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  1. Property enhancement of optically transparent bionanofiber composites by acetylation

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    Nogi, Masaya; Abe, Kentaro; Handa, Keishin; Nakatsubo, Fumiaki; Ifuku, Shinsuke; Yano, Hiroyuki

    2006-12-01

    The authors studied acetylation of bacterial cellulose (BC) nanofibers to widen the applications of BC nanocomposites in optoelectronic devices. The slight acetylation of BC nanofibers significantly reduces the hygroscopicity of BC nanocomposites, while maintaining their high optical transparency and thermal stability. Furthermore, the degradation in optical transparency at elevated temperature (200°C) was significantly reduced by acetylation treatment. Therefore, the acetylation of bionanofibers has an extraordinary potential as treatment for property enhancement of bionanofiber composites.

  2. Fabrication and optical enhancing properties of discrete supercrystals

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    Tebbe, Moritz; Lentz, Sarah; Guerrini, Luca; Fery, Andreas; Alvarez-Puebla, Ramon A.; Pazos-Perez, Nicolas

    2016-06-01

    Discrete gold nanoparticle crystals with tunable size and morphology are fabricated via a fast and inexpensive template-assisted method. The highly precise hierarchical organization of the plasmonic building blocks yields superstructures with outstanding behaviour for surface-enhanced Raman scattering analysis.Discrete gold nanoparticle crystals with tunable size and morphology are fabricated via a fast and inexpensive template-assisted method. The highly precise hierarchical organization of the plasmonic building blocks yields superstructures with outstanding behaviour for surface-enhanced Raman scattering analysis. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: UV-Vis spectra and TEM and SEM images of different particles and supercrystals. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr09017b

  3. Enhanced electrical and optical properties of iodine doped LDPE films

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    Sreelatha, K.; Predeep, P.

    2015-02-01

    In this study, an attempt has been made to dope Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) with iodine and to study the effect of iodine doping on the optical band gap of LDPE films. The DC conductivity measurements and UV/Vis spectral studies are employed to characterize the samples. Iodine treatment induces colour change in the polymer film which supports the interaction between iodine molecules and polyethylene chains. I2 molecule links the polymer chains electronically and provides conducting path ways by forming DA complexes. The absorption band of complex films has extended to the visible and near infrared region of the spectrum. Further there are discernible shifts found in the energy gap and band edge towards lower energies on doping with iodine. This is essentially due to the formation of strong DA complexes upon iodine doping which improves the conducting behaviour.

  4. 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.

  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

    2012-01-01

    Ferronematic materials composed of 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl nematic liquid crystal and oil-based Fe3O4 magnetic fluid were prepared using ultrasonic agitation. The birefringence (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. PMID:22587542

  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

    2012-01-01

    Ferronematic materials composed of 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl nematic liquid crystal and oil-based Fe3O4 magnetic fluid were prepared using ultrasonic agitation. The birefringence (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. Enhanced magnetic-field-induced optical properties of nanostructured magnetic fluids by doping nematic liquid crystals

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    2012-01-01

    Ferronematic materials composed of 4-cyano-4′-pentylbiphenyl nematic liquid crystal and oil-based Fe3O4 magnetic fluid were prepared using ultrasonic agitation. The birefringence (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. PMID:22587542

  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. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Evidence for enhanced optical properties through plasmon resonance energy transfer in silver silica nanocomposites

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    Mol, Beena; Joy, Lija K.; Thomas, Hysen; Thomas, Vinoy; Joseph, Cyriac; Narayanan, T. N.; Al-Harthi, Salim; Unnikrishnan, N. V.; Anantharaman, M. R.

    2016-02-01

    Silver nanoparticles were dispersed in the pores of monolithic mesoporous silica prepared by a modified sol-gel method. Structural and microstructural analyses were carried out by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was employed to determine the chemical states of silver in the silica matrix. Optical absorption studies show the evolution absorption band around 300 nm for silver (Ag) in a silica matrix and it was found to be redshifted to 422 nm on annealing. Photoluminescence studies indicate the presence of various luminescent emitting centers corresponding to silver ions and silver dimers in the SiO2 matrix. The enhancement of absorption and photoluminescence properties is attributed to plasmon resonance energy transfer from Ag nanoparticles to luminescent species in the matrix.

  16. 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.

    2016-01-01

    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 × 1019 cm-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.

  17. Plasmon-enhanced nonlinear optical properties of SiC nanoparticles

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    Zakharko, Y.; Nychyporuk, T.; Bonacina, L.; Lemiti, M.; Lysenko, V.

    2013-02-01

    An original plasmonic nano-Ag/SiNx substrate was elaborated to strongly enhance the nonlinear response of SiC NPs for the first time. A plasmon-induced two order of magnitude increase of second-harmonic generation and two-photon excited photoluminescence was experimentally achieved. The measured enhancement factors were correlated with local field intensities theoretically estimated by finite-difference time-domain calculations. The obtained plasmon-enhanced nonlinear response of the SiC nanostructures make them promising in nonlinear optics applications.

  18. Enhanced stability of the second order optical properties of high-Tg fluorinated electro-optic copolymer

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    Belardini, A.; Dominici, L.; Larciprete, M. C.; Michelotti, F.; Rousseau, A.; Ratsimihety, A.

    2006-12-01

    In this work the authors investigated the second order nonlinear optical properties of a group of Disperse Red 1 based electro-optic fluorinated copolymers, synthesized with two fluorinated monomers: the α-fluoroacrylate monomer bearing an adamantane side group and the α-fluoroacrylate monomer bearing the Disperse Red 1 chromophore. By means of nonlinear ellipsometry at λ =1550nm, the poling induced electro-optic tensor main component r33 was determined. The polymer's thermostability was investigated by means of the temperature scanning and isothermal relaxation techniques, leading to the determination of the depolarization temperature Tdep=136°C, corresponding to an activation energy for the relaxation of the orientational distribution of the active chromophores EA=105kcal/mol. The increased thermostability of the copolymer, given by the adamantane side group, is then compared with that of other two groups of fluorinated copolymers.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Metamaterials enhancing optical forces

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    Ginis, Vincent; Tassin, Philippe; Soukoulis, Costas M.; Veretennicoff, Irina

    2014-05-01

    The interaction between light and matter involves not only an energy transfer, but also the transfer of linear momentum. In everyday life applications this linear momentum of light is too small to play any significant role. However, in nanoscale dimensions, the associated optical forces start to play an increasingly important role. These forces are, e.g., large enough for exiting experiments in the fields of cavity-optomechanics, laser cooling and optical trapping of small particles. Recently, it has been suggested that optical gradient forces can also be employed for all-optical actuation in micro- and nanophotonic systems. The typical setup consists of two slab waveguides positioned in each others vicinity such that they are coupled through the interaction of the evanescent tails. Although the gradient forces between these waveguides can be enhanced considerably using electromagnetic resonators or slow-light techniques, the resulting displacements remain relatively small. In this contribution, we present an alternative approach to enhance optical gradient forces between waveguides using a combination of transformation optics and metamaterials. Our design starts from the observation that gradient forces exponentially decay with the separation distance between the waveguides. Therefore, we employ transformation optics to annihilate the apparent distance for light between the waveguides. Analytical calculations confirm that the resulting forces indeed increase when such an annihilating cladding is inserted. Subsequently, we discuss the metamaterial implementation of this annihilating medium. Such lensing media automatically translate into anisotropic metamaterials with negative components in the permittivity and permeability tensors. Our full-wave numerical simulations show that the overall amplification is highly limited by the loss-tangent of the metamaterial cladding. However, as this cladding only needs to operate in the near-field for a specific polarization

  5. Design and synthesis of comonomers to enhance the optical, physical, and thermal properties of poly(ethylene terephthalate)

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    Connor, Daniel Martin

    Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) is one of the world's most important commodity plastics. The largest volume applications of PET include textile fiber, tire cord, and packaging materials. There are many opportunities for improving the properties of PET that are associated with its various applications. We address three of the major application driven issues in PET: Increasing the optical brightness, increasing the crystallization rate, and enhancing the optical clarity through inhibition of crystallization. Each of the projects is summarized below. A new class of monomeric fused aromatic fluorescent brightening agents based on pyrene and anthracene have been designed and synthesized. The monomers: dimethyl 1,6-pyrene dicarboxylate, dimethyl 1,8-pyrenedicarboxylate, dimethyl 2,7-pyrenedicarboxylate, 1,9-bis(2-carboxybenzoyl)pyrene dimethyl ester, dimethyl 2,6-anthracenedicarboxylate, dimethyl 2,7-anthracenedicarboxylate and dimethyl 9,10-anthracenedicarboxylate were copolymerized with poly(ethylene terephthalate) and their optical properties were assessed. All of the polymers gave blue fluorescence with the copolymer containing dimethyl 1,6-pyrenedicarboxylate being the brightest. The synthesis of 2,7-substituted pyrene derivatives needed for the optical brightening project and for the crystallization rate enhancement project posed unique challenges. Optimized synthetic procedures for these compounds were developed. Pyrenes derivatized in the 2- and 7-positions were prepared by reduction of pyrene to 4,5,9,10-tetrahydropyrene followed by electrophilic aromatic substitution and re-aromatization. An optimized procedure is presented for hydrogenation of pyrene to provide 4,5,9,10-tetrahydropyene in high yield, which facilitates a convenient synthesis of dimethyl 2,7-pyrenedicarboxylate.

  6. A fiber optic probe design to measure depth- limited optical properties in-vivo with Low-coherence Enhanced Backscattering (LEBS) Spectroscopy

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    Mutyal, Nikhil N.; Radosevich, Andrew; Gould, Bradley; Rogers, Jeremy D.; Gomes, Andrew; Turzhitsky, Vladimir; Backman, Vadim

    2012-01-01

    Low-coherence enhanced backscattering (LEBS) spectroscopy is an angular resolved backscattering technique that is sensitive to sub-diffusion light transport length scales in which information about scattering phase function is preserved. Our group has shown the ability to measure the spatial backscattering impulse response function along with depth-selective optical properties in tissue ex-vivo using LEBS. Here we report the design and implementation of a lens-free fiber optic LEBS probe capable of providing depth-limited measurements of the reduced scattering coefficient in-vivo. Experimental measurements combined with Monte Carlo simulation of scattering phantoms consisting of polystyrene microspheres in water are used to validate the performance of the probe. Additionally, depth-limited capabilities are demonstrated using Monte Carlo modeling and experimental measurements from a two-layered phantom. PMID:23037017

  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

    2016-07-01

    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. PMID:27296527

  8. 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.

  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. Monodisperse spindle-like FeWO{sub 4} nanoparticles: Controlled hydrothermal synthesis and enhanced optical properties

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    Guo, Jinxue; Zhou, Xiaoyu; Lu, Yibin; Zhang, Xiao; Kuang, Shaoping; Hou, Wanguo

    2012-12-15

    Monodisperse FeWO{sub 4} nanoparticles with specific spindle-like morphology have been synthesized in the presence of citric acid through hydrothermal process. In the synthesis route, citric acid played four roles such as the reducing agent, chelating regents, structure-directing agent and stabilizing agents. In addition, the morphology of FeWO{sub 4} was dramatically tuned by the pH value of the precursor medium. The optical properties of FeWO{sub 4} were investigated with UV-Vis spectra and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The photocatalytic experiments demonstrated that the decomposition efficiency of the monodisperse spindle-like FeWO{sub 4} nanoparticles is 74% after 30 min of UV irradiation, which displayed remarkable enhanced photodegradation activity compared with ordinary FeWO{sub 4} sample (57%) and normal TiO{sub 2} photocatalysts P-25 (56%). - Monodisperse spindle-like FeWO{sub 4} nanoparticles with enhanced photocatalytic activities. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Monodisperse spindle-like FeWO{sub 4} were synthesized with hydrothermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Citric acid plays key roles in the hydrothermal synthesis. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Their morphology can be tuned with pH value of the precursor medium. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer They show enhanced photocatalytic activities with irradiation of UV light.

  11. Optical and surface enhanced Raman scattering properties of Au nanoparticles embedded in and located on a carbonaceous matrix.

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    Prakash, Jai; Kumar, Vinod; Kroon, R E; Asokan, K; Rigato, V; Chae, K H; Gautam, S; Swart, H C

    2016-01-28

    Au nanoparticles (NPs) on the surface and embedded in a matrix have been the subject of studies dealing with a variety of spectroscopic and sensing applications. Here, we report on low energy Ar ion induced evolution of the morphology of a thin Au film on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate along with thermodynamic interpretations, and corresponding unique surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and photoluminescence (PL) properties. These properties are linked to the variation of surface nanostructures and the surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effect of methyl orange (MO) dye molecules adsorbed on the surface. Ion induced thermal spike and sputtering resulted in dewetting of the film with subsequent formation of spherical NPs. This was followed by embedding of the NPs in the modified PET due to the thermodynamic driving forces involved. The surface and interface morphologies were studied using atomic force microscopy and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to study the chemical changes in the system upon irradiation. The optical properties were studied by diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectroscopy and PL using a 325 nm He-Cd laser. The red shift of the SPR absorption and the blue shift of the PL emission have been correlated with the surface morphology. The blue PL emission bands at around 3.0 eV are in good agreement with the literature with respect to the morphological changes and the blue shift is attributed to compressive strain on the embedded Au NPs. Enhancement of the SERS signals is observed and found to be correlated with the SPR response of the Au nanostructures. The SERS analyses indicate that MO molecules may be adsorbed with different orientations on these surfaces i.e. Au NPs located on the surface or embedded in the modified PET. These polymeric substrates modified by NPs can have a potential application in solid-state light emitting devices and can be applied in SERS based sensors for the

  12. Optical properties of ITO/ZnO Schottky diode with enhanced UV Photoresponse

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    Lee, Hsin-Yen; Chern, Ming-Yau

    2015-11-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) spectra of zinc oxide (ZnO) samples with different hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) treatment durations were measured to examine several point defects on the surfaces of the films. The results suggest successful oxidation through the reaction between oxygen radicals dissociated from H2O2 and the ZnO surface. To further confirm the defect-induced gain mechanism, we fabricated highly transparent indium-tin-oxide (ITO)/ZnO Schottky diodes and measured the key diode characteristics. Photocurrents were measured at different wavelengths, and possible explanations for the high optical gain within the ultraviolet (UV) region are provided.

  13. Surface modification of bacterial cellulose nanofibers for property enhancement of optically transparent composites: dependence on acetyl-group DS.

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    Ifuku, Shinsuke; Nogi, Masaya; Abe, Kentaro; Handa, Keishin; Nakatsubo, Fumiaki; Yano, Hiroyuki

    2007-06-01

    Bacterial cellulose (BC) nanofibers were acetylated to enhance the properties of optically transparent composites of acrylic resin reinforced with the nanofibers. A series of BC nanofibers acetylated from degree-of-substitution (DS) 0 to 1.76 were obtained. X-ray diffraction profiles indicated that acetylation proceeded from the surface to the core of BC nanofibers, and scanning electron microscopy images showed that the volume of nanofibers increases by the bulky acetyl group. Since acetylation decreased the refractive index of cellulose, regular transmittance of composites comprised of 63% BC nanofiber was improved, and deterioration at 580 nm because of fiber reinforcement was suppressed to only 3.4%. Acetylation of nanofibers changed their surface properties and reduced the moisture content of the composite to about one-third that of untreated composite, although excessive acetylation increased hygroscopicity. Furthermore, acetylation was found to reduce the coefficient of thermal expansion of a BC sheet from 3 x 10(-6) to below 1 x 10(-6) 1/K.

  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. 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.

  16. Enhanced solid-phase immunoassay using gold nanoshells: effect of nanoparticle optical properties.

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    Khlebtsov, Boris; Khlebtsov, Nikolai

    2008-10-29

    Plasmon-resonant nanoparticle-labeled immunoassays provide a simple, low-cost and effective way of detecting target molecules in solutions. The optical mechanisms behind their efficiency, however, have not been addressed until now. We present the first theoretical description of nanoparticle-labeled dot immunoassay and its experimental verification with functionalized 15 nm colloidal gold nanospheres and silica/gold nanoshells (GNs). Three types of GNs, with silica core diameters of 100, 140 and 180 nm and a gold shell thickness of about 15 nm, were studied in our experiments. The fabricated markers were characterized by electron and atomic-force microscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering. A normal rabbit serum (the target IgG molecules) and sheep antirabbit antibodies (the probing molecules) were used as a biospecific model. The minimal detection limit for IgG target molecules was about 15 ng in the case of a standard dot-assay protocol based on 15 nm colloidal gold particles conjugated with probing molecules. In contrast to this observation, a simple replacement of 15 nm gold labels by GN conjugates resulted in a drastic increase in detection sensitivity of up to 0.25 ng in the case of 180/15 nm GNs and of up to 0.5-1 ng for 100/15 and 140/15 GNs. By using the theory developed, we explained the dependences of the low detection limit, the maximal-color intensity and the probe-load saturation limit on the particle parameters. PMID:21832707

  17. 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

    2016-01-01

    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. 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. PMID:27572095

  18. 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.

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

    PubMed Central

    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.

    PubMed

    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. 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

  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. Addition of Hetero-Atoms to the Polymer Film by Plasma Enhanced Polymerization and its Optical Properties

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    Moriki, Kazunori; Yumoto, Motoshige

    Plasma enhanced polymerization is an attractive technology to fabricate an optical polymer waveguide, because it has capability to provide an uniform thickness film on a substrate with various surface geometry, and to provide change of refractive index by controlling a proportion of source monomer mixing. In the present paper we discuss optical constants and molecule structures of the films added hetero-atoms, O, N and F in the CHx network of polymer. Refractive index of those films changes from 1.52 to 1.63 at 1.0 μm wavelength, depending on the variety of hetero-atoms. Fluorine atoms added into a film decreases refractive index of the film. Oxygen atoms added into a film, which form ester structure (- COO-), decrease refractive index of the film, and some O atoms token into a film as OH base will increase optical absorption in inferred region for optical communication. Nitrogen atoms added increase optical absorption due to forming NH2 base. Finally, sp3/sp2 fraction controlling in the film will be a suitable to control refractive index of the film for an optical waveguide, for example by using mixed monomer of C6H6 and C6H10.

  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. Enhanced radiation resistant fiber optics

    DOEpatents

    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.

  6. Enhanced radiation resistant fiber optics

    DOEpatents

    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. Influence of Mg doping on the morphology and optical properties of ZnO films for enhanced H₂ sensing.

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    Vijayalakshmi, K; Karthick, K

    2013-11-01

    Highly oriented ZnO and Mg doped ZnO thin films were fabricated on Al2 O3 substrate by sputtering at room temperature. The effect of Mg doping on the structural, optical, and morphological properties of ZnO film was investigated. The intensity of (002) peak in X-ray diffraction measurements revealed the influence of Mg doping on the crystallinity and orientation of ZnO film. Photoluminescence (PL) results show that the Ultraviolet (UV) emission peak was shifted to lower wavelength side for Mg:ZnO film indicating the possibility for quantum confinement. UV-vis-NIR optical absorption revealed an improvement in optical transmittance from 70 to 85%, and corresponding optical band gap from 3.25 to 3.54 eV. Atomic force microscope (AFM) images revealed the nano-size particulate microstructure of the films. The surface topography of Mg doped ZnO film confirmed decreased grain size with large surface roughness and increased surface area, favorable for sensing. Pure ZnO and Mg doped ZnO film were used as active layer and tested for its sensing performance to hydrogen. Compared to undoped ZnO, 22 at.% Mg doped ZnO film showed much higher sensor response to H2 at a concentration as low as 200 ppm and at a lower operating temperature of 180°C. A linear sensor response was observed for H2 concentration in the range of 100-500 ppm.

  8. Noncontact-Grating Enhanced Optical Probing of the Photothermal and Elastic Properties of Surfaces and Structured Materials.

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    Torti, Russell Guy

    1987-09-01

    The process of thermooptical generation of Rayleigh waves using a pulsed laser was used to study various physical parameters of materials. The technique of grating enhanced optical probing was employed to detect the Rayleigh waves. Experiments and analyses were performed to measure and calibrate the amplitude of the laser generated surface acoustic waves. The results include: Rayleigh wave velocities, surface displacements, damage thresholds of surfaces, and risetimes of the detected signal. Surface displacement amplitudes as small as 1 times 10^{-2 } A have been detected. Indications of non -linear absorption effects were present in the investigated materials.

  9. 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.

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

    PubMed

    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.

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

    PubMed

    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

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

    PubMed Central

    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

  13. Optical properties of flyash

    SciTech Connect

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. Synthesis of reduced graphene oxide and enhancement of its electrical and optical properties by attaching Ag nanoparticles

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    Khan, Sunny; Ali, Javid; Harsh; Husain, M.; Zulfequar, M.

    2016-07-01

    Graphene has attracted the attention of the scientists and researchers because of its peculiar properties. Because of various unique properties, graphene can be used in sensing device applications, solar cells and liquid crystal display devices etc. In this research paper, we present a chemical route towards bulk production of r-GO (reduced graphene oxide). We have employed a modified method to achieve better results which is often termed as modified Hummer's and Offeman method. It is modified in terms of filtration technique. We have also attached silver nanoparticles (Ag-NP) to as synthesised r-GO. After successful growth, silver nanoparticles have been attached to r-GO by suitable treatment with AgNO3 (aq.) N/50 solution. The as grown samples were characterised by FESEM, Raman Spectroscopy and EDS to make sure that r-GO and r-GO-Ag-NP have been successfully synthesised. The electrical and optical studies of the as grown samples were performed by dc conductivity measurements and UV visible spectroscopy. The conductivity was found to have increased with attachment of Ag-NP. The optical transmittance also improved to 90% as against 70% before Ag-NP attachment. The reduced graphene oxide attached with silver nanoparticles could find promising applications in synthesis of transparent electrode materials and optoelectronic devices.

  16. Optical waveguide enhanced photovoltaics.

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    Rühle, Sven; Greenwald, Shlomit; Koren, Elad; Zaban, Arie

    2008-12-22

    Enhanced light to electric power conversion efficiency of photovoltaic cells with a low absorbance was achieved using waveguide integration. We present a proof of concept using a very thin dye-sensitized solar cell which absorbed only a small fraction of the light at normal incidence. The glass substrate in conjunction with the solar cells reflecting back contact formed a planar waveguide, which lead to more than four times higher conversion efficiency compared to conventional illumination at normal incidence. This illumination concept leads to a new type of multi-junction PV systems based on enforced spectral splitting along the waveguide.

  17. 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

  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. 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

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Plasmon-enhanced optical properties of Au/TiO2 core-shell nanowires studied by finite difference time domain calculation

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    Lee, Jubok; Lee, Sun-Hee; Kim, Min Su; Shin, Hyungjung; Kim, Jeongyong

    2014-09-01

    We performed Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) calculation to investigate the enhancement of optical properties such as light scattering and absorption of Au-hybridized TiO2 core-shell structures which can lead to the improvement of photocatalytic and solar cell performance. The results showed that by hybridization of Au as core and TiO2 as shell provides the significant enhancement of light scattering and absorption. Furthermore, the tuning of scattering resonance wavelength may be achieved by varying the diameter of Au core. Our result suggests that hybridization Au and TiO2, with proper introduction of interband states in TiO2, can increase and color-tune the photocatalytic efficiency and solar cell performance of TiO2 nanostructures.

  3. Electrical and Optical Properties of Si-Incorporated a-C:H Films via the Radio Frequency Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition Method.

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    Kim, In Jun; Choi, Won Seok; Hong, Byungyou

    2016-05-01

    The optical and electrical properties of silicon-incorporated hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H:Si) films deposited via the radio frequency (RF) plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) method using a mixture of CH4, H2, and SiH4 were observed. The silane gas whose ranged from 0 to 25 vol.% [SiH4/(SiH4 + CH4) was fed into the reactor while the other deposition parameters were kept constant. The basic properties of these films were investigated via Raman spectroscopy, UV-visible spectrometry, I-V measurement, and surface profiling. The experiment results showed that the film thickness increased from 300 nm to 800 nm for the same deposition time as the silane gas increased. The Raman spectrum obtained from the silicon-incorporated a-C:H films suggested that the film property changed from graphitic-like to more diamond-like. As the silane gas increased, the optical gap, E04, slightly increased from 1.98 eV to 2.62 eV. It was shown that the Si atoms incorporated into the a-C:H films reduced the size of the sp2 clusters. As for the I-V characteristics, the Si-incorporated a-C:H films had a lower leakage current than the a-C:H films without Si. PMID:27483937

  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. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Optical properties of cometary dust

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    Lien, David J.

    1991-01-01

    The application of measured optical constants to the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with small cometary dust particles is discussed, with emphasis on the interpretation of cometary observations. It is found that in some spectral regions optical constants vary greatly with wavelength. The optical constants may be incorrect. Because of errors in measurement, or the application of the Kramers-Kronig relationship over too small a spectral region, or an improperly prepared sample, the derived optical constants may be in error. It is suggested that a full Kramers-Kronig analysis and application of the more important sum rules should be performed on any set of optical constants whose accuracy is important. Optical constants derived from the measurement of inhomogeneous materials, where the inhomogeneities are of comparable size to that of the beam of radiation used in the experiment, should not be used to predict the optical properties of small particles.

  8. Structural, electrical, and optical properties of transparent gallium oxide thin films grown by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition

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    Shan, F.K.; Liu, G.X.; Lee, W.J.; Lee, G.H.; Kim, I.S.; Shin, B.C.

    2005-07-15

    Gallium oxide (Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3}) thin films were deposited on silicon (100) and sapphire (001) substrates using the plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) technique with an alternating supply of reactant source, [(CH{sub 3}){sub 2}GaNH{sub 2}]{sub 3}, and oxygen plasma. The thin films were annealed at different temperatures (500, 700, and 900 deg. C, respectively) in a rapid thermal annealing system for 1 min. It was found that Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films deposited by PEALD showed excellent step coverage characteristics. X-ray diffraction measurements showed that the as-deposited thin film was amorphous. However, the thin films annealed at temperatures higher than 700 deg. C showed a (400) orientation of the monoclinic structure. An atomic force microscope was used to investigate the surface morphologies of the thin films. The thin films showed very smooth surfaces; the roughness of the as-deposited thin film was about 4 A . With increasing annealing temperature, the thin film became rougher compared with that annealed at lower temperatures. A double-beam spectrophotometer was used to measure the transmittances of the thin films on the sapphire substrates. The thin films showed a very high transmittance (nearly 100%). The band-gap energies of the thin films were determined by a linear fit of the transmittance spectra and were calculated to be between 5.0 and 5.24 eV. The electrical properties of thin films of Pt/film/Si structure were also investigated. It was found that, with increasing annealing temperature, the insulating characteristics of the Ga{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films were significantly improved. Spectroscopic ellipsometry was used to derive the refractive indices and the thicknesses of the thin films. The refractive indices of the thin films showed normal dispersion behavior. The refractive indices of the thin films annealed at low temperatures were smaller than those annealed at high temperatures.

  9. Optical properties of human hair

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    Altshuler, Gregory B.; Ilyasov, Ildar K.; Prikhodko, Constantin V.

    1995-01-01

    Optical properties of human hair are the subject of great interest for the realization of any possible cosmetic applications. This paper represents the results of hair microstructure as an optical substance investigation, indicates melanin and keratin absorption spectra, and shows experimentally discovered anisotropia of optical properties of human hair. Radiation weakening coefficient value at the range from 450 up to 800 nm is estimated. Thresholds of hair destruction by Nd, Ho, Cu, and Er laser radiation are obtained. Perspectives of laser application for epilation and other medical purposes are evaluated.

  10. 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.

  11. Plasmonic metamaterials with tuneable optical properties

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    Zayats, Anatoly

    2008-03-01

    Negative refraction in metamaterials has recently attracted significant attention due to its possible numerous applications in high-resolution imaging and photolithography with the so-called ``perfect lenses,'' for electromagnetic shielding (invisibility cloak), optical signal manipulation, etc. Among various realizations of negative index materials, plasmonic nanostructures play a prominent role as they allow negative refraction properties to be engineered in the visible and near infrared spectral ranges. The coupling of light to plasmonic modes, that are collective electronic excitations in metallic nanostructures, provides the possibility to confine the electromagnetic field on the sub-wavelength scale and manipulate it with high precision to achieve the desired mode dispersion and, thus, reflection, absorption and transmission properties of the nanostructures. In this talk we will discuss various pathways to control dispersion of the electromagnetic waves in plasmonic metamaterials, including plasmon polaritonic crystals and plasmonic nanorod arrays, and the approaches to active tuneability of their optical properties using optical and electric control signals. Both approaches take advantage of the very high sensitivity of surface plasmon mode dispersion on the refractive index of the dielectric adjacent to metallic nanostructure. Hybridization of plasmonic nanostructures with molecular species exhibiting nonlinear optical response allows the development of metamaterials with high effective nonlinear susceptibility due to the electromagnetic field enhancement related to plasmonic excitations. Signal and control light are then coupled to plasmonic modes that strongly interact via nonlinearity introduced by the hybridization. Concurrently, the use of electro-optically active dielectrics incorporated into plasmonic nanostructures provides the route to control optical signals electronically. Plasmonic metamaterials with tuneable optical properties can be used to

  12. Optical properties of ultra-thin (< 30 nm) GaN layers on c-sapphire substrates with different initial growth conditions measured by surface-plasmon enhanced Raman scattering.

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    Kim, Ho-Jong; Kim, Tae-Soo; Lee, Jin-Gyu; Song, Jung Hoon

    2014-11-01

    We have carried out surface-plasmon enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) on 30 nm-thick GaN samples grown at various temperatures, in order to investigate the properties of ultra thin GaN films on sapphire. We found that the properties, such as the strain and the free-carrier density of the thin layers, were sensitively affected by the growth temperatures. Our results show that SERS, by selectively enhancing the Raman signal near the surface, can be a very useful technique to investigate the optical properties of ultra-thin GaN films and their initial growth mode.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Optically enhanced production of metastable xenon.

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    Hickman, G T; Franson, J D; Pittman, T B

    2016-09-15

    Metastable states of noble gas atoms are typically produced by electrical discharge techniques or "all-optical" excitation methods. Here we combine electrical discharges with optical pumping to demonstrate "optically enhanced" production of metastable xenon (Xe*). We experimentally measure large increases in Xe* density with relatively small optical control field powers. This technique may have applications in systems where large metastable state densities are desirable. PMID:27628400

  16. 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.

  17. Satellite material contaminant optical properties

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    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.

  18. Satellite material contaminant optical properties

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

    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) transmittance data for contaminant films condensed on a 77 K germanium 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.

  19. Satellite material contaminant optical properties

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

    1990-03-01

    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 germanium 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.

  20. Satellite Material Contaminant Optical Properties

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    Wood, Bobby E.; Bertrand, William T.; Seiber, Bryan L.; Kiech, E. L.; Falco, Patrick 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. This paper presents 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 contants 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.

  1. 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)

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

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    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.

  3. Tailored synthesis of superparamagnetic gold nanoshells with tunable optical properties.

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    Zhang, Q.; Ge, J.; Goebl, J.; Hu, Y.; Sun, Y.; Yin, Y.; Center for Nanoscale Materials; Univ. of California at Riverside

    2010-05-04

    Multifunctional Au nanoshells with tunable optical properties and fast magnetic response have been fabricated through a sequence of sol-gel, surface-protected etching, and seed-mediated growth processes. The use of a porous silica layer enhances the uniformity of nanoshell growth, the reproducibility of the synthesis, and the structural and optical stability of the products.

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

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    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.

  5. Optical Properties of Metallic Nanoparticles

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    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].

  6. 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.

  7. Plasmon-Enhanced Optical Sensors: A Review

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    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

  8. 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.

  9. Saccharide sensing molecules having enhanced fluorescent properties

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    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.

  10. Optical nanogap matrices for plasmonic enhancement applications

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    Bauman, Stephen J.; Debu, Desalegn T.; Hill, Avery M.; Novak, Eric C.; Natelson, Douglas; Herzog, Joseph B.

    2014-09-01

    Plasmonic structures can be used to enhance electromagnetic radiation, and nanoscale (<5 nm) gaps can increase this enhancement even further. Fabrication of these desired structures involves using a relatively new, previously developed self-aligned process to overcome typical electron beam lithography resolution limits. The resulting nanogap structures have been shown to exhibit enhanced optical emission. This technique enables the fabrication of a large-area two-dimensional matrix of such nanostructures which could prove useful for photovoltaics, plasmonically enhanced Raman spectroscopy, biosensing, and other optoelectronic applications. Computational electromagnetic simulations of the structures will prove useful for predicting behavior upon interaction with light and for experimental comparison.

  11. Nanoscale optical reinforcement for enhanced reversible holography.

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    Wu, Pengfei; Sun, Sam Qunhui; Baig, Sarfaraz; Wang, Michael R

    2012-01-30

    We demonstrate a nanoscale optical reinforcement concept for reversible holographic recording. The bone-muscle-like mechanism enables enhancement of holographic grating formation due to the collective alignment of liquid crystal (LC) molecules nearby photo-reconfigurable polymer backbones. The LC fluidity facilitates the ease of polymer chain transformation during the holographic recording while the polymer network stabilizes the LC collective orientation and the consequential optical enhancement after the recording. As such, the holographic recording possesses both long-term persistence and real-time rewritability. PMID:22330546

  12. Optical properties of chiral nanotubes

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    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)

  13. 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.

  14. Digitally enhanced optical fiber frequency reference.

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    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. PMID:24686596

  15. Optical properties of liquids for fluidic optics.

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    Liebetraut, Peter; Waibel, Philipp; Nguyen, Phuong Ha Cu; Reith, Patrick; Aatz, Bernd; Zappe, Hans

    2013-05-10

    We present the dispersion characteristics of 18 liquids and one resin, which are widely used as media for liquid lenses in adaptive and tunable optics and for index matching in spectrochemical analysis. These are measured by using a refractometer operating at six different wavelengths. We provide a short description of the measurement setup and present a detailed uncertainty analysis of the measurement system to provide a measure of the reliability of the data. We conclude with a catalog of refractive indices and Sellmeier coefficients of the measured liquids and show the location of the analyzed materials in an Abbe diagram. PMID:23669831

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

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

    2016-03-21

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

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

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    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.

  18. Optical properties of chiral nanostructures

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    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.

  19. 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

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

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    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.

  1. 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.

  2. Preactivated thiomers: permeation enhancing properties.

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

    2012-11-15

    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 PAA(100)-Cys-2MNA (h), PAA(250)-Cys-2MNA (h), PAA(450)-Cys-2MNA (h), PAA(450)-Cys-2MNA (m) and PAA(450)-Cys-2MNA (l). In vitro permeation studies, the permeation enhancement ability for preactivated thiomers was ranked as PAA(450)-Cys-2MNA (h)>PAA(250)-Cys-2MNA (h)>PAA(100)-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 PAA(450)-Cys-2MNA (h)>PAA(450)-Cys-2MNA (m)≈PAA(450)-Cys-2MNA (l) on Caco-2 cell monolayers and PAA(450)-Cys-2MNA (m)>PAA(450)-Cys-2MNA (h)>PAA(450)-Cys-2MNA (l) on intestinal mucosa was observed. The P(app) of sodium fluorescein was 5.08-fold improved on Caco-2 cell monolayers for PAA(450)-Cys-2MNA (h) and 2.46-fold improved on intestinal mucosa for PAA(450)-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.

  3. 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

  4. Enhanced neutron imaging detector using optical processing

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

    1992-08-01

    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.

  5. Fabrication and optical properties of pyrene-Eu hybrid materials.

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    Zhao, Yan-Xia; Xu, Bo; Ding, Xun-Lei; He, Sheng-Gui

    2013-02-01

    Lanthanide-containing organic-inorganic hybrid materials have drawn much attention in the research of materials with multifunctional and modulated optical properties. Here, large area pyrene-Eu hybrid nanostructures constructed of a large amount of nanowires are successfully fabricated through physical vapor codeposition method at low temperature (77 K). Further optical property characterizations indicate that the pyrene-Eu hybrid nanostructures exhibit enhanced green light emission under blue light excitation compared with other fabricated samples (pyrene nanostructures, Eu nanoparticles, and pyrene/Cu hybrid nanostructures). The results indicate the occurrence of an energy transfer process from the sensitizing pyrene nanostructures to Eu. Pyrene-Eu hybrid nanostructures with unique photoluminescence properties may have promising applications in phosphors, light-emitting device, and UV-vis photo sensor. The results also prove that the physical vapor codeposition method is an effective way for design of organic-inorganic hybrid materials with controllable and tunable optical properties.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  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 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Fiber optical sensors for enhanced battery safety

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    Meyer, Jan; Nedjalkov, Antonio; Doering, Alexander; Angelmahr, Martin; Schade, Wolfgang

    2015-05-01

    Over the last years, battery safety becomes more and more important due to the wide spread of high-capacity lithium ion batteries applied in e.g. consumer electronics and electrical power storages for vehicles or stationary energy storage systems. However, for these types of batteries, malfunctions could be highly dangerous and all aspects of safety issues are not sufficiently considered, yet. Therefore, the improvement of the battery safety behavior is one of the most important issues discussed in actual research projects. In this paper the application of fiber optical sensors for enhanced battery safety is presented. The temperature is one of the most critical parameters indicating a failure of the cell, but even state-to-the-art battery management systems (BMS) are not able to monitor and interpret the distributed temperature field of a total battery storage system sufficiently. Furthermore, the volume expansion of the battery cell, which could be monitored by the strain on the cells' surfaces, is one additional parameter not considered up to now. Both parameters could be simultaneous monitored by fiber optical sensor arrays, consisting of discrete fiber Bragg grating (FBG) elements. The FBG sensors are directly attached on the surface of the cell, recording the temperature as well as the strain distribution highly accurate and close-meshed. Failures and malfunction such as overcharging, gassing, and thermal runaway can be early predicted and avoided to extend the battery lifetime and enhance the operational battery safety. Moreover, battery aging effects lead to variations in the volume change behavior which can be detected additionally. Hence, a battery fully equipped with fiber optical sensor arrays in combination with an appropriate BMS enables a safe and continuous utilization of the energy storage system even under harsh conditions like rapid charging.

  13. 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.

  14. Microstructure Related Properties of Optical Thin Films.

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    Wharton, John James, Jr.

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

  15. 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

  16. Lunar surface: composition inferred from optical properties.

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    Hapke, B

    1968-01-01

    The optical characteristics (intensity, polarization, spectrum, and albedo) of the moon surface are compared with those of rock and meteorite powders. The only materials whose optical properties match those of the lunar surface are basic rocks containing lattice iron but little or no free iron, and then only after irradiation of these rocks by a simulated solar wind. Optical properties of chondritic meteorite powders differ from those of the moon in significant respects. The lunar crust is probably not chondritic, but is similar in composition to terrestrial iron-rich basalts. These results are independent of those from the Surveyor V alpha-scattering experiment and, in addition, provide a basis for extrapolating the Surveyor V analysis to other areas of the moon. The Surveyor V experiment has thus confirmed the value of earth-based optical techniques for the study of the structure and composition of the surfaces of other planets.

  17. 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.

  18. Magnetically Responsive Nanostructures with Tunable Optical Properties.

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    Wang, Mingsheng; Yin, Yadong

    2016-05-25

    Stimuli-responsive materials can sense specific environmental changes and adjust their physical properties in a predictable manner, making them highly desired components for designing novel sensors, intelligent systems, and adaptive structures. Magnetically responsive structures have unique advantages in applications, as external magnetic stimuli can be applied in a contactless manner and cause rapid and reversible responses. In this Perspective, we discuss our recent progress in the design and fabrication of nanostructured materials with various optical responses to externally applied magnetic fields. We demonstrate tuning of the optical properties by taking advantage of the magnetic fields' abilities to induce magnetic dipole-dipole interactions or control the orientation of the colloidal magnetic nanostructures. The design strategies are expected to be extendable to the fabrication of novel responsive materials with new optical effects and many other physical properties. PMID:27115174

  19. Ovarian tissue characterization using bulk optical properties

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    Tavakoli, B.; Xu, Y.; Zhu, Q.

    2013-03-01

    Ovarian cancer, the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers, is not often found in its early stages due to few symptoms and no reliable screening test. Optical imaging has a great potential to improve the ovarian cancer detection and diagnosis. In this study we have characterized the bulk optical properties of 26 ex-vivo human ovaries using a Diffuse Optical Tomography system. The quantitative values indicated that, in the postmenopausal group, malignant ovaries showed significantly lower scattering coefficient than normal ones. The scattering parameter is largely related to the collagen content that has shown a strong correlation with the cancer development.

  20. 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.

  1. Optical properties of KD*P modulators

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    West, E. A.; Bhatia, S. S.

    1990-01-01

    Longitudinal KD*P modulators are used in ground-based solar magnetographs to eliminate seeing effects. Although the modulators can be used as variable retarders, the optical properties when zero voltage is applied influences the performance on instruments requiring very accurate polarization measurements. Measurements at the Marshall Space Flight Center are discussed in terms of the optical properties of KD*P modulators when zero voltage is applied. The measurements can be used to predict the modulation characteristics of the devices and to determine the polarization accuracy that can be expected from the vector magnetograph.

  2. 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. PMID:27451679

  3. 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.

  4. Optical properties of InN related to surface plasmons

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    Shubina, T. V.; Leymarie, J.; Jmerik, V. N.; Toropov, A. A.; Vasson, A.; Amano, H.; Schaff, W. J.; Monemar, B.; Ivanov, S. V.

    2005-11-01

    We report on the complex nature of infrared luminescence and absorption in InN films, which cannot be entirely explained by the concept of a conventional narrow-gap semiconductor. In particular, it concerns the detection of peaks near absorption edges by both thermally detected optical absorption and photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy and the observation of extraordinarily strong resonant enhancement of emission. To describe the experimental data a model is proposed, which takes into account surface plasmons in metal-like inclusions, modifying the optical properties of InN.

  5. 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.

  6. Optical and electrical transport properties of semicontinuous metallic films

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    Seal, Katyayani

    Semicontinuous metallic films posses unique optical and electrical transport properties. The strong localization and large enhancement of electric fields demonstrated by these films make them interesting in terms of a fundamental understanding of these phenomena as well as potentially useful in a large variety of applications. The field distributions and electrical transport properties of these films depend on the structural geometry and morphology of the samples and therefore also on the metal concentration, with distinctive properties near the percolation threshold where an insulator-to-metal transition occurs. This dissertation focuses on an experimental investigation of the optical, electrical transport and structural properties of semicontinuous silver-glass composites near the percolation threshold. Particular emphasis is placed on the optical enhancement observed in these films in terms of their near-field optical intensity distribution. The samples were synthesized by pulsed laser ablation and the percolation threshold was identified in terms of structural properties using transmission electron microscopy as well as electrical resistivity and optical transmission through in-situ measurements during sample synthesis. The optical intensity distributions were measured using near-field optical microscopy (NSOM) and found to depend strongly on metal concentration and wavelength. The degree of localization was found to increase as metal concentrations was varied above and below the percolation threshold and also found to increase with increase in wavelength. Comparisons of the experimental results with theoretical calculations of the local field distributions obtained using the block elimination method showed good agreement. In addition, composite systems involving the coupling of enhancement from semicontinuous films with two other resonance phenomena are also studied viz. semicontinuous films (1) with random subwavelength apertures and (2) deposited on

  7. Availability of thiazone as an enhancer for optical clearing of skin tissue in vitro

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    Jiang, Jingying; Chen, Wei; Wang, Ruikang K.; Xu, Kexin

    2008-02-01

    Dimethyl sulfoxside (DMSO) has been used as enhancer for tissue optical clearing technique. However, due to its potential toxicity and possible side effects, taking clearing effects and clinical availability into accounts, a new enhancer will be needed in order to facilitate practical application of tissue optical clearing technique to non-invasive light-based diagnostic and imaging technique. In this talk, it is our aim to introduce a new skin penetration promoter, thiazone, used in the fields of pharmaceutic industry, cosmetic, etc and investigate its availability as a new enhancer for tissue optical clearing technique. Firstly, we analyzed its structure, physical and chemical properties. And then we performed experimental investigation of the effect of DMSO and thiazone as enhancers mixed with polyethylene glycol (PEG) respectively on optical clearing of porcine skin tissue in vitro. Results of direct observation from camera reveal that thiazone has a higher penetration enhancing effect when compared with DMSO as an enhancer when porcine skin was topically impregnated by different mixed-solutions. Optical property parameters, obtained by using double integrating-spheres system and Inverse Adding-Doubling (IAD) method, showed that thiazone led to almost similar reduction in scattering to DMSO did during the same time period. Therefore, in terms of optical application and clinical safety, thiazone could be a better choice than DMSO as an enhancer for optical clearing of skin tissue.

  8. Modeling nanoparticle optics and surface enhanced emission

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    Shuford, Kevin L.

    2014-03-01

    This account focuses on using classical electrodynamics methods to model the optical properties of metal nanoparticles as well as the excitation dynamics of molecules interacting with them. We begin by reviewing several approaches being utilized currently to predict and interpret optical spectra and plasmonic phenomena. Results for various nanoparticles are presented to emphasize general concepts, extract trends, and correlate spectral features to specific plasmon modes. Next we show how coupling a molecule to a nanostructure can drastically alter the fluorescence. As an example, we present the emission characteristics of a molecule placed in the gap of a nanoparticle dimer. In contrast to the single nanosphere-molecule system, we find that the emission intensity undergoes a quenching effect only when the inter-nanoparticle gap distance of the dimer is very small, meaning that strong coupling prevails over energy engaged in the heating process unless the molecule is extremely close to the metal surface. These examples highlight the importance of accurately modeling the nanoparticle and understanding the interplay between system components in plasmonic applications.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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).

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Purcell-enhanced optical spin readout of nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond

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    Wolf, S. A.; Rosenberg, I.; Rapaport, R.; Bar-Gill, N.

    2015-12-01

    Nitrogen-vacancy (NV) color centers in diamond have emerged as promising quantum solid-state systems, with applications ranging from quantum information processing to magnetic sensing. One of the most useful properties of NVs is the ability to read their ground-state spin projection optically at room temperature. Using theoretical analysis of Purcell-enhanced NV optical coupling, we identify parameters for a significantly enhanced single-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the optical spin-state readout. We then demonstrate that a combined increase in spontaneous emission (through Purcell enhancement) and in optical excitation could significantly increase the readout SNR. Our combined analytical and numerical analysis, which is relevant for various optically active solid-state systems, differentiates between state-mixing processes and provides insights into the optimal light-matter coupling design.

  20. 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.

  1. Optical properties of bismuth borate glasses

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    Oprea, Isabella-Ioana; Hesse, Hartmut; Betzler, Klaus

    2004-08-01

    Optical properties of glasses in the binary system bismuth oxide (Bi 2O 3)-boric oxide (B 2O 3) are measured for the composition range 25-65 mol% Bi 2O 3. Both, refractive indices and ultraviolet absorption edge, show an expressed dependence on composition. A generalized Sellmeier formula is derived to describe the refractive indices for the whole composition range and a wide wavelength range.

  2. 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.

  3. Terahertz optical properties of the cornea

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    Liu, Wen-Quan; Lu, Yuan-Fu; Jiao, Guo-Hua; Chen, Xian-Feng; Li, Jin-Ying; Chen, Si-Hai; Dong, Yu-Ming; Lv, Jian-Cheng

    2016-01-01

    We present a study aimed at developing a terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) system for detection of the optical properties of ex vivo rabbit corneal tissues with different water content at terahertz frequencies (0.1-0.3 THz). The refractive index decreased with frequency while the absorption coefficient increased with frequency. Our experimental results matched the theoretical calculation very well revealing that both the absorption coefficient and the refractive index of a hydrated cornea were much larger than that of a dehydrated cornea and the terahertz properties depended on the hydrate conditions of the biosamples.

  4. Enhancing some functional properties of viscose fabric.

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    Fahmy, H M; Eid, R A A; Hashem, S S; Amr, A

    2013-02-15

    To enhance the functional properties of viscose fabrics, Tinosan(®) CEL (TC), Ag, and TiO(2) nano-particles were incorporated as functional additives in different easy care finishing formulations alone and in admixtures. Results indicated that padding viscose fabrics in finishing bath containing 10 g/l TC and 60 g/l dimethyloldihydroxyethylene urea (DMDHEU) enhances some performance as well as antibacterial properties of the treated fabrics. Moreover, incorporation of Ag or TiO(2) nano-particles in the DMDHEU or DMDHEU/TC finishing baths enhances the functional properties of the treated samples such as antibacterial properties, UV-blocking properties, and/or self cleaning performance. Incorporation of poly (N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) in the aforementioned finishing formulations enhances these functional properties along with durability to wash. On the other hand, incorporation of Silicon(®)-SLH softener in finishing baths along with TC affects the performance and antibacterial properties of the treated fabrics. PMID:23399186

  5. Optical Properties of Plasmonic Mirror-Image Nanoepsilon.

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    Lin, Jia-Yu; Tsai, Chia-Yang; Lin, Pin-Tso; Hsu, Tse-En; Hsiao, Chi-Fan; Lee, Po-Tsung

    2016-12-01

    We propose a novel mirror-image nanoepsilon (MINE) structure to achieve highly localized and enhanced near field at its gap and systematically investigate its plasmonic behaviors. The MINE can be regarded as a combination of two fundamental plasmonic nanostructures: a nanorod dimer and nanoring. By adapting a nanoring surrounding a nanorod dimer structure, the nanorod is regarded as a bridge pulling the charges from the nanoring to the nanorod, which induces stronger plasmon coupling in the gap to boost local near-field enhancement. Two resonance peaks are identified as the symmetric and anti-symmetric modes according to the symmetries of the charge distributions on the ring and rod dimer in the MINE. The symmetric mode in the MINE structure is preferred because its charge distribution leads to stronger near-field enhancement with a concentrated distribution around the gap. In addition, we investigate the influence of geometry on the optical properties of MINE structures by performing experiments and simulations. These results indicate that the MINE possesses highly tunable optical properties and that significant near-field enhancement at the gap region and rod tips can be realized by the gap and lightning-rod effects. The results improve understanding of such complex systems, and it is expected to guide and facilitate the design of optimum MINE structures for various plasmonic applications. PMID:27405466

  6. Optical Properties of Plasmonic Mirror-Image Nanoepsilon

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    Lin, Jia-Yu; Tsai, Chia-Yang; Lin, Pin-Tso; Hsu, Tse-En; Hsiao, Chi-Fan; Lee, Po-Tsung

    2016-07-01

    We propose a novel mirror-image nanoepsilon (MINE) structure to achieve highly localized and enhanced near field at its gap and systematically investigate its plasmonic behaviors. The MINE can be regarded as a combination of two fundamental plasmonic nanostructures: a nanorod dimer and nanoring. By adapting a nanoring surrounding a nanorod dimer structure, the nanorod is regarded as a bridge pulling the charges from the nanoring to the nanorod, which induces stronger plasmon coupling in the gap to boost local near-field enhancement. Two resonance peaks are identified as the symmetric and anti-symmetric modes according to the symmetries of the charge distributions on the ring and rod dimer in the MINE. The symmetric mode in the MINE structure is preferred because its charge distribution leads to stronger near-field enhancement with a concentrated distribution around the gap. In addition, we investigate the influence of geometry on the optical properties of MINE structures by performing experiments and simulations. These results indicate that the MINE possesses highly tunable optical properties and that significant near-field enhancement at the gap region and rod tips can be realized by the gap and lightning-rod effects. The results improve understanding of such complex systems, and it is expected to guide and facilitate the design of optimum MINE structures for various plasmonic applications.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Optical Relaxation Time Enhancement in Graphene-Passivated Metal Films

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    Chugh, Sunny; Mehta, Ruchit; Man, Mengren; Chen, Zhihong

    2016-01-01

    Due to the small skin depth in metals at optical frequencies, their plasmonic response is strongly dictated by their surface properties. Copper (Cu) is one of the standard materials of choice for plasmonic applications, because of its high conductivity and CMOS compatibility. However, being a chemically active material, it gets easily oxidized when left in ambient environment, causing an inevitable degradation in its plasmonic resonance. Here, for the first time, we report a strong enhancement in the optical relaxation time in Cu by direct growth of few-layer graphene that is shown to act as an excellent passivation layer protecting Cu surface from any deterioration. Spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements reveal a 40–50% reduction in the total scattering rate in Cu itself, which is attributed to an improvement in its surface properties. We also study the impact of graphene quality and show that high quality graphene leads to an even larger improvement in electron scattering rate. These findings are expected to provide a big push towards graphene-protected Cu plasmonics. PMID:27461968

  11. Optical Relaxation Time Enhancement in Graphene-Passivated Metal Films

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    Chugh, Sunny; Mehta, Ruchit; Man, Mengren; Chen, Zhihong

    2016-07-01

    Due to the small skin depth in metals at optical frequencies, their plasmonic response is strongly dictated by their surface properties. Copper (Cu) is one of the standard materials of choice for plasmonic applications, because of its high conductivity and CMOS compatibility. However, being a chemically active material, it gets easily oxidized when left in ambient environment, causing an inevitable degradation in its plasmonic resonance. Here, for the first time, we report a strong enhancement in the optical relaxation time in Cu by direct growth of few-layer graphene that is shown to act as an excellent passivation layer protecting Cu surface from any deterioration. Spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements reveal a 40–50% reduction in the total scattering rate in Cu itself, which is attributed to an improvement in its surface properties. We also study the impact of graphene quality and show that high quality graphene leads to an even larger improvement in electron scattering rate. These findings are expected to provide a big push towards graphene-protected Cu plasmonics.

  12. Multi-wavelength optical measurement to enhance thermal/optical analysis for carbonaceous aerosol

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    Chen, L.-W. A.; Chow, J. C.; Wang, X. L.; Robles, J. A.; Sumlin, B. J.; Lowenthal, D. H.; Zimmermann, R.; Watson, J. G.

    2015-01-01

    A thermal/optical carbon analyzer equipped with seven-wavelength light source/detector (405-980 nm) for monitoring spectral reflectance (R) and transmittance (T) of filter samples allowed "thermal spectral analysis (TSA)" and wavelength (λ)-dependent organic-carbon (OC)-elemental-carbon (EC) measurements. Optical sensing was calibrated with transfer standards traceable to absolute R and T measurements, adjusted for loading effects to report spectral light absorption (as absorption optical depth (τa, λ)), and verified using diesel exhaust samples. Tests on ambient and source samples show OC and EC concentrations equivalent to those from conventional carbon analysis when based on the same wavelength (~ 635 nm) for pyrolysis adjustment. TSA provides additional information that evaluates black-carbon (BC) and brown-carbon (BrC) contributions and their optical properties in the near infrared to the near ultraviolet parts of the solar spectrum. The enhanced carbon analyzer can add value to current aerosol monitoring programs and provide insight into more accurate OC and EC measurements for climate, visibility, or health studies.

  13. Multi-wavelength optical measurement to enhance thermal/optical analysis for carbonaceous aerosol

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    Chen, L.-W. A.; Chow, J. C.; Wang, X. L.; Robles, J. A.; Sumlin, B.; Lowenthal, D. H.; Zimmermann, R.; Watson, J. G.

    2014-09-01

    A thermal/optical carbon analyzer equipped with seven-wavelength light source/detector (405-980 nm) for monitoring spectral reflectance (R) and transmittance (T) of filter samples allows "thermal spectral analysis (TSA)" and wavelength (λ)-dependent organic carbon (OC)-elemental carbon (EC) measurements. Optical sensing is calibrated with transfer standards traceable to absolute R and T measurements and adjusted for loading effects to determine spectral light absorption (as absorption optical depth [τa, λ]) using diesel exhaust samples as a reference. Tests on ambient and source samples show OC and EC concentrations equivalent to those from conventional carbon analysis when based on the same wavelength (~635 nm) for pyrolysis adjustment. TSA provides additional information that evaluates black carbon (BC) and brown carbon (BrC) contributions and their optical properties in the near-IR to the near-UV parts of the solar spectrum. The enhanced carbon analyzer can add value to current aerosol monitoring programs and provide insight into more accurate OC and EC measurements for climate, visibility, or health studies.

  14. 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.

  15. 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. PMID:24288478

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  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. 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

  1. 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.

  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. 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

  4. Femtosecond nonlinear optical properties of carbon nanoparticles

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    Li, Dan; Liu, Ye; Yang, Heqing; Qian, Shixiong

    2002-09-01

    The nonlinear optical properties and ultrafast electron-relaxation dynamics of carbon nanoparticles were investigated by using the femtosecond optical Kerr effect and pump-probe techniques. The blueshift of the absorption edge with the decrease of the size of the nanoparticles reveals the opening of the gap. The magnitude of chi(3) for carbon nanoparticles is calculated to be 8.3 x10-13 esu, which arises from the contribution of delocalized feature of the pi electrons. The decay of photobleaching includes a fast and a slow component, which are assigned to the relaxation of the free carriers and trapped carriers, respectively. It is found that the lifetimes of two components of bleaching decrease as temperature of heat treatment is increased.

  5. Designing Ligand-Enhanced Optical Absorption of Thiolated Gold Nanoclusters

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    Sementa, Luca; Barcaro, Giovanni; Dass, Amala; Stener, Mauro; Fortunelli, Alessandro

    2015-05-07

    The optical spectra of thiolated Au25(SR)18/Au23(SR)16 clusters with different R residues are investigated via TDDFT simulations. Significant enhancements in the optical region and effective electron delocalization are simultaneously achieved by tuning the ligands' steric hindrance and electronic conjugating features, producing a resonance phenomenon between the Au–S core motif and the ligand fragments.

  6. 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.

  7. Optical properties of graphene nanoflakes: Shape matters

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    Mansilla Wettstein, Candela; Bonafé, Franco P.; Oviedo, M. Belén; Sánchez, Cristián G.

    2016-06-01

    In recent years there has been significant debate on whether the edge type of graphene nanoflakes (GNFs) or graphene quantum dots (GQDs) are relevant for their electronic structure, thermal stability, and optical properties. Using computer simulations, we have proven that there is a fundamental difference in the absorption spectra between samples of the same shape, similar size but different edge type, namely, armchair or zigzag edges. These can be explained by the presence of electronic structures near the Fermi level which are localized on the edges. These features are also evident from the dependence of band gap on the GNF size, which shows three very distinct trends for different shapes and edge geometries.

  8. Electronic structure and optical properties of resin

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    Rao, Zhi-Fan; Zhou, Rong-Feng

    2013-03-01

    We used the density of functional theory (DFT) to study the electronic structure and density of states of resin by ab initio calculation. The results show the band gap of resin is 1.7 eV. The covalent bond is combined C/O atoms with H atoms. The O 2p orbital is the biggest effect near the Fermi level. The results of optical properties show the reflectivity is low, and the refractive index is 1.7 in visible light range. The highest absorption coefficient peak is in 490 nm and the value is 75,000.

  9. 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

  10. Nonlinear optical properties of multipyrrole dyes

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    Frenette, Mathieu; Hatamimoslehabadi, Maryam; Bellinger-Buckley, Stephanie; Laoui, Samir; Bag, Seema; Dantiste, Olivier; Rochford, Jonathan; Yelleswarapu, Chandra

    2014-01-01

    The nonlinear optical properties of a series of pyrrolic compounds consisting of BODIPY and aza-BODIPY systems are investigated using 532 nm nanosecond laser and the Z-scan technique. Results show that 3,5-distyryl extension of BODIPY to the red shifted MeO2BODIPY dye has a dramatic impact on its nonlinear absorption properties changing it from a saturable absorber to an efficient reverse saturable absorbing material with a nonlinear absorption coefficient of 4.64 × 10−10 m/W. When plotted on a concentration scale per mole of dye in solution MeO2BODIPY far outperforms the recognized zinc(II) phthalocyanine dye and is comparable to that of zinc(II) tetraphenylporphyrin. PMID:25242819

  11. 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).

  12. 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.

  13. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Porous Silicon

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    Peterman, Elaine; Brewer, Christopher; Sandusky, John; Cameron, Stewart; Kirkpatrick, Sean

    2003-03-01

    Porous silicon (poSi) has been the focus of many studies recently due to its unique nonlinear optical properties. The nonlinear properties of poSi wafers were studied as a function of intensity using a 790nm, 75 femtosecond laser system. The effects of pulse stretching were measured as a function of beam intensity and sample porosity. Cross correlating the reflected beam off of the sample with a reference beam, the maximum second harmonic generated inside a KDP crystal was monitored as the reference line was delayed. Comparative pulse widths are presented for a bulk silicon sample, a 30sample. A z-scan was also performed on a 30to determine a nonlinear index of refraction, n2.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

  20. Birefringence, the Lost and Forgotten Optical Property

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    Nicholls, J.

    2009-05-01

    Petrologists and mineralogists could more effectively exploit birefringence and its derivative properties, retardation and interference color, to characterize minerals in thin section. Mineralogy texts and courses largely confine their treatments to the principal birefringences: γ - α, β - α, and γ - β in biaxial crystals and |ɛ - ω| in uniaxial crystals. Each section through a biaxial or uniaxial crystal has a birefringence and the birefringences range from zero to a maximum value for the substance under examination. The distribution of birefringence values on the indicatrix is not random; rather it follows a regular pattern. The pattern reveals itself in stereographic projection and it can be quantitatively depicted if the principal refractive indices are known. This pattern, when combined with the optical orientation of the crystal, places limits on the crystallographic orientation of the crystal plate in thin section. Birefringence can be used to estimate the composition of binary solid solutions displaying moderate to high interference colors if the optical orientation can be established. Computer color management techniques provide estimation of retardation values derived from interference colors to within a few nanometres in the range 250 to 1650 nanometres. These color management techniques can also be used to create charts and diagrams with retardation values as one variable and other mineral properties and compositions as the other variable. On such diagrams, interference colors can be painted, the color bands normal to the retardation axis like Michel-Levy charts.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  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. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Fabrication, characterization, and optical properties of gold nanobowl submonolayer structures.

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    Ye, Jian; Van Dorpe, Pol; Van Roy, Willem; Borghs, Gustaaf; Maes, Guido

    2009-02-01

    We report on a versatile method to fabricate hollow gold nanobowls and complex gold nanobowls (with a core) based on an ion milling and a vapor HF etching technique. Two different sized hollow gold nanobowls are fabricated by milling and etching submonolayers of gold nanoshells deposited on a substrate, and their sizes and morphologies are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Optical properties of hollow gold nanobowls with different sizes are investigated experimentally and theoretically, showing highly tunable plasmon resonance ranging from the visible to the near-infrared region. Additionally, finite difference time domain (FDTD) calculations show an enhanced localized electromagnetic field around hollow gold nanobowl structures, which indicates a potential application in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy for biomolecular detection. Finally, we demonstrate the fabrication of complex gold nanobowls with a gold nanoparticle core which offers the capability to create plasmon hybridized nanostructures. PMID:19125593

  9. Enhanced optical trapping via structured scattering

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    Taylor, Michael A.; Waleed, Muhammad; Stilgoe, Alexander B.; Rubinsztein-Dunlop, Halina; Bowen, Warwick P.

    2015-10-01

    Interferometry can completely redirect light, providing the potential for strong and controllable optical forces. However, small particles do not naturally act like interferometric beamsplitters and the optical scattering from them is not generally thought to allow efficient interference. Instead, optical trapping is typically achieved via deflection of the incident field. Here, we show that a suitably structured incident field can achieve beamsplitter-like interactions with scattering particles. The resulting trap offers order-of-magnitude higher stiffness than the usual Gaussian trap in one axis, even when constrained to phase-only structuring. We demonstrate trapping of 3.5-10.0 μm silica spheres, achieving a stiffness up to 27.5 ± 4.1 times higher than was possible using Gaussian traps as well as a two-orders-of-magnitude higher measured signal-to-noise ratio. These results are highly relevant to many applications, including cellular manipulation, fluid dynamics, micro-robotics and tests of fundamental physics.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Electro-optic properties of organic nanotubes.

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    Stoylov, Stoyl P; Stoilova-McPhie, Svetla

    2011-08-10

    In this review article the theoretical and experimental possibilities of applying EO-methods for estimation of the physico-chemical properties of the organic nanotubes (ONTs) are studied. The ONTs are highly organized nanostructures of strongly elongated, anysometric, and hollow cylinders with a size range of 1 nm to 10,000 nm, e.g. in aqueous solutions they could behave as colloid (disperse) particles. They have high interaction ability due to their extremely large curved, rolled-up external surfaces (bilayers of membrane walls) and unique properties because of their specific electric charge distribution and dynamics that make possible the functionalization of their surfaces. Thus they could template guestsubstances such as membrane proteins and protein complexes on the exterior surfaces and in the membrane. We performed our investigations for the case of ONT aqueous colloid suspension. Following our earlier proposition of the general expression for the electro-optic (EO) effect we derived equations for the evaluation of the electric properties of ONT particles such as mechanism of electric polarization and identification of their most important electric Dipole Moments (DM), permanent (pDM) and induced (iDMs). Further we recommend ways for the calculation of their magnitude and direction. Also we evaluated some geometrical properties such as length of the ONT particles and their polydispersity. The knowledge that we provided about the ONT properties may enable us to elucidate and predict their biological activity. Templating biological active ligands (such as membrane proteins and protein complexes) on the inner and outer surfaces as well as in the surface membrane creates their potential usefulness as carrier and deliverer of biopharmaceuticals in bio-nanodevices. The theoretical equations were compared with the experimental data for ONTs such as (lipid) LNT, Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) and microtubules (MT). Comparison of EO methods with other methods used till

  13. Electro-optic properties of organic nanotubes.

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    Stoylov, Stoyl P; Stoilova-McPhie, Svetla

    2011-08-10

    In this review article the theoretical and experimental possibilities of applying EO-methods for estimation of the physico-chemical properties of the organic nanotubes (ONTs) are studied. The ONTs are highly organized nanostructures of strongly elongated, anysometric, and hollow cylinders with a size range of 1 nm to 10,000 nm, e.g. in aqueous solutions they could behave as colloid (disperse) particles. They have high interaction ability due to their extremely large curved, rolled-up external surfaces (bilayers of membrane walls) and unique properties because of their specific electric charge distribution and dynamics that make possible the functionalization of their surfaces. Thus they could template guestsubstances such as membrane proteins and protein complexes on the exterior surfaces and in the membrane. We performed our investigations for the case of ONT aqueous colloid suspension. Following our earlier proposition of the general expression for the electro-optic (EO) effect we derived equations for the evaluation of the electric properties of ONT particles such as mechanism of electric polarization and identification of their most important electric Dipole Moments (DM), permanent (pDM) and induced (iDMs). Further we recommend ways for the calculation of their magnitude and direction. Also we evaluated some geometrical properties such as length of the ONT particles and their polydispersity. The knowledge that we provided about the ONT properties may enable us to elucidate and predict their biological activity. Templating biological active ligands (such as membrane proteins and protein complexes) on the inner and outer surfaces as well as in the surface membrane creates their potential usefulness as carrier and deliverer of biopharmaceuticals in bio-nanodevices. The theoretical equations were compared with the experimental data for ONTs such as (lipid) LNT, Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) and microtubules (MT). Comparison of EO methods with other methods used till

  14. Enhanced thermal properties of nanodiamond nanofluids

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    Sundar, L. Syam; Singh, Manoj K.; Sousa, Antonio C. M.

    2016-01-01

    Nanodiamond (ND) particles dispersed in ethylene glycol/water mixtures have been reported for their thermal properties and potential heat transfer applications. Commercially available ultra-dispersed diamond soot was treated with sulfuric acid-nitric acids to form single ND particles - characterized by various techniques - then prepared ND nanofluids and then measured thermal conductivity and viscosity by experimentally. The enhanced thermal conductivity for 1.0% of ND/20:80, ND/40:60 and ND/60:40 nanofluids is 17.8%, 14.2% and 11.4%; enhanced viscosity is 2.74-times, 1.73-times and 1.92-times at temperature of 60 °C, respectively. The heat transfer benefits of ND nanofluids in laminar to turbulent flow have been analyzed theoretically by using thermal properties.

  15. Beyond optical enhancement due to embedded metal nanoparticles in thin-film solar cells

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    Murthy Mopurisetty, Sundara; Bajaj, Mohit; Ganguly, Swaroop

    2016-03-01

    Metal nanoparticles (MNPs) inside the active layer of thin-film solar cells are considered promising for light trapping, but they have also engendered concerns over their adverse impact on transport properties. Contrary to expectations, coupled optical and electrical simulations indicate that a purely electrical effect due to MNPs might result in an enhancement of the cell performance in addition to the gain from optical (plasmonic) effects. This electrical enhancement strongly depends on the MNP/semiconductor barrier height. On the other hand, the anticipated degradation due to trap states and surface recombination at the MNP/semiconductor interface may in fact be negligible.

  16. Structural and optical properties of nanostructured nickel

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

    2016-05-01

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. Optical properties of SbSI heterostructures

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    Toroń, B.; Nowak, M.; Grabowski, A.; Kepńiska, M.; Szala, J.; Rzychoń, T.

    2012-10-01

    The antimony sulfoiodide (SbSI) single crystal being a ferroelectric semiconductor has a large number of interesting properties. Based on SbSI single crystal a new type of heterostructures has been produced. For the first time diodes, transistors and thyristors composed of SbSI/Sb2S3 heterojunctions have been fabricated by CO2 laser irradiation of selected sections of SbSI single crystals. Treated sections are composed of amorphous antimony (III) sulphide (Sb2S3) with energy gap 0.3 eV smaller (in room temperature) than that of SbSI. The structural optical, electrical and photoelectrical characteristics of produced devices have been investigated.

  19. 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.

  20. Retroreflective imaging systems for enhanced optical biosensing

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    Bergen, Mark H.; Nichols, Jacqueline; Collier, Christopher M.; Jin, Xian; Holzman, Jonathan F.

    2014-05-01

    Biosensing is important for detection and characterization of microorganisms. When the detection and characterization of targeted microorganisms require micron-scale resolutions, optical biosensing techniques are especially beneficial. Optical biosensing can be applied through direct or indirect optical sensing techniques. The latter have demonstrated especially high sensitivities for the detection of targeted microorganisms with labeling. Unfortunately, such systems rely on high-resolution microscopy with microscopic sampling areas to image the labeled target microorganisms. This leads to long characterization times for applications such as pathogen detection in water quality monitoring where users must scan the micron-scale sampling areas across millimeter- or even centimeter-scale samples. This work introduces retroreflector labels for the detection and characterization of microorganisms for macroscopic sample sizes. The demonstrated retroreflective imaging system uses a laser source to illuminate the sample, in lieu of the fluorescent excitation source, and micron-scale retroreflector labels, in lieu of fluorescent stains/proteins. Antibodies are used to bind retroreflectors to targeted microorganisms. The presence of these microscopic retroreflector-microorganism pairs is monitored in a retroreflected image that is captured by a distant image sensor which shows a well-localized retroreflected beamspot for each pair. Characteristics of an appropriately-designed retroreflective imaging system which provide a quantifiable record of microorganism-coupled retroreflectors across macroscopic sample sizes are presented. Retroreflection directionality, collimation, and contrast are investigated for both corner-cube retroreflectors and spherical retroreflectors (of varying refractive indices). It is ultimately found that such a system is an effective tool for the detection and characterization of microorganism targets, down to a single-target detection limit.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Enhanced restoration approach in IP-centric mesh optical networks

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    Liu, Jimin; Zeng, QingJi; Huang, Jun; Xiao, Pengcheng

    2001-10-01

    Optical layer networking and survivability are very important branches of the study of optical communication network. Recent standards proposals have focused on extending MPLS protocols to manage optical network resources. These proposals have concentrated on provisioning optical connections and offering restoration capability in mesh optical networks. Few papers, however, are concentrated on protection issues of backup path. By considering the protection of backup path, survivability of protection scheme will improve. This article presents a novel paradigm enhancing the existing pre-established protection schemes using Multi-Protocol Lambda Switching architecture and demonstrates local restoration and global restoration for backup path with examples. Finally, we discuss the advantages of this approach and present future work.

  6. 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. PMID:19798320

  7. Covert optically-scanning enhanced zoom pinhole lens technology

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    Rana, H. S.

    2007-10-01

    Lens technology has been developed that enables a scene to be scanned optically whilst the lens remains stationary. The covert optically-scanning enhanced (COSE) pinhole lens technology also has the option of incorporating a zoom capability. This allows any target in the scene to be isolated and zoomed onto for further scrutiny. The COSE lens has an external stationary entrance pupil. The operation of the lens may be visualized as optically pivoting about this pupil plane whilst scanning the scene but physically remaining stationary. A technology demonstrator has been built and its performance is discussed. Further developments of the COSE technology are also discussed.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

    2014-09-01

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. Optical and chemical properties of tholins

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    Khare, Bishun N.; McKay, Christopher P.; Cruikshank, Dale P.; Sekine, Yasuhito; Wilhite, Patrick; Ishihara, Tomoko

    2008-10-01

    For over three decades tholins have been synthesized from mixtures of the cosmically abundant gases CH4, C2H6, NH3, H2O, HCHO, N2, and H2, previously in the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University and in recent years at NASA Ames Research Center. The tholin synthesized by UV light or spark discharge on sequential and non-sequential pyrolysis GC-MS revealed hundreds of compounds, and on hydrolysis produced a large number of amino acids including racemic protein amino acids. Optical constants have been measured of many of the tholins, tholins produced from a condensed mixture of water and ethane at 77 K, poly HCN, and Titan tholin produced on electrical discharge through a mixture of 90% N2 and 10% CH4. Its optical constants were measured from soft x-rays to microwave for the first time. Here we report the absorption properties of Titan tholin that is produced in the temperature range 135 to 178 K where tholins are produced by magnetospheric charged particles, then pass through lower temperature at 70 K and finally to the ground at 95 K. While descending to the ground, it gets coated and processed on the way by other sources of energy such as long UV and cosmic rays. It is therefore expected that the stable products of CH4 photolysis react with Titan tholin to recycle the CH4 supply in Titan's atmosphere. Furthermore, the reactions of gaseous C2H6 with the reactive materials on the surface of the tholin could incorporate atmospheric C2H6 into the tholin and therefore might reduce the deposition rate of C2H6 onto the ground of Titan.

  13. Nonreciprocal optical properties in resonant hybrid photonic crystals

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    D'Andrea, A.; Tomassini, N.

    2016-07-01

    The present work is devoted to the theoretical study of the nonreciprocal optical properties in hybrid (isotropic and anisotropic) periodic multilayers for photon energy values chosen close to the electronic energy gaps of semiconductors (excitons). The optical properties of these resonant nonmagnetic photonic crystals, where linear and quadratic spatial dispersion effects are both present, will be studied in the framework of exciton-polariton self-consistent solutions of the Maxwell and Schrödinger equations in the effective-mass approximation. The main interesting optical properties, namely, giant transmission, absorption suppression, and optical unidirectional propagation, will be computed by implementing a two-layer "minimum model."

  14. Optical field enhancement by strong plasmon interaction in graphene nanostructures.

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    Thongrattanasiri, Sukosin; García de Abajo, F Javier

    2013-05-01

    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.

  15. Enhanced luminescence excitation via efficient optical energy transfer (Presentation Recording)

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    Aad, Roy; Nomenyo, Komla D.; Bercu, Bogdan; Couteau, Christophe; Sallet, Vincent; Rogers, David J.; Molinari, Michael; Lérondel, Gilles

    2015-10-01

    Luminescent nanoscale materials (LNMs) have received widespread interest in sensing and lighting applications due to their enhanced emissive properties. For sensing applications, LNMs offer improved sensitivity and fast response time which allow for lower limits of detection. Meanwhile, for lighting applications, LNMs, such as quantum dots, offer an improved internal quantum efficiency and controlled color rendering which allow for better lighting performances. Nevertheless, due to their nanometric dimensions, nanoscale materials suffer from extremely weak luminescence excitation (i.e. optical absorption) limiting their luminescence intensity, which in turn results in a downgrade in the limits of detection and external quantum efficiencies. Therefore, enhancing the luminescence excitation is a major issue for sensing and lighting applications. In this work, we report on a novel photonic approach to increase the luminescence excitation of nanoscale materials. Efficient luminescence excitation increase is achieved via a gain-assisted waveguided energy transfer (G-WET). The G-WET concept consists on placing nanoscale materials atop of a waveguiding active (i.e. luminescent) layer with optical gain. Efficient energy transfer is thus achieved by exciting the nanoscale material via the tail of the waveguided mode of the active layer emission. The G-WET concept is demonstrated on both a nanothin layer of fluorescent sensitive polymer and on CdSe/ZnS quantum dots coated on ZnO thin film, experimentally proving up to an 8-fold increase in the fluorescence of the polymer and a 3-fold increase in the luminescence of the CdSe/ZnS depending of the active layer emission regime (stimulated vs spontaneous emission). Furthermore, we will discuss on the extended G-WET concept which consists on coating nanoscale materials on a nanostructured active layer. The nanostructured active layer offers the necessary photonic modulation and a high specific surface which can presumably lead to

  16. Cavity-enhanced optical bottle beam as a mechanical amplifier

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    Freegarde, Tim; Dholakia, Kishan

    2002-07-01

    We analyze the resonant cavity enhancement of a hollow ``optical bottle beam'' for the dipole-force trapping of dark-field-seeking species. We first improve upon the basic bottle beam by adding further Laguerre-Gaussian components to deepen the confining potential. Each of these components itself corresponds to a superposition of transverse cavity modes, which are then enhanced simultaneously in a confocal cavity to produce a deep optical trap needing only a modest incident power. The response of the trapping field to displacement of the cavity mirrors offers an unusual form of mechanical amplifier in which the Gouy phase shift produces an optical Vernier scale between the Laguerre-Gaussian beam components.

  17. Infrared/submillimeter optical properties data base

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    Alley, Phillip W.

    1989-01-01

    The general goal was to build a data base containing optical properties, such as reflectance, transmittance, refractive index, in the far infrared to submillimeter wavelength region. This data base would be limited to selected crystalline materials and temperature between 300 and 2 K. The selected materials were: lithium, lead, and strontium; the bromides of potassium and thallium; the carbides of silicone and tungsten; and the materials of KRS5, KRS6, diamond, and sapphire. Last summer, barium fluoride was selected as prototype material for building the data base. This summer the literature search, preparation of the data for barium fluoride was completed. In addition the literature search for data related to the compounds mentioned was completed. The current status is that barium fluoride is in a form suitable for a NASA internal publication. The papers containing the data on the other materials were xeroxed and they are ready to be reduced. On the reverse side, the top figure is a sample combination of data for the index of refraction at 300 K. The lower figure shows the transmittance vs wavelength at 300 and 80 K. These figures are a sample of many which were developed. Since barium fluoride was studied more than most of the materials listed above, it is clear that additional measurements should be made to fill in the gaps present on both temperature and wavelength data.

  18. 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.

  19. Nonlinear optical properties of bismuth selenide

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    Bas, Derek; Babakiray, Sercan; Stanescu, Tudor; Lederman, David; Bristow, Alan

    Bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) is a topological insulator with many interesting photonic properties. Much research has been done involving various types of photocurrents in an attempt to highlight the differences between the bulk electronic states and massless conducting surface states. Here, Bi2Se3 films varying in thickness from 6 to 40 quintuple layers have been produced via molecular beam epitaxy as a means to vary the relative contributions of bulk and surface. On these samples, optical measurements were performed at around 1.6 eV, which is enough energy to stimulate transitions from the Fermi level to a region near the second Dirac cone. Z-scan was used to measure saturable absorption, time-resolved two-color pump-probe was used to measure two-photon absorption, and a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer was used to measure linear absorption. Results were examined and analyzed with respect to thickness. Thickness-dependent band structures were produced using a tight-binding model and used to compare with experimental results.

  20. Exposure effects on the optical properties of building materials

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    Lane, Sarah; Cathcart, J. Michael; Harrell, J. Timothy

    2008-04-01

    Georgia Tech recently initiated a weathering effects measurement program to monitor the optical properties of several common building materials. A set of common building materials were placed outdoors and optical property measurements made over a series of weeks to assess the impact of exposure on these properties. Both reflectivity and emissivity measurements were made. Materials in this program included aluminum flashing, plastic sheets, bricks, roof shingles, and tarps. This paper will discuss the measurement approach, experimental setup, and present preliminary results from the optical property measurements.

  1. Light Localization and Magneto-Optic Enhancement in Ni Antidot Arrays.

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    Rollinger, Markus; Thielen, Philip; Melander, Emil; Östman, Erik; Kapaklis, Vassilios; Obry, Björn; Cinchetti, Mirko; García-Martín, Antonio; Aeschlimann, Martin; Papaioannou, Evangelos Th

    2016-04-13

    We reveal an explicit strategy to design the magneto-optic response of a magneto-plasmonic crystal by correlating near- and far-fields effects. We use photoemission electron microscopy to map the spatial distribution of the electric near-field on a nanopatterned magnetic surface that supports plasmon polaritons. By using different photon energies and polarization states of the incident light we reveal that the electric near-field is either concentrated in spots forming a hexagonal lattice with the same symmetry as the Ni nanopattern or in stripes oriented along the Γ-K direction of the lattice and perpendicular to the polarization direction. We show that the polarization-dependent near-field enhancement on the patterned surface is directly correlated to both the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons on the patterned surface as well as the enhancement of the polar magneto-optical Kerr effect. We obtain a relationship between the size of the enhanced magneto-optical behavior and the polarization and wavelength of optical excitation. The engineering of the magneto-optic response based on the plasmon-induced modification of the optical properties introduces the concept of a magneto-plasmonic meta-structure.

  2. Light Localization and Magneto-Optic Enhancement in Ni Antidot Arrays.

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    Rollinger, Markus; Thielen, Philip; Melander, Emil; Östman, Erik; Kapaklis, Vassilios; Obry, Björn; Cinchetti, Mirko; García-Martín, Antonio; Aeschlimann, Martin; Papaioannou, Evangelos Th

    2016-04-13

    We reveal an explicit strategy to design the magneto-optic response of a magneto-plasmonic crystal by correlating near- and far-fields effects. We use photoemission electron microscopy to map the spatial distribution of the electric near-field on a nanopatterned magnetic surface that supports plasmon polaritons. By using different photon energies and polarization states of the incident light we reveal that the electric near-field is either concentrated in spots forming a hexagonal lattice with the same symmetry as the Ni nanopattern or in stripes oriented along the Γ-K direction of the lattice and perpendicular to the polarization direction. We show that the polarization-dependent near-field enhancement on the patterned surface is directly correlated to both the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons on the patterned surface as well as the enhancement of the polar magneto-optical Kerr effect. We obtain a relationship between the size of the enhanced magneto-optical behavior and the polarization and wavelength of optical excitation. The engineering of the magneto-optic response based on the plasmon-induced modification of the optical properties introduces the concept of a magneto-plasmonic meta-structure. PMID:27018661

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

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

    2011-12-01

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Structural, optical, and magnetic properties of FeVO3

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    Singh, Pooja; Gupta, Anurag; Dogra, Anjana

    2016-05-01

    We report the structural, optical, and magnetic properties of polycrystalline FeVO3 synthesized by solid state reaction technique.While FeVO3 has rhombohedral crystal structure with space group R-3c (167) identical to the parentα-Fe2O3, the lattice volume reduces due to the replacement of Fe3+ with V3+ having smaller ionic radii. The most remarkable outcome of doping is reduction in band gap from 2.1 (α-Fe2O3) to 1.5 eV (FeVO3), which is favorable for photo-electrochemical applications. Although the canted ferromagnetism persists in FeVO3, an enhancement in magnetic moment is observed as compared to the parent compound.

  7. 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

    2012-06-01

    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.

  8. Inferring inherent optical properties and water constituent profiles from apparent optical properties.

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    Fan, Yongzhen; Li, Wei; Calzado, Violeta Sanjuan; Trees, Charles; Stamnes, Snorre; Fournier, Georges; McKee, David; Stamnes, Knut

    2015-07-27

    The BP09 experiment conducted by the Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation in the Ligurian Sea in March 2009 provided paired vertical profiles of nadir-viewing radiances L(u)(z) and downward irradiances E(d)(z) and inherent optical properties (IOPs, absorption, scattering and backscattering coefficients). An inversion algorithm was implemented to retrieve IOPs from apparent optical properties (AOPs, radiance reflectance R(L), irradiance reflectance R(E) and diffuse attenuation coefficient K(d)) derived from the radiometric measurements. Then another inversion algorithm was developed to infer vertical profiles of water constituent concentrations, including chlorophyll-a concentration, non-algal particle concentration, and colored dissolved organic matter from the retrieved IOPs based on a bio-optical model. The algorithm was tested on a synthetic dataset and found to give reliable results with an accuracy better than 1%. When the algorithm was applied to the BP09 dataset it was found that good retrievals of IOPs could be obtained for sufficiently deep waters, i.e. for L(u)(z) and E(d)(z) measurements conducted to depths of 50 m or more. This requirement needs to be satisfied in order to obtain a good estimation of the backscattering coefficient. For such radiometric measurements a correlation of 0.88, 0.96 and 0.93 was found between retrieved and measured absorption, scattering and backscattering coefficients, respectively. A comparison between water constituent values derived from the measured IOPs and in-situ measured values, yielded a correlation of 0.80, 0.78, and 0.73 for chlorophyll-a concentration, non-algal particle concentration, and absorption coefficient of colored dissolved organic matter at 443 nm, respectively. This comparison indicates that adjustments to the bio-optical model are needed in order to obtain a better match between inferred and measured water constituent values in the Ligurian Sea using the methodology developed in this paper.

  9. Parameterization of longwave optical properties for water clouds

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    Wang, H. Q.; Zhao, G. X.

    2002-02-01

    Based on relationships between cloud microphysical and optical properties, three different parameterization schemes for narrow and broad band optical properties in longwave region for water clouds have been presented. The effects of different parameterization schemes and different number of broad bands used on cloud radiative properties have been investigated. The effect of scattering role of cloud drops on longwave radiation fluxes and cooling rates in cloudy atmospheres has also been analyzed.

  10. Optical and magneto-optical properties of one-dimensional magnetized coupled resonator plasma photonic crystals

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    Hamidi, S. M.

    2012-01-15

    In this paper, the optical and magneto-optical properties of one-dimensional magnetized coupled resonator plasma photonic crystals have been investigated. We use transfer matrix method to solve our magnetized coupled resonator plasma photonic crystals consist of dielectric and magnetized plasma layers. The results of the change in the optical and magneto-optical properties of structure as a result of the alteration in the structural properties such as thickness, plasma frequency and collision frequency, plasma filling factor, number of resonators and dielectric constant of dielectric layers and external magnetic field have been reported. The main feature of this structure is a good magneto-optical rotation that takes place at the defect modes and the edge of photonic band gap of our proposed optical magnetized plasma waveguide. Our outcomes demonstrate the potential applications of the device for tunable and adjustable filters or reflectors and active magneto-optic in microwave devices under structural parameter and external magnetic field.

  11. Optical and magneto-optical properties of one-dimensional magnetized coupled resonator plasma photonic crystals

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    Hamidi, S. M.

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, the optical and magneto-optical properties of one-dimensional magnetized coupled resonator plasma photonic crystals have been investigated. We use transfer matrix method to solve our magnetized coupled resonator plasma photonic crystals consist of dielectric and magnetized plasma layers. The results of the change in the optical and magneto-optical properties of structure as a result of the alteration in the structural properties such as thickness, plasma frequency and collision frequency, plasma filling factor, number of resonators and dielectric constant of dielectric layers and external magnetic field have been reported. The main feature of this structure is a good magneto-optical rotation that takes place at the defect modes and the edge of photonic band gap of our proposed optical magnetized plasma waveguide. Our outcomes demonstrate the potential applications of the device for tunable and adjustable filters or reflectors and active magneto-optic in microwave devices under structural parameter and external magnetic field.

  12. 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. PMID:20435410

  13. 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. PMID:25231792

  14. Properties of Optical and Laser-Related Materials: A Handbook

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    Nikogosyan, David N.

    2003-05-01

    Properties of Optical and Laser-Related Materials-A Handbook offers the reader a self-contained, concise and up-to-date collection of the key properties of 125 of the most common and important optical materials used in modern optics, laser physics and technology, spectroscopy and laser spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, quantum electronics and laser applications. This comprehensive volume presents not only the classical properties but also those that have appeared in the three decades since the invention of the laser. The presentation of the material is given in a clear tabular form with more than 1000 references. A wide variety of readers, ranging from workers in both industry and academia, to lecturers and students at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, will find Properties of Optical and Laser-Related Materials-A Handbook an invaluable resource.

  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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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)

  1. 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. PMID:27146576

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  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. 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.

  6. Method for enhancing signals transmitted over optical fibers

    DOEpatents

    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.

  7. Determines the Thermal and Optical Properties of Fenestration Systems

    1995-01-27

    WINDOW4.1 computes the thermal properties of windows and other fenestration elements used in typical residential and commercial buildings. Manufactures, specifiers, architects, consumers, and the energy code specialists all need to know these properties (U-values, Solar Heat Gain Coefficients, optical properties). The use of this program to calculate these properties is typically much more cost effective than laboratory test procedures. Properties of complete window systems are based on libraries (or user input) component data.

  8. 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.

  9. Optical switching and contrast enhancement in intense laser systems by cascaded optical parametric amplification.

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    Jovanovic, Igor; Barty, C P J; Haefner, Constantin; Wattellier, Benoit

    2006-03-15

    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 that can completely eliminate the preceding and trailing oscillator pulses. Instrument-limited measurement of a prepulse contrast ratio of 1.4 x 10(11) is demonstrated from COPA at a 30 mJ level.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Influence of the dark exciton state on the optical and quantum optical properties of single quantum dots.

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    Reischle, M; Beirne, G J; Rossbach, R; Jetter, M; Michler, P

    2008-10-01

    The dark exciton state strongly affects the optical and quantum optical properties of flat InP/GaInP quantum dots. The exciton intensity drops sharply compared to the biexciton with rising pulsed laser excitation power while the opposite is true with temperature. Also, the decay rate is faster for the exciton than the biexciton and the dark-to-bright state spin flip is enhanced with temperature. Furthermore, long-lived dark state related memory effects are observed in second-order cross-correlation measurements between the exciton and biexciton and have been simulated using a rate-equation model. PMID:18851549

  13. Influence of the Dark Exciton State on the Optical and Quantum Optical Properties of Single Quantum Dots

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    Reischle, M.; Beirne, G. J.; Roßbach, R.; Jetter, M.; Michler, P.

    2008-10-01

    The dark exciton state strongly affects the optical and quantum optical properties of flat InP/GaInP quantum dots. The exciton intensity drops sharply compared to the biexciton with rising pulsed laser excitation power while the opposite is true with temperature. Also, the decay rate is faster for the exciton than the biexciton and the dark-to-bright state spin flip is enhanced with temperature. Furthermore, long-lived dark state related memory effects are observed in second-order cross-correlation measurements between the exciton and biexciton and have been simulated using a rate-equation model.

  14. Combined laser and glycerol enhancing skin optical clearing

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    Liu, Caihua; Zhi, Zhongwei; Tuchin, Valery V.; Zhu, Dan

    2009-02-01

    The inherent barrier function of the stratum corneum (SC) makes optical clearing agents difficult to penetrate into skin. To date, several physicochemical methods have been studied to enhance skin optical clearing. In this study, the rat skin was initially irradiated by various light (Carbon-Dioxide Laser, Intensed Pulse Light, Nd:YAG Laser and its frequency-doubled laser) with different dose, and then topically applied anhydrous glycerol. A fiber spectrometer was used to monitor the change of skin diffuse reflectance spectrum so as to evaluate the optical clearing effect on skin. The results showed that Nd:YAG Laser(1,064 nm) with appropriate pulse width and energy density combined with glycerol could improve skin optical clearing effectively, and that Q-switched Nd:YAG Laser combining glycerol made the most significant decrease of skin diffuse reflectance. However, after the irradiation of Carbon-Dioxide Laser (ultra-pulsed), Intensed Pulse Light (400-700 nm) or frequency-doubled Q-switched Nd:YAG Laser(532 nm), the following application of glycerol didn't lead to skin optical clearing. Adversely, higher power of the former two light could result in erythema, the later one may harm skin apparently even lead to blood coagulation dot. This study provids a new idea to find out a noninvasive but high-effective approach to increase skin optical clearing, and available parameters of laser need to be further investigated.

  15. 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.

  16. Potential application of Chinese traditional medicine (CTM) as enhancer for tissue optical clearing

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    Chen, Wei; Jiang, Jingying; Wang, Ruikang K.; Xu, Kexin

    2009-02-01

    Many biocompatible hyperosmotic agents such as dimethyl sulfoxide(DMSO) have been used as enhancers for tissue optical clearing technique. However, previous investigations showed that DMSO can induce bradycardia, respiratory problems, and alterations in blood pressure. Also, DMSO could potentially alter the chemical structure, and hence the functional properties, of cell membranes. In this talk, Borneol among natural and nontoxic CTMs was introduced as new enhancer for optical clearing of porcine skin tissue since it has been widely used as new penetration promoter in the field of trandermial drug delivery system(TDDS) and been proved to be effective. In the first, the spectral characteristics of borneol was obtained and analyzed by Fourier Transformation Infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometer. And further experimental studies were performed to probe if borneol is capable of optical clearing of porcine skin tissue in vitro with near infrared spectroscopy, double integrating-spheres system and Inverse Adding-Doubling(IAD) algorithm. Spectral results show that light penetration depth into skin tissue got the increase. Meanwhile, absorption coefficient and scattering coefficient of porcine skin treated by borneol got the decrease during the permeation of Borneol. Therefore, Borneol could be potentially used as enhancer for tissue optical clearing to improve non-invasive light-based diagnostic and imaging techniques while practically optical application and clinical safety are under consideration.

  17. Photoluminescence and electro-optic properties of small (25-35 nm diameter) quantum boxes

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    Davis, L.; Ko, K. K.; Li, W.-Q.; Sun, H. C.; Lam, Y.; Brock, T.; Pang, S. W.; Bhattacharya, P. K.; Rooks, M. J.

    1993-05-01

    The luminescence and electro-optic properties of buried 25-35 nm quantum boxes have been measured. The quantum boxes were defined by a combination of molecular beam epitaxial growth and regrowth, electron beam lithography, and dry etching. The photoluminescence from 35 nm boxes shows a blue shift of about 15 meV compared to the bulk luminescence and an enhancement, taking into account the fill factor. An enhanced effective linear electrooptic coefficient is observed for the quantum boxes.

  18. Optical Properties of Multi-Layered Insulation

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    Rodriguez, H.; Abercromby, K.; Mulrooney, M.; Barker, E.

    spectral measurements were acquired for each MLI sample. Spectral data will be combined to match the wavelength region of photometric data to establish a fiduciary reference for the photometric measurements. Not only will this help validate the color photometry, but it will also assist interpretation and analysis of telescopic data. As an example, copper-colored Kapton shows a strong absorption feature near 4800 angstroms. If the observed debris is MLI and the outer layer of copper coloring of Kapton is present, evidence of this material should be seen spectroscopically by the specific absorption feature as well as photometrically (eg. by using R-B (red-blue) light curves). Using laboratory photometric and spectroscopic measurements an optical property database is provided for a representative high A/m object. These results should directly aid the accurate interpretation of telescopically acquired optical orbital debris photometry of both high A/m targets as well as satellites and spacecraft that incorporate MLI.

  19. 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.

  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. Mesh-based enhancement schemes in diffuse optical tomography.

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    Gu, Xuejun; Xu, Yong; Jiang, Huabei

    2003-05-01

    Two mesh-based methods including dual meshing and adaptive meshing are developed to improve the finite element-based reconstruction of both absorption and scattering images of heterogeneous turbid media. The idea of dual meshing scheme is to use a fine mesh for the solution of photon propagation and a coarse mesh for the inversion of optical property distributions. The adaptive meshing method is accomplished by the automatic mesh refinement in the region of heterogeneity during reconstruction. These schemes are validated using tissue-like phantom measurements. Our results demonstrate the capabilities of the dual meshing and adaptive meshing in both qualitative and quantitative improvement of optical image reconstruction.

  2. 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.

  3. Tunable enhanced optical absorption of graphene using plasmonic perfect absorbers

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    Cai, Yijun; Zhu, Jinfeng; Liu, Qing Huo

    2015-01-01

    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.

  4. Application analysis of enhanced video tracker in space optical communication

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    Zhai, Xuhua; Zhang, Hongtao; Zhao, Haishan; Zhang, Zhiping

    2011-06-01

    Relay mirror is used to track ground-based beacon accurately in space optical communication. It is unreliable to track the beam by the ordinary quadrant. DBA video tracker applies avalanche photo diode quadrant to enhance, which can improve the performance of the relay mirror tracking system. However, the sight line disturbance followed is unacceptable. By the continuous designs we present the scheme of enhanced video tracker with high-passed high bandwidth quadrant, and it is proved that it is successful for the relay mirror experiment.

  5. 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.

  6. Modulation properties of optically injection-locked quantum cascade lasers.

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    Wang, Cheng; Grillot, Fédéric; Kovanis, Vassilios I; Bodyfelt, Joshua D; Even, Jacky

    2013-06-01

    A rate equation analysis on the modulation response of an optical injection-locked quantum cascade laser is outlined. It is found that the bifurcation diagram exhibits both bistable and unstable locked regions. In addition, the stable locked regime widens as the linewidth enhancement factor increases. It is also shown that both positive and negative optical detunings as well as strong injection strength enhance the 3 dB modulation bandwidth by as much as 30 GHz. Finally, the peak in the modulation response is significantly influenced by the optical frequency detuning.

  7. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Triphenylalanine-based Peptide Nanostructures

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    Kudryavtsev, A. V.; Mishina, E. D.; Sigov, A. S.

    2016-05-01

    Nonlinear optical properties of peptide nanobelts and peptide nanospheres, the two types of self-assembled triphenylalanine-based peptide nanostructures, are studied. Nanobelts nonlinear susceptibility tensor components are evaluated, and nanobelts crystal structure and crystallographic orientation are defined on the basis of nonlinear optical mapping and polarization dependences of the second harmonic signal. The results obtained suggest that it is possible to use these materials as biologically compatible nonlinear optical converters.

  8. Design of a production process to enhance optical performance of 3ω optics

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    Prasad, Rahul R.; Bruere, Justin R.; Halpin, John M.; Lucero, Phil; Mills, Steven; Bernacil, Michael; Hackel, Richard P.

    2004-06-01

    Using the Phoenix pre-production conditioning facility we have shown that raster scanning of 3ω optics using a XeF excimer laser and mitigation of the resultant damage sites with a CO2 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 CO2 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 ~15 μm, and two microscopes to image damage sites with ~5 μm resolution. The optics will be handled in a class 100 clean room, within the facility that will be maintained at class 1000.

  9. 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.

  10. Optical and dielectric properties of L-methionine L-methioninium hydrogen maleate single crystal

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    Vasudevan, P.; Sankar, S.; Gokulraj, S.

    2013-02-01

    An organic nonlinear optical single crystal L-methionine L-methioninium hydrogen maleate has been grown by solution growth technique. It is confirmed from XRD data that the crystal belongs to monoclinic system with non-centrosymmetric space group P21. Photoluminescence study was carried out for the grown crystal and maximum emission occurs at 395 nm. Dielectric measurements were made for the frequency range from 100 Hz to 5 MHz. The lower value of dielectric constant and dielectric loss at higher frequencies reveal that the material possesses enhanced optical quality with lesser defects. Nonlinear optical property was confirmed by Kurtz and Perry technique.

  11. 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.

  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 HL; Xiong, Jie; Park, Ju-Hyun; Dickerson, James H.; He, Weidong

    2016-05-01

    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 Eu2+ 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. 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. PMID:27023644

  14. Enhancement of Second-Order Nonlinear-Optical Signals by Optical Stimulation

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    Goodman, A. J.; Tisdale, W. A.

    2015-05-01

    Second-order nonlinear optical interactions such as sum- and difference-frequency generation are widely used for bioimaging and as selective probes of interfacial environments. However, inefficient nonlinear optical conversion often leads to poor signal-to-noise ratio and long signal acquisition times. Here, we demonstrate the dramatic enhancement of weak second-order nonlinear optical signals via stimulated sum- and difference-frequency generation. We present a conceptual framework to quantitatively describe the interaction and show that the process is highly sensitive to the relative optical phase of the stimulating field. To emphasize the utility of the technique, we demonstrate stimulated enhancement of second harmonic generation (SHG) from bovine collagen-I fibrils. Using a stimulating pulse fluence of only 3 nJ /cm2 , we obtain an SHG enhancement >104 relative to the spontaneous signal. The stimulation enhancement is greatest in situations where spontaneous signals are the weakest—such as low laser power, small sample volume, and weak nonlinear susceptibility—emphasizing the potential for this technique to improve signal-to-noise ratios in biological imaging and interfacial spectroscopy.

  15. Quantum analysis of polarization properties of optical beams

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    Lahiri, Mayukh; Wolf, Emil

    2010-10-15

    We present a quantum treatment of polarization of optical beams and discuss some properties of beams of any state of polarization. The analysis is based on quantum-mechanical interpretation of a canonical experiment that is used to elucidate polarization properties of stochastic fields in classical optics. Our work shows how to apply some ideas and techniques, commonly used in the classical theory, for fields that cannot be treated classically.

  16. 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.

  17. Quantum analysis of polarization properties of optical beams

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    Lahiri, Mayukh; Wolf, Emil

    2010-10-01

    We present a quantum treatment of polarization of optical beams and discuss some properties of beams of any state of polarization. The analysis is based on quantum-mechanical interpretation of a canonical experiment that is used to elucidate polarization properties of stochastic fields in classical optics. Our work shows how to apply some ideas and techniques, commonly used in the classical theory, for fields that cannot be treated classically.

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. VO2 Semishells/Au Nanohemispheres Hybrid Nanostructure with Tunable Optical Property

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    Nam, Gi-Wan; Maroof, Abbas; Cho, Dong-Guk; Kim, Bong-Jun; Kim, Hyun-Tak; Hong, Seunghun

    2015-03-01

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2) has been drawing much attention due to its unique property of a reversible phase transition accompanying significant changes in electrical and optical properties. In addition, the optical property of VO2 can be tuned by depositing metal on the VO2, and thus VO2-metal hybrid structures have been intensively studied to develop smart materials with tunable optical properties. Herein, we developed hybrid nanostructures based on VO2 semishells (SSs) and Au nanohemispheres (NHs) as tunable plasmonic nanostructures. The hybrid structure exhibited an enhanced optical absorbance compared to that of the VO2 SSs alone, which could be attributed to a strong plasmonic coupling between VO2 SSs and Au NHs. Furthermore, the positions of peaks in their absorbance spectra can be adjusted by controlling temperatures, presumably due to the phase transition of the VO2 SS structures. Our hybrid nanostructures with tunable optical properties can be useful for various optoelectronic applications such as photothermal nanoregulators and ultrafast optical switches

  1. 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

  2. Enhanced optical squeezing from a degenerate parametric amplifier via time-delayed coherent feedback

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    Német, Nikolett; Parkins, Scott

    2016-08-01

    A particularly simple setup is introduced to study the influence of time-delayed coherent feedback on the optical squeezing properties of the degenerate parametric amplifier. The possibility for significantly enhanced squeezing is demonstrated both on resonance and in sidebands, at a reduced pump power compared to the case without feedback. We study a broad range of operating parameters and their influence on the characteristic squeezing of the system. A classical analysis of the system dynamics reveals the connection between the feedback-modified landscape of stability and enhanced squeezing.

  3. Optical and structural properties of Al-ZnO nanocomposites.

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    Lee, Geon Joon; Deshpande, Nishad Gopal; Lee, Young Pak; Cheong, Hyeonsik; Swami, Narasimha; Bhat, Jeddu Sadashiva

    2014-05-01

    The optical and structural properties of aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO) films were investigated by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy. Pure zinc oxide (ZnO) and AZO composite films were deposited using vacuum evaporation method. The films exhibited different morphologies and crystallinity depending on the Al-doping. The SEM micrographs showed that a granular and compact structure could be seen for the ZnO film, while a nanoleaf structure with relatively porous nature was observed for the AZO composite film. The XRD patterns indicated that the crystalline growth orientation would be significantly affected by addition of Al. Compared with pure ZnO, the XRD peak intensity of the AZO composite was stronger and the line-width was narrower. Two-probe resistivity measurements showed that the AZO composites could be used as transparent conducting materials. The PL spectra revealed that the PL intensities of the AZO composites were stronger than that of the pure ZnO. The PL enhancement might be ascribed to the surface plasmon resonance of metal nanoclusters within the composite. Another possible reason of the PL enhancement would be the metal-induced crystallization caused by doping Al to ZnO matrix.

  4. 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.

  5. Optical properties of nanowire dimers with a spatially nonlocal dielectric function.

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    McMahon, Jeffrey M; Gray, Stephen K; Schatz, George C

    2010-09-01

    We study the optical spectra and electromagnetic field enhancements around cylindrical and triangular Ag nanowire dimers, allowing for a spatially nonlocal dielectric function that partially accounts for quantum mechanical effects. For the triangular structures, we pay particular attention to how these properties depend on the sharpness of the nanowire's tips. We demonstrate that significant differences exist from classical electrodynamics that employs a more common, spatially local dielectric function. These differences are shown to arise from the optical excitation of volume plasmons inside of the structures, analogous to one-particle quantum mechanical states, which lead to complex and striking patterns of material polarization. These results are important for further understanding the optical properties of structures at the nanoscale and have implications for numerous physical processes, such as surface-enhanced Raman scattering.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Cooling enhancement in optical refrigeration by non-resonant optical cavities

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    Farfan, B. G.; Gragossian, A.; Symonds, G.; Ghasemkhani, M. R.; Albrecht, A. R.; Sheik-Bahae, M.; Epstein, R. I.

    2016-05-01

    We present a study of cooling enhancement in optical refrigerators by the implementation of advanced non-resonant optical cavities. Cavity designs have been studied to maximize pump light-trapping to improve absorption and thereby increase the efficiency of optical refrigeration. The approaches of non-resonant optical cavities by Herriott-cell and totalinternal- reflection were studied. Ray-tracing simulations and experiments were performed to analyze and optimize the different light-trapping configurations. Light trapping was studied for laser sources with high quality beams and for beams with large divergences, roughly corresponding to the output from fiber lasers and from diode lasers, respectively. We present a trade-off analysis between performance, reliability, and manufacturability.

  9. 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

  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. Optical properties of gadolinium gallium garnet.

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    Wood, D L; Nassau, K

    1990-09-01

    The refractive index, the temperature coefficient of the refractive index, and the optical transparency of gadolinium gallium garnet are reported as a function of wavelength from the near UV to the middle IR. The materialis transparent enough for good optical components between 0.36 and 6.0 microm, and the refractive index ranges from 2.0 at the UV end to 1.8 at the IR end of the spectrum. The wavelength dependence of index is expressed as a three-term Sellmeier formula with agreement better than two parts in the fourth decimal between calculated and experimental values. Variations in composition depending on growth from various melts (e.g., stoichiometric vs congruent) have no effect on the optical parameters at this level of precision.

  12. 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.

  13. Ultraviolet-visible bulk optical properties of randomly distributed soot.

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    Renard, J B; Hadamcik, E; Brogniez, C; Berthet, G; Worms, J C; Chartier, M; Pirre, M; Ovarlez, J; Ovarlez, H

    2001-12-20

    The presence of soot in the lower stratosphere was recently established by in situ measurements. To isolate their contribution to optical measurements from that of background aerosol, the soot's bulk optical properties must be determined. Laboratory measurements of extinction and polarization of randomly distributed soot were conducted. For all soot, measurements show a slight reddening extinction between 400 and 700 nm and exhibit a maximum of 100% polarization at a scattering angle of 75 +/- 5 degrees. Such results cannot be reproduced by use of Mie theory assumptions. The different optical properties of soot and background stratospheric aerosol could allow isolation of soot in future analyses of stratospheric measurements.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  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.

    2014-10-21

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. General Properties of Monochromatic Optical Beams

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    Kozin, G. I.

    Using the idea of the angular spectral plane-wave expansion all the basic parameters of monochromatic optical beams in general were obtained, previously known by the Gaussian beams. The concept of a large-scale beam angle is introduced. In addition to the geometric phase shift, the interference nature of phase shift in beams was identified.

  1. Distinct optical properties of relativistically degenerate matter

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    Akbari-Moghanjoughi, M.

    2014-06-15

    In this paper, we use the collisional quantum magnetohydrodynamic (CQMHD) model to derive the transverse dielectric function of a relativistically degenerate electron fluid and investigate various optical parameters, such as the complex refractive index, the reflection and absorption coefficients, the skin-depth and optical conductivity. In this model we take into accounts effects of many parameters such as the atomic-number of the constituent ions, the electron exchange, electron diffraction effect and the electron-ion collisions. Study of the optical parameters in the solid-density, the warm-dense-matter, the big-planetary core, and the compact star number-density regimes reveals that there are distinct differences between optical characteristics of the latter and the former cases due to the fundamental effects of the relativistic degeneracy and other quantum mechanisms. It is found that in the relativistic degeneracy plasma regime, such as found in white-dwarfs and neutron star crusts, matter possess a much sharper and well-defined step-like reflection edge beyond the x-ray electromagnetic spectrum, including some part of gamma-ray frequencies. It is also remarked that the magnetic field intensity only significantly affects the plasma reflectivity in the lower number-density regime, rather than the high density limit. Current investigation confirms the profound effect of relativistic degeneracy on optical characteristics of matter and can provide an important plasma diagnostic tool for studying the physical processes within the wide scope of quantum plasma regimes be it the solid-density, inertial-confined, or astrophysical compact stars.

  2. Optical Enhancement in Optoelectronic Devices Using Refractive Index Grading Layers.

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    Lee, Illhwan; Park, Jae Yong; Gim, Seungo; Kim, Kisoo; Cho, Sang-Hwan; Choi, Chung Sock; Song, Seung-Yong; Lee, Jong-Lam

    2016-02-10

    We enhanced the optical transmittance of a multilayer barrier film by inserting a refractive index grading layer (RIGL). The result indicates that the Fresnel reflection, induced by the difference of refractive indices between Si(x)N(y) and SiO2, is reduced by the RIGL. To eliminate the Fresnel reflection while maintaining high transmittance, the optimized design of grading structures with the RIGL was conducted using an optical simulator. With the RIGL, we achieved averaged transmittance in the visible wavelength region by 89.6%. It is found that the optimized grading structure inserting the multilayer barrier film has a higher optical transmittance (89.6%) in the visible region than that of a no grading sample (82.6%). Furthermore, luminance is enhanced by 14.5% (from 10,190 to 11,670 cd m(-2) at 30 mA cm(-2)) when the grading structure is applied to organic light-emitting diodes. Finally, the results offer new opportunities in development of multilayer barrier films, which assist industrialization of very cost-effective flexible organic electronic devices.

  3. Functionality Enhancement of Industrialized Optical Fiber Sensors and System Developed for Full-Scale Pavement Monitoring

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    Wang, Huaping; Liu, Wanqiu; He, Jianping; Xing, Xiaoying; Cao, Dandan; Gao, Xipeng; Hao, Xiaowei; Cheng, Hongwei; Zhou, Zhi

    2014-01-01

    Pavements always play a predominant role in transportation. Health monitoring of pavements is becoming more and more significant, as frequently suffering from cracks, rutting, and slippage renders them prematurely out of service. Effective and reliable sensing elements are thus in high demand to make prognosis on the mechanical properties and occurrence of damage to pavements. Therefore, in this paper, various types of functionality enhancement of industrialized optical fiber sensors for pavement monitoring are developed, with the corresponding operational principles clarified in theory and the performance double checked by basic experiments. Furthermore, a self-healing optical fiber sensing network system is adopted to accomplish full-scale monitoring of pavements. The application of optical fiber sensors assembly and self-healing network system in pavement has been carried out to validate the feasibility. It has been proved that the research in this article provides a valuable method and meaningful guidance for the integrity monitoring of civil structures, especially pavements. PMID:24854060

  4. Enhancing the decoding performance of optical wireless communication systems using receiver-side predistortion.

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    Wang, Qi; Wang, Zhaocheng; Chen, Sheng; Hanzo, Lajos

    2013-12-16

    White light emitting diodes (LEDs) have been widely utilized for illumination owing to their desired properties of inherent bright output, high efficiency, low power consumption and long life-time. They are also increasingly applied in optical wireless communications for realizing high data rate transmission. This paper presents an improved scheme relying on the insertion of a simple predistortion module before the decoder at the receiver of optical wireless communication systems that use white LEDs. The proposed predistortion scheme exploits the inherent nature of mixing the three unequal optical-power primary colours in generating white light to enhance the system's performance. Specifically, we design this predistortion module by minimizing the upper bound of the error probability in conjunction with a soft-decision decoder. Our simulation results demonstrate that the detection performance is considerably improved with the aid of the proposed predistortion module. PMID:24514608

  5. Enhancing the decoding performance of optical wireless communication systems using receiver-side predistortion.

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    Wang, Qi; Wang, Zhaocheng; Chen, Sheng; Hanzo, Lajos

    2013-12-16

    White light emitting diodes (LEDs) have been widely utilized for illumination owing to their desired properties of inherent bright output, high efficiency, low power consumption and long life-time. They are also increasingly applied in optical wireless communications for realizing high data rate transmission. This paper presents an improved scheme relying on the insertion of a simple predistortion module before the decoder at the receiver of optical wireless communication systems that use white LEDs. The proposed predistortion scheme exploits the inherent nature of mixing the three unequal optical-power primary colours in generating white light to enhance the system's performance. Specifically, we design this predistortion module by minimizing the upper bound of the error probability in conjunction with a soft-decision decoder. Our simulation results demonstrate that the detection performance is considerably improved with the aid of the proposed predistortion module.

  6. Tunable nonreciprocal terahertz transmission and enhancement based on metal/magneto-optic plasmonic lens.

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    Fan, Fei; Chen, Sai; Wang, Xiang-Hui; Chang, Sheng-Jiang

    2013-04-01

    A tunable metal/magneto-optic plasmonic lens for terahertz isolator is demonstrated. Based on the magneto-optical effect of the semiconductor material and non-symmetrical structure, this plasmonic lens has not only the focusing feature but also nonreciprocal transmission property. Moreover, a transmission enhancement through this device greatly larger than that of the ordinary metallic slit arrays is contributed by the extraordinary optical transmission effect of the magneto surface plasmon polaritons. The results show that the proposed isolator has an isolation bandwidth of larger than 0.4THz and the maximum isolation of higher than 110dB, and its operating frequency also can be broadly tuned by changing the external magnetic field or temperature. This low-loss, high isolation, broadband tunable nonreciprocal terahertz transmission mechanism has a great potential for terahertz application systems. PMID:23571951

  7. Functionality enhancement of industrialized optical fiber sensors and system developed for full-scale pavement monitoring.

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    Wang, Huaping; Liu, Wanqiu; He, Jianping; Xing, Xiaoying; Cao, Dandan; Gao, Xipeng; Hao, Xiaowei; Cheng, Hongwei; Zhou, Zhi

    2014-05-19

    Pavements always play a predominant role in transportation. Health monitoring of pavements is becoming more and more significant, as frequently suffering from cracks, rutting, and slippage renders them prematurely out of service. Effective and reliable sensing elements are thus in high demand to make prognosis on the mechanical properties and occurrence of damage to pavements. Therefore, in this paper, various types of functionality enhancement of industrialized optical fiber sensors for pavement monitoring are developed, with the corresponding operational principles clarified in theory and the performance double checked by basic experiments. Furthermore, a self-healing optical fiber sensing network system is adopted to accomplish full-scale monitoring of pavements. The application of optical fiber sensors assembly and self-healing network system in pavement has been carried out to validate the feasibility. It has been proved that the research in this article provides a valuable method and meaningful guidance for the integrity monitoring of civil structures, especially pavements.

  8. Compact, fiber-based, fast-light enhanced optical gyroscope

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    Christensen, Caleb A.; Zavriyev, Anton; Bashkansky, Mark; Beal, A. Craig

    2013-05-01

    It has been proposed that fast-light optical phenomena can increase the sensitivity of a Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG) of a given size by several orders of magnitude. MagiQ is developing a compact fully-fibered fast light RLG using Stimulated Brillouin Scattering (SBS) in commercial optical fiber. We will discuss our experimental results on SBS pumped lasing in commercial fibers and analyze their implications to the fast light generation. Based on these results, we envision a fast light enhanced Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG) that will use only a few meters of fiber and require moderate pump power (only a few 100's of mW). We will present the design that is based on proven, commercially available technologies. By using photonic integrated circuits and telecom-grade fiber components, we created a design that is appropriate for mass production in the near term. We eliminated all free-space optical elements (such as atomic vapor cells), in order to enable a compact, high sensitivity RLG stable against environmental disturbances. Results of this effort will have benefits in existing applications of RLGs (such as inertial navigation units, gyrocompasses, and stabilization techniques), and will allow wider use of RLGs in spacecraft, unmanned aerial vehicles or sensors, where the current size and weight of optical gyros are prohibitive.

  9. Enhanced all-optical switching with double slow light pulses

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    Lin, Chi-Ching; Wu, Meng-Chang; Shiau, Bor-Wen; Chen, Yi-Hsin; Yu, Ite A.; Chen, Yong-Fan; Chen, Ying-Cheng

    2012-12-01

    We experimentally demonstrate an all-optical switching (AOS) scheme based on double slow light (DSL) pulses, in which one pulse is switched by another due to the cross-Kerr nonlinearity. The interaction time is prolonged by optically dense atomic media and matched group velocities. The interaction strength is maintained at a high level by keeping both fields at their electromagnetically-induced-transparency resonances to minimize the linear loss. In the AOS without the DSL scheme, the group velocity mismatch sets an upper limit on the switching efficiency of two photons per atomic cross section as discussed by Harris and Hau [Phys. Rev. Lett.PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.82.4611 82, 4611 (1999)]. Compared to that limit, we have obtained an enhanced switching efficiency by a factor of 3 with our DSL scheme. The nonlinear efficiency can be further improved by increasing the optical depth of the medium. Our work advances low-light-level nonlinear optics and provides essential ingredients for quantum many-body physics using strongly interacting photons.

  10. Plasmon enhanced broadband optical absorption in ultrathin silicon nanobowl array for photoactive devices applications

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    Sun, Rui-Nan; Peng, Kui-Qing Hu, Bo; Hu, Ya; Zhang, Fu-Qiang; Lee, Shuit-Tong

    2015-07-06

    Both photonic and plasmonic nanostructures are key optical components of photoactive devices for light harvesting, enabling solar cells with significant thickness reduction, and light detectors capable of detecting photons with sub-band gap energies. In this work, we study the plasmon enhanced broadband light absorption and electrical properties of silicon nanobowl (SiNB) arrays. The SiNB-metal photonic-plasmonic nanostructure-based devices exhibited superior light-harvesting ability across a wide range of wavelengths up to the infrared regime well below the band edge of Si due to effective optical coupling between the SiNB array and incident sunlight, as well as electric field intensity enhancement around metal nanoparticles due to localized surface plasmon resonance. The photonic-plasmonic nanostructure is expected to result in infrared-light detectors and high-efficiency solar cells by extending light-harvesting to infrared frequencies.

  11. Modification of alkali metals on silicon-based nanoclusters: An enhanced nonlinear optical response

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    Li, Xiaojun; Han, Quan; Yang, Xiaohui; Song, Ruijuan; Song, Limei

    2016-08-01

    Structures, chemical stabilities and nonlinear optical properties of alkali metals-adsorbed niobium-doped silicon (M@SinNb+) clusters are investigated using the DFT methods. The alkali metals prefer energetically to be attached as bridged bond rather than M-Si single bond in most of optimized structures. Adsorption of alkali metals on doped silicon clusters gradually enhances their chemical stabilities with increasing cluster size. Noteworthily, the first hyperpolarizabilities (βtot) of the M@SinNb+ clusters, obtained by using the long-range corrected CAM-B3LYP functional, are large enough to establish their strong nonlinear optical behavior, especially for M@Si9Nb+ (M = Li, Na, and K), and the enhanced βtot ordering by alkali metals is Na > K > Li.

  12. 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.

  13. Magneto-Optical Properties of Paramagnetic Superrotors

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    Milner, A. A.; Korobenko, A.; Floß, J.; Averbukh, I. Sh.; Milner, V.

    2015-07-01

    We study the dynamics of paramagnetic molecular superrotors in an external magnetic field. An optical centrifuge is used to create dense ensembles of oxygen molecules in ultrahigh rotational states. In is shown, for the first time, that the gas of rotating molecules becomes optically birefringent in the presence of a magnetic field. The discovered effect of "magneto-rotational birefringence" indicates the preferential alignment of molecular axes along the field direction. We provide an intuitive qualitative model, in which the influence of the applied magnetic field on the molecular orientation is mediated by the spin-rotation coupling. This model is supported by the direct imaging of the distribution of molecular axes, the demonstration of the magnetic reversal of the rotational Raman signal, and by numerical calculations.

  14. Magneto-Optical Properties of Paramagnetic Superrotors.

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    Milner, A A; Korobenko, A; Floß, J; Averbukh, I Sh; Milner, V

    2015-07-17

    We study the dynamics of paramagnetic molecular superrotors in an external magnetic field. An optical centrifuge is used to create dense ensembles of oxygen molecules in ultrahigh rotational states. In is shown, for the first time, that the gas of rotating molecules becomes optically birefringent in the presence of a magnetic field. The discovered effect of "magneto-rotational birefringence" indicates the preferential alignment of molecular axes along the field direction. We provide an intuitive qualitative model, in which the influence of the applied magnetic field on the molecular orientation is mediated by the spin-rotation coupling. This model is supported by the direct imaging of the distribution of molecular axes, the demonstration of the magnetic reversal of the rotational Raman signal, and by numerical calculations. PMID:26230789

  15. Optomechanical Enhancement of Doubly Resonant 2D Optical Nonlinearity.

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    Yi, Fei; Ren, Mingliang; Reed, Jason C; Zhu, Hai; Hou, Jiechang; Naylor, Carl H; Johnson, A T Charlie; Agarwal, Ritesh; Cubukcu, Ertugrul

    2016-03-01

    Emerging two-dimensional semiconductor materials possess a giant second order nonlinear response due to excitonic effects while the monolayer thickness of such active materials limits their use in practical nonlinear devices. Here, we report 3300 times optomechanical enhancement of second harmonic generation from a MoS2 monolayer in a doubly resonant on-chip optical cavity. We achieve this by engineering the nonlinear light-matter interaction in a microelectro-mechanical system enabled optical frequency doubling device based on an electrostatically tunable Fabry-Perot microresonator. Our versatile optomechanical approach will pave the way for next generation efficient on-chip tunable light sources, sensors, and systems based on molecularly thin materials. PMID:26854706

  16. Optomechanical Enhancement of Doubly Resonant 2D Optical Nonlinearity.

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    Yi, Fei; Ren, Mingliang; Reed, Jason C; Zhu, Hai; Hou, Jiechang; Naylor, Carl H; Johnson, A T Charlie; Agarwal, Ritesh; Cubukcu, Ertugrul

    2016-03-01

    Emerging two-dimensional semiconductor materials possess a giant second order nonlinear response due to excitonic effects while the monolayer thickness of such active materials limits their use in practical nonlinear devices. Here, we report 3300 times optomechanical enhancement of second harmonic generation from a MoS2 monolayer in a doubly resonant on-chip optical cavity. We achieve this by engineering the nonlinear light-matter interaction in a microelectro-mechanical system enabled optical frequency doubling device based on an electrostatically tunable Fabry-Perot microresonator. Our versatile optomechanical approach will pave the way for next generation efficient on-chip tunable light sources, sensors, and systems based on molecularly thin materials.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Optically enhanced nuclear cross polarization in acridine-doped fluorene

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    Oshiro, C.M.

    1982-06-01

    The objective of this work has been to create large polarizations of the dilute /sup 13/C nuclei in the solid state. The idea was to create /sup 1/H polarizations larger than Boltzmann and to use the proton enhanced nuclear induction spectroscopy cross polarization technique to then transfer this large polarization to the /sup 13/C spin system. Optical Nuclear Polarization (ONP) of acridine-doped fluorene single crystals was studied. In addition, ONP of powdered samples of the acridine-doped fluorene was studied. In general, many compounds do not crystallize easily or do not form large crystals suitable for NMR experiments. Powdered, amorphous and randomly dispersed samples are generally far more readily available than single crystals. One objective of this work has been to (first) create large /sup 1/H polarizations. Although large optical proton polarizations in single crystals have been reported previously, optically generated polarizations in powdered samples have not been reported. For these reasons, ONP studies of powdered samples of the acridine-doped fluorene were also undertaken. Using ONP in combination with the proton enhanced nuclear induction spectroscopy experiment, large /sup 13/C polarizations have been created in fluorene single crystals. These large /sup 13/C polarizations have permitted the determination of the seven incongruent chemical shielding tensors of the fluorene molecule. Part 2 of this thesis describes the proton enhanced nuclear induction spectroscopy experiment. Part 3 describes the ONP experiment. Part 4 is a description of the experimental set-up. Part 5 describes the data analysis for the determination of the chemical shielding tensors. Part 6 presents the results of the ONP experiments performed in this work and the chemical shielding tensors determined.

  20. Scattering and Optical Properties of Water Ice

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    Yanamandra-Fisher, P. A.

    2003-01-01

    Light scattering by planetary ices of interest such as water, methane, clathrated species, will provide insight into the nature of the Jovian moons targeted by the JIMO mission - Europa, Callisto and Ganymede - composition, surface properties and thickness of ice mantles. Although much remote sensing data exists, theoretical models lag the data. We highlight the current state of theoretical and experimental models for water ice and highlight areas of study necessary to address the JIMO goals regarding surface and subsurface properties.

  1. Improved optical limiting performance of laser-ablation-generated metal nanoparticles due to silica-microsphere-induced local field enhancement.

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    Du, Zheren; Chen, Lianwei; Kao, Tsung-Sheng; Wu, Mengxue; Hong, Minghui

    2015-01-01

    For practical application, optical limiting materials must exhibit a fast response and a low threshold in order to be used for the protection of the human eye and electro-optical sensors against intense light. Many nanomaterials have been found to exhibit optical limiting properties. Laser ablation offers the possibility of fabricating nanoparticles from a wide range of target materials. For practical use of these materials, their optical limiting performance, including optical limiting threshold and the ability to efficiently attenuate high intensity light, needs to be improved. In this paper, we fabricate nanoparticles of different metals by laser ablation in liquid. We study the optical nonlinear properties of the laser-generated nanoparticle dispersion. Silica microspheres are used to enhance the optical limiting performance of the nanoparticle dispersion. The change in the optical nonlinear properties of the laser-generated nanoparticle dispersion caused by silica microspheres is studied. It is found that the incident laser beam is locally focused by the microspheres, leading to an increased optical nonlinearity of the nanoparticle dispersion.

  2. Optical enhancement of photoluminescence with colloidal quantum dots

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    Abraham, Gabrielle; French, David A.; Bajwa, Pooja; Heyes, Colin D.; Herzog, Joseph B.

    2015-08-01

    This work investigates colloidal, semiconductor Cadmium Selenide (CdSe) QDs with optical spectroscopy measurements. A custom-built microscope has been used for photoluminescence spectroscopy and has collected images, videos, and spectra of samples to study the effects of substrates, sample density, uniformity, and QD aging with time. This set up will be used to detect single to a few molecules, shown by fluorescent intermittency, or QD blinking. Differences in the spectrum will be noted as related to the age of samples, the density of the quantum dots, and the concentration of samples. Further experiments include the potential plasmonic enhancement of QD photoluminescence by gold nanoparticles or nanostructures.

  3. Multiparameter fiber optic sensing system for monitoring enhanced geothermal systems

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    Challener, William A

    2014-12-04

    The goal of this project was to design, fabricate and test an optical fiber cable which supports multiple sensing modalities for measurements in the harsh environment of enhanced geothermal systems. To accomplish this task, optical fiber was tested at both high temperatures and strains for mechanical integrity, and in the presence of hydrogen for resistance to darkening. Both single mode (SM) and multimode (MM) commercially available optical fiber were identified and selected for the cable based on the results of these tests. The cable was designed and fabricated using a tube-within-tube construction containing two MM fibers and one SM fiber, and without supporting gel that is not suitable for high temperature environments. Commercial fiber optic sensing instruments using Raman DTS (distributed temperature sensing), Brillouin DTSS (distributed temperature and strain sensing), and Raleigh COTDR (coherent optical time domain reflectometry) were selected for field testing. A microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) pressure sensor was designed, fabricated, packaged, and calibrated for high pressure measurements at high temperatures and spliced to the cable. A fiber Bragg grating (FBG) temperature sensor was also spliced to the cable. A geothermal well was selected and its temperature and pressure were logged. The cable was then deployed in the well in two separate field tests and measurements were made on these different sensing modalities. Raman DTS measurements were found to be accurate to ±5°C, even with some residual hydrogen darkening. Brillouin DTSS measurements were in good agreement with the Raman results. The Rayleigh COTDR instrument was able to detect some acoustic signatures, but was generally disappointing. The FBG sensor was used to determine the effects of hydrogen darkening, but drift over time made it unreliable as a temperature or pressure sensor. The MEMS sensor was found to be highly stable and accurate to better than its 0.1% calibration.

  4. Enhanced optical limiting effects of graphene materials in polyimide

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    Gan, Yao; Feng, Miao; Zhan, Hongbing

    2014-04-28

    Three different graphene nanostructure suspensions of graphene oxide nanosheets (GONSs), graphene oxide nanoribbons (GONRs), and graphene oxide quantum dots (GOQDs) are prepared and characterized. Using a typical two-step method, the GONSs, GONRs, and GOQDs are incorporated into a polyimide (PI) matrix to synthesize graphene/PI composite films, whose nonlinear optical (NLO) and optical limiting (OL) properties are investigated at 532 nm in the nanosecond regime. The GONR suspension exhibits superior NLO and OL effects compared with those of GONSs and GOQDs because of its stronger nonlinear scattering and excited-state absorption. The graphene/PI composite films exhibit NLO and OL performance superior to that of their corresponding suspensions, which is attributed primarily to a combination of nonlinear mechanisms, charge transfer between graphene materials and PI, and the matrix effect.

  5. Excitons in the optical properties of nanotubes

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    Spataru, Catalin

    2006-03-01

    We present ab initio calculation of self-energy and electron-hole interaction (excitonic) effects on the optical spectra of single-walled carbon and BN nanotubes. We employed a many-electron Green's function approach that determines both the quasiparticle and optical excitations from first principles. We found important many-electron effects that explain many of the puzzling experimental findings in the optical spectrum of these quasi-one dimensional systems, and the calculated spectra are in excellent quantitative agreement with measurements. In carbon nanotubes, excitons can bind by as much as one eV in semiconducting nanotubes^a). We discovered that bound excitons also exist in metallic carbon nanotubes with binding energy of many tens of meVs^a). Excitonic effects are shown to be even more inportant in BN nanotubes than in carbon nanotubes. Unlike the carbon nanotubes, theory predicts that excitons in some BN nanotubes are comprised of coherent superposition of transitions from several different subband pairs^b). We have also calculated the radiative lifetime of excitons in semiconducting carbon nanotubes. Assuming a thermal occupation of bright and dark exciton bands, we find an effective radiative lifetime of the order of 10 ns at room temperature, in good accord with recent experiments^c). a) C.D. Spataru, S. Ismail-Beigi, L.X. Benedict and S.G. Louie, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 077402 (2004). b) C.-H. Park, C.D. Spataru and S.G. Louie, to be published. c) C.D. Spataru, S. Ismail-Beigi, R.B. Capaz and S.G. Louie, in press Phys. Rev. Lett.

  6. Enhanced optical chromatography in a PDMS microfluidic system

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    Terray, A.; Arnold, J.; Hart, S. J.

    2005-12-01

    The purely refractive index driven separation of uniformly sized polystyrene, n = 1.59 and poly(methylmethacrylate), n = 1.49 in an optical chromatography system has been enhanced through the incorporation of a custom poly(dimethysiloxane) (PDMS) microfluidic system. A customized channel geometry was used to create separate regions with different linear flow velocities tailored to the specific application. These separate flow regions were then used to expose the entities in the separation to different linear flow velocities thus enhancing their separation relative to the same separation in a constant velocity flow environment. A microbiological sample containing spores of the biological warfare agent, Bacillus anthracis, and a common environmental interferent, mulberry pollen, was investigated to test the use of tailored velocity regions. These very different samples were analyzed simultaneously only through the use of tailored velocity regions.

  7. Surface-enhanced raman optical data storage system

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    Vo-Dinh, Tuan

    1991-01-01

    A method and apparatus for a Surface-Enhanced Raman Optical Data Storage (SERODS) System is disclosed. A medium which exhibits the Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) phenomenon has data written onto its surface of microenvironment by means of a write-on procedure which disturbs the surface or microenvironment of the medium and results in the medium having a changed SERS emission when excited. The write-on procedure is controlled by a signal that corresponds to the data to be stored so that the disturbed regions on the storage device (e.g., disk) represent the data. After the data is written onto the storage device it is read by exciting the surface of the storage device with an appropriate radiation source and detecting changes in the SERS emission to produce a detection signal. The data is then reproduced from the detection signal.

  8. Surface-Enhanced Raman Optical Data Storage system

    DOEpatents

    Vo-Dinh, T.

    1991-03-12

    A method and apparatus for a Surface-Enhanced Raman Optical Data Storage (SERODS) System are disclosed. A medium which exhibits the Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) phenomenon has data written onto its surface of microenvironment by means of a write-on procedure which disturbs the surface or microenvironment of the medium and results in the medium having a changed SERS emission when excited. The write-on procedure is controlled by a signal that corresponds to the data to be stored so that the disturbed regions on the storage device (e.g., disk) represent the data. After the data is written onto the storage device it is read by exciting the surface of the storage device with an appropriate radiation source and detecting changes in the SERS emission to produce a detection signal. The data is then reproduced from the detection signal. 5 figures.

  9. Optical Properties and Aggregation of Graphene Nanoplatelets.

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    Melezhyk, A V; Kotov, V A; Tkachev, A G

    2016-01-01

    In the present paper, the optical density of dispersions of randomly oriented multilayer graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) was estimated. Calculated and experimental data were compared for aqueous GNP dispersions stabilized with various surfactants. It was shown that the sonication of an expanded graphite compound (EGC) in aqueous surfactant solutions leads to the transformation of EGC worm-like particles into weak GNP aggregates which are able to pass into solution upon dilution and agitation of the system. They may be filtered and washed out of surfactants. The concentrated GNP dispersions containing these weak aggregates can be used to synthesize different graphene-based nanostructures and obtain novel composite materials. PMID:27398570

  10. Electro-optical properties of Rydberg excitons

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    Zielińska-Raczyńska, Sylwia; Ziemkiewicz, David; Czajkowski, Gerard

    2016-07-01

    We show how to compute the electro-optical functions (absorption, reflection, and transmission) when Rydberg exciton-polaritons appear, including the effect of the coherence between the electron-hole pair and the electromagnetic field. With the use of the real density matrix approach, numerical calculations applied for the Cu2O crystal are performed. We also examine in detail and explain the dependence of the resonance displacement on the state number and applied electric field strength. We report a fairly good agreement with recently published experimental data.

  11. Structural Stability and Optical Properties of Nanomaterials with Reconstructed Surfaces

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    Puzder, A; Williamson, A; Reboredo, F; Galli, G

    2003-10-24

    The authors present density functional and quantum Monte Carlo calculations of the stability and optical properties of semiconductor nanomaterials with reconstructed surfaces. they predict the relative stability of silicon nanostructures with reconstructed and unreconstructed surfaces, and show that surface step geometries unique to highly curved surfaces dramatically reduce the optical gaps and decrease excitonic lifetimes. These predictions provide an explanation of both the variations in the photoluminescence spectra of colloidally synthesized nanoparticles and observed deep gap levels in porous silicon.

  12. Optical properties of electrochromic vanadium pentoxide

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    Cogan, S. F.; Nguyen, N. M.; Perrotti, S. J.; Rauh, R. D.

    1989-08-01

    Electrochemical and spectroscopic measurements were used to characterize the electrochromic behavior of sputtered V/sub 2/O/sub 5/ films. In response to lithium intercalation, the fundamental optical absorption edge of V/sub 2/O/sub 5/ shifts to high energies by 0.20--0.31 eV as the lithium concentration increases from Li/sub 0.0/V/sub 2/O/sub 5/ to Li/sub 0.86/V/sub 2/O/sub 5/. 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 cm/sup 2//C.

  13. Optical properties of rubrene thin film prepared by thermal evaporation

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    Chen, Liang; Deng, Jin-Xiang; Kong, Le; Cui, Min; Chen, Ren-Gang; Zhang, Zi-Jia

    2015-04-01

    Rubrene thin films are deposited on quartz substrates and silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) films by the thermal evaporation technique. The optical properties of rubrene thin film are investigated in a spectral range of 190 nm-1600 nm. The analysis of the absorption coefficient (α) reveals direct allowed transition with a corresponding energy of 2.24 eV. The photoluminescence (PL) peak of the rubrene thin film is observed to be at 563 nm (2.21 eV). With the use of Ag NPs which are fabricated by radio-frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering on the quartz, the PL intensity is 8.5 times that of as-deposited rubrene thin film. It is attributed to the fact that the surface plasmon enhances the photoluminescence. Project supported by the Funding for the Development Project of Beijing Municipal Education Commission of Science and Technology, China (Grant No. KZ201410005008), the Natural Science Foundation of Beijing City, China (Grant No. 4102014), and the Graduate Science Fund of the Beijing University of Technology, China (Grant No. ykj-2013-9835).

  14. Optical properties of CTAB modified ZrO2 nanoparticles

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    Sidhu, Gaganpreet Kaur; Kumar, Rajesh

    2015-08-01

    Among various metal oxides, Zirconia (ZrO2) has been considered as one of the most investigated materials for its outstanding mechanical properties and ionic conduction properties, due to its high oxygen ion conduction. ZrO2 nanoparticles with and without surfactant CTAB (Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide) were synthesized by hydrothermal method. Surfactants form a unique class of chemical compounds, because of their remarkable ability to influence the properties of surface and interface of compound. The remarkable effect of surfactant on the optical properties of Zirconia nanoparticles were investigated comprehensively by X-Ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible and Photoluminescence spectroscopy. The crystalline nanoparticles with tetragonal phase have been observed. The size of nanoparticles has been found to decrease with use of surfactant. The optical properties have also been found to change as an effect of surface modification of nanoparticles.

  15. Thermo-optical properties and nonlinear optical response of smectic liquid crystals containing gold nanoparticles.

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    de Melo, P B; Nunes, A M; Omena, L; do Nascimento, S M S; da Silva, M G A; Meneghetti, M R; de Oliveira, I N

    2015-10-01

    The present work is devoted to the study of the thermo-optical and nonlinear optical properties of smectic samples containing gold nanoparticles with different shapes. By using the time-resolved Z-scan technique, we determine the effects of nanoparticle addition on the critical behavior of the thermal diffusivity and thermo-optical coefficient at the vicinity of the smectic-A-nematic phase transition. Our results reveal that introduction of gold nanoparticles affects the temperature dependence of thermo-optical parameters, due to the local distortions in the orientational order and heat generation provided by guest particles during the laser exposure. Further, we show that a nonlinear optical response may take place at temperatures where the smectic order is well established. We provide a detailed discussion of the effects associated with the introduction gold nanoparticles on the mechanisms behind the thermal transport and optical nonlinearity in liquid-crystal samples.

  16. Monte Carlo method for photon heating using temperature-dependent optical properties.

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    Slade, Adam Broadbent; Aguilar, Guillermo

    2015-02-01

    The Monte Carlo method for photon transport is often used to predict the volumetric heating that an optical source will induce inside a tissue or material. This method relies on constant (with respect to temperature) optical properties, specifically the coefficients of scattering and absorption. In reality, optical coefficients are typically temperature-dependent, leading to error in simulation results. The purpose of this study is to develop a method that can incorporate variable properties and accurately simulate systems where the temperature will greatly vary, such as in the case of laser-thawing of frozen tissues. A numerical simulation was developed that utilizes the Monte Carlo method for photon transport to simulate the thermal response of a system that allows temperature-dependent optical and thermal properties. This was done by combining traditional Monte Carlo photon transport with a heat transfer simulation to provide a feedback loop that selects local properties based on current temperatures, for each moment in time. Additionally, photon steps are segmented to accurately obtain path lengths within a homogenous (but not isothermal) material. Validation of the simulation was done using comparisons to established Monte Carlo simulations using constant properties, and a comparison to the Beer-Lambert law for temperature-variable properties. The simulation is able to accurately predict the thermal response of a system whose properties can vary with temperature. The difference in results between variable-property and constant property methods for the representative system of laser-heated silicon can become larger than 100K. This simulation will return more accurate results of optical irradiation absorption in a material which undergoes a large change in temperature. This increased accuracy in simulated results leads to better thermal predictions in living tissues and can provide enhanced planning and improved experimental and procedural outcomes. PMID

  17. Monte Carlo method for photon heating using temperature-dependent optical properties.

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    Slade, Adam Broadbent; Aguilar, Guillermo

    2015-02-01

    The Monte Carlo method for photon transport is often used to predict the volumetric heating that an optical source will induce inside a tissue or material. This method relies on constant (with respect to temperature) optical properties, specifically the coefficients of scattering and absorption. In reality, optical coefficients are typically temperature-dependent, leading to error in simulation results. The purpose of this study is to develop a method that can incorporate variable properties and accurately simulate systems where the temperature will greatly vary, such as in the case of laser-thawing of frozen tissues. A numerical simulation was developed that utilizes the Monte Carlo method for photon transport to simulate the thermal response of a system that allows temperature-dependent optical and thermal properties. This was done by combining traditional Monte Carlo photon transport with a heat transfer simulation to provide a feedback loop that selects local properties based on current temperatures, for each moment in time. Additionally, photon steps are segmented to accurately obtain path lengths within a homogenous (but not isothermal) material. Validation of the simulation was done using comparisons to established Monte Carlo simulations using constant properties, and a comparison to the Beer-Lambert law for temperature-variable properties. The simulation is able to accurately predict the thermal response of a system whose properties can vary with temperature. The difference in results between variable-property and constant property methods for the representative system of laser-heated silicon can become larger than 100K. This simulation will return more accurate results of optical irradiation absorption in a material which undergoes a large change in temperature. This increased accuracy in simulated results leads to better thermal predictions in living tissues and can provide enhanced planning and improved experimental and procedural outcomes.

  18. An investigation of aerosol optical properties: Atmospheric implications and influences

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    Penaloza-Murillo, Marcos A.

    An experimental, observational, and theoretical investigation of aerosol optical properties has been made in this work to study their implications and influences on the atmosphere. In the laboratory the scientific and instrumental methodology consisted of three parts, namely, aerosol generation, optical and mass concentration measurements, and computational calculations. In particular the optical properties of ammonium sulfate and caffeine aerosol were derived from measurements made with a transmissometer cell-reciprocal- integrating nephelometer (TCRIN), equipped with a laser beam at 632.8 nm, and by applying a Mie theory computer code The aerosol generators, optical equipment and calibration procedures were reviewed. The aerosol shape and size distribution were studied by means of scanning electron microscopy and the Gumprecht- Sliepcevich/Lipofsky-Green extinction-sedimentation method. In particular the spherical and cylindrical shape were considered. During this investigation, an alternative method for obtaining the optical properties of monodisperse spherical non-absorbing aerosol using a cell-transmissometer, which is based on a linearisation of the Lambert-Beer law, was found. In addition, adapting the TCRIN to electrooptical aerosol studies, the optical properties of a circular-cylindrical aerosol of caffeine were undertaken under the condition of random orientation in relation with the laser beam, and perpendicular orientation to it. A theoretical study was conducted to assess the sensitivity of aerosol to a change of shape under different polarisation modes. The aerosol optical properties, obtained previously in the laboratory, were then used to simulate the direct radiative forcing. The calculations and results were obtained by applying a one- dimensional energy-balance box model. The influence of atmospheric aerosol on the sky brightness due to a total solar eclipse was studied using the photometric and meteorological observations made during the

  19. Optical absorption properties of dispersed gold and silver alloy nanoparticles.

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    Wilcoxon, Jess

    2009-03-01

    The oldest topic in nanoscience is the size-dependent optical properties of gold and silver colloids or nanoparticles, first investigated scientifically by Michael Faraday in 1857. In the modern era, advances in both synthesis and characterization have resulted in new insights into the size-dependent absorbance of Au and Ag nanoparticles with sizes below the classical limit for Mie theory. In this paper we discuss the synthesis and properties of core/shell and nanoalloy particles of Au and Ag, compare them to particles of pure gold and silver, and discuss how alloying affects nanoparticle chemical stability. We show that composition, size, and nanostructure (e.g., core/shell vs quasi-random nanoalloy) can all be employed to adjust the optical absorbance properties. The type of nanostructure--core/shell vs alloy--is reflected in their optical absorbance features. PMID:19708105

  20. Determination of optical properties by variation of boundary conditions

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    Nickell, Stephan; Essenpreis, Matthias; Kraemer, U.; Kohl-Bareis, Matthias; Boecker, Dirk

    1998-01-01

    Propagation of photons in multiple scattering media depends on absorbing and scattering properties as well as the boundary conditions of the semi-infinite medium. A new method is shown that makes use of differences in boundary conditions to determine the optical properties. Induced are these different conditions by varying the reflectivity of a sensor head. We describe the influence of the change in reflectivity with the common diffusion theory. By building a ratio between the spatially-resolved diffuse reflectance under different boundary conditions it is possible to calculate the optical properties of homogeneous phantoms. Due to optical heterogeneities in living tissue, limitations of the method was observed, which restricts the application to in vivo measurements.

  1. Determination of optical properties by variation of boundary conditions

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    Nickell, Stephan; Essenpreis, Matthias E.; Kraemer, U.; Kohl, Matthias; Boecker, Dirk

    1997-12-01

    Propagation of photons in multiple scattering media depends on absorbing and scattering properties as well as the boundary conditions of the semi-infinite medium. A new method is shown that makes use of differences in boundary conditions to determine the optical properties. Induced are these different conditions by varying the reflectivity of a sensor head. We describe the influence of the change in reflectivity with the common diffusion theory. By building a ratio between the spatially-resolved diffuse reflectance under different boundary conditions it is possible to calculate the optical properties of homogeneous phantoms. Due to optical heterogeneities in living tissue, limitations of the method was observed, which restricts the application to in vivo measurements.

  2. Measuring the optical properties of IceCube drill holes

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    Rongen, Martin

    2016-04-01

    The IceCube Neutrino Observatory consists of 5160 digital optical modules (DOMs) in a cubic kilometer of deep ice below the South Pole. The DOMs record the Cherenkov light from charged particles interacting in the ice. A good understanding of the optical properties of the ice is crucial to the quality of the event reconstruction. While the optical properties of the undisturbed ice are well understood, the properties of the refrozen drill holes still pose a challenge. A new data-acquisition and analysis approach using light originating from LEDs within one DOM detected by the photomultiplier of the same DOM will be described. This method allows us to explore the scattering length in the immediate vicinity of the considered DOMs.

  3. Dependence of optical properties of calcium bismuthates on synthesis conditions

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    Shtarev, D. S.; Shtareva, A. V.

    2016-08-01

    The article studies optical properties of calcium bismuthate nanoparticles of different composition. For the first time the synthesis of these compounds was produced by the pyrolysis of organic precursors using an organic solvent. Characterization of particles was made by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray analysis. The optical properties were investigated by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). It is shown that the type of crystal lattice of the particles of calcium bismuthate determines the possibility to control the optical properties of nanoparticles by varying their composition. The conclusions about the production process and the composition of calcium bismuthate, the most promising for use as a photocatalyst of visible light and solar cells, were made.

  4. Photoconductive and nonlinear optical properties of composites based on metallophthalocyanines

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    Vannikov, A. V.; Grishina, A. D.; Gorbunova, Yu. G.; Tsivadze, A. Yu.

    2015-08-01

    The photoconductive, photorefractive and nonlinear optical properties of composites from polyvinylcarbazole or aromatic polyimide containing supramolecular ensembles of (tetra-15-crown-5) - phthalocyaninato gallium, indium, - phthalocyaninateacetato yttrium, - phthalocyaninato ruthenium with axially coordinated pyrazine molecules were investigated at 633, 1030 and 1064nmusing continuous and pulsed lasers. Supramolecular ensembles (SE) were prepared through dissolution of molecular metallophthalocyanines in tetrachloroethane (TCE) and subsequent treatment via three cycles of heating to 90∘C and slow cooling to room temperature. The zscan method in femtosecond and nanosecond regimeswas used for measuring nonlinear optical properties phthalocyaninato indium and yttrium in TCE solutions and polymer films. It was established that effect of heavy metallic atom is basic factor which determines the quantum yield, photorefractive amplification of laser object beam, dielectric susceptibility of third order and nonlinear optical properties of metallophthalocyanines.

  5. Origin of Interplanetary Dust through Optical Properties of Zodiacal Light

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    Yang, Hongu; Ishiguro, Masateru

    2015-11-01

    This study investigates the origin of interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) through the optical properties, albedo and spectral gradient, of zodiacal light. The optical properties were compared with those of potential parent bodies in the solar system, which include D-type (as analogs of cometary nuclei), C-type, S-type, X-type, and B-type asteroids. We applied Bayesian inference to the mixture model composed of the distribution of these sources, and found that >90% of the IDPs originate from comets (or their spectral analogs, D-type asteroids). Although some classes of asteroids (C-type, X-type, and B-type) may make a moderate contribution, ordinary chondrite-like particles from S-type asteroids occupy a negligible fraction of the interplanetary dust cloud complex. The overall optical properties of the zodiacal light were similar to those of chondritic porous IDPs, supporting the dominance of cometary particles in the zodiacal cloud.

  6. Optical absorption properties of dispersed gold and silver alloy nanoparticles.

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    Wilcoxon, Jess

    2009-03-01

    The oldest topic in nanoscience is the size-dependent optical properties of gold and silver colloids or nanoparticles, first investigated scientifically by Michael Faraday in 1857. In the modern era, advances in both synthesis and characterization have resulted in new insights into the size-dependent absorbance of Au and Ag nanoparticles with sizes below the classical limit for Mie theory. In this paper we discuss the synthesis and properties of core/shell and nanoalloy particles of Au and Ag, compare them to particles of pure gold and silver, and discuss how alloying affects nanoparticle chemical stability. We show that composition, size, and nanostructure (e.g., core/shell vs quasi-random nanoalloy) can all be employed to adjust the optical absorbance properties. The type of nanostructure--core/shell vs alloy--is reflected in their optical absorbance features.

  7. Thin Films of Quasicrystals: Optical, Electronic, and Mechanical Properties

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    Symko, Orest G.

    1998-03-01

    In order to extend some of the unusual properties of quasicrystals toward practical applications and to study fundamental aspects of these properties, we have developed a technology for the deposition of high quality thin films of quasicrystals on a variety of substrates. Mechanical support for the thin films is provided by the substrate as bulk quasicrystals are brittle. We have applied the thin films to studies of their optical, electrical, and mechanical properties as well as to coatings of biomedical devices. An important characteristic of a quasicrystal is its pseudogap in the electronic density of states; it is determined directly from optical transmission measurements. Optical and mechanical characteristics of the thin films provide strong support for the cluster nature of quasicrystals and emphasize their importance for coatings. When used in biomedical devices, thin film quasicrystalline coatings show remarkable strength, low friction, and non-stick behavior. This work was in collaboration with W. Park, E. Abdel-Rahman, and T. Klein.

  8. Optical Writing of Magnetic Properties by Remanent Photostriction.

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    Iurchuk, V; Schick, D; Bran, J; Colson, D; Forget, A; Halley, D; Koc, A; Reinhardt, M; Kwamen, C; Morley, N A; Bargheer, M; Viret, M; Gumeniuk, R; Schmerber, G; Doudin, B; Kundys, B

    2016-09-01

    We present an optically induced remanent photostriction in BiFeO_{3}, resulting from the photovoltaic effect, which is used to modify the ferromagnetism of Ni film in a hybrid BiFeO_{3}/Ni structure. The 75% change in coercivity in the Ni film is achieved via optical and nonvolatile control. This photoferromagnetic effect can be reversed by static or ac electric depolarization of BiFeO_{3}. Hence, the strain dependent changes in magnetic properties are written optically, and erased electrically. Light-mediated straintronics is therefore a possible approach for low-power multistate control of magnetic elements relevant for memory and spintronic applications.

  9. Optical Writing of Magnetic Properties by Remanent Photostriction

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    Iurchuk, V.; Schick, D.; Bran, J.; Colson, D.; Forget, A.; Halley, D.; Koc, A.; Reinhardt, M.; Kwamen, C.; Morley, N. A.; Bargheer, M.; Viret, M.; Gumeniuk, R.; Schmerber, G.; Doudin, B.; Kundys, B.

    2016-09-01

    We present an optically induced remanent photostriction in BiFeO3 , resulting from the photovoltaic effect, which is used to modify the ferromagnetism of Ni film in a hybrid BiFeO3/Ni structure. The 75% change in coercivity in the Ni film is achieved via optical and nonvolatile control. This photoferromagnetic effect can be reversed by static or ac electric depolarization of BiFeO3 . Hence, the strain dependent changes in magnetic properties are written optically, and erased electrically. Light-mediated straintronics is therefore a possible approach for low-power multistate control of magnetic elements relevant for memory and spintronic applications.

  10. Optical Writing of Magnetic Properties by Remanent Photostriction.

    PubMed

    Iurchuk, V; Schick, D; Bran, J; Colson, D; Forget, A; Halley, D; Koc, A; Reinhardt, M; Kwamen, C; Morley, N A; Bargheer, M; Viret, M; Gumeniuk, R; Schmerber, G; Doudin, B; Kundys, B

    2016-09-01

    We present an optically induced remanent photostriction in BiFeO_{3}, resulting from the photovoltaic effect, which is used to modify the ferromagnetism of Ni film in a hybrid BiFeO_{3}/Ni structure. The 75% change in coercivity in the Ni film is achieved via optical and nonvolatile control. This photoferromagnetic effect can be reversed by static or ac electric depolarization of BiFeO_{3}. Hence, the strain dependent changes in magnetic properties are written optically, and erased electrically. Light-mediated straintronics is therefore a possible approach for low-power multistate control of magnetic elements relevant for memory and spintronic applications. PMID:27636494

  11. Optical cavity integrated surface ion trap for enhanced light collection

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    Benito, Francisco M.

    Ion trap systems allow the faithful storage and manipulation of qubits encoded in the energy levels of the ions, and can be interfaced with photonic qubits that can be transmitted to connect remote quantum systems. Single photons transmitted from two remote sites, each entangled with one quantum memory, can be used to entangle distant quantum memories by interfering on a beam splitter. Efficient remote entanglement generation relies upon efficient light collection from single ions into a single mode fiber. This can be realized by integrating an ion trap with an optical cavity and employing the Purcell effect for enhancing the light collection. Remote entanglement can be used as a resource for a quantum repeater for provably secure long-distance communication or as a method for communicating within a distributed quantum information processor. We present the integration of a 1 mm optical cavity with a micro-fabricated surface ion trap. The plano-concave cavity is oriented normal to the chip surface where the planar mirror is attached underneath the trap chip. The cavity is locked using a 780 nm laser which is stabilized to Rubidium and shifted to match the 369 nm Doppler transition in Ytterbium. The linear ion trap allows ions to be shuttled in and out of the cavity mode. The Purcell enhancement of spontaneous emission into the cavity mode would then allow efficient collection of the emitted photons, enabling faster remote entanglement generation.

  12. Nano-enhanced optical delivery into targeted cells (Conference Presentation)

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    Wright, Weldon; Pradhan, Sanjay

    2016-03-01

    Nano-enhanced optical field of gold nanoparticles allowed the use of a continuous wave (cw) laser beam for efficient delivery of exogenous impermeable materials into targeted cells. Using this Nano-enhanced Optical Delivery (NOD) method, we show that large molecules could be delivered with low power cw laser with exposure time ~ 1sec. At such low power (and exposure), the non-targeted cells (not bound to gold nanoparticles) were not adversely affected by the laser beam. Further, by varying the size of the gold nanoparticles, cells could be exclusively sensitized to selective wavelengths of laser beam. In contrast other nanoparticles, gold nanoparticles were found to have lower cytotoxicity, making it better suited for clinical NOD. Further, as compared with pulsed lasers, cw (diode) lasers are compact, easy-to-use and therefore, NOD using cw laser beam has significant translational potential for delivery of impermeable bio-molecules to tissues in different organs. We will present optimization of NOD parameters for delivering different molecules to different cells. Success of this NOD method may lead to a new clinical approach for treating AMD and RP patients with geographic atrophy in retina.

  13. The Electrical and Optical Properties of Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnets

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    Chen, Jimmy Kuo-Wei

    The electrical and optical properties of YAG, Nd:YAG, Ti:YAG, and Zr:YAG were studied and quantitatively correlated to determine defect models for the defect structure of these systems. Correlations of these independent measurements were essential, as defect models derived from electrical or optical measurements alone were inconclusive. The correlated defect model provided a new interpretation for the electrical and optical properties of Ti:YAG. This defect model was then tested by checking its predicted dependence of Ti:YAG's optical properties with PO_2. This prediction was experimentally verified. Most of the systems were found to have a defect structure controlled by inadvertent background acceptors compensated by oxygen vacancies. This structure led to a characteristic conductivity isotherm where the conductivity varied as PO_2^{-1/4} for reduced PO_2's, and approached PO_2 independence for oxidizing PO_2's. Only for a heavily doped Zr:YAG sample was a new defect structure encountered. For this sample, an extrinsically compensated defect structure was detected, with the Zr^{+4} ions compensating the background acceptors. The conductivity isotherm for this sample had a n-type like component that varied as PO_2^{ -1/6}.. Quantitative correlations of the electrical and optical properties also provided a deep insight into the nature of the optical properties, and how these properties change as a function of oxidizing and reducing anneals. Correlations of this type were used to locate the energy level positions of rm Fe^{+2}, Ti ^{+3}, Zr^{+3}, and rm V_{o}^ {cdotcdot} in the YAG bandgap. (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, Rm. 14-0551, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307. Ph. 617-253-5668; Fax 617-253 -1690.).

  14. Organic nanoclusters for nonlinear optics: from model systems to cooperative nanoassemblies with enhanced NLO responses

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    Terenziani, Francesca; Parthasarathy, Venkatakrishnan; Ghosh, Sampa; Pandey, Ravindra; Das, Puspendu K.; Blanchard-Desce, Mireille

    2009-08-01

    While structure-properties relationships are quite actively and successfully investigated at the molecular level of engineering of optical nonlinear responses, supramolecular structure-property relationships are an appealing field. The realization that interchromophoric interactions between strongly polar/polarizable NLO chromophores can significantly affect the NLO response of each chromophoric unit as well as promote associations has opened new dimensions for molecular design. Several elegant routes have been implemented to hinder or counterbalance dipole-dipole interactions between dipolar NLO chromophores for the elaboration of second-order materials (for SHG or electro-optical modulation). At opposite, we have implemented a reverse strategy by confining discrete numbers of NLO push-pull chromophores in close proximity within covalent organic nanoclusters with the aim to exploit interchromophoric interactions in order to achieve enhanced NLO responses. As a proof of concept, we present here the investigation of two-series of multichromophoric covalent assemblies built from NLO push-pull chromophores showing that cooperative enhancement can be achieved both for second-order optical responses (first hyperpolarizabilities) or third-order responses (two-photon absorption cross-sections).

  15. Linear and nonlinear optical properties of Sb-doped GeSe2 thin films

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    Zhang, Zhen-Ying; Chen, Fen; Lu, Shun-Bin; Wang, Yong-Hui; Shen, Xiang; Dai, Shi-Xun; Nie, Qiu-Hua

    2015-06-01

    Sb-doped GeSe2 chalcogenide thin films are prepared by the magnetron co-sputtering method. The linear optical properties of as-deposited films are derived by analyzing transmission spectra. The refractive index rises and the optical band gap decreases from 2.08 eV to 1.41 eV with increasing the Sb content. X-ray photoelectron spectra further confirm the formation of a covalent Sb-Se bond. The third-order nonlinear optical properties of thin films are investigated under femtosecond laser excitation at 800 nm. The results show that the third-order nonlinear optical properties are enhanced with increasing the concentration of Sb. The nonlinear refraction indices of these thin films are measured to be on the order of 10-18 m2/W with a positive sign and the nonlinear absorption coefficients are obtained to be on the order of 10-10 m/W. These excellent properties indicate that Sb-doped Ge-Se films have a good prospect in the applications of nonlinear optical devices. Project supported by the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB722703), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 61377061), the Young Leaders of Academic Climbing Project of the Education Department of Zhejiang Province, China (Grant No. pd2013092), the Program for Innovative Research Team of Ningbo City, China (Grant No. 2009B217), and the K. C. Wong Magna Fund in Ningbo University, China.

  16. Gold nanonetwork film on the ITO surface exhibiting one-dimensional optical properties

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    A network of gold nanostructures exhibiting one-dimensional gold nanostructure properties may become a prospective novel structure for optical, electrical and catalytic applications benefited by its unusual characteristics resulting from the collective properties of individual nanostructures in the network. In this paper, we demonstrate a facile method for the formation of high-density gold nanonetwork film on the substrate surface composed of quasi-1D nanoparticles (typically fusiform) with length ca. 10 nm - via reduction of gold ions in the presence of nanoseeds attached surface, binary surfactants of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and hexamethyleneteramine and Ag+ ions. The length of the nanonetworks can be up to ca. 100 nm, which corresponds to the aspect ratio of ca. 10. The quasi-1D gold nanostructures as well as the nanonetworks were found to be sensitive to the binary surfactants system and the Ag+ ions as they can only be formed if all the chemicals are available in the reaction. The nanonetworks exhibit unique 1D optical properties with the presence of transverse and longitudinal surface plasmon resonance absorption. Owing to their peculiar structures that are composed of small quasi-1D nanoparticles, the nanonetworks may produce unusual optical and catalytic properties, which are potentially used in surface-enhanced Raman scattering, catalysis and optical and non-linear optical applications. PMID:22587640

  17. Mixed metal films with switchable optical properties

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    Richardson, Thomas J.; Slack, Jonathan L.; Farangis, Baker; Rubin, Michael D.

    2001-10-16

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

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

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

    2015-02-15

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

  19. Multifunctional organic thin films and their electronic/optical properties

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    Shao, Yan

    The concept of multifunctional organic thin films and their electronic/optical properties has been applied to organic functional device design, fabrication, and characterization. The organic devices involve organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic photovoltaic devices (OPV) in this dissertation. In the research of graded junction structure of OLEDs, two kinds of naturally-formed graded junction (NFGJ) structures, sharp and shallow graded junctions, can be formed using single thermal evaporation boat loaded with uniformly mixed charge transport and light-emitting materials. OLEDs with NFGJ have been demonstrated in Chapter 3; the performance is comparable to the heterojunction OLEDs, but with better device lifetime. A novel method to prepare highly uniform mixed organic solid solutions through a high temperature and high-pressure fusion process has been demonstrated in Chapter 4. A series of fused organic solid solution (FOSS) compounds with NPD doped with different organic emitting dopants were prepared and DSC technique was utilized to determine the thermal characteristics. For the first time, the schematic phase diagram for this binary system has been obtained. High performance OLEDs of single color and white emission were fabricated and the device properties were characterized. In Chapter 5, an efficient photovoltaic heterojunction of tetracene and fullerene has been investigated and high performance organic solar cells have been demonstrated by thermal deposition and successive heat treatment. The preliminary conclusion for this enhancement is discussed and supported by atomic force microscopy images, absorption spectra and x-ray diffraction analysis. Additionally, an effective organic photovoltaic heterojunction based on the typical triplet material PtOEP was demonstrated. It is believed that introducing appropriate organic materials with long exciton lifetime is a very promising way to improve photovoltaic performance.

  20. Prediction of nonlinear optical properties of large organic molecules

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    Cardelino, Beatriz H.

    1992-01-01

    The preparation of materials with large nonlinear responses usually requires involved synthetic processes. Thus, it is very advantageous for materials scientists to have a means of predicting nonlinear optical properties. The prediction of nonlinear optical properties has to be addressed first at the molecular level and then as bulk material. For relatively large molecules, two types of calculations may be used, which are the sum-over-states and the finite-field approach. The finite-field method was selected for this research, because this approach is better suited for larger molecules.

  1. Growth morphologies and optical properties of LTA single crystal.

    PubMed

    Liu, Xiaojing; Ren, Miaojuan; Chen, Gang; Wang, Peiji

    2013-12-01

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been used to study the growth morphologies of l-threonine acetate (abbreviated as LTA) crystal. Spiral growth hillocks and typical step patterns are described and discussed. Nuclei with various shapes often distribute at the larger step terraces. Eventually, in order to investigate microscopic second order nonlinear optical properties of LTA crystals, the molecular dipole moment (μ), polarizability (α), and first hyperpolarizability (β) were computed using a series of basis sets including polarized and diffuse functions at the framework of Hartree-Fock and density functional theory methods. The study is helpful to the further development of l-threonine analogs with improved nonlinear optical properties.

  2. Development of a noncontact diffuse optical spectroscopy probe for measuring tissue optical properties

    PubMed Central

    Bish, Sheldon F.; Rajaram, Narasimhan; Nichols, Brandon; Tunnell, James W.

    2011-01-01

    Optical reflectance probes are often used as tools to obtain optical spectra from superficial tissues and subsequently determine optical and physiological properties associated with early stage cancer. These probes, when placed directly on the tissue, are known to cause significant pressure-dependent changes in local optical properties. To address this, we fit the probe with an optical device that images the illumination and collection fibers onto the tissue surface, eliminating the influence of contact probe pressure on the sampling area. The noncontact probe addition addresses new optical conditions that may affect its performance such as tissue surface contour, and specular reflections by implementing an autofocusing mechanism and cross polarization. Extracted optical properties of tissue simulating phantoms yield errors of 3.46% in reduced scattering and 8.62% in absorbance. Autofocusing has extended the depth of field from 4 mm to throughout the 12 mm range of autofocus travel, while cross polarization has removed the incidence angle dependent specular reflection component from the collected signal. PMID:22191909

  3. Development of a noncontact diffuse optical spectroscopy probe for measuring tissue optical properties.

    PubMed

    Bish, Sheldon F; Rajaram, Narasimhan; Nichols, Brandon; Tunnell, James W

    2011-12-01

    Optical reflectance probes are often used as tools to obtain optical spectra from superficial tissues and subsequently determine optical and physiological properties associated with early stage cancer. These probes, when placed directly on the tissue, are known to cause significant pressure-dependent changes in local optical properties. To address this, we fit the probe with an optical device that images the illumination and collection fibers onto the tissue surface, eliminating the influence of contact probe pressure on the sampling area. The noncontact probe addition addresses new optical conditions that may affect its performance such as tissue surface contour, and specular reflections by implementing an autofocusing mechanism and cross polarization. Extracted optical properties of tissue simulating phantoms yield errors of 3.46% in reduced scattering and 8.62% in absorbance. Autofocusing has extended the depth of field from 4 mm to throughout the 12 mm range of autofocus travel, while cross polarization has removed the incidence angle dependent specular reflection component from the collected signal. PMID:22191909

  4. Enhancement of the transverse magneto-optical Kerr effect via resonant tunneling in trilayers containing magneto-optical metals

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    Girón-Sedas, J. A.; Mejía-Salazar, J. R.; Moncada-Villa, E.; Porras-Montenegro, N.

    2016-07-01

    We propose a way to enhance the transverse magneto-optical Kerr effect, by the excitation of resonant tunneling modes, in subwavelength trilayer structures featuring a dielectric slab sandwiched between two magneto-optical metallic layers. Depending on the magneto-optical layer widths, the proposed system may exhibit an extraordinary transverse magneto-optical Kerr effect, which makes it very attractive for the design and engineering of thin-film magneto-optical-based devices for future photonic circuits or fiber optical-communication systems.

  5. Enhancement of mechanical properties of 123 superconductors

    DOEpatents

    Balachandran, U.

    1995-04-25

    A composition and method are disclosed of preparing YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}x} superconductor. Addition of tin oxide containing compounds to YBCO superconductors results in substantial improvement of fracture toughness and other mechanical properties without affect on T{sub c}. About 5-20% additions give rise to substantially improved mechanical properties.

  6. Enhancement of mechanical properties of 123 superconductors

    DOEpatents

    Balachandran, Uthamalingam

    1995-01-01

    A composition and method of preparing YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.7-x superconductor. Addition of tin oxide containing compounds to YBCO superconductors results in substantial improvement of fracture toughness and other mechanical properties without affect on T.sub.c. About 5-20% additions give rise to substantially improved mechanical properties.

  7. Controlling the morphological, structural, and optical properties of one-dimensional PCDTBT nanotubes by template wetting.

    PubMed

    Bakar, Nor Asmaliza; Supangat, Azzuliani; Sulaiman, Khaulah

    2014-01-01

    In this study, the synthesis of poly [N-9'-heptadecanyl-2, 7-carbazole-alt-5, 5-(4', 7'-di-2-thienyl-2', 1', 3'-benzothiadiazole)] (PCDTBT) nanotubes via a templating method is reported. PCDTBT nanotubes were successfully grown by immersing the porous alumina template into 15 mg/ml of solution concentration for 2- and 24-h periods and annealed at 50°C. Changes in morphological and optical properties between nanotubes of different infiltration times (2 and 24 h) as well as its thin films are observed. The longer infiltration time of 24 h produced nanotubes with enhanced morphological, structural, and optical properties. Nanotubes that are formed between 2 and 24 h of infiltration show enhancement in absorption, photoluminescence, and shift in Raman peak if compared to their thin films.

  8. Nonlinear optical properties of nanometer-size silver composite azobenzene containing polydiacetylene film

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    Chen, Xin; Tao, Jun; Zou, Gang; Zhang, Qijin; Wang, Pei

    2010-07-01

    Diacetylene monomer containing p-nitrophenyl azobenzene moiety (NADA) was synthesized. Silver nanoparticles with different concentrations were adulterated in the above polymerized NADA (PNADA) films and the third-order nonlinear optical properties were investigated in detail. UV-vis spectra and transmission electron microscopy were used to confirm the formation of PNADA/Ag nanocomposite films. The silver nanoparticles (average size of 10 nm) were well dispersed in the polymer films. The value of the nonlinear refractive index n 2 for PNADA films (8.48×10-15 cm2/W) was much higher than that of pure polydiacetylene films. Further, the introduction of silver nanoparticles into the PNADA polymer films led to the further enhancement of nonlinear optical properties. The maximum value of n 2 for PNADA/Ag nanocomposite films could be 11.6×10-15 cm2/W. This enhancement should be ascribed to the surface plasmon resonance of silver nanoparticles.

  9. Optical and photocatalytic properties of Mn doped flower-like ZnO hierarchical structures

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    Ma, Qun; Lv, Xiangzhou; Wang, Yongqian; Chen, Jieyu

    2016-10-01

    A novel Mn doped flower-like ZnO hierarchical structures were successfully synthesized with a facile ion-exchange method. Structural properties of the synthesized photocatalysis have been investigated with XRD, FESEM equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy, while UV-vis and PL spectroscopy were employed to study their optical properties. The inner structure of doped ZnO hierarchical structure can be finely transformed from nanosheets to nanorods and to nanoparticles with the increasing of doping contents. All the synthesized Mn/ZnO samples exhibit strong blue-violet emission. Furthermore, the optical absorption towards visible light of ZnO was significantly enhanced due to the incorporation of Mn ions. The photocatalytic results indicate that photocatalytic activity of ZnO was enhanced with the doping of Mn and there is an optimum Mn doping level, leading to the highest photocatalytic performance.

  10. Optical and tribological properties of diamond-like carbon films synthesized by plasma immersion ion processing

    SciTech Connect

    He, X-M.; Walter, K.C.; Bardeau, J-F.; Nastasi, M.; Lee, S-T.; Sun, X.S.

    1999-04-12

    Hard diamond-like carbon (DLC) films have been prepared on PMMA (Polymethyl methacrylate), glass, and Si(100) substrates using C{sub 2}H{sub 2}-Ar plasma immersion ion processing (PIIP). The composition, structure, and properties of the films were investigated with regard to variation of the deposition parameters. It was found that the modulation of reactive gas composition during PIIP could enhance the formation of DLC films with an increased sp{sup 3} bonding structure, improved surface smoothness, high density and high hardness. An optimal combination of good optical properties and high hardness was highly dependent on the control of hydrogen content in the DLC films. Tribological tests showed that DLC-coated glass and PMMA samples exhibited a reduced friction coefficient and enhanced wear resistance relative to uncoated glass and PMMA materials. The effects of ion energy and gas composition during PIIP deposition on the formation of optically transparent and wear resistant DLC films are discussed.

  11. Optical properties of volcanic ash: improving remote sensing observations.

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    Whelley, Patrick; Colarco, Peter; Aquila, Valentina; Krotkov, Nickolay; Bleacher, Jake; Garry, Brent; Young, Kelsey; Rocha Lima, Adriana; Martins, Vanderlei; Carn, Simon

    2016-04-01

    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.

  12. Viscoelastic and optical properties of four different PDMS polymers

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    Deguchi, Shinji; Hotta, Junya; Yokoyama, Sho; Matsui, Tsubasa S.

    2015-09-01

    Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is the most commonly used silicone elastomer with a wide range of applications including microfluidics and microcontact printing. Various types of PDMS are currently available, and their bulk material properties have been extensively investigated. However, because the properties are rarely compared in a single study, it is often unclear whether the large disparity of the reported data is attributable to the difference in methodology or to their intrinsic characteristics. Here we report on viscoelastic properties and optical properties of four different PDMS polymers, i.e. Sylgard-184, CY52-276, SIM-360, and KE-1606. Our results show that all the PDMSs are highly elastic rather than viscoelastic at the standard base/curing agent ratios, and their quantified elastic modulus, refractive index, and optical cleanness are similar but distinct in magnitude.

  13. Optical techniques for determining dynamic material properties

    SciTech Connect

    Paisley, D.L.; Stahl, D.B.

    1996-12-31

    Miniature plates are laser-launched with a 10-Joule Nd:YAG for one-dimensional (1-D) impacts on to target materials much like gas gun experiments and explosive plane wave plate launch. By making the experiments small, flyer plates (3 mm diameter x 50 micron thick) and targets (10 mm diameter x 200 micron thick), 1-D impact experiments can be performed in a standard laser-optical laboratory with minimum confinement and collateral damage. The laser-launched plates do not require the traditional sabot on gas guns nor the explosives needed for explosive planewave lenses, and as a result are much more amenable to a wide variety of materials and applications. Because of the small size very high pressure gradients can be generated with relative ease. The high pressure gradients result in very high strains and strain rates that are not easily generated by other experimental methods. The small size and short shock duration (1 - 20 ns) are ideal for dynamically measuring bond strengths of micron-thick coatings. Experimental techniques, equipment, and dynamic material results are reported.

  14. Optical properties of colloidal germanium nanocrystals

    SciTech Connect

    WILCOXON,JESS P.; PROVENCIO,PAULA P.; SAMARA,GEORGE A.

    2000-05-01

    Highly crystalline germanium (Ge) nanocrystals in the size range 2--10 nm were grown in inverse micelles and purified and size-separated by high pressure liquid chromatography with on-line optical and electrical diagnostics. The nanocrystals retain the diamond structure of bulk Ge down to at least 2.0 nm (containing about 150 Ge atoms). The background- and impurity-free extinction and photoluminescence (PL) spectra of these nanocrystals revealed rich structure which was interpreted in terms of the bandstructure of Ge shifted to higher energies by quantum confinement. The shifts ranged from {minus}0.1 eV to over 1 eV for the various transitions. PL in the range 350--700 nm was observed from nanocrystals 2--5 nm in size. The 2.0 nm nanocrystals yielded the most intense PL (at 420 nm) which is believed to be intrinsic and attributed to direct recombination at {Gamma}. Excitation at high energy (250 nm) populates most of the conduction bands resulting in competing recombination channels and the observed broad PL spectra.

  15. Optical Properties of Silver Nanoparticulate Glasses

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    Evans, Rachel N.; Cannavino, Sarah A.; King, Christy A.; Lamartina, Joseph A.; Magruder, Robert H.; Ferrara, Davon W.

    The ion exchange method of embedding metal nanoparticles (NPs) into float glass is an often used technique of fabricating colored glasses and graded-index waveguides. The depth and size of NP formation in the glass depends on the concentration and temperature of metal ions in the molten bath. In this study we explore the dichroic properties of silver metal ion exchange restricted to only one side of a glass microscope slide using reflection and transmission spectroscopy and its dependence on temperature, concentration of silver ions, and length of time in the molten bath.

  16. Enhancing and quenching luminescence with gold nanoparticle films: the influence of substrate on the luminescent properties.

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    Guidelli, Eder José; Ramos, Ana Paula; Baffa, Oswaldo

    2016-01-01

    Gold nanoparticle (AuNP) films were sputtered over glass and aluminum substrates to enhance optically stimulated luminescence (OSL), a luminescent technique employed for radiation detection, from x-ray irradiated NaCl nanocrystals. The AuNP films deposited over glass led to enhanced-OSL emission, whereas the AuNP films deposited on aluminum substrates quenched the OSL emission. The enhanced-OSL intensity is proportional to the optical density of the film's plasmon resonance band at the stimulation wavelength. For the case of the AuNP/aluminum films, the luminescence quenching diminishes, and OSL intensity partially recovers upon increasing the distance between the AuNPs and the aluminum substrates, and between the luminescent nanocrystals and the AuNP films. These results suggest that plasmonic interactions between the emitter nanocrystals, the localized surface plasmons (LSP) of the AuNPs, and the substrate are responsible for the OSL enhancement and quenching. In this sense, the substrate dictates whether LSP relaxation occurs by radiative or non-radiative transisitions, leading to enhanced or quenched OSL, respectively. Therefore, besides showing that AuNP films can enhance and/or tune the sensitivity of luminescent radiation detectors, and demonstrating OSL as a new technique to investigate mechanisms of plasmon-enhanced luminescence, these results bring insights on how substrates strongly modify the optical properties of AuNP films. PMID:26606392

  17. On the digital holographic interferometry of fibrous material, I: Optical properties of polymer and optical fibers

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    Yassien, K. M.; Agour, M.; von Kopylow, C.; El-Dessouky, H. M.

    2010-05-01

    Digital holographic interferometry (DHI) was utilized for investigating the optical properties of polymer and optical fibers. The samples investigated here were polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymer fiber and graded-index (GRIN) optical fiber. The phase shifting Mach-Zehnder interferometer was used to obtain five phase-shifted holograms, in which the phase difference between two successive holograms is π/2, for each fiber sample. These holograms were recorded using a CCD camera and were combined to gain the complex wavefield, which was numerically reconstructed using the convolution approach into amplitude and phase distributions. The reconstructed phase distribution was used to determine the refractive index, birefringence and refractive index profile of the studied samples. The mean refractive index has been measured with an accuracy up to 4×10 -4. The main advantage of DHI is to overcome the manual focusing limitations by means of the numerical focusing. The results showed accurate measurements of the optical properties of fibers.

  18. Optical and magneto-optical properties of plasma-magnetic metamaterials

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    Mehdian, H.; Mohammadzahery, Z.; Hasanbeigi, A.

    2015-08-01

    We investigate the optical and magneto-optical properties of a tunable left-handed material (LHM) consisting of an array of plasma and ferrite layers. It has been shown that the effective refraction index of a homogeneous composite in certain frequencies is negative. It can also be seen that the magnitude of extremum of the negative effective refraction index changes with frequency, external magnetic field and the electron density of plasma layer. In addition, a theoretical calculation of the faraday optical rotation effect of the proposed metamaterial is presented. From the obtained results, we find that there is a large faraday rotation angle in the frequency range where the system shows the left-handed property. Our outcomes demonstrate the potential applications of the device for tunable perfect lenses and active magneto-optic in micro-wave devices.

  19. Enhanced environmental performance of fiber optic gyroscope by an adhesive potting technology.

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    Chen, Jun; Ding, Nengwen; Li, Zhifeng; Wang, Wei

    2015-09-10

    An adhesive potting technology for fiber coils of a fiber optic gyroscope (FOG) is proposed. The fiber coil is immersed in liquid adhesive with superior mechanical properties. The internal air is first removed completely by vacuum pumping, and the adhesive is then evenly pressed into the fiber coil under pressure. The potted fiber core is prepared by ladder-type temperature curing and a stress-release process. With this potting technology, the vibration performance of an FOG is greatly improved and, at the same time, will not lead to degradation of its temperature performance. Using this potting technique of adhesive impregnation, the adaptability of FOGs will be enhanced.

  20. Templated growth of diamond optical resonators via plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Zhang, X.; Hu, E. L.

    2016-08-01

    We utilize plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition through a patterned silica mask for templated diamond growth to create optical resonators. The pyramid-shaped structures have quality factors Q up to 600, measured using confocal photoluminescence spectroscopy, and mode volumes V as small as 2.5 (λ/n) 3 for resonances at wavelengths λ between 550 and 650 nm, and refractive index n, obtained using finite-difference time-domain simulations. Bright luminescence from nitrogen-vacancy and silicon-vacancy centers in the grown diamond is observed. The resonator design and fabrication technique obviates any etching of diamond, which preserves emitter properties in a pristine host lattice.

  1. Crystallization, Optical and Chemical Properties of Fluoride Glasses

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    Doremus, R. H.

    1985-01-01

    Fluoride glasses have great promise as infrared optical components, especially fibers, because they are transparent to 8 micrometers and higher. In order to optimize properties, different glass compositions are needed. Some are hard to form in a container, and may possibly be formable in a containerless furnace. Understanding of crystallization with and without a container could lead to glasses with optimum properties. Chemical durability (attack by water) can limit or extend the applicability of fluoride glasses. Progress to date is given.

  2. Optical properties of Aeolian dusts common to West Texas

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    Ma, Lulu; Zobeck, Ted M.; Hsieh, Daniel H.; Holder, Dean; Morgan, Cristine L. S.; Thompson, Jonathan E.

    2011-11-01

    Both recent models and historical events such as the Dust Bowl and volcanic eruptions have illustrated aerosols can play a significant role in climate change through direct and indirect optical effects. Soil dust aerosols generated by Aeolian processes represent a significant fraction of the total mass burden of atmospheric particles. Central to a better understanding of the climate effects of dust aerosols is knowledge of their optical properties. This research study utilized a dust generator and several instruments to determine certain optical properties of Aeolian dust mimics created by the Amarillo and Pullman soil types native to the panhandle of Texas, USA. Values for the mass-extinction coefficient ranged between 1.74 and 2.97 m 2 g -1 at 522 nm depending on how mass concentration was determined. Single-scatter albedo (SSA) for both soil types ranged from 0.947 to 0.980 at visible wavelengths with SSA increasing at longer wavelengths. Angstrom absorption exponents were measured as 1.73 for Pullman and 2.17 for Amarillo soil. Observed Angstrom extinction exponents were 0.110 and 0.168 for the Pullman and Amarillo soil types. The optical properties reported may be of use for optical based estimates of soil erosion and aid in understanding how regional soil dusts may alter radiative transport presently and during historical events such as the Dust Bowl era.

  3. Optical and mechanical properties of thermally evaporated fluoride thin films

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    Zhang, K.; Fahey, R.; Jasinski, D.; Scarpino, C.; Dziendziel, R.; Burger, S.; DePoy, D.

    1998-06-08

    As a result of health and safety issues surrounding the use of radioactive materials on coated optical components, there has been renewed interest in coating materials whose optical and mechanical properties approach those offered by their radioactive counterparts. Due to the radioactive nature of ThF{sub 4} and its widespread use in optical coatings, the coating industry is examining other low index and non-radioactive fluorides as possible alternatives. In this paper, the authors present the results of an experimental study on the optical and mechanical properties of thermally evaporated ThF{sub 4}, DyF{sub 3}, CeF{sub 3}, LiF, HfF{sub 4}, IRX, and IRB thin films, where the materials were deposited at different substrate temperatures. The objective is to examine this series of fluorides under comparable deposition conditions and with respect to such material properties as: n and k, film stress, and environmental stability. The optical constants of these fluorides were evaluated over the wavelength region from 1.0 {micro}m to 12.5 {micro}m.

  4. Theory of electronic and optical properties of nanostructures

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    Hewageegana, Prabath S.

    "There is plenty of room at the bottom." This bold and prophetic statement from Nobel laureate Richard Feynman back in 1950s at Cal Tech launched the Nano Age and predicted, quite accurately, the explosion in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Now this is a fast developing area in both science and technology. Many think this would bring the greatest technological revolution in the history of mankind. To understand electronic and optical properties of nanostructures, the following problems have been studied. In particular, intensity of mid-infrared light transmitted through a metallic diffraction grating has been theoretically studied. It has been shown that for s-polarized light the enhancement of the transmitted light is much stronger than for p-polarized light. By tuning the parameters of the diffraction grating enhancement can be increased by a few orders of magnitude. The spatial distribution of the transmitted light is highly nonuniform with very sharp peaks, which have the spatial widths about 10 nm. Furthermore, under the ultra fast response in nanostructures, the following two related goals have been proved: (a) the two-photon coherent control allows one to dynamically control electron emission from randomly rough surfaces, which is localized within a few nanometers. (b) the photoelectron emission from metal nanostructures in the strong-field (quasistationary) regime allows coherent control with extremely high contrast, suitable for nanoelectronics applications. To investigate the electron transport properties of two dimensional carbon called graphene, a localization of an electron in a graphene quantum dot with a sharp boundary has been considered. It has been found that if the parameters of the confinement potential satisfy a special condition then the electron can be strongly localized in such quantum dot. Also the energy spectra of an electron in a graphene quantum ring has been analyzed. Furthermore, it has been shown that in a double dot system some

  5. Optical Properties of Fullerene-Based Materials

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    Wang, Ying

    In this dissertation I have presented results of my optical studies of fullerene-based solids: pristine solid C_{60}, alkali-metal (M) doped C_{60} rm(M_6C_{60}) and phototransformed C_{60}.. Raman scattering and infrared spectroscopy were used to study the vibrational modes and it was found that modes observed experimentally were intramolecular modes whose frequencies were found in reasonable agreement with theoretical predictions for an isolated C_ {60} molecule. Weaker, numerous second -order IR and Raman scattering lines are observed, and are found to be very narrow, which also supports a molecular picture for solid C_{60}.. Doping C_{60} films with alkali metals up to the saturated stoichiometry rm M_6C_{60} produces a vibrational spectrum which is similar to pristine solid C_{60}. Furthermore, the rm M_6C_{60} Raman spectra are found insensitive to the mass and size of the particular ion (e.g., K, Rb, or Cs), indicating a weak coupling of the C_{60} ^{6-} and M^{+ } sublattices. The crystal field was observed to split the five-fold degenerate H_{ rm g} modes, however. Optical absorption/reflection spectroscopy for solid C_{60} in the ultra violet (UV), visible (vis) and infrared (IR) range were carried out on thin films on transparent substrates. Careful analysis of data have led to a quantitative determination of the dielectric function varepsilon(omega)= varepsilon_1(omega)+{rm i }varepsilon_2(omega) for C_{60} from 0.05-6 eV. The low frequency dielectric constant was found to be varepsilon_1(0) = 4.0, and an electronic absorption edge is observed at 1.7 eV, with three strong bands in the range 2-5 eV. Without the vibronic coupling between excited electronic and vibrational states, the parity selection rule would have forbidden transitions between the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO), and this 1.7 eV edge would not have been detected. Finally, results of studies of the phototransformation of solid C

  6. Enhancement of wall jet transport properties

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    Claunch, Scott D.; Farrington, Robert B.

    1997-01-01

    By enhancing the natural instabilities in the boundary layer and in the free shear layer of a wall jet, the boundary is minimized thereby increasing the transport of heat and mass. Enhancing the natural instabilities is accomplished by pulsing the flow of air that creates the wall jet. Such pulsing of the flow of air can be accomplished by sequentially occluding and opening a duct that confines and directs the flow of air, such as by rotating a disk on an axis transverse to the flow of air in the duct.

  7. Enhancement of wall jet transport properties

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    Claunch, S.D.; Farrington, R.B.

    1997-02-04

    By enhancing the natural instabilities in the boundary layer and in the free shear layer of a wall jet, the boundary is minimized thereby increasing the transport of heat and mass. Enhancing the natural instabilities is accomplished by pulsing the flow of air that creates the wall jet. Such pulsing of the flow of air can be accomplished by sequentially occluding and opening a duct that confines and directs the flow of air, such as by rotating a disk on an axis transverse to the flow of air in the duct. 17 figs.

  8. Synthesis of information on aerosol optical properties

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    Liu, Hongqing; Pinker, R. T.; Chin, M.; Holben, B.; Remer, L.

    2008-04-01

    In a previous study (Liu et al., 2005) obtained are global scale estimates of aerosol optical depth at 0.55 μm based on spatial and temporal variation patterns from models and satellite observations, regulated by the Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) measurements. In this study an approach is developed to obtain information on global distribution of the single scattering albedo (ω0), the asymmetry parameter (g), and the normalized extinction coefficient over shortwave (SW) spectrum. Since space observations of ω0 are in early stages of development and none are available for g, first an approach was developed to infer them from relevant information from the Global Ozone Chemistry Aerosol Radiation and Transport (GOCART) model, Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and AERONET retrievals. The single scattering albedo is generated by extending GOCART ω0 at 0.55 μm to the entire SW spectrum using spectral dependence derived from AERONET retrievals. The asymmetry parameter over the solar spectrum is derived from the MODIS Ångström wavelength exponent, utilizing a relationship based on AERONET almucantar observations. The normalized extinction coefficient is estimated from the MODIS Ångström wavelength exponent. The methodology was implemented as a "proof of concept" with one year of data. The approach described here is a step in preparedness for utilizing information from new observing systems (e.g., MISR, A-Train constellation) when available. The impact of the newly derived information on the quality of satellite based estimates of surface radiative fluxes was evaluated and is presented by Liu and Pinker (2008).

  9. Optical clearing of human skin for the enhancement of optical imaging of proximal interphalangeal joints

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    Kolesnikova, Ekaterina A.; Kolesnikov, Aleksandr S.; Zabarylo, Urszula; Minet, Olaf; Genina, Elina A.; Bashkatov, Alexey N.; Tuchin, Valery V.

    2014-01-01

    We are proposing a new method for enhancement of optical imaging of proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints in humans at skin using optical clearing technique. A set of illuminating laser diodes with the wavelengths 670, 820, and 904 nm were used as a light source. The laser diodes, monochromatic digital CCD camera and specific software allowed for detection of the finger joint image in a transillumination mode. The experiments were carried out in vivo with human fingers. Dehydrated glycerol and hand cream with urea (5%) were used as optical clearing agents (OCAs). The contrast of the obtained images was analyzed to determine the effect of the OCA. It was found that glycerol application to the human skin during 60 min caused the decrease of contrast in 1.4 folds for 670 nm and the increase of contrast in 1.5 and 1.7 folds for 820 nm and 904 nm, respectively. At the same time, the hand cream application to the human skin during 60 min caused the decrease of contrast in 1.1 folds for 670 nm and the increase of contrast in 1.3 and 1.1 folds for 820 nm and 904 nm, respectively. The results have shown that glycerol and the hand cream with 5% urea allow for obtaining of more distinct image of finger joint in the NIR. Obtained data can be used for development of optical diagnostic methods of rheumatoid arthritis.

  10. Optical Properties of Astronomical Silicates in the Far-infrared

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    Rinehart, Stephen A,; Benford, Dominic J.; Dwek, Eli; Henry, Ross M.; Nuth, Joseph A., III; Silverberg, Robert f.; Wollack, Edward J.

    2008-01-01

    Correct interpretation of a vast array of astronomical data relies heavily on understanding the properties of silicate dust as a function of wavelength, temperature, and crystallinity. We introduce the QPASI-T (Optical Properties of Astronomical Silicates with Infrared Techniques) project to address the need for high fidelity optical characterization data on the various forms of astronomical dust. We use two spectrometers to provide extinction data for silicate samples across a wide wavelength range (from the near infrared to the millimeter). New experiments are in development that will provide complementary information on the emissivity of our samples, allowing us to complete the optical characterization of these dust materials. In this paper, we present initial results from several materials including amorphous iron silicate, magnesium silicate and silica smokes, over a wide range of temperatures, and discuss the design and operation of our new experiments.

  11. Synthesis and Optical Properties of Photochromic Perinaphthothioindigo

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    Cherepy, N J; Sanner, R D

    2005-02-10

    (1,2-naphtho)(1,8-naphtho)thioindigo (PNT) has been synthesized following a simple Friedel-Crafts route and its photochemical properties in toluene and PMMA characterized. PNT is a photochromic molecule capable of reversible photoisomerization between a yellow form (cis-PNT, {lambda}{sub max} = 484 nm) and a purple form (trans-PNT, {lambda}{sub max} = 595 nm). The stable purple form converts to the yellow form with a trans-PNT to cis-PNT conversion quantum yield of 0.027 in toluene and 0.062 in PMMA. The unstable yellow form exhibits a cis-PNT to trans-PNT quantum efficiency of conversion of 0.27-0.85 in toluene and 0.17-0.68 PMMA, with highest conversion efficiency occurring in the vicinity of its {lambda}{sub max} of 484 nm. Trans-PNT has a strong fluorescence quantum yield, 0.14 (toluene) and 0.16 (PMMA). For samples prepared photochemically in the cis-PNT form, slow thermal relaxation to the trans form occurs in the dark, with a half life of about 17 hours in toluene (25 C) and even slower, 168 hours, in PMMA. The property of photoswitching between fluorescent and non-fluorescent forms makes this material a candidate for many applications in imaging and data storage. An anomalous excitation profile for the fluorescence from trans-PNT, showing a dip at {approx}600 nm, is an agreement with the wavelength-dependent quantum yield of conversion from trans-PNT to cis-PNT, which is highest at the absorbance peak.

  12. Optical properties of infrared FELs from the FELI Facility II

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    Saeki, K.; Okuma, S.; Oshita, E.

    1995-12-31

    The FELI Facility II has succeeded in infrared FEL oscillation at 1.91 {mu} m using a 68-MeV, 40-A electron beam from the FELI S-band linac in February 27, 1995. The FELI Facility II is composed of a 3-m vertical type undulator ({lambda}u=3.8cm, N=78, Km a x=1.4, gap length {ge}20mm) and a 6.72-m optical cavity. It can cover the wavelength range of 1-5{mu}m. The FELs can be delivered from the optical cavity to the diagnostics room through a 40-m evacuated optical pipeline. Wavelength and cavity length dependences of optical properties such as peak power, average power, spectrum width, FEL macropulse, FEL transverse profile are reported.

  13. Calculated optical properties of thorium, protactinium, and uranium metals

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    Gasche, T.; Brooks, M.S.; Johansson, B.

    1996-07-01

    We report self-consistent energy band calculations using the linear muffin-tin orbital method and the local-spin-density approximation to exchange and correlation in density-functional theory for the light actinide metals Th, Pa, and U. The optical properties have been calculated and compared with measurements, where possible. The dependence of the optical response functions upon crystal structure was found to be surprisingly large and the dependence upon spin-orbit coupling, less so. Where it was possible to make comparison, agreement with experiment was obtained for the maxima of the optical spectra, the exception being a feature in the optical conductivity at 10 eV measured in both Th and U but not obtained in the calculations. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  14. Interconnection of polarization properties and coherence of optical fields.

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    Zenkova, Claudia Yu

    2014-04-01

    Theoretical and experimental approaches to diagnosing internal spin and orbital optical flows and the corresponding optical forces caused by these flows are offered. These approaches are based on the investigation of the motion of the particles tested in the formed optical field. The dependence of the above-mentioned forces upon the size and optical properties of the particles is demonstrated. The possibility of using kinematic values defining the motion dynamics of particles of the Rayleigh light scattering mechanism to make a quantitative assessment of the degree of coherence of mutually orthogonal waves that are linearly polarized in the incidence plane is demonstrated. The feasibility of using the above mentioned approach, its shortcomings, and its advantages over the interfering method for estimating the degree of coherence are analyzed.

  15. Crystal growth and optical properties of rare earth calcium oxoborates

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    Vivien, Daniel; Aka, Gérard; Kahn-Harari, Andrée; Aron, Astrid; Mougel, Frédéric; Bénitez, Jean-Marie; Ferrand, Bernard; Klein, Régine; Kugel, Godefroy; Nain, Nicole Le; Jacquet, Michèle

    2002-04-01

    This paper begins with a historical report of the discovery of Ca 4REO(BO 3) 3 (RECOB), a new family of nonlinear optic (NLO) materials. It presents the crystal growth and some physical characteristics related to their use in NLO applications. Then the NLO properties of GdCOB and YCOB are reviewed and the influence of some cationic substitutions is described.

  16. Optical Properties of PbTe and PbSe

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    Ekuma, Chinedu E; Singh, David J; Moreno, Juana; Jarrell, Mark

    2012-01-01

    We report optical properties of PbTe and PbSe as obtained from first-principles calculations with the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson potential. The results are discussed in relation to existing experimental data, particularly in relation to the temperature dependence of the band gap.

  17. Optical Properties of Anisotropic Core-Shell Pyramidal Particles

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    Sweeney, Christina M.; Hasan, Warefta; Nehl, Colleen L.; Odom, Teri W.

    2009-01-01

    This paper describes an approach to fabricate anisotropic core-shell particles by assembling dielectric beads within fabricated noble metal pyramidal structures. Particles with gold (Au) shells and different dielectric cores were generated, and their optical properties were characterized by single particle spectroscopy. Because of their unique geometry, these particles exhibit multiple plasmon resonances from visible to near-IR wavelengths. PMID:19290590

  18. Comparing optical properties of different species of diatoms

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    Maibohm, C.; Friis, S. M. M.; Su, Y.; Rottwitt, K.

    2015-03-01

    Diatoms are single cellular algae encapsulated in an external wall of micro-structured porous silica called the frustule. Diatoms are present in all water environments and contribute with 20-25 % of the global primary production of oxygen by photosynthesis. The appearance of the frustule is very species dependent with huge variety in size, shape, and microstructure. We have experimentally investigated optical properties of frustules of several species of diatoms to further understand light harvesting properties together with common traits, effects and differences between the different frustules. We have observed, when incident light interacts with the micro-structured frustule it is multiple diffracted giving rise to wavelength dependent multiple focal points and other optical effects. Experimental results have been simulated and well confirmed by free space FFT propagation routine analysis software. The software uses parameters which are extracted from experimental images as basis for simulation and allows us to extract the influence of the different elements of the frustule. The information could be used both for predicting optical properties of diatoms and by changing frustule parameters, maybe by altering growth conditions of the diatoms tailor their optical properties.

  19. Mechanical Properties of Irradiated Polarization-Maintaining Optical Fibers

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    Moeti, L.; Moghazy, S.; Ally, A.; Barnes, S.; Watkins, L.; Cuddihy, E.

    1996-01-01

    Polarization-maintaining optical fibers, referred to as PANDA fibers, were subjected to Cobalt 60 radiation (300,000 Rad). The mechanical properties of the PANDA fibers were measured after exposure to gamma radiation and compared to non-irradiated PANDA fibers.

  20. Demonstrations of Some Optical Properties of Liquid Crystals.

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    Nicastro, Anthony J.

    1983-01-01

    Discusses several properties of liquid crystal displays. Includes instructions for demonstrating liquid crystalline phase, ordering of the long axes of molecules along one direction, and electro-optic effects. The latter is accomplished with the use of an overhead projector following preparation of a sandwich cell. (JN)

  1. Optical properties of bio-inspired peptide nanotubes

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    Handelman, Amir; Apter, Boris; Rosenman, Gil

    2016-04-01

    Supramolecular self-assembled bio-inspired peptide nanostructures are favorable to be implemented in diverse nanophotonics applications due to their superior physical properties such as wideband optical transparency, high second-order nonlinear response, waveguiding properties and more. Here, we focus on the optical properties found in di-phenylalanine peptide nano-architectures, with special emphasize on their linear and nonlinear optical waveguiding effects. Using both simulation and experiments, we show their ability to passively guide light at both fundamental and second-harmonic frequencies. In addition, we show that at elevated temperatures, 140-180°C, these native supramolecular structures undergo irreversible thermally induced transformation via re-assembling into completely new thermodynamically stable phase having nanofiber morphology similar to those of amyloid fibrils. In this new phase, the peptide nanofibers lose their second-order nonlinear response, while exhibit profound modification of optoelectronic properties followed by the appearance of visible (blue and green) photoluminescence (PL). Our study propose a new generation of multifunctional optical waveguides with variety of characteristics, which self-assembled into 1D-elongated nanostructures and could be used as building blocks of many integrated photonic devices.

  2. Electronic and optical properties of spodumene gemstone: A theoretical study

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    de Lima, A. F.; Souza, S. O.; Lalic, M. V.

    2008-03-01

    The spodumene (LiAlSi 2O 6) is a natural silicate with monoclinic structure, interesting for a jewel industry and possible application as a scintillator. In this paper we present the electronic structure and some of the basic optical properties of the pure spodumene crystal, as calculated by the first-principles, density functional based, full potential linear augmented plane wave method.

  3. Fluorescence-enhanced optical tomography using phase information

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    Lu, Yujie; Sevick-Muraca, Eva M.

    2011-02-01

    Fluorescence-enhanced optical imaging/tomography (FEOI/FEOT) could play an important role in drug discovery and clinical diagnostics. In recent years, improvement in spatial resolution and quantitative biological information has been increasingly promised. Time- and frequency-resolved FEOT has great potential to obtain improved reconstruction information compared with continuous wave (CW) mode due to the acquisition of more measurement information. In this paper, a phase-only FEOT(PO-FEOT) is proposed and evaluated. In PO-FEOT, a finite element-based linear relationship between the unknown fluorophore variables and phase information obtained from time- and frequency-domain boundary measurements is used in FEOT reconstruction. Synthetic data shows that, compared to the amplitude and phase-based reconstruction, the reconstruction time cost is remarkably reduced when phase is used alone. The reconstructed results show that PO-FEOT with high frequency information can acquire preferable reconstruction quality.

  4. Microvascular contrast enhancement in optical coherence tomography using microbubbles

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    Assadi, Homa; Demidov, Valentin; Karshafian, Raffi; Douplik, Alexandre; Vitkin, I. Alex

    2016-07-01

    Gas microbubbles (MBs) are investigated as intravascular optical coherence tomography (OCT) contrast agents. Agar + intralipid scattering tissue phantoms with two embedded microtubes were fabricated to model vascular blood flow. One was filled with human blood, and the other with a mixture of human blood + MB. Swept-source structural and speckle variance (sv) OCT images, as well as speckle decorrelation times, were evaluated under both no-flow and varying flow conditions. Faster decorrelation times and higher structural and svOCT image contrasts were detected in the presence of MB in all experiments. The effects were largest in the svOCT imaging mode, and uniformly diminished with increasing flow velocity. These findings suggest the feasibility of utilizing MB for tissue hemodynamic investigations and for microvasculature contrast enhancement in OCT angiography.

  5. Optical gas sensing properties of nanoporous Nb2O5 films.

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    Ab Kadir, Rosmalini; Rani, Rozina Abdul; Alsaif, Manal M Y A; Ou, Jian Zhen; Wlodarski, Wojtek; O'Mullane, Anthony P; Kalantar-Zadeh, Kourosh

    2015-03-01

    Nanoporous Nb2O5 has been previously demonstrated to be a viable electrochromic material with strong intercalation characteristics. Despite showing such promising properties, its potential for optical gas sensing applications, which involves the production of ionic species such as H(+), has yet to be explored. Nanoporous Nb2O5 can accommodate a large amount of H(+) ions in a process that results in an energy bandgap change of the material which induces an optical response. Here, we demonstrate the optical hydrogen gas (H2) sensing capability of nanoporous anodic Nb2O5 with a large surface-to-volume ratio prepared via a high temperature anodization method. The large active surface area of the film provides enhanced pathways for efficient hydrogen adsorption and dissociation, which are facilitated by a thin layer of Pt catalyst. We show that the process of H2 sensing causes optical modulations that are investigated in terms of response magnitudes and dynamics. The optical modulations induced by the intercalation process and sensing properties of nanoporous anodic Nb2O5 shown in this work can potentially be used for future optical gas sensing systems. PMID:25685899

  6. Far- and near-field optical properties of gold nanoparticle ensembles

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    Nedyalkov, N N; Dikovska, A O; Dimitrov, I; Nikov, Ru; Atanasov, P A; Toshkova, R A; Gardeva, E G; Yossifova, L S; Alexandrov, M T

    2012-12-31

    The optical properties of gold nanoparticle clusters are presented from the point of view of their applications in biophotonics, where the absorption and scattering spectra are crucial. Generalised multiparticle Mie theory and finite difference time domain (FDTD) technique are used for theoretical description of the far- and nearfield optical properties of two dimensional nanoparticle ensembles. The system under consideration consists of spherical gold nanoparticles from 20 to 200 nm in diameter, forming 2D clusters in water. The properties of the far-field absorption and scattering spectra as a function of the cluster size, particle dimensions, and interparticle distance are investigated for ordered hexagonal structure of the particle arrays. It is found that the absorption efficiency can be shifted to the IR spectral range by increasing array size and decreasing interparticle distance. The increase in the array size also results in enhancement of the scattering efficiency while the absorption is reduced. The near-field intensity distribution is inhomogeneous over the array, as formation of zones with intensity enhancement of about two orders of magnitude is observed in specific areas. The optical properties of an ensemble whose configuration is reproduced from real experiments of gold nanoparticle deposition onto cancer cells are also presented. The results obtained can be used in designing of nanoparticle arrays with applications in biophotonics, bioimaging and photothermal therapy. (nanosystems)

  7. The security enhancement of diffractive optically variable image devices

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    Argoitia, Alberto; Phillips, Roger

    2006-02-01

    It is well known that Diffractive Optically Variable Image Devices (DOVIDs) can be copied, duplicated or simulated by the counterfeiters. Some customers consider that such devices are no longer secure and will not use them to protect their product. To avoid counterfeiting, DOVIDs are being made more complicated with the introduction of a large number of simultaneous images, where recognition by customers is strongly compromised. Future trends appear to favor multiple technologies in one device while allowing the consumer to readily identify and remember the device. One approach calls for a combination of the diffractive foil interference found in DOVIDs with thin film interference to create new security devices called SecureShift ChromaGrams. A second approach calls for a combination of diffractive and thin film interference in the form of pigments combined with magnetic fields during the printing process to create another new security device called a "PrintaGram TM". Each type of enhanced DOVIDs will be discussed in terms of its optical performance, manufacturability, its counterfeit deterrence, and its application.

  8. Low Complexity Compression and Speed Enhancement for Optical Scanning Holography

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    Tsang, P. W. M.; Poon, T.-C.; Liu, J.-P.; Kim, T.; Kim, Y. S.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we report a low complexity compression method that is suitable for compact optical scanning holography (OSH) systems with different optical settings. Our proposed method can be divided into 2 major parts. First, an automatic decision maker is applied to select the rows of holographic pixels to be scanned. This process enhances the speed of acquiring a hologram, and also lowers the data rate. Second, each row of down-sampled pixels is converted into a one-bit representation with delta modulation (DM). Existing DM-based hologram compression techniques suffers from the disadvantage that a core parameter, commonly known as the step size, has to be determined in advance. However, the correct value of the step size for compressing each row of hologram is dependent on the dynamic range of the pixels, which could deviate significantly with the object scene, as well as OSH systems with different opical settings. We have overcome this problem by incorporating a dynamic step-size adjustment scheme. The proposed method is applied in the compression of holograms that are acquired with 2 different OSH systems, demonstrating a compression ratio of over two orders of magnitude, while preserving favorable fidelity on the reconstructed images. PMID:27708410

  9. Low Complexity Compression and Speed Enhancement for Optical Scanning Holography

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    Tsang, P. W. M.; Poon, T.-C.; Liu, J.-P.; Kim, T.; Kim, Y. S.

    2016-10-01

    In this paper we report a low complexity compression method that is suitable for compact optical scanning holography (OSH) systems with different optical settings. Our proposed method can be divided into 2 major parts. First, an automatic decision maker is applied to select the rows of holographic pixels to be scanned. This process enhances the speed of acquiring a hologram, and also lowers the data rate. Second, each row of down-sampled pixels is converted into a one-bit representation with delta modulation (DM). Existing DM-based hologram compression techniques suffers from the disadvantage that a core parameter, commonly known as the step size, has to be determined in advance. However, the correct value of the step size for compressing each row of hologram is dependent on the dynamic range of the pixels, which could deviate significantly with the object scene, as well as OSH systems with different opical settings. We have overcome this problem by incorporating a dynamic step-size adjustment scheme. The proposed method is applied in the compression of holograms that are acquired with 2 different OSH systems, demonstrating a compression ratio of over two orders of magnitude, while preserving favorable fidelity on the reconstructed images.

  10. Silicon oxide deposition for enhanced optical switching in polydimethylsiloxane-liquid crystal hybrids.

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    De Sio, Luciano; Vasdekis, Andreas E; Cuennet, Julien G; De Luca, Antonio; Pane, Alfredo; Psaltis, Demetri

    2011-11-01

    We report an optical switch based on a diffraction grating by combining PDMS microstructures with a photo-responsive Nematic Liquid Crystal (NLC). The grating was realized via replica molding and was subsequently coated with a thin SiO layer. SiO induced a full planar alignment of the liquid crystal. The induced parallel alignment of the LC reduces the response time of the structure by approximately an order of magnitude compared to the same structures without SiO. We explored the effect of the pump intensity on the transmission properties and time response of the switch and identified a strong dependence on the probe polarization, due to the full planar alignment in this structure. The aforementioned inclusion of the SiO layer enables enhanced performance of optical devices based on the fusion of nematogens with soft and flexible substrates. PMID:22109231

  11. Estimation of aerosol optical properties from all-sky imagers

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    Kazantzidis, Andreas; Tzoumanikas, Panagiotis; Salamalikis, Vasilios; Wilbert, Stefan; Prahl, Christoph

    2015-04-01

    Aerosols are one of the most important constituents in the atmosphere that affect the incoming solar radiation, either directly through absorbing and scattering processes or indirectly by changing the optical properties and lifetime of clouds. Under clear skies, aerosols become the dominant factor that affect the intensity of solar irradiance reaching the ground. It has been shown that the variability in direct normal irradiance (DNI) due to aerosols is more important than the one induced in global horizontal irradiance (GHI), while the uncertainty in its calculation is dominated by uncertainties in the aerosol optical properties. In recent years, all-sky imagers are used for the detection of cloud coverage, type and velocity in a bouquet of applications including solar irradiance resource and forecasting. However, information about the optical properties of aerosols could be derived with the same instrumentation. In this study, the aerosol optical properties are estimated with the synergetic use of all-sky images, complementary data from the Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) and calculations from a radiative transfer model. The area of interest is Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA), Tabernas, Spain and data from a 5 month period are analyzed. The proposed methodology includes look-up-tables (LUTs) of diffuse sky radiance of Red (R), Green (G) and Blue (B) channels at several zenith and azimuth angles and for different atmospheric conditions (Angström α and β, single scattering albedo, precipitable water, solar zenith angle). Based on the LUTS, results from the CIMEL photometer at PSA were used to estimate the RGB radiances for the actual conditions at this site. The methodology is accompanied by a detailed evaluation of its robustness, the development and evaluation of the inversion algorithm (derive aerosol optical properties from RGB image values) and a sensitivity analysis about how the pre-mentioned atmospheric parameters affect the results.

  12. First-principles study of the electronic, optical properties and lattice dynamics of tantalum oxynitride.

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    Li, Pan; Fan, Weiliu; Li, Yanlu; Sun, Honggang; Cheng, Xiufeng; Zhao, Xian; Jiang, Minhua

    2010-08-01

    First-principles calculations of the electronic, optical properties and lattice dynamics of tantalum oxynitride are performed with the density functional theory plane-wave pseudopotential method. The analysis of the electronic structure shows a covalent nature in Ta-N bonds and Ta-O bonds. The hybridization of anion 2p and Ta 5d states results in enhanced dispersion of the valence band, raising the top of the valence band and leading to the visible-light response in TaON. It has a high dielectric constant, and the anisotropy is displayed obviously in the lower energy region. Our calculation indicated that TaON has excellent dielectric properties along [010] direction. Various optical properties, including the reflectivity, absorption coefficient, refractive index, and the energy-loss spectrum are derived from the complex dielectric function. We also present phonon dispersion relation, zone-center optical mode frequency, density of phonon states, and some thermodynamic properties. The experimental IR modes (B(u) at 808 cm(-1) and A(u) at 863 cm(-1)) are reproduced well and assigned to a combination of stretching and bending vibrations for the Ta-N bond and Ta-O bond. The thermodynamic properties of TaON, such as heat capacity and Debye temperature, which were important parameters for the measurement of crystal physical properties, were first given for reference. Our investigations provide useful information for the potential application of this material.

  13. Optical Fiber Technique for In-Reactor Mechanical Properties Measurement

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    Robert S. Schley; Zilong Hua; David H. Hurley; Heng Ban

    2012-07-01

    In-reactor measurement of material properties is required for a better understanding of radiation effects on materials. We present an optical fiber based technique for measuring changes in elastic properties which involves exciting and measuring flexural vibrations in a thin cantilever beam. By exciting the beam and measuring the natural frequency, changes in the modulus of elasticity can be monitored. The technique is demonstrated by monitoring the elastic property changes of a beam fabricated from copper, as the copper undergoes recrystallization at elevated temperature.

  14. Optical Properties of Photovoltaic Organic-Inorganic Lead Halide Perovskites.

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    Green, Martin A; Jiang, Yajie; Soufiani, Arman Mahboubi; Ho-Baillie, Anita

    2015-12-01

    Over the last several years, organic-inorganic lead halide perovskites have rapidly emerged as a new photovoltaic contender. Although energy conversion efficiency above 20% has now been certified, improved understanding of the material properties contributing to these high performance levels may allow the progression to even higher efficiency, stable cells. The optical properties of these new materials are important not only to device design but also because of the insight they provide into less directly accessible properties, including energy-band structures, binding energies, and likely impact of excitons, as well as into absorption and inverse radiative recombination processes.

  15. Optical fiber technique for in-reactor mechanical properties measurement

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    Schley, R. S.; Hurley, D. H.; Hua, Z. A.

    2013-01-25

    In-reactor measurement of material properties is required for a better understanding of radiation effects on materials. We present an optical fiber based technique for measuring changes in elastic properties which involves exciting and measuring flexural vibrations in a thin cantilever beam. By exciting the beam and measuring the resonant frequency, changes in the modulus of elasticity can be monitored. The technique is demonstrated by monitoring the elastic property changes of a beam fabricated from copper, as the copper undergoes recrystallization at elevated temperature.

  16. Optical properties of mice skin for optical therapy relevant wavelengths: influence of gender and pigmentation

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    Sabino, C. P.; Deana, A. M.; Silva, D. F. T.; França, C. M.; Yoshimura, T. M.; Ribeiro, M. S.

    2015-03-01

    Red and near-infrared light have been widely employed in optical therapies. Skin is the most common optical barrier in non-invasive techniques and in many cases it is the target tissue itself. Consequently, to optimize the outcomes brought by lightbased therapies, the optical properties of skin tissue must be very well elucidated. In the present study, we evaluated the dorsal skin optical properties of albino (BALB/c) and pigmented (C57BL/6) mice using the Kubelka-Munk photon transport model. We evaluated samples from male and female young mice of both strains. Analysis was performed for wavelengths at 630, 660, 780, 810 and 905 nm due to their prevalent use in optical therapies, such as low-level light (or laser) and photodynamic therapies. Spectrophotometric measurements of diffuse transmittance and reflectance were performed using a single integrating sphere coupled to a proper spectrophotometer. Statistic analysis was made by two-way ANOVA, with Tukey as post-test and Levenne and Shapiro-Wilks as pre-tests. Statistical significance was considered when p<0.05. Our results show only a slight transmittance increment (<10 %) as wavelengths are increased from 630 to 905 nm, and no statistical significance was observed. Albino male mice present reduced transmittance levels for all wavelengths. The organization and abundance of skin composing tissues significantly influence its scattering optical properties although absorption remains constant. We conclude that factors such as subcutaneous adiposity and connective tissue structure can have statistically significant influence on mice skin optical properties and these factors have relevant variations among different gender and strains.

  17. Optical properties of fly ash. Volume 2, Final report

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    Self, S.A.

    1994-12-01

    Research performed under this contract was divided into four tasks under the following headings: Task 1, Characterization of fly ash; Task 2, Measurements of the optical constants of slags; Task 3, Calculations of the radiant properties of fly ash dispersions; and Task 4, Measurements of the radiant properties of fly ash dispersions. Tasks 1 and 4 constituted the Ph.D. research topic of Sarbajit Ghosal, while Tasks 2 and 3 constituted the Ph.D. research topic of Jon Ebert. Together their doctoral dissertations give a complete account of the work performed. This final report, issued in two volumes consists of an executive summary of the whole program followed by the dissertation of Ghosal and Ebert. Volume 2 contains the dissertation of Ebert which covers the measurements of the optical constants of slags, and calculations of the radiant properties of fly ash dispersions. A list of publications and conference presentations resulting from the work is also included.

  18. Improving Coastal Ocean Color Validation Capabilities through Application of Inherent Optical Properties (IOPs)

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    Mannino, Antonio

    2008-01-01

    Understanding how the different components of seawater alter the path of incident sunlight through scattering and absorption is essential to using remotely sensed ocean color observations effectively. This is particularly apropos in coastal waters where the different optically significant components (phytoplankton, detrital material, inorganic minerals, etc.) vary widely in concentration, often independently from one another. Inherent Optical Properties (IOPs) form the link between these biogeochemical constituents and the Apparent Optical Properties (AOPs). understanding this interrelationship is at the heart of successfully carrying out inversions of satellite-measured radiance to biogeochemical properties. While sufficient covariation of seawater constituents in case I waters typically allows empirical algorithms connecting AOPs and biogeochemical parameters to behave well, these empirical algorithms normally do not hold for case I1 regimes (Carder et al. 2003). Validation in the context of ocean color remote sensing refers to in-situ measurements used to verify or characterize algorithm products or any assumption used as input to an algorithm. In this project, validation capabilities are considered those measurement capabilities, techniques, methods, models, etc. that allow effective validation. Enhancing current validation capabilities by incorporating state-of-the-art IOP measurements and optical models is the purpose of this work. Involved in this pursuit is improving core IOP measurement capabilities (spectral, angular, spatio-temporal resolutions), improving our understanding of the behavior of analytical AOP-IOP approximations in complex coastal waters, and improving the spatial and temporal resolution of biogeochemical data for validation by applying biogeochemical-IOP inversion models so that these parameters can be computed from real-time IOP sensors with high sampling rates. Research cruises supported by this project provides for collection and

  19. Optical properties of functional composite silver nanoparticles and their potential use in reproductive medicine

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    Syrvatka, Vasyl J.; Slyvchuk, Yurij I.; Rozgoni, Ivan I.; Gevkan, Ivan I.; Bilyy, Oleksandr I.

    2013-06-01

    Silver nanoparticles are promising product of nanotechnology with attractive physicochemical and biological properties. The main aim of the study was to investigate optical properties of functional silver nanoparticles with different composite agents: polyvinylpyrrolidone, bovine serum albumin, hyaluronan and to explore their potential using in reproductive medicine. The date obtained in the study showed that surface modification of nanoparticles leads to change of their optical, physicochemical and biological properties. The optical properties of silver nanoparticles display, that AgNPs with PVP and BSA is most stable in PBS than AgNPs with HA. However the absorption curves after 120 hours of storage show, that AgNPs-HA were the most stable in ethanol. Results show, that silver nanoparticles did not effect on sperm viability and motility, but cause a changes of some biochemical parameters of conditioned medium, particular increase the concentration of triglycerides, activity of alkaline phosphatase, lactate dehydrogenase and decrease the activity of aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase after 3 h of in vitro cultivation at 37°C. According to our latest data AgNPs with HA have a less toxic effect on biological processes in rabbits sperm compared with AgNPs with PVP and BSA. Nevertheless all functional composites of silver nanoparticles at the concentration of 0.1 μg/mL have no toxic effect on spermatozoa and can be successfully applied in reproductive medicine at low concentrations as signal enhancers, optical sensors, and biomarkers.

  20. Noise-Immune Cavity-Enhanced Optical Frequency Comb Spectroscopy

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    Rutkowski, Lucile; Khodabakhsh, Amir; Johanssson, Alexandra C.; Foltynowicz, Aleksandra

    2015-06-01

    We present noise-immune cavity-enhanced optical frequency comb spectroscopy (NICE-OFCS), a recently developed technique for sensitive, broadband, and high resolution spectroscopy. In NICE-OFCS an optical frequency comb (OFC) is locked to a high finesse cavity and phase-modulated at a frequency precisely equal to (a multiple of) the cavity free spectral range. Since each comb line and sideband is transmitted through a separate cavity mode in exactly the same way, any residual frequency noise on the OFC relative to the cavity affects each component in an identical manner. The transmitted intensity contains a beat signal at the modulation frequency that is immune to frequency-to-amplitude noise conversion by the cavity, in a way similar to continuous wave noise-immune cavity-enhanced optical heterodyne molecular spectroscopy (NICE-OHMS). The light transmitted through the cavity is detected with a fast-scanning Fourier-transform spectrometer (FTS) and the NICE-OFCS signal is obtained by fast Fourier transform of the synchronously demodulated interferogram. Our NICE-OFCS system is based on an Er:fiber femtosecond laser locked to a cavity with a finesse of ˜9000 and a fast-scanning FTS equipped with a high-bandwidth commercial detector. We measured NICE-OFCS signals from the 3νb{1}+νb{3} overtone band of CO_2 around 1.57 μm and achieved absorption sensitivity 6.4×10-11cm-1 Hz-1/2 per spectral element, corresponding to a minimum detectable CO_2 concentration of 25 ppb after 330 s integration time. We will describe the principles of the technique and its technical implementation, and discuss the spectral lineshapes of the NICE-OFCS signals. A. Khodabakhsh, C. Abd Alrahman, and A. Foltynowicz, Opt. Lett. 39, 5034-5037 (2014). J. Ye, L. S. Ma, and J. L. Hall, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 15, 6-15 (1998). A. Khodabakhsh, A. C. Johansson, and A. Foltynowicz, Appl. Phys. B (2015) doi:10.1007/s00340-015-6010-7.

  1. Spectral ellipsometry studying of iron's optical and electronic properties

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    Chernukha, Yevheniia; Stashchuk, Vasyl S.; Polianska, Olena; Oshtuk, Olexsandr

    2014-05-01

    Fe's optical and electronic properties were investigated at room temperature in different structural states. The sample's surface was explored in wide spectral range λ = 0,23-17,0 μm (E = 4,96 - 0,07 еV ) by the Beatty's spectral ellipsometry method. While an experiment was carried out ellipsometry parameters Δ and ψ were measure near the principal angle of incidence. The refraction index R , permittivity Ɛ and optical conductivity σ( hν ) , that is proportional to the interband density of electronic states, were calculated using these parameters. Fe's optical conductivities in liquid, amorphous and crystalline states were compared in this work. The optical conductivity was calculated using the published data of the iron's density of electronic states in crystalline, amorphous and liquid states for the comparison of the experimental and theoretical results. It is shown that, at structural transformations "amorphous, liquid state- crystalline state", the optical properties of metallic iron are determined, in the first turn, by the nearest neighborhood, and the electronic structure is not subjected to significant modifications.

  2. Optical properties of porous chalcogenide films for sensor application

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    Lalova, A.; Todorov, R.

    2012-12-01

    The object of the present work is investigation of the optical properties of obliquely deposited thin films from As - S - Ge system. Aiming to obtain high porous coatings the deposition rate was varied in the range of 0.05-10 nm/s. The conditions for deposition of thin As - S - Ge films with columnar structure and high porosity were established. The role of the actual deposition conditions on the optical properties is examined. The optical constants (refractive index, n and absorption coefficient, α) and thickness, d as well as the optical band gap, Eg, and slope parameter B in dependence of the deposition angle and rate are determined from specrophotometric measurements in the spectral range 400-2000 nm applying the Swanepoel's envelope method and Tauc's procedure. Increasing of the value of n from 2.40 to 1.83 for thin film with composition As10Ge30S60 with increasing deposition angle from 0° to 75° is observed. The possibility of using the thin films for optical sensing of SO2 and H2S was examined. Reversible changes of the refractive index, Δn = 0.015 were observed as a consequence of treatment virgin - exposure to H2SO4 vapors- annealing at 120 °C.

  3. Electronic Structure and Optical Properties of Boron Difluoride Dibenzoylmethane Derivatives.

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    Tikhonov, Sergey A; Vovna, Vitaliy I; Gelfand, Natalia A; Osmushko, Ivan S; Fedorenko, Elena V; Mirochnik, Anatoliy G

    2016-09-22

    Electronic structure and optical properties of boron difluoride dibenzoylmethanate BF2Dbm and its four derivatives were studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, absorption and luminescence spectroscopy, and quantum chemistry (DFT and TDDFT). In a series of the studied compounds, the relationship of molecular design and optical properties has been revealed. At the transition from BF2Dbm to BF2Dbm(OCH3)2, the HOMO-LUMO energy gap decreases, resulting in a bathochromic shift of the optical spectra. Substitution of one methoxy group by the nitro group in BF2Dbm(OCH3)2 causes a decrease in the contribution of the chelate ring π-orbital in the LUMO, resulting in a lower value of charge transfer from the substituents to the chelate ring in the case of the first excited state, which determines the characteristics of the main absorption bands. The nitro group transition from the m- to p-position of the benzene ring causes a change in the nature of the main bands of the optical spectra due to the increase of the splitting value of the LUMO and LUMO+1 levels. The main band in the optical spectra of the complex containing the C10H7 group is associated with the charge transfer transitions. PMID:27580170

  4. Optical properties and emissivities of liquid metals and alloys

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    Krishnan, Shankar; Nordine, Paul C.

    1993-01-01

    This paper presents the results from our on-going program to investigate the optical properties of liquid metals and alloys at elevated temperatures. Ellipsometric and polarimetric techniques have been used to investigate the optical properties of materials in the 1000 - 3000 K temperature range and in the 0.3 - 0.1 mu m wavelength range. The ellipsometric and polarimetric techniques are described and the characteristics of the instruments are presented. The measurements are conducted by reflecting a polarized laser beam from an electromagnetically levitated liquid metal or alloy specimen. A Rotating Analyzer Ellipsometer (RAE) or a four-detector Division-of-Amplitude Photopolarimeter (DOAP) is used to determine the polarimetric properties of the light reflected at an angle of incidence of approximately 68 deg. Optical properties of the specimen which are calculated from these measurements include the index of refraction, extinction coefficient, normal spectral emissivity, and spectral hemispherical emissivity. These properties have been determined at various wavelengths and temperatures for liquid Ag, Al, Au, Cu, Nb, Ni, Pd, Pt, Si, Ti, Ti-Al alloys, U, and Zr. We also describe new experiments using pulsed-dye laser spectroscopic ellipsometry for studies of the wavelength dependence of the emissivities and optical properties of materials at high temperature. Preliminary results are given for liquid Al. The application of four-detector polarimetry for rapid determination of surface emissivity and true temperature is also described. Characteristics of these devices are presented. An example of the accuracy of this instrument in measurements of the melting point of zirconium is illustrated.

  5. Nonlinear optical properties and optical limiting measurements of graphene oxide - Ag@TiO2 compounds

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    Ebrahimi, M.; Zakery, A.; Karimipour, M.; Molaei, M.

    2016-07-01

    In this work Graphene Oxide (GO), Ag@TiO2 core-shells and GO-Ag@TiO2 compounds were prepared and experimentally verified. Using a low power laser diode with 532 nm wavelength, the magnitude and the sign of the nonlinear refractive index and nonlinear absorption were determined by the Z-scan technique. It was observed that the nonlinear absorption of GO-Ag@TiO2 mixture was higher than pure GO. The optical limiting effect of these samples was also investigated using the 2nd harmonics of a pulsed Nd-YAG laser at 532 nm. Our results showed that the sole Ag@TiO2 didn't show any appreciable optical limiting effect, however after just mixing with graphene oxide the threshold of optical limiting was increased and the compound showed an enhancement of optical limiting behavior compared to GO itself. The presented results are discussed and compared with other literature reports.

  6. Optically active substituted polyacetylene@carbon nanotube hybrids: Preparation, characterization and infrared emissivity property study

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    Bu, Xiaohai; Zhou, Yuming Zhang, Tao; Wang, Yongjuan; Zhang, Zewu; He, Man

    2014-08-15

    Optically active substituted polyacetylene@multiwalled carbon nanotubes (SPA@MWCNTs) nanohybrids were fabricated by wrapping helical SPA copolymers onto the surface of modified nanotubes through ester bonding linkage. SPA copolymer based on chiral phenylalanine and serine was pre-polymerized by a rhodium zwitterion catalyst in THF, and evidently proved to possess strong optical activity and adopt a predominately one-handed helical conformation. Various characterizations including Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) demonstrated that the SPA had been covalently grafted onto the nanotubes without destroying their original graphite structure. The wrapped SPA was found to exhibit an enhancement in thermal stability and still maintained considerable optical activity after grafting. The infrared emissivity property of the nanohybrids at 8–14 μm was investigated in addition. The results indicated that the SPA@MWCNTs hybrid matrix could possess a much lower infrared emissivity value (ε=0.707) than raw MWCNTs, which might be due to synergistic effect of the unique helical conformation of optically active SPA and strengthened interfacial interaction between the organic polymers and inorganic nanoparticles. - Graphical abstract: Optically active SPA@MWCNTs nanohybrids with low infrared emissivity. - Highlights: • Synthesis of optically active SPA copolymer derived from serine and phenylalanine. • Preparation and characterization of optically active SPA@MWCNTs nanohybrids. • Application study of the SPA@MWCNTs nanohybrids (ε=0.707) in lowering the infrared emissivity.

  7. Surface-enhanced raman optical data storage system

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    Vo-Dinh, Tuan

    1994-01-01

    An improved Surface-Enhanced Raman Optical Data Storage System (SERODS) is disclosed. In the improved system, entities capable of existing in multiple reversible states are present on the storage device. Such entities result in changed Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) when localized state changes are effected in less than all of the entities. Therefore, by changing the state of entities in localized regions of a storage device, the SERS emissions in such regions will be changed. When a write-on device is controlled by a data signal, such a localized regions of changed SERS emissions will correspond to the data written on the device. The data may be read by illuminating the surface of the storage device with electromagnetic radiation of an appropriate frequency and detecting the corresponding SERS emissions. Data may be deleted by reversing the state changes of entities in regions where the data was initially written. In application, entities may be individual molecules which allows for the writing of data at the molecular level. A read/write/delete head utilizing near-field quantum techniques can provide for a write/read/delete device capable of effecting state changes in individual molecules, thus providing for the effective storage of data at the molecular level.

  8. Surface-Enhanced Raman Optical Data Storage system

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    Vo-Dinh, T.

    1994-06-28

    An improved Surface-Enhanced Raman Optical Data Storage System (SERODS) is disclosed. In the improved system, entities capable of existing in multiple reversible states are present on the storage device. Such entities result in changed Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) when localized state changes are effected in less than all of the entities. Therefore, by changing the state of entities in localized regions of a storage device, the SERS emissions in such regions will be changed. When a write-on device is controlled by a data signal, such a localized regions of changed SERS emissions will correspond to the data written on the device. The data may be read by illuminating the surface of the storage device with electromagnetic radiation of an appropriate frequency and detecting the corresponding SERS emissions. Data may be deleted by reversing the state changes of entities in regions where the data was initially written. In application, entities may be individual molecules which allows for the writing of data at the molecular level. A read/write/delete head utilizing near-field quantum techniques can provide for a write/read/delete device capable of effecting state changes in individual molecules, thus providing for the effective storage of data at the molecular level. 18 figures.

  9. Prediction of nonlinear optical properties of organic materials. General theoretical considerations

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    Cardelino, B.; Moore, C.; Zutaut, S.

    1993-01-01

    The prediction of nonlinear optical properties of organic materials is geared to assist materials scientists in the selection of good candidate molecules. A brief summary of the quantum mechanical methods used for estimating hyperpolarizabilities will be presented. The advantages and limitations of each technique will be discussed. Particular attention will be given to the finite-field method for calculating first and second order hyperpolarizabilities, since this method is better suited for large molecules. Corrections for dynamic fields and bulk effects will be discussed in detail, focusing on solvent effects, conformational isomerization, core effects, dispersion, and hydrogen bonding. Several results will be compared with data obtained from third-harmonic-generation (THG) and dc-induced second harmonic generation (EFISH) measurements. These comparisons will demonstrate the qualitative ability of the method to predict the relative strengths of hyperpolarizabilities of a class of compounds. The future application of molecular mechanics, as well as other techniques, in the study of bulk properties and solid state defects will be addressed. The relationship between large values for nonlinear optical properties and large conjugation lengths is well known, and is particularly important for third-order processes. For this reason, the materials with the largest observed nonresonant third-order properties are conjugated polymers. An example of this type of polymer is polydiacetylene. One of the problems in dealing with polydiacetylene is that substituents which may enhance its nonlinear properties may ultimately prevent it from polymerizing. A model which attempts to predict the likelihood of solid-state polymerization is considered, along with the implications of the assumptions that are used. Calculations of the third-order optical properties and their relationship to first-order properties and energy gaps will be discussed. The relationship between monomeric and

  10. Development of graphene oxide materials with controllably modified optical properties

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    Naumov, Anton; Galande, Charudatta; Mohite, Aditya; Ajayan, Pulickel; Weisman, R. Bruce

    2015-03-01

    One of the major current goals in graphene research is modifying its optical and electronic properties through controllable generation of band gaps. To achieve this, we have studied the changes in optical properties of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) in water suspension upon the exposure to ozone. Ozonation for the periods of 5 to 35 minutes has caused a dramatic bleaching of its absorption and the concurrent appearance of strong visible fluorescence in previously nonemissive samples. These observed spectral changes suggest a functionalization-induced band gap opening. The sample fluorescence induced by ozonation was found to be highly pH-dependent: sharp and structured emission features resembling the spectra of molecular fluorophores were present at basic pH values, but this emission reversibly broadened and red-shifted in acidic conditions. These findings are consistent with excited state protonation of the emitting species in acidic media. Oxygen-containing addends resulting from the ozonation were detected by XPS and FTIR spectroscopy and related to optical transitions in localized graphene oxide fluorophores by computational modeling. Further research will be directed toward producing graphene-based optoelectronic devices with tailored and controllable optical properties.

  11. Annealing effects on optical properties of natural alexandrite

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    Fernandes Scalvi, Rosa M.; Li, Máximo Siu; Scalvi, Luis V. A.

    2003-11-01

    Natural alexandrite (BeAl2O4:Cr3+) crystals are investigated as regards the effects of annealing on their optical properties. Optical absorption spectra are measured from the ultraviolet (190 nm) to the near infrared (900 nm), for a sample subjected to consecutive annealing processes, where time and temperature are varied. Besides this, luminescence spectra are simultaneously obtained for this sample, excited with a Kr+ laser source, tuned on an ultraviolet multi-line mode (337.5, 350.7 and 356.4 nm). We observe from absorption as well as from emission data that annealing mainly influences the distribution of Cr3+ and Fe3+ ions, located on sites of a mirror plane (Cs symmetry), which are responsible for the optical properties of alexandrite. The results obtained lead to the conclusion that annealing induces a modification of the population of Cr3+ on Cs sites as well as on sites located on an inversion plane (Ci). Annealing could improve the optical properties of this material, as regards its application as a tunable laser.

  12. Optical properties of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) during nanosecond laser processing

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    Stankova, N. E.; Atanasov, P. A.; Nikov, Ru. G.; Nikov, R. G.; Nedyalkov, N. N.; Stoyanchov, T. R.; Fukata, N.; Kolev, K. N.; Valova, E. I.; Georgieva, J. S.; Armyanov, St. A.

    2016-06-01

    This article presents experimental investigations of effects of the process parameters on the medical grade polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomer processed by laser source with irradiation at UV (266 and 355 nm), VIS (532 nm) and NIR (1064 nm). Systematic experiments are done to characterize how the laser beam parameters (wavelength, fluence, and number of pulses) affect the optical properties and the chemical composition in the laser treated areas. Remarkable changes of the optical properties and the chemical composition are observed. Despite the low optical absorption of the native PDMS for UV, VIS and NIR wavelengths, successful laser treatment is accomplished due to the incubation process occurring below the polymer surface. With increasing of the fluence and the number of the pulses chemical transformations are revealed in the entire laser treated area and hence decreasing of the optical transmittance is observed. The incubation gets saturation after a certain number of pulses and the laser ablation of the material begins efficiently. At the UV and VIS wavelengths the number of the initial pulses, at which the optical transmittance begins to reduce, decreases from 16 up to 8 with increasing of the laser fluence up to 1.0, 2.5 and 10 J cm-2 for 266, 355 and 532 nm, respectively. In the case of 1064 nm the optical transmittance begins to reduce at 11th pulse incident at a fluence of 13 J cm-2 and the number of the pulses decreases to 8 when the fluence reaches value of 16 J cm-2. The threshold laser fluence needed to induce incubation process after certain number of pulses of 8 is different for every wavelength irradiation as the values increase from 1.0 for 266 nm up to 16 J cm-2 for 1064 nm. The incubation and the ablation processes occur in the PDMS elastomer material during its pulsed laser treatment are a complex function of the wavelength, fluence, number of pulses and the material properties as well.

  13. Unconventional ratiometric-enhanced optical sensing of oxygen by mixed-phase TiO2

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    Lettieri, S.; Pallotti, D. K.; Gesuele, F.; Maddalena, P.

    2016-07-01

    We show that mixed-phase titanium dioxide (TiO2) can be effectively employed as an unconventional, inorganic, dual-emitting, and ratiometric optical sensor of O2. Simultaneous availability of rutile and anatase TiO2 photoluminescence (PL) and their peculiar "anti-correlated" PL responses to O2 allow using their ratio as a measurement parameter associated with the O2 concentration, leading to an experimental responsivity being by construction larger than the one obtainable for single-phase PL detection. A proof of this concept is given, showing a two-fold enhancement of the optical responsivity provided by the ratiometric approach. Besides the peculiar ratiometric-enhanced responsivity, other characteristics of mixed phase TiO2 can be envisaged as favorable for O2 optical probing, namely (a) low production costs, (b) absence of heterogeneous components, and (c) self-supporting properties. These characteristics encourage experimenting with its use for applications requiring high indicator quantities at a competitive price, possibly also tackling the need to develop supporting matrixes that carry the luminescent probes and avoiding issues related to the use of different components for ratiometric sensing.

  14. Laminar Tendon Composites with Enhanced Mechanical Properties

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    Alberti, Kyle A.; Sun, Jeong-Yun; Illeperuma, Widusha R.; Suo, Zhigang; Xu, Qiaobing

    2015-01-01

    Purpose A strong isotropic material that is both biocompatible and biodegradable is desired for many biomedical applications, including rotator cuff repair, tendon and ligament repair, vascular grafting, among others. Recently, we developed a technique, called “bioskiving” to create novel 2D and 3D constructs from decellularized tendon, using a combination of mechanical sectioning, and layered stacking and rolling. The unidirectionally aligned collagen nanofibers (derived from sections of decellularized tendon) offer good mechanical properties to the constructs compared with those fabricated from reconstituted collagen. Methods In this paper, we studied the effect that several variables have on the mechanical properties of structures fabricated from tendon slices, including crosslinking density and the orientation in which the fibers are stacked. Results We observed that following stacking and crosslinking, the strength of the constructs is significantly improved, with crosslinked sections having an ultimate tens ile strength over 20 times greater than non-crosslinked samples, and a modulus nearly 50 times higher. The mechanism of the mechanical failure mode of the tendon constructs with or without crosslinking was also investigated. Conclusions The strength and fiber organization, combined with the ability to introduce transversely isotropic mechanical properties makes the laminar tendon composites a biocompatiable material that may find future use in a number of biomedical and tissue engineering applications. PMID:25691802

  15. Finite-difference time-domain studies of the optical properties of nanoshell dimers.

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    Oubre, C; Nordlander, P

    2005-05-26

    The optical properties of metallic nanoshell dimers are investigated using the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method. We discuss issues of numerical convergence specific for the dimer system. We present results for both homodimers and heterodimers. The results show that retardation effects must be taken into account for an accurate description of realistic size nanoparticle dimers. The optical properties of the nanoshell dimer are found to be strongly polarization dependent. Maximal coupling between the nanoshells in a dimer occurs when the electric field of the incident pulse is aligned parallel to the dimer axis. The wavelengths of the peaks in the extinction cross section of the dimer are shown to vary by more than 100 nm, depending on the incident electric field polarization. The calculations show that electric field enhancements in the dimer junctions depend strongly on dimer separation. The maximum field enhancements occur in the dimer junction and at the expense of a reduced electric field enhancement in other regions of space. We investigate the usefulness of nanoshell dimers substrates for SERS by integrating the fourth power of the electric field enhancements around the surfaces of the nanoparticles as a function of dimer separation and wavelength. The SERS efficiency is shown to depend strongly on dimer separation but much weaker than the fourth power of the maximum electric field enhancement at a particular point. The SERS efficiency is also found to depend strongly on the wavelength of the incident light. Maximum SERS efficiency occurs for resonant excitation of the dimer plasmons. PMID:16852215

  16. The temperature dependence of the thermo-optical properties of TAG optical ceramics

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    Starobor, A. V.; Zheleznov, D. S.; Palashov, O. V.

    2016-02-01

    The thermal effects of thermally-induced depolarization and a thermal lens in terbium aluminum garnet (TAG) ceramics were investigated in the temperature range 79-293 K. Thermal effects decrease considerably upon cooling to 79 K, and it is demonstrated that the thermo-optical properties of TAG ceramics are not inferior to the properties of TGG ceramics. TAG is a promising medium for Faraday isolators and cryogenic Faraday isolators.

  17. Optical Properties of the α-T3 Model

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    Illes, Emilia; Carbotte, Jules; Nicol, Elisabeth

    The α-T3 model, recently introduced by Raoux et. al, provides a continuous evolution between the honeycomb lattice of graphene and the T3 or dice lattice. It is characterized by a variable Berry phase that changes continuously from π to 0. We present our calculations of optical properties of the α-T3 model, including the Hall quantization and optical conductivity, with an emphasis on the effect of the variable Berry's phase of the model. In particular, we describe the continuous evolution of the Hall quantization from a relativistic to a non-relativistic regime.

  18. Experimental and theoretical optical properties of methylammonium lead halide perovskites.

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    Leguy, Aurélien M A; Azarhoosh, Pooya; Alonso, M Isabel; Campoy-Quiles, Mariano; Weber, Oliver J; Yao, Jizhong; Bryant, Daniel; Weller, Mark T; Nelson, Jenny; Walsh, Aron; van Schilfgaarde, Mark; Barnes, Piers R F

    2016-03-28

    The optical constants of methylammonium lead halide single crystals CH3NH3PbX3 (X = I, Br, Cl) are interpreted with high level ab initio calculations using the relativistic quasiparticle self-consistent GW approximation (QSGW). Good agreement between the optical constants derived from QSGW and those obtained from spectroscopic ellipsometry enables the assignment of the spectral features to their respective inter-band transitions. We show that the transition from the highest valence band (VB) to the lowest conduction band (CB) is responsible for almost all the optical response of MAPbI3 between 1.2 and 5.5 eV (with minor contributions from the second highest VB and the second lowest CB). The calculations indicate that the orientation of [CH3NH3](+) cations has a significant influence on the position of the bandgap suggesting that collective orientation of the organic moieties could result in significant local variations of the optical properties. The optical constants and energy band diagram of CH3NH3PbI3 are then used to simulate the contributions from different optical transitions to a typical transient absorption spectrum (TAS). PMID:26477295

  19. Method for quantifying optical properties of the human lens

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    Loree, T.R.; Bigio, I.J.; Zuclich, J.A.; Shimada, Tsutomu; Strobl, K.

    1999-04-13

    A method is disclosed for quantifying optical properties of the human lens. The present invention includes the application of fiberoptic, OMA-based instrumentation as an in vivo diagnostic tool for the human ocular lens. Rapid, noninvasive and comprehensive assessment of the optical characteristics of a lens using very modest levels of exciting light are described. Typically, the backscatter and fluorescence spectra (from about 300- to 900-nm) elicited by each of several exciting wavelengths (from about 300- to 600-nm) are collected within a few seconds. The resulting optical signature of individual lenses is then used to assess the overall optical quality of the lens by comparing the results with a database of similar measurements obtained from a reference set of normal human lenses having various ages. Several metrics have been identified which gauge the optical quality of a given lens relative to the norm for the subject`s chronological age. These metrics may also serve to document accelerated optical aging and/or as early indicators of cataract or other disease processes. 8 figs.

  20. Method for quantifying optical properties of the human lens

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    Loree, deceased, Thomas R.; Bigio, Irving J.; Zuclich, Joseph A.; Shimada, Tsutomu; Strobl, Karlheinz

    1999-01-01

    Method for quantifying optical properties of the human lens. The present invention includes the application of fiberoptic, OMA-based instrumentation as an in vivo diagnostic tool for the human ocular lens. Rapid, noninvasive and comprehensive assessment of the optical characteristics of a lens using very modest levels of exciting light are described. Typically, the backscatter and fluorescence spectra (from about 300- to 900-nm) elicited by each of several exciting wavelengths (from about 300- to 600-nm) are collected within a few seconds. The resulting optical signature of individual lenses is then used to assess the overall optical quality of the lens by comparing the results with a database of similar measurements obtained from a reference set of normal human lenses having various ages. Several metrics have been identified which gauge the optical quality of a given lens relative to the norm for the subject's chronological age. These metrics may also serve to document accelerated optical aging and/or as early indicators of cataract or other disease processes.

  1. Electro-optic properties of novel azobenzene polymers

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    Krupka, O.; Derkowska, B.; Kajzar, F.; Smokal, V.; Studzinsky, S.; Davidenko, N.

    2013-10-01

    Polymers containing azobenzene dyes or azobenzene lateral groups are of special interest for their application as optically active media, particularly, as polarization sensitive media for such applications: optical data storage, surface nanostructuration, photoswitching, alignment of liquid crystals, active optical elements etc. An intensive research was carried out previous years on synthesizis and investigation of the second order nonlinear optical response of azobenzene/polymer systems. The desirable properties of these materials are attributed to the highly efficient photoinduced trans-cis and vice versa isomerization of azobenzene moieties. This transformation is connected with the volume change of molecules, followed by an increase of their rotational mobility. The trans-cis izomerization process is exploited also in all optical poling of polymers and plays an important role in optical depoling. Generally these phenomena are induced by light with frequencies corresponding to one-photon absorption. They are possible also by multiphoton absorptions. In this paper we report the synthesis of side chain methacrylic polymers functionalized with azobenzene chromophores. A reversible change of thin film absorption is observed when illuminating it with monochromatic, linearly polarized light under the applied external DC field. The amount of change depends on the angle between the light polarization and the DC electric field direction.

  2. Enhanced all-optical modulation in a graphene-coated fibre with low insertion loss.

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    Zhang, Haojie; Healy, Noel; Shen, Li; Huang, Chung Che; Hewak, Daniel W; Peacock, Anna C

    2016-03-22

    Graphene is a highly versatile two-dimensional material platform that offers exceptional optical and electrical properties. Of these, its dynamic conductivity and low effective carrier mass are of particular interest for optoelectronic applications as they underpin the material's broadband nonlinear optical absorption and ultra-fast carrier mobility, respectively. In this paper, we utilize these phenomena to demonstrate a high-speed, in-fibre optical modulator developed on a side-polished optical fibre platform. An especially low insertion loss (<1 dB) was achieved by polishing the fibre to a near atomically smooth surface (<1 nm RMS), which minimized scattering and ensured excellent contact between the graphene film and the fibre. In order to enhance the light-matter interaction, the graphene film is coated with a high index polyvinyl butyral layer, which has the added advantage of acting as a barrier to the surrounding environment. Using this innovative approach, we have fabricated a robust and stable all-fibre device with an extinction ratio as high as 9 dB and operation bandwidth of 0.5 THz. These results represent a key step towards the integration of low-dimensional materials within standard telecoms networks.

  3. Enhanced all-optical modulation in a graphene-coated fibre with low insertion loss

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    Zhang, Haojie; Healy, Noel; Shen, Li; Huang, Chung Che; Hewak, Daniel W.; Peacock, Anna C.

    2016-01-01

    Graphene is a highly versatile two-dimensional material platform that offers exceptional optical and electrical properties. Of these, its dynamic conductivity and low effective carrier mass are of particular interest for optoelectronic applications as they underpin the material’s broadband nonlinear optical absorption and ultra-fast carrier mobility, respectively. In this paper, we utilize these phenomena to demonstrate a high-speed, in-fibre optical modulator developed on a side-polished optical fibre platform. An especially low insertion loss (<1 dB) was achieved by polishing the fibre to a near atomically smooth surface (<1 nm RMS), which minimized scattering and ensured excellent contact between the graphene film and the fibre. In order to enhance the light-matter interaction, the graphene film is coated with a high index polyvinyl butyral layer, which has the added advantage of acting as a barrier to the surrounding environment. Using this innovative approach, we have fabricated a robust and stable all-fibre device with an extinction ratio as high as 9 dB and operation bandwidth of 0.5 THz. These results represent a key step towards the integration of low-dimensional materials within standard telecoms networks. PMID:27001353

  4. Optical properties of oxygenated CdTe thin films

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    Zapata-Navarro, A.; Peña-Chapa, J. L.; Villagrán De León, J. C.

    1996-07-01

    Cadmium telluride oxide films (CdTe-O) were grown by a radio frequency sputtering technique on glass slide substrates using a controlled plasma (Ar-N2O). The films were studied by Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and optical transmission. We demonstrate that the oxidation process enhances the transmittance of the films into the visible part of the spectrum depending on the oxygen concentration.

  5. Enhancement of surface properties for coal beneficiation

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    Chander, S.; Aplan, F.F.

    1992-01-30

    This report will focus on means of pyrite removal from coal using surface-based coal cleaning technologies. The major subjects being addressed in this study are the natural and modulated surface properties of coal and pyrite and how they may best be utilized to facilitate their separation using advanced surface-based coal cleaning technology. Emphasis is based on modified flotation and oil agglomerative processes and the basic principles involved. The four areas being addressed are: (1) Collectorless flotation of pyrite; (2) Modulation of pyrite and coal hydrophobicity; (3) Emulsion processes and principles; (4) Evaluation of coal hydrophobicity.

  6. Electronic and optical properties of novel carbon allotropes

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    Wang, Zhanyu; Dong, F.; Shen, B.; Zhang, R. J.; Zheng, Y. X.; Chen, L. Y.; Wang, S. Y.; Wang, C. Z.; Ho, K. M.; Fan, Yuan -Jia; et al

    2016-01-22

    The vibrational properties, electronic structures and optical properties of novel carbon allotropes, such as monolayer penta-graphene (PG), double-layer PG and T12-carbon, were studied by first-principles calculations. Results of phonon calculations demonstrate that these exotic carbon allotropes are dynamically stable. The bulk T12 phase is an indirect-gap semiconductor having a quasiparticle (QP) bandgap of ~5.19 eV. When the bulk material transforms to a two-dimensional (2D) phase, the monolayer and double-layer PG become quasi-direct gap semiconductors with smaller QP bandgaps of ~4.48 eV and ~3.67 eV, respectively. Furthermore, the partial charge density analysis indicates that the 2D phases retain part of themore » electronic characteristics of the T12 phase. The linear photon energy-dependent dielectric functions and related optical properties including refractive index, extinction coefficient, absorption spectrum, reflectivity, and energy-loss spectrum were also computed and discussed. Additionally, the chemical stability of monolayer PG and the electronic and optical properties of double-side hydrogenated monolayer PG were also investigated. Furthermore, the results obtained from our calculations are beneficial to practical applications of these exotic carbon allotropes in optoelectronics and electronics.« less

  7. Tunable optical and magneto-optical properties of ferrofluid in the terahertz regime.

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    Chen, Sai; Fan, Fei; Chang, Shengjiang; Miao, Yinping; Chen, Meng; Li, Jining; Wang, Xianghui; Lin, Lie

    2014-03-24

    The dielectric property and magneto-optical effects of ferrofluids have been investigated in the terahertz (THz) regime by using THz time-domain spectroscopy. The experiment results show that the refractive index and absorption coefficient of ferrofluid for THz waves rise up with the increase of nanoparticle concentration in the ferrofluid. Moreover, two different THz magneto-optical effects have been found with different external magnetic fields, of which mechanisms have been theoretically explained well by microscopic structure induced refractive index change in the magnetization process and the transverse magneto-optical effect after the saturation magnetization, respectively. This work suggests that ferrofluid is a promising magneto-optical material in the THz regime which has widely potential applications in THz functional devices for THz sensing, modulation, phase retardation, and polarization control. PMID:24663979

  8. Optical/Dielectric Properties of Inhomogeneous Optical Material: A New Method of Evaluation

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    Nagendra, C. L.; Lamb, J. L.

    1993-01-01

    A new method, based on Effective mean Field Theory, is proposed for the evaluation of the optical/dielectric properties of inhomogeneous materials, in which the real and imaginary parts of the dielectric function are determined by solving a simultaneous non-linear equation.

  9. Modeling silica aerogel optical performance by determining its radiative properties

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    Zhao, Lin; Yang, Sungwoo; Bhatia, Bikram; Strobach, Elise; Wang, Evelyn N.

    2016-02-01

    Silica aerogel has been known as a promising candidate for high performance transparent insulation material (TIM). Optical transparency is a crucial metric for silica aerogels in many solar related applications. Both scattering and absorption can reduce the amount of light transmitted through an aerogel slab. Due to multiple scattering, the transmittance deviates from the Beer-Lambert law (exponential attenuation). To better understand its optical performance, we decoupled and quantified the extinction contributions of absorption and scattering separately by identifying two sets of radiative properties. The radiative properties are deduced from the measured total transmittance and reflectance spectra (from 250 nm to 2500 nm) of synthesized aerogel samples by solving the inverse problem of the 1-D Radiative Transfer Equation (RTE). The obtained radiative properties are found to be independent of the sample geometry and can be considered intrinsic material properties, which originate from the aerogel's microstructure. This finding allows for these properties to be directly compared between different samples. We also demonstrate that by using the obtained radiative properties, we can model the photon transport in aerogels of arbitrary shapes, where an analytical solution is difficult to obtain.

  10. Quantitative evaluation of optical coherence tomography signal enhancement with gold nanoshells.

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    Agrawal, Anant; Huang, Stanley; Wei Haw Lin, Alex; Lee, Min-Ho; Barton, Jennifer K; Drezek, Rebekah A; Pfefer, T Joshua

    2006-01-01

    Nanoshell-enhanced optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a novel technique with the potential for molecular imaging and improved disease detection. However, optimization of this approach will require a quantitative understanding of the influence of nanoshell parameters on detected OCT signals. In this study, OCT was performed at 1310 nm in water and turbid tissue-simulating phantoms to which nanoshells were added. The effect of nanoshell concentration, core diameter, and shell thickness on signal enhancement was characterized. Experimental results indicated trends that were consistent with predicted optical properties-a monotonic increase in signal intensity and attenuation with increasing shell and core size. Threshold concentrations for a 2-dB OCT signal intensity gain were determined for several nanoshell geometries. For the most highly backscattering nanoshells tested-291-nm core diameter, 25-nm shell thickness-a concentration of 10(9) nanoshells/mL was needed to produce this signal increase. Based on these results, we discuss various practical considerations for optimizing nanoshell-enhanced OCT. Quantitative experimental data presented here will facilitate optimization of OCT-based diagnostics and may also be relevant to other reflectance-based approaches as well. PMID:16965149

  11. Optical re-injection in cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy.

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    Leen, J Brian; O'Keefe, Anthony

    2014-09-01

    Non-mode-matched cavity-enhanced absorption spectrometry (e.g., cavity ringdown spectroscopy and integrated cavity output spectroscopy) is commonly used for the ultrasensitive detection of trace gases. These techniques are attractive for their simplicity and robustness, but their performance may be limited by the reflection of light from the front mirror and the resulting low optical transmission. Although this low transmitted power can sometimes be overcome with higher power lasers and lower noise detectors (e.g., in the near-infrared), many regimes exist where the available light intensity or photodetector sensitivity limits instrument performance (e.g., in the mid-infrared). In this article, we describe a method of repeatedly re-injecting light reflected off the front mirror of the optical cavity to boost the cavity's circulating power and deliver more light to the photodetector and thus increase the signal-to-noise ratio of the absorption measurement. We model and experimentally demonstrate the method's performance using off-axis cavity ringdown spectroscopy (OA-CRDS) with a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser. The power coupled through the cavity to the detector is increased by a factor of 22.5. The cavity loss is measured with a precision of 2 × 10(-10) cm(-1)/√Hz; an increase of 12 times over the standard off-axis configuration without reinjection and comparable to the best reported sensitivities in the mid-infrared. Finally, the re-injected CRDS system is used to measure the spectrum of several volatile organic compounds, demonstrating the improved ability to resolve weakly absorbing spectroscopic features. PMID:25273701

  12. Optical re-injection in cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy

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    Leen, J. Brian; O’Keefe, Anthony

    2014-01-01

    Non-mode-matched cavity-enhanced absorption spectrometry (e.g., cavity ringdown spectroscopy and integrated cavity output spectroscopy) is commonly used for the ultrasensitive detection of trace gases. These techniques are attractive for their simplicity and robustness, but their performance may be limited by the reflection of light from the front mirror and the resulting low optical transmission. Although this low transmitted power can sometimes be overcome with higher power lasers and lower noise detectors (e.g., in the near-infrared), many regimes exist where the available light intensity or photodetector sensitivity limits instrument performance (e.g., in the mid-infrared). In this article, we describe a method of repeatedly re-injecting light reflected off the front mirror of the optical cavity to boost the cavity's circulating power and deliver more light to the photodetector and thus increase the signal-to-noise ratio of the absorption measurement. We model and experimentally demonstrate the method's performance using off-axis cavity ringdown spectroscopy (OA-CRDS) with a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser. The power coupled through the cavity to the detector is increased by a factor of 22.5. The cavity loss is measured with a precision of 2 × 10−10 cm−1/\\documentclass[12pt]{minimal} \\usepackage{amsmath} \\usepackage{wasysym} \\usepackage{amsfonts} \\usepackage{amssymb} \\usepackage{amsbsy} \\usepackage{upgreek} \\usepackage{mathrsfs} \\setlength{\\oddsidemargin}{-69pt} \\begin{document} }{}$\\sqrt {{\\rm Hz;}}$\\end{document} Hz ; an increase of 12 times over the standard off-axis configuration without reinjection and comparable to the best reported sensitivities in the mid-infrared. Finally, the re-injected CRDS system is used to measure the spectrum of several volatile organic compounds, demonstrating the improved ability to resolve weakly absorbing spectroscopic features. PMID:25273701

  13. Optical re-injection in cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy

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    Leen, J. Brian O’Keefe, Anthony

    2014-09-15

    Non-mode-matched cavity-enhanced absorption spectrometry (e.g., cavity ringdown spectroscopy and integrated cavity output spectroscopy) is commonly used for the ultrasensitive detection of trace gases. These techniques are attractive for their simplicity and robustness, but their performance may be limited by the reflection of light from the front mirror and the resulting low optical transmission. Although this low transmitted power can sometimes be overcome with higher power lasers and lower noise detectors (e.g., in the near-infrared), many regimes exist where the available light intensity or photodetector sensitivity limits instrument performance (e.g., in the mid-infrared). In this article, we describe a method of repeatedly re-injecting light reflected off the front mirror of the optical cavity to boost the cavity's circulating power and deliver more light to the photodetector and thus increase the signal-to-noise ratio of the absorption measurement. We model and experimentally demonstrate the method's performance using off-axis cavity ringdown spectroscopy (OA-CRDS) with a broadly tunable external cavity quantum cascade laser. The power coupled through the cavity to the detector is increased by a factor of 22.5. The cavity loss is measured with a precision of 2 × 10{sup −10} cm{sup −1}/√(Hz;) an increase of 12 times over the standard off-axis configuration without reinjection and comparable to the best reported sensitivities in the mid-infrared. Finally, the re-injected CRDS system is used to measure the spectrum of several volatile organic compounds, demonstrating the improved ability to resolve weakly absorbing spectroscopic features.

  14. Airborne Lidar Measurements of Aerosol Optical Properties During SAFARI-2000

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    McGill, M. J.; Hlavka, D. L.; Hart, W. D.; Welton, E. J.; Campbell, J. R.; Starr, David OC. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The Cloud Physics Lidar (CPL) operated onboard the NASA ER-2 high altitude aircraft during the SAFARI-2000 field campaign. The CPL provided high spatial resolution measurements of aerosol optical properties at both 1064 nm and 532 nm. We present here results of planetary boundary layer (PBL) aerosol optical depth analysis and profiles of aerosol extinction. Variation of optical depth and extinction are examined as a function of regional location. The wide-scale aerosol mapping obtained by the CPL is a unique data set that will aid in future studies of aerosol transport. Comparisons between the airborne CPL and ground-based MicroPulse Lidar Network (MPL-Net) sites are shown to have good agreement.

  15. Structural, dielectric, and optical properties of yttrium calcium borate glasses

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    Santos, Cristiane N.; De Sousa Meneses, Domingos; Echegut, Patrick; Neuville, Daniel R.; Hernandes, Antonio C.; Ibanez, Alain

    2009-04-01

    Structural and optical properties of stable glasses in the Y2O3-CaO-B2O3 system, containing the same Y/Ca ratio as the YCa4O(BO3)3 (YCOB) crystal, were determined from Raman and reflectance infrared spectroscopy. Changes in optical functions with composition are associated with an increase in the number of non-bridging oxygen and to calcium/yttrium oxides content. Refractive indexes values (from 1.597 to 1.627 at λ =2 μm) are in good agreement with those of the YCOB crystal, an indication that these glasses are potential candidates for optical applications due to their ease of shaping as large bulk samples or fibers.

  16. Optical properties of the perfectly compensated semimetal WTe2

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    Homes, C. C.; Ali, M. N.; Cava, R. J.

    2015-10-01

    The optical properties of layered tungsten ditelluride have been measured over a wide temperature and frequency range for light polarized in the a-b planes. A striking low-frequency plasma edge develops in the reflectance at low temperature where this material is a perfectly compensated semimetal. The optical conductivity is described using a two-Drude model which treats the electron and hole pockets as separate electronic subsystems. At low temperature, one scattering rate collapses by over two orders of magnitude, while the other also undergoes a significant, but less dramatic, decrease; both scattering rates appear to display the quadratic temperature dependence expected for a Fermi liquid. First principles electronic structure calculations reveal that the low-lying optical excitations are due to direct transitions between the bands associated with the electron and hole pockets.

  17. Structure and optical properties of CdSe chalcogenide semiconductors

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    Ganaie, Mohsin; Prince, Zulfequar, M.

    2015-08-01

    CdSe bulk sample has been prepared by melt-quenching technique and were characterized with XRD, SEM, FTIR, and electrical measurements. Thin films were deposited by thermal evaporation technique on ultra clean glass substrates under a high vacuum of 10-6 Torr. An XRD measurement reveals the coexistence of glassy and crystalline phase in bulk sample. SEM studies shows single phase, porous, and granular surface morphology of powder CdSe alloy. Optical properties (optical gap, absorption coefficient, extinction coefficient, refractive index) are calculated in the range of 190-1100nm. Analysis of the optical measurement shows that the non-direct transition is predominant and the band gap come outs to be 1.751eV. Dc conductivity measurement is thermally activated process which shows the semiconducting nature of the sample having activation energy 0.31eV.

  18. Lanthanides-clay nanocomposites: Synthesis, characterization and optical properties

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    Celedon, Salvador; Quiroz, Carolina; Gonzalez, Guillermo; Sotomayor Torres, Clivia M.; Benavente, Eglantina

    2009-05-06

    Complexes of Europium(III) and Terbium(III) with 2,2-bipyridine and 1,10-phenanthroline were inserted into Na-bentonite by ion exchange reactions at room temperature. The products display interlaminar distances and stoichiometries in agreement with the ion exchange capacity and the interlayer space available in the clay. The optical properties of the intercalates, being qualitatively similar to those of the free complexes, are additionally improved with respect to exchange processes with the medium, especially in a moist environment. The protection again hydrolysis, together with the intensity of the optical transition {sup 5}D{sub 0}-{sup 5}F{sub 2} observed in the nanocomposite, makes these products promising for the development of novel optical materials.

  19. Optical properties of the perfectly compensated semimetal WTe2

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    Homes, C. C.; Ali, M. N.; Cava, R. J.

    The optical properties of layered tungsten ditelluride have been measured over a wide temperature and frequency range for light polarized in the a-b planes. A striking low-frequency plasma edge develops in the reflectance at low temperature where this material is a perfectly compensated semimetal. The optical conductivity is described using a two-Drude model which treats the electron and hole pockets as separate electronic subsystems. At low temperature, one scattering rate collapses by over two orders of magnitude, while the other also undergoes a significant, but less dramatic, decrease; both scattering rates appear to display the quadratic temperature dependence expected for a Fermi liquid. First principles electronic structure calculations reveal that the low-lying optical excitations are due to direct transitions between the bands associated with the electron and hole pockets. Supported by the Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-SC0012704; Army Research Office, Grant No. W911NF-12-1-0461.

  20. Optical properties of cadmium telluride in the transparence region

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    Savitskii, A. V.; Slipeniuk, T. S.; Ulianitskii, K. S.

    1980-11-01

    The paper describes an experimental study of the influence of the means of surface finishing of CdTe specimens and the degree of their structural perfection on their optical properties in the infrared region (2-25 microns). Single-crystal specimens obtained by the Bridgeman method were used. The transmission coefficient was studied as a function of incident-radiation wavelength for stage-by-stage mechanical (i.e., abrasive) finishing of the surface. Measurements of optical transmission have revealed a lengthwise optical inhomogeneity in the specimen. In addition, it is shown that the examination of nonselective absorption by free carriers can be an effective tool for the fault inspection of CdTe crystals.

  1. Optical Properties of Alkaline Earth Ions Doped Bismuth Borate Glasses

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    Kundu, Virender; Dhiman, R. L.; Maan, A. S.; Goyal, D. R.

    2011-07-15

    The optical properties of glasses with composition xLi{sub 2}O(30-x)Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-70B{sub 2}O{sub 3}; x = 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20 mol %, prepared by normal melt quench technique were investigated by means of UV-VIS measurement. It was observed that the optical band gap of the present glass system decreases with increasing Li{sub 2}O content up to 15 mol%, and with further increase in lithium oxide content i.e. x>15 mol% the optical band gap increases. It was also observed that the present glass system behaves as an indirect band gap semiconductor.

  2. Optical and transport properties of dense liquid silica

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    Qi, Tingting; Millot, Marius; Kraus, Richard G.; Hamel, Sebastien; Root, Seth

    2015-06-15

    Using density-functional-theory based molecular dynamics and the Kubo-Greenwood linear response theory, we evaluated the high-pressure equation of state and the optical and transport properties of quartz and fused silica shock-compressed to 2000 GPa. The computed Hugoniots and corresponding optical reflectivity values are in very good agreement with published data for quartz, and new data that we obtained on fused silica using magnetically launched flyer plate experiments. The rise of optical reflectivity upon shock compression appears to be primarily a temperature-driven mechanism, which is relatively insensitive to small density variation. We observed that the electrical conductivity does not display Drude-like frequency dependence, especially at lower temperatures. In addition, the Wiedemann-Franz relation between electrical and thermal conductivities was found to be invalid. It suggests that even at three-fold compression, warm dense liquid silica on the Hugoniot curve is still far away from the degenerate limit.

  3. Fabricating optical phantoms to simulate skin tissue properties and microvasculatures

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    Sheng, Shuwei; Wu, Qiang; Han, Yilin; Dong, Erbao; Xu, Ronald

    2015-03-01

    This paper introduces novel methods to fabricate optical phantoms that simulate the morphologic, optical, and microvascular characteristics of skin tissue. The multi-layer skin-simulating phantom was fabricated by a light-cured 3D printer that mixed and printed the colorless light-curable ink with the absorption and the scattering ingredients for the designated optical properties. The simulated microvascular network was fabricated by a soft lithography process to embed microchannels in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) phantoms. The phantoms also simulated vascular anomalies and hypoxia commonly observed in cancer. A dual-modal multispectral and laser speckle imaging system was used for oxygen and perfusion imaging of the tissue-simulating phantoms. The light-cured 3D printing technique and the soft lithography process may enable freeform fabrication of skin-simulating phantoms that embed microvessels for image and drug delivery applications.

  4. Optical and X-ray Properties of Groups of Galaxies

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    dell'Antonio, I. P.; Geller, M. J.; Fabricant, D.

    1992-12-01

    We study the optical and x-ray properties of 30 groups of galaxies observed with EINSTEIN. We have obtained redshifts for the galaxies in the group fields down to a limiting magnitude M_B<= 15.7. Typically this corresponds to ~ 18 redshifts per group. Our sample contains 14 MKW-AWM clusters, three of which are actually superpositions of two groups. We compare the velocity dispersions and virial masses we derive from the optical data with the x-ray luminosity and structure. We find remarkable correlations between the x-ray structure and optical galaxy positions. The x-ray emission associated with the galaxies is extended even in more distant groups. This emission is probably due to hot gas in the individual galaxy potentials, which implies that the poor clusters of galaxies are dynamically young. This is consistent with results from N-body simulations of group formation.

  5. Composite Materials with Magnetically Aligned Carbon Nanoparticles Having Enhanced Electrical Properties and Methods of Preparation

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    Hong, Haiping (Inventor); Peterson, G.P. (Bud) (Inventor); Salem, David R. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    Magnetically aligned carbon nanoparticle composites have enhanced electrical properties. The composites comprise carbon nanoparticles, a host material, magnetically sensitive nanoparticles and a surfactant. In addition to enhanced electrical properties, the composites can have enhanced mechanical and thermal properties.

  6. Optical properties of protocrystalline silicon/amorphous SiC multilayer films

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    Fu, Guangsheng; Ma, Luo; Lu, Wanbing; Zhang, Zicai; Yu, Wei

    2008-11-01

    Protocrystalline silicon/amorphous SiC multilayer films were fabricated by helicon wave plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (HW-PECVD). Atom force microscopy, Raman scattering and optical absorption measurements were used to analyze the microstructure and optical properties of the multilayer films. Experiment analyses reveal that through inserting transient a-SiC layer into film depositing process, well-controlled pc-Si:H films have been obtained in the growth condition of the μc-Si:H. The optical gap is observed being tuned from 2.15 to 2.43 eV by varying single pc-Si:H layer thickness. Such multilayer structure should have potential application in constructing high efficiency and stable Si-based solar cells.

  7. Enhanced quantum dot optical down-conversion using asymmetric 2D photonic crystals.

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    Yang, Fuchyi; Cunningham, Brian T

    2011-02-28

    Asymmetric 2D photonic crystals were fabricated using polymer embedded PbS quantum dots on plastic substrates for enhancing optical down conversion efficiency from blue to near infrared wavelengths through enhanced extraction and excitation effects. We demonstrate 8x improvement of QD emission at normal incidence extraction from enhanced extraction and 2.5x improvement in power conversion efficiency from enhanced excitation.

  8. Influence of ZrO2 particles on the optical properties of pc-LEDs

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    Chang, Yu-Yu; Glorieux, Benoît; Hsu, Chien-Hung; Sun, Ching-Cherng; Yu, Liang-Zhu; Yang, Tsung-Hsun; Chung, Te-Yuan

    2016-05-01

    Experimental and modeling progress and results aiming to increase the color uniformity of hemisphere-type pcW-LEDs are proposed. By adding micrometric zirconia particles, the light scattering is enhanced, that induces a decrease of phosphor necessary to obtain a specific CCT. The optical model is able to determine the optical properties (CCT, angular CCT distribution, chromaticity and packaging efficiency) in a hemisphere LED for various amount of YAG-phosphor and ZrO2-zirconia particles. Based on previous process, the work is in the first step to fit the effective radius and refractive index that will be implemented in the optical model. In the second step, the optical model is compared with the experimental measurement to determine the absorption coefficient and conversion efficiency of a package of silicone resin containing phosphor and zirconia. Finally, the model, confirmed by selected experimental results, allows determining the optical properties of any king of package that lead to a CCT emission ranging from 4500 K to 6500 K. The analysis of these data is interpreted by comparing, for a specific CCT, the phosphor loss, the packaging efficiency and the angular distribution of CCT. The results show that if the effort is targeted on one of the previous parameters, there is always a counterpart on the other ones. Increasing the color uniformity will induce to decrease the packaging efficiency.

  9. Optical properties of sulfur copolymers for infrared applications

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    Namnabat, Soha; Gabriel, Jared J.; Pyun, Jeffrey; Norwood, Robert A.

    2014-03-01

    The development of organic polymers with high refractive indices has been widely investigated, as a possible alternative to inorganic metal oxide, semiconductor, or chalcogenide-based materials for a variety of optical devices and components, such as waveguides, anti-reflective coatings, charge-coupled devices and fiber optic cables. In principle, organic-based polymers are attractive for these applications because of their low weight, ease of processing, mechanical toughness, and facile chemical variation using commercially available precursors. However, one of the fundamental challenges associated with organic polymers is their generally low refractive indices in comparison to their inorganic counterparts. Herein we report on the optical characterization of a new class of sulfur copolymers that are readily moldable, transparent above 500nm, possess high refractive index (n < 1.8) and take advantage of the low infrared absorption of S‒S bonds for potential use in the mid-infrared at 3-5 microns. These materials are largely made from elemental sulfur by an inverse vulcanization process; in the current study we focus on the properties of a chemically stable, branched copolymer of poly(sulfur-random-1,3-diisopropenylbenzene) (poly(S-r-DIB). Copolymers with elemental sulfur content ranging from 50% to 80% by weight were studied by UV-VIS spectroscopy, FTIR, and prism coupling for refractive index measurement. Clear correlation between material composition and the optical properties was established, confirming that the high polarizability of the sulfur atom leads to high refractive index while also maintaining low optical loss. Applications of the materials for bulk optics, high-density photonic circuits, and infrared components will also be discussed.

  10. Enhanced optoelectronic property of ZnO under negative pressure condition: a first-principles study

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    Singh, Santosh; Nath Tripathi, Madhvendra

    2016-08-01

    In contrary to high pressure phases of ZnO, recent experimental evidence suggests that β-BeO type lattice modification of ZnO may be realised under negative pressure condition generated by lattice mismatch or by applying strain. The first-principles calculation based on density functional theory (DFT) is employed to investigate the negative pressure phase β-BeO, and the outcomes of the structural, electronic, and optical properties of this phase are compared with the ambient condition wurtzite B4 phase of ZnO. Our phase transition study shows that the B4 phase transforms into the β-BeO phase around negative pressure of -4 GPa and this new phase retains its structural stability even under more negative pressure. Further, the volume of the β-BeO phase increases resulting in a low-density phase with more anisotropic nature and distorted tetrahedral around Zn (or O) atoms along with (2 + 2) coordination as compared to B4 phase. The electronic structure of low-density β-BeO phase changes significantly, however, the band gaps of both the phases are almost same. The change in electronic structure of β-BeO phase turns into a significant blue shift in lower energy region of optical spectra. Moreover, the smaller effective mass values of charge carriers in β-BeO phase compared to B4 phase indicate high mobilities of charge carriers to attain enhanced conductivity. Further, the analysis of optical properties of β-BeO phase indicate the smaller values of reflectivity and absorption coefficients and consequently an enhanced transmittance value of 90% in visible region of optical spectra. The lower effective masses of charge carriers and enhancement in transmittance makes the low density negative pressure β-BeO phase suitable for achieving enhanced optoelectronic property of ZnO.

  11. Enhanced optoelectronic property of ZnO under negative pressure condition: a first-principles study

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    Singh, Santosh; Nath Tripathi, Madhvendra

    2016-08-01

    In contrary to high pressure phases of ZnO, recent experimental evidence suggests that β-BeO type lattice modification of ZnO may be realised under negative pressure condition generated by lattice mismatch or by applying strain. The first-principles calculation based on density functional theory (DFT) is employed to investigate the negative pressure phase β-BeO, and the outcomes of the structural, electronic, and optical properties of this phase are compared with the ambient condition wurtzite B4 phase of ZnO. Our phase transition study shows that the B4 phase transforms into the β-BeO phase around negative pressure of ‑4 GPa and this new phase retains its structural stability even under more negative pressure. Further, the volume of the β-BeO phase increases resulting in a low-density phase with more anisotropic nature and distorted tetrahedral around Zn (or O) atoms along with (2 + 2) coordination as compared to B4 phase. The electronic structure of low-density β-BeO phase changes significantly, however, the band gaps of both the phases are almost same. The change in electronic structure of β-BeO phase turns into a significant blue shift in lower energy region of optical spectra. Moreover, the smaller effective mass values of charge carriers in β-BeO phase compared to B4 phase indicate high mobilities of charge carriers to attain enhanced conductivity. Further, the analysis of optical properties of β-BeO phase indicate the smaller values of reflectivity and absorption coefficients and consequently an enhanced transmittance value of 90% in visible region of optical spectra. The lower effective masses of charge carriers and enhancement in transmittance makes the low density negative pressure β-BeO phase suitable for achieving enhanced optoelectronic property of ZnO.

  12. Remote sensing of optical properties in continuously stratified waters

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    Gordon, H. R.

    1978-01-01

    The radiative transfer equation is solved by Monte Carlo methods for natural waters in which the optical properties are distributed with depth. It is demonstrated that interpreting the reflectance of a continuously stratified ocean in terms of an equivalent homogeneous ocean yields the average of a particular combination of the water's optical properties over the dimensionless penetration depth. Although in general the dimensionless penetration depth cannot be remotely measured, a method is presented for estimating the actual penetration depth from the remote observations if the medium's absorption coefficient is known, independent of depth, and sufficiently large. The application of this to the remote measurement of the vertical distribution of suspended sediments is discussed in detail.

  13. Scanning properties of a resonant fiber-optic piezoelectric scanner.

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    Li, Zhi; Yang, Zhe; Fu, Ling

    2011-12-01

    We develop a resonant fiber-optic scanner using four piezoelectric elements arranged as a square tube, which is efficient to manufacture and drive. Using coupled-field model based on finite element method, scanning properties of the scanner, including vibration mode, resonant frequency, and scanning range, are numerically studied. We also physically measure the effects of geometry sizes and drive signals on the scanning properties, thus providing a foundation for general purpose designs. A scanner adopted in a prototype of imaging system, with a diameter of ~2 mm and driven by a voltage of 10 V (peak to peak), demonstrates the scanning performance by obtaining an image of resolution target bars. The proposed fiber-optic scanner can be applied to micro-endoscopy that requires two-dimensional scanning of fibers. PMID:22225224

  14. Research on lunar materials. [optical, chemical, and electrical properties

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    Gold, T.

    1978-01-01

    Abstracts of 14 research reports relating to investigations of lunar samples are presented. The principal topics covered include: (1) optical properties of surface and core samples; (2) chemical composition of the surface layers of lunar grains: Auger electron spectroscopy of lunar soil and ground rock samples; (3) high frequency electrical properties of lunar soil and rock samples and their relevance for the interpretation of lunar radar observations; (4) the electrostatic dust transport process; (5) secondary electron emission characteristics of lunar soil samples and their relevance to the dust transportation process; (6) grain size distribution in surface soil and core samples; and (7) the optical and chemical effects of simulated solar wind (2keV proton and a particle radiation) on lunar material.

  15. Optical Properties of Pyrolytic Carbon Films Versus Graphite and Graphene.

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    Dovbeshko, Galyna I; Romanyuk, Volodymyr R; Pidgirnyi, Denys V; Cherepanov, Vsevolod V; Andreev, Eugene O; Levin, Vadim M; Kuzhir, Polina P; Kaplas, Tommi; Svirko, Yuri P

    2015-12-01

    We report a comparative study of optical properties of 5-20 nm thick pyrolytic carbon (PyC) films, graphite, and graphene. The complex dielectric permittivity of PyC is obtained by measuring polarization-sensitive reflectance and transmittance spectra of the PyC films deposited on silica substrate. The Lorentz-Drude model describes well the general features of the optical properties of PyC from 360 to 1100 nm. By comparing the obtained results with literature data for graphene and highly ordered pyrolytic graphite, we found that in the visible spectral range, the effective dielectric permittivity of the ultrathin PyC films are comparable with those of graphite and graphene.

  16. Optical properties of liquid Se-Te alloys

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    Silva, Larry A.; Cutler, Melvin

    1990-10-01

    Thin films have been used to determine the optical properties of the liquid-alloy system SexTe100-x in the photon energy range of 0.4 to 5.0 eV, and at temperatures from the melting point to 500 °C. These liquids are semiconductors at Se-rich compositions, and undergo a transition to metallic behavior at high Te concentrations. The effects of this transition first appear in the optical data at 80 at. % Te. Possible forms for the electronic band structure in the semiconducting phase of the liquid are derived from the nondirect transition model for optical absorption. The optical properties of liquid Te (metallic phase) are separated into intraband and interband components, modeling the intraband component by Drude behavior, to test previously proposed mechanisms for the semiconductor-metal transition. Our results are consistent with the preservation of two-fold covalent bonding across this transition, and predict a ~0.4 eV gap between a Fermi level within the valence-band and the conduction-band edge. We have also measured the sub-band-gap absorption coefficient in semiconducting liquids containing 0, 20, and 40 at. % Te, and find that the extent of the exponential absorption edge decreases with increasing Te concentration.

  17. Modelization of the optical and colorimetric properties of lustred ceramics

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    Reillon, V.; Berthier, S.

    2006-05-01

    The lustre decoration is one of the most famous decorations of glazed ceramics in the Mediterranean basin. Unfortunately, the recipes and fabrication techniques used during medieval times have been lost and that is why these objects have been widely studied. But until now, little was known on their optical properties. In this work it is shown that, despite the common belief, the chemical composition of the decoration (copper and/or silver nanoparticles) is not the only relevant parameter in order to explain the optical properties of lustres. By the use of optical characterization and the elaboration of a model - based on the Maxwell Garnett theory and the Abeles matrices theory for interferences -, simulated reflection spectra have been obtained in good agreement with the measured reflection spectra, confirming that the concentration of metal, the size of the metallic nanoparticles as well as the optical index of the glaze play a key-role in order to explain the coloured metallic shine exhibited by the lustres.

  18. Quasiparticle band structures and optical properties of magnesium fluoride

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    Yi, Zhijun; Jia, Ran

    2012-02-01

    The quasiparticle and optical properties of magnesium fluoride (MgF2) are computed within the GW approximation based on many-body perturbation theory (MBPT). The many-body effects appearing in self-energy and electron-hole interactions have an important influence on the electronic and optical properties. The DFT-LDA calculation shows a 6.78 eV band gap. Two methods are employed to evaluate the self-energy within the GW approximation in the present work. The generalized plasmon pole model (GPP) provides a band gap of 12.17 eV, which agrees well with the experimental value of 12.4 eV (Thomas et al 1973 Phys. Status Solidi b 56 163). Another band gap value of 11.30 eV is obtained by using a full frequency-dependent self-energy, which is also not far from the experimental value and is much better than the result from the LDA calculation. The calculated optical spectrum within DFT is significantly different from the experiment. Although the calculated optical absorption threshold within the GW method is close to the experiment, the overall shape of the spectrum is still similar to the case of DFT. However, the overall shape of the spectrum via the Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE) method agrees well with the experiment.

  19. Quasiparticle band structures and optical properties of magnesium fluoride.

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    Yi, Zhijun; Jia, Ran

    2012-02-29

    The quasiparticle and optical properties of magnesium fluoride (MgF(2)) are computed within the GW approximation based on many-body perturbation theory (MBPT). The many-body effects appearing in self-energy and electron-hole interactions have an important influence on the electronic and optical properties. The DFT-LDA calculation shows a 6.78 eV band gap. Two methods are employed to evaluate the self-energy within the GW approximation in the present work. The generalized plasmon pole model (GPP) provides a band gap of 12.17 eV, which agrees well with the experimental value of 12.4 eV (Thomas et al 1973 Phys. Status Solidi b 56 163). Another band gap value of 11.30 eV is obtained by using a full frequency-dependent self-energy, which is also not far from the experimental value and is much better than the result from the LDA calculation. The calculated optical spectrum within DFT is significantly different from the experiment. Although the calculated optical absorption threshold within the GW method is close to the experiment, the overall shape of the spectrum is still similar to the case of DFT. However, the overall shape of the spectrum via the Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE) method agrees well with the experiment.

  20. Surface structure and the optical properties of black chrome

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    Smith, G. B.; McPhedran, R. C.; Derrick, G. H.

    1985-04-01

    A new optical model is presented for solar-selective black chrome. Surface texture is shown to be the primary factor which gives thin films of black chrome a uniformly high absorptance in the visible and near-infrared regions. Internal composition of the films is a secondary influence on their optical properties. We present results consistent with experimental data obtained from films having widely varying structures and compositions, both before and after heat treatment. Our optical model does not rely on the quasistatic approximation, hitherto universally employed in theoretical studies of solar-selective black chrome. Instead, we use a rigorous diffraction formulation for doubly-periodic surfaces (bigratings). The key parameters of the surface morphology are determined from stereo-pair electronmicrographs, and are used in the bigrating model. We present the predicted variation of spectral absorptance with wavelength, as well as integrated absorptance and thermal emittance, for roughened chromium. We give results both for bare metal, and for the metal conformally overcoated either with a thin layer of Cr2O3 or with a Cr/Cr2O3 cermet. Various shapes of surface features are examined, and surface profile is shown not to be crucial in determining optical properties.

  1. Bidirectional reflectance, leaf optical and physiological properties of prairie vegetation

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    Walter-Shea, E. A.; Blad, B. L.; Starks, P. J; Hays, C. J.; Mesarch, M. A.; Middleton, E. M.

    1990-01-01

    A modular multiband radiometer is used to measure reflected radiation from the vegetative surface of a prairie. The data are compared to estimates of incoming radiation by measuring the reflection from a molded halon panel, and the bidirectional reflectance factors are measured at seven view-zenith angles and various incidence angles. The canopy-reflectance results are compared to leaf-optical and other vegetative physiological properties, and a direct relationship is reported.

  2. Tomography and optical properties of silver nano-inukshuk

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    Ghosh, Tanmay; Das, Pabitra; Ghosh, Tapas; Satpati, Biswarup

    2015-06-24

    Following a simple dip-and-rinse galvanic displacement reaction silver nano-inukshuks were prepared directly on germanium surfaces. Morphology, 3-dimensional (3D) structure, chemical composition and optical properties of the silver nanostructurs were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy. Exact 3D morphology was reconstructed in the by tomography mode of TEM.

  3. Optical properties of natural phenols in aqueous media

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    Vusovich, Olga; Sultimova, Natalia; Tchaikovskaya, Olga; Sokolova, Irina; Vasilieva, Nina

    2015-11-01

    Currently, the study of the photochemistry of natural phenols is relevant as it has a fundamental and a practical importance. The optical properties of natural phenols are studied: 3-methoxy-4-hydroxybenzaldehyde (vanillin) and 3- hydroxy-4-methoxybenzaldehyde (isovanillin), 4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzoic acid (vanillic acid). The processes of proton transfer in the investigated molecules in ground and excited states under exposure to lamp and laser emissions are presented using the methods of electron spectroscopy and quantum chemistry.

  4. Dynamic enhancement of autofocusing property for symmetric Airy beam with exponential amplitude modulation

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    Liu, Weiwei; Lu, Yao; Gong, Lei; Chu, Xiuxiang; Xue, Guosheng; Ren, Yuxuan; Zhong, Mincheng; Wang, Ziqiang; Zhou, Jinhua; Li, Yinmei

    2016-07-01

    A symmetric Airy beam (SAB) autofocuses during free space propagation. Such autofocusing SAB is useful in optical manipulation and biomedical imaging. However, its inherently limited autofocusing property may degrade the performance of the SAB in those applications. To enhance the autofocus, a symmetric apodization mask was proposed to regulate the SAB. In combination with the even cubic phase that shapes the SAB, this even exponential function mask with an adjustable parameter regulates the contribution of different frequency spectral components to the SAB. The propagation properties of this new amplitude modulated SAB (AMSAB) were investigated both theoretically and experimentally. Simulation shows that the energy distribution and autofocusing property of an AMSAB can be adjusted by the exponential amplitude modulation. Especially, the beam energy will be more concentrated in the central lobe once the even cubic phase is modulated by the mask with a higher proportion of high-frequency spectral components. Consequently, the autofocusing property and axial gradient force of AMSABs are efficiently enhanced. The experimental generation and characterization for AMSABs were implemented by modulating the collimated beam with a phase-only spatial light modulator. The experimental results well supported the theoretical predictions. With the ability to enhance the autofocus, the proposed exponential apodization modulation will make SAB more powerful in various applications, including optical trapping, fluorescence imaging and particle acceleration.

  5. Determination of optical properties of oxidative bleaching human dental tissue samples using optical coherence tomography

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    Ni, Y. R.; Guo, Z. Y.; Shu, S. Y.; Zeng, C. C.; Zhong, H. Q.; Chen, B. L.; Liu, Z. M.; Bao, Y.

    2011-10-01

    Oxidative bleaching changes of human teeth induced changes in the optical properties of dental tissue. We introduced 1310 nm wavelengths of optical coherence tomography (OCT) attenuation coefficient method which is a relatively novel and rarely reported methodology to measure the correlation coefficient during the teeth oxidative bleaching procedure. And the quantitative parameters of enamel optical thickness and disruption of the entrance signal (DES) were extracted from the OCT images. The attenuation coefficient of the bleached tissue is 6.2 mm-1 which is significant (p < 0.001) higher than that unbleached sample is 1.4 mm-1. But attenuation coefficient varied significantly (p < 0.001) between 5.9 and 1.5 mm-1 in dentine which is downtrend. Furthermore, the persistence of bleaching oxidation in 35% hydrogen peroxide-induced optical thickness of enamel is similar with unbleached tissue which may indicate the refractive index of enamel is unchanged. Moreover, disruption of the entrance signal (DES) analysis showed that remarkable difference was appeared at enamel surface. The results indicate that optical properties of oxidative bleaching human dental tissue can be determined by attenuation coefficient using OCT system.

  6. Automated mineral identification algorithm using optical properties of crystals

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    Aligholi, Saeed; Khajavi, Reza; Razmara, Morteza

    2015-12-01

    A method has been developed to automatically characterize the type of mineral phases by means of digital image analysis using optical properties of crystals. The method relies on microscope automation, digital image acquisition, image processing and analysis. Two hundred series of digital images were taken from 45 standard thin sections using a digital camera mounted on a conventional microscope and then transmitted to a computer. CIELab color space is selected for the processing, in order to effectively employ its well-defined color difference metric for introducing appropriate color-based feature. Seven basic optical properties of minerals (A. color; B. pleochroism; C. interference color; D. birefringence; E. opacity; F. isotropy; G. extinction angle) are redefined. The Local Binary Pattern (LBP) operator and modeling texture is integrated in the Mineral Identification (MI) scheme to identify homogeneous regions in microscopic images of minerals. The accuracy of mineral identification using the method was %99, %98, %96 and %95 for biotite, hornblende, quartz and calcite minerals, respectively. The method is applicable to other minerals and phases for which individual optical properties of crystals do not provide enough discrimination between the relevant phases. On the basis of this research, it can be concluded that if the CIELab color space and the local binary pattern (LBP) are applied, it is possible to recognize the mineral samples with the accuracy of more than 98%.

  7. Transformation optics approach for Goos-Hänchen shift enhancement at metamaterial interfaces

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    Lambrechts, Lieve; Ginis, Vincent; Danckaert, Jan; Tassin, Philippe

    2016-04-01

    Since its first observation in 1947, the Goos-Hänchen effect—an electromagnetic wave phenomenon where a totally reflected beam with finite cross section undergoes a lateral displacement from its position predicted by geometric optics—has been extensively investigated for various types of optical media such as dielectrics, metals and photonic crystals. Given their huge potential for guiding and sensing applications, the search for giant and tunable Goos-Hänchen shifts is still an open question in the field of optics and photonics. Metamaterials allow for unprecedented control over electromagnetic properties and thus provide an interesting platform in this quest for Goos-Hänchen shift enhancement. Over the last few years, the Goos-Hänchen effect has been investigated for specific metamaterial interfaces including graphene-on-dielectric surfaces, negative index materials and epsilon- near-zero materials. In this contribution, we generalize the approach for the investigation of the Goos-Hänchen effect based on the geometric formalism of transformation optics. Although this metamaterial design methodology is generally applied to manipulate the propagation of light through continuous media, we show how it can also be used to describe the reflections arising at the interface between a vacuum region and a transformed region with a metamaterial implementation. Furthermore, we establish an analytical model that relates the magnitude of the Goos-Hänchen shift to the underlying geometry of the transformed medium. This model shows how the dependence of the Goos-Hänchen shift on geometric parameters can be used to dramatically enhance the size of the shift by an appropriate choice of permittivity and permeability tensors. Numerical simulations of a beam with spatial Gaussian profile incident upon metamaterial interfaces verify the model and firmly establish a novel route towards Goos-Hänchen shift engineering using transformation optics.

  8. Design and investigation of properties of nanocrystalline diamond optical planar waveguides.

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    Prajzler, Vaclav; Varga, Marian; Nekvindova, Pavla; Remes, Zdenek; Kromka, Alexander

    2013-04-01

    Diamond thin films have remarkable properties comparable with natural diamond. Because of these properties it is a very promising material for many various applications (sensors, heat sink, optical mirrors, chemical and radiation wear, cold cathodes, tissue engineering, etc.) In this paper we report about design, deposition and measurement of properties of optical planar waveguides fabricated from nanocrystalline diamond thin films. The nanocrystalline diamond planar waveguide was deposited by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition and the structure of the deposited film was studied by scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The design of the presented planar waveguides was realized on the bases of modified dispersion equation and was schemed for 632.8 nm, 964 nm, 1 310 nm and 1 550 nm wavelengths. Waveguiding properties were examined by prism coupling technique and it was found that the diamond based planar optical element guided one fundamental mode for all measured wavelengths. Values of the refractive indices of our NCD thin film measured at various wavelengths were almost the same as those of natural diamond.

  9. Design and investigation of properties of nanocrystalline diamond optical planar waveguides.

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    Prajzler, Vaclav; Varga, Marian; Nekvindova, Pavla; Remes, Zdenek; Kromka, Alexander

    2013-04-01

    Diamond thin films have remarkable properties comparable with natural diamond. Because of these properties it is a very promising material for many various applications (sensors, heat sink, optical mirrors, chemical and radiation wear, cold cathodes, tissue engineering, etc.) In this paper we report about design, deposition and measurement of properties of optical planar waveguides fabricated from nanocrystalline diamond thin films. The nanocrystalline diamond planar waveguide was deposited by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition and the structure of the deposited film was studied by scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The design of the presented planar waveguides was realized on the bases of modified dispersion equation and was schemed for 632.8 nm, 964 nm, 1 310 nm and 1 550 nm wavelengths. Waveguiding properties were examined by prism coupling technique and it was found that the diamond based planar optical element guided one fundamental mode for all measured wavelengths. Values of the refractive indices of our NCD thin film measured at various wavelengths were almost the same as those of natural diamond. PMID:23571931

  10. Non-linear optical titanyl arsenates: Crystal growth and properties

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    Nordborg, Jenni Eva Louise

    Crystals are appreciated not only for their appearance, but also for their unique physical properties which are utilized by the photonic industry in appliances that we come across every day. An important part of enabling the technical use of optical devices is the manufacture of crystals. This dissertation deals with a specific group of materials called the potassium titanyl phosphate (KIP) family, known for their non-linear optical and ferroelectric properties. The isomorphs vary in their linear optical and dielectric properties, which can be tuned to optimize device performance by forming solid solutions of the different materials. Titanyl arsenates have a wide range of near-infrared transmission which makes them useful for tunable infrared lasers. The isomorphs examined in the present work were primarily RbTiOASO4 (RTA) and CsTiOAsO4 (CTA) together with the mixtures RbxCs 1-xTiOAsO4 (RCTA). Large-scale crystals were grown by top seeding solution growth utilizing a three-zone furnace with excellent temperature control. Sufficiently slow cooling and constant upward lifting produced crystals with large volumes useable for technical applications. Optical quality RTA crystals up to 10 x 12 x 20 mm were grown. The greater difficulty in obtaining good crystals of CTA led to the use of mixed RCTA materials. The mixing of rubidium and cesium in RCTA is more favorable to crystal growth than the single components in pure RTA and CTA. Mixed crystals are rubidium-enriched and contain only 20-30% of the cesium concentration in the flux. The cesium atoms show a preference for the larger cation site. The network structure is very little affected by the cation substitution; consequently, the non-linear optical properties of the Rb-rich isomorphic mixtures of RTA and CTA can be expected to remain intact. Crystallographic methods utilizing conventional X-ray tubes, synchrotron radiation and neutron diffraction have been employed to investigate the properties of the atomic

  11. Cost effective optical coupling for enhanced rate polymer optical fiber communication

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    Chandrappan, Jayakrishnan; Zhang, Jing; Ramana, Pamidighantam V.; Lau, John Hon Shing; Kwong, Dim Lee

    2008-02-01

    Recent developments in the short distance communication have made polymer optical fibers (POF) an attractive product in the high speed data communication market. The requirement of a large bandwidth, low cost, light weight and flexibility in installation have placed them over the copper cables especially in applications like home networking and automotives. Since POFs are large core multimoded fibers, their band width is limited by intermodal dispersion. This confines POFs application to low data rate short distance communications. Restrictive mode launchers (RML) and higher order mode strippers placed in the data link helps to reduce the intermodal dispersion. The techniques used to implement these signal conditioners should be simple and cost effective to keep POFs attractive in the short distance communication. In this paper we explore the possibility of integrating the RML and mode stripping elements in the transmitter and receiver package itself. The pre-designed optical signal conditioning elements are projected to get molded in the plastic packages and are fiber plug in modules. This connector less package design, universal to any light source proposes to enhance the data rate and is widely manufacturable at an ease of installation and low cost.

  12. Tuning the optical, magnetic, and electrical properties of ReSe2 by nanoscale strain engineering.

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    Yang, Shengxue; Wang, Cong; Sahin, Hasan; Chen, Hui; Li, Yan; Li, Shu-Shen; Suslu, Aslihan; Peeters, Francois M; Liu, Qian; Li, Jingbo; Tongay, Sefaattin

    2015-03-11

    Creating materials with ultimate control over their physical properties is vital for a wide range of applications. From a traditional materials design perspective, this task often requires precise control over the atomic composition and structure. However, owing to their mechanical properties, low-dimensional layered materials can actually withstand a significant amount of strain and thus sustain elastic deformations before fracture. This, in return, presents a unique technique for tuning their physical properties by "strain engineering". Here, we find that local strain induced on ReSe2, a new member of the transition metal dichalcogenides family, greatly changes its magnetic, optical, and electrical properties. Local strain induced by generation of wrinkle (1) modulates the optical gap as evidenced by red-shifted photoluminescence peak, (2) enhances light emission, (3) induces magnetism, and (4) modulates the electrical properties. The results not only allow us to create materials with vastly different properties at the nanoscale, but also enable a wide range of applications based on 2D materials, including strain sensors, stretchable electrodes, flexible field-effect transistors, artificial-muscle actuators, solar cells, and other spintronic, electromechanical, piezoelectric, photonic devices.

  13. MEASUREMENTS OF BLACK CARBON PARTICLES CHEMICAL, PHYSICAL, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES

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    Onasch, T.B.; Sedlacek, A.; Cross, E. S.; Davidovits, P.; Worsnop, D. R.; Ahern, A.; Lack, D. A.; Cappa, C. D.; Trimborn, A.; Freedman, A.; Olfert, J. S.; Jayne, J. T.; Massoli, P.; Williams, L. R.; Mazzoleni, C.; Schwarz, J. P.; Thornhill, D. A.; Slowik, J. G.; Kok, G. L.; Brem, B. T.; Subramanian, R.; Spackman, J. R.; Freitag, S.; and Dubey, M. K.

    2009-12-14

    Accurate measurements of the chemical, physical, and optical properties of aerosol particles containing black carbon are necessary to improve current estimates of the radiative forcing in the atmosphere. A collaborative research effort between Aerodyne Research, Inc. and Boston College has focused on conducting field and laboratory experiments on carbonaceous particles and the development and characterization of new particulate instrumentation. This presentation will focus on the chemical, physical, and optical properties of black carbon particles measured in the laboratory in order to understand the effects of atmospheric processing on black carbon particles. Results from a three-week study during July 2008 of mass- and optical-based black carbon measurements will be presented. The project utilized the Boston College laboratory flame apparatus and aerosol conditioning and characterization equipment. A pre-mixed flat flame burner operating at controlled fuel-to-air ratios produced stable and reproducible concentrations of soot particles with known sizes, morphologies, and chemical compositions. In addition, other black carbon particle types, including fullerene soot, glassy carbon spheres, oxidized flame soot, Regal black, and Aquadag, were also atomized, size selected, and sampled. The study covered an experimental matrix that systematically selected particle mobility size (30 to 300 nm) and black carbon particle mass, particle number concentration, particle shape (dynamic shape factor and fractal dimension), and particle chemistry and density (changed via coatings). Particles were coated with a measured thickness (few nm to {approx}150 nm) of sulfuric acid or bis (2-ethylhexyl) sebacate and passed through a thermal denuder to remove the coatings. Highlights of the study to be presented include: (1) Characterization of the chemical and physical properties of various types of black carbon particles, (2) Mass specific absorption measurements as a function of fuel

  14. Retrieval of Aerosol Optical Properties under Thin Cirrus from MODIS

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    Lee, Jaehwa; Hsu, Nai-Yung Christina; Bettenhausen, Corey; Sayer, Andrew Mark.

    2014-01-01

    Retrieval of aerosol optical properties using shortwave bands from passive satellite sensors, such as MODIS, is typically limited to cloud-free areas. However, if the clouds are thin enough (i.e. thin cirrus) such that the satellite-observed reflectance contains signals under the cirrus layer, and if the optical properties of this cirrus layer are known, the TOA reflectance can be corrected for the cirrus layer to be used for retrieving aerosol optical properties. To this end, we first correct the TOA reflectances in the aerosol bands (0.47, 0.55, 0.65, 0.86, 1.24, 1.63, and 2.12 micron for ocean algorithm and 0.412, 0.47, and 0.65 micron for deep blue algorithm) for the effects of thin cirrus using 1.38 micron reflectance and conversion factors that convert cirrus reflectance in 1.38 micron band to those in aerosol bands. It was found that the conversion factors can be calculated by using relationships between reflectances in 1.38 micron band and minimum reflectances in the aerosol bands (Gao et al., 2002). Refer to the example in the figure. Then, the cirrus-corrected reflectance can be calculated by subtracting the cirrus reflectance from the TOA reflectance in the optically thin case. A sensitivity study suggested that cloudy-sky TOA reflectances can be calculated with small errors in the form of simple linear addition of cirrus-only reflectances and clear-sky reflectances. In this study, we correct the cirrus signals up to TOA reflectance at 1.38 micron of 0.05 where the simple linear addition is valid without extensive radiative transfer simulations. When each scene passes the set of tests shown in the flowchart, the scene is corrected for cirrus contamination and passed into aerosol retrieval algorithms.

  15. Image density property of optical information recording microcapsule material

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    Lai, Weidong; Li, Xiaowei; Li, Xinzheng; Fu, Guangsheng

    2009-05-01

    The microcapsules can act as novel optical functional material in which the optical recording substance such as color-forming substance, photoinitiator and prepolymer are encapsulated. In this paper, the microcapsules with average particle diameter of 300nm are prepared with interfacial polymerization method. The optical responding character of the microcapsule is analyzed based on IR spectra and image density technique. Results show that the microcapsule material encapsulated prepolymer TMPTA and photoinitiator Irgacure-ITX, TPO has thermal phase-change at 140°C, at which the penetrability of the microcapsule has the highest efficiency. With the increase of exposure time, the reduction in absorption intensities of the prepolymer TMPTA are observed at 1635cm-1 of C=C stretching and 898cm-1 of C-H stretching on the C=C molecular bond. Such a result can be ascribed to the double bond cleavage process of the prepolymer TMPTA is initiated by the optical-exposed photoinitiator, and superpolymer network is formed. The image density contrast between the unexposed and exposed microcapsule is enhanced with exposure time increased.

  16. Optical properties of transparent glass–ceramics containing lithium–mica nanocrystals: Crystallization effect

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    Khani, V.; Alizadeh, P.; Shakeri, M.S.

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: Optical properties of transparent Li{sub 2}O–MgO–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–SiO{sub 2}–F glasses containing lithium–mica nanocrystals are studied and crystallization condition has been evaluated and optimized to produce transparent glass–ceramics. Crystallization temperatures were determined by differential thermal analysis and crystalline phases were identified and quantified by X-ray diffraction. Scanning electron microscopy was used for morphological variations and UV–vis absorption spectroscopy for comparative analysis of transparency. In order to investigate the optical properties of transparent glass–ceramics, optical band gap, Fermi energy level and Urbach energy are calculated. The results of the investigation illustrate that band gap is reduced with increases in crystallization time and temperature. Enhanced orderliness in the arrangement of atoms might be regarded as possible reasons for the above changes. - Highlights: • The optimum temperature and time of crystallization were determined. • Li–mica nanocrystals with size of <30 nm were formed using a two-step heat-treatment. • Optical band gap and Fermi energy of nanocrystalline materials decreased with increasing of crystallization temperature and time. • Urbach band tailing was decreased with increasing of crystallization condition. - Abstract: Optical properties of transparent Li{sub 2}O–MgO–Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–SiO{sub 2}–F glasses containing lithium–mica nanocrystals were studied. The crystallization condition of these glasses was evaluated and optimized to produce transparent glass–ceramics. Crystallization temperatures were determined by differential thermal analysis and crystalline phases were identified and quantified by X-ray diffraction. Scanning electron microscopy was used to detect morphological changes and UV–vis absorption spectroscopy was used for comparative analysis of transparency. In order to investigate the optical properties of the

  17. Lateral resolution enhancement via imbricated spectral domain optical coherence tomography in a maximum-a-posterior reconstruction framework

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    Boroomand, A.; Shafiee, M. J.; Wong, A.; Bizheva, K.

    2015-03-01

    The lateral resolution of a Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) image is limited by the focusing properties of the OCT imaging probe optics, the wavelength range which SD-OCT system operates at, spherical and chromatic aberrations induced by the imaging optics, the optical properties of the imaged object, and in the special case of in-vivo retinal imaging by the optics of the eye. This limitation often results in challenges with resolving fine details and structures of the imaged sample outside of the Depth-Of-Focus (DOF) range. We propose a novel technique for generating Laterally Resolved OCT (LR-OCT) images using OCT measurements acquired with intentional imbrications. The proposed, novel method is based on a Maximum A Posteriori (MAP) reconstruction framework which takes advantage of a Stochastic Fully Connected Conditional Random Field (SFCRF) model to compensate for the artifacts and noise when reconstructing a LR-OCT image from imbricated OCT measurement. The proposed lateral resolution enhancement method was tested on synthetic OCT measurement as well as on a human cornea SDOCT image to evaluate the usefulness of the proposed approach in lateral resolution enhancement. Experimental results show that applying this method to OCT images, noticeably improves the sharpness of morphological features in the OCT image and in lateral direction, thus demonstrating better delineation of fine dot shape details in the synthetic OCT test, as well as better delineation of the keratocyte cells in the human corneal OCT test image.

  18. Optical absorption and photocurrent enhancement in semi-insulating gallium arsenide by femtosecond laser pulse surface microstructuring.

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    Zhao, Zhen-Yu; Song, Zhi-Qiang; Shi, Wang-Zhou; Zhao, Quan-Zhong

    2014-05-19

    We observe an enhancement of optical absorption and photocurrent from semi-insulating gallium arsenide (SI-GaAs) irradiated by femtosecond laser pulses. The SI-GaAs wafer is treated by a regeneratively amplified Ti: Sapphire laser of 120 fs laser pulse at 800 nm wavelength. The laser ablation induced 0.74 μm periodic ripples, and its optical absorption-edge is shifted to a longer wavelength. Meanwhile, the steady photocurrent of irradiated SI-GaAs is found to enhance 50%. The electrical properties of samples are calibrated by van der Pauw method. It is found that femtosecond laser ablation causes a microscale anti-reflection coating surface which enhances the absorption and photoconductivity.

  19. The Aerosol Coarse Mode: Its Importance for Light Scattering Enhancement and Columnar Optical Closure Studies

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    Zieger, P.

    2015-12-01

    Ambient aerosol particles can take up water and thus change their optical properties depending on the hygroscopicity and the relative humidity (RH) of the surrounding air. Knowledge of the hygroscopicity effect is of importance for radiative forcing calculations but is also needed for the comparison or validation of remote sensing or model results with in situ measurements. Specifically, the particle light scattering depends on RH and can be described by the scattering enhancement factor f(RH), which is defined as the particle light scattering coefficient at defined RH divided by its dry value. Here, we will present insights from measurements of f(RH) across Europe (Zieger et al., 2013) and will demonstrate why the coarse mode is important when modeling or predicting f(RH) from auxiliary aerosol in-situ measurements. We will show the implications by presenting the results of a recently performed columnar optical closure study (Zieger et al., 2015). This study linked ground-based in-situ measurements (with the help of airborne aerosol size distribution measurements) to columnar aerosol optical properties derived by a co-located AERONET sun photometer. The in situ derived aerosol optical depths (AOD) were clearly correlated with the directly measured values of the AERONET sun photometer but were substantially lower compared to the directly measured values (factor of ˜ 2-3). Differences became greater for longer wavelengths. The disagreement between in situ derived and directly measured AOD was hypothesized to originate from losses of coarse and fine mode particles through dry deposition within the forest's canopy and losses in the in situ sampling lines. In addition, elevated aerosol layers from long-range transport were observed for parts of the campaign which could have explained some of the disagreement. Zieger, P., Fierz-Schmidhauser, R., Weingartner, E., and Baltensperger, U.: Effects of relative humidity on aerosol light scattering: results from different

  20. The Optical Properties of Hydrogenated Amorphous Carbon Films

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    Furton, D. G.; Witt, A. N.

    1993-01-01

    We present the initial results of a laboratory study of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (HAC) thin films. We produce a quantitative summary of the optical and physical properties of a consistent set of HAC films processed in various ways and use these results to gain insight into the formation and evolution of dust grains in the interstellar medium. HAC thin films were deposited on NaCl coated substrates in a plasma-enhanced chemical-vapor deposition (PECVD) chamber, removed from the substrates, and characterized and processed in a variety of ways. Raman, photoluminescence (PL), transmission, and absorption spectroscopy were used to characterize these films in the visible. Infrared absorption and PL spectroscopy were used to analyze these films in the 1-20 micron region. Electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) was used to calculate the index of refraction in the UV and the sp(2}/sp({3)) bonding ratio, and combustion analysis was used to determine the C/H ratio. Each member of a set of identically grown films was characterized as described above, processed to various extents, then characterized again. Some of the films were thermally annealed in vacuum over a range of temperatures and durations, while others were exposed to intense UV radiation. Our initial results are summarized as follows: The H-concentration, PL efficiency, band-gap, and transmission in the visible decrease with the extent of thermal or UV annealing. Thermally induced changes occur rapidly and long-term annealing at lower temperatures does not produce the same effects as higher temperature annealing. The films are essentially graphitized when annealed at temperatures higher than about 400(deg) C and they are completely obliterated when exposed to very intense UV radiation. We have also developed a thermal effusion oven to test to what extent HAC films can be ``rehydrogenated'' by exposure to neutral atomic hydrogen. These experiments are nearly complete and the results will be included if possible