a random-sequence 17mer DNA duplex and their binding affinities were determined. The results were compared to well-known ethidium bromide (E). In general, this set of data allows the influence of substituents in positions 3, 6, and 8 on the optical properties of E to be elucidated. Especially, compound 4 was used to compare the weak electron-donating character of the phenyl substituent at position 6 of E with the more electron-donating 4-N,N-diethylaminophenyl group. Analysis of all of the measurements revealed two pairs of chromophores. The first pair, consisting of 1 and 2, lacks the amino groups in positions 3 and 8, and, as a result, these dyes exhibit clearly altered optical and electrochemical properties compared with E. In the presence of DNA, a significant fluorescence quenching was observed. Their binding affinity to DNA is reduced by nearly one order of magnitude. The electronic effect of the phenyl group in position 6 on this type of dye is rather small. The properties of the second set, 3 and 4, are similar to E due to the presence of the two strongly electron-donating amino groups in positions 3 and 8. However, in contrast to 1 and 2, the electron-donating character of the substituent in position 6 of 3 and 4 is critical. The binding, as well as the fluorescence enhancement, is clearly related to the electron-donating effect of this substituent. Accordingly, compound 4 shows the strongest binding affinity and the strongest fluorescence enhancement. Quantum chemical calculations reveal a general mechanism related to the twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) model. Accordingly, an increase of the twist angle

  8. Optical Antenna Enhanced Spontaneous Emission in Semiconductors

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    Messer, Kevin James

    was enhanced by 120x. The results correspond to a 14x enhancement of spontaneous emission once absorption enhancement is taken into account. To improve on the previous results, 2D materials from the family of transition metal dichalcogenides are used as the active material. In monolayer form, these materials are direct band gap semiconductors with very low rates of surface recombination. The cavity-backed slot antenna is used to couple to the monolayer semiconductor. The resonant properties of the cavity-backed slot antenna are measured through dark-field scattering and used to match the antenna resonance to the wavelength of light emission. A WSe2 monolayer is etched into ribbons and coupled to the hotspot of a silver cavity-backed slot antenna resulting in an observed spontaneous emission enhancement of 318x. Finally, an unetched MoS2 monolayer is coupled to an array of gold cavity-backed slot antennas in order to demonstrate both high enhancement and high quantum efficiency. Spatially resolved photoluminescence measurements show efficient emission only in the location of optical antennas. Areas of the MoS2 monolayer coupled to antennas show 7% quantum efficiency corresponding to a >250x increase in efficiency over bare MoS2 monolayers. These results demonstrate the exciting potential for antenna-enhanced LEDs to be both fast and efficient light emitters.

  9. Enhancing the optical properties of silver nanowire transparent conducting electrodes by the modification of nanowire cross-section using ultra-violet illumination

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    Hwang, J.; Lee, H.; Woo, Y.

    2016-11-01

    Improvement in the haze and transmittance of the silver nanowire (Ag NW) based transparent conducting electrodes is achieved by illuminating UV light after the Ag NW network formation. The evidences from the experimental analyses and numerical calculations indicate that the enhancement of the optical properties is derived from the modification of the Ag NW cross-section from a pentagonal to a circular shape, as well as the removal of the polyvinylpyrrolidone capping layer on the Ag NW surface. The deformation of the Ag NW cross-section occurs due to heat generation induced by the UV light absorption in the Ag NW, and it provides thermal energy for recrystallization to the Ag atoms on the NW surface, specifically near the corners of the pentagon, resulting in an increase in the radius of the rounded corners.

  10. Temperature-dependent phase transition and comparative investigation on enhanced magnetic and optical properties between sillenite and perovskite bismuth ferrite-rGO nanocomposites

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    Jalil, M. A.; Chowdhury, Sayeed Shafayet; Alam Sakib, Mashnoon; Enamul Hoque Yousuf, S. M.; Khan Ashik, Emran; Firoz, Shakhawat H.; Basith, M. A.

    2017-08-01

    The manuscript reports the synthesis as well as a comparative investigation of the structural, magnetic, and optical properties between sillenite and perovskite type bismuth ferrite-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites. Graphite oxide is prepared using the modified Hummers' method, followed by hydrothermal synthesis of bismuth ferrite-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites at different reaction temperatures. The X-ray diffraction measurements confirm the formation of perovskite type BiFeO3-rGO nanocomposites at a reaction temperature of 200 °C. This is the lowest temperature to obtain perovskite type BiFeO3-rGO nanocomposites under the reaction procedure adopted, however, a structural transition to sillenite type Bi25FeO40-rGO is observed at 180 °C. The FESEM images demonstrate that the particle size of the perovskite nanocomposite is 25-60 nm, and for the sillenite phase nanocomposite it is 10-30 nm. The as-synthesized nanocomposites exhibit significantly enhanced saturation magnetization over pure BiFeO3 nanoparticles, with the sillenite Bi25FeO40-rGO nanocomposite having higher saturation magnetization than perovskite BiFeO3-rGO. The optical characteristics of the as-synthesized nanocomposites demonstrate considerably higher absorbance in the visible range with significantly lower band gap in comparison to undoped BiFeO3. Again, the sillenite Bi25FeO40-rGO nanocomposite is shown to have a lower band gap compared to the perovskite counterpart. Our investigation provides a means of selective phase formation as desired between sillenite Bi25FeO40-rGO and perovskite BiFeO3-rGO by controlling the hydrothermal reaction temperature. The outcome of our investigation suggests that the formation of nanocomposite of sillenite bismuth ferrite with reduced graphene oxide is promising to improve the magnetic and optical properties for potential technological applications.

  11. Near-Infrared Fluorescence-Enhanced Optical Tomography

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    2016-01-01

    Fluorescence-enhanced optical imaging using near-infrared (NIR) light developed for in vivo molecular targeting and reporting of cancer provides promising opportunities for diagnostic imaging. The current state of the art of NIR fluorescence-enhanced optical tomography is reviewed in the context of the principle of fluorescence, the different measurement schemes employed, and the mathematical tools established to tomographically reconstruct the fluorescence optical properties in various tissue domains. Finally, we discuss the recent advances in forward modeling and distributed memory parallel computation to provide robust, accurate, and fast fluorescence-enhanced optical tomography. PMID:27803924

  12. Optical Properties of Snow

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1982-01-01

    basalt, and the most common volcanic ash is andesite (R. Cadle, personal communication, 1980). Both of these rocks have very similar optical proper...giving no color to the snow; but in order to mimic a given ties for short waves: mi., - I x 10-1, constant across the concentration of soot, the andesite ...refractive v.o8 0. r~soo, 02.o5 % •%•, "index is taken as that of andesite (mt = 1.47) from Pollack et 0o..o al. [1973]. The imaginary index mim (k) was

  13. Optical properties of flyash

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    Self, S.A.

    1990-04-01

    In this research program, we have adopted the approach that by measuring fundamental properties (i.e, the complex refractive index, m) of the fly ash which participates in the radiation transfer, we can use well established theoretical principles (Mie theory) to compute the radiative properties of dispersions of fly ash as found in coal combustors. With this approach one can, understand the underlying principles that affect the radiative properties of an ash dispersion and more confidently predict how variations in the characteristics of the ash dispersion cause variations in its radiative properties. An important criterion in this approach is that the fly ash particles be spherical, homogeneous, and isotropic. Fortunately, fly ash particles are formed at high temperatures at which most of them are molten, leading primarily to spherical particles. Furthermore, one should expect that molten particles will be reasonably homogeneous and isotropic. On cooling, most fly ash particles form glassy spheres which are homogeneous and isotropic. Some ash particles form hollow shells (cenospheres) while others form as particles with bubbles'' or voids, but most fly ash particles are well approximated as homogeneous isotropic spheres. In the following sections we review some of the underlying principles that affect the radiative properties of fly ash dispersions and report on progress that has been made during the past quarter.

  14. The optical properties of beryllium

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    Arakawa, E.T. ); Callcott, T.A.; Chang, Yun-ching Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN . Dept. of Physics)

    1990-02-01

    We review the published data on the optical properties of beryllium for the spectral region from 0.03 to 300 eV. In the visible and infrared spectral regions, where published data from various authors show very large variations, we have performed experiments that identify the most probable sources of error, and use this information to select the best data from published sources. The effects of surface oxide overlayers have also been studied. In the far infrared spectral region, where only normal incidence reflectance data are available, and in the extreme ultraviolet, where only transmission data are available, there is insufficient information to fully determine the optical properties at each photon energy. Between 0.06 and 26 eV, however, a normal incidence reflectance curve is fully determined. This curve has been used for a Kramers{endash}Kronig analysis to determine the optical properties in this spectral range. 10 refs., 13 figs., 3 tabs.

  15. Enhancement of nonlinear optical properties of BaTiO3 nanoparticles by the addition of silver seeds.

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    Yust, Brian G; Razavi, Neema; Pedraza, Francisco; Elliott, Zakary; Tsin, Andrew T; Sardar, Dhiraj K

    2012-11-19

    Barium titanate (BaTiO3) is a technologically important material because of its nonlinear properties, such as its strong second harmonic generation and high third order susceptibility. While many nonlinear effects have been extensively studied on the bulk scale, there are still questions regarding the strength of nonlinear effects in nanoparticles. The nonlinear properties of BaTiO3 nanoparticles and nanorods have been studied using the closed aperture z-scan technique. Silver was then grown photochemically on the surface of the BaTiO3 nanoparticles, and it was found that the third order susceptibility increases dramatically.

  16. Ultrafast laser patterning and defect generation in titania nanotubes for the enhancement of optical and photocatalytic properties

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    Arul, Rakesh; Oosterbeek, Reece N.; Dong, Junzhe; Gao, Wei; Simpson, M. Cather

    2017-02-01

    This study demonstrates the first known instance of the templating of titanium dioxide nanotube arrays by laser induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) and subsequent electrochemical anodization. Titanium dioxide is an established photocatalyst, however it suffers from poor visible light absorption, thus limiting its use under solar irradiation. Thermal annealing can enhance the visible light absorption, with the downside of introducing more defect traps that reduce the lifetime of the charge separated state. Hence, this study proposes an alternative to chemical methods, by modulating the surface profile of the nanotube array to trap visible light. The enhanced visible light absorption is predicted via computational modelling and the morphological evolution of the anodization process was investigated. This study provides the basis for further work into LIPSS templating of other anodized transition metal oxide materials.

  17. Acrylated poly(3,4-propylenedioxythiophene) for enhancement of lifetime and optical properties for single-layer electrochromic devices.

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    Otley, Michael T; Alamer, Fahad Alhashmi; Zhu, Yumin; Singhaviranon, Ashwin; Zhang, Xiaozheng; Li, Mengfang; Kumar, Amrita; Sotzing, Gregory A

    2014-02-12

    We utilized our in situ method for the one-step assembly of single-layer electrochromic devices (ECDs) with a 3,4-propylenedioxythiophene (ProDOT) acrylate derivative, and long-term stability was achieved. By coupling the electroactive monomer to the cross-linkable polymer matrix, preparation of the electrochromic ProDOT polymer can occur followed by UV cross-linking. Thus, we achieve immobilization of the unreacted monomer, which prevents any degradative processes from occurring at the counter electrode. This approach eliminated spot formation in the device and increased stability to over 10 000 cycles when compared to 500 cycles with conventional ProDOT devices wherein the monomer is not immobilized. The acrylated electrochromic polymer exhibits similar electrochromic properties as conventional ProDOT devices, such as photopic contrast (48% compared to 46%) and switch speed (both 2 s). This method can be applied to any one-layer electrochromic system where improved stability is desired.

  18. Li induced enhancement in c-axis orientation and its effect on structural, optical, and electrical properties of ZnO thin films

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    Ali, Dilawar; Butt, M. Z.; Arif, Bilal; Al-Sehemi, Abdullah G.; Al-Ghamdi, Ahmed A.; Yakuphanoglu, Fahrettin

    2017-02-01

    Un-doped and Li-doped ZnO thin films with high c-texture have been deposited on glass substrate using sol-gel spin coating method. The effect of Li dopant in concentration range 1-5 at.% on the structural, optical, morphological, and electrical properties of ZnO thin films were analyzed using x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-VIS spectrophotometer, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and two point probe method, respectively. XRD analysis reveals that all thin films possess hexagonal wurtzite structure and (0 0 2) preferred orientation. X-ray diffraction intensity and crystallite size appertaining to (0 0 2) plane increases with the increase in Li concentration. FESEM micrographs shows that morphology of all thin films consist of spherical and non-spherical shaped grains. Surface roughness of the films decreases on increasing Li dopant concentration. Average transmittance in visible region is 90.6  ±  0.5 % for all Li-doped ZnO thin films. Blue shift, i.e. widening of optical band gap (E g) has been observed on doping with Li. Urbach energy (E u) was found to decrease on Li incorporation. Both E g and E u correlate well with variation in c-texture and crystallite size. The average refractive index of ZnO thin films in the visible region is decreased on doping with Li. Electrical conductivity of ZnO thin films is enhanced on increase in Li dopant concentration. The improvement in electrical conductivity also correlates well with increase in c-texture and crystallite size. FTIR spectra portray characteristic absorption bands centered at 901, 760, 602, and 568 cm-1 pertaining to metal-oxygen bonds.

  19. Optical diffraction properties of multimicrogratings

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    Rothenbach, Christian A.; Kravchenko, Ivan I.; Gupta, Mool C.

    2015-02-27

    This paper shows the results of optical diffraction properties of multimicrograting structures fabricated by e-beam lithography. Multimicrograting consist of arrays of hexagonally shaped cells containing periodic one-dimensional (1D) grating lines in different orientations and arrayed to form large area patterns. We analyzed the optical diffraction properties of multimicrogratings by studying the individual effects of the several periodic elements of multimicrogratings. The observed optical diffraction pattern is shown to be the combined effect of the periodic and non-periodic elements that define the multimicrogratings and the interaction between different elements. We measured the total transverse electric (TE) diffraction efficiency of multimicrogratings and found it to be 32.1%, which is closely related to the diffraction efficiency of 1D periodic grating lines of the same characteristics, measured to be 33.7%. Beam profiles of the optical diffraction patterns from multimicrogratings are captured with a CCD sensor technique. Interference fringes were observed under certain conditions formed by multimicrograting beams interfering with each other. Finally, these diffraction structures may find applications in sensing, nanometrology, and optical interconnects.

  20. Optical diffraction properties of multimicrogratings

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    Rothenbach, Christian A.; Kravchenko, Ivan I.; Gupta, Mool C.

    2015-02-27

    This paper shows the results of optical diffraction properties of multimicrograting structures fabricated by e-beam lithography. Multimicrograting consist of arrays of hexagonally shaped cells containing periodic one-dimensional (1D) grating lines in different orientations and arrayed to form large area patterns. We analyzed the optical diffraction properties of multimicrogratings by studying the individual effects of the several periodic elements of multimicrogratings. The observed optical diffraction pattern is shown to be the combined effect of the periodic and non-periodic elements that define the multimicrogratings and the interaction between different elements. We measured the total transverse electric (TE) diffraction efficiency of multimicrogratings andmore » found it to be 32.1%, which is closely related to the diffraction efficiency of 1D periodic grating lines of the same characteristics, measured to be 33.7%. Beam profiles of the optical diffraction patterns from multimicrogratings are captured with a CCD sensor technique. Interference fringes were observed under certain conditions formed by multimicrograting beams interfering with each other. Finally, these diffraction structures may find applications in sensing, nanometrology, and optical interconnects.« less

  1. Enhanced electrical and optical properties of room temperature deposited Aluminium doped Zinc Oxide (AZO) thin films by excimer laser annealing

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    El hamali, S. O.; Cranton, W. M.; Kalfagiannis, N.; Hou, X.; Ranson, R.; Koutsogeorgis, D. C.

    2016-05-01

    High quality transparent conductive oxides (TCOs) often require a high thermal budget fabrication process. In this study, Excimer Laser Annealing (ELA) at a wavelength of 248 nm has been explored as a processing mechanism to facilitate low thermal budget fabrication of high quality aluminium doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films. 180 nm thick AZO films were prepared by radio frequency magnetron sputtering at room temperature on fused silica substrates. The effects of the applied RF power and the sputtering pressure on the outcome of ELA at different laser energy densities and number of pulses have been investigated. AZO films deposited with no intentional heating at 180 W, and at 2 mTorr of 0.2% oxygen in argon were selected as the optimum as-deposited films in this work, with a resistivity of 1×10-3 Ω.cm, and an average visible transmission of 85%. ELA was found to result in noticeably reduced resistivity of 5×10-4 Ω.cm, and enhancing the average visible transmission to 90% when AZO is processed with 5 pulses at 125 mJ/cm2. Therefore, the combination of RF magnetron sputtering and ELA, both low thermal budget and scalable techniques, can provide a viable fabrication route of high quality AZO films for use as transparent electrodes.

  2. Ag nanoparticles-decorated ZnO nanorod array on a mechanical flexible substrate with enhanced optical and antimicrobial properties

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    Chen, Yi; Tse, Wai Hei; Chen, Longyan; Zhang, Jin

    2015-03-01

    Heteronanostructured zinc oxide nanorod (ZnO NR) array are vertically grown on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) through a hydrothermal method followed by an in situ deposition of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) through a photoreduction process. The Ag-ZnO heterostructured nanorods on PDMS are measured with an average diameter of 160 nm and an average length of 2 μm. ZnO NRs measured by high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) shows highly crystalline with a lattice fringe of 0.255 nm, which corresponds to the (0002) planes in ZnO crystal lattice. The average diameter of the Ag NPs in situ deposited on the ZnO NRs is estimated at 22 ± 2 nm. As compared to the bare ZnO NRs, the heterostructured Ag-ZnO nanorod array shows enhanced ultraviolet (UV) absorption at 440 nm, and significant emission in the visible region (λem = 542 nm). In addition, the antimicrobial efficiency of Ag-ZnO heterostructured nanorod array shows obvious improvement as compared to bare ZnO nanorod array. The cytotoxicity of ZnO nanorod array with and without Ag NPs was studied by using 3 T3 mouse fibroblast cell line. No significant toxic effect is imposed on the cells.

  3. Resonance-Enhanced Nonlinear Optical Effects

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    Sun, Xuan

    Nonlinear optical processes, which manifest as many interesting phenomena such as nonlinear wave mixing, optical rectification, intensity-dependent refractive index change, harmonic generation, etc., have found very broad applications. Unfortunately, most optical media exhibit rather weak optical nonlinearities and a majority of nonlinear optical processes have to rely on substantial optical powers to support nonlinear wave interactions, which becomes a major challenge for nonlinear photonic application. This thesis is devoted to exploring enhanced nonlinear optical phenomena, by taking advantage of a certain type of resonance to enhance the nonlinear wave interactions. For this purpose, we employed both natural atomic resonances via electron transition and engineered optical resonances in micro/nanophotonic device structures, for different applications. These two types of resonances, although distinctive in their physical natures, both are able to significantly increase the strength and elongate the time of optical wave interactions, thus leading to dramatic enhancement of nonlinear optical effects. On one hand, we utilized unique energy-level structures in alkali vapor plasmas to dramatically enhance the electron tunneling ionization process and to produce significant resonance-enhanced four-wave mixing for efficient terahertz (THz) wave generation that is crucial for long-wave application. On the other hand, we utilized the enhancement offered by high-Q optical resonances inside microresonators to produce significant photothermal backaction to dramatically suppress the fundamental temperature fluctuations of microresonators, which is essential for sensing and metrology applications. With such cavity-resonance enhancement, we revealed a new regime of nonlinear optical oscillation dynamics in lithium niobate microresonators that results from unique competition between the thermo-optic nonlinear effect and the photorefractive effect, which is inaccessible to

  4. Satellite material contaminant optical properties

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Wood, B. E.; Bertrand, W. T.; Seiber, B. L.; Kiech, E. L.; Falco, P. M.; Holt, J. D.

    1990-01-01

    The Air Force Wright Research and Development Center and the Arnold Engineering Development Center are continuing a program for measuring optical effects of satellite material outgassing products on cryo-optic surfaces. Presented here are infrared (4000 to 700 cm(-1)) transmittance data for contaminant films condensed on a 77 K geranium window. From the transmittance data, the contaminant film refractive and absorptive indices (n, k) were derived using an analytical thin-film interference model with a nonlinear least-squares algorithm. To date 19 materials have been studied with the optical contents determined for 13 of those. The materials include adhesives, paints, composites, films, and lubricants. This program is continuing and properties for other materials will be available in the future.

  5. Plasmon-enhanced optical sensors: a review.

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    Li, Ming; Cushing, Scott K; Wu, Nianqiang

    2015-01-21

    Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) has found extensive applications in chemi-sensors and biosensors. Plasmons play different roles in different types of optical sensors. SPR transduces a signal in a colorimetric sensor through shifts in the spectral position and intensity in response to external stimuli. SPR can also concentrate the incident electromagnetic field in a nanostructure, modulating fluorescence emission and enabling plasmon-enhanced fluorescence to be used for ultrasensitive detection. Furthermore, plasmons have been extensively used for amplifying a Raman signal in a surface-enhanced Raman scattering sensor. This paper presents a review of recent research progress in plasmon-enhanced optical sensing, giving emphasis on the physical basis of plasmon-enhanced sensors and how these principles guide the design of sensors. In particular, this paper discusses the design strategies for nanomaterials and nanostructures to plasmonically enhance optical sensing signals, also highlighting the applications of plasmon-enhanced optical sensors in healthcare, homeland security, food safety and environmental monitoring.

  6. Optical properties of thylakoid stacks

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    Shibayev, Pavel; Shibaev, Petr

    2012-02-01

    Optical properties of grana are simulated by means of 4x4 matrix approach (Berreman method). The results of calculations lead to a conclusion that even small degree of chirality, that may be present in a granum structure, results in the dramatic changes of its optical properties. Depending on the birefringence and degree of chirality in granum organization the reflection of left or right handed circularly polarized light can be greatly suppressed. This can explain the light induced difference in the growth of pea and lentil shoots irradiated by left and right handed circularly polarized light [1]. [4pt] [1] Pavel P. Shibayev, R.G. Pergolizzi, The effect of circularly polarized light on the growth of plants, International journal of botany, 7, 113 (2011)

  7. Two-Photon Optical Properties of AIE-active D-TPE-A Molecules: Aggregation Enhancement and Structure-Property Relationships

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zhang, Yilin; Li, Jie; Tang, Ben Zhong; Wong, Kam Sing

    We present an aggregation enhancement in two-photon-excited fluorescence (TPEF) of about two orders of magnitude in a series of novel non-centrosymmetric D- π-A molecules. Aggregation-induced emission characteristics are introduced into these D- π-A molecules via tetraphenylethylene (TPE), which is used as their π-bridge. Detailed analysis shows that the TPEF of these molecules are enhanced in aggregation environment with both fluorescence quantum efficiency and two-photon absorptivity concomitantly. The two-photon absorption (TPA) transition bands of these branched- or butterfly-configured molecules are similar to those in their linear absorption. The molecular TPA cross sections in aggregation environment reach around 50-130 GM, and peak within the available wavelength ranges of a Ti:Sapphire femtosecond oscillator. We also observe that two-photon absorptivity increases progressively with the addition of donor/acceptor moieties on the TPE backbone. This phenomenon is presumably attributed to the improved conjugation length and enhanced intramolecular charge transfer, hence better delocalization of π-electrons. For each compound, the aggregation enhancement in TPA may also offers clues of aggregation effect on the molecular electronic structure.

  8. Optical properties of semiconductor microcavities

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    Son, Joong-Kon

    Thanks to the difference in energy gap between two semiconductors and to their different indices of refraction, semiconductor heterostructures can confine electrons as well as photons. This property makes it possible to build semiconductor-based optical resonators (microcavities) with a radiation dipole (a quantum well) in its midst to investigate the coupling between the optical modes of the microcavity with the exciton modes of the quantum well. Such an interaction, besides its intrinsic interest, is relevant to vertically-emitting semiconductor lasers, based on the quantum well- microcavity system. In this thesis, we will present experimental evidence of temperature and electric-field dependent exciton-cavity coupling in GaAs-GaAlAs microcavities.

  9. Excitons and Optical Properties of {alpha} -Quartz

    SciTech Connect

    Chang, Eric K.; Rohlfing, Michael; Louie, Steven G. [Department of Physics, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720

    2000-09-18

    We present an ab initio study of the optical properties of {alpha} -quartz. The absorption spectrum is calculated by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation for the interacting electron-hole system and found to be in excellent agreement with the measured spectrum up to 10 eV above the absorption threshold. We find that excitonic effects are crucial in understanding the sharp features in the absorption spectrum in this energy range. They are also crucial in the ab initio computation of the static dielectric constant, significantly enhancing its value. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  10. Optical Properties of Metallic Nanoparticles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vallée, F.

    The bright and changing colours obtained by dispersing metallic compounds in a glass matrix have been known empirically for centuries. Indeed, glasses have been coloured in the bulk by inclusion of metallic powders since ancient times to make jewellery and ornaments (see Chap. 25). Then in the Middle Ages, they were used for stained glass windows and later on for coloured glass artefacts, e.g., ruby red glass objects. However, the role played by nanoparticles in this colouring effect, i.e., the effects of nanoparticles on optical properties, were only first studied scientifically in the nineteenth century, by Michael Faraday [1].

  11. Enhancement of optical properties of hydrothermally synthesized TiO{sub 2}/ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles by Al, Ce Co-doping

    SciTech Connect

    Tomar, Laxmi J.; Bhatt, Piyush J. Desai, Rahul K.; Chakrabarty, Bishwajit S.

    2015-06-24

    Al, Ce co-doped TiO{sub 2}/ZrO{sub 2} (TZ) nano composites have been prepared by hydrothermal method. The structural and optical properties of the obtained samples were investigated by X –ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-Visible spectroscopy respectively. It has been found that the crystallite size of all the samples was distributed in the range 9.19 to 17.41 nm. The content of anatase phase varied in the range 48.71 to 100% depending on doping. The dopant produced lattice strain in material and it was found between 0.027 - 0.069. A clear shift of absorption edge for different dopant has been observed from UV-Visible absorption spectra. The change in optical bandgap, refractive index, absorption co efficient and optical conductivity was also evaluated from absorption spectra.

  12. Optical properties of marine bacteria

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    Stramski, Dariusz; Kiefer, Dale A.

    1990-09-01

    Optical properties of naturally derived bacterioplankton grown in unenriched seawater are described. The beam attenuation coefficient, absorption coefficient and size distribution of cells suspension of bacteria were measured in order to determine their optical efficiency factors. In addition, the bulk refractive index as well as the angular pattern of light scattering were obtained from Mie theory. The cellular scatering efficiency increases with decreasing light wavelength as A , the backscattering efficiency is almost spectrally neutral, and the absorption efficiency exhibits features associated with respiratory cytochromes. Except for backscattering, the efficiences are significantly lower than those for larger biological inicroparticles. We suggest that baceria are a xrtajor source of light scattering in oligotrophic waters, where their contribution to the scattering coefficient may far exceed 50%. This large contribution is caused by the fact that total geometric cross sectional area for the bacteria compensates for their lower scattering efficiency. The contribution by bacteria to particle absorption, although less certain, appears also to be important in oligotrophic waters, and it may even predominate a non-'phytoplankton component. The effects of changes in size and refractive index on optical efficiencies of bacteria are also discussed in terms of a recent hypothesis concerning the regulation of cellular water content.

  13. Engineering optical properties of semiconductor metafilm superabsorbers

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    Kim, Soo Jin; Fan, Pengyu; Kang, Ju-Hyung; Brongersma, Mark L.

    2016-04-01

    Light absorption in ultrathin layer of semiconductor has been considerable interests for many years due to its potential applications in various optical devices. In particular, there have been great efforts to engineer the optical properties of the film for the control of absorption spectrums. Whereas the isotropic thin films have intrinsic optical properties that are fixed by materials' properties, metafilm that are composed by deep subwavelength nano-building blocks provides significant flexibilities in controlling the optical properties of the designed effective layers. Here, we present the ultrathin semiconductor metafilm absorbers by arranging germanium (Ge) nanobeams in deep subwavelength scale. Resonant properties of high index semiconductor nanobeams play a key role in designing effective optical properties of the film. We demonstrate this in theory and experimental measurements to build a designing rule of efficient, controllable metafilm absorbers. The proposed strategy of engineering optical properties could open up wide range of applications from ultrathin photodetection and solar energy harvesting to the diverse flexible optoelectronics.

  14. Properties and characteristics of optical glass

    SciTech Connect

    Marker, A.J. III.

    1988-01-01

    This book contains the proceedings of SPIE on properties and characteristics of optical glass. Topics covered include IR reflectance measurement of ion-implanted silica, specifying optical materials, and impurity absorption coefficient measurements in phosphate glass melted under oxidizing conditions.

  15. Nonlinear optical properties of rigid-rod polymers

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    Trimmer, Mark S.; Wang, Ying

    1992-01-01

    The purpose of this research project was to integrate enhanced third order nonlinear optical (NLO) properties, especially high x(exp (3)) (greater than 10(exp -8) esu), into Maxdem's novel conjugated rigid-rod polymers while retaining their desirable processing, mechanical, and thermal properties. This work primarily involved synthetic approaches to optimized materials.

  16. Effects of precursor concentration on the optical and electrical properties of SnXSY thin films prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition

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    Sanchez-Juarez, A.; Ortíz, A.

    2002-09-01

    We have carried out the electrical and optical characterization of thin films of compounds based on Sn-S bonds (SnS2, Sn2S3), prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD), as a function of the relative concentration of the precursor vapours, SnCl4 and H2S, keeping all other deposition parameters constant. In all studied cases, the deposited films were formed by polycrystalline materials. The optical bandgap values of deposited materials were calculated from optical transmittance and reflectance measurements. The SnS2 compound produced under certain deposition conditions has a forbidden bandgap around 2.2 eV. This compound shows n-type electrical conductivity, whose dark value at room temperature is 2 × 10-2 (Ω cm)-1. Also, it shows the typical semiconductor dependence of its electrical conductivity on the temperature with an activation energy of about 0.15 eV. However, thin films of a mixture of SnS2 and Sn2S3 compounds were deposited with higher values of the relative concentration of source vapours than those used to obtain the SnS2 compound. The optical bandgap shows a decreasing trend as the relative concentration increases. A similar trend is observed for dark electrical conductivity. These results create the opportunity to use SnX SY compounds in thin films for building heterojunction solar cells prepared completely by PECVD.

  17. Resolution and Functionality Enhancements in Optical Metrology

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    Gillmer, Steven R.

    The effective implementation of optical metrology and its associated instrumentation involves a multi-disciplinary approach. This dissertation will draw from mechanical, electrical, and optical engineering subject areas in order to implement the proposed resolution and functionality enhancements. The discussion will focus on three forms of optical metrology: optical displacement sensing, scatterometry, and interferometric weak measurements. A variety of novel concepts and experiments will be presented within these fields of research. First, in optical displacement sensing, increased degree-of-freedom measurements will be explored. The development of a three degree-of-freedom displacement measuring interferometer will serve as the foundation for a six degree-of-freedom optical measurement system. In the pursuit of simultaneous six axis measurement, novel straightness and roll angle sensors will develop. Second, a novel form of scatterometry that uses a spatially varying polarization applied to a focused beam will be presented. The principles of precision control and optical holography are necessary in the system development of the instrument. It will be shown that lateral scanning applied to the inspected sample greatly enhances sensitivity to changes in process parameters. Finally, optical displacement sensing and scatterometry will find parallels through weak measurements. Both application areas have potential for vast performance improvements via the measurement of a weak value. The feasibility of weak value amplification will be investigated for optical roll sensing and the novel scatterometry approach using an interferometric analogy.

  18. Nonresonant surface enhanced Raman optical activity

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    Brinson, Bruce E.

    Nanoshells (NS) and nanoparticles (NP) are tunable plasmonic particles that can be precisely engineered for specific applications including surface enhanced spectroscopies. A new, general method for the synthesis of core-shell and solid nanoparticles has been developed and is presented. Based on the CO reduction of Au3+, this new process yields the highest quality gold nanoshells synthesized to date. The constraints on precursor lifetime have been relaxed and post-synthesis purification has been eliminated. Nonresonant surface enhanced Raman optical activity (SEROA) has been investigated using biomolecular analytes deposited on Au nanoshell or nanoparticle substrates. The first, and currently the only, near-infrared (780 nm) excited scattered circular polarization Raman optical activity spectrometer (NIROAS) has been constructed. Surface enhanced Raman optical activity spectroscopy has been validated by the collection of symmetrical, surface enhanced, signed circular polarization intensity difference spectra from several test molecules including, (S)- and (R)-tryptophan, and (SS)- and (RR)-phenylalanine-cysteine.

  19. Optical properties of microstructure tellurite glass fibres

    SciTech Connect

    Gaponov, D A; Biryukov, A S

    2006-04-30

    The dispersion characteristics and waveguide optical losses are calculated by the multipole method for microstructure optical fibres with a continuous core, which can be made of a tellurite glass holding much promise for fibre optics. The effect of geometrical parameters on the optical properties is studied and conditions for the single-mode propagation of radiation in such fibres are determined. (optical fibres and waveguides)

  20. Accuracy Enhancement in Optical Computing.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1995-01-30

    particular, we derived the means, mutual coherence (autocorrelation) and probability density functions ( PDFS ) of the optical and electrical signals of...important 10 technical result here pertained to the PDF of the output voltage. We provided an integral equation, with a corresponding series solution, and a...Summary of special-case system output signal PDFS (information in the parentheses refer to the limiting forms). PROCESSOR DEVICES OUTPUT DISTRIBUTION

  1. Enhanced Worldwide Ocean Optics Database

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2008-01-01

    Ryukyu Ridge 9 salinity, temperature, c532, "K" & bb from aBeta, Kd488, and Chl_a profiles Sept 1987 NORDA Sargasso Sea 13 K490 & Temperature...Optics Database (WOOD)1. The database shall be easy to use, Internet accessible, and frequently updated with data from recent at- sea measurements...The database shall be capable of supporting a wide range of applications, such as environmental assessments, sea test planning, and Navy applications

  2. Optical properties of chiral nanotubes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cecilia, Noguez; Román-Velázquez Carlos, E.; Ariadna, Sánchez; Montes Lilia, Meza

    2004-03-01

    A recent theoretical model [1] is applied to study the optical properties chiral nanostructures like carbon nanotubes. We calculate the Circular Dichroism (CD) spectra for carbon nanotubes with different chirality. The calculated CD spectra show features that allow us to distinguish between nanotubes with different indexes of chirality. Other nanostructures, like chiral fullerenes are also investigated.These results provide theoretical support for the quantification of chirality and its measurement, using the CD lineshapes of chiral. This work has been partly financed by CONACyT grant No. 36651-E and by DGAPA-UNAM grants No. IN104201. [1] C. E. Roman-Velazquez, et al., J. of Phys. Chem. B (Letter) 107, 12035 (2003)

  3. Saccharide sensing molecules having enhanced fluorescent properties

    DOEpatents

    Satcher Jr., Joe H.; Lane, Stephen M.; Darrow, Christopher B.; Cary, Douglas R.; Tran, Joe Anh

    2004-01-06

    The present invention provides formulae for fluorescent compounds that have a number of properties which make them uniquely suited for use in sensors of analytes such as saccharides. The advantageous fluorescent properties include favorable excitation wavelengths, emission wavelengths, fluorescence lifetimes, and photostability. Additional advantageous properties include enhanced aqueous solubility, as well as temperature and pH sensitivity. The compound comprises an aryl or a substituted phenyl botonic acid that acts as a substrate recognition component, a fluorescence switch component, and a fluorophore. Fluorescent compounds are described that are excited at wavelengths greater than 400 nm and emit at wavelengths greater than 450 nm, which is advantageous for optical transmission through skin. The fluorophore is typically selected from transition metal-ligand complexes and thiazine, oxazine, oxazone, or oxazine-one as well as anthracene compounds. The fluorescent compound can be immobilized in a glucose permeable biocompatible polymer matrix that is implantable below the skin.

  4. Plasmon-Enhanced Optical Sensors: A Review

    PubMed Central

    Li, Ming; Cushing, Scott K

    2014-01-01

    Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) has found extensive applications in chemi-sensors and biosensors. Plasmons play different roles in different types of optical sensors. SPR transduces a signal in a colorimetric sensor through shifts in the spectral position and intensity in response to external stimuli. SPR can also concentrate the incident electromagnetic field in a nanostructure, modulating fluorescence emission and enabling plasmon-enhanced fluorescence to be used for ultrasensitive detection. Furthermore, plasmons have been extensively used for amplifying a Raman signal in a surface-enhanced Raman scattering sensor. This paper presents a review of recent research progress in plasmon-enhanced optical sensing, giving an emphasis on the physical basis of plasmon-enhanced sensors and how these principles guide the design of sensors. In particular, this paper discusses the design strategies for nanomaterials and nanostructures to plasmonically enhance optical sensing signals, also highlighting the applications of plasmon-enhanced optical sensors in health care, homeland security, food safety and environmental monitoring. PMID:25365823

  5. Vertically standing layered MoS2 nanosheets on TiO2 nanofibers for enhanced nonlinear optical property.

    PubMed

    Wei, Rongfei; Tian, Xiangling; Hu, Zhongliang; Zhang, Hang; Qiao, Tian; He, Xin; Chen, Qiuqun; Chen, Zhi; Qiu, Jianrong

    2016-10-31

    Vertical layered MoS2 nanosheets rooting into TiO2 nanofibers were successfully prepared by a facile two-step method: prefabrication of porous TiO2 nanofibers based on an electrospinning technique, and assembly of MoS2 ultrathin nanosheets through a simple hydrothermal reaction. Significant enhancement of nonlinear optical response of the MoS2/TiO2 nanocomposite was confirmed by an open-aperture z-scan measurement. The nanocomposite displayed strong optical limiting (OL) effects to ultrafast laser pulses with a low OL threshold of ~22.3 mJ/cm2, which is lower than that of pristine TiO2 nanofibers and MoS2 nanosheets. In addition to the contribution of the strong nonlinear absorption of MoS2 nanosheets and TiO2 nanofibers, such phenomenon is also attributed to the unique structure of vertically standing layered MoS2 nanosheets on TiO2 nanofibers with a large amount of exposed edge states, large surface areas and fast electron transfer between TiO2 and MoS2. This work broadens our vision to engineering novel hierarchical MoS2-based nanocomposite for efficiently enhanced nonlinear light-matter interaction.

  6. Atmospheric aerosols: Their Optical Properties and Effects

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1976-01-01

    Measured properties of atmospheric aerosol particles are presented. These include aerosol size frequency distribution and complex retractive index. The optical properties of aerosols are computed based on the presuppositions of thermodynamic equilibrium and of Mie-theory.

  7. Zn{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}O nanoparticles: Synthesis and study of enhanced optical and structural properties

    SciTech Connect

    Ahad, Abdul Majid, Suhail; Rahman, F.

    2016-05-23

    We have synthesized the Zn{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}O (x= 0, 0.01, 0.03 and 0.05) using Sol-gel method. The structural properties were characterized using X-ray diffraction. Optical properties were characterized using UV-VIS and FT-IR spectroscopy. The lattice parameters were refined using Reitveld refinement which also reveals that all the peaks in XRD patterns were indexed in the wurtzite type hexagonal structure with space group P 63 mc. The FT-IR spectra confirmed the presence of functional groups and chemical bonding. The band gap of each sample was calculated by adopting Kubelka-Munk transformed reflectance spectra and effect of doping on band gap is also studied.

  8. On the optical properties of plasmonic glasses

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    Antosiewicz, Tomasz J.; Langhammer, Christoph; Apell, S. Peter

    2014-12-01

    We report on the optical properties of plasmonic glasses which are metal-dielectric composites composed of metallic inclusions in a host dielectric medium. The investigated structures are of quasi-random nature, described by the pair correlation function, featuring a minimum center-to-center distance between metallic inclusions and long range randomness. Plasmonic glasses exhibiting short-range order only may be fabricated using bottom-up, self-assembly methods and have been utilized in a number of applications such as plasmonic sensing or plasmon-enhanced solar harvesting, and may be also employed for certain non-linear applications. It is therefore important to quantify their properties. Using theoretical methods we investigate optical of 1D, 2D, and 3D structures composed of amorphous distributions of metallic spheres. It is shown, that the response of the constituent element, i.e. the single sphere localized surface plasmon resonance, is modified by the scattered fields of the other spheres in such a way that its peak position, peak amplitude, and full-width at half-maximum exhibit damped oscillations. The oscillation amplitude is set by the particle density and for the peak position may vary by up to 0.3 eV in the optical regime. Using a modified coupled dipole approach we calculate the effective (average) polarizability of plasmonic glasses and discuss their spectra as a function of the dimensionality, angle of incidence and polarization, and the minimum center-to-center distance. The analytical model is complemented and validated by T-Matrix calculations of the optical cross-sections of amorphous arrays of metallic spheres obtained using a modification of the Random Sequential Adsorption algorithm for lines, surfaces, and volumes.

  9. Optical properties of fluids in microfabricated channels

    SciTech Connect

    French, T.; Gourley, P.L.; McDonald, A.E.

    1997-03-01

    Microfabricated channels are widely thought to be the key to realizing chemical analysis on a microscopic scale. Chemical and biological information in the microchannels is often probed with optical techniques such as fluorescence, Raman and absorption spectroscopy. However, the optical effects of a microchannel are not well characterized. For example, it is important to understand the optics of the channel in order to optimize optical coupling efficiency. The authors consider various designs for enhancing the sensitivity of fluorescence detection in a microchannel.

  10. Optical Properties of Non-Crystalline Semiconductors.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1984-01-01

    Instruments, 1974, unpublished. 42. de Neufville, J.P., Photostructural transformations in amorphous solids, 0 in Optical Properties of Solids --New...semiconductors, in Optical Properties of Solids , Nudelman, S., and Mitra, S.S., eds., Plenum, N.Y., 1969, 123. 52. Cody, G.D., Brooks, B.G., and

  11. Optical and optoelectronic properties of organic nanomaterials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Satapathi, Soumitra

    In this dissertation research, organic nanomaterials, such as semiconducting polymer nanoparticles, graphene nanosheets and organic small molecules were successfully utilized for fabrication of organic solar cells, optical sensors and for high contrast imaging of cancer cells. Semiconducting polymer nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple miniemulsion technique. These size controllable polymeric nanoparticles were proven to be able to optimize the morphologies of the bulk heterojunction solar cells and to provide fundamental insight into the evolution of the nanostructures. Highly sensitive optical sensors were fabricated using these polymeric nanoparticles for efficient detection of nitroaromatic explosives, such as 2,4 dinitrotoluene (DNT) and 2,4,6 trinitrotoluene (TNT) in aqueous medium as well as in vapor the phase. Moreover, these water dispersible and fluorescent polymer nanodots were two-photon active and could be internalized by tumor cells as demonstrated by two-photon confocal imaging. In addition to the polymer nanoparticles, the role of the graphene nanosheets in the performance enhancement of dye sensitized solar cells was also investigated. The use of organic small molecules for optical sensing of different nerve gas agents and their potential use in multiphoton imaging of cancer cells were discussed. Controlling material properties at nanoscale for optoelectronics and imaging application as discussed in this dissertation would provide new dimensions in the areas of applied physics and materials science researches.

  12. Optical properties of chiral nanostructures

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cecilia, Noguez; Román-Velázquez, Carlos E.; Garzón, Ignacio L.

    2004-03-01

    We present a computational model to study the optical properties chiral nanostructures[1] . In this work the nanostructures of interest are composed by N atoms, where each one is represented by a polarizable point dipole located at theposition of the atom. We assume that the dipole located is characterized by a polarizability. The nanostructure is excited by a circularly polarized incident wave, such that, each dipole is subject to a total electric field due to: (i) the incident radiation field, plus (ii) the radiation field resulting from all of the other induced dipoles. Once we solve the complex-linear equations, the dipole moment on each atom in the cluster can be determined and we can find the extinction cross section of the whole nanoparticle. Circular dichroism (CD) spectra of chiral bare and thiol-passivated gold nanoclusters have been calculated within the dipole approximation. The calculated CD spectra show features that allow us to distinguish between clusters with different indexes of chirality. The main factor responsible of the differences in the CD lineshapes is the distribution of interatomic distances that characterize the chiral cluster geometry. These results provide theoretical support for the quantification of chirality and its measurement, using the CD lineshapes of chiral metal nanoclusters. [1] C. E. Roman-Velazquez, et al., J. of Phys. Chem. B (Letter) 107, 12035 (2003) This work has been partly supported by DGAPA-UNAM grants No. IN104201 and IN104402, and by CONACyT grant 36651-E.

  13. Digitally enhanced optical fiber frequency reference.

    PubMed

    McRae, Terry G; Ngo, Silvie; Shaddock, Daniel A; Hsu, Magnus T L; Gray, Malcolm B

    2014-04-01

    We use digitally enhanced heterodyne interferometry to measure the stability of optical fiber laser frequency references. Suppression of laser frequency noise by over four orders of magnitude is achieved using post processing time delay interferometry, allowing us to measure the mechanical stability for frequencies as low as 100 μHz. The performance of the digitally enhanced heterodyne interferometer platform used here is not practically limited by the dynamic range or bandwidth issues that can occur in feedback stabilization systems. This allows longer measurement times, better frequency discrimination, a reduction in spatially uncorrelated noise sources and an increase in interferometer sensitivity. An optical fiber frequency reference with the stability reported here, over a signal band of 20 mHz-1 Hz, has potential for use in demanding environments, such as space-based interferometry missions and optical flywheel applications.

  14. Cavity-enhanced spectroscopy in optical fibers.

    PubMed

    Gupta, Manish; Jiao, Hong; O'Keefe, Anthony

    2002-11-01

    Cavity-enhanced methods have been extended to fiber optics by use of fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) as reflectors. High-finesse fiber cavities were fabricated from FBGs made in both germanium/boron-co-doped photosensitive fiber and hydrogen-loaded Corning SMF-28 fiber. Optical losses in these cavities were determined from the measured Fabry-Perot transmission spectra and cavity ring-down spectroscopy. For a 10-m-long single-mode fiber cavity, ring-down times in excess of 2 ms were observed at 1563.6 nm, and individual laser pulses were resolved. An evanescent-wave access block was produced within a fiber cavity, and an enhanced sensitivity to optical loss was observed as the external medium's refractive index was altered.

  15. Preparation of TiO2/Ag/TiO2 (TAT) multilayer films with optical and electrical properties enhanced by using Cr-added Ag film

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Loka, Chadrasekhar; Lee, Kee-Sun

    2017-09-01

    The dielectric-metal-dielectric tri-layer films have attracted much attention by virtue of their low-cost and high quality device performance as a transparent conductive electrode. Here, we report the deposition of Cr doped Ag films sandwiched between thin TiO2 layers and investigation on the surface microstructure, optical and electrical properties depending on the thickness of the Ag(Cr). The activation energy (1.18 eV) for grain growth of Ag was calculated from the Arrhenius plot using the law Dn -D0n = kt , which was comparable to the bulk diffusion of Ag. This result indicated the grain growth of Ag was effectively retarded by the Cr addition, which was presumed to related with blocking the surface and grain boundary diffusion due to Cr segregation. Based on thermal stability of Cr added Ag film, we deposited TiO2/Ag(Cr)/TiO2 (TAT) multilayer thin films and with a 10 nm thick Ag(Cr), the TAT films showed high optical transmittance in the visible region (94.2%), low electrical resistivity (8.66 × 10-5 Ω cm), and hence the high figure of merit 57.15 × 10-3 Ω-1 was achieved. The high transmittance of the TAT film was believed to be attributed to the low optical loss due to a reduction in the Ag layer thickness, the surface plasmon effect, and the electron scattering reduced by the Ag layer with a low electrical resistivity.

  16. Highly enhanced optical properties of indocyanine green/perfluorocarbon nanoemulsions for efficient lymph node mapping using near-infrared and magnetic resonance imaging

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bae, Pan Kee; Jung, Juyeon; Chung, Bong Hyun

    2014-03-01

    The near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence probe has better tissue penetration and lower autofluorescence. Indocyanine green (ICG) is an NIR organic dye for extensive biological application, and it has been clinically approved for human medical imaging and diagnosis. However, application of this dye is limited by its numerous disadvantageous properties in aqueous solution, including its concentration-dependent aggregation, poor aqueous stability in vitro, and low quantum yield. Its use in molecular imaging probes is limited because it loses fluorescence after binding to nonspecific plasma proteins, leading to rapid elimination from the body with a half-life of 2 - 4 min. In this study, the multifunctional perfluorocarbon (PFC)/ICG nanoemulsions were investigated with the aim of overcoming these limitations. The PFC/ICG nanoemulsions as a new type of delivery vehicle for contrast agents have both NIR optical imaging and 19 F-MR imaging moieties. These nanoemulsions exhibited less aggregation, increased fluorescence intensity, long-term stability, and physicochemical stability against external light and temperature compared to free aqueous ICG. Also, the PFC/ICG bimodal nanoemulsions allow excellent detection of lymph nodes in vivo through NIR optical imaging and 19 F-MR imaging. This result showed the suitability of the proposed nanoemulsions for non-invasive lymph node mapping as they enable long-time detection of lymph nodes.

  17. Enhanced optical constants of nanocrystalline yttrium oxide thin films

    SciTech Connect

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

    2011-01-17

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

  18. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of chalcogenide microstructured optical fibers

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Trolès, Johann; Brilland, Laurent; Caillaud, Celine; Renversez, Gilles; Mechin, David; Adam, Jean-Luc

    2015-03-01

    Chalcogenide glasses are known for their large transparency in the mid-infrared and their high linear refractive index (>2). They present also a high non-linear coefficient (n2), 100 to 1000 times larger than for silica, depending on the composition. we have developed a casting method to prepare the microstructured chalcogenide preform. This method allows optical losses as low as 0.4 dB/m at 1.55 µm and less than 0.05 dB/m in the mid IR. Various chalcogenide MOFs operating in the IR range has been fabricated in order to associate the high non-linear properties of these glasses and the original MOF properties. For example, small core fibers have been drawn to enhance the non linearities for telecom applications such as signal regeneration and generation of supercontinuum sources. On another hand, in the 3-12 µm window, single mode fibers and exposed core fibers have been realized for Gaussian beams propagation and sensors applications respectively.

  19. Optical Properties of Nanosatellite Hardware

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    Finckenor, M. M.; Coker, R. F.

    2014-01-01

    Over the last decade, a number of very small satellites have been launched into space. These have been called nanosatellites (generally of a weight between 1 and 10 kg) or picosatellites (weight <1 kg). This also includes CubeSats, which are based on 10-cm cube units. With the addition of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) to the International Space Station (ISS), CubeSats are easily cycled through the JEM airlock and deployed into space (fig. 1). The number of CubeSats launched since 2003 was approaching 100 at the time of publication, and the authors expect this trend in research to continue, particularly for high school and college flight experiments. Because these spacecraft are so small, there is usually no allowance for shielding or active heating or cooling of the avionics and other hardware. Parts that are usually ignored in the thermal analysis of larger spacecraft may contribute significantly to the heat load of a tiny satellite. In addition, many small satellites have commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components. To reduce costs, many providers of COTS components do not include the optical and physical parameters necessary for accurate thermal analysis. Marshall Space Flight Center participated in the development and analysis of the Space Missile Defense Command-Operational Nanosatellite Effect (SMDC-ONE) and the Edison Demonstration of Smallsat Networks (EDSN) nanosatellites. These optical property measurements are documented here in hopes that they may benefit future nanosatellite and picosatellite programs and aid thermal analysis to ensure project goals are met, with the understanding that material properties may vary by vendor, batch, manufacturing process, and preflight handling. Where possible, complementary data are provided from ground simulations of the space environment and flight experiments, such as the Materials on International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) series. NASA gives no recommendation

  20. Enhanced optical and electrical properties of boron-doped zinc-oxide thin films prepared by using the sol-gel dip-coating method

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    Lee, Sang-heon; Kim, MinSu; Jung, YuJin; Jung, Jae Hak; Kim, Soaram; Leem, Jae-Young; Kim, Howoon

    2013-11-01

    Undoped ZnO and B-dopoed ZnO (BZO) thin films with 0 to 2.5 at.% B were prepared by using sol-gel synthesis. Their optical and electrical properties and surface morphology were investigated using scanning electron microscopy, photoluminescence (PL), and van der Pauw Hall-effect measurements. All of the thin films were deposited appropriately onto quartz substrates; they exhibited a fibrous root morphology, with structures that changed in size with increasing B concentration. The PL spectra showed near-band-edge (NBE) emissions and deep-level emissions (DLE). The NBE emission and the DLE for the BZO thin films were more blue-shifted than those for the undoped ZnO thin film, and the blue shift increased the efficiency of the NBE emission of the BZO thin films. The Hall-effect data suggested that B doping also improved the electrical properties, such as the carrier concentration, Hall mobility, and resistivity, of the thin films. The resistivity and the Hall mobility decreased with increasing B concentration and were inversely proportional to the carrier concentration.

  1. 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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-19

    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.

  4. Calculating nonlocal optical properties of structures with arbitrary shape.

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    McMahon, J. M.; Gray, S. K.; Schatz, G. C.; Northwestern Univ.

    2010-07-16

    In a recent Letter [J. M. McMahon, S. K. Gray, and G. C. Schatz, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 097403 (2009)], we outlined a computational method to calculate the optical properties of structures with a spatially nonlocal dielectric function. In this paper, we detail the full method and verify it against analytical results for cylindrical nanowires. Then, as examples of our method, we calculate the optical properties of Au nanostructures in one, two, and three dimensions. We first calculate the transmission, reflection, and absorption spectra of thin films. Because of their simplicity, these systems demonstrate clearly the longitudinal (or volume) plasmons characteristic of nonlocal effects, which result in anomalous absorption and plasmon blueshifting. We then study the optical properties of spherical nanoparticles, which also exhibit such nonlocal effects. Finally, we compare the maximum and average electric field enhancements around nanowires of various shapes to local theory predictions. We demonstrate that when nonlocal effects are included, significant decreases in such properties can occur.

  5. Preactivated thiomers: Permeation enhancing properties

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    Wang, Xueqing; Iqbal, Javed; Rahmat, Deni; Bernkop-Schnürch, Andreas

    2012-01-01

    The study was aimed to prepare a series of poly(acrylic acid)-cysteine-2-mercaptonicotinic acid conjugates (preactivated thiomers) and to evaluate the influence of molecular mass or degree of preactivation with 2-mercaptonicotinic acid (2MNA) on their permeation enhancing properties. Preactivated thiomers with different molecular mass and different degree of preactivation were synthesized and categorized on the basis of their molecular mass and degree of preactivation as PAA100-Cys-2MNA (h), PAA250-Cys-2MNA (h), PAA450-Cys-2MNA (h), PAA450-Cys-2MNA (m) and PAA450-Cys-2MNA (l). In vitro permeation studies, the permeation enhancement ability for preactivated thiomers was ranked as PAA450-Cys-2MNA (h) > PAA250-Cys-2MNA (h) > PAA100-Cys-2MNA (h) on both Caco-2 cell monolayers and rat intestinal mucosa. Comparing the influence of degree of preactivation with 2MNA on permeation enhancement, the following order PAA450-Cys-2MNA (h) > PAA450-Cys-2MNA (m) ≈ PAA450-Cys-2MNA (l) on Caco-2 cell monolayers and PAA450-Cys-2MNA (m) > PAA450-Cys-2MNA (h) > PAA450-Cys-2MNA (l) on intestinal mucosa was observed. The Papp of sodium fluorescein was 5.08-fold improved on Caco-2 cell monolayers for PAA450-Cys-2MNA (h) and 2.46-fold improved on intestinal mucosa for PAA450-Cys-2MNA (m), respectively, in comparison to sodium fluorescein in buffer only. These results indicated that preactivated thiomers could be considered as a promising macromolecular permeation enhancing polymer for non-invasive drug administration. PMID:22960503

  6. Enhanced optical transmission at the cutoff transition.

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    Laux, E; Genet, C; Ebbesen, T W

    2009-04-27

    The phenomenon of extraordinary transmission in the optical regime for circular hole arrays in optically thick metal films is studied as a function of hole size and depth. In the limit of small holes compared to the depth, the transmission properties follow a waveguide type behavior. By describing the transmission process as resulting from the interference between a resonant and a non-resonant contribution, a transition is clearly revealed through the specific spectral variations of the resonance at a given hole depth. This transition is associated to a change in the attenuation through the hole as its size increases, and corresponds to the optimal condition for surface plasmon excitation.

  7. Elegant Gaussian beams for enhanced optical manipulation

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    Alpmann, Christina Schöler, Christoph; Denz, Cornelia

    2015-06-15

    Generation of micro- and nanostructured complex light beams attains increasing impact in photonics and laser applications. In this contribution, we demonstrate the implementation and experimental realization of the relatively unknown, but highly versatile class of complex-valued Elegant Hermite- and Laguerre-Gaussian beams. These beams create higher trapping forces compared to standard Gaussian light fields due to their propagation changing properties. We demonstrate optical trapping and alignment of complex functional particles as nanocontainers with standard and Elegant Gaussian light beams. Elegant Gaussian beams will inspire manifold applications in optical manipulation, direct laser writing, or microscopy, where the design of the point-spread function is relevant.

  8. Enhancement of skin optical clearing efficacy using photo-irradiation.

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    Liu, Caihua; Zhi, Zhongwei; Tuchin, Valery V; Luo, Qingming; Zhu, Dan

    2010-02-01

    Tissue optical clearing technique based on immersion of tissues into optical clearing agents (OCAs) can reduce the scattering and enhance the penetration of light in tissue. However, the barrier function of epidermis limits the penetration of OCAs, and hence is responsible for the poor optical clearing efficacy of skin by topical action. In this study, a variety of light irradiation was applied to increase permeability of agents in skin and improve the optical clearing efficacy. Different light sources with different dose, i.e, CO(2) laser, Nd:YAG laser (532 and 1,064 nm) with different pulse modes and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) (400-700 and 560-950 nm) were used to irradiate rat skin in vivo, and then glycerol was applied onto the irradiated zone. VIS-NIR spectrometer was utilized to monitor the changes of reflectance. In vitro skin samples were also irradiated by Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (1,064 nm) and then treated by glycerol for 10-60 minutes. Based on the measurement of the reflectance and transmittance of the samples, the optical properties of skin and penetration depth of light were calculated. Results show that photo-irradiation with appropriate dose combining with the following glycerol treatment is able to reduce in vivo skin reflectance. Compared with the control group, the maximal changes in reflectance are ninefold at 575 nm and eightfold at 615 nm, respectively, which were caused by Q-switched 1,064-nm Nd:YAG laser irradiation and following glycerol treatment. The results for in vitro skin demonstrate that the joint action can significantly increase the optical penetration depth in samples. The combination of Q-switched Nd:YAG (1,064 nm) laser and glycerol could enhance optical skin clearing efficacy significantly. This study provides a non-invasive way to improve the optical clearing of skin, which will benefit the skin optical therapy.

  9. Enhanced quantum communication via optical refocusing

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    Lupo, Cosmo; Giovannetti, Vittorio; Pirandola, Stefano; Mancini, Stefano; Lloyd, Seth

    2011-07-15

    We consider the problem of quantum communication mediated by a passive optical refocusing system. The model captures the basic features of all those situations in which a signal is either refocused by a repeater for long-distance communication, or it is focused on a detector prior to the information decoding process. Introducing a general method for linear passive optical systems, we determine the conditions under which optical refocusing implies information transmission gain. Although the finite aperture of the repeater may cause loss of information, we show that the presence of the refocusing system can substantially enhance the rate of reliable communication with respect to the free-space propagation. We explicitly address the transferring of classical messages over the quantum channel, but the results can be easily extended to include the case of transferring quantum messages as well.

  10. Enhanced quantum communication via optical refocusing

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    Lupo, Cosmo; Giovannetti, Vittorio; Pirandola, Stefano; Mancini, Stefano; Lloyd, Seth

    2011-07-01

    We consider the problem of quantum communication mediated by a passive optical refocusing system. The model captures the basic features of all those situations in which a signal is either refocused by a repeater for long-distance communication, or it is focused on a detector prior to the information decoding process. Introducing a general method for linear passive optical systems, we determine the conditions under which optical refocusing implies information transmission gain. Although the finite aperture of the repeater may cause loss of information, we show that the presence of the refocusing system can substantially enhance the rate of reliable communication with respect to the free-space propagation. We explicitly address the transferring of classical messages over the quantum channel, but the results can be easily extended to include the case of transferring quantum messages as well.

  11. Optical properties of ZnO nanostructures.

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    Djurisić, Aleksandra B; Leung, Yu Hang

    2006-08-01

    We present a review of current research on the optical properties of ZnO nanostructures. We provide a brief introduction to different fabrication methods for various ZnO nanostructures and some general guidelines on how fabrication parameters (temperature, vapor-phase versus solution-phase deposition, etc.) affect their properties. A detailed discussion of photoluminescence, both in the UV region and in the visible spectral range, is provided. In addition, different gain (excitonic versus electron hole plasma) and feedback (random lasing versus individual nanostructures functioning as Fabry-Perot resonators) mechanisms for achieving stimulated emission are described. The factors affecting the achievement of stimulated emission are discussed, and the results of time-resolved studies of stimulated emission are summarized. Then, results of nonlinear optical studies, such as second-harmonic generation, are presented. Optical properties of doped ZnO nanostructures are also discussed, along with a concluding outlook for research into the optical properties of ZnO.

  12. Handbook of the Properties of Optical Materials

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    1984-01-01

    EFFECTIVE MASS - - MOBILITY - - A-2 ARSEWIC SELENIOE (As2 Se3 ) OPTICAL PROPERTIES TRANSMISSION RANGE: 9 - 11n Optical Absorption Coefficient = 0.079...of 55 KRS-5 as a function of wavelength. A-2120 ZINC SELENIOE ZnSe 0 STRUCTURE CRYSTALLINE SYMMETRY = Cubic, 43m LATTICE CONSTANTS (A) = a = 5.667

  13. Optical properties of ALON (aluminum oxynitride)

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    Hartnett, T. M.; Bernstein, S. D.; Maguire, E. A.; Tustison, R. W.

    1998-06-01

    The optical properties of ALON (aluminum oxynitride) are presented. Optical scatter and index of refraction, and absorption of several different compositions of ALON are compared. The temperature dependence of emissivity of ALON was measured in the temperature range 46°C to 1200°C.

  14. Synthesizing Diacetylenes With Nonlinear Optical Properties

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

    1993-01-01

    Diacetylene compounds being investigated to determine whether they have nonlinear optical properties making them useful for four-wave mixing, generation of third harmonics, phase conjugation, and like. Diacetylene monomers synthesized by sequences of chemical reactions. Monomers polymerized by ultraviolet light, forming potentially useful nonlinear optical materials.

  15. Effect of size and shell: Enhanced optical and surface properties of CdS, ZnS and CdS/ZnS quantum dots

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    Kumar, Hitanshu; Barman, P. B.; Singh, Ragini Raj

    2015-03-01

    This study reports systematic structural, optical and surface studies on wurtzite CdS, ZnS and CdS/ZnS quantum dots where the effects of size and shell thickness were analysed. Size tunable, stable and luminescent quantum dots (QDs) and their core/shell structures were synthesized by wet chemical growth method at low temperature using 2-mercaptoethanol as a stabilizer. Formation of non-agglomerated wurtzite QDs with reduced particle sizes have been confirmed from x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy studies. Size dependent blue shifts have been observed by absorbance spectroscopy and discussed on the basis of various theoretical models. Significantly enhanced luminescence and monochromaticity have been observed in QDs due to particle size reduction and on core/shell structure formation. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy indicates that OH, CH2 and C-O functional groups are present on the QDs surfaces and for this reason these QDs can be used in various biological applications.

  16. Region-based diffuse optical tomography with registered atlas: in vivo acquisition of mouse optical properties

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    Wan, Wenbo; Wang, Yihan; Qi, Jin; Liu, Lingling; Ma, Wenjuan; Li, Jiao; Zhang, Limin; Zhou, Zhongxing; Zhao, Huijuan; Gao, Feng

    2016-01-01

    The reconstruction quality in the model-based optical tomography modalities can greatly benefit from a priori information of accurate tissue optical properties, which are difficult to be obtained in vivo with a conventional diffuse optical tomography (DOT) system alone. One of the solutions is to apply a priori anatomical structures obtained with anatomical imaging systems such as X-ray computed tomography (XCT) to constrain the reconstruction process of DOT. However, since X-ray offers low soft-tissue contrast, segmentation of abdominal organs from sole XCT images can be problematic. In order to overcome the challenges, the current study proposes a novel method of recovering a priori organ-oriented tissue optical properties, where anatomical structures of an in vivo mouse are approximately obtained by registering a standard anatomical atlas, i.e., the Digimouse, to the target XCT volume with the non-rigid image registration, and, in turn, employed to guide DOT for extracting the optical properties of inner organs. Simulative investigations have validated the methodological availability of such atlas-registration-based DOT strategy in revealing both a priori anatomical structures and optical properties. Further experiments have demonstrated the feasibility of the proposed method for acquiring the organ-oriented tissue optical properties of in vivo mice, making it as an efficient way of the reconstruction enhancement. PMID:28018725

  17. Origin of the Photoluminescence Quantum Yields Enhanced by Alkane-Termination of Freestanding Silicon Nanocrystals: Temperature-Dependence of Optical Properties

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    Ghosh, Batu; Takeguchi, Masaki; Nakamura, Jin; Nemoto, Yoshihiro; Hamaoka, Takumi; Chandra, Sourov; Shirahata, Naoto

    2016-11-01

    On the basis of the systematic study on temperature dependence of photoluminescence (PL) properties along with relaxation dynamics we revise a long-accepted mechanism for enhancing absolute PL quantum yields (QYs) of freestanding silicon nanocrystals (ncSi). A hydrogen-terminated ncSi (ncSi:H) of 2.1 nm was prepared by thermal disproportination of (HSiO1.5)n, followed by hydrofluoric etching. Room-temperature PL QY of the ncSi:H increased twentyfold only by hydrosilylation of 1-octadecene (ncSi-OD). A combination of PL spectroscopic measurement from cryogenic to room temperature with structural characterization allows us to link the enhanced PL QYs with the notable difference in surface structure between the ncSi:H and the ncSi-OD. The hydride-terminated surface suffers from the presence of a large amount of nonradiative relaxation channels whereas the passivation with alkyl monolayers suppresses the creation of the nonradiative relaxation channels to yield the high PL QY.

  18. Origin of the Photoluminescence Quantum Yields Enhanced by Alkane-Termination of Freestanding Silicon Nanocrystals: Temperature-Dependence of Optical Properties

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    Ghosh, Batu; Takeguchi, Masaki; Nakamura, Jin; Nemoto, Yoshihiro; Hamaoka, Takumi; Chandra, Sourov; Shirahata, Naoto

    2016-01-01

    On the basis of the systematic study on temperature dependence of photoluminescence (PL) properties along with relaxation dynamics we revise a long-accepted mechanism for enhancing absolute PL quantum yields (QYs) of freestanding silicon nanocrystals (ncSi). A hydrogen-terminated ncSi (ncSi:H) of 2.1 nm was prepared by thermal disproportination of (HSiO1.5)n, followed by hydrofluoric etching. Room-temperature PL QY of the ncSi:H increased twentyfold only by hydrosilylation of 1-octadecene (ncSi-OD). A combination of PL spectroscopic measurement from cryogenic to room temperature with structural characterization allows us to link the enhanced PL QYs with the notable difference in surface structure between the ncSi:H and the ncSi-OD. The hydride-terminated surface suffers from the presence of a large amount of nonradiative relaxation channels whereas the passivation with alkyl monolayers suppresses the creation of the nonradiative relaxation channels to yield the high PL QY. PMID:27830771

  19. Enhanced neutron imaging detector using optical processing

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    Hutchinson, D.P.; McElhaney, S.A.

    1992-01-01

    Existing neutron imaging detectors have limited count rates due to inherent property and electronic limitations. The popular multiwire proportional counter is qualified by gas recombination to a count rate of less than 10{sup 5} n/s over the entire array and the neutron Anger camera, even though improved with new fiber optic encoding methods, can only achieve 10{sup 6} cps over a limited array. We present a preliminary design for a new type of neutron imaging detector with a resolution of 2--5 mm and a count rate capability of 10{sup 6} cps pixel element. We propose to combine optical and electronic processing to economically increase the throughput of advanced detector systems while simplifying computing requirements. By placing a scintillator screen ahead of an optical image processor followed by a detector array, a high throughput imaging detector may be constructed.

  20. Enhanced optical properties of heterostructured ZnO/CeO2 nanocomposite fabricated by one-pot hydrothermal method: Fluorescence and ultraviolet absorption and visible light transparency

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    He, Geping; Fan, Huiqing; Wang, Zhiwei

    2014-12-01

    Many researchers investigated the properties of either discrete metal oxide CeO2 or ZnO materials. However, less attention has been paid to the various nanostructure and performances of CeO2 and ZnO nanocomposite up to now. In this paper, a facile and low cost one-pot hydrothermal synthesis method has been adopted to obtained directly precursors of CeCO3OH and Zn5(CO3)2(OH)6 with different Ce atom molar ratios to Zn, which are transformed into their corresponding metal oxide to form the ZnO/CeO2 heterostructure nanocomposites (HSNCs) by pyrolysis. The heterostructure is composed of ZnO and CeO2 monocrystals, simultaneously, CeO2 monocrystals are well dispersed on the surface of ZnO monocrystal for cosmetics. Bing dependent on the analysis results of XRD and TEM for the obtained precursors before and after pyrolysis, the formation mechanism of HSNCs was proposed. To the best of our knowledge, the paper first reported heterostructured ZnO/CeO2 nanocomposite grown in one-pot mixed aqueous solution of cerium nitrate, zinc acetate and urea without other extra surfactant. Additionally, the influence of various Ce/Zn molar ratios on the heterostructure, fluorescence emission and UV-visible absorption properties of HSNCs was investigated in detail. ZnO/CeO2 HSNCs display higher fluorescence emission with the increasing Ce/Zn molar ratio. Meanwhile, the larger Ce/Zn molar ratio of ZnO/CeO2 HSNCs, the stronger transparency in the visible light region and the weaker UV absorption. The results are due to the fact that the band gap of ZnO/CeO2 HSNCs will decrease from 3.25 to 3.08 eV when Ce/Zn atom molar ratio is increased from 0 to 0.08. By the comprehensive analysis on the optical performances of HSNCs with the different Ce/Zn atom molar ratios, ZnO/CeO2-0.04 HSNCs could become UV absorber materials and transparent material in the visible region. ZnO/CeO2-0.04 HSNCs with the UV-filtering and Vis-transparent properties is appropriate for personal-care cosmetics.

  1. Optical properties of a heated cornstarch mixture

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    Vazquez-Landaverde, Pedro A.; Morales Sánchez, Eduardo; Huerta-Ruelas, Jorge A.

    2007-03-01

    In this study, the objective was to evaluate optical properties of a corn starch-water mixture as descriptors of its behavior under processing conditions. A solution of corn starch in water was prepared and heated from 25 to 85°C in a temperature-controlled optical cell. For the measurement of optical properties, a polarized laser beam modulated through a photoelastic modulator and an analyzer, was used as optical probe. It was possible to measure transmitted light, along with optical rotation. Optical measurements showed changes related to temperature dependent phenomena such as starch granule swelling and gelatinization, in the ranges 25 to 60°C, 60 to 85°C. Above 80°C transmission values were higher, due to the solution clarification caused by corn starch gelatinization. Regarding optical rotation, it was difficult to obtain reliable measurements at low temperatures due to the high turbidity of the system. However, once gel was formed at higher temperatures, optical rotation and light transmission increased. This study demonstrated that optical techniques are suitable for the study of the behavior of water-starch mixtures under processing conditions such as heating, revealing a promising future for the monitoring of such phenomena in the production line to lower costs and improve product quality.

  2. Optical coherence tomography image enhancement by using gold nanoparticles

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    Ponce-de-Leon, Y. R.; Lopez-Rios, J. A.; Pichardo-Molina, J. L.; Alcalá Ochoa, N.

    2011-08-01

    Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is an imaging technique to get cross-sectional images with resolutions of a few microns and deep penetration in tissue of some millimeters. For many years OCT has been applied to analyze different human tissues like eyes, skin, teeth, urinary bladders, gastrointestinal, respiratory or genitourinary tracts and recently breast cancer tissues have been studied. Many of these tissues are composed specially of lipids and collagen, proteins which cause multiple light scattering (MLS) reducing significantly the optical depth and the contrast of OCT imaging. So, one of the big challenges of this technique is to acquire images with good contrast. Gold nanoparticles (NPs) exhibit interesting optical properties due to its plasmon resonance frequency. Optical absorbance is strong when gold NPs have dimension under 50 nm, but over this size optical scattering becomes dominant. In this work we show the preliminary results of the use of gold NPs as a contrast medium to enhance the OCT images quality. Our experimental results show which type of particles (morphology and size) present the best enhancement in the region of 1325 nm which corresponds to the central wavelength source excitation. All our experiments were carried out with a commercial OCT (thorlabs) system and our NPs were tested in water and gel phantoms.

  3. Investigations and Mimicry of the Optical Properties of Butterfly Wings

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    Summers, Christopher J.; Gaillot, Davy P.; Crne, Matija; Blair, John; Park, Jung O.; Srinivasarao, Mohan; Deparis, Olivier; Welch, Victoria; Vigneron, Jean-Pol

    Structural color in Nature has been observed in plants, insects and birds, and has led to a strong interest in these phenomena and a desire to understand the mechanisms responsible. Of particular interest are the optical properties of butterflies. In this paper, we review three investigations inspired by the unique optical properties exhibited in a variety of butterfly wings. In the first investigation, conformal atomic layer depositions (ALDs) were used to exploit biologically defined 2D photonic crystal (PC) templates of Papilio blumei with the purpose of increasing the understanding of the optical effects of naturally formed dielectric architectures, and of exploring any novel optical effects. In the second study, it was demonstrated that faithful mimicry of Papilio palinurus can be achieved by physical fabrication methods through using breath figures to provide templates and ALD routines to enable optical properties. Finally, knowledge of the optical structure properties of the Princeps nireus butterfly has resulted in bioinspired designs to enhanced scintillator designs for radiation detection.

  4. Optical properties of amorphous hydrogenated carbon films

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    Chen, Jing Qiu

    Carbon can be formed either as fully crystalline structures, such as diamond, graphite, and fullerene (C60). or as mostly amorphous structures, like amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C:H). A study was made of a-C:H films which had been deposited by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) using CH4, H2 and Ar (or N2 for doping) gas mixtures. Each film exhibits unique physical, optical and electronic properties dependent upon the specific deposition parameters. The study is intended to extend our understanding of the properties of a-C:H films. Samples prepared by James Johnson, similar to those used in his previous studies (using mainly 4 separate sets of deposition parameters), were evaluated along with other samples which were unique to this study. Film preparation parameters were varied to allow an examination of the effects induced through the variation of deposition power level, partial substitution of nitrogen for methane in the deposition process gasses and post-deposition thermal annealing. The film optical properties were evaluated using combination of non-destructive test methods, including Raman scattering, photoluminescence (PL), optical absorption and photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectroscopies. Different PL responses at low temperature (6 K) were recorded for doped and/or annealed samples deriving from the main set of samples. Two new features at 564 and 637 nm of nitrogen doped films replaced the 597 and 703 nm of undoped films. For the first time, three Raman phonon peaks were observed in a nitrogen doped and annealed film. Additional FTIR data indicated that the third Raman phonon peak was associated with CH2 and CH3 bonding structures. The Raman scattering data contributed to an improved understanding of the two-phase (sp2, sp3) model developed by Robertson. Optical absorption measurements could only be obtained for the films deposited on fused quartz. All other measurements were made on films deposited on silicon, which is opaque in

  5. Analytic Optimization of Near-Field Optical Chirality Enhancement

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    2017-01-01

    We present an analytic derivation for the enhancement of local optical chirality in the near field of plasmonic nanostructures by tuning the far-field polarization of external light. We illustrate the results by means of simulations with an achiral and a chiral nanostructure assembly and demonstrate that local optical chirality is significantly enhanced with respect to circular polarization in free space. The optimal external far-field polarizations are different from both circular and linear. Symmetry properties of the nanostructure can be exploited to determine whether the optimal far-field polarization is circular. Furthermore, the optimal far-field polarization depends on the frequency, which results in complex-shaped laser pulses for broadband optimization. PMID:28239617

  6. Enhanced quadrupole effects for atoms in optical vortices.

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    Lembessis, V E; Babiker, M

    2013-02-22

    We show that the normally weak optical quadrupole interaction in atoms is enhanced significantly when the atom interacts at near resonance with an optical vortex. In particular, the forces and torque acting on the atom are shown here to scale up with the square of the winding number l of the vortex. Because the integer l can be arranged to be large, this property allows for processes involving dipole-forbidden, but quadrupole-allowed, transitions in atoms, such as cesium and oxygen, to come into play. We show that the mechanical effects of vortex light on atoms involving translational and rotational motion as well as trapping should be significantly enhanced for quadrupole transitions and present novel features with useful implications for the emerging field of atomtronics.

  7. Optimizing phase to enhance optical trap stiffness.

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    Taylor, Michael A

    2017-04-03

    Phase optimization offers promising capabilities in optical tweezers, allowing huge increases in the applied forces, trap stiff-ness, or measurement sensitivity. One key obstacle to potential applications is the lack of an efficient algorithm to compute an optimized phase profile, with enhanced trapping experiments relying on slow programs that would take up to a week to converge. Here we introduce an algorithm that reduces the wait from days to minutes. We characterize the achievable in-crease in trap stiffness and its dependence on particle size, refractive index, and optical polarization. We further show that phase-only control can achieve almost all of the enhancement possible with full wavefront shaping; for instance phase control allows 62 times higher trap stiffness for 10 μm silica spheres in water, while amplitude control and non-trivial polarization further increase this by 1.26 and 1.01 respectively. This algorithm will facilitate future applications in optical trapping, and more generally in wavefront optimization.

  8. Optical properties of silicon inverse opals

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    Wei, Hong

    Silicon inverse opals are artificial structures in which nearly monodisperse, close-packed air bubbles are embedded in a silicon matrix. If properly tailored, this structure can exhibit a photonic band gap (PBG) in the near infrared spectral region. The PBG can block light propagation in any direction, allowing the control of light flow in the material. Silicon inverse opals can be fabricated by infiltrating amorphous silicon into silica colloidal crystals and then etching away the silica. In this thesis, the structural defects of silica colloidal crystals and the optical properties of silicon inverse opals are studied. First, by using laser-scanning confocal microscopy, the concentration and distribution of stacking faults and vacancies were quantified in silica colloidal crystals. It's shown that silica colloidal crystals show strong tendency toward face-center-cubic structure with the vacancy density as small as 5 x 10-4. Second, by combining optical microscopy and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, the transmission and reflection spectra of silicon inverse opals along the [111] direction were measured. Combined with the calculation of transmission and reflection spectra by Transfer Matrix Methods, it is concluded that the strong light attenuation in silicon inverse opals is due to the enhanced absorption (>600%) in silicon materials. Third, by using optical pump-probe techniques, the photo-induced ultra-fast reflection changes in silicon inverse opals were examined. The pump-generated free carriers cause the reflection in the band gap region to change after ˜0.5 ps. For the first few ps, the main effect is a decrease in reflectivity due to nonlinear absorption. After ˜5 ps, this effect disappears and an unexpected blue spectral shift is seen in the photonic band gap. The refractive index decreases due to optically-induced strain born the thermal expansion mismatch between silicon and its native oxide. Finally, by infiltrating silicon inverse

  9. The nature of enhanced linear and nonlinear optical effects in fullerene solutions

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    Sheka, E. F. Razbirin, B. S. Starukhin, A. N.; Nelson, D. K.; Degunov, M. Yu.; Lyubovskaya, R. N.; Troshin, P. A.

    2009-05-15

    The 'blue' emission from fullerene C{sub 60} and its derivatives in frozen toluene solution is discovered and analyzed in the framework of the electromagnetic theory of enhanced optical effects. It is shown that the emission, combining enhanced spectra of Raman scattering and one-photon luminescence, is due to clustering of fullerene molecules in solution. Photoexcitation of charge-transfer excitons in clusters provides the polarization required for the enhancement. A direct relationship is established between the observed phenomenon and nonlinear optical properties of the medium. Empirical and computational tests are proposed to select matrices with various nonlinear optical properties.

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  11. Optical property measurement from layered biological media

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    Muller, Matthew R.

    1998-12-01

    Near infrared (NIR) photon reflectance spectroscopy is applied to measurement of blood concentration and its oxygen saturation within biological tissue. The measurement relies upon the changes in photon absorption of hemoglobin in the tissue as changes occur in the hemoglobin concentration and oxygen content. In the present study, NIR light is introduced at the skin surface and the optical properties (absorption and scattering) within the underlying tissue are determined from the resulting surface reflectance. Typically the tissue is modeled as a homogeneous mixture of bloodless tissue and blood, and the model incorporates the physical relationship between the surface reflectance and the optical properties of the tissue. The skin and underlying tissue, although heterogeneous, have a characteristic layered structure. These layers can be differentiated optically. The modeling and the inverse problem of measuring the optical properties in each of the tissue layers from the surface reflectance have been the subject of much attention by a number of investigators. Nonetheless, quantification of the relationship between surface reflectance and the optical properties of layered tissue has not been well understood nor well described. In the forward problem, tissue optical properties yield surface reflectance profiles (SRPs). Surface reflectance profiles, or SRPs, from diffusive media consisting of two layers are calculated using numerical solutions to the Boltzmann equation. Experimental SRPs are also measured in vitro from a test medium and in vivo from the calf of human subjects. This study provides a new approach to solving the inverse problem of determining optical properties from SRPs. To solve the inverse problem, an effective diffusion constant (Ke) is determined for the layered media. The Ke is the diffusion constant of an equivalent homogeneous medium which best fits the SRP of the layered medium. The departure from Ke of the SRP for a layered media is captured

  12. The Optical Properties of Ion Implanted Silica

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    Smith, Cydale C.; Ila, D.; Sarkisov, S.; Williams, E. K.; Poker, D. B.; Hensley, D. K.

    1997-01-01

    We will present our investigation on the change in the optical properties of silica, 'suprasil', after keV through MeV implantation of copper, tin, silver and gold and after annealing. Suprasil-1, name brand of silica glass produced by Hereaus Amerisil, which is chemically pure with well known optical properties. Both linear nonlinear optical properties of the implanted silica were investigated before and after thermal annealing. All implants, except for Sn, showed strong optical absorption bands in agreement with Mie's theory. We have also used Z-scan to measure the strength of the third order nonlinear optical properties of the produced thin films, which is composed of the host material and the metallic nanoclusters. For implants with a measurable optical absorption band we used Doyle's theory and the full width half maximum of the absorption band to calculate the predicted size of the formed nanoclusters at various heat treatment temperatures. These results are compared with those obtained from direct observation using transmission electron microscopic techniques.

  13. The Optical Properties of Ion Implanted Silica

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    Smith, Cydale C.; Ila, D.; Sarkisov, S.; Williams, E. K.; Poker, D. B.; Hensley, D. K.

    1997-01-01

    We will present our investigation on the change in the optical properties of silica, 'suprasil', after keV through MeV implantation of copper, tin, silver and gold and after annealing. Suprasil-1, name brand of silica glass produced by Hereaus Amerisil, which is chemically pure with well known optical properties. Both linear nonlinear optical properties of the implanted silica were investigated before and after thermal annealing. All implants, except for Sn, showed strong optical absorption bands in agreement with Mie's theory. We have also used Z-scan to measure the strength of the third order nonlinear optical properties of the produced thin films, which is composed of the host material and the metallic nanoclusters. For implants with a measurable optical absorption band we used Doyle's theory and the full width half maximum of the absorption band to calculate the predicted size of the formed nanoclusters at various heat treatment temperatures. These results are compared with those obtained from direct observation using transmission electron microscopic techniques.

  14. Models of the optical properties of solids

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    Tropf, William J.; Thomas, Michael E.

    1992-12-01

    Physically-based optical property models of solids are a convenient means of representing the complex index of refraction as a function of frequency and temperature. This modeling approach is especially convenient considering the wide spread use of personal computers and the uncomplicated mathematical form of the models. Models provide a convenient method of cataloging measurements and interpolated between measurements. Several useful models covering absorption and scattering phenomena are presented. Together, these models allow prediction of optical properties over the spectral range from microwaves to the electronic band gap. Temperature dependence of the optical properties cover a more restricted range, but some models predict optical properties from liquid helium to melting temperatures. We have developed an optical properties code incorporating the following models: the classical (one- phonon) oscillator model, our multi-phonon model, the Urbach tail and weak absorption tail models, free-carrier model, and an empirical scatter model. These models require measured parameters which are given for common materials. Comparisons of model calculations of the refractive index, the absorption coefficient, and scattering coefficient to experimental data are presented.

  15. Synthesis, characterization and optical properties of nanoparticles

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    Li, Shoutian

    ZnO, Si, silica, Ge, Ga oxide, W oxide and Mo oxide nanoparticles have been synthesized and characterized, and their optical properties have been investigated. These particles were synthesized by a Laser Vaporization and Controlled Condensation (LVCC) technique in a modified diffusion cloud chamber. The particles deposited on smooth substrates reveal highly organized web-like structures with uniform micrometer size pores. The effect of solvents on the web-like structures was also investigated. ZnO nanoparticles were also prepared by wet chemical methods such as the reversed micelle and sol solutions technique. The photoluminescence quantum yield is enhanced 10 times once the surfaces of the ZnO nanoparticles are coated with a layer of stearate molecules. Many techniques have been used to characterize the nanoparticles. SEM gives information about particle size and morphology; X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy determine the crystallinity and crystal structure; XPS and FTIR reveal the surface chemical composition; UV-vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence measurements characterize the optical properties of nanoparticles. Silica nanoparticles, prepared in an amorphous phase, show bright blue photoluminescence upon irradiation with UV light, but the luminescence has a very short lifetime (less than 20 ns). Si nanoparticles, with a diamond-like crystal phase, acquire oxidized-surfaces on exposure to air. The surface-oxidized Si nanocrystals show a short- lived blue emission characteristic of the SiO2 coating and a longer-lived red emission at room temperature. The lifetime of the red emission depends on the emission wavelength. Some substituted benzene molecules and tungsten oxide nanoparticles can quench the red photoluminescence of the Si nanocrystals. Tungsten oxide and molybdenum oxide nanoparticles show photochromic properties: they change color to blue when irradiated. The photons drive a transition from one chemical state to another. The color change of

  16. Electro-Optic Properties of Holographically Patterned, Polymer Stabilized Cholesteric Liquid Crystals (Preprint)

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    2007-01-01

    Electro - optic properties of cholesteric liquid crystals with holographically patterned polymer stabilization were examined. It is hypothesized that...enhanced electro - optic properties of the final device. Prior to holographic patterning, polymer stabilization with large elastic memory was generated by way... electro - optic properties appear to stem from a single dimension domain size increase, which allows for a reduction in the LC/polymer interaction.

  17. Optical Property Analyses of Plant Cells for Adaptive Optics Microscopy

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    Tamada, Yosuke; Murata, Takashi; Hattori, Masayuki; Oya, Shin; Hayano, Yutaka; Kamei, Yasuhiro; Hasebe, Mitsuyasu

    2014-04-01

    In astronomy, adaptive optics (AO) can be used to cancel aberrations caused by atmospheric turbulence and to perform diffraction-limited observation of astronomical objects from the ground. AO can also be applied to microscopy, to cancel aberrations caused by cellular structures and to perform high-resolution live imaging. As a step toward the application of AO to microscopy, here we analyzed the optical properties of plant cells. We used leaves of the moss Physcomitrella patens, which have a single layer of cells and are thus suitable for optical analysis. Observation of the cells with bright field and phase contrast microscopy, and image degradation analysis using fluorescent beads demonstrated that chloroplasts provide the main source of optical degradations. Unexpectedly, the cell wall, which was thought to be a major obstacle, has only a minor effect. Such information provides the basis for the application of AO to microscopy for the observation of plant cells.

  18. Optical amplification enhancement in photonic crystals

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    Sapienza, R.; Leonetti, M.; Froufe-Perez, L. S.; Galisteo-Lopez, J. F.; Lopez, C.; Conti, C.

    2011-02-15

    Improving and controlling the efficiency of a gain medium is one of the most challenging problems of laser research. By measuring the gain length in an opal-based photonic crystal doped with laser dye, we demonstrate that optical amplification is more than twenty-fold enhanced along the {Gamma}-K symmetry directions of the face-centered-cubic photonic crystal. These results are theoretically explained by directional variations of the density of states, providing a quantitative connection between density of the states and light amplification.

  19. Optical properties of a scorpion (Centruroides limpidus)

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    Ullrich, Bruno; Duckworth, Robyn M.; Singh, Akhilesh K.; Barik, Puspendu; Mejía-Villanueva, Vicente O.; Garcia-Pérez, Alberto C.

    2016-04-01

    Scorpions, elusive by nature, tend to appear nocturnally and are usually not appreciated when encountered. The exoskeleton is capable of fluorescing allowing for their detection at night in order to prevent undesirable encounters. The specificity of their fluorescing suggests specialized optical features. However, despite the blue-green fluorescence, to the best of our knowledge, no further results have been published on the optical properties of scorpions. Their exoskeletal structure whose versatility provides them protection, camouflage, and flexibility has not been studied under laser excitation and monochromatic light. The experiments reveal the nonlinear optical properties, infrared photoluminescence, and photoconductivity of the epicuticle of scorpions, demonstrating that the scorpion’s outer-covering is a prototype of a semiconducting inherently integrated multifunctional polymeric film with appealing potential applications such as optical logics, photonic frequency converters, novel multiplexers handling electronic and photonic inputs, and lasers.

  20. Optical properties of iron oxides

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    Musfeldt, Janice

    2012-02-01

    Magnetoelectric coupling in materials like multiferroics, dilute magnetic semiconductors, and topological insulators has attracted a great deal of attention, although most work has been done in the static limit. Optical spectroscopy offers a way to investigate the dynamics of charge-spin coupling, an area where there has been much less effort. Using these techniques, we discovered that charge fluctuation in LuFe2O4, the prototypical charge ordered multiferroic, has an onset well below the charge ordering transition, supporting the ``order by fluctuation'' mechanism for the development of charge order superstructure. Bragg splitting and large magneto-optical contrast suggest a low temperature monoclinic distortion that can be driven by both temperature and magnetic field. At the same time, dramatic splitting of the LuO2 layer phonon mode is attributed to charge-rich/poor proximity effects, and its temperature dependence reveals the antipolar nature of the W layer pattern. Using optical techniques, we also discovered that α-Fe2O3, a chemically-similar parent compound and one of the world's oldest and most iconic antiferromagnetic materials, appears more red in applied magnetic field than in zero field conditions. This effect is driven by a field-induced reorientation of magnetic order. The oscillator strength lost in the color band is partially transferred to the magnon side band, a process that also reveals a new exciton pattern induced by the modified exchange coupling. Analysis of the exciton pattern exposes C2/c monoclinic symmetry in the high field phase of hematite. Taken together, these findings advance our understanding of iron-based materials under extreme conditions. [4pt] Collaborators include: X. S. Xu, P. Chen, Q. -C. Sun, T. V. Brinzari (Tennessee); S. McGill (NHMFL); J. De Groot, M. Angst, R. P. Hermann (Julich); A. D. Christianson, B. C. Sales, D. Mandrus (ORNL); A. P. Litvinchuk (Houston); J. -W. Kim (Ames); Z. Islam (Argonne); N. Lee, S. -W. Cheong

  1. Motion field and optical flow: Qualitative properties

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    Verri, Alessandro; Poggio, Tomaso

    1986-12-01

    The optical flow, a 2-D field that can be associated with the variation of the image brightness pattern, and the 2-D motion field, the projection on the image plane of the 3-D velocity field of a moving scene, are in general different, unless very special conditions are satisfied. The optical flow, therefore, is ill suited for computing structure from motion, and for reconstructing the 3-D velocity field, problems that require an accurate estimate of the 2-D motion field. A different use of the optical flow is suggested. Stable field and the 3-D structure of the scene, and they can usually be obtained from the optical flow. The smoothed optical flow and 2-D motion field, interpreted as vector fields tangent to flows of planar dynamical systems, may have the same qualitative properties from the point of view of the theory of structural stability of dynamical systems.

  2. Hygroscopicity and optical properties of alkylaminium sulfates.

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    Hu, Dawei; Li, Chunlin; Chen, Hui; Chen, Jianmin; Ye, Xingnan; Li, Ling; Yang, Xin; Wang, Xinming; Mellouki, Abdelwahid; Hu, Zhongyang

    2014-01-01

    The hygroscopicity and optical properties of alkylaminium sulfates (AASs) were investigated using a hygroscopicity tandem differential mobility analyzer coupled to a cavity ring-down spectrometer and a nephelometer. AAS particles do not exhibit a deliquescence phenomenon and show a monotonic increase in diameter as the relative humidity (RH) ascends. Hygroscopic growth factors (GFs) for 40, 100 and 150 nm alkylaminium sulfate particles do not show an apparent Kelvin effect when RH is less than 45%, whereas GFs of the salt aerosols increase with initial particle size when RH is higher than 45%. Calculation using the Zdanovskii-Stokes-Robinson mixing rule suggests that hygroscopic growth of triethylaminium sulfate-ammonium sulfate mixtures is non-deliquescent, occurring at very low RH, implying that the displacement of ammonia by amine will significantly enhance the hygroscopicity of (NH4)2SO4 aerosols. In addition, light extinction of AAS particles is a combined effect of both scattering and absorption under dry conditions, but is dominated by scattering under wet conditions.

  3. Effective Optical Properties of Plasmonic Nanocomposites

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    Etrich, Christoph; Fahr, Stephan; Hedayati, Mehdi Keshavarz; Faupel, Franz; Elbahri, Mady; Rockstuhl, Carsten

    2014-01-01

    Plasmonic nanocomposites find many applications, such as nanometric coatings in emerging fields, such as optotronics, photovoltaics or integrated optics. To make use of their ability to affect light propagation in an unprecedented manner, plasmonic nanocomposites should consist of densely packed metallic nanoparticles. This causes a major challenge for their theoretical description, since the reliable assignment of effective optical properties with established effective medium theories is no longer possible. Established theories, e.g., the Maxwell-Garnett formalism, are only applicable for strongly diluted nanocomposites. This effective description, however, is a prerequisite to consider plasmonic nanocomposites in the design of optical devices. Here, we mitigate this problem and use full wave optical simulations to assign effective properties to plasmonic nanocomposites with filling fractions close to the percolation threshold. We show that these effective properties can be used to properly predict the optical action of functional devices that contain nanocomposites in their design. With this contribution we pave the way to consider plasmonic nanocomposites comparably to ordinary materials in the design of optical elements. PMID:28788484

  4. Optical properties of the Dead Sea

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    Boss, Emmanuel; Gildor, Hezi; Slade, Wayne; Sokoletsky, Leonid; Oren, Aharon; Loftin, James

    2013-04-01

    The Dead Sea, located in the rift valley between Jordan and Israel, is a hypersaline lake, resulting in unique biogeochemistry and optical properties. In the spring of 2004 we conducted two days of physical and optical measurements in the lake. Because of the significant effect of dissolved salts on the optical properties of water, our analysis required a novel processing approach to obtain dissolved and total inherent optical properties from the measurements. In addition, we show that the lake's salinity can be estimated from measurements of hyper-spectral absorption or attenuation spectra in the red and infrared parts of the spectrum, using published values of specific absorption of dissolved NaCl, despite the fact that the lake's salt chemistry is complex. In situ observations demonstrated that the lake has a two-layer structure with a warm and more turbid layer at the top 20-30 m and a clearer colder layer below. Both the particulate and dissolved absorption are well approximated by exponentially decreasing functions with the spectral slope of the particulate absorption about half that of the dissolved fraction and consistent with other aquatic environments. Both have relatively low and similar magnitudes in the blue (O(0.15 m-1)). Mean particle size was observed to increase with depth, consistent with precipitating salt crystals (observed in past campaigns) shown here to play a major role in the lake's optical properties.

  5. Optical Properties of Biological Aerosols

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    2006-01-01

    in the near zone, so that no simplifying approximation applies. For instan e, theapproximations devised by Johnson and by Bobbert and Vlieger5 have...properties of a sphere inthe vi inity of a plane surfa e," J. Opt. So . Am. A 14, 1505{1514 (1997).17 5. P. A. Bobbert and J. Vlieger, \\Light s

  6. Optical properties of water at high temperature

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    French, Martin; Redmer, Ronald

    2011-04-15

    We calculate optical properties of water along the principal Hugoniot curve from ambient conditions up to temperatures of 130 000 K with density functional theory (DFT) and the Kubo-Greenwood formula. The effect of the exchange correlation functional is examined by comparing the generalized gradient approximation with a hybrid functional that contains Fock exchange. We find noticeable but moderate differences between the respective results which decrease rapidly above 80 000 K. The reflectivity along the principal Hugoniot is calculated and a good qualitative but fair quantitative agreement with available experimental data is found. Our results are of general relevance for calculations of optical properties with DFT at zero and elevated temperature.

  7. Unidirectional enhanced spontaneous emission with metallo-dielectric optical antenna

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    Shen, Hongming; Lu, Guowei; He, Yingbo; Cheng, Yuqing; Gong, Qihuang

    2017-07-01

    A metallo-dielectric system consisted of two coupled metallic nanoparticles embedded in a planar dielectric antenna is proposed to control the light emission from a localized emitter. Such design integrates the advantages of planar dielectric antenna and plasmonic antenna such as highly localized excitation enhancement, emission direction control, and high collection efficiency. For specific configurations, the antenna can achieve unidirectional and plasmon-enhanced emission from single emitters, simultaneously presenting remarkable collection efficiency up to 96%. We show that the unidirectional effect is mainly determined by the plasmon coupling effect of the plasmonic dimer. The dependences of directivity property on the antenna geometry and emitter's position are also discussed in detail. These findings provide a promising route to realize novel optical devices involving directional and surface enhanced spontaneous emission, e.g. bright single-photon sources with high collection efficiency.

  8. Optical Properties of Copper Nanoparticles

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    Kalenskii, A. V.; Zvekov, A. A.; Nikitin, A. P.; Anan'eva, M. V.

    2015-12-01

    Spectral dependences of the light extinction, absorption, and scattering efficiency factors of copper nanoparticles attendant to variations of their radii are calculated. A plasmon maximum is observed on the spectral dependence of the extinction efficiency factor for nanoparticle radii 10-60 nm. The maximum of the absorption efficiency factor is shifted toward red wavelengths with increasing radius of copper nanoparticles. Results are interpreted based on the special features of the spectral dependence of the complex copper refractive index. It is shown that the copper nanoparticles with radius of 35 nm placed into a transparent matrix with refractive index of 1.54 (secondary explosive pentaerythritol tetranitrate) possess a very high value of the absorption efficiency factor (2.9) of the second harmonic of a neodymium laser. Our investigations suggest that the copper nanoparticles are perspective material for application in compositions for optical detonator capsules.

  9. Optical Limiting Properties of Graphene/Polymer Composites.

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    Pan, Ruiyi; Guo, Jin; Wang, Tingfeng; Shao, Junfeng; Wang, Dong; Zhang, Qiuping; Wang, Yan; Tang, Jun

    2016-04-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) was doped into four polymers films: Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), polystyrene (PS), polycarbonate (PC), and polyacrylonitrile (PAN). Following that, their optical limiting properties were investigated at 532 nm. In order to make GO hydrophobic, the lipophilic alkyl chains were connected to GO. The results showed that GO/PAN composite possesses better non-linear response than the other three composites at the same transmission (T ~ 59%). The reason were attributed to the thermal effect coming from high input fluence of laser, which improved the cross link density of PAN and further enhanced the interaction between the GO-ODA and PAN. Meanwhile, GO/PC and GO/PS had similar optical limiting property and GO/PMMA film gave the weakest optical limiting effect in our experiment.

  10. Optical Properties of the Crescent–Shaped Nanohole Antenna

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    Wu, Liz Y.; Ross, Benjamin M.; Lee, Luke P.

    2009-01-01

    We present the first optical study of large–area random arrays of crescent–shaped nanoholes. The crescent–shaped nanohole antennae, fabricated using wafer–scale nanosphere lithography, provide a complement to crescent–shaped nanostructures, called nanocrescents, which have been established as powerful plasmonic biosensors. With both systematic experimental and computational analysis, we characterize the optical properties of crescent–shaped nanohole antennae, and demonstrate tunability of their optical response by varying all key geometric parameters. Crescent–shaped nanoholes have reproducible sub–10 nm tips and are sharper than corresponding nanocrescents, resulting in higher local field enhancement (LFE), which is predicted to be |E|/|E0| = 1500. In addition, the crescent–shaped nanohole hole–based geometry offers increased integratability and the potential to nanoconfine analyte in “hot–spot” regions—increasing biomolecular sensitivity and allowing localized nanoscale optical control of biological functions. PMID:19354226

  11. Investigation of maximum optical enhancement in single gold nanowires and triple nanowire arrays

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    Saylor, Cameron; Novak, Eric; Debu, Desalegn; Herzog, Joseph B.

    2015-01-01

    This work thoroughly investigates gold nanowires with various cross-sectional geometries and patterns. The study has determined the effect of the cross section aspect ratio on its maximum optical enhancement. The plasmonic optical enhancement properties of single gold nanowires and an array of three nanowires were investigated using finite element method simulations. The results indicate a significant dependence of the optical enhancement on both the thickness and width of the nanowires. From the simulation data, an equation for each geometry (single and triple array) was found that relates the dimensions and incident wavelength to the optical enhancement. These relationships can be a valuable resource while designing nanowires to optimize the dimensions and provide the maximum possible optical enhancement.

  12. Microfabrication and optical properties of highly ordered silver nanostructures

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    2012-01-01

    Using thermal evaporation, we fabricated five uniform and regular arrays of Ag nanostructures with different shapes that were based on an anodized aluminum oxide template and analyzed their optical properties. Round-top-shaped structures are obtained readily, whereas to obtain needle-on-round-top-shaped and needle-shaped structures, control of the directionality of evaporation, pore size, length, temperature of the substrate, etc., was required. We then observed optical sensitivity of the nanostructures by using surface-enhanced Raman scattering, and we preliminarily investigated the dependency of Raman signal to the roughness and shape of the nanostructures. PMID:22672844

  13. Optical Properties of Liquid Crystal Elastomers

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    Khosla, Samriti; Lal, Suman; Tripathi, S. K.; Sood, Nitin; Singh, Darshan

    2011-12-01

    The linking of liquid crystals polymer chains together into gel network fixes their topology, and melt becomes an elastic solid. These materials are called liquid crystals elastomers. Liquid crystal elastomers possess properties of soft elasticity and spontaneous shape change. The constituent molecules of LCEs are orientationally ordered and there exist a strong coupling between the orientational order and mechanical strain. In LCEs the molecules start elongate when their component rods orient and reversibly contract when the order is lost (typically by heating). So there is a change of average molecular shape from spherical to spheroidal. These unique properties make these materials suitable for future biological applications. Various research groups have studied different properties of LCEs in which optical properties are predominant. LCE has been synthesized in our laboratory. In this paper, we report on the optical behavior of this material.

  14. Optical Properties of Concentrated Dispersions.

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    Molloy, Peter J.

    Available from UMI in association with The British Library. Apparatus and methods have been developed to measure the diffuse transmittance T and reflectance R of multiple scattering, concentrated, colloidal dispersions. The variation of R and T with pathlength, wavelength, and concentration has been investigated for non-spherical particles in concentrated dispersions, over a range of pH and surfactant concentrations. Measurements of diffuse transmittance and reflectance required large corrections to be made for the presence of any specular interfaces i.e. windows. These corrections were minimised by developing a bifurcated fibre optic bundle reflectance method, which allowed R and T to be measured at volume fractions up to at least 0.3. Using magnetic, acoustic and shear fields to align the non-spherical kaolinite particles changes in R and T were measured at volume fractions upto 0.3. The amplitude of the changes and the relaxation of the changes induced by the applied fields were measured. The amplitude of the change was found to vary strongly with pH and surfactant concentration. For any particular face diameter platelet, the amplitude of the change followed closely the flocculation process, and was sensitive to the mode of particle-particle aggregation, e.g. face-face, or face-edge. The amount of surfactant per unit mass of kaolinite required to stabilise dispersions is found to vary with particle size and concentration. This showed that information about particle orientation can be obtained through multiple scattering systems when subjected to an aligning field. Kubelka-Munk two flux theory was used to relate R and T to the diffuse flux scattering parameter S. A simple theory was developed relating S to the size shape and orientation of the non-spherical particles, hence allowing the particle orientation to be determined for any aligning field. The insight into particle behaviour given by the optical method is superior to that given by rheology alone, which

  15. Optical properties of cometary grains

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    Mukai, Tadashi

    1988-01-01

    An analysis of visible/near IF polarimetry of Comet Halley leads to a variation of the complex refractive index m = n - i x k of grain material with wavelength, i.e., a slight decrease of n from 1.39 at lambda = 0.37 micrometer to 1.37 at lambda = 2.2 micrometers, in constrast to an increase of k from 0.024 at lambda = 0.37 micrometer to 0.042 at lambda 2.2 micrometers. The mass distribution of grains reported by Mazets et al. from in situ measurements of Vega 2 was applied in the analysis. Combining these optical constants with those of astronomical silicate proposed by Draine, cometary silicate is presented as a candidate for cometary grains. The complex refractive index of the proposed cometary silicate is shown. Based on Mie theory, an emission coefficiency of each of the grains in computed as well as its temperature, as functions of grain radius and sun comet (grain) distance. It is found that the tentative thermal spectrum from these cometary silicates, where the mass distribution of grains reported by Mazets from Vega 2 was applied, fits very well to the IR spectrum of Comet Halley. This means that cometary silicate can explain not only the phase angle and wavelength dependences of visible/near IF polarization, but also the thermal emission.

  16. Optical properties of graphene nanoribbons

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    Karimi, Farhad; Knezevic, Irena

    We calculate the dielectric function and optical conductivity of ultra-narrow armchair graphene nanoribbons (AGNRs) and zigzag graphene nanoribbons (ZGNRs) by a self- consistent-field approach within a Markovian master-equation formalism (SCF-MMEF) coupled with full-wave electromagnetic equations. Based on third-nearest-neighbor tight-binding, with appropriate modifications for AGNRs and ZGNRs, we calculate electron dispersions and Bloch wave functions in excellent agreement with the local spin-density approximation (LSDA) results. A generalized Markovian master equation of the Lindblad form, which maintains the positivity of the density matrix, is derived to describe the interaction of the electronic system with an external electromagnetic field (to first order) and with a dissipative environment (to second order). Not only does the SCF-MMEF capture the interband electron-hole-pair generation, but it also accurately accounts for concurrent interband and intraband electron scattering with phonons and impurities. We employ the SCF-MMEF to calculate the dielectric function, complex conductivity, and loss function for both suspended and supported AGNRs and ZGNRs with different widths. Then, we obtain the plasmon dispersion and propagation length from the loss-function maximum. Support by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering under Award DE-SC0008712.

  17. Optical properties of photochromic and thermochromic materials

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    Mo, Yeon-Gon

    The optical properties of some thin film materials can be altered by an external stimulus. Photochromic and thermochromic materials, including inorganic and organic substances, have optical properties that can be changed in a reversible manner by irradiation and temperature respectively. These materials can be used in applications such as radiation or thermal sensors, information storage devices and smart window applications in buildings and cars. In this work, major effort was concentrated on passive thermal control coatings based on photochromic and thermochromic materials. The inorganic photochromic materials were based on tungsten and molybdenum oxide films and the organic photochromic materials included spiropyrans and spirooxazines. In addition, photochromic composite organic-inorganic films and thermochromic vanadium oxide films were prepared. The samples were synthesized using sputtering, sol-gel process, and thermal oxidation. The optical properties were investigated for the first time by ultraviolet/visible/infrared (UV/VIS/IR) spectroscopic ellipsometry, attenuated total reflection (ATR) infrared ellipsometry, spectrophotometry, and X-ray diffraction (XRD). For amorphous oxide films, the oxygen deficiency was important in determining the photochromic properties of the films. In the mid-infrared region, no photochromism was observed for the films. The optical properties of organic-inorganic composite films changed in the VIS/NIR wavelength region markedly in a reversible process, with UV irradiation. The composite films containing tungsten heteropolyoxometalate (HPOM) showed faster coloration and bleaching than pure tungsten oxide films. The composite films with molybdenum HPOM showed faster coloration and much slower bleaching than tungsten HPOM. The spiropyran and spirooxazine doped polymeric films were investigated for the first time using infrared and ATR ellipsometry. The infrared optical functions obtained by ATR measurements were a little smaller

  18. Optical limiting and nonlinear optical properties of gold-decorated graphene nanocomposites

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    Pradhan, Prabin; Podila, Ramakrishna; Molli, Muralikrishna; Kaniyoor, Adarsh; Sai Muthukumar, V.; Siva Sankara Sai, S.; Ramaprabhu, S.; Rao, A. M.

    2015-01-01

    Metal nanoparticle-decorated low dimensional materials can synergistically combine the nonlinear optical properties of metallic/inorganic nanostructures for enhancing the optical limiting performance. While many materials exhibit excellent optical limiting performance at a relatively higher fluence (>9 J/cm2), there is a still a dearth of optical limiting materials for protecting low damage threshold (<1 J/cm2) photonic devices. Although metal nanoparticle-decorated graphene hybrids are expected to resolve this issue, the rehybridization of metal d-orbitals and graphene p-orbitals often lead to undesirable changes in graphene's electronic structure which adversely affect the nonlinear optical performance. Here, we demonstrate that d-orbitals of Au nanoparticles exhibit little or no rehybridization with graphene and result in an enhanced optical limiting behavior at a low fluence of ∼0.4 J/cm2, which is lower than most metal decorated graphene, carbon nanotube nanocomposites and metal nanoparticles. This optical limiting performance at a lower fluence is attributed to the excellent photo-absorption of Au nanoparticles combined with rapid thermalization of excited carriers by graphene.

  19. Nonlinear Optical Properties and Applications of Polydiacetylene

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    Abdeldayem, Hossin; Paley, Mark S.; Witherow, William K.; Frazier, Donald O.

    2000-01-01

    Recently, we have demonstrated a picosecond all-optical switch, which also functions as a partial all-optical NAND logic gate using a novel polydiacetylene that is synthesized in our laboratory. The nonlinear optical properties of the polydiacetylene material are measured using the Z-scan technique. A theoretical model based on a three level system is investigated and the rate equations of the system are solved. The theoretical calculations are proven to match nicely with the experimental results. The absorption cross-sections for both the first and higher excited states are estimated. The analyses also show that the material suffers a photochemical change beyond a certain level of the laser power and its physical properties suffer radical changes. These changes are the cause for the partial NAND gate function and the switching mechanism.

  20. Optical properties of substituted polyacetylenes

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    Gontia, Ilarie I.

    In this work we present continuous wave (CW) optical spectroscopies of sustituted polyacetylenes: poly-disabstituted-acetylene (PDPA-nBu) and polyphenylacetylene (PPA). We found that although PDPA-nBu is a degenerate ground state polymer, it shows strong photoluminescence (PL) with quantum efficiency larger than 60%. Polarized PL measurements show that PDPA-nBu emission originates from intrachain excitons rather than from the side groups of the polymer chain. The absorption bands were identified, correlating the experimental results with the model proposed in the literature. The CW photomodulation (PM) spectra of pristine unoxidized and oxidized PDPA-nBu films showed that both solitons and polarons are simultaneously photogenerated. On the contrary, the PM spectrum of PDPA-nBu in toluene solution showed only polaron photogeneration. Using the photoinduced absorption detected magnetic resonance (PADMR) spectroscopy and doping induced electron spin resonance (ESR) we identified the spin of the photogenerated species. For spin 1/2 resonance, polaron, neutral soliton, and charged soliton bands were observed in the lambda-PADMR spectrum. We also investigated the charge transfer (CT) process in the PDPA-nBu/ C60 composites. The absorption spectra in the visible and infrared ranges of PDPA-nBu/C60 blend do not show any evidence for CT in the ground state. Using PL, PM and PADMR spectroscopies we show that in the PDPA-nBu/C60 blends the charge transfer reaction takes place in the excited state. PL spectra measured in films with different C60 concentration showed exciton quenching that is due to the fast CT process. The PM spectrum showed the signature of CT, namely, a PA band that peaks at about 1.15 eV, which is associated with C60 ion resulting from the excitons separation into positively charged polaron on the polymer chain and negative C60 ion. PADMR spectra also showed the signature of the CT reaction. We observed two resonances that were identified in H

  1. Comparative properties of optically clear epoxy encapsulants

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    Edwards, Maury; Zhou, Yan

    2001-12-01

    Three epoxy systems were evaluated for physical dn optical properties. The three systems chosen for the study were selected on the basis of their optical clarity, color and chemistry. Three distinctly different chemistries were chosen, aromatic epoxy-amine cured. Aromatic epoxy- anhydride cured and cycloaliphatic epoxy-anhydride cured. All three systems remained optically clear and water-white after full cure. The three selected systems were tested for physical properties, adhesion and light transmission properties. Light transmission was measured after thermal and humidity exposure. Adhesion was measured after humidity exposure only. Both of the epoxy-anhydride systems performed well in optical properties but poorer in adhesion as compared to the epoxy-amine system. The aromatic epoxy- amine system discolored badly during thermal exposure at 100 C. Data generated from this work will be used in selecting clear encapsulating materials for photonics applications. No single system offers optimal performance in all areas. The best compromise material is the aromatic epoxy-anhydride system.

  2. Defect-related properties of optical coatings

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    Cheng, Xinbin; Wang, Zhanshan

    2014-02-01

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

  3. Enhanced optical properties of InAs/InAlGaAs/InP quantum dots grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition using a double-cap technique

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    Shi, Bei; Lau, Kei May

    2016-01-01

    The effects of a double-cap procedure on the optical properties of an InAs/InAlGaAs quantum dots (QDs) system grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) have been investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and room temperature photoluminescence (RT-PL) spectroscopy. An optimized QD growth condition has been achieved, with an areal density of 4.6×1010 cm-2. It was found that the thickness and lattice constant of the high temperature second cap layer (SCL) were crucial for improving the integrated PL intensity and line-width of the 1.55 μm emission from the InAs/InAlGaAs QD system grown on a semi-insulating InP (100) substrate. With fine-tuned SCL thickness and lattice constant, the optical performance of the five-stack QDs was enhanced. The improvements can be attributed to the smooth growth front, observed from the AFM images, and the well-balanced stress engineering.

  4. Enhancement of Optical Nonlinearities in Composite Media and Structures via Local Fields and Electromagnetic Coupling Effects

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    Smith, David D.

    2002-01-01

    This talk will review the linear and nonlinear optical properties of metal nanoparticles and dielectric microparticles, with an emphasis on local field effects, and whispering gallery modes (WGMs), as well as the conjunction of these two effects for enhanced Raman. In particular, enhanced optical properties that result from electromagnetic coupling effects will be discussed in the context of Mie scattering from concentric spheres and bispheres. Predictions of mode splitting and photonic bandgaps in micro-spheres will be presented and will be shown to be analogous to effects that occur in coupled resonator optical waveguides (CROW). Slow and fast light in SCISSOR / CROW configurations will also be discussed.

  5. Enhancement of Optical Nonlinearities in Composite Media and Structures via Local Fields and Electromagnetic Coupling Effects

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    Smith, David D.

    2002-01-01

    This talk will review the linear and nonlinear optical properties of metal nanoparticles and dielectric microparticles, with an emphasis on local field effects, and whispering gallery modes (WGMs), as well as the conjunction of these two effects for enhanced Raman. In particular, enhanced optical properties that result from electromagnetic coupling effects will be discussed in the context of Mie scattering from concentric spheres and bispheres. Predictions of mode splitting and photonic bandgaps in micro-spheres will be presented and will be shown to be analogous to effects that occur in coupled resonator optical waveguides (CROW). Slow and fast light in SCISSOR / CROW configurations will also be discussed.

  6. The retrieval of optical properties from terrestrial dust devil vortices

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    Mason, Jonathon P.; Patel, Manish R.; Lewis, Stephen R.

    2014-03-01

    The retrieval of the optical properties of desert aerosols in suspension within terrestrial dust devils is presented with possible future application for martian dust devils. The transmission of light through dust devil vortices was measured in situ to obtain the wavelength-dependent attenuation by the aerosols. A Monte Carlo model was applied to each dust devil with the retrieved optical properties corresponding to the set of parameters which lead to the best model representation of the observed transmission spectra. The retrieved optical properties agree well with single scattering theory and are consistent with previous studies of dust aerosols. The enhanced absorption observed for dust devils with a higher tangential wind speed, and in comparison to atmospheric aerosol studies, suggests that larger dust particles are lofted and suspended around dust devil vortices. This analysis has shown that the imaginary refractive indices (and thus the optical properties of the suspended dust) are generally overestimated when these larger dust grains entrained by dust devils are neglected. This will lead to an overestimation of the amount of solar radiation absorbed by the small particles that remain in suspension after the dust devil terminates. It is also demonstrated that a 10% uncertainty in the particle size distribution of the dust entrained in the dust devils can result in a 50% increase in the predicted amount of incident solar radiation absorbed by the dust particles once the dust devil has terminated. The method used here provides the capability to retrieve the optical properties of the dust entrained in martian dust devils by taking advantage of transits over surface spacecraft which are capable of making optical measurements at ultraviolet and visible wavelengths. Our results suggest that we would observed higher absorption at all wavelengths for dust particles entrained in dust devil vortices compared to the ubiquitous dust haze.

  7. Characterization of Aerogel's Optical Properties

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    Justen, Abigail; Young, Jonathan

    2013-10-01

    Aerogel is used in the kaon aerogel Cerenkov detector at Jefferson Lab. Kaons are identified by the number of photons created through Cerenkov radiation emitted as the kaon travels through the aerogel. Depending on the refractive index of the aerogel, kaons of different momenta can be detected and distinguished from protons. Therefore, a uniform refractive index in the detector is important to reduce uncertainty in the Cerenkov radiation. We found the refractive index of the aerogel by shining a red construction laser through it and measuring how far the beam refracted. The refractive index of aerogel is also directly related to the density of aerogel. The humidity in the air, if absorbed, could also affect the refractive index. To test the effect of humidity on aerogel we used a humidity controlled environment between 80 and 100 percent on aerogel from Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd, Japan Fine Ceramic Center, and Novosibirsk. Finally, we tested the transmittance of aerogel tiles with a UV/Vis photospectrometer to find the correlation between transmittance and the tile's properties. Tiles with the highest transmittance will allow for the most accurate count of the photons produced through Cerenkov radiation. The results from these experiments will be presented. Supported in Part by NSF Grant 1019521 and 1039446.

  8. Quantum optical properties in plasmonic systems

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    Ooi, C. H. Raymond

    2015-04-01

    Plasmonic metallic particle (MP) can affect the optical properties of a quantum system (QS) in a remarkable way. We develop a general quantum nonlinear formalism with exact vectorial description for the scattered photons by the QS. The formalism enables us to study the variations of the dielectric function and photon spectrum of the QS with the particle distance between QS and MP, exciting laser direction, polarization and phase in the presence of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) in the MP. The quantum formalism also serves as a powerful tool for studying the effects of these parameters on the nonclassical properties of the scattered photons. The plasmonic effect of nanoparticles has promising possibilities as it provides a new way for manipulating quantum optical properties of light in nanophotonic systems.

  9. Quantum optical properties in plasmonic systems

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    Ooi, C. H. Raymond

    2015-04-24

    Plasmonic metallic particle (MP) can affect the optical properties of a quantum system (QS) in a remarkable way. We develop a general quantum nonlinear formalism with exact vectorial description for the scattered photons by the QS. The formalism enables us to study the variations of the dielectric function and photon spectrum of the QS with the particle distance between QS and MP, exciting laser direction, polarization and phase in the presence of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) in the MP. The quantum formalism also serves as a powerful tool for studying the effects of these parameters on the nonclassical properties of the scattered photons. The plasmonic effect of nanoparticles has promising possibilities as it provides a new way for manipulating quantum optical properties of light in nanophotonic systems.

  10. Obtaining optical properties using Representative Layer Theory

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    Razavi, Neema; Yust, Brain; Sardar, Dhiraj

    2011-03-01

    Reliable and minimally invasive methods for diagnosis of toxicity and onset of disease are important for advances in clinical practices. This is commonly achieved through the optical properties, such as a change in the absorption or scattering strength of the diseased tissue. Thus, being able to quantitatively characterize these changes is important to advancements in medical diagnostic methods. By adapting the Representative Layer Theory to the integrating sphere technique, very thin biological samples may be optically characterized, yielding a quick and easy method for monitoring optical changes as a function of disease progression. Samples, consisting of cells, dyes, and nanoparticles of known concentrations were optically characterized at multiple wavelengths. Optical properties obtained by the Representative Layer Theory are compared to those obtained through other methods, such as Kubelka-Munk and Inverse Adding Doubling which are known to have sample thickness limitations. This work is also supported in part by National Science Foundation PREM Grant No. DMR - 0934218 and UTSA Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program (CRSGP).

  11. Coastal Benthic Optical Properties (CoBOP): Optical Properties of Benthic Marine Organisms and Substrates

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2001-09-30

    significance of fluorescence and reflectance characteristics of benthic marine organisms in general, and coral reef cnidarians in particular. We wish to... cnidarians in particular. We wish to determine 1) how biological processes act to produce the optical properties and 2) how optical measurements can be

  12. Optical Transmission Properties of Dielectric Aperture Arrays

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    Yang, Tao

    Optical detection devices such as optical biosensors and optical spectrometers are widely used in many applications for the functions of measurements, inspections and analysis. Due to the large dimension of prisms and gratings, the traditional optical devices normally occupy a large space with complicated components. Since cheaper and smaller optical devices are always in demand, miniaturization has been kept going for years. Thanks to recent fabrication advances, nanophotonic devices such as semiconductor laser chips have been growing in number and diversity. However, the optical biosensor chips and the optical spectrometer chips are seldom reported in the literature. For the reason of improving system integration, the study of ultra-compact, low-cost, high-performance and easy-alignment optical biosensors and optical spectrometers are imperative. This thesis is an endeavor in these two subjects and will present our research work on studying the optical transmission properties of dielectric aperture arrays and developing new optical biosensors and optical spectrometers. The first half of the thesis demonstrates that the optical phase shift associated with the surface plasmon (SP) assisted extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) in nano-hole arrays fabricated in a metal film has a strong dependence on the material refractive index value in close proximity to the holes. A novel refractive index sensor based on detecting the EOT phase shift is proposed by building a model. This device readily provides a 2-D biosensor array platform for non-labeled real-time detection of a variety of organic and biological molecules in a sensor chip format, which leads to a high packing density, minimal analyte volumes, and a large number of parallel channels while facilitating high resolution imaging and supporting a large space-bandwidth product (SBP). Simulation (FDTD Solutions, Lumerical Solutions Inc) results indicate an achievable sensitivity limit of 4.37x10-9 refractive index

  13. Investigation of optical properties of aging soot

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    Migliorini, F.; Thomson, K. A.; Smallwood, G. J.

    2011-08-01

    The optical properties of soot, in particular the propensity of soot to absorb and scatter light as a function of wavelength, are key parameters for the correct interpretation of soot optical diagnostics. An overview of the data available in the literature highlights the differences in the reported optical properties of aging soot. In many cases, the properties of mature soot are used when evaluating in-flame soot but this assumption might not be suitable for all conditions and should be checked. This need has been demonstrated by performed spectral resolved line-of-sight attenuation (Spec-LOSA) measurements on an ethylene/air premixed and non-premixed flame. Transmission electron microscopy of thermophoretically sampled soot was also performed to qualify the soot aging and to establish soot morphology in order to correct light extinction coefficients for the scattering contribution. The measured refractive index absorption function, E( m) λ , showed a very strong spectral dependence which also varied with height above the burner for both flames. However, above 700 nm, the slope of the refractive index function was near zero for both flames and all measurement heights. The upper visible and near infrared wavelengths are therefore recommended for soot optical measurements.

  14. Fiber-optic probe design and optical property recovery algorithm for optical biopsy of brain tissue.

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    Cappon, Derek J; Farrell, Thomas J; Fang, Qiyin; Hayward, Joseph E

    2013-10-01

    Optical biopsy techniques offer a minimally invasive, real-time alternative to traditional biopsy and pathology during tumor resection surgery. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) is a commonly used technique in optical biopsy. Optical property recovery from spatially resolved DRS data allows quantification of the scattering and absorption properties of tissue. Monte Carlo simulation methods were used to evaluate a unique fiber-optic probe design for a DRS instrument to be used specifically for optical biopsy of the brain. The probe diameter was kept to a minimum to allow usage in small surgical cavities at least 1 cm in diameter. Simulations showed that the close proximity of fibers to the edge of the probe resulted in boundary effects due to reflection of photons from the surrounding air-tissue interface. A new algorithm for rapid optical property recovery was developed that accounts for this reflection and therefore overcomes these effects. The parameters of the algorithm were adjusted for use over the wide range of optical properties encountered in brain tissue, and its precision was evaluated by subjecting it to random noise. This algorithm can be adapted to work with any probe geometry to allow optical property recovery in small surgical cavities.

  15. Restframe Optical Properties of Lyman Break Galaxies

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    Shapley, A. E.; Steidel, C. C.; Adelberger, K. L.; Pettini, M.; Dickinson, M. E.; Giavalisco, M.

    2000-12-01

    We review recent results from near-IR studies of z ~ 3 galaxies that have been selected by their broadband optical colors using the Lyman Break technique. Specifically, we discuss the use of near-IR imaging at J and Ks, in combination with previously obtained optical photometry, to untangle the degenerate effects of dust extinction and age on galaxy spectral energy distributions. We use the observed optical-to-infrared colors for a subsample of galaxies from our extensive high-redshift survey to constrain both the amount of dust and the ages of the observed stellar populations. Thus, we hope to learn about distribution of ages, unextincted star-formation rates, and formed stellar masses of these high-redshift galaxies. We also make use of the restframe UV luminosity function of Lyman Break galaxies, in combination with the distribution of restframe UV-to-optical colors (measured with the R-Ks color at z ~ 3), to determine the restframe optical luminosity function of Lyman Break galaxies. Finally, we describe new efforts, using near-infrared spectroscopy, to study familiar restframe optical nebular emission lines redshifted to 1.5 - 2.5 μm in z ~ 3 galaxies. The properties of these emission features should indicate the range of dynamical masses and metallicities of high redshift star-forming galaxies. We also hope to use the velocity offsets measured between restframe optical nebular lines, Lyman-α , and restframe-UV interstellar metal lines, to characterize the starburst-induced outflows present in Lyman Break galaxies, how they depend on other galaxy properties, and what their impact is on the surrounding intergalactic medium.

  16. Quantitative contrast-enhanced optical coherence tomography

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    Winetraub, Yonatan; SoRelle, Elliott D.; Liba, Orly; de la Zerda, Adam

    2016-01-01

    We have developed a model to accurately quantify the signals produced by exogenous scattering agents used for contrast-enhanced Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). This model predicts distinct concentration-dependent signal trends that arise from the underlying physics of OCT detection. Accordingly, we show that real scattering particles can be described as simplified ideal scatterers with modified scattering intensity and concentration. The relation between OCT signal and particle concentration is approximately linear at concentrations lower than 0.8 particle per imaging voxel. However, at higher concentrations, interference effects cause signal to increase with a square root dependence on the number of particles within a voxel. Finally, high particle concentrations cause enough light attenuation to saturate the detected signal. Predictions were validated by comparison with measured OCT signals from gold nanorods (GNRs) prepared in water at concentrations ranging over five orders of magnitude (50 fM to 5 nM). In addition, we validated that our model accurately predicts the signal responses of GNRs in highly heterogeneous scattering environments including whole blood and living animals. By enabling particle quantification, this work provides a valuable tool for current and future contrast-enhanced in vivo OCT studies. More generally, the model described herein may inform the interpretation of detected signals in modalities that rely on coherence-based detection or are susceptible to interference effects. PMID:26869724

  17. Quantitative contrast-enhanced optical coherence tomography

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    Winetraub, Yonatan; SoRelle, Elliott D.; Liba, Orly; Zerda, Adam de la

    2016-01-11

    We have developed a model to accurately quantify the signals produced by exogenous scattering agents used for contrast-enhanced Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). This model predicts distinct concentration-dependent signal trends that arise from the underlying physics of OCT detection. Accordingly, we show that real scattering particles can be described as simplified ideal scatterers with modified scattering intensity and concentration. The relation between OCT signal and particle concentration is approximately linear at concentrations lower than 0.8 particle per imaging voxel. However, at higher concentrations, interference effects cause signal to increase with a square root dependence on the number of particles within a voxel. Finally, high particle concentrations cause enough light attenuation to saturate the detected signal. Predictions were validated by comparison with measured OCT signals from gold nanorods (GNRs) prepared in water at concentrations ranging over five orders of magnitude (50 fM to 5 nM). In addition, we validated that our model accurately predicts the signal responses of GNRs in highly heterogeneous scattering environments including whole blood and living animals. By enabling particle quantification, this work provides a valuable tool for current and future contrast-enhanced in vivo OCT studies. More generally, the model described herein may inform the interpretation of detected signals in modalities that rely on coherence-based detection or are susceptible to interference effects.

  18. Quantitative contrast-enhanced optical coherence tomography

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    Winetraub, Yonatan; SoRelle, Elliott D.; Liba, Orly; de la Zerda, Adam

    2016-01-01

    We have developed a model to accurately quantify the signals produced by exogenous scattering agents used for contrast-enhanced Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). This model predicts distinct concentration-dependent signal trends that arise from the underlying physics of OCT detection. Accordingly, we show that real scattering particles can be described as simplified ideal scatterers with modified scattering intensity and concentration. The relation between OCT signal and particle concentration is approximately linear at concentrations lower than 0.8 particle per imaging voxel. However, at higher concentrations, interference effects cause signal to increase with a square root dependence on the number of particles within a voxel. Finally, high particle concentrations cause enough light attenuation to saturate the detected signal. Predictions were validated by comparison with measured OCT signals from gold nanorods (GNRs) prepared in water at concentrations ranging over five orders of magnitude (50 fM to 5 nM). In addition, we validated that our model accurately predicts the signal responses of GNRs in highly heterogeneous scattering environments including whole blood and living animals. By enabling particle quantification, this work provides a valuable tool for current and future contrast-enhanced in vivo OCT studies. More generally, the model described herein may inform the interpretation of detected signals in modalities that rely on coherence-based detection or are susceptible to interference effects.

  19. Optical properties of ladder type single crystals

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    Babonas, G.J.; Leonyuk, L.; Reza, A.; Dapkus, L.; Szymczak, R.

    1999-12-01

    The optical properties of (M{sub 2}Cu{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub m}(CuO{sub 2}){sub n} (M = Ca, Sr, Y, Bi) crystals containing the ladder-type plane Cu{sub 2}O{sub 3} were investigated by spectroscopic ellipsometry method in the range 0.5--5.0 eV. The experimental data were analyzed in order to reveal the difference in the microstructure between superconducting (SC) and non-superconducting (NSC) single crystals. The contributions to the optical response due to the electronic excitations of free and bound carriers were analyzed.

  20. Optical Properties of Epitaxially Grown Silver Films

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    Wu, Yanwen; Zhang, Chendong; Zhang, Matt; Shih, Chih-Kang; Li, Xiaoqin

    2013-03-01

    One major obstacle in the advancing field of plasmonics is the loss in metals. A sizable contribution of this loss comes from grain boundaries and surface roughness introduced during thin film growth using conventional deposition methods. A novel epitaxial growth technique is used to produce silver (Ag) thin films free of such flaws. We investigate the optical properties-namely the dielectric optical constants-of these new epitaxial films in the bulk region and in the ultrathin film limit where quantum mechanical behaviors emerge due to energy quantization in the growth direction. The values for the dielectric optical constants are extracted from the spectral ellipsometry (SE) measurements over a wide range of optical frequencies. By using an adequate model of the sample structure and initial values of the fitting parameters (i.e. the real and imaginary parts of the optical constants), we can extract these measured values for the new Ag films. We have confirmed that in the bulk region, the optical constants converge with the well-known Johnson and Christy measurements. In the ultrathin film limit, however, we observed significant changes near the D-band transition likely due to a quantum well-like density of states. Equal contribution. Also affiliated with Department of Physics, The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208

  1. Electronic and optical properties in graphane

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    Lee, M. H.; Chung, H. C.; Lu, J. M.; Chang, C. P.; Lin, M. F.

    2015-08-01

    We develop the tight-binding model to study electronic and optical properties of graphane. The strong ? chemical bondings among the carbon and hydrogen atoms induce a special band structure and thus lead to the rich optical excitations. The absorption spectrum hardly depends on the direction of electric polarization. It exhibits a lot of shoulder structures and absorption peaks, which arise from the extreme points and the saddle points of the parabolic bands, respectively. The threshold optical excitations, only associated with the ? and ? orbitals of the carbon atoms, are revealed in a shoulder structure at ?3.5 eV. The first symmetric absorption peak, appearing at ?11 eV, corresponds to energy bands due to the considerable hybridization of carbon ? orbitals and H 1s orbitals. Also, some absorption peaks at higher frequencies indicate the bonding of ? and ? orbitals. These results are in sharp contrast to those of the ? graphene systems.

  2. Optical properties of geometrically optimized graphene quantum dots

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    Bugajny, Paweł; Szulakowska, Ludmiła; Jaworowski, Błazej; Potasz, Paweł

    2017-01-01

    We derive effective tight-binding model for geometrically optimized graphene quantum dots and based on it we investigate corresponding changes in their optical properties in comparison to ideal structures. We consider hexagonal and triangular dots with zigzag and armchair edges. Using density functional theory methods we show that displacement of lattice sites leads to changes in atomic distances and in consequence modifies their energy spectrum. We derive appropriate model within tight-binding method with edge-modified hopping integrals. Using group theoretical analysis, we determine allowed optical transitions and investigate oscillatory strength between bulk-bulk, bulk-edge and edge-edge transitions. We compare optical joint density of states for ideal and geometry optimized structures. We also investigate an enhanced effect of sites displacement which can be designed in artificial graphene-like nanostructures. A shift of absorption peaks is found for small structures, vanishing with increasing system size.

  3. Magneto-electronic and optical properties of zigzag silicene nanoribbons

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    Shyu, Feng-Lin

    2017-03-01

    The tight-binding model including the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) is used to study electronic and optical properties of zigzag silicene nanoribbons (ZSiNRs) in magnetic and electric fields. The SOC affects the low-energy bands and induces new selection rules leading to richer optical spectra. Except an increase in bandgaps, perpendicular magnetic field further exhibits spin-polarized Landau levels, in which electron's probability density of band-edge states distributes like a standing-wave. Landau levels could enhance the DOS and increases absorption frequency and strength. Perpendicular electric field (Fz) increases bandgap and thus absorption frequency, but it does not change band symmetry, edge-states, and selection rules. Moreover, Fz enhances the split of spin-polarized states inducing more absorption peaks. Parallel electric field (Fx) leads to an overlap between conduction and valence bands and destroys band symmetry and Landau levels. Consequently, Fx exhibits new selection rules and enriches absorption spectra.

  4. Treatments that enhance physical properties of wood

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    Roger M. Rowell; Peggy Konkol

    1987-01-01

    This paper was prepared for anyone who wants to know more about enhancing wood’s physical properties, from the amateur wood carver to the president of a forest products company. The authors describe chemical and physical treatments of wood that enhance the strength, stiffness, water repellency, and stability of wood. Five types of treatments are described: 1. water-...

  5. Optical properties of {beta}-Sn films

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    Takeuchi, Katsuki; Adachi, Sadao

    2009-04-01

    Optical properties of white tin ({beta}-Sn) have been investigated using spectroscopic ellipsometry in the photon-energy range between 0.6 and 6.5 eV at room temperature. The {beta}-Sn films are deposited by vacuum evaporation on Si(001) substrates. The structural properties of the films are evaluated by x-ray diffraction and ex situ atomic force microscopy. The measured {epsilon}(E) spectra reveal distinct structures at several interband critical points in the Brillouin zone of {beta}-Sn. These spectra are analyzed on the basis of a simplified model of the interband transitions, including the free-carrier absorption between the filled and empty electronic states. Dielectric-related optical constants, such as the complex refractive index, absorption coefficient, and normal-incidence reflectivity, of bulk {beta}-Sn films are also presented.

  6. Optical properties of coumarins containing copolymers

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    Skowronski, L.; Krupka, O.; Smokal, V.; Grabowski, A.; Naparty, M.; Derkowska-Zielinska, B.

    2015-09-01

    We investigate the optical properties such as absorption coefficient, refractive index, real and imaginary parts of dielectric function and energy band gap of coumarin-containing copolymers thin films by means of spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) combined with transmittance measurements (T) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). We found that the optical properties of coumarin-containing copolymers strongly depend from length of alkyl spacer as well as the type of substitution in coumarin moiety. In our case the refractive index as well as the energy band gap of coumarin-containing copolymer decrease with increase the length of alkyl spacer. Additionally, the lengthening of the alkyl spacer brings the bathochromic shifts of the absorption spectra towards longer wavelengths.

  7. Optical properties of stabilized copper nanoparticles

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    Mohindroo, Jeevan Jyoti; Garg, Umesh Kumar; Sharma, Anshul Kumar

    2016-05-06

    Optical studies involving calculation of Band Gap of the synthesized copper nanoparticles were carried out in the wavelength range of 500 to 650 nm at room temperature, the particles showed high absorption at 550 nm indicating their good absorptive properties. In this method water is used as the medium for reduction of copper ions in to copper Nanoparticles the stabilization of copper Nanoparticles was studied with starch both as a reductant and stabilizer,. The reaction mixture was heated using a kitchen microwave for about 5 minutes to attain the required temp for the reaction. The pH of the solution was adjusted to alkaline using 5% solution of NaOH. Formation of Copper Nanoparticles was indicated by change in color of the solution from blue to yellowish black which is supported by the UV absorption at 570 nm.the synthesized particles were washed with water and alcohol. The optical properties depend upon absorption of radiations which in turn depends upon ratio of electrons and holes present in the material and also on the shape of the nanoparticles. In the present investigation it was observed that optical absorption increases with increase in particle size. The optical band gap for the Nanoparticles was obtained from plots between hv vs. (αhv){sup 2} and hv vs. (αhv){sup 1/2}. The value of Band gap came out to be around 1.98–2.02 eV which is in close agreement with the earlier reported values.

  8. Optical properties of cells with melanin

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    Rohde, Barukh; Coats, Israel; Krueger, James; Gareau, Dan

    2014-02-01

    The optical properties of pigmented lesions have been studied using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy in a noninvasive configuration on optically thick samples such as skin in vivo. However, it is difficult to un-mix the effects of absorption and scattering with diffuse reflectance spectroscopy techniques due to the complex anatomical distributions of absorbing and scattering biomolecules. We present a device and technique that enables absorption and scattering measurements of tissue volumes much smaller than the optical mean-free path. Because these measurements are taken on fresh-frozen sections, they are direct measurements of the optical properties of tissue, albeit in a different hydration state than in vivo tissue. Our results on lesions from 20 patients including melanomas and nevi show the absorption spectrum of melanin in melanocytes and basal keratinocytes. Our samples consisted of fresh frozen sections that were unstained. Fitting the spectrum as an exponential decay between 500 and 1100 nm [mua = A*exp(-B*(lambda-C)) + D], we report on the fit parameters of and their variation due to biological heterogeneity as A = 4.20e4 +/- 1.57e5 [1/cm], B = 4.57e-3 +/- 1.62e-3 [1/nm], C = 210 +/- 510 [nm] , D = 613 +/- 534 [1/cm]. The variability in these results is likely due to highly heterogeneous distributions of eumelanin and pheomelanin.

  9. Optical properties of stabilized copper nanoparticles

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    Mohindroo, Jeevan Jyoti; Garg, Umesh Kumar; Sharma, Anshul Kumar

    2016-05-01

    Optical studies involving calculation of Band Gap of the synthesized copper nanoparticles were carried out in the wavelength range of 500 to 650 nm at room temperature, the particles showed high absorption at 550nm indicating their good absorptive properties. In this method water is used as the medium for reduction of copper ions in to copper Nanoparticles the stabilization of copper Nanoparticles was studied with starch both as a reductant and stabilizer,. The reaction mixture was heated using a kitchen microwave for about 5 minutes to attain the required temp for the reaction. The pH of the solution was adjusted to alkaline using 5%solution of NaOH. Formation of Copper Nanoparticles was indicated by change in color of the solution from blue to yellowish black which is supported by the UV absorption at 570nm.the synthesized particles were washed with water and alcohol. The optical properties depend upon absorption of radiations which in turn depends upon ratio of electrons and holes present in the material and also on the shape of the nanoparticles. In the present investigation it was observed that optical absorption increases with increase in particle size. The optical band gap for the Nanoparticles was obtained from plots between hv vs. (αhv)2 and hv vs. (αhv)1/2. The value of Band gap came out to be around 1.98-2.02 eV which is in close agreement with the earlier reported values

  10. Optical and surface properties of oxyfluoride glass

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    Nee, Soe-Mie F.; Johnson, Linda F.; Moran, Mark B.; Pentony, Joni M.; Daigneault, Steven M.; Tran, Danh C.; Billman, Kenneth W.; Siahatgar, Sadegh

    2000-10-01

    Using conventional materials like fused silica and sapphire for critical window components in a high-power laser system can lead to intolerable thermal distortions and optical path difference effects. A new oxyfluoride glass is being developed which has the unique property of possessing a negative thermo-optic coefficient (dn/dT) in the near- and mid-wave infrared. Specifically, the refractive index (n) of oxyfluoride glass decreases as the temperature increases. The distortions caused by thermal expansion of the glass during laser irradiation are partly offset by the negative dn/dT. This paper specifically addresses optical properties and surface finishing of oxyfluoride glass compared to fused silica. Normarski micrographs and surface profiles were measured to inspect the surface quality since smooth surfaces are essential for suppressing surface scattering and absorption. The refractive index and thermo-optic coefficient were measured using null polarimetry near the Brewster angle. Low dn/dT is required for laser windows. Transmittance spectra were measured to deduce the extinction coefficient by comparing with the transmittance calculated from the refractive index and to screen for unwanted absorption from contaminants including hydrocarbon oils, polishing residue, and water or -OH groups. Total integrated scattering was measured for both surface and bulk scattering. All measurements were done on 1.0- and 1.5-inch-diameter witness samples.

  11. Optical properties of RDX and HMX

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    Isbell, R.A.; Brewster, M.Q.

    1996-07-01

    Optical properties of RDX (cyclotrimethylene-trinitramine) and HMX (cyclotetramethylene-tetranitramine) were obtained from 2.5 to 18 {micro}m using scattering-corrected KBr pellet-FTIR transmission spectroscopy. Absorption index (k) was measured directly and refractive index (n) was deduced using dispersion theory. At 10.6 {micro}m the absorption coefficients were RDX, 2,800 cm{sup {minus}1} and HMX, 5,670 cm{sup {minus}1}.

  12. Properties of an optical soliton gas

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    Schwache, A.; Mitschke, F.

    1997-06-01

    We consider light pulses propagating in an optical fiber ring resonator with anomalous dispersion. New pulses are fed into the resonator in synchronism with its round-trip time. We show that solitary pulse shaping leads to a formation of an ensemble of subpulses that are identified as solitons. All solitons in the ensemble are in perpetual relative motion like molecules in a fluid; thus we refer to the ensemble as a soliton gas. Properties of this soliton gas are determined numerically.

  13. Polymer based nanocomposites with tailorable optical properties

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    Colombo, Annalisa; Simonutti, Roberto

    2014-09-01

    Transparent polymers are extensively used in everyday life, from windows to computer displays, from food packaging to lenses. A possible approach for modulating their optical properties (refractive index, transparency, color and luminescence) is to change the chemical structure of the polymer, however this option is in many cases economically prohibitive. Our approach, instead, relies in the use of standard polymers with the supplement of specific nanostructured additives able to tune the final property of the material. Among others, the cases of luminescent solar concentrators based on poly(methylmethacrylate) containing luminescent quantum dots and highly transparent polymer nanocomposites with high refractive index will be presented.

  14. Optical properties of polyimide/silica nanocomposite

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    Tommalieh, M. J.; Zihlif, A. M.

    2010-12-01

    The optical properties of thin films of polyimide/silica nanocomposites prepared via sol-gel process were investigated as a function of nanosilica particles content. Absorption and reflectance spectra were collected by a spectrophotometer giving UV-radiation of wavelength range 200-800 nm. The optical data obtained were analyzed in terms of absorption formula for non-crystalline materials. The calculated values of the optical energy gap and the width of the energy tails of the localized states exhibited silica concentration dependence. The direct optical energy gap for neat polyimide is about 1.95 eV, and decreases to a value of 1.8 eV for nanocomposite of 25 wt% nanosilica content. It was found that the calculated refractive index and dielectric constants of nanocomposites increase with silica particles content. The overall dependence of the optical and dielectrical constants on silica content in polyimide matrix is argued on the basis of the observed morphology and overlap of the localized energy sates of different color centers. The EMT model was fitted to the observed dielectric data.

  15. Optical properties of nasal septum cartilage

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    Bagratashvili, Nodar V.; Sviridov, Alexander P.; Sobol, Emil N.; Kitai, Moishe S.

    1998-05-01

    Optical parameters (scattering coefficient s, absorption coefficient k and scattering anisotropy coefficient g) of hyaline cartilage were studied for the first time. Optical properties of human and pig nasal septum cartilage, and of bovine ear cartilage were examined using a spectrophotometer with an integrating sphere, and an Optical Multi-Channel Analyser. We measured total transmission Tt, total reflection Rt, and on-axis transmission Ta for light propagating through cartilage sample, over the visible spectral range (14000 - 28000 cm-1). It is shown that transmission and reflection spectra of human, pig and bovine cartilage are rather similar. It allows us to conclude that the pig cartilage can be used for in-vivo studies instead of human cartilage. The data obtained were treated by means of the one-dimensional diffusion approximation solution of the optical transport equation. We have found scattering coefficient s, absorption coefficient k and scattering anisotropy coefficient g by the iterative comparison of measured and calculated Tt, Rt and Ta values for human and pig cartilage. We found, in particular, that for 500 nm irradiation s equals 37,6 plus or minus 3.5 cm-1, g equals 0,56 plus or minus 0.05, k approximately equals 0,5 plus or minus 0.3 cm-1. The above data were used in Monte Carlo simulation for spatial intensity profile of light scattered by a cartilage sample. The computed profile was very similar to the profile measured using an Optical Multi-Channel Analyzer (OMA).

  16. Radiation Pattern and Scattering Properties of Optical Antennas

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    Xu, Zeyan; Messer, Kevin; Yablonovitch, Eli

    When light emitting devices (e.g. LEDs) are coupled with optical antennas of the same resonance frequency, their spontaneous emission rate can be enhanced drastically. The ultimate goal is to have the rate of spontaneous emission faster than the stimulated emission so that the LEDs would be as fast as lasers and enable us to achieve energy efficient interconnects for on-chip communication. In this project, we built multiple optical setups to experimentally measure the far field radiation pattern, light scattering properties and photoluminescence of a series of optical antennas. We also used Lumerical FDTD software to theoretically simulate the structure and found out that the simulated results agree with experimental values. As the longitudinal length increased, the spectrum shifted towards higher wavelengths on the spectrum. Also, by studying the radiation patterns of the optical antennas, we are able to understand their strengths as a function of direction, and how the geometrical shape contribute to the shape of radiation patterns. Understanding the radiation pattern and the scattering spectrum of optical antennas will enable us to design devices with specific requirements on radiational directions and resonance frequencies for optical antennas. This work was funded by National Science Foundation Award ECCS-0939514.

  17. Fabrication of silver decorated anodic aluminum oxide substrate and its optical properties on surface-enhanced Raman scattering and thin film interference.

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    Ji, Nan; Ruan, Weidong; Wang, Chunxu; Lu, Zhicheng; Zhao, Bing

    2009-10-06

    In this paper, a simple method to fabricate a three-dimensional (3D) nanostructure decorated with Ag nanoparticles for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is demonstrated. Highly ordered porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates were employed to construct these compound nanostructures. First, the AAO templates were fabricated using a two-step anodization approach. Second, an alternating current (AC) electrochemical deposition was used to fill AAO templates with Ag nanoparticles. Taking 4-mercaptopyridine (4-MPy) as the probing molecule, high-quality SERS spectra were observed. The UV-vis mirror reflection spectra were measured to investigate the surface plasma resonance (SPR) absorbance. An interesting phenomenon of SPR-affected thin film interference was observed. SERS mapping was performed to characterize the homogeneity of as-prepared substrates. Good homogeneity and stability make these substrates good candidates for SERS spectroscopy.

  18. Optical Transformers with Integrated Couplers (OTIC) for Ultrahigh SERS Enhancement

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    2012-01-13

    Report January 13, 2012 Optical Antenna Engineering For SERS PI : Prof. Ming Wu University of California, Berkeley The long-range goal of...enhancement. For theoretical understanding, the field enhancement of an optical antenna at resonance has been derived using coupled mode theory...CMT) as: (1) where Eloc and Ei are the local field amplitude at the high field region of an optical antenna and the field amplitude of incoming

  19. Linkage between [|#11#|]morphology and optical properties of soot

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    Scarnato, B.; Richard, D. T.; vahidinia, S.; Hillyard, P.; Strawa, A. W.; Kirchstetter, T. W.; Preble, C.; Cuzzi, J. N.

    2011-12-01

    Black Carbon (BC) containing aerosols that are generally hydrophobic upon emission become increasingly mixed with other aerosol material through condensation and coagulation. In polluted urban air, BC becomes internally mixed with organics and sulfate on a time scale of about 12 hours. Recent studies have indicated that the photo-absorption by BC is enhanced as a consequence of the internal mixing of BC with these other aerosol materials. To estimate this absorption enhancement, we have undertaken laboratory studies involving the mixing of initially uncoated BC produced from the combustion of a methane diffusion flame with inorganic and organic compounds. Particle size distributions are used as a first indicator of coating. We use Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) to characterize the fractal and shape factors of the generated uncoated and coated BC (see Fig.1 and Fig.2). We create modeled aggregates with the same characteristics as those analyzed at the SEM and we initialize a radiation transfer model (ddscatt) to estimate optical properties of uncoated and coated BC. We quantify absorption enhancement due to coating as a function of aggregate morphology. We use Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) to determine the mixing state and to aid in distinguishing between absorption enhancement caused by fractal collapse and surface coating. This paper will show the relationships between soot morphology, coating and optical properties. SEM and TEM imaged of uncoated and coated soot a will be presented.

  20. Plasmon resonance enhanced optical transmission and magneto-optical Faraday effects in nanohole arrays blocked by metal antenna

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    Lei, Chengxin; Tang, Zhixiong; Wang, Sihao; Li, Daoyong; Chen, Leyi; Tang, Shaolong; Du, Youwei

    2017-07-01

    The properties of the optical and magneto-optical effects of an improved plasmonic nanohole arrays blocked by gold mushroom caps are investigated by using the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method. It is most noteworthy that the strongly enhanced Faraday rotation along with high transmittance has been achieved simultaneously by optimizing the parameters of nanostructure in a broad spectrum spanning visible to near-infrared frequencies, which is very important in practical application for designing novel optical and magneto-optical devices. In our designed structure, we obtained two extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) resonant peaks along with enhanced Faraday rotation and two peaks of the figure of merit (FOM). By optimizing the geometrical parameters of the structure, we can obtain an almost 10-fold enhancement of Faraday rotation with a corresponding transmittance 50%, and the FOM of 0.752 at the same wavelength. As expected, the optical and magneto-optical effects sensitively depends on the geometrical parameters of our structure, which can be simply tailored by the height of pillar, the diameter of mushroom cap, and the period of the structure, and so on. The physical mechanism of these physical phenomena in the paper has been explained in detail. These research findings are of great theoretical significance in developing the novel magneto-optical devices in the future.

  1. Resonance-enhanced optical forces between coupled photonic crystal slabs.

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    Liu, Victor; Povinelli, Michelle; Fan, Shanhui

    2009-11-23

    The behaviors of lateral and normal optical forces between coupled photonic crystal slabs are analyzed. We show that the optical force is periodic with displacement, resulting in stable and unstable equilibrium positions. Moreover, the forces are strongly enhanced by guided resonances of the coupled slabs. Such enhancement is particularly prominent near dark states of the system, and the enhancement effect is strongly dependent on the types of guided resonances involved. These structures lead to enhancement of light-induced pressure over larger areas, in a configuration that is directly accessible to externally incident, free-space optical beams.

  2. Plasmonic nanoantennas for multipurpose particle manipulation and enhanced optical magnetism

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    Roxworthy, Brian James

    This dissertation explores the near-field enhancement and confinement properties of arrays of Au bowtie nanoantennas (BNAs) for plasmonic optical trapping. Using BNAs as a model system, the delicate interplay between optical and thermally induced forces in plasmonic nanotweezers is investigated over a broad parameter spacing including bowtie array spacing, adhesion layer materials, nanostructure orientation, composition of the fluid trapping media, optical polarization, input optical power, and trapped-particle diameter. Using theoretical modeling, it is shown that plasmon-induced convection drives experimentally observed phase-like behavior in plasmonic nanotweezers, and further, that this process can be used to engineer trapping tasks including dexterous single-particle trapping, trapping and manipulation of large self-assembled particle clusters using a single input beam, and particle sorting. The crucial role of an optically-absorptive substrate material for developing the requisite micron-per-second fluid flows for these phenomena is confirmed both theoretically and experimentally. In addition, this dissertation details the first experimental demonstration of plasmonic nanotweezers using an ultrafast, femtosecond (fs) pulsed input source. The fs pulses are shown to increase trapping performance in both the Rayleigh and Mie size regimes, where particle diameters are much smaller and greater than the incident illumination wavelength, respectively. This augmentation of forces enables plasmonic trapping of 80 nm to 1.2 mum diameter, metallic and dielectric particles with as little as 50 muW of input optical power. Moreover, the nonlinear optical response of trapped species can be probed during the trapping event, which opens doors for increased particle diagnostics in plasmonic optical trapping. An interesting particle fusing behavior is described whereby above a 60--75 muW power threshold, both metallic and dielectric particles spontaneously fuse to the BNA

  3. Optical properties of dopamine molecules with silver nanoparticles as surface-enhanced raman scattering (SERS) substrates at different pH conditions.

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    Bu, Yanru; Lee, Sang-Wha

    2013-09-01

    Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) prepared by the citrate reduction method were examined as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates in the detection of dopamine (DA) molecules at different hydrogen ion concentrations. The aggregation of Ag NPs was influenced by the crosslinking effect of DA molecules as the function of pH of colloidal solution. Somewhat clustering of Ag NPs in a limited pH range (pH 7-9) exhibited the strong red-shift of absorption peak and maximal SERS activity to DA molecules, highlighting the importance of strong electrostatic adsorption and cross-linking effect that allowed DA molecules to reside in the junctions (hot spots) between aggregated Ag NPs. Furthermore, Ag NPs with DA molecules at strongly basic condition (> pH 9) exhibited the relatively high SERS activity as compared to negligible SERS activity at acidic condition (< or = pH 5), indicating the important role of oxidized surface of silver NPs which can interact with hydroxyl groups of DA molecules.

  4. Relevant optical properties for direct restorative materials.

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    Pecho, Oscar E; Ghinea, Razvan; do Amaral, Erika A Navarro; Cardona, Juan C; Della Bona, Alvaro; Pérez, María M

    2016-05-01

    To evaluate relevant optical properties of esthetic direct restorative materials focusing on whitened and translucent shades. Enamel (E), body (B), dentin (D), translucent (T) and whitened (Wh) shades for E (WhE) and B (WhB) from a restorative system (Filtek Supreme XTE, 3M ESPE) were evaluated. Samples (1 mm thick) were prepared. Spectral reflectance (R%) and color coordinates (L*, a*, b*, C* and h°) were measured against black and white backgrounds, using a spectroradiometer, in a viewing booth, with CIE D65 illuminant and d/0° geometry. Scattering (S) and absorption (K) coefficients and transmittance (T%) were calculated using Kubelka-Munk's equations. Translucency (TP) and opalescence (OP) parameters and whiteness index (W*) were obtained from differences of CIELAB color coordinates. R%, S, K and T% curves from all shades were compared using VAF (Variance Accounting For) coefficient with Cauchy-Schwarz inequality. Color coordinates and optical parameters were statistically analyzed using one-way ANOVA, Tukey's test with Bonferroni correction (α=0.0007). Spectral behavior of R% and S were different for T shades. In addition, T shades showed the lowest R%, S and K values, as well as the highest T%, TP an OP values. In most cases, WhB shades showed different color and optical properties (including TP and W*) than their corresponding B shades. WhE shades showed similar mean W* values and higher mean T% and TP values than E shades. When using whitened or translucent composites, the final color is influenced not only by the intraoral background but also by the color and optical properties of multilayers used in the esthetic restoration. Copyright © 2016 Academy of Dental Materials. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Optical Properties of Polypropylene upon Recycling

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    2013-01-01

    In the last few years there has been an increasing interest in the possibility of recycling polymeric materials, using physical recycling. However, is it well known that polymers experience a depletion of all the properties upon recycling. These effects have been widely characterized in the literature for what concerns the mechanical or rheological properties. The changes of optical properties after recycling have been much less studied, even if, especially in food packaging, optical characteristics (above all the opacity) are of extreme importance, and thus it is quite significant to assess the effect of recycling on these properties. In this work, the influence of recycling steps on the opacity of films of a commercial grade of isotactic polypropylene (i-PP) was studied. The material was extruded several times to mimic the effect of recycling procedures. After extrusion, films were obtained by cooling samples of material at different cooling rates. The opacity of the obtained films was then measured and related to their crystallinity and morphology. It was found that opacity generally increases on increasing the amount of α phase and for the same amount of α phase on increasing the size of the spherulites. PMID:24288478

  6. Optical properties of polypropylene upon recycling.

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    De Santis, Felice; Pantani, Roberto

    2013-01-01

    In the last few years there has been an increasing interest in the possibility of recycling polymeric materials, using physical recycling. However, is it well known that polymers experience a depletion of all the properties upon recycling. These effects have been widely characterized in the literature for what concerns the mechanical or rheological properties. The changes of optical properties after recycling have been much less studied, even if, especially in food packaging, optical characteristics (above all the opacity) are of extreme importance, and thus it is quite significant to assess the effect of recycling on these properties. In this work, the influence of recycling steps on the opacity of films of a commercial grade of isotactic polypropylene (i-PP) was studied. The material was extruded several times to mimic the effect of recycling procedures. After extrusion, films were obtained by cooling samples of material at different cooling rates. The opacity of the obtained films was then measured and related to their crystallinity and morphology. It was found that opacity generally increases on increasing the amount of α phase and for the same amount of α phase on increasing the size of the spherulites.

  7. Enhanced correlation of received power-signal fluctuations in bidirectional optical links

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    Minet, Jean; Vorontsov, Mikhail A.; Polnau, Ernst; Dolfi, Daniel

    2013-02-01

    A study of the correlation between the power signals received at both ends of bidirectional free-space optical links is presented. By use of the quasi-optical approximation, we show that an ideal (theoretically 100%) power-signal correlation can be achieved in optical links with specially designed monostatic transceivers based on single-mode fiber collimators. The theoretical prediction of enhanced correlation is supported both by experiments conducted over a 7 km atmospheric path and wave optics numerical analysis of the corresponding bidirectional optical link. In the numerical simulations, we also compare correlation properties of received power signals for different atmospheric conditions and for optical links with monostatic and bistatic geometries based on single-mode fiber collimator and on power-in-the-bucket transceiver types. Applications of the observed phenomena for signal fading mitigation and turbulence-enhanced communication link security in free-space laser communication links are discussed.

  8. Optical manipulation and catalytic activity enhanced by surface plasmon effect

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    Zou, Ningmu; Min, Jiang; Jiao, Wenxiang; Wang, Guanghui

    2017-02-01

    For optical manipulation, a nano-optical conveyor belt consisting of an array of gold plasmonic non-concentric nano-rings (PNNRs) is demonstrated for the realization of trapping and unidirectional transportation of nanoparticles by polarization rotation of excitation beam. These hot spots of an asymmetric plasmonic nanostructure are polarization dependent, therefore, one can use the incident polarization state to manipulate the trapped targets. Trapped particles could be transferred between adjacent PNNRs in a given direction just by rotating the polarization of incident beam due to unbalanced potential. The angular dependent distribution of electric field around PNNR has been solved using the three- dimensional finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) technique. For optical enhanced catalytic activity, the spectral properties of dimers of Au nanorod-Au nanorod nanostructures under the excitation of 532nm photons have been investigated. With a super-resolution catalytic mapping technique, we identified the existence of "hot spot" in terms of catalytic reactivity at the gap region within the twined plasmonic nanostructure. Also, FDTD calculation has revealed an intrinsic correlation between hot electron transfer.

  9. Nonlinear optical properties of semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Ricard, Gianpiero Banfi Vittorio Degiorgio Daniel

    1998-05-01

    This review is devoted to the description of recent experimental results concerning the nonlinear optical properties of semiconductor-doped glasses SDGs with particular emphasis on the regime in which the energy of the incident photon is smaller than the energy gap. A considerable theoretical and experimental effort has been devoted in the last 10years to the fundamental aspects of quantumconfined structures, which have properties somewhat intermediate between the bulk crystals and atoms or molecules. From this point of view, SDGs represent an easily available test system, and optical techniques have been a major diagnostic tool. Luminescence and absorption spectroscopy were extensively used to characterize the electronic states. The experiments aimed at the measurement of the real and imaginary parts of the third-order optical susceptibility of SDGs below the bandgap are described in some detail, and the results obtained with different techniques are compared. Besides the intrinsic fast nonlinearity due to bound electrons, SDGs may present a larger but much slower nonlinearity due to the free carriers generated by two-photon absorption. This implies that experiments have to be properly designed for separation of the two effects. In this article we stress the importance of a detailed structural characterization of the samples. Knowledge of the volume fraction occupied by the nanocrystals is necessary in order to derive from the experimental data the intrinsic nonlinearity and to compare it with the bulk nonlinearity. We discuss recent experiments in which the dependence of the intrinsic nonlinearity on the crystal size is derived by performing, on the samples, measurements of the real part and imaginary part of the nonlinear optical susceptibility and measurements of crystal size and volume fraction. Structural characterization is of interest also for a better understanding of the physical processes underlying the growth of crystallites in SDGs. The average size of

  10. Tailoring the Spectroscopic Properties of Semiconductor Nanowires via Surface-Plasmon-Based Optical Engineering

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    2014-01-01

    Semiconductor nanowires, due to their unique electronic, optical, and chemical properties, are firmly placed at the forefront of nanotechnology research. The rich physics of semiconductor nanowire optics arises due to the enhanced light–matter interactions at the nanoscale and coupling of optical modes to electronic resonances. Furthermore, confinement of light can be taken to new extremes via coupling to the surface plasmon modes of metal nanostructures integrated with nanowires, leading to interesting physical phenomena. This Perspective will examine how the optical properties of semiconductor nanowires can be altered via their integration with highly confined plasmonic nanocavities that have resulted in properties such as orders of magnitude faster and more efficient light emission and lasing. The use of plasmonic nanocavities for tailored optical absorption will also be discussed in order to understand and engineer fundamental optical properties of these hybrid systems along with their potential for novel applications, which may not be possible with purely dielectric cavities. PMID:25396030

  11. A method which can enhance the optical-centering accuracy

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    Zhang, Xue-min; Zhang, Xue-jun; Dai, Yi-dan; Yu, Tao; Duan, Jia-you; Li, Hua

    2014-09-01

    Optical alignment machining is an effective method to ensure the co-axiality of optical system. The co-axiality accuracy is determined by optical-centering accuracy of single optical unit, which is determined by the rotating accuracy of lathe and the optical-centering judgment accuracy. When the rotating accuracy of 0.2um can be achieved, the leading error can be ignored. An axis-determination tool which is based on the principle of auto-collimation can be used to determine the only position of centerscope is designed. The only position is the position where the optical axis of centerscope is coincided with the rotating axis of the lathe. Also a new optical-centering judgment method is presented. A system which includes the axis-determination tool and the new optical-centering judgment method can enhance the optical-centering accuracy to 0.003mm.

  12. Huge enhancement of optical nonlinearities in coupled Au and Ag nanoparticles induced by conjugated polymers

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    Polavarapu, Lakshminarayana; Mamidala, Venkatesh; Guan, Zhenping; Ji, Wei; Xu, Qing-Hua

    2012-01-01

    Exceptional optical limiting properties were observed in coupled Au and Ag nanoparticles that are induced by conjugated polymers. Fluence-dependent transmission measurements using 7-ns laser pulses of 532-nm wavelength showed that the optical limiting properties of Au and Ag nanoparticles were significantly enhanced upon assembly induced by addition of cationic conjugated polymers. The optical limiting performances of coupled Au and Ag nanoparticles (with optical limiting threshold as low as 2.8 J/cm2 and 2.6 J/cm2, respectively) are even better than that of the benchmark optical limiter-carbon nanotube suspensions (with threshold of 3.6 J/cm2). In addition, these coupled Au and Ag nanoparticle solutions are very stable and suitable for practical applications. Input fluence and angle-dependent scattering experiments suggested that nonlinear scattering should play an important role in the observed optical limiting effects.

  13. Optical properties of asymmetric double quantum wells and optimization for optical modulators

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    Kim, Dong Kwon

    Optical electroabsorption modulators (EAMs) that utilize quantum wells (QWs) are known to exhibit high modulation sensitivity, which is required for the analog optical fiber link application, compared to other types of optical modulators. QW-EAMs utilize the change of absorption coefficients that depends on the change of electric field across the QW for the optical intensity modulation. This dissertation focuses on the theoretical analysis of the optical properties of asymmetric double QWs (ADQWs) and the systematic optimization of modulation sensitivity in low-voltage EAMs that incorporate ADQWs. In this structure, the accurate calculation of excitons is especially important because the excitonic as well as the band-to-band optical transitions dominate the optical properties at the operating wavelength. The complex linear optical susceptibility was calculated within the density matrix approach in the quasi-equilibrium regime for the low excitation power and through a thorough treatment of line broadening. Transition strengths were calculated in the wavevector space, which effectively includes valence subband mixing with the warping of the subbands, excitonic mixing effects, and possible optical selection rules (e.g., light polarization, spin of excitons). The calculated transmission properties of the waveguide EAMs were almost identical to the experimental data at the device operating bias range. The mixing of excitons in ADQWs was analyzed in detail in momentum space, which was demonstrated to be very important in the process of structural optimization of ADQWs. The optimization of the structural parameters revealed that at an adequate barrier position and well width, the barrier thickness affects the modulation efficiency the most. Subsequently, in InGaAsP-based waveguide type QW-EAMs that operate at 1550 nm, the optimization of only one variable---the thickness of the coupling barrier---of the ADQWs shows 380% enhancement in the modulation sensitivity at a much

  14. Optical properties monitor: Experiment definition phase

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    Wilkes, Donald R.; Bennett, Jean M.; Hummer, Leigh L.; Chipman, Russell A.; Hadaway, James B.; Pezzaniti, Larry

    1989-01-01

    The stability of materials used in the space environment will continue to be a limiting technology for space missions. The Optical Properties Monitor (OPM) Experiment provides a comprehensive space research program to study the effects of the space environment-both natural and induced-on optical, thermal and space power materials. The OPM Experiment was selected for definition under the NASA/OAST In-Space Technology Experiment Program. The results of the OPM Definition Phase are presented. The OPM Experiment will expose selected materials to the space environment and measure the effects with in-space optical measurements. In-space measurements include total hemispherical reflectance total integrated scatter and VUV reflectance/transmittance. The in-space measurements will be augmented with extensive pre- and post-flight sample measurements to determine other optical, mechanical, electrical, chemical or surface effects of space exposure. Environmental monitors will provide the amount and time history of the sample exposure to solar irradiation, atomic oxygen and molecular contamination.

  15. Spectral properties of light in quantum optics

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    Knöll, L.; Vogel, W.; Welsch, D.-G.

    1990-07-01

    The problem of spectral filtering of quantized light fields is studied, based on the recently developed quantum-optical theory of the action of passive, lossless optical systems [L. Knöll, W. Vogel, and D.-G. Welsch, Phys. Rev. A 36, 3803 (1987)]. Expressions for the operator of the electric field strength of the light and the normally and time-ordered field-correlation functions are derived for the case of a Fabry-Pérot interferometer being present. Various kinds of field decomposition that are usually considered in classical optics are studied. The results are compared with the Fourier approach to spectral properties of light. It is shown that, dependent on the experimental scheme used, new quantum effects appear, which may prevent the observation of the Fourier structure of the light as predicted from classical optics. Quantitatively this is demonstrated for the example of spectral squeezing in resonance fluorescence, where significant discrepancies between the measured and the full Fourier spectrum are found.

  16. Optical properties monitor: Experiment definition phase

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    Wilkes, Donald R.; Bennett, Jean M.; Hummer, Leigh L.; Chipman, Russell A.; Hadaway, James B.; Pezzaniti, Larry

    1990-01-01

    The stability of materials used in the space environment will continue to be a limiting technology for space missions. The Optical Properties Monitor (OPM) Experiment provides a comprehensive space research program to study the effects of the space environment (both natural and induced) on optical, thermal and space power materials. The OPM Experiment was selected for definition under the NASA/OAST In-Space Technology Experiment Program. The results of the OPM Definition Phase are presented. The OPM experiment will expose selected materials to the space environment and measure the effects with in-space optical measurements. In-space measurements include total hemispherical reflectance total integrated scatter and VUV reflectance/transmittance. The in-space measurements will be augmented with extensive pre- and post-flight sample measurements to determine other optical, mechanical, electrical, chemical or surface effects of space exposure. Environmental monitors will provide the amount and time history of the sample exposure to solar irradiation, atomic oxygen and molecular contamination.

  17. Enhanced optical gradient forces between coupled graphene sheets

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    Xu, Xinbiao; Shi, Lei; Liu, Yang; Wang, Zheqi; Zhang, Xinliang

    2016-06-01

    Optical gradient forces between monolayer infinite-width graphene sheets as well as single-mode graphene nanoribbon pairs of graphene surface plasmons (GSPs) at mid-infrared frequencies were theoretically investigated. Although owing to the strongly enhanced optical field, the normalized optical force, fn, can reach 50 nN/μm/mW, which is the largest fn as we know, the propagation loss is also large. But we found that by changing the chemical potential of graphene, fn and the optical propagation loss can be balanced. The total optical force acted on the nanoribbon waveguides can thus enhance more than 1 order of magnitude than that in metallic surface plasmons (MSPs) waveguides with the same length and the loss can be lower. Owing to the enhanced optical force and the significant neff tuning by varying the chemical potential of graphene, we also propose an ultra-compact phase shifter.

  18. Enhanced optical gradient forces between coupled graphene sheets

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    Xu, Xinbiao; Shi, Lei; Liu, Yang; Wang, Zheqi; Zhang, Xinliang

    2016-01-01

    Optical gradient forces between monolayer infinite-width graphene sheets as well as single-mode graphene nanoribbon pairs of graphene surface plasmons (GSPs) at mid-infrared frequencies were theoretically investigated. Although owing to the strongly enhanced optical field, the normalized optical force, fn, can reach 50 nN/μm/mW, which is the largest fn as we know, the propagation loss is also large. But we found that by changing the chemical potential of graphene, fn and the optical propagation loss can be balanced. The total optical force acted on the nanoribbon waveguides can thus enhance more than 1 order of magnitude than that in metallic surface plasmons (MSPs) waveguides with the same length and the loss can be lower. Owing to the enhanced optical force and the significant neff tuning by varying the chemical potential of graphene, we also propose an ultra-compact phase shifter. PMID:27338252

  19. Nonlinear optical properties and supercontinuum spectrum of titania-modified carbon quantum dots

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    Kulchin, Yu N.; Mayor, A. Yu; Proschenko, D. Yu; Postnova, I. V.; Shchipunov, Yu A.

    2016-04-01

    We have studied the nonlinear optical properties and supercontinuum spectrum of solutions of carbon quantum dots prepared by a hydrothermal process from chitin and then coated with titania. The titania coating has been shown to have an activating effect on the carbon quantum dots, enhancing supercontinuum generation in the blue-violet spectral region and enabling their nonlinear optical characteristics to be varied.

  20. Design and Development of Nanostructured Surfaces for Enhanced Optical Sensing

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    Santiago Cordoba, Miguel A.

    At smaller size regimes, materials' physicochemical properties change with respect to bulk analogs. In the case of metal nanoparticles like gold or silver, specific wavelengths of light can induce a coherent oscillation of their conduction electrons, generating an optical field confined to the nanoparticle surface. This phenomenon is termed surface plasmon, and has been used as an enhancing mechanism in optical sensing, allowing the detection of foreign materials at small concentrations. The goal of this dissertation is to develop nanostructured materials relying on surface plasmons that can be combined with different optical sensing platforms in order to enhance current detection limits. Initially, we focus on the development of surfactant free, stimuli responsive nanoparticle thin films, which undergo an active release when exposed to a stimulus such as a change in pH. These nanoparticle thin films provide faster analyte particle transport and direct electronic coupling with the analyte molecule, all without attenuating the evanescent wave from the optical transducer to the particle. These stimuli responsive nanostructured substrates are tested within a surface enhanced Raman platform for the detection of biomolecular probes at sub-nanomolar concentrations and microL sample sizes. Furthermore, the developed nanosubstrates can be patterned, providing a versatile nanoparticle thin film for multiplexing analysis, offering a substantial advantage over conventional surface based nanoparticle detection methods. Our results encouraged further optimization of light-matter interactions in optical detection platforms. It is for that reason that this dissertation evolves towards confined optical systems. Particularly, whispering gallery microcavities confine electromagnetic waves - at high volumes - at the boundary of a dielectric resonator. In this dissertation, we examined the sensitivity of whispering gallery modes combining optical microcavities with plasmonic

  1. Optical properties of transition metal oxide quantum wells

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    Lin, Chungwei; Posadas, Agham; Choi, Miri; Demkov, Alexander A.

    2015-01-01

    Fabrication of a quantum well, a structure that confines the electron motion along one or more spatial directions, is a powerful method of controlling the electronic structure and corresponding optical response of a material. For example, semiconductor quantum wells are used to enhance optical properties of laser diodes. The ability to control the growth of transition metal oxide films to atomic precision opens an exciting opportunity of engineering quantum wells in these materials. The wide range of transition metal oxide band gaps offers unprecedented control of confinement while the strong correlation of d-electrons allows for various cooperative phenomena to come into play. Here, we combine density functional theory and tight-binding model Hamiltonian analysis to provide a simple physical picture of transition metal oxide quantum well states using a SrO/SrTiO3/SrO heterostructure as an example. The optical properties of the well are investigated by computing the frequency-dependent dielectric functions. The effect of an external electric field, which is essential for electro-optical devices, is also considered.

  2. Optical properties of transition metal oxide quantum wells

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    Lin, Chungwei; Posadas, Agham; Choi, Miri; Demkov, Alexander A.

    2015-01-21

    Fabrication of a quantum well, a structure that confines the electron motion along one or more spatial directions, is a powerful method of controlling the electronic structure and corresponding optical response of a material. For example, semiconductor quantum wells are used to enhance optical properties of laser diodes. The ability to control the growth of transition metal oxide films to atomic precision opens an exciting opportunity of engineering quantum wells in these materials. The wide range of transition metal oxide band gaps offers unprecedented control of confinement while the strong correlation of d-electrons allows for various cooperative phenomena to come into play. Here, we combine density functional theory and tight-binding model Hamiltonian analysis to provide a simple physical picture of transition metal oxide quantum well states using a SrO/SrTiO{sub 3}/SrO heterostructure as an example. The optical properties of the well are investigated by computing the frequency-dependent dielectric functions. The effect of an external electric field, which is essential for electro-optical devices, is also considered.

  3. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of a rotaxane molecule

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    Rau, Ilena; Czaplicki, Robert; Humeau, Adeline; Luc, Jerome; Sahraoui, Bouchta; Boudebs, Georges; Kajzar, François; Leigh, David A.; Berna-Canovas, Jose

    2006-09-01

    In this paper the recent results of our studies of linear and nonlinear optical properties of a selected rotaxane are presented and discussed. The studied rotaxane can be processed into good optical quality thin films by vacuum evaporation. The linear optical properties of rotaxane solutions were studied by the UV-VIS spectroscopy and the nonlinear optical properties by the picosecond degenerate four wave mixing and Z-scan methods. The results show important rotational contribution to the nonlinear index of refraction.

  4. Coupling single quantum dots to plasmonic nanocones: optical properties.

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    Meixner, Alfred J; Jäger, Regina; Jäger, Sebastian; Bräuer, Annika; Scherzinger, Kerstin; Fulmes, Julia; Krockhaus, Sven zur Oven; Gollmer, Dominik A; Kern, Dieter P; Fleischer, Monika

    2015-01-01

    Coupling a single quantum emitter, such as a fluorescent molecule or a quantum dot (QD), to a plasmonic nanostructure is an important issue in nano-optics and nano-spectroscopy, relevant for a wide range of applications, including tip-enhanced near-field optical microscopy, plasmon enhanced molecular sensing and spectroscopy, and nanophotonic amplifiers or nanolasers, to mention only a few. While the field enhancement of a sharp nanoantenna increasing the excitation rate of a very closely positioned single molecule or QD has been well investigated, the detailed physical mechanisms involved in the emission of a photon from such a system are, by far, less investigated. In one of our ongoing research projects, we try to address these issues by constructing and spectroscopically analysing geometrically simple hybrid heterostructures consisting of sharp gold cones with single quantum dots attached to the very tip apex. An important goal of this work is to tune the longitudinal plasmon resonance by adjusting the cones' geometry to the emission maximum of the core-shell CdSe/ZnS QDs at nominally 650 nm. Luminescence spectra of the bare cones, pure QDs and hybrid systems were distinguished successfully. In the next steps we will further investigate, experimentally and theoretically, the optical properties of the coupled systems in more detail, such as the fluorescence spectra, blinking statistics, and the current results on the fluorescence lifetimes, and compare them with uncoupled QDs to obtain a clearer picture of the radiative and non-radiative processes.

  5. Optical properties of bismuth tellurite based glass.

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    Oo, Hooi Ming; Mohamed-Kamari, Halimah; Wan-Yusoff, Wan Mohd Daud

    2012-01-01

    A series of binary tellurite based glasses (Bi(2)O(3))(x) (TeO(2))(100-) (x) was prepared by melt quenching method. The density, molar volume and refractive index increase when bismuth ions Bi(3+) increase, this is due to the increased polarization of the ions Bi(3+) and the enhanced formation of non-bridging oxygen (NBO). The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) results show the bonding of the glass sample and the optical band gap, E(opt) decreases while the refractive index increases when the ion Bi(3+) content increases.

  6. Optical Properties of Bismuth Tellurite Based Glass

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    Oo, Hooi Ming; Mohamed-Kamari, Halimah; Wan-Yusoff, Wan Mohd Daud

    2012-01-01

    A series of binary tellurite based glasses (Bi2O3)x (TeO2)100−x was prepared by melt quenching method. The density, molar volume and refractive index increase when bismuth ions Bi3+ increase, this is due to the increased polarization of the ions Bi3+ and the enhanced formation of non-bridging oxygen (NBO). The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) results show the bonding of the glass sample and the optical band gap, Eopt decreases while the refractive index increases when the ion Bi3+ content increases. PMID:22605999

  7. Optical properties of relativistic plasma mirrors.

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    Vincenti, H; Monchocé, S; Kahaly, S; Bonnaud, G; Martin, Ph; Quéré, F

    2014-03-11

    The advent of ultrahigh-power femtosecond lasers creates a need for an entirely new class of optical components based on plasmas. The most promising of these are known as plasma mirrors, formed when an intense femtosecond laser ionizes a solid surface. These mirrors specularly reflect the main part of a laser pulse and can be used as active optical elements to manipulate its temporal and spatial properties. Unfortunately, the considerable pressures exerted by the laser can deform the mirror surface, unfavourably affecting the reflected beam and complicating, or even preventing, the use of plasma mirrors at ultrahigh intensities. Here we derive a simple analytical model of the basic physics involved in laser-induced deformation of a plasma mirror. We validate this model numerically and experimentally, and use it to show how such deformation might be mitigated by appropriate control of the laser phase.

  8. Optical properties of relativistic plasma mirrors

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    Vincenti, H.; Monchocé, S.; Kahaly, S.; Bonnaud, G.; Martin, Ph.; Quéré, F.

    2014-01-01

    The advent of ultrahigh-power femtosecond lasers creates a need for an entirely new class of optical components based on plasmas. The most promising of these are known as plasma mirrors, formed when an intense femtosecond laser ionizes a solid surface. These mirrors specularly reflect the main part of a laser pulse and can be used as active optical elements to manipulate its temporal and spatial properties. Unfortunately, the considerable pressures exerted by the laser can deform the mirror surface, unfavourably affecting the reflected beam and complicating, or even preventing, the use of plasma mirrors at ultrahigh intensities. Here we derive a simple analytical model of the basic physics involved in laser-induced deformation of a plasma mirror. We validate this model numerically and experimentally, and use it to show how such deformation might be mitigated by appropriate control of the laser phase. PMID:24614748

  9. Aerosol Optical Properties Observed during CHAPS

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    Berg, L. K.; Berkowitz, C. M.; Ogren, J. A.; Andrews, E.; Hubbe, J. M.; Lee, Y.; Yu, X.

    2008-12-01

    During the CHAPS, the DOE Gulfstream-1 aircraft was used to make in-situ measurements of aerosol optical properties. The flight pattern was designed to allow for measurements below cloud, within the cloud layer, and above the clouds in the vicinity of Oklahoma City. Two different inlets were used on the G-1: an isokinetic inlet for sampling dry aerosols smaller than approximately 2 μm in diameter, and a Counterflow Virtual Impactor (CVI) that excluded unactivated aerosols, but which allows cloud droplets to enter. A suite of paired instruments, including a nephelometer, Particle Soot Absorption Photometer (PSAP), and Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (AMS), was used to measure the aerosol optical properties from both sampling streams. Below the clouds, the single-scattering albedo measured inside the Oklahoma City plume was generally smaller than that observed outside of the plume. Within the cloud layer, but far from the clouds, there is little difference in the aerosol scattering measured inside and outside of the plume. These observations indicate that the vertical transport by the shallow clouds is very localized. Both aerosol extensive and intensive properties are discussed. For example, the total aerosol scattering and the mass-scattering efficiency measured inside the clouds was slightly larger for clouds that have roots within the Oklahoma City plume. Using data from the AMS in conjunction with the CVI inlet reveals that these in-cloud aerosols also have a relatively large amount of nitrate. Possible explanations for this increase nitrate will be discussed.

  10. Optical properties of aerosols in Titan's atmosphere

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    Skorov, Yu. V.; Keller, H. U.; Rodin, A. V.

    2008-04-01

    In the frame of fractal modeling of tholin aggregates we made a systematic analysis of their optical properties. Ballistic particle-cluster aggregation (BPCA) and diffusion-limited aggregation (DLA) of spherical primary particles (monomers) identical in material composition were considered. Aggregates composed of identical particles (monodisperse cluster), as well as of size-distributed particles (polydisperse cluster), were simulated. To calculate the light-scattering models, the code based on the superposition T-matrix method is used. Orientationally averaged properties of light scattering by model particles were extracted, and the normalized phase function and the degree of linear polarization were calculated as functions of scattering angle. We concluded that: (a) aggregation mechanism as well as specific internal structure of the clusters play only a minor role, and for the future it is not necessary to investigate aggregates of different types; (b) the intensity is very sensitive both to the size parameter of forming particles x and to the size parameter of the aggregates X; (c) characterization of the aggregates by the number of monomers is insufficient to retrieve physical properties of aggregates from optical measurement; and (d) it is very desirable to include into the analysis polarization data calculated for the different clusters.

  11. Spin multiplicity dependence of nonlinear optical properties.

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    Jha, Prakash Chandra; Rinkevicius, Zilvinas; Agren, Hans

    2009-03-23

    Open-shell spin-restricted time-dependent density functional theory is applied to explore the spin multiplicity dependence of linear and nonlinear optical properties. An open-shell neutral conjugated system, the C(4)H(4)N radical in the doublet X(2)A(2), quartet X(4)A(2), and sextet X(6)A(1) states, is chosen as a model system to illustrate various aspects of the theory. It is found that irrespective of the exchange-correlation functional employed, the components of the polarizability alpha(-omega,omega) and first hyperpolarizability beta(-2 omega,omega,omega) show very different dependency with respect to the multiplicity, with an increasing trend for higher spin states. This is rationalized by the decrease in conjugation and stability of the system with increasing multiplicity, and by the way the interaction between unpaired electrons and the external field is shielded by remaining electrons of the molecule. The study suggests the applicability of open-shell systems for frequency-dependent nonlinear optical properties and for the possibility of spin control for such properties.

  12. [Enhancement of image used in optical imaging of intrinsic signal].

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    Yin, Yu; Xia, Yang

    2012-02-01

    Optical imaging of intrinsic signals is a secondary image of the cerebral cortex. The weak optical signal is decided by anatomical structure of brain. The spatial filter is a powerful technology for de-noising and image enhancement. We used different linear and nonlinear filters to deal with optical imaging. Furthermore, we compared the degree of noise suppression and discussed the image details. Our result showed that nonlinear median filter can keep more image details with effective noise reduction. It is useful for image enhancement of optical imaging.

  13. Quantum plasmonics: optical properties of a nanomatryushka.

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    Kulkarni, Vikram; Prodan, Emil; Nordlander, Peter

    2013-01-01

    Quantum mechanical effects can significantly reduce the plasmon-induced field enhancements around nanoparticles. Here we present a quantum mechanical investigation of the plasmon resonances in a nanomatryushka, which is a concentric core-shell nanoparticle consisting of a solid metallic core encapsulated in a thin metallic shell. We compute the optical response using the time-dependent density functional theory and compare the results with predictions based on the classical electromagnetic theory. We find strong quantum mechanical effects for core-shell spacings below 5 Å, a regime where both the absorption cross section and the local field enhancements differ significantly from the classical predictions. We also show that the workfunction of the metal is a crucial parameter determining the onset and magnitude of quantum effects. For metals with lower workfunctions such as aluminum, the quantum effects are found to be significantly more pronounced than for a noble metal such as gold.

  14. Nonlinear optical properties of gold nanoparticles selectively introduced into the periodic microdomains of block copolymers.

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    Tsuchiya, Kosuke; Nagayasu, Satoshi; Okamoto, Shigeru; Hayakawa, Tomokatsu; Hihara, Takehiko; Yamamoto, Katsuhiro; Takumi, Ichi; Hara, Shigeo; Hasegawa, Hirokazu; Akasaka, Satoshi; Kosikawa, Naokiyo

    2008-04-14

    Nonlinear-optical nanocomposite materials with a photonic crystal structure were fabricated using block copolymers and gold nanoparticles. By dispersing the gold nanoparticles into the selective microdomains of the block copolymers, we could achieve the enhancement of nonlinear optical properties as revealed by the Z-scan technique. The optical nonlinearities were enhanced by the local field effect and the effect of the periodic distribution of the microdomains filled with gold nanoparticles. Furthermore, the highest optical nonlinearity was achieved by matching the domain spacing of the copolymers with the frequency of the surface plasmon resonance peak of the gold.

  15. Quantum plasmonics: optical properties and tunability of metallic nanorods.

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    Zuloaga, Jorge; Prodan, Emil; Nordlander, Peter

    2010-09-28

    The plasmon resonances in metallic nanorods are investigated using fully quantum mechanical time-dependent density functional theory. The computed optical absorption curves display well-defined longitudinal and transverse plasmon resonances whose energies depend on the aspect ratio of the rods, in excellent agreement with classical electromagnetic modeling. The field enhancements obtained from the quantum mechanical calculations, however, differ significantly from classical predictions for distances shorter than 0.5 nm from the nanoparticle surfaces. These deviations can be understood as arising from the nonlocal screening properties of the conduction electrons at the nanoparticle surface.

  16. Excitons and optical properties of alpha-quartz

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    Chang, Eric K.; Rohlfing, Michael; Louie, Steven G.

    2000-04-01

    We present an ab initio study of the optical properties of alpa-quartz. The absorption spectrum is calculated by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation for the interacting electron-hole system and found to be in excellent agreement with the measured spectrum up to 10 eV above the absorption threshold. We find that excitonic effects are crucial in understanding the sharp features in the absorption spectrum in this energy range. The are also crucial in the ab initio computation of the static dielectric constant, significantly enhancing its value.

  17. Excitons and optical properties of alpha-quartz

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    Chang; Rohlfing; Louie

    2000-09-18

    We present an ab initio study of the optical properties of alpha-quartz. The absorption spectrum is calculated by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation for the interacting electron-hole system and found to be in excellent agreement with the measured spectrum up to 10 eV above the absorption threshold. We find that excitonic effects are crucial in understanding the sharp features in the absorption spectrum in this energy range. They are also crucial in the ab initio computation of the static dielectric constant, significantly enhancing its value.

  18. Optical properties of cerium doped oxyfluoroborate glass.

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    Bahadur, A; Dwivedi, Y; Rai, S B

    2013-06-01

    Cerium doped oxyfluoroborate glasses have been prepared and its spectroscopic properties have been discussed. It is found that the absorption edge shifts towards the lower energy side for the higher concentration of cerium dopant. Optical band gap for these glasses have been calculated and it is found that the number of non-bridging oxygen increases with cerium content. The emission spectra of these glasses have been recorded using UV laser radiations (266 and 355 nm) and it is observed that these glasses show bright blue emission. On the basis of excitation and emission spectra we have reported the existence of at least two different emission centers of Ce(3+)ions.

  19. Ab initio optical properties of Si(100)

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    Palummo, Maurizia; Onida, Giovanni; del Sole, Rodolfo; Mendoza, Bernardo S.

    1999-07-01

    We compute the linear optical properties of different reconstructions of the clean and hydrogenated Si(100) surface within DFT-LDA, using norm-conserving pseudopotentials. The equilibrium atomic geometries of the surfaces, determined from self-consistent total-energy calculations within the Car-Parrinello scheme, strongly influence reflectance anisotropy spectra, showing differences between the p(2×2) and c(4×2) reconstructions. The differential reflectivity spectrum for the c(4×2) reconstruction shows a positive peak at ħω<1 eV, in agreement with experimental results.

  20. Structural, electronic and optical properties of carbonnitride

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    Cohen, Marvin L.

    1996-01-31

    Carbon nitride was proposed as a superhard material and a structural prototype, Beta-C3N4, was examined using several theoretical models. Some reports claiming experimental verifications have been made recently. The current status of the theory and experiment is reviewed, and a detailed discussion is presented of calculations of the electronic and optical properties of this material. These calculations predict that Beta-C3N4 will have a minimum gap which is indirect at 6.4 plus or minus 0.5 eV. A discussion of the possibility of carbon nitride nanotubes is also presented.

  1. Optical Properties of Perfluoroalkylated Poly(diphenylacetylene)

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    Tada, Kazuya; Sawada, Hideo; Kyokane, Jun; Yoshino, Katsumi

    1995-08-01

    Optical properties of a soluble conducting polymer, perfluoroalkylated poly(diphenylacetylene) (PFPDPA) were clarified. The band-gap energy was evaluated to be about 2.7 eV. Relatively strong fluorescence was observed in PFPDPA, while poly(diphenylacetylene) (PDPA) is considered to be a conducting polymer with a degenerated ground state in which a soliton is considered to play an important role. A light-emitting diode (LED) with In-Mg/PFPDPA/indium-tin-oxide (ITO) configuration was fabricated and green light emission was observed.

  2. Optical properties of detonation nanodiamond hydrosols

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    Aleksenskii, A. E.; Vul', A. Ya.; Konyakhin, S. V.; Reich, K. V.; Sharonova, L. V.; Eidel'man, E. D.

    2012-03-01

    Studies of the optical properties of hydrosols of 4-nm detonation nanodiamond particles performed in the 0.2-1.1 μm range have revealed a novel effect, a strong increase of absorption at the edges of the spectral range, and provided its explanation in terms of absorption of radiation by the dimer chains (the so-called Pandey chains) fixed on the surface of a nanodiamond particle. The effect of particle size distribution in a hydrosol on the relative intensity of Rayleigh scattering and light absorption by nanodiamond particles in this range has been analyzed.

  3. Optical properties of lithium niobate single crystals

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    Palatnikov, M. N.; Sidorov, N. V.; Biryukova, I. V.; Kalinnikov, V. T.; Bormanis, K.

    2005-01-01

    Studies of thermal and -irradiation effects on the optical properties in congruous lithium niobate single crystals containing Y, Mg, Gd, B, and Zn dopants including samples with double dopants Y, Mg and Gd, Mg are reported. Formation of defects at irradiation and thermal treatment of the samples is explored by electron absorption spectra. Considerable increase of absorption with the dose of -radiation is observed at 500 nm. The changes of absorption examined under different conditions are explained by creation and destruction of Nb4+ defects.

  4. Optical properties and sensing applications of stellated and bimetallic nanoparticles

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    Smith, Alison F.

    This dissertation focuses on developing guidelines to aid in the design of new bimetallic platforms for sensing applications. Stellated metal nanostructures are a class of plasmonic colloids in which large electric field enhancements can occur at sharp features, making them excellent candidates for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and surface enhanced infrared spectroscopy (SE-IRS) platforms. Shape-dependent rules for convex polyhedra such as cubes or octahedra exist, which describe far-field scattering and near-field enhancements. However, such rules are lacking for their concave (stellated) counterparts. This dissertation presents the optical response of stellated Au nanocrystals with Oh, D4h, D3h, C2v, and T d symmetry, which were modeled to systematically investigate the role of symmetry, branching, and particle orientation with respect to excitation source using finite difference time domain (FDTD) calculations. Expanding on stellated nanostructures, bimetallic compositions introduce an interplay between overall architecture and composition to provide tunable optical properties and the potential of new functionality. However, decoupling the complex compositional and structural contributions to the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) remains a challenge, especially when the monometallic counterparts are not synthetically accessible for comparison and the theoretical tools for capturing gradient compositions are lacking. This dissertation explores a stellated Au-Pd nanocrystal model system with Oh symmetry to decouple structural and complex compositional effects on LSPR. (Abstract shortened by ProQuest.).

  5. Effect of disorder on the optical properties of short period superlattices

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    Strozier, J. A.; Zhang, Y. A.; Horton, C.; Ignatiev, A.; Shih, H. D.

    1993-01-01

    The optical properties of disordered short period superlattices are studied using a one-dimensional tight-binding model. A difference vector and disorder structure factor are proposed to characterize the disordered superlattice. The density of states, participation number, and optical absorption coefficients for both ordered and disordered superlattices are calculated as a function of energy. The results show that introduction of disorder into an indirect band gap material enhances the optical transition near the indirect band edge.

  6. Optical properties of ZnS and Cu2+ doped ZnS nanostructures

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    Sarkar, A.; Chakrabarty, N.; Bera, S.; Chakraborty, A. K.

    2015-06-01

    Flower like ZnS and ZnS:Cu2+ nanostructures are developed by simple chemical route. Structural, morphological and optical characterizations are carried out by XRD, FESEM, UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy and FTIR. Analysis indicates successful incorporation of Cu2+ ions into ZnS lattice. Optical studies show that the copper doped ZnS enhances the optical property of pristine ZnS by harvesting more visible light.

  7. Solution synthesis, optical properties, and bioimaging applications of silicon nanocrystals.

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    McVey, Benjamin F P; Tilley, Richard D

    2014-10-21

    Understanding and unlocking the potential of semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) is important for future applications ranging from biomedical imaging contrast agents to the next generation of solar cells and LEDs. Silicon NCs (Si NCs) have key advantages compared with other semiconductor NCs due to silicon's high natural abundance, low toxicity and strong biocompatibility, and unique size, and surface dependent optical properties. In this Account, we review and discuss the synthesis, surface modification, purification, optical properties, and applications of Si NCs. The synthetic methods used to make Si NCs have improved considerably in the last 5-10 years; highly monodisperse Si NCs can now be produced on the near gram scale. Scaled-up syntheses have allowed scientists to drive further toward the commercial utilization of Si NCs. The synthesis of doped Si NCs, through addition of a simple elemental precursor to a reaction mixture or by the production of a single source precursor, has shown great promise. Doped Si NCs have demonstrated unique or enhanced properties compared with pure Si NCs, for example, magnetism due to the presence of magnetic metals like Fe and Mn. Surface reactions have reached a new level of sophistication where organic (epoxidation and diol formation) and click (thiol based) chemical reactions can be carried out on attached surface molecules. This has led to a wide range of biocompatible functional groups as well as a degree of emission tuneability. The purification of Si NCs has been improved through the use of size separation columns and size selective precipitation. These purification approaches have yielded highly monodisperse and pure Si NCs previously unachieved. This has allowed scientists to study the size and surface dependent properties and toxicity and enabled the use of Si NCs in biomedical applications. The optical properties of Si NCs are complex. Using a combination of characterization techniques, researchers have explored the

  8. Indium sulfide microflowers: Fabrication and optical properties

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    Zhu Hui; Wang Xiaolei; Yang Wen; Yang Fan; Yang Xiurong

    2009-10-15

    With the assistance of urea, uniform 2D nanoflakes assembled 3D In{sub 2}S{sub 3} microflowers were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method at relative low temperature. The properties of the as-obtained In{sub 2}S{sub 3} flowers were characterized by various techniques. In this work, the utilization of urea and L-cysteine, as well as the amount of them played important roles in the formation of In{sub 2}S{sub 3} with different nanostructures. Inferred from their morphology evolution, a urea induced precursor-decomposition associated with the Ostwald-ripening mechanism was proposed to interpret these hierarchical structure formation. Furthermore, the optical properties of these In{sub 2}S{sub 3} microflowers were investigated via UV-vis absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopies in detail.

  9. Optical properties of a planar turbulent jet.

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    Joia, I A; Perkins, R J; Uscinski, B J; Balmer, G; Jordan, D; Jakeman, E

    1995-10-20

    A planar heated air jet was constructed. Its flow properties were characterized and shown to be both reproducible and in good agreement with the results of turbulence theory. The optical properties of the jet were studied with the help of a 632.8-nm He-Ne laser beam. The random phase modulations imposed on the wave front of the beam traversing the jet were measured by interferometric means, and their spectra and variance were determined. The one-dimensional phase fluctuation spectrum obeyed a -8/3 power law as predicted by theory, whereas the phase variance (?(2)) depended on the jet temperature and was studied for values to as high as 0.4 (rad)(2)).

  10. BOREAS TE-10 Leaf Optical Properties

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    Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Papagno, Andrea (Editor); Chan, Stephen S.; Middleton, Elizabeth

    2000-01-01

    The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmospheric Study (BOREAS) TE-10 (Terrestrial Ecology) team collected several data sets in support of its efforts to characterize and interpret information on the reflectance, transmittance, gas exchange, oxygen evolution, and biochemical properties of boreal vegetation. This data set describes the spectral optical properties (reflectance and transmittance) of boreal forest conifers and broadleaf tree leaves as measured with a Spectron Engineering SE590 spectroradiometer at the Southern Study Area Old Black Spruce (SSA OBS), Old Jack Pine (OJP), Young Jack Pine (YJP), Old Aspen (OA), Old Aspen Auxiliary (OA-AUX), Young Aspen Auxiliary (YA-AUX), and Young Aspen (YA) sites. The data were collected during the growing seasons of 1994 and 1996 and are stored in tabular ASCII files. The data files are available on a CD-ROM (see document number 20010000884), or from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC).

  11. Optical Properties of Thin Film Molecular Mixtures

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

    2002-01-01

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

  12. Influence of optical material properties on the perception of liquids.

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    van Assen, Jan Jaap R; Fleming, Roland W

    2016-12-01

    In everyday life we encounter a wide range of liquids (e.g., water, custard, toothpaste) with distinctive optical appearances and viscosities. Optical properties (e.g., color, translucency) are physically independent of viscosity, but, based on experience with real liquids, we may associate specific appearances (e.g., water, caramel) with certain viscosities. Conversely, the visual system may discount optical properties, enabling "viscosity constancy" based primarily on the liquid's shape and motion. We investigated whether optical characteristics affect the perception of viscosity and other properties of liquids. We simulated pouring liquids with viscosities ranging from water to molten glass and rendered them with nine different optical characteristics. In Experiment 1, observers (a) adjusted a match stimulus until it had the same perceived viscosity as a test stimulus with different optical properties, and (b) rated six physical properties of the test stimuli (runniness, shininess, sliminess, stickiness, warmth, wetness). We tested moving and static stimuli. In Experiment 2, observers had to associate names with every liquid in the stimulus set. We find that observers' viscosity matches correlated strongly with the true viscosities and that optical properties had almost no effect. However, some ratings of liquid properties did show substantial interactions between viscosity and optical properties. Observers associate liquid names primarily with optical cues, although some materials are associated with a specific viscosity or combination of viscosity and optics. These results suggest viscosity is inferred primarily from shape and motion cues but that optical characteristics influence recognition of specific liquids and inference of other physical properties.

  13. Enhancing the mechanical properties of single-crystal CVD diamond.

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    Liang, Qi; Yan, Chih-Shiue; Meng, Yufei; Lai, Joseph; Krasnicki, Szczesny; Mao, Ho-Kwang; Hemley, Russell J

    2009-09-09

    Approaches for enhancing the strength and toughness of single-crystal diamond produced by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) at high growth rates are described. CVD processes used to grow single-crystal diamond in high density plasmas were modified to incorporate boron and nitrogen. Semi-quantitative studies of mechanical properties were carried out using Vickers indentation techniques. The introduction of boron in single-crystal CVD diamond can significantly enhance the fracture toughness of this material without sacrificing its high hardness (∼78 GPa). Growth conditions were varied to investigate its effect on boron incorporation and optical properties by means of photoluminescence, infrared, and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy. Boron can be readily incorporated into single-crystal diamond by the methods used, but with nitrogen addition, the incorporation of boron was hindered. The spectroscopic measurements indicate that nitrogen and boron coexist in the diamond structure, which helps explain the origin of the enhanced fracture toughness of this material. Further, low pressure/high temperature annealing can enhance the intrinsic hardness of single-crystal CVD diamond by a factor of two without appreciable loss in fracture toughness. This doping and post-growth treatment of diamond may lead to new technological applications that require enhanced mechanical properties of diamond.

  14. Enhancing the Mechanical Properties of Single-Crystal CVD Diamond

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    Liang, Q.; Yan, C; Meng, Y; Lai, J; Krasnicki, S; Mao, H; Hemley, R

    2009-01-01

    Approaches for enhancing the strength and toughness of single-crystal diamond produced by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) at high growth rates are described. CVD processes used to grow single-crystal diamond in high density plasmas were modified to incorporate boron and nitrogen. Semi-quantitative studies of mechanical properties were carried out using Vickers indentation techniques. The introduction of boron in single-crystal CVD diamond can significantly enhance the fracture toughness of this material without sacrificing its high hardness ({approx}78 GPa). Growth conditions were varied to investigate its effect on boron incorporation and optical properties by means of photoluminescence, infrared, and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy. Boron can be readily incorporated into single-crystal diamond by the methods used, but with nitrogen addition, the incorporation of boron was hindered. The spectroscopic measurements indicate that nitrogen and boron coexist in the diamond structure, which helps explain the origin of the enhanced fracture toughness of this material. Further, low pressure/high temperature annealing can enhance the intrinsic hardness of single-crystal CVD diamond by a factor of two without appreciable loss in fracture toughness. This doping and post-growth treatment of diamond may lead to new technological applications that require enhanced mechanical properties of diamond.

  15. Optical properties of titanium dioxide nanotube arrays

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    Abdelmoula, Mohamed; Sokoloff, Jeffrey; Lu, Wen-Tao; Close, Thomas; Menon, Latika; Richter, Christiaan

    2014-01-01

    We present experimental measurements and a theoretical analysis of the near UV to NIR optical properties of free standing titania nanotube arrays. An improved understanding of the optical physics of this type of nanostructure is important to several next generation solar energy conversion technologies. We measured the transmission, reflection, and absorption of the electromagnetic spectrum from 300 nm to 1000 nm (UV to NIR) of titania nanotube arrays. We measured the total, specular, and diffuse reflection and transmission using both single point detection and an integrating sphere spectrometer. We find that the transmission, but not the reflection, of light (UV to NIR) through the nanotube array is well-explained by classic geometric optics using an effective medium model taking into account the conical geometry of the nanotubes. For wavelengths shorter than ˜500 nm, we find the surprising result that the reflection coefficient for light incident on the open side of the nanotube array is greater than the reflection coefficient for light incident on the closed "floor" of the nanotube array. We consider theoretical models based on the eikonal approximation, photonic crystal band theory, and a statistical treatment of scattering to explain the observed data. We attribute the fact that light with wavelengths shorter than 500 nm is more highly reflected from the open than the closed tube side as being due to disorder scattering inside the nanotube array.

  16. Optical properties of titanium dioxide nanotube arrays

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    Abdelmoula, Mohamed; Sokoloff, Jeffrey; Lu, Wen-Tao; Menon, Latika; Close, Thomas; Richter, Christiaan

    2014-01-07

    We present experimental measurements and a theoretical analysis of the near UV to NIR optical properties of free standing titania nanotube arrays. An improved understanding of the optical physics of this type of nanostructure is important to several next generation solar energy conversion technologies. We measured the transmission, reflection, and absorption of the electromagnetic spectrum from 300 nm to 1000 nm (UV to NIR) of titania nanotube arrays. We measured the total, specular, and diffuse reflection and transmission using both single point detection and an integrating sphere spectrometer. We find that the transmission, but not the reflection, of light (UV to NIR) through the nanotube array is well-explained by classic geometric optics using an effective medium model taking into account the conical geometry of the nanotubes. For wavelengths shorter than ∼500 nm, we find the surprising result that the reflection coefficient for light incident on the open side of the nanotube array is greater than the reflection coefficient for light incident on the closed “floor” of the nanotube array. We consider theoretical models based on the eikonal approximation, photonic crystal band theory, and a statistical treatment of scattering to explain the observed data. We attribute the fact that light with wavelengths shorter than 500 nm is more highly reflected from the open than the closed tube side as being due to disorder scattering inside the nanotube array.

  17. Thermo-optical Properties of Nanofluids

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    Ortega, Maria Alejandra; Echevarria, Lorenzo; Rodriguez, Luis; Castillo, Jimmy; Fernandez, Alberto

    2008-04-15

    In this work, we report thermo-optical properties of nanofluids. Spherical gold nanoparticles obtained by laser ablation in condensed media were characterized using thermal lens spectroscopy in SDS-water solution pumping at 532 nm with a 10 ns pulsed laser-Nd-YAG system. Nanoparticles obtained by laser ablation were stabilized in the time by surfactants (Sodium Dodecyl-Sulfate or SDS) in different molar concentrations. The morphology and size of the gold nanoparticles were determined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The plasmonic resonance bands in gold nanoparticles are responsible of the light optical absorption of this wavelength. The position of the absorption maximum and width band in the UV-Visible spectra is given by the morphological characteristics of these systems. The thermo-optical constant such as thermal diffusion, thermal conductivity and dn/dT are functions of nanoparticles sizes and dielectric constant of the media. The theoretical model existents do not describe completely this relations because is not possible separate the contributions due to nanoparticles size, factor form and dielectric constant. The thermal lens signal obtained is also dependent of nanoparticles sizes. This methodology can be used in order to evaluate nanofluids and characterizing nanoparticles in different media. These results are expected to have an impact in bioimaging, biosensors and other technological applications such as cooler system.

  18. Optical properties of matrix confined species

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    Lezhnina, M. M.; Kynast, U. H.

    2010-11-01

    A majority of optically functional materials can be perceived as a liaison between ionic or molecular guests and a more or less rigid host. The guests exhibit an optical function, whereas the host provides suitable space, both of them synergistically complementing each other. The embracement of guests and hosts is often very intimate, as e.g. in typical phosphors, where luminescent ions even become part of the host. While the host-guest terminology usually is not applied to such marriages, the term becomes appropriate, if the host grants some degrees of spatial freedom, yet giving order and structure to its guests. Zeolites, clays and inverse opals are porous materials naturally providing hospitable cavities, channels or other compartments, and at the same time the guests are often demanded to occupy preassigned positions within these, or to structurally adapt to the interior host topology. Whereas zeolites and clays are merely patient providers of guest space, inverse opals, can actively turn the light on and off. The present article summarises and highlights recent experimental evidence, ongoing research and some envisaged merits resulting from the interaction of matrix confined luminescent ions, complexes and molecules with a focus on the optical properties of rare earth based materials.

  19. Effect of thermal treatments on third-order nonlinear optical properties of hollow Cu nanoclusters

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    Wang, Y. H.; Jiang, C. Z.; Ren, F.; Wang, Q. Q.; Chen, D. J.; Fu, D. J.

    2006-06-01

    Metal nanocluster composites prepared by Cu ion implantation have been studied. The formation of nanoclusters has been evidenced by optical absorption spectra and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Fast nonlinear optical refraction and nonlinear optical absorption coefficients were measured at 790 nm for Cu nanocluster composites by the Z-scan technique. With the increase of annealing temperature, the size of nanoclusters increased significantly, and optical nonlinearities was enhanced. It is suggested that by changing the ingredient configuration of metal nanoclusters in silica, different optical nonlinear properties could be selectively obtained.

  20. Hollow Au-Ag Alloy Nanorices and Their Optical Properties.

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    Yu, Keke; Sun, Xiaonan; Pan, Liang; Liu, Ting; Liu, Anping; Chen, Guo; Huang, Yingzhou

    2017-09-04

    Hollow noble metal nanoparticles have excellent performance not only in surface catalysis but also in optics. In this work, the hollow Au-Ag alloy nanorices are fabricated by the galvanic replacement reaction. The dark-field spectrum points out that there is a big difference in the optical properties between the pure Ag nanorices and the hollow alloy nanorices that exhibit highly tunable localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPR) and that possess larger radiative damping, which is also indicated by the finite element method. Furthermore, the surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and oxidation test indicate that hollow Au-Ag alloy nanorices show good anti-oxidation and have broad application prospects in surface-plasmon-related fields.

  1. MEMS for enhanced optical diagnostics in endoscopy.

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    Chamot, Stéphane R; Depeursinge, Christian

    2007-01-01

    Endoluminal microscopy and spectroscopy could significantly improve the efficiency of clinical endoscopic examination by allowing in-situ detection, staging and grading of potentially cancerous lesions. Indeed, high-end optical microscopy techniques such as confocal, coherence-gated and single-/multi-photon microscopy today deliver optical histology information and spectrally/spatially resolved measurements of tissue reflectance allow grading and staging of precancerous/cancerous lesions. Owing to the brisk development of MEMS technologies, miniaturization requirements satisfying the dimension requirements for endoscope integration have been met within the last decade and the present paper will report on the current and future development of MEMS-based endoscopes for optical diagnosis.

  2. Enhancement of terahertz pulse emission by optical nanoantenna.

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    Park, Sang-Gil; Jin, Kyong Hwan; Yi, Minwoo; Ye, Jong Chul; Ahn, Jaewook; Jeong, Ki-Hun

    2012-03-27

    Bridging the gap between ultrashort pulsed optical waves and terahertz (THz) waves, the THz photoconductive antenna (PCA) is a major constituent for the emission or detection of THz waves by diverse optical and electrical methods. However, THz PCA still lacks employment of advanced breakthrough technologies for high-power THz emission. Here, we report the enhancement of THz emission power by incorporating optical nanoantennas with a THz photoconductive antenna. The confinement and concentration of an optical pump beam on a photoconductive substrate can be efficiently achieved with optical nanoantennas over a high-index photoconductive substrate. Both numerical and experimental results clearly demonstrate the enhancement of THz wave emission due to high photocarrier generation at the plasmon resonance of nanoantennas. This work opens up many opportunities for diverse integrated photonic elements on a single PCA at THz and optical frequencies.

  3. Density and optical properties of SPARCS plumes

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    Brown, W. A.; Kumer, J. B.; Cooper, C. E., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    Propellant gases emitted by attitude control systems such as SPARCS (Solar Pointing Aerobee Rocket Control System) and possible interference with experiments aboard the payloads are discussed. The optical properties of seven actual and potential gases emitted by propellant systems (CF4, N2H4, NH3, N2, CO2, Ar, and He) are presented. A compilation of absorption coefficients from 1 Angstrom to 50 microns and a summary of fluorescent spectra and efficiencies are provided. Since Freon-14 (CF4) is of primary importance to SPARCS, an experimental search for the fluorescent spectrum of CF4 was performed by exciting the gas with 920 Angstrom UV photons. The result was compared with an electron impact induced spectrum of CF4, and conclusions drawn about the nature of the radiating species. A detailed study of the CF4 flow fields and plume densities for typical SPARCS controlled payloads was made using gas dynamic codes which included the effects of vehicle shading and condensation. The importance of the optical properties of CF4 plumes was investigated and it is concluded that absorption is negligible but fluoresence may be significant in some cases.

  4. Genetic Engineering of Optical Properties of Biomaterials

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    Gourley, Paul; Naviaux, Robert; Yaffe, Michael

    2008-03-01

    Baker's yeast cells are easily cultured and can be manipulated genetically to produce large numbers of bioparticles (cells and mitochondria) with controllable size and optical properties. We have recently employed nanolaser spectroscopy to study the refractive index of individual cells and isolated mitochondria from two mutant strains. Results show that biomolecular changes induced by mutation can produce bioparticles with radical changes in refractive index. Wild-type mitochondria exhibit a distribution with a well-defined mean and small variance. In striking contrast, mitochondria from one mutant strain produced a histogram that is highly collapsed with a ten-fold decrease in the mean and standard deviation. In a second mutant strain we observed an opposite effect with the mean nearly unchanged but the variance increased nearly a thousand-fold. Both histograms could be self-consistently modeled with a single, log-normal distribution. The strains were further examined by 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis to measure changes in protein composition. All of these data show that genetic manipulation of cells represents a new approach to engineering optical properties of bioparticles.

  5. Optical properties of silver nano-cubes

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    Das, Ratan; Sarkar, Sumit

    2015-10-01

    Here in this work we are interested in the optical properties of uniform sized cubic silver nano-crystals. These silver nano-crystals are prepared by simple chemical reduction method using PVP as a capping agent. High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) images and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveal that the produced nano-crystals are FCC in structure with a cubic morphology having an average size of 100 nm approximately. Further High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) study reveals the monodispersity of the prepared sample. UV/Vis study shows an absorption peak due to surface plasmon resonance (SPR) in the visible range which remains steady for more than two months and after that absorption peak position gets red shifted slowly as samples becomes more aged, confirming the agglomeration after two months. Most important optical property shown by the sample is the photoluminescence (PL), which gives an emission spectra in the visible range, confirming a band gap in the silver nano-cubes. It has been observed that the different PL spectra show an emission peak at 482 nm with different intensity for different excitation wavelength.

  6. Accurate simulation of optical properties in dyes.

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    Jacquemin, Denis; Perpète, Eric A; Ciofini, Ilaria; Adamo, Carlo

    2009-02-17

    Since Antiquity, humans have produced and commercialized dyes. To this day, extraction of natural dyes often requires lengthy and costly procedures. In the 19th century, global markets and new industrial products drove a significant effort to synthesize artificial dyes, characterized by low production costs, huge quantities, and new optical properties (colors). Dyes that encompass classes of molecules absorbing in the UV-visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum now have a wider range of applications, including coloring (textiles, food, paintings), energy production (photovoltaic cells, OLEDs), or pharmaceuticals (diagnostics, drugs). Parallel to the growth in dye applications, researchers have increased their efforts to design and synthesize new dyes to customize absorption and emission properties. In particular, dyes containing one or more metallic centers allow for the construction of fairly sophisticated systems capable of selectively reacting to light of a given wavelength and behaving as molecular devices (photochemical molecular devices, PMDs).Theoretical tools able to predict and interpret the excited-state properties of organic and inorganic dyes allow for an efficient screening of photochemical centers. In this Account, we report recent developments defining a quantitative ab initio protocol (based on time-dependent density functional theory) for modeling dye spectral properties. In particular, we discuss the importance of several parameters, such as the methods used for electronic structure calculations, solvent effects, and statistical treatments. In addition, we illustrate the performance of such simulation tools through case studies. We also comment on current weak points of these methods and ways to improve them.

  7. Nonlinear optical properties of methyl red under CW irradiation

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    Zheng, Yu; Ye, Qing; Wang, Chen; Wang, Jin; Deng, Zhichao; Mei, Jianchun; Zhou, Wenyuan; Zhang, Chunping; Tian, Jianguo

    2015-12-01

    Organic materials have wide potential application in nonlinear optical devices. The nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of methyl red (MR) doped polymethyl methacrylate (MR-PMMA) are investigated under CW laser irradiation at 473 nm, 532 nm and 632.8 nm, respectively. By combining Kramers-Kronig (K-K) relation and CW Z-scan technique, the effective refractive index n2 and the change of refractive index Δn are obtained under different scanning speed at 473 nm and 532 nm. Δn is positive at 473 nm, while Δn is negative at 532 nm. The experimental result is consistent with that of K-K relation. With the scanning speed decreasing, the NLO properties of MR-PMMA are enhanced. With different laser powers at 632.8 nm, MR-PMMA has only nonlinear absorption rather than nonlinear refraction. Meanwhile, the sample is investigated under pulse laser irradiation at 532 nm. Through the comparison of results of CW Z-scan and pulse Z-scan, the influence of the cumulative thermal effect on NLO properties of material is investigated. The results indicate that, under CW irradiation near the absorption peak wavelength, the cumulative thermal effect has great influence to the NLO properties of MR-PMMA.

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

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

    1996-01-01

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

  9. Optical real-time defect-enhancement diagnostic system.

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    Gaeta, C J; Mitchell, P V; Pepper, D M

    1992-12-15

    We have demonstrated an all-optical diagnostic system that enhances the observation of defects in periodic structures. This real-time technique employs a spatial light modulator as a smart-pixel array for information processing in the Fourier transform plane of a lens. The system also includes a phase-conjugate mirror for autoalignment and for correction of optical wave-front aberrations that are imparted on the object light by the smart-pixel processor and its associated optical train.

  10. Initial Pattern of Optic Nerve Enhancement in Korean Patients with Unilateral Optic Neuritis

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    Son, Dae Yong; Park, Kyung-Ah; Seok, Su Sie; Lee, Ju-Yeun

    2017-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to demonstrate whether the pattern of optic nerve enhancement in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help to differentiate between idiopathic optic neuritis (ON), neuromyelitis optica (NMO), and multiple sclerosis (MS) in unilateral ON. Methods An MRI of the brain and orbits was obtained in patients with acute unilateral ON. Patients with ON were divided into three groups: NMO, MS, and idiopathic ON. The length and location of the abnormal optic nerve enhancement were compared for ON eyes with and without NMO or MS. The correlation between the pattern of optic nerve enhancement and the outcome of visual function was analyzed. Results Of the 36 patients with ON who underwent an MRI within 2 weeks of the onset, 19 were diagnosed with idiopathic ON, 9 with NMO, and 8 with MS. Enhancement of the optic nerve occurred in 21 patients (58.3%) and was limited to the orbital segment in 12 patients. Neither the length nor the location of the optic nerve enhancement was significantly correlated with visual functions other than contrast sensitivity or the diagnosis of idiopathic ON, MS, or NMO. Patients with greater extent of optic nerve sheath enhancement and more posterior segment involvement showed higher contrast sensitivity. Conclusions Our data revealed that the pattern of optic nerve enhancement was not associated with diagnosis of idiopathic ON, NMO, or MS in Korean patients with unilateral ON. We believe further studies that include different ethnic groups will lead to a more definitive answer on this subject. PMID:28243026

  11. Coherent Fano resonances in a plasmonic nanocluster enhance optical four-wave mixing

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    Zhang, Yu; Wen, Fangfang; Zhen, Yu-Rong; Nordlander, Peter; Halas, Naomi J.

    2013-01-01

    Plasmonic nanoclusters, an ordered assembly of coupled metallic nanoparticles, support unique spectral features known as Fano resonances due to the coupling between their subradiant and superradiant plasmon modes. Within the Fano resonance, absorption is significantly enhanced, giving rise to highly localized, intense near fields with the potential to enhance nonlinear optical processes. Here, we report a structure supporting the coherent oscillation of two distinct Fano resonances within an individual plasmonic nanocluster. We show how this coherence enhances the optical four-wave mixing process in comparison with other double-resonant plasmonic clusters that lack this property. A model that explains the observed four-wave mixing features is proposed, which is generally applicable to any third-order process in plasmonic nanostructures. With a larger effective susceptibility χ(3) relative to existing nonlinear optical materials, this coherent double-resonant nanocluster offers a strategy for designing high-performance third-order nonlinear optical media. PMID:23690571

  12. Third-Order Optical Nonlinear Properties of Polymers.

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    Yang, Lina

    The development of polymers as nonlinear optical materials coincide with a renewed interest in the field of nonlinear optics, and its applications for the future photonic devices. Large nonresonant susceptibilities, fast electronic responses, and ease of processing make polymers one of the best candidates for the applications. This thesis describes the study of the third order optical nonlinear properties in polymers. The studies have been focused on two classes of conjugated polymers: the pi-electron system and the sigma-electron system. Important parameters which fully characterize the nonlinearities of materials, such as magnitude, response time, and the sign of chi^{(3)} have been measured. Various mechanisms responsible for the observed nonlinearities have also been investigated. The thesis consists of twelve chapters. The first two chapters provide an overview of the fundamental aspects of nonlinear optics, optical properties of polymers, and the experimental techniques, apparatus which can be used to investigate the third order optical nonlinearities of polymers, such as the degenerate four wave mixing and the single beam Z-scan technique. The pi-electron polymer systems are studied in Chapters III to VII. We have investigated the nonlinearities in polyacetylene, polydiacetylene, as well as in a relatively new material-polythiophenes. Most of the work has been concentrated on polythiophenes. For the first time, the spectrum of the nonlinear coefficient chi^3 covering the single photon transition band has been measured in polythiophene. The experimental results show that chi^3 is large (>10^{ -9}esu) and fast (<15ps) above gap. The real part of chi^3 has also been found to be negative at both 532 and 1064 nm. The single photon resonance is responsible for the negative chi^3 at 532 nm, while two photon resonant absorption is responsible for the negative chi^3 at 1064 nm. For the first time, the enhancement of chi ^{(3)} was observed about photoinduced

  13. Quasistatic limit for plasmon-enhanced optical chirality

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    Finazzi, Marco; Biagioni, Paolo; Celebrano, Michele; Duò, Lamberto

    2015-05-01

    We discuss the possibility of enhancing the chiroptical response from molecules uniformly distributed around nanostructures that sustain localized plasmon resonances. We demonstrate that the average optical chirality in the near field of any plasmonic nanostructure cannot be significantly higher than that in a plane wave. This conclusion stems from the quasistatic nature of the nanoparticle-enhanced electromagnetic fields and from the fact that, at optical frequencies, the magnetic response of matter is much weaker than the electric one.

  14. Very Large Optical Telescope (VLOT) integrated model enhancements

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    Dunn, Jennifer; Roberts, Scott C.; Fitzsimmons, Joeleff; Pazder, John; Veran, Jean-Pierre; Herriot, Glen; Smith, Malcolm J.

    2004-09-01

    The integrated modeling tools for Canada's 20-meter telescope model, VLOT, have advanced significantly in the last year. Specifically, the flexibility of the tool and the pre-processing and post-processing functions have been enhanced. Also, closed loop control of the primary mirror and feeding the optical displacements through an adaptive optics tool, have been developed. This paper details the enhancements made to the tool and discusses the future challenges of the integrated modeling team.

  15. High directivity optical antenna substrates for surface enhanced Raman scattering.

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    Wang, Dongxing; Zhu, Wenqi; Chu, Yizhuo; Crozier, Kenneth B

    2012-08-22

    A two-dimensional array of gold optical antennas integrated with a one-dimensional array of gold strips and mirrors is introduced and fabricated. The experimental results show that this design achieves average surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enhancement factors as high as 1.2 × 10(10) , which is more than two orders of magnitude larger than optical antennas without the gold strips and gold mirror.

  16. Optical Properties of Thin Film Molecular Mixtures

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    Jaworske, Donald A.; Shumway, Dean A.

    2003-01-01

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

  17. Melamine sensing based on evanescent field enhanced optical fiber sensor

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    Luo, Ji; Yao, Jun; Wang, Wei-min; Zhuang, Xu-ye; Ma, Wen-ying; Lin, Qiao

    2013-08-01

    Melamine is an insalubrious chemical, and has been frequently added into milk products illegally, to make the products more protein-rich. However, it can cause some various diseases, such as kidney stones and bladder cancer. In this paper, a novel optical fiber sensor with high sensitivity based on absorption of the evanescent field for melamine detection is successfully proposed and developed. Different concentrations of melamine changing from 0 to 10mg/mL have been detected using the micro/nano-sensing fiber decorated with silver nanoparticles cluster layer. As the concentration increases, the sensing fiber's output intensity gradually deceases and the absorption of the analyte becomes large. The concentration changing of 1mg/ml can cause the absorbance varying 0.664 and the limit of the melamine detectable concentration is 1ug/mL. Besides, the coupling properties between silver nanoparticles have also been analyzed by the FDTD method. Overall, this evanescent field enhanced optical fiber sensor has potential to be used in oligo-analyte detection and will promote the development of biomolecular and chemical sensing applications.

  18. Polyimide-organosilicate hybrids with improved thermal and optical properties.

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    Jung, Youngsuk; Byun, Sunjung; Park, Sungjun; Lee, Hyunmi

    2014-05-14

    Through hydrolysis and polycondensation of amino-silane with alkyl bridged silane, a new type of polysilsesquioxane (PSSQ) was obtained. Here we use amine functionalized silane and bis(silyl)ethane to synthesize alkyl chain linked PSSQ. Compared to conventional polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS), this new silane compound has both enhanced thermal stability and improved compatibility with poly(amic acid). Gelation of this silane compound with poly(amic acid) provides polyimide-organosilicate composite materials. We show that films made from solutions of the composites exhibit higher optical transparency and superior dimensional stability during thermal treatment than films of pure polyimide or of polyimide composites with conventional POSS. Bridging of POSS and chemical bonding between POSS and polyimide chains significantly enhance the physical properties. These results provide useful information for designing molecular architecture for the fabrication of high-performance plastic substrates in the future display devices.

  19. Utilizing nonlinear optical properties of nanoparticles for imaging and sensing

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    Yust, Brian G.; Razavi, Neema; Pedraza, Francisco; Sardar, Dhiraj K.

    2012-03-01

    Nonlinear optical properties of barium titanate (BaTiO3) nanoparticles are investigated as a function of size and shape. BaTiO3 is an attractive option as a nonlinear material because it can exhibit a high second and third order electronic susceptibility even at the nanoscale. These particles are employed as contrast agents/biomarkers and phase conjugate nanomirrors in imaging, utilizing second harmonic generation for two-photon microscopy and four-wave mixing for three-photon microscopy and scattering reversal image enhancement. Silver is also used to create a shell around the BaTiO3 nanoparticle to see if a core/shell structure enhances any of the nonlinear effects.

  20. Composite structures for the enhancement of nonlinear optical materials.

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    Neeves, A E; Birnboim, M H

    1988-12-01

    Calculations of the nonlinear optical behavior are developed for model composites consisting of nanospheres with a metallic core and a nonlinear shell suspended in a nonlinear medium. The concept for the enhancement of optical phase conjugation from all these nonlinear regions is that the optical field can be concentrated both inside and in the neighborhood of the metallic core, aided by surface-mediated plasmon resonance. Calculations for gold cores and aluminum cores indicate that phase-conjugate reflectivity enhancements of 10(8) may be possible.

  1. Optical Detection Properties of Silicon-Germanium Quantum Well Structures

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    1996-10-18

    AFIT/DS/ENP/96-07 OPTICAL DETECTION PROPERTIES OF SILICON-GERMANIUM QUANTUM WELL STRUCTURES DISSERTATION Michael R. Gregg, Captain, USAF AFIT/DS/ENP...96 Approved for public release; distribution unlimited DTC Qr. ~r AFIT/DS/ENP/96-07 Optical Detection Properties of Silicon-Germanium Quantum Well ...release; distribution unlimited AFIT/DS/ENP/96-07 Optical Detection Properties of Silicon-Germanium Quantum Well Structures Michael R. Gregg, BA, MS

  2. Enhancement of focusing properties by interfering spatial bending beams

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    Li, Hui; Xu, Yongzheng; Qu, Yu; Zhang, Bin; Wang, Li; Zhang, Zhongyue

    2016-12-01

    In this study, two slits were designed symmetrically on a metal film to excite surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs), and two groups of parallel dielectric rectangles were designed over a metal film to convert the SPPs into double mirror-symmetric spatial bending beams. The high-energy far-field focused beams were achieved by interfering double mirror-symmetric spatial bending beams using the finite-element method The focusing properties of the proposed structure are enhanced compared with the conventional metal grating structures. Furthermore, the effects of the structural parameters on the focusing properties were investigated Results show that the focusing properties of the proposed structure rely on the structural parameters of dielectric rectangles and on the distance between the dielectric rectangles and the metal film. The position of the focusing spot relies on the distance between two slits. These findings can be applied in the fields of biology imaging, nanolithography, optical data storage and photo-biomedical detection.

  3. Radiation engineering of optical antennas for maximum field enhancement.

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    Seok, Tae Joon; Jamshidi, Arash; Kim, Myungki; Dhuey, Scott; Lakhani, Amit; Choo, Hyuck; Schuck, Peter James; Cabrini, Stefano; Schwartzberg, Adam M; Bokor, Jeffrey; Yablonovitch, Eli; Wu, Ming C

    2011-07-13

    Optical antennas have generated much interest in recent years due to their ability to focus optical energy beyond the diffraction limit, benefiting a broad range of applications such as sensitive photodetection, magnetic storage, and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. To achieve the maximum field enhancement for an optical antenna, parameters such as the antenna dimensions, loading conditions, and coupling efficiency have been previously studied. Here, we present a framework, based on coupled-mode theory, to achieve maximum field enhancement in optical antennas through optimization of optical antennas' radiation characteristics. We demonstrate that the optimum condition is achieved when the radiation quality factor (Q(rad)) of optical antennas is matched to their absorption quality factor (Q(abs)). We achieve this condition experimentally by fabricating the optical antennas on a dielectric (SiO(2)) coated ground plane (metal substrate) and controlling the antenna radiation through optimizing the dielectric thickness. The dielectric thickness at which the matching condition occurs is approximately half of the quarter-wavelength thickness, typically used to achieve constructive interference, and leads to ∼20% higher field enhancement relative to a quarter-wavelength thick dielectric layer.

  4. Enhanced optical clearing of skin in vivo and optical coherence tomography in-depth imaging

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    Wen, Xiang; Jacques, Steven L.; Tuchin, Valery V.; Zhu, Dan

    2012-06-01

    The strong optical scattering of skin tissue makes it very difficult for optical coherence tomography (OCT) to achieve deep imaging in skin. Significant optical clearing of in vivo rat skin sites was achieved within 15 min by topical application of an optical clearing agent PEG-400, a chemical enhancer (thiazone or propanediol), and physical massage. Only when all three components were applied together could a 15 min treatment achieve a three fold increase in the OCT reflectance from a 300 μm depth and 31% enhancement in image depth Zthreshold.

  5. Sensitivity of optical mass sensor enhanced by optomechanical coupling

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    He, Yong

    2015-03-23

    Optical mass sensors based on cavity optomechanics employ radiation pressure force to drive mechanical resonator whose mechanical susceptibility can be described by nonlinear optical transmission spectrum. In this paper, we present an optical mass sensor based on a two-cavity optomechanical system where the mechanical damping rate can be decreased by adjusting a pump power so that the mass sensitivity which depends on the mechanical quality factor has been enhanced greatly. Compared with that of an optical mass sensor based on single-cavity optomechanics, the mass sensitivity of the optical mass sensor is improved by three orders of magnitude. This is an approach to enhance the mass sensitivity by means of optomechanical coupling, which is suitable for all mass sensor based on cavity optomechanics. Finally, we illustrate the accurate measurement for the mass of a few chromosomes, which can be achieved based on the current experimental conditions.

  6. Electronic and optical properties of Praseodymium trifluoride

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    Saini, Sapan Mohan

    2014-10-24

    We report the role of f- states on electronic and optical properties of Praseodymium trifluoride (PrF{sub 3}) compound. Full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FPLAPW) method with the inclusion of spin orbit coupling has been used. We employed the local spin density approximation (LSDA) and Coulomb-corrected local spin density approximation (LSDA+U). LSDA+U is known for treating the highly correlated 4f electrons properly. Our theoretical investigation shows that LSDA+U approximation reproduce the correct insulating ground state of PrF{sub 3}. On the other hand there is no significant difference of reflectivity calculated by LSDA and LSDA+U. We find that the reflectivity for PrF{sub 3} compound stays low till around 7 eV which is consistent with their large energy gaps. Our calculated reflectivity compares well with the experimental data. The results are analyzed in the light of transitions involved.

  7. Optical and electrical properties of silicon nanopillars

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    Golobokova, L. S. Nastaushev, Yu. V.; Dultsev, F. N.; Kryzhanovskaya, N. V.; Moiseev, E. I.; Kozhukhov, A. S.; Latyshev, A. V.

    2015-07-15

    The electrical and optical properties of silicon nanopillars (Si NPs) are studied. Electron-beam lithography and reactive ion etching are used for the formation of ordered Si-NP arrays. The Si NPs with a diameter from 60 to 340 nm and a height from 218 to 685 nm are formed. The Si NPs are coated with a TiON{sup x} layer with a thickness of 8 nm for chemical and electrical passivation of the surface. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic-force microscopy are used to characterize the obtained structures. The Si-NP arrays acquire various colors when exposed to “bright-field” illumination. The spectra of reflection from the Si-NP arrays in the wavelength range 500–1150 nm are obtained.

  8. Structural and optical properties of nanostructured nickel

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    Singh, J. Pandey, J.; Gupta, R.; Tripathi, J.; Kaurav, N.

    2016-05-06

    Metal nanoparticles are attractive because of their special structure and better optical properties. Nickel nanoparticles (Ni-Np) have been synthesized successfully by thermal decomposition method in the presence of trioctyl phosphine (TOP) and oleylamine (OAm). The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Zetapotential measurement and Fourier transforms infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The size of Ni nanoparticles can be readily tuned from 13.86 nm. As-synthesized Ni nanoparticles have hexagonal closed pack (hcp) cubic structure as characterized by power X-ray diffraction (XRD) prepared at 280°C. The possible formation mechanism has also been phenomenological proposed for as synthesized Ni-Np. The value of Zeta potential was found 12.25 mV.

  9. Tellurium quantum dots: Preparation and optical properties

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    Lu, Chaoyu; Li, Xueming; Tang, Libin; Lai, Sin Ki; Rogée, Lukas; Teng, Kar Seng; Qian, Fuli; Zhou, Liangliang; Lau, Shu Ping

    2017-08-01

    Herein, we report an effective and simple method for producing Tellurium Quantum dots (TeQDs), zero-dimensional nanomaterials with great prospects for biomedical applications. Their preparation is based on the ultrasonic exfoliation of Te powder dispersed in 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone. Sonication causes the van der Waals forces between the structural hexagons of Te to break so that the relatively coarse powder breaks down into nanoscale particles. The TeQDs have an average size of about 4 nm. UV-Vis absorption spectra of the TeQDs showed an absorption peak at 288 nm. Photoluminescence excitation (PLE) and photoluminescence (PL) are used to study the optical properties of TeQDs. Both the PLE and PL peaks revealed a linear relationship against the emission and excitation energies, respectively. TeQDs have important potential applications in biological imaging and catalysis as well as optoelectronics.

  10. Magneto--optical properties of complex oxides

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    Chen, Peng; Holinsworth, Brian; O'Neal, Kenneth; Brinzari, Tanea; Musfeldt, Janice; Lee, Nara; Xuan, Luo; Cheong, Sang; Rogado, Nyrissa; Cava, Robert; Wang, Yaqi; Lorenz, Bernd; McGill, Steve

    2013-03-01

    We investigated the magneto-optical properties of α-Fe2O3, frustrated system Ni3V2O8, and rare earth indium oxides like DyInO3 in order to understand the interplay between charge and magnetism. We discovered that hematite appears more red in applied magnetic field than in zero field conditions, an effect that is amplified by the presence of the spin flop transition. Furthermore, magnetic field aligns the spins into fully polarized state and induces optical band gap change in Ni3V2O8. As a consequence, Ni3V2O8 appears more green in 35 T. f electron excitations in DyInO3 changes dramatically in applied magnetic field because of enormous spin-orbit coupling effect in the rare earth elements. These findings advance our understanding of spin-charge coupling and motivate spectroscopic work on other functional materials under extreme conditions. This work is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

  11. Optical and dosimetric properties of zircon.

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    Kristianpoller, N; Weiss, D; Chen, R

    2006-01-01

    Irradiation effects were investigated in zircon crystals by methods of optical absorption and luminescence. Special attention was given to the effects of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation. The same main thermoluminescence (TL) peaks with the same thermal activation energies appeared after VUV as after X- or beta irradiation, indicating that the same traps were induced by the different irradiations. TL excitation spectra in the VUV showed an increase <220 nm and maxima near 190 and 140 nm. Excitation spectra of phototransferred TL (PTTL) and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) were also measured. Most TL emission bands also appeared in the X-luminescence, PTTL and OSL. Dosimetric properties such as the TL radiation sensitivity, thermal stability of radiation-induced defects and TL dose dependence were also investigated. The radiation sensitivity of zircon was by an order of magnitude lower than that of TLD-100. The 355 K TL peak showed linear dose dependence only up to approximately 500 Gy and the 520 K peak up to approximately 1800 Gy.

  12. Optical properties of thin nanosilicon films

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    Buchenko, Viktor V.; Rodionova, Tatiana V.; Sutyagina, Anastasia S.; Goloborodko, Andrey A.; Multian, Volodymyr V.; Uklein, Andrii V.; Gayvoronsky, Volodymyr Ya.

    2016-12-01

    Present paper is devoted to the investigation of the nanosilicon films internal structure effect on optical properties. Atomic force microscopy results reveal that the films with different thickness have fundamentally different grain size distribution (samples with the film thickness less than 50 nm have single-mode grain size distribution, while samples with the film thickness more than 50 nm have multi-mode distribution of grain size). The correlation between grain size of nanosilicon films, photoluminescence and scattering indicatrix was shown. Well-isolated vibronic structures were observed on the ultraviolet-visible photoluminescence spectrum from nanosilicon films with the thickness more than 10 nm. The photoluminescence spectra in the red range correlate with the nanosilicon grain size distribution due to the effect of the quantum confinement. However, due to the complex shape of the grains mathematical modeling of photoluminescence spectrum is complicated. Both scattering indicatrix and photoluminescence reveal the multi-mode grain size distribution of the films with thickness more than 50 nm. The comparative analysis of theoretical results of optical radiation scattering by nanosilicon films with experimental ones is illustrated. Mathematical modeling of the scattering indicatrix shows the correlation of average grain size from scattering and photoluminescence data.

  13. Estimation of aerosol optical properties considering hygroscopicity and light absorption

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    Jung, Chang Hoon; Lee, Ji Yi; Kim, Yong Pyo

    2015-03-01

    In this study, the influences of water solubility and light absorption on the optical properties of organic aerosols were investigated. A size-resolved model for calculating optical properties was developed by combining thermodynamic hygroscopic growth and aerosol dynamics models. The internal mixtures based on the homogeneous and core-shell mixing were compared. The results showed that the radiative forcing (RF) of Water Soluble Organic Carbon (WSOC) aerosol can be estimated to range from -0.07 to -0.49 W/m2 for core-shell mixing and from -0.09 to -0.47 W/m2 for homogeneous mixing under the simulation conditions (RH = 60%). The light absorption properties of WSOC showed the mass absorption efficiency (MAE) of WSOC can be estimated 0.43-0.5 m2/g, which accounts for 5-10% of the MAE of elemental carbon (EC). The effect on MAE of increasing the imaginary refractive index of WSOC was also calculated, and it was found that increasing the imaginary refractive index by 0.001i enhanced WSOC aerosol absorption by approximately 0.02 m2/g. Finally, the sensitivity test results revealed that changes in the fine mode fraction (FMF) and in the geometric mean diameter of the accumulation mode play important roles in estimating RF during hygroscopic growth.

  14. Optical fiber tip for field-enhanced second harmonic generation.

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    Pal, Sudipta Sarkar; Mondal, Samir K; Bajpai, Phun Phun; Kapur, Pawan

    2012-10-01

    We propose a simple optical fiber tip for field-enhanced second harmonic generation (SHG). The tip shows nonlinear phenomena of SHG over a wide range of sources, at least from 630 to 830 nm. The optical field corresponding to the second harmonic appears as a nondiffracting bottle beam with voids due to the surface curvature of the tip. The field-enhanced second harmonic can also induce surface plasmons, converting the tip to a plasmonic probe with reduced background signal. The tip can be useful in nanophotonics characterization. As an example, we demonstrate the tip's response as a surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy probe.

  15. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering: effective optical constants for electric field modelling of nanostructured Ag films

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    Perera, M. Nilusha M. N.; Schmidt, Daniel; Gibbs, W. E. Keith; Juodkazis, Saulius; Stoddart, Paul R.

    2016-09-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is drawing increasing interest in fields such as chemical and biomolecular sensing, nanoscale plasmonic engineering and surface science. In addition to the electromagnetic and chemical enhancements in SERS, several studies have reported a "back-side" enhancement when nanostructures are excited through a transparent base rather than directly through air. This additional enhancement has been attributed to a local increase in the electric field for propagation from high to low refractive index media. In this study, Mueller matrix ellipsometry was used to derive the effective optical constants of Ag nanostructures fabricated by thermal evaporation at oblique angles. The results confirm that the effective optical constants of the nanostructured Ag film depart substantially from the bulk properties. Detailed analysis suggests that the optical constants of the nano-island Ag structures exhibit uniaxial optical properties with the optical axis inclined from the substrate normal towards the deposition direction of the vapour flux. The substrates were functionalized with thiophenol and used to measure the wavelength dependence of the additional SERS signal. Further, a model based on the Fresnel equations was developed, using the Ag film optical constants and thickness as determined by ellipsometry. Both experimental data and the model show a significant additional enhancement in the back-side SERS, blue shifted from the plasmon resonance of the nanostructures. This information will be useful for a range of applications where it is necessary to understand the effective optical behaviour of thin films and in designing miniaturized optical fibre sensors for remote sensing applications.

  16. Optical Properties of Multi-Layered Insulation

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    Rodriguez, Heather M.; Abercromby, Kira J.; Barker, Edwin

    2007-01-01

    , which is due to the copper color of Kapton. If the debris is MLI and the outer layer of copper coloring of Kapton is present, evidence would be seen spectrally by the specific absorption feature as well as using R-B (red-blue) light curves. Using laboratory photometric measurements and the results from spectral laboratory measurements, an optical property database is provided for an object with a high A/m. The benefits of this database for remote optical measurements of orbital debris are shown by illustrating the optical properties expected for a high A/m object, specifically common satellite and rocket body MLI.

  17. Double optical spring enhancement for gravitational-wave detectors

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    Rehbein, Henning; Mueller-Ebhardt, Helge; Schnabel, Roman; Danzmann, Karsten; Somiya, Kentaro; Chen Yanbei; Danilishin, Stefan L.

    2008-09-15

    Currently planned second-generation gravitational-wave laser interferometers such as Advanced LIGO exploit the extensively investigated signal-recycling technique. Candidate Advanced LIGO configurations are usually designed to have two resonances within the detection band, around which the sensitivity is enhanced: a stable optical resonance and an unstable optomechanical resonance--which is upshifted from the pendulum frequency due to the so-called optical-spring effect. As an alternative to a feedback control system, we propose an all-optical stabilization scheme, in which a second optical spring is employed, and the test mass is trapped by a stable ponderomotive potential well induced by two carrier light fields whose detunings have opposite signs. The double optical spring also brings additional flexibility in reshaping the noise spectral density and optimizing toward specific gravitational-wave sources. The presented scheme can be extended easily to a multi-optical-spring system that allows further optimization.

  18. Optical antennas for tunable enhancement in tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy imaging

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    Maouli, Imad; Taguchi, Atsushi; Saito, Yuika; Kawata, Satoshi; Verma, Prabhat

    2015-03-01

    The use of optical antennas in tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) makes it a powerful optical analysis and imaging technique at the nanoscale. Optical antennas can work as nano-light sources in the visible region. The plasmonic resonance of an antenna depends on its length; thus, by varying the length, one can control the enhancement in TERS. In this study, we demonstrated a fabrication method based on focused ion beam milling to realize optical antennas with desired lengths. We then measured the resonances of these fabricated antennas and performed TERS imaging of carbon nanotubes to demonstrate the antenna length dependence on plasmonic resonance.

  19. Enhancing imaging systems using transformation optics.

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    Smith, David R; Urzhumov, Yaroslav; Kundtz, Nathan B; Landy, Nathan I

    2010-09-27

    We apply the transformation optical technique to modify or improve conventional refractive and gradient index optical imaging devices. In particular, when it is known that a detector will terminate the paths of rays over some surface, more freedom is available in the transformation approach, since the wave behavior over a large portion of the domain becomes unimportant. For the analyzed configurations, quasi-conformal and conformal coordinate transformations can be used, leading to simplified constitutive parameter distributions that, in some cases, can be realized with isotropic index; index-only media can be low-loss and have broad bandwidth. We apply a coordinate transformation to flatten a Maxwell fish-eye lens, forming a near-perfect relay lens; and also flatten the focal surface associated with a conventional refractive lens, such that the system exhibits an ultra-wide field-of-view with reduced aberration.

  20. Advances in Measuring the Apparent Optical Properties (AOPs) of Optically Complex Waters

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    Morrow, John H.; Hooker, Stanford B.; Booth, Charles R.; Bernhard, Germar; Lind, Randall N.; Brown, James W.

    2010-01-01

    This report documents new technology used to measure the apparent optical properties (AOPs) of optically complex waters. The principal objective is to be prepared for the launch of next-generation ocean color satellites with the most capable commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) instrumentation. An enhanced COTS radiometer was the starting point for designing and testing the new sensors. The follow-on steps were to apply the lessons learned towards a new in-water profiler based on a kite-shaped backplane for mounting the light sensors. The next level of sophistication involved evaluating new radiometers emerging from a development activity based on so-called microradiometers. The exploitation of microradiometers resulted in an in-water profiling system, which includes a sensor networking capability to control ancillary sensors like a shadowband or global positioning system (GPS) device. A principal advantage of microradiometers is their flexibility in producing, interconnecting, and maintaining instruments. The full problem set for collecting sea-truth data--whether in coastal waters or the open ocean-- involves other aspects of data collection that were improved for instruments measuring both AOPs and inherent optical properties (IOPs), if the uncertainty budget is to be minimized. New capabilities associated with deploying solar references were developed as well as a compact solution for recovering in-water instrument systems from small boats.

  1. Analysis of nonlinear optical properties in donor–acceptor materials

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    Day, Paul N.; Pachter, Ruth; Nguyen, Kiet A.

    2014-05-14

    Time-dependent density functional theory has been used to calculate nonlinear optical (NLO) properties, including the first and second hyperpolarizabilities as well as the two-photon absorption cross-section, for the donor-acceptor molecules p-nitroaniline and dimethylamino nitrostilbene, and for respective materials attached to a gold dimer. The CAMB3LYP, B3LYP, PBE0, and PBE exchange-correlation functionals all had fair but variable performance when compared to higher-level theory and to experiment. The CAMB3LYP functional had the best performance on these compounds of the functionals tested. However, our comprehensive analysis has shown that quantitative prediction of hyperpolarizabilities is still a challenge, hampered by inadequate functionals, basis sets, and solvation models, requiring further experimental characterization. Attachment of the Au{sub 2}S group to molecules already known for their relatively large NLO properties was found to further enhance the response. While our calculations show a modest enhancement for the first hyperpolarizability, the enhancement of the second hyperpolarizability is predicted to be more than an order of magnitude.

  2. Optical and electrical properties of composite nanostructured materials

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    Amooali Khosroabadi, Akram

    A novel lithographic fabrication method is used to fabricate nanopillars arrays of anisotropic Ag and TCO electrodes. Optical and electrical properties of the electrodes including bandgap, free carrier concentration, resistivity and surface plasmon frequency of different electrodes can be tuned by adjusting the dimensions and geometry of the pillars. Given the ability to tune the nonlocal responses of the plasmonic field enhancements, we attempt to determine the nature of the effective refractive index profile within the visible wavelength region for multi-layer hybrid nanostructures. Knowledge of the effective optical constants of the obtained structure is critical for various applications. nanopillars of TCOAg core shell structures have been successfully fabricated. The Maxwell-Garnett mixing law has been used to determine the optical constants of the nanostructure based on spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements. Simulated reflection spectra indicate a down shift in the Brewster angle of the pillars resulting from the reduction in the effective refractive index of the nanostructure. Two plasmonic resonances were observed, with one in the visible region and the other in the IR region. Plasmon hybridization model is used to describe the behavior of metal and metal oxide core shell nanostructured electrodes. Different charge density distributions around the pillars determine the plasma frequency which depends on the core and surrounding media dielectric constants. Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) simulation of different structures agree well with experiment and help us to understand electric field behavior at different structures with different geometries and dielectric constants. Plasmonic Ag nanopillar arrays are effective substrates for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). An enhancement factor up to 6 orders of magnitude is obtained. Monolayers of C60 is deposited on the Ag nanopillars and the interface of C60/Ag is studied which is important in

  3. Dynamic optical properties in graphene: Length versus velocity gauge

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    Dong, H. M.; Han, K.; Xu, W.

    2014-02-14

    The dynamic optical properties of graphene are theoretically investigated in both length gauge and velocity gauge in the presence of ultrafast optical radiation field. The two gauges present different results of dynamic photo-induced carriers and optical conductance due to distinct dependencies on electric field and non-resonant optical absorption, while the two gauges give identical results in the steady state time. It shows that the choice of gauge affects evidently the dynamic optical properties of graphene. The velocity gauge represents an outcome of a real physical experiment.

  4. Thermo-optical properties of embedded silver nanoparticles

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    Rashidi Huyeh, M.; Shirdel Havar, M.; Palpant, B.

    2012-11-01

    Thermo-optical properties of nanocomposite materials consisting of noble metal nanoparticles dispersed in a dielectric medium are appropriate for many applications as imaging, nonlinear optics, or optical monitoring of local thermal exchanges. Here, we analyze the thermo-optical response of silver nanoparticles. The contribution of inter- and intraband transitions to the thermo-optical index of bulk silver is first extracted using experimental results reported earlier in the literature. The influence of these two contributions on the thermo-optical properties of silver nanoparticles embedded in glass is then investigated. The results show that these properties are essentially due to the intraband thermo-optical contribution in the vicinity of the surface plasmon resonance of the nanoparticles, while they are dominated by the interband contribution close to the interband transition threshold.

  5. Investigation on Stability and Optical Properties of Titanium Dioxide and Aluminum Oxide Water-Based Nanofluids

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    Leong, Kin Yuen; Najwa, Z. A.; Ku Ahmad, K. Z.; Ong, Hwai Chyuan

    2017-05-01

    Water is regarded as a poor absorber of solar energy. This affects the efficiency of solar thermal systems. The addition of nanoparticles to heat transfer fluids used in solar thermal systems can enhance their optical properties. These new-generation heat transfer fluids are known as nanofluids. The present study investigates the stability and optical properties of three nanofluids, including aluminum oxide (13 nm and <50 nm) and titanium dioxide (21 nm) nanofluids. The stability of the nanofluids was observed through a photo-capturing method and zeta potential measurements. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectrophotometer was used to measure the absorbance and transmittance of the prepared nanofluids. The effect of factors such as type of particle, type of surfactant, and pH of the solution on the optical properties of the nanofluids was also investigated. We found that the titanium dioxide nanofluid had better optical properties but lower stability compared to aluminum oxide nanofluids.

  6. Shape-parameterized diffuse optical tomography holds promise for sensitivity enhancement of fluorescence molecular tomography

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    Wu, Linhui; Wan, Wenbo; Wang, Xin; Zhou, Zhongxing; Li, Jiao; Zhang, Limin; Zhao, Huijuan; Gao, Feng

    2014-01-01

    A fundamental approach to enhancing the sensitivity of the fluorescence molecular tomography (FMT) is to incorporate diffuse optical tomography (DOT) to modify the light propagation modeling. However, the traditional voxel-based DOT has been involving a severely ill-posed inverse problem and cannot retrieve the optical property distributions with the acceptable quantitative accuracy and spatial resolution. Although, with the aid of an anatomical imaging modality, the structural-prior-based DOT method with either the hard- or soft-prior scheme holds promise for in vivo acquiring the optical background of tissues, the low robustness of the hard-prior scheme to the segmentation error and inferior performance of the soft-prior one in the quantitative accuracy limit its further application. We propose in this paper a shape-parameterized DOT method for not only effectively determining the regional optical properties but potentially achieving reasonable structural amelioration, lending itself to FMT for comparably improved recovery of fluorescence distribution. PMID:25360379

  7. Systems approach to identification of feedback enhanced optical tweezers

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    Sehgal, Hullas; Aggarwal, Tanuj; Salapaka, Murti V.

    2008-08-01

    Feedback enhanced optical tweezers, based on Proportional and Integral (PI) control, are routinely used for increasing the stiffness of optical traps. Digital implementation of PI controller, using DSP or FPGA, enables easy maneuverability of feedback gains. In this paper, we report occurrence of a peak in the thermal noise power spectrum of the trapped bead as the proportional gain is cranked up, which imposes a limit on how stiff a trap can be made using position feedback. We explain the reasons for the deviant behavior in the power spectrum and present a mathematical formula to account for the anomaly, which is in very good agreement with the experimental observations. Further, we present a new method to do the closed loop system identification of feedback enhanced optical tweezers by applying a frequency chirp. The system model thus obtained greatly predicts the closed loop behavior of our feedback based optical tweezers system.

  8. Optical properties of a nanomatch-like plasmonic structure.

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    Cui, Xudong; Zhang, Weihua; Erni, Daniel; Dong, Lixin

    2010-08-01

    The optical properties of a match-like plasmonic nanostructure are numerically investigated using full-wave finite-difference time-domain analysis in conjunction with dispersive material models. This work is mainly motivated by the developed technique enabling reproducible fabrication of nanomatch structures as well as the growing applications that utilize the localized field enhancement in plasmonic nanostructures. Our research revealed that due to the pronounced field enhancement and larger resonance tunabilities, some nanomatch topologies show potentials for various applications in the field of, e.g., sensing as well as a novel scheme for highly reproducible tips in scanning near field optical microscopy, among others. Despite the additional degrees of freedom that are offered by the composite nature of the proposed nanomatch topology, the paper also reflects on a fundamental complication intrinsic to the material interfaces especially in the nanoscale: stoichiometric mixing. We conclude that the specificity in material modeling will become a significant issue in future research on functionalized composite nanostructures.

  9. Assessing Uncertainties in Satellite Ocean Color Bio-Optical Properties

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    2012-10-01

    Uncertainties in retrievals of bio -optical properties from satellite ocean color imagery are related to a variety of factors, including errors...associated with sensor calibration and degradation, atmospheric correction, and the bio -optical inversion algorithms. Here we examine the impact of...water-leaving radiances (nLw) and downstream bio -optical properties, such as the absorption and backscattering coefficients and chlorophyll. We use a

  10. Surface-Plasmon-Enhanced Optical Forces in Silver Nanoaggregates

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    Xu, Hongxing; Käll, Mikael

    2002-11-01

    We use extended Mie theory to investigate optical forces induced by and acting on small silver nanoparticle aggregates excited at surface plasmon resonance. It is shown that single molecules can be trapped at junctions between closely spaced nanoparticles, which are simultaneously pulled together by optical forces. These effects could significantly influence surface-enhanced Raman scattering and related spectroscopies under normal experimental conditions and contribute to single-molecule sensitivity.

  11. Enhanced optical absorption in nanopatterned Yb-doped thin films for solid state laser application

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    Cui, Wenda; Hua, Weihong; Wang, Hongyan; Kai, Han; Xu, Xiaojun

    2017-05-01

    The excitation and emission properties of optical materials can be adjusted by nanostructures and to achieve high optical efficiency in the optically pump laser with short absorption length and high threshold pump power, we present and theoretically investigate a Yb-doped thin film on a 1D grating structure in this paper. High reflectivity at the pump and emission wavelength are realized simultaneously and in terms of the guided-mode resonance theory, the local field of high reflected light is enhanced which will increase the absorption of associated laser wavelength. we analyze parameters of the nanostructure in detail based on rigorous coupled-wave theory and an appropriate structure is decided. We set up a simple quasi-three-level model and demonstrate that this designed structure can effectively improve the optical efficiency of optically pump solid state laser.

  12. Optically generated ultrasound for enhanced drug delivery

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    Visuri, Steven R.; Campbell, Heather L.; Da Silva, Luiz

    2002-01-01

    High frequency acoustic waves, analogous to ultrasound, can enhance the delivery of therapeutic compounds into cells. The compounds delivered may be chemotherapeutic drugs, antibiotics, photodynamic drugs or gene therapies. The therapeutic compounds are administered systemically, or preferably locally to the targeted site. Local delivery can be accomplished through a needle, cannula, or through a variety of vascular catheters, depending on the location of routes of access. To enhance the systemic or local delivery of the therapeutic compounds, high frequency acoustic waves are generated locally near the target site, and preferably near the site of compound administration. The acoustic waves are produced via laser radiation interaction with an absorbing media and can be produced via thermoelastic expansion, thermodynamic vaporization, material ablation, or plasma formation. Acoustic waves have the effect of temporarily permeabilizing the membranes of local cells, increasing the diffusion of the therapeutic compound into the cells, allowing for decreased total body dosages, decreased side effects, and enabling new therapies.

  13. Computational Electromagnetic Modeling of Optical Responses in Plasmonically Enhanced Nanoscale Devices Fabricated with Nanomasking Technique

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    Novak, Eric; Debu, Desalegn; Saylor, Cameron; Herzog, Joseph

    2015-03-01

    This work computationally explores plasmonic nanoscale devices fabricated with a recently developed nanomasking technique that is based on the self-aligned process. Computational electromagnetic modeling has determined enhancement factors and the plasmonic and optical properties of these structures. The nanomasking technique is a new process that is employed to overcome the resolution limits of traditional electron beam lithography and can also be used to increase resolution in photolithography fabrication as well. This technique can consistently produce accurate features with nanostructures and gaps smaller than 10 nm. These smaller dimensions can allow for increased and more localized plasmonically enhanced electric fields. These unique metal devices encompass tunable, enhanced plasmonic and optical properties that can be useful in a wide range of applications. Finite element methods are used to approximate the electromagnetic responses, giving the ability to alter the designs and dimensions in order to optimize the enhancement. Ultimately, we will fabricate devices and characterize the plasmonic properties with optical techniques, including dark-field spectroscopy, to confirm the properties with the goal of generating more efficient devices.

  14. Enhancement of optical skin clearing efficacy using a microneedle roller

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    Yoon, Jinhee; Son, Taeyoon; Choi, Eung-ho; Choi, Bernard; Nelson, J. Stuart; Jung, Byungjo

    2009-01-01

    Light scattering in biological tissues can be reduced by using optical clearing agents. Various physical methods in conjunction with agents have been studied to enhance the optical clearing efficacy of skin for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. In this study, we propose a new physical method to enhance the optical clearing potential of topically applied glycerol. A microneedle roller is used to easily create numerous transdermal microchannels prior to glycerol application. The optical clearing efficacy of skin is quantitatively evaluated with the use of a modulation transfer function target placed underneath ex vivo porcine skin samples. From cross-polarized images acquired at various time points after glycerol application, we find that samples treated with the microneedle roller resulted in an approximately two-fold increase in contrast compared to control samples 30 min after glycerol application. In conclusion, our data suggest that the microneedle roller can be a good physical method to enhance transdermal delivery of optical clearing agents, and hence their optical clearing potential over large regions of skin. PMID:18465952

  15. Enhancement of optical skin clearing efficacy using a microneedle roller.

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    Yoon, Jinhee; Son, Taeyoon; Choi, Eung-Ho; Choi, Bernard; Nelson, J Stuart; Jung, Byungjo

    2008-01-01

    Light scattering in biological tissues can be reduced by using optical clearing agents. Various physical methods in conjunction with agents have been studied to enhance the optical clearing efficacy of skin for diagnostic and therapeutic applications. In this study, we propose a new physical method to enhance the optical clearing potential of topically applied glycerol. A microneedle roller is used to easily create numerous transdermal microchannels prior to glycerol application. The optical clearing efficacy of skin is quantitatively evaluated with the use of a modulation transfer function target placed underneath ex vivo porcine skin samples. From cross-polarized images acquired at various time points after glycerol application, we find that samples treated with the microneedle roller resulted in an approximately two-fold increase in contrast compared to control samples 30 min after glycerol application. In conclusion, our data suggest that the microneedle roller can be a good physical method to enhance transdermal delivery of optical clearing agents, and hence their optical clearing potential over large regions of skin.

  16. Nanoionic devices: Interface nanoarchitechtonics for physical property tuning and enhancement

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    Tsuchiya, Takashi; Terabe, Kazuya; Yang, Rui; Aono, Masakazu

    2016-11-01

    Nanoionic devices have been developed to generate novel functions overcoming limitations of conventional materials synthesis and semiconductor technology. Various physical properties can be tuned and enhanced by local ion transport near the solid/solid interface. Two electronic carrier doping methods can be used to achieve extremely high-density electronic carriers: one is electrostatic carrier doping using an electric double layer (EDL); the other is electrochemical carrier doping using a redox reaction. Atomistic restructuring near the solid/solid interface driven by a DC voltage, namely, interface nanoarchitechtonics, has huge potential. For instance, the use of EDL enables high-density carrier doping in potential superconductors, which can hardly accept chemical doping, in order to achieve room-temperature superconductivity. Optical bandgap and photoluminescence can be controlled for various applications including smart windows and biosensors. In situ tuning of magnetic properties is promising for low-power-consumption spintronics. Synaptic plasticity in the human brain is achieved in neuromorphic devices.

  17. Enhanced Optical Transmission with Coaxial Apertures

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    Haftel, Michael; Schlockermann, Carl; Orbons, Shannon; Roberts, Ann; Jamieson, David; Freeman, Darren; Luther-Davies, Barry

    2007-03-01

    Recently it has been shown that ``cylindrical'' surface plasmons (CSP's) on cylindrical interfaces of coaxial ring apertures produce a new form of extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) that extends to ever increasing wavelengths as the dielectric ring narrows. Using analytic and FDTD calculations we present some of the consequences of CSP's on EOT as well as experimental confirmation of such effects. We find that EOT, even with cylindrical apertures, is aided by the increase in cutoff wavelength due to CSP's, which is a consequence of the mode structure of individual apertures. CSP effects also explain most of the long-wavelength features of transmission spectra measured for CR apertures. We also show that CSP's can be ``spoofed'' at low frequencies by coaxial apertures in metamaterials consisting of a (macroscopic) periodic dielectric structure embedded in a perfect conductor. F. I. Baida et al., Phys. Rev. B 67, 155314 (2003); M.I Haftel et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 88, 193104 (2006).

  18. Resolution-enhanced all-optical analog-to-digital converter employing cascade optical quantization operation.

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    Kang, Zhe; Zhang, Xianting; Yuan, Jinhui; Sang, Xinzhu; Wu, Qiang; Farrell, Gerald; Yu, Chongxiu

    2014-09-08

    In this paper, a cascade optical quantization scheme is proposed to realize all-optical analog-to-digital converter with efficiently enhanced quantization resolution and achievable high analog bandwidth of larger than 20 GHz. Employing the cascade structure of an unbalanced Mach-zehnder modulator and a specially designed optical directional coupler, we predict the enhancement of number-of-bits can be up to 1.59-bit. Simulation results show that a 25 GHz RF signal is efficiently digitalized with the signal-to-noise ratio of 33.58 dB and effective-number-of-bits of 5.28-bit.

  19. Tip-enhanced near-field optical microscopy

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    Mauser, Nina; Hartschuh, Achim

    2013-01-01

    Tip-enhanced near-field optical microscopy (TENOM) is a scanning probe technique capable of providing a broad range of spectroscopic information on single objects and structured surfaces at nanometer spatial resolution and with highest detection sensitivity. In this review, we first illustrate the physical principle of TENOM that utilizes the antenna function of a sharp probe to efficiently couple light to excitations on nanometer length scales. We then discuss the antenna-induced enhancement of different optical sample responses including Raman scattering, fluorescence, generation of photocurrent and electroluminescence. Different experimental realizations are presented and several recent examples that demonstrate the capabilities of the technique are reviewed. PMID:24100541

  20. Enhanced optical limiting effect in fluorine-functionalized graphene oxide

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    Zhang, Fang; Wang, Zhengping; Wang, Duanliang; Wang, Shenglai; Xu, Xinguang

    2017-09-01

    Nonlinear optical absorption of fluorine-functionalized graphene oxide (F-GO) solution was researched by the open-aperture Z-scan method using 1064 and 532 nm lasers as the excitation sources. The F-GO dispersion exhibited strong optical limiting property and the fitted results demonstrated that the optical limiting behavior was the result of a two-photon absorption process. For F-GO nanosheets, the two-photon absorption coefficients at 1064 nm excitation are 20% larger than the values at 532 nm excitation and four times larger than that of pure GO nanosheets. It indicates that the doping of fluorine can effectively improve the nonlinear optical property of GO especially in infrared waveband, and fluorine-functionalized graphene oxide is an excellent nonlinear absorption material in infrared waveband.

  1. Optical properties of GaN pyramids

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    Zeng, K.C.; Lin, J.Y.; Jiang, H.X.; Yang, W.

    1999-03-01

    Picosecond time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy has been used to investigate the optical properties of GaN pyramids overgrown on hexagonal-patterned GaN(0001) epilayers on sapphire and silicon substrates with AlN buffer layers. We found that: (i) the release of the biaxial compressive strain in GaN pyramids on GaN/AlN/sapphire substrate led to a 7 meV redshift of the spectral peak position with respect to the strained GaN epilayer grown under identical conditions; (ii) in the GaN pyramids on GaN/AlN/sapphire substrate, strong band edge transitions with much narrower linewidths than those in the GaN epilayer have been observed, indicating the improved crystalline quality of the overgrown pyramids; (iii) PL spectra taken from different parts of the pyramids revealed that the top of the pyramid had the highest crystalline quality; and (iv) the presence of strong band-to-impurity transitions in the pyramids were primarily due to the incorporation of the oxygen and silicon impurities from the SiO{sub 2} mask. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  2. Optical properties of honeycomb photonic structures

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    Sinelnik, Artem D.; Rybin, Mikhail V.; Lukashenko, Stanislav Y.; Limonov, Mikhail F.; Samusev, Kirill B.

    2017-06-01

    We study, theoretically and experimentally, optical properties of different types of honeycomb photonic structures, known also as "photonic graphene." First, we employ the two-photon polymerization method to fabricate the honeycomb structures. In the experiment, we observe a strong diffraction from a finite number of elements, thus providing a unique tool to define the exact number of scattering elements in the structure with the naked eye. Next, we study theoretically the transmission spectra of both honeycomb single layer and two-dimensional (2D) structures of parallel dielectric circular rods. When the dielectric constant of the rod materials ɛ is increasing, we reveal that a 2D photonic graphene structure transforms into a metamaterial when the lowest TE 01 Mie gap opens up below the lowest Bragg band gap. We also observe two Dirac points in the band structure of 2D photonic graphene at the K point of the Brillouin zone and demonstrate a manifestation of Dirac lensing for the TM polarization. The performance of the Dirac lens is that the 2D photonic graphene layer converts a wave from point source into a beam with flat phase surfaces at the Dirac frequency for the TM polarization.

  3. Optical properties of DNA in aqueous solution.

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    Umazano, J P; Bertolotto, J A

    2008-04-01

    In the study of DNA electric birefringence, it is usual to use theories that consider that molecules in solution are small in relation to the light wavelength. In this work, we study the DNA electric birefringence using a broken-rod macroion (BRM) model composed of two cylindrical arms which does not restrict the size of the molecules. To achieve this, we include the inhomogeneity effect of the light electric field through the molecule and the interaction between its different parts. To analyze the interaction between a molecule and the incident beam of light, we apply the discrete dipole approximation (DDA), according to which each molecule is described as a finite array of electronic coupled oscillators. The electric birefringence is calculated from the oscillator polarizability. This is obtained from experimental data of electric birefringence saturation and from the increment of the solution refraction index in relation to that of the solvent. Furthermore, the oscillator polarizability is also estimated from DNA absorption spectrum using the Kronig-Kramers relations. This allows us to analyze the contributions of the different absorption bands of DNA to the electric birefringence. We analyze the influence of the inhomogeneity of the light electric field and of the intramolecular interactions in the characterization of DNA optical properties using electric birefringence measurements.

  4. Enhancement of Thermoelectric Properties in Surface Nanostructures

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    Takaki, Hirokazu; Kobayashi, Kazuaki; Shimono, Masato; Kobayashi, Nobuhiko; Hirose, Kenji

    2017-10-01

    The thermoelectric properties of TiN/MgO surface nanostructures have been determined using first-principles calculations based on the nonequilibrium Green's function (NEGF) method. Through structural modification of the surfaces at the atomistic level, we find that the metallic TiN thin-film layer becomes semiconducting with a small bandgap, which enhances the Seebeck coefficient, while the electrical conductivity remains high at room temperature. Hence, a much larger thermoelectric figure of merit is obtained compared with bulk. These findings indicate the possibility of designing thermoelectric devices with surface nanostructures.

  5. Anisotropic nanomaterials: Synthesis, optical and magnetic properties, and applications

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    Banholzer, Matthew John

    As nanoscience and nanotechnology mature, anisotropic metal nanostructures are emerging in a variety of contexts as valuable class of nanostructures due to their distinctive attributes. With unique properties ranging from optical to magnetic and beyond, these structures are useful in many new applications. Chapter two discusses the nanodisk code: a linear array of metal disk pairs that serve as surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates. These multiplexing structures employ a binary encoding scheme, perform better than previous nanowires designs (in the context of SERS) and are useful for both convert encoding and tagging of substrates (based both on spatial disk position and spectroscopic response) as well as biomolecule detection (e.g. DNA). Chapter three describes the development of improved, silver-based nanodisk code structures. Work was undertaken to generate structures with high yield and reproducibility and to reoptimize the geometry of each disk pair for maximum Raman enhancement. The improved silver structures exhibit greater enhancement than Au structures (leading to lower DNA detection limits), convey additional flexibility, and enable trinary encoding schemes where far more unique structures can be created. Chapter four considers the effect of roughness on the plasmonic properties of nanorod structures and introduces a novel method to smooth the end-surfaces of nanorods structures. The smoothing technique is based upon a two-step process relying upon diffusion control during nanowires growth and selective oxidation after each step of synthesis is complete. Empirical and theoretical work show that smoothed nanostructures have superior and controllable optical properties. Chapter five concerns silica-encapsulated gold nanoprisms. This encapsulation allows these highly sensitive prisms to remain stable and protected in solution, enabling their use as class-leading sensors. Theoretical study complements the empirical work, exploring the effect of

  6. Optical properties of mouse biotissues and their optical phantoms

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    Krainov, A. D.; Mokeeva, A. M.; Sergeeva, E. A.; Agrba, P. D.; Kirillin, M. Yu.

    2013-08-01

    Based on spectrophotometric measurements in the range of 700-1100 nm performed with the use of an integrating sphere, we have obtained absorption and scattering spectra of internal organs of mouse, as well as of aqueous solutions of India ink and Lipofundin, which are basic model media for creating optical phantoms of biological tissues. To retrieve the spectra of optical characteristics, we have used original formulas that relate the parameters of the medium with measured spectrophotometric characteristics and that are constructed based on classical analytical models of propagation of light in turbid media. As a result of comparison of spectra of biotissues and model media, we have developed a mixture of Lipofundin and India ink serving as mouse optical phantoms for problems of optical medical diagnostics.

  7. Real-time edge-enhanced optical correlation with a cerium-doped potassium sodium strontium barium niobate photorefractive crystal.

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    Liang, B L; Wang, Z Q; Mu, G G; Guan, J H; Liu, H L; Cartwright, C M

    2000-06-10

    The nonlinear diffraction property of a volume grating written by two-wave mixing in a cerium-doped potassium sodium strontium barium niobate crystal is applied in a coherent image processing system to obtain real-time image edge enhancement as well as edge-enhanced optical correlation. The theoretical analysis of the correlator is given, and the experimental results of optical correlation are presented, which are compared with the computer-simulated results.

  8. Mechanism for optical enhancement and suppression of fluorescence.

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    Bradshaw, David S; Andrews, David L

    2009-06-18

    When fluorescence from electronically excited states follows the absorption of radiation, the emission spectrum is often a key to identification of the excited species. It now emerges that passing off-resonant laser light through such an electronically excited system may enhance or suppress the fluorescent emission. This report establishes the mechanism and theory for this optical control of spontaneous fluorescence, derived by quantum electrodynamical analysis. Experimental techniques to detect the enhanced signal are also proposed.

  9. Nanocavity enhancement for ultra-thin film optical absorber.

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    Song, Haomin; Guo, Luqing; Liu, Zhejun; Liu, Kai; Zeng, Xie; Ji, Dengxin; Zhang, Nan; Hu, Haifeng; Jiang, Suhua; Gan, Qiaoqiang

    2014-05-01

    A fundamental strategy is developed to enhance the light-matter interaction of ultra-thin films based on a strong interference effect in planar nanocavities, and overcome the limitation between the optical absorption and film thickness of energy harvesting/conversion materials. This principle is quite general and is applied to explore the spectrally tunable absorption enhancement of various ultra-thin absorptive materials including 2D atomic monolayers.

  10. Mechanical, structural, and optical properties of PEALD metallic oxides for optical applications.

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    Shestaeva, Svetlana; Bingel, Astrid; Munzert, Peter; Ghazaryan, Lilit; Patzig, Christian; Tünnermann, Andreas; Szeghalmi, Adriana

    2017-02-01

    Structural, optical, and mechanical properties of Al2O3, SiO2, and HfO2 materials prepared by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) were investigated. Residual stress poses significant challenges for optical coatings since it may lead to mechanical failure, but in-depth understanding of these properties is still missing for PEALD coatings. The tensile stress of PEALD alumina films decreases with increasing deposition temperature and is approximately 100 MPa lower than the stress in thermally grown films. It was associated with incorporation of -OH groups in the film as measured by infrared spectroscopy. The tensile stress of hafnia PEALD layers increases with deposition temperature and was related to crystallization of the film. HfO2 nanocrystallites were observed even at 100°C deposition temperature with transmission electron microscopy. Stress in hafnia films can be reduced from approximately 650 MPA to approximately 450 MPa by incorporating ultrathin Al2O3 layers. PEALD silica layers have shown moderate stress values and stress relaxation with the storage time, which was correlated to water adsorption. A complex interference coating system for a dichroic mirror (DCM) at 355 nm wavelength was realized with a total coating thickness of approximately 2 μm. Severe cracking of the DCM coating was observed, and it propagates even into the substrate material, showing a good adhesion of the ALD films. The reflectance peak is above 99.6% despite the mechanical failure, and further optimization on the material properties should be carried out for demanding optical applications.

  11. Optical absorption enhancement of CdTe nanostructures by low-energy nitrogen ion bombardment

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    Akbarnejad, E.; Ghoranneviss, M.; Mohajerzadeh, S.; Hantehzadeh, M. R.; Asl Soleimani, E.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper we present the fabrication of cadmium telluride (CdTe) nanostructures by means of RF magnetron sputtering followed by low-energy ion implantation and post-thermal treatment. We have thoroughly studied the structural, optical, and morphological properties of these nanostructures. The effects of nitrogen ion bombardment on the structural parameters of CdTe nanostructures such as crystal size, microstrain, and dislocation density have been examined. From x-ray diffractometer (XRD) analysis it could be deduced that N+ ion fluence and annealing treatment helps to form (3 0 0) orientation in the crystalline structure of cadmium-telluride films. Fluctuations in optical properties like the optical band gap and absorption coefficient as a function of N+ ion fluences have been observed. The annealing of the sample irradiated by a dose of 1018 ions cm-2 has led to great enhancement in the optical absorption over a wide range of wavelengths with a thickness of 250 nm. The enhanced absorption is significantly higher than the observed value in the original CdTe layer with a thickness of 3 μm. Surface properties such as structure, grain size and roughness are noticeably affected by varying the nitrogen fluences. It is speculated that nitrogen bombardment and post-annealing treatment results in a smaller optical band gap, which in turn leads to higher absorption. Nitrogen bombardment is found to be a promising method to increase efficiency of thin film solar cells.

  12. Optical field enhancement by strong plasmon interaction in graphene nanostructures.

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    Thongrattanasiri, Sukosin; García de Abajo, F Javier

    2013-05-03

    The ability of plasmons to enhance the electromagnetic field intensity in the gap between metallic nanoparticles derives from their strong optical confinement relative to the light wavelength. The spatial extension of plasmons in doped graphene has recently been shown to be boldly reduced with respect to conventional plasmonic metals. Here, we show that graphene nanostructures are capable of capitalizing such strong confinement to yield unprecedented levels of field enhancement, well beyond what is found in noble metals of similar dimensions (~ tens of nanometers). We perform realistic, quantum-mechanical calculations of the optical response of graphene dimers formed by nanodisks and nanotriangles, showing a strong sensitivity of the level of enhancement to the type of carbon edges near the gap region, with armchair edges favoring stronger interactions than zigzag edges. Our quantum-mechanical description automatically incorporates nonlocal effects that are absent in classical electromagnetic theory, leading to over an order of magnitude higher enhancement in armchair structures. The classical limit is recovered for large structures. We predict giant levels of light concentration for dimers ~200 nm, leading to infrared-absorption enhancement factors ~10(8). This extreme light enhancement and confinement in nanostructured graphene has great potential for optical sensing and nonlinear devices.

  13. Enhanced coherent OTDR for long span optical transmission lines containing optical fiber amplifiers

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    Furukawa, Shin-Ichi; Tanaka, Kuniaki; Koyamada, Yahei; Sumida, Masatoyo

    1995-05-01

    We have newly constructed an enhanced coherent optical time domain reflectometer (C-OTDR) for use in testing optical cable spans in transmission lines containing erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFA's), which is based on heterodyne detection using acousto-optic (AO) switches. In order to avoid any optical surges in the EDFA's in the transmission lines, optical dummy pulses were added between the signal pulses by an AO switch to keep the probe power from the C-OTDR as uniform as possible. We achieved a large single-way dynamic range of 42 dB with 5 dBm less probe power. The measurable portion of the fiber spans was more than 80 km in optical transmission lines containing EDFA's. This is twice the previously reported value.

  14. Optical properties of micromachined polysilicon reflective surfaces with etching holes

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    Zou, Jun; Byrne, Colin; Liu, Chang; Brady, David J.

    1998-08-01

    MUMPS (Multi-User MEMS Process) is receiving increasingly wide use in micro optics. We have investigated the optical properties of the polysilicon reflective surface in a typical MUMPS chip within the visible light spectrum. The effect of etching holes on the reflected laser beam is studied. The reflectivity and diffraction patterns at five different wavelengths have been measured. The optical properties of the polysilicon reflective surface are greatly affected by the surface roughness, the etching holes, as well as the material. The etching holes contribute to diffraction and reduction of reflectivity. This study provides a basis for optimal design of micromachined free-space optical systems.

  15. Different optical properties in different periodic slot cavity geometrical morphologies

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    Zhou, Jing; Shen, Meng; Du, Lan; Deng, Caisong; Ni, Haibin; Wang, Ming

    2016-09-01

    In this paper, optical properties of two-dimensional periodic annular slot cavity arrays in hexagonal close-packing on a silica substrate are theoretically characterized by finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulation method. By simulating reflectance spectra, electric field distribution, and charge distribution, we confirm that multiple cylindrical surface plasmon resonances can be excited in annular inclined slot cavities by linearly polarized light, in which the four reflectance dips are attributed to Fabry-Perot cavity resonances in the coaxial cavity. A coaxial waveguide mode TE11 will exist in these annular cavities, and the wavelengths of these reflectance dips are effectively tailored by changing the geometrical pattern of slot cavity and the dielectric materials filled in the cavities. These resonant wavelengths are localized in annular cavities with large electric field enhancement and dissipate gradually due to metal loss. The formation of an absorption peak can be explained from the aspect of phase matching conditions. We observed that the proposed structure can be tuned over the broad spectral range of 600-4000 nm by changing the outer and inner radii of the annular gaps, gap surface topography. Meanwhile, different lengths of the cavity may cause the shift of resonance dips. Also, we study the field enhancement at different vertical locations of the slit. In addition, dielectric materials filling in the annular gaps will result in a shift of the resonance wavelengths, which make the annular cavities good candidates for refractive index sensors. The refractive index sensitivity of annular cavities can also be tuned by the geometry size and the media around the cavity. Annular cavities with novel applications can be implied as surface enhanced Raman spectra substrates, refractive index sensors, nano-lasers, and optical trappers. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61178044), the Natural Science Foundation

  16. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Carotenoid and Chlorophyll Harmonophores

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    Tokarz, Danielle Barbara

    Information regarding the structure and function of living tissues and cells is instrumental to the advancement of cell biology and biophysics. Nonlinear optical microscopy can provide such information, but only certain biological structures generate nonlinear optical signals. Therefore, structural specificity can be achieved by introducing labels for nonlinear optical microscopy. Few studies exist in the literature about labels that facilitate harmonic generation, coined "harmonophores". This thesis consists of the first major investigation of harmonophores for third harmonic generation (THG) microscopy. Carotenoids and chlorophylls were investigated as potential harmonophores. Their nonlinear optical properties were studied by the THG ratio technique. In addition, a tunable refractometer was built in order to determine their second hyperpolarizability (gamma). At 830 nm excitation wavelength, carotenoids and chlorophylls were found to have large negative gamma values however, at 1028 nm, the sign of gamma reversed for carotenoids and remained negative for chlorophylls. Consequently, at 1028 nm wavelength, THG signal is canceled with mixtures of carotenoids and chlorophylls. Furthermore, when such molecules are covalently bonded as dyads or interact within photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes, it is found that additive effects with the gamma values still play a role, however, the overall gamma value is also influenced by the intra-pigment and inter-pigment interaction. The nonlinear optical properties of aggregates containing chlorophylls and carotenoids were the target of subsequent investigations. Carotenoid aggregates were imaged with polarization-dependent second harmonic generation and THG microscopy. Both techniques revealed crystallographic information pertaining to H and J aggregates and beta-carotene crystalline aggregates found in orange carrot. In order to demonstrate THG enhancement due to labeling, cultured cells were labeled with carotenoid

  17. Optical properties of armchair (7, 7) single walled carbon nanotubes

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    Gharbavi, K.; Badehian, H.

    2015-07-15

    Full potential linearized augmented plane waves method with the generalized gradient approximation for the exchange-correlation potential was applied to calculate the optical properties of (7, 7) single walled carbon nanotubes. The both x and z directions of the incident photons were applied to estimate optical gaps, dielectric function, electron energy loss spectroscopies, optical conductivity, optical extinction, optical refractive index and optical absorption coefficient. The results predict that dielectric function, ε (ω), is anisotropic since it has higher peaks along z-direction than x-direction. The static optical refractive constant were calculated about 1.4 (z-direction) and 1.1 (x- direction). Moreover, the electron energy loss spectroscopy showed a sharp π electron plasmon peaks at about 6 eV and 5 eV for z and x-directions respectively. The calculated reflection spectra show that directions perpendicular to the tube axis have further optical reflection. Moreover, z-direction indicates higher peaks at absorption spectra in low range energies. Totally, increasing the diameter of armchair carbon nanotubes cause the optical band gap, static optical refractive constant and optical reflectivity to decrease. On the other hand, increasing the diameter cause the optical absorption and the optical conductivity to increase. Moreover, the sharp peaks being illustrated at optical spectrum are related to the 1D structure of CNTs which confirm the accuracy of the calculations.

  18. Study of contrasting properties of nanoparticles for optical diffuse spectroscopy problems

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    Krainov, A D; Agrba, P D; Sergeeva, E A; Kirillin, M Yu; Zabotnov, S V

    2014-08-31

    The results of experimental studies of the optical properties of gold and silicon nanoparticle suspensions and their use as contrasting agents in optical diffusion spectroscopy (ODS) are presented. The optical properties of nanoparticle suspensions and model media were reconstructed based on the data of spectrophotometry measurements in the range 500 – 1100 nm using an original theoretical model. The experimental studies using the ODS system were performed in a liquid phantom on the basis of the solution of lipofundin and Indian ink, modelling the optical properties of a real biotissue. The enhanced contrast of images, obtained using the ODS method in the experiments with the chosen suspensions of nanoparticles confirm the assumption about high potentialities of using them as contrast agents for the ODS problems. (laser biophotonics)

  19. Enhancing the Strength of an Optical Trap by Truncation

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    Rodrigues, Vanessa R. M.; Mondal, Argha; Dharmadhikari, Jayashree A.; Panigrahi, Swapnesh; Mathur, Deepak; Dharmadhikari, Aditya K.

    2013-01-01

    Optical traps (tweezers) are beginning to be used with increasing efficacy in diverse studies in the biological and biomedical sciences. We report here results of a systematic study aimed at enhancing the efficiency with which dielectric (transparent) materials can be optically trapped. Specifically, we investigate how truncation of the incident laser beam affects the strength of an optical trap in the presence of a circular aperture. Apertures of various sizes have been used by us to alter the beam radius, thereby changing the effective numerical aperture and intensity profile. We observe significant enhancement of the radial and axial trap stiffness when an aperture is used to truncate the beam compared to when no aperture was used, keeping incident laser power constant. Enhancement in trap stiffness persists even when the beam intensity profile is modulated. The possibility of applying truncation to multiple traps is explored; to this end a wire mesh is utilized to produce multiple trapping that also alters the effective numerical aperture. The use of a mesh leads to reduction in trap stiffness compared to the case when no wire mesh is used. Our findings lead to a simple-to-implement and inexpensive method of significantly enhancing optical trapping efficiency under a wide range of circumstances. PMID:23593458

  20. Enhancement of the third-order nonlinear optical properties in open-shell singlet transition-metal dinuclear systems: effects of the group, of the period, and of the charge of the metal atom.

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    Fukui, Hitoshi; Inoue, Yudai; Yamada, Taishi; Ito, Soichi; Shigeta, Yasuteru; Kishi, Ryohei; Champagne, Benoît; Nakano, Masayoshi

    2012-06-07

    Metal-metal multiply bonded complexes in their singlet state have been predicted to form a novel class of "σ-dominant" third-order nonlinear optical compounds based on the results of dichromium(II) and dimolybdenum(II) systems (H. Fukui et al. J. Phys. Chem. Lett.2011, 2, 2063) whose second hyperpolarizabilities (γ) are enhanced by the contribution of the dσ electrons with an intermediate diradical character. In this study, using the spin-unrestricted coupled-cluster method with singles and doubles as well as with perturbative triples, we investigate the dependences of γ on the group and on the period of the transition metals as well as on their atomic charges in several open-shell singlet dimetallic systems. A significant enhancement of γ is observed in those dimetallic systems composed of (i) transition metals with a small group number, (ii) transition metals with a large periodic number, and (iii) transition metals with a small positive charge. From the decomposition of the γ values into the contributions of dσ, dπ, and dδ electrons, the γ enhancements are shown to originate from the dσ contribution, because it corresponds to the intermediate diradical character region. Furthermore, the amplitude of dσ contribution turns out to be related to the size of the d(z(2)) atomic orbital of the transition metal, which accounts for the dependence of γ on the group, on the period, and on the charge of the metal atoms. These dependences provide a guideline for an effective molecular design of highly efficient third-order nonlinear optical (NLO) systems based on the metal-metal bonded systems.

  1. Crystal ion slicing of optical oxides and plasmon-enhanced optical applications

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    Roth, Ryan M.

    The past three decades have been witness to rapid growth in the microelectronics and optoelectronic industries. A principal reason for this growth is the emergence and development of new materials, concepts and techniques for integrated device technologies that allow devices with complex functionalities to be miniaturized and combined on the chip-scale. In particular, technologies that allow for the fabrication of heterogeneous thin film structures have been especially valuable. One such technology, Crystal Ion Slicing (CIS), was developed at Columbia University and has been refined in recent years. CIS uses high-energy ion bombardment to exfoliate or 'slice' a thin, high-quality layer from the top surface of a parent optical crystal. Because the fabricated films produced by this technique share the physical, optical and electrical properties of the parent crystal, they are often superior to films achievable through other methods. In addition to thin oxide-film technology advances, there has been in recent years considerable interest in the emerging field of plasmonics. Plasmonics refers to the collection of integrated optical devices that utilize surface plasmon-polaritons generated at the interface of a metal and a dielectric, and the theories of their operation. The plasmons used in these devices may either be propagating or 'localized' plasmon resonances, are characterized by the exceptionally large electric field they carry, and in many cases demonstrate non-intuitive and startling physical behavior. Plasmonic device geometries have been intently studied because they possess great potential for nanoscale optical components, including devices whose principal feature sizes are smaller than the wavelength of light that they manipulate. This would in turn allow for hereto-unachievable levels of miniaturization and integration, reducing operational power and unit costs while increasing functionality. Unfortunately, the physics that govern plasmon interactions with

  2. Optical Klystron Enhancement to SASE X-ray FELs

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    Ding, Yuantao; Emma, Paul; Huang, Zhirong; Kumar, Vinit

    2006-04-07

    The optical klystron enhancement to self-amplified spontaneous emission (SASE) free electron lasers (FELs) is studied in theory and in simulations. In contrast to a seeded FEL, the optical klystron gain in a SASE FEL is not sensitive to any phase mismatch between the radiation and the microbunched electron beam. The FEL performance with the addition of four optical klystrons located at the undulator long breaks in the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) shows significant improvement if the uncorrelated energy spread at the undulator entrance can be controlled to a very small level. In addition, FEL saturation at shorter x-ray wavelengths (around 1.0 A) within the LCLS undulator length becomes possible. We also discuss the application of the optical klystron in a compact x-ray FEL design that employs relatively low electron beam energy together with a shorter-period undulator.

  3. Near-field enhanced Raman spectroscopy using side illumination optics

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    Hayazawa, Norihiko; Tarun, Alvarado; Inouye, Yasushi; Kawata, Satoshi

    2002-12-01

    We demonstrate near-field enhanced Raman spectroscopy with the use of a metallized cantilever tip and highly p-polarized light directed onto the tip with side illumination optics using a long working distance objective lens. The highly p-polarized light field excites surface plasmon polaritons localized at the tip apex, which results in the enhanced near-field Raman scattering. In this article, we achieved an enhancement factor of 4000 for Rhodamine 6G molecules adsorbed on a silver island film. The side illumination is also applicable to an opaque sample and to near-field photolithography.

  4. Optical absorption enhancement of CdS nanometer crystallites

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    Wang, Ying; Wang, Yinsheng; Wang, Yujin; Huang, Kai; He, Tianjin; Liu, Fan-Chen

    1994-11-01

    An elementary model and analytical theory on optical absorption enhancement phenomena with decreasing the nanometer crystallite size is proposed by using the effective mass theory of excitons and taking into account the tunneling effect and the frequency change. With decreasing particle size, the confinement imposed on the relative motion of electron—hole pair enhances the oscillator strength, and the change of transition frequency due to the size quantization blue shift weakens the oscillator strength. For larger band gap materials, the former is dominant, thus the absorption coefficient tends to enhancement as the particle size decreases. Good agreement between the theoretical and the experimental absorption coefficient of CdS is achieved.

  5. Enhancement of the bentonite sorption properties.

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    Mockovciaková, Annamária; Orolínová, Zuzana; Skvarla, Jirí

    2010-08-15

    The almost monomineral fraction of bentonite rock-montmorillonite was modified by magnetic particles to enhance its sorption properties. The method of clay modification consists in the precipitation of magnetic nanoparticles, often used in preparing of ferrofluids, on the surface of clay. The influence of the synthesis temperature (20 and 85 degrees C) and the weight ratio of bentonite/iron oxides (1:1 and 5:1) on the composite materials properties were investigated. The obtained materials were characterized by the X-ray diffraction method and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Changes in the surface and pore properties of the magnetic composites were studied by the low nitrogen adsorption method and the electrokinetic measurements. The natural bentonite and magnetic composites were used in sorption experiments. The sorption of toxic metals (zinc, cadmium and nickel) from the model solutions was well described by the linearized Langmuir and Freundlich sorption model. The results show that the magnetic bentonite is better sorbent than the unmodified bentonite if the initial concentration of studied metals is very low. Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Optical and electronic properties of self-assembled nanoparticle-ligand metasurfaces

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    Fontana, Jake; Livenere, John; Caldwell, Joshua; Spillmann, Christopher; Naciri, Jawad; Rendell, Ronald; Ratna, Banahalli

    2013-03-01

    The optical and electronic properties of inorganic nanoparticles organized into two-dimensional lattices sensitively depend on the properties of the organic ligand shell coating the nanoparticles. We study the optical and electronic properties of these two-dimensional metasurfaces consisting of gold nanoparticles functionalized with ligands and self-assembled into macroscopic monolayers on non-templated substrates. Using these metasurfaces we demonstrate an average surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enhancement factor on the order of 108 for benzenethiol ligands and study the mechanisms that influence the enhancement. These metasurfaces may provide a platform for the development of low-power, low-cost next-generation chem/bio-sensors and new insights into the organic-inorganic interface at the nanoscale. This work was supported with funding provided from the Office of Naval Research

  7. Structural, optical and electrical properties of CdS–polyaniline Langmuir–Blodgett films

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    Das, Nayan Mani Roy, Dhrubojyoti Gupta, P. S.; Gupta, M.; Ganesan, V.

    2014-04-24

    Structural, optical and electrical properties study of the cadmium sulphide (CdS) incorporated polyaniline (PANI) thin films with varying layers have been carried out. It is seen that layer variation enhances the particle mean sizes with quenching of photoluminescence and an increase in rectifying nature of current-voltage measurements.

  8. Realization of New and Enhanced Materials Properties Through Nanostructural Control

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    2007-06-11

    methods have been used to guide the design of novel new organic electroactive materials (e.g., electro - optic binary chromophore organic glasses...These new materials have yielded electro - optic coefficients as high as 450 pm/V (15 times lithium niobate) with auxiliary properties of modest optical... electro - optic activity has been achieved for the first time and theoretical conclusions have been verified by a number of new measurement techniques

  9. Real-time endoscopic optical properties imaging using Single Snapshot of Optical Properties (SSOP) imaging

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    Angelo, J.; van de Giessen, M.; Gioux, S.

    2015-03-01

    Minimally invasive surgeries are approaching 50% of all interventional procedures in the US, yet there is a lack of objective tools to assist surgeons in this limited sensing environment. In this preliminary work, we present a novel proof of concept implementation of Single Snapshot of Optical Properties (SSOP) imaging through a rigid endoscope. In this embodiment, a stereo rigid endoscope is used with one channel to project spatially modulated illumination and the second channel to image the diffuse reflectance onto a CCD sensor. Optical property maps are then obtained for various tissue simulating phantoms and validated against standard wide-field spatial frequency domain imaging (SFDI). The implementation of endoscopic SSOP creates potential for practical use of endoscopic tissue constituent quantification. The results show good agreement (within 5%) for endoscopic SSOP versus wide-field SFDI. However, endoscopic SSOP acquisition allows for video-rate imaging, limited only by the exposure time of image capture. These results show promise for an objective endoscopic tissue viability assessment tool being achievable in a clinical setting.

  10. Optical properties of mouse brain tissue after optical clearing with FocusClear™.

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    Moy, Austin J; Capulong, Bernard V; Saager, Rolf B; Wiersma, Matthew P; Lo, Patrick C; Durkin, Anthony J; Choi, Bernard

    2015-01-01

    Fluorescence microscopy is commonly used to investigate disease progression in biological tissues. Biological tissues, however, are strongly scattering in the visible wavelengths, limiting the application of fluorescence microscopy to superficial (<200µm) regions. Optical clearing, which involves incubation of the tissue in a chemical bath, reduces the optical scattering in tissue, resulting in increased tissue transparency and optical imaging depth. The goal of this study was to determine the time- and wavelength-resolved dynamics of the optical scattering properties of rodent brain after optical clearing with FocusClear™. Light transmittance and reflectance of 1-mm mouse brain sections were measured using an integrating sphere before and after optical clearing and the inverse adding doubling algorithm used to determine tissue optical scattering. The degree of optical clearing was quantified by calculating the optical clearing potential (OCP), and the effects of differing OCP were demonstrated using the optical histology method, which combines tissue optical clearing with optical imaging to visualize the microvasculature. We observed increased tissue transparency with longer optical clearing time and an analogous increase in OCP. Furthermore, OCP did not vary substantially between 400 and 1000 nm for increasing optical clearing durations, suggesting that optical histology can improve ex vivo visualization of several fluorescent probes.

  11. Optical properties of mouse brain tissue after optical clearing with FocusClear™

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    Moy, Austin J.; Capulong, Bernard V.; Saager, Rolf B.; Wiersma, Matthew P.; Lo, Patrick C.; Durkin, Anthony J.; Choi, Bernard

    2015-09-01

    Fluorescence microscopy is commonly used to investigate disease progression in biological tissues. Biological tissues, however, are strongly scattering in the visible wavelengths, limiting the application of fluorescence microscopy to superficial (<200 μm) regions. Optical clearing, which involves incubation of the tissue in a chemical bath, reduces the optical scattering in tissue, resulting in increased tissue transparency and optical imaging depth. The goal of this study was to determine the time- and wavelength-resolved dynamics of the optical scattering properties of rodent brain after optical clearing with FocusClear™. Light transmittance and reflectance of 1-mm mouse brain sections were measured using an integrating sphere before and after optical clearing and the inverse adding doubling algorithm used to determine tissue optical scattering. The degree of optical clearing was quantified by calculating the optical clearing potential (OCP), and the effects of differing OCP were demonstrated using the optical histology method, which combines tissue optical clearing with optical imaging to visualize the microvasculature. We observed increased tissue transparency with longer optical clearing time and an analogous increase in OCP. Furthermore, OCP did not vary substantially between 400 and 1000 nm for increasing optical clearing durations, suggesting that optical histology can improve ex vivo visualization of several fluorescent probes.

  12. Optical properties of mouse brain tissue after optical clearing with FocusClear™

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    Moy, Austin J.; Capulong, Bernard V.; Saager, Rolf B.; Wiersma, Matthew P.; Lo, Patrick C.; Durkin, Anthony J.; Choi, Bernard

    2015-01-01

    Abstract. Fluorescence microscopy is commonly used to investigate disease progression in biological tissues. Biological tissues, however, are strongly scattering in the visible wavelengths, limiting the application of fluorescence microscopy to superficial (<200  μm) regions. Optical clearing, which involves incubation of the tissue in a chemical bath, reduces the optical scattering in tissue, resulting in increased tissue transparency and optical imaging depth. The goal of this study was to determine the time- and wavelength-resolved dynamics of the optical scattering properties of rodent brain after optical clearing with FocusClear™. Light transmittance and reflectance of 1-mm mouse brain sections were measured using an integrating sphere before and after optical clearing and the inverse adding doubling algorithm used to determine tissue optical scattering. The degree of optical clearing was quantified by calculating the optical clearing potential (OCP), and the effects of differing OCP were demonstrated using the optical histology method, which combines tissue optical clearing with optical imaging to visualize the microvasculature. We observed increased tissue transparency with longer optical clearing time and an analogous increase in OCP. Furthermore, OCP did not vary substantially between 400 and 1000 nm for increasing optical clearing durations, suggesting that optical histology can improve ex vivo visualization of several fluorescent probes. PMID:26388460

  13. Enhanced third-order nonlinear optical properties determined in thin films using the Z-scan technique: bis(μ-4,4'-oxydibenzoato)bis[(4'-phenyl-2,2':6',2''-terpyridine)cobalt(II)].

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    Liu, Runqiang; Zhao, Ning; Liu, Ping; An, Caixia; Lian, Zhaoxun

    2016-05-01

    π-Conjugated organic materials exhibit high and tunable nonlinear optical (NLO) properties, and fast response times. 4'-Phenyl-2,2':6',2''-terpyridine (PTP) is an important N-heterocyclic ligand involving π-conjugated systems, however, studies concerning the third-order NLO properties of terpyridine transition metal complexes are limited. The title binuclear terpyridine Co(II) complex, bis(μ-4,4'-oxydibenzoato)-κ(3)O,O':O'';κ(3)O'':O,O'-bis[(4'-phenyl-2,2':6',2''-terpyridine-κ(3)N,N',N'')cobalt(II)], [Co2(C14H8O5)2(C21H15N3)2], (1), has been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions. In the crystal structure, each Co(II) cation is surrounded by three N atoms of a PTP ligand and three O atoms, two from a bidentate and one from a symmetry-related monodentate 4,4'-oxydibenzoate (ODA(2-)) ligand, completing a distorted octahedral coordination geometry. Neighbouring [Co(PTP)](2+) units are bridged by ODA(2-) ligands to form a ring-like structure. The third-order nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of (1) and PTP were determined in thin films using the Z-scan technique. The title compound shows a strong third-order NLO saturable absorption (SA), while PTP exhibits a third-order NLO reverse saturable absorption (RSA). The absorptive coefficient β of (1) is -37.3 × 10(-7) m W(-1), which is larger than that (8.96 × 10(-7) m W(-1)) of PTP. The third-order NLO susceptibility χ((3)) values are calculated as 6.01 × 10(-8) e.s.u. for (1) and 1.44 × 10(-8) e.s.u. for PTP.

  14. Electrical and optical properties of carbon films

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    Kulkarni, Pranita

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

  15. Harmonic demodulation and minimum enhancement factors in field-enhanced near-field optical microscopy.

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    Scarpettini, A F; Bragas, A V

    2015-01-01

    Field-enhanced scanning optical microscopy relies on the design and fabrication of plasmonic probes which had to provide optical and chemical contrast at the nanoscale. In order to do so, the scattering containing the near-field information recorded in a field-enhanced scanning optical microscopy experiment, has to surpass the background light, always present due to multiple interferences between the macroscopic probe and sample. In this work, we show that when the probe-sample distance is modulated with very low amplitude, the higher the harmonic demodulation is, the better the ratio between the near-field signal and the interferometric background results. The choice of working at a given n harmonic is dictated by the experiment when the signal at the n + 1 harmonic goes below the experimental noise. We demonstrate that the optical contrast comes from the nth derivative of the near-field scattering, amplified by the interferometric background. By modelling the far and near field we calculate the probe-sample approach curves, which fit very well the experimental ones. After taking a great amount of experimental data for different probes and samples, we conclude with a table of the minimum enhancement factors needed to have optical contrast with field-enhanced scanning optical microscopy. © 2014 The Authors Journal of Microscopy © 2014 Royal Microscopical Society.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  17. Optical properties of photoreceptor and retinal pigment epithelium cells investigated with adaptive optics optical coherence tomography

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    Liu, Zhuolin

    Human vision starts when photoreceptors collect and respond to light. Photoreceptors do not function in isolation though, but share close interdependence with neighboring photoreceptors and underlying retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. These cellular interactions are essential for normal function of the photoreceptor-RPE complex, but methods to assess these in the living human eye are limited. One approach that has gained increased promise is high-resolution retinal imaging that has undergone tremendous technological advances over the last two decades to probe the living retina at the cellular level. Pivotal in these advances has been adaptive optics (AO) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) that together allow unprecedented spatial resolution of retinal structures in all three dimensions. Using these high-resolution systems, cone photoreceptor are now routinely imaged in healthy and diseased retina enabling fundamental structural properties of cones to be studied such as cell spacing, packing arrangement, and alignment. Other important cell properties, however, have remained elusive to investigation as even better imaging performance is required and thus has resulted in an incomplete understanding of how cells in the photoreceptor-RPE complex interact with light. To address this technical bottleneck, we expanded the imaging capability of AO-OCT to detect and quantify more accurately and completely the optical properties of cone photoreceptor and RPE cells at the cellular level in the living human retina. The first objective of this thesis was development of a new AO-OCT method that is more precise and sensitive, thus enabling a more detailed view of the 3D optical signature of the photoreceptor-RPE complex than was previously possible (Chapter 2). Using this new system, the second objective was quantifying the waveguide properties of individual cone photoreceptor inner and outer segments across the macula (Chapter 3). The third objective extended the AO

  18. Slow light enhanced optical nonlinearity in a silicon photonic crystal coupled-resonator optical waveguide.

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    Matsuda, Nobuyuki; Kato, Takumi; Harada, Ken-Ichi; Takesue, Hiroki; Kuramochi, Eiichi; Taniyama, Hideaki; Notomi, Masaya

    2011-10-10

    We demonstrate highly enhanced optical nonlinearity in a coupled-resonator optical waveguide (CROW) in a four-wave mixing experiment. Using a CROW consisting of 200 coupled resonators based on width-modulated photonic crystal nanocavities in a line defect, we obtained an effective nonlinear constant exceeding 10,000 /W/m, thanks to slow light propagation combined with a strong spatial confinement of light achieved by the wavelength-sized cavities.

  19. Isotropic edge-enhancement by the Hilbert-transform in optical tomography of phase objects.

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    Montes-Perez, Areli; Meneses-Fabian, Cruz; Rodriguez-Zurita, Gustavo

    2011-03-14

    In optical tomography, isotropic edge-enhancement of phase-object slices under the refractionless limit approximation can be reconstructed using spatial filtering techniques. The optical Hilbert-transform of the transmittance function leaving the object at projection angles ϕ∈(0°,360°), is one of these techniques with some advantages. The corresponding irradiance of the so modified transmittance is considered as projection data, and is proved that they share two properties with the Radon transform: its symmetry property and its zeroth-moment conservation. Accordingly, a modified sinogram able to reconstruct edge-enhanced phase slices is obtained. In this paper, the theoretical model is amply discussed and illustrated both with numerical and experimental results.

  20. Measurement of Optical Properties of Small Particles

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    Arakawa, E. T.; Tuminello, P. S.; Khare, B. N.; Millham, M. E.; Authier, S.; Pierce, J.

    1997-01-01

    We have measured the optical constants of montmorillonite and the separated coats and cores of B. subtilis spores over the wavelength interval from 200 nm to 2500 nm. The optical constants of kaolin were obtained over the wavelength interval from 130 nm to 2500 nm. Our results are applicable to the development of systems for detection of airborne biological contaminants. Future work will include measurement of the optical constants of B. cereus spores, B. sub tilts vegetative cells, egg albumin, illite, and a mixture (by weight) of one third kaolin, one third montmorillonite, and one third illite.

  1. Measurement of Optical Properties of Small Particles

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    Arakawa, E.T.; Tuminello, P.S.; Khare, B.N.; Millham, M.E.; Authier, S.; Pierce, J.

    1997-12-01

    We have measured the optical constants of montmorillonite and the separated coats and cores of B. subtilis spores over the wavelength interval from 200 nm to 2500 nm. The optical constants of kaolin were obtained over the wavelength interval from 130 nm to 2500 nm. Our results are applicable to the development of systems for detection of airborne biological contaminants. Future work will include measurement of the optical constants of B. cereus spores, B. sub tilts vegetative cells, egg albumin, illite, and a mixture (by weight) of one third kaolin, one third montmorillonite, and one third illite.

  2. Measurement of Optical Properties of Small Particles

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    Arakawa, E. T.; Tuminello, P. S.; Khare, B. N.; Millham, M. E.; Authier, S.; Pierce, J.

    1997-01-01

    We have measured the optical constants of montmorillonite and the separated coats and cores of B. subtilis spores over the wavelength interval from 200 nm to 2500 nm. The optical constants of kaolin were obtained over the wavelength interval from 130 nm to 2500 nm. Our results are applicable to the development of systems for detection of airborne biological contaminants. Future work will include measurement of the optical constants of B. cereus spores, B. sub tilts vegetative cells, egg albumin, illite, and a mixture (by weight) of one third kaolin, one third montmorillonite, and one third illite.

  3. Plasmonic enhancement of ultrafast all-optical magnetization reversal

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    Kochergin, Vladimir; Neely, Lauren N.; Allin, Leigh J.; Kochergin, Eugene V.; Wang, Kang L.

    2011-10-01

    Ultrafast all optical magnetization switching in GdFeCo layers on the basis of Inverse Faraday Effect (IFE) was demonstrated recently and suggested as a possible path toward next generation magnetic data storage medium with much faster writing time. However, to date, the demonstrations of ultrafast all-optical magnetization switching were performed with powerful femtosecond lasers, hardly useful for practical applications in data storage and data processing. Here we show that utilization of IFE enhancement in plasmonic nanostructures enables fast all-optical magnetization switching with smaller/cheaper laser sources with longer pulse durations. Our modeling results predict significant enhancement of IFE around all major types of plasmonic nanostructures for a circularly polarized incident light. Unlike the IFE in uniform bulk materials, nonzero value of IFE is predicted in plasmonic nanostructures even with a linearly polarized excitation. Experimentally, all-optical magnetization switching at 20 times lower laser fluence and roughly 100 times lower value of laser fluence/pulse duration ratio is demonstrated in plasmonic samples to verify the model predictions. The path to achieve higher levels of enhancement experimentally is discussed.

  4. Characterization of tissue optical properties for prostate PDT using interstitial diffuse optical tomography

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    Liang, Xing; Wang, Ken Kang-hsin; Zhu, Timothy C.

    2012-02-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an important treatment modality for localized diseases such as prostate cancer. In prostate PDT, light distribution is an important factor because it is directly related to treatment efficacy. During PDT, light distribution is determined by tissue optical property distributions (or heterogeneity). In this study, an interstitial diffuse optical tomography (iDOT) method was used to characterize optical properties in tissues. Optical properties (absorption and reduced scattering coefficients) of the prostate gland were reconstructed by solving the inverse problem using an adjoint model based on diffusion equation using a modified matlab public user code NIRFAST. In the modified NIRFAST method, linear sources were modeled for the reconstruction. Cross talking between absorption coefficients and reduced scattering coefficients were studied to have minimal effect, and a constrained optical property method (set either absorption coefficient or reduced scattering coefficient to be homogeneous) is also studied. A prostate phantom with optical anomalies was used to verify the iDOT method. The reconstructed results were compared with the known optical properties, and the spatial distribution of optical properties for this phantom was successfully reconstructed.

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

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

    1991-05-01

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

  6. Nonlinear optical enhancement induced by synergistic effect of graphene nanosheets and CdS nanocrystals

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    Zhu, Baohua E-mail: yzgu@henu.edu.cn; Cao, Yawan; Wang, Chong; Wang, Ji; Gu, Yuzong E-mail: yzgu@henu.edu.cn; Wang, Fangfang

    2016-06-20

    CdS nanocrystals are attached on graphene nanosheets and their nonlinear optical properties are investigated by picosecond Z-scan technique at 532 nm. We found that synergistic effect between the graphene and CdS makes a major enhancement on the nonlinear optical absorption of graphene/CdS nanohybrid in comparison with cooperative effect, and the synergistic improvement is restricted by nonradiative defects in hybrid. The synergistic mechanism involving the local field theory and charge transfer evolution is proposed.

  7. OPTICAL AND DYNAMIC PROPERTIES OF UNDOPED AND DOPED SEMICONDUCTOR NANOSTRUCTURES

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    Grant, C D; Zhang, J Z

    2007-09-28

    This chapter provides an overview of some recent research activities on the study of optical and dynamic properties of semiconductor nanomaterials. The emphasis is on unique aspects of these properties in nanostructures as compared to bulk materials. Linear, including absorption and luminescence, and nonlinear optical as well as dynamic properties of semiconductor nanoparticles are discussed with focus on their dependence on particle size, shape, and surface characteristics. Both doped and undoped semiconductor nanomaterials are highlighted and contrasted to illustrate the use of doping to effectively alter and probe nanomaterial properties. Some emerging applications of optical nanomaterials are discussed towards the end of the chapter, including solar energy conversion, optical sensing of chemicals and biochemicals, solid state lighting, photocatalysis, and photoelectrochemistry.

  8. Thin Ag films. Influence of substrate and postdeposition treatment on morphology and optical properties

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    Roark, S.E.; Rowlen, K.L. )

    1994-01-15

    In an effort to understand the experimental parameters that influence thin metal film morphology and optical characteristics, thin Ag films are examined with a combination of atomic force microscopy (AFM), optical absorption, and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). The morphology of 5 nm of Ag vapor deposited onto glass, derivatized glass, Formvar-coated glass, and mica is explored. The substrate is found to have a large effect on both Ag film surface morphology and optical properties. In addition, micrographs of a Ag film before and after exposure to solvent suggest solvent-induced morphological changes. 32 refs., 8 figs., 5 tabs.

  9. Preparation, characterization, and nonlinear optical properties of graphene oxide-carboxymethyl cellulose composite films

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    Wang, Jiaojiao; Feng, Miao; Zhan, Hongbing

    2014-04-01

    The preparation and characterization of free-standing films made of a graphene oxide-carboxymethyl cellulose composite material is described. Characterization was accomplished using transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and thermal gravimetric analysis. The nonlinear optical performance of this composite material was studied using the open aperture Z-scan technique in the nanosecond regime using a 532-nm wavelength laser. Results show that the composite has nonlinear optical properties that are much enhanced when composited with graphene oxide. All phenomena indicate that the film is a potential candidate for optical limiting applications.

  10. Optical properties of surface modified polypropylene by plasma immersion ion implantation technique

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    Ahmed, Sk. Faruque; Moon, Myoung-Woon; Kim, Chansoo; Lee, Kwang-Ryeol; Jang, Yong-Jun; Han, Seonghee; Choi, Jin-Young; Park, Won-Woong

    2010-08-23

    The optical band gap and activation energy of polypropylene (PP) induced by an Ar plasma immersion ion implantation technique were studied in detail. It was revealed that the structural alternation with an increase in polymer chain cross-linking in the ion beam affected layer enhanced the optical properties of PP. The optical band gap, calculated from the transmittance spectra, decreased from 3.44 to 2.85 eV with the Ar plasma ion energy from 10 to 50 keV. The activation energy, determined from the band tail of the transmittance spectra, decreased while the electrical conductivity increased with the Ar plasma ion energy.

  11. The Optical Properties of Biological Tissue.

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    Bews, Jeffrey Alan

    The ability of light to propagate through biological tissue has found much application in medicine (ie. Photodynamic therapy and Diaphanography). However, a poor understanding of this transport phenomenon has served to limit the effectiveness of those modalities employing it in their operation. This thesis is a study of light propagation through biological tissue, its goal being to improve on the lack of knowledge that presently exists. A spectrophotometer type instrument (DICOM-8) was developed to measure the diffuse spectra extinction of biological tissue. Results were obtained for both normal and diseased breast tissue. Extinction curves for the two tissues exhibited a similar shape (extinction monotonically decreasing with increasing wavelength) but differed in magnitude below 700 nm with carcinoma possessing a higher extinction than normal. Data obtained from these tissue measurements served as the basis for developing a homogeneous liquid (TEM) for simulating the optical properties of tissue over the range 550 to 900 nm. Bench-top Diaphanography studies carried out on a breast phantom constructed of TEM demonstrated the improved tumor visualization attainable with short wavelength light. TEM also functioned as a test medium in which light distributions resulting from highly controlled irradiation geometries (isotropic point and planar sources) were measured and compared with those predicted by Linear Transport (LT) theory. The mean free path (MFP) of TEM ranged from 0.206 mm at 550 nm to 0.495 mm at 900 nm and was found to be directly proportional to the square of the wavelength. The scatter/absorption coefficient (c) was 0.9986459 at 550 nm and 0.9997315 at 850 nm. Agreement between experimental and theoretical distributions was found to be extremely good. Theoretical distributions generated with LT theory revealed the fact that small changes in MFP will have little effect on light transport. Similar changes in c, meanwhile, will drastically alter the

  12. Size- and dimensionality-dependent optical, magnetic and magneto-optical properties of binary europium-based nanocrystals: EuX (X = O, S, Se, Te).

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    Zhou, Xingzhi; Zhang, Kelvin H L; Xiong, Jie; Park, Ju-Hyun; Dickerson, James H; He, Weidong

    2016-05-13

    Europium chalcogenides (EuX, X = O, S, Se, Te), a class of prototypical Heisenberg magnetic semiconductors, exhibit intriguing properties in optics, magnetism, and magneto-optics at the nanoscale, and have broad application potential in optical/magnetic sensors, spintronics, optical isolators, etc. EuX nanocrystals (NCs) exhibit enhanced properties, such as high saturation magnetization, a strong magneto-optic effect (Faraday rotation), and high magneto resistance, which are all unanimously dependent on the NC's size, shape, and surface information. In this report, we give an overview of the fundamental properties of bulk EuX, and illustrate the quantum confinement effects on the optical, magnetic and magneto-optical properties of EuX nanostructures. We then focus on doping and self-assembly-two efficient methods that enhance magnetic properties by manipulating magnetic coupling in EuX nanostructures. In particular, we look towards future research on Eu(2+) NCs, which along with the overview provides an up-to-date platform for evaluating the fundamental properties and application potential of Eu-based semiconductors.

  13. Optical switching and contrast enhancement in intense laser systems by cascaded optical parametric amplification

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    Jovanovic, I; Haefner, C; Wattellier, B; Barty, C J

    2005-09-06

    Optical parametric chirped-pulse amplification (OPCPA) can be used to improve the prepulse contrast in chirped-pulse amplification systems by amplifying the main pulse with a total saturated OPCPA gain, while not affecting the preceding prepulses of the seed oscillator mode-locked pulse train. We show that a simple modification of a multistage OPCPA system into a cascaded optical parametric amplifier (COPA) results in an optical switch and extreme contrast enhancement which can completely eliminate the preceding and trailing oscillator pulses. Instrument-limited measurement of prepulse contrast ratio of 1.4 x 10{sup 11} is demonstrated from COPA at a 30-mJ level.

  14. Enhanced optical magnetism for reversed optical binding forces between silicon nanoparticles in the visible region.

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    Yano, Taka-Aki; Tsuchimoto, Yuta; Zaccaria, Remo Proietti; Toma, Andrea; Portela, Alejandro; Hara, Masahiko

    2017-01-09

    We perform a comprehensive numerical analysis on the optical binding forces of a multiple-resonant silicon nanodimer induced by the normal illumination of a plane wave in the visible region. The silicon nanodimer provides either repulsive or attractive forces in water while providing only attractive forces in air. The enhancement of the magnetic dipole mode is attributed to the generation of repulsive forces. The sign (attractive/repulsive) and the amplitude of the optical forces are controlled by incident polarization and separation distance between the silicon nanoparticles. These optomechanical effects demonstrate a key step toward the optical sorting and assembly of silicon nanoparticles.

  15. Airborne LIDAR as a tool for estimating inherent optical properties

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    Trees, Charles; Arnone, Robert

    2012-06-01

    LIght Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) systems have been used most extensively to generate elevation maps of land, ice and coastal bathymetry. There has been space-, airborne- and land-based LIDAR systems. They have also been used in underwater communication. What have not been investigated are the capabilities of LIDARs to measure ocean temperature and optical properties vertically in the water column, individually or simultaneously. The practical use of bathymetric LIDAR as a tool for the estimation of inherent optical properties remains one of the most challenging problems in the field of optical oceanography. LIDARs can retrieve data as deep as 3-4 optical depths (e.g. optical properties can be measured through the thermocline for ~70% of the world's oceans). Similar to AUVs (gliders), UAV-based LIDAR systems will increase temporal and spatial measurements by several orders of magnitude. The LIDAR Observations of Optical and Physical Properties (LOOPP) Conference was held at NURC (2011) to review past, current and future LIDAR research efforts in retrieving water column optical/physical properties. This new observational platform/sensor system is ideally suited for ground truthing hyperspectral/geostationary satellite data in coastal regions and for model data assimilation.

  16. Enhancement of short coherence digital holographic microscopy by optical clearing.

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    Shen, Zhiyuan; Guo, Xiaorui; Zhang, Yilong; Li, Dongmei; He, Yonghong

    2017-04-01

    In this work, we used a short coherence digital holographic microscopy system to demonstrate cross-talk noise suppression and imaging performance enhancement by optical clearing. Performance of the system on both phantom and in vitro porcine skin tissues before and after the treatment of 70% v./v. glycerol-saline solution was investigated. Our results showed that optical clearing effectively inhibits the cross-talk noise and improves the image quality in the deep of the in vitro porcine skin tissues. The imaging depth was increased by about 30% after topical application of the glycerol-saline solution for 30 min.

  17. Enhancement of short coherence digital holographic microscopy by optical clearing

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    Shen, Zhiyuan; Guo, Xiaorui; Zhang, Yilong; Li, Dongmei; He, Yonghong

    2017-01-01

    In this work, we used a short coherence digital holographic microscopy system to demonstrate cross-talk noise suppression and imaging performance enhancement by optical clearing. Performance of the system on both phantom and in vitro porcine skin tissues before and after the treatment of 70% v./v. glycerol-saline solution was investigated. Our results showed that optical clearing effectively inhibits the cross-talk noise and improves the image quality in the deep of the in vitro porcine skin tissues. The imaging depth was increased by about 30% after topical application of the glycerol-saline solution for 30 min. PMID:28736654

  18. Differentiation of optical isomers through enhanced weak-field interactions

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    Aronowitz, S.

    1980-01-01

    The influence of weak field interaction terms due to the cooperative effects which arise from a macroscopic assemblage of interacting sites is studied. Differential adsorption of optical isomers onto an achiral surface is predicted to occur if the surface was continuous and sufficiently large. However, the quantity of discontinuous crystal surfaces did not enhance the percentage of differentiation and thus the procedure of using large quantities of small particles was not a viable technique for obtaining a detectable differentiation of optical isomers on an achiral surface.

  19. Efficient 3M PBS enhancing miniature projection optics

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    Yun, Zhisheng; Nevitt, Timothy; Willett, Stephen; Mortenson, Dave; Le, John; McDowell, Erin; Kent, Susan; Wong, Timothy; Beniot, Gilles J.; Ouderkirk, Andrew

    2016-09-01

    Over the past decade, 3M has developed a number of mobile projectors, with a goal towards providing the world's smallest, most efficient projection systems. Compact size and efficiency are required characteristics for projection systems used in mobile devices and more lately, in augmented reality systems. In this paper we summarize the main generations of 3M light engine optical designs. We present the optical architectures of four light engines, including the rationale behind the illumination designs and the projection systems. In particular, we describe various configurations relating to the 3M polarizing beam splitter (PBS) which is key to enhanced efficiency of the miniature projection systems.

  20. PLASMONIC ENHANCEMENT OF DIRECT OPTICAL INITIATION OF EXPLOSIVES

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    Moore, D. S.; Akinci, A. A.; Giambra, A. M.; Clarke, S. A.

    2009-12-28

    Current Direct Optical Initiation (DOI) detonators use a laser focused onto a thin metal layer to drive a hot plasma and/or fragments into PETN powder. Previous studies showed a dramatic decrease in laser energies required to initiate the detonation using this approach over direct laser illumination of the PETN powder. Plasmonic metal nanostructures have been shown capable of strongly coupling laser energy into adjacent materials. We have incorporated gold nanospheres into PETN powder and are investigating their plasmonic enhancement of direct optical initiation via measurements of threshold laser energies and streak camera measurements for calculation of run to detonation distances compared to other DOI schemes.

  1. Plasmonic enhancement of direct optical initiation of explosives

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    Moore, David Steven; Akinci, Adrian A; Giambra, Anna M; Clarke, Steven A

    2009-01-01

    Current Direct Optical Initiation (DOI) detonators use a laser focused onto a thin metal layer to drive a hot plasma and/or fragments into PETN powder. Previous studies showed a dramatic decrease in laser energies required to initiate the detonation using this approach over direct laser illumination of the PETN powder. Plasmonic metal nanostructures have been shown capable of strongly coupling laser energy into adjacent materials. We have incorporated gold nanospheres into PETN powder and are investigating their plasmonic enhancement of direct optical initiation via measurements of threshold laser energies and streak camera measurements for calculation of run to detonation distances compared to other DOI schemes.

  2. Plasmonic enhancement of direct optical initiation of explosives

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    Moore, David Steven; Clarke, Steven A; Glambra, Anna M

    2010-01-01

    Current Direct Optical Initiation (DOI) detonators use a laser focused onto a thin metal layer to drive a hot plasma and/or fragments into PETN powder. Previous studies showed a dramatic decrease in laser energies required to initiate the detonation using this approach over direct laser illumination of the PETN powder. Plasmonic metal nanostructures have been shown capable of strongly coupling laser energy into adjacent materials. We have incorporated gold nanospheres into PETN powder and are investigating their plasmonic enhancement of direct optical initiation via measurements of threshold laser energies and streak camera measurements for calculation of run to detonation distances compared to other DOI schemes.

  3. Method for enhancing signals transmitted over optical fibers

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    Ogle, James W.; Lyons, Peter B.

    1983-01-01

    A method for spectral equalization of high frequency spectrally broadband signals transmitted through an optical fiber. The broadband signal input is first dispersed by a grating. Narrow spectral components are collected into an array of equalizing fibers. The fibers serve as optical delay lines compensating for material dispersion of each spectral component during transmission. The relative lengths of the individual equalizing fibers are selected to compensate for such prior dispersion. The output of the equalizing fibers couple the spectrally equalized light onto a suitable detector for subsequent electronic processing of the enhanced broadband signal.

  4. Method for enhancing signals transmitted over optical fibers

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    Ogle, J.W.; Lyons, P.B.

    1981-02-11

    A method for spectral equalization of high frequency spectrally broadband signals transmitted through an optical fiber is disclosed. The broadband signal input is first dispersed by a grating. Narrow spectral components are collected into an array of equalizing fibers. The fibers serve as optical delay lines compensating for material dispersion of each spectral component during transmission. The relative lengths of the individual equalizing fibers are selected to compensate for such prior dispersion. The output of the equalizing fibers couple the spectrally equalized light onto a suitable detector for subsequent electronic processing of the enhanced broadband signal.

  5. Optical properties of actively controlled reflection and transmission gratings

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    Rodriguez, Miguel Angel

    2001-05-01

    Reflection and transmission gratings have found a wide variety of applications as optical filters and beam steering elements. In this work we have studied the optical properties of reflection and transmission gratings whose diffraction properties could be actively controlled. Two different material systems were utilized for the study. Reflection gratings in optical fibers were used and reflection and transmission gratings were fabricated holographically in a polymer dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) material. The optical properties of refractive index-shifted gratings were studied using the fiber Bragg gratings. It was found that narrow, high transmission spikes developed inside a high reflectivity stopgap when the refractive index of a section of the grating is shifted. The refractive index-shift was achieved using the thermo- optic effect. Experimental as well as theoretical results are presented and discussed. The optical properties of electrically switchable reflection and transmission gratings fabricated in polymer dispersed liquid crystal materials were also studied. The PDLC material is electro-optic and therefore by applying an external electric field to the gratings the diffraction properties are modified. Gratings were fabricated holographically. From the study of the transmission properties of the reflection gratings we found that the reflection of the structures can be switched off by applying an external electric field and that the reflectivity is polarization insensitive for normal incidence. We also studied the diffraction properties of PDLC transmission gratings. In our analysis of the diffraction properties of these electrically- switchable liquid crystal gratings we found that it was necessary to use a generalized two-wave coupled mode theory that includes the effects of the optical anisotropy of the liquid crystal. We found that the morphology of the PDLC gratings depends on the specific PDLC mixture used to fabricate the grating.

  6. Optical properties of silicon germanium waveguides at telecommunication wavelengths.

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    Hammani, Kamal; Ettabib, Mohamed A; Bogris, Adonis; Kapsalis, Alexandros; Syvridis, Dimitris; Brun, Mickael; Labeye, Pierre; Nicoletti, Sergio; Richardson, David J; Petropoulos, Periklis

    2013-07-15

    We present a systematic experimental study of the linear and nonlinear optical properties of silicon-germanium (SiGe) waveguides, conducted on samples of varying cross-sectional dimensions and Ge concentrations. The evolution of the various optical properties for waveguide widths in the range 0.3 to 2 µm and Ge concentrations varying between 10 and 30% is considered. Finally, we comment on the comparative performance of the waveguides, when they are considered for nonlinear applications at telecommunications wavelengths.

  7. Enhancement of anion binding in lanthanide optical sensors.

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    Cable, Morgan L; Kirby, James P; Gray, Harry B; Ponce, Adrian

    2013-11-19

    established from the ionization energy of Ln(3+) → Ln(4+). These results account for the order Tb(3+) > Dy(3+) > Eu(3+) ≈ Sm(3+). As with many lanthanide properties, ranging from hydration enthalpy to vaporization energy, this AL-induced enhancement shows a large discrepancy between Tb(3+) and Eu(3+) despite their similarity in size, a phenomenon known as the "gadolinium break". This discrepancy, based on the unusual stabilities of the Eu(2+) and Tb(4+) oxidation states, results from the half-shell effect, as both of these ions have half-filled 4f-shells. The high polarizability of Tb(3+) explains the extraordinarily large increase in the binding affinity of anions for terbium compared to other lanthanides. We recommend that researchers consider this AL-induced enhancement when designing lanthanide-macrocycle optical sensors. Ancillary ligands also can reduce the impact of interfering species such as phosphate commonly found in environmental and physiological samples.

  8. Enhancement of Anion Binding in Lanthanide Optical Sensors

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    Cable, Morgan L.; Kirby, James P.; Gray, Harry B.; Ponce, Adrian

    2013-01-01

    be established from the ionization energy of Ln3+ → Ln4+. These results account for the order Tb3+ > Dy3+ > Eu3+ ≈ Sm3+. As with many lanthanide properties, ranging from hydration enthalpy to vaporization energy, this AL-induced enhancement shows a large discrepancy between Tb3+ and Eu3+ despite their similarity in size, a phenomenon known as the ‘gadolinium break.’ This discrepancy, based on the unusual stabilities of the Eu2+ and Tb4+ oxidation states, results from the half-shell effect, as both of these ions have half-filled 4f-shells. The high polarizability of Tb3+ explains the extraordinarily large increase in the binding affinity of anions for terbium compared to other lanthanides. We recommend that researchers consider this AL-induced enhancement when designing lanthanide-macrocycle optical sensors. Ancillary ligands also can reduce the impact of interfering species such as phosphate) commonly found in environmental and physiological samples. PMID:24032446

  9. Optical Properties of Nanoscale Bismuth Selenide and Its Heterocrystals

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    Vargas, Anthony

    Over the past 12 years since the groundbreaking work on graphene, the field of 2D layered materials has grown by leaps and bounds as more materials are theoretically predicted and experimentically verified. These materials and their unique electronic, optical, and mechanical properties have inspired the scientific community to explore and investigate novel, fundamental physical phenomena as well create and refine technological devices which leverage the host of unique benefits which these materials possess. In the past few years, this burgeoning field has heavily moved towards combining layers of various materials into novel heterostructures. These heterostructures are an exciting area of research because of the plethora of exciting possibilities and results which arise due to the large number of heterostructure combinations and configurations. Particularly, the research into the optical properties of these layered materials and their heterostructures under confinement provides another exciting avenue for developing optoelectric devices. In this dissertation, I present work on the synthesis of Bi2Se 3 nanostructures via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and the study of the optical properties of these nanostructures and their heterostructures with MoS2. The bulk of the current published work on Bi2Se 3 has focused on the exotic topological properties of its surface states, both interesting fundamental physics purposes as well as for studying avenues for spintronics. In contrast, the work presented here focuses on studying the optical properties of Bi2Se3 nanostructures and how these properties evolve when subjected to confinement. Specifically, the absorbance of singlecrystal Bi2Se3 with sizes tailored down to a few nanometers in diameter and a few quintuple layers (QLs) in thickness. We find a dramatically large bandgap, Eg ≥ 2.5 eV, in the smallest particles which is much higher than that seen in 1QL measurements taken with ARPES. Additionally, utilizing

  10. Ultrasound modulated optical tomography contrast enhancement with non-linear oscillation of microbubbles

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    Ruan, Haowen; Mather, Melissa L.

    2015-01-01

    Background Ultrasound modulated optical tomography (USMOT) is an imaging technique used to provide optical functional information inside highly scattering biological tissue. One of the challenges facing this technique is the low image contrast. Methods A contrast enhancement imaging technique based on the non-linear oscillation of microbubbles is demonstrated to improve image contrast. The ultrasound modulated signal was detected using a laser pulse based speckle contrast detection system. Better understanding of the effects of microbubbles on the optical signals was achieved through simultaneous measurement of the ultrasound scattered by the microbubbles. Results The length of the laser pulse was found to affect the system response of the speckle contrast method with shorter pulses suppressing the fundamental ultrasound modulated optical signal. Using this property, image contrast can be enhanced by detection of the higher harmonic ultrasound modulated optical signals due to nonlinear oscillation and destruction of the microbubbles. Experimental investigations were carried out to demonstrate a doubling in contrast by imaging a scattering phantom containing an embedded silicone tube with microbubbles flowing through it. Conclusions The contrast enhancement in USMOT resulting from the use of ultrasound microbubbles has been demonstrated. Destruction of the microbubbles was shown to be the dominant effect leading to contrast improvement as shown by simultaneously detecting the ultrasound and speckle contrast signals. Line scans of a microbubble filled silicone tube embedded in a scattering phantom demonstrated experimentally the significant image contrast improvement that can be achieved using microbubbles and demonstrates the potential as a future clinical imaging tool. PMID:25694948

  11. Enhanced Thermo-Optical Switching of Paraffin-Wax Composite Spots under Laser Heating.

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    Said, Asmaa; Salah, Abeer; Fattah, Gamal Abdel

    2017-05-12

    Thermo-optical switches are of particular significance in communications networks where increasingly high switching speeds are required. Phase change materials (PCMs), in particular those based on paraffin wax, provide wealth of exciting applications with unusual thermally-induced switching properties, only limited by paraffin's rather low thermal conductivity. In this paper, the use of different carbon fillers as thermal conductivity enhancers for paraffin has been investigated, and a novel structure based on spot of paraffin wax as a thermo-optic switch is presented. Thermo-optical switching parameters are enhanced with the addition of graphite and graphene, due to the extreme thermal conductivity of the carbon fillers. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Scanning electron microscope (SEM) are performed on paraffin wax composites, and specific heat capacities are calculated based on DSC measurements. Thermo-optical switching based on transmission is measured as a function of the host concentration under conventional electric heating and laser heating of paraffin-carbon fillers composites. Further enhancements in thermo-optical switching parameters are studied under Nd:YAG laser heating. This novel structure can be used in future networks with huge bandwidth requirements and electric noise free remote aerial laser switching applications.

  12. Enhanced Thermo-Optical Switching of Paraffin-Wax Composite Spots under Laser Heating

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    Said, Asmaa; Salah, Abeer; Abdel Fattah, Gamal

    2017-01-01

    Thermo-optical switches are of particular significance in communications networks where increasingly high switching speeds are required. Phase change materials (PCMs), in particular those based on paraffin wax, provide wealth of exciting applications with unusual thermally-induced switching properties, only limited by paraffin’s rather low thermal conductivity. In this paper, the use of different carbon fillers as thermal conductivity enhancers for paraffin has been investigated, and a novel structure based on spot of paraffin wax as a thermo-optic switch is presented. Thermo-optical switching parameters are enhanced with the addition of graphite and graphene, due to the extreme thermal conductivity of the carbon fillers. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Scanning electron microscope (SEM) are performed on paraffin wax composites, and specific heat capacities are calculated based on DSC measurements. Thermo-optical switching based on transmission is measured as a function of the host concentration under conventional electric heating and laser heating of paraffin-carbon fillers composites. Further enhancements in thermo-optical switching parameters are studied under Nd:YAG laser heating. This novel structure can be used in future networks with huge bandwidth requirements and electric noise free remote aerial laser switching applications. PMID:28772884

  13. Effects of turbid media optical properties on object visibility in subsurface polarization imaging.

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    Nothdurft, Ralph E; Yao, Gang

    2006-08-01

    We studied the effectiveness of using polarized illumination and detection to enhance the visibility of targets buried in highly scattering media. The effects of background optical properties including scattering coefficient, absorption coefficient, and anisotropy on image visibility were examined. Both linearly and circularly polarized light were used in the imaging. Three different types of target were investigated: scattering, absorption, and reflection. The experimental results indicate that target visibility improvement achieved by a specific polarization method depends on both the background optical properties and the target type. By analyzing all polarization images, it is possible to reveal certain information about target or the scattering background.

  14. Optical extinction monitor using cw cavity enhanced detection.

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    Kebabian, Paul L; Robinson, Wade A; Freedman, Andrew

    2007-06-01

    We present details of an apparatus capable of measuring optical extinction (i.e., scattering and/or absorption) with high precision and sensitivity. The apparatus employs one variant of cavity enhanced detection, specifically cavity attenuated phase shift spectroscopy, using a near-confocal arrangement of two high reflectivity (R approximately 0.9999) mirrors in tandem with an enclosed cell 26 cm in length, a light emitting diode (LED), and a vacuum photodiode detector. The square wave modulated light from the LED passes through the absorption cell and is detected as a distorted wave form which is characterized by a phase shift with respect to the initial modulation. The amount of that phase shift is a function of fixed instrument properties-cell length, mirror reflectivity, and modulation frequency-and of the presence of a scatterer or absorber (air, particles, trace gases, etc.) within the cell. The specific implementation reported here employs a blue LED; the wavelength and spectral bandpass of the measurement are defined by the use of an interference filter centered at 440 nm with a 20 nm wide bandpass. The monitor is enclosed within a standard 19 in. rack-mounted instrumentation box, weighs 10 kg, and uses 70 W of electrical power including a vacuum pump. Measurements of the phase shift induced by Rayleigh scattering from several gases (which range in extinction coefficient from 0.4-32 Mm(-1)) exhibit a highly linear dependence (r(2)=0.999 97) when plotted as the co-tangent of the phase shift versus the expected extinction. Using heterodyne demodulation techniques, we demonstrate a detection limit of 0.04 Mm(-1) (4 x 10(-10) cm(-1)) (2sigma) in 10 s integration time and a base line drift of less than +/-0.1 Mm(-1) over a 24 h period. Detection limits decrease as the square root of integration time out to approximately 150 s.

  15. Electronic, Optical, and Thermal Properties of Reduced-Dimensional Semiconductors

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    Huang, Shouting

    Reduced-dimensional materials have attracted tremendous attention because of their new physics and exotic properties, which are of great interests for fundamental science. More importantly, the manipulation and engineering of matter on an atomic scale yield promising applications for many fields including nanoelectronics, nanobiotechnology, environments, and renewable energy. Because of the unusual quantum confinement and enhanced surface effect of reduced-dimensional materials, traditional empirical models suffer from necessary but unreliable parameters extracted from previously-studied bulk materials. In this sense, quantitative, parameter-free approaches are highly useful for understanding properties of reduced-dimensional materials and, furthermore, predicting their novel applications. The first-principles density functional theory (DFT) is proven to be a reliable and convenient tool. In particular, recent progress in many-body perturbation theory (MBPT) makes it possible to calculate excited-state properties, e.g., quasiparticle (QP) band gap and optical excitations, by the first-principles approach based on DFT. Therefore, during my PhD study, I employed first-principles calculations based on DFT and MBPT to systematically study fundamental properties of typical reduced-dimensional semiconductors, i.e., the electronic structure, phonons, and optical excitations of core-shell nanowires (NWs) and graphene-like two-dimensional (2D) structures of current interests. First, I present first-principles studies on how to engineer band alignments of nano-sized radial heterojunctions, Si/Ge core-shell NWs. Our calculation reveals that band offsets in these one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures can be tailored by applying axial strain or varying core-shell sizes. In particular, the valence band offset can be efficiently tuned across a wide range and even be diminished via applied strain. Two mechanisms contribute to this tuning of band offsets. Furthermore, varying the

  16. Cooperative enhancement of the nonlinear optical response in conjugated energetic materials: A TD-DFT study.

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    Sifain, Andrew E; Tadesse, Loza F; Bjorgaard, Josiah A; Chavez, David E; Prezhdo, Oleg V; Scharff, R Jason; Tretiak, Sergei

    2017-03-21

    Conjugated energetic molecules (CEMs) are a class of explosives with high nitrogen content that posses both enhanced safety and energetic performance properties and are ideal for direct optical initiation. As isolated molecules, they absorb within the range of conventional lasers. Crystalline CEMs are used in practice, however, and their properties can differ due to intermolecular interaction. Herein, time-dependent density functional theory was used to investigate one-photon absorption (OPA) and two-photon absorption (TPA) of monomers and dimers obtained from experimentally determined crystal structures of CEMs. OPA scales linearly with the number of chromophore units, while TPA scales nonlinearly, where a more than 3-fold enhancement in peak intensity, per chromophore unit, is calculated. Cooperative enhancement depends on electronic delocalization spanning both chromophore units. An increase in sensitivity to nonlinear laser initiation makes these materials suitable for practical use. This is the first study predicting a cooperative enhancement of the nonlinear optical response in energetic materials composed of relatively small molecules. The proposed model quantum chemistry is validated by comparison to crystal structure geometries and the optical absorption of these materials dissolved in solution.

  17. Cooperative enhancement of the nonlinear optical response in conjugated energetic materials: A TD-DFT study

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    Sifain, Andrew E.; Tadesse, Loza F.; Bjorgaard, Josiah August; ...

    2017-03-21

    Conjugated energetic molecules (CEMs) are a class of explosives with high nitrogen content that posses both enhanced safety and energetic performance properties and are ideal for direct optical initiation. As isolated molecules, they absorb within the range of conventional lasers. Crystalline CEMs are used in practice, however, and their properties can differ due to intermolecular interaction. Herein, time-dependent density functional theory was used to investigate one-photon absorption (OPA) and two-photon absorption (TPA) of monomers and dimers obtained from experimentally determined crystal structures of CEMs. OPA scales linearly with the number of chromophore units, while TPA scales nonlinearly, where a moremore » than 3-fold enhancement in peak intensity, per chromophore unit, is calculated. Cooperative enhancement depends on electronic delocalization spanning both chromophore units. An increase in sensitivity to nonlinear laser initiation makes these materials suitable for practical use. This is the first study predicting a cooperative enhancement of the nonlinear optical response in energetic materials composed of relatively small molecules. Finally, the proposed model quantum chemistry is validated by comparison to crystal structure geometries and the optical absorption of these materials dissolved in solution.« less

  18. Cooperative enhancement of the nonlinear optical response in conjugated energetic materials: A TD-DFT study

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    Sifain, Andrew E.; Tadesse, Loza F.; Bjorgaard, Josiah A.; Chavez, David E.; Prezhdo, Oleg V.; Scharff, R. Jason; Tretiak, Sergei

    2017-03-01

    Conjugated energetic molecules (CEMs) are a class of explosives with high nitrogen content that posses both enhanced safety and energetic performance properties and are ideal for direct optical initiation. As isolated molecules, they absorb within the range of conventional lasers. Crystalline CEMs are used in practice, however, and their properties can differ due to intermolecular interaction. Herein, time-dependent density functional theory was used to investigate one-photon absorption (OPA) and two-photon absorption (TPA) of monomers and dimers obtained from experimentally determined crystal structures of CEMs. OPA scales linearly with the number of chromophore units, while TPA scales nonlinearly, where a more than 3-fold enhancement in peak intensity, per chromophore unit, is calculated. Cooperative enhancement depends on electronic delocalization spanning both chromophore units. An increase in sensitivity to nonlinear laser initiation makes these materials suitable for practical use. This is the first study predicting a cooperative enhancement of the nonlinear optical response in energetic materials composed of relatively small molecules. The proposed model quantum chemistry is validated by comparison to crystal structure geometries and the optical absorption of these materials dissolved in solution.

  19. Optical Properties of Volcanic Ash: Improving Remote Sensing Observations

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    Whelley, P.; Colarco, P. R.; Aquila, V.; Krotkov, N. A.; Bleacher, J. E.; Garry, W. B.; Young, K. E.; Lima, A. R.; Martins, J. V.; Carn, S. A.

    2015-12-01

    Many times each year explosive volcanic eruptions loft ash into the atmosphere. Global travel and trade rely on aircraft vulnerable to encounters with airborne ash. Volcanic ash advisory centers (VAACs) rely on dispersion forecasts and satellite data to issue timely warnings. To improve ash forecasts model developers and satellite data providers need realistic information about volcanic ash microphysical and optical properties. In anticipation of future large eruptions we can study smaller events to improve our remote sensing and modeling skills so when the next Pinatubo 1991 or larger eruption occurs, ash can confidently be tracked in a quantitative way. At distances >100km from their sources, drifting ash plumes, often above meteorological clouds, are not easily detected from conventional remote sensing platforms, save deriving their quantitative characteristics, such as mass density. Quantitative interpretation of these observations depends on a priori knowledge of the spectral optical properties of the ash in UV (>0.3μm) and TIR wavelengths (>10μm). Incorrect assumptions about the optical properties result in large errors in inferred column mass loading and size distribution, which misguide operational ash forecasts. Similarly, simulating ash properties in global climate models also requires some knowledge of optical properties to improve aerosol speciation. Recent research has identified a wide range in volcanic ash optical properties among samples collected from the ground after different eruptions. The database of samples investigated remains relatively small, and measurements of optical properties at the relevant particle sizes and spectral channels are far from complete. Generalizing optical properties remains elusive, as does establishing relationships between ash composition and optical properties, which are essential for satellite retrievals. We are building a library of volcanic ash optical and microphysical properties. In this presentation we show

  20. Optical properties of micro-patterned silver nanoparticle substrates.

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    Stranik, Ondrej; Iacopino, Daniela; Nooney, Robert; McDonagh, Colette; Maccraith, Brian D

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we describe a novel technique for depositing metal nanoparticles (NPs) on a planar substrate whereby the NPs are micro-patterned on the surface by a simple stamp-printing procedure. The method exploits the attractive force between negatively charged colloidal metal NPs and positively-charged polyelectrolyte layers which have been selectively deposited on the surface. Using this technique, large uniform areas of patterned metal NPs, with different plasmonic properties, were achieved by optimisation of the stamping process. We report the observation of unusual fluorescence emission from these structures. The emission was measured using epifluorescence microscopy. Fluorescence lifetime behaviour was also measured. Furthermore, the mu-patterned NPs exhibited blinking behaviour under 469 nm excitation and the fluorescence spectrum was multi-peaked. It has been established that the fluorescence is independent of the plasmon resonance properties of the NPs. As well as optimising the novel NP mu-patterning technique, this work discusses the origin and characteristics of the anomalous fluorescence behaviour in order to characterise and minimise this unwanted background contribution in the use of metal NPs for plasmonic enhancement of fluorescence for optical biochip applications.

  1. Constitutive Modeling of the Mechanical Properties of Optical Fibers

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    Moeti, L.; Moghazy, S.; Veazie, D.; Cuddihy, E.

    1998-01-01

    Micromechanical modeling of the composite mechanical properties of optical fibers was conducted. Good agreement was obtained between the values of Young's modulus obtained by micromechanics modeling and those determined experimentally for a single mode optical fiber where the wave guide and the jacket are physically coupled. The modeling was also attempted on a polarization-maintaining optical fiber (PANDA) where the wave guide and the jacket are physically decoupled, and found not to applicable since the modeling required perfect bonding at the interface. The modeling utilized constituent physical properties such as the Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, and shear modulus to establish bounds on the macroscopic behavior of the fiber.

  2. Constitutive Modeling of the Mechanical Properties of Optical Fibers

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    Moeti, L.; Moghazy, S.; Veazie, D.; Cuddihy, E.

    1998-01-01

    Micromechanical modeling of the composite mechanical properties of optical fibers was conducted. Good agreement was obtained between the values of Young's modulus obtained by micromechanics modeling and those determined experimentally for a single mode optical fiber where the wave guide and the jacket are physically coupled. The modeling was also attempted on a polarization-maintaining optical fiber (PANDA) where the wave guide and the jacket are physically decoupled, and found not to applicable since the modeling required perfect bonding at the interface. The modeling utilized constituent physical properties such as the Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, and shear modulus to establish bounds on the macroscopic behavior of the fiber.

  3. Design of a Production Process to Enhance Optical Performance of 3(omega) Optics

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    Prasad, R R; Bruere, J R; Halpin, J; Lucero, P; Mills, S; Bernacil, M; Hackel, R P

    2003-11-01

    Using the Phoenix pre-production conditioning facility we have shown that raster scanning of 3{omega} optics using a XeF excimer laser and mitigation of the resultant damage sites with a CO{sub 2} laser can enhance their optical damage resistance. Several large-scale (43 cm x 43 cm) optics have been processed in this facility. A production facility capable of processing several large optics a week has been designed based on our experience in the pre-production facility. The facility will be equipped with UV conditioning lasers--351-nm XeF excimer lasers operating at 100 Hz and 23 ns. The facility will also include a CO{sub 2} laser for damage mitigation, an optics stage for raster scanning large-scale optics, a damage mapping system (DMS) that images large-scale optics and can detect damage sites or precursors as small as {approx} 15 {micro}m, and two microscopes to image damage sites with {approx} 5 {micro}m resolution. The optics will be handled in a class 100 clean room, within the facility that will be maintained at class 1000.

  4. Engineering two-wire optical antennas for near field enhancement

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    Yang, Zhong-Jian; Zhao, Qian; Xiao, Si; He, Jun

    2017-07-01

    We study the optimization of near field enhancement in the two-wire optical antenna system. By varying the nanowire sizes we obtain the optimized side-length (width and height) for the maximum field enhancement with a given gap size. The optimized side-length applies to a broadband range (λ = 650-1000 nm). The ratio of extinction cross section to field concentration size is found to be closely related to the field enhancement behavior. We also investigate two experimentally feasible cases which are antennas on glass substrate and mirror, and find that the optimized side-length also applies to these systems. It is also found that the optimized side-length shows a tendency of increasing with the gap size. Our results could find applications in field-enhanced spectroscopies.

  5. Tailoring nonlinear optical properties of Bi2Se3 through ion irradiation

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    Tan, Yang; Guo, Zhinan; Shang, Zhen; Liu, Fang; Böttger, Roman; Zhou, Shengqiang; Shao, Jundong; Yu, Xuefeng; Zhang, Han; Chen, Feng

    2016-02-01

    The nonlinear optical property of topological insulator bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) is found to be well-tailored through ion irradiation by intentionally introducing defects. The increase of the optical modulation depth sensitively depends on the careful selection of the irradiation condition. By implementing the ion irradiated Bi2Se3 film as an optical saturable absorber device for the Q-switched wave-guide laser, an enhanced laser performance has been obtained including narrower pulse duration and higher peak power. Our work provides a new approach of tailoring the nonlinear optical properties of materials through ion irradiation, a well-developed chip-technology, which could find wider applicability to other layered two-dimensional materials beyond topological insulators, such as graphene, MoS2, black phosphours etc.

  6. Tailoring nonlinear optical properties of Bi2Se3 through ion irradiation

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    Tan, Yang; Guo, Zhinan; Shang, Zhen; Liu, Fang; Böttger, Roman; Zhou, Shengqiang; Shao, Jundong; Yu, Xuefeng; Zhang, Han; Chen, Feng

    2016-01-01

    The nonlinear optical property of topological insulator bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) is found to be well-tailored through ion irradiation by intentionally introducing defects. The increase of the optical modulation depth sensitively depends on the careful selection of the irradiation condition. By implementing the ion irradiated Bi2Se3 film as an optical saturable absorber device for the Q-switched wave-guide laser, an enhanced laser performance has been obtained including narrower pulse duration and higher peak power. Our work provides a new approach of tailoring the nonlinear optical properties of materials through ion irradiation, a well-developed chip-technology, which could find wider applicability to other layered two-dimensional materials beyond topological insulators, such as graphene, MoS2, black phosphours etc. PMID:26888223

  7. Optimization of gyroscope properties with active coupled resonator optical waveguide structures

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    Chen, Jiayang; Zhang, Hao; Jin, Junjie; Lin, Jian; Zhao, Long; Bi, Zhuanfang; Huang, Anping; Xiao, Zhisong

    2015-03-01

    Active coupled resonator optical waveguide (CROW) structure can significantly enhance the performance of optical gyroscope due to its loss compensation effect and highly dispersive properties. In this paper, we analyze the effect of optical gain and its induced noise, i.e. spontaneous emission noise, on the properties of the active CROWs. A thorough investigation of the impact of various disorder degrees on the performance of the active three dimensional vertically coupled resonators (3D-VCR) gyroscope has been performed. It shows how the disorder interacted with coupling coefficient affects the achievable resolution ΔΩmin of gyroscope, and the degree of disorder will supplant the propagation loss to become an ultimate limitation. Finally, it is shown that the active 3D-VCR gyroscope (the number of ring, N>6) has better resolution ΔΩmin than that of the equivalent resonant waveguide optical gyroscope (RWOG).

  8. Annotated Bibliography of Water Optical Properties of Ocean Waters.

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    1982-05-01

    in Optically Thick Media. Ocean and Applied Optics (15:12), 3266-3178, Dec. 24 I] Deep in a homogeneous medium that both scatters and absorbs photons...transmittance of the Rayleigh atmosphere are expressed as functions of optical thickness arid satellite measurement geometry with the aid of simple and...AD-A1iB 182 NAVAL OCEAN RES EARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY NSTL S--ETC F/i 8/10 ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY OF WATER OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF OCEAN WAT--ETC

  9. Effects of surface morphology randomness on optical properties of Si-based photonic nanostructures

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    Kurokawa, Yasuyoshi; Aonuma, Osamu; Tayagaki, Takeshi; Takahashi, Isao; Usami, Noritaka

    2017-08-01

    We have fabricated Si-based photonic nanostructures with submicron sizes by the maskless wet etching of Ge quantum dot (QD) multilayers and demonstrated that the photonic nanostructures result in the enhanced optical absorption in the near-infrared light owing to light trapping. In this study, the optical properties of Si-based photonic nanostructures with surface morphology randomness were calculated by the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method. The obtained results indicate that as the degree of randomness increased, the absorption in a near-infrared light range enhanced, suggesting that the enhancement of optical absorption in the near-infrared light by photonic nanostructures is due to the randomness of the nanostructures.

  10. Optical properties of nanowire metamaterials with gain

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    Lima, Joaquim; Adam, Jost; Rego, Davi; Esquerre, Vitaly; Bordo, Vladimir

    2016-11-01

    The transmittance, reflectance and absorption of a nanowire metamaterial with optical gain are numerically simulated and investigated. It is assumed that the metamaterial is represented by aligned silver nanowires embedded into a semiconductor matrix, made of either silicon or gallium phosphide. The gain in the matrix is modeled by adding a negative imaginary part to the dielectric function of the semiconductor. It is found that the optical coefficients of the metamaterial depend on the gain magnitude in a non-trivial way: they can both increase and decrease with gain depending on the lattice constant of the metamaterial. This peculiar behavior is explained by the field redistribution between the lossy metal nanowires and the amplifying matrix material. These findings are significant for a proper design of nanowire metamaterials with low optical losses for diverse applications.

  11. Polarisation properties of pulsars at optical wavelengths

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    Mignani, Roberto; Marelli, Martino; Shearer, Andrew; Slowikowska, Agnieszka

    2016-07-01

    Polarisation measurements of pulsars offer unique insights into their highly-magnetised relativistic environments and represent a primary test for neutron star magnetosphere models and radiation emission mechanisms. Besides the radio band, optical observations have been, so far, best suited to these goals, with polarisation measurements in the X-rays becoming possible in the near future thanks to missions, such as XIPE and IXPE. In this talk, we review the status of the optical polarisation measurements of pulsars and we foresee possible synergies between X-ray polarimetry observations of selected pulsars with, e.g XIPE and IXPE, and optical observations with the next generation of extremely large telescope, such as the E-ELT.

  12. Enhancements in Magnesium Die Casting Impact Properties

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    David Schwam; John F. Wallace; Yulong Zhu; Srinath Viswanathan; Shafik Iskander

    2000-06-30

    The need to produce lighter components in transportation equipment is the main driver in the increasing demand for magnesium castings. In many automotive applications, components can be made of magnesium or aluminum. While being lighter, often times the magnesium parts have lower impact and fatigue properties than the aluminum. The main objective of this study was to identify potential improvements in the impact resistance of magnesium alloys. The most common magnesium alloys in automotive applications are AZ91D, AM50 and AM60. Accordingly, these alloys were selected as the main candidates for the study. Experimental quantities of these alloys were melted in an electrical furnace under a protective atmosphere comprising sulfur hexafluoride, carbon dioxide and dry air. The alloys were cast both in a permanent mold and in a UBE 315 Ton squeeze caster. Extensive evaluation of tensile, impact and fatigue properties was conducted at CWRU on permanent mold and squeeze cast test bars of AZ91, AM60 and AM50. Ultimate tensile strength values between 20ksi and 30ksi were obtained. The respective elongations varied between 25 and 115. the Charpy V-notch impact strength varied between 1.6 ft-lb and 5 ft-lb depending on the alloy and processing conditions. Preliminary bending fatigue evaluation indicates a fatigue limit of 11-12 ksi for AM50 and AM60. This is about 0.4 of the UTS, typical for these alloys. The microstructures of the cast specimens were investigated with optical and scanning electron microscopy. Concomitantly, a study of the fracture toughness in AM60 was conducted at ORNL as part of the study. The results are in line with values published in the literature and are representative of current state of the art in casting magnesium alloys. The experimental results confirm the strong relationship between aluminum content of the alloys and the mechanical properties, in particular the impact strength and the elongation. As the aluminum content increases from about 5

  13. Tunable enhanced optical absorption of graphene using plasmonic perfect absorbers

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    Cai, Yijun; Zhu, Jinfeng; Liu, Qing Huo

    2015-01-26

    Enhancement and manipulation of light absorption in graphene is a significant issue for applications of graphene-based optoelectronic devices. In order to achieve this purpose in the visible region, we demonstrate a design of a graphene optical absorber inspired by metal-dielectric-metal metamaterial for perfect absorption of electromagnetic waves. The optical absorbance ratios of single and three atomic layer graphene are enhanced up to 37.5% and 64.8%, respectively. The graphene absorber shows polarization-dependence and tolerates a wide range of incident angles. Furthermore, the peak position and bandwidth of graphene absorption spectra are tunable in a wide wavelength range through a specific structural configuration. These results imply that graphene in combination with plasmonic perfect absorbers have a promising potential for developing advanced nanophotonic devices.

  14. Enhancing and redirecting carbon nanotube photoluminescence by an optical antenna.

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    Böhmler, Miriam; Hartmann, Nicolai; Georgi, Carsten; Hennrich, Frank; Green, Alexander A; Hersam, Mark C; Hartschuh, Achim

    2010-08-02

    We observe the angular radiation pattern of single carbon nanotubes' photoluminescence in the back focal plane of a microscope objective and show that the emitting nanotube can be described by a single in-plane point dipole. The near-field interaction between a nanotube and an optical antenna modifies the radiation pattern that is now dominated by the antenna characteristics. We quantify the antenna induced excitation and radiation enhancement and show that the radiative rate enhancement is connected to a directional redistribution of the emission.

  15. Real-time edge-enhanced optical correlator

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    Liu, Tsuen-Hsi (Inventor); Cheng, Li-Jen (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    Edge enhancement of an input image by four-wave mixing a first write beam with a second write beam in a photorefractive crystal, GaAs, was achieved for VanderLugt optical correlation with an edge enhanced reference image by optimizing the power ratio of a second write beam to the first write beam (70:1) and optimizing the power ratio of a read beam, which carries the reference image to the first write beam (100:701). Liquid crystal TV panels are employed as spatial light modulators to change the input and reference images in real time.

  16. Optical properties and structure of beryllium lead silicate glasses

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    Zhidkov, I. S.; Zatsepin, A. F.; Cholakh, S. O.; Kuznetsova, Yu. A.

    2014-10-21

    Luminescence and optical properties and structural features of (BeO){sub x}(PbO⋅SiO{sub 2}){sub 1−x} glasses (x = 0 ÷ 0.3) are investigated by means of optical absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The regularities of the formation of the optical absorption edge and static disorder are studied. It is shown that the optical absorption and luminescence are determined by transitions between localized states of lead ions. The impact of beryllium oxide on optical and luminescence properties and electronic structure of bands tails is discussed. The presence of two different concentration ranges with various short-range order structure and band tails nature has been established.

  17. Optical properties and structure of beryllium lead silicate glasses

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    Zhidkov, I. S.; Zatsepin, A. F.; Cholakh, S. O.; Kuznetsova, Yu. A.

    2014-10-01

    Luminescence and optical properties and structural features of (BeO)x(PbOṡSiO2)1-x glasses (x = 0 ÷ 0.3) are investigated by means of optical absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The regularities of the formation of the optical absorption edge and static disorder are studied. It is shown that the optical absorption and luminescence are determined by transitions between localized states of lead ions. The impact of beryllium oxide on optical and luminescence properties and electronic structure of bands tails is discussed. The presence of two different concentration ranges with various short-range order structure and band tails nature has been established.

  18. Structural and optical properties for typical solid mirror shapes

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    Cho, Myung K.; Richard, Ralph M.

    1990-01-01

    A method is developed to determine the weight, center of gravity, areal properties, and mass inertial properties for typical mirrors. A number of support conditions were considered to examine optical surface deflections, surface quality, and fundamental natural frequency for single- and double-arch mirror shapes. Structural performance estimates were made with the NASTRAN program, and optical performances were evaluated with the FRINGE program, using an SXA 40-in mirror. To show the behavior of element types from the NASTRAN program, finite element validity and sensitivity studies were performed in optical model applications. Material parameters, contoured back shapes, and support locations are shown to have significant effects on structural and optical performances. Optimal support locations and support points are given. Fundamental natural frequencies for some shapes are found with the closed-form solution. The plate models results may not be acceptable for determining real mirror optical performances.

  19. Optical Properties of Small Ice Crystals with Black Carbon Inclusions

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    Yang, X.; Geier, M.; Arienti, M.

    2013-12-01

    The optical properties of ice crystals play a fundamental role in modeling atmospheric radiation and hydrological cycle, which are critical in monitoring climate change. While Black Carbon (BC) is recognized as the dominant absorber with positive radiative forcing (warming) (Ramanathan & Carmichael, 2008), in-situ observations (Cappa, et al, 2012) indicate that the characterization of the mixing state of BC with ice crystals and other non-BC particles in global climate models (Ghan & Schwartz, 2007) needs further investigation. The limitation in the available mixing models is due to the drastically different absorbing properties of BC compared to other aerosols. We explore the scattering properties of ice crystals (in shapes commonly found in cirrus clouds and contrails - Yang, et al. 2012) with the inclusion of BC particles. The Discrete Dipole Approximation (DDA) (Yurkin & Hoekstra, 2011) is utilized to directly calculate the optical properties of the crystals with multiple BC inclusions, modeled as a distribution of spheres. The results are then compared with the most popular models of internal and external mixing (Liou, et al. 2011). The DDA calculations are carried out over a broad range of BC particle sizes and volume fractions within the crystal at the 532 nm wavelength and for ice crystals smaller than 50 μm. The computationally intensive database generated in this study is critical for understanding the effect of different types of BC inclusions on the atmosphere radiative forcing. Examples will be discussed to illustrate the modification of BC optical properties by encapsulation in ice crystals and how the parameterization of the BC mixing state in global climate models can be improved. Acknowledgements Support by Sandia National Laboratories' LDRD (Laboratory Directed Research and Development) is gratefully acknowledged. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of

  20. Enhancement Of Optical Registration Signals Through Digital Signal Processing Techniques

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    Cote, Daniel R.; Lazo-Wasem, Jeanne

    1988-01-01

    Alignment and setup of lighography processes has largely been conducted on special test wafers. Actual product level optimization has been limited to manual techniques such as optical verniers. This is especially time consuming and prone to inconsistencies when the registration characteristics of lithographic systems are being measured. One key factor obstructing the use of automated metrology equipment on product level wafers is the inability to discern reliably, metrology features from the background noise and variations in optical registration signals. This is often the case for metal levels such as aluminum and tungsten. This paper discusses methods for enhancement of typical registration signals obtained from difficult semiconductor process levels. Brightfield and darkfield registration signals are obtained using a microscope and a 1024 element linear photodiode array. These signals are then digitized and stored on the hard disk of a computer. The techniques utilized include amplitude selective and adaptive and non-adaptive frequency domain filtering techniques. The effect of each of these techniques upon calculated registration values is analyzed by determining the positional variation of the center location of a two line registration feature. Plots of raw and processed signals obtained are presented as are plots of the power spectral density of ideal metrology feature signal and noise patterns. It is concluded that the proper application of digital signal processing (DSP) techniques to problematic optical registration signals greatly enhances the applicability of automated optical registration measurement techniques to difficult semiconductor process levels.

  1. Enhanced nonlinear optics and other applications of resonant plasmonics

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    Robinson, Hans D.

    2011-10-01

    A surface plasmon polariton is the result of a photon coupling to a collective charge excitation in an electron gas. It is the optical equivalent of ordinary electrical currents at lower frequencies. By this analogy, just as regular electronic circuits can have resonances at discrete frequencies, metal nanostructures can exhibit plasmonic resonances in the optical frequency regime. These resonances tend to concentrate the electromagnetic field intensity by several orders of magnitude within nanometer scale hotspots located at sharp corners or inside narrow gaps in the structure. This phenomenon can be used to enhance a number of different effects, such as Raman scattering, fluorescence efficiency and photochemical reactions. This talk will give an overview of some of our recent work in this area, focusing on using plasmons to enhance the second harmonic generation (SHG) from nonlinear optical films. In particular, we have shown that the addition of plasmonic nanoparticles to such a film can increase the SHG emission as much as 2000 times. We have applied this idea to SHG generation in tapered optical fiber, where we obtain quasi-phase matching by patterning the deposition of metal nanoparticles onto the otherwise uniform nonlinear film that coats the fiber. I will also discuss our recent work on plasmonically enhanced nonlinear microscopy and plasmon enhanced photovotaics. [4pt] In collaboration with Kai Chen, Chih-Yu Jao, Chalongrat Daengngam, Jeong-Ah Lee, and J. Randall Heflin, VirginiaTech, Department of Physics; Sungsool Wi, VirginiaTech, Department of Chemistry; Lauren Neely, Vladimir Kochergin, MicroXact, Inc.; and Yong Xu, Virginia Tech, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  2. Enhancing optical extreme events through input wave disorder

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    Pierangeli, D.; Musarra, G.; Di Mei, F.; Di Domenico, G.; Agranat, A. J.; Conti, C.; DelRe, E.

    2016-12-01

    We demonstrate how the emergence of extreme events strongly depends on the correlation length of the input field distribution. Observing the behavior of optical waves in turbulent photorefractive propagation with partially incoherent excitations, we find that rogue waves are strongly enhanced for a characteristic input correlation scale. Waveform analysis identifies this scale with a characteristic peak-intensity-independent wave size, suggesting a general role played by saturation in the nonlinear response in rogue phenomena.

  3. Enhancing the optical cross section of quantum antenna

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    Liu, Jingfeng; Zhou, Ming; Ying, Lei; Chen, Xuewen; Yu, Zongfu

    2017-01-01

    The classical radio-frequency antenna theory indicates that large cross sections can be realized through directional radiation. In this paper, a similar principle is applied in quantum systems, in which quantum antennas, constructed by a cluster of quantum two-level systems, explore the collective excitation of two-level systems to realize large directivity. Both the optical cross section and the coherent time can be dramatically enhanced in free space, far exceeding the case of a single two-level system.

  4. Dielectrically induced sensitivity enhancements in electro-optic field sensors

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    Garzarella, A.; Qadri, S. B.; Wieting, Terence J.; Wu, Dong Ho; Hinton, R. J.

    2007-04-01

    The sensitivity of an electro-optic (EO) field sensor depends inversely on the dielectric constant of the nonlinear crystal. In EO sensors based on lithium niobate the effective value of this dielectric constant is affected by dielectric relaxation effects and is identified with its smaller, high-frequency component. Because of this effect, the EO modulation is significantly enhanced, thus improving the field strength sensitivity.

  5. Enhanced Nonlinear Optical Devices Using Artificial Slow-Light Structures

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2010-08-19

    nature is our study of the limitations on the performance of slow light waveguides, both in the linear and nonlinear regimes. This work is based upon...interaction, and others (e.g. resonant-enhanced Mach-Zehnder interferometers, or REMZI) do not. We have also performed studies in the linear regime...optical filter configurations, primarily in terms of their linear response. One of the limitations of this approach is that designs cannot always be

  6. Evanescent Field Based Photoacoustics: Optical Property Evaluation at Surfaces

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    Goldschmidt, Benjamin S.; Rudy, Anna M.; Nowak, Charissa A.; Tsay, Yowting; Whiteside, Paul J. D.; Hunt, Heather K.

    2016-01-01

    Here, we present a protocol to estimate material and surface optical properties using the photoacoustic effect combined with total internal reflection. Optical property evaluation of thin films and the surfaces of bulk materials is an important step in understanding new optical material systems and their applications. The method presented can estimate thickness, refractive index, and use absorptive properties of materials for detection. This metrology system uses evanescent field-based photoacoustics (EFPA), a field of research based upon the interaction of an evanescent field with the photoacoustic effect. This interaction and its resulting family of techniques allow the technique to probe optical properties within a few hundred nanometers of the sample surface. This optical near field allows for the highly accurate estimation of material properties on the same scale as the field itself such as refractive index and film thickness. With the use of EFPA and its sub techniques such as total internal reflection photoacoustic spectroscopy (TIRPAS) and optical tunneling photoacoustic spectroscopy (OTPAS), it is possible to evaluate a material at the nanoscale in a consolidated instrument without the need for many instruments and experiments that may be cost prohibitive. PMID:27500652

  7. Enhanced optical transmission through ridge nanoapertures for near-field applications

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    Jin, Xuhui

    It is of great importance to manipulate light in a small spatial scale in order to fulfill the continuous miniaturization of electronic, optical and optoelectronic devices. A subwavelength hole is often used to achieve the optical resolution beyond the diffraction limit. However, a small hole suffers the low light transmission due to the waveguide cutoff effect. In this thesis, a new type of nanoapertures in metal films, i.e., ridge nanoapertures in H and bowtie shapes, is proposed, and their unique optical properties of concentrating light into a nanometer-sized spot combined with enhanced optical transmission are studied. Finite difference time domain numerical computations and waveguide cutoff analyses are conducted to understand the transmission mechanism through ridge nanoapertures. The TE10 waveguide propagation mode confined in the nanometer-sized gap between the ridges enables the unique optical transmission properties of ridge nanoapertures. Surface plasmon excitation of ridge nanoapertures in noble metals further enhances the transmission but destroys the collimated optical near-field from the H-shaped ridge nanoapertures. However, the resonant excitation of localized surface plasmon in a bowtie nanoaperture with sharp tips can be utilized to achieve super confined light spot with strongly enhanced local electrical field. Optimization guidelines for the design of ridge nanoapertures are also provided. A near-field scanning optical microscope (NSOM) is developed from a commercial atomic force microscope and FIB-micromachined cantilever aperture probes are used to achieve high optical resolution as small as 60 nm. The optical near-field from ridge nanoapertures fabricated in various metal thin films was characterized using the home-built NSOM system. Nanoscale light spots with transmission enhancement of orders of magnitude higher than that of regular nanoapertures were achieved by these ridge nanoapertures. Far-field transmission measurements were

  8. Enhancement of optical coherence microscopy in turbid media by an optical parametric amplifier

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    Zhao, Youbo; Tu, Haohua; Liu, Yuan; Bower, Andrew; Boppart, Stephen

    2015-01-01

    We report the enhancement in imaging performance of a spectral-domain optical coherence microscope (OCM) in turbid media by incorporating an optical parametric amplifier (OPA). The OPA provides a high level of optical gain to the sample arm, thereby improving the signal-to-noise ratio of the OCM by a factor of up to 15 dB. A unique nonlinear confocal gate is automatically formed in the OPA, which enables selective amplification of singly scattered (ballistic) photons against the multiply-scattered light background. Simultaneous enhancement in both imaging depth and spatial resolution in imaging microstructures in highly light-scattering media are demonstrated with the combined OPA-OCM setup. Typical OCM inteferograms (left) and images (right) without and with OPA. PMID:25196251

  9. Enhanced optical response of hybridized VO₂/graphene films.

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    Kim, Hyeongkeun; Kim, Yena; Kim, TaeYoung; Jang, A-Rang; Jeong, Hu Young; Han, Seung Ho; Yoon, Dae Ho; Shin, Hyeon Suk; Bae, Dong Jae; Kim, Keun Soo; Yang, Woo Seok

    2013-04-07

    Application of graphene as transparent electrodes is an active research area due to its excellent electrical and optical properties. Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is an attractive material since it is a thermochromic material that undergoes a structural phase transition when heat is applied. The phase transition results in the change of electrical and optical characteristics. We report optical characteristics of hybrid materials of graphene and VO2. We observed a 12% improvement in infrared transmittance with VO2 films deposited on graphene sapphire substrates compared to that of bare sapphire substrates. We also found that the phase transition temperature decreases as the number of graphene layers on the substrates increases. In the case of VO2 films on the substrate that was coated with four layers of graphene, the mean phase transition temperature was lowered to ∼56 °C.

  10. Optical properties of direct restorative materials

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    Miyagawa, Y.; Powers, J.M.; O'Brien, W.J.

    1981-05-01

    The contrast ratio, light reflectivity, scattering coefficient, and absorption coefficient of four composites and an unfilled resin were calculated algebraically from reflection spectrophotometric data using Kubelka's equations. The correlation coefficient between calculated and experimental values of contrast ratio was 0.9996. Values of infinite optical thickness ranged from 4.19 to 6.70 mm.

  11. Electronic structure and optical properties of monoclinic clinobisvanite BiVO4.

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    Zhao, Zongyan; Li, Zhaosheng; Zou, Zhigang

    2011-03-14

    Monoclinic clinobisvanite bismuth vanadate is an important material with wide applications. However, its electronic structure and optical properties are still not thoroughly understood. Density functional theory calculations were adopted in the present work, to comprehend the band structure, density of states, and projected wave function of BiVO(4). In particular, we put more emphasis upon the intrinsic relationship between its structure and properties. Based on the calculated results, its molecular-orbital bonding structure was proposed. And a significant phenomenon of optical anisotropy was observed in the visible-light region. Furthermore, it was found that its slightly distorted crystal structure enhances the lone-pair impact of Bi 6s states, leading to the special optical properties and excellent photocatalytic activities.

  12. Estimation of Korean paddy field soil properties using optical reflectance

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    An optical sensing approach based on diffuse reflectance has shown potential for rapid and reliable on-site estimation of soil properties. Important sensing ranges and the resulting regression models useful for soil property estimation have been reported. In this study, a similar approach was applie...

  13. Dielectric and Optical Properties of Sputtered Thin Films.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1984-07-01

    experimental study of the charge carrier dynamics in the active electrooptic/ photoconductive device layer, and to determine the impact of such exposure...of wavelength beyond the photoconductivity edge for nondestructive readout) via the linear electrooptic effect. Both transmissive and 0 reflective...of properties required of the active electrooptic material. These properties include photoconductivity with high quantum efficiency, optical

  14. Optical properties of multicomponent antimony-silver nanoclusters formed in silica by sequential ion implantation

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    Zuhr, R.A.; Magruder, R.H. III; Anderson, T.S.

    1995-11-01

    The linear and nonlinear optical properties of nanometer dimension metal colloids embedded in a dielectric depend explicitly on the electronic structure of the metal nanoclusters. The ability to control the electronic structure of the nanoclusters may make it possible to tailor the optical properties for enhanced performance. By sequential implantation of different metal ion species multi-component nanoclusters can be formed with significantly different optical properties than single element metal nanoclusters. The authors report the formation of multi-component Sb/Ag nanoclusters in silica by sequential implantation of Sb and Ag. Samples were implanted with relative ratios of Sb to Ag of 1:1 and 3:1. A second set of samples was made by single element implantations of Ag and Sb at the same energies and doses used to make the sequentially implanted samples. All samples were characterized using RBS and both linear and nonlinear optical measurements. The presence of both ions significantly modifies the optical properties of the composites compared to the single element nanocluster glass composites. In the sequentially implanted samples the optical density is lower, and the strong surface plasmon resonance absorption observed in the Ag implanted samples is not present. At the same time the nonlinear response of the these samples is larger than for the samples implanted with Sb alone, suggesting that the addition of Ag can increase the nonlinear response of the Sb particles formed. The results are consistent with the formation of multi-component Sb/Ag colloids.

  15. Measuring optical properties of a blood vessel model using optical coherence tomography

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    Levitz, David; Hinds, Monica T.; Tran, Noi; Vartanian, Keri; Hanson, Stephen R.; Jacques, Steven L.

    2006-02-01

    In this paper we develop the concept of a tissue-engineered optical phantom that uses engineered tissue as a phantom for calibration and optimization of biomedical optics instrumentation. With this method, the effects of biological processes on measured signals can be studied in a well controlled manner. To demonstrate this concept, we attempted to investigate how the cellular remodeling of a collagen matrix affected the optical properties extracted from optical coherence tomography (OCT) images of the samples. Tissue-engineered optical phantoms of the vascular system were created by seeding smooth muscle cells in a collagen matrix. Four different optical properties were evaluated by fitting the OCT signal to 2 different models: the sample reflectivity ρ and attenuation parameter μ were extracted from the single scattering model, and the scattering coefficient μ s and root-mean-square scattering angle θ rms were extracted from the extended Huygens-Fresnel model. We found that while contraction of the smooth muscle cells was clearly evident macroscopically, on the microscopic scale very few cells were actually embedded in the collagen. Consequently, no significant difference between the cellular and acellular samples in either set of measured optical properties was observed. We believe that further optimization of our tissue-engineering methods is needed in order to make the histology and biochemistry of the cellular samples sufficiently different from the acellular samples on the microscopic level. Once these methods are optimized, we can better verify whether the optical properties of the cellular and acellular collagen samples differ.

  16. Enhanced photocoagulation with catheter-based diffusing optical device

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    Kang, Hyun Wook; Kim, Jeehyun; Oh, Jungwhan

    2012-11-01

    A novel balloon catheter-based diffusing optical device was designed and evaluated to assist in treating excessive menstrual bleeding. A synthetic fused-silica fiber was micro-machined precisely to create scattering segments on a 25 mm long fiber tip for uniform light distribution. A visible wavelength (λ=532 nm) was used to specifically target the endometrium due to the high vascularity of the uterine wall. Optical simulation presented 30% wider distribution of photons along with approximately 40% higher irradiance induced by addition of a glass cap to the diffuser tip. Incorporation of the optical diffuser with a polyurethane balloon catheter considerably enhanced coagulation depth and area (i.e., 3.5 mm and 18.9 cm2 at 1 min irradiation) in tissue in vitro. The prototype device demonstrated the coagulation necrosis of 2.8±1.2 mm (n=18) and no thermal damage to myometrium in in vivo caprine models. A prototype 5 cm long balloon catheter-assisted optical diffuser was also evaluated with a cadaveric human uterus to confirm the coagulative response of the uterine tissue as well as to identify the further design improvement and clinical applicability. The proposed catheter-based diffusing optical device can be a feasible therapeutic tool to photocoagulate endometrial cell layers in an efficient and safe manner.

  17. Investigation of optical photorefractive properties of Zr:Fe:LiNbO 3 crystals

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    Zhou, Zifan; Wang, Biao; Lin, Shaopeng; Li, Yilun; Wang, Kun

    2012-03-01

    A series of Zr:Fe:LiNbO 3 crystals with various levels of ZrO 2 doping were grown by Czochraski technique. The optical damage resistance and photorefractive properties were deeply explored. The results showed that the ability optical damage resistance increased remarkably when the concentration of ZrO 2 is over threshold concentration, but which is lower than that of traditional damage resistant additive MgO. While, the holographic storage properties can be greatly enhanced by proper level of ZrO 2 doping in Fe:LiNbO 3. In terms of ions' site occupation model, the photo-damage resistant ability enhancement and the change of the photorefractive properties were discussed.

  18. Enhanced optical response of hybridized VO2/graphene films

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    Kim, Hyeongkeun; Kim, Yena; Kim, Taeyoung; Jang, A.-Rang; Jeong, Hu Young; Han, Seung Ho; Yoon, Dae Ho; Shin, Hyeon Suk; Bae, Dong Jae; Kim, Keun Soo; Yang, Woo Seok

    2013-03-01

    Application of graphene as transparent electrodes is an active research area due to its excellent electrical and optical properties. Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is an attractive material since it is a thermochromic material that undergoes a structural phase transition when heat is applied. The phase transition results in the change of electrical and optical characteristics. We report optical characteristics of hybrid materials of graphene and VO2. We observed a 12% improvement in infrared transmittance with VO2 films deposited on graphene sapphire substrates compared to that of bare sapphire substrates. We also found that the phase transition temperature decreases as the number of graphene layers on the substrates increases. In the case of VO2 films on the substrate that was coated with four layers of graphene, the mean phase transition temperature was lowered to ~56 °C.Application of graphene as transparent electrodes is an active research area due to its excellent electrical and optical properties. Vanadium dioxide (VO2) is an attractive material since it is a thermochromic material that undergoes a structural phase transition when heat is applied. The phase transition results in the change of electrical and optical characteristics. We report optical characteristics of hybrid materials of graphene and VO2. We observed a 12% improvement in infrared transmittance with VO2 films deposited on graphene sapphire substrates compared to that of bare sapphire substrates. We also found that the phase transition temperature decreases as the number of graphene layers on the substrates increases. In the case of VO2 films on the substrate that was coated with four layers of graphene, the mean phase transition temperature was lowered to ~56 °C. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr34054f

  19. Enhanced link availability for free space optical time-frequency transfer using adaptive optic terminals

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    Petrillo, Keith G.; Dennis, Michael L.; Juarez, Juan C.; Souza, Katherine T.; Baumann, Esther; Bergeron, Hugo; Coddington, Ian; Deschenes, Jean-Daniel; Giorgetta, Fabrizio R.; Newbury, Nathan R.; Sinclair, Laura C.; Swann, William C.

    2016-05-01

    Optical time and frequency transfer offers extremely high precision wireless synchronization across multiple platforms for untethered distributed systems. While large apertures provide antenna gain for wireless systems which leads to robust link budgets and operation over increased distance, turbulence disrupts the beam and limits the full realization of the antenna gain. Adaptive optics can correct for phase distortions due to turbulence which potentially increases the total gain of the aperture to that for diffraction-limited operation. Here, we explore the use of adaptive optics terminals for free-space time and frequency transfer. We find that the requirement of reciprocity in a two-way time and frequency transfer link is maintained during the phase compensation of adaptive optics, and that the enhanced link budget due to aperture gain allows for potential system operation over ranges of at least tens of kilometers.

  20. Use of laser radar imagery in optical pattern recognition: the Optical Processor Enhanced Ladar (OPEL) Program

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    Goldstein, Dennis H.; Mills, Stuart A.; Dydyk, Robert B.

    1998-03-01

    The Optical Processor Enhanced Ladar (OPEL) program is designed to evaluate the capabilities of a seeker obtained by integrating two state-of-the-art technologies, laser radar, or ladar, and optical correlation. The program is a thirty-two month effort to build, optimize, and test a breadboard seeker system (the OPEL System) that incorporates these two promising technologies. Laser radars produce both range and intensity image information. Use of this information in an optical correlator is described. A correlator with binary phase input and ternary amplitude and phase filter capability is assumed. Laser radar imagery was collected on five targets over 360 degrees of azimuth from 3 elevation angles. This imagery was then processed to provide training sets in preparation for filter construction. This paper reviews the ladar and optical correlator technologies used, outlines the OPEL program, and describes the OPEL system.

  1. Enhanced optical absorption and electric field resonance in diabolo metal bar optical antennas.

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    Pan, Zeyu; Guo, Junpeng

    2013-12-30

    Resonance behaviors of the fundamental resonance mode of diabolo metal bar optical antennas are investigated by using finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) numerical simulations and a dipole oscillator model. It is found that as the waist of the diabolo metal bar optical antenna is reduced, optical energy absorption cross section and near field enhancement at resonance increase significantly. Also reduction of the diabolo waist width causes red-shift of the resonant wavelengths in the spectra of absorption cross-section, scattering cross-section, and the near electric field. A dipole oscillator model including the self-inductance force is used to fit the FDTD numerical simulation results. The dipole oscillator model characterizes well the resonance behaviors of narrow waist diabolo metal bar optical antennas.

  2. Optical and Transport Properties of Organic Molecules: Methods and Applications

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    Strubbe, David Alan

    -harmonic generation with TDDFT with a real-space grid, finding good agreement with calculations using localized bases and with experimental measurements, and that the response is very long-ranged in space. 5. N C 60 is an endohedral fullerene, a sphere of carbon containing a single N atom inside, which is weakly coupled electronically. I show with TDDFT calculations that a laser pulse can excite the vibrational mode of this N atom, transiently turning on and off the system's ability to undergo second-harmonic generation. The calculated susceptibility is as large as some commercially used frequency-doubling materials. 6. A crucial question in understanding experimental measurements of nonlinear optics and their relation to device performance is the effect of the solution environment on the properties of the isolated molecules. I will consider possible explanations for the large enhancement of the hyperpolarizability of chloroform in solution, demonstrate an ab initio method of calculating electrostatic effects with local-field factors, and derive the equations necessary for a full calculation of liquid chloroform. 7. Many-body perturbation theory, in the GW approximation for quasiparticle band-structure and Bethe-Salpeter equation for optical properties, is a powerful method for calculations in solids, nanostructures, and molecules. The BerkeleyGW code is a freely available implementation of this methodology which has been extensively tested and efficiently parallelized for use on large systems. 8. Molecular junctions, in which a single molecule is contacted to two metallic leads, are interesting systems for studying nanoscale transport. I will present a method called DFT+Sigma which approximates many-body perturbation theory to enable accurate and efficient calculations of the conductance of these systems. 9. Azobenzene is a molecule with the unusual property that it can switch reversible between two different geometries, cis and trans, upon absorption of light. I have calculated the

  3. Lanthanide upconversion luminescence at the nanoscale: fundamentals and optical properties

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    Nadort, Annemarie; Zhao, Jiangbo; Goldys, Ewa M.

    2016-07-01

    Upconversion photoluminescence is a nonlinear effect where multiple lower energy excitation photons produce higher energy emission photons. This fundamentally interesting process has many applications in biomedical imaging, light source and display technology, and solar energy harvesting. In this review we discuss the underlying physical principles and their modelling using rate equations. We discuss how the understanding of photophysical processes enabled a strategic influence over the optical properties of upconversion especially in rationally designed materials. We subsequently present an overview of recent experimental strategies to control and optimize the optical properties of upconversion nanoparticles, focussing on their emission spectral properties and brightness.

  4. Optical and mechanical properties of cellulose nanopaper structures

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    Tsalagkas, Dimitrios; Zhai, Lindong; Kim, Hyun Chan; Kim, Jaehwan

    2017-04-01

    The objectives of this study are to prepare and investigate the optical and tensile properties of the obtained cellulose nanopaper structures. A ball mill mechanical pretreatment combined with a wet pulverization process by using an aqueous counter collision machine were used to extract CNFs from softwood and hardwood bleached kraft pulps. Cellulose nanofiber (CNF) nanopapers were fabricated via vacuum filtration and oven drying method. The mechanical and optical properties of the fabricated nanopaper were investigated by using tensile test and UV-vis spectrometer. Results have shown that the softwood sample demonstrated better mechanical properties than the hardwood sample. UV-vis transmittance measurements did not indicate significant differences.

  5. Optical and vibrational properties of single-wall carbon nanotubes

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    Kennedy, W. Joshua

    This work is a study of the optical properties of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) using continuous wave (CW) modulation spectroscopy and resonant Raman scattering. SWNTs comprise a nanoscale, quasi-1D system in which the electrons are strongly interacting, resulting in the photo-generation of excitons. Our optical studies have revealed the behavior of these excitons under a number of different perturbations to the system. We have used absorption, reflectance, electro-absorption (EA), photo-induced absorption (PA), charge-induced absorption (CIA), and resonant Raman scattering (RRS) on films of SWNTs. Our EA results provide strong evidence for the dominance of excitons in the optical absorption spectra of SWNT films. The absence of Franz-Keldysh oscillations and the presence of a derivative-like structure of the EA spectra indicate that the oscillator strength goes to the generation of excitons and not to interband electronic transitions. Furthermore, some of the photo-generated excitons are long-lived due to charge trapping in individual tubes within bundles, and this leads to a PA spectrum that is extraordinarily similar to the EA signal. When SWNTs are electrochemically doped we see that the exciton absorption is bleached due to k-space filling and screening of the excitons by the modified local dielectric, while there is very little shift in the exciton transition energies due to band-gap renormalization. Simultaneously the infrared absorption, which is due to Drude free-carriers absorption, is enhanced. A similar behavior is observed in the case of direct charge injection. The RRS of doped SWNT samples shows a frequency shift of many of the Raman-active modes that is commensurate with the macroscopic actuation observed in nanotube-based electrochemical devices. This indicates that doping-induced changes in the lattice are connected with softening and stiffening of the vibrational modes. Our results impact many proposed technologies that exploit the unique

  6. Optical and electrical properties of glycine manganese chloride crystal

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    Venkatesan, G.; Kathiravan, V.; Pari, S.

    2017-06-01

    The organo-metal material of Glycine Manganese Chloride has been grown by solvent evaporation solution growth method. Single crystal XRD study has been carried out to confirm the grown crystal. FT-IR was recorded to identify the functional groups present in the crystal. The linear optical property of the grown crystal was analyzed by UV-Vis spectrum. Third order nonlinear optical properties was measured by Z-scan technique using Nd:YAG laser at 532 nm. Fluorescence emission revealed that can serve as a photo active material. Impedance and dielectric studies were also carried out for the material. Thermal property of the sample was analyzed by TG and DTA studies. The predicted NLO properties, UV-Vis absorbance and Z-scan studies indicate that the attractive material for optical applications.

  7. Growth, Optical Properties, and Optimization of Infrared Optoelectronic Materials

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    Webster, Preston Thomas

    High-performance III-V semiconductors based on ternary alloys and superlattice systems are fabricated, studied, and compared for infrared optoelectronic applications. InAsBi is a ternary alloy near the GaSb lattice constant that is not as thoroughly investigated as other III-V alloys and that is challenging to produce as Bi has a tendency to surface segregate and form droplets during growth rather than incorporate. A growth window is identified within which high-quality droplet-free bulk InAsBi is produced and Bi mole fractions up to 6.4% are obtained. Photoluminescence with high internal quantum efficiency is observed from InAs/InAsBi quantum wells. The high structural and optical quality of the InAsBi materials examined demonstrates that bulk, quantum well, and superlattice structures utilizing InAsBi are an important design option for efficient infrared coverage. Another important infrared material system is InAsSb and the strain-balanced InAs/InAsSb superlattice on GaSb. Detailed examination of X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, and spectroscopic ellipsometry data provides the temperature and composition dependent bandgap of bulk InAsSb. The unintentional incorporation of approximately 1% Sb into the InAs layers of the superlattice is measured and found to significantly impact the analysis of the InAs/InAsSb band alignment. In the analysis of the absorption spectra, the ground state absorption coefficient and transition strength of the superlattice are proportional to the square of the electron-hole wavefunction overlap; wavefunction overlap is therefore a major design parameter in terms of optimizing absorption in these materials. Furthermore in addition to improvements through design optimization, the optical quality of the materials studied is found to be positively enhanced with the use of Bi as a surfactant during molecular beam epitaxy growth. A software tool is developed that calculates and optimizes the miniband structure of semiconductor

  8. Optical and Phototransport Properties of Hydrogenated Amorphous Semiconductors

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    Li, Yuan-Min

    1990-01-01

    A study of the optical and phototransport properties of hydrogenated, tetrahedrally bonded amorphous semiconductor films produced by the radio frequency glow discharge technique is presented. The first part of this thesis reports an extensive investigation of hydrogenated and hydrogenated -fluorinated amorphous Si-Ge alloys, a-Si_{1-x}Ge_{x}:H and a-Si_{1-x}Ge_ {x}:H:F. The optical and vibrational properties of the two sets of alloys are described and compared. The photoconductivity of these materials is discussed with focus on the following two questions: (1) the drastic deterioration of the photoconductivity of a -Si_{1-x}Ge_{x }:H with increasing x; (2) the improved photoconductive response etamutau (quantum efficiency-mobility-lifetime product) in the fluoride {SiF_4 + GeF_4 + H_2 } derived alloys over that of the hydride {SiH_4 + GeH_4} derived alloys of roughly 50 at.% Ge, or with a bandgap near 1.4 eV. The phototransport properties of a-Si_ {1-x}Ge_{x}:H and a-Si _{1-x}Ge_{x }:H:F are analyzed in light of information provided by various types of electronic and structural characterization. Some specific models for the electronic band structure, charge transport, and recombination are probed. It is concluded that a uniform increase in the gap density of states can only partially account for the severe quality degradation of a a-Si_ {1-x}Ge_{x}:H(:F) relative to a-Si:H. The inferior photosensitivity of a-SiGe:H(:F) is caused, in part, by an increase in structural heterogeneity. Possible enhancement of recombination of excess carriers in the alloys due to clustered and/or charged defects, tunneling recombination, and reduced bandgap is assessed. The efficacy of hydrogen and fluorine in determining the properties of a-SiGe alloys is evaluated. It is found that the replacement of hydrogen by fluorine in a-SiGe can not be responsible for the observed improvement of etamu tau in the fluoride-derived a-Si_{0.5}Ge_{0.5}:H:F over the hydride-derived a-Si_ {0.5}Ge_{0

  9. Experimental and numerical study on the optical properties and agglomeration of nanoparticle suspensions

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    Otanicar, Todd; Hoyt, Jordan; Fahar, Maryam; Jiang, Xuchuan; Taylor, Robert A.

    2013-11-01

    Nanoparticles have garnered significant interest because of their ability to enhance greatly the optical properties of the base fluid in which they are suspended. The optical properties of nanoparticles are sensitive to the materials used, as well as to the host medium. Most fluids exhibit refractive indices that are highly temperature-dependent, resulting in nanoparticle suspensions which also exhibit temperature-dependent optical properties. Previous work has shown that temperature increases result in decreased absorption in nanoparticle suspensions. Here, we expand previous work to include core-shell particles due to the potential spectral shifts in optical properties that will arise from the base fluid with temperature changes and the role of agglomeration under temperature cycling through both experimental and numerical efforts. Thermal cycling tests for silica and gold, the constituents of the core-shell nanoparticles used in this study, were tested to determine the extent of particle agglomeration resulting from up to 200 accelerated heating cycles. Optical properties were recorded after heating two base fluids (water and ethylene glycol) with multiple surfactants for silver nanospheres and silica-gold core-shell nanoparticles. It was found that the temperature results in a small increase in the transmittance for both particle types and a blue shift in the spectral transmittance for core-shell nanoparticles. Further, the coupling effect of temperature and agglomeration played a significant role in determining both the spectral properties—particularly the resulting transmittance—of the silver nanoparticle suspensions.

  10. How the structures of salts involve in the optical properties of Pyrene (C16H10) ?

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    Jang, Hyun-Sook; Zhao, Jing; Nieh, Mu-Ping

    2014-03-01

    Pyrene (Py), due to its specific optical properties (i.e., long life time, excimer, polarity), has been used as a variety of sensors. It has reported that the high vapor pressure in processing the films is an important factor for the enhanced Py optical properties. In this paper, the effects of a series of tetraalkylammonium salts (with a variety of chain lengths and anions) on Py optical properties are investigated in order to identify the controlling parameters of the Py fluorescence quenching in the binary system from the solution to solid state. Several experimental approaches including steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy, 13C-NMR, and time-dependent fluorescence decay are employed in order to seek for the fundamental understanding of the optical properties of Py. The result shows that cation chain length of tetrabutylammonium (TBA +) and hexafluorophosphate (PF6-) anion play an important role in the Py optical properties. These interaction between Py and salts is mainly governed by dynamic quenching processes. The knowledge obtained in this study provides insights to the design of the molecular self-assembly for the development of sensors with high performance.

  11. Designing Optical Properties in DNA-Programmed Nanoparticle Superlattices

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    Ross, Michael Brendan

    A grand challenge of modern science has been the ability to predict and design the properties of new materials. This approach to the a priori design of materials presents a number of challenges including: predictable properties of the material building blocks, a programmable means for arranging such building blocks into well understood architectures, and robust models that can predict the properties of these new materials. In this dissertation, we present a series of studies that describe how optical properties in DNA-programmed nanoparticle superlattices can be predicted prior to their synthesis. The first chapter provides a history and introduction to the study of metal nanoparticle arrays. Chapter 2 surveys and compares several geometric models and electrodynamics simulations with the measured optical properties of DNA-nanoparticle superlattices. Chapter 3 describes silver nanoparticle superlattices (rather than gold) and identifies their promise as plasmonic metamaterials. In chapter 4, the concept of plasmonic metallurgy is introduced, whereby it is demonstrated that concepts from materials science and metallurgy can be applied to the optical properties of mixed metallic plasmonic materials, unveiling rich and tunable optical properties such as color and asymmetric reflectivity. Chapter 5 presents a comprehensive theoretical exploration of anisotropy (non-spherical) in nanoparticle superlattice architectures. The role of anisotropy is discussed both on the nanoscale, where several desirable metamaterial properties can be tuned from the ultraviolet to near-infrared, and on the mesoscale, where the size and shape of a superlattice is demonstrated to have a pronounced effect on the observed far-field optical properties. Chapter 6 builds upon those theoretical data presented in chapter 5, including the experimental realization of size and shape dependent properties in DNA-programmed superlattices. Specifically, nanoparticle spacing is explored as a parameter that

  12. Optical properties of electrochromic vanadium pentoxide

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    Cogan, Stuart F.; Nguyen, Nguyet M.; Perrotti, Stephen J.; Rauh, R. David

    1989-08-01

    Electrochemical and spectroscopic measurements were used to characterize the electrochromic behavior of sputtered V2O5 films. In response to lithium intercalation, the fundamental optical absorption edge of V2O5 shifts to high energies by 0.20-0.31 eV as the lithium concentration increases from Li0.0V2O5 to Li0.86V2O5. There is a corresponding increase in the near-infrared absorption that exhibits Beer's law behavior at low lithium concentrations. The shift in absorption edge results in a large decrease in absorbance in the 350-450 nm wavelength range. This effect is most prevalent in thin films which exhibit a yellow to colorless optical modulation on lithium intercalation. The cathodic coloration in the near infrared is relatively weak with a maximum coloration efficiency of 35 cm2/C.

  13. Enhancement of the efficiency of femtosecond optical transfection

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    Praveen, Bavishna B.; Stevenson, David; Antkowiak, Maciej; Gunn-Moore, Frank J.; Dholakia, Kishan

    2010-12-01

    Cell transfection is the process in which extra cellular nucleic acids such as DNA, RNA, Si-RNA can be deliberately injected into the cytoplasm of the cell. This technique of cell transfection forms a central tool in the hands of a cell biologist to explore the mechanism within the cell. In optical transfection a well focused laser spot alters the permeability of the cell membrane so as to allow the entry of extra-nuclear materials into the cell. Femto-second optical transfection have proved to be better than other laser based cell transfection, owing to the three dimensionally confined multi-photon effects on the cell membrane thereby leaving the rest of the cell unaffected. Even though the femto-second optical transfection has proved to be sterile, non-invasive and highly selective, it has to improve in terms of efficiency, and throughput to address real life problems. We report here a method to achieve significant enhancement in the efficiency of femto-second optical transfection. The protocol of the transfection procedure is modified by adding a suitable biochemical reagent - Nupherin-neuron - into the cell medium during the transfection, which can assist the delivery of DNA into the nucleus once the DNA gets injected into the cytoplasm of the cell. We achieved a 3 fold enhancement in the transfection efficiency with this modified protocol. Also we report for the first time the transfection of recently trypsinised cells with a very high transfection efficiency, which would pave way to the development of high throughput microfluidic optical transfection devices.

  14. Enhancement of the efficiency of femtosecond optical transfection

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    Praveen, Bavishna B.; Stevenson, David; Antkowiak, Maciej; Gunn-Moore, Frank J.; Dholakia, Kishan

    2011-08-01

    Cell transfection is the process in which extra cellular nucleic acids such as DNA, RNA, Si-RNA can be deliberately injected into the cytoplasm of the cell. This technique of cell transfection forms a central tool in the hands of a cell biologist to explore the mechanism within the cell. In optical transfection a well focused laser spot alters the permeability of the cell membrane so as to allow the entry of extra-nuclear materials into the cell. Femto-second optical transfection have proved to be better than other laser based cell transfection, owing to the three dimensionally confined multi-photon effects on the cell membrane thereby leaving the rest of the cell unaffected. Even though the femto-second optical transfection has proved to be sterile, non-invasive and highly selective, it has to improve in terms of efficiency, and throughput to address real life problems. We report here a method to achieve significant enhancement in the efficiency of femto-second optical transfection. The protocol of the transfection procedure is modified by adding a suitable biochemical reagent - Nupherin-neuron - into the cell medium during the transfection, which can assist the delivery of DNA into the nucleus once the DNA gets injected into the cytoplasm of the cell. We achieved a 3 fold enhancement in the transfection efficiency with this modified protocol. Also we report for the first time the transfection of recently trypsinised cells with a very high transfection efficiency, which would pave way to the development of high throughput microfluidic optical transfection devices.

  15. Coastal Benthic Optical Properties of Coral Environments

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1997-09-30

    remotely classify bottom types in varying water depths. APPROACH Transects over coral reef bottoms were laid out and mapped by divers and by the...team, two-ship expedition off Loggerhead Key in July, 1996. Both sites are coral reef environments within Fort Jefferson National Monument, Dry...in situ optical sensing. NOAA Coral Reef Workshop, September 16, 1996, Miami, FL. Invited. Costello, D.K., K.L. Carder and S.M. Smith. 1996

  16. Measurements of Breast Tissue Optical Properties

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2001-10-01

    Sci 1998; vol 838. 3. Heusmann H , Kblzer J, Mitic G. Characterization of female breasts inFurthermore, the use of HRT in postmenopausal women vivo by...troscopy to known biologic processes suggests that optical 5. Moesta KT, Fantini S, Jess H , et al. Contrast features of breast cancer in frequency...breast tissue. Appi Opt 1999; 38:5480-5490. In general, premenopausal breast tissue is more opti- 7. Grosenick D, Wabnitz H , Rinneberg HH, Moesta KT

  17. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Semiconducting Polymers.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1990-01-01

    D. Moses, K. Akagi and A. J. Heeger, P 3A, 10 724 (1988). Time-Resolved Waveguide Modulation of a Conjugated Polymer, M. Sinclair, D. McBranch, D...Photoinduced Metallic State and for Photoinduced Superconductivity, Solid State Communications (in P irss). b. Papers published in Refereed Journals M...and F. Wudl, Linear and Nonlirear Optical Studies of Poly( p -phenylene- vinylene) Derivatives and Polydiacetylene 4BCMU, Synth. Met. Z2, E85 (1989) M

  18. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Semiconducting Polymers

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1990-10-26

    Materials Science and Engineering. Ed. Michael B. Bever (Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1986), p . 1399. 2 -Nonlinear Excitations and Nonlinear Phenomena in...M. Sinclair, A.J. Heeger, A. 0. Patil, S. Shi, S. Askad and F. Wudl, Linear and Nonlinear Optical Studies of Poly( p -phenylene- vinylene) Derivatives... P . Smith, ICSM 󈨜, Santa Fe, NM (June 1988) P . Smith, Organized ACS Symposium on Processing of Conducting Polymers, ACS Meeting, Dallas (April, 1989

  19. Low-damping epsilon-near-zero slabs: Nonlinear and nonlocal optical properties

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    de Ceglia, Domenico; Campione, Salvatore; Vincenti, Maria Antonietta; Capolino, Filippo; Scalora, Michael

    2013-04-01

    We investigate second-harmonic generation, low-threshold multistability, all-optical switching, and inherently nonlocal effects due to the free-electron gas pressure in an epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterial slab made of cylindrical, plasmonic nanoshells illuminated by TM-polarized light. Damping compensation in the ENZ frequency region, achieved by using gain medium inside the nanoshells’ dielectric cores, enhances the nonlinear properties. Reflection is inhibited, and the electric field component normal to the slab interface is enhanced near the effective pseudo-Brewster angle, where the effective ɛ≈0 condition triggers a nonresonant, impedance-matching phenomenon. We show that the slab displays a strong effective, spatial nonlocality associated with leaky modes that are mediated by the compensation of damping. The presence of these leaky modes then induces further spectral and angular conditions, where the local fields are enhanced, thus opening new windows of opportunity for the enhancement of nonlinear optical processes.

  20. Germanium quantum dots: Optical properties and synthesis

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    Heath, James R.; Shiang, J. J.; Alivisatos, A. P.

    1994-07-01

    Three different size distributions of Ge quantum dots (≳200, 110, and 60 Å) have been synthesized via the ultrasonic mediated reduction of mixtures of chlorogermanes and organochlorogermanes (or organochlorosilanes) by a colloidal sodium/potassium alloy in heptane, followed by annealing in a sealed pressure vessel at 270 °C. The quantum dots are characterized by transmission electron microscopy, x-ray powder diffraction, x-ray photoemission, infrared spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. Colloidal suspensions of these quantum dots were prepared and their extinction spectra are measured with ultraviolet/visible (UV/Vis) and near infrared (IR) spectroscopy, in the regime from 0.6 to 5 eV. The optical spectra are correlated with a Mie theory extinction calculation utilizing bulk optical constants. This leads to an assignment of three optical features to the E(1), E(0'), and E(2) direct band gap transitions. The E(0') transitions exhibit a strong size dependence. The near IR spectra of the largest dots is dominated by E(0) direct gap absorptions. For the smallest dots the near IR spectrum is dominated by the Γ25→L indirect transitions.